Well hello Monday! Freezing cold but all the better for the weekends pummeling of Wigan.
Newsworthy stories today include the story that Wolves might be taking Frimpong on loan for the second half of the season. Had this been 3 years ago, I’ve no doubt that wouldn’t have happened. He’s a talented boy with passion by the bucket load, but he needs to learn to calm his temper and he needs to refine his passing. I’ve no doubt he’s capable of doing that, but the learning curve shouldn’t happen in our starting 11.
6 months in the rough and tumble of the Wolves starting 11 will be a great experience. Hopefully he’ll come out of it like Jack Wilshere did.
A player who has done the loan thing numerous times before but failed to ever make an impact outside the Carling Cup is Carlos Vela. I’ve always thought he has the magic very few possess, he’s just never been given a run to show it. Last night he trended globally after a super performance for Sociedad. He scored an over head kick for the winner and looked the business.
What the coach doesn’t like about him isn’t clear. He’s shown more promise than plenty of other players at the club, so one would assume it’s his party arranging skills the boss dislikes or it’s his attitude.
Either way, it’s good to see him doing well in Spain. Maybe he’s just not suited to the rigors of the Premier League.
The FA Cup sees us drawn against Leeds United. They managed to nick a draw against us last year which forced a costly replay up North.
My Uncle is a Leeds fan and he was telling me last week that the defence is shambolic this year. Hopefully it will be in January when we play them. Arguably, replays cost us big last year.
With a fragile squad, we need to keep them to a minimum. It’d be fantastic to win the FA Cup… We haven’t for an age, which is a shame considering Wenger owned that trophy for most of the early part of his career.
One thing I forgot to mention yesterday was Chesney singing with the away fans. A lovely touch and again, a huge difference between this season and last. The players are enjoying victory more under Robin than Cesc and they seem to have a much better connection with the support base.
It’s a joy to watch. It doesn’t take much to reach out to the people who idolise you but it’s something that’s simmered out of the game over the last ten years. You don’t expect to have a beer after the game with the players these days, but it’s nice when the do a walk round of the stadium after and even better if they jump in and have a sing!
Talking of beering with the players. I was out in Mayfair on Saturday and it was amusing to see the West Brom players smashed out of their brains acting up. I also saw Daniel Sturridge out in the early hours of the morning. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just something I’m thankful doesn’t really go on too often with the Arsenal boys. That said, it must take incredible restraint to avoid the party scene. I’ve never seen money thrown around quite so liberally, and I’ve never seen girls swarm blokes quite like that.
If I had my time again… I’d be an alcoholic, womanising centre forward.
Olympiacos play host to us tomorrow night. They’re still looking to qualify for the knock out stages so it’ll be a tough game for the reserve squad we’ll send out there. Hopefully we’ll see a similar line up to the one that played last week against City. I’d like to see Benny get a run out and I’d love to see the Ox put in a top performance away in Europe. I think he could push for a place at the Euro’s if he starts putting in his performances now. He’s a game changer and his intelligence on and off the ball is far more mature than his age suggests.
It’ll also be another chance for Park and Chamakh to show they can mix it at the highest level. So far this year both have struggled to make and impact. Park has the excuse of a lack of game time, Chamakh doesn’t, when he gets too much game time he needs a mid-season break.
Right, see you in the comments!