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Everybody Loves Big Phil

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 6 Guns

And why not? Our most promising centre-back since… well, since Kolo Toure, has been making headlines in the Evening Standard, who suggest he’ll start the Cup Semi against Blackburn on Saturday.

It’s been a meteoric rise. Since making his first team debut as a substitute against Charlton on January 1st, he has forced himself into our starting XI, putting together a string of stirling performances along the way.

The man himself, however, seems genuinely humble: “It wasn’t down to me that we did well in those games,” said Senderos. “That was down to the team. We showed we can defend and we can attack”.

Even so, I’d be extremely surprised if he wasn’t kept in the side for the remainder of the season, with Wenger dropping a hint he may find himself in alongside the returning Campbell: “Sol can play alongside Senderos but it is good that Senderos is in there and the centre-backs now have a competition”.

Wise words. In Terry, Carvalho, Huth, and Gallas, Chelsea have four excellent centre-halves. With Campbell, Senderos, and Toure, we would be some way along the road to matching that. Who knows – if Pascal Cygan can maintain his excellent form, perhaps Arsene may not even feel the need to strengthen that department.

One man who seems certain of Senderos’ potential is Robert Pires. “He will be a giant, a great player for now and for the future”, remarked Bobby after the 1-0 win at Middlesbrough.

Big words for a big man, and one who will inevitably play a huge part in Arsenal’s future.

Arsenal Juggernaut Rumbles Past Boro

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 706 Guns

It’s another ground out result, this time 1-0 over Middlesbrough. Phillipe Senderos’ return coincided, somewhat unsurprisingly, with another clean sheet, and enabled us to move 3 points clear of a Norwich-toppled Man U.

The goal was Robert Pires’ 13th of another impressive season. Whilst he hasn’t always been at his best in open play, that tally speaks for himself, and he certainly does deserve a new contract.

Thoughts now start to turn towards the FA Cup Semi with Blackburn on Saturday. Must win, really. Sol Campbell might return, but one player who’ll definitely miss out will be Gael Clichy, whose season may well be over due to a broken metatarsal.

That injury kept Senderos out for about 6 months, so let’s hope Gael’s recovery is a little less problematic. Nobody wants to see Pascal Cygan at left-back.

Nobody.

Oasis in an update desert

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 8 Guns

Basically, I’m on my holidays. Hence the huge ridiculous gaps between updates. Which probably means anyone who was ever visiting this site has now forgotten that it even exists. Hurrah.

Understandably, quite a lot of stuff has gone on since my last visit. Probably the thing which took us most by surprise was the banning of Jens Lehmann for 2 European matches. His crime: a “deliberate pestering act”, that involved using a water bottle as a makeshift SuperSoaker. Disgraceful. What do you have to say for yourself Jens?

Hm. Well, I think that’s one sorry German.

Both Jose Reyes and Arsene Wenger have said some of the most positive things about the Spaniard’s future that we’ve heard in weeks. I still feel he might move in the summer if the offer from Madrid hit the £15m mark.

Another young forward who might make a move is Jeremie Aliadiere, who is flirting outrageously with Paris Saint Germain. Floozy.

Gilberto, on the other hand, looks set to be here for the long haul, with Dein & co preparing to offer him an extension to a contract that runs out in June 2006.

Tomorrow it’s Boro away, and it’s actually our 500th Premiership game. Team news sees Sol Campbell just short and Freddie Ljungberg ruled out, with Philippe Senderos, Dennis Bergkamp, and Patrick Vieira returning.

C’mon Arsenal.

I haven’t got much idea what’s been going on…

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | Comments Off

Because I’ve been weirdy busy, but I do know that we beat Norwich 4-1, with Thierry Henry grabbing a hatrick that takes him to within four goals of Ian Wright’s record.

Last night the Reserves went one better with a 4-0 victory in which Sol Campbell began his journey back to the first-team – a journey that we were delighted to see Gilberto complete in the match on Saturday.

Finally, weeks after being named the Gunnerblog Man of the Moment, Philippe Senderos has been recognised as the Arsenal.com Player of the Month.

The kid’s a class act.

International week is over, and I still hate it.

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 2 Guns

Anyone who doesn’t understand why need only watch England’s 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan. Dire stuff. Though the utterly mad Carlos Alberto does bring a little comedy to proceedings, it’s worth noting.

In Arsenal news, everybody’s leaving again. Well, when I say everybody, I mean Edu and perhaps Stuart Taylor. “Everybody”. I do sometimes think Bob Wilson needs to sod off and keep himself to himself, though. He never seems to say anything helpful. Ten minutes ago he was praising the qualities of Jens Lehmann after he was dropped for Almunia, and now he’d rather Taylor. Annoying, really.

