It’s official, as if you didn’t know it already but we have signed Vermaelen for another 4 years which is news going the right way for once! The thought of watching him and the big sack together warms the cockles of my heart. If the Verminator can stay fit for those four years then we could have the making of a Keown/Adams partnership with him and the big Sack in the middle, and one that makes me feel we finally have a defence worthy of the Arsenal.
I was reading Gibbs piece in the Standard last night and he says he needs to stay injury free and get a run of games to improve, I agree, and the fact that he holds Cole up there as the player to emulate is indeed good news, as long as it stays footballing and doesn’t progress into mobile communications, then he won’t go wrong.
With players in the team coming through like Ramsey, Wilshere, Gibbs, Chezzer, Oxo, Coquelin, Ryo and Frimpong the future looks good, but we need a bit of success now and where better to get it than in the south of France.
The most probable team tonight is this.
Jenkinson the Sack Kozzer Santos
Arteta Song Rosicky
Walcott Robin Gervinho
That would be my guess unless he decides against Rosicky and puts Ramsey in and Arshavin instead of Theo, he’ll play Gervinho because he was in that league last season but I am surprised he didn’t take Park along, my question is, if he doesn’t think he’s good enough to play in this team then why buy him?
He may even surprise us and put Chamakh up top and play 4-4-2 as he was also a big success in France, then use Theo and Arshavin as impact subs.
We’ll see soon enough but a win will put us top and that is just what the Arsenal need right now, a convincing win to banish the rubbish that’s been on show in the Premier league.
I read with ineterest that Wenger said had we not beaten Udinese and qualified it would have been a disaster, yes the word he used was ‘DISASTER” in stark contrast to bonus boy Gazidas who said it wasn’t neccessary to our sustainable business model to have ECL football this season.
Wenger then went on to say that we won’t give up on the league as a season without the Champions League would be a catastrophe. Yes he used that word ‘CATASTROPHE’
Perhaps those two should get together before they speak to the press as they appear to be at odds with each other, still at least we now know that we are officially playing football in England with the sole purpose of qualifying for the European Champions League, twist what he said how you like but he said it all the same.
Pick the bones out of that with your expensive spin boys Ivan!
Back to tonight, yes I think that Chamakh is hopeless but when he was in France he was a top, top player, so maybe going home will bring out the best in him and either give him confidence to kick on, or act as a great showcase to be sold back, either way I wouldn’t be upset to see him start, even if it meant resting Robin.
And for that same reason I would give Ju Young a go, but he hasn’t packed Park so I won’t travel down that road!
Arteta was a revelation for Everton so he will come good, maybe we’ll see more of that tonight, I hope so, I like him a lot. It’s a shame he didn’t take Oxo, especially after he last impressive start but he has taken Coquelin, another player that did well in France last season.
In all I expect Marseille to be a very tough game, they did stuff Dortmund last time out and we didn’t, however we are the Arsenal and we are the best, so bugger the oppo and sod all the rest… …Somewhere in there is a song!
Have a great night on ITV tonight Grovers, this will tell you how our season will pan out, me I’m going for a comfortable 3-1 win and a big well done to the Arsenal for finally signing someone worthy!
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