The good thing about Abou Diaby and Swiss defender signs on……

Some of you may think this in bad taste but hey ho – on a day when England play Wales, Jack Wilshere lines up against his team-mate Aaron Ramsey, the farce of football and the FA is again clear. John Terry has been reinstalled as England captain, yes, a man who Fabio Capello said would never Captain England again all the time he was in charge.

Well he is and his reign begins again today. I’m not keen on Terry and not just for his off field antics, he’s a cheat who is allowed to get away with most things bad on a football pitch and now no doubt he will be able to get away with more, just because he’s the England Captain.

Just what we don’t need as Chelsea pursue us in the league.

Yes the incident with Diaby was an accident but if ever there is a person I would have wished had been hurt just a little more than he was, it’s Terry.

Take That!!

You have to admit though, it was one of the better things Abou Diaby has done during his Arsenal career, shame we couldn’t go on and get the win that day to inflict more pain on the Chavs!

It will be interesting to see how the England side treat Jack Wilshere today, he’s the lone representative from Arsenal. Terry has had this to say about him:

I’ve got 100 per cent confidence in Jack, for one, it’s because he wants the ball and, secondly, the manager has trust in him. He’s given him a lot of responsibility but he’s certainly got the attitude and the quality to receive the ball, whether he has two men up against him or one.

Having played against him, even when he was on loan at Bolton, you feel you can push him off the ball but he’s a strong lad for his size. He’s similar to Josh McEachran at our place. They are very clever the way they protect the ball.

I sit across from Jack on the bus and I’ve got to know him over the last few months. As a person and a character, he can handle it. He communicates well for such a young boy. He knows he deserves to be in this England side, he knows he belongs here.

I couldn’t say that when I was his age, that I deserved to be here. We’re seeing younger players coming into this set-up and really believing.

He’s got a hunger. I’ve seen him fly into tackles, winning headers for a small guy and shrugging big players off the ball. You can see the way he glides past people, too.

Even in the Barcelona game, I remember him gliding in and out of Xavi and Iniesta on the edge of his box. That shows the confidence he has in his own ability – and that the players around him believe in him as well.

We’ll see later I guess, I just hope he gets treated better than Theo Walcott has been in the past.

Robin van Persie came though 90 minutes for Holland unscathed last night and our young Swiss defender Martin Angha has signed his first pro contract. He’s just under 6′ 2″.

I try to give everything, do my job properly and focus on the defensive work first, most of the time, I play at centre back for the Under-18s but sometimes I play at full back.

I like to get forward when I am on the wings, get crosses into the box and get one-on-ones. That’s why I like to play as a full back.

Going on from Olivers post yesterday, Arsene Wenger also believe that the international break has come at a good time:

Maybe it will help by giving the players a psychological break after such a demanding, stressful three weeks. Maybe it’s not bad that the players focus on something different and come back refreshed.

Let’s hope he’s right and they all come back fit, refreshed and focused on the job ahead. The Premier League title is still there for us to win IF we want it bad enough!

That’s about it, have a good day, who to cheer then? England or Wales :)

81 thoughts on “The good thing about Abou Diaby and Swiss defender signs on……

  1. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 9:16am

    morning all…..

  2. K-TR7

    March 26, 2011 at 9:29am

    Morning all.good read rico.rvp scored and assisted and nasri assisted one of their goals.

  3. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 9:36am

    Morning KT, last out first in today :)

    I didn’t catch the french result, just pleased they both came through unscathed and got some confidence building playing time…

  4. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 9:40am

    Morning guys.

    I am watching this game simply because of Jack and Rambo.

    Terry is an oaf and should be no where near the England team.

  5. K-TR7

    March 26, 2011 at 9:42am

    Rosicky on the other hand chased shadows all night against spain.

  6. K-TR7

    March 26, 2011 at 9:43am

    Nasri was French captain yesterday but didn’t impress in a more central role.

  7. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 9:46am

    Morning Will,

    I think it’s the same for most Gooners today, the only reason i’m watching is the same as you…

    Agree re Terry too….

