Defensive midfielder heading out on loan | Chesney sings with fans | Vela sensational bicycle kick video

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Spotted outside the Emirates

Well hello Monday! Freezing cold but all the better for the weekends pummeling of Wigan.

Newsworthy stories today include the story that Wolves might be taking Frimpong on loan for the second half of the season. Had this been 3 years ago, I’ve no doubt that wouldn’t have happened. He’s a talented boy with passion by the bucket load, but he needs to learn to calm his temper and he needs to refine his passing. I’ve no doubt he’s capable of doing that, but the learning curve shouldn’t happen in our starting 11.

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Arsenal drill out a high scoring victory playing in second gear.

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If only all football games were as easy as the one served up by Wigan yesterday. Arsenal took the Latics to pieces in 2nd gear. Four different players scored our goals and we managed to keep a clean sheet. The only disappointment was Song limping off. Hopefully it’s not too serious. It took an age to bring him off it was.

The game didn’t start off with a bang. It took us quite a while to feel our way into the afternoon. Wigan didn’t look dangerous but they managed quite a lot of possession in the opening 15. Gomes was guilty of missing an open goal early on after Chesney parried a cross into his path.

We eventually found our passing rhythm and began to cause Wigan problems. The opening goal came unexpectedly from Arteta. He was given time and space about 30 yards out, he took full advantage blasting a shot across Al-Habsi into the net. Quite spectacular and a demonstration of what happens when you have a crack on goal every now and then..

Our second goal didn’t take long to arrive. This time from an even more unexpected avenue. A back post corner was fired in, Vermaelen managed to leap highest and managed to put enough power on the header to guide it into the net. Terrible keeping, but great technique from the Belgian.

We nearly finished the half three up, Gervinho cut Robin in but the Dutchman’s shot was saved well by Al-Habsi.

Ramsey looked to have had a nailed on penalty in the first half, he had his arm pulled behind him and he hit the deck, Clattenburg was unmoved.

Our third goal came from some individual brilliance from Robin. He worked his way into the box after a smart one two with Song, he cut the ball back with a sublime piece of skill, crafted a yard of space, shot at the goal, Al-Habsi parried and Gervinho bundled the ball home.

Our final goal of the afternoon came when Theo beat Caldwell in a sprint, he stayed on his feet despite being pulled back, he raced on, waited for Robin, picked him out and the Dutchman finished in typical clinical fashion.

The game finished on a slightly sour note. Alex Song hobbled off with an injury. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious.

Conclusion

We drilled out a solid performance and took three points at a ground we’ve had problems at before. The team showed no sign of a Carling Cup hangover and we’re back to winning ways after our Fulham blip last week. A great start to December. Hopefully we can build on the shared responsibility of scoring and the all too rare clean sheet. We’re 5th in the league now, above Newcastle on goal difference.

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Onwards and upwards!

P.S. Who told Santa Claus about yesterday’s post? I got everything I asked for!


Wenger says no to striker | Gervinho makes Hazard recommendation | Wigan – Arsenal preview!

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Good morning! For the second time. So my technical issues are sorted… nothing a bit of aspirin couldn’t fix!

“If we have no injuries, we should get away with it because we have Chamberlain, who can play there. Park, Arshavin and Van Persie.

“So we still have offensive players, but we could be a bit short if we have an injury.”

The above quote is in reference to signing a striker in January. I’m not sure how to take the comment, generally when Wenger says he won’t buy, he means it. The thought of heading into the run in with just Chamakh and Park and hoping we’ll ‘get away’ with it sends shivers down my spine. Why just try and get away with it? Arsene Wenger is the guy who drives his car into the red part of the fuel gauge. You know there’s supposed to be 40 miles in the tank, you’ve heard it’s a legal requirement, but there’s every chance this is lie your mate Dave perpetuates down the pub. You could run out of fuel at any moment. If you make it back from Tesco’s without having to fill up… you’re a hero… if your car clinks to a spluttering halt. You’ve just cost yourself double what filling up would have done.

The cost of us running out of fuel could be the £25million Champions League money. I’m hoping he’ll see the light. I’m hoping he’s just made a motivational bluff. I don’t suppose Chamakh needs anything else to dent his almost non-existent confidence. A move for Di Natale would be perfect, Thierry for two months would be a sound move… hell, I’d even accept David Vila on loan.

Arsene… don’t be a plank, fill up the tank.

Wenger also took time out to dash a young Mexicans dream of joining the club.  Marco Fabian de la Mora will not be joining Arsenal. Despite having a fabulous name and bundles of enthusiasm, it appears his agent has been telling porkies in the press to land his man a move to the greater riches of Europe.

Gervinho has weighed in with his transfer recommendations. He says Arsenal should take Hazard from Lille.

“I would advise Mr Wenger to get Eden to pack his cases and come here. His game would really suit Arsenal’s.”

The wide man is going to be a huge talent wherever he decides to go. My guess is he’ll likely end up at Madrid. I’m not sure we could afford him and Gotze and the German does seem to be Wenger’s favoured target

Diaby picking up another injury is an interesting one. Wenger says that he’s put a lot of effort into sorting his broken body out and he’s very low after another set back. Now, I understand he doesn’t want to be injured, I understand it’s not his fault… but there does come a point when you have to ask if his squad place is killing the chance for someone else to progress? How long do you persist? If we’re so obsessed with value, where do we see it in Diaby? He’s never fit. Even when he is functioning, it’s not like we’re dealing with a world beater. I’d love to see what he could do with a 15 game run in the side, I just fear he’ll never manage that…

Wigan…

We take on Wigan in the dreaded north-west of England. They’re not a good side, so we should deal with them relatively easily. That said, they’ve caused us plenty of issues in the past. However, with the form we’re in league wise, they shouldn’t pose a threat. They’re not disciplined and they’re not particularly sharp in attack. We need to use today as an opportinuty to make up points and goal difference on those in front of us.

I’d love to see the goal duties shared out today and I’d love to see us play with some confidence and swagger. I’m expecting a big game from Theo and I’m hoping Gervinho breaks his goal duck and shows us all that he is top quality. I’m imagining the side is going line up like it has done so regularly this season.

Chesney

Kos Mertesacker Vermaelen Santos

Arteta Song Rambo

Gervinho Robin Theo

Lets bang in an early goal and hope our Saturday afternoon is a nice, simple 3 points!

Catch you tomorrow for the match report! For streams, see in the comments… there are always plenty!

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