Now All I Need Is For Someone To Run My Dog Over And My Week Will Be Complete.

I am bemused by some fans who in their anger call for Wenger to have played a stronger team, would you have wanted Cesc to have played? And if he got a similar injury to RVP would you have thought that it was worth it? No, you wouldn’t, you would have been calling for Wenger’s head.

If Drogba had got had got a similar injury to RVP from playing last night the chavs would almost certainly have forfeited their chances of winning the CL……ohhh, a boy can dream, stop it, I’m being serious here.

I want our slender chances of winning the CL rapped carefully in cotton wool and that does not include playing Cesc in the Mickey Mouse Cup.

I thought Wenger’s team selection was spot on, perhaps a bit confusing that Senderos didn’t play, my guess is that he has already found a club to go to in January and didn’t want to risk injury but Rico’s idea that he wasn’t selected for fear that the club might lower their offer still makes me laugh. I am, of course, being bitchy, he might simply be injured.

Anyway, Wenger fielded the usual combination of youth and experience; my first thought when I saw the teams was that we are going to lose six – one but after the initial wave of City attack we started to get into the game and I found myself on the edge of my seat when the ball was played for Vela to run onto with what seemed like only the goal keeper to beat but needed a split second more than he was allowed to compose himself and score.

It was this same split second or the lack of it that made all the difference to Ramsey, Wilshire, Merida and Eastmond, neither one could play their usual game because they were closed down just that bit quicker than they are used to and they can play all the friendlies that they like but unless they play in competitive games like last night they will never gain the all important experience needed to step up.

Hopefully all those who have been calling for Ramsey to start more games will now have realised that there is a huge difference to coming on when we a three – nil up; playing for Wales against Scotland (Scotland purleese) and starting in a game that was played at the same speed and determination as that in the EPL.

Ramsey was not able to run with the ball in his usual way, could not find his passes simply because he still has not got what it takes to play at that level – but he will  — and he will only get that all important experience from games like last night. The same applies to Merida, Eastmond and Wilshire; with the lack of the all important split second, that all of these players are used to, their passes were not finding their targets and City gained possession forcing the rest of the team to work extra hard to try and regain possession, the result being that our young team tired and the inevitable happened.

All in all, this was not a good week to try and give up glue.

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112 Responses to Now All I Need Is For Someone To Run My Dog Over And My Week Will Be Complete.

  1. London says:

    Morning Roadsters

    A little somethng to freshen things up. Please copy and paste the other comments onto here.

  2. Rasputin says:

    Morning London,

    Well done on producing a post feeling the way you do.

    Here are my rants left over from the last post …. I’m angry, but I mean it all….

    We play a different game than everyone else that is admired for its clever intricacy but feared by no-one. Every manager knows how to play us now. We have no surprises, no-one with a thundering shot, no-one who can curl in a free kick, no-one who can soar above the opposition to power in a header.

    We are a plan A, one trick pony who initially taught English football how to play a different way but who has been left behind because we are too obsessed with ‘quality’ and not success. We do all this fantastic posturing and then the other team just watches for a bit then kicks us in the bollox.

    The game yesterday was a meaningless tie, with a side that probably had too many first teamers (Song and Traore – who both got cards), BUT……. it has really brought home to me the fact that the brand of football we have got ’stuck in’ will not win us anything.

    As soon as we come up against one of the English teams in the CL we’re out.
    We are the Harlem Globe Trotters of the premiership, a ‘display team’ not contenders……….

  3. London says:

    Good comment Rasp

    And all sadly true

  4. rico says:

    Morning London..

    If someone ran over ours, I think I would throw myself under the next car to come along 😦

    Your post is spot-on, had Cesc had started I would have been cheesed off. I was stunned to see Song in the squad, but just knew then he would probably start, silly mistake I think.

    While watching I kept saying to myself, if only x y z were just a tad quicker, but as you say its down to the difference in pace of the game and the closing down.

    I guess that is why Arsene uses the kids in the cup, just a shame the likes of Coquelin and Frimpong didn’t get their chance – they are two that really have a great future ahead of them at Arsenal

  5. London says:

    Morning Rico

    I think Coquelin and Frimpong will both be on the team sheet pretty sharpish next season.

  6. Rasputin says:

    London, I think your assessment of Ramsey, LJ and Merida was spot on. They were starved of oxygen by city, they pressed so hard and so high up the pitch our boys didn’t have a millisecond to gain their composure.

