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Giroud gets rewarded & Theo dishes up a nice surprise…..

May 8, 2014

Morning all.

It’s Thursday, there’s nothing much to write about and when it comes to lacking enthusiasm to write something about Arsenal at this time of the season, I sit right at the top of the list!

I’m sure I’ll get a little more excited next week as we head towards a trip to Wembley for the FA Cup Final and we have a few posts from Kev to look forward to in the build up but right now it all just feels like we’ve been here before. And that’s because we have but this season it’s worse as we were there at the top at Christmas and back in January when we needed a couple of signing to see us cement our top place in the league, it didn’t happen.

Will we ever get a better chance?

Time will tell……

Fans have been voting for their favourite goal from April on the official site and it’s no great surprise that Olivier Giroud’s fine strike against West Ham got the majority vote. It was pretty good wasn’t it?

Actually no, it was better than that!!

In case you didn’t see the Sky Sports poll for the goal of the season, we won that as a team with Jack Wilshere, not only being involved in the pre-goal tricks and flicks, but for finishing what was a superb team goal.

Other news….

Well he might not be involved on the pitch but off it, Theo Walcott has been making one young supporter very happy. He found nine-year-old Junior Gunner Lucas in the crowd and told him that he’d been randomly selected from over 30,000 Junior Gunners to be Arsenal’s mascot for the FA Cup Final.

Not only will Lucas be heading off to the final as mascot but he’ll be taken around the changing room before the game and then of course, he’ll lead them onto the pitch for kick-off.

Great times for that young lad, especially to have had his Arsenal strip and FA Cup Final tickets presented to him in front of the Emirates Stadium crowd.

Walcott said afterwards:

It was brilliant to be the one to tell Lucas he’d be our mascot for the FA Cup Final. He is Arsenal-mad and a lovely lad, so I am very happy for him. I hope he remembers the day for a long time to come.

Sometimes, football can really bring happiness to it’s fans.

It certainly did for this young fan and I just hope we can go and win the FA Cup and truly make his day…

And all of ours of course…..

Finally, congratulations to Helena Costa who has been named as the new manager of French second-tier club Clermont Foot – becoming the first female to take over at a professional level in the country. She’s only 39 years old…

Wonder if we’ll see Hope Powell soon managing in one of the lower leagues here in England?

Imagine that here in England eh, some old fashioned farts are still struggling to accept Sian Massey running the line. Even though she’s possibly one of the best at her job….

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

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Season over! Morata in this week? Arsene has to move now….

January 7, 2014

Morning all.

So the FA has seen sense at last and will not be issuing any kind of punishment to Theo Walcott for his little hand gesture to the Tottenham fans – although he has been warned of his future conduct.

In an official statement, here’s what the big wigs had to say:

The FA has contacted both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to seek their observations in relation to objects being thrown from both a home and away section of the crowd at different times during Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie.

The FA condemns any such acts and will liaise with both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to identify those responsible and support the strongest sanctions available, including life bans.

Meanwhile, in relation to the same fixture, The FA has contacted Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and reminded him of his responsibilities regarding a ‘score-line’ gesture he made in front of away supporters during the game. The FA will not be taking any further disciplinary action.

I hope they find the away fans who were responsible for throwing stuff at Theo and the medical staff and throw the book at them, those coins could have seriously harmed someone. I can’t imagine those home fans who threw scarves will face any action though, well, they shouldn’t that’s for sure.

From good news to seriously bad. No doubt you are all aware that yesterday the club confirmed that Walcott is out for at least six months having sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. Every time the guys starts to show glimpses of the player we all know is in him somewhere, bang, injured! I’m absolutely gutted for him.

Many a headline talks about how his World Cup hopes are over well I’m far more saddened by the fact his season for Arsenal is over, bugger the World Cup!

So it seems likely that Serge Gnabry will have to step into his place and the young German has got Mikel Arteta’s backing:

I think he’s got a lot of quality. He’s got something not many players have in this team, which is pace and skill to go and beat people.

That’s why the manager played him – three up front is something that helps us be more incisive.

We want to go behind [the opponents] and get into one versus one situations. Gnabry is very good like that and I’m very pleased for him because I think he did really well.

Quite a compliment dished out there but Arteta is right, he has pace, skill and plenty of quality and he’s certainly not afraid to take on defenders either. Something we do lack and all too often. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t afraid to play in a similar way to Gnabry but not many others do.

But as good as they both are, let’s not forget Oxlade-Chamberlain has only just started training after suffering a nasty injury so he’s not going to be back yet, neither will solve our striker problem will they and with Walcott now out too, Arsene Wenger really has to make a move in this transfer window, and fast!

Newspaper gossip:

Daily Mail report that man could be Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as they believe we will step up the chase and get him in this week if we can.

The Mirror suggest Julian Draxler is on the radar after he’s been given a tour of the facilities at the club and was left very impressed.

