Late thoughts on Sheffield United victory

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Better late than never I guess?

I don’t think anyone envisaged anything other than an Arsenal victory at Brammel Lane tonight. Sheffield United had been struggling in the Championship and had no real threat other than there physicality. But that physicality undone us last year, so the question was, how would the youngsters cope?

Well, we didn’t start off particularly well, a lot of stray passes which was unusual for even the youngsters. Song reverted back to his old ways, lunging aimlessly at a few crosses and getting pulled out of position with ease.

The first goal came when Nikki B put a great through ball through to Eduardo who roasted the Sheffield defence for pace, then unleashed hell… a 69 mph thunderbolt into the top corner! I’m sure a fellow season ticket holder said he wouldn’t make it at Arsenal… That comment has been logged in the “I told you so” section of my brain.

The second goal came in the second half, Gibbs slotted a great through ball to Eduardo, who took a couple of seconds before coolly slotting the ball past the hapless keeper.

The third goal came courtesy of a mazy run by Denilson who launched a slightly deflected shot past the keeper. By my reckoning the keeper was diving the wrong way regardless of the deflection. The goal looked like it meant a lot to Denilson.

There were a few performances of note tonight. Nikki B put in a hard working Adebayor like performance. He looks like he has inherited Walcotts indecision though. I think last night showed why Ade is picked a head of him. Although he will definitely become a great player, he certainly isn’t the finished article yet.

Diarra looked lively, some people criticised his performance, he gave away a few cheap passes and often got himself into trouble. I thought he just looked like he was trying to hard. He looks like he is going to be a great player for us, his pace is fantastic and the way he plays himself powerfully out of sticky situations excites me.

Theo looked lively again and was unlucky with when his shot hit the woodwork. He definitely looks a lot freer than he has done. I am looking forward to seeing him deployed more in the central role. Wenger has been given a headache ahead of the ManU game. Eduardo was brilliant last night, and his finishing was so cool considering the lack of match practice he has. Will Wenger play one of those two up front with Ade, or will he go with the lone striker again?

Some of the passing last night was scintillating, this has got to be one of my favourite competitions these days. I’m was excited to see the real youngsters come on late in the match, Lansbury looked a bit nervous, but Wenger said before the game that Henri and Gavin Hoyte were the closest to the first team. I was also shocked at how big Barazite was, he seems to have grown since the summer. He looks very Pires-esque!

Another victory for the Arse, and the Carling cup train steams on! Who next? Chelsea I reckon…


Platini, go fuck yourself, motivational video + Carling cup preview

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Good morning Grovers!

It is Carling cup morn and many people have been asking many questions about what will happen tonight. Will Wenger start Gilberto? Will Gilberto play if he is asked? Will Jens be our new Cup Keeper? Will Walcott start, or will he be saved for the Manc’s?

Many questions unlikely to be answered by Le Grove! What? You think I have a personal line to Wenger? Don’t be so damn foolish!

What I can give you is this:

Provisional Squad: Fabianski, J Hoyte, Toure, Song, Traore, Eboue, Denilson, Diarra, Diaby, Walcott, Bendtner, Mannone, Gilberto, Eduardo, Lansbury, G Hoyte, Merida.

And this:

Predicted Starting eleven: Fabianski, J Hoyte, Toure, Gilberto, Traore, Eboue, Denilson, Diarra, Diaby, Bendtner, Eduardo.

Whatever team Arsene ends up picking, you’d have to say it will be strong. A lot stronger than any team we played in last years Carling cup. It looks like being a team that will start with Bendtner Big Bollocks, who receives high praise from Wenger here.

Sheffield United fans will be hoping for a repeat of last years Prem result. This has been made all the more difficult because Fat Paddy is out through injury. It is thought the attendance may not be as high as normal, well, if VitalFootball are to believed.

In non Carling Cup related news, Alex Hleb is up for a contract extension. Yes, he wants to sign and no, he is not flattered by Milan and Barca’s interest in him. Makes a change, doesn’t it!

Willy G reckons he will fulfill his promise and win Arsenal some trophies. He also plays down talk of another invincible season. I do wish the press would stop building things up, its so transparent.

Xenophobe, Michel Platini is back on the rampage again. This time he is complaining about Arsenal pinching the best young players of smaller clubs, improving them and giving them great careers. Oh yes, Platini thinks teams like Milwall should be afforded protection so they can become top four contenders. Platini needs to understand France would have won fuck all had it not been for Arsene Wenger.

What is his problem? Maybe he is upset he didn’t join Arsenal when he had the chance, or maybe his underlying hatred of Arsenal is down to the fact an Arsenal trained player broke his national scoring record?

Fuck off Platini, you are a cunt…

Thierry bitch’s about not being 100% fit (Who misses that old chesnut?) and claims Barca play more like Bolton direct than Arsenal.

Before you read this, prepare yourself a comfortable space on the floor to roll about laughing on. has moved into comedy!

Onto Ian Wright Wright Wright!

Wrighty is claiming insider knowledge that is already in the public domain. Thanks for informing us Thierry was an unsettling influence and that we are better off without him. Thanks for telling him he should have left us two years ago. Thanks for going along with the rest of the worlds footballing pundits and claiming we would collapse without him. You are a great ambassador to the club Mr Wright.

Finally, I dug deep into Le Groves one Video Archive to find the last Goal PV04 scored for the Ars! Its a little motivational watch for the youngsters tonight! What a moment, in the worst game of football I have ever seen! Who said Club Levellers have no passion?

Oh, and if you took time to read this today, have a little vote in the side bar. We get huge amounts of money for every vote! Just kidding, but vote regardless!

Good luck to the boys tonight!

Adios Amigo’s!

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Cesc is better than Pele, it’s official

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Well that’s what Arsene Wenger said according to Bob Wilson, he’s the best 17 year old I’ve ever seen says Wenger, Bob Wilson said , but surely that’s Pele? Arsene said he was a striker, Cesc is midfield.

Some praise indeed.

Gilberto has refused to play in the center of defence against Sheffield, which I think is a real shame, a terrible way to end his career, and I think he’s being treated badly, but what can you do?

We’re being linked to Taylor, the Greenwich born Newcastle center back, I would have him in a heartbeat, we’re also linked with Karl Henry a wolves midfielder, but hey, we have too many now, who do we think we are, Chelsea?

Special mention to Chelsea summer signing Steven Sidwell for his ambition, good move Stevie boy!

Ronaldo thinks they’ll beat us, we’ll see big mouth, we’ll see!

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