Arsenal’s title fires are Stoked as Arshavin supershow smashes Potters to pieces

In a game that marked Arsene Wengers 500th match in charge, I feel its important to mention that of those 500 games under Wenger,we have lost only 80. Thats an incredible percentage for a manager that seems to come under constant criticism, even from some sections of his own supporters…

Anyway, back to the game..

Stoke had the all the ‘kryptonite’ attributes. A tough, tall, physical side that would offer strong resistance to a lightweight side and an attack that hadn’t scored a goal in their last two league games. Every man and London’s dog had been focusing on the reasons that embarrassing defeats to Sunderland, Chelsea and to a lesser extent Citeh in the Micky Mouse cup, had been down to the fact our players were picked from the cast of the wizard of Oz. This game was important, it was massive,  not only did we need to get our momentum back but also to eradicate the vertically challenged demons that had no doubt been haunting Wenger..

Preparation was not ideal..Three domestic defeats on the trot, an injury list longer than Peter Crouch, outspoken Russians,  and a  pre-match injury to Eduardo which left Wenger with hardly any options to an attack that was already depleted and couldnt buy a goal with Theo Walcott’s wage…

This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it forced Wenger to move the outspoken but sometimes brilliant Russian into the centre of a three-man attack..and he didn’t disappoint..

Stokes back four compared to our front three can only be described as somewhat of a David V Goliath type of contest with Arshavin proving to be our slingshot…Proving that with the right attitude and right movement you dont have to be 7 foot and a tab end to win a football match..

We started off in typical Arsenal fashion. Lots of fancy passing played at a quick tempo that was constantly testing the defence, and they were holding firm. The deadlock was almost broken when Cesc sent in a defence splitting pass to Arshavin only for him to mis-control the ball and allow Sorensen, who is second only to Petr Cech in the list of clean sheets, to dive at his feet and clear the ball. Not long after we thought the goal had finally come. Some super trickery and tomfoolery from Arshavin lead him to be tripped in the box..Cesc stepped up to take the penalty but Sorensen saved magnificently standing on the 6 yard line. It was proving to be one of those days and the look on Wenger’s face as he sat on in the dugout sipping his water was a look of a man who thought ‘here we go again’..

Its games like these when you need someone to step up to the plate and produce a moment of magic to change the game. Enter the Russian. After some good link up play with the brilliant Cesc, Arshavin found himself in the box with defenders trying to knock him over and the ball stuck under his feet. He showed his class, holding off a defender twice his size and hitting the ball with no back lift into the only place he could beat Sorensen. An outstanding goal and  the pressure was off. His 7th of the season and he was showing us all why hes regarded as one of the worlds best talents…

The chances kept coming and Cesc could count himself unlucky, finding Sorensen in good form and Stokes new sweeper Eboue clearing Cesc’s shot off the line….

The second half was no different…wave after wave of Arsenal attack, spearheaded by a Spanish-Russian alliance..shot after shot was hitting the bar, the post, the defenders and the impressive Sorensen, but nerves were eased when Ramsey-a replacement for the crocked, hard-working Eboue – played a one two with AA and with a bit of luck found himself in on goal..The finish was sublime. The young Welshman said after the game it was luck but i think he’s being too modest..He meant that finish, you dont strike a ball like that if your relying solely on luck.. Pure class..

With the game won we could relax..Good performace that deserved more goals but after recent results i’d have taken a 1-0 with an own goal as the clincher….

Player ratings

Almunia..6..Kept a clean sheet but that was down to the fact Stoke couldnt get passed our defenders. Came for Delap’s first rocket launched throw in and flapped, dropped the ball and ended up on the floor in a heap. After that he left everything for his defenders to deal with and they didn’t let him down.

Sagna..7..It amazes me how he always plays better when Eboue plays in front of him. Alot like playing Song and Denilson together acts as one midfielder, the same applies when Sagna and Eboue play together – they act as one right back. Either way its two men doing one mans job and it takes a player out of the attack. That being said I thought he had a comfortable game. Some good tackles and some good forward runs but he still needs to work on his final ball and try and get some consistency to his game when Eboue doesn’t play with him..

Gallas..8.5..Awesome. Won every header and made himself hard to beat on the ground. This mans pivotal to our chances of silverware. Lets hope the injury doesn’t rule him out of the Liverpool game.

Vermaelen..8.. Complemented Gallas perfectly. Again winning every header and was strong in the tackle. A good solid defensive performance.

Traore..7.5..The lad didn’t put a foot wrong. Linked up well down the left wing and kept it tight at the back. Threw in a couple of dangerous crosses for good measure and his speed made him a handful.

Denilson..6.5..Quiet game from the Statman.Which isn’t a bad thing I suppose. Not as influential as Song and doesn’t contribute as much to the attack as Song but he’ll do for back up. Especially for teams like Stoke.

Cesc..9..Outstanding performance. Unlucky with the penalty and unlucky not to score, especially when Eboue forgot what team he was playing for. Outshone Denilson in the defensive role, closing Stokes players down and making some good tackles and his through balls were tearing Stoke to bits. A complete midfield performance from our captain fantastic..

Nasri..7.5..Not fully back to his best yet but linked up well with AK47 and Cesc..Theres alot more to come from this lad..Lets hope we don’t have to wait too long.

Eboue..6.5.. A+ for effort. Lacks technical ability and sometimes looks like a Coca Cola league player, but he gives his all and when he cuts out the cheating and the silly tricks he tries so often,he doesn’t do too bad..Alot like Denilson in the fact we have better players,much better players.. but he’ll do for teams like Kettering Town and Stoke..Probably would have got a 7 if he lasted the full 90..

Rosicky..5.5..I really don’t know what to say. Kept trying to force the pass but his ball retention has gone to pot. Gave the ball away too many times..Wasn’t dissapointed to see him replaced at half time.

Arshavin..9..My joint man of the match. Loves being the centre of attention on and off the pitch..His movement and leadership shone through and i thought he lead the line perfectly..An absolutely destructive performance from an absolute destructive player..I think he gets lost sometimes stuck out on the left, but when he plays through the middle and links up with a player like Cesc its hard to stop him.. Need more performances like this from him if we want to be serious challengers..He can talk all he wants as long as he gives the fans that type of performance week after week..I found it hilarious when Denilson was lining up a shot from 30 yards and Arshavin took the ball off his toe and went running at the defence..Denilson’s body language was priceless-but what would you rather prefer? A Denilson attack or an Arshavin attack? Thats what I want from our best players, that “you do your job and let me do mine” attitude is what wins you games… 

Subs..

Vela..6.5..good movement from the Mexican once again.. Offered more to the attack than what Rosicky did.

Ramsey..7..great goal..direct and clinical and secured the points

Silvestre..not on long enough..

