There’s nothing more exciting than writing a match report so packed with smugness you can almost taste the stuff (like cinnamon). I probably won’t go into too much granular detail about the game as most of you saw it, I’ll just pick on key points in what was a very special afternoon.
Oh here we are… North London Derby day dressed up as an FA Cup encounter.
9000 Spurs fans coming over to hang out in a fancy stadium. Could be carnage. Let’s hope it’s all about the game this evening. I’m excited about what’s on the cards.
Soooooooo much news to hit you with today!
So Yaya Sanogo, famous for declaring he was going to become a postman before Wenger gambled on him dropped a Berbatov shaped social media gaff yesterday via Facebook. He has a management company looking after his profile, the same company that look after Dimitar, they added a video with Arsenal specific creative… so it had been briefed from somewhere.
Needless to say, it was quickly yanked from sight… but as you know, a mistake is never lost on Social Media. Keen screen grabbers captured the ITK moment and shared it round the web. Could this be the impact Sanogo was looking for? Like Tom Daley coming out… has Yaya PRd his return with a salacious rumour?
Let’s just start by saying it was cold. It was wet. It was fiercely windy. Anyone bitching about the atmosphere from the comfort of Twitter should take their laptop outside in the garden when it next monsoons. The noise levels were fine considering the game on offer was bland, everyone was hungover and the conditions were disgusting.
Onto the game. Wenger was forced to make mad changes to the starting lineup. Giroud has damaged his leg, Ozil, Rambo, Gibbs were all on the treatment table and plenty of others were also carrying knocks. It was a massive game. If they boys succeeded, we’d remain top of the league for a week and a half or so until the Villa game.
Happy 20TH14 people!
See what I did there? I cleverly layered the our greatest strikers name and number into the number of the new year.
Arsene Wenger elected to rest one player yesterday. He’s taking this season seriously and he’s clearly very concerned about changing things to violently. Cazorla, the out of form Spaniard, felt his way back into the side at the cost of Rosicky. Theo retained his place in the forward line and the rest of the team remained the same.
The first half was pretty dominant without dominating the shots on targets stats. That was flowery way of putting it, but, as has happened a few times this season, we controlled the game without peppering the goal. Normally, not a concern, but off the back of some pretty upsetting results, you did feel a slight twinge of panic.
Welcome to the first blog from ‘Le Grove’ named after our new stadium with a French accent, which timely coincides with our leader and illustrious French manager Arsene Wenger today signing a new contract, which finally and hopefully will shut all the prophets of doom up. Yeah right.
So for a club in crisis we have the most wanted manager in football on a new and extended contract, a new stadium that already generates more cash than any other club in the world and a young team that plays football the way it should be played and all on long term contracts, oh and we’re joint top of the premiership and in the group stages of the champions league, so let’s all go and top ourselves!
This site is one that fellow fans can comment on without fear of morons telling them they are a) Spurs fans. b) ask them if they went to the game. or c) castigate them if they happen to disagree with anything Arsene says. It’s your club and your opinion.
So If you’re one of them, don’t bother slagging, we’ll drop your response in the bin.
This will be a site where people can say what they feel, without being ripped by people that always know best and (claim) go to all the games home and away, they’re not welcome either, unless of course they really do go to all the games, home and away.
The first blog will talk about team selection and what we think will be the best starting 11 and the options that lay open for us for our visit to the dark side at Shite Hart lane next week.
Almunia in goal, he’s been patient and rock solid since he replaced Jens. Jens has been a great servant but has of late been a liability at corners and a worry at set pieces, time to go despite your bleating in the press.
Sagna at right back, already looks as if he’s been there for ever, and has the same tenacity as Lee Dixon, Hoyte as back up.
Toure and Gallas as first choice centre backs but bring Djourou back soon, big Phil makes us a little nervous. Clichy on the left with Traore as back up.
The midfield should be Cesc and Gilberto with Denilson and Diaby as back up and Diarra and Flamini as cover for them all.
Eduardo (left) and Robin as wide men with the option of Rosicky and Hleb when needed and Bendtner and Theo up front with Ade as cover, Eboue as further cover at right wing.
All the above could rotate during the game to give more options to the play, surprise the opposition and of course rest the players.
Please note that Song has not been mentioned.
And don’t forget they’ll be loads of injuries, suspensions and the Cup of African nations so we’ll never have the luxury of all the above players, but please note, still no room for Song.
That only leaves Mark Randall and we’ve only seen him once so have no real opinion, but still prefer him to Song.
Just to touch on that sorry FA pair of Pearce and Brooking and the red tops that continue to back their sorry views on foreign players.
Look in your own yard before throwing stones in ours you pair of whingers.
We have 2 players in the under 21’s Hoyte and Walcott, one of which put England through to the European championship this summer with his wonder strikes against Germany.
Those two represent the future of England and yet the England manager looks to Heskey and anyone who can fill in at right back as the future.
And then they bitch that Arsenal don’t bring on English players.
What about Upson (injury prone) Bentley (narcissic at best) and Pennant (drunk) and not to mention 3 kids currently in the under 17’s in Lansbury, (Gavin) Hoyte and Murphy!
Finally who employed Eriksson and kept him through all the scandals and who offered Scolari a job just before the world cup eh? It was the FA Brooking, and the last I heard, you worked for them.