    Having said that, when that happens, if you have someone lilk Lumplard, Carrick (even Huddlestone) who can fire a 60 yard diagonal pass onto the chest of winger and stop the play being concentrated in such a small area – all of a sudden, you have other options. We don’t have players who can do that (Frank Le Boef was the best I’ve ever seen). If that winger could then pick out a powerful centre forward who is charging into mthe box = job done. We concentrate our play in small areas and when we have width, we have no full backs.

  7. kelsey says:

    Morning again everyone,and here’s mine.

    Two wrongs don’t make a right, and whatever was said by Hughes to Wenger during the game,it isn’t the first time that Wenger hasn’t shaken hands with the opposing manager,and that of course will make the tabloid headlines,giving the media more fuel to despise his actions.Congratulations to City, though having seen the team sheet beforehand,it was always going to be a foregone conclusion that city would win.Even though Wenger has a track record of picking his second string or whatever one likes to call them,with all the present injuries he wasn’t even prepared to put the likes of Walcott and Eduardo on the bench,which to me was a wrong decision,and shows that he wasn’t particularly concerned about the result beforehand. because if the manager feels that every time they step onto the pitch they make get injured,what is the point of having them in the squad.I also heard mention that it will give these understudies more experience by playing last night.Really, I would say the younger you are,the more it hurts.We hardly has one clear chance,and the onus was left to Carlos Vela literally on his own and lescott marshaled him well.What really disturbs me,is that whatever team we put out it is always the same, neat intricate passing,trying to walk the ball into the net.As a team we have forgotten the art of shooting (or are the players being told not to play part of their natural game.) on sight and that does not bode well.City scored some excellent goals and the real test for them will be against United who over two legs will be an entirely different proposition, but alas that doesn’t concern us.

    I don’t agree with you London about not shaking hands,as whatever was said during the match,the only thing visible to the onlooker was that Wenger refused to shake hands,and that looks bad.

    We were limited to how many players we had to put out,and though Wenger stuck to his principles we had a far weakened team to the last two rounds,and a bench full of reserves.

    I agree he didn’t want our best players injured but 5000 fans spent a lot of money to support the team,and did they get value for money ?.

    Wenger knew beforehand that City would put out a first 11 and it was just an experiment for him, and for the second time in two weeks he said it would be a different result if we were at Home.

    buying 3 or 4 players in January is not the answer and it won’t happen.it’s just bad luck that we have RVP,Bedntner and Diaby all out at the same time.

    The damage was done three years ago with the heavily weighted foolish youth policy and we will struggle now as rasputin says we only have a plan A and it doesn’t work anymore,and trust our luck, the next team we face,Stoke have the tallest team in the league.

    This is an accident that has been waiting to happen for quite a while now, and it all coincided when Dein left the club and Wenger took on too much.His judgement of players charater has been questionable.Diarra,Adebayor, and now Arshavin and Walcott could finish up the biggest waste of 12 million we have ever spent.

  8. Rasputin says:

    In purely PR terms, Hughes came out looking much better than Arsene over the ‘handshake incident’. When Hughes gesticulated to the camerea as Arsene ran down the tunnel, it made us look very stupid. We are already branded as cheats and now they’re calling us bad losers too 😦

    Hi kelsey, I think buying some players would be a good idea – not because they are going to slip straight in and win us the prem, but because as long as they are not clones of what we already have, they will give us other options….

  9. rico says:

    kelsey, I have to disagree over the hand shaking, I wouldn’t have shaken his hand either..

    I don’t have issue with the youth policy to a degree, but he needs to get a good mix as well. If he buys two ready made players in January the team will be much stronger, then in the summer he needs to get another 2/3 ready mades.

    Also he needs to get rid of a few in the summer..

  10. London says:

    Morning kelsey

    Another good comment, I always enjoy reading them even if I don’t always agree.

    By the way Kelsey, where did I say that I agreed with Wenger for not shaking hands? I don’t recall saying such a thing. I think you have made a mistake.

  11. kelsey says:

    London indeed I have it was rico.Sorry I am very uptight today about last night.

    Another thing,why should a top 4 club allow the manager to prioritise as to which competitions the club should aim for.Our wages budget is the same (roughly as the other top 3) and there is money available,obviously not to the same extent as City and Chelsea)

    I can only see us going downhill with this present philosophy.

