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Kalou & Kaboul in the summer? Is Project Youth on the return?

April 2, 2014

Morning all.

Younes Kaboul. According to many a headline, he’s about to follow in the path of Big Sol and switch from wearing a cockerel on his shirt to a black cat. Surely not….

If that didn’t make you laugh, this might, well you have to really otherwise, well slitting your wrists would be silly but shedding a tear might be nearer the point if any such story about Kalou became reality.

Kalou told the BBC World Service:

There has been a lot of talking about me going back to England. I had an amazing time with Chelsea and I always keep that good memory with me.

If I have the chance to go back, I would love to, because it’s the most exciting league in the world so I would like to try it again.

Whatever team comes for me after the World Cup, I can decide where I can develop as a player, where I can have an impact, because it’s important to go to a team who suit me and who give me the opportunity to excel.

If you happen to write for the London Evening Standard, those few sentences, although spoken in English, have somehow translated into a headline which suggests that Arsene Wenger is making plans to sign the Ivory Coast striker in the summer.

Poppycock!

Kalou has been linked to us more times than Olivier Giroud has poked his tongue out this season after missing a chance to score!!

He hasn’t joined us yet has he and I’m quite confident he won’t in the summer. Let’s forget that silly story right now!

Anyway, Kalou is getting on a bit at 28 years old and Arsene Wenger has been talking about just how important it is to give the youth players a proper chance:

It’s one of the values of our club. We want to be very successful without neglecting the need to give a chance to people. 

I want it to be part of our tradition and I also want to develop a spirit inside the club that makes the young players be faithful to this club. They think the club has given them a chance so they want to give something back as well. It has to work in both ways but we want to be the ones who give a chance.

It’s a big mental test for the players because you see how they resist stress, how they can deal with the pressure and how they can be committed in a very demanding environment. These kinds of qualities you discover only when you play the players.

Of course it’s an early test that not everybody can take on. Some fail but the strong ones just feel they belong there. They are not at all surprised that you give them a chance. In fact they are more surprised that you did not do that earlier! 

You could take that one of two ways.

Either, project youth is on it’s way back and no more experienced players are going to be signed in the summer. No, Arsene wouldn’t do that would he, that’s not his style. (cough)

Or, he truly believes that one or two of the younger players are simply proving they deserve a chance to make the step up into the first team squad.

I don’t count the likes of Serge Gnabry, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain etc as they are already proving that they have what it takes, although strangely, our young German, who despite putting in a number of solid performances earlier in the season, is being overlooked these days.

We have a vast number of players out on loan, 13 I think it is in total – some like Park, Djourou and Coquelin are no doubt heading for the exit door but others, younger players like Aneke, Campbell, Wellington, Afobe, Boateng etc are no doubt waiting for the summer to arrive arrive and only then will their future be more clear.

Boateng has not long signed a new contract and Wenger has hinted that Joel Campbell could finally be part of the team next season but as for the others who are on loan, I’m not sure where their future is…

And let’s not forget, there are one or two in the Academy side who no doubt believe they are ready to join the big boys….

Not everyone will have what it takes, not everyone will make the step up but I strongly suspect that one or two will or at least be given the chance.

It’s been a long time since Jack Wilshere came through the youth set-up and surely we are long overdue seeing another young player follow in his footsteps…

That’s your lot for another day….

 

 

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Striker Deal Done? Why Arsene, Why???

March 30, 2014

Morning all…

No match report as I’m bored of writing the same old stuff each week..

Yet again yesterday, the lack of passion, pace and width in our side was exposed.

The first half was awful, we were outplayed, over-run, out fought and yet thanks to some solid defending, we only went into the break with a one goal deficit…

But, during that first half, Tomas Rosicky stole the show, he was everywhere and seemed to be the only player wanting to get hold of the ball and drive us forward. Gibbs was being run ragged and it was a long time into the game before either Cazorla or Podolski gave him a bit of a helping hand.

