Billy the kid apologises , Bendtner bitches + linkomania

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Whilst I have tremendous admiration for William Gallas as a football player, I think he is suspect as an athlete and a captain, why? You may ask.

Well he seems to spend more time on the treatment table than on the football pitch and by his own admission sulks about it, well didn’t we have a couple of French captains like that previously?

I still think he should have made Gilberto captain, but given his absence from the team I think I know why he didn’t. So in that case Kolo would have been my choice with Cesc as vice captain.

I can’t see Gallas being around next season as I don’t think he’ll last physically and then he’ll be into his 30’s and we all know what happens then, don’t we?

So Billy’s been miserable around the dressing room, but he’s still captain and we’re still winning so maybe I don’t know as much as Arsene Wenger does!

Moving on I hear that Chelsea will move in on £100million Kaka, is this as well as £70 million Ronaldhinio? It’s like £20 million Veloso, I don’t know where the press get these stories from, the transfer window is still two and a half months away, I think the managers must be having a right laugh.

The Lehman to City move is interesting though, with his national coach telling him to leave at the end of the year and City apparently showing interest, and us being interested in a center back …well?

In the first place, why would Lehman go to another team where he wouldn’t get first team football guaranteed? But if it were true and they were prepared to let us have Richards it would only cost us 19 million, so we could solve two problems at once and save a huge amount of money. Dream on!

Arsenal spokesman Thierry Henry tells the press we can do the double and Chelsea hater Diarra sticks the knife in about Chelsea’s style of play. Pop sensation Eduardo “Prince” Da Silva has taken time out of his hectic sell out tour to declare himself fit for Croatia this week.

In transfer gossip, have linked us with Malonga, it seems because he is French. Fabregas has a little chat with Sky Sports. Arsenal are bidding for the Uefa Cup Final in 2011, not to be in it obviously! They want to host it. We have settled up for Fran Merida, a whopping £2.3 million for the next Fabregas!

Le list appears to now be empty with Song now fit.

Flamini’s new nickname ‘Gattuso’ is very fitting with his development I say, but disappointed to hear Bendtner gobbing off again, he does have a point though and I think he should at least be given 15 minutes, remember Hartson? Wenger sold him as he said ‘you can’t leave a big man on the bench, a big man needs to play’ well by my reckoning Bendtner has 2 inches on Hartson, so by that logic…

Ripped Perry Grove’s Exclusive, Ade and RVP caught sitting in a tree + lashings of transfer gossip!

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Good morning Groverholics! How is everyone on this wet and miserable Wednesday morning?

I think I have something of a web exclusive for you this morning!

A first for Le Grove.

I managed to waste an hour of my life last night copying a teletext Perry Groves interview. Taken directly from the T.V using the touch typing skills I developed at secretary school writing football blogs. I had thirty seconds to get down every question, so you can imagine how long it took me, and imagine how pissed I am going to be if its on one of the websites today.

Anyway, here it is courtesy of teletext.

Perry Groves Interview

Which player did you look up to when you were younger?

My favourite player when I was a kid was Tony Currie who used to play for Sheffield United and Leeds. He was the first player who used to do stepovers.

Then David Rocastle made it more popular, and now Ronaldo does about eight in a game! I used to try to copy Currie and nearly fall over!

What do you think of the possible re-emergence of David Dein at Arsenal through Red & White Holdings?

The current board all want what’s best for the Arsenal but they’ve all got the different visions.

David Dein has got Arsenal’s best interests at heart. If there was going to be a takeover I would want somebody like David Dein to be in the mix

Why don’t we keep our young English players?

I don’t care what country, it’s all about excellence. It’s up to the young English players and the English coaches to learn and teach the right habits.

I don’t care if it s the 11 Martians playing if they play fantastic football. Its up to the English players to improve themselves.

You played alongside some great players at Arsenal, who’s your favourite?

The most talented player I played with was Anders limpar. He made the difference when we won the championship in 1991. We only lost one game. He was the difference between us drawing and winning games. He had extra guile and fantasy. We were very, very organised but everybody needs a match winner.

Can Arsenal maintain their challenge for silverware in all four competitions?

I think we’ll be in the top two in the Premier league. Whether we’ve got the experience to win it I don’t know.

I’d fancy us for the Champions league – last year Arsenal were often bullied out of games, though they are stronger now. But in the Champions League most teams want to play pure football.

