Its Hammer time!

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A merry morning to you all!

I’ll start today’s blog with some opinion on Usmanov. I for one am very bored of the story, I think the beast of an oligarch needs to show his hand and if recent quotes are anything to go by he needs to show a good hand because his PR is failing miserably.

It seems the board are united and reluctant to sell their beloved Arsenal to a bit part star wars actor, no matter how much money he has accrued in royalties. Its interesting that Stan the man has stopped hoovering up shares? Is it because his interest has waned, or is it because Jabba has been paying way over the odd’s?

Anyway, sign up to the petition, its your duty! Links to your right ->

Wenger talks about how Thierry told him it was over; I know how Claire feels now, what a choker. He also flirts with the idea of spending some money at some point in the next 10 years. Don’t talk rubbish Arsene, you big spend thrift you! He also has a sly dig at Chelsea’s Ronnie ambitions.

Onto the big match today!

Its bogey team time and my guts have been turning all morning. I hate playing West Ham. They have the greatest fans in the world when things are going well but a sniff of a bad season and they are no where to be seen, until of course… they play Arsenal. Cuntbags.

We were done twice last season; the second time was the worst. I think it is actually in the record books as the most one sided game in history that was lost? It actually replaced the 2005 cup final!

This year I think things will be different.

West Ham have spent a shed load of cash on some interesting players. Kieron Dyer was a notable addition, followed by our beloved Freddie.

Note to West Ham Board:

Signing the worlds most injured player was a dumb move, signing the worlds second most injured player to replace him while he is out injured was surely dumber.

Freddie said some pretty spiteful things about Arsenal in the summer, but I put it down to jilted lover syndrome. Of course we’re not ambitious darling and your new ugly football club is way better ours. However, I forgive him after he made amends in this article earlier in the week it turns out Arsene has too.

West Ham have been playing some pretty average football this year, and I received this text message from a West Ham fan on Thursday,

I fear Saturday. If we play like we did last night I’m going to have to go into hiding Saturday night because you are going to spank our bums so hard they’ll be the colour of your shirts!! Even Flamini has a chance of a first career hatrick!!

Don’t worry Grovers, he was fully chastised for mocking the Flamster. I also asked why his bum turns white when he gets spanked, hammers eh?

I think it is finally time to lay our demons to rest. The new team needs to go about their business as usual, clinical and efficient. It feels like every game this year is one that I call a turning point, but this game for me is the penultimate turning point before we play Bolton.

I am predicting victory dances, 15 texts at full time to tearful hammers and loads of Monday morning smugness.

Come on boys, give us back our bragging rights!


Next up – the most ambitious club in the World !

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That’s what Freddie said when he left us, or something like ‘I’m going to a club that’s going places and is ambitious, unlike Arsenal’

This is coming from an injury prone has been that scored 1 premiership goal in two seasons.

We loved you Freddy, but you bad mouthed us and for me that’s unacceptable.

So eat pie, very humble pie, just like John Hartson did, only not as much pie.

Another notable injury prone ex Arsenal player, and Arsene’s first English signing is Upson, as injury prone but no bad mouthing, so good luck Matty.

Big, big game this, as these were the no-hopers last season that we couldn’t beat, so big barometer I think.

I listened to West Ham yesterday, Freddy was anonymous and the team was lucky to beat Plymouth so there are no excuses.

Check out the injury news here, a bit of Almunia talk here and a bit of chat from my one to watch, Henri Lansbury here.

Arsene Wenger delivers his opinions on the soul of English football here. Arsene has been particularly chatty since getting his brand spanking new column in the Sun!

I came back from the Airport with a Chelsea supporting cab driver who thinks we’ll storm the league if we keep this up, have to agree there, but it was amusing when he said that money didn’t buy them back to backs, so he got educated big time.

Just had the Arsenal accounts delivered and they make for very smug reading.

With the lock out rolling over for another year Tango man and his mates have to wait until April 2009 to do anything, do you think Red & White will pay his salary for that long? I mean he won’t have anything to do for nearly two years and by then we’ll be debt free and have Stan’s shares in the bag, with more money to spend on players than Chelsea.

Watched Liverpool struggle against the Reading reserves and to be honest would not feel as scared to go to Anfield as I did last season… When we won 6-3!

I was a big advocate of signing two wingers and a centre back pre-season, still am a bit, but I tried thinking who I would buy come January? Apart from Goofy, there really isn’t anyone and we have £70mil to spend.

Being an Arsenal fan can sometimes be a bummer.

Bring it on WHU!

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Gilberto to fight on – Arsenal camp pre Oscar buzz talk

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Good morning Grovers; and what a fine one it appears to be, the sun is shining, the Mancs are crying and Martin Jol will be in his job for at least another week! Could things be any better?

Well they could.

An injury to Blogger Geoff means I will be taking over the Le Grove captaincy for a while. Its rumoured the injury was a groin strain, so how long I’ll be in charge for is indefinite to say the least. Get well soon Blogger Geoff.

Onto things of a more footballistic (sic) nature.

It seems my suggestion of Gilberto leaving Arsenal was wide of the mark, well at least if Gilberto has anything to do with it. I really hope Wenger has a long term plan for him. Myles Palmer gives his insider take on the matter.

Harry Redknapp has uncovered the truth. The truth about what makes Arsenal tick. Read this shocking news article to find out more.

For a more comical read, please take a look at this article on how the Manc’s gamble on youth backfired spectacularly last night. Jeez Sir Alex, if Arsene Wenger jumped off a bridge would you follow?

And in other, semi related news – semi related because I want to put my, “I told you so” comments out there, read what Curtis “The cure to Arsenal’s defensive woes” Davies had to say about his performance last night.

“I was just awful. I didn’t contribute anything. I’ve been bigging myself up, saying I’m ready and obviously I’m not. I’m not good enough to get in the team yet. I’m honest with myself in every performance and that was rubbish – I looked like a pub team player.”

Yes you did young Curtis.

And finally, sources close Nikki Bendtner claims the striker is tipping himself for an early Oscar nomination:

“Nikki watched Forest Whitaker’s performance in the last King of Scotland and thought he was wank, he reckons his post match interview with was way better”.

Read the transcript from that interview here.

Happy Groving.

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