Nikki B in demand, time for Arsenal to prove Arsene Wenger’s project youth can work?

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How so? Some of our more cynical readers may say, and something penned by the Bear? What’s the catch? Well now it emerges our talented frontman Nicklas Bendtner has also attracted interest from Ajax should they lose Suarez, earlier the Bayern president said he would have him in a flash, well I would have Schweinsteiger in a heartbeat or Suarez in a swap deal anyday for our highly rated Dane.

Now as far as I’m concerned Cesc will eventually go, of that there is no doubt and everytime he goes away with the Spanish squad or whenever he goes on holiday these Cesc to Barca rumours will persist, just like they used to with Paddy, and that was really tedious, he’s also started to get injured a lot so maybe it’s time to cash in on project youth and make it pay off.

We would get at least £50mil for Cesc, Schweinsteiger could easily replace him, Suarez would replace Bendtner and we could do all that and still have money in the bank.

Keep Cesc and we could still do great business in any kind of Bendtner swap, so why am I touting Bendtner? Well because I’m fed up with his leaving threats, if he was a top striker I could understand, maybe somewhere else he would flourish, but I think his Arsenal days are numbered, so cash in.

I have to have a little chuckle when I read that Nasri is proof that certain policies are paying dividends, I hate to burst that little bubble but he was only £2mil off our record signing, we paid £11mil for a teenager and this season we are seeing it pay off, but we all saw the youtube clips when he was at Marseille and he was called the new Zidane, so it really shouldn’t be a massive surprise should it. We didn’t discover an 8 year old in La Paz working in a copper mine and pay 6 Pesos for him did we!

Samir I’ve always loved you, keep it up son, you really are shaping up to be our very own Zidane.

The bit written on Alex Song by Arsene worries the life out of me, if we let him roam up front at random next Monday, we’ll get murdered, keep him at the back defending the hapless defence Arsene or we will be punished. If Squillaci could head the ball towards the oppositions goal like he headed Koscielny, he would be a real goal threat, until he does, I’m dreaming of a Vermaelen Djourou pairing sooner rather than later, having a Subotic or a Sakho would turn us from hopefuls to nailed-ons but that won’t happen because the boss won’t admit he bought two pups in the summer.

I still think he’ll move Almunia out and Given in though, I know he said he wouldn’t be buying unless he loses someone, but I think he chose his words carefully and if Vermaelen doesn’t make it back soon, then he may be tempted to go for someone else at the back as well, but as I said, I won’t hold my breath.

And don’t forget folks, we still have Ramsey and Diaby to return from injury, Oh and Diaby is the tall French guy that got injured against Sunderland 4 years ago!

There is a small part of me that doesn’t care what happens in the ECL, that part is the part that will allow us to concentrate on the league and domestic cups, if Wenger doesn’t think we are favourites to win our own league, what chance does he think we’ll have against the rest of Europe?

I’m a little bleary eyed this morning as I stayed up to watch England humiliate the Aussies in the second test, so my sympathies go out to all our Australian cousins, bad luck old chaps and better luck next time, and by that I mean the next time the Ashes are played for, because this series has long gone!

Have a great day Grovers, tomorrow we have a little housekeeping to take care of.


Arsenal form players earning their corn | How fixture pile up can work for us

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A quick post from me today, I feel rougher than Luke Chadwick’s cheek this morning and sadly, it’s not alcohol induced!

I guess the first place to start is the superb form of Super Samir Nasri. He’s near enough matched his goal tally of the past two seasons combined and we’re not even in the new year. He’s found a new grit and determination in his game that he certainly  hasn’t demonstrated previously and he looks extremely fit. Confidence if flowing through his game and the best part is he isn’t hiding on the pitch this year.

We were in big trouble at the weekend, a draw against Fulham wouldn’t have derailed our title aspirations but it would have proved once again that we lack the consistency to put a decent run together and it could have left us chasing or worse, not capitalising on another poor Chelsea result. Nasri stepped up where last year he would have melted into the background. That’s fantastic news… lets hope he puts pen to paper on that new contract.

It’s also great that with Cesc out the side, Rosicky has come in and done a good job but the player who is really exciting me is Arshavin. He’s finding his form again. He’s taking on players and beating them, he’s showing ambition and accuracy in his passing and he’s showing that cheeky swagger he did when he first arrived at the club. He’s a dream player, we just need to see it more often!

