Wenger tells Stan to open his wallet and buy his dream man + Arsenal Champions League stuff

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It was so cold this morning, my touch screen began failing recognise my fingers. I hate winter and all it stands for. The football keeps me going and tonight is no exception as we take on Olympiacos over in Greece.

The only two players starting from the weekend will be Santos and Vermaelen. Whether Vermaelen will play is debatable. This could be a game for Miquel and Squillaci at the back with Yennaris slotting in at right back.

Midfield will probably contain Coquelin and Frimmers anchoring with Benny pulling the strings. Wenger has been talking about the pros and cons of Frimpong. Possibly a gee up before he moves out on loan.

“I love his raw enthusiasm,” remarked the Frenchman. “The only problem is to keep him on the right track. Like every generous guy, you don’t want to see him lose that. He’s a real fighter. You would love to go to war [alongside] Frimpong.

“But he also has to use his energy in a positive way because sometimes too much energy can be a handicap.

Very true Mr Wenger. Still, every manager would prefer to have enthusiasm over a total lack of it… ala Denilson.

The Front three will most likely be made up of AOC, Park and Chamakh.

Now this is either a game will win at a canter or one of this that will remind us of the difference in attitude between the fringe and the first. Andrey will be key for us tonight. Not because we need him to be spectacular, more because his presence and attitude of late has left us looking like 10 men. He’ll likely be with us until at least June. He should start pulling his finger out. He’s the biggest waste of talent since Nik B’s ego left the building.

The star man tonight will be AOC. He scored in the first leg and put on an excellent attacking display, though he was guilty of failing in his defensive duties. He’ll be the man opening up the Greeks and I’d comfortably say he’ll be our most potent attacker. Big praise for one so young.

Chamakh is in the last chance saloon for me and I’d suspect with Arsene. His partying won’t have escaped the ear of the management team and his lack lustre displays won’t have impressed anyone at the ground. He’s got to play like he means it or take the easy route out to Paris.

Wenger made an off the cuff statement to the press indicating that if he could put all his money on one striker, it’d be the Brazilian Neymar. Though not claiming he’s better than Pele he did indicate the talent was there.

“If I had the money today, I’d put it on Neymar. You can’t say that Neymar is Pele as he had won the World Cup by the age of 17.

“He has the potential to be one of the future great strikers but at the moment there’s a big difference between the Brazilian league and a European league.”

The Brazilian has been doing incredible things domestically and he’s weighed in Internationally. In 135 appearances over 3 seasons, he’s scored 79 and bagged 18 assists. He’s one of those sure-fire bets to be a superstar. Like buying a house in Holland Park… the chances of losing value are low.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if Stan heard Wenger’s plea? He really would make a statement with a purchase like that and my god, wouldn’t the sponsors approve, like a crowd of happy seals.

Nike exec left - Emirates right

Also, as a fan, when I read that headline endorphins rushed to my head like I’d just been given a £40k payrise. Football is about excitement, we haven’t had much of that on the transfer front. This would make up for 5 years of Silvestre like surprises.

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Anyway… Enough from me, who would you start this evening? Drop a comment below!

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.


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.


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!