Body Armour / England Musings / Theo Theo Theo… / Targets

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Now the dust has began to settle on the the tragic Aaron Ramsey tackle, it’s time to see if there is anything out there on the market that could help protect out players against further assaults. My first thoughts were a more protective kit, perhaps like the one below.

Tim kindly sent me in a Nike prototype, the problem with this? Well, two fold really. Firstly it’s not going to be very easy to put an eighties slant on a medieval number, secondly, it’s not going to allow the players to move freely.

So, I decided to get out there and do a little research myself and I’ve come across a new product called D30. This product is lightweight liquid body armour that is liquid until impact, then it turns rock hard and protects it’s sports star. Thus providing a level of confidence to the player, without inhibiting their play. Sounds pretty good to me. It seems crazy that we’re in the 21st century and the best protection we can offer our players is a lump of plastic strapped to their shin with a bit of velcro securing it. If D30 are working with lacrosse, I’m sure they can team up with Addidas or Nike and help design something a little more suited to defending the body against the Stokes of this world.

In other news, I had the pleasure of watching the England game last night. It was apparent from my twitter account that most people weren’t interested in the game, so I feel it my duty as an Englander to give you low down.

John Terry was rightly booed for his disgusting behaviour. I found it amazing that the press had the cheek to suggest we weren’t helping the team by doing that. Does somebody want to tell me how the press helped John Terry by firstly uncovering the story, then running it everyday for 2 weeks as a front page story? The UK main stream take hypocrisy to new levels.

The game was a drag. Egypt were by far the superior team for the first 60 minutes. They knocked the ball around neatly and with intelligence. England resorted to parking the bus like a Stoke or Bolton side. It was sad to see so many players of quality resorting to long ball tactics. It shocked me because on paper, we have many world class players.

I think the problem is, English world class is a combinations of power and workhorse capabilities. For all Rooney’s qualities, he’s no Lionel Messi. When you put 1 quality English player in team of classier foreign players, you give that team grit and passion. When you put 11 English players in the team, you don’t have the creativity to balance out our main strengths.

Theo was awful. He shouldn’t have been picked in the first place. He was still dining out from that hat trick and last night, he failed to deliver in a big way. People can point to his injuries, but lets clear that myth up right now. Theo has been pretty much solidly available since mid-November. If he can’t cobble some form together in 3 months, there is something seriously wrong.

I listened to a reporter on Talk*hite the other day telling the nation Theo was a natural player and a superb winger. How wrong can one person be? Theo Walcott started football at 13 years old. When I was 13 years old Ryan Garry had just been snatch from my German class at school to join the rest of the Arsenal players at another school. That for me is why Theo doesn’t look natural, because he only been playing the game 7 years, compared to most 20 year old pro’s who’ve been playing the game for 14 years.

Anyway, back to the England game. Zidan looked a top player. He’s the Dortmund Striker who put the Egyptians one up. England only came back into the game when they brought Crouch on who took his two goals very well. 20 goals in 37 games for England. Superb.

Looking at that team, I’d say the only way we’ll win the world cup is through solid tactics, hard work and a large dollop of good luck! If Greece can win the Euro’s using those tactics, then England can win the world cup!

In other news, I’ve been watching a lot of football over the past few weeks. Here are some players who I think are quite good.

Veloso: Long time Geoff favourite, Mr Veloso of Sporting Lisbon. He plays in the holding role and has many similarities to Flamini, except, well, he’s a bit classier. He has the physical attributes needed for the premiership and an eye for getting into the box. He’s only young and a real possibility if we wanted him.

Moutinho: Again, of Sporting Lisbon, this tricky midfielder is like a Portuguese version of Arahvin. He’s fast, skilful and ambitious with his play. Probably not for us.

Akinfeev: Arshavin’s answer to the next best keeper in the world. Sorry Andrey, I wasn’t feeling his keeping. He looked all over the place in their last 16 game against Sevilla and spilled too many balls for me. Especially for a £30mill keeper!

Perrotta: Lionel Messi’s understudy for Argentina. A real handful for CSKA with his creativity, ability to create space and his blistering pace. Could be a handy signing for us, reminded me of a young Rosicky.

Balotelli: Looks the real deal. He lost the ball against Chelsea a few times but his power and ability to read the game really impressed me. A shame he’s such a lunatic!

I was supposed to be showcasing some new Le Grove t-shirt designs, but it appears I’ve had my very own Bill Gates/Blue screen moment.

Fear not though… I’ll be back later with the goods!

Stay tuned, see you in the comments!

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Old favourites return as do old targets and is it Ok to boo players even if you don’t like them?

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So it has been announced that we are reintroducing the Clock end, the North Bank and the East and West stands, good news indeed, but they never went in the first place Ivan, when people ask me where I sit, I always say above the North bank, still it’s sweet that he has made it official, I wish he’d work more on sponsorship deals and new players but ho hum, at least making it official is going in the right direction.

