Precious Cole, media Jabbarings + bullish RVP

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Its a quiet day on the old news feeds today!

Ashley Cole’s lover has been spouting off in the press; no silly, not him! His lady tramp lover, Cheryl Tweedy! She claims he was paranoid that all the other boys were talking about him in a nasty foreign language,

He started getting paranoid because he had no idea if they were talking about him, or what was going on.

Poor, precious Ashley! Chezzer also claimed she vetoed his dream career move to Real Madrid.

Ashley; Arsenal fans lost all respect for you a long time ago, this story hasn’t improved that situation. Who lets their wife decide that they can’t play for Madrid? More to the point, who lets their wife tell the whole world in a magazine? I imagine plenty of the Chelsea boys will be talking amongst themselves in foreign dialect this morning… I have the translation

That Ashley Cole is a hen pecked little girl

My advice to Ashley? Stop using the same PR firm as Usmanov.

Onto things of a more takeoverish nature. The Arsenal trust have fired back at Usmanov after he Jabbared (Sic) off in the Moscow press. The supporters trust is against Usmanov’s current dividend plans,

“We call upon Red & White to clarify their position. So far Usmanov has paid a lot of money to purchase 23 per cent of Arsenal but he has not put anything into the club itself. It would be appalling if he were to now seek to extract monies.”

Rightly so! Showing your greedy hand this early has surely got to be political suicide if he harboured any hopes of gaining supporters hearts.

Stan the man must be enjoying the PR free fall from the Usmanov camp. He was in town yesterday and it is being reported that he was given a stadium and site tour by Managing Director Keith Edelman. Stan is in a win win situation at the moment. I would think the board; if they were to sell, would prefer to sell to Stan. However if Stan wanted to make a quick buck and sell up, he would pick up a substantially higher fee for his shares than he paid a few months ago!

I can’t see Stan needing the Cash really? Arseblog seems to think he won’t sell and anyway, that Walmart firm seems to be doing ok at the moment?

Robin has been talking to the press and dishing out “I told you so’s” like they were going out of fashion. He is in a bullish mood and who can blame him after the start to the season we have had! There is a lot more to come from Robin this season, I can’t wait for him to hit his purple patch.

There is also a little bit on Sunderland courtesy of
Till tomorrow Grovers.

Arsenal do a Take That and show a little patience

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So another victory, the ninth in a row I think? The team can do no wrong at the moment. It wasn’t the greatest performance, but it was hard fought, ground out victory. Someone just told me that Arsenal are the first British team to win there? This was the sort of performance we couldn’t buy in Europe 5 years ago; we looked comfortable and confident of getting a goal . It was a game of patience and we were duly rewarded.

Some people will bemoan the performance as it lacked its normal slickness and creative flair, but not me. You can’t play total football all the time, and playing away in Romania on a damp night in a miserable, quarter filled stadium is hardly be inspiring, is it?

3 points has done us nicely and we are now sitting pretty at the top of our group and looking good for qualification. Gone are the days of playing catch up I hope!

I wont give a full player review, well at least that’s the plan! I’ll give a break down of some key performers below, much in the same way I reviewed the West Ham game:

Big Al:

Again, no complaints from our new number one. He was solid again. There was one dodgy moment when Clichy nearly nodded a back past round him, but the big Spanish man got down quickly and saved well. I couldn’t work out who was at fault for that one? Big Al’s kicking was good , he dealt with some powerful back passes very well


Mopped up like he was working the kitchens at McDonald’s. I can’t praise this man enough, he is by far the most underrated defender in the Prem, maybe even the universe? He is quick, strong and good in the air. He did particularly well when Big Al cleared a long ball with his head, and Dica half volleyed it back at goal. I had deja vu when he hit that!


A solid game at the back from Phil. His passing was good, he marshalled the defence well and he didn’t have any dodgy moments. I didn’t get to see the replay when the worst finisher in the world broke free, so I couldn’t tell whether that was a defensive issue or a lino issue? Overall, the defence held the line well all night.


His passing was a touch off tonight and I thought he could have done better with his crossing. We all have off days though. He definitely scored a goal in the first half, how fucking blind was the commentator? The keeper didn’t keep it out at all! Why didn’t Ade protest? Water under the bridge I guess?


Solid. How often could you say that about our right back last year? I love him.


I was one of those who suggested he would be employed as a winger this year, I thought it would work. Based on last nights performance I would say that I was wrong to assume that. He was pretty crap, he dithered on the ball and wasn’t particularly penetrative with his runs. Still, he is new to the position and I have high hopes for him.


He seemed to have shaken off that knee injury, I guess that’s what happens when you have rubber legs. He was tricky again last night, and I thought his passing was good. He always causes a problem for the opposition. I guess its hard to know what somebody’s about to do when the player himself doesn’t know!

The Flamster:

A gritty performance from the French hard man. He was all over the place, getting stuck in, making some great passes and having a few shots. Did anyone see that lovely back heel he played in the second half? It was sublime! He was my man of the match.


Missed an absolute sitter in the first half! I am getting sick and tired of this man’s poor finishing. He didn’t even get a goal today? Jokes aside, it was a quieter Cesc performance, but after his early season form, we can forgive him! He played a great dummy for the goal…


I thought Robin had a good game. He was a lot more involved in our play today. I love the way he defends from the front, and I like the fact he is a little dirty! After 2 years under St. Henry, I like to see a bit of filth from our players! The goal was never in doubt was it? A powerful shot smashed into the top corner! I wonder if Robin was bullied by a Mitre Delta football as a youngster? He seems to take a lot of aggression out on the ball! Can you imagine Robin placing a shot?

