Effortless Arsenal ease into the top 4

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So it was nice to meet a few Grovers at the Arsenal Tavern yesterday, the S&B is off limits as the council have made them take in their ouutside tables, so we sit in between and buy our beer either in the Tavern or from the newsagent, yesterdays special was 3 large Peronis for £5. Almost worth missing the game for, but with Birmingham next up and revenge on the cards, we made our way to the ground baying like a pride of hungry lions.

You may be wondering why you aren’t getting Pedro’s match report, well after much debate about who is your favourite match report writer, and added to the fact that Pedro was captured by a girl in enemy territory last night, today you have me and my special brand of articulation instead.


I thought we started off really well, like a well oiled machine, and Theo was skinning their back four with embarrassing regularity, that was until he was clattered by a brummy thug, a northern blow up dolly with studs on, which appears to be their trademark.

No Broken legs this time so that’s a bonus.

Theo got back on the pitch and almost scored what would have been the goal of the season, but he came off shortly after and was replaced by Arshavin. I think we lost a bit of momentum with the loss of fragile Theo, and shortly after they fouled Mannone and pulled one back. And who fouled our keeper? Larsson, our old mucker.

We went two up early doors with two crackers, the first from Robin with a superb finish from a Song assist, and the second from a great Diaby finish from a Rosicky assist.

At 2-1 Birmingham looked like they could nick one out of nothing, a punchers chance, so when our little Russian love machine twisted, turned and slid in the 3rd, we all began to breath again.

Shortly after that Diaby had a goal saved at point blank range from the impressive Joe Hart, who, by the way I predict will become England’s, England’s number one, and we should snap up.

Before the goal was scored, I was feeling reasonably comfortable, and then something happened that was the Wenger of old,  we were 2-1 up at the time, and in control when Sagna came on as a substitute, fair enough we thought, Eboue will make way, but no, and this was shades of Tottenham at home, He shoves Eboue out wide, even though he had Jackie boy on the bench.

Why he thinks Eboue is a better option than a midfielder like Wilshere is beyond me, but he seems too. Arsene take note, Eboue is a full back, leave it at that.

Well we got a third and on 90 minutes he brough Jack on and took Eboue off, but it was strange thinking.

Wenger couldn’t wait to praise his favourite after the game and referred to his African midfield enforcer as a German, go figure.

No one had a bad game and no one had a blinder, the goal against was in my eyes a foul, and I felt very comfortable with Mannone in goal, I hope Wenger doesn’t drop him and use the goal as an excuse.

I would give the whole team an 8, I thought Gibbs did very well and he should keep his place, but we need to give Robin a rest from the free kicks, he had a free kick against the bar that was closer than a penalty, I know they are sometimes more difficult to score, but he should have put that one away, maybe we should give Arshavin a few of them.

So to sum up, a job well done, we are in 4th and within striking distance of top spot, well done the men, next up, some foreign team away in the Champions league and more beer forecast.

Have a great day Grovers at least we can read the Sunday papers today!

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  1. Emperor gooner

    jus read the report..i agree on the point about arshavin taking free kicks….but not the curling ones..lay off and a belter..he’s got trmendous power on his shot and accurate as hell

  2. Pedro

    What would Gok know about being gay?! 😉

    Yeah, I’m chuffed so far GM. I thought Song was really good yesterday, I thought Diaby put in a performance worthy of Saturdays post and I’m over the moon about RvP’s form. He gets way too much criticism considering how good he is.

    How about you, pleased?

  3. goonermichael

    I’m really pleased Pedro. Of the 2 games we lost we really should have beaten united and we played really well for most of the city game. I think we’ll be challenging for the title. Robins goal against Fulham was class. Our bench looks to be the strongest too

  4. Pedro

    I do worry that we’re a couple of injuries away from a real problem though…

    Either of the centre backs… or Song.

    We don’t have suitable back ups.

  5. patthegooner

    I think we are ok if we get an injury to a CB as long as it is Senderos coming in and not Silvestre.

    My worry is an Injury to Song, and I am even more worried that we will try and make do whilst he is at the ANC.

    Looking at the cover that came into Liverpool yesterday and how they coped without the big guns, says that they are the team that should really be worried about their top 4 status.

  6. Samir

    Birmingham fans are little SHITS… Fuking Pricks!

    Wenger slams Birmingham fans after Taylor chants

    LONDON (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has launched a furious verbal attack on Birmingham fans after they chanted Martin Taylor’s name when Gunners star Theo Walcott suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Premier League clash.

