Arshavin's lost it, defender signs and midfielder leaves.

The defender signing is young seventeen year old Martin Angha – it’s his first professional contract with the club. All I can find out about him is that he is Swiss, he’s just over 6’ 0” tall and we signed him from FC Zürich when he was just fifteen years old – his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt was for the under 15’s in a 2-1 victory over Chelsea. All in front of 3000 people at Emirates Stadium.

Well, if he’s Johan Djorou type of Swiss we have a good one, if it’s a Senderos Swiss, let’s hope Drogba has retired before the young lad plays 😉

As one signs, another goes out on loan and that’s Craig Eastmond, He’s off to Milwall, the club where it all began for him….
Craig Eastmond is a born and bred South Londoner and he first signed for Millwall when he was eight years old. His brother Gavin also joined the same club. In 2007, Eastmond signed professional terms with Arsenal but for the time being he’s looking forward to going back to where it all began.

I used to play for Millwall before I came to Arsenal so I still have a few mates there, but obviously that was a long time ago. I left Millwall when I was 11 but it’s not bad to go home from time to time. Obviously new players will have come in since I left, so I will have to adapt to them. There were a few teams in for me but I chose Millwall.

I wasn’t getting into the first team so I thought I’d see if I could go on loan. A few teams came in for me, so I thought I would see how it goes. I asked the boss and he said you can’t go on loan at the moment but we will see at the end of January.

I wasn’t involved in the FA Cup or the Carling Cup so I knocked on his door again and he said OK. I want to play regularly in the first team and then come back and see how it goes. Of course I want to come back to Arsenal and prove that I can get into the first team. That’s the aim.

Well, I won’t be at all surprised if Eastmond stays at Millwall – he was given a chance last year in the Carling Cup and I’m not sure he did enough. In any case, I think young Frimpong is next in line now. I hope I’m wrong, I hope he gets plenty of playing time at Millwall, bulks up a bit and comes back a much stronger player both physically and mentally.

Little Jack say’s that our current crop are ravenous for success after being starved of trophies since 2005.

There is a hunger among the players to win something – it has been so long that we have almost forgotten what it is like, we need to bring that back into the football club – this is a big football club and we need trophies. Any trophy is a trophy and if we can win one in February, it will give us confidence for the rest of the season. Before the game, everyone was saying this was a great opportunity – just get a goal and it’ll open up and it did.

It would be massive for the Club – any trophy is a trophy and it has been five years since we won our last one. We know that if we win one, hopefully it’ll come along, and then it’ll open up more for us.

Jack was just 13 years old when we last won one, the FA Cup against Manure…..

I was 13,” he recalled. I remember the game – I was sat at home with my family and Vieira scored the last penalty. You could see what it meant to them and we just want to do that again.

Being a member of the team, the older players feel hungry for trophies and it rubs off on you. Even though I have only been here a year, I want to win trophies – that’s what this Club is about and we need to do that.

Well said Jack and I truly hope this is the year….

Finally Andrey Arshavin has admitted he has lost his confidence:

Now when I get the ball, I begin to think, ‘Should I try and trick an opponent? Or if I do, will I lose the ball? And what if I make a pass? Won’t they think that I am trying to get rid of the ball?

I am afraid of taking the initiative. When such thoughts appear, your final decision, as a rule, turns out to be wrong. And you waste a lot of opportunities.

I think we all knew he was struggling but what I don’t understand is why Arsenal haven’t given him a  few games for the reserves to help his game? He’s not going to get his confidence and belief back sitting on the bench is he and just think what that would do for the reserves too.

That’s it for today, have a good one….

168 thoughts on “Arshavin's lost it, defender signs and midfielder leaves.

  1. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 9:25am


  2. Steve Palmer

    January 27, 2011 at 9:32am

    Morning rico,
    I must say that if AA has stated that, then he must step down, as staying on and playing is not much help to the team. We know the man has talent, but for him in an attacking role, it, is hindering the forward part of our game. this is not a new thing that has just happened and Arsene has stood by the player in the hope he will turn it around, but as you say better in the reserves than in the first team, hopefully his pass to Cesc the other night might instill a bit of the confidence he needs to come back up to strength.

  3. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 9:38am

    Morning Steve, the article is in the Sun today, I think it’s sad to see such a talented player so low – are the club doing everything they can to help him?

    Yes they can put him on special diets as he says he is on but he needs football, i’d have played him in the reserves, playing time is the only way to regain confidence, same for Vela right now and others before them….