All in all, I think it was a good performance..We dominated the game, not just for periods but for the whole game and we were unlucky not to score more. A clean sheet, 3 points and back to winning ways after a difficult fortnight. Wenger’s decision to stick to his guns in the mickey mouse cup proved fully justified as we sacrificed a cup only considered serious by Spurs in order to secure three points in the league…

8 points behind Chelsea and 6 behind the Manc’s with a game in hand isnt bad reading,especially for a team with more flaws than a solar powered torch…

Bring on the Dippers..

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192 Responses to Arsenal’s title fires are Stoked as Arshavin supershow smashes Potters to pieces

  1. Irishgunner says:

    Poor old Eboue – he was often the player leading the line on a breakaway LOL (I’m only laughing cos we won) he man is a RB – Wenger seems to think he is some awe-inspiring total footballer.

    Anyway I think he did fine, nothing daft.

    Arshavin had a mighty game, was up for the fight. Think Traore did well too, he at least can whip in a ball.

    City did us a favour by beating Chelsea – they have brought the chavs marginally nearly but we still have breathing space from them.

    How massive is next week’s game at Anfield?? We beat them and I can’t see them getting 4th, they’ll be in massive trouble.

  2. Irishgunner says:

    Sorry for the typos in the last one but you get what I am saying I hope 🙂

    Also bad news about Super Tom, hope he recovers soon, he is so much better than what he is showing but I don’t need to tell ye that.

  3. ganesh says:

    Nice win relieved n Chelsea loss was even bettr .. God i’m so happy .. Grt day sterday .. Hope Tiny Totts lose or draw today to make it a even better weekend 🙂

  4. rico says:

    Morning all

    Great post JJ, love the reference to Peter Crouch 😉

  5. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters,

    Excellent post JonJon, a perfect analysis of the game.

    I shall restrict my rants to just one today….. Almunia’s got to go. Shay Given was magnificent once again for citeh. If he played for us, he would earn/save us an extra 9+ points a season. We missed our chance, he plays for them now and that’s that, so we will need to pay a lot of money for a top keeper – particularly since manure and the chavs will also be in the market.

    Of course we won’t do that so we should give Fabianski a run in the side and let Almunia return to spain – ironic really when you remember that he was touting to be England’s No.1

  6. rico says:

    Hi Rasp

    Couldn’t agree more!

  7. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico,

    What chance Torres being fit to play next weekend? I know Benitez is a fruit loop, but why would he risk Torres in the CL when they’re already out?

  8. London says:

    Finally, a Ray of Hope Shines through a Week of Gloom

    It was announced over the loud speaker that Arsenal verses Stoke was the one hundredth game to be played at the Emirates. Well, I have been to ninety eight of those and with the week being as bad as it was I cannot remember a time when my legs felt so heavy walking up the stairs of the yellow quadrant as I made my way to my seat.

    I chatted to the stranger who sits in front of me and we reassured each other that it was still a better option than going to Tesco’s or doing the gardening on Saturday afternoon and concluded, with little conviction, that we needed a win and for results to go our way for things to start looking better – and, low and behold, to probably every Arsenal supporter’s surprise, that was exactly what happened.

    I hadn’t heard the team until the players took to the field and was lifted when I realised that Fabregas, Arshavin, Nasri and Rosicky were all going to be playing. I can’t help but think that this combination really should be the Holly Grail there is so much collective talent its more difficult to try and grasp how it could fail rather than succeed. The only criticism aimed at it is that they are all too similar in height and in style of play to which I would say just three words Spanish National Side, or even just one, Barcelona. Perhaps the main difference between the two examples I gave was that both of them play as if it really means everything to them whereas our four have still to show that.

    Still scanning the field I realised that Eduardo wasn’t playing, not finding out until later that he had got a knock I thought Arshavin had finally persuaded Wenger to play him centrally; I was wondering what was going through Wenger’s mind and imagined that after a week in which Arshavin had been shouting his mouth off it was the perfect opportunity to say OK go and show us what you can do.

    The highlights may have shown him as being very effective but he fluffed his lines more than I am sure they showed. Still, nevertheless, he did offer an outlet to Cesc who has been walking around like a puppy who has lost his master since Van Persie disappeared. All in all it is the best option and the question must be raised why Wenger has not played him there before.

    The first goal settled the nerves; the penalty would have put it to bed but we had to continue wondering if this was a day of great Wengerball or another crushing blow to our title hopes. Shortly after the penalty miss the ball fell kindly for Cesc again with an open goal beckoning; until, that is, Eboue ran into the gap and blocked a certain goal – you just couldn’t make this stuff up.

    Nails had to be chewed for a further forty five minutes until Ramsey finally calmed everyone with a well taken low drive giving the cue to get the buns out and toast them on a cosy fire in front of us while sitting back and enjoying the final minutes.

    Almunia: never came under that much threat but handled the few shots he had to save well; he also played his part effectively in dealing with the aerial threat 7

    Sagna: sometimes he puts in a performance that reminds you of just how good he was when he arrived at the home of football and yesterday was one of them 8

    Gallas: majestical in everything he did 8

    Vermaelen: the star of the show, fought for everything, this man has not given the league up 9

    Traore: improving with every game, I was left thinking there is hope for this player 7.5

    Nasri: his fitness and determination are returning and there are signs that he is starting to work out how to play with Cesc 7.5

    Fabregas: the player who is suffering the most from the belief that the league has slipped away from us 7.5

    Denilson: we don’t need everyone to play like D’Artagnan, someone has got to carry the water; in fairness he got better and better as the game went on.

    Rosicky: now this is a player that should be playing like D’Artagnan but never got anywhere the cut and dash we expect from him 6.5

    Eboue: I know it was only Stoke but he was a goal away from being the best player on the field…really, his runs are taking him closer and closer to the opponents goal, if he starts scoring from one or two or two of them he could cause the biggest turn around of opinion in Arsenal history; got a standing ovation as he left the field 8

    Arshavin: much better game, clearly prefers the role in which he dictates the whole of the attack 8

  9. London says:

    I honestly don’t mind, I am simply happy to read a post by JonJon…..which I enjoyed. Good Post.

    Anyway, I always say you can’t have too many match reports when we win.

  10. Rasputin says:

    Morning London,

    Another excellent post – I’m having double post vision 😛

    Anybody got an update on our ‘new injury’ situation?

  11. rico says:

    Rasp

    I hope he plays Torres, he gts another injury and then no show next weekend 🙂

    Morning London, two posts in one day 😛

  12. rico says:

    And I Aam not mentioning the new one Rasp 😉

  13. Big Raddy says:

    Great to have two posts, and two such fine posts. Thank you.

    I really enjoyed Traore’s performance. It must be so frustrating to have 2 such wonderful LB’s. Sad that we will be forced to sell one, unless Traore can play in front of Clichy or Gibbs.

