Rasmus Elm sparking Arsenal interest | Jack back February | Champions League draw

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Well hello! I’m sure you’re wondering what this new design is all about? Well, I am too. Yesterday morning the site started crashing intermittently, I asked my host what I’d done and he informed me that the theme I was using had more issues that John Terry’s personal life. To rescue the site, I had to transfer over to a temporary theme. So, here we are. I’m not a fan, but it works. The comment section isn’t the best, but we’ll have to make do while the bespoke build is put together. That should be ready by early January… so not too long!

The big talking point today for Arsenal is obviously around who we can draw for the Champions League last 16.

  • Napoli
  • CSKA Moscow
  • FC Basel
  • Lyon
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • Zenit St Petersburg
  • AC Milan

Personally, I don’t think there is too much for us to fear in that group. Milan and Napoli are probably the top two for quality, you wouldn’t want to have to head to Russia if you could avoid it, outside that, I’m not overly fussed. I think we could beat any of those sides on our day and there certainly isn’t a Barcelona or Madrid in there to make you fear for qualifying for the next round. The benefits of topping your group eh?

I spoke to Arsenal America last night for a podcast which was great fun. One of the questions they raised was the possibility of buying in a left back. This is a really interesting topic for me because I’m not sure we can. We have a 26-year-old Brazil international and a very young future England hopeful who is raw at the moment. What can we possibly do in the transfer market outside a loan deal… and please don’t tell me Wayne Bridge is a good option. The guy is more interested in painting his girlfriends finger nails than playing any sort of competitive football. I think we’re going to have to lump this one…

Transfer rumours are flying all over the place, Podolski is apparently being watched by us on Friday night. I always wonder why we send scouts to the ground. Those hotel bills and plane tickets soon rack up in cost. Steve Rowley should just ask the Grovers if anyone has a live stream to the games, I’m sure they’d help.

According to the Mail, we’re also looking at Rasmus Elm. He sounds like an Scandinavian bush, but I’m sure he plays better than one. His Grimantube video seems to indicate he is a set piece master, scorer of corners and a bit of an all round tough guy on the pitch. He looks suited to the Premiership, whether he has the x factor when it comes to quality is another question.

I’ve still no real clue where we’re going with this transfer window. Rest assured, I’ll ask nearer the time… Pam has been quiet of late.

I didn’t mention the fact Arsenal lost in the FA Youth Cup, mainly because I’m generally more interested in painting Frankie Sandford’s finger nails than I am in watching youth team games.

We lost, John Toral landed himself a meaty black eye, that’s the end of that. Coquelin has been quoted saying he’s ‘flattered’ that Lille are interested in him. He wants game time, I like the fact he’d take a loan spell to get it. I’m not sure he should go though, he’s ahead of Frimpong in the pecking order and I can’t imagine Song will stay fit/not need a rest all season.

Other than that, enjoy the draw. United and City fans won’t be. Ha… ha…. ha.

Have a great day, see you in the comments!

P.S. I was told yesterday The Times gave Dennis Bergkamp the greatest Premier League goal of all time for this peach… I haven’t corroborated it, but any excuse to show it again I’ll take! Oh, and Jack will be back for Mid-Feb, it’s already creeping out!

388 Responses to “Rasmus Elm sparking Arsenal interest | Jack back February | Champions League draw”

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  1. Lurch

    massive game for wallnut Sunday, Zabaleta or wayyyyyyyne bridge. has the makings of a spit roasting with rvp shuffling the cards behind either one.

    Lescot had a really good game for england then a tragedy V the chavs, which one will turn up?

  2. Lurch

    yeah richards isn’t all that defensively, better going forward, Verm can hack it – plenty powerful enough. Gerv’s feet are faster than Richards can handle, think we win that match, the secret is Arteta doing a number on Silva while Song invisible walls Yaya….

  3. Lurch

    jd is the stuff of night tremors, the weakest link. we can’t drop Song in to CB though, not with his creative threat, which neither Lecoq of Frimpong really have yet, though LeCoq’s the closest.

  4. Rohan

    I reckon Mankini going to be a pussy and put 11 men behind the ball and try and nick a winner through Aguero.
    gambon will proceed to call him a tactical genius.

  5. incesc

    its me rohan 🙂

    mankini does that away at our place but at home city come at us mate.

    im not confident.

    i dont want to sound like hodgson before the scousers chucked him out, but id love a draw

  6. Rohan

    I’d play Le Coq right back and Koscielny left back! or the other way round.

    We can’t have two fullbacks who are shit going forward. Major reason why we didn’t look threatening against Everton.

    Big game for Arteta tomorrow. If he can play well, we just might be able to have some control of midfield. Theo’s the key though.

  7. Rohan

    However, I genuinely think that we have shown that we are the one team who genuinely do trouble Mancini.
    Wenger has Mankini’s number I reckon with a full squad.

  8. incesc

    id quite like to see wenger pull out the big guns and go at mankini over the next years.

    he could pull him apart with some players, mankini gave up 4th years ago at our place because he was terrified

    but we’re all in the meh wenger years, happy with a draw.

  9. Lurch

    2 early goals, clinical – then lets see em panic.

    bring the lesbian on to rescue the situation and frimpong decks him at home, straight red. mastercard moment 🙂

  10. incesc

    maybe it will be like when chelsea knocked us out of europe when we were the best team in the world

    all about the momentum. They are there for the taking