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Reading Keeper lined up? Wenger fibbing again & FA Cup night…

Morning all.


The Mirror report that chief scout Steve Rowley has been to check on Charlton’s promising right-back Jordan Cousins, 19, last week. Not only that, Rowley has also watched Reading’s highly-promising 24-year-old keeper Alex McCarthy who is perhaps seen as a replacement for Lukasz Fabianski is set to leave on a free transfer in the summer.

Arsene Wenger has to be fibbing doesn’t he?

One day he says he is looking to sign a striker, the next he says he wants to sign someone if something ‘special’ comes along and then yesterday he said that any signing this month is ‘unlikely’.

We’ve learned over the years that our manager likes to think he’s getting one over the idiots who keep bombarding him questions about transfers but at some stage, he needs to get a little bit more serious.

Comments like this irk!

I feel a bit guilty always going to a press conference during the transfer market and having nobody to announce (as a signing) but I don’t want to lie.

Of course that was all said with a smile and he clearly thought it was funny but sometimes, I wish Arsene Wenger would spare a thought for us fans.

It’s been a few years since we have been sat at the top of the league in January and we all know that we could still be there at the end of the season IF he’d at least sign us a striker.

Then we get the usual:

We have Chamberlain back, Bendtner back and I hope next week Arteta and Ramsey back, so I feel overall we have the squad needed. We have Yaya Sanogo coming back into the squad next week as well.

Players coming back from injury are of course good news, very good news but we have needed a goal scorer for years and in addition to who we already have.

Yaya Sanogo, well he is struggling to just stay fit and none of us know how he would cope with the league, let alone Europe or an FA Cup match like tonights against a Coventry side who will be all out to take our scalp!

Then he said:

Overall we have a very strong squad. If something exceptional turns up we will do it but having said that not everybody will strengthen. They buy, but buy does not always mean strengthen.

Who cares what others do or don’t do? All that matters is the club he manages and he needs to strengthen!

Ok, rant over.

Fingers crossed he’s fibbing and he has that ‘exceptional’ player very close to signing a contract at Arsenal FC.

Onto tonight’s Friday night big bash in the FA Cup and Arsene’s view:

I have total respect for people who will come to this game and it is a sell-out. It’s fantastic. We have to prepare for this game seriously. We are on a good run and we want to gain respect

I know much more than you think about Coventry. I’ve had many difficult games against them.

So do I, Friday night and getting through London won’t be easy I’m sure and I am still surprised this fixture was moved just to suit television coverage.

But it was and it’s going to be a tough one.

Match Facts:-

• Arsenal have progressed on both occasions that theses sides have met in the FA Cup. They won 3-0 in a replay at Highbury in 1975 (after a 1-1 draw at Highfield Road) and 3-1 at Highbury in 1977.

• Arsenal won the last meeting in all competitions 6-1 in the League Cup at the Emirates in 2012.

• Arsenal have won the FA Cup 10 times – most recently in 2005. Only Manchester United (11) have won the competition more times than the Gunners.

• Coventry’s only success in the competition came when they beat Tottenham 3-2 in the 1987 final at Wembley. It is their only ever appearance in the FA Cup final.

Sorry but I had to include those facts for one reason only and you’ll know what that is….

Nicklas Bendtner is available for tonights fixture after injury, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to start too after his spell on the injury list.

Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky all miss out.

Thomas Vermaelen, who Arsene has admitted is about to be offered a new contract, will no doubt start tonight if fit.

As for Coventry, without sounding disrespectful to them, I know nothing about the way they play, or who is likely to start tonight.

All I know is they sit in eleventh place in League One….

We cannot and must not lose against them. Arsene has said he will take this game seriously and he must ensure that every single player involved tonight has the same approach.

Last season in the domestic cups players failed, they let themselves down and the club and fans down.

We cannot afford to go through the same embarrassing situation again this season….

And I doubt we will…..


That’s your lot…..

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209 Responses to Reading Keeper lined up? Wenger fibbing again & FA Cup night…

  1. tsgh says:

    Good read Rico…

    You are spot on about the players letting the club and fans down against BB last season…

    I think it is going to be a very strong line-up minus OG12 and Sc19 only…
    CJ25 should come in for Sagna too…

  2. rico says:

    Thanks Ts, and Bradford!