News that Wenger is still tracking Melo is good news, but a replacement for Ramsey is cobblers, Ramsey will be back in 6 months, maybe a replacement for Denilson is more like it, either way at least the boss is still looking at that troublesome defensive midfield spot, so well done Arsene, if it’s true of course and not another renewal ploy. You decide!

Now Adrian Durham I understand is encouraging the fans to boo John Terry, is that right? I asked a cabby this morning what he’d be doing as he told me he was going, his answer was ‘too right I’m booing him, he’s a wrong ‘un’

I remember Arsenal had a well known player that was going down the pockets of the first team players, allegedly, George Graham sold him, even though he was a real talent, I was told it was to save the dressing room, that the players didn’t want to have him around, they couldn’t prove it was him, but the atmosphere was not right, the team had a wrong’un and he had to go.

Now for me the player who had his pockets picked in the England changing room was Wayne Bridge, the guilty player is going to the world cup and that has to be wrong, so the only way the fans can show their disgust is to exercise their lungs, so I say in this case, it’s okay to boo.

Interesting that Gerrard said he wouldn’t feel comfortable if Terry was tin-tacked and he became captain, that was two weeks ago and now it’s an honour, ha, ha, they are all in it for themselves aren’t they, Capello should sack Terry from the team, take Bridge and be done with it, Terry is no longer the player he was, his last three games prove that, we have an abundance of centre backs in this country and a message will be sent out, ‘NO ONE IS BIGGER THAN ENGLAND’

He isn’t some cheeky chappy that had a bit on the side, he knocked up his best mates girlfriend, it also explains why he didn’t go to Man City, nothing to do with loyalty to the chavs, it was because he was knobbing his best mates bird.

The chavs showed their moral compass against City by booing the poor sod who had his pockets picked, I hope England’s fans let them know, that some of us know the difference between right and wrong, go for it England.

When people say it has nothing to do with football they are wrong, it has everything to do with football, without football John Terry would probably be on the dole, football has given him everything, now football should take it away.

I’ll finish on an Arsenal note, this season we’ll probably win the Euro double so we’ll get some cash in and pay off the balance of our loan, so let’s have a real clear out, let’s get rid of those players that we know will never make it, for instance, Song and Eboue have been in the first team since day one (more or less) so they are in the team, Randall, Barazite and Simpson are not, now I’m not saying them, but we do have a bunch that will never make it, so why keep them?

Players like Djourou, Diaby, Wilshere and Ramsey will, so get rid of those that have no chance and bring in some that will go straight into the team, it really wouldn’t cost much, I would love a Dzeko but it won’t happen, so let’s get some in that will make a difference next term, I would like a keeper, a centre-back, a DM and a winger to go with that forward.

We’ll then dominate, and winning the league will be the norm. Then all I’ll write is positive posts!

Have a great day Grovers, not long before we can crucify another team from somewhere near Scotland.

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It’s official we are rich! And we are gunning for the title!

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So we are now officially the fifth richest club in world football and by next year when we have paid off more and the euro finds it’s proper level we will be the richest, or close to it, so will we be spending some? Don’t hold your breath!

Still at least we won’t be pleading poverty anymore. I remember when David Dein got sacked, he got sacked because he said we needed Stan’s money in order to compete, well we lost the one man that was chiefly responsible for our success and we got Stan on board, but we didn’t get any money, so I would like to know why we have Stan, just a question, if he doesn’t speak on anything Arsenal, why is he investing, again, another question, can anyone tell me why we need him?

Again, yet another question, if we are soon to be debt free, and debt free without his help, why on earth do we have him?

Why is an American, who really isn’t an Arsenal fan and never will be, investing in our club, surely Tesco’s or similar would earn him a better return?

Onto Arsenal, Burnley will be a huge game because the next 5 games should see us go to the top and in theory, stay there, we will never have an easier chance in our history, compared to the rest that is, so by April, we could be at the top and clear.

How exciting! We actually are now in the best position to win the title since 2004, I don’t think we’ll blow it this time, the team have a reason to push on, albeit a sad one, but we have a reason and given that young Aaron wasn’t a first choice, we now have no excuses. We still have our first choice, first team.

The international break is a bummer as we could pick up injuries, but it’s the same for the rest, so if we want to be the best, this is our big chance, it’s really in our hands, this time we do have a bit of an advantage and we still have the boy wonder to return as well as Nikki B hitting some much needed form.

Wouldn’t it be special! To do it in a season when we have had our worst run with injuries. Porto will be a test, but again if we can get them out of the way, who knows, we may get someone as easy as Chelsea in the quarters!

Stranger things happen in football and we came from 10 points behind not so long ago to win the title, this time it’s 3 points and a great run in.

I’m looking forward to the Burnley game because I think it will be an ‘Aaronfest’ and the team will want to show him what they can do.

Onwards upwards Arsenal, it’s time to start believing!

Have a great day Grovers, this season has our name on it, it is OUR DESTINY. …Sorry Matt!

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