  4. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 9:39am

    Did you watch the Brum/Hammers game??

  5. tommystout

    January 27, 2011 at 9:40am

    morning rico, i agree about eastmond, unless he dramatically improves with a lot of football at millwall, then i think he’s gone. I’m sure arsenal officials will monitor the twitter postings and i’m sure this boys twitters have not left a good impression.
    anyway have ye a good day!

  6. Potter

    January 27, 2011 at 9:45am

    For years now the reserves have been little more than an advanced youth team. There are many examples of players that would have benefitted from a football combination type league with the younger ones in the South east counties as was. Unfortuneately these leagues were disbanded and reserve fringe players do not get 90 minutes of competition each week.

  7. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 9:47am

    Morning.AA needs a big perfomance to boost his confidence.let him start against Huddersfield and hope he has a smashing game.when on form he is arguably our best player due to his unpredictability and we may need that in big games such as barca.i do believe AA will be back better player if he can haul himself from this slump.

  8. Steve Palmer

    January 27, 2011 at 9:47am

    I did watch the Hammers game and thoughly enjoyed it, Birmingham showed they have spirit and fought hard, could be a very competitive final

  9. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 9:50am

    morning tommy – it would be a shame to see one of the english boys who was supposed to have ‘potential’ go but he seems to have stayed still. i guess this is why we send so many out on loan and with milwall, he should learn to toughen up but i’d rather he had gone to QPR, under Warnock…

  10. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 9:51am

    Morning KT – I’m sure he’ll get it back but i just don’t think sitting on the bench really helps a player – they can train as much as they like for fitness but nothing like a match to get the grey matter working – why don’t we play players in the reserves, surely we should be….

  11. Steve Palmer

    January 27, 2011 at 9:57am

    It appears that Wenger has a strategy for our young players and i don’t believe he will change it, when you look at our position in all comps its very hard to go against him. i hope this young man has the qualities we need and that our other injured players find their way back soon.everything is ticking along as Arsene would have hoped, lets hope he doesn’t catch a cold

  12. Steve Palmer

    January 27, 2011 at 10:00am

    rico, Eastmond would most probably not been used to much at QPR but should have more games at Millwall

  13. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 10:06am

    Steve, I watched some of the game last night too, it was good, end to end stuff, would have been harsh if Brum hadn’t gone through, how many times did they hit the woodwork?

    Good point about QPR, they are doing well enough and wouldn’t need him..

  14. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 10:31am

    Carling Cup final means Spurs (a) postponed. 1971 & 2004 revisited hopefully???? Morning Rico

  15. TC

    January 27, 2011 at 10:39am

    Playing the reserves is a good idea but there are very few reserve games – when there do play they are the same day as champions league or other games. Lets face it the reserves are a no go area as far as first team squad players are concerned.

    Also don’t forget that League Cup and FA Cup are generally accepted as ‘not the first team’.

    I would suggest that in the modern sporting age it is a sports mental coach that is required – he talks like a golfer who can no longer hole a two foot put without worrying about missing it!

  16. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 10:43am

    Hi TC, but the reserves have been playing recently, it wouldn’t have done any harm to give him a run out… Vela played the other night…

  17. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 10:46am

    hi allezkev, i had forgotten that, lucky omens i hope :) :)

  18. Joaquim Moreira

    January 27, 2011 at 10:53am

    Eastmond is a interesting player but must grow up
    and win confidence in hisself;AA is a good player but Arsenal don’y play with him. He must go to the centre of the pitch to have balls because is always forget in the left side.Arsenal plays in the centre and for the right side (specially when Sagna plays and forget the left side.. Last game, the first long ball to the left side, Brendtner was completely alone because AA change his position temporary and the defenders understand Arsenal attack). Martin Augha is a unknow player.., let’s wait. Spurs match will be postponed maybe close the end. Can be the decisive match…

  19. Stef

    January 27, 2011 at 10:54am

    Morning Rico, re AA if AW ‘drops’ him to the reserves wouldn’t that mean it drops his confidence level to a new low if not it surely hurts his ego.

  20. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 10:59am

    I want the spurs game to be rescheduled right at the end.wouldn’t it be great to win the league at the lane again?…

  21. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 11:28am

    Ktr, not only win the league, but stop Spurs finishing in the top four, what a fantastic summer we’d have…

  22. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 11:32am

    If i could get into a time machine, and go back to see a past season, it would be 1934-35. Arsenal beat Spurs 5-1 at Highbury. Arsenal then beat Spurs 6-0 at White Hart Lane. Arsenal went onto complete a hat-trick of League titles. oh and Spurs got relegated. Now what a season that must have been…

  23. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 11:57am

    Morning housers.

    for Arshavin it is easy, Wenger speak to him privately, reminding him what a great player he is and that everyone has confidence in him and more importantly, just go have fun. if things go wrong, they go wrong but enjoy the game. He will be ok and at least he tries.

