Exclusive Diaby interview + Goals, Goals, Goals!

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Morning Grovers, it’s my first post in a while… and it’s a bleary eyed one… many beers were consumed last night and I wont lie… mainly because if I was going to sit and watch us grind out an unconvincing 1-0 win… I was going to do it off my face on cold, refreshing Peroni.

I rolled into the ground to hear the name I’d been waiting to hear for a year… Eduardooooooo! The roar that went out for him was passionate… it was great to see the Crozilian back in the team after such a horrific injury. It was also great to see a proper wide man playing in a wide position. Carlos Vela was treated to a rare start.


Sagna Toure Gallas Gibbs

Vela Song Denilson Nasri

Eduardo Nik B

As soon as the game kicked off, you knew Arsenal weren’t going to be beaten. There seemed to be renewed belief round the stadium last night, like maybe tonight could be the spring board for our season… and it didn’t take long for that belief to be rewarded. Eduardo played in Carlos Vela, turned out into the box… Carlos chipped a sublime cross onto the head of Eduardo who buried it high into the left corner of the net… Everyone went ballistic! Fantastic… Eddy was back, and that goal meant a lot to the striker who’d been out for 51 weeks.

The next goal didn’t take long either… Arsenal were carving out chances like attacking play was going out of fashion. Someone put something in the players water bottles and it wasn’t crab juice…

Our next goal came from a corner… Nik B rose like a jumping gazel (Why does it have to be a salmon?) to direct a glancing header past the hapless Cardiff keeper.

2-0 up and cruising… how many times have we been able to boast that this season?

Nik B was worked extremely hard for the team… but as usual, he had to do something silly. Vela powered a shot across the keeper who parried it… all Nik had to do was slot the ball in the empty net, but he somehow managed to hit the post and miss the rebound. When the replay went up, the gasps were almost as loud as the earlier Eduardo cheers! Read here to get the low down on Niks comments from yesterday…

The second half started… more beer had been consumed… and due to the emptiness of the stadium… I spotted a rarity… An Arsenal player sitting 4 rows up…

Beer + Excitement = embarrassing moment when grown man decides he would like to go and sit next to player.

So off I went… I asked Diaby how he was, he said


Then I asked if he spoke English?

‘Yes my English is very good’

Then his agent asked me to stop talking to him, to which I replied…

‘No way, Diaby is my hero and I’ll give him a bad write up if you don’t let me talk to him…’

To which the agent said,

‘You sit next to him then.’

So I did… I asked him where he sees himself playing for the team… he said in France he loved to play in hole as a second striker. He wouldn’t budge on who he liked and disliked and he said he was definitely enjoying life in England and he’d be here next season. At this point I decided that my 10 minute interrogation of him was probably a bit annoying… so I left him alone… leaving a stray hand on his leg for reassurance.

Anyway… then I looked up, Eduardo had been cynically bought down in the box, the ref blew up and pointed to the spot… cue an Eduardo net buster of a penalty! Superb… what a way to make your comeback!

Eduardo went off to a standing ovation and was replaced by RvP… a man who I can honestly say looked hungrier than ever to get on the score sheet. Finally that opportunity came when Nik B rolled in a beautifully weighted pass which Robin slotted home convincingly. He fist pumped at the crowd and we were all pleased we could go home with a smile on our face.

I can confirm Diaby did leave with 7 minutes to spare… bloody club level plastics


Fabianski: Solid game from our slightly hyperactive number 2. He didn’t really have much to do bar sweeping up any loose balls that landed in our half (Literally in our half… he’s like one of those jack russel’s that sees a ball and must chase it down). 7

Gibbs: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if Arsenal were a factory, we could boast the finest left back production line in the world. Once again Arsene has another potential gem on his hands. Gibbs is composed on the ball, a dream going forward and full of pace. His defending is sometimes a bit of… but he has many years on his side. 7

Toure: Funny game from Kolo… he was tearing about all over the place last night, and he dropped a few clangers… but he is Kolo, and I love him. 6

Gallas: Another assured performance from a man who, for the first time is looking like a Β£90k a week defender. 7

Sagna: Managed to play a nice cross into the box. Quiet night for the Frenchman. 7

Vela: What we’ve been waiting for… a creative pacey wide man who can spark a midfield into action. I thought he had a tidy game last night without being exceptional. I think he banished any presumptions about strength by putting in a few good tackles… for me, he needs to be given a fair crack at the whip… because he is miles better than the unproductive Ivorian I care not to mention. 8

Song: Another solid game from the Cameronian. Nothing spectacular… but improving. 6

Denilson: I thought he had a top game in the middle of the park. He was tenacious and had a renewed vigour about his game. I honestly think he’ll become a good player for the club and I think a lot of the criticism of him has been unfair this year. 7.5

