Wenger to field all English team – Walcott to Hammers – Anelka wanted in!

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What a depressing read that was, when Arsene launched Arsenal TV yesterday he talked about Anelka and how Arsenal talked with his representatives to bring him home in the transfer window, yes! Thats right, ‘home’ because that’s where he belongs, but it didn’t happen, I wished he had said nothing, now I know we could have had him and didn’t, I’m even more depressed.

Theo on loan to West Ham? That would be a good move if they played him up top, but at this stage of the season we can’t afford to lose him.
I think he will explode this term, he’s only 18, he only cost us £5 mil and he has more skill than most in the team, I feel it’s only a matter of time. Regardless, the story had no source and if you read some of the comments, the site that wrote the article has been known for its lies.

Fabricio is a young Spanish goalie from Deportivo that we are apparently interested in, even if he is great, why would we do that? Fabianski is what, 22? That would only serve to unsettle him, what we need is a young back up, and we have that in Mannone or a replacement for Almunia, like say, 6 goalGiven, but I think Almunia is good enough.

Djourou got the nod on one blog site from a readers poll and I think that’s Ok but I would like to give Hoyte a run there, I think he could do a great
job and be a future center half on the cheap, he won’t be right back, that’s for sure.

The squad are in for two training sessions this week and after Saturday, that probably makes a lot of sense.

We heard a rumour that WordPress delete sites that use the Arsenal logo so we’ll look into that and if it’s true we’ll put our substitute banner on soon, don’t worry, it’s a good one and was designed by a top London advertising agency, it will be like bringing Robin on for Thierry, not Stepanovs for Adams, and with the new flag waving experience at the Grove, it may be more prudent.

This time of the week is football’s equivalent of the doldrums, not a lot of news but there is still plenty for you Grovers to discuss or to wish for in the comments section. Also, take a look at the ‘random rant‘ section, it has replaced the highly successful guest blogging feature!

I haven’t seen Arsenal TV yet, but I’m reading you can see academy games and the like so I’ll take a peek and let you all know.

Finally Wenger said he intends to go English, now whilst I have been asking for a few Englanders in the team, I don’t want any of them if they aren’t as
good as our foreign kids, but I think the boss means he’ll bring them through the academy, so my guess is he’s talking long term, so Grovers, be patient.

I hope you enjoy the following quote as much as I did.

‘Maybe 80 per cent of the academy are English and 20 per cent are foreign.’

The future looks bright, the future is English. Check out the full article here.

Have a great day and I look forward to some top comments from the webs most articulate site… …and that’s official (another Mori poll before anyone jumps on me).

Update…

We’ve also been linked with a £5million bid for Andre Dede Ayew. We couldn’t find any videos of him, so we thought we’d show you what his Dad played like instead!

Could we be onto a winner here? 

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Huntelaar, Given, N’Zogbia in, Flamini and Diarra out???

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The Sunday papers were in overdrive following our draw with the Brummies and ManU’s hammering of the Geordies.

They say we are preparing to hi-jack their bid for Huntelaar, they say we are ready to buy Shay Given, who incidentally, let in 6 at the weekend and the winger, N’Zogbia.

I have to say I don’t believe a word of it but what I find interesting is, ManU have Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo scoring for fun, but they still want to sign a striker.

That’s probably why they’ve won the Premier league so often, because they continually invest, and how comes they don’t have players wanting to leave? Or Real Madrid promising to sign Ronaldo and Rooney all season?

Wenger says he’s hopeful that Flamini will sign a new contract, but as I’ve said before, I’m worried that we have another Edu situation on our hands, he better know what the Flamster is doing before he sells Diarra.

I know we all hate Diarra at the moment but he is still a good back up.

I would like to see a signing or two, not just to freshen up the team, but to put some competition in the side, I believe that half the problem with us not being able to defend set pieces is most of the defence is looking at Senderos to drop a clanger and when he’s not around, they get on with their job.

Gallas is in his 30’s and with the amount of games we play, I genuinely believe four center backs are needed and will be used, so I don’t see the problem.

I won’t dwell on the game as enough has been said already and the boss has admitted it was our worst performance, it was his fault and the fans were great (Wenger’s words, not mine) so all in all Pedro hit the nail on the head yesterday.

So for the pencil dicks that decided to start gobbing off last night, don’t bother coming back on or next time I’ll publish your email addresses and let the Grovers let you know what they think of your abuse.

Unfortunately because of a few morons I had to put the approve comments on last night (as I went out with Mrs Le Grove) so a few of you commented but only got through this morning, so apologies to EVO in OZ, Michael, John and John Quinn, we welcome your comments and look forward to many more.

