Billy boy says he’s tired, after 6 games! Theo’s as good as Ronaldo says Rio.

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So captain Billy says he knows he’s not been that good and perhaps he’s tired, bless! Why don’t you give him a rest Arsene and bring in Djourou for the season? Give the captaincy to Kolo or Cesc and see where it takes us.

I really feel for footballers, in a climate where up to 3 million people will be unemployed and millions more financially ruined is strange to hear that someone who kicks a ball for a living and earns £100k a week can be feeling tired two months into the season, it’s bizarre! Still his tiredness could be the opening that young Turk Johan has been looking for (yes I know he’s Swiss).

The England vice captain has said that Theo can be better than Michael Owen and Christiano Ronaldo, well Theo if you heard that, then go out and prove him right, I think you can be the best English player we’ve had since Gary Lineker, and him being an ex spud, it hurts me to say that.

Someone asked yesterday what did the directors take out this year, I have the accounts and this is what they say.

Hill-Wood £75k, Carr £25k, Bracewell-Smith £25k, Friar £298k, Fizman £25k, Keswick £25k, Edelman £1,056k and that included £367k as a bonus, which I suspect was his pay off to keep quiet.

So in all that’s less than Ray Parlour got for going to Middlesbrough. Not a massive amount in real terms and it shows that the boss Danny Fizman is not bleeding the club dry, so a big well done Danny.

Another point I wanted to clear up, Le Exchange is a place where we put people in touch with tickets they may not be using, we do not sell tickets as that’s illegal, we just put people in touch with others, a service for Grovers to Grovers.

Oh and Rio, in your much principled world (don’t mention drugs testing though) where you mention that Almunia isn’t English, so shouldn’t play for us, what’s your take on your Canadian team mate, Hargreaves???

Only one week and two days to go before we play again people, keep your chins and chinesses up, I know that’s not a real word, but because it’s not a real word, it’s not spelt wrong, so spelling police, eat your hearts out.

I’m glad to see the yellow card system worked yesterday, it was very pleasant out there! Have a great day Grovers.

429 Responses to “Billy boy says he’s tired, after 6 games! Theo’s as good as Ronaldo says Rio.”

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  1. charybdis1966

    Yes, it’s that guy, Roland Benedict, playing/trialling for Gillingham – I always suspected you were a nutcase Rico.

  2. rico01

    Phew – thats that sorted chary, its worrying though that I didnt remember his name, I am now scarred, I am a Nutcase !! 🙂

  3. Pierre

    had a perty one friday night, my “mate” brought a bottle of puerto rican rum, cut a long strory short i didnt reappear till sunday, wicked sh*t.

  4. Pedro

    A typical bloke, having split from his latest girlfriend, decided to take a holiday. He booked himself on a cruise and proceeded to have the time of his life, that is, until the ship sank.

    He found himself on an island with no other people, no supplies, nothing, only bananas and coconuts. After about four months, he is lying on the beach one day when the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen rows up to the shore.

    In disbelief, he asks, ‘Where did you come from? How did you get here?’ She replies, ‘I rowed from the other side of the island. I landed here when my cruise ship sank.’

    ‘Amazing,’ he notes. ‘You were really lucky to have a row boat wash up with you.’ ‘Oh, this thing?’ explains the woman. ‘I made the boat out of raw material I found on the island. The oars were whittled from gum tree branches. I wove the bottom from palm branches, and the sides and stern came from a Eucalyptus tree.’

    ‘But, where did you get the tools?’

    ‘Oh, that was no problem,’ replied the woman. ‘On the south side of the island, a very unusual stratum of alluvial rock is exposed. I found if I fired it to a certain temperature in my kiln, it melted into ductile iron. I used that for tools and used the tools to make the hardware.’

    The guy is stunned.

    ‘Let’s row over to my place,’ she says. After a few minutes of rowing, she docks the boat at a small wharf. As the man looks to shore, he nearly falls off the boat. Before him is stone walk leading to an exquisite bungalow painted in blue and white.

    While the woman ties up the rowboat with an expertly woven hemp rope, the man can only stare ahead, dumb struck. As they walk into the house, she says casually, ‘It’s not much but I call it home. Sit down, please. Would you like a drink?’

    ‘No! No thank you,’ he blurts out, still dazed.

    ‘I can’t take another drop of coconut juice.’ ‘It’s not coconut juice,’ winks the woman. ‘I have a still. How would you like a Pina Colada?’

    Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man accepts, and they sit down on her couch to talk. After they have exchanged their stories, the woman announces, ‘I’m going to slip into something more comfortable. Would you like to take a shower and shave? There is a razor in the bathroom cabinet.’