  3. tsgh says:

    Scott, where are you?I have a quiz for you….
    Which player has scored 50% of their 60 EPL goals against only 4 teams?

    Ps. Don’t tell me it is Ramsey btw… :P :P

  4. tsgh says:

    True Rico;I didn’t want to mention Bradford just in case Syg mentions Gervinho … :D

  5. Klaus Stein says:

    Well, the rants about AW to buy a striker getting now a bit boring. Aren’t there any news ? … We all know, AW buys when he gets the right player for the right price – fullstop. Rant or no rant.

  6. rico says:

    :) Ts..

    Is that right Ks… Silly me!!

  7. Scott from Oz says:

    Ginge……the bucktooth diver?
    He is over rated.
    Yes, he is bloody good, but the record shows he is not as good as people think.
    Morning all.

  8. rico says:

    CaughtOffside reckon we have agreed a deal for Draxler.

    Hmmmm I suspect they are fibbing too…

  9. Lee says:

    Stop ranting Rico……must be a release day today?!?! ;)

  10. kel says:

    Well it’s not looking to good on the transfer front, I was hoping we could have got Remy For a decent price 13/14m could do a good job for us imo.

  11. rico says:

    :) Lee, just the morning session I hope…

  12. rico says:

    Still a week to go Kel, hang on in there ;)

  13. Adam says:

    Morning Rico, Lee and all.
    This transfer stuff has diverted attention from the fact that North Korea have landed a man on the Sun. He is on his way back apparently. The journey time is 4 hours.

  14. BrainwashedKev says:

    Boring Boring Chelsea

  15. BrainwashedKev says:

    Ranting Ranting Rico…. :-D

  16. rico says:

    Morning Adam and Kev..

    Hope he had his factor 50 on Adam.

  17. BrainwashedKev says:

    Morning All…

    Morning Rico, that was a bloody good post, BLOODY GREAT POST…

    It’s good to get it off your chest….

    Rant over…. ;-)

    Guten Tag Adamski und Lee…

  18. BrainwashedKev says:

    According to a German journo on Talk Rubbish, it is Schalke who are pushing the Draxler deal…

    No doubt it’s all down to how much they want and how much Arsenal are prepared to pay…

    As usual…

  19. rico says:

    :) Kev…

  20. rico says:

    Isn’t it as simple as his release clause Kev?

  21. tsgh says:

    :-) ha ha ha Scott… True… I knew you would like that.

    30 of his 60 goals have come against Norwich, Stoke, Wigan and Sunderland…

    Kev, I thought you might be interested in what Brenda said about how certain clubs are allowing agents of players to investigate how much a potential buyer is willing to pay for a player.

    In Salah’s case his agent might end up making 40% of his transfer fee… no wonder AW stays away from such vultures…

  22. tsgh says:

    Why don’t we make the Yank at AV an offer he can’t refuse for Benteke…

    I still think he will be bloody good for us and he scores against the very best teams in the EPL and at international level too..

    A big game player we could do with imo…

    Where is Ng, DC19 has not scored in 6 games now… “What a guan” with the beast? :-)

  23. tsgh says:

    Rico, JD10’s release clause only applies only in the summer but S04 are looking to get the same fee in this window; so I read…

  24. BrainwashedKev says:

    Ginge, football itself is to blame.

    Not only players, but clubs/managers, use agents, so I’m not interested in hearing clubs whinge about it…

    You dance with the devil etc….

    And btw, where is Coach?

    Rico, yep I know that’s true, but we’re talking about Arsenal here.
    And tbh, is he really worth £37million???

    I can’t see Arsenal going above €30million for a 20 year old…

  25. Adam says:

    Kev. It’s only money. :)

  26. tsgh says:

    Very true Kev… no use agents when it suits them…

  27. Adam says:

    Kev. Value for money is very subjective. I would pay almost anything for a pair of trousers made from a certain type of red satin whereas you would eschew them completely in favour of lime green Lurex tights.

  28. frednerk says:

    Great post rico.