    Nasri is starting to impress me. He is getting back the form he showed before the leg break. A busy and intelligent player.

    Rosicky was clearly carrying an injury, and I hope it wasn’t his insistence on playing that resulted in him not informing the medical team prior to the game. It is ominous that AW says he will be out for “a while”

    Fine performance ahead of the Dippers.

  14. Big Raddy says:

    I meant 3 LB’s !!

  15. Rasputin says:

    rico … you didn’t say anything bad about the old one 😉 it just attracted too much comment so I’ve changed it for something that reflects my mood currently. If AA performs at that level for the pool game – he’ll be back telling everyone to shush! 🙄

  16. rico says:

    😆 Rasp, I like the new one too

    Hi Raddy, Traore has really improved, he is lightening quick too. Just hope Gallas injury isn’t his hamstring as feared at the momoment 😦

  17. Rasputin says:

    Hi Raddy,

    Is it just me, or do others get the feeling that our medical team are nowhere as good following the departure of Gary Lewin. There is no point in putting a player on the pitch who is carrying an injury – they won’t perform and the injury is made worse.

    I think it would be a smoke screen to excuse Tomas’ performance against citeh as down to injury – he lacked desire and fight. Some players think they should only perform on the big stage and there is no place for that in team sport.

  18. rico says:

    We could have had three penalties yesterday with a different ref – i wonder if Cesc will take the next one 😉

  19. Rasputin says:

    Good points about Traore – he really has seized the moment – what a shame we can’t say the same about ‘Theo-de-light’

  20. London says:

    Or even ‘Theo-de-lite’

  21. Rasputin says:

    That was the joke London 😆 – I thought light reflected his presence on the pitch ….

  22. Rasputin says:

    He certainly hasn’t got his bearings at the moment…….

  23. rico says:

    Traore could be the one to step into the shoes of Rosicky – he has improved his defensive game, lightening quick and can put a cross in really well…

    Sounds like a perfect winger to me 😉

  24. rico says:

    Eight legs have just sprung into life, catch you in a while…………

  25. Rasputin says:

    I prefer a perfect winger to a perfect winge-er any day rico 😉

    Its a good problem to have with the LB position, I think out of all of them Gibbs is the one most likely to want to leave (reluctantly) if he can’t get regular games. He’s good enough for most prem sides and would like to be in contention for a place in the WC squad.

  26. Big Raddy says:

    I can see Clichy going to Barca.

    Gibbs will be the “keeper” due to his nationality (perhaps!!) and I think he is the better allround player. Though Clichy is excellent.

    Traore has size on his side.

    Difficult choices ahead for AW

  27. Rasputin says:

    That would be a good solution Raddy – especially if we get £8m+ for Clichy……

  28. London says:

    Gibbs is better defensively so far, although, I accept, this might be as obvious as saying grass is green.

  29. JonJon says:

    hi guys…

    clichy would be the obvious choice…hes the one worth the most money so its natural to assume he would be the one to make way and we see the arsenal production line in full flow..

  30. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    Clichy has pledged his life to Arsenal I can’t see Arsene shipping him out.

    Traore as a left winger is an appetising prospect – I heard that he was upset to have been demoted to the reserves recently – he has a chance to really impress Arsene with the injury to Gibbs. He is quick, strong and TALL.

  31. peachesgooner says:

    Who was playing up front when Arsh scored 4 up at Anfield?

  32. Rasputin says:

    We could spend the £8m+ on a new player – just like we did with the money for Ade and Kolo …. oh no, we didn’t did we 😦

  33. Rasputin says:

    Hi peaches – everyone, that’s why we conceded four …..

  34. peachesgooner says:

    Hi rasp – good answer 🙂

  35. peachesgooner says:

    Gonna have to be a nerd and look it up then ….. 😦

  36. Rasputin says:

    Does anyone know when Nik is likely to be back? Not for the first time, it will be his chance to stake a claim for the lone striker role. I think his work rate and team play has been much better this season, he now needs to start findiing the back of the net more frequently….

  37. peachesgooner says:

    It was Nikki up front……

    The defence was Sagna Toure Silvestre Gibbs ….

  38. Rasputin says:

    Nuff said about the defence then peaches 😉 Toure & Sylvestre = Foghorn Leghorn & Mr MaGoo

  39. peachesgooner says:

    On Nikki – arse.com says 2 to 3 weeks form now…..

  40. Rasputin says:

    That’s a shame about Nik. Pool will be terrified of AA. It won’t be easy to man mark him, but I can see Mascarano giving him close attention if he plays deeper as he did yesterday.

  41. peachesgooner says:

    Arshavin should be relishing the thought of returning to Anfield and leading the line…….

  42. Rasputin says:

    One of the things I like about AA is the high % of shots he gets on target. He works the keeper. Sorenson is a better keeper than Almunia – AA could have had 3 yesterday if Sorenson hadn’t been so agile.

  43. peachesgooner says:

    People have said we’ll play a young team in the Champs Lge on wednesday but don’t we have to submit a named squad at the beginning of the season to UEFA. Arsene might not be able to change many of the players at this late stage……

  44. Rasputin says:

    Sunday midday = tumbleweed time on the blogs …. except for a few saddo’s 🙄

  45. peachesgooner says:

    Oy who you calling a saddo ……

  46. Rasputin says:

    A report to answer your 12:22 paeches (you saddo 😉 )………”Arsenal have been left counting the costs of victory over Stoke with four players picking up injuries in the 2-0 win on Saturday.

    Tomas Rosicky, Emmanuel Eboue and Armand Traore all limped out of the game against the Potters with injuries while William Gallas was visibly limping by the time the final whistle went.

    The news only deepens Arsenal’s current injury plight with Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Johan Djourou already sidelined, while Eduardo pulled out of the game against Stoke just before kick off with a pulled muscle.

    Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has said he wouldn’t know the extent of the injuries suffered for a couple of days, but did reveal that he expected to have Theo Walcot and Abou Diaby, both of whom missed Saturday’s game, back in time for Wednesday’s Champions League game against Olympiakos.

    “Hopefully we will have good news tomorrow,” Wenger said. “Eboue and Eduardo have muscle problems. It is too early to say whether (Eduardo) will be back next week,” said Wenger.

    “Theo Walcott should be back and available for Wednesday along with (Abou) Diaby while (Alexandre) Song will return after suspension so we should have two or three players back.”

  47. john says:

    I heard that Denilson was told to stay back. Perhaps he is more attacking than Song. A little like how Diarra was for Portsmouth. Break up the play and then play a short slide-rule pass.

    I remember watched Alexandre Song at Bastia and he didnt attack much then.

