Classy Arsenal Erupt All Over Pompey

The lads really put the boot into Portsmouth didn’t they?? In a day marred by news that Portsmouth’s money men have been turning the lights off, drawing the curtains and hiding behind the sofa when the taxman came calling, the Portsