Arsenal have two English kids so technically gifted they have nothing to learn

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No I don’t mean Manuel! Which I do find strange, he just about gets the Arsenal job ahead of mad Jens, now he wants to change nationality, I hope he doesn’t go home too often!

One bit on Anelka then it’s on to pastures positive today.

The boss says that Anelka leaving was his biggest regret, then says that he is an amazing player with the best footballing years ahead of him and what a great buy Chelsea have, so why if all that’s true, didn’t he not sign him? Especially as he said he wanted to come home???? Biiiiiizarrrrre!

Ok that’s for you guys to mull over, news that we have all but signed an English kid from Gillingham called Luke Skywalker, sounds good, but I would
sooner have heard that Madrid, Barca and ManU were after him, rather than West Ham and Newcastle! Wenger said,

‘I like him, I met the boy, his personality, he looks alert. He’s a striker and at 15 years of age to play for the first team sometimes is something special.’

Wenger also had this to say about the English kids,


‘I believe once the English kids get up to the level of Europe technically they will win trophies because they have a mental side that is usually stronger. You have the same problems in England that people have everywhere in the world. You just become naturally a bit softer.’

Exciting stuff eh? The article also had this to say,

‘Wenger even said that Arsenal had two English 13-year-olds who were so gifted that “technically” they have “nothing to learn”.’

If people were a little more long sighted and took the time to investigate what Arsene is doing with his academy maybe they wouldn’t be so judgmental every time England lost a game. Catch the whole article here.

So I noticed that the comments section was a bit down in the dumps yesterday.

Read on,

  • We are top of the league
  • We are still in the Champions League
  • We are still in the Carling Cup and our reserves are unbeaten against the Spuds
  • We have solved our keeping crisis
  • We have 2 of the best creative midfielders in the World
  • Flamini is the best holding midfielder in the Premiership
  • We have the best full backs in the Premiership
  • William Gallas has been a revelation as Captain
  • We play the best football in the World
  • We have a plan B
  • We are nearly the richest club in the world
  • We are British owned for the next 5 years
  • Arsene Wenger, the best manager in world football is retiring with us

Think positive guys, things have not been better in 3 years!

Like Bud said in the comments yesterday, sing… ‘We are top of the league, say we are top of the league!’

Feeling better? I thought so!

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Gilberto wants to stay, Diarra wanted to be dropped.

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So Diarra asked to be dropped as his head wasn’t right for the spuds game??? Can you imagine saying to your boss, ‘my head isn’t right can I have the week off and keep my £30k a week salary? It’s unbelievable!

Gilberto wants to stay and fight and although I’m not too fussed, it’s admirable and it’s the Arsenal way, so well done Bertie.

Denilson is looking to break into the National side and he wants Dunga to see that him and Gilberto work, what the fuck is he smoking?

Did he not watch the Spurs game again? I did, almost every time he had the ball, he gave it away, if these guys can’t see that for most of that game they were rubbish, then we’re in big trouble for the replay.

Emperor’s clothes I think.

Gallas says it’s in our hands this season and he’s right.

Robin is a crock so we need to get someone in to play the 9 months of the year when he’s injured, sorry Robin, but it’s true.

Center back situation calls for Hoyte to show why he could do a Kolo and become our third center back.

Not a lot else happening Grovers until the pre match blog tomorrow.

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Sneak peak at Diarra’s future training facilities – Theo shoulders responsibility – Lehmann tribute

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So Diarra managed to sulk his way out of the squad last night. Wenger apparently said on ATVO that only Jen’s would be able to leave the club this window, so a move to Newcastle is looking increasingly unlikely unless Wenger lets him leave on loan. If you’re reading this Diarra, take a look at the inferior facilities on offer at Newcastle.

Newcastle training facilities
Even the Coach couldn’t believe how small the goals were.

You won’t get it better than you have it at Arsenal Diarra, ask Lupoli, PV04, TH14, Pires, Overmars, Petit and Glen Helder. The fans have taken to you but it won’t last long if you keep up the sulk. Show some grit and make this move work!

Off the tedium that is transfer exit talk and onto the first leg of the Carling Cup Semi finals!

My pre match Thoughts (I hope this doesn’t make me look too silly!)

I am writing this well before kick off (1745 if your reading this boss, I start at 0800). I am nervous because we have a weakened back 4. What is making me more nervous is that this weakened back four is the back four we will be playing in the Premiership when Monsieur Gallas injures himself in the next two weeks (Come on guys, you know it will happen!). However, I am predicting a resurgent Senderos. The pressure is slightly off as it is the Carling cup and if they keep a clean sheet and put in a good performance against two of the deadliest strikers in the Prem it will boost their confidence massively.

I am also worried Wenger is going to play Denilson and Gilberto in centre midfield, which is an improvement on Diarra and Gilberto, but I would like to see Diaby in his true position.

Match Review (Brief as usual Grovers!)

So I says to the the kebab man, ‘listen up fucko, if you delivered, you’d earn more dough!’… He said, ‘There is no market for it; eat up and fuck off!’… I retorted, ‘Fuck you kebab man, your business acumen is poor and your kebabs; though tasty are derived from dog meat!’… ‘Sorry…Oh, I’ll have it wrapped!’.

Its what happened, I swear!

Anyway, onto Arsenal stuff…

Our reserves against their first team. My Spud mate asked how we could call that team a reserve team. I said that’s how much depth we have and it was true! There weren’t many first teamers on show last night.

So in summation.

Big Phil had a shocker (Bar his humorous flick out of his ass to knock Berbabtov over which resulted in a free kick just outside the box), JD got injured but didn’t play to well. Bendtner was non existent all game, but that was due to the lack of creativity in midfield (Denilson was quiet). Traore was much better than he was at the weekend. Fabianski played very well, making some a couple of great saves. Theo played well but lacked a strikers instinct until he cleverly shouldered the ball in (England call up Fabio) for our equaliser, Hoyte played well (England call up Fabio?), Sagna looked powerful at CB, Eduardo looked like he set up the goal and it looked to me like the Arsenal reserves pulled off a draw against one of the best attacking units in the Prem, oh and Fabio got busted by Sky picking his nose… gross.

One of my Spud mates said to me after the game they should have won 3-0, then when I asked him to tell me why he couldn’t answer. Sure, Spurs carved us open at will during the game, but they didn’t test the keeper to many times.

So well played to the second string, you were great.

Remember chaps, that was a reserve team out there against a side that many people predicted would finish in the top 4. To get a draw after going a goal down is a great achievement.

If there are any people out there that think Arsene is going to field a stronger side in the next leg, think on!

“No, we have made decisions that will stand for the second leg. I am convinced we can do it”

Jen’s appears to be off, once again… Jen’s, we loved you and will never forget that save from Ole Gunnar.

Good luck old boy!

So onward and upwards! I just want to make a quick point before I fuck off to work… Who do Spurs have in their team who would get into the England team now? No one… Hoyte and Walcott have more chance than Defoe (Nice hair cut + nice miss), Dawson, Robinson, King, Danny Zucko (I mean Jenas) and Bent because they are all shite… Fuck buying English if that’s what it gets you… Read this if my point needs any more clarification that buying English is generally an expensive and bad idea.

Happy Wednesday Grovers, and remember to post your suggestions for Le Chump (Jermaine Jenas’s stylist?) and Le Champ (Jermain Defoe for spooning that shot?) of the week in the comments section!


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