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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 :)

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

  1. rico says:

    morning all…..

  2. K-TR7 says:

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

  3. rico says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  6. K-TR7 says:

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

  7. rico says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    It was just an observation housers…

  16. Miguel says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    Miquel –

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

  20. Will says:

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

  21. rico says:

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

  22. Will says:

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

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

  24. Will says:

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

  25. rico says:

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

  26. Will says:

    What do you think Lumpard was trying to say?

  27. rico says:

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

  28. Will says:

    Or that we are a better footballing team than Chelsea?

  29. jekyll says:

    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 says:

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

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

  31. rico says:

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

  32. Will says:

    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 says:

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

  34. Will says:

    More than you know.

    4 players and we win the world.

  35. agirlagunner says:

    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. 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 says:

    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 says:

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

  39. agirlagunner says:

    He’s icky, rico. He is joint top with Evra and Shrek in my hate list. :D 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 says:

    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. 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 says:

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

  43. rico says:

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

  44. rico says:

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

  45. agirlagunner says:

    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. 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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:


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

  51. Will says:

    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 says:

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

  53. rico says:

    What an utter disgrace through the National Anthems….

  54. rico says:

    Its on Sky Sports 1 Gooner

  55. Will says:

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

  56. rico says:

    Rooney is such a thug!

  57. agirlagunner says:

    What happened? Only just about to tune in…

  58. Gooner4life&beyond says:

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

  59. Gooner4life&beyond says:

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

  60. rico says:

    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 says:

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

  62. rico says:

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

  63. agirlagunner says:

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

  64. rico says:

    you watching agag?

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

    jack is just starting to be more involved…

  65. rico says:

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

  66. agirlagunner says:

    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 says:

    Don’t bother watching agag, it’s boring ;)

  68. rico says:

    Jack just skied a good chance ;)

  69. agirlagunner says:

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

  70. rico says:

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

  71. rico says:

    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 says:

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

  73. Gooner4life&beyond says:

    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. 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.

  75. Will says:

    Is Mexes the kind of tough guy we need?

  76. Gooner4life&beyond says:

    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?

  77. 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.

  78. Have a look to this link:


    and also have a look to wikipedia.

  79. rico says:

    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 says:

    New Post up…

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