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Oh my, this is embarrassing, I totally forgot Le Grove’s birthday… no present, no card… this is awkward!

7 years old today!

2,665 posts, 1.5m comments, 45million+ reads and many, many LOLs.

I just wanted to take a quick second to thank all the contributors across all the channels who make this worth writing everyday. You’re all magic, even the people who troll.

Here’s to another 7 years! Here’s to hoping there’s a little bit more to celebrate in the future. Here’s hoping that change, when it comes, will be positive.

Have a Peroni on me, see you tomorrow!

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179 Responses to “HAPPY BIRTHDAY LE GROVE”

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  1. SUGA3

    I am no Wenger fan, but give the man credit where it is due: since 2005 we managed to get to CL final and build that team of 07/08…

    granted, in ine 08/09 season we were shit and this is when Arshavin was signed, man, that was painful in the first half of the season…

    then came the dithering summers, big drubbings and the last minute panic scrambles, erratic hit and miss wholesale purchases, at that point you just knew they had no clue or anything resembling a plam, simple as that…

    granted, we bought Ozil, but he was not a planned purchase, but an opportunistic grab on the back of the simmering fans’ revolt, this window has started very well and I think all the players we have signed are very good, however:

    – we should have signed that DM, fuck it, pay them what they want, not low ball them with a striker they do not need, whereas you have another club willing to take him, if the rumours are anything to go by, it just came down to a few million euros and it is criminal if that was the case

    – there is absolutely no way Mertesacker AND Koscielny will stay fit for the duration of the season if played every week, let alone every 4 days, taking into the account the number of games they played last season: remember Vermaelen’s first and second season?

  2. SUGA3

    …as for the lost years, I think it was the TW before the 09/10 season that was the point where he should have been seriously questioned and probably have a Director of Football appointed to ensure that Wenger would just provide the list of the primary and secondary targets for the positions required and have the say in the negotiations reduced to a short talk with the player himself, then let the businessmen talk business…

    someone not allowing the situation where the clause in the stadium loan agreement obliging us to reinvest a proportion of profit into the playing squad is circumvented by playing mediocre players WAY over their abilities and thus rendering them unsellable: come to think of it, this clause may have been an obstacle for us more than anything else, as we could have done it with the same players to the same effect but for A LOT less money in wages – paradox or what?

  3. MidwestGun

    Wow…… Arsene’s Anal Cyst/n.eil, Way to take a celebrating of a great Arsenal blog and turn it into an angry lunatic fringe rant against N5. Just because your a sad, angry, ex-binned troll, doesn’t mean everyone has to act like the fucking Unabomber. This has nothing to do with N5, your just a vindictive prick who rants in the middle of the night on a blog and attacks anyone who doesn’t agree with every asoect of the crap you spout. Not some revolutionary visionary. Kindly, start taking your medication.

  4. SUGA3

    not gonna get the record, but hey, why not give it a good go:

    the reason for the club not doing as well as it should be is in all reality not replacing David Dein adequately, I mean, kudos to our ‘suits’ for the Puma deal and all that stuff, but where is the pressure to make the club more marketable as a product from someone with understanding the product’s characteristics?

    the people we have at our marketing department used to sell stuff like Gatorade: there is not a whole lot of things you can do with a sports drink apart from changing its colour, flavour of the label, given how changing the bottles is probably too expensive anyway. A football club is a WAY more complex product than that, for starters you don’t get too many Gatorade fans, do you?

  5. MidwestGun

    TY&GN –
    Naaa I don’t get people who get binned and come back and do the same thing they got binned for. He dislikes AW, I get that….. why attack people on a blog who are more inclined to agree with your position. Raving like a lunatic doesn’t legitimatize your viewpoint.

  6. Gregg

    What a completely pointless dig at schezny. The authors dislike for the guy is bordering on an obsession. Very weird indeed.

    The Welbeck debate rages on. My stance hasn’t changed, I think he’s a steady eddie that could develop into a very good player. He’s very under-rated in a similar way to Schurlle at Chelsea.

    International football is so boring, well for us anyway, still rumour is tat Walcott pencilled in for Spurs game at the end of the month. Good news there then.

  7. MidwestGun

    N5 –
    N.eil has serious issues. He makes Dan C. sound normal. Hell I’m up late drinking reading all the nice comments about Le Grove and then he starts ranting about you and the same crap he does every night.

  8. N5

    Gregg, don’t forget this is a site that didn’t want Costa as he “wouldn’t cut it in the prem”. Then he goes to Chelsea and suddenly everyone is mad we didn’t get him. I remember only about 20% wanting him, now its 100%.

