It’s Official: We’re Good.

There is always something special about the first home game of the season: making your way along a familiar route to the stadium, meeting up with friends, drinking cold beer, getting excited about forthcoming fixtures, shaking hands with acquaintances, all of which you may only ever see at football.

As I took my seat at the sun baked Emirates, everything was following the usual pattern; that is, except for one noticeable difference: I felt no tension at all. We were playing Portsmouth, a team who after only two games were everybody’s favourites to be relegated and even more so after three — this team are poor.

I can only assume that they arrived at the Emirates from the South Coast by train because there certainly did not have what it takes to park a bus in front of the goal.

Wenger made sensible changes bringing in some of the Carling Cup team probably with one eye on the midweek game against Celtic, although, certainly with both eyes on the United game next Saturday. Gibbs and Eboue were drafted in to give Sagna and Clichy a breather. Song was also rested in favour of Diaby and Bendtner was moved to the bench to make way for Eduardo.

With 60,000 red and white scarves being waved in the air, the team took to the field brimming with confidence and proceeded to give a master class in control and accuracy; they stroked the ball around the pitch with Bergkampesque precision. It wasn’t high speed Wengerball but the more controlled training ground version.

Everybody had read the script, nobody doubted the out come and we all knew that goals would come — and so they did: after 18 minutes Eduardo performed a trick I didn’t know he possessed on the left wing to, not only, go passed the right back but to make a complete fool of him, before cutting the ball back for the on rushing Diaby to power it home for our first.

Diaby was our ideal goal scorer, no other player on that pitch needed his confidence lifting, in the way that a goal would do, more than him; in fact, it was lifted so much he repeated the feat, four minutes later when he scored another equally good goal.

This was my favourite of the day: it has been a while since we scored on the break, this kind of goal used to be a regular part of our repertoire but has become more and more of a rarity in recent times: Fabregas played a pass of such accuracy, that, well only Fabregas can do, to Eboue, moving at speed down the wing who slid a perfectly weighted pass to Diaby who, bursting forward, slotted it past David James.

The game was over as a competition, players like Arshavin were having trouble keeping interest and concentration; it was show boat football with more back heels and flicks than an exhibition game. If this game were a heart machine it would have been flat lining; Portsmouth scoring was the necessary shock that the game needed to bring Arsenal came back to life.

Unable to kick on, Portsmouth offered no real threat in the second half, Ramsey, replaced Fabregas, which is our only cause for concern; we can afford to do without him against Celtic but we will obviously want to be at full strength against the mancs. Gallas got a tap in which makes him our leading goal scorer and Van Persie played a deftly weighted pass to split the Portsmouth defence for Ramsey to very coolly slot the ball past James.

So, that’s ten goals in two games, I can’t wait until our attack starts gelling.


Player ratings

Almunia: 6 only seriously called upon once this afternoon when a high ball was lofted in to the far post but instead of punching it clear, to prevent Kabul from scoring, our Spanish waiter dropped the plates.

Eboue: 7 playing in his preferred position he put in a very competent performance.

Gallas: 7 our top scorer with three goals to his name, although, from where I sitting it looked as though he was lucky to still be on the pitch. I was imagining the team of tossers on MOTD rubbing their hands in glee at how they were going to be able to lay into Arsenal and Gallas for not being sent off and also how gutted they must have been after studying the incident from every angle and realising  that he didn’t actually trip the Portsmouth player.

Vermaelen: 8 yet again, another commanding performance.

Gibbs: 7 did everything right including making a goal saving challenge mid way through the second half.

Diaby: 8 so the answer seems to be to spend the summer in the gym, I wish he had popped down there a bit earlier.

Fabregas: 8 the orchestra leader is starting to get his band to hum in unison. Please let him be fit for the mancs.

Denilson: 9 statman is my Man of the Match today, he patrolled the area just in front of the back four with authority; his tackling was crisp, his passing precise, this man arrived today. I don’t care what it looked like on telly, this was a very, very commanding performance.

Arshavin: 8 another classy performance from our Russian gun.