    Right, quick quiz time. What is the main difference between our standing and Barca’s standing in world football right now?

  24. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 12:00pm

    Kev, I was at the game we beat them 5-0 and Brady scored “that” goal.

  25. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 12:06pm

    Morning Stef, i guess its just about playing time and he needs it …

  26. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 12:06pm

    KT – it sure would :)

  27. SD-London

    January 27, 2011 at 12:11pm

    Well said Rico as per Arshavin but i think his problem is half solved.
    He knows he has a problem and i am sure he will fix it himself.

  28. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:13pm

    Will, me to, sitting in the seats, top of old 3 decker stand, surrounded by the enemy. One of the best days of my life.

  29. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:17pm

    To be honest Will, nothing beats going to an away game and ‘stuffing em’. They all hate us, so it’s sweet to rub their noses in it.
    Rico, AA needs to be played thru the middle, ‘simples’.

  30. Guner

    January 27, 2011 at 12:20pm

    I think the best thing us supporters can do is cheer on AA whenever he gets the ball. There’s nothing more uplifting to a player than to hear 60000 fans chanting your name. Playing reserves game isn’t gonna help, cos his issue is not a physical, rather it is a psychological one.
    Eastmond should benefit from the loan, TBH I think Frimpong & Coquelin should be given more chances. Hope we see Lansbury & Ramsey get more games next season so we don’t have to rely on Denilson as backup DM.
    Lastly as predicted AW will not buy a CB, he’ll stick Song at the back when needed cos Diaby will be back soon. Shivers at the thought..

  31. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 12:23pm

    I was born and bred in Tottenham, got chased home as I was in my Arsenal kit.

  32. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:25pm

    Yeah mate, i know your pain Will. I used to go to Bruce Grove Junior School and Somerset School. all my mates were Spuds. Ring any bells?

  33. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 12:28pm

    Yes, you know Northumberland park school and park lane Junior school?

  34. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:32pm

    Blimey mate, i used to go to Scouts near there, the 13th Tottenham if i remember. But you was almost next door to their ground, what a nightmare….

  35. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:33pm

    Did you ever go in the Bell and Hare pub?

  36. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 12:33pm

    You know the tall flats at the end of Park Lane?

  37. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:36pm

    Which end? High Road??

  38. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 12:37pm

    corner pin Kev.

  39. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 12:38pm

    No Kev, Northumberland Park end.

  40. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:38pm

    Yeah, was you in there? i was in Lordship Lane, opposite Bruce Castle Park.

  41. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:39pm

    Oh no, didn’t really know that end.

  42. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:41pm

    To be honest, when i go round there now it’s changed so much from when i was there.

  43. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 12:42pm

    That is where I spent my years and that school was my school.

  44. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 12:44pm

    I was there a little while ago and it is much nicer now. It was a Police no go area when I was there.

  45. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:46pm

    Do you remember the TA centre in the High rd? Think it’s gone now.

  46. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 12:48pm

    I remember the scout hut that me and my mates smashed 😉

  47. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:48pm

    Bill Nicholson used to live opposite my school in white Hart Lane { not that i ever saw him }. That was a lovely school, used to be Tottenham Grammar, now it’s a housing estate

  48. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:49pm

    Are, so it was you eh……

  49. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:50pm

    i think i’d left by then hehe, did you ever go to the Tottenham Lido swimming pool in Lordship Lane?

  50. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:52pm

    That’s gone now, Roland hill school next door has gone too {it became Somerset school }.

  51. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 12:52pm

    no, I went to my school’s pool.

  52. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 12:52pm

    Am around guys/gals just in and out, will be on in a bit…

  53. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:54pm

    Had your own pool…. posh school.

  54. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:55pm

    hi rico, the multi-tasking is coming along lol

  55. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 12:58pm

    This refreshing lark is a right pain

  56. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 1:10pm

    Sorry Housers for taking over the chat.

    I wouldd not say that school was posh kev, before iit got the pool, i used to go to Wood Green pool.

  57. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 1:12pm

    Joking mate, righto i’m off, sorry if i became a bit of a bore, see ya later Will

  58. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 1:28pm

    Not a bore at all Kev,i like reliving old days.