And in other reports, the return of Eduardo could be on the cards…

That’s your lot for another day…..


Balotelli & McCarthy to Arsenal? Beating the neighbours with ten men has to be the best….

January 5, 2014

Morning all.

Yep, that’s what the newspapers say. Mario Balotelli could be in for a shock return to the PL with us and with Lukas Fabianski on his way out, Reading’s Alex McCarthy is reportedly being lined up to replace him…

Anyway…..

How good was that eh- just how good was that?

So many players out injured yet we battered Spurs, and I mean battered them.

Not only did we score two goals but we totally outplayed them all over the pitch.

We played with pace, width, great defending and the very limited occasions that Fabianski’s services were called upon, he looked so calm and assured….

I’m often accused of being over critical but after that display, no chance!

Our first goal goal was stunning, not just the finish from Santi Cazorla but the run from Theo to drag players away and the determination from Serge Gnabry to get the ball out to our little Spaniard was top class.

And the finish was out of this world, awesome!

As good as our first was, somehow, our second was equally as good but in a different way. Tomas Rosicky hustled and bustled Danny Rose in the middle of the pitch and won the ball. Off he went sprinting as quick as his 32 year old legs would allow him and as much as the Tottenham players closed him down on his last lap, he chipped the ball over Lloris with great ease. Superb….

I could go on about this, that and any other part of our game yesterday but I don’t really see the point. Other than to say that every player in red was far superior to their counterpart.

The downside to the game was Vermaelen going off with a niggle, or maybe the upside was that Arsene Wenger just replaced him with Merts was the best move as our captain had been booked.

Theo too went off and his injury looked serious, well until he took the p**s out of the away fans….

Up yours Spuds!!

Up yours Spuds!!

Seriously, can you blame him after sad Toots fans were pelting coins at him??

The Arsenal fans, who were superb yesterday, pelted him with scarves. A great sight to see….

Talking of Theo, I thought he was good, bloody good and had a few things gone his way, he’d have gotten himself on the score-sheet and maybe done enough to secure his place as a centre forward. However, he didn’t and maybe that will really push the manager into the transfer window.

In fact every player who Arsene Wenger selected played their part, each and every one of them barely put a foot wrong and on a day like today, after a result like that, there is no place for criticism. Certainly not from from me.

Tomas ran, tackled and played like a 25 year old, Gnabry showed the composure of a player far more experienced in footballing years. Arteta made many crucial interceptions and when the Totts attacked, they were all back helping out.

Koscielny was again immense,  as was Vermaelen and then Mertesacker. Santi Cazorla was also back to his best at times, many time…

Oh why single out anyone, they were all superb…….

Arsene Wenger got everything spot on too and on days like yesterday, I want him to stay forever…

Oh, and we were so good, we beat them playing with ten men….

Love it!!

Come on Arsene, get that striker and let’s go and win the league, and who knows, maybe the FA Cup as well…

Ok, I’ll calm down now, that’s your lot…..


Wingers come good! That’s a first for Theo….

December 27, 2013

Morning all..

Well well, three points didn’t look likely at times did they, especially after Szczesny failed to hold onto a shot from Kevin Nolan, allowing Carlton Cole to make it 1-0 to the home side.

Vast amounts of possession again but no ending, well not until Theo Walcott scored a goal out of nothing but that’s what can happen when you fire a shot towards goal. Some may fly over or go wide, and we see plenty of those these days but this shot by Theo went under/through the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

1-1 phew, a point at least maybe…

Actually no, it wasn’t going to be just a point and Theo Walcott played his part in ensuring that. Just like our old number 14, he doesn’t score many, or should I say any before today, with his head but boy did he get a good connection on his bonce to make it 2-1.

2-1 became 3-1 when Lukas Podolski fired home a super shot from just inside the penalty area..

We started quite well and Olivier Giroud was very close to making it 1-0 but somehow, he failed to get some kind of contact onto a cross from Bacary Sagna.

Wojciech Szczesny punched away a free-kick from Mark Noble and then up the other end, Adrian produced a fine one-handed save to prevent Santi Cazorla scoring from a header from the edge of the box just fifteen minutes into the game.

Walcott had a wonderful chance to break the deadlock after being set up by Aaron Ramsey but…. he missed..

Santi Cazorla fired over, Olivier Giroud fired wide and Mikel Arteta volleyed a shot which went very close…

Half-time came and all was even. Not possession wise though, we were winning that battle but as so often happens, we couldn’t make it count.

Then the sucker punch, as West Ham took the lead.

Joey O’Brien (who was lucky to stay on the pitch for the time he did) had a great chance to double the lead from close range just before the hour mark but his headed went wide.

