Arsenal go to Wales! | Arteta possibly injured | 1 Million comments this week

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Bore da gyfeillion Le Grove.

That’s a big fat welcome in the good language of Welsh. Why? Because Swansea is in Wales and I want to celebrate diversity.

I’m looking forward to this afternoons game because we know Swansea will play an open game. They’ll try and hit us on the wings with their pace and they’ll certainly leave gaps. According to the stats, Swansea are more efficient at the passing game than United, Liverpool and Spurs. They might not be as adventurous, but a super stat all the same, top 4 stuff from a newly promoted team is testament to the excellent vision of career manager Brendan Rodgers. Another interesting stat for all the muppets that slag of the Premier League and its technical ability is that the Premier League is more effiecient than La Liga with accurate passing in the final third according to Rafa Benitez and his data analysts.

Today is a prime game for Theo to showcase why he’s the best player in the universe and it might even be a good game to unleash the raw talents of Oxlade-Chamberlain.

My gut feeling says that Wenger will go for experience over the folly of youth. So I’m expecting him to start Theo and Arshavin out wide… and possibly Thierry through the middle. It feels like the sort of game we should be resting Robin, trouble is, outside Thierry, all we have is risk. That said, he did take Park Chu Young off in midweek, so maybe we’ll get to see the explosive marketing talents of the Asian dream. We know he can finish because we’ve seen him score before. Question is, will he be able to handle the rough and tumble of the Welsh?

In defence, things are still looking about as promising as the French credit rating, so the midfield will have to muck in at the back. The wingers will also have to offer as much cover as they can. JD returns to the side, he certainly doesn’t need an invitation to play like a rusty nail. At left back, I’m guessing we’ll opt for Miquel, who looks like Pires, Benny and Rosicky all rolled into one. Let’s be honest… he’d make a marvellous Gooner paternity special on the Jeremy Kyle Show… my money would be on Bobby, the man oozes reproduction.

The centre backs will be Koscielny and Mertesacker. I’m pretty sure those two will deal with Swansea. In midfield, Ramsey, Song and Arteta will probably start again. I’m not sure when Arteta is going to land a rest… maybe when Diaby comes back? Which will be next season. Let’s hope he powers his way through another game… his experience in the middle is hugely underplayed at the moment.

Word has it that Arteta may have picked up an injury, so he’s rumoured to be out the line up. Who we slip into the middle now is a mystery. Kind of an ideal game for Frimpong. As he’s not there, things really do look precarious. Do we move JD from right back into the holding role and move Song forward. Do we move JD into the centre of defence, bring Yennaris in and play Koscielny in the middle of the park. Or do we slip Rosicky or Benyaoun into the middle and hope they give us the same stability Arteta does. I know our injuries are bad at the moment, but it’s not like we don’t have these same issues every year… we should have more players to call upon to deal with it. Instead, we’ll have to patch up the midfield with a damp, soggy plaster.

Wenger always tries to work through with the bare minimum and invariably, it always bites him on the arse. I’m reading the Alex Fynn book on making Arsenal a superclub. Great book, but reading the last 5 season back you end up bashing your head against whatever is nearest.  It’s ground hog day over and over again with the same pitiful excuses. It kind of worked at the start, apparently Wenger couldn’t play Theo for the first year we signed him because we couldn’t afford the initial first appearance fee. We also had to defer Robin Van Persie’s transfer when we first went in for him because we were skint. However, from January 2008, we’ve been caked in cash for him to spend. We had £18million to go into market with in 2008… and it’s roughly been the same or higher since.

The manager is complaining about the transfer window again and the pressure it brings…

“Everybody becomes nervous in November until January. Then players maybe think, ‘If I don’t play then I will leave in January’. They are already less committed to the cause, it gives them an opening.

“We have gone from a period where we knew if we didn’t play we had to be committed to the club, had no other option but to fight for the place.

This is true, but it’s not something we haven’t been aware of since 2002. Moaning on about how hard it is just feels like deflection tactics again, because interestingly enough, we can’t find players in the summer either. Now, we’ve either got a manager who has totally lost the ability to identify players or we have a broken scouting network. We could blame the board, but they seemed to pull it together quite nicely when Wenger was under pressure. Remember as well, the board when it comes to transfers is Gazidis. The rest are obsolete or figure heads.

Either way, it’s looking bleak for January action. As for Saad Al Mukhaini… what the hell is that all about? Wenger now seems to be going to comical lengths to be seen as the wizard of value… You’d have better chance of finding a good left back over Hackney Marshes.

I think the key today is our finishing. The team isn’t performing in front of goal at the moment and confidence is shot to pieces. The longer missed chance go begging, the less likely we are to break the deadlock… especially with players like Gervinho and Chamakh (oh I jest) missing. I’m confident it won’t come to that, I’m hoping that the Leeds game will spark a bit of inspiration in the rest of the side and I’d like to think we’ve been working on finishing over the last week.

We have a chance to push further ahead of Liverpool after another draw from them and we have the chance to catch two points on Spurs (well played Frimpong). Tomorrow isn’t about excuses and bitching about the conspiracy of referees, complimenting Swansea on being a major force in the Premiership or blaming injuries for our woes. It’s time to take the season by the scruff of the neck and kick it up the Arsenal. At the end of the season, only one thing matters… that’s points. How you get them or lose them is totally irrelevant. So let’s push on and make sure we seize the day.