  48. Rasputin says:

    Hey Irish,

    I’ve just found the perfect Xmas present for you…. Nintendo have brought out a new game involving cheating frenchman … its called ‘Thierry on Wii’ ;0 🙂 😛

  49. avenell says:

    Hi John.. sorry for the delay in letting you out of moderation.. Welcome anyway.. 🙂

    Hi Roadsters.. good post jonjon and an excellent point about only losing 50 games..

    Your post was good too London.. I haven’t much time at the moment, but I’ll be about later to blog if anyone is around..

  50. john says:

    no worries avenell, happy to be in the conversation 🙂

  51. avenell says:

    Haha all laugh at Tottenham..
    Lost a 2 goal lead and missed a penalty..

    Cheers John sorry it’s a bit quiet..

  52. peachesgooner says:

    Ha ha ha 🙂

  53. JonJon says:

    evening guys…sorry i couldnt stick about earlier…

    super post london..only thing id disagree with you on was cesc..i thought he was fantastic…

    hello john…

    what a second half that was…everton did us a huge favor and whos that kid they have at RB..seamus coleman…what a talent that boy is…

  54. London says:

    Hi JJ

    I suspect the reason for the difference is the telly: it doesn’t make good viewing to show Fabregas’ passes that go astray and there were more than usual and to make things worse his body language seemed unconcerned. He is still such a good player that inevitably a high percentage found their target but for me and by his own high standards I don’t think it was one of his best.

  55. JonJon says:

    i thought his link u play was superb with AA…and what impressed me the most was his closing down…

    your right you have a much better view of his overall performance and i probably missed his bad bits but i think he stood up to be counted and had a good game..when he was good he was very good..made us tick

  56. Big Raddy says:

    London.

    I watched the whole game on TV and thought that after a dodgy 5 minutes when he got caught in possession, Cesc upped his game and was at the centre of all that was best about us yesterday.

    It is interesting about viewpoint and perspective of live versus TV viewing. I have done a lot of both, and found that when I went home and watched a recording of a whole game, I saw so much that I missed in the live viewing.

    But highlights are invariably a just a snapshot of a game and as such are purely an overview.

    Watching the game live & the recording afterwards is best.

    BTW, where do you sit at the Emirates – On the side or behind the goal? My seat is superb, directly behind the goal , UpperTier, First row ….. unpleasant if one has vertigo, but a brilliant view. I have never been to the Emirates and sat on the side. I look forward to that experience.

  57. JonJon says:

    ive been to the emirates twice and i didnt enjoy it…

    i prefer the away games if im honest the crowd is much more..whats the word?? hostile….

    i like the rivalry and the banter….

    footballs become more of a theatre now than anything..dont enjoy sitting down…prefer to stand and swing my shirt round my head and basically go nuts..

    the emirates didnt give me that vibe….but thats just me…

  58. London says:

    Away games are great, that is where the real atmosphere is, I love them, as you say there is an exciting hostility about them. I would give the Emirates up tomorrow and pay double for my season ticket to go back to Highbury but that isn’t going to happen so what can I do…..

    BR

    I sit in the upper west (old habits die hard) the side the players come out at about the eighteen yard line….it’s like a morgue up there.
    By the way there is typo in your last sentence, what do you mean, I know you have been to the Emirates once because I saw you at the S&B…..but you did not see me.

    You’re probably right about Fabregas, I write the match reports without re-watching the game and I make a point of never reading anyone else’s until I have finished. The thing is he is so good that when he makes bad passes I am so surprised they tend to stick in my head. One thing is for sure our season is now resting on the success of the Fabregas – Arshavin axis.

  59. London says:

    I’ve just realised I might have accidently given the impression that I used to be Upper West but that is not the case, I’m Upper East through and through….like my Grand Dad, although, for some reason my Dad was Upper West….never understood that.

  60. peachesgooner says:

    Maybe its because I’m a girl but I could never see the point of sitting behind the goal – I’ve sat in the north bank at Highbury and behind the goal at the Emirates – I like to watch the game unfold and sitting behind the goal doesn’t let you do that.

    London – I didn’t realise you were a Yellow quadrant person too, I’m usually in 130 or 129. You’re right it is like a morgue there. I’ve sometimes sat in the front of 133 – treated myself 🙂 – but the guys around there are so boring, oops hope thats not where you sit 😳

  61. peachesgooner says:

    London – I think raddy means he hasn’t sat on the side of the Emirates as his seat is behind the goal.

  62. peachesgooner says:

    My spud supporting brother that lives in New York has just texted me to say a 2 goal lead should be enough to win a game ha ha ha ha 😀 no sympathy from me……..

  63. Irishgunner says:

    ‘Thierry on Wii’ – 😆 I think I could make a good HAND at that game… I’ll get me coat.

    “I didn’t realise you were a Yellow quadrant person too, I’m usually in 130 or 129. You’re right it is like amorgue there.” – Was that where we were for the Birmingham game?

    Why can’t they give them names like the Herbert Chapman quadrant or something, colours are silly.

    I was in the lower tier once (out of 4 times lol) and it was good craic, it was right beside the corner flag where we play towards second half where they do a good sing song don’t ask me what colour though.

    Won’t get to see the game in the CL so just as well it doesn’t mean much, all geared up for Liverpool though, alarm clock set lol.

  64. Edmond Dantes says:

    Goodmorning everybody and God bless the Arsenal. 🙂

    I know what you thinking. So yes its true Im back after a long hiatus. Recent defeats have made me depressed so I’ve been laying low. But now Im back.

  65. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters, Irish

    Glad to hear Arsene say he won’t be going for old Horsey – phew 😉

  66. rico says:

    Read yesterday the Nik Nak could be moving to Chelsea in January as cover for Essien – now that would be interesting…

  67. London says:

    Morning Roadsters

    Rico, who is Nik Nak?

    Morning Edmond welcome back.

  68. London says:

    Nik Nak Paddy Wack. Doh

  69. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters – rico, Irish,

    Glad you liked my ‘Thierry on Wii’ quip Irish, the trouble is, everytime I hear his name I think of that now 😳

    I didn’t realise AA was injured at the weekend too 😦 …….

    Arsene Wenger has conceded it may be no coincidence that Arsenal have suffered from persistent injury problems, even if he has not diagnosed the reasons behind the club’s fitness issues.

    The Gunners have seen a succession of star names suffer long-term injuries in recent seasons with Robin van Persie and Kieran Gibbs the latest victims. In addition, William Gallas (hamstring), Emmanuel Eboue (muscle), Armand Traore (hamstring), Andrei Arshavin (ankle) and Tomas Rosicky (groin) all picked up injuries in Saturday’s win over Stoke City.

  70. Rasputin says:

    Irish,

    I think naming the quadrants after colours is just to make it simple so that when you book online you see the different coloured areas – do they think we are as stupid as totnum fans?

    Maybe they could adopt your suggestion as part of the ‘Arsenalisation’ process.

