Good morning Grovers!
When I watched the Arsenal game on Wednesday I drank 5 pints of Guinness and woke up fresh as a daisy, last night I drank 5 pints of Vedette (It meant nothing Peroni) and sadly, this morning it feels like someone beat me over the head with a pair of Eboue’s dancing shoes.
Anyway, plenty of stuff to be getting on with!
First up, did you hear the one about the drug smugglers who used a framed Adebayor painting to sneak £3000 worth of cannabis into the country? No? Well, it’s true. Seriously, 1) Who in their right mind would ever import a picture of that muppet to put on their wall 2) The painting was sent to a Tottenham address.
Blimey, they don’t make drug dealers like they used to…
There’s a humorous quip in there somewhere and it’s Friday… I’ll leave that to the joke merchants in the comments!
Rumours are abound that Samir Nasri is about to put pen to paper on a new deal worth a whopping £75k a week. That’s good news for Arsenal. I had my doubts about the previously chubby Frenchman. His talent has never been under question, though his character and levels of fitness were conversation topics on numerous occasions last season.
This summer he lost some weight, took some mean pills and he’s focused his efforts into becoming one of the most exciting players in Europe. Long may that continue!
Alex Angelo thought he’d e-mail me in a new song they’ve been singing about Nasri in the ground. Apparently the timing is a touch shocking for the other one.
If your happy we got Nasri clap your hands (clap hands twice),
if your happy we got Nasri clap your hands (clap hands twice),
were so happy we got nasri,
and this song will surely show it,
if your happy we got Nasri clapp your hands (clap hands twice)
That is a nice song isn’t it? Learn it and sing it tomorrow regardless of whether he’s playing!
Arsenal take on Leeds in the FA Cup, a game that I will be attendance for. Geoff’s brother is a massive dirty Leeds fan. I asked if he wanted to join me tomorrow to which he declined. He doesn’t want to sit in the Leeds end, despite being an ardent away follower because the jibes about cockneys make him angry. Surprising the Bear has an angry relation.
Arsene Wenger will probably be making 62 changes to the starting 11, hopefully that won’t affect us too badly, we really shouldn’t be struggling against any Championship side regardless of how well they’re playing.
The exciting news is that we should at the very least be seeing Aaron Ramsey and Kieron Gibbs in the squad. It’ll be great to have those two coming back to full fitness in January. According to sources close to the club, Arsenal.com already have this article drafted ready for February 1st.
I’m looking forward to seeing Chesney between the sticks tomorrow. He’s a very good goalkeeper and though he’s not been offered the number one spot at the moment, I’m surely he’s only a Fabianski injury away from taking over. Tomorrow, he must not be complacent, every home game is an opportunity to curry favour with the home fans. I hope he goes into this game 100% focused.
I occasionally catch a glimpse of what he writes on twitter. The shame of that platform is that it highlights how ill educated the English players are in comparison to the foreign guys. Craig Eastmond can hardly spell, I have no idea what JET is writing half the time and don’t even get me started with some of the younger ones. The only player Le Grove follows is JD, just so you know we don’t do any of that kissing up malarkey.
More exciting news hit LG towers yesterday. A team from a faraway land who go by the name of Galatasaray have shown an interest in taking world class goalkeeper, Manual Almunia back to Eurasia. If you’re a fan of the Turkish club and you’re thinking of writing an article to garner support for this purchase, let me tell you Le Grove and all its readers believe the Spaniard to be the most underrated keeper in Europe, sign him and you’ll be signing a gem.
Inbound transfer news once again sees us linked with Eden Hazard. The 19 year old Belgian is ripping up the French League at the moment and he’s drawing mental comparisons of Ribery. The difference this time is that we have the money to pay whatever is required, we have the desire to move from the player and contractually, I’m sure we’d be able to play him before the watershed.
This is a prime example of a player who clearly has it all to be a world-class. Like Bobby Pires and Freddie before they left their clubs. You can bang on about knowing nothing from Youtube, well, I hate to break it to you, but Samir Nasri and Andrey Arshavin were Youtube sensations as well.
Snap him up Arsene, before Madrid do!
Finally, before I go, a few after thoughts about the City game.
To all the City fans moaning I wouldn’t let them on yesterday, well, I was stuck in Ellesmere Port, Geoff is in Thailand and we can’t currently afford a comment moderator to work in our absence. Something I’m sure the Sheikhs lay on for City bloggers.
I think as Arsenal fans, sometimes we do have a blinkered view that teams should come and play to our strengths. We’ve been starved of tactically astute management for the best part of 15 years. That’s not a criticism, we’re usually stocked full of players who are too good for tactics. That’s why we shouldn’t get too bent out of shape about City’s approach. They knew if they came to play, they were getting a spanking. Instead, they parked the bus and came away with one more point than Chavski and Spurs did on Wednesday.
£300million really should be able to buy your manager more options than that, clearly it doesn’t, which goes to show you how well we do on our comparatively limited budget.
Dare I say it, perhaps Arsene should be having a think about what City did when considering how to play against Barcelona.
Another point I was thinking about yesterday was the unfair treatment Chamakh appears to be receiving. His goal record has been far superior to Robins this year, yet he’s been demoted to 2nd substitute. Robin is a class above the Moroccan and we need to get him fit, but selection clearly isn’t on merits if he’s constantly getting in ahead of a striker who’s scoring goals. The pitfalls of a competitive squad I guess. This time last year we were wondering where the goals were going to come from full stop (until Nik B stepped up)!
Right, that’s your lot today… if you’re feeling frivolous, drop a comment in the section below, we’d love to have you onboard!
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