  59. SD-London

    January 27, 2011 at 1:42pm

    Who is the Croatian defender Wenger might be allegedly looking at ?

  60. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 2:09pm

    No idea SD, saw something on NN, hold on.

  61. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 2:34pm

    Boo, whats happening then, i’m back now 😉

  62. SD-London

    January 27, 2011 at 2:54pm

    Nothing Much Rico, dry and Cold that whats up in our end of Earth.

    Ajax want £21mill for Soarez and said they will start adding £4mill everyday from Saturday if Liverpool dont make up their mind.

    Now that just hitting below the belt and i blame Man city for the high price being placed on players whenever any PL club is interested.

    Oh sorry i stand corrected i blam the Chelsea Chavs, they started the craze and their bid for Aguerro was rejected-£52mil.

    Now there is no better way to tell someone to run off really.

    I hope they all learn from LE Prof Wenger.

    We have Bendtner,A.Arshavin, Chamarkh, RVP and even Vella that can play at any level at anytime for Arsenal.

    Wenger is tha MAN

  63. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 2:58pm

    Hi SD, its bitterly cold where I am and trying to snow too :(

    I blame the chavs too, the price of players these days is crazy, any news on the Oxo kid, has old red nose won the battle…

  64. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 2:59pm

    See we had a scout at the rangers match again last night, watching Madjid Bougherra

  65. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 3:06pm

    Benik Afobe believes that a ‘golden generation’ of talent is breaking through at Arsenal.

    The young striker has seen at close quarters the potential of the FA Youth Cup-winning side of 2009 and he expects that set of players to make their mark sooner rather than later.

    Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Henri Lansbury, Craig Eastmond, Emmanuel Frimpong and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas are all in or on the fringes of Arsène Wenger’s squad and Afobe would not be surprised if homegrown talent formed the nucleus of the first team in seasons to come.

    “I have always seen what they can do and they are different-class players,” said Afobe. “I think at least four of them could make it through to the first team if they keep working hard.

    “I would say it’s a bit of a special group at the moment because normally there are one or two players who make it at Arsenal.

    “The Youth Cup-winning team are two years older than me but I have trained with them since I was about seven years old.”

  66. oliver

    January 27, 2011 at 3:13pm

    morning all…rico, don’t mention snow – we got pounded last night…had to shovel the driveway and clear the road immediately in front of the house pre-dawn this morning…we’re supposed to get more this weekend.

    sorry to hear that arshavin is lacking in confidence – it happens, and he just needs to work through this. no magic formula, just work hard, score a goal or two and hopefully get back on track.

  67. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 3:21pm

    hi oliver, i feel for you with the snow, thought we were done with it here in the UK but the temperatures have really dropped and the sky has got that look about it :(

    fair pont about AA, there is no magic formula and the more he thinks and worries about it the worse it will get….

  68. SD-London

    January 27, 2011 at 3:33pm

    If Oxo has gone to the Manures then he has just made a terrible mistake because in few days time Wilshire will lift his first Trophy that he was really involved with.

    Oxo will play 2 games next season and then sent on loan to Sunderland and go back to the Manure for Pre-season and play 1PL game and 2 Carling cup game the when Manure is beaten again he will be sent to Sunderland again for another season.

    If he is not sure he should go and ask Danny Walbeck or Macheda what is happening to their career.” good talents that Fergie cannot risk his Ego to give them playing time unlike Wenger that puts his reputation on the line year in year out to play young talents in the Carling cup, Pre-season, and some PL games.

    Good luck to Oxo .

  69. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 3:34pm

    Mourinho has said he is returning to the PL but has no preference yet…

  70. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 3:41pm

    Barca have 102 goals in all competitions so far…

  71. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 3:49pm

    SD, i’m sure he has signed for anyone yet but yes, if he goes to the mancs that;s the start of a downhill journey in his career

    KT, Jose dreams…..

  72. oliver

    January 27, 2011 at 3:53pm

    mourinho won’t leave real just yet…can’t see that happening. when he does, i’ll bet it will be to manage the portugal national team. i think the only job he would come to here in england would be either man united or man city.

  73. agirlagunner

    January 27, 2011 at 3:55pm

    Boo!! How’s everyone?

    rico, your second paragraph is really funny. 😆

    And Oxo really needs to assess his options with greater deliberation. We have the best history of nurturing young talent. Fact.

  74. oliver

    January 27, 2011 at 3:58pm

    hi agag…a month until our cup final.

    sd, if i am not mistaken, smalling is another getting only sporadic appearances. considering how good united’s central partnership is, i could have told him there was no way he would get in ahead of either of them.