    England winger Walcott, 20, could be ruled out for several weeks with a knee problem sustained when he was tackled clumsily by Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell early in Arsenal’s 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.

    For Wenger and Arsenal the incident brought back painful memories of Taylor’s challenge on Eduardo at St Andrew’s in February 2008, which left the Croatia striker with an horrific double leg fracture and out of the game for almost a year.

    With that in mind Wenger felt Birmingham’s supporters deserved censure for their chants about Taylor.

    “Frankly, that is atrocious. They will not be remembered for the quality of their taste with that kind of remark,” Wenger said.

    “I just thought ‘That is low’ and put it in the ranks of stupidity.

    “One starts to say something stupid, everybody follows, even intelligent people.

    “People lose their identity together and their sense of responsibility.”

    Walcott will have a scan to assess the extent of the injury but looks to be a major doubt for the next few weeks.

    Wenger added: “I want the physicality to stay, it is down to the referee to make the right decision.

    “I don’t want to go too overboard because one of the beauties of the English game is a total commitment, and if you cut that out of the game, the players will not improve any more.

    “So we have to cut out what is really dangerous, but we have to keep the basics, the commitment that makes the league more attractive than any other.”

  7. Pedro

    Pat, it was nice to see Toure defend poorly earlier on today.

    I’m not sure about Big Phil… we’ll have to trust him though! He’s the best we have…

    Maybe Nasri can step in for Song… I’m not convinced though.

  8. Samir

    The globe trotting adventures of Arsenal’s newly appointed scout Tony Adams continued over the weekend as he made the trip to Belgium to watch R.S.C. Anderlecht at their Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.

    He was present to make checks on exciting striker Romelu Lukaku who turned out for the home side. The 16-year-old 6 foot 3 inch striker posses a lethal strike rate at youth level and he’s now showing that form on a bigger stage. Four goals from seven fixtures for the Brussels based outfit has seen Lukaku become one of the most talked about prospects in his home land.

    Lukaku, despite his tender age, is much travelled but performed notably for his former employers FC Brussels. 68 goals in 68 games for their youth team brought the attention of giants Anderlecht, and Romelu continued his exploits after penning a contract with them. 121 goals in 88 fixtures for the B team saw him promoted into the first team.

    A current Belgian Under 21 International, the forward, who isn’t 17 until May, scored on his international debut against Slovenia. Lukaku will continue to represent Belgium despite being of Congo descent. The player’s family have issued a firm ‘hands off’ warning stating Romelu will stay with Anderlecht until he is at least 18, but with his rapid goal scoring rate there will be a real struggle to keep him away from the leading lights of European football.

    Adams was reported to have been very impressed and will no doubt be making further checks on the striker in the coming weeks.

    Article By – J.Sanderson

  9. AndyB

    With a mixture of Nasri, Cesc, Rosicky, Arshavin, RVP, Walcott, Eduardo, Vela, Wilshire, Ramsey, Bendtner (?), we don’t need to worry about a DM because we will tear anyone apart. I am convinced!

  10. Stu

    Defence is just as important as attack tho Andy. A DM can be just as important as an attacking midfielder…depending on the oppo of course.

  11. AndyB

    Agreed Stu, but with Gallas, the Verminator, Sagna/ Eboue and Clichy/ Gibbs at the back I am not worried in the slightest. Although if we lose either CB for any length of time we are proper fucked!!

  12. Stu

    I know its cost effective, or whatever you want to call it, but im a bit annoyed at what we do. When we grab a kid from another club before he can sign pro terms.

    It must make the club losing the player so pissed off and i can totally understand why so many clubs complain about it because they are potentially losing a large transfer fee.

    Of course im glad that we have Cesc, Bendtner, Merida and a lot of others but it just feels wrong. Oh well…

  13. Stu

    I am slightly worried to be hinest Andy. We have some very capable defenders but i wouldnt be confident with Diaby or Ramsey protecting the back 4. I was just getting used to Song settling into the role and an injury to him, suspension or when he leaves for the acn we could be in shit.

    Never thought the day would come where i would be worried at Song not being available.