  12. rico says:

    The Chavs played a lot of the big guns, they lost 😛 😛

  13. London says:

    No probs Kelsey, thanks for taking the time to acknowledge it.

  14. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

    Good post London I agree totally about the closing down of the young players.

    As for the Carling Cup.. we finished in the top eight in the country in a competition fielding our reserve team.. pretty good I would say..

    Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, etc They never got ant further than us fielding higher ranked players.

    As for Hughes.. well this goes back to his blackburn days when thay used to kick the crap out of us, he now manages a team who’s ethics are totally against Arsenes principles and they still had to resort to getting our players yellow cards.

    Did we really deserve 6 to City’s 2 ?

    He still should have shook Hughes hand, but if you noticed Hughes decided to make it easy for Arsene by celebrating with his members of staff at the final whistle and not walking over to Arsene either. I think they both knew there would be no handshakes but Hughes won the PR war..

  15. Rasputin says:

    Morning ave,

    I don’t think that the ‘over-reaction’ to the mickey mouse cup is about yesterday’s result. In my mind, it was just another illustration that the kind of football we have been concentrating on over the last 4 years will not win us anything.

    The whole ethos is flawed, the results don’t lie. Yes we get to the last eight – then we fail. We may well get to the last eight of the CL, but we won’t win. We’ll probably end up in the top four of the prem but we won’t win that either.

  16. avenell says:

    I think there has been a vast improvement this year and we was right up there in the championship until we lost both the players who can spearhead our attack. If Chelsea lost Anelka and Drogba they would not have beaten us on Sunday.

    We have been unlucky to lose RvP and Bendtner at the same time and we could be playing catch up.
    As for the CL we still have time to save that, if we buy another striker who can hold the ball up or if Bendtner can have a run of being fit.

    The problem we have now is everyman and Londons dog know we are desperate for a striker and they will inflate the prices higher than I think Arsene will be prepared to pay so we may get second best.

  17. avenell says:

    Morning Raspno.. sorry about that confusion.. 🙂

  18. peachesgooner says:

    Would be good then if the rumour that we’ve already done the deal for Chamakkkkkkkkk is true…….

  19. wambam says:

    FUNNY how no one reports about Hughes being an A****** for ninety-mins.
    He was asking the ref to book the arsenal players and walking in-front of the arsenal dugout,so HOW can WENGER be happy.

    Young-guns did well but were actually let down by the experienced players.ROSICKY,SILVESTRE and EBOUE all played sh!t.

  20. Rasputin says:

    No worries ave 😉

  21. chaf says:

    Morning

    Yeah Hughes drew out the celebrations, and he was trying to get our players sent off or booked all throught he game.

    But Wenger should have waited and shook his hand.

    I think he’s heading for a nervous breakdown. He’s got too much on his plate.

    Agree with the post too, I think he should spend some money through the spine GK, CB, another playmaker (mature) and centre forward. Not much to ask.

  22. avenell says:

    On the bright side .. Adebayor is looking like the lazy piece of s**t we sold..

    Who was that tosser of a comentator last night who said he was working like Tevez after Smudger and Redknapp said he was lethargic? lol.

    That was the difference last night bellamy and Tevez’s work rate. that is how we started the season.

    Hi Chaf..

  23. avenell says:

    Hi Peaches.. apparently we are a million miles from Chammakkkkk. his club have qualified for the CL knockout stages and that is worth £2 or £3 million pounds a game..
    There is no way they would sell a player with only six months on his contract at a knock down price and risk that sort of income.. 😦

  24. avenell says:

    Another thing I mean’t to say the other day..

    On SSN they were saying that agents were taking money out of football £70 million last year..

    Everyone is taking money out of football players, they buy flash cars, they don’t buy season tickets with there wages.

    But my main point is what about the money that comes in from outside football from russia and the middle east.. Man City have hardly financed there transfers in replica shirt sales..

  25. avenell says:

    Right .. now that’s off my chest.. go and do some work.. 😦

  26. wesley gunner says:

    i was at a loss lastnight where is our season going?

  27. avenell says:

    Hi Wesley.. Sorry you were in moderation, you are free to blog now..

    Don’t worry it was only the Carling Cup.. I would rather a good win against Stoke then on to the Dippers.

