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Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 16 Guns

Cygan vs. Man U

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Arsenal face Manchester United today in what will surely be one of the most electric encounters of this up and down season.

Arsene reckons the loser is “out of the title race”. I’m inclined to agree – we’re barely in it as it is.

Almunia, Ashley Cole, Pires, Lauren, and Dennis Bergkamp will all come into the side that faced Wolves over the weekend. The team should end up looking something like this:

That means the unlucky men are the young spaniards, Jose Reyes and Cesc Fabregas. This is interesting when one considers the substantial role that these two played in undoing United in the Charity Shield. I’d certainly expect Jose to get 25 minutes or so to get some revenge on those bastard Nevilles.

Away from tonight’s game, Arsene has commented on Ashley Cole’s alleged meeting with Chelsea that “It looks to me like, yes, it has happened”.

Hm. You’d better have a good game tonight, Ashley.

C’mon you reds.

Cole stokes the fire of discontent…

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Contract negotiations have gone less than smoothly this season.

Sol Campbell stalled on his extension, Lauren was initially offered just one year, Jermaine Pennant seems to be at the point of being released, and we all know plenty about the Edu shenanigans.

However, Ashley Cole’s actions (if the News of the World is to be believed) are an undoubted shock to the system.

This is Ashley Cole. Our Ashley. A product of our youth system – a local boy at that. And this isn’t Real Madrid. This isn’t some bunch of “Galacticos” in a far-off land. This is Chelsea: the Russian-owned blue bastards from down the road.

It’s only when one considers a possibility like this, that one understands just how a Tottenham fan felt when Sol Campbell sold them out.

“It wouldn’t matter”, some have suggested, “We have Gael Clichy”. Don’t get me wrong, Gael Clichy is a great player. But Ashley Cole is the best left-back in the world. And his departure would have massive symbolic significance. This is a possible future captain of our club that we’re talking about here.

It feels very wrong that I’m saying “Hopefully he’s just trying to get the most money he can out of Arsenal by showing he’s wanted elsewhere”. It shouldn’t be like that. But it is.

Sigh.

Truss’ Arsenal.com…

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

…to produce one of the most bizarre football-related articles that I have ever seen.

Look at them. Trussalicious.

Edu appears to be on the brink of his move to Valencia. It doesn’t look like there’ll be much time to try and get in a replacement, so it’s a bit of a blow. Flamini and Fabregas are more than good enough, though.

Ahead of the FA Cup Tie with Wolves, Arsene Wenger has been talking about investing in the club through youth. As he rightly says, “I feel there is a lot more to come from this team and it can come quickly,” said Wenger. “At the moment, because we have young players, we donâ??t know how good we are. Sometimes teams can suffer from that”.

I’d be surprised if we didn’t progress to the 5th round. After the impressive win against Newcastle, we’re on decent form. In fact, one might say we’re “smoking”.

Except we’re not.

I forgot about this blog.

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 57 Guns

Honestly. I just completely forgot that it even existed. Odd, that.

In the meantime, we thrashed Newcastle 1-0, Jermaine Pennant set about destroying what was left of his Arsenal career, and we began looking for a replacement for Edu.

I’d like to thank the BBC for making all those links available so very quickly.

Newcastle was a great performance. Were it not for some quite brilliant saves from Shay Given, it could’ve been 4 or 5 nil. The team featured several returning players, and they all contributed superbly: Lauren provided class and calm at the back, Flamini a fire in midfield, Reyes ran them ragged, and Dennis Bergkamp showed a touch of real class with the winning goal. The only negative issues to arise from the game are the fact Freddie Ljungberg missed out with a hamstring problem, and that Kolo Toure could pick up a three match suspension for hammering Shearer with his elbow. Unlike him.

Anyhow, that should result in Cygan vs. Rooney & co.

Cashback.

On the brighter side of things, Jermaine Pennant might finally sod off. He’s wasted the massive opportunity he’s been given, and as long as Birmingham get their act together, he could leave this week.

As he heads out, rumours are sweeping message boards everywhere (well, just AWIMB really), that Fabio Rochemback could be replacing him in our midfield.

He’s able to play on the right-hand side, but is primarily a central midfielder, with a crunching tackle and a thunderous shot.

Probably won’t happen though, seeing as he’s cup-tied.

Tarah.

Wenger hopes to celebrate with Claret next season…

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 67 Guns

Because it’s a drink, innit. “Claret”. But it’s also the colour of our brand new, entirely befuddling kit.

Hardly chuffed to be wearing it, are they.

I don’t know what I think yet, laregly because I’m yet to see it in full. Paddy and Thierry do look a little bit like they’re about to serve you in a down-market Burger Bar, but then, that’s tradition for you. As Tel says, “This is the proper colour, right from the start of our time here, I’m sure people will appreciate that and will like it.” Bless.

Brilliant news with the confirmed quartet of defensive contract extensions. The speculation surrounding a new deal for Lauren turned out to be true, and Sol Campbell’s signature is an obviously significant one. The two younger lads should also provide back-up and Carling Cup-based fun for the next couple of years.

Less good news on the Edu situation, with Arsene revealing, “I thought we made some progress but now my belief is more that he will go to a different club and I would bet on it being Valencia”. When asked if Edu’s departure could prompt a big signing, Arsene responded, “If you say a big signing means big money then no, if you say a big signing is a good player then yes. But Edu has not gone yet. You have to prepare a solution but I have not entered into any negotiations because there is always hope the Edu situation can be sorted out. He should stop being such a fassy boy, and sign the bloody contract”. (Disclaimer: That last sentence may be fictional.)

