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No chance Arsene! Tricky fixture up today….

August 31, 2014

Morning all.

Arsene Wenger is reported to have jumped into the race to sign Loic Remy. Somehow I am not sure this would be true as if it’s between us and Chelsea and the player wants big bucks each week, there’s only going to be one winner. In any case, Wenger has said:

If we buy somebody, somebody will go because we have too many players. We have too many strikers.

There are just two days left in this transfer window to sign three players and I just can’t see it happening. Maybe Wenger will stun us all….

Match day today and a tricky trip to Leicester. Well, it shouldn’t be a tricky trip should it, fixtures like these should be a forgone conclusion but as we saw yesterday, both Manchester sides stumbled against ‘lesser’ sides and dropped points that one would have expected them to win, well City certainly.

Nothing is guaranteed in this game, especially when a side is lacking in a few positions and players are expected to perform miracles in an unfamiliar role but maybe that will change today. Perhaps Arsene Wenger will have watched Leicester in action and he’s ready to exploit any weakness they might have and nullify any strengths which offer a threat and he may just play with pace, with Ozil in the middle pulling the strings…

Ok, let’s just hope the boys dig in deep and get a victory…

Head-to-head

  • Arsene Wenger has never lost a Premier League game against Leicester. However, he was in charge when the Gunners exited in the FA Cup fourth round in 2000 after a penalty shoot-out defeat to the Foxes.
  • Leicester have won just one of 16 Premier League games against Arsenal (W1, D5, L10). Their sole victory was 2-1 at Filbert Street on 23 November 1994.
  • Arsenal’s last match against Leicester was their 38th and final game of the 2003-04 league season, when the Gunners’ “Invincibles” ended the campaign unbeaten.

That invincible year was a long time ago wasn’t it and boy couldn’t we brag about the quality in our side back then. They really were a joy to watch. Pace, strength, passion, clinical and ruthless in front of goal so often.

A bit like today’s side really. Seriously, I mean that. We have some super players in our squad, including a few world class ones too who other managers would love to be selecting each week but they are ours and if Arsene Wenger can get the best out of all of them, we could achieve many things this season. Yes we have a few duffers as well but if Arsene Wenger can get three key players before 11pm tomorrow night, those duffers will remain squad players and even back in 2003/04, we had a few of those in our squad.

I’m not going to guess who will start today, I’ll leave that to the manager.

None of our injured return for this fixture, although Arteta, Gibbs and Ospina are not far away from doing so. Aaron Ramsey is back though after missing out in midweek.

Games like this are there to be won, but we’ll have to work hard and play well to do so…

COYRRG’s….

Have a good day all.

 

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Zigic flying in for medical? Pace Arsene, go for Pace!

August 27, 2014

Morning all.

Transfer gossip:

And according to reports in Serbia free agent striker Nikola Zigic has emerged as a shock contender to join us. The paper, Zurnal, suggest that the 33-year-old former Birmingham striker is scheduled for a medical as early as today.

What a load of poppycock… Isn’t it?

Danny Wellbeck is another name in the papers, some of which suggest we have made contact with Utd already about him and the Edison Cavani stories rumble on…..

There has been a lot of discussion on here lately about how many players Arsene Wenger could sign, if he really wanted to show a bit of ambition. Should we beat Besiktas tonight and progress to the group stage of the Champions League, we will have to submit to UEFA a list of players for the competition on the 2nd September. That is list A.

List A

No club may have more than 25 players on this list and two of them must be goalkeepers, and these players must be over 21.

The number of foreign players permitted is 17 and the remaining 8 places are reserved for club trained players or home produced players.

Where a club is unable to produce 8 C/T or H/P players the squad size is reduced . I E. If a club has only 4 C/T or H/P players the the Squad is reduced to 21 they cannot make up the shortfall by increasing the number of foreign players.

List B

Each club is entitled to register an unlimited number of players during the season on this list and it must be submitted no later than 24 hours before the match in question.

Player Eligibility – Players who are 21 or over on 1st Jan 2014 must be included and registered in the 25 man squad for the 2014-2015 season.

