Great to win in Cologne yesterday as those boys are no mugs, fantastic debut for new boy Gervinho, he looked sharp as a pin and shot on sight, I bet he got a bollocking for that!
He reminded me of Ian Wright, I know it was only 25 minutes, but he did score 2 goals and he did hit it first time, very, very Wrighty!
Jenkinson scored an outrageous own goal but at least he was defending, I don’t blame him for that and I’m sure Lee Dixon did something similar on his debut, didn’t Silvinhio do the same on his? That will build his character.
The first half was as good as the second half was bad, apart from Alex Song giving away his usual sloppy, dopey foul on the edge of our area inside the first five minutes we had the game under control, the second half went back to tippy tappy boring football again, so no change there but we really do have defensive issues, we need a centreback and a DM, if we do that the team will get confident and we will be a force next season.
Unfortunately for us, Ramsey and Wilshere looked a great pairing, so good that I’m worried we’ll lose Nasri and Cesc and won’t replace them, which is great until we get injuries. I’m not sure what role he has in mind for Conor Henderson, but he does seem to play him a lot, bringing Afobe on at the end suggests to me we won’t be going after another striker, so Gervinho looks like a direct replacement for Bendtner, if of course he eventually goes.
I was looking at Wilshere and thinking this kid really is world class, and miles better than Cesc was at his age, we really are lucky we have him, and with Ramsey alongside we have the makings of a long term partnership there, so I think we should forget Cesc, get in a replacement and move on.
There are rumours that we are ready to accept Thiago and £25mil for him, now I know a lot of you are worried that this is a shite deal as he’ll want to go home, he won’t, Barca don’t value him as much as Cesc so he won’t want to return.
I think Thiago will be better long term and his value will go up, if that deal is on offer we should seize it with both hands, but cash up front, no more credit, get it done soon though before they change their minds, mark my words Cesc will be more injury prone than Robin Van Persie.
I remember watching Joe Hart at the under 21’s a few years back, I said on this blog we should buy him as he’ll be England’s new number one, I watched Thiago at this years under 21’s, he impresses me massively, him and Mata, so I would be very surprised if this deal is on the table, delighted, but surprised.
I was trying to put a team together from what I saw yesterday, what do you think?
Mannone or Chezzer
Sagna Koscielny(no choice) Vermaelen Gibbs(no choice)
Wilshere Song(no choice) Ramsey
Theo Robin Gervinho
If we bought Cahill over Jagielka and a top, top DM then I think we have the makings of a top team, I would also get a decent left back because Gibbs will get injured, and another midfielder like a Mata or a Schweinsteiger. I would get a big lump in like a Tiote or Sissoko, a nutter like De Jong who has stalled on signing a new contract or don’t laugh but a Joey Barton type.
The forward movement of this team was wonderful to watch in the first half, with Arshavin, Rio and Robin in the mix we have options, Nasri I would keep but only if he signs a new contract, doing our transfer budget on pay rises is not only a bad idea it would set the tone for the remaining players.
In Theo, Ramsey and Jack we have players that can pick the locks of defences and once Jack finds the net they’ll be no stopping him, yesterday really cheered me up but it also showed how desperately we need those two players we don’t yet have, it would be great to sign them in time for next week, Jagielka is 3 years older than Cahill and not as good, he also has a bad injury record. I hope we aren’t going after him over Cahill, I’d have him for sure, but I would prefer Cahill.
I would also have Hummels, Samba, Sakho, Shawcross or even Scott Dann, but one thing is for sure, we do need someone in there. A lump would be good, but a lump with skill even better.
Squillaci and Chamakh really are woeful, it’s unbelievable that Arsene can’t see that, I think he can though, but just won’t admit he was wrong, like he couldn’t with Senderos, Almunia, Bendtner, Eboue and Denilson, he thinks we didn’t (or won’t) notice them slipping out the back gate like Rupert Murdoch at number 10. Errrr, we did boss!
Finally a word for the tragic events that unfolded in Norway, our heartfelt sympathies go out to all our Norwegian Grovers, how does this world give birth to so many bad people, as I write this I read another nutter has gone on the rampage in Texas, so a cyber 2 minute silence for all those poor people, it puts signing overpaid players into perspective.
Have a great day Grovers, the post was on time and our new boy did good, plenty to smile about!