RVP: 7 ten goals and our main striker hasn’t even scored…..but he will. The Boy Wonder is getting better and better as he becomes more familiar with his new role.

Eduardo: 8 I don’t remember him being so good on the left, I always got the impression that he was frustrated that he wasn’t playing centre forward, perhaps his injury has taught him patience, today he showed us all what we had been missing.


Ramsey: 8 yet another first team appearance that will do his confidence the world of good and a goal to boot.

Merida: 7 well done Fran, more of the same please.

Bendtner: 6 we were the ones in red, Nikki.


123 Responses to It’s Official: We’re Good.

  1. London says:

    Good Morning Roadsters

    A little something to mull over.

  2. avenell says:

    Morning London..

    Good post mate.. Almunia dropped the plates.. lol.

    I thought playing Cesc was not a sensible decision when we didn’t need to, apparently they knew he had a slight problem yet they still took a chance..

  3. JonJon says:

    morning everyone…

    nice post always capture the imgination…

    i like diaby as a support striker..but what concerns me is when we play stronger opposition and hes playing CM…im still unsure he has what it takes…

    we didnt need cesc yesterday….if your not dont matter who you are…

    and we wonder why we have so many players out injured for longer than they should be…

  4. PDT says:

    Good morning, everyone!

    Nice post, London. Agree with all of what you have written, except for one.

    I liked the way Eboue played. He tackled well. Defended high and well. Crossed well. Tracked back incredibly fast. Broke early to be in place to receive Cesc’s pass for the first goal. I can see why Arsene likes him so much.

    Aaron Ramsey was also very very good. There was one flighted pass to RvP which was brilliant in its conception and execution. This boy could be our next Paddy Vieira.

    Denilson was excellent. I think he has been very good all through last season and actually rate him better than Song. I don’t think the stats lie in this case, so don’t like the derogatory name.

    Things I didn’t like : we have lost the off the ball running that we used to be able to do to create space. There were many times when one of our players took the ball forward, only to discover that he didn’t have any options, he was out of space because no one else had made a run, so all the defenders were tracking him, etc. A classic example at the end of the game was when Bendtner ran into the box with the ball and no one went with him. Everyone was watching him with arms on their hips! Three defenders converged on him and took the ball away.

    The one area where I did not agree with your post, London, was the Pompey goal. Kaboul got incredible height and power on that header – he was coming down off a running start and most goalkeepers would have had trouble keeping that header out. The only way Almunia could have handled it was if he was in front of Kaboul…that would have been Gallas’ job.

  5. PDT says:

    RvP has lost his touch. There was an acrobatic volley he scored a few seasons back against Charlton or Fulham which made all the highlight reels. (I think in Thierry’s last season). He tried a variant of that yesterday and missed completely. There was another occasion when he got yorked by a cutback. I think our boy needs to practice his finishing. His linkup play has become better, but the RvP of old would have at least two goals by now and would not have had as many freekicks hitting the wall.

  6. PDT says:

    Though I think RvP will be back soon.

    Who knew Dudu could run that fast?

  7. PDT says:

    OK, will be back later to check if anyone has a comment…

  8. avenell says:

    Morning Jonjon, PDT and rico from a previous post..

    PDT..I am not with you on the Denilson thing, It’s not that I don’t want him to be good, it is lack of penertrating passes and lack of tracking back that annoys me with him..
    He doesn’t seem to defend like Song or pass like Cesc or even Ramsey.. so he is just a good back up at the moment.
    I thought the goal was totally Almunia’s fault too. He should command his box, Fabianski would have got that cross, Almunia always takes the ball too low, below head height and doeasn’t attack it to make it his..
    Apart from that we agree on everything.. 😉

  9. avenell says:

    We have been saying that about RvP for a while.. he turns right on a sixpence…. but turns left like the Amoco Cadiz.. and the defenders have sussed him out..