  8. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 9:47am

    Rosicky played the 90 too didn’t he.. and Nasri we know isn’t as effective when he’s central… wonder why the french play him there..?

  9. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 9:47am

    Terry seems to me to be an odious human being. Real scum of the earth sort and if he were not a footballer, he would be in jail.

  10. K-TR7

    March 26, 2011 at 9:48am

    For a team that gets criticised for lack of leadership we sure do have lots of international captains:Ramsey,Vermaelen,Rosicky,Arshavin and Nasri.

  11. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 10:01am

    Agree again Will, i don’t get why he’s been given the armband back, not when the likes of Lumpard and Gerrard are in the side… its wrong!

  12. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 10:02am

    For me KT, the only one in our side who should be captain right now is Thomas Vermaelen – i know he’s not fit but…

  13. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 10:05am

    KT, doesn’t mean they are good captains.

    Bring back Adams or Vieira. The kind of player who would drag you into a game by the bollocks and drive through the parked bus, let alone around it.

  14. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 10:12am

    Too many appointments of a captain is are ’emotional’ ones…

    Spot on Will, i think TV could be that man for us, certainly not Cesc… I want to see mind games in the tunnel, not kisses all round….

  15. K-TR7

    March 26, 2011 at 10:14am

    It was just an observation housers…

  16. Miguel

    March 26, 2011 at 10:14am

    you would kill to have Terry at the arsenal. Sure, he has made mistakes but nothing too outrageous. he has never, let’s say for instance, drunkenly crashed a car into a telegraph pole and done time…..

  17. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 10:16am

    I understood it KT but let’s be honest. How many of our players are stand up to the axis of evil types?

  18. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 10:17am

    I know KT and you raise a good point about how many of our players are captains for their country, but none of them are true leaders…

  19. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 10:18am

    Miquel –

    No thanks… A hard central defender yes, but not a player who behaves the way he does….

  20. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 10:19am

    Actually KT, you raise a good question. What makes a good captain and do teams really need one?

  21. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 10:21am

    Popping off for a hour, couple of chores then back to watch the rest of the cricket :)

  22. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 10:33am

    I can’t wait to see Jack Vs Rambo today.

  23. Joaquim Moreira

    March 26, 2011 at 10:54am

    Van Pierse score yesterday an easy goal.
    As anyone read Lampard comments about Luis ?

  24. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 11:05am

    I saw them JM, something about Luiz being perfect for us?

  25. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 11:06am

    Hi JM, yes i did, says he is the perfect signing for us….

  26. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 11:26am

    What do you think Lumpard was trying to say?

  27. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 11:58am

    Telling us what we all know Will, we lack something at the back…..

  28. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 11:58am

    Or that we are a better footballing team than Chelsea?

  29. jekyll

    March 26, 2011 at 12:12pm

    The best thing about Diaby is he is thankfully injured most of the time and so cannot contaminate our team. Wenger would have had Wilshire go on loan this season had Diaby not been injured.

    Looks like Wenger will be addressing our defensive issues by giving more contracts to youth players and signing 15 year olds. Great, more of the same.

  30. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 12:17pm

    Maybe Will, after all, we are on our day….

    hi jekyll – all we can hope he’s soon on his way….

  31. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 12:17pm

    And the usual defensive rumours our out – Cahill, Mertsacker and Mexes all linked yet again….

  32. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 12:28pm

    Get TV back, JD more rugged and get an English centre back in and a top class experienced Keeper and we will win the league.

  33. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 12:33pm

    How long we been saying that Will…. so frustrating isn’t it…

  34. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 12:38pm

    More than you know.

    4 players and we win the world.

  35. agirlagunner

    March 26, 2011 at 12:56pm

    Boo! I love that photo of Abou!! rico, JT might be injured. Can’t stand most of the Chavs, but Terry, in particular makes my skin crawl. :)

    Hey, Will. I’d be happy with three really good ones.