    No longer questioning anything, the man goes into the bathroom. There, in the cabinet, a razor made from a piece of tortoise bone. Two shells honed to a hollow ground edge are fastened on to its end inside a swivel mechanism.

    ‘This woman is amazing,’ he muses. ‘What next?’

    When he returns, she greets him wearing nothing but vines, strategically positioned, and smelling faintly of gardenias.. She beckons for him to sit down next to her.

    ‘Tell me,’ she begins suggestively, slithering closer to him, ‘We’ve been out here for many months. You’ve been lonely. There’s something I’m sure you really feel like doing right now, something you’ve been longing for?’ She stares into his eyes ..

    He swallows excitedly and tears start to form in his eyes…..

    ‘F*cking hell don’t tell me you’ve got Sky Sports as well?’

  5. Arsenal Tom

    DDM i thought you’d know all about it mate! when i was given it i got a speech with it…. ‘DO NOT SMOKEM WHILE U DRINK IT’ DO NOT DRINK NEXT TO AN OPEN FLAME’ USE A MIXER- NEVER DO A SHOT’

    should keep me warm when the winter sets in

  6. Odub

    It was a near death experience I tell ya, but I’m going to try and find the puerrorican rum that Tom and Pierre have recommended… should be fun!

    Pedro, you deserve a yellow for that joke!! Unless you come up with a better one in 5 minutes!

  7. marylandgunner

    Pedro . . . the funny part was the follow up. Your joke took too long . . . but the detail was amazing.

    A man walks into his doctors office completely naked, only covered by clear plastic wrap. The doctor looks right at the man . . . “I can clearly see your nuts.”

    Gallas . . . I can see your nuts . . . or you probably just need a mid game rest.

  8. dennisdamenace

    Maybe the next time our first team stroll out and walk around with no fecking urgency they should be given a shot of that Bacardi 181 to give ’em a little gee up, coz it’s obvious AW & PR aren’t motivating them enough……..

  9. dennisdamenace

    ATom/Odub – Ron Rico Puerto Rican white rum! Fuck me i still have nightmares, and i haven’t touched the stuff since 1985!!!!

  10. Pedro

    International week is so fucking boring.

    Even if UEFA managed to reduce the quality of the Premiership, I still wouldn’t be interested in international football…

  11. Odub


    which is why I stay away from white rum, too scary!!

    I mean 65%!!!! Who drinks that for fun?!!!

    Anyway, I agree re the team, AW and PR do worry me sometimes, it’s almost as if they sit there and think

    ”we told them what to do before k/off, why should I get up and shout it at them again?! I’m just gonna sit here and look cross!”

  12. Arsenal Tom

    cheers piere, opening it will and having a sniff will probably be enough for me!!!

    DDM i apologise for any damage done to your wholesome character old boy! send all character doubters my way and ill make sure they are set straight!!

  13. charybdis1966

    Odub, on your last point, I’d be interested to know just how much players can hear if their manager shouts at them from the touchline.

    I’d always assumed that with 60,000 also in the stadium for 2 people to expect themselves to be heard by players running (sometimes) around would be optimisitic.

    However at smaller grounds with big mouthed managers maybe the players can listen and respond to their managers instructions.

  14. dennisdamenace

    ATom – Thank you for your support young man, i will make sure i wash it and return back to you asap, please excuse any skid marks!!!

  15. kelsey

    ethangunner,re Almunia.I have posted a number of times his main fault is that he often runs out committing himself to get the ball,and then stops through hesitation,and gets caught in no mans land.You could argue that the defenders should be dealing with the threat and this usually happens when the ball is on the flanks.i.e. no communication between keeper and defenders.

  16. insidealbania

    3 men go to hell. They meet the devil who says` welcome, now i’m going to cut off your cocks according to your fathers job.

    The first man turn. the devils asks him` what isyour daddy’s job?., the man answers`he was a lumberjack’ so the devil got a chainsaw and vmmmm

    the second man. he says his father was a butcher, so the devil got a knife and bam!

    The devil came to the third man but found he was smiling, he asks, why are you smiling?

    The man answers ‘Well, my father was a lollipop maker’

  17. kelsey

    David Pleat (remember him with the whore in the car park at luton) talking about the internationals at Belarus his pronounciation Bellaruss

  18. kelsey

    Pedro I was just pointing out he is prone to doing it,not on a regular basis.All in all he has made less howlers this season than Van der Saar,green and Cech.

  19. rico01

    Pedro – just read it, having started at 3.15pm………………………….