    If ever I get the chance to speak to the great man wenger..the question would have to be the Transfer Window
    Why do you change your mind every interview you do
    do you realize how the fans feel,
    We Will We Won’t… We Do We Don’t
    Why don’t we go in and grab a player like the Chavs do
    What the f–k are all the scouts doing all year,we have them all around the world.
    Can anybody really believe a word.
    And lastly give all us fans a break and say at the begining.
    If we do buy a player in the Transfer Window it will be done
    On The Last Day….

  29. Adam says:

    Fred. The Lord Wenger moves in mysterious ways…..

  30. rico says:

    I forgot that Ts, thanks..

    Kev, sure is a lot of money for a young one and you are probably right about AW not paying that amount.

    Hope they can thrash out a deal though…. ;)

  31. rico says:

    Thanks fred.

    I share your view too..

    My own thought for AW leaving it so late in transfer windows is he thinks he’ll get a cheaper price when a club really wants to sell, the other is he saves a few weeks wages..

    Infuriates me no end….

  32. snazzer88 says:


  33. bradster says:

    Hi all,

    For me it all depends on how good Draxler really is. It shouldn’t be about age if he’s as good as someone 25 at the age of 20.
    Getting a deal now depends on if Wenger expects us to lose out if he waits until the summer.

  34. Lee says:

    Moaning again Rico?

  35. Scott from Oz says:

    Draxler is the real deal.
    Relatively speaking, he is at least a third as Good as Bale.

  36. rico says:

    Me Lee, as if ;)

  37. rico says:

    Hi bradster…

    From what I’ve read he’s set to be the mutts nuts…

  38. bradster says:

    Hi Rico, as long as he’s not a Francis Jeffers then hell let’s get him now and beat the rest. He’s injured until March so not gonna help us this season.

  39. rico says:

    Exactly bradster but I thought he was out until beginning of Feb?

  40. frednerk says:

    Its clear Schalke don’t want to sell to a german club
    wenger knows that
    he also knows the chavs and mancs are balancing the books,
    just leaves us with the dough.
    Everyone in the world knows that.

  41. BrainwashedKev says:

    Adam :-P

    Yes, you are a bit of a fashion victim when it comes to satin strides… ;-)

    We all have our extravagances…

    Mine is pie n mash…

    But as I’m in the dentist waiting room, the delights of a meat pie, mash and liqueur, are on the back-burner…

  42. rico says:

    I sometimes wonder if AW knows fred ;)

  43. tej says:

    Good post. I thought Wenger was not able to quickly find that exceptional player. He might not be able to find now but surely in summer. As far as Coventry are concerned they doing exceptional in league one as they started with -15 this year.

  44. rico says:

    Nothing serious I hope Kev..

  45. potter says:

    Seems that Lim’s Valencia bid has fallen through , 1 less billionaire and Rodrigo back on the market.

  46. tsgh says:

    Nice news potter… not another one for sure…

  47. Bill says:

    I don’t know why you guys are all excited. He wont buy anyone!!

    I’m telling you now. The squad needs one thing, a striker but he won’t buy. He believes the squad is strong enough and we’ll rely on bloody Bendtner!!

    We’ll go out of the cup to either Chelski or Mansour City and we’ll come third or fourth in the league. #

    Mark my words!!!!

  48. rico says:

    Hi Bill..

    I hope you are wrong but…..

  49. rico says:

    Ntep is back in the Arsenal news…..

  50. rico says:

    Also Bill, I wouldn’t say it’s excitement, more like frustration. Best chance to win the league for years and signing a quality goal scorer would really boost our chances.

    Not signing one in the summer was negligent, not signing one now would be just as bad, if not worse…

  51. AndrewH says:

    rico, please ring 999 and ask for AW, then read your post. Ta. ;-)

  52. rico says:

    :P Ah. That’s funny….