  75. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 3:59pm

    Boo to you agag, i’m bloomin cold :(

    How’s you?

    Ah, the Drogba sentence, i knew you’d like that one 😉

  76. agirlagunner

    January 27, 2011 at 4:00pm

    rico, it seems always cold where you are… :( Up by pre-dawn, oliver?? :( I only ever do that for Arsenal’s CL matches. 😉

  77. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 4:14pm

    Cant wait for the Spring agag and looking forward to getting out in the garden and planting all my vegetables :) seems a long way off right now…

    😆 re the pre-dawn and AFC, i’ve been doing that to watch the cricket….

  78. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 4:16pm

    Rico you are such a busy gal.i don’t know how you keep up.i loved the drogba reference by the way…

  79. oliver

    January 27, 2011 at 4:18pm

    i’m always up before the sun. roads into metro dc are congested from 6am on, esp. the beltway. if i don’t leave the house be a certain time, i add significant time to my work commute.

    i enjoy a lie-in as much as anyone else, but i am also nowhere close to retirement, so that is something that will have to wait.

  80. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 4:25pm

    We could be Barca tiy know, convert half the chances me male a game and bang wallop bob’s your aunts husband.

  81. oliver

    January 27, 2011 at 4:30pm

    “me male”…will, r u ok there?

  82. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 4:30pm

    Squillaci and diaby back for Huddersfield.rosicky may join them and Almunia has a small chance.fab2 and vermy are still out-Aw.

  83. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 4:32pm

    Sky report we are considering the approach made for Vela by Bolton….

  84. agirlagunner

    January 27, 2011 at 4:32pm

    I’m off to the coast, rico. I’ll send you pics. 😉

    oliver, oh my. I’m still in REM sleep at 6 am. My brain officially begins to function only at 8 am. And barely at that. Ha.

    How many have we scored, KT? Bet it’s only 3/4 of what Barca have. That said, I don’t really care, that league is ever a two-horse race… Plus, we have a very good chance of overcoming them.

  85. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 4:32pm

    Will we create enough chances to score bucketloads.its up to the boys to stick away the chances.

  86. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 4:33pm

    Jesus my typing has gone to pot.

    Will says:
    January 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm
    We could be Barca you know, convert half the chances we make a game and bang wallop bob’s your aunts husband.

    That’s better

  87. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 4:35pm

    Thanks KT – i couldn’t resist it :) I’m not so busy really just cannot sleep knowing the english boys are playing cricket against the biggest rivals, bit like trying to sleep when we are playing the tiny totts…

    just can’t do it 😉

  88. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 4:35pm

    Agag i reckon we’re on 83 goals…

  89. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 4:36pm

    Will, and we’d be top of the league by far if we had of done, that wigan away game still haunts, as does the two home defeats :(

  90. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 4:38pm

    48 goals scored in the league i think KT

  91. oliver

    January 27, 2011 at 4:38pm

    squillaci will certainly start, probably for jd. probably diaby too, although perhaps a first-off-the-bench subs appearance, considering how long he was out. if al is fit, i would expect him on the bench with szczesny to continue. rosicky probably to start.

    so…szczesny, gibbs, squillaci, kos, eboue, diaby, denilson, jack, rosicky, chamakh, arshavin.

    if things are going well after sixty minutes, minimal, if any changes. if we need to change the game we bring on cesc for jack. if we still need to change, then samir for rosicky, and theo for arshavin.

    i am fine with arsene naming a hugely changed side – despite my saying yesterday that he should never change so many at once. but we have players that do need rest (jd and cesc) and others that are returning from injury (rosicky, diaby). i think chamakh needs a full 90 minutes, no matter how things go, and that arshavin needs as much time as we can afford him to work through these problems. so as long as arsene has a strong bench and is ready to turn to it to bail us out if things don’t go according to plan, i think we will be fine with a raft of changes this time…

  92. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 4:39pm

    agag, off to the coast, another holibob – good on you, look forward to the pics, even though i’ll be so envious :(

  93. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 4:43pm

    GG was really mad in comparing our attack to the spuds.they have 53/4 goals so far 30 fewer than us.bale has a back injury and they are going to make it worse if they don’t let him have surgery early.nasri had a knee injury earlier but we sent him for surgery asap.he was out for a month but since then he has been sublime.

  94. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 4:46pm

    Rico 48 in the league,18 in the CL,4 In the FA cup and 13 in the CC.