  36. Joaquim Moreira

    March 26, 2011 at 1:11pm

    Translation fron Portugues sport daily newspaper “A Bola”:

    The England international Frank Lampard said he was happy at Chelsea have secured the signing of David Luiz, former Benfica and was prevented by Arsenal.
    “Thankfully, we can guarantee your hiring, because a player was David Luiz ideal for Arsenal. Since he can play anywhere, it’s fantastic. In addition she does in the field and also to emphasize the attitude. Is always satisfied, “stressed Lampard, speaking to The Sun
    The average British also believes that the Brazilian defender will overcome the language barrier: “After three weeks he has learned enough English, because you have confidence and not afraid of anything. ”
    18:00 – 03/25/2011

    I think that Benfica had at least proposed Chelsea and Arsenal but the strength of Chelsea and M. Unitred (because hey have Portuguese players) and to have won titles recently, brings players and clubs do not opt for Arsenal.

    I think Benfica

  37. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 1:22pm

    Boo agag, i think you dislike him as much as me 😉

    Will – you are right , 3 would do, 4 would be just perfect….

  38. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 1:23pm

    JM, he needs to get used to the PL too though, he’s already escaped a couple of reds… lucky so far…

  39. agirlagunner

    March 26, 2011 at 1:39pm

    He’s icky, rico. He is joint top with Evra and Shrek in my hate list. 😀 How goes the planting??

    Luiz has gotten away with quite a bit. But I’ve been impressed by the little of him that I’ve seen.

  40. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 1:53pm

    JM, do you think we need some Portuguese players at the Arsenal? If so, who?

    I say we need 4 players

    Goalkeeper. As good as Ches is, he is young and will make mistakes
    English centre back. Someone who can organise and defend
    Central midfielder. A proper DM.
    Striker. Top class goal getter who can play a season.

  41. Joaquim Moreira

    March 26, 2011 at 1:59pm

    In the Portuguese league, was “immune” to the red and yellow cards because he was protected by the press (especially the newspaper “A Bola, Benfica pro) and it was Benfica (club protected by the referees). When passing the border appeared “unfairly” penalties.

  42. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 2:04pm

    agag, i think he’s pretty good too, what a difference a signing like that would have made to us in january…

  43. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 2:05pm

    The planting is going well, just got to wait now until the little seeds are ready for the soil :)

  44. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 2:07pm

    JM, well he’s at the right club to get bias refs, either the chavs or the mancs….

  45. agirlagunner

    March 26, 2011 at 2:08pm

    Will, I don’t think we’re getting a new striker. We’ll probably recall Vela. But I’m all for the three other positions.

    Interesting bit about Luiz, JM.

  46. Joaquim Moreira

    March 26, 2011 at 2:11pm

    Portugal is a good market, not only for the Portuguese players but also is an open window to Bresilian, argentinian, Uruguay, colômbia players…where some of the best players plays in the most important Clubs.
    Keep an eye in Porto, Benfica and Sporting…
    At what time is the rowing classic Oxford-Cambridge ?

  47. agirlagunner

    March 26, 2011 at 2:11pm

    I really hope a top defender, rico. Who knows if TV can come back the same pre-injury? :(

    Glad to hear, rico. Then you can have all the veggies you could possibly want. (Not that you don’t, anyway.) :)

  48. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 2:20pm

    Very soon i think JM,…

    I still think we need a CH, CF and Striker, minimum – i can’t see wenger getting a keeper despite the Buffon rumours again…

    I think TV will be ok after a proper rest in the summer agag, and yes, it will be nice to pick my own again :)

  49. Gooner4life&beyond

    March 26, 2011 at 2:36pm

    Arsenal don’t tend to buy from the Portuguese market, we don’t have many South Americans either. Only Denilson right now, am I right?

    I don’t normally watch England, but I always do if Theo and/or Jack play. I’m actually hyped for this game, hope Jack and Aaron play very well.

  50. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 2:41pm


    Shame about all the other idiots playing in the same game….

  51. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 2:44pm

    And this is why I keep saying we need a strong guy at the top that has the balls to tell Wenger that we need A.B and C and we are getting them.

  52. Gooner4life&beyond

    March 26, 2011 at 3:02pm

    F*** sake, I thought the match was on TV. Joaquim, the boat race is at 15:45.

  53. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 3:02pm

    What an utter disgrace through the National Anthems….