  53. AndrewH says:

    You’ve read the story of the drunken distraught ManU fan then ;-)

  54. rico says:

    Yes ;)

  55. rico says:

    Off for a while now, laters…

  56. tsgh says:

    David Moyes will apparently be at Gladbach v Bayern Bundesliga game tonight, say German press…

    I hope he is not looking at Arango or Kruse…

  57. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon all,
    Bit of a rant there Rico, take it easy you may blow a gasket.
    Nothing Changes at Arsenal. transfer window fans go crazy for players linked only to end up with a Bendtner. Yes we would all like to see a proven striker, but i would also like to win the lotto as well, io look at my numbers after every draw with expectation only to be disappointed but with Wenger i expect very little and when he does do anything i am excited till i see the player play because nine times out of ten i never have. Wenger has his faults but don’t we all, he frustrates and infuriates but he’s a shit hot manager of that i have no doubts. !6 or is it seventeen years in the top 4 how can you argue with that. All my mates whoever they support have a little wind up with me about Wenger, * years without a trophy, he’s as tight as a Ducks arse he knows fcuk all about football and he looks wierd. But i just look and say what about your manager how long has he been in place and how long will he keep his job. I know what they think of Wenger deep down and although they would never say it they know what we have. Wenger will do what he feels is right for our club he has done that since he came in and he will continue to do that till he goes, which i hope see’s me out. I question Wenger when i think he’s wrong, i have a go when i see his tactics,i moan when i see who he picks and who he leaves out and i moan when he doesn’t buy, But i’m not moaning at our position and i can’t knock him for all the top 4′ and i dont moan about our fantastic stadium that has been paid for by Champions league football. Our bank balance that is swelling and the way our club is run is second to none no i don’t moan about that, and i expect a win from our boys tonight and if we dont i will moan. COYRRG’s

  58. vernat1066 says:

    Hi, I think Wengers biggest issue has and will always be getting the players to see what his vision is with the likes of Henry, Pires, Bergkamp, Viera he created an space where they could grow but that growth was down to them and they responded others did not, not due to being less talented but they were missing that ingredient that made the players above succeed.

    He is often accused of not coaching enough his view is by the time you reach the first team squad why should you have to be taught how to play your position. What he does do is create an environment where if you have it in you to succeed and become better you can if you don’t then you wont. He wants players to evolve as human beings not just on the pitch but off it as well.

    Infuriating as he often is with his utterances (like a new signing anyone???) you have to admire his vision lets hope the players we have and will get in can see and embrace it.

  59. stevepalmer1 says:

    Well said Vern, bit of a love in eh. We lose tonight and things could definitely change Ha Ha :)

  60. BrainwashedKev says:

    Nothing serious Rico, just a crown, well half-a-crown actually…

    All good thanks… :-)

    If Walcott hadn’t have got injured, then I would probably agree with those that say that Wenger won’t sign anyone…

    He’s probably got a player or two sorted, but he’s maybe waiting on the selling club to secure a replacement before rubber-stamping the transfer…
    Well that’s what I’m hoping..,

  61. Micko says:

    rico, from a purely selfish point of view I don’t have any problem with us playing on a Friday nite, another chance to watch us live in the comfort of my local sipping on the mothers milk.

    That 1987 cup final brings back so many happy memories for me, Gary Mabbutt became an over night hero of mine.

    Good to hear the game is a sell out, that hasn’t happened for a few seasons now.

  62. Joaquim Moreira says:

    afternoon all!
    So, no new signs and we not expect someone.
    We believe in God for next months and I hope God help us in all domains.

  63. rico says:

    Afternoon all..

    Sp, I’m doing nothing different than what you do, questioning him when I think he’s wrong and imho, not signing a striker by the end of the month would be very wrong.

    I’m chuffed we are top and still in the FA Cup and the CL but to win any or all of them, we need a stronger squad and if we had one, maybe you wouldn’t moan after every game… ;)

  64. rico says:

    Glad to hear that Kev…

    Micko, I was just feeling sorry for the fans, but deep down I know that like you, I’ll be able to watch too which makes me very happy.. :)

  65. rico says:

    Sky Sports say that Frimpong will be a gonner by the end of January….

  66. Rick. says:

    Evening Rico,
    I told Ginge the other day I had been told that he would be leaving
    2 weeks ago. He has not been the same player since he sufferd those injurys. But saying that Arsen has started this years clearout
    I think 8to 10 players could leave and then he will buy. By the way do you have BT sport and have you resolved your PC problems?

  67. rico says:

    Tej – really sorry you were held in moderation for so long, hope you pop back another time…

  68. rico says:

    Evening Rick..

    Think his off-field social media love hasn’t helped him either..

    I’ve managed to borrow a laptop but one of the two faulty ones has now had the virus removed, the other needs a new screen..