Nasri: Another good performance from our floating Frenchman. He glides across the pitch wherever he senses he can cause problems. If he can add a decent final ball to his game, we’ll soon start getting a bit of value for money from him. 7.5

Eduardo: It’s nice having a striker with really terrific movement. Eduardo knows where to be to get on the score sheet… and he seems to live for the goals unlike some of our other strikers. I expect to see a more involved Eduardo this year (In the team effort) and I expect to see him starting more often than not. RvP and Eduardo could be a pretty special partnership… and it’s probably one of the few we haven’t really seen. 9

Nik B: You can’t fault the lad for effort. He works his socks off for the team and he is starting to throw his weight about up front. He knocked in a good header and he went close on a few other occasions. I really think he’ll come good this season in a Flamini-esque kind of way. One goal, one assist… who’s complaining? 8


A convincing win and two easy games to make it to the exciting rounds of the FA Cup! Our football seemed to click into gear last night, so lets kick on from this and make something happen this year!

Have a great day Grovers!

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  1. kelsey


    Do you remember Ventura Highway by America.

    I love the song it always remind me of the beginning of summer,just heard it on a local radio station.

  2. rico01

    Irish – you knowhat these boys are like on here…. πŸ˜‰

    Anyone seen Angry Loner today, I did him an injustice last night and need to say a big sorry πŸ™

  3. rico01

    thanks irish – i directed a comment at him but it was meant to be for the last night’s ‘ Nik Hater’… I realised too late, and now feel bad πŸ™

  4. Big Raddy

    Brazil Nut. You are right am man’s nut. Walnuts are very girly.

    Kelsey, I loved Ventura Highway, and Sister Golden Hair. I saw America play the Roundhouse at Chalk Farm, with Elton John as support !!

  5. Big Raddy

    A two minute hatrick doesn’t count. DDM.

    I am still convinced that Wasabi nuts are designed for Gayboys and cocktail drinkers

    Sorry Kelsey Brasil….

  6. rico01

    Not all nuts for me – anaphylaxis gets to me, but what is strange is that i can eat peanuts and cashews, but brazil nuts = bye bye world πŸ™

  7. Big Raddy

    The hatrick DDM. Doesn’t count….

    Cocktails. Well, a vodka martini is a man’s drink. As is a Gimlett, and perhaps a Manhattan.

    But can you see Peter Storey with a Mojita in his hand?

  8. rico01

    irish – you poor old thing, they all make me wheeze so i try to stay clear… I really feel for you, but never forget they are all full of too much fat and calories πŸ˜‰

    I can take or leave chocolate, i am a big time savoury girl, cheese is my downfall πŸ™„

  9. Big Raddy

    I put a dislike of chocolate down to poor parenting Rico.

    A loving, accepting home is always full of chocolate. But I guess you for you country types Chocolate was a bit exotic, whereas you could just get your cheese from the local farms πŸ˜‰

  10. Big Raddy

    No mate. The absolute King of Kings of Cheese.

    The Pele of the Cheese World is the mighty…

    Montgomery Cheddar.

    To taste is to believe

  11. rico01

    Raddy, you naughty naughty man πŸ˜‰ Our house is warm, cuddly and very inviting, with a half eaten var of whole nut in the cupboard, but not eaten by me ;)I have eaten the jelly fruit sweets on the same shelf, yes, veggie ones of course πŸ˜‰

    dennis, stilton, a hovis biscuit, a grape or two and a glass of ruby port ahhhhhhhhhhh πŸ˜†

  12. rico01

    I will check Waitrose Raddy – we love good cheddar in this home, as does the hamster…!!!

    dennis – with stilton?? i must try, i love the sweet with mine..

  13. dennisdamenace

    You guys need to try Berkswell, very similar to Manchego, but a rare English ewes milk hard cheese, not cheap, but seriously lovely…..

  14. Big Raddy

    Thanks DDM.

    I am in London next week, and will buy a chunk of Stilton to take home. The cheese here is dull and expensive.

  15. Big Raddy

    I’ll see if I can blag a free sample of Berkswell in Neals Yard.

    I love that shop, but it sure can do damage to the wallet.

  16. dennisdamenace

    rico, i’m sure you know it’s very important to have Stilton at room temperature, apart from enhancing the flavour it helps to spread the stuff on crackers…..

  17. peachesgooner

    I see I’ve missed a great cheese chat – thats spooky cos I had a cheese chat with my lunch date today – not supposed to eat it now, dreadful for the waist-line but mmmnnnnnnn stilton with digestives delic πŸ˜‰

  18. peachesgooner

    hi there, man of the Belgian chocs, cheese or chocolate? Its a tough one, should have appreciated both more when I was younger i reckon.

  19. Wrighty7

    Evening Pedro, Geoff and Le Grovers,

    “Beer + Excitement = embarrassing moment when grown man decides he would like to go and sit next to player.”

