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 Libelfootball.com 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!