What is the greatest achievement in your career?

The greatest achievement for me was actually playing for Arsenal because my family goes back to the 1950’s with Arsenal.

My uncle, Vic Groves, was Arsenals captain. So all my family are steeped in Arsenal tradition. For me to play for Arsenal was like another player playing for England.

Of the Arsenal sides from recent years, which Gunner would you have liked to play alongside most?

Can I pick two? I would love to have played up front with Vieira and Petit in centre-midfield. I used to watch those two both totally dominate games.

As a forward it means you’re going to get more chances and more of the ball. The service would have been awesome

How did you feel coming off the subs bench to set up Charlie Nicholas for the winning goal in the 1987 Littlewoods Cup Final?

It was surreal – at the start of the season I was playing for the Colchester in division 4. By the end I was playing at Wembley in front of 92,000.

To top it by winning it, and having a part in setting up the win, was more than I could have imagined.

Who was the funniest man in the dressing room?

Me! Me and Merse were the ones who used to goon about all the time. You always need people like that.

It was silly schoolboy things like cutting people’s socks up and tying the ends of their trousers together, putting deep heat in their pants. It just keeps things ticking along.

Did you stand on your tiptoes?

All the time! That’s a good spot! I was 5ft 9 ¾ inches. I thought if I stood on tiptoes it would make me look 5ft 11in. If managers want you, they look at your stats and think “he’s quite big”.

I’ve heard it says I’m 5ft 11in on my Wikipedia site, so I’ve managed to put that urban myth around!

In Arsenal news, Adebayor hails his partnership with RVP, telling Sky Sports his partnership is perfect with RVP. Most Gooners don’t see the partnership in quite the same light as Ade, but they are the most deadly strike force in the Prem this season, so who are we to argue?

Sportingo and link us with Huntelaar, doubtful! The Sun sees us linked with Robert Green again for £6million.

Vital football have an article on a home sick Thierry. Martin Samuels has an interesting article on takeover talk. The Flamster spoke to Setanta about his hopes for the weekend, he deserves a starting spot if form is anything to go by.

And that’s about as much as I can muster up for you today!

ManU to win title…because Evra says so, Arsenal caught breaking China + transfer gossip galore!

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Who you may ask is Evra? Named after a famous mineral water, he is a French left back, not quite as good as Traore and never in Clichy’s league, this ‘no nothing’ is saying we are better than last year, but not as good as the Mancs. 7 time Premier league winner Carlos Tevez also gets in on the act.

2 points ahead with a game in hand he obviously hasn’t been watching the telly much. And we beat them twice last season, with massive injuries, can’t quite see where he’s coming from.

Anyway I’m reading that Kroenke is joining the lock down, so it makes it another 18 months before the Uzbek can buy any shares, and by then the debt will all but be gone, we’ll be the worlds richest club, with the biggest transfer budget, Dein will have worked for 2 years without doing anything so I suggest Jabba will lose interest, fire Dein and fuck off. Good move the board.

What would be nice now is a lockdown on our season ticket prices, that way we’ll like the board as much as they do, you never know!

I don’t put too much credence on all these speculated signings, it’s way too early and to be honest I can’t see who we’d buy.

A winger or two would be good, but you have to be careful of upsetting team spirit.

Certainly don’t think we need a forward, don’t forget with Theo and Vela coming on board in January we’ll have 6 forwards.

Micah Richards would be a great signing for us, he is the best young player to come through the ranks in a while. He spoke to nuts magazine about one day putting on the red and white shirt of Arsenal. There was also a story being run on about the possible signing of Veloso for £20 million. A very un-Arsenal signing you have to say.

Strong rumours persist about a goalkeeping purchase. Odd Greenlands Rune Almennig is being heavily linked with a move, the rumour is backed up with quotes as well!

I can see Gilberto moving, though I would hate to see it, and I can see mad Jens going but I won’t lose sleep over that, so maybe this Norwegian Mart Poom guy is a possibility.

There also a piece in the Guardian about Arsenals new far east adventure. We are trying to break the Chinese market, launching yesterday. Lets hope the powers that be aren’t Spud fans, I hear the Chinese firewall is pretty strict these days.

We’ll be scraping the barrel for a fortnight but we’ll still be posting, so people, start blogging!

Till tomorrow.

P.S. It appears President of Le List William Gallas could return to action after the international break!