Arsenal machine to march on at Anfield

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Shame about Liverpool… Oops sorry, I’m being sarcastic!

I watched our next up opponents Liverpool last night, against a very ordinary Besiktas side, if they play like that on Sunday, we’ll hammer them, I don’t suppose they will though, but I would think their confidence has been dented a tad.

Liverpool games are a bit like north London derbies, the form book tends to go out of the window.

In all honesty though, we should win this one, I think our movement will be too much for them, and Gerrard aside the only match winners they have are Alonso and Torres and they may not even play, we have 6 match winners, at least.

The high praise for the team goes on, it’s great to be a gooner at the moment, I watched the highlights again and the goals were just top drawer, even the own goal and the Bendtner tap in, have to say though, I don’t think he’ll be around long, he didn’t look too happy when he scored, it was a ‘how can you be playing anyone ahead of me?’ look to Theo, and when Theo came over to say well done, he sort of patted him on the head, not encouraging.

Laughable reports that we’re going to buy Sissoko, like we don’t have enough midfield options already!

Onto the goodplaya editorial yesterday slagging off club level, today they did publish a kind of sarcastic retraction and have offered a truce, so well done to Bud, Pedro and anon for sending them a message and proving the power of the written word. I did leave an acceptance comment on their blog though.

Well done to Jimmyfingers for an acceptable bit of plagiarism on a Spurs site, good to see you spreading the word.

People read our blog because in the main we talk about football, we try to be articulate and conversational and only slag people off that slag us off, enough said let’s move on.

Robin is pledging his future to Arsenal and Wenger which is good and mad Jens doesn’t know when to shut up, I doubt we’ll see him again, frankly I think he should be told to go back to Germany and be done with it.

Drogba is tipping us to win the Premiership so thanks for the support and we’ll try our best not to disappoint you, how good is it to read stories about us winning again, instead of team in transition stories?

This next few months sees us playing a lot of games so I think we’ll see all of our whole squad in action, I hope he does it gradually though and not as two teams like the Carling cup.

Last week I would have settled for a point apiece from the next two games, but now I think we can get six, I really, really do.

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I’m in heaven, 7th heaven

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Well what did you expect? I have to say it was on the cards, the time when every chance went in had to come against someone, but Slavia Prague were no slouches, we just made them look like they were. Don’t forget this mob beat Steaua and scored 2 in Seville.

Theo got his big chance and was what we all expected, he was simply awesome, the boy wonder we thought we bought from Southampton, he’s 18 and we have at least 12 years of watching him get better, but we’ll lose him one day as he’s vowed to return home, to Swindon, and you have to accept that’s his ambition, we’ll probably lose Cesc too, as he’ll want to play for the team that has superstar Henry. You have to admit Barca were entertaining against the mighty Scottish team Rangers last night, I hope Cesc took note.

There’s no point in walking you through the game as I expect you all watched it somewhere, if you didn’t, you missed a fabulous team display, the only people in the whole world would didn’t enjoy it were both the Spurs fans and mad Jens Lehmann.

Which brings me on to his latest rants, is he stupid or what? message for Jens, go home mate, you’re finished, you are doing nothing for team spirit and you are what stands between 25 and 27 points, it wasn’t Almunia that fumbled the ball to give Blackburn a goal, it was you, so shut up complaining. Wenger comments here.

He must be really screwing up team harmony at training, my advice to Arsene is send him home before he causes any more problems.

Bendtner did Ok but goal apart there wasn’t much between him and Ade, it will be interesting to see who he selects against the scousers, I expect Gilberto and maybe Diarra may get a look, but certainly not mad Jens.

Arsene had a pop at me last night when he said ‘people said I was mad not to buy players’ fair point boss, but I still think you should have bought a center back, a winger and a world class keeper, but you are proving me wrong so I apologise for doubting you, that’s the end of the subject though, any more and I’ll be feeling humiliated.

I think it’s the near perfect way to be going to Anfield, what would make it perfect is if they lose tonight and their morale goes south, I’m not one of these people that wants English teams to do well, not when we’re still in the same competition and they could get in our way, so Liverpool, I hope you get stuffed.

I thought the noise was fab from the crowd last night, I just wish everyone would wear a scarf.

I’m looking forward to hearing what Thierry thought about last night, he’s bound to talk about it somewhere, Cesc there’s a lesson for you.

Finally we are on Arsenalnews.net news feed but not on newsnow, they tell us we have to be going for a year, which will be next July, so please keep reading, tell your mates and bookmark us, we’re in for the ride, we’re going nowhere.

Talk tomorrow.

