City lose their flair player, so advantage Arsenal!

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The latest news is that David Silva is out of the big clash and that has to be good news for the Arsenal, if it could just be arranged to bang Tevez on the head I will be celebrating earlier than expected!

We are apparently after the 6ft 5in giant Per Mertesacker, but have offered £1.5m less than the German club’s valuation, and it’s because we are offering less than they want I believe there may be some truth to the story. He is just what we need, imagine him and Johan or him and Vermaelen, awesome. Dream on though Grovers, you know what Wenger is like at admitting he was wrong.

Barca have now turned their attention to our new star Samir Nasri, I hope that’s true because that will show Cesc their love for him was a one season wonder, Nasri wouldn’t go there, he loves us way too much, but life wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have Barca after half our team would it!

Only one day to go to the big one, I think they were lucky to beat Blackpool and that was at home, we were unlucky not to score more at Birmingham so it promises to be a good night for the boys, I am confident we’ll stuff them, I honestly fear no team anymore, the way we’ve played with this team against the chavs and the brummies has lifted my expectations.

If anyone out there hasn’t seen the Alex Hleb clip then they need to, it’s priceless, in it he says that Cesc is his best mate and he regrets leaving Arsenal, I hope he tells Cesc that leaving to go to Barca was a massive error and not to do the same.

How strange that old red nose is praising Pulis, just before they go there to play them, is Pulis that thick he will fall for it like the Crow did with the Cheese and the Fox. (Aesop fable)

So unless Wenger surprises us with a tasty couple of signings, it’s another quiet day in Arsenal land.

Enjoy today, this is my last posting from Spain, today I fly back to Blighty!

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Arsenal’s Wellington off to Spain, back in 2 years! Just like Carlos…

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As far as I am aware Wellington Silva will have to go on loan to Spain for 2 years, I think it’s 2 and not 3 but either way it’s not going to be an exceptional talent visa that Denilson and Song got, not sure how those visas work out but I don’t understand as we are all in the EU, the Spanish work under a different set of rules though don’t they.

Thing is we waited all that time to see the incredible talents of Carlos Vela who chose us over everyone and we never see him, me I’d get him out to Bolton and give him some Jack Wilshere treatment, I like Carlos and only wish he was one of the chosen ones that get chances galore, Song, Denilson, Diaby, Eboue and Fabianski spring to mind.

The window is upon us but unless we find another 16 year old somewhere we won’t be signing anyone, as usual I see more out than in and even though we desperately need a world class centreback he won’t admit he screwed up with the ageing Squillaci and the centreback that can’t head the ball, Koscielny. I would however use him as a spare DM until Frimpong is fit again.

Years ago you bought 2 English pups, Francis Jeffers and Richard Wright, they weren’t cheap either, I think Franny was £7.5mil and Wrighty was £5mil, either way you decided soon after you made a boo-boo, you got rid of them both in a hurry, you need to do the same with your summer (French) signings, we need better, our defence is worse than last season and we can all see it, I can’t believe you can’t, study the stats Arsene, you normally do.

Big game coming up on Wednesday and I see no further injuries, fantastic, play the team that beat the chavs and the brummies Arsene and you won’t go wrong, your first team is awesome and would beat anyone (plus a world class centreback) but your spare team is very ordinary and I hope like hell you don’t put them out again all at once, Eboue is a great right back, but bad anywhere else, Diaby is a waste and the rest you all know about.

Our first team however is a joy to watch, bring them on boss! Also let’s get Aaron back into the team quickly, he is a class act, send Lansbury and JET to Bolton with Carlos, they’ll train and play together and get great EPL experience. Win, win!

Finally a question for Ade-the-whore, Ade, are you still feeling the love at shitty? You muppet!

Have a great day today Grovers, we have a big 6 pointer coming up and fortress ‘the Grove’ is becoming a fortress again, just in time eh!

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Arsenal contain Birmingham’s scummy tactics | Wenger makes 8 correct changes

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Just a quick report from me today, I’ll leave the discussion for you in the comments section.

Arsene Wenger demonstrated clearly the difference between first team and the second team. He brought back all the players we needed back and they put on a great show of skilful football and came out on top.

Birmingham turned up to boot us off the park. Roger Johnson weighed in with a horror tackle on Cesc early on then had the cheek to whinge like  Cesc had purposefully put his boot under his studs up foot. I really hate that. If you’ve done something reckless, hold you hands up and be man enough to admit it. Pathetic. Generally the sign of a simpleton. No wonder Tony Adams dropped him when he was at Wycombe.

Anyway, a few freekicks later, Robin was fouled outside the box. There were rumours the contact was light. Well, there were also rumours that the referee had left his red card in the dressing room. So to be honest, who cares how much contact there was because there was contact. If it was Rooney who went down, the commentary team would have been praising his intelligence.

The Dutchman stepped up and walloped it through the wall into the goal. I’m sure it took a deflection along the way which made it all the sweeter. Seeing that Scottish thug on the sidelines going apoplectic was pretty hilarious.

Did anyone see Robin handball it in our box a little later? Oh… I didn’t (snigger…).

Samir Nasri scored next after waltzing through the Birmingham midfield and banging the ball into the bottom corner. His celebration said it all, he was over the moon! I also liked seeing Theo go for the high five with Nasri, miss and hit him in the face.

The final goal really made me laugh, after some fancy interplay between Cesc and Nasri, the end cross came off one Birmingham player, Johnson switched off and the ball bobbled in off his shin. A shocking own goal, but karma certainly was restored.

Fabianski had his input into the day making a couple of very decent saves. He is still very weak from crosses into the box, his poor punches nearly left us exposed on a couple of occasions. A clean sheet was pleasing regardless and he did roll a superb throw to Nasri which nearly led to a goal.

I thought Kozzer played well in defence with JD. They’ve got different skillsets and it seems to combine well. Jack Wilshere had an industrious evening in the middle of the park against the Birmingham onslaught and Alex Song found the right balance between defence and attack again.

Arsenal have come out of the Christmas period with 7 points which on paper looks great, but in reality, that’s two points dropped in what looks like the tightest Premier League in history. Wenger shouldn’t have made those 8 changes last week, he should play to win with the best team as often as possible.

Anyway, it’s Manchester City up on Wednesday. That’s going to be a very tough game, but one I have no doubt we can win. It’s a six pointer, the boys will have to be at their best because it could be the catalyst to send us on a run until the end of the season. Manchester United are the benchmark this year, if we can keep pace with them, we’ll be in with a shout this year.

All in all, a fantastic start to the year. Beating Birmingham at their own ground was a strong achievement. It didn’t show mental strength, as Wenger alluded to, it showed what putting a decent side out does.

Have a great day Grovers, see you in the comments!

P.S. I have 2 pairs and a single for the city game. Drop me a note using the contact form if you’re interested.

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