  10. JonJon says:

    morning PDT…

    i think Almunia was at fault for their goal…he seems to wait to take the ball at its lowest point…yesterday was a perfect example…the ball was dropping in the 6 yard box…anywhere else in the pen area i’d say yes,the defender must clear it, but when its in the 6 yard box its up to the keeper to claim it….

    almunia waited too long and was outjumped,as you say by a player coming at pace…

    its one of the gripes i have with almunia…i think hes a good shot stopper but when it comes to stuff like that he gets caught out…

    goalkeepers should take the ball at the highest point possible…that way the oncoming attacker has no chance of competing and if they do they give away the foul…

  11. avenell says:

    And Dudu is starting to look better than RvP.. He has greater awareness for the link up play. Once he clicks with Arshavin and Fabregas we will be unstoppable..

  12. JonJon says:

    rvp is definately overatted….

    and so is denilson…i dont think hes a bad player at all…against teams like pompey and does a good job, alot like diaby…its the big teams where he struggles…

    i rate song higher than the pair of them…

    against the likes of chelsea and liverpool and manure song would get the nod over denilson and diaby all day long for me…

  13. avenell says:

    I still blame Peter Shilton for that Hand of God goal in the world cup in 86′.. even though it was an obvious handball by maradonna, A 6’1″ Shilton should never be outjumped by a 5’4″ Maradonna even if he did use his arm.. he bottled it..

  14. JonJon says:

    i agree ave

    with the current formation we are playing AA and dudu playing behind Bendtner would be a better option…

    but wenger loves robin…hes not a bad player but i think the others offer more of a threat…

    in hindsight though,all of our goals are coming from midfeild….we said last season we need thr midfeilders to chip in more and they are doing….i think its down to the space the forwards are creating…

    once other teams try to stop our midfeild more our strikers will find space of their own, but it would help if robin could actually shoot..

  15. JonJon says:

    which is why i prefer dudu

  16. avenell says:

    A lot of the goals are coming from corners and free kicks though (when RvP leaves them alone).

    but we are playing with two strikers out wide and that lets the midfield players charge through too.

  17. JonJon says:

    i dont mind where the goals come from….its obviuosly working as 10 goals in two games speaks for itself…

  18. PDT says:

    Let’s agree to disagree on Almunia (aka “Correspondence on this subject is closed.)

    Re Denilson, we’ve got to first agree on what we want the role to do.

    Do we really need a DM? A DM’s job is to sit in front of the back four nd win the ball back. He reduces the space between the offensive line and the defence preventing the opposition from playing the ball through. If the CB drives forward, he drops back to defend.

    1. In our system, our defensive line is very high….not just high. The mancs also play a high line, but see where Vidic is vs. where Gallas is. There is very little space on front of the back four against a team like Portsmouth. IMHO, we don’t need a DM against the lower half teams. We probably don’t need a DM against any of the teams except the Macs, ‘pool, Chelski, City and Villa. Now that Toure has left, none of our CBs drive forward, so there’s no need to fall back and defend either.

    2. Ave, you want Denilson to have penetrating passes. That’s not part of the job description for a DM. Flamini couldn’t pass to save his life. All that Flamini did was win the ball back and pass to Cesc or Hleb.

    3. You also want Denilson to track back. Through most of the game yesterday, the defensive line was so high that Denilson was not positioned to track back. TV, Gallas, Eboue and Gibbs did the tracking back. As did Denilson, btw.

    That’s why, in the league, when we are playing 4-3-3, I want Nasri partnering Cesc in the middle of the park. He is a ball winner, he reads the game well and he can pass forwards well. As a backup to Nasri, I’d like to see Diaby.

    The Champs league is a different kettle of fish, especially in the knockout stages. We really do need a DM in those games (as well as against the mancs, etc. in the league). That’s where Denilson’s value stands out.

    Just watch Makelele in action….you’ll see denilson does that job brilliantly.

    Of course, if you want all action Van Damme, you will be disappointed.

  19. PDT says:

    The DM role is a specialist role, like a leg spinner. You don’t play a leg spinner in all your games or on all kinds of pitches.

  20. avenell says:

    I don’t want a DM I want a Flamini type player.. I also think Wengerball means we defend as a unit.. But having said that it works lately with Barca and Yaya..