  14. AndyB

    The difference is Stu, Arsenal seem to do it all above board so I won’t lose any sleep.
    It’s wankers like the chavs who meet our established players in a hotel in the middle of the fucking afternoon the cheeky cunts.
    Oh and Barca and Real who just try and unsettle any player they like, and you can add man shitty to that as they seem to have joined in lately

  15. Stu

    Its not right what those teams do either but at least they compensate other clubs nicely. We pay a couple hundred thousand for a potentially world class player and get away with it because they havent signed pro terms yet.

    Instead of sweet talking the player we go to the parents. I know we offer a football education that not many other teams can but it still annoys me that we take such young players off their clubs.

  16. AndyB

    I think Cesc and Nasri will become a great CM pairing.
    In fact, the way Cesc is playing at the moment, he could do it on his own!!!

    yeah, yeah Cesc is on fire!!

  17. A

    Ah ok reggie, yeah he’s still a youngun, hopefully fire the u18s to retain the fa youth cup! It’s absolutely crazy that wilshere is young enough to play in that, it’d just be cheating!

    With the injuries we have in the first team freeman could perhaps feature tomorrow for the reserves

  18. leon


    iam not sure about ramsey i now he has played for wales dm role he have not seen enough him but now he has the ability to play anywere in midfield as does nasri they both more than capeble to coverthere while song is on acn or if he gets injured just your used to seeing them in attacking roles it does mean they cant play in more defensive roles when needed

  19. Stu

    True Leon, but international football is different to the premiership football imo. I remember Ramsey played very well at DM against Germany but expectations would have been low. Especially compared to if he had to play there for an Arsenal team on a high going into a tough run of games.

    Anyone know when Denilson is due back..what date?

  20. kurdishgooner

    if either Gallas or verminator get injured pls remember this…. we are still conceding goals now. So if Senderos comes in then you cant blame him that we are conceding goals unless of course it is HIS mistake. Im just saying be fair when you analyse players…

  21. Wiseman

    Here is the 30 man shortlist for the Ballon D’Or. What do people think about the 30 best players in the world!?

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
    Maicon (Inter Milan)
    Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
    Diego (Juventus)
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona)
    Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
    Thierry Henry (Barcelona)
    Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg)
    Xavi (Barcelona)
    Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux)
    Yaya Toure (Barcelona)
    Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal)
    Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
    Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
    Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
    Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
    Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
    Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
    Kaka (Real Madrid)
    John Terry (Chelsea)
    Luis Fabiano (Sevilla)
    Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
    David Villa (Valencia)
    Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
    Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid)
    Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)
    Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan)
    Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
    Julio Cesar (Inter Milan)
    Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)

  22. Stu

    Not really sure why Giggs, Terry or Diego are there. Diego is a great player but i dont remember him doing much last season.

    Honestly..even though 2 of ours are there i would give it to Gourcuff.

  23. leon

    stu that does mean ramsey cant play in that position the only thing is his age at 18 still needs to develop on defensive side a bit to cover there i think he would be fine same for diaby but on perm basis,i feel ramsey its just a matter of experience of getting games i would not put limit of he can do,if you look at giggs i no he plays for manu i team i realy do hate,giggs he evolved his game he can on wings in central role and evon plays dm role when needed he perfect role model at 35 he puts alot of players to shame realy
    delinson will be back 2 months if he is lucky

  24. Stu

    And Benzema. What did he do last season?

    The worst thing about that list is that of 2 defenders there Terry is one of them and Pique isnt even there. He should have won CL defender of the season. I was amazed that Terry won that…as im sure many other people were.

  25. gnarleygeorge9

    I see that sad ol piss pot jock from manure is still trying to intimidate just to get his way, the only thing now is his excuses are a sad reflection of a silly old shit who has seen better days.

    “Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he criticised Alan Wiley’s fitness because he was so disappointed with the performance of his side during their draw against Sunderland”.

    We will reel that over rated lot of manchester crap in before the seasons out.

    P.S Time to put milk on your weeties SAF instead of that 10 year old single malt you have been for the last 25 years 😆

  26. A

    To be fair he only scored 4 goals less than the season before, but still wasn’t as impressive overall imo by some way

  27. bk

    lovin the way this season is goin.its all very tight and fuck me i still dont know how utd got 3 pts of us!! at least we now seem to know how to whack the weaker teams

  28. leon

    i dont think terry is bad defender but i think is far better leader than he is defender to be honest there alot worse defenders out there than him,but i think giggs without dought one best players out there still

  29. Stu

    Giggs cant play every week but he is a great option off the bench for a moment of class. Nothing more tho so for him to be nominated is stupid…much like his winning the player of the year last season.