David Bentley is set to return from his Norwich injury nightmare, but won’t be allowed to play for us when the two sides meet on Saturday. We won’t be “avin’” him. Oh no.

He’s a decent player, is Bentley. But when he rejoins the Arsenal squad next season, he may find himself in direct competition for a place with the most clinical finisher in the Premiership, Freddie Ljungberg.

Let’s just hope he fares better than another loan Gun, Jermaine Pennant.

Senderos snuffs out French

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 7 Guns

Man of the Moment Philippe Senderos made his international debut last night, thrown in at the deep end as Switzerland faced Vieira et all at the Stade de France.

Apart from one slight slip that allowed Davide Trezeguet in, Big Phil gave an excellent account of himself in a 0-0 draw.

Ashley Cole, meanwhile, was part of the England side that stormed to a 4-0 win over Northern Ireland, and Freddie Ljungberg grabbed a brace for Sweden, including one from the spot.

And here’s some yummy quotes from Thierry “I love the club” Henry.

Fabulous.

I hate International Week…

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 15 Guns

That’s why there’s been no update, really. It’s just so bloody boring. I suppose we can all watch Ashley Cole tomorrow, but we’ll all just be wondering whether he’ll even be our player next season. As I’m sure you know by now, the FA have charged him for approaching Chelsea, as well as Chelsea for tapping him up, and Mourinho for poor conduct. Fines all round, probably. But as for Ash’s long-term future… well, that’s anybody’s guess.

And then there’s this:

For those of you whose Spanish isn’t all that great, this basically reads:

“JOSE REYES HAS REVEALED THAT HE HATES ARSENAL, THAT WENGER SMELLS, AND THAT THIERRY HENRY TREATS HIM ‘LIKE TOILET-PAPER’, AND IF HE DOESN’T JOIN REAL MADRID WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, HE WILL DIE.”

Oh, and Patrick Vieira‘s been slagging off the club for relying too much on youth.

See, this is all part of why I hate International week…

A tribute to a better site than mine, and almost certainly a bigger man too

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 19 Guns

There is no real Arsenal news of any significance, other than the tragic passing of Steve Gleiber. Steve’s webpage is one of the oldest and most popular Arsenal sites there is, and certainly one of the first I ever visited. The sincerity of the contributions made on his forum show quite the respect this man held.

Steve’s cousin Rob K says it much better than I ever could:

“I am very sad to have to say that my wonderful cousin Steve Gleiber, host of the forum, passed away a few hours ago. Stevie was only 41 years old but has finally lost his battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving family Jutka, Janche & Susie and his wonderful partner Angela. He was a big guy with a bigger heart. Even though he in lived in Sydney, and we, his maternal family, live in the UK he was always a large part of all of our lives and we loved him dearly. He loved his family & partner, life & Arsenal passionately. I miss him already.”

The greatest memorial we could give to Steve would be the continued discussion of our beloved Arsenal in the polite, dignified, humorous manner that he personified and, by virtue of his site, allowed so many others to indulge in.

Our thoughts are with Steve’s family.

R.I.P. Steve

Will Jose or Will he go now?

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 2 Guns

It doesn’t quite work as a headline, does it. But I’ve done my best.

It’s supposed to be like:

“Will he stay or will he go now?”

Ah dear. Don’t know why I bother.

Every day, though, it looks more and more like our little matador might head home. We’ve only paid about £8m for him so far, so if he were to leave, we’d probably recoup a profit of some sort.

If he does go, we could do worse for a left-sided replacement than Emre.

I’m in a good mood today. Hurrah.

United – Arsenal Final Looms

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 3 Guns

Yesterday we drew Blackburn in the FA Cup Semi-Final, which of course means that Arsenal and Man U have been kept apart, teasing the possibility of a positively mouthwatering final.

But before that, we must focus our attentions on beating FA Cup specialist Mark Hughes’ Blackburn side. Only one hitch: we’re not very good at that. They’re one of those tricky, Bolton-esque sides that always seem able to turn us over, just when we really don’t want them to. Another battling performance will be required if we want to go back to Cardiff on the 21st May.

Meanwhile, there is some rather encouraging news on Gilberto Silva: he played his first game for 6 months in a strong reserve side’s victory over Chelsea last night. Nice to see another long-term absentee, Jeremie Aliadiere, grab a hatrick.

That’s all for now.