  71. Rasputin says:

    I can’t believe we’re interested in Barca striker Bojan Krcic – he’s 5ft 7ins and not good enough to even get on their bench…..

    I have heard that Arsene has hatched a brilliant new attacking strategy based on the nutmeg …. our players are now being coached to run between the legs of the oppositions defenders

  72. Rasputin says:

    OK – I can take a hint!! … I’m off to find a site where someone will talk to me 😳

  73. London says:

    Don’t be put off by the fact that Bojan doesn’t get on their bench every week….this would be like stealing another Cesc, Catalan born and bred, this boy is the great white hope of the Spanish National side and he is very good. Of course, This raises the question why doesn’t he play regularly for them and the answer is that they are just not patient enough with their home grown attack, they want Etoo, Henry, Ibrahamovic. So do we, I know, but we both also know that the club is not going to part with fifty million so in the mean time I welcome the idea of every new talented addition.

  74. rico says:

    Hi London, Rasp, Ed 🙂

  75. Rasputin says:

    I like the sound of him as a player London, but you must concede that he is not the answer to our problems in the short term – or have we already given up on winning something this season?

  76. rico says:

    Maybe Arsene is going for all seven of the dwarfs Rasp 😉 😉

  77. London says:

    I not only concede, I willingly agree that he is not the short term answer but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want Wenger to stop buying for the long term. As a stop gap I would go for Horsey.

  78. rico says:

    I hope its Jones – big strong, quick, good with his head and I don’the would be out of our price range. Also he is not CL tied..

  79. London says:

    You know that is funny, I remember watching the Spanish News before the Euro’s and they were making fun of their national team by showing a training session while playing the music to Snow White..Hi ho, hi ho it’s off to work we go.

  80. rico says:

    London – Arsene has said he wouldn’t go for him as the fans would be unhappy.

  81. Rasputin says:

    Haha rico … it sounds like yet another addition to the ‘Arsene Globe Trotters’ 🙄 … don’t forget we bought the wonderkid Luke Freeman (whatever happened to him?)

    Buying any player is a gamble, the only thing you can say with a degree of certainty is that an experienced player is likely to be able to fit into the side more quickly.

  82. London says:

    Rico

    I know Horsey won’t be coming, I was just saying who my choice of short term stop gap would be. With Horsey we could win the EPL and the ECL because he knows what is expected in both competitions. If Wenger buys either Jones or Bojan we won’t win either because it would take them too long to settle in.

  83. rico says:

    Is he CL cup tied though London?

    I think Freeman is doing good in th youth side Rasp, I am off to check him out 😉

    Sunu is another who is coming good

  84. London says:

    Luke Freeman continues to make progress in the youth set up

  85. London says:

    Don’t know Rico, but it will never happen so hey ho

  86. rico says:

    This is from November Rasp 😛

    Roarie Deacon and Luke Freeman bagged two goals apiece as Arsenal stayed top of Premier Academy League Group A with a 6-0 humbling of Charlton on Saturday morning.

    The scoring began after only three minutes when Deacon netted. Freeman got his first in the 13th minute and a second just after the half-hour.

    Deacon completed his double immediately after the restart and Conor Henderson added another three minutes later. Nico Yennaris made it 6-0 five minutes from full time.

  87. rico says:

    This is from Saturday 5th Dec Rasp

    Arsenal Under-18s have gone top of Premier Academy League table with a 2-0 win over previous leaders Chelsea on Saturday morning.

    Steve Bould’s side left it late to claim the three points, with Luke Freeman and Conor Henderson striking in the last 15 minutes to earn a 2-0 victory.

  88. Rasputin says:

    I was being ironic with the LF question 😉 Obviously I’m happy to have a productionline of talented youngsters coming through as long as we reap the rewards by them making a contribution in the first team (Gibbs).

    I don’t want us to become a feeder club for the wealthier sides. We’ve all heard the argument that potential doesn’t win you trophies. Nobody considers us as serious contenders for the prem – hence the ‘Arsene Globe trotters’ analogy. Sometimes we look like show ponies competing in the Grand National……

  89. London says:

    There is no doubt that it could be better.

  90. rico says:

    😳 sorry Rasp, I hought you were being serious 😉

    You are right London about he probably wouldn’t be joining us, but could you honestly accept him as a Arsenal player after the way he treated us? Especially that dramatic fall when Paddy was nowhere near him?

  91. rico says:

    Silvestre to be ‘quiet leader’ in Greece

    Mikael Silvestre will be Arsenal’s quiet leader on Wednesday night, according to Arsène Wenger.

    The manager intends to send a “Carling Cup” squad to Athens for the Champions League tie against Olympiacos this week. That means, once again, Silvestre is likely to be marshalling a youthful side from centre back. The 32-year-old has been ever present in the domestic competition this term and, for his manager, the former Manchester United player is under-rated.

    “He doesn’t get enough praise for his attitude and his quality,” said Wenger. “His commitment to the cause was absolutely fantastic at Man City last week in the Carling Cup.

    “People respect him highly in the dressing room. He’s a quiet leader. He’s a positive guy and helps the young players. But of course the best help is to win the games.”

  92. rico says:

    Will be interesting to see if Senderos plays, if he doesn’t he is surely off in January and the deal must be done already

  93. Rasputin says:

    My fault rico for being ‘clever’ 🙄

    I wonder how many fans have considered how they will feel in the summer if we win nothing again this season? It was a miracle that we beat manure in the last FA cup win. If this season is barren, we will have had as many years of ‘failure’ (in terms of trophies) as success under Arsene. At least he has stopped asking us to be ‘patient’

  94. London says:

    Rico

    I have no problem with players who have played elsewhere and the best example is Sol Campbell then you have Kenny Sampson, Pat Jennings, Jimmy Robertson…when they put on the glorious red and white it is like atoning for previous sins.

  95. London says:

    I, of course, only remember Sol Campbell, the others have been described to me by my Dad.

  96. rico says:

    Rasp

    I would be really sad and dissapointed to say the least. I still struggle to believe how we won that match against manure, the most one-sided match against us and yet we won… Good old jens I think 😉

  97. rico says:

    It’s just him London, he was and still is a cheat. I would be the same if he had played for Reading, he won manure many games against us by cheating..

    Anyway, as you say he won’t be wearing the Arsenal shirt so I best move on 😉 😉

    Big Sol, now thats a different story 🙂

  98. rico says:

    London, you old tinker, I know you are fibbing when you say you don’t remember Jennings and Sansom 😉 At least Sansom was a Palace player before us 😉

  99. Rasputin says:

    London,

    The difference with Sol was that he was spurs best player and captain, in his prime and it made them ‘sick as parrots’. Like Sylvester, RVN is past his prime and has had a few injuries ….. however, if no-one else was on the cards I’d definitely take him.

    Its a shame C Cole is injured because he just may be the physical presence we need up front.