  30. ThaatArsenalGuy

    Diego got werder bremen single handedly to the the final of the eufa cup, he was as instrumental to them as arshavin was to zenit. one of the matches on route to the final i think he scored 2 girls to bring them back from 2- nil down and they went thru. the guy is immense

  31. Stu

    They dont have any quality strikers tho. I thought Huntelaar would have been a good buy for them and suited to Serie A but i guess his move to Milan and time there so far proved otherwise.

  32. A

    Juve should be decent enough, but not amazing. Diego is their only really top top player, but he could be for them what Kaka was for Milan, MASSIVE fan of his. Giovinco could be good but is still a raw young player, doesn’t start for them. Melo is just a decent DM, nothing special

  33. A

    what bk?! how’s he magically special?! he’s ok, far from amazing, not been particularly impressed with him for juve, though he’s looked better than he did in the confederations cup. Glad we didn’t get him after how well song has done this season.

  34. Faceman

    a, melo is immense, i have seen him play about half a dozen games this season for juve and brazil and he had been a giant in the middle of the park every time.

    he is defo very special and is certainly up there with essien as the best dm in world football

    wenger knew, that is why he tried to buy him, he is a real big one we have not got, song is doing superb.. but melo sitting behind cesc and nasri would be the best midfield trio on planet earth.

  35. Stu

    I dont rate Iaquinta at all. He doesnt score nearly enough goals and is pretty poor in front of goal anyway.

    Amauri also has a pretty shit scoring record. He recently ended his drought. But before he did he had something like 14 in his first 25 games for them and 1 in his next 25. Not 100% sure on the stats but its definately something like that.

  36. Stu

    I dont think Melo is near world class. Havent seen much of him but he isnt the beast that we were told he was. He is better with the ball than he is at getting it back imo.

    The 20m+ price tag was too much imo. He is a quality player but nowhere near one of the best…not for me anyway.

  37. Faceman

    stu, you openly admit you have not seen much of him

    so how can you make such sweeping statements?

    trust me.. you will change your mind over the course of the next 9 months.. juve in the champs league and brazil at the world cup will help.

  38. Stu

    Faceman, im not making a sweeping statement. Im basing my opinion on what little i have seen of him. Just like you who said you’ve seen 6 or so games.

    Im not doubting his quality…just dont think he is world class.

  39. A

    Faceman I’ve not been that impressed with him really, certainly wasn’t amazing on Saturday against Fiorentina. Essien imo isn’t actually a great DM, he’s a fantastic player overall, but when he’s played purely as a DM he isn’t that effective in that role. I don’t really see anyone at the same level as Yaya, although this season he hasn’t been the same as last obviously.

  40. Stu

    Yeah Iaquinta has a good record..just looked it up. I just dont think he is that good of a goalscorer. He missed an awful lot of chances imo. Never really been impressed when i’ve watched him.

  41. Faceman

    stu – he is not only world class, but possibly the best dm on earth

    thats how good he is, he glides across the pitch like platini, but crunches into tackles like souness

    and he is very apt with one touch passing

    he would be just so so so perfect at dm for us

  42. A

    Granted I’ve only seen him play 4 times for Juve, but he’s not looked like a world beater in any of them. Played pretty well when they beat Lazio, certainly not out of this world though, or close to a world class DM, and he was ineffectual in all the other games, draws against Fiorentina on sat, and genoa, and losing to Palermo

  43. A

    Where you hear that Face? If Denilson is back I’d be surprised if we sign someone else as a DM in January, unless Song’s going to move to centre back.

  44. Faceman

    there was a guy sitting near me at the emirates and he was going on about it to some old women of all people.

    he mentioned the matuidi deal was close in the summer, but they wanted too much and wenger pulled it but is still looking at him.

    the inler rumour has been going on for about 2 years now, not seen much of him to be fair.

  45. A

    Stu it’s only 4 league games, we won’t sign a DM just for that, not to mention any DM we did sign would need time to adapt, wouldn’t make any sense.

    We’d only sign someone if we were planning to anyways, not because of the African Nations, as anyone we signed would be unlikely to come straight into the starting line up

  46. A

    ah ok face, i’d be happy with matuidi, would certainly give us more depth there. Wenger is still mates with comoli too so he should be able to sort something out!

    though maybe the blokey you overheard was just going on paper talk anyways?

