Jens going, Diarra gone… Oh and we beat Burnley!

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Good morning my free thinking Grover Chums! A busy old morning for Arsenal news so lets get started on today’s action packed Le Grove match report!

The first noticeable thing about the Arsenal line up was that there was no Lassana Diarra. This means one of two things:

1) He is negotiating a move away from the club with Man City or the Spuds.

2) He is being rested (I know… its the best second option I could muster!) for the Spuds.

I’m going to have a wild guess here but I’m thinking if Jens was playing and he is rumoured to be off, Diarra must be missing because he is involved in Option 1.

Me and Geoff had a bit of a to do over the whole situation. My view is that he has only been here 3 months and should respect that the Flamster is playing a blinder – Geoff’s view is that Diarra should be rotated with Flamini like the Strikers are. Its a toughy and one that can only be decided in the comments section with a word battle between the warring factions…

Jens played possibly his last game for the Ars, and what a faultless performance he had (Yeah, I stole that line from Wenger). The cross bar did all the hard work for him, which must have been nice in his last game! Still, if he is off, well played Jens, we loved ya…!

The game was a pretty dull affair if truth be told. Burnley were never really a threat although; as Geoff pointed out… If you were a Burnley season ticket holder you’d be pretty pissed they don’t play like that every week.

The first goal came from Kolo jinking past a defender in the centre circle, dashing forward, then playing a sublime chip (The type of chipped pass that normally infuriates me) into the path of Eduardo who waited, and waited and wait… bang! The Purple rain singer had put us one up!

Eduardo goads Burnley fans after first goal.

The rest of the half went on in mundane fashion, they had a few chance but never really troubled us. I thought big Phil played ok despite a few shaky clearances!

The second half came and we had to soak up more pressure. Diaby’s passing was off, as was the fluency of the team in general. Traore was having a torrid time at left back and was taken off and replaced by Hoyte. Gilberto was lunged at studs showing and their player saw red. He couldn’t really complain although it did look like he turned his leg to avoid the crunch… tough shit I say.

The red card galvanized Burnley who continued to press without any end product. One particularly hairy moment was a cross that was fizzed in from the left, but it was knocked out of the path of their on coming striker by Big Phil.

The second goal came against the run of play when Eduardo received the ball about twenty yards past the centre circle, he held the ball and threaded a ‘Hleb’ like pass between three Burnley players, Nikki Big Bollocks latched onto it, took it past Kiraly and buried it in the bottom corner!

Game over, you fought hard but game over.

So that was that, a boring fiddly game but we won. Did anyone else get pissed off by the commentators?

“You’d have to agree with the Burnley texter, one down but the better team.”

What a bunch of Arsenal hating cunts the BBC are! Can we ask for a rebate on our T.V licenses?

So we’re still in all the cups and going strong, happy days!

Just a quick thanks to Mike (The Neighbour) for pointing out that if you type ‘spuds’ into google you get ‘Special People Under Doctors Supervision’, I’ll say no more!

See you in the comments section!

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Simpson hailed as boy wonder, Cesc honoured and Luke Freeman aged 15, signed.

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Ok, so Jay Simpson hits a wonder strike from 20 yards and was inches wide with another effort from the edge of the box and the media can see why Millwall are desperate to keep him on loan, well done Jay, they’re the reports we love to read. (well that and the roasting one’s)Cesc says ‘at my age it’s difficult for me to say whether I am going to go or stay, I’m very happy, but you never know what might happen, that a legend like Schuster might be interested in me, is an honour.’Well Cesc after 2014 you can make that decision, until then you have play for us.Arsenal beat off competition from Newcastle and West Ham (must have been tough) to sign 15 year old super kid Luke Freeman, a left sided striker, so well done Luke, another product of the Arsenal IVF programme arrives.

On the conclusion of the Beckham story, if any of you get to read the Sunday Times, read the sport section and ex England rugby hero Stuart Barnes writes a column on the subject, frankly it could have been written by me, please give it a go.

The Cesc story is just a re-hash of what’s been going on all summer and Cesc can only say fuck off so many times without actually saying fuck off, but I do think Arsenal should make a complaint to FIFA as this goes on all too often with our players and frankly it’s bollocks.

Good to see another couple of English kids have there 15 minutes, we won’t see them again will we? but who knows, these two may break the mould.

A few big teams went down yesterday and I was pleased to see the Spuds earned a replay, as that will make them have to play more games than they wanted in between our semi finals.

I am looking forward to the game today and expect nothing other than a pasting, a ‘let’s show them who we are’ game.

I’ve upgraded my score to 5-0 as I woke up feeling particularly confident and will top it off tonight with one of Jimmy’s fine wine recommendations, sorry Bud I don’t like Blue Nun.

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Beckham loves Arsenal

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It’s true, the Times quotes Arsene Wenger as saying ‘this will not become a circus, Beckham lives nearby and he has always loved Arsenal, so he trains with us’

Fantastic, if that’s the criteria, I’m off to train with Arsenal then.

I think the boss is playing with fire here, the media circus surrounding Beckham could seriously distract our young team, although he is mainly training with the reserves it makes no sense to me at all, all he’s after is 100 caps, he’s too old for England and can offer nothing to our world cup qualification chances, did we learn nothing from Sven!

I for one wish he’d go home to Disneyland or where ever he lives, the egotistical tosser.

I know the British people are celebrity struck, but I for one am not, and don’t welcome it at Arsenal, look at how well we’ve played since Thierry went.

Other news is depressing like Anelka going to the Chavs, I really rate him and that news upset me, if it is indeed true, I know we won’t sign him, but the Chavs or the Mancs having him is not right.

Berbatov to Man City is quite funny, but I can’t see him leaving, as Spurs are a big team…not!

Onto Burnley, a fixture that we should comfortably win, but I still remember Oxford, Wrexham and York City so I take nothing for granted, but I reckon it will be the swan song for Kolo and Eboue and maybe even Song will get a run and and save Gallas for the Spurs game, I would, that’s for sure.

I’m still predicting an easy win here though – 3 nil or more but Wednesday’s game will be much, much harder, it’s the only game where the spuds can win something this season and maybe Berbatov’s last game, so beware!

Interesting comments day yesterday, it finished with some stellar advice on wines, so we all know who to ask when we need a deal now eh!

Have a good day Grovers.

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