  28. Rasputin says:

    Hi wesley – just look back at the last 3 seasons for your answer 😦

  29. JonJon says:

    good post london..i agree with everything…the young players were out of thier depth last night playing against players who have 10 years experience at the top level and it showed, but it wasnt a surprise…saying that, they have nothing to be ashamed of…they held their own for long periods of the game and if anything it was our older players that let us down

    i thought song and vela were our best performers…song looked asured at CB and vela gave kolo and lescott problems all night with his movement…

    the 3-0 scoreline flattered citeh,we didnt deserve that…we had a few chances ourselves but the difference being that fabianski had no chance with any of the goals…they were all unstoppable…

  30. London says:

    Hi JJ

    Perhaps Fabianski was the true glimmer of hope last night. I don’t know much about goal keepers which is why I steer clear of the debates but he seemed like he did a good job and didn’t look out of his depth.

  31. Big Raddy says:

    I thought Vela looked good in a system that wasn’t suited to him. He is not a lone frontman.

    Merida and JW didn’t get bossed too much against a formidable MF.

    As has been said, it was the established players who et us down (apart from Song)

  32. JonJon says:

    i thought fabianski looked good london…

    he made some good catches and the only save he could have made he made…

    3 goals was unfair on him…

    we were doing ok until rosicky lost the ball and didnt track back and eboue let tevez come inside..ok song went down too early but at least he made an attempt to stop the shot..he could see what tevez was planning to do…which is more than can be said of eboue and rosicky…

    we were holding our own until then…

  33. JonJon says:

    yeah i agree raddy, vela did well under the circumstances…

    and i also agree that our young midfielders didnt get overpowered or bullied…more a case of out worked and out experienced….but i thought thats what wenger used this comp for in the first place…

  34. Big Raddy says:

    Precisely JJ. And AW has been clear in his statements re; the CC.

    I am pleased we are out. The players and management team get a rest. Shame the Chavs went out

  35. JonJon says:

    it is a shame raddy…but alot of their players played 120minutes and drogba almost played an entier game..hopfully that will set them back when they play citeh at the weekend…

  36. rico says:

    Afternoon everyone

    Seems like we have very nearly snapped up Zezinho

    Maybe we will finally have a ‘inho’ in the camp and aren’t they all pretty good 😉 😉

  37. rico says:

    Philippe Senderos has admitted he may have to leave Arsenal in the January window, because he is fearful his lack of playing time may cost him a place in Switzerland’s World Cup squad. The 24-year-old spent part of last season on loan at AC Milan and was linked with a host of Premier league clubs during the summer including Everton and Fulham. Reports today suggest Atletico Madrid are interested in him, and following Arsene Wenger’s decision not to select the centreback in his squad for their Carling Cup defeat to Manchester City, the player admits it may be time to leave the Emirates.

    The Swiss international told The Daily Telegraph: “I need to seek a solution as I’m not playing for Arsenal,”

    “A change of clubs in winter is an option, and I am keeping all doors open.”

  38. London says:

    Afternoon Rico

    That reminds me of the old BT add: you’ve got an ology?

    We’ve got an “Inho” Lol

  39. rico says:

    Re The Chavs – Yes its a shame they don’t have another competition to play for, but it just goes to show that playing the best players doesn’t always guarantee a win and i for one would have been gutted if we had played our first eleven, got beat on penalties and pick up a few injuries on the way…

    Bring on Stoke at home at get back on the winning run I say 🙂

  40. Rasputin says:

    Well done Roadsters for finding all the positives, I shall assume we are part of the global good/bad balance 😛

    I’d like to see the chavs smash 10 past citeh at the weekend to wipe that smile of Hughe’s face. For Arsenal’s sake I suppose we have to wish for s draw with plenty of injuries and red cards… 😦

  41. rico says:

    Hi London :),

    Wasn’t there a song about Inho Inho Inho 😉 😉

    I didn’t realise you had a woofa, what have you got?