Adrian made a superb double save to keep out Cazorla and Mesut Ozil as we began our fight-back but having done so well, the keeper made a big mess up to allow Theo Walcott to grab our equaliser. It wasn’t the best shot from our number 14 but who cares, he took the chance, he scored!

Theo’s second was good. Lukas Podolski, who had come on in place of Aaron Ramsey, played in a cross which after a slight brush of a defenders head, found it’s way to our Englishman. He rose, he aimed and he fired his headed firmly into the back of the net….

2-1 and things were looking better, much better….

Then the night was topped off by a moment of top hold up play by Giroud. He shielded the ball, waited a second and then played a deft touch into the path of our big German number 9 who fired the ball home from the edge of the area and secured maximum points on the night…

Welcome back Lukas, welcome back…..

Aaron Ramsey suffered an injury yesterday which will see him miss the rest of this festive period of games. Not a nice way for him to celebrate his birthday but at least he’ll get a rest now….

That’s your lot for today, Newcastle up next on Sunday…


Sagna rues departures and could leave! It could have been a cricket score ‘they’ say, pffff!!

December 16, 2013

Morning all.

Everyone calmed down a bit by now?

Saturday’s loss was hard to stomach in so many ways but we have to hope that the way we played and the way the game was officiated was a blip. One from which everyone at the club must learn from and becomes stronger because of it. Look at some of the positives too, Theo got off the mark with two good goals, Merts scored a belter with his head and Jack nearly scored the goal of the game and of course, we created plenty of other opportunities to score more.

Ok, taking off Flamini was not Arsene Wenger’s finest moment but we were losing and he clearly sensed that we were getting enough chances to score more and even nick the three points. He couldn’t predict that individual errors would bite him in the backside. He clearly didn’t expect the offside flag to go up when it shouldn’t either.

We are not the league leaders for fun, we have earned that right by winning our matches week in week out and ok, we are still struggling to beat the so called bigger teams but as long as they keep losing the odd few games as they are right now, we just have to concentrate on what we do against other sides we come up against and make sure we stay close to the top as January approaches. That’s of course if we ever get knocked off top spot.

It was inevitable to read headlines in the newspapers questioning whether or our season is now collapsing, the lazy pundits have been waiting for a few months to write those kind of headlines and some even suggest we got away lightly as it could have been a cricket score against us!!

They have a point the way England are playing… ;)

Funny how they fail to mention our goals scored and those we had disallowed but I’m used to that from the gutter press.

Reality is we lost out on three points away from home to a side who have spent million after millions of pounds in order to assemble their squad. I’ll be surprised if that side lose a fixture at home all season, they have such depth and strength and despite the score-line, we came close….

There is a long way to go yet before any side is crowned champions and IF Arsene Wenger/Arsenal show balls in this next transfer window, that side could be us. However, if we remain as we are, with the same squad, this years challenge will be a bit too much to ask in my opinion. This is our best start in years, we can’t afford to stagnate in January….

Another week to go before the players have to turn out against Chelsea and those seven days are key to what happens on that night. Rest, regrouping, iron out any internal issues and Arsene Wenger could do with sitting down with his players and watch some re-runs of the fixtures between us and Mourinho’s sides because he has the upper hand in this fixture. Never has Arsene Wenger beaten Jose Mourinho and that has to change at some stage.

And there is no better stage than The Emirates.

Going back to the newspapers and reports this morning suggest that Bacary Sagna has been offered a new two year £90k a week contract but, he wants a three year deal and so he’s not quite ready to sign on the dotted line.

He’s quoted as saying:

I was upset, angry when players left.. If we had them today, it would make a massive difference. Since 2007, a very competitive team left. I would love to win trophies with this club, it’s a club I love so much but something is missing.

I’ve still got six months on my contract with Arsenal. We are in negotiations. It’s an option to go somewhere in January but I always had a good relationship with Arsenal.

I’ve been playing there for seven years and I hope we will end up on something good. First of all I want to finish champion because we have got a good opportunity to do it this year and after we will see…

That one is far from sorted it would seem….

Finally, it’s the Champions League draw today and as we all know, whoever comes out the pot for us is going to be tough opponent. Very tough but if Arsenal have a productive January, who knows what we can achieve.

A win against Chelsea in a weeks time would be a great start…

That’s it for another day….


Arsene wants Sami Khedira. Koscielny out for a while. City Officials should be relegated!

December 15, 2013

Morning all.

The Daily Mirror report that we are hoping to sign Sami Khedira in the summer. He’s injured at the moment but with his contract heading into the final year after the summer, Real Madrid could be tempted to sell him. Khederia is a very good friend of Mesut Ozil and the 6′ 2″ midfielder is a bit of a power horse in midfield…

Yesterday….

Often outplayed, too often we couldn’t keep the ball, sometimes we couldn’t finish and as is so often the case, the FA couldn’t find a proper bunch of officials….