Yet again the midfield lacked a beast, a true organiser and player who would take control and stop the ever flowing Manchester City attack…

Half-time came and went and I for one haven’t a clue what took place during that fifteen minute break…..

Whatever is was though, worked.

Suddenly there was life, there was attitude and there was a meaning to the way we played and to be honest, we were all over City.

I thought Giroud did really well during the build up for our goal, for once he showed a bit of ‘speed’ to move out to the right, collect the ball and carry on a move which ended up with a fine finish from Mathieu Flamini…

Giroud really should have made it 2-1 soon after when Sagna fired in a wonderful cross along the ground, the big lump striker didn’t even move, yet all he needed to do is get something, anything on the cross and it would have found the back of the net.

Podolski also went very close with a stunning near post shot, one which Joe Hart will no doubt admit he doesn’t know how he kept it out….

All that aside, we were a very different side in the second half, we were suddenly first to the ball, we were winning tackles and we were really having a go at the Man City defence and we as a team looked a much better football side.

Ok, so here is the why..

Why couldn’t we have started the game as we did the second half?

Why couldn’t Arsene Wenger say before kick-off what he clearly must have said at half-time?

Why couldn’t the players give as much effort in the first half as they did the second?

Why on earth and how on earth did we not win that game?

Why, when Tomas Rosicky went over in the box was he not booked? After all, if it wasn’t a booking for simulation, surely it had to have been a penalty?

So many questions, none of which I know the answer to but what I will say is how good it was to see our boys turn up and give a true account of themselves against a side who may well turn out to be the league champions this season.

That kind of second half performance is all that many of us here on HH have been crying out for, for a long while and considering the quality and experience that was in the Manchester City side, they couldn’t match us and to be honest, at times, they didn’t know what was hitting them.

Play like that for the rest of the season and 3rd place, maybe even 2nd is possible.

And don’t forget, we are soon to see the return of Ozil, Ramsey and even Diaby over the next few weeks….

See Arsene, you can do it and if you are staying, get Sagna and Fabianski to stay with you and then sign a DM, Striker and a winger in the summer…

Mind you, that striker may have already been signed as according to Sky Sports Germany, we have sealed a deal for Josip Drmic from Nuremberg. The news was broken by Lothar Matthaus and relayed on Twitter by colleague and former Swindon and Middlesbrough forward Jan Aage Fjortoft.

21-year-old Drmic has scored 15 goals in 26 appearances for the Bundesliga side this season, has denied any such deal but has said it would be ‘every boys dream’ to sign for us.

Other reports suggest that France want Arsene Wenger to manage the international team and want a deal done ready for the 2016 Euros and can you believe, Roberto Mancini is the man being tipped to become our new manager with Patrick Vieira joining him….

No, I don’t think so either.

COYRRG’s……

 

 


Sagna to City? Final chance for Arsene Wenger to get 3 points against a top four side this season….

March 29, 2014

Morning all.

Would Bacary Sagna really sign for Manchester City?

Would you blame him if he did?

Apparently, we have now caved in and offered the right-back a new three year contract but still he hasn’t signed…

Not so many years ago, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri made the move to Manchester, not to the red side of course, but the blue side. You know the one, the one which had and still has very wealthy owners and a squad which we as Arsenal fans, if honest, would admit nothing other than envy for….

When both players left, and let’s forget that Adebayor was another, many Arsenal fans suggested and maybe even screamed that all they wanted was a bigger pay packet.

Well, even if money was the initial attraction, surely it can’t be denied that those players who decided to move have been totally vindicated? Ok they haven’t won vast amounts of trophies yet but it must be fun playing in a side with so many top players.

I’m not trying to heap loads of praise on a club which has bucket loads of money and who are prepared to ‘buy’ their way to any trophy they can get their hands on but what I will do is praise a manager who is willing to say, ‘you give me the money and I will spend it and try to make us a great side’.

And there’s the difference.

Not only that, the City owners tried with one manager and gave him time but it failed. Roberto Mancini was like a kid in a sweet shop as he signed players. But what he didn’t do was sign players he needed to fill the gaps in his squad and therefore, his side was always unbalanced. (Ring any bells?)