    Joking – i thought it was funny 🙂

  20. ethangunner

    yellow card to us all ???

    have you ever thought of doing your fifa ref badge ..
    you sound like you’d make a good one 🙂
    on par with the EPL’s finest in fact


  21. Odub

    Chary, if managers (past and present) at real madrid, barca etc can manage to shout messages to their players, I cant see why the manager wouldnt be heard above the ”noise” we have at the grove.

  22. Arsenal Tom

    almunia is pretty steady, and very popular. he saves what he’s expected to and makes a few very good saves, he wanst a big glamour signing so he hasnt got many fans

  23. Odub

    I’m with Pedro re international breaks.

    We’ve had 2,3 already this season 7 games in!! WTF!

    And the bloody press piss me off with the coverage like the world cup’s on!! Back page of all the papers today… ”Terry out!!”

    We’re playing Kahzikstan and Belarus ffs not Brazil and Italy!! If we cant beat them without the king of chav twunts, then we don’t deserve to go to the sodding world cup!

    End of rant.

  24. Dobbi

    Kelsey / A.T. – What i like about Almunia is his attitude. He just gets on with the game, no extra baggage or playacting or anything of the sorts. But when he has to he can show authority – eg checking Gallas for slating JD in the game agiaints WestBrom.

  25. Dobbi

    Kelsey / A.T. – What i like about Almunia is his attitude. He just gets on with the game, no extra baggage or playacting or anything of the sorts. But when he has to he can show authority – eg checking Gallas for slating JD in the game againts WestBrom.

  26. Pedro

    Well, lets be honest… I have a better chance refing the becoming a comedian!

    Kelsey, he let in less howlers last season as well. I think he is a class act.

  27. Arsenal Tom

    i can see a yellow card coming my way

    dobbi i agree… he handles himself well, he’s quiet and intelligent off the pitch to…i guess not all keepers are mad!!!

  28. charybdis1966

    Ok Odub – perhaps they can be heard but I still question whether it can have that much effect; I tend to think managers shout for their own benefit as a kind of stress relief technique.

    In the way that sargeant majors shout at cadets – not because it imparts their message any better but becauseit’s expecyted of them to shout.

    Reminds me of a scene in Blackadder goes forth where Lord Melchet was a particularly shouty general. Blackadder says something like “You like shouting don’t you ?”
    Blackadder”so you think shoiuting will win us the war?”
    Blackadder”Nothing to do with sound military strategy and tactics with optimal use of resources?”
    Melchet”No, it’s all about SHOUTING!”

  29. ethangunner

    Arsenal Tom

    He is a good goal keeper , dont get me wrong .. i did notice when we had that poor run of form from jan – may last season he was providing too many kicks up field , instead of distributing the ball to the defenders , we squandered quite a lot of possession by needlessly launching mortars up field .
    I think he was looking for ade … that was my guess .. but in a passing team i found it odd he would throw away possession instead of feeding the defense ..

    I will be looking to see as the season wears on if he starts doing it again .. But sure he has definitely done a reasonable job so far this season , its a shame certain key members are not preforming ..

  30. Odub

    Chary when I say shout I mean actually shout something constructive to the players as oppossed to Sir red nose’s way which is to just shout profanities at them.

  31. Odub

    Pedro, I didnt realise you reffed in the south american leagues in your spare time!!

    Your secret’s out padner!! 🙂

  32. Paulinho

    I think there is a marked difference between Gallas and Adebayor. Ade doesn’t care enough and Gallas cares too much. I will always give slack to the one whose heart’s in the right place – Willy G.

    Plus, he is a wenger-ball centre back. Capable of playing anywhere on the pitch and being comfortable there. In this current climate of static, lazy arse central midfielders like Denilson, Gallas’s marauding runs are a welcome change!

  33. rico01

    Are there really many better keepers out there than our fine Almunia

    Cech – started to look a bit suspect..
    VDS – Very dodgy this year
    Robinson – Ab Crap
    James **************!!!!!********** Bad
    Green – Unpredictable
    Gomes – poor
    Gordon – No thanks

    Are there??? I am very happy with our two, and the third will be good too

  34. Odub

    Rico, I’d say Casillas is the best in the world at the mo, apart from that not a lot more to chose from, apart from say Buffon.

    So Almunia it is then!

  35. ethangunner


    I quite like the way he can change the game by himself .
    he does have captain like qualities !
    if all the team had his passion we would be in far better shape !

    it just lack of experience .. something we all knew before the season started ..
    its something we should remember , not starting to
    get all optimistic because we have no control
    over the situation ..