We knew before we kicked off that City love to score goals, especially at home and they added six to their already vast tally this season.

We gifted them a number of those six goals though, we really did as we allowed them far too much time on the ball, too much space to pick their passes and certain players weren’t tracking back enough and had games they’d no doubt like to forget. Koscielny appeared to be half asleep for their first goal, Vermaelen stood and watched as yet another cross came into the box and this one was converted. I can’t remember who by, it matters not really does it?

We lost the ball in midfield a lot but on two occasions it was crucial as both errors ended up with us conceding a goal..

Monreal was left isolated far too often and City took advantage. The midfield players were far too soft and all over the place at times, making it all too easy for the two City midfielders to boss our three of Wilshere, Flamini and Ramsey. Our defence had absolutely no protection all too often….

City were at home, they were expected to dominate the possession with the players they have and it was always on the cards that they would have more chances than us. But let’s not forget that we had chances too, plenty of them and certainly enough to have secured at least a point from the game.

And of course, we were victim of two wrongfully disallowed goals, a clear penalty turned down and Giroud had another day to forget. I thought that the chance he had to play a flat ball to the back post where Theo Walcott was lurking summed up his day. He totally mucked his footwork up and fell over the ball…..

Bendtner had a goal disallowed for offside when it clearly wasn’t, Giroud had three chances within a space of five minutes and he missed the lot. A further chance he buried, but yet again the flag was raised… Walcott was on a serge through on goal and the flag went up wrongly again and as for the late penalty, well what a joke that decision was. Milner was diving falling long before he managed to flick his foot on to Szczesny’s…..!

At 3-1 the penalty claim was turned down. That could have brought us back to 3-2 and Walcott’s second would have seen us go level. Yes, they scored again, but then so did we through Nikki B but that offside flag cost us again.

And Merts goal, our third, should have been our fifth, not our third and that’s just our legitimate goals. We had plenty of further chances too but they all went begging….

We scored three good goals though, a wonderful curling shot from Theo Walcott being the best…..

On another day, that three would have been more than enough but when you have a team with a few players who are having a bad day against a side like Manchester City and three officials wearing blue too, it’s always going to be a tough day..

Show some respect Mesut!

Show some respect Mesut!

I wasn’t impressed with Mesut Ozil’s behaviour after the game. Of course he was disappointed, we all were and still are but you(he) don’t walk of the pitch without showing a bit of respect to the fans who had travelled many miles, spent big money and cheered you on for ninety minutes….

He tried to but Per Mertesacker soon put him in his place…

Arsene said after the game:

The Germans will sort that out between themselves don’t worry.

Ozil has since apologised to the fans..

Other bad news from the game was the injury to Laurent Koscielny – he has suffered a ‘cut’ and will be out for a while but Arsene Wenger didn’t know last night how long that ‘while’ might be.

He also commented on the penalty claim we had turned down:

I think we had three real offsides which were not turned down and the penalty turned down. The referee had a bad game.

I doubt anyone would disagree with that but I think a few players had average days too….

That’s your lot….


Walcott injury scare. He wants to join, make it happen Arsenal!!

August 13, 2013

Morning all,

Luiz Gustavo:

I am in a very delicate situation at Bayern and this needs sorting out. I have personal and professional reasons to move.

I have heard about the Arsenal interest. It’s a big club we’re talking about here so of course I’d like to play for them.

Arsenal play a very attractive brand of football and are in the Champions League. They also have a very clever manager in Arsene Wenger.

Even when Bayern beat them in the last Champions League [on aggregate] you could see they are not pushovers.

We were at home but things were a little different in Germany.

Now come on Arsenal, this guy would clearly like to sign for us, so no faffing around, get this deal done!

He’s the kind of player that will not only seriously bolster our squad, he’d lift the majority of fans for a day or too and once he signs, others may just follow!

Imagine the two of them…

Both in Arsenal colours by 2nd September?

Both in Arsenal colours by 2nd September?

Other clubs might be interested, but cannot afford to let another one slip away and it would be that if we don’t get him because Arsene Wenger has admitted that we really are interested in signing him.

We have mad an offer, Bayern Munich have accepted it, no way should this one slip through the net….

Yesterday Aaron Ramsey returned to London having picked up an injury whilst training with his country, today Espn report that Theo Walcott has managed to do similar with England.

Roy Hodgson believes it’s nothing serious:

Theo took a slight knock at the end of training, but we believe he’ll be okay. He’s very much still in contention.

I hope England apply a bit of common sense here and don’t even think about risking him if there is any slightest niggle…

We can’t afford to start the season against Villa on Saturday with both he and Ramsey out.

What it has done is expose our very very fragile squad, which is made up of just 18 regular players including an injured captain. The rest of the squad is made up of Diaby, Sanogo, youngsters, Bendtner and Park.

Surely that has to change soon….

Hasn’t it?


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