    Yes, have BT Sport thankfully, although I don’t think they cover the games as well as Sky, the pundits are all equally as bad though ;)

  69. Rick. says:

    I agree the the cover is poor and the pundits are awful but as long as I can see the goals go in I will be happy. See you later

  70. rico says:

    Ditto Rick :)

  71. rico says:

    Nipping off again.

  72. tsgh says:

    Never saw that coming “@SkySportsNews: Emmanuel Frimpong in talks with Real Madrid for a loan move till the end of the season”

  73. rico says:

    Morata must surely be part of the deal Ts?

  74. rico says:

    Reports suggest Frimpong has asked to leave… He’s changed his tune but who can blame him…

  75. tsgh says:

    Hiya Rico…

    I think he will move to Norwich or Ipswich…

    Shame about Frimpong if true… the myth of our youth system…

    Gibbs etc all came from another academy… only JW has made it through from age 10…

  76. tsgh says:

    Not making the squad because of illness was the final nail I guess…

    C’mon Arsenal 3-1 to us…

  77. BrainwashedKev says:


  78. BrainwashedKev says:

    Now off to the pub for a couple….

    3-0 for me….

    Night All, and Mick….

  79. tsgh says:

    Arsenal team: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Gnabry, Podolski, Bendtner

    So Ox starts a game 2 weeks after coming back from injury?… tsk

  80. rico says:

    Hi Ts, but plenty are having a good career elsewhere. Just maybe the PL doesn’t suit them…

  81. rico says:

    Or maybe Arsene Wenger doesn’t suit them…

  82. rico says:

    Arsenal team to face Coventry:

    Fabianski; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere; Gnabry, Ozil, Podolski; Bendtner.

    Subs: Viviano, Sagna, Monreal, Zelalem, Flamini, Cazorla, Giroud

    Coventry team to face Arsenal:

    Murphy, Christie, Webster, Seaborne, Adams, Baker, Thomas, Fleck, Daniels, Moussa, L. Clarke

    Subs: Burge, Willis, J. Clarke, Haynes, Phillips, Barton, Slager.

  83. rico says:

    No defence minded midfielder…..

  84. tsgh says:

    ha ha Gedion can be on the bench but Eisfield can’t make the bench? lol

  85. rico says:

    I don’t get that really, he was good pre-season..

  86. tsgh says:

    M’gbach vs BM tonight for me then…. :)

  87. tsgh says:

    Flamini on bench for DM cover ?… Hayden should have gotten another chance too imo… or even Yennaris

    Zelalem is a super talent but has been poor at u-21 level since he came back from injury though…

  88. rico says:

    You enjoy that then….

  89. rico says:

    Quiet here for a match night….

  90. Joaquim Moreira says:

    come on Arsenal!
    I’m moving on to The Emirates
    Catch you later

  91. Rick says:

    We play the chaves in the u21qf on monday . Maybe they are being kept for that.

  92. AndrewH says:

    No BT for me :-(

  93. devilgunner says:

    Here I am my dear Brainwashed habib.

    Good Evening Lady, Sir, Gentlemen and Ladies.

    Good post Rico. unlike the team today. No DM cover in front of the defence. I do not think the team is well balanced today.

  94. rico says:

    :( Ah..

    Evening devil, long time no hear, hope all is well?

    Thanks re the post, I thought similar about the balance of the side…

    All out attack, hope it doesn’t bite back…

  95. stevepalmer1 says:

    anyone got a link

  96. rico says:

    Sell out?? What a shame so many have chosen to stay away…

  97. Scott from Oz says:

    Eening guys.
    I love these kick off times.

  98. potter says:

    Showboating already, should at least wait until they have scored.

  99. devilgunner says:

    All is well dear.

    one thing leads to another and suddenly time flies and I cant even see the post let alone chip in with a few comments.

    blimey…….are we playing the reserves in the away gear??? :lol:

  100. rico says:

    Great cross Gibbs, no-one there

  101. potter says:

    It will fill up , 7.45 kick offs always do.

  102. rico says:

    Yes potter, bit early for that kind of stuff..

    Glad to hear that devil…

  103. Scott from Oz says:

    Brilliant from Jenks.

  104. rico says:

    Great stuff Jenks… Just…..