Just to keep you up to date… we’re on schedule to have a new site up and running by the end of the month. I think it’s looking smart, and hopefully you will too when I let you loose on the BETA version in a couple of weeks time. A nice touch is that next week, it looks like we’ll break a million approved comments before we leave this home. We’re 2400 away from the magic number! If the millionth comment is from a London based Grover who goes to the game, I’ll buy you a Peroni before a pre match. If you’re based abroad, I’ll give you a lovely cyber high five! A million in a little over 4 years… very exciting, so a big thanks to everyone who has contributed to that number!

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Right, enjoy your day, let’s be having those three points lads!

P.S. Take a look at Rambo’s appeal in the press for a missing man.

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  1. SUGA3

    well, it must be difficult for Henry to face the angry mob, given how he was only getting a red carpet reception from Gooners, no?

    but fuck me sideways, he should really tell Wenger that it is all not good enough and that he should get his shit together or just do a decent thing and leave…

  2. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    this sunday could see a below 60,000 crowd for the manutre gane…

    i used to love this club, but gave up ST because of Wenger, now i have no passion or emotion to them whilst he is still at the helm..

    his is an egomanic and no one on the board has the balls to stand up to him because he is pushing their dividends up really high.

  3. reggie57

    Well that was a horror show!! what happen’s next? seven defeats already and still wenger whine’s about injustice’s? what a sorry excuse of a club we have become! who does he answer to? the fans!! dont think so if he did he should have fucked off year’s ago dont know what else to say really! still stunned after that shambolic display

    WENGER OUT NOW PLEASE!!!

  4. SUGA3

    reggie,

    at this rate, even a Europa League spot finish may prove to be a tall order, that would HAVE TO be a good enough reason to sack Wenger, surely?

    I mean, Mickey Mouse can keep this club in the Prem, no?

  5. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    as i said last night, its in the clubs best intrest NOT to qualify for any europe competition.

    i certainly hope we finish around 10th.

    someone last night posted our last squad at highbury to where we are now, and said the we moved to make ourselves stronger….! ha ha.

  6. Geoff

    RSPC I also gave up my seasons because of Wenger but I am a shareholder and the club don’t pay dividends.

    They do however pay themselves huge bonuses.

    Wenger has too many overpaid players that aren’t good enough.

    Chamakh, Song, Squillaci, Djourou, Diaby and I don’t even understand buying and paying Park.

    The crowds will stop coming, the young fans will support teams that win and all that Arsenal have built in the good Wenger years will be worthless, because no fucker will be there.

    He is so up himself it’s frightening, as far as Henry telling the fan to get behind the team he should remember that he left this team because it was winning fuck all so pot and kettle.

  7. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    cheers Geoff..

    up untill last year i would go all the time, have been since the very early 70’s school boys encllousre like most then progress to north bank then the seats… i stomached the dark days iof the early 80’s when the paper put adverts enticing fans in with a ticket , hot dog and programme all for a tennner..

    but last year watching the good football but no bite , and a gutless manager who is not a leader lesad me to thinking, give it a rest for a while maybe that will spark your passion, watching this season has drained my love even motre because of one man…wenger. when he was great he was great, now his is a shadow of the man he was, his style of football has been copied and bettered by others , we are in massive decline under his helm.

  8. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    true a lot of fans only know of the wenger years, , to be honest those first years were superb, but since he became the chancellor at arsenal its all gone down hill….

    saying that some early buys were shockers, the goalie from ipswich, jeffers, van bronckhurst, wiltord, all big moneys and no good!

  9. Thomas. it's up for grabs now...

    It’s a sad indictment that our club rewards such mediocrity with salaries of superstars to average players. I have no idea of Swansea’s wage bill but I can tell you it is not even close to 124m per year!

    People on here every day raving up average journeymen who wouldn’t even get close to the training grounds of other top clubs. Time to wake up and smell the shortcomings of Song, Benayoun, Ramsey, Rosicky, Djourou etc.. and on and on…. Average players in an average team getting top salaries.

    Incesc posted a great link yesterday regarding Everton and their financial situation. Recommended reading to put in context the financial situation of Arsenal. Go back and find it and compare and contrast to our ‘financial problems’ and see how much much more difficult a job Moyes has than Wenger…

  10. Thomas. it's up for grabs now...

    It’s a sad indictment that our club rewards such mediocrity with salaries of superstars to average players. I have no idea of Swansea’s wage bill but I can tell you it is not even close to 124m per year!

    People on here every day raving up average journeymen who wouldn’t even get close to the training grounds of other top clubs. Time to wake up and smell the shortcomings of Song, Benayoun, Ramsey, Rosicky, Djourou etc.. and on and on…. Average players in an average team getting top salaries.

    Incesc posted a great link yesterday regarding Everton and their financial situation. Recommended reading to put in context the financial situation of Arsenal. Go back and find it and compare and contrast to our ‘financial problems’ and see how much much more difficult a job Moyes has than Wenger…

  11. Geoff

    He disguises buying big with paying big, even Lansbury was turned down by QPR because of he wages.

    Wenger’s panic buys were a disgrace. A joke.