  95. Will

    January 27, 2011 at 4:54pm

    That is my point about putting the goals away, look at the aura Barca have. Do they player better football than us? Do they create more chances that us?

  96. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 4:57pm

    Blackpool have been fined £25,000 for fielding a weakened side, what happens to us, didn’t we make NINE changes to face Wigan….

    What’s good for the goose….

  97. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 5:02pm

    Ah ha, i knew there were more KT 😉

    Will – i’m not sure they do, but what they don’t do is try pass the ball into the net, when they see the goal, i think more often than not they go for it….

  98. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 5:08pm

    Will we’ll get the city game we have been scoring 3 goals a game with our best 11.if we continue this way we’ll score a minimum of 3 goals a game.its about being clinical as we create loads of chances.with rvp we have one of the most creative CFs in world football and therefore we’ll always create chances.

  99. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 5:17pm

    But if we had a clinical striker KT…… 😉 😉

    Ok just teasing, to be honest, if one day everything clicks and we turn the misses into goals then boy, some sides are going to be sorry… surely that day isn’t far off, we just always seem to come up against an in form keeper….

  100. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 5:20pm

    KT, you mention the city game – we didn’t score because of the tactics city played??

    When will AW implement tactics to break down such sides when they play that way, it’s one of his downfalls…

    Thats when a hoof ball to a benzema kind of player would do, over the top, benzy just does what he knows best, 1-0…..

  101. Red Arse

    January 27, 2011 at 5:36pm

    Hi Rico,

    Oliver, I was watching Fox News yesterday and behind the presenter the snow was pouring down. V. Pretty! :-)

    Hi Will, how did you know Bob was my aunt’s husband? In the family we try and keep it quiet. :-) Reading your chat with Kev, I was really impressed that you supported Arsenal from childhood living in a Totts area. Takes guts!

  102. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 5:38pm

    Hi RA, you got snow in Herts?

  103. Red Arse

    January 27, 2011 at 5:38pm


    There was an article picked up by most papers that Mourhino wants to come back to the EPL. They love and respect him in that league. So he says. I think Valdana is getting to him! Aaah! :-)

  104. agirlagunner

    January 27, 2011 at 5:43pm

    I was pretty close KT. :) Will, that our star players stay fit is the key to our title charge. And we’ll win something this year. For sure! 😉

    rico, I’ll be sending you pics every other month, I think. 😉

  105. Red Arse

    January 27, 2011 at 5:45pm

    Hi Rico,

    No, but it is perishingly cold. :-)

    I was in NY a couple of years ago, walking down 5th Avenue and hunched up against the cold. I turned the corner and was almost knocked over by a grizzly.

    Actually it was a woman swaddled from top to toe in the biggest fur coat you have ever seen, with just her nose and eyes peeking out. :-)

    Amazingly she said sorry …. unheard of in NY, and I said not half as sorry as the poor bear!!! She gave me the finger and disappeared around the corner. Now that is more like NY!! Right Oliver? :-)

  106. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 5:50pm

    agag 😆 my next break is coming soon too, we’ll swap but mine won’t be as stunning I’m sure 😉

  107. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 5:53pm

    I think you’ll find that our midfielders miss most of those chances especially cesc who hits most of his shots in the team will concede 10 i say…

  108. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 5:56pm

    You gals work so damn hard.i wouldn’t begrudge you having a am on holiday all the time in comparison to how busy you seem to be…

  109. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 6:00pm

    Barca have the shortest squad in Europe standing tall at 177.38cm.who says they have height disadvantage?if anything they have the advantage of having the ball under the nose as the waltz past keyholes in a football pitch.

  110. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 6:04pm

    KT, you will make some lady a vey happy woman one day, you sound like the perfect husband :)

  111. agirlagunner

    January 27, 2011 at 6:04pm

    I’ll hold you to that, rico. :)

    Cesc does seem to hit his goals straight at the keeper. Hopefully, someone will point that out to him. We are on the cusp of greatness, and I hope he is not tempted by the stains anytime soon.

    Right, you are, KT. You work hard to earn the right to go on hols at will. 😉

    Hey, RA.

  112. agirlagunner

    January 27, 2011 at 6:07pm

    Aww, rico, you’ll get KT all pink-faced. 😉

  113. Red Arse

    January 27, 2011 at 6:10pm

    Hi Agag,

    I have never been to the Philippines but, the way you speak of the lovely weather and beaches, I must see if I can get over there. :-)

  114. oliver

    January 27, 2011 at 6:13pm

    hiya ra…snow let up about midnight, but more on the way. schools are closed so my wife had to bring the kids to a friend before she went to work this morning. it was bad yesterday evening – thick snow coming down for several hours, covering everything…a real “nor-easter”…

    that’s ny, ra…getting flipped off by a fur coat wearing so-and-so is a badge of honor!