  105. rico says:

    That’s why we need a striker Scott – one who would have buried that cross ;)

  106. devilgunner says:

    Podolski got a touch of Girouditis in front of goal???

  107. rico says:

    At least he didn’t suck his thumb or stick his tongue out after the miss Devil ;)

  108. Scott from Oz says:

    Or that hand waggle….the one thing that i hate seeing Giroud do.

  109. Scott from Oz says:


  110. devilgunner says:

    That is more like it then.

    A superb finish from an acute angle.

  111. devilgunner says:

    Flappy made a magnificent save on a very brave effort which could have been a spectacular goal for Coventry

  112. rico says:

    Lovely goal..

    But what a stunning save by Fabianski….

  113. devilgunner says:

    wtf was that Jenks???? :lol:

  114. rico says:

    Yes Scott, that annoys me too…

  115. Scott from Oz says:

    Fabianski should stay.
    I would hate to see him go.

  116. rico says:

    Nik needs to get a lot more involved…

    Or maybe not if that convinces AW to sign someone… ;)

  117. potter says:

    At least they have come to play football , their problem now is if they come forward , how many will we get.

  118. devilgunner says:

    that is my thought exactly Scott.

    Oh. is Bendy playing???? I thought we were giving them a one man advantage.

  119. rico says:

    But he needs to be playing Scott, unless Ches has a couple of nightmares or an injury, that playing wont take place with us….

  120. rico says:

    And not playing dirty etc potter, nice to see…

    As is our 2nd nice to see…. Pod again…

  121. Scott from Oz says:

    Brilliant corner, great work by BFG, finished nicely by Pod.
    Looking quite good.

  122. rico says:

    I didn’t realise their manager made his Coventry debut against us many years ago….

  123. devilgunner says:

    ahhh he gave an assist bless his overgrown large head.

    Poldi 2-0

  124. potter says:

    Bet Bouldy is purring inside.

  125. Scott from Oz says:

    Rico, i know he will leave, it’s just that i rate him more highly than most, and will be sad to see him go.
    He is too good to be sitting on the bench, for sure.

  126. devilgunner says:

    correct me if I am wrong but I think its Bendy who did the assisted flick with his dome

  127. rico says:

    Nik, wth was that??

  128. potter says:

    Nice air shot

  129. Scott from Oz says:

    Almost certain it was Merts, Devil.

  130. rico says:

    I bet he is potter and rightly so…

    Scott, I think in his early days he was dodgy but to be fair on him, since he was played after Ches was dropped, he hasn’t really put a foot wrong…

    He’s another who, the more he plays, the better he’ll get… Real shame…

  131. rico says:

    Great control and turn before his air shot though ;)

    I think it was Merts too….

  132. potter says:

    Gnabry in Jenks way

  133. Scott from Oz says:

    Yeah, Nik’s left toe just nudged the ball a split second before shitting.
    I hope Fabianski goes overseas.
    Hate to see him against us.

  134. rico says:

    A booking for that???

    Well I’d get Jack off and not take a chance….

  135. rico says:

    :P Scott, what a fine typo on predictive text….

  136. devilgunner says:

    You were right Rico. It was Merts. Saw a GIF closely and it was one with an armband. Bendy does not wear an arm band. it gives me nightmares to even think about it.

  137. potter says:

    Ref got over excited but now he has a Jack Wishere to hang on his wall.

  138. rico says:

    Definitely get him off now, its not worth the risk…

  139. rico says:

    Very true potter

  140. devilgunner says:

    Scott……..Yeah, Nik’s left toe just nudged the ball a split second before shitting.

    what did you say??? shitting??? :lol:

    now I do know that most of us think he is shit but isnt that taking it a bit too far mate???

  141. rico says:

    Floodlights have gone…

  142. Scott from Oz says:

    Bloody Ipad.
    Maybe he was shitting lol.
    Commentators are joking we struggled to pay the power bill.

  143. potter says:

    Islington council don’t want pop concerts so we are doing the light bit anyway.

  144. devilgunner says:

    Podolski has had a good game. When he plays off the CF he does well.