  100. London says:

    Exactly, if no one else.

  101. rico says:

    I’d love CC too Rasp, would be good if he then became a world class striker, one over the chavs in the process. 😉

    Any idea what his injury is? I saw he is out for 3/4 weeks

  102. London says:

    The reason why I think that Bojan is more likely than the rest is because he has huge resale potential.

  103. Rasputin says:

    Apparently CC is out for about 4 weeeks with a knee injury. Is he actually available? – why would wham sell him?

  104. Rasputin says:

    The game on saturday showed how effective we can be when Cesc can thread the ball through to the likes of AA (or any player making intelligent runs!) Having a proper ‘big guy’ up front who can hold the ball up for the attacking midfielders to run onto would provide an option when the supply from midfield is chooked (and god forbid, they may even head in a cross)

  105. rico says:

    Aren’t WH still in a bit of financial trouble – Both Upson and Cole could go for the right price – Not that we could meet that price though 😉

  106. Irishgunner says:

    Bojan nor the horsey one will come.

    Any buys will be from teams whose players aren’t cup-tied in the Champions League – so no Shamkaka either (though he has looked okay for Bordeaux)

    Wenger stills wants the big eared one and after not having Arshavin last season mightn’t run of the risk of going into the new years champions league with an out of sorts Eduardo and a seemingly untrusted Bendtner not to mention an injured RvP.

    I reckon a stop gap experienced forward could come in, in the mould of RvN but not him if that makes sense.

  107. Rasputin says:

    Hi Irish … who then? … Teddy Sheringham 😆

  108. kelsey says:

    Roman Pavlyuchenco is the one for us.Not cup tied, plays with AA for russia, strong,good header and not in Spurs plan.

    Good day everyone,back later

  109. Irishgunner says:

    😆

    Andrew Cole is still knocking about. Or Tony Cascarino? Could bring him back out of retirement….

  110. Irishgunner says:

    Except Our Russian thinks the Spuds Russian is a big girls blouse…

    I don’t like Pavlenu…Pavleyunc…. that dude. Missed a bunch of sitters in the Euros. Bit of a Barndoor about him IMO.

  111. Rasputin says:

    Hi kelsey – bye kelsey – thew scarlet pimpernel of AR!

    We can’t put any money into totnum’s coffers … its a no-no

  112. London says:

    Kelsey

    That was the equivalent of walking up a wasps nest, hitting with a stick and running away.

  113. Rasputin says:

    They seek him here, they seek him there
    Those Frenchies seek him everywhere
    Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
    That damned elusive kelsey …. doesn’t rhyme 😳

  114. kelsey says:

    I am still here London,

    The fact is we can’t keep going over all the possibilities that may or may not happen in January. Who had heard much about Nasri or vermaelen before they joined.

    My main concern is Mozart, DudDu and 60K ever going to give us our money worth.If football is a business,I would cut my loses and throw Senderos in as well,buy 3 get 1 free.

    Add up their total playing time in the last 3 years and add RVP as well. Of course Eduardo was the exception, but I don’t want to hear anymore about us buying some 15 year old Zulu warrior,we need quality not quantity if we want to win trophies.nothing to do with my support for the club, but we aren’t progressing like a team about to win anything.

    Pool and Burnley have only lost once at home, Villa will be a difficult game,though Hull and Pompey should be thumped,and that’s all before the 1stjanuary.

    Actually I don’t feel too good today, I wasn’t running away,I tell it like it is as a realist.

  115. Irishgunner says:

    I must be off too my bedtime. Talk soon folks.

  116. London says:

    Good night Irish

  117. London says:

    15 year old Zulu warrior LMAO

  118. Irishgunner says:

    Sheesh I was about to go to bed happy and confident, bit of a damper there Kelsey 😦

    We’ll beat Liverpool Saturday simply because their manager has gone cuckoo and our manager is only showing the signs on occasion.

    Wenger has started to learn how to use subs while Rafa is generally taken off their best players and replacing them with defensive ones (that he can find) that and Gerrard and Torres are nowhere near fit.

    That’ll do me for positivity

  119. kelsey says:

    Oh and pedro has just had his knackers cut off for a mere 140 euros. 😉

  120. kelsey says:

    Good night irish.

  121. Irishgunner says:

    😆

    Anyway Kelsey if I can cheer you up I know EXACTLY who our new players will be.

  122. Irishgunner says:

    Robin van Persie
    Tomas Rosicky (again)
    Gael Clichy
    Kieran Gibbs
    Nicklas Bendtner
    Johann Djourou

    What more could you ask for? 😉

    On that note goodnight all.

  123. kelsey says:

    Henry,viera and Bob Wilson 🙂

  124. London says:

    Kelsey….What…Pedro has had a sex change!!!!!!

  125. Rasputin says:

    Who’s this new russian striker Pedroknackersoff?

  126. kelsey says:

    my boxer is called pedro.

  127. Rasputin says:

    I’d prefer it if we signed the big dutch defender
    Kika de Shitoutadrogbasen….

  128. Rasputin says:

    My newt is called ‘Tiny’

  129. peachesgooner says:

    Oh no I’ve missed a Sol Campbell swooooooooooon love-in 😳

  130. peachesgooner says:

    Why is your newt called ‘Tiny’?

  131. peachesgooner says:

    Do you think Philippe will mind if I replace him with Mr Black Balls……..they’re both defenders after all 😆

  132. Rasputin says:

    Hi peaches,

    You already know the answer to that one …. because he’s my newt!

    Can’t even get anyone to respond to my bad jokes 😦

    Here’s one …. What’s pink and lovely and hangs out your underpants?……….. your mum 😛

  133. peachesgooner says:

    I once did a garden for a spud who’s husband was a builder and had removed a couple of those huge concrete balls that sit on top of columns that support gates at the front of posh houses. These balls were black and she wanted to use them as features in a slate bed. They were called

    Sol and Ledley

    …..and Sol was already playing for us……strange lot those spuds…….

  134. peachesgooner says:

    An audience of one – why are you complaining, I laugh at all your jokes 😳

  135. rico says:

    Hi all, is it bad joke day today 😉

  136. rico says:

    Audience of none now then 😦

  137. Rasputin says:

    Hi rico,

    Thought you’d been out walking your pet spider again…..

  138. rico says:

    Hi Rasp

    😛 – pet spider, you are very very cheeky my friend 😉

  139. rico says:

    Its back 🙂

  140. kelsey says:

    Afternoon rico and rasputin.

    Pay as you play is the way forward, (as with Saha at Everton). Yes, I am talking about Rosicky is particular, not to offer extension contracts if they are out injured more than they play.

