We need to be brave, or at least realise what we have is not enough.

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Ok I’m on match report duty as Pedro didn’t make the last game of the season. Let me start by saying there were huge gaps all around the stadium, I have never seen that in all my time as an Arsenal season ticket holder and that is a long time, last game of the season, wow. Then come the Arsenal lies about 60,180 something in the stadium, sure there were, even blind Arsene could see that there were at least 10,000 empty seats, when the players walked around the pitch at full time the ground was half empty, and again, that I have never seen before, so I hope him and his players copped that little message. In fact even the red action section looked light.

We played well but we only played a depleted Fulham who were clearly thinking about Wednesday, I watched the game from a box so had to behave myself, I was also in the company of winning Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher and his son so I watched the game sober and made comments like, what a good goal, and I’m glad we didn’t spend £8million on Chris Smalling.

It was a typical end of season rout and there was only going to be one winner regardless of Fabianski and his flaps, he is 6′ 4″ tall and jumps for the ball whilst going down, very odd that.

I had us down for 5 and we did score 5 so I wasn’t far off, Robin looked sharp and Arshavin and Vela scored peaches, Djourou coming back looked good and I think he’ll be a great centre back, a bit of a crock though so we can’t bank on him for a full season. If you want to know what we need in a centre back then look no further than Sol Campbell, who was again our best player yesterday.

We need to sign a centre back like him, now this is where I would be brave, William Gallas is 32 and hasn’t finished a season in the last 3 years, so I am puzzled as to why on earth Wenger is offering him another 2 years. I think him and Vermaelen are top, top players but there record for me isn’t so great, they conceded a lot between them, yes I put a lot of that down to atrocious keeping but they are footballers and not stoppers, here’s my solution, say goodbye to Gallas and make Vermaelen a DM. Not instead of Song, but as well as Song, he has pace, can tackle and can score.

Then go and buy two centre backs in the Campbell mode, like a Cahill, or a Shawcross, yes I can hear you all saying what??? But that’s what we need, a couple of playground bullies that will worry forwards, not a pair of good footballers like we currently have. I’m not suggesting Shawcross, I’m saying, like a Shawcross.

If we had Buffon in goal, or Hart, the defence will feel confident and that will have a knock on effect through the team, if we have Vermaelen and Song in the midfield then we have a barrier that few will pass. Diaby is a luxury player, one that can either turn a game or go missing, trouble is I’m not sure what one we get and I believe the team feels the same way.

Either way we must get rid of the two keepers, they are costing us and everyone I know feels the same way. Wenger, please listen, you must see they are just not good enough.

We need an out and out goalscorer up front, like a Drogba, but that won’t happen, maybe a cheeky bid for Benzema would do it, then we could sell Eduardo and possibly Vela. Nikki B will make it one day, but not yet and we will need 4 strikers, we always have injuries and next season will be no different to this.

Some will say Benzema hasn’t done it at Real, but he hasn’t had a run, and he will score a lot of goals in the right team, don’t forget last season he was a £40million striker.

I think it’s time to give up on Theo as a winger, he isn’t, he’s a Michael Owen type, a striker, an inside forward and he should be used as one, he is wasted on the wing and he can’t defend.

So that brings me on to the wing, Sagna and Clichy are shocking crossers, with Chamakh we need crossers of the ball, so a winger or two is what we need. Who? I don’t know, SWP maybe, but he is 29 and for me that’s too old.

Time to bring Wilshere back and play him, where? Again I don’t know, but not to have a talent like him in the side is just stupid.

Denilson needs to go, why? Because he is just not good enough, Eastmond is way better already.

So I would say goodbye to Almunia, Fabianski, Gallas, Silvestre and Denilson, I would put Diaby in the last chance saloon and if he won’t try Vermaelen in the midfield then buy someone, now whether that’s a Melo or and Inler, I don’t care, but we need someone in there who’s name doesn’t end in son.

Today the rumour mill is in full flow, Chamakh will arrive on June 1st, so there has to be another that will arrive before the world cup, my guess is it’s Melo.

If we don’t get in some class, the spuds will, the chavs will and both manc teams will, if we don’t watch it, we’ll slide down the table next year, be warned Arsene, you are also in the last chance saloon.

Have a great day Grovers, at least we finished above the spuds!


Let’s enjoy the day, finishing 3rd is our goal, let’s give them and us a good send off.

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So this is it then, the end of a strange season, one that started with no hope, filled with injuries, then massive hope, then nothing, but we still continue to qualify for the champions league and as you saw from the spuds celebrations, it is a very much sought after tag, top four.