    I hope AW does not get rid of him

  145. tsgh says:

    Breaking news…. on German outlets

    I understand that Schalke and Arsenal have agreed a fee.
    f he will leave now I don’t know. But this is latest info

  146. rico says:

    ha ha potter..

    we can’t afford to sell any first teamers dveil, we need to be adding. Pod’s experience is essential…

  147. Scott from Oz says:

    I can’t see Pod going.
    May be wishful thinking though.

  148. rico says:

    I so hope that is true Ts.

  149. tsgh says:

    Ass press Journo: “Have you agreed a fee with Draxler tonight?”

    AW: “I don’t know Draxler”

  150. rico says:

    I wonder too Scott but if he was going, I’m not sure he’d be playing tonight for fear of an injury….

  151. rico says:

    But AW thought he said Dracula….

  152. Scott from Oz says:

    Ginge, i remember him saying he didn’t know Cazorla :)

  153. rico says:

    That was all a bit sloppy….

  154. devilgunner says:

    Oy wake up you fekking lot.

    dont be sloppy and lazy. the job is not fully done.

  155. Scott from Oz says:

    Need to step up a gear, and fast.

  156. devilgunner says:

    why the hell are they allowing Coventry so much space and allowing them to press us in our own half? Its 50/50 possession atm

  157. devilgunner says:

    wtf were you trying to do Bendy???

    Right leg …no

    Left leg….no

    next time try to hit it with the middle leg you prick

  158. devilgunner says:

    They are inviting you to take us home Rico??? ;)

  159. rico says:

    Did that Coventry banner read ‘take us home Rico’?? lol

  160. rico says:

    :) devil…

  161. rico says:

    No-one in midfield protecting the back four and taking control…

  162. devilgunner says:

    Jan Aage Fjortoft, former striker turned pundit, has claimed that Arsenal and Schalke have agreed a fee for German sensation Julian Draxler

    Fjortoft appears to be a pundit who comes with some degree of reliability when it comes to transfers, apparently being the first person to break the Ozil to Arsenal story.

    As Arsenal entertained Coventry in the FA Cup Jan Aage Fjortoft tweeted …

    “Re: Draxler

    I understand that Schalke and Arsenal have agreed a fee. If he will leave now I don’t know. But this is latest info #afc”

    Make of that what you will.

  163. rico says:

    Bet Bayern are shaking in their boots watching Nik play ;)

  164. rico says:

    Fingers crossed Devil…

  165. rico says:

    Thank goodness he’s off!

  166. devilgunner says:

    The OX and Bendy off.

    Cazorla and Zelalem on

  167. devilgunner says:


    Ollie scored.

    but I wish it was another young un who came on for him

  168. devilgunner says:

    Today I have lost count of the quality crosses that Gibbs and Jenks made.

    you can use that for the report Rico. :)

  169. Scott from Oz says:


  170. Scott from Oz says:

    Devil, just discussing with my dad who out of Jenks and Gibbs would me MOTM.

  171. devilgunner says:

    4-0. CAzorla

  172. rico says:

    Did we score again? ;)

  173. rico says:

    Scott, I read comments on another site saying Jenks has been rubbish…

    Not sure they have been watching the same game as us….

  174. rico says:

    Just what we asked for…

    Good result and well played Coventry, especially in the second half…

    The way they play, they’ll soon be out of league one….

  175. devilgunner says:

    and that is it.

    Another former FA Cup winner dumped out after in the previous round the beaten finalists were also dumped out. Funny how the spuddies always come up in any comment. :lol:

    hope its shitty and the chavs who go out next.

  176. devilgunner says:


    they should go to specsavers

  177. rico says:

    That’s what I thought devil, Jenks had a good game.

  178. tsgh says:

    Alex Oxlade Chamberlain seriously reprimanded by Per Mertesacker for his loose play that led to one of Coventry chances…

  179. tsgh says:


    Andy Gray, who joins the btsport team on co-commentary duties. Starting tomorrow.

  180. tsgh says:

    night all…

    JD10/Mandzukic on last day…

  181. stevepalmer1 says:

    Pleased with the result, but not suprised either. Very good first half and the goals were taken well, second half we played at half speed and could easily have got a clump. Midfield were very clumsy and gave the ball away far too easily which put undue pressure on our defence but a good final rally and into the next round, Arsene looked happy and the players to i think they have started to believe.

