Alex Song has spoken about his move away, he’s not a happy chappie and professes to have wanted to stay a Gunner for life but the club thought otherwise. There is an article in The Sun if you are interested in reading more.
Rumours are gathering pace that Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote could be the man to replace the now Barcelona star, well he’d be a great signing if true – six days until we find out!
Onto some more interesting news….
Freddie coming home?
Yep, according to the man himself via his Twitter account, he’s been offered a coaching role with us and, like the man from Del Monte, he has said yes!!
Whether or not that twitter account is real remains to be seen but if it is, I suspect most Gooners will be excited and interested to see what our old Swede can bring to our set up from next summer. He has been reminiscing about days gone by in an exclusive interview with The Daily Mirror.
Freddie has finally said goodbye to his playing days and I for one wish him a long and healthy retirement and will always look back with great fondness at what he gave to the game and in particular to our football club. He was simply a wonderful player for us….
How we could do with him and his left-sided counterpart today eh?
Fear not, we have a strong squad and if they all gel together today and find their shooting boots, we can cause an upset at Stoke.
Of course it will be should we win, after all, no footballing pundit will expect us to get three points today will they?
Ahead of today’s game, Pulis has felt the need to defend his side’s ‘dirty’ tactics, taking a swipe at Arsene Wenger at the same time:
People talk about us being a dirty team, yet we haven’t had as many red cards or I haven’t had as many red cards as a manager as Arsene Wenger has had as a manager.
People always talk about me and Stoke City. Nobody ever talks about the situation with Wenger.There was a situation not so long ago when a lot of red cards were being dished out to Arsenal. Everybody seems to have forgotten about that.
All we want is fairness and a balance. It is frustrating when you get labelled for this or that and people don’t look at the other side of the coin.
Of course all this stems from a horrific tackle on Aaron Ramsey back in February 2010 by Ryan Shawcross, which left our young player with his leg broken in two places.
Wenger points to the fair play table of last season which indicates we are not a dirty side, and of course the Stoke has done the same but as our manager rightly points out, it’s not always about the amount of yellow/red cards a club receives it’s about the constant niggly tackles throughout a game on our players. The ones that go unnoticed by the referee and are allowed to tot up and go unpunished.
I hope Lee Mason and his assistants have all had their eyes checked during the summer break and they don’t miss a thing today, and that goes for both sets of players.
Missing for us today is
Koscielny (calf), Rosicky (tendon), Sagna (leg), Frimpong (knee), Wilshere (ankle)
Stoke have doubts over Pennant (thigh) and Whitehead is suspended. Already Mr Pulis….?
1.30 kick off, live on Sky Sports 1, let’s turn up and rip the heart out of Stoke City….
Quick word for the under 21’s, they sure ripped the heart out of their counterparts from Blackburn in front of more than 5,600 fans at The Emirates.
Have a good day all……