  42. rico says:

    Hi Rasp,

    Who cares what is best for us right now, I like the ‘smash the 10 past Citeh’ 😉 😉

  43. rico says:

    Love the avatar Rasp, I don’t know if you saw my comment this morning 😉

  44. Rasputin says:

    Hi rico,

    I guess that makes us bitter and twisted 😳

    I think Arsenal’s problems go deeper than most want to admit, but hey ho, Christmas is coming and I don’t want to be a killjoy 🙄

  45. Rasputin says:

    Thanks rico – I guess I’m a marmite blogger supporting a team with marmite players……

  46. Rasputin says:

    Oh, and a marmite manager – reminds me of the joke about the inflatable boy, who goes to an inflatable school with an inflatable headmaster …. 😉

  47. rico says:

    What happened to him Rasp 😉 😉

  48. Rasputin says:

    I think you can guess rico 😆

  49. rico says:

    😛 😆 Rasp, did he get blown up 😉

  50. Rasputin says:

    No … he’d been naughty and got called to the headmasters office … and the headmaster said… “you’ve let me down; you’ve let yourself down, and you’ve let the whole school down” …. boom boom 😆

  51. rico says:

    Oh I love that kind of joke, clean, cheeky and b****y funny 😛 😛

    You got any more Rasp 😉

  52. Big Raddy says:

    That’s a cracking joke Rasp. Any more?

  53. avenell says:

    Try this one..

    One evening a small white bunny came into a sleepy county inn, ordered half a bitter and a ham and cheese toastie. The barman rather surprised poured the half pint and heated the toastie which the bunny ate and then hopped off. The next day other patrons were in the inn and witnessed this event, the bunny ordering the toastie and bitter. The next day the media caught wind of the event and filmed it, but the barman ran out of ham and cheese toasties and instead gave the bunny a cheese and onion toastie instead.

    Weeks passed, attention left the sleepy inn and all returned to normal. The bunny never returned, until one night after closing a ghostly bunny floated in. The barman was flabbergasted.

    “Are you the same bunny who ate my toasties?” asked the barman.
    “Yes I am indeed” answered the bunny
    “Are you dead?!” inquired the barman
    “I am” replied the bunny.
    “Why?!” cried the barman.



    wait for it




    “Mixing – my – toasties” explained the bunny.

  54. avenell says:

    I get it .. you all cannot type for laughing so much.. 😉

  55. Rasputin says:

    Clean jokes – I don’t know many!!

    A man walks into a pet shop and says.. “I’d like to buy a wasp” .. the assistant replies … “I’m sorry sir, we don’t sell wasps” … to which the man replies … “Well you’ve got one in the window” … ARF ARF ARF ….

  56. rico says:

    Hi ave, trust you!!

    Hi Raddy, how was school 😉 😉

  57. Rasputin says:

    My favourite Spike Milligan poem….

    The boy stood on the burning deck…… twit!

  58. Rasputin says:

    I saw a man walking down the street the other day with jelly in one ear and blancmange in the other, so I wentd up to him and asked him why? ….. to which he replied ….. “You’ll have to speak up, I’m a trifle deaf”

  59. rico says:

    😛 😛 Rasp…

  60. Rasputin says:

    Lester Piggott was winning the 3:20 at Newmarket when he was hit by a bottle of sparkling wine, then a cucmber sandwich smacked into his face, and then a chicken leg hit him on the nose … as a result he only managed third. When asked in an interview afterwards what went wrong, he replied … “I was hampered in the last furlong”

  61. JonJon says:

    why did the orange stop at the top of the hill????
    cos it ran out of juice..

  62. JonJon says:

    what goes black then white,black then white, black then white, black then white????
    a nun falling down the stairs….

  63. JonJon says:

    whats black and white and laughs…??
    the nun who pushed her…

  64. rico says:

    Hi JonJon

    Off to cook dinner…

  65. rico says:

    Why did the Mexican push his wife over the cliff ??

    Te-Qilla 😉 😉

  66. JonJon says:

    what wobbles and flies??
    a jellycopter

  67. Rasputin says:

    What do you call a woman balancing 3 pints of ale on her head whilst holding a snooker cue ….. Beatrix Potter…..

    I’m off home now, can’t wait to read your worst when I get home … 😉

  68. JonJon says:

    whats brown and sticky??
    a stick…

  69. JonJon says:

    a man walked into a bar…
    ouch….it was a metal bar…

  70. avenell says:

    I could do my potato clock joke.. 😉

  71. Big Raddy says:

    Great stuff. I love clean jokes….

    One for Kelsey ……

    An elderly couple go to dinner at another elderly couples house. The wives leave the table and go to the kitchen.

    The 2 gentlemen were talking and one said “Last night we went out to a new restaurant in town and it was really great. I would recommend it highly”

    The other man replies “What is the name of the restaurant?”