    One of the funniest lines I’ve ever read on a blog!

    Great stuff Pedro!

  20. Angry Loner

    For Rico;

    I am deeply offended by your vicious and completely unprovoked attack on me last nite!

    I still got the scratch marks!…I say, Tiger! Grrrrrr

  21. George

    The future is already looking brighter and players that have been widly criticsed for their past lame performances have started to step up to the plate.
    Song-2 very good performances in a row from him,although obviously the task he had against Spurs was far tougher.
    Bendtner-Yesterday was the first game where I started to believe that maybe he is as usefull as he thinks he is!Iam glad that he made the media look like complete knob jockeys by completely dismissing the “I should play every game story.”
    Just one depressing note to add,at full time yesterday 4/5ths of the Arsenal crowd had left,leaving Cardiff to sing loudly and in their eyes proudly.I believe that there are some Arsenal fans who would rather stay to the end to vent their frustration by booing a 0-0 than applaud their team off after a 4-0 win.This tells me our club has too many spoilt fans who merely expect a win because they have turned up and therefore cannot be described as “supporters” as they don’t “support” their team through thick and thin.I didn’t realise that all trains,buses and tubes stopped running at 10pm becuase everyone seems to sprint for their last one at 9.40pm!

  22. Angry Loner


    You’ll get a few saying that fans have every right to boo…yadda yadda…Zzzzz! Not me mind! I make you 100% bang on old chap. The early leavers should have their season tickets re-distributed! πŸ˜€

  23. ethangunner

    as i said a few days ago i think vela will claim a spot on the wing , and after the crapdiff performance how could you doubt me ?

    wenger didnt play him next to dudu so it shows you wenger thinks along the same lines as myself .
    and we do need creative players in our midfield dont we ?

    it makes you wonder why he persists with eboue when he has such class sitting on the bench each week ?

    same could be said of jack !
    we all know its true , so why toy with our leader board position when you could announce such a better starting line up week in ,week out . over all poor management from wenger if you ask me ..

    and its not like these guys could preform any worse than song – eboue and pedro’s hero diaby
    the plastic fantastic who walked 7 minutes prior too time ..

    he will be lucky if he stays for season 2010 if you ask me .. he also must give way to either AA cesc denilson or even a proposed new man next season , i think it was wishful thinking on his part that he will be here next season ..

    he is french so anythings possible i s’pose ..
    well if he does stay it only proves either no one else will have him or shows off a lack of abmition on his part , because at 23-24 he should be playing every week , not be happy like eboue playing some bit part role .

  24. Pedro

    George… I always stay till the end… but let’s credit the fans who bothered to go in the first place, rather than chastise those who left 5 minutes early on a Monday night.

    Diaby left with 7minutes to go… and he is a player!

  25. A

    i dunno pedro, i don’t blame players and scouting managers etc for leaving early, think about your interrogation of diaby – if he left with the other 50 thousand people they’d all try it and he’d never get home!

    It would have been nice if the fans stayed till the end to give the team a big ovation for a very impressive performance, but i don’t blame people for trying to get away early. I never used to miss a second of matches, and was outraged at anyone that did, but having to travel for an hour without the queuing and as ive got older i have a couple times left when the injury time board has gone up if the result is beyond question to avoid crowds.

    anyone seen a replay of the reserve game? sat down to watch it while ago only to find sky+ lost signal so only recorded from 76 minutes on, very annoying, have to wait for tomorrow to see what happened in full.
    last quarter hour seemed like a very weird game, sunu just doing loads and loads of skills everytime he got the ball, looked like taking the piss rather than trying to score though did look good, coquelin doing look away passes but his usual roy of the rovers style other than that, he really will be some player. Freeman looking tidy, afobe coming on to break the record for youngest reserve player. Frimpong looked much tidier on the ball than when i’ve seen him before too. This is all just a quarter hour’s analysis though!

  26. Pedro

    A, you understand that seeing a replay against cardiff is a punishment… not a pleasure.

    The game was great, but it was a pain in the hoop to schedule in…

    I would rather 57k turned up and went before the end than 40k turned up and stayed the length…

    I need to get sky… I’d love to get ATV

  27. Pedro

    A… Diaby loved the attention… I only harassed him for ten minutes. His pigeon English was hard to deal with! haha!

    Nice guy, a bit dull though…

  28. ethangunner


    wtf are you doing up at this time ?
    where is MRS pedro ?
    are you single again ?

    goin out 5 nights in a row suggests so !
    your turning into a social animal !

  29. Pedro

    Ethan, Mrs Pedro was tin tacked…

    I don’t know why I am up…

    This is the 5th night in a row… and I deserve recognition for my exploits…

    How are you?