  36. rico01

    Odub – agree, I couldnt spell Casillas, hence he was off my list 😉

    No – seriously, i am with you, he is the only better keeper in my eyes, Almunia for me too

  37. rico01

    Got to go guys, its that time of day, have a fab evening, dont drink too much and catch you all tomorrow – Stay safe 🙂

  38. Paulinho

    He could teach Ade a thing or two about taking up positions in the box as well. He manages to look more dangerous in five minutes up front than Ade does in the whole match.

  39. rico01

    Oh, before I go,

    Thanks Pedro & Geoff, for giving us all another great blogging day, especially on days like today when the international break is here,

    TTFN 🙂

  40. ethangunner

    van-der-sar for me !

    the older he gets the better he becomes ..
    also buffon !

    either 2 are top draw ..
    i do think fabianski looks a very good prospect for his age ..
    he will be top class eventually .. I think possibly wenger should start him in
    lesser games in the EPL also … but having said that , they are the ones we always lose 🙂

  41. david

    If Gallas defended corners a bit better, he wouldn’t have to keep charging up the field to amend his mistakes..

  42. charybdis1966

    Odub – well it seems the effectiveness of on pitch communication, and it;s improtance, is all down to the managerial style of the individual.

    Rico – see you later.

  43. Pedro

    Ethan, VDS?

    Did you see that clanger he dropped against the pool?

    He used to be great, but he has dropped his level over the last couple of years. You can count on him to drop a few howlers a season.

    Cech would be my dream keeper… he makes everything look so simple, but again… he hasn’t recreated that form since he took a boot to the head.

  44. charybdis1966

    Van der Saar always had thge potentisal for howlers – remember his ill advised bit of dribbling in th penalty area to let JAR in to preserve our unbeaten season ?

  45. ethangunner

    yes pedro !

    good point , even with the hat on he is all class !
    good call and spot on ..
    yes he has VDS has’nt got off to the best start ..
    but in over all experience he is still a class act .
    I thought the question was who’s the best of all time / over all ..

    sure currently he isnt having a good time , but then
    when your having a poor start too the season like Man U
    are, every mistake is amplified .

  46. kelsey

    She was standing in the kitchen preparing to boil the eggs for breakfast,

    wearing only the ‘T’ shirt that she normally slept in.

    As I walked in almost awake, she turned and said softly,

    ‘You’ve got to make love to me this very moment.’

    My eyes lit up and I thought, ‘I am either still dreaming or this is going

    to be my lucky day.’

    Not wanting to lose the moment, I embraced her and then gave it my all;

    Right there on the kitchen table.

    Afterwards she said, ‘Thanks,’ and returned to the stove, her ‘T’ shirt

    still around her neck.

    A little puzzled, I asked, ‘What was that all about?’

    ‘The egg timer’s broken.’ She replied,

  47. ethangunner

    Its sort of like because we cant buy a goal currently , people start blaming the defense ,
    sure things can be better , but like wenger pointed out up until hull or even including hull ,
    820 minutes without a goal being scored on our defense from free flowing play ..
    VDS mistakes will stand out more now because there isnt anything good happening to the team down the other end to draw attention away from him ..

    maybe like jens his skills are winding down , but last season he had a cracker ..
    they won the EPL and C.L .. and that really was only 5 or 6 games ago ..
    maybe his time has ended this season , i hope so for our sake but to me all of the Man U squad have had a slow start to this season .

  48. Pedro

    Ethan, for consistency over a stretch… he is up there… even in his fulham days he was brilliant.

    I’m off! Have a good one chaps!

  49. Arsenal Tom

    Jesus goes into a bar and sits at a table in the corner.

    An Australian, an Irishman and a
    Liverpudlian are in the bar. They’re
    staring at the man sitting by himself,
    at a table in the corner. He’s so familiar,
    and not recognising him is driving them

    They stare and stare, until suddenly the
    Irishman twigs: ‘My God, it’s Jesus!’

    Sure enough, it is Jesus nursing a pint.
    Thrilled, they send him over a pint of
    Guinness, a pint of Fosters and a pint
    of bitter.

    Jesus accepts the drinks, smiles over at
    the three men, and drinks the pints slowly,
    one after another. After he’s finished the
    drinks, Jesus approaches the trio.

    He reaches for the hand of the Irishman
    and shakes it thanking him for the Guinness. When he lets go, the Irishman gives a cry of amazement: ‘My
    God, the arthritis I’ve had for thirty years
    is gone. It’s a miracle!’

    Jesus then shakes the hand of the Aussie,
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    ‘What’s wrong?’ says Jesus.

    The Liverpudlian shouts, ‘F**k off, I’m
    on disability benefit!’

