The big one arrives but who will play? I know what I’d do… Winning the Olympics is a clue!

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So this is it, our defining moment, but who will play? Well yesterday I dared to suggest a midfield of Rosicky, Nasri and Diaby, and outside of Cesc, our most skilful midfield, a few people suggested I was as mad as a March Hare not suggesting Song.

I am amazed that people would find that midfield not the best we have, Nasri can mix it and for me takes over from Cesc, Diaby can be the enforcer and Rosicky can start the attacks, yes Song has improved no end, but for this game I believe we need pace and skill over the ability to stop attacks, what Porto did last time was to by-pass the midfield and that makes Song redundant.

We need to keep the ball, not worry about winning it back should we lose it, tonight is about being positive and go on the attack from the off, we cannot afford to let them score, if we have to use a DM then sure, use Song, but please leave Denilson in the cafeteria, I reckon a front line of Theo, Bendtner and Arshavin will click tonight and I have Bendtner down with Theo to score more than one apiece.

This is not about leaving Song out, it’s about having the most creative midfield in football, besides, since the ACN, Song has not had the form he showed before.

However, we all know Wenger will play Sagna at the back and the midfield will be Denilson, Song and Nasri, that then leaves Eboue free to play up front on the right, so it will be his team or mine and I hope he is brave and goes for skill over his favourites.

My team


Eboue Campbell Vermaelen Clichy

Rosicky Nasri Diaby

Walcott Bendtner Arshavin

Wenger’s team


Sagna Campbell Vermaelen Clichy

Denilson Nasri Song

Eboue Bendtner Arshavin

I watched us destroy Burnley on Saturday, we weren’t far off, but we left it late, keep the nucleus of that team together and it will pay dividends, bring Song on once we are 3 up, don’t waste the opportunity because this Porto team are there for the taking.

It reminds me of the battle of Quebec, Montcalm, the French general was camped in at the fortress of Quebec, General James Wolfe was with his army waiting in the St. Lawrence river with no way past the big French guns, what did he do next? He slipped past them at night, scaled the impossible heights of Abraham and when dawn broke the British army was behind them and ready, the battle was over in double quick time, Wolfe raced to a 3 nil lead before Montcalm had a chance to deploy his counter defensive midfield ploy, the Brits trashed the French and won Canada, and to this day Canada is still a colony and that’s why Great Britain won the winter Olympics.

So the moral of the story is surprise, do something they don’t expect, be bold Arsene and the day is yours, oh and forget the fact you are French, tonight you are batting for Harry, for England and St. George, go forth and seize the moment (Napoleon) tonight we go through to the quarter finals and get revenge on the fornicators from the bridge.

Have a great day grovers, tonight could and should be memorable.

And don’t forget I’m not dissing Song, I’m saving him for a rainy day, and tonight isn’t one of them.

No predictions but we’ll score two more than they do!


The BBC sums up what is wrong with the EPL, Terry, Cole and the moral compass.

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So I turn on the BBC news this morning at 5.58, eagerly anticipating my quick dose of the news and the ManU appreciation society. So what do I get? 7 minutes of the American oscars, what the hell is that all about, do I care? A bunch of actors, blowing smoke up themselves with their customary annual pat on the back, and the BBC use my money to send out a star struck twit bird, who’s old enough to know better, to report on them. Like we care! It’s embarrassing to let them think we are all as shallow as they are.

Then to top it, the film that wins it, was the biggest load of rubbish I’ve seen for years, the Dirtbox locker, it tries to show that America are the only country in Iraq dismantling bombs, who do they think they are? The only country that wins all the wars,  shame on you America. We should leave them alone and send our troops to the Falklands, let them sort out their own mess.

Then they show a bit when the SAS get involved, and you know what, they get killed by the insurgents, not the Americans though, they are way too good. Pukey, pukey.

I watched it with Mrs Bear, she didn’t make the end, she fell asleep, I only watched to the end because I paid for the DVD and won’t be beaten, what a load of vomit making, badly acted and directed crap.

So why does it sum up Broken Britain? Well it shows that even the BBC now consider celebrity above the news, and that my friends is what is wrong.

Terry, Cashley and Beckham all sold various events to the low life trailer trash magazines, I believe, and that shows that celebrity has taken over from reality, getting on in life and working hard is not important anymore, Jesus H, look at Gordon Brown’s wife, she has a dozen of them a week in Downing Street and that monster wasn’t even elected (nor was Gordon Brown, but that’s another matter).

So this appears to be the way this country and football is going, well not on my watch it isn’t! I’ll say it the way I feel like it should be said. Screw the underclass.


