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Arsenal 2 – 0 West Brom: Belated report + Chamakh saga explained

1 comment September 24th, 2009

Hello folks. On Tuesday night I attended the Carling Cup victory over WBA, and some brief but not neccessarily succinct thoughts are attached here.

Whilst the performance lacked the electrifying vibrancy of some Carling Cup outings, we got the result against an in-form West Brom. Winning whilst not playing particularly well is certainly a worthwhile skill for these kids to learn.

Elsewhere, Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has uncovered his version of the Marouane Chamakh saga (which, unsurprisingly, Arsene disputes). For those who can’t be bothered to read it (I had to force myself, to be honest), the gist is thus: Bordeaux asked for an absurd sum, we offered a reasonable one, they refused – no deal.

I’m still not convinced Chamakh is either what we want or what we need, but now our interest is so widely known you can expect him to join Sebastien Frey in being doomed to be linked with us until he a) signs or b) dies. And you can wipe that grin off your face, Blaise Matuidi – the same fate awaits you.

And what about Big Sol eh? Bet he’s chuffed he insisted on inserting that break(down) clause in his Notts County deal. Over on twitter, wearing a pair of plastic devil horns, I asked who people would rather see pull on an Arsenal shirt in an injury crisis: Mikael Silvestre or Mad Sol? Opinion appears to be split, but the point was made several times that at least you know you’ll get two halves out of Silvestre.

Right, that’s yer lot. A civilised trip to Fulham awaits on Saturday, where we’ll be looking to write the wrongs of last season. Early team news suggests Andrey Arshavin will return, but Manuel Almunia will not. More tomorrow.

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