Yes he won a couple of trophies but he could and maybe should have done so much better considering the amount of money he spent. The City owners clearly thought that too as he was sacked and in came Manuel Pellegrini it looks like he’s about to make his side a side for the long haul…

Pellegrini is no spring chicken though is he?

No, he’s 60 years old, just a few years younger than Arsene Wenger, yet he knows how to sign wingers, he knew which striker to sign in the summer to make his attack just that bit stronger and when it comes to playing attacking football, is there really a better side to watch?

But this isn’t meant to be all about Manchester City, it’s about a manager who has money and is prepared to spend it for the good of the club and the fans.

It’s about an older manager who has a younger mans footballing ideas, a manager who has the ability to get his players to play out his ideas on the pitch.

Arsenal FC have the money and to be honest, we have the bulk of players we need to play fantastic football but, what we don’t seem to have is the manager who can beat those around him. A manager who can take us from trophy chasers to trophy winners. A manager who will make us strong again and turn us into a side which doesn’t crumble at the first sign of trouble.

Today we face Manchester City…..

The old ‘newbie’ in the Premier League against who appears to be the old ‘has been’….

If Arsene Wenger wins this battle today, I’ll be very shocked but very very pleasantly surprised.

Should we win, it would mean Arsene Wenger has out thought and finally beaten one of the clubs who sit above us in the league for the first time this season and with it, prove he’s not completely out of ideas….

We need a win and we need it badly because sadly, not only are the clubs ahead of us creeping further ahead, the clubs behind us are catching us up……

COYRRG’s, give us fans something to be proud of today!!

Go get those desperately needed three points……

 


Thank Goodness they’re over! Akpom recalled to save us?

March 24, 2014

Morning all.

Still bitter, angry and totally downhearted after Saturday? Yes, me too!

Over the last few seasons we have managed to go on a last ditch strong run to secure Champions League football but I don’t think we’ve ever had to do that after such an embarrassing and disastrous defeat as we suffered just two days ago.

I don’t think it’s over yet either as Manchester City head to The Emirates on Saturday and if Arsene Wenger sends them out in the same fashion next Sunday afternoon, it will end only one way.

In any case, what’s chasing Champions League football all about? Attracting top players? Of course because top players want to play at the top level, do we sign them? No, not often and I think we all know it’s more about making money than spending it.

Anyway, up next is Swansea at home tomorrow night and after that it’s:

Man City at home Sunday 29th March

Everton away Sunday 6th April

Wigan – FA Cup Semi Saturday 12th April

West Ham at home Tuesday 15th April

Hull City away Saturday 19th April

Newcastle at home Monday 28th April

West Brom at home 3rd of May

Norwich away Sunday 11th May.

That’s just nine games to define our season and thankfully, not one kick-off time is 12.45. I’m glad they are over because we really have a poor record when playing away from home at that time. Just why I don’t know and clearly Wenger doesn’t either as it wouldn’t happen time and time again.

Of course the FA Cup is our best chance to finally win a trophy but there’s no way should Wigan be underestimated. After all, it’s their best chance to win something this season too and they’ll be up for the match at Wembley. Even if we do manage to beat them, we’d still have a very awkward and tricky opposition to face in the final so that big jug remains very far from our grasp.

Although mathematically we can still win the league, it’s highly unlikely as things stand. However, from now until the end of the season, that should be our aim. Arsene Wenger really has to get a grip of things and get our boys playing the best they can in every single remaining game.. 

Starting tomorrow in front of the home fans..

Finally, Chuba Akpom has been recalled from his loan spell. There are mixed stories around why he’s returned, one suggests it’s us who have recalled him, others suggest Coventry got fed up with him returning to help the kids out. I wonder if Arsene Wenger, like us, is fed up with watching Giroud? Somehow I doubt it…..

Have a good week all, I’m off to sunny climates….

