Finally something to smile about……………………

Two bits of good news were announced yesterday, one is that Kieran Gibbs has not suffered any break to his ankle he just has some bad bruising and won’t be out for long. I don’t expect we will see him at the weekend, but back in time for The Chavs I hope. Silvestre ‘should’ be able to cope against Sunderland on Saturday but The Chavs are a bit of a different story.

The second bit of news is that Eduardo has signed a new long term contract. Let’s hope this means that any injury concerns or mental issues we were all concerned about, are no longer. There is a nice picture of Ivan and Eduardo ‘doing the business’ on if anyone is interested.

Just how silly must all of those reporters who wrote rather large articles about Eduardo at the weekend feel? They had him leaving us in January for £10M and of all places they reported him to be going was Liverpool! I didn’t really believe it at the time, I doubt anyone really did. Madrid, maybe, but Liverpool…. Nah!!

So two bits of good news indeed, followed by no further injury reports from last nights games, Sagna had a good game and Gallas scored the goal that knocked out the Irish.

And what a goal is was too – what a muck up by the officials in such a big game!! Two offside before Henry ‘controlled’ the ball and then the biggest bit of cheating I have seen since Madonna’s hand.

Thierry Henry should be ashamed of himself this morning. Waking up and coming to terms with the fact that the whole world, apart from the French thinks you’re a cheat. For once, I am glad the great man no longer plays for us! I don’t think I could stand watching Sky Sports report all day on the incident.

He wouldn’t be reported as a French player, a French cheat, no, he would be a cheat who plays for Arsenal.
Anyway, he is a Barça player, and this morning I am very glad about that! Don’t think that admitting it was handball will get you a reprieve though Thierry!!

Sad news for Russia, they won’t be travelling to South Africa next summer, unless it’s to go on holiday, they are out. Selfish of me maybe, but I don’t care. Arshavin will get a rest and we will get the benefit.

That is one of the reason’s, not the main reason of course, that I hope ROI would win last night… I had hoped that Clichy, Sagna, Diaby and Gallas all had a good rest during the summer break. Mind you, I am not sure Gallas will be with us next season.

Cesc came through a whole game unscathed, that’s more good news. He managed to score one in Spain’s 5-1 win and pick up a yellow card on the way, not that I am fussed about that!

Eboue played too last night and he grabbed himself a goal too – watch out Eduardo you have some stiff competition now 😉

So, no new injuries to report and that is the most important thing for Arsenal.

That’s it for a while now, no silly international games, meaningless friendlies or any other ‘country get together’ no, its Premier League, Champions League and Domestic Cup competition right through into the new year now – Hoorah!!

First up is Sunderland away on Saturday, 3pm kick off – a tough game for us I think, but one we will win – just!

I know we have a few injury concerns, but so do Sunderland. No Gordon, Jones or Cattermole. Apart from Bendtner, van Persie and Gibbs, until Arson updates us on those who have trained this week we can’t be sure of who will play or not.

I just hope he plays the strongest eleven available and brings home the three points. Forget The Chavs until it’s time to play them. This game is a must win, we are on a winning run and we don’t want that to change. Don’t rest Song, Gallas or Sagna – play them all and get the points, put the pressure on the teams around us and let them be the ones to crack, not us!

Have a great day all, two days left to wait

Just for peaches, oh and me!


45 Responses to Finally something to smile about……………………

  1. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters

  2. rico says:

    From yesterdays post

    JonJon Says:

    November 19, 2009 at 2:20 am edit

    what theirry did was cheating…but i asked myself if i played for my country, and it was a playoff to qualify for a world cup, and it was extra time and you needed a goal, and the goal was there but the ball was getting away from me, would i do the same thing..????the answer is yes…

    ireland were robbed…no doubt about it but cheating happens all the time in football but its never brought up properly until something like this happens….handballs, dives, time wasting, fake injuries…its all cheating and it happens all over the pitch but when it comes to a major fuck up everyone kicks off…the refs have to hold their hands up cos they are shit at all levels this year..ive never seen more odd decisions than i have this season than any other put together…

    the ref and the linesman should get a rollocking for that….the initial cross from the freekick was offside and then they missed the handball…i wouldnt even mind but he was allowed to travel about two yards with the ball in his palm

    no doubt theirry will get some stick for this but great players do things like this from time to time, maradona did it…at the end off the day i think its the refs jobs to catch them out when they try this stuff…

    and whilest we are talking about henry i think his legs have gone..and he is nowhere near the standard required to play in our current team..ive watched the last few games hes played in now and i think his games gone to the shits…i dont even think he gets in the barca team anymore..some kid from the youth team plays upfront with messi and ibra and hes been hitting the net too…

  3. London says:

    Morning Rico

    Your just showing off with pictures and all now 😉

    2:20 am, that man’s sleeping pattern has seroiusly gone to pot.

  4. rico says:

    Morning London…

    Do you think I need to get out more 😉 😉

    Re JJ, and their little one hasnt even been born yet 😉

  5. London says:


    I was wondering what Mrs JJ would think about it all and came to the conclusion that she would be very happy as he could do the night shift while she gets eight hours. We’re talking about you, not to you JJ 😉

    If you haven’t seen Eboue’s goal you should try to, it is hilarious.