    Just because it is not a DM’s job to pass forwards does that not mean it would’t be good if he could, I don’t think football has any set rules on what a player can or cannot do..

    I just think you play certain players and they add something, but that also have there weak spots too, so for every action you get a reaction.

    I would still have Almunia as my No1 keeper btw.. I saw Petr Cech and VDS make more mistakes than him last year even though I don’t watch the Mancs or Chelsea every week. I just thought he was to blame yesterday and hopfully they can work on that in training..

  21. PDT says:

    I think both Nasri and Diaby can be much better than Flamini. I am also pretty sure we dont need a DM.

  22. PDT says:

    And Flamini never passed forwards – left to Cesc and right to Hleb.

  23. avenell says:

    I don’t feel either have Flamini’s energy and Diaby has no awareness which means he loses possesion in dangerous area’s, it isn’t so vital 50 yards up the field.

    Nasri does a good job on the right wing, so I would leave him up there..

  24. PDT says:

    What do you think of playing Arshavin through the middle and RvP on the left?

  25. avenell says:

    But Flamini has charged into the box like Freddie used to to make up for his lack of passing..

    Denilson has never charged anywhere..

  26. JonJon says:

    denilsons a decent backup but as a first teamer hes really overatted….

    yes he cleans up well but…

    -he wins no headers..
    -hes easily knocked off the ball
    -his passes are accurate and his stats are good but they are so accurate becuase he spends the whole game passing the ball back to the defenders…

    one of the best aspects of our game is counter attacking….so it does nothing for our game when a player like denilson wins the ball in our own half and 5 or 6 of our players go streaming forward and denilson passes the ball backwards to gallas….the move breaks down…the attackers have to all come back into position and while doing so we have to play side to side crab football until everyones back and ready again….it also allows the opposition to park the bus…denilson compresses the play

    when denilson does attempt a defence splitting pass the ball goes astray…leading to a counter attack and several times last season denilson gave the ball away and didnt track back..

    hes a good prospect and a decent squad player but we have better options in the side….

    id leave games like pompey for denilson and let song handle the big games…

    also diaby has great technical ability but little makes him a liability in the middle of the park because one moment hes dribbling outside the opposition box and the next hes trying to dribble outside our own…hes better as a support stiker…i said this all through last season and yesterday proved that…hes better in front of goal…CM is a no no for diaby…

  27. PDT says:

    I think distance is lending enchantment to your view of Flamini, Ave.

  28. avenell says:

    I would play Rosicky left as my first choice if fit.. RvP plays better on the right, like he does for Holland.

    But if we play RvP wide we need a DM because he doesn’t track back to cover the overlapping full back..

  29. PDT says:

    What do you think of RvP and Arshavin swapping positions?

  30. avenell says:

    I thought Flamini was our best player in the season before he left..
    A bit of this gets the team and the crowd going..

  31. PDT says:

    I can’t wait for Rosicky to be back. I suspect he will be back around the City game, though Wenger will not play him in that one.

    Does anyone know where Ade and Robinho will be playing during the international break? I hope both Brazil and Togo have qualifiers.

  32. PDT says:

    Nice clip, Ave…

  33. JonJon says:

    flamini was good because he was all over the place…

    he had the energy levels of two players…it was like having one man to do two mens jobs and it allowed us an extra attacker….

    playing both song and denilson takes a player out of the attack which is why we only play with one up front now….and had to all last season…

    when we had flamini in the side we never played with one upfront…not until everyone else but ade was injured anyway..

  34. PDT says:

    Dinner’s on the table, so must go….

    Good chatting with you, Avenell and Jonjon!!

  35. avenell says:

    Cheers PDT.. off to do some work myself..

  36. JonJon says:

    cheers guys im off to watch the ‘london derby’ 🙂

    come on ammers…

  37. London says:

    Well, I have just read though all the comments and I have to say that was a first class football debate. We haven’t had one of those for a while.


    I welcome your comments, I must explain, I agree that the Spanish Waiter is a bit harsh but when you read more of my comments you will see that I am one of those supporters that takes the view that if a player is wearing the red and white of Arsenal I support him. This position can get a bit one dimensional so I throw a comment like that in every now and again.