Porto next up, maybe with Cesc, maybe not, I would sooner rest him and keep him for the EPL, play the team we played on Saturday, minus Denilson and we should blow them away, we’ll have a different ref (from Portugal) and it won’t be the ref that did the Villa vs Mancs game, so in theory we should be alright.

I fancy Theo, Eboue and Rosicky to torment them, and with Nasri pulling the strings in the middle with Diaby, we should have more than enough in the locker.

I suspect Nikki will spring into life after the misses against Burnley, the last time I saw anyone miss that many open goals was… …well Bendtner , and funny enough it was against Burnley, so maybe we can chalk that down to it being his bogey team and move on.

Hopefully he’ll bring Campbell back to replace Silvestre and we’ll be more solid at the back, let them lose on him (Silvestre) and we may well concede, and that as we know will spell disaster, we need a goal, but we should try for 3 or 4, I will never feel safe with this keeper sitting on a 1 goal lead, so 3 goals in the first half will make me and 50,000 odd others at the ground feel more comfortable.

Good to see Theo back on track, good to see the Eboue we thought we had bought years ago and great to see Rosicky and Nasri playing like people conducting an orchestra at last.

I’m going for a comfortable win, but only if I see a team that resembles this.

Almunia (no choice, sorry)

Eboue Campbell Vermaelen Clichy

Rosicky Nasri Diaby

Theo Bendtner Arshavin

Have a great day today Grovers, today we start the big, big up, for tomorrow.


Theo, Bends and Nasri steal show! Jack Wilshere sickens me…

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Friday night turned into Saturday morning, so excuse me if this post is a little hazy…

I wont give you the normal blow by blow account of the action, but I’ll give you the jist of the match and let you lot dissect the rest like you normally do!

The opening goal came from a magical piece of Samir Nasri ingenuity and a superb piece of finishing from our main man. Nasri was about 10 yards from the edge of the area surveying the blockade of Burnley players for an opening, he ended up playing one of those chipped passes I normally despise, up and over the Burnley back line where Cesc was on hand to half volley between Jensen’s legs… absolutely magical.

The next goal came from an Arsenal defensive brain freeze. The ball was cleared, our defense bombed forward, Burnley headed straight back, the ball managed to sail past the whole defence, Nugent chipped into the top corner. Completely against the run of play, yet typical of our defending this year.

Arsenal proceeded to batter the Jensen’s goal, the Dane continued his long run of excellent form against us. He hadn’t banked on Theo finding his shooting boots… he ran at the Burnley goal, cut inside and slotted the ball into the far corner with his left foot! Superb play and well deserved. Not sure what the celebration was all about… I’m sure the match of the dayers will be able to tell me!

The game felt like it was on tenterhooks despite Burnley rarely threatening our supremacy. Our fears were eased when Arshavin took it upon himself to beat a couple of men and bury the ball neatly inside the beasts near post.

Arsenal took the three points everyone expected them to and the quest for the title was kept alive.

There will be a lot of talk about Nik’s finishing today… it was appalling, but a few things need to be taken into account. His scoring record has been pretty good recently, he hit the target plenty of times today and he worked really hard. Today was one of those days, I’m pleased he’s making more intelligent runs, I’m pleased the crowd backed him the whole way and I’m pleased he’s playing for us. He’ll be a player and a half, mark my words.

Theo Walcott displayed the best parts of his game and the worst. He scored a great goal and far more of a goal threat today… he used his pace and played with far more decisiveness than usual, but there were still plenty of shocking decisions and very poor passes. If Theo is to become a legend, he has to work far harder than someone like Thierry, because he’s not naturally as gifted. Still, if Lennon can become a player, so can Theo. Hopefully he’ll make the world cup squad. Loved watching him kick off with the Burnley player who slid in rashley… more of the same Theo!

Samir Nasri looked the business today, he was all over the park and really stepped up after Cesc went off. Diaby also played superbly, he really is starting to deliver on his massive potential. Denilson didn’t have much to do, what he did do was sloppy and poorly executed. I don’t like to pick on players, but his form has been very poor in the second half of this season.

Manchester United wobbled against Wolves and were out of sorts. Unheard of in seasons past. They never normally stutter, so great news for us. We continued to beat weak opposition which is arguably the key ingredient to winning the league. It’s also worth noting that potential banana skin, Birmingham City slumped to a loss against Pompey. If we can take Spurs and City, we could make this one of the most memorable Championships ever.

Keep em’ crossed for Cesc’s hammy!

Overall, a great day out. Bring on the next game. I believe, I hope you do to!

P.S. A big well done to Jack Wilshere on scoring his first goal for the Trotters. I can’t tell you how pleased I am you have contributed to Bolton’s Premiership survival (Do I have to put some sort of wink there to indicate jest?). Oh, and a big thanks to all those I met before the game, a pleasure as always!