  6. rico says:

    That’s a good idea London, I will let you tell Jj though 😉

    Just seen Eboue’s goal, what a star he is, that must have hurt him, he rolled around for so long after.. 😉

  7. London says:

    I reckon that was the first time he has been genuinely hurt.

  8. rico says:

    You could be right London, that ball was at him with great pace – sadly though that old expression ‘cry wolf’ springs to mind 😦

  9. rico says:

    Arsenal hire dealmaker to fill vacant Dein role

    Scout behind Gilberto and Vela transfers joins Wenger as contract negotiator

    Arsène Wenger will retain the final say over all acquisitions and transfer policy at the Emirates

    The director of football role that has remained unoccupied at Arsenal since the abrupt departure of David Dein two years ago has now unofficially been filled in part by an American who once scouted for the club in South America.

    Dick Law, who helped bring Gilberto Silva and Carlos Vela to Arsenal, has become the club’s fixer on transfer deals and the re-negotiation of contracts for existing players. That was a key part of the job done by Dein before he was forced out by a boardroom putsch in April 2007 and Arsène Wenger has always been against bringing in a high-profile name to fill the role.

    Under new chief executive Ivan Gazidis, Law, with Wenger’s blessing, has become a more central figure at the club. He was previously Arsenal’s scout in South America and, subsequently North America and helped to establish Wenger’s network of scouts there. He is understood to be in London for two weeks per month and players seeking to open talks on new deals are being directed towards him.

    The club are adamant that Law is not to be regarded as a director of football and that he is only a consultant to the club rather than a full-time employee. Law, a Fifa-licensed agent, has an office at the training ground and his main responsibilities are strategy, contract negotiations, administration and planning.

    There is no question of Law influencing Wenger’s transfer decisions or putting pressure on the Arsenal manager to buy certain players. The club are very eager that his role is not confused with the much more influential job Frank Arnesen did at Chelsea and Damien Comolli once performed at Tottenham.

    Law is close to Wenger’s chief scout Steve Rowley, who is a long-serving ally of the Arsenal manager and has played a key role in the transfer coups for players such as Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. Another of Law’s projects is understood to be the establishing of feeder clubs for Arsenal around the world that would allow them access to the best young players.

    Law had connections with Dein before he became more involved in working with the club. Law’s name came up when Arsenal were obliged to defend their conduct in the High Court in 2005 over Gilberto Silva’s transfer from Atletico Mineiro three years previously. They were accused by the player’s then-agent of bypassing him in the deal. Arsenal were cleared of any wrongdoing.

    It is anticipated that Law will be given the job of taking care of contracts for all players from the academy to the senior team. The club hope that the addition of Law to oversee contracts will mean there is less chance of the young teams that Wenger has built over the last three years being picked off by other clubs. They announced that Eduardo da Silva had signed a new deal yesterday – understood to be four years, although for reasons known only to themselves Arsenal never disclose the lengths of player contracts.

  10. JonJon says:

    hi guys..

    lol yes my body clock is slighty out at the minute..

    i have a couple of observations…

    the 1st is about eduardos contract…i find it as no suprise that dudus contract was allowed to run so long..hes just been out for over a year..hes lucky to be walking again after what he went through..there is no way any club would offer a player a new long term contract until they were sure the same player had returned, by that i mean it was vital for him to recover fully before the club even considered a new contract…

    the new contract is a great testiment to the mans bravery and quality…

    i think rosicky is another player with these circumstances but unfortunately has yet to be offered an extention…..

    and talking of contracts, gallas is having a monster season and his contract is up in summer….this is the best ive seen him play…i think him and TV are the best defenders in europe at the minute…so i hope gallas contract gets sorted as well, i think hes got another 2 years left in him…

    my 2nd point is about our problem at LB..clichy, gibbs and traore all doubtful…but we dont only have silvy who can play LB…the verminator is a LB..

    which could possibly mean a vacancy in the CB spot..i dont see why wenger will break the TV/WG pair up but i wouldnt be suprised if wenger did it for sunderland….

  11. JonJon says:

    has anyone got a link for eboues goal..

  12. rico says:

    Hi JJ, Gallas wants two years, and same old one year being offered, I don’t think he will stay 😦

    Rumours are again that we are looking at Subotic (similar) to replace him ..

    I would move Sagna to LB and play Eboue personally

  13. rico says:

    Saying that, I think Tweetie would cope 😉

  14. JonJon says:

    thats not a bad call rico, but i think we need to keep the balance of the team right..left foot right foot…

    if we have left sided players for that position lets use them..

  15. rico says:

    What a refreshing change to hear a manager speak in such a way, and an ex Manc at that 🙂

    STEVE BRUCE has revealed the massive debt he owes to Arsenal’s ‘genius’ boss Arsene Wenger.

    Sunderland chief Bruce will lock horns with Wenger on Saturday, when Arsenal visit the Stadium of Light, and he is keen to get Sunderland moving back in the right direction after picking up just one point from their last three games.