    If its linked with or plays for us, its shit.

    Sanchez was getting shit after his 2nd game…well his 1st too, but allowance was made that it was his 1st.

    Welbeck is a good player, not Henry, but good.

  9. N5

    Mid, thanks for saying something, you’re the only one who does with n.eil. Everyone else says I should ignore it but when you come on every morning to read 30 comments slagging you off its hard too.

  10. SUGA3


    I hope Welbeck gets to play through the middle and grabs the opportunity with both hands, otherwise he will be played on the left and we will have to endure Sanogo’s Bambi on ice routine until L’Oreal comes back…

    I actually think he is better than Giroud: has all the technique bits at more or less the same level and at the same time he is younger, faster and has not had any run in the first team worth speaking of up to this point…

    as for that wide left position: come to think of it, we have not got a player who was comfortable playing there since, well, Alex Hleb, hence it has become some sort of a ‘exile’ position, no?

  11. MidwestGun

    N5 –
    Hahaha you know me, I speak my mind, the way i see it.
    I don’t care much what people say about me for it. I’ve heard everything already. Altho, I’m not a hillbilly, I live on a prairie. 😀

  12. SUGA3

    since the ‘almost there’ team of 07/08 which should have been complimented with two players max to be absolutely unstoppable, there were always those two to three ‘elusive’ positions where we could not or would not sign the natural players to play in, it’s a complete and utter madness, not like we could not push the boat out for them at ANY point…

  13. MidwestGun

    there were always those two to three ‘elusive’ positions where we could not or would not sign the natural players to play in, it’s a complete and utter madness, not like we could not push the boat out for them at ANY point…
    Exactly this. This year it’s a defensive midfielder,4th Cb, and a Giroud upgrade or first choice CF. People argue this is Sanchez but I don’t think that’s his most effective role. That’s why I’m pulling for Welbeck to step up his game as far as decision making in the final 3rd. . Juries out, but I’m not gonna hold being a last minute signing against him.

  14. andy1886

    Mid, I’m saying it again, Welbeck will be a better player for us than he ever was for United. He SHOULD play consistantly in his best position, and he’ll have better players feeding him chances. I for one have my fingers crossed that he’ll keep Giroud benched when he’s fit again, subject to Wenger’s system of favourites of course.

  15. The Poldi Prince

    Give ox a run at LW. Lets see if his potential can live up to the hype. So far, its very worrying.

    Front three of sanchez-welbeck- ox

    When theo is back, all four of those guys are essentially interchangeable.

  16. SUGA3


    I am actuallty rooting for Welbeck to do well because as I have stated above, I think he is a better striker than Giroud, or maybe a comparable one tekkers wise, but younger and pacier: I think Giroud may be better used against teams that are sitting deep where the pace is of no much use, whereas Welbeck can be played in the games where there is actually any chance for the opposition to come up enough to be caught on the break…

    at this point, I will even go as far as saying that we are not necessarily that hard pushed for a CF as we are for that additional CB and (first and foremost) a DM, and I think we need to sign good players for both these positions, because (as I said earlier today), I don’t rate the chances of either of Mertesacker or Koscielny staying fit even until January particularly highly…

  17. MidwestGun

    Andy,Suga –
    I have only seen Welbeck from his Man. U games as I don’t catch all the internationals. But from what I’ve seen he has very good technical skills with
    pace. But he seeems to lose his calmness around the box and makes things more difficult than he should on the decisive pass or shot. Almost tries to be too tricky. So to me, decision making can be improved. So I’m hopeful.
    But it’s Arsenal under AW, so who knows? Lol

  18. ArseneWengerNose

    I like Chezzer, but on a number of occasions he’s shown that he doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut. Performance-wise I think he’s doing a good job, but he’s prone to the big mistake/major moment of madness, and personally I would welcome the competition Ospina will provide (Fabianski probably should’ve played more last season).

    I’m also one of the people who didn’t fancy Costa. I was not against signing him, because obviously we need a second legitimate option to rotate and compete with Giroud, and he would’ve been just fine for that. I just didn’t believe he’s the world class CF everyone was looking for (neither is Welbeck of course, but that’s another matter). I’m sticking to my guns with regards to Costa, even though he’s had a hell of a start. Hopefully Chelsea’s luck with strikers not named Drogba finally catches up with him.

    But yes, generally you’re right N5. It’s funny how 2-3 games are enough to change the perception of some people completely. I guess we football folk are fickle like that.