So we have a week of transfer speculation before we take on Fulham and Spurs in what could be a big fortnight in our long and glorious season.

All the negatives are out and this week all the positives shall flow in abundance.

For those Grovers who weren’t at the match, the atmosphere was great, the red and white flag waving has really taken off big time, it almost looked like the kop end! No offence anyone, that was a compliment, we’re starting to get a great look at the Grove, let’s get the good football back to match it!

Anyway, at least Tottenham lost!

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Arrogant Arsenal pay the price for complacency – Theo the Elephant

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If you see someone beating around a bush, rest assured it wont be me. I’m the one indiscriminately smashing the shit out of it with a massive bat.

Todays performance was arrogant and lackluster. We dropped two points because we underestimated what Birmingham could bring to the table.

Arsenal didn’t play badly today, that is why I am so angry about the result. We just never got out of first gear. We had most of the possession but didn’t make it count. We went one nil up from a great penalty. There were a few half chances, Eduardo’s header the stand out opportunity of the game, but after that we offered very little. We perked up after they scored from a poorly defended corner but in the end it wasn’t enough. This game had last season written all over it and it was disappointing.

Going into detail would be pointless, it was just one of those days and I’m sure the manager won’t need to tell the players what went wrong.

Player Ratings:

Almunia: Distribution was excellent today, handling was ok… maybe a touch at fault for the goal? But I’ll leave that down to you guys to decide on that one because there were many at fault for that!

Sagna: Solid as usual. Good going forward, delivering a few great crosses.

Big Phil: Others were complaining about him, but i thought he did well (By his standards). He made a few great interceptions and from memory he only made one poor clearance.

Gallas: Played ok, but possible at fault for the goal. He was the first of 4 to miss the corner. He also shanked a clearance late on, very uncharacteristic (Big Phil effect perhaps?).

Clichy: Had a good game, he was unspectacular but solid. He got forward a few times but his crossing let him down.

Hleb: Not really at the races today. One cross toward the end was shocking, I think Mr Beckham should have a word if he gets the chance.

Fabregas: Distinctly average today. Birmingham did well to give him little time on the ball, but when he did get the chance he didn’t create and didn’t really shoot.

Theo: *

Flamini: I thought he was the best player on the pitch today. He was all over the place mopping up and trying desperately to create something for us.

Adebayor: Perfectly struck penalty for the goal but bar that his contribution was weak. His touch was truly awful today and he barely had a shot.

Eduardo: One of his more productive days. He won the penalty, had a header well saved and played well when he was shipped out onto the left showing some cheeky touches and some great skill.

* Myles Palmer said a couple of months ago there was a elephant in the room everyone was ignoring… Almunia. Well, if you ask me the white elephant is Theo Walcott. He was useless today. He gets the ball and does one of the following:

A) Loses it immediately as a result of a crap first touch.

B) Runs it out of play.

C) Plays a 5 yard pass sideways or backwards.

D) Dithers and fucks up the move.

Fair enough he is young, fair enough he is English and that clouds peoples judgement, but for me he has been useless… as ineffective as Big Phil. How long do we have to wait for him to show even a glimer of his talent? Anelka was scoring at 17, Cesc scored at 15, Ronaldo wasn’t bad, Rooney was scoring but £12 million Theo has done very little to justify his fee. I’m sure he will come good at some point, but maybe Wenger should have a look a Randall of Jay Simpson in that role as Theo has been doing a piss poor job this season.

Takling of Big Phil, Wenger staunchly defended him yesterday. The Observer had this to say on the matter,

Senderos’s performance, because of Toure’s absence, had been the obvious concern during the first period. After the break it cost Arsenal. ‘I don’t think so,’ was Wenger’s take. ‘I don’t believe Senderos was involved. We had three other players involved who did not jump for the ball.’ He was correct that the Swiss defender was not one of those offenders. But maybe he should have been present to deal with a corner delivered by Sebastian Larsson into the difficult area right in front of goal.

What are your thoughts? I couldn’t tell, it looked like many were at fault

I thought Muamba looked great until I realised Muamba was number 26 and the player I was looking at was Kapo who was 23. I don’t think we sold a Gem there and I’d be very surprised if Wenger begged him to stay like the Mirror claimed, he was shite as was Larson.

So Mr Wenger, you have 2 games to kick start our squad into winning ways because Arsenal fans are starting to get the February jitters from last year (Out of all the Cups in a week!).

Great support from the crowd yesterday, the red scarves being waved all game really helped the atmposhere pick up!

‘It was very frustrating,’

Wenger admitted.

‘The crowd was very good, but we were not.’

A good summary I feel!

Not much going on in tabloid world, so have yourself a happy Sunday!

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