    But while Bruce will be doing everything he can to outwit Wenger this weekend, he says the Gunners boss has been a huge help to him in his managerial career – in particular, helping him win promotion to the top flight with Birmingham back in 2007, when they finished runners-up to Sunderland in the Championship.

    “I get on well with Arsene,” said Bruce. “Of all the managers, he’s probably helped me the most.

    “He helped me get promoted with Birmingham by giving me three players on loan – Nicklas Bendtner, Fabrice Muamba and Sebastian Larsson – and I’ll always be grateful for that.”

    Bruce reckons Wenger deserves to be considered one of the game’s great managers for his achievements over the last 13 years, during which time the Londoners have won five Premier League titles, four FA Cups and one League Cup.

    Bruce said: “Arsenal are an exceptionally young, gifted team.

    “And the fella in charge is bordering on a genius.

    “He’s produced team after team, sold player after player and yet always managed to find other players to take their place.

    “He’s a quite incredible manager, and with his current crop of players the future looks very, very healthy for Arsenal.

    “He’s got to be up there with the greats because of how his teams play and the way he keeps on producing players and teams.”

    Arsenal have not won a trophy for four years and many pundits have said that barren spell has put Wenger under heavy pressure to end that barren spell.

    But Bruce does not believe Wenger’s position is under threat. He said: “People say they need to win something this season but I don’t think so.

    “They haven’t won anything for four or five years but they have been through a long transitional period, and the one thing Arsene has always done is produce more young players.

    “Arsenal fans would love to see their team win a trophy, but I am sure they are delighted with their club and the way it is run.”

  16. rico says:

    Thing is JJ, either AW plays Silvestre at LB, or sell him – Isn’t that his true position?

    If it is and he doesn’t fill in when we really need a LB then what is the point in the club wasting money on his wages..

  17. rico says:

    Another thing, Silvestre has been talking to about how Sunderland will be tricky, either he has been told he is playing, OR

    He is the only player left to i/v at the club as all the others are on international duty 😉 😉

  18. rico says:

    Off out for a short while

  19. London says:

    Here is the Eboue link JJ. I thought Silvestre was left footed so I don’t see how that disrupts the left foot right foot balance of the team.

  20. London says:

    Oh, by the way JJ your rationale as to why there was a delay in renewing Eduardo’s contract makes a great deal of sense.

  21. rico says:

    London, JJ’s comment about left foot, right foot balance was in realtion to my suggestion to move Sagna to LB, not Tweetie 😉

  22. London says:

    Ahhh, I see

  23. rico says:

    Have you seen the reports about the IFA are asking for the game last night to be replayed…

  24. Freire says:,19528,11095_5705302,00.html

    Hello all!

    I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but it seems he’s affraid of us. LOL

  25. peachesgooner says:

    Hello how is everyone,

    It doesn’t look like the dust in going to settle on last night very quickly does it. In the name of ‘fair play’ I think the game should be replayed especially if Thierry says it should. What say you……..

  26. Freire says:

    hi peaches
    Of course Henry won’t say it needs to be replayed. He admitted the handball, but it doesn’t mean that he wants to replay it. I think it’s impossible.

  27. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Friere – I don’t think hes afraid of us any more than any other manager – hes showing that he holds Arsene in great regard and has a lot of respect for him, loves the way we play football and is honest about that. Its the managers and pundits that say we’re nothing special that are dishonest and afraid of us 😉

  28. London says:


    Has Thierry suggested that it should be replayed?

  29. peachesgooner says:

    I too think its impossible but thats because logistically it would be very difficult to make the time……..the draw for the group stages is in a couple of weeks and the next international break is probably some time in march……..

  30. peachesgooner says:

    Hi London – I don’t think he has, what I’m saying is that I think he should be at the front of a campaign to have the game replayed if there was going to be one….

  31. London says:

    There is more chance of Ave making an appearance than there is of that game being replayed.

  32. peachesgooner says:

    True, very true …….

  33. Freire says:

    What happened to him?

  34. Freire says:

    Well, whatever happened to him, hope he’s nice.
    Out for today! See you all.

  35. rico says:

    Afternoon all

    peaches, did you like the photo 😉

    I stole it from you 😉

  36. rico says:

    London – your 4.55 😛 😛

  37. rico says:

    Now you have all gone…. 😦

    Im off for supper then…

  38. peachesgooner says:

    Hi rico

    Thanks for the photo…….I have it on my lap-top 🙂

    I took my poor foot to the physio again this afternoon and he had a good laugh about Robin and the placenta 😦

  39. rico says:

    Gosh – is your foot still bad peaches?

  40. peachesgooner says:

    Yes 😦

    Its very annoying, good thing we don’t have a home game on saturday cos I wouldn’t be looking forward to the walk – thats not entirely true cos I do always look forward to the walk …….

  41. rico says:

    What have you done? do you need the same treatment as Robin ;)It must be horrid..

    Can’t wait for Saturday, just hope we win and get right back on track, carry on as we left off..

  42. rico says:

    Im done guys, see you all tomorrow

    nighty night

  43. Freire says:

    If I lived in London, near the Stadium, I wouldn’t complain about nothing :S There’s an Ocean between me and my Arsenal :\

  44. rico says:


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