Lehmann off, Modric in?

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There are conflicting stories surrounding the Lehmann affair, reliable sources such as ‘Libel football’ say he’s priced himself out of a move by demanding £40k a week, I find that hard to believe and Borrussia Dortmund have arranged a press conference later today, so I can’t see them arranging a press conference to say they’re not signing Lehmann, can you?

Eduardo urges Wenger to sign Modric says ‘Libel Football’, this I see as more of a prospect as the story refuses to go away, Eduardo sees him as the
finest footballer of his generation and with the midfield looking uncertain, Modric a Johnny foreigner and the want aways – wanting away, maybe Wenger will act sooner, rather than later.

If Vela is the answer at left wing next term all we then need is a center back and a back up keeper.

Maybe our young Norwegian will be ready to step up or maybe he has Song ready, a bit like he had Kolo move from midfield to defence.

I don’t believe he hasn’t something up his sleeve, he’s been too quiet on the Diarra and Flamini front not to be scheming and as we all have come to expect, the boss does move in mysterious ways …well sometimes.

Good news is the Burnley game is live on BBC1 so we get to see the first team in action before the Spurs game on Wednesday, I think that game is a
huge ask for the young ‘uns but still very winnable and I for one can’t wait.

I think we’ve done the English bit to death, well I have anyway so we’ll say no more on that subject, save this.

Last night it was mentioned on Le-Grove that Aliadiere and Lupoli have made mistakes by leaving, I made this point about Aliadiere.

Loaned to Celtic, West Ham and Wolves, played in every first team game including Semi finals of the FA Cup, Charity Shields, Champions league,
Carling Cup and of course the premier league over a 9 year period with the first team, and the boss never gave up on him.

Then he wants away and even then Wenger tried to keep him, on that note I’m mostly resting my case!

Good blogging Grovers and let’s hope there’s some transfer activity today, we had a boring summer let’s hope for something to lick our lips over in January!

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Arsene hates English Players – Gallas makes Cryptic clue – Flamster free to talk

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So its January and after half a season we are top of the league (Say we are top of the league!) and still in all the cups. The transfer window is now well and truly open, but it seems Arsene is unlikely to purchase… boooooo!

We thrive on transfer gossip, and I would love us to sign a Benzema or a Michah Richards but if i’m honest, I don’t think Wenger really needs anyone.

Almunia is now our established number one after putting in some solid performances. The defence seems to trust him and I think the crowd has warmed to him.

Eduardo may have just extinguished any chance of Anelka returning with some ice cold finishing (Did you see what I did with that one?) and putting ten goals to his name. Left back and right back are sorted. Senderos and JD look likely to cover Kolo’s absence, pending injury to one of those two Gilberto could slot in there (Heaven forbid) and we are suitably stacked out in midfield!

I think I’ve covered every position?

Quiet already! I hear you… LEFT WINGER you scream! We need wingers!

Do we really though? It seems to be the in thing with Gooners this year. The need for a left winger who can stretch defences. Don’t you think we are creating enough chances anyway? We have a pretty good goal difference, so as much as I’d like to see a nippy winger in there, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Anyway who would you sign on the wing? Who could make a difference halfway through a season? And please, lets not have any chants of Messi or Ronaldo in the comments section! Oh and Dimitriov or whatever his name is would not be bought for now, so forget him for a quick fix!

My worry at the moment is the Flamster. He is in the same position as Edu was a few years back, except Edu was 28 and very injury prone. The Flamster is 24 and about to hit is prime. Arsene, if you’re reading (He does according to Geoff’s inside source)… pay him whatever he wants because ManU paid £17 million for Hargreaves who isn’t half the player Flamini is! We don’t want another ‘Soleduwiltordpires’ type scenario!

Connelly has just left, fully justifying his billing as the next John Terry… cue outrage… cue media bleatings of Arsenal hate English players… cue ‘bore me later’ retorts from me.

People are saying he wasn’t given a chance, unlike Flamini and Song. Well, my belief is that if a player is going to make the grade, he will be loaned to a big Championship club (Birmingham – Nikki B) or a Premiership club (Song – Charlton).

For me, if you get loaned out to Colchester, you are being put in the shop window (Kerrea Gilbert – Southend). If you go to Colchester as a centre back and get played as a right back because you are struggling, you are probably not good enough and finally, if you get sold and the only bidder is QPR… you are not good enough. Be under no illusion guys, Premiership clubs scout our reserve team (Harry Redknapp said so a few months back and Roeder said he was looking at Traore for Newcastle here).

My last word on the subject is the ‘He is an England Under-21′, he must be good! Let me run some names past you before we get into that argument… Carl Cort, Francis Jeffers, Shola Ameobi, Matt Jansen, Daniel Cadamateri and Andy Impey! I’m not saying great players come through for the Under 21’s, I’m just saying it means nothing and remember the players I mentioned received the caps, Connelly hasn’t yet.

Gallas made a cryptic statement in an interview yesterday, he said,

I don’t really expect us to sign anyone. I think everything is fine. Perhaps if one player does leave then we have to buy, but if that is not the case then I think everything is okay as we are.

Who would that one player be Mr Gallas? Diarra, Gilberto or are you talking about Jens (Maybe he is talking about the rock that was Connelly… Saviour of English football… King amongst men!)? Who knows!

So, January is the month of the Cup game!

Sunday: Burnley (a) (FAC R3)
9 Jan: Tottenham (h) (CC SF1)
12 Jan: Birmingham (h)
19 Jan: Fulham (a)
22 Jan: Tottenham (a) (CC SF2).
26 Jan: ??? (FAC R4)
29 Jan: Newcastle (H)

Hopefully we’ll still be in all of them come Feb without any serious injuries! Its not a bad run of games before the build up to Meeelan is it?!

Have a good day Grovers!

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Eduardo clicks, as Arsenal Hammer the Hammers

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Eduardo took about a minute to score a wonder goal yesterday and Adebayor scored from an angle with the deftest of touches to make the ‘banana skin’ game a stroll.

We spent the second half giving a lesson in passing and never looked liked conceding to the team that beat the Mancs.

So that’s 13 points from our last 15, with wins over Chelsea, Spurs, Everton and West Ham with a tricky away point at Portsmouth, what a run! We never reached top gear and had our best player missing all but 20 minutes of those games, what are we going to be like when the boy wonder gets back?

We’ll miss Kolo and Eboue for a while, but all those games are very winnable, so by the time our first choice team is available we should be in great shape.

I looked at Clichy yesterday and thought, we got Gallas and him for Ashley Cole, what a piece of business that was! So thanks a lot Kenyon.

ManU and Chelsea looked far from convincing and with Liverpool a way back it’s in our hands.

The thing about this team is it will only get better, they’re young and eager, the other teams are as good as they’ll get, so as a back 9 team, the future looks very rosy.

I thought Rosicky looked great yesterday and although Theo was rusty, he looks like the player England have been waiting for, so it all bodes well for the team and the future.

Funny, but I’m starting to look forward to the Milan game.

I hope our two young centre backs step up and I’m sure they will, apart from Benzema I can’t see the boss buying anyone, I say Benzema because I think at the end of the season, he will cost vastly more and if Wenger likes him, and I think he does, he’ll sign him.

Before anyone asks me why I think that, it’s because he looks like a Wenger type signing and the Babel we never got this season because we waited too long.

Just my opinion, that’s all.

A great start to 2008 and as someone said yesterday, we never lose on New Years day, that makes 8 years now, I hope that stat was right or I’ll find out in a heartbeat today.

Have a great few days Grovers.

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