    The first man thought for a while and finally said ” What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know, the one with the thorns.”

    “Do you mean a rose?”

    “Yes, that’s the one” replied the man.

    He then turned towards the kitchen and shouted;

    “Rose, what,s the name of that restaurant we went to last night?”

  72. JonJon says:

    the worst ones are the best ave…lol

  73. Big Raddy says:

    Xmas joke….

    A small boy writes to Father Christmas ” Can you send me a Brother?”

    Father Christmas writes back ” Send me your Mother”

  74. JonJon says:

    lol i like that one raddy…

  75. Big Raddy says:

    A man goes to the doctors with some lettuce sticking out of his ear.

    Doctor: That’s just the tip of the Iceberg

  76. Big Raddy says:

    Those DM jokes must be fakes. Even Spuds aren’t that stupid.

    On second thoughts……..

  77. Big Raddy says:

    Theo injured again.

    This man is made of porcelain. How will he ever fulfill his potential if he continually breaks down. Hamstrings, both shoulders, thigh strains, groin strains. Unbelievable

  78. JonJon says:

    i dont think theo will ever fulfil his potential anyway raddy…i think its false potential…

    he’ll end up playing in a lower division in england or for a mediocre team abroad…

    he really is garbage..

  79. avenell says:

    £60k a week and we use him for medical reserch..

  80. JonJon says:

    his pace is his only asset but everyother aspect of his game is pony…ive seen better pub players….
    and he always falls over…hes worse than eboue and heskey combined…

  81. Big Raddy says:

    I respectfully disagree completely JJ !

    I think that he is the future of Arsenal and a super player However, if he cannot get a run of games you may be right. I hope not.

  82. JonJon says:

    i admire your defence of him raddy….
    i think theos the most overated player at our club…simply cos hes english…
    i raised my eyebrows when we bought him for 12 million or whatever it was….
    12mil for a 16 year old is alot of money and youd of thought he was a superkid..but he wasnt…
    hes been with us about 5 years now and hes never improved…no part of his game has progress….
    a perfect example was when he went to the under 21 tournament and he was one of the worst performers there…
    he was on 60k a week playing against players who are still on a youth wage and he looked out of his depth there…
    i truly believe theos going to go down as one of wengers biggest flops…

  83. Big Raddy says:

    Actually, I was being over polite.

    Every club in the EPL would love to sign a fit Theo. & I include the Chavs.

  84. JonJon says:

    for 25mil they can have him…then we go out and buy 2 strikers who are strong, can control the ball, can pass the ball, can cross the ball, can shoot the ball…

    all in all, actually play football… 😉

  85. Big Raddy says:

    An amusing convesation JJ.

    Amazing how two Gooners can see things so differently.

    I accept your point of view, However, and perhaps you could accept this point……

    Fabio Capello is one of the World’s top managers. He has won everything there is to win. One cannot question his judgement of a player.

    You know whats coming…..
    If Capello states that Theo is a fine player, which he does, and rates him as the future of English football, I am inclined to believe him…..

  86. JonJon says:

    it is amazing raddy….i feel we have so many players like that in our team at the minute…some ppl rate them some dont…the marmite players as rasp and ave would call them…

    you raise a good point about capello…i had this same conversation about theo with a pal of mine not so long ago and he also said that capello will be the man to make theo into a good player…and not wenger…simply because capello is a tactical genius and theos one of those players who tactcians adore..

    whereas wenger has no tactical nous whatsoever and theo doesnt fit into our style….which i sort of agree with..wenger, for all his attributes is tactically inept..

  87. avenell says:

    Theo fits into Englands non passing style better..

  88. rico says:

    Can I join the Theo debate 😉

    I think Theo has ‘potential’ to be one of the best players England has seen for a long while…

    However, right now he is stagnant, he needs a few volts up him bottom! He also needs the finest attacking manager in the world to take him to one side, make him learn more and let him play through the middle – only then will we see him at his best…

    What I don’t understand is that Arsene bought Henry, turned him from winger to CF. With Theo he has stuck him on the wing.

    Just something makes me think he is literally taking Theo down the same route, the same path as Henry, play him wide to learn, then move him to the middle..

    Ok, i know there will never be another Henry, but just maybe Theo is for the long haul, after all, he is still very young in footballing years….