    In this morning’s case, when I thought of the dropping the plates part it made me chuckle so I just had to find a way of getting it in there. It still makes me chuckle but that’s probably because we won so comfortably.
    I do think that Almunia was caught flat footed, I hope it will serve as a little wake up call to keep him on his toes — hopefully literally on his toes when crosses like that come in.

    Eboue: I could imagine Rico chuckling when she was reading it. The idea of me being ticked of for not being pro Eboue enough would have made her laugh.

    Denilson: I hoped the Statman comment would be seen as ironic, in view that I followed it by giving him my MOM award. Ave and Jonjon are slightly out of date on this one. He has changed, yesterday he never played the Song role, he didn’t play the Flamini role, he played the role of Denilson superbly. In the same way that people have changed their view of Song the remaining stragglers will soon change their minds about Denilson.

    Flamini: totally agree. Ave and Jonjon know this and love giving me a hard time about it.

    PDT: you have found an ally. One of the reasons I like visiting this site is because as well as being able to express concerns, you are also allowed to speak complementary about, a player, the club and yes, even about Arsène Wenger without someone leaping in and insulting you.

    I hope to read many more comments from you.

  38. avenell says:

    So what would be your starting XI if everyone was fit London?

    Not Diaby, Song, Rosicky, Nasri and Denilson all as holding midfielders.. lol.

  39. London says:

    Against who? This is important.

  40. avenell says:

    Lets say against Man U or Chelsea, Then a team where it’s okay to start Denilson (Blackburn) so you can keep the goalposts moving.. 😉

  41. avenell says:

    Five years ago we had a strongest XI that we would put out against anyone and beat them.. we used to let other teams worry about us.. all this pampering around changing from our best team causes all these defeats against the lower opposition..

    Take Stoke last year for example Arsene put out a team that was our tallest and we came unstuck. Where if we had of put our best team out they would have had to worry about us..

  42. London says:

    It’s a strong point you make about the fact that we used to have a strongest XI and let other teams worry about us rather than us about them. But I feel that it is a squad that wins Champions League’s and not a solitary eleven. I have said it many times that I believe that we already have the team that can win the title but I don’t believe we have the squad.

    You seem to be trying to connect last season’s performances with what is happening now, they are irrelevant especially the Stoke game, things have changed. You saw for yourself how well Song played against Everton and how superbly he played against Celtic.

    The point I am trying to get across today is that Denilson’s performance was so good yesterday that I see no reason to relate to anything he did in the previous season. Denilson knows that he justifiably has a place in that team and with that knowledge comes confidence and he was oozing it yesterday.

  43. avenell says:

    And your teams are?

  44. rico says:

    Blow the footie, we have just won the Ashes…..

    Where is George, Evo, Raddy and Rasp 🙂 🙂

  45. avenell says:

    I would say that Denilson’s performance this season against 2 very poor teams and an average one has less relavance than last season..
    A leapard doesn’t change it’s spots overnight..

  46. London says:

    Leopards may not change their spots but players, grow, mature and improve. Denilson can only play against the teams that is put in front of him and yesterday he played better than I have ever seen him play before.

  47. Big Raddy says:

    Get in there. The Ashes are won 🙂

  48. avenell says:

    Hi Raddy..

    And your teams are London???

  49. London says:

    I have watched the cricket from 11 this morning until 5 this afternoon, I go downstairs to do something and come back and I missed everything.

  50. avenell says:

    London.. You asked everybody the other day what team we would start against portsmouth..

    I am asking what team do you consider our strongest and even gave two examples of opposition for you to make your choice..

    Are you avoiding the question in case you don’t consider Denilson to be in either team line up?
    That is what it seems like to me otherwise you would have answered the question more directly..

  51. London says:

    I am not quite sure where you are trying to take this but if you want me to pick my team for next Saturday with the players that are currently available it would be:


  52. London says:

    After yesterday’s performance I would have Denilson in both my teams against Chelsea and Manu.

