Firstly, it’s our Le Grove’s birthday today, we reach the age of four and we’ve kept up our record of posting everyday at least once for the duration of that period. This last year has been our biggest in terms of comments (250,000 in a year, 80,000 away from a 1,000,000), it’s been the biggest in terms of visits, we’re about 37% up on last year already and it’s also been a bit of an amazing year for being picked up by the various news publications.
Thanks for dropping by everyday, thanks for following our tweets and Facebook updates and thanks for taking the time out of your day to post comments in our thriving community, which for me is still the best for varied opinion and banter. We know you could go anywhere in your quest for a hit of Arsenal, we’re over the moon so many of you choose to swing by Le Grove so regularly!
The next year is will see a pretty robust growth plan. First up is a redesign of the site which is underway, we’ll be moving from WordPress.com and the new site will hopefully capture all the best bits the current template does but add all the modern functionality you see elsewhere. We’ll also definitely, most certainly be setting up a Podcast in the next few weeks. I’ll be trying to source guests like Jack Wilshere and Robert Pires on, if those fall through, I’ll certainly be able to land Rodney from the Armoury… he’s gagging to get his opinion out there. We’re also investigating a few other avenues which could certainly add value to the site!
Onto the post… oh, and thanks for all the amazing gifts no one sent in. Real classy.
Vermaelen’s injury started as a thigh complaint, it ended as an Achilles operation. Starts out as 8 weeks, will it end in a season long lay off again? Let’s hope not…
This has all the hallmarks of JD two seasons back when the club knew he was out long-term yet decided against pushing for a new body to replace him.
That year we played Gallas and Vermaelen in most games and eventually ran them into ground. Gallas was out before the end of the year… Followed by Vermaelen at the start of the next.
Bad luck or bad management? How long can you keep putting injuries down to misfortune? Is there any other industry you’d be allowed to watch the same costly problem happen over and over again before someone compared your misfortune to your rivals and noticed a pattern…
Other clubs have less injuries and quicker recovery times.
How we could miss out on Gary Cahill if there was even a suspicion of long-term problems I don’t know. If John Cross was reporting the Vermaelen concerns last week you can bet your bottom dollar the Arsenal medical staff had reported that to Wenger well before the window closed.
Anyway, we’ll see how this pans out. Once again we’ve bought in a new player and they’ve got to adapt and hit the ground running straight away… A big ask, but I guess that’s why they get paid the big dollars.
Just for the record, Thomas Vermaelen was out of the squad the Friday before the United game… There was no late Fitness test on match day. According to team bus sources, he wasn’t on it.
Wenger’s ban was upheld and the club was fined an additional £10k for their troubles. Makes a mockery of the £500 fine the Spanish coach recieved for being an on air racist about Thierry a few years ago. The severity of the punishment compared to what UEFA dish out for serious crimes against the game is laughable.
Though I’d still question the professionalism of the club, I’m not a manager and I knew you couldn’t communicate with the bench. How many ridiculous stories have we heard over the years of coaches trying to bend the rules?
If we asked a UEFA Official, why did we only do it on the night? Why didn’t we get the response in an e-mail? Standard business practice for any decision that could get you in trouble. No one got a delivery time changed when I was ruling the show in cardboard box world… No matter how perishable their lettuce was.
‘It’ll fail unless I get the change in a mail’
That was my motto…
You buggers eh? While you’re all crawling up Frimpong’s backside voting him up the most exciting youth player chart, our strangely named winger is out there making things happen. He landed three assists and won a penalty… The greatest England under 21 talent since Franny Jeffers? Possibly… Our saviour? Well according to many today you’d imagine so!
Personally, I’d send him out on loan for a year like United would do. Let him rip it up with a team like West Ham or Bolton then bring him in when he’s ready to blow at the Emirates. Just like we did with Jack.
Arsene Wenger Satisfaction Poll (0 being very unsatisfied to the point of suicide / 5 being so happy you’d give him a Denilson deal)
A further split down…
So there we have it people. Most people voted with a 3, indicating they were satisfied, however, when the numbers are totted up, a substantial amount of the fanbase are unsatisfied with how things at the club are being run by the man in charge of the playing side of things. I couldn’t have picked a fairer time to run the poll either. It’s the first time in about 5 years we’ve been reasonably pleased with some players coming in.
Next up… the board.
Have a great day Grovers!
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