Stoke away in the Premiership. Never a nice game. According to those in the know, not only are they one of the nastiest clubs in the league to play against on the pitch, they’re also one of the most unfriendly off it. The dressing rooms are pokey and horrible, they don’t give you any match balls to practice with and the worst part? The ground is in Stoke. I’ve travelled to many dumps in my career, but let me tell you this, Stoke is world-class when it comes to being a dump… and yes, I have stayed in Barnsley.
We head up there without Captain Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. The Frenchman is chained to a desk in north London basted in goose fat. Opposite him are 3 caged rottweiler’s with a timer counting down. To his right lies a mont blanc pen and a contract worth £120k a week. If he wants to escape, he only has one choice. I trust he knows what to do… mwhahaha!
I think it’s a good thing those two aren’t there today. Cesc has been a bit of a drag on the team this year and it’ll be good for Jack and Rambo to play together again today against a really horrible bunch of the thugs. I totally agree with Wenger when he made the comparison to a car crash and Rambo’s injury. He just has to throw on a tape of Roy Keane and Alf Inge Haaland and run out onto that pitch pumped up like Maradona in the 1994 world cup.
If we want to play against Stoke, we have to give it some back early on. We have to harass the referee every time a decision goes against us and as a team, we all have to fight for a each other. They’re just men at the end of the day, they’re no stronger than our boys and they’re no fitter. If they hit you, hit them back harder 10 minutes later… they’ll soon learn.
Sagna Kozzer JD Clichy
Jack Song Rambo
Arshavin RVP Theo
We need to be as direct as we were against United. I’m hoping we’re going to mix up our play and take a few shots here and there. Taking a gamble is what made players like Thierry, Bobby and Freddie great. We don’t have enough of that in our current squad. For me though, that type of attitude is contagious, if you see Aaron fire in a 30 yarder and you’re Jack, you might fancy a piece of that action. Winning should be a collective effort, so should our approach to attacking. Robin isn’t the only player in our team who can fire a freekick 40 yards over the bar, lets mix it up and stop trying the same things over and over again.
We go on about football intelligence like the bum down the pub goes on about an IQ test he aced back in 92′. We’re playing the Premiership dunces today, lets show that we’re the sharpist cookies in the jar of football with a super win.
There are a few rumours flying around on the web about the various players that could be on their way this summer. Leighton Baines seems to be one that just won’t disappear. He’s the Everton left back who occasionally lands a game for England. I’m not sure he’s Arsenal calibre and I’m sure someone told me he isn’t the paciest. He is 26, but for me, we wouldn’t be improving on Clichy. The other Everton star we’re apparently looking at is Phil Jagielka, this story won’t disappear either. Though I will say, I think this is just papers rehashing a Mike Parry comment from last week.
I’m out in Spain at the moment, I would learn to speak the language purely for the reason of reading the football newspapers everyday. Apparently Madrid are after Bayern Munich centre midfielder Hamit Altintop. He’s 28, he has 60 caps for Germany and he scored goal of the year this season. He’s the sort of steely midfielder we should be looking at to compliment Alex Song. Last summer, he went to Bayern on a free. He is the type of player our scouting network should be picking up.
Another player we should have looked at signing in January was Chris Samba, he had an absolutely belting game against West Ham yesterday and I really think we missed a trick not signing him in January. Not all our defenders have to be cut from the same technically gifted cloth. Sometimes you need to have a plan b for defending. If we had Samba, we’d have a specialist who could come in for the games against the bully boys and dominate (…and let’s not kid ourselves, there are plenty of those games each year). He is almost unbeatable in the air, he has a great presence and he’s a leader. I think he’s underrated on the ground as well, but to be honest, Sol Campbell was hardly Zidane on the ball, so that doesn’t worry me too much anyway.
As much as I like Koscielny, I do think his clumsy play and propensity to drop a clanger in almost every game is sometimes over looked because he is classy on the ball. Potentially, he could turn into a really good player, at worst, we’ve just landed ourselves an average defender who can do a job when called upon.
The other player who did really well yesterday was Ashley Young, he scored a freekick he perhaps shouldn’t have, but the fact he landed it on target is an achievement I’m not sure Robin Van Persie has managed this year. If we could pick him up for a decent price, he’d lift the team and he could take over the vacant winger role Nik B will be leaving.
I saw the media landed themselves in a bit of bother yesterday, media darling Charlie Adam makes a horrible challenge on media darling Gareth Bale… it was like a stalemate, virtually no coverage in favour or against. I hope the little monkey is ok, regardless of who he plays for, you always want to see the best players on show in the Premiership.
QPR and Norwich were promoted yesterday. Congratulations to those two. It’s amazing what a billionaire’s backing can do for a points deduction eh? It was quite funny to listen Abel Taarbt tell the BBC he might not be at QPR next season. Classy stuff, you can tell he took his footballing education at the University of Spurs!
Yesterday I was drinking beer in Puerto Banus. I saw a 78 year man driving a £600,000 Zonda in the Port with a 23 year girl in the passenger seat. I’ve never been to a place where older men do so well with the ladies… those guys must have some excellent chat up lines.
Finally, before I leave to track down some old man knowledge, someone posted this in the comments… check for the new away kit in the back ground…
Have a great day Grover’s!
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