  53. London says:

    I think the defence and the midfield are quite settled it is the attack that is still a work in progress.

    RVP will not play on Wednesday, I expect Eduardo to play centre forward.

  54. rico says:

    Sorry London – I forgot to say, nice post and its great to read a report from someone at the match, we have been spoilt, JonJon last week and you today 🙂

    Been a bit wrapped up in cleaning out the fireplace 😉

  55. avenell says:

    London.. No the question was, what do you consider to be our strongest team with everybody fit?

    As I asked initially at 3.20.. lol..

  56. rico says:

    ave – can I offer mine


    Bac Gallas TV Clichy

    Theo/Nasri Cesc Song Thomas

    Dudu AA

  57. avenell says:

    Thanks Rico.. You managed that in under 4 hours.. 🙂

  58. JonJon says:

    hi guys..

    thats easy


  59. rico says:

    Ha bloomin ha ave – its an ashes day for me 😉

  60. London says:

    I just watched the Portsmouth game on Football First, it didn’t show anything that Denilson did, I suppose excellent positional play, breaking up the oppositions attack and making clever passes are not what makes good highlights.

  61. London says:

    Ok if you want, against Fulham:


    And against Chelsea:


  62. avenell says:

    I was only wondering..

  63. rico says:

    Europe are heading for a beating in the Solheim Cup 😦

    Can’t have it all my own way I guess….

    Catch you tomorrow guys, I am in need of some sleep

    Stay safe 😉

  64. rico says:

    Good Morning, Good Morning 😛

    So Jolene is off to City, wasn’t that a C&W song 😉

    Cesc is out for a few weeks, oh deep joy!! Why on earth was he played if he was injured after the Celtic game…!! Or is this AW’s mind games…

  65. London says:

    Morning Rico

    I certainly hope it is Wenger’s mind games, what gives us a bit more hope than normal is that Wenger was definitely playing these kind of games over Fabregas’ fitness prior to the first Celtic game. I don’t expect Fabregas to start on Wednesday but I certainly hope to hell he is fit for Saturday.

  66. rico says:

    Morning London

    I agree, I think Song and Denilson/Diaby or Ramsey would be ok for the Celtic game – but Saturday, we need him big time.

  67. rico says:

    Is there any truth in the David Dein having a role at Portsmouth when their takeover goes through ??

  68. rico says:

    I am not sure rico, on Footie First during the Pompey game they mentioned it 😉

  69. London says:

    That’s the only mention I heard Rico

  70. Irishgunner says:

    Hello, Hello,

    David Dein at Pompey 😯

  71. rico says:

    Morning Irish – long time etc 😉

    Can’t see him at Pompey myself, but you never know, football is a funny old game 😉

    Transfers should be in this week then, fingers crossed

  72. Irishgunner says:

    Hiya Rico,

    I was reading about the Cesc injury on To me it seems like AW saying to old red nose “Is he injured? eeeeeeeeeemh”

    I bet he plays Saturday and will be rested against Celtic with Ramsey starting in the middle.

  73. London says:

    Morning Irish

    Utaka is definitely not the sharpest tool in the box.

  74. Irishgunner says:

    Morning London,

    Obviously not ha ha he tripped himself up, that’s embarrassing enough so he should just be quiet now and stop making himself look more foolish.

    Its been an odd old start to the season hasn’t it?

    Wigan beat Villa away then lose to Wolves at home. Hull get spanked by the Spuds then beat Bolton. Spuds top of the table, Mancs beaten by Burnley, Us scoring 10 goals in 2 games …. Exciting stuff so far.

  75. London says:

    If Cesc is out for Wednesday, Wenger will go for all the experience he can get.


    RVP will be rested and Eboue will be saved to ensure he is not CL cup tied, on the off chance that someone comes in and wants to pay through the nose.

    Celtic will obviously come onto us again but with one more goal the tie will be over and then Wenger can give the likes of Ramsey and Merida another chance.

    The thing that now makes this game more interesting than before is to see how the team copes without Fabregas.