  182. rico says:

    Wenger is laughing too much about transfers, he has to have something planned…

  183. rico says:

    I’m off guys, night all…

  184. stevepalmer1 says:

    Wouldn’t suprise me at all.

  185. stevepalmer1 says:

    Nte all. COYG’s

  186. Joaquim Moreira says:

    Hi there!
    Pod definetely can’t play like a central forward
    Bendtner is something but away for is a central forward
    Coventry right back wants to move on to Arsenal…a very good exhibition
    Cazorla increments another dimension on the midfield

  187. potter says:

    Podolski is more dangerous cutting in, he needs space but when he gets it he is lethal.

  188. ozgunner says:

    got the job done, well done lads. Arsene, you need a striker Son, badly. Maybe less of the wise cracks and more of the doing the business?

  189. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all,
    After a good win and a good nights sleep, watching the clips on the news with a smile on me boat, i would just like to sing the praises of Fabianski Manys a time this goalkeeper has taken a hell of a lot of stick, now i am not saying that he didn’t deserve it, but when a player that has performed as he has with very little first team action, i believe we should congratulate him. I have to say that i have always seen him in my minds eye as being an accident waiting to happen, but i feel i have been a bit unfair, Fabianski made a save last night which i felt was world class, and at a time that Coventry were pressing a little bit. Fabianski seems as if sitting on the bench as the forgotten man seems to have made him more resolute. Fabianski i feel had a fault that when he gathered the ball he used to look like it was red hot and he rushed to clear it as quick as possible, Now he takes his time he looks round and looks safer. I believe we expect players to get on with it and do the job they are paid for, but i feel that Fabianski has had a bit of a rough ride, he has stood in Czezesneys shadow and only comes out in Capital one and FA cup games and also when Czezesney needs his wrists slapped. Yesterdays post suggeststed a new keeper, i suggest we rotate more after all when a player does well does he not deserve a few games.

  190. Bill says:

    Fab’s fine, but he’s still young, as is Szcz!! Keepers, unlike outfield players are at their best late 20’s into 30’s. There’s time for them both yet but you have to understand Fab’s wish to play.

    Bendtner again proved he’s not good enough. How long Arsene before you see it too.

    I used to say I’d like to see us buy some wingers but with the glut of midfield talent and good sound cover in all positions now, I’m convinced we only need another striker.

    Draxler, if true, is another attacking midfielder!!

    Where’s our striker!!!

    Oh of course, Bendtner!!!

  191. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning Bill, You could be right about the keepers. Bendtners on the last six months of his contract and we have been short in that position, I agree he is not good enough but Wenger will honour his contract. I have felt that Wenger would buy, but the reports of him denying he’s in the market suggests to me that we may have to wait till the summer. I feel that it might affect us later on but at the moment goals are being scored.

  192. rico says:

    Morning all..

    I hope we get Draxler and then watch AW turn him into a top class striker…

  193. ozgunner says:

    i would sooner he buy a established striker ready to go – Draxler can wait

  194. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning Rico, I missed your link last night but thank you for posting it :)
    Lot of talk about Drax and it wouldn’t suprise me at all but i would think we will have to wait for the last couple of hours of the window to find out for sure.

  195. rico says:

    Morning Sp, and I went all over the internet to find that for you ;)

    Oz, if we wait for Draxler, I think we’ll miss out on him. He’s meant to be the next best thing coming out of Germany.

  196. stevepalmer1 says:

    I appreciate it Rico, Perhaps we helped somebody else. :)

  197. rico says:

    :) Sp – just kidding with you…

  198. stevepalmer1 says:

    I know :)

  199. stevepalmer1 says:

    Must be a stumbling block with Drax, don’t want Poldi so who do they want

  200. stevepalmer1 says:

    Last night might change their mind

  201. stevepalmer1 says:

    Watching last night convinces me that we need a striker that can use both feet.

  202. rico says:

    Maybe it’s just cash and then they buy who they want… And not from us.

  203. stevepalmer1 says:

    I keep reading that we have agree’d terms. but Wenger tight lipped

  204. rico says:

    Me too Sp, every paper is running with the tweet…

  205. stevepalmer1 says:

    Till we know more 4.0 to the Arsenal

  206. rico says:

    New post up now…

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