Rumour is that we are after Robert Green, although I would have him over what we have, I still want us to sign Hart or Buffon, we should stop trying for bargain basements buys, and Green is not a big keeper, remember when the great late Brian Clough bought Peter Shilton for £1million 400 years ago? I do, and people thought it was a lot to pay for a keeper, but as George Graham proved with David Seaman, a great goalie is worth what you pay and as Arsene Wenger has proved a cheap one will always cost you eventually.

We talked briefly yesterday about centre backs and who we should go after, inadvertently I stumbled on where I think we go wrong and what we should be after.

We seem to sign athletes that can play football, players like Gallas that try and play there way out of trouble. Our history has showed us that players like Adams, Bould and Keown were top stoppers, where having the ball in the stands was more important that threading a silky pass through 9 players, defend first, play the offside trap and everything else will fall into place.

Many great defenders started off as forwards, players like Campbell and Cole started off as centre forward and left winger respectively, so they know how to bomb forward and they know when to hoof it into row X. So my feeling is lets go for a big lump, someone who can get in the way and terrorise the forwards coming at them.

Don’t forget they used to call Tony Adams the Donkey, and he was one of the worlds best.

Onto today, the talk is that Roy Hodgson will field a weakened team, so what? So will we, I think they are dangerous no matter who they select, we need to get in their faces and score early, the longer we go without a goal the more nervous we will get, it kind of reminds me the last time we had this type of game, it was our last game at Highbury (I think) we were playing Wigan and the spuds were at Upton Park, the Boleyn ground, this was the famous Lasagnegate game, this time though we only need a draw.

I think we’ll spank them, so I am going for a 5 nil win, something to cheer us up over the summer, this will be a summer of speculation, let’s hope it not one of disappointment.

Yeah sorry, it was a prediction!

We’ll be here all summer as usual, but enjoy today, this is it until the pre season friendlies against the Austrian giants, then the Emirates Cup.

Don’t forget to take your Wenger-notes and let him know that we want him to spend some money, after all it’s ours, not his!

Have a great day Grovers, it wasn’t a great season, let’s hope the team gives us a send off to remember!


I have the answer to our problems, lets have a Coalition at the Arsenal!

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Okay lets all stop the squabbling, we have the ‘Arsene know bests’ on the left, we have the ‘Arsene’s lost it’ to the right and we have the ‘give him one more seasoners’ in the middle.

So I have a very ‘todays fashion’ idea as a solution, and we could do it all in house, tell me what you think.

Retire Pat Rice, Pat I love you mate but a change is needed, bring in Steve Bould as your new number two, he’s in your academy so it’s progression and he’s your choice, he will be more vocal and knows the younger players. We need freshening up, you and Pat are getting stale.

Bring in Keown as the defensive coach, him or Adams. Bring in Seaman as the goal keeping coach, and buy Joe Hart or Buffon, no one else will do, my choice is Hart.

If you don’t have Bould as your number two then swap that idea with Keown, he’ll be vocal and frankly that’s what you need Arsene, someone to challenge you and your autocratic way of running Arsenal football club.

As I have said many times before, a football club should be run prudently, it should work spend only what it can afford but it is not a business and should not be run as one.

A football club is more a public service, it has paying fans that give it the money, not shareholders, yes Arsenal does have shareholders but they don’t get paid a dividend, if Arsenal were a business, then it would pay a dividend, but it isn’t and it doesn’t.

Businesses don’t have 60,000 fans paying them entrance money every 2 weeks and businesses rarely sell merchandising, so I get fed up when I hear that we are a business, we are most definitely not.

So if we have a transfer budget, it is the duty of the management to spend it, that’s what it’s there for, to improve the team, to freshen up the dressing room and to give the fans something to smile about and of course to brag about.

So to sum up, a coalition could be just what Arsenal need to bring us some silverware, no one loses face, we are crap at the back and Wenger has admitted he is not a great knowledge on keepers, bring in someone that is, then and listen to what people are saying.

Tomorrow we talk about the game, Today spare a though for Pedro who is on a mountain hiking sponsored walk somewhere in the countryside, I’m meeting him and his brother tomorrow but I’m not sure what sort of shape he’ll be in after an 18 mile hike! I’m not sure what the charity is but Let’s wish him luck! Any kind of charity work is good work.

Have a great day today Grovers, tomorrow is the last game until July, let’s all enjoy it!