Well, not really, but I am off for a few days and if anyone wants to write a pre-match and/or match report, please let Wath know…

That’s your lot…….


Defender hints at staying & Biggest game of the Season says Arsene…

March 22, 2014

Morning all.

Much speculation surrounds the future of Thomas Vermaelen but here’s a big hint that he’s staying put whilst talking about his manager and his 1000th game:

It’s incredible – not a lot of managers do that nowadays because they come in and out, so for him to achieve 1,000 games is something unbelievable.

Everybody wants him to stay as long as he can. He’s been incredible with what he’s done for this club and for the players as well.

We would be really happy to see him signing on for a few more years. If you see him off the pitch there’s always a lot of hunger in him and a lot of ambition still. He’s not losing that at all.

So the captain wants Arsene to stay, which suggests he wants to stay and play for him, the players want him to stay and the man himself wants to stay…..

So my guess is, he’s staying…….

Sometimes, some people just really do let themselves down don’t they and Jose Mourinho did just that yesterday.

On a day when so many managers paid tribute to Arsene Wenger for reaching such a milestone, the poison dwarf, aka Jose Mourinho could only muster up a few words. None of which were full of praise:

I admire him and admire Arsenal.

It is not possible to have 1,000 matches unless the club is also a fantastic club in the way they support their manager, especially in the bad moments – and especially when the bad moments were quite a lot.

What a horrid man he is!

Anyway, the best way to shut that squirt up is to finally beat him, get the three points and then go get that league title which has eluded us for far too long.

Yesterday was an emotional day for Arsene Wenger, Arsenal FC, players past and present and of course us fans but that’s done and dusted now and today it’s back to business…

Business means getting three points and closing the gap between us and the top spot.

Chelsea have Ashley Cole out injured and both Ramires and Willian are suspended.

Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby are all out injured and Tomas Rosicky is a doubt too which is not good news. I hope he passes his late fitness test.

I doubt anyone really expects us to come away from Stamford Bridge with all the points but I’m not sure why. We have shown this season how determined we can be in defence so if we can get an early goal there’s no reason why we can’t go on and win the game.

Head-to-head

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games against the Gunners (W2, D2).
  • Arsenal have a good record at Stamford Bridge, winning almost a third of their 76 league visits (W25, D25, L26).
  • The Gunners have also outscored the Blues at the Bridge, with 100 goals to 95.

So, all is not doom and gloom going into this game and I honestly don’t think we should play with any fear….

Pace, width and decisive passing will win this game, together with strong defending, discipline and 100% commitment to win.

That all has to come from us.

A mention for Scott from Oz, our resident blogger from ‘down under’. He’s here in the Uk and after a trip up the river, he’s off to watch the boys play for the first time. Is he excited, for sure he is and I hope he becomes the players lucky mascot both today and for the City game….

‘Game of the season’ says Arsene..

Let’s get one of the best results of the season by beating that horrid lot on their own turf!!

COYRRG’s


Arsene Wenger – A Career of two halves. Can he get his Magic Hat out ready?

March 21, 2014

Morning all.

The 1000th Arsenal fixture under Arsene Wenger takes place tomorrow but it was match 497 which brought him his last success.

Staggering really and of course, that means that during the first half of his career with us he was pretty darn special but since that 497th fixture, things haven’t really gone quite so well – other than getting us into the Champions League place of course and as we all know, there’s no big jug handed out for that.

4th Place Trophy...

4th Place Trophy…

Plenty of money has been flying our way because of that Champions League qualification of course and we’ve needed that since we moved to The Emirates and it’s fair to say that during the early years at our posh new stadium, there wasn’t a lot of money available for Arsene Wenger to spend so to get us into the top four each season was quite remarkable.

However, this was supposed to be our season, last summer was meant to be the summer in which the club spent big and spent good. Mesut Ozil came in and he was both, very expensive but also very very good but he alone was never going to turn us into the kind of side which could dominate the league in style.