Players under the age of 21 on the 1st Jan 2014 do not have to be registered for the 25 man squad and can play in the C/L for the 2014-2015 season as a list B player.

Sanogo was 21 on 27th January 2014 and Oxlade-Chamberlain was 21 on 15th August but as they were under 21 on 1st Jan they do not take up a place in the 25 squad.

We have 24 players over 21 on our books and of these only 21 can expect to be in our squad after 2nd sept.

There are 6 C/T H/P players namely Szczesny, Martinez, Gibbs,  Wilshere, Ramsey and Walcott.

There are 15 foreign players, namely Ospinia, Debuchy, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Rosicky, Cazorla, Arteta, Flamini, Diaby, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud, Campbell and Sanchez.

The future of Ryo, Coquelin and Miquel is still unclear and should all three depart over the next few days as expected that will leave further places in the squad to be filled.

Arsene is in the position to bring in 2 foreign players and 2 home produced players if he can find them.

Will he do it? Foreign players I still think he will, the home produced, no, I don’t think he will.

That was from Rick.

Of course, we have to qualify for the group stage first and that can be done tonight if we can find a way to beat Besiktas. If we don’t, it’s Thursday/Sunday night football for us and we really really don’t want or need that!

We have no Ramsey, Giroud (no ‘d’ Carragher!) Arteta and Walcott. Not good but we do have exciting, gifted and world class players amongst the rest. We have Ozil, Alexis, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Debuchy, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla and Chambers to name a few who could win this match for us tonight.

There’s plenty of pace there and add Joel Campbell into the mix, we have players who are prepared to get back and fight for the cause if we need to. We have Sanogo too……

As much as a couple of key players are missing, we have enough as long as Arsene Wenger picks the right players for the task ahead. Hit them with pace and hit them hard, none of this hogging the ball but doing nothing with it because Besiktas will be up for this game, they’ll want our scalp and they’ll fight tooth and nail to get it.

It’s up to Arsene Wenger and the players now and if they want to progress, they all need to step up their game and make it happen…

Arsene Wenger has said he won’t panic buy after injuries have hit us early this season. My answer to that is it’s not panic buying, it’s about addressing the needs of the squad, it’s about being ambitious and showing some intent this summer.

It’s about wanting to win the league and having a squad capable of doing so…..

COYRRG’s, get the job done tonight!

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

 


Rabiot and Khedira deals on. Podolski off. Time to Stop the Rot!

August 16, 2014

Morning all.

Gossip:

Goal.com report that Lukas Podolski could soon be a gonner with both Galatasary and Besiktas showing an interest although a return to Germany could be favoured.

Adrien Rabiot has turned down the offer of a new contract at PSG and the 19 year old will now be sold. The Express believe for as little as £5 million as his contract expires next summer. We have been linked with the midfielder over the last few weeks so it’s no surprise that Jose Mourinho now has an interest in the player. That’s how he works, anything he can to in attempt to get one over Arsene Wenger, he will try his hardest to do so. The same newspaper believe that it’s a straight fight between us and Chelsea for his signature.

The same goes for Sami Khedira. Real Madrid don’t want their player to walk for free next summer and according to reports, he’s up for grabs for just £8 million. Mourinho wants him too strangely enough, so if he’s a player that Arsene Wenger wants, another battle with the under tall one will take place.

Per Mertesacker has called time on his International career. Good, Arsenal will benefit.

Winning the World Cup was the best possible end to 10 years in the national team. I’ve moved aside to let younger players take over.

We don’t have to fret about the future, we are better equipped than ever before. I’m happy that I’ve been able to play for so long, happy that people have trusted in me.

I’m still hungry for more titles, but I want to win them with Arsenal – to win the league, perhaps have a go at the Champions League. We’ve got a taste for silverware now, after winning the FA Cup.

I’m a world champion but you can’t let yourself go because of that. There are new challenges. I’m vice-captain at Arsenal and I know that I have more responsibilities now. I want to achieve big things with the club.

Having more time off for your legs and your head is not a bad thing in that respect – especially at my old age.

I’m still unsure why both he and Podolski aren’t back and ready to play today as neither were heavily involved in Germany’s campaign. I think Tomas Rosicky needs to do the same…..