  30. freduardo

    just readin abut Martin Taylor talking about Eduardo.
    I think he should just stop playing the victim through the media. It was an atrocious tackle and he should be ashamed of it, accept that and not look for sympathy.
    he did not miss a year of his career and go through agony, and more agony in physio.
    I only hope his story of heartbreak might make other clumsy centre backs think twice before lunging in, straight legged, studs out, feet off the ground, half way up an attackers leg.
    I know it’s old news, but thats my point, he (Taylor) should not be playing the martyr in the media.

    Looking at the picture of the tackle (not the bad ones) there’s only one footballer I can feel sorry for. Man, am I glad to see him back and lookin dangerous in front of goal!!

  31. ethangunner

    well pedro i expect to keep your promise then !
    come over here when you need to bounce off the ceiling for 2 weeks on the trot ! but i would wait until the rate is better …

    im sweet the wife is on school holidays this week and before you call me a pedophile..

  32. gooner-pak

    wenger on sky
    “But our basic target is to get into the Champions League and therefore the championship remains a priority.”

  33. ethangunner


    i knew it wouldnt take wenger long to admit thats all he’s interested in , i also knew he was playing his chances down when the club came out and said they would survive if they didnt qualify next year …

    wenger knows , like we all know if we lose this comp , so does his chances of securing quality players for the future ..

    and more importantly restricts his ability to keep hold of his players …. and get more if we have more walk outs ..

    im also glad he has woken up to reality GP ..

  34. dennisdamenace

    Huh, being the cynical type, i would say AW admitting that his priority first and foremost is ECL is more indicative of securing his ‘bonus’ by the playing side of the business(!) making a profit, would be much harder to show a profit without ECL footie wouldn’t it……..

  35. dennisdamenace

    Steady dennis, they’ve won feck all yet, also why can’t an English batsman score a big score two innings on the bounce?? I mean Strauss get a ton in the first innings, then he’s out cheaply in the second, what is it with them??

  36. dennisdamenace

    Mentally weak dennis, not professional enough, cannot apply themselves to the task, and that’s why they will always be the also rans of International Cricket.

  37. dennisdamenace

    Well, they piss me off, they win the Ashes (at home i hasten to add), them they swan off to Oz and are an embarrassment to all of us. Giving off the vibe that they were the Dogs Bollox, they win one Ashes and they’re the big boys now, knobheads. Then they go off to the Cricket World Cup and enhance their reputations as flash-in-the-pans, and as for Flintoff, fucking chav, trying to do his best footballer impression, ‘great’ player or not, he should’ve been sent home………

  38. dennisdamenace

    I think that Cricket ‘thing’ is an English disease, mimimal success equate to ‘World Beaters’. I mean you only have to look atthe fact that we’ve one, yes one, World Cup and that was at home, AND with a dodgy goal, and all of a sudden all the fucking Sun readers believe we’re a world power in football. Let’s be honest here, the only reason our Premier league is the product it is, is because of the foreign players. Anyone remember the good ol’ days of the 70’s and 80’s watching very average British players kicking fuck outta each other…….there’s a reason someone like John Terry plays so well fo the Chavs and is plug average for his country, he doesn’t play next to Carvalho for England………

  39. dennisdamenace

    Bottom line, most Brits don’t want to work or earn success, they’re now in a world of spin, celebrity and Labour handouts……..if Brits can’t get ‘success’ right away they switch off. You only have to look at the real reason why there’s not enough British players coming through the ranks. And, it’s not because ability wise they are inferior to Johnny Foreigner, far from it. The real difference is attitude, the fact that so many British boys can’t be arsed to show commitment. The fact that the majority of British teenagers would rather stand outside MacDonald’s or stay in their bedrooms playing the fucking Playstation, rather than joining local football clubs, with the knock on affect that the pool of prospective furture footballers has dimished. All this talk obout Foreign players reducing the opportunities for our lads is utter shite! Footie is one of the very few industries where it is totally performance based, no friends of friends getting a promotion here. The fact of the matter is to make it at the highest level you gotta be more than a good player, your attittude’s has to be right. And, quite frankly British attitudes stink at the moment, and that is reflected in the apathy and attitudes of the up and coming generations……..

  40. dennisdamenace

    Fucking place pisses me off dennis, fucker whineging on and on about being held back by foreigners! Welcome to the real world, you should fucking try harder then.

    Why should English ‘players’ be any different to any other workers around the world? If i’m not as good at what i do as the French, or Belgium, or Moroccan guy etc etc sat next to me, then it’s me that will lose out. I don’t expect to keep my job just because i carry a British passport. I expect to keep my job because i’m better at it than them!

  41. dennisdamenace

    And, for the record, i’ve had to take a 10% cut in my rate to remain competitive. So, in the real world you not only gotta be good at what you do, you gotta be financially competitive too!

  42. dennisdamenace

    Actually dennis, i’ve got the complete opposite feeling, i think they’ve all fecked off to another alternative Le Grove reality………