In fact we have witnessed quite a few very average and some disappointing performances of late, especially since the injury to Aaron Ramsey a few months ago and latterly, the injury to Theo Walcott.

But, we are actually winning more games than we have in years and we are so so much better placed in the league at this stage of the season since goodness knows when… The Gallas strop season maybe or had we started to slip down the table by this time?

We're doing well, on paper...

We’re doing well, on paper…

Is having points on the table more important than how we actually perform to get them? After all and as said before, Manchester United have been pretty average for many years now, yet they still managed to win the league.

Whisper it quietly, but our goals conceded is much better than it has been thanks to our defence… Well, a little bit but it’s our goals scored that is letting us down. I know there are a few games to go yet this season and that tally may well push up over the three figure mark but in all seriousness, we simply aren’t scoring enough goals.

Despite that, our win percentage is up a lot and we haven’t seen that up in the 60% for a long long time, in fact 2007/08 was the last time and before then it was 2004/05.

I do wonder what our percentage could, or even would we be right now had we signed one extra player back in the summer and then again in January when injuries hit us? My own thought is that it would be higher and we’d be way ahead in the league and on the verge of our first double since 2002..

Can it happen again?

Can it happen again?

Of course we are still in the race for the Premier League title and should Arsene Wenger finally get one over that short-arsed horrid little man tomorrow, we will be left just one point behind Chelsea and with a game in hand….

That’s how close it is..

Congratulations are in order as Arsene Wenger notches up his 1000th fixture as Arsenal manager tomorrow.

Make it a good one Arsene, because all things considered, you deserve it…..

That’s your lot for another day….


Serge Aurier in at Right Back? Schneiderlin open to move & Problems facing todays young generation…

March 20, 2014

Morning all.

Bit of transfer gossip to start.

Serge Aurier is the man Arsene Wenger wants to replace Bacary Sagna should he depart in the summer. The 21 year old has already played seven times for Ivory Coast and is a regular for his club Toulouse.

Morgan Schneiderlin has spoken about the rumours linking him to a summer move to London:

Arsenal? I have a three year contract, then it will not be easy. It is also my dream to one day play in a great club, so why not?

He’d certainly solve a few of our midfield problems…

Enough of that, here’s today’s main post.

In the wake of a shocking world cup performance (in 2010) every man and his dog was looking for reasons, excuses and someone to blame.

Although Chelsea were the first club to field an entire side of non English players, Arsene Wenger was criticised for doing the very same thing and in certain quarters he was held responsible for the poor showing. The powers to be decided they would try and reduce the number of foreign players coming into the league and encourage clubs to bring more young English players into the game.

With this in mind they submitted a proposal for a 25 man squad rule similar to that which is in force for the Champions league.

In July 2010, Premier League Clubs voted unanimously to accept these proposals and the new rules were introduced when the transfer window closed at the end of August. This gave managers just 6 weeks to make any changes to their squad (if necessary) in order to comply with the new ruling. It also put managers in an awkward position where (because their own club had voted for them) they could not criticise them.

However Arsene Wenger was the first and only manager who had the balls to do just that.

When the result of the Vote was announced he criticised the changes saying “These rules are disastrous for football (English) and for footballers and I am amazed that the players union have accepted them’ He added that if a manager wanted to make a top line signing or promote a young player he would have to get rid of one of his established players to create space within the squad.

On 31st July 2010 Matt Barlow writing in the Mail quoted Arsene as saying the following “When you buy a player you have to calculate how much it costs to get rid of one. Then when a big club wants to sell to a smaller club there are only two solutions. The smaller club has to pay above their own potential or the big club pays part of his salary. In either case it’s not satisfactory”.

At a press conference held at the beginning of September, Arsene again voiced his concern saying he was surprised and disappointed that they had been introduced. He added ‘what do I do if the player I want to sell tells me I love living in London I am under contract and I don’t want to leave. I miss out on the player I wanted to buy’.

The following morning the press had a field day and he came in for a lot of abuse from so called experts and football fans. At this point a couple of worms crawled out of the woodwork to have their pound of flesh.