Ade Ade Ade:

I don’t know where to go with this? Lets be honest, he was pretty shite for a majority of the game. His shooting was rubbish and his passing was pretty poor. The thing is, how can you slate a man who works as hard as he does? The man never gives up and that’s why I love him in the team. He worked and worked and worked, then he got his break. He ran down the wing, cut in, missed his pass to Cesc and was rewarded by RVP’s good positioning! BANG! GOAL!

You could tell the rest of the player appreciate his game play just by the celebrations.

Well done Ade. Good things come to those who work.

Wenger applauded the teams patience after the game, saying that it showed a new found maturity and I think everyone will agree with that.

There are some more stories on Jabba today. I think David Dein better watch his back if these comments are anything to go by! He also want dividends. He is worth £2.8 billion, and he wants dividends? Fuck me, how much money does that man need! Here is a business tip Jabba. Go and buy a catering firm, use them a your sole provider of food and you will reep higher dividends than you would at Arsenal. You will actually profit from you own greed?

How mature.

Finally, has anyone else noticed how the press have already started printing stories about Arsenal going on another invincible season. It won’t happen. Every Arsenal fan knows they are building us up so they can shoot us back down.

Lets just enjoy another victory and look forward to smashing Sunderland on Sunday!

Champion league preview, the tea lady + knowing where your bread is buttered!

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How are we this morning fellow Grovers? Me? Oh I’m fine, and looking forward to the first away match of the Champions league. I would have liked to have gone; I hear Romania has all the culture a young man with dreams could wish for, maybe next year?

Before I get started on tonight’s game, I just want to mention something that really grates me and it’s nothing to do with Arsenal. I will never have an ounce of sympathy for the BFW (Big Fat Walrus), but I feel a little bit for the Newcastle fans in general. They have to put up with a having a shite team a majority all of the time and the only joy they get is the fact that they always seem to have a great striker on their books.

Michael Owen signed for £10 million; not because he wanted to live in the Tyneside sun, but because Newcastle were the only team dumb enough to put a player who plays 10 games a year on an astronomical contract, give him a low buy out clause, oh, and no one else wanted the crock.

What grates me is that he gets injured playing for England and spends the whole season out injured. Then he finally comes back for two games; then plays for England and gets injured one game later. You would think he would concentrate on getting back to fitness and repaying his employees faith and patience in him. Not the case apparently, I have just read he will be back in time to play for England… before he plays for Newcastle.

If I was a Newcastle fan I would be pretty pissed off because as an Arsenal fan I know how it feels having been on the receiving end of French and Brazilian coaches logic. I appreciate he loves playing for his country, but as a Geordie, I would be pretty miffed that my season ticket was paying his wages and the only time I get to see him playing is when it’s for England.

Anyway onto things glorious and Arsenal like.

I would like to give you a breakdown of the players to watch out for, but I’m sure some of the other sites will do a better job than me.

I can however give you an update of the injuries list, which appears to have grown from an insignificant black head, to a full blown acne spot. Sorry for the crude analogy, but its how I feel…

Le List:

Adebayor (Thigh)
The Flamster (Groin)
Diaby (Groin)
Lehmann (Dropped Elbow)
Rosicky (Hamstring)
Eduardo (Groin)
Song (Calf)
Hleb (Late fitness test)

I’d put Gallas on there, but that man is President of the list and demands a separate mention. He is out indefinitely; just picking up his £90k a week and playing fruit machines apparently.

I don’t know too much about Romania or Steaua Bucharest. What I do know is that the lady who makes my sausage sandwich in the morning is Romanian and she’s been giving me shit all week about putting one right up us.

“Your team are pussies and don’t like it up them”,

She said to me in broken English this morning.

“I beg to differ”,

I retorted in a stern but controlled manner.

She also told me Steauea Bucharest have been having something of a crisis lately, but they did win their last two games after Hagi left the managerial post. She said he was a good player, but as a manager he lacked tactical noose.

Obviously we can’t afford to be complacent; we all know the perils of assuming a victory in Europe’s premier competition but you would think this team has enough experience and form to win this one. If we do win, it will set us up nicely for Qualification having already defeated the group’s strongest team. Oh, and in case you were wondering; Mirel Radio and Sorin Ghionea are still out with knee ligament issues, you may as well not tune in eh?

Yesterday’s blog sites all seemed to centre on the Senderos theme and what to do about his form. Most of the blogs were well balanced with their views; it does seem that everyone is of a similar opinion.

We want him to do well, but how long do we have to wait?

Hopefully he’ll lay his mental demons to rest tonight with a hat trick and a clean sheet! Come on big Phil, show us what you’re made of!

In other news, Manc supporting Jabba Kenyon has been telling everyone that he wants to invest in the best club in the world to improve the popularity of the game in Russia. However this article indicates we weren’t his first choice. This guy just can’t make up his mind who he likes best. I bet he is one of those chaps you get talking to down the pub who claims he doesn’t support a team, he supports football, I hate those fence sitting wankers.

Anyway, not being one to fence sit, I’m going to put my balls on the line and predict comfortable victory.

I know this for sure though ; if we win Mrs tea lady, I’m keeping my eye on you when you make my sausage sandwich!

No sneezers for me thank you very much!

Have a Grovetastic evening! Come on you Gooners!