I’m also really chuffed with the emergence of Johann Djourrou. Many people over the years have said that he’s not good enough for Arsenal and I certainly was in that bracket at the start of the season. I felt he was a bit error prone and rash in the tackle. However, since he returned to the team, bar a few shaky performances, he’s really started to find his way. He’s dominant in the air but he’s also a terrific reader of the game. He intercepts a lot of passes and he’s a no frills defender on the deck.

The most impressive aspect of his personality though is his professionalism. He’s been unfairly dropped a few times this year for the more error prone Kozzer and he hasn’t muttered any words of discontent. He’s just got his head down and waited for his chance. On Saturday he was superb and he brought a calming influence to the back line.

So next up this week is Partizan Belgrade at home. I have total confidence we’re going to smash them on Wednesday. After that it starts to get interesting as we go up to an in form Manchester United. If we can snatch 3 points there, I really will start believing. After that we play Stoke at home which I’d imagine we’ll win. Then it’s Chelsea at home, followed by Wigan, Birmingham and Manchester City.

This is a massive month for Arsenal. A pal of mine who is close to the game reckons Wigan and Birmingham in that busy 3-4 day period will suit us. There’s not enough time for them to practice playing Arsenal for a week on the training ground and clubs like those two wont be used to playing that many games in that shorter space of time. So really, the big games are City, who are very suspect this year and Chelsea… who are in a bit of a free fall at the moment internally and on the pitch.

Say it quietly, but is Lady luck on our side this year? We’ll have to wait and see!

In other news, JET will be sent out on loan if an opportunity arises. Hopefully it’ll be to a Premiership club and hopefully he’ll have a similar impact to Jack @ Bolton. He needs games under his belt and he needs to toughen up at a rough club. The Sunday Mirror also picked up on my story about Vermaelen hopefully being back before January, slow to the post eh? There’s also an interesting article about attendances over on a M** *nite* blog worth reading. On the transfer front, I’ve heard that it’s probably going to be very quiet. No secret coded messages, no reverse psychology, no reinforcements… no surprise!

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Arsenal top of the league… that’s all that matters, right?

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After not attending the game yesterday due to the icy situation, I watched the game on a stream that was all over the place with Geoff and a buddy. So I’m probably not in the best situation to tell you how amazing we were.

What I could garner from the 15 frames a minute was that we took the lead as always. Samir Nasri scored a superb solo goal after picking up a Arshavin through ball, he cut back twice and roofed his shot in WBA fashion to put us ahead.

As usual, we conceded in Charlie Chaplin fashion. From what I saw, Koscielny head butted Squillaci, Song slid into the situation, they all missed the ball allowing Fulham to slip a hopelessly simple ball through the lot of them which gave Camara the simplest of finishes.

Our game fell to pieces for a while. We all wondered if we had it in us to level it push on. Turns out we did, Robin Van Persie picked up the ball on the edge of the area, instead of rifling it he laid it off to Super Nasri who took the ball past one Fulham man, took it past the keeper, took it five yards past left post, pirouetted the wrong way and slipped the ball back across goal and buried it in spectacular fashion! An incredible winner worthy of Lionel Messi like hyperbole!

The Frenchman stole the show, Chelsea collapsed against Everton, Spurs dropped two points against the Brum and Arsenal took the advantage and heroically went top of the league!

Don’t worry about Fabianski flapping needlessly for another cross that could have cost us. Don’t worry about the performance being colder than a bag of north London slush. Forget that we panicked for 60 minutes and entertained Fulham when we shouldn’t have.

We’re top of the league, we’ve got more points than anyone else and we have time to work on our glaring problems. Some how, we’re doing better than everyone else… so let’s marvel and gloat about that because it could all change by next week!

I still think we could win the league, we just need to address a few issues like communication, keeping and defending as a team. The sooner we get Vermalen back, the better. The sooner we can figure out how to integrate Robin Van Persie the better. The sooner Cesc comes back… well, it wouldn’t be for the better because we looked more creative than we have in while without him.

Have a great day Grovers and gloat like we’d just won the Champions League of the Universe!

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