The problem would appear to be finding someone to take Edu now. Why would Valencia pay £2m for him tomorrow when they could get him on a free in the summer? And why would he move now, significantly reducing the pot from which his new salary will be drawn?

If, however, he does go, I’d like to see us move for Mark van Bommel (if only just to swipe him from underneath Tottenham‘s noses). His contract’s up in the summer, so we’re not looking at a huge outlay for a player we once bid around £10m for. Admittedly, he’s had a bit of “beef” with us in the past, but that’s his game. He’s a hyper-aggressive man-eating central midfielder with a knack of scoring goals from distance. I think that’s the sort of player who’d help us out right now.

Tomorrow, we face Newcastle, and the team should look a bit like this:

The side likely to face Newcastle

They’ll probably have bodies though, and not just be floating kits.

There could be a couple of changes from that XI. Lauren might return, and Mathieu Flamini is available again in midfield, though I’d expect Bergkamp to come back in after a spell on the sidelines.

This is way, way too long.

R.I.P. the footballing career of Emmanuel Petit, who (as Arsene vouches) used to be quite good.

Bon weekend.

Trucey Gossip

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That pun = inexcusable. Leave now.

Or don’t, you know. Whatever.

Here is a picture of Wenger and Ferguson looking pissed off:

Look at them. All angry an’ that.

This is the kind of image you’re bound to be seeing on a Sky advertisment, accompanied by a suitably rubbish slogan and very loud very dramatic music, perhaps with some singing (preferably in latin). They’ll also dig out that picture of Vieira and Keane head-to-head. It’s like the law.

I’ve forgotten why this all matters. Oh yes. Arsene & Alex have taken my sage advice, kissed, and promptly made up. Sort of.

The European Team of the year included both Ashley Cole (deservedly) and Thierry Henry (obviously). A hearty well done to them both.

Also, rumour has it that Lauren’s won a two year contract. Good news if true. It seems Wenger has to decided a counter our lop-sidedness by signing all the right-backs he can find to new deals. First Eboue, then Hoyte, and now this. I hope he realises he can’t play them all at once.

Adieu.

Leave it, Arsene.

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Quite deliberately, I’m yet to comment on the most recent bout of “mind-games” from that troublesome twosome, Fergie and Wenger.

The reason for this is that I’m thoroughly bored of it. I don’t find it entertaining anymore. It’s just a distraction. We all know that Ferguson is a whinging, moaning idiot. But then we also know that Arsene occasionally says things he shouldn’t. The excuses he sometimes offers up, and his fabled myopia have been the source of some embarrassment in the past. What he should do now is just rise above Ferguson’s antics.

I know that can be difficult when you truly dislike someone, but what if every time Ferguson piped up with one of his comments, Arsene simply retorded: “The team will continue to do it’s talking on the pitch”? Wouldn’t that deter the Scotsman’s efforts? It’d also help Arsenal and the club retain their dignity in the face of such abrasive tirades.

We oughtn’t stoop to that level.

You are better than that, Arsene.

So just leave it.

Defeat at Bolton gives Arsenal the Blues…

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

Bloody unlucky blue kit.

Bloody blue wangers top of the league.

Bloody blue monday.

Blue, it would seem, is the colour.

We weren’t very good at Bolton. I think the comment left on the end of this post sums it up best. Almunia was awful, Hoyte was a hinderance, Toure looked tired, Cesc was cream-crackered, and van Persie…. has ruined the alliteration of this sentence.

We didn’t seem to have enough in the fight. In that sense, Mathieu Flamini was missed.

It’s tough to know how to fix it. I’ve supported Almunia since he came into the side, but on Saturday he was shocking. When one reads this interview with Jens, he sounds almost sane. It’s tempting. I think that as long as there is no real bust-up between Lehmann and Wenger, we might see the madcap German return before too long.

I think that it might be worth trying something defensively. Without Gilberto, and with Cole, Cesc, and Reyes as regular members of our first XI, we do lack a little height. It has been said by some that we are forgoing graft in favour of craft. And also, that we play lots of little people. In order to sort this out, why not stick Big Phil Senderos in at centre-back, and shove Toure out to the right. Especially on days like Saturday, when Lauren is injured, and Hoyte is crubbish.

Dennis Bergkamp returns on Sunday. Let’s hope it’s the good one, not his evil, untalented, “I do nothing for 90 minutes” twin that they occasionally put out.

Can’t fool me.

Ps. I had a dream that I parachuted in to Arsenal’s training ground. Emmanuel Eboue and Kolo Toure weren’t very pleased to see me. Arsene Wenger was, though, but then soon lost patience and told me to sod off. And David Seaman had replaced Gerry Peyton as goalkeeping coach. In secret.

Midfielder Michael Deemed In-Essien-tial

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

Well, I think it’s clever.

Michael Essien’s agent has admitted:

1) That his price is hugely inflated
2) That there has been no significant contact with Arsenal
3) That he doesn’t expect any movement ’till the summer.

So that’s that rumour dealt with.

The Sun would have us believe that Jens Lehmann has “played his last Premiership match for Arsenal”, and will leave at the end of the season following “an almight rollicking from Arsene Wenger”. I like the careful wording, specifying that it’s only the Premiership matches he’ll be excluded from, following his FA Cup appearance on Saturday.

I do think Jens will leave at some stage before the start of the 2005/06 season, though. There would appear to have been some sort of clash between Wenger and Lehmann, and what with the 2006 World Cup looming, the keeper cannot afford sit on the bench for too long.

Good team news ahead of Bolton tomorrow, with Henry, Ljungberg, Campbell, and Cole all set to return. Manu Eboue or Justin Hoyte will continue at right back, and Jose Reyes could make his first Premiership appearance since the dawn of time. Or at least a few weeks back.

Welcome back, blogger.