One living in the Manchester area and soaked in whiskey declared “I have my 25 I am happy with the rules and I do not know what he is talking about.”

The other worm crawled out of the goalposts at a rugby club declaring Wenger has an opinion on everything. It’s about time he shut his mouth and kept his opinions to himself.

At this moment in time not knowing what they stated I decided to research both the Premier League and Champions League rules to see just who was right. Then I took it one stage further and examined the squads both clubs had named for the 2010 /2011 season. I am no expert on these rules, just someone with sufficient knowledge of them to draw the following conclusions:

A – Arsene was being very honest and saying how those rules would affect Arsenal and his future plans.

B – The guy from Manchester was being very conservative with the truth and he also would have problems. (I could say more)

C – As they stand the rules are flawed and are not achieving what the Powers to be had hoped they would do.

I honestly believe that as they stand they are denying a large number of younger players the same opportunity they would have received had they been playing at the same time as the class of 92.

It is my opinion that English players take longer to mature then players from the continent and I seem to remember that Romford Pele and the Great Rocky were given time to mature as fringe players who were added to the first team.

In today’s game when a young player becomes Over 21 he must be registered in the 25 man squad to continue playing in the league and that’s were the problems start.

During 2013 nine of the young players celebrated their 21st birthday and should they remain at the club will have to be included in the squad for the 2014/2015 season. However this is not going to happen as of the nine, Frimpong, Boatang and Gallindo are on their way and will I think be joined by Ryo. Wilshere and Jenkinson will be promoted which leaves Martinez, Miquel and Campbell. This means that if all 5 are promoted and Arsene  is to buy the players everyone says we need he will have to create space for 8 or 9 new players within the 25.

But it does not end there….

This year the following players are 21. Ox, Sanogo, Eisfeld, Ajayi, Aneke, Afobe and Silver.

The question I ask is how many of them are good enough to take the place of an established player and who are the players they will replace.

There are other aspects of the rules which I can comment on but what concerns me most of all is the effect they are having on the future of some very talented young players.

I believe Arsene got it right , those new rules were and are a disaster especially for the younger players and I would like to see them changed.

I see the proposed U23 B league as a step in the right direction but will it ever happen? I doubt it.

Maybe I’ve got it wrong, what do you think?

Written by Rick.


Matthias Ginter. Join the club Redknapp!

March 18, 2014

Morning all.

Sometimes you just have to hold your hands high and admit you were wrong and that’s just what Jamie Redknapp has done:

They (Arsenal) showed great resilience and Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker were magnificent at the back.

I was critical of Mertesacker when he arrived in the Premier League, but I have to take my hat off to him now.

He is so strong, great in the air and dominates strikers. He’s a proper defender and was crucial in keeping Tottenham at bay.

That’s just what I need to do too because whilst many around me were backing our big German, I was all keen for him gone and a quicker, more mobile defender to be signed up.

How wrong was I eh….

But it’s not just him, Laurent Koscielny has improved enormously too and together they have become our rock at the back. Bacary Sagnas form has returned again this season too and both Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs have proved themselves too.

Even Santi Cazorla’s defending has improved and I’m sure Iv’e seen him back in our own box or just outside it making a good tackle to win the ball, and on more than one occasion. Against Everton it was his defensive play which set up one of our goals, the fourth I think, so overall, every player seems to be putting a little more effort into protecting our goal.

God stuff eh!

Talking of younger and more mobile centre-backs, the name Matthias Ginter just won’t leave the press when it comes to who Arsenal are being linked with. He can play in the holding midfield position too apparently and he’s meant to be one of the next best things coming out of Germany and despite being only 20 years old, he’s already playing for his country albeit just the once.

Could he really be the player to finally fill the hole we all too often have in the midfield?

At 6′ 3″ tall, he’d certainly give us a lot more height and just maybe, he’s the man to replace Abou Diaby….

I wonder if Arsene Wenger thinks so………

Finally, good luck to the under 19′s who take on Barcelona tonight in the Uefa Youth League quarter-final.