  50. kelsey

    Geoff,I have to keep my spirits up and laughter is the best medicine(you know what I mean)

    I was browsing through one particular site and for the last two months there has been a battle going on about who is better,Gerrard or Lampard which is getting tedious to say the least.Anyway I was thinking has Arsenal ever signed a scouser(don’t know about Jeffers as he was at Everton when we signed him,another wonderful signing 🙂

  51. kelsey

    An anxious woman goes to her doctor. “Doctor,” she asks nervously, “I’m a bit worried – can you get pregnant from anal intercourse?”
    “Of course,” replies the doctor, “Where do you think Spurs fans come from?”

  52. kelsey

    . How many Manchester united fans does it take to change a light bulb

    Just one but you have to pick the fucker up from Kent.

  53. kelsey

    Steven Gerrard goes to the doctor’s and says” doc everytime I look in the mirror I get a hard-on” the Doctor replies “that’s because your a cunt”

  54. kelsey

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    He said “To prove I am still alive, Tottenham were total shite on Saturday.”

    The British Government said, “That could have been recorded any time in the last 20 years.”

  55. kelsey

    choy you were talking about Indian women last night.i had a relationship with a girl from Sri Lanka many years ago and I found that they are brought up to please their man all their life and kind of know that the man is boss,is that true in India today.

  56. choy

    Traditionally that was the case. I think it is still prevalent in villages and small towns. Little less educated areas.

    But in cities and towns rarely will we find a woman living for some one else. Most women want to live on their own terms.

    Arranged Marriages are still very popular though.

  57. Confidentgoner

    If only Gallas will defend headers in our eighteen yard box he would be OK. We ought to have a new back line if we are serious about our title challenge. We saw their limitations last season and AW stubbornly stuck to them this time around, only shows you the level of ambition.

    It only goes to comfirm my fears that our board are happy with 4th place and our coach has only to deliver that to be good with the board. We are dreaming of winning things, which is still possible with some luck and tighter management, but the manager may not be ready to stick his neck for it.

  58. gnarleygeorge9


    You remember how The Beatles White Album was apparently transmitting secret codes to Charlie Manson., i.e Helter Skelter, well I think there is something in the Rongo Star tune “Little help from my friends”

    “What would you do, if song played as a Goon, would you stand up & walk out of the Emirates”.

    Now, it could be actually happening. People getting up & leaving before the final whistle 🙂

  59. kenny smith

    bbc are saying juventus want Eboue!!!! i think we should sell him…. they are also saying we are going to bid for PSV’s Afellay. He’s a good player

  60. HelsinkiGooner

    Yes, Song is a Goon! but was nice to see him square up to Davies after that tackle on Clichy…and then take Davies out from behind later in the match…force is all those northern thugs/monkeys know, and need a good kick up the arse once in awhile.

  61. HelsinkiGooner

    GOOD NEWS!!!!!!:

    Seems Gallas is crocked, so JD20 can step in, and AW won’t have to drop the blue cry baby…I know some think that the criticism of Gallas has been too much this year, but if you look at the goals against, I think most are due to his mis-marking. Bring in JD20, partnered with Toure, and let Gallas rest up for the cups.

  62. kenny smith

    it says he is a versatile midfielder. I remember seeing him playing for holland and i think he was on the wing. He looked good anyway. very skillful and likes to shoot

  63. kenny smith

    If van persie doesnt play in the qualifiers wenger will definately rest him for Everton. Which means we will get to see Nikki or Carlos which makes me happy 🙂

    But i think he will probably play Silvestre instead of JD

  64. iceman

    Maybe RVP’s injury isn’t that serious….if he’s rested for the int. break he should be able to play Everton.

  65. HelsinkiGooner

    Kelsey – That article [one i posted] says RvP could be back for the second match…though difficult to tell with hamstrings. Though we have Nik, and Vela as cover…with DuDu coming back. I think we’ll be fine in terms of strikers.

  66. kelsey

    Helsinki,good morning,hamstrings are delicate as you know,RVP has never fully recovered since his original injury,though i love him,i am just beginning to wonder if he is yet another injury prone player.yes we do have options as long as wenger uses Nik,Vela and keeps theo and nasri on the wing.

  67. kenny smith

    i know the Afellay thing is just a rumour and probably wont ever happen but if we do sell eboue then we should go for him…. here a quick video i found of him.

  68. HelsinkiGooner

    Huomenta Kelsey! yes, it is becoming quite a concern with the constant injuries for RvP. But at least we have replacements…I just hope Eduardo gets back before RvP gets injured again. The way I see it, with no Eduardo or RvP, we still have Ade, Nik and Vela. Throw Walcott into the mix as a 4th striker, and we’re definitely ok. Especially if/when Rosicky gets back, then we’ll have the option of Walcott up front…

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