  76. London says:

    I suppose that Wenger could always have Fabregas on the bench for Wednesday, only to be brought on to prevent the unthinkable should that be unfolding.

  77. Irishgunner says:

    We coped well enough without him last season.

    Just a pity Nasri is out – I’d like to see him in that central position.

    An early goal Wednesday night would be just the tonic.

  78. rico says:

    We should be fine at home, and as you say Irish, Cesc was out for a long time last season and we did well enough. I wouldn’t play him in any case, he obviously has a niggle, and should be rested.

    I would go with


    Eboue/Bac TV Gallas Clichy

    Theo Song Denilson Diaby

    Arshavin Eduardo

  79. Irishgunner says:

    Is Theo back Rico?

  80. rico says:

    Ah, good point Irish, he may not be 😦

  81. rico says:

    Maybe by this Saturday according to, in that case I will get my boots ready to play on the right 😉

  82. Irishgunner says:

    I don’t think we’ll see too much of a sake up at the start.

    Wenger can’t get cocky, we lose against Celtic and his ass will be in Mick McCarthy’s famed bacon-slicer!!

    Go a few up and then make the changes.

  83. Irishgunner says:

    *shake up

  84. rico says:

    I hope he doesn’t change it too much, we need to start with the strongest possible, and as you say, get the tie put to bed and then rest a few, It would be great for us to be in a position to bring on Merida, Jack and Rasmey for the last fifteen minutes.

    You reckon we will buy a couple of players still Irish? good to hear AA giving the boss orders 😉

  85. rico says:

    Former Arsenal and Barcelona defender Sylvinho is weighing up a move to Manchester City, understands.

    Sylvinho is a free agent following the expiration of his contract at Barcelona at the end of last season.

    City boss Mark Hughes is keen to bring in the experienced defender to provide cover and competition for Wayne Bridge.

    Sylvinho spent two years in England with Arsenal before making the move to Spain with Celta Vigo and then Barcelona.

    The player’s representative Hans Lamberz has confirmed there has been contact from City and the Brazilian is weighing up his options.

    “There was contact with Manchester City a while ago and that has been renewed recently,” Lamberz told

    What a joke !!!

  86. Irishgunner says:

    At this point I honestly don’t know. He has ruled out Hangelaand.

    Maybe Matuidi? Or a cheapy on the last day from the Real Madrid recycling bin?

  87. rico says:

    Chamakh, Matuidi and a defender would do me just nicely 😉

  88. Irishgunner says:

    I wonder will Everton be back in for Senderos now?

  89. Irishgunner says:

    Ha ha Chamakh has started to score in Ligue 1 now 🙂

    He won’t join West Ham, they aren’t big enough for him.

  90. rico says:

    We need a defender big time, Djourou is out for a while, TV and Gallas are going great guns, but what happens if one of them get a serious injury? AW has already rested Bac and Clichy, but he cant do that with either Gallas and TV.

    I wouldn’t mind if we went for Upson or Richards – WH have money problems and a dreadful start, so Upson may just be happy to come home 😉

    Chamakh has said no to the Hammers, and has told Bordeau either Arsenal or I leave on a free. I reckon he will be signed 2-3 days before the close of the window 😛 – He is going to be our goal scorer 😉

  91. rico says:

    They may well now Jolene has gone, I can’t believe we need to sell him before we buy though, I reckon our signings will begin Thursday, when the PJ’s jump into bed – roll on 😛

  92. Irishgunner says:

    I’d rather Upson over Richards to be honest although I can see Dunne leaving City and not Richards.

    AW ruined my plans for Bendtner by pushing him out on the wing – WENGER OUT!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  93. rico says:

    Apart from Eduardo, have any of our forwards scored yet… 😦

    I agree, AW out out out !! 😉

  94. rico says:

    RvP frustrates me, he always seems to look for a foul on him, he can’t seem to stay on his feet either. He is very average at the moment. Maybe him playing the 90 minutes is an indication that he won’t start on Wednesday..

  95. Irishgunner says:

    RvP has been linking up pretty well imo but it all goes back to him not really been a target man or fox-in-the-box.