  141. Rasputin says:

    But rico, you said yesterday that you had 8 legs that needed walking 🙄

  142. Rasputin says:

    Hi kelsey,

    I can’t see top players accepting that, but where there are no teams interested in signing a player or if they are in the ‘twilight’ of their careers may go for it. Is that why Moyes has been leaving it so late to bring Saha on? – not a good policy if you lose games trying to save money.

  143. rico says:

    Rasp

    I don’t know what you have been on recently, but your humour just makes me chuckle – that is so dry, but so 😆 😆 😆

    Hi kelsey,

    I like your way of thinking but Tomas is only 28, some other club would take him on a freeby and then you know just what will happen next….

    I guess the club either offer him a contract on a lesser wage, sell him in Jan, or watch him walk for free in the summer…

    Have I just stated the obvious 😳

  144. rico says:

    Has anyone been watching Strictly Come Dancing??

    Remember John Hollins? Well his son Chris is dancing with Ola and they are doing really well, potential winner too…

  145. kelsey says:

    rico he is 29 and been with us for 3.5 years and missed more than half that period.

    Strictly come dancing on a monday 😉

  146. rico says:

    I know kelsey, but do we want him to walk on a free??

    That is why I am saying either offer him a contract on a much lesser salary, or sell him in Jan…

    But Arsene won’t sell him, we all know he won’t

    No Strictly tonight, but good for Chris Hollins I say 🙂

  147. kelsey says:

    what value does he have rico.He has the same groin injury as before, which has been operated twice, and according to AW the injury is scaled from 1 to 4, and it will take 48 hours to identify that.

    Have to do dog duty now, back later.

  148. rico says:

    Catch you another time re Tomas kelsey 😉

  149. JonJon says:

    wenger will raid the french league for a CF…like he did with ade…we’ll end up with some 6 foot four african that costs around 5 million…

  150. London says:

    Man Utd pair out until new year

    Manchester United defenders John O’Shea and Jonny Evans
    The absence of O’Shea and Evans has only added to United’s injury crisis.

    Welcome to our world

  151. JonJon says:

    plus rios crocked and vidic has man-swine flu…

    they have no cb’s…

  152. rico says:

    Hi JJ, would that be so bad, especially as the ACON is moving to the summer 😉

  153. rico says:

    That’s good about manure, and London, that is a great line, Welcome to our World…. Indeed manure!!

  154. rico says:

    Jack Wilshere has admitted that he would be happy to join a Premier League club on loan, should the opportunity arise.

    The 17-year-old continues to be a fringe player at Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger reluctant to rush his development.

    The Gunners hold high hopes for the young midfielder in the future but know pushing him too hard, too soon could prove detrimental.

    He has been restricted to just five first-team outings this season as a result, with three of those appearances coming from off the bench.

    Recent reports have suggested that a number of clubs have expressed an interest in taking him on loan, happy to offer him the regular action he craves.

    Involved
    Wilshere admits a short-term deal away from Emirates Stadium could be the answer he is looking for, but the ambitious teenager has made it clear that he will only consider offers from Arsenal’s top flight rivals.

    “I would think about it but I think it would have to be in the Premier League,” he said.

    “Not that the Championship is a bad league at all, but it might suit me differently.

    “I have seen things about Middlesbrough, Celtic and Rangers being interested and there may be others, but a Premier League side would be better.

    “I would, of course, rather stay and be involved at Arsenal though, so we will see what happens.”

  155. rico says:

    And my bet is taht we get Hunterlaar!! 🙂

    Offski now..

    Night peeps

  156. JonJon says:

    hi rico bye rico.. 😉

    dont think huntelaar will come…and no a 6 foot african would be so bad…as long as he stayed as plan B and didnt want 80k after one season… 😉

  157. Irishgunner says:

    Why is Kaka nominated for the Ballon D’Or again??

    I know it means little and Messi will win it but he has been crap for two seasons for Milan and he still gets nominated.

  158. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters

  159. rico says:

    Irish – I thought Messi had already won that one…

  160. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters,

    Hallelujah! Fabregas agrees with us 😛 – pay attention Arsene…….

    FABREGAS: WE NEED MORE OPTIONS

    Cesc Fabregas believes Arsenal are lacking a target man in the mould of Didier Drogba.

    The 22-year-old Gunners captain pointed to the lack of penetration his side had in the 3-0 Carling Cup defeat to Manchester City last week as more evidence of the need to increase their attacking options, particularly after Robin van Persie was ruled out for five months with torn ankle ligaments.

    He told The Guardian: “Throughout the game (against City) we had a lot of possession but didn’t really have anyone to go in behind the defenders, apart from Carlos Vela.

    “We had a lot of similar players who like the ball into their feet. Sometimes it’s true that you need a different kind of option.”

    Fabregas argued that a striker with the power and pace of Drogba could lift a team out of the ordinary.

  161. rico says:

    Morning Rasputin

    Spooky – I was just reading that too, wondering if it had been AA who said that I would be moaning again 😉

    But he is spot on of course 🙂

  162. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico,

    Its not rocket science is it? The problem with only having one way of playing is that it makes it easy for the opposition to develop strategies to negate our strenghts and play to their own – and the better clubs have the players to do that effectively.

  163. Rasputin says:

    In general, I’m against paying big money for players, but when it comes to strikers, you have to pay top dollar to get the best. We are not going to be able to compete with citeh, chelski, barca or RM, but they are not really in the market for another striker.

    Manure are looking to buy, but it appears that they are as cash-strapped as we are. I am not that knowledgeable about Edin Dzeko apart from youtube clips. Appparently manu are looking at him. If he is really (or even potentially) of the quality of Drogba, we should be prepared to pay up to £25m forhis services.

  164. kelsey says:

    Morning rico and rasputin(who changes his avartar more than his mood, only joking honest 😉

    I have already mentioned that IMO no league game is easy, and maybe AW is right when he sais the league could be won with the fewest points for a number of years.Look how many games the top four have already lost.
    I would rather concentrate on our fixtures this month rather than look into a crystal ball to see if we strengthen in Janauery.

    A good run will keep us apace with the present top two,but an average run could see 7 clubs involved in third or forth.

    Wenger can’t help that we have more than a dozen players injured,as we can’t go back to see what he should or should not done over the last few seasons.

    This might be a pivitol time for the club, and if things go wrong, and with kroenke sitting on 29.9% of the shares, it is time to put pressure on Wenger for one last time.

    When i hear PHW saying that if we don’t make the top 4 this season,it’s not the end of the world as we have enough finance to cover it, then surely there is money to buy in January.

    Like most I want to have that feeling of winning a trophy again,but I honestly believe that either Wenger has to change his so called plan A or I fear the worst.On top of that leadership on the field is just as important and I feel Cesc as good a player that he is,can’t combine both very well.

    That is just my opinion,and it doesn’t make me a lesser supporter,because I feel we are facing an uphill struggle.