Football is a funny old game isn’t it.

Over the last couple of years, many fans have called for Arsene Wenger to be sacked, some of us were less cruel and merely hoped he’d walk away gracefully when his contract expired, always believing that a new broom would sweep clean…

But, that situation didn’t materialise. Arsene Wenger signed a new three year contract, Ivan and his merry men have since been reasonably busy in the transfer window and we are looking in good shape. Yes we still need 2/3 more signings but fingers crossed at least two will arrive before the transfer window closes.

Meanwhile, Tony Pulis, the man who almost single handedly, not only saved Crystal Palace from relegation last season, but secured his side 11th place in the Premier League and was voted manager of the season by many, has walked out on his club. Apparently he made the decision after a breakdown over talks for a new contract.

Don’t get me wrong, Pulis is far from ever being on my Christmas card list, but I’m not stupid enough to not see just what he achieved last season and Crystal Palace may have just made a huge mistake.

Like I say, football is a funny old game, or rather football club owners are a funny old breed….

The odds are stacked against Palace today, with a roll over predicted by many. This time last season we all thought the same on the opening day of the season and none of us need reminding of what happened. We cannot start the same way again, we really can’t. The Emirates is our home and this season we have to make it our fortress. We’ve had a pretty good pre-season and last weekends victory should give the players a lot of confidence.

The fans should be up for the new campaign too and they need to make the stadium a much more hostile place to visit. Get behind the boys from the off and don’t let up all season regardless of how it unfolds. The players need us, 100% in every game.

Team news:

Our three German World Cup winners all sit this one out but Laurent Koscielny should be fit after an Achilles problem and David Opsina is still a couple of weeks away from a return so young Emiliano Martinez will be our reserve keeper. Diaby is tipped to be included in the squad too….

Calum Chambers, Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debucy should all make their Premier League debut and is there a better place for them to do so?

No, we are at home, we’re at The Emirates and we are The Arsenal!

We haven’t won our opening fixture for the last four seasons so it’s time to change that horrid record today.

Go kick this season off with a massive three points Arsenal…

COYRRG’s….

 


Are words needed?? Hull & Arsenal join as one…..

May 17, 2014

Hull City fans and Arsenal fans are set to join together as one 56 minutes into today’s FA Cup Final at Wembley to remember the victims of the Valley Parade fire.

Last weekend marked the 29th anniversary of the disaster, in which 56 people lost their lives after a fire took hold in the main stand as Bradford City played Lincoln City.

Although no official mark of remembrance has been planned for today, Hull City and Arsenal supporters will be holding a minute’s applause on 56 minutes

So low key compared to the publicity Hillsborough got and keeps on getting, yet so many lives lost…..

 

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She wore, She wore, She wore a yellow ribbon!

She wore a yellow ribbon in the merry month of May.

And when, I asked, her why she wore that ribbon.

She said its for the Arsenal and we’re going to Wembley!

Wembley! Wembley! We’re the famous Arsenal and we’re going to Wembley..

Bad!

Bad!

Horrid moment!!

Horrid to witness.....

Horrid!!!!!

Cruel!!

What a mess....

Ghastly…

Heartbreaking to watch....

And Heartbreaking….

What more does Arsene Wenger need to see?

What more do the players need to see?

What we fans don’t need to see is a replication of the scenes we all witnessed after our last trip to Wembley!

There should be no need for words.

This is an FA Cup Final and every single person involved at Arsenal should know what that means.

Pride, passion, attitude and 100% commitment….

Get out there boys and give everything you have to make sure this trophy with the big ears comes home and you all join the greats who have done so before you….

Can we??

Can we??

 COYRRG’S!!!!!!

 

 


Giroud has the bug! Ramsey misses out & Why can’t we play like that Arsene?

April 28, 2014

Morning all.

Begrudgingly, well done to Luis Suarez and Eden Hazard who were last night voted Player of the Year and Young Player of the year respectively. Had Aaron Ramsey not suffered injury, I’m sure he would have scooped one of those awards……

We can only dream of playing the kind of football Chelsea played yesterday can’t we?

