Roy Keane and the Prawn Sandwich debacle

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Some time ago Roy Keane called corporate sponsors ‘the Prawn sandwich brigade‘* in a highly disparaging way. He did this because he’s an unintelligent spoilt brat who’s never paid to watch a game in his life.

He’s played football all his life, never worked in a factory or done a shift or got up early or stood on the terraces midweek in January when it’s pissing down, freezing his bollocks off.

He goes to games now, on a private jet or luxury coach, gets a great seat at whichever game he goes to, just like the sponsors he so hates. Those very people that make it possible for him to have the lifestyle he has and earn the money he does, not to mention spending £29 million on a shit team.

So it was particularly heart warming to see Sunderland go down this weekend.

Moving on, a blog site I can’t remember some time ago started castigating club level members as being ‘the Prawn sandwich brigade’ wrongly assuming that Club level is all corporate.

They then blamed Club level for streaming out early at half time, staying in the bar way past the restart, then leaving early at the end.

Setting the record straight

We, and a whole lot of our friends are in Club level, having been a season ticket holder for over 20 years I decided to sit in comfort and spend a little more money.

My tickets are £500 more expensive that they were at Highbury, but I get a free pint at half time, I’m in a row 8 deep so I don’t have to leave early since there’s no log jam and I sit in the bar drinking afterwards for an hour to let the crowd go, I have to say, it’s like sitting in a wine bar.

So I’m there to the bitter end as are most of the people in my section.

Looking down however is a different story, many people leave early because it’s like leaving Wembley, I leave an hour after and I still queue for 20 minutes at the station.

If I didn’t live close to Kings Cross I would never make the last train home which is why so many people leave.

Also why would you want to queue for so long if you could avoid it.

If Arsenal had expanded Holloway road as was promised there would be less of a problem but they didn’t and until they do these problems won’t go away.

So please anyone out there that thinks we’re all muppets in club level, we’re no different to fans that sit in the ground or upper levels, we’re all fans.

The only real difference is we get free beer at half time.

* Wiki Definition

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!