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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

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 |  

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.

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

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.

Stoke Scare Overcome with Persie-verance

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

I’ve used that “Persie-verance” pun before this season. Let me off.

Despite Stoke getting a half-time lead thanks to some fat bloke who looks like Wilfred Bouma, Arsenal came back to win 2-1 thanks to goals from our young strikeforce of Jose Reyes and Robin van Persie.

So it’s onto the fourth round, and a tie against Glenn Hoddle’s able-bodied Wolves.

In other news, Jens Lehmann hasn’t done himself many favours by biting back against Arsene and Almunia. Apparently he did OK on Saturday. I still think he’s very much out-of-favour, and will probably leave in the Summer.

Lauren could too. He’s currently wrangling with Wenger over the length of his contract. He’d like a two year deal, whilst the club will only offer a somewhat stingy one-year extension. I think he’s done very well for this club over the years, and deserves, as he says “to be be treated like everybody else”.

That’ll do.

Emmanuel Eb-who?

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 | 5 Guns

He’s here.

Yes, that’s right, after lots and lots of days, Arsenal.com have finally confirmed that we have signed breast-groping full back, Manu Eboué.

We’ve been expecting you, Manu.

And we’re poets.

And we know it.

He goes straight into the squad for the FA Cup tie with Stoke. Which isn’t till Sunday. I’d tell you why, but I don’t know.

I’d like to finish with an astonishing discovery. Playing with my new digital camera from my seat at Highbury, I took this incredible photograph.

It seems this man has been a given a MAGIC JACKET:

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Look how it glows.

Admittedly, of exactly how this magic jacket works, I remain unsure.

Today’s Conclusion: Whilst I may know that we are poets who know it, there remains much I do not know (such as why our match is on Sunday, and how to operate a magic glowing jacket).

Enough.

Big Phil steps into Limelight…

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 |  

Almost 18 months after arriving from Servette, and in fact a full two years since first putting pen to paper with the Gunners, Philippe Senderos is tonight in line to make his first Premiership start.

Fear not – he no longer sports possibly the worst haircut ever:

Awful.  Just awful.

He is in fact a pretty good traditional centre-half. Anybody who saw his League Cup performances at Old Trafford and, interestingly/topically, against Man City will know he’s a player of immense potential. After all the injury problems he’s had, let’s hope tonight is the start of a long and distinguished Arsenal career.

It’s a very young Arsenal side that take to the field tonight, also including Justin Hoyte, Cesc Fabregas, and Robin van Persie. Let’s hope the kids show exactly what they’re capable of us, and that Shaun Wright-Phillips goes easy on the team we all hope he’ll someday join.

Come on Arsenal.

Charlton 1 – 3 Arsenal: Gunners Stay Hot on Chelsea’s Tail…

Posted on by gilbertosilver Posted in 2004-2011 |  

Or is it “Trail”? I never know these things.

A great result after Chelsea scraped a 1-0 victory at Anfield. Here’s a tasty omen for you: last time Chelsea did the double over Liverpool, some old bloke scored the winning goal in both games. This year, Joe Cole repeated the feat. Predictably, the last time it was achieved was 50 years ago: when Chelsea won the League.

I’ll be honest, it’s a hugely significant victory for them. In the first half they were seriously outplayed, and survived. In the second, they improved, and Liverpool tired, and Chelsea nicked a goal. In fact, it was pretty similiar to our game at Anfield. Except they won. And we lost.

It’s games like that which make you wonder if this might be their year. However, for the chasing pack, the aim has to be to keep picking up the points in the hope that they’ll eventually slip up.

Against Charlton, we weren’t as dominant as the scoreline might suggest. However, we scored three brilliant goals. Our run of clean sheets did come to an end thanks to an end thanks to an absolute screamer from Tahar Mi Kangaroodownsport, with which Manuel Almunia stood absolutely no chance. Manuel and the defence had another fairly solid game, and despite their prolonged periods of possession, Charlton weren’t a huge threat.

Our first goal came after Van Persie slid in Vieira, who tucked it back to Freddie, who spun and fired it underneath Dean Kiely. A great finish to a great move. In fact, it was typical Arsenal. And by Arsenal, I mean the Arsenal who went 49 games unbeaten.

They equalised with the last kick of the half. Just 3 minutes after the restart, van Persie retreated from a seemingly offside position to play Cesc Fabregas into the outside-right channel. Cesc looked up, before eqsuisitely back-heeling into the path of Freddie Ljungberg, who blasted the ball into the far top corner from 10-or-so yards.

It was all topped off on 67 minutes. A long clearance wasn’t dealt with, and bounced into the path of Robin van Persie. From a tight angle, he cracked a volley into the far corner. An outstanding finish. Van Persie was heavily involved in all three goals, and is slowly integrating into the first team’s style of play. In fact, it struck me today that if Reyes is now seen primarily as a left-winger, than we only have three true first-team forwards: Henry, Bergkamp, and young Robin. It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s some investment there during January.

The only negative aspect of yesterday’s victory was an injury to Sol Campbell, who is now a major doubt for Tuesday’s match with Man City. Philippe Senderos replaced him to make his Premiership debut, and I’d expect he’ll make his first full start on Tuesday night. Just thank your lucky stars that Pascal Cygan is sidelined.

Oh, and by the way, apologies if the spelling in this article is appalling: my spellchecker’s buggered.

2005.

Mental, eh.