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My Defence of Ade + A large portion of shadenfruede please!

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Good morning to you, and how are we on this fine autumn morn? Fucking cold like me I bet!

Today is a two part blog.

We are mostly going to talk about Adebayor and Spurs.

Lets get cracking on Spurs to start with!

One of the great phrases of the German language is shadenfruede I think it means to take joy from other people’s misfortunes, the other one is ‘I’ll be back for the Bolton game'(I was kidding with that one!

Cast your minds back to August, and all those muppet journalists and football commentators like… Well all of them actually, they were tipping Spurs to not only challenge, but to replace us in the pecking order.

Well here we are 9 games on (10 in their case) and top4tottenham are a massive 18 points behind us, that’s right, that fat Dutch simpleton Jol, has wasted some £40 million on players with no hope, bragged his big fat man-breasts off about being the new power in North London and is a massive 18 points behind the new Premiership leaders, us, the mighty Arsenal.

I’m not sure Top4tottenham will end up with the same points we’re on at the end of the season, and I think there’s a real chance they’ll get relegated in the year we’re crowned as champions. Wouldn’t that be something!!!

Now onto Adebayor. This article on insidearsenal.com basically questions the big man’s ability to retain a place in the Arsenal starting line up. It questions his mental ability, composure in front of goal and his touch. The writer also talks about how he has been worried about him for 3 years – clearly the writer had been keeping tabs on him at Monaco. Or maybe the writer is a scout for Arsenal who was against his purchase? Who knows!

Anyway, here is my defence of the big man!

Firstly, Adebayor to my knowledge is only 23. Young enough to learn, and young enough to improve his game.

Some of you out there are suggesting that Bendtner Big Bollocks would score more goals than Ade, apparently he has a better touch and more composure in front of goal? I don’t understand where this conclusion has come from? There is only one person who has seen enough of him to come to that conclusion and that’s Arsene Wenger (Read here to find out his views on unhappy players). I would also draw your attention to the fact that Bendtner wasn’t exactly prolific at Birmingham last year, and some Birmingham fans have suggested he is a touch lazy.

Maybe a few of you have been reading his myspace profile where he lists his occupation as Professional footballer and full time legend.

Some bloggers have been comparing his situation to Henry, saying Thierry was missing open goals but they could see that he had greatness in him.

Really?

I remember an interview with Tony Adams and he said no one at Arsenal ever envisaged him becoming the player he did. So lets stop the “I could see he was going to great” bull shit.

Could we also take a moment and realise that Thierry was a super player, in the same way PV04 was a super player. He played the game like no other. He was the Premierships greatest player. He was in essence, the complete footballer and a one off.

Most other clubs have to put up with strikers that do a job for the team. You have your work horse strikers (Heskey), your second strikers (Rooney), your pacy strikers (Owen), your goal poachers (Van Nistelrooy) and your target men (Crouch). Adebayor seems to be a combination. I know this sounds like rubbish, but I was going to say a cross between Drogba and Kanu, I swear I didn’t read here first! He holds the ball up well, he brings other players into the game and he causes Crouch like problems in the air and he is surprisingly pacey. He is also a big game player. Look at how many times he has come up with the goods when we’ve really needed him.

Okay, he sometimes makes a meal out of the easy chances. Sometimes he takes one touch to many. Maybe he picks out the wrong pass. But you can’t fault his effort. His attitude reminds me of the Flamster, and how many of you slated him last year? If you have great technique and you have a great attitude its only a matter of time before you come good. That’s what my Dad keeps telling me, you’re never too old to become a professional footballer. I can still do it right? I haven’t missed the boat at 25, surely? In all seriousness though. I think he has the basics needed to become a great footballer for Arsenal.

Think about the players that have come good over the years, the players who had question marks over their ability to succeed.

Edu, Freddie, Pires, Henry, Bergkamp (Ask Alan Sugar) and Lehmann to name but a few! How about players from other clubs? Drogba, Lampard, Tevez and Hargreaves all spring to mind!

I think we should all give the man a chance, he can only get better and I think he will! This is his biggest season for the club and he has started well, 6 goals in 9 games is pretty prolific by any strikers standards. Let’s stop to nit picking and get behind our players.

We are close to going on our longest ever winning streak, we are top of the Premiership, top of our Champions league group, Top of the money list, we’re on a 5 year lockdown, Wengers signed, Robin isn’t long term Le Listed, Willy G is happy, we’re playing stunning football and we’re only 2 and a half months into the season!

Its good to be a Gooner at the moment, so bloody well enjoy it! Good luck to the boys tonight!

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