  115. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 6:15pm

    Vermy back in training next week according to PHW.

  116. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 6:17pm

    Hi RA.Now that you’ve mentioned it what are the odds that the lady that told PHW to ‘spend the f**n money’ is rico?…thanks in advance rico if it was you.

  117. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 6:19pm

    By the way where is WATH?i thought i saw him run onto the pitch in the wigan game.he really has to learn to control his liquor…

  118. agirlagunner

    January 27, 2011 at 6:19pm

    I’m probably just easily pleased, RA. 😉 And enamored of escapes. Beaches down south are the prettiest, imho. Thailand, I think, is best value for money though.

  119. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 6:20pm

    Sorry i meant ipswich game

  120. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 6:26pm

    agag :)

  121. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 6:29pm

    Ade has always had talent it has always been application that he lacked.i reckon he’ll do very well for madrid as am sure the mourinho factor and club status may be just the catalyst he needs to wake up from his slumber.

  122. Red Arse

    January 27, 2011 at 6:34pm

    KT, your 6:17 :-)

    Agag, I have been to Thailand for a 3 week holiday some years ago.

    The place I loved tho’ was Bali, great people, great weather and great food. Then they bombed the place! :-(

    I think I have already told you before, I used to have a lovely filipino girl who worked for me. She had the sweetest temperament, and was very skilful and dedicated. One day she looked the wrong way crossing the road and was run over. Terrible.

  123. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 6:38pm

    RA which country have you not been to?im suspecting you may have been a participant of the amazing race.

  124. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 6:38pm

    KT, i emailed PHW about money, why did you have to let the cat out the bag 😉

  125. JonJon

    January 27, 2011 at 6:41pm

    right..its this simple..we have to get behind AA
    the mans a dangerous player we need a top form AA and hes admitted whats wrong…
    hes in bits…i agree with the earlier comment about cheering him every time he touches the ball..its sounds like hes totally lost confidence in his ability…but it is there, we need to help him get it back…cheer him get behind him, urge him to shoot, one of them will go in and then maybe, just maybe we see the return of one of the most dynamic players in europe
    i would play him V hudds…in the centre, behind the main man, not stuck out on the wing, throw him in at the deep end and try get his instints back..stuck on the left aint doing him no favours when hes feeling like this..he needs to see more of the ball he needs to be more involved…
    if one of those thunderbolts go in it could just change everything…

  126. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 6:42pm

    KT, re WATH, he’s really busy, always is this time of year but also he has lost his internet service, i miss him and his naughtiness – he was on the other day and said about it…

    hopefully he will resume his naughty blogging really soon….

  127. Red Arse

    January 27, 2011 at 6:43pm

    KT, :-) again!

    My father had a job which meant, as a family, we were always moving around the world.

    When I left University I had a break year and travelled widely.

    I work hard and love my holiday breaks.

    My own job, until recently, has involved a lot of travelling too, not always enjoyable. It can be a hard slog!

    How about you?

  128. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 6:43pm

    Boom Boom here’s jj, same old same old, he’ll say hello in a moment 😆 😆

  129. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 6:44pm

    The question about AA is, has Arsene Wenger ruined him???

    Square pegs and round holes and all that…..

  130. Red Arse

    January 27, 2011 at 6:46pm

    Hi Jonjon, you are spot on! AA will get back his form, but he needs to play! :-)

    Rico, I miss Wath too. We need our Alpha Male back, with his GG! :-)

  131. agirlagunner

    January 27, 2011 at 6:46pm

    RA, 😯 Really?? How awful. But Bali does have the most amaaaazing hotels.

    We have rico to thank for VDW and Torres. (I wish.) Ah, hpe springs eternal…

    That’s it. My flight’s exaggeratedly early. And I’m nowhere near done packing…

  132. JonJon

    January 27, 2011 at 6:52pm

    oh and bonjour 😉

  133. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 6:52pm

    RA I have to be as many countries as spuds fans before qualifying for the CL.there was actually a big cloud over london as they blew the dust off their passports!…

  134. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 6:55pm

    Rico i’ll never be what you said.i’m not a fan of things like shopping and am not the most hardworking guy except when it comes to Arsenal.