  165. kelsey says:

    What I also fear is that for example city came in and offered Arshavin 150k a week, he would be off like a flash.Money is killing football,that soon the majority of people will lose interest.

    With the endless diving in nearly every match, I would give a red card and a 6 man ban to any player,if it is conclusive in looking at in retrospect.

    more money than ever before to the elite PL players and diving is cheating whichever way you look at it, must be controlled now,as it is getting out of hand.Winning at all costs takes the sport out of football.

  166. Rasputin says:

    None of us like the efffect that ‘big money’ is having on the game, but it is inescapable that as long as it generates thius huge money, players will wield power. Contracts are meaningless until they are within 18 months of expiry. We can only function within the structure of the game. It is pleasing to see the likes of pool and manu struggling to cope with the same ‘sensible financial constraints’ that have shaped our buying policy.

    The rot is at the top, management is always the root of the problem. In this country, big firms still sack the cleaner when times are hard – banks are paying bonuses whilst saddling every household with £40k of national debt. We are just pawns, we love to moan and we love football, so in the end, we have no choice.

  167. rico says:

    Hi kelsey, Rasp

    Sorry, my spider needed a run in the garden 😉 😳

    The worst thing that ever happened in football was the big bucks owners – now stupid money is being paid for both the player and his wages, and if something doesnt change I think it will ‘kill’ football.

    But what is funny though, look at Barca, Madrid and Chelsea – they get the big players and in some respects the big managers, but the latter they get through about one a year 😉

    Hughes will be the next to get the chop…

  168. rico says:

    Rasp – I agree re the big money for a big striker, at the end of the day the right one will always score goals and win games. We create so many chances, with the right ball to the right player we would be scoring 3,4,5 goals every game..

    We wouldn’t even worry about Almunia so much then 😉 😉

  169. Rasputin says:

    Yes rico, I suppose we’ll only emerge from the financial doldrums once all the highbury development has been sold and as kelsey says, we don’t know what will happen to our spending policy if we end up with one foreign owner.

    I still can’t understand that since we’re a business, why don’t we employ standard busines principles and on occassion, speculate to accumulate. Its simple. Champions league = £30-40m to the club. To say that we can afford to not qualify for the CL is the worst type of negativity.

  170. Rasputin says:

    Arsene is being typically ‘Arsene’ about the prospect of buying in January. First he says that we will need to dip into the market, and shortly after, he qualifies his statement with ‘we’re not going to pay big money’.

    Wake up Arsene, we paid quite a high price (the market price) for Nasri and TV, AA was a bit of a bargain and unlike the other two, we may get more than we paid for him were we to sell at the moment.

  171. rico says:

    Isn’t it frustrating when you type a long comment only for it to get ‘lost’…

    Maybe thats where our clubs money goes 😉

    Do you reckon he has a striker already sorted and the deal is done?

    He says no to Chamakh, but if you were his club, knowing he can walk on a free in the summer, wouldn’t you try and get the best price for him in January?

  172. Rasputin says:

    Arsene has been guilty of a lot of ‘spin’ over the last couple of years, but I can’t remember him making a definitive statement that is untrue – he says we will not be buying Chamakh, so we have to believe him I guess rico.

    I don’t think he there is a deal made for anyone and I would only put it as 50/50 (at best!) that we will buy a striker in January.

    I agree with ace, why not give Diaby a go at playing up front as a target man and see how he gets on. He can’t do as much damage as when he plays in midfield and he seems to have a strikers instincts coupled with a good shot and reasonable composure in front of goal.

  173. Rasputin says:

    ace = ave 😳

  174. rico says:

    His heading is shocking though Rasp 😉

    but like many I have thought Diaby is better playing a second striker, if that means him and AA up tops together then we have nothing to lose really.

  175. rico says:

    You sure about that Rasp 😉 😉

  176. Rasputin says:

    His heading is very effective when aimed at our goal 👿

    Seriously, I’m not suggesting that as opposed to buying a proper striker, just something we might try in the meantime. Dudu (when on form) is the only/best headre of the ball in the side, with the exception of the CB’s

  177. Rasputin says:

    If we do buy a striker, it would be good if he had the following attributes:-

    1. Strong physical presence
    2. Can hold the ball up
    3. Good header of the ball
    4. Not injury prone
    5. Powerful shot with both feet
    6. Can take a mean free kick
    7. Composed in front of goal
    8. Out of nappies

    There you go simples 😉 That little list will cost a minimum of £5m per item I reckon 😦

  178. rico says:

    Blimey Rasp, that’s a lot of 5M’s in there 😉

    Thats the only goal he knows 😉 😉

  179. Rasputin says:

    I know rico, but true when you think about it. Ronaldo has most of those qualities and was £70m. Benzema maybe only 6 and wasn’t he about £30m? AA is a great player, but not a traditional striker/frontman and has only 3 or 4 from the list

  180. rico says:

    Thats why he will probably go for Jones or Cole Rasp, or another ‘unknown’ – after all its that time of year when the real Ebenezer comes out 😉

  181. Rasputin says:

    I’d be more than happy if we went for Cole (as I understand you would). He’d be up to speed in the prem from day 1, available for europe and I’d hope he’d be happy to be one of our striking options rather than a ‘guaranteed place’ player.

  182. rico says:

    He might be cheaper right now too Rasp as he’s injured 😉 I would be very happy with him…

    Is it just you and me today then 😉

  183. Rasputin says:

    Anything less than £12m and he’d be a bargain, simply because there aren’t that many players of his ilk available at the moment.

    Just the two of us 😉 … we must talk complete b*****x – we can’t even get people to come on and disagree with us 🙄

  184. rico says:

    😆 😆 Rasp

    Either that or they know we are right 😉

    Never mind ‘ we can make it on our own’ 😉

  185. London says:

    After reading the interesting pro Cole comments I am starting to warm to the idea.

  186. London says:

    Don’t worry Rasp, I am sure that I can find something to disagree with you 😉

  187. Rasputin says:

    Oh no you can’t London 😛 (well it is Xmas)

  188. Rasputin says:

    re: Cole,

    The other ‘big’ clubs are not averse to taking a punt on an average player who may just become even better when getting the service with quality players around them. Manu bought Saha, the chavs Kalou, citeh Robinho …hahahaha

  189. Rasputin says:

    Liverpool – Voronin ha ha haaaaaa!

  190. rico says:

    Hi London, don’t you dare 😉

    He must be the equivalent to our Jeffers signing 😉

    Off for half an hour..

  191. avenell says:

    Hi Roadsters .. I have stuck a NEW POST up.. see you there.. 🙂

  192. kelsey says:

    Roman Pavlyuchenko’s agent claims Arsenal are one of three clubs interested in signing the striker from Tottenham in January.
    Pavlyuchenko: Likely to leave Spurs in January

    did i mention this yesterday or not.

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