  47. Faceman

    if you think about it a, wenger defo wanted another dm in the summer

    he 100% went for melo but he chose juve

    both song and denilson were fit then aswell

  48. A

    yeah true face, though after the melo deal didn’t happen he had plenty of time, so maybe he isn’t absolutely desperate. Still wouldn’t be surprised to see someone come in, though dunno who. Really would be happy if it was matuidi, though really hope he wouldn’t be a big anti-climax!

  49. Stu

    Not just for the 4 games A. Wenger himself has said over and over again that Song is a CB long term. So that leaves Denilson as the closest thing to a DM we have. Thats not a good situation to be in imo…

  50. Faceman

    i’d be happy with matuidi, only seen youtubes of him and he is apparently very very quick and has a good touch and tough tackle… sound ideal

    and to be honest, if wenger rates him, that is good enough for me.

  51. ricardo

    Manone dropped it.

    Otherwise pretty good performance. Right about being a thug though on the tackle on Walcott: this is typical McLeish and he is partly responsible for Eddy’s injury, telling limited players to “let them know you’re there”. Otherwise considered an invite to assault. I pray they (McLeish) goes down. he is actually more hateful than Fat Sam

  52. David

    If we Sign Matuidi does that mean it we would have to kill Song? 😆

    Oh…Im so happy! What a great Weekend! 😎

    If only Wanc United Lost points it wouldve been Orgasms all around.

  53. patthegooner

    Matuidi signed a new contract last week 🙁

    Not that that means anything in todays game.

    Didn’t Nasri sign a new contract a few weeks before we bought him?

  54. Geoff

    I don’t think there’s a chance Paddy will return.

    The Song trip could be 6 weeks away, don’t forget they go early, and if he got injured, or malaria like Kolo did, it could be longer, we have to invest, Denilson isn’t the answer.

  55. gnarleygeorge9

    My nephew has just come back from Blighty for a couple of weeks, anyway, he was explaining about Council House and Violent somethings (chavs)

    My question is, can some one actually explain what chav stands for, & who it relates to 😉

  56. tomstoned

    Mornin Grovers..

    i think that Denilson will be back stronger and more determined than ever…great players(to be?)often takes another leap when under presssure,and my guess is that Denilson is that kind of a player…in my book Denilson’s injury was a blessing in disquise for him…

    if Wenger has been right all along (Youth Project)i think we will see Our youngsters improve immensly this season…


  57. luke

    sure hope so tom. He is going to need to get a lot better if we are going to survive without song during ACN. I have a feeling Wenger wont buy in january either. Damnet.

  58. tomstoned


    all you have to do is look at Song’s progress…and injuries tend to seem all negative…but sometimes its not negative at all….Walcott seems to me better than ever…even if he is out again..my thought..Walcott needed some time off…it should be interesting to see Nasri back….i think he will be more eager and determined than ever before…


  59. luke

    im very excited to see nasri back in action. I always forget last year was his first season. Think he has perhaps the most promise of all our young guns. I never disliked denilson, always thought he was good enough for the bench, but hopefully when he comes back he will come back better.

  60. luke

    what do you all make of senderos. Surely he is gone in january with world cup coming up and switzerland qualifying. Any replacements come to mind?

  61. tomstoned

    mornin GnarleyGeorge9

    i hope not mate…but to be honest Denilson’s injury gave Song the chance to shine…and that he did :)and to get back in the mix Denilson will have to work his socks off…and that is all positive…young players often gets better while under pressure….older players seems to fall trough..in general..


  62. gnarleygeorge9

    Evening tom

    Just been on the open forums taking the piss outa manure & chelski. I spose its the sign of the times when you can do that, & actually be right. Both clubs are shit, & ofcourse not to mention Liverwurst 😆

  63. tomstoned

    well off work..

    me ..i hope we offload Senderos..great guy..but not good enough..still he’s been great playing for his National team..(second coming?)well i still hope we sell him,and buy a new CB..who ?..nobody comes to mind…Hangeland havent signed a new contract at Fulham..??…there really arent that many class act CB’s out there..

    have a great day All Gooners and Grovers alike..


  64. tomstoned

    Gnarley mate

    its great isnt it…being able to 🙂 every week i *travel*around to every barca blog i know …lettin them know what i think about those inglorious barca’s….its great fun …hehehe..

    have a good one Gnarley…



  65. Pedro

    Mayank… I hate to break it to you, but we’ve lost two games to good teams already… so it’s hardly a moot point.