  135. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 6:59pm

    Safe trip agag, had a fab holiday :)

  136. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 7:01pm

    Too true RA… :(

    KT, just make sure you marry a Gooner who loves internet shopping and football, then you’ll be perfect

    There are many out there in this world… :)

  137. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 7:01pm

    bonjour jj….

  138. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 7:04pm

    JJ i agree with you on AA.i have said this already,AA on form is our best player.he can pass like cesc,shoot like rvp,dribble like nasri,celebrate like eboue…ok not the last one but he is unpredictable.that unpredictability may just be what you need to tip the match in your favour.he is 2 footed and thats a MASSIVE advantage.if i was AA id circle feb 15th on my calendar and as i wake up everyday id know that i’ll have to work hard to be in contention to start such a may be just what he needs,a big perfomance against barca would shoot his confidence off the radar.

  139. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 7:10pm

    Song is contemplating a return to the Cameroon national team.

  140. JonJon

    January 27, 2011 at 7:11pm

    wengers stuck in a tricky position with the guy
    he needs him..he knows how important he can be..but a player with that mindset can lose you games..
    at the same time a player with that mindset needs games..
    wengers doing the right thing leaving him out of the PL side and using him in the cups but after leeds and ipswich, hudds is the last chance..
    what if he plays shit v hudds?? what does wenger do then??

  141. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 7:11pm

    Just been reading that KT, i didn’t realise he had quit….

  142. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 7:14pm

    Rico they blamed the failures of the national team at the WC on him despite only starting once.

  143. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 7:18pm

    JJ i hope that AA’s time with us doesn’t end in that fashion.only 2 years ago he was 6th at the Ballon d’Or awards.such talent doesn’t disappear overnight.C’MON AA we believe in you!.

  144. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 7:22pm

    How horrid, i honestly didn’t know that KT, i’d tell them to take a hike… maybe his absence is what they blame, like it’s his fault….

  145. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 7:23pm

    jj, good point and not meaning to diss Huddersfield but if AA can’t perform against them…. but then his goal against wigan was pure class…. we need the real AA back ….

  146. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 7:27pm

    AA had 8 touches that night at Anfield rico.half of them were goals.thats how good he can be when he is up to it.he was not sparkling on Tuesday but he still had 2 assists.if AA can play to just 80% he’d comfortably be in the top 10 players in the world.

  147. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 7:35pm

    Glad Benik Afobe ISNT being allowed to play on Sunday, he could harm us…. :)

  148. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 7:38pm

    KT, I don’t doubt AA as a footballer, talent is permenant – i just don’t get why he is suddenly so off form – yes he made two goals but watching how uncomfortable he is with the ball at his feet and making runs is just so sad…..

  149. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 7:39pm

    Huh rico?…

  150. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 7:48pm

    Benik Afobe not playing Sunday. Apparantly it’s against ‘FA rules’.

  151. K-TR7

    January 27, 2011 at 7:57pm

    Apparently under the rules only regular loans can be eligible to face their parent clubs.he is under youth loan so not eligible.

  152. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 7:59pm

    Youth loan, hmm, who pays his wages then?

  153. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 8:03pm

    I have ammended my comment – i meant to say, glad he is not playing 😉

  154. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 8:05pm

    Guys, i must go sadly – got a big tennis match to play tonight, thankfully it’s indoors so i won’t get cold ….

    Actually, its on my Wi, my fitness time of the day :)

    Be good and catch you all tomorrow, night all….

  155. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 8:06pm

    Should be a good game Sunday, i think Huddersfield try to play football.

  156. allezkev

    January 27, 2011 at 8:08pm

    See ya Rico, don’t break any windows……

  157. rico

    January 27, 2011 at 8:10pm

    😆 kev….

  158. JonJon

    January 27, 2011 at 8:17pm

    yeah ktr totally agree
    you dont go from world class to crap over night..
    come on AA get it together son…everyones behind you..

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  161. rico

    January 28, 2011 at 9:01am

    Chavs had made a 35/40 million offer for Torres, L’pool have turned it down….

  162. Will

    January 28, 2011 at 9:09am

    Morning Rico, how are you today?

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    January 28, 2011 at 9:11am

    New Post up

  164. rico

    January 28, 2011 at 9:11am

    Morning Will, cold! How’s you?

  165. Will

    January 28, 2011 at 9:16am

    That is what having money does for you and it is cheating.

  166. rico

    January 28, 2011 at 9:20am

    What, me being cold Will 😉

    Ah, you mean Torres :)

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