Ok, it was pretty grim on the eye but Jose did his homework, he knew that Liverpool would go all out to attack with pace so he set up his side to nullify everything they offered and succeeded.

I personally loved watching Steven Gerrard slip to let Demba Ba in to score their first and watching them walk the second in was the perfect ending.

Please don’t for one minute think I am keen on either Chelsea or their ‘orrid little manager, but out of the two sides on show, I dislike the one in red more than I do the one in blue.

If only Arsene Wenger could have set us up in a similar way went we travelled to places like Anfield, Goodison and of course Stamford Bridge this season, maybe we wouldn’t have taken such a battering…..

He didn’t of course, I doubt he ever will but if we are going to ever win the league again, he needs to learn how to and fast…..

Funny how Jose moaned a few weeks ago when Big Sam did the same to his side though, but there you go……

Olivier Giroud believes the club is on the verge of having a very good season:

There are three league matches left that are all as important as the cup final. They are important, because of fourth place and the Champions League. We have closed the book on the FA Cup, we will open it again on May 17.

If we finish fourth, we have not lost anything and it will be a good season. I think that if we finish fourth, that will be a successful season. And the FA Cup, if we win, would be a bonus.

To finish fourth is almost crucial for the club. We would like to end well and finish fourth.

Hmm, I think our French striker has caught the ‘4th spot is a trophy bug’! 

A home fixture tonight of course and against a Newcastle side who are on a dreadful run of results having lost the last five matches.

We have perked up a bit since our FA Cup semi-final win and have recorded two victories on the trot which is a rarity this year…

Injuries:

Captain Thomas Vermaelen is fit again, whether he comes in at left back remains to be seen though as Nacho Monreal is fit and healthy, although Kieren Gibbs remains on the sidelines. Diaby was involved in training yesterday but he misses out having suffered a minor hamstring injury. 

Newcastle have Ben Arfa missing despite being declared fit, Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong remain sidelined but Moussa Sissoko, who has missed the last three fixtures through injury, could return. Also returning is Alan Pardew who has been missing after his head-butting ban. Hope that doesn’t perk his players up….

Head-to-head

  • In the corresponding fixture last season, Arsenal won 7-3.
  • Arsenal have won their last four league matches against Newcastle and are unbeaten in six against the Magpies.

Finishing 4th does not mean we have had a good season, getting that place and the FA Cup will do though, even though we all know the cracks will still have been papered over.

Fourth spot is ours for the taking now after Everton slipped up at the weekend so unless we totally faff up our remaining fixtures, we’ll head into the summer transfer window knowing Champions League football is secure, well, as long as we can win the qualifying fixture in August.

We are at home, we’ll have the Emirates faithful right behind the team so all we need to see is a solid professional display and three points in the bag…..

4th spot is hardly anything to get too excited about I know but it has it’s rewards.

A victory tonight and then again at the weekend will mean the big boys can have a break before our trip to Wembley and maybe a few of the fringe players and the likes of Akpom etc can head off to Norwich and do themselves proud.

COYRRG’s

That’s your lot, have a good day….

 

 


Ding Ding, Round One! Arsene Wenger IS staying put!

April 20, 2014

Morning all…

Happy Easter Sunday, a day to celebrate for many reasons. .

Nom Nom.....

Nom Nom…..

Here in the Uk,  we mark the occasion by wasting many pounds on chocolate eggs which if melted down would barely equal a couple of squares of a slab of Cadbury dairy Milk.

Value for money? Not in a million years……

Do we still buy them, oh yes we do….

Can’t imagine why that makes me think about a few players who Arsene Wenger has signed…. ;)

The odds are clearly stacked in our favour today but to be honest that means very little. After all, who would have thought that Chelsea would have been beaten at home yesterday by bottom of the league Sunderland.. A 77 match home winning record gone up in smoke, or should I say gone up in Sunderland…

Jose was livid after the game and mad his feelings clear about how the FA are the ones who have decided where this seasons Premier League trophy will end up and who can argue with his view. But this is just one season out of many where Mike Riley and his merry men have had a huge influence on the league winners.

And we have had too many things go against us over the years which suggest that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are clearly not one of Riley’s favourites. Stinks doesn’t it!