  89. avenell says:

    Why do English players always give it the big ‘un that “we can win the World Cup, beat Brazil etc.”.
    Gerrard has been giving it the gob..

    Yet when it comes to club level, it’s “we will take one game at a time and we will be up there”..

    He said Cappello has brought the best out in him.. Did I miss that game?

  90. avenell says:

    Theo is for the long haul alright, he is never fit enough to sell him.

  91. rico says:

    ave – you haven’t rated Theo since we bought him…

    The lad is 21.. and he can’t help being born prone to injury… can he??

  92. JonJon says:

    exactley ave we dont have the right style for a player like theo….

    raddy has a good point about chelsea wanting him…they probably would becuase they sit deep and dont compress the play up in their final third alowwing the quick players room to play…

    whereas we are constantly pressing all the time…theos a perfect counter attacking player..but we play so far up the pitch quick players like theo are usless to us…

  93. rico says:

    Marmite players – have we been stealing ??

  94. avenell says:

    Everyone uses that term, some just think they invented it.. 😉

  95. JonJon says:

    but weve had him since he was 16 rico…and he hasnt been injured 5 years…

    when you pay 12 million for a 16 year old you expect him to be at least in the PLs top 25 players by the time hes 21…

    injury or no injury…

    remember anelka when he was 19?? theres no comparison

  96. avenell says:

    I think Capello is going to favour the headless Spud over Theo for England..

    That’s how bad he is.. 😉

  97. avenell says:

    Henry is my hero .. I have watched every game he has played for Arsenal…. I didn’t know he wore the no 14 shirt until someone said after I took it.. lol..

    He will do well on a Question of Sport..

  98. JonJon says:

    i actually love marmite…

    on toast, in sarnys..i even dip my chips in it sometimes…mmmm

  99. avenell says:

    Anelka @ Arsenal 19/20 years old.. Played 65 Goals 43…

    Walcott..@ Arsenal .. Played 67 .. Goals 7….

    Good for a Winger. 😉

  100. rico says:

    JJ – fair point, but I still think he will prove his worth, one day 😉

    ave – invention or just a really good idea??

  101. JonJon says:

    it was a shame anelka left really…imagine him and henry up top together with the berg just behind…now thats a strike force…

  102. rico says:

    Spot on ave, he is played as a winger, not a striker!

  103. rico says:

    They both said the same JJ, I don’t think they ever played together for France did they?

  104. avenell says:

    Rico.. just a bandwagon jump.. a bit like onion bag..

    Not like Mersons “It rebounded off the Beans on Toast”
    That’s original..

  105. avenell says:

    Rico… Bergkamp was Dutch he couldn’t play for France..

  106. rico says:

    I was referring to Henry and Anelka ave!!

    Fight with yourself, I am off for the night

  107. avenell says:

    ;).. nighty night..

  108. Irishgunner says:

    Hi all,

    Firstly, just going back to something Avenell and JJ were conversing about the other day regarding Henry. If you are being honest with yourselves you are defending Arsenal’s Henry, if it was Ronaldo who had done it while at United ye’d be calling for his head. Then went on to slaughter R.Keane, seen as he plays for Spurs, but its excuses like this that make it the very reason football will be dominated by cheats.

    Ye even went as far as agreeing with Roy Keane.. C’MON. Seen as Arsenal have an average of ten shots on goals and should win 4/5-nil everytime will it make it okay for Rooney to punch the ball into the net the next time we play the Mancs??? Sure we never took our chances.

    Henry cheated end of story. FIFA are trying so very hard to brush it under the carpet. Blatter rang Henry to ask him was he okay? Is that professional??

    If what Henry did was acceptable then we can’t complain the next time Rooney dives to win a penalty or Gerrard does his star jumps cos we didn’t take our chances right???

    As for the CC game I didn’t get to see it but the one against Stoke is massive that is for sure.

    P.S. Not having a go at JJ or Avenell, I respect your opinions but I am not one to shy away from giving my own and at this stage I’m just sick of all the cheating and corruption in football and useless prats like Blatter making a mess of it.

  109. rico says:

    Morning All…

    New Post

    I will copy your comment Irish and take it to the new post

  110. London says:

    Great comment Irish, my heart goes out to you and off course you are right when you say that it is Arsenal’s Henry that is being defended.

    Have you found work yet? Are you looking?

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