  54. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 3:03pm

    Its on Sky Sports 1 Gooner

  55. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 3:06pm

    I agree Rico and both sets of FA’s should be fined.

  56. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 3:08pm

    Rooney is such a thug!

  57. agirlagunner

    March 26, 2011 at 3:08pm

    What happened? Only just about to tune in…

  58. Gooner4life&beyond

    March 26, 2011 at 3:12pm

    Rico. Lol, apart from Cole, Defoe, and Rooney, I don’t mind them too much.

  59. Gooner4life&beyond

    March 26, 2011 at 3:17pm

    Rico, I don’t have Sky Sports. What happened during the anthems?

  60. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 3:29pm

    The Welsh fans booed all the way though the English anthem and the English fans did the same – bearing in mind both countries have the same Monarchy, it was was a disgrace…

  61. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 3:31pm

    Ramsey just isn’t it the game, mind you Wales are poor…

  62. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 3:33pm

    Re your earlier Gooner, i’d add Terry, Johnson and Dawson to your list :)

  63. agirlagunner

    March 26, 2011 at 3:37pm

    Come on, Rambo. Show ’em what you got! You, too Jack!

  64. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 3:42pm

    you watching agag?

    Ramsey’s game is all over the shop, poor passing…

    jack is just starting to be more involved…

  65. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 3:52pm

    Cannot believe how easily England have buckled in the cricket……

  66. agirlagunner

    March 26, 2011 at 3:53pm

    I’ll try to catch the second half. Otherwise preoccupied, rico. 😉 I want so badly for Rambo to do well. I’m less gung-ho about LJ but only cos he’s been at the top of his game, and I’d be more surprised if he did poorly. :)

  67. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 4:25pm

    Don’t bother watching agag, it’s boring 😉

  68. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 4:27pm

    Jack just skied a good chance 😉

  69. agirlagunner

    March 26, 2011 at 4:33pm

    So much hype about it, too. How disappointing about the booing.

  70. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 4:41pm

    It’s all been about Jack v Aaron – silly silly media 😉

  71. rico

    March 26, 2011 at 4:42pm

    Well Guys, we have friends coming round for dinner so i’m off into the kitchen 😉

    Might pop back later, if not i’ll catch up tomorrow…

    Be good all 😉

  72. Steve Palmer

    March 26, 2011 at 4:52pm

    What a boreing boreing game, with football like this Englands national team have no future, like watching schoolboys

  73. Gooner4life&beyond

    March 26, 2011 at 4:58pm

    Enjoy the evening Rico, I don’t get why you dislike Johnson, Dawson is a spud so fair enough. The booing in the anthems is just moronic as well as shameful. Poor Ramsey, hopefully the match fitness will come back with the games he is getting.

    Why do people dislike Terry so much?

  74. Joaquim Moreira

    March 26, 2011 at 5:17pm

    oxford win!

  75. Joaquim Moreira

    March 26, 2011 at 6:47pm

    Phillipe Mèxes, Roma’s central defender (he was the player who scored the first goal yesterday against Luxembourg) is in final contract with Roma. He can come at no cost, I suppose.

  76. Will

    March 26, 2011 at 8:13pm

    Is Mexes the kind of tough guy we need?

  77. Gooner4life&beyond

    March 26, 2011 at 8:19pm

    Lol, the game sounded like it was really poor. Glad I didn’t (couldn’t) sit through it. Mexes, if we were gonna get him, surely we’d have him by now?

  78. Joaquim Moreira

    March 26, 2011 at 9:15pm

    I don’t know. I must watch him plays in A.S. Rome with attenton. However, he said today, he finish contract this year and doesn’t want to return to the French League. Moreover, he plays with Kos in France team and like I said in last post, probably will be free at the end of the season.So no aditional costs. I suppose AW has an eye in him.

  79. rico

    March 27, 2011 at 8:34am

    Morning all

    Gooner, its Glenn Johnson i don’t rate.. 😉

    Mexes was linked to us last summer, he was good in his day but like Squilli, he’s getting on a bit now…

  80. rico

    March 27, 2011 at 9:27am

    New Post up…

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