Enough. Back to today…

Three points today will take us very close to securing that 4th spot and although I know that in itself is no great feat, it’s huge for us when it comes to the summer and signing players…

Regardless of all of that, we are Gooners and we all want our boys to win and today is no exception to that rule!

Head-to-head

  • These sides have only met on 17 occasions in all competitions, Arsenal have won 11 of them (L3, D3).
  • The Gunners have also won four of the five Premier League meetings, including both of Hull’s home games.
  • Nicklas Bendtner’s first Arsenal goal since March 2011 helped them beat Hull 2-0 in the reverse fixture on 4 December.

A dress rehearsal for the FA Cup Final today and a game we must win.

Nacho Monreal is back fit and Mesut Ozil should join him, whether or not both will play is another matter as surely Arsene Wenger will stick with the players who did well against West Ham in the second half.

If w can emulate that kind of work ethic and finishing quality, we should come away with three points and a psychological advantage for the trip to Wembley in May.

I know it’s not the title we are fighting for, but I hope we can finish this season off by playing some good football, and getting maximum points.

And who knows, there might even be a trophy at the end of it…..

Finally, Arsene Wenger is staying beyond the summer according to the Mirror. He’s told the board/Kroenke a while ago that he’d extend his new contract and he intends to stand by that decision saying:

I never go back on it.

COYRRG’s, three points and keep Everton behind us….

 

 


Remember the last time? Go Grab it Arsenal!!

April 12, 2014

Morning all.

Three times we have met Wigan in the Domestic Cups, the last being the Carling Cup semi-final back in 2006.

It was a two-legged affair and not a good one!

Having lost at their place 1-0, we returned to Highbury needing just a victory by two clear goals to see us through.

We scored, taking the second leg into extra time and scored again to take a 2-1 advantage. All we had to do is hold on and we were into the final…

However, Jason Roberts struck with just seconds left and that was enough to send us packing by the away goal rule…

Funny enough, it was a defensive mix up which led to that winning goal, just as it was at Wembley in 2011……

Both sides are very different to what they were back then though and of course, Wigan were a Premier League side whereas now they are fighting hard in the Championship to try and regain that status. We, well things are pretty much the same, still fighting for that 4th spot and hoping our trophy drought will finally come to an end….

Today, we could take a huge step towards making that happen IF every person, player and coaches alike, give 100% from start to finish.

And we are going to have to because you can bet your bottom dollar, Wigan will!

Uwe Rosler has done his homework:

I watched the game last Sunday and it was another very impressive lesson from Roberto, tactically how Everton approached the game. 

Not a lot of people focused on how disciplined and how focused Everton Football Club operated in the first 20-25 minutes without the ball.

Everybody knows Roberto is focused on ball possession but how well the team worked against the ball at the beginning of game was very impressive.

There were good pictures for me to learn from and also take one or two things on board, like I did with Manchester City in the last round.

In the last round, Wigan went to the Etihad and withstood everything Manchester City threw at their goal, barring the one blip of course and they managed to do what only one other English club has managed to do all season and that’s come away with a win.

That’s the FA Cup for you, it’s all about one game on one day and giving your all, getting the right result and waiting for the next round, the next chance to pounce and get the unexpected result.

Not only have Wigan beaten Manchester City, they have also beaten PL sides, Cardiff and Crystal Palace in order to get to Wembley today.

So yes, respect what they have done, now let’s go and put an end to their great run!!

We have beaten Tottenham, Coventry City, Liverpool and Everton – all tough opponents and two of whom have battered us in the league.

League form goes out the window today, our poor league performances must go out the window, today is about 90 minutes, or 120 if that’s what it takes of non-stop 100% commitment, togetherness, organisation and passion.

It’s also about our manager having done his homework, he has to know what to expect from Rossler and his team and play in a way which will not only stop their threat but to know how to exploit any weaknesses the Championship side have.

Let’s not be another victim of of an FA Cup upset.

This is the best chance we have had in a long while to get to an FA Cup Final.

Go and grab it Arsenal!!

COYRRG’s!!!!

 

 

 


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