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


Sometimes it’s just about the points and and beating ‘them’!….

March 17, 2014

Morning all.

It’s true you know, sometimes there is more to one game than turning on the style and boy those days don’t come much bigger than yesterday.

Going to SHL and earning all three points is all that mattered yesterday and our boys did just that.

Tomas Rosicky got the only goal of the game with an absolutely stunning strike and that proved to be enough.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got caught between the devil and the deep blue sea when he tried to chip Lloris but his shot was awful and the easier option would have been to feed Podolski who was in space to his left.

For some reason, Tim Sherwood decided to have a hissy fit, took off his gilet in anger and threw it onto the seats. I suspect the reason was watching his side get ripped apart so easily…

Mike Dean missed a clear penalty when Jan Vertonghen hauled Laurent Koscielny over but what did we expect? Only Mark Clattenburg gives us those……

We had other chances during the game but couldn’t make any of them count but it mattered not when the final whistle was blown.

Get back in the shadow.....

Get back in the shadow…..

It would be quite easy to criticise the attacking side to our performance yesterday but, there’s plenty to be positive about with our defensive performance and that won the day.Merte sacker and Koscielny were yet again immense. The entire team were clearly determined not to let our 1-0 lead go and they didn’t.

As much as the stats will suggest Tottenham had a lot more of the ball than us, they barely troubled Szczesny’s goal and even if they did get a sniff, they weren’t good enough to take their chance.

Not the best performance by us but that makes the victory even sweeter doesn’t it and we walked away from SHL as the winners for the first time since 2007.

So that’s three wins out of three over them this season. Sweet!

Now onwards and upwards as we head to Chelsea at the weekend, a side we are just four points behind and with a game in hand.

Defend like we did yesterday and we can win it….

That’s it for another day….


Sherwood & Adebayor give the perfect Arsenal team talk….

March 16, 2014

Morning all.

It is a fantastic occasion – always was to play in these games. I don’t think there is much blood and thunder these days – I want it to be more of that.

I think that gives us the edge. We are possibly more functional than they are, but if they get into their stride we know they can be very dangerous, so we need to knock them off their stride.

It is my first time as a manager at the Lane to be standing opposite Arsene Wenger and hopefully I will get one over on them.

We’ve got the best game we could have, a north London derby. We won’t need any more motivation for that, will we? I am sure they will be up for it. It is probably the best game we could have.

I always thought it was a good time to be playing Arsenal, but it’s ups and downs. We have to soldier on, you can’t always win games and we know that.

What exactly gives them the edge?

Tottenham more functional than us?

A good time to play Arsenal?

Come on Tim, you know deep down where your heart is and it’s not with the team you manage right now, go on, admit, you were, are and always be a Gooner!!

Just like George Graham was and always will be……

But seriously, Sherwood is right, blood and guts will win this game today together with pride, passion, commitment and the never ending will to win.

The pride of North London is at stake, the bragging rights of winning the biggest derby in the capital of England..

Win today and we will have done the treble over the this season!

Adebayor has waded in to and his comments should spur our boys on:

Arsenal are a good team when they have the ball. When they don’t, they are not that good. When you put them under ­pressure, they can’t handle it. They don’t have a lot of physical presence. Apart from Flamini, I don’t see anyone who puts themselves into a proper battle.

Rosicky is not that type of player, Cazorla is not the type of player who defends. Arteta is trying to do it, but that’s not his job. They don’t have anybody who can say, ‘If I have to kick, I will kick. If we have to fight, I will put myself at the front of it’. That’s how we have to play. Push them and force them to make errors.

Not one single Arsenal player should need to be reminded about what today is all about but just in case they do then I hope they take on board the comments from a man who once declared his love for us and show him what utter poppycock he speaks .

Lets see that fighting spirit, that desire and passion for the red and white of the club and the never say die belief….

We haven’t won at the dump for a while now, let’s do something about that today Arsene!!

COYRRG’s….


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