    So far: Gallas = 3
    Diaby = 2
    Cesc = 2
    Eduardo = 1
    Ramsey = 1
    Vermaelen = 1
    Denilson = 1
    Caldwell 😉 = 1

  96. rico says:

    He’s neither Arthur or Martha Irish 😉

    He doesnt seem to score the crackers that he used to, hopefully he will soon find his shooting boots, there is a long way to go and both he and Nik have a massive responsibilty on their shoulders 😉

  97. rico says:

    Silvinho will join Citeh later today !! Shocking news…

  98. Irishgunner says:

    Ha ha I thought City had money 😉

    PV said he couldn’t join Spurs out of respect to Arsenal = 10/10 PV 😀

  99. rico says:

    Quite a bizzare signing really, if Bridge gets injured, Theo could have a bit of fun against his old legs 😉

  100. rico says:

    Good on old nick nack 😛

  101. Irishgunner says:

    Paddy whack 😉

    Its a bit of an odd one, who was it that Bridge replaced or did City not have a LB?

  102. rico says:

    I can’t remember Irish, was it Sun or something similar ?

  103. Irishgunner says:

    Aww maybe it was, it was a void if I remember correctly.

    Bridge has been injured a lot for them so I suppose they need cover.

  104. rico says:

    They will have two crocks now then 😉

    Got to pop out for a while, catch you later

  105. Irishgunner says:

    Its a good read (I linked before I read it all 😉 ). Although I’d have to disagree with him on Sarkozy – not the most popular person in Ireland.

  106. Irishgunner says:

    Campbell to Notts County 😯 he’s better than League Two!!

  107. London says:


    What did Sarkozy do to make himself unpopular in Ireland?

  108. Irishgunner says:

    He called us all sorts of names for not voting in the Lisbon Treaty.

    It was while he was European President you see and didn’t go down too well with him with us voting “No”

    Then he arrives over in Dublin and basically says Ireland is much anyway and the Treaty will go ahead with or without us.

    The tabloids had a field day with the puns – on one front page there was a snail with his head imposed onto it.

    Then people were pronouncing his name wrong on purpose – Nicholas Jacuzzi been the favored one. And a load of signs saying “Oui, we said Non”

    He could have been more tactful in his response.

    The “No” to Lisbon was really because 1) Most didn’t understand it 2) Sinn Fein did a good campaign of scaremongering and 3) We hated the government at the time.

  109. Irishgunner says:

    *Ireland isn’t much

  110. Big Raddy says:

    Fine post London.

    The cover for CB is Senderos until he goes. I have a soft spot for the big lummox, and he is certainly good enough to cope with most of the Prem strikers. Thankfully there are only a handfull of top s, mobile strikers about. Against Hull/Stoke/Burnley/Wolves etc etc Swiss is good enough. That said, I expect AW to use Song if JD is injured.

    GG9 is strangely quiet 😉

  111. London says:

    Thanks BR

    I think one of the reasons that Senderos has been given a break from being bombarded with a level of vitriol normally reserved for granny bashers is that we haven’t seen him play for a while.

    There is a question mark…..what if he has improved while he was at Milan, he may not have got quicker but if a defender wanted to improve his positional play he would be hard pushed to find a better school than AC Milan; which is, if we are honest, the Oxbridge of defending.

  112. Irishgunner says:

    If he improved so much though London they would surely have taken up their option on him – what with Maldini retiring and the rest of their defence a 100 years old.

  113. Big Raddy says:

    Pace Irish. You can improve tactically & positionally, but poor Swiss Phil has the turning circle of a supertanker.

    But as a back-up CB, why not??

  114. raif says:

    Hey lads.. with Lescot going to man city any second now,
    it looks like Big Phill Might get sold to everton after all

  115. London says:

    The turning circle of a super tanker! This image always makes me laugh.

  116. rico says:

    Anyone want to see the bosses email ???

  117. rico says:

    I have to go, so I have put it up as a new post 😉

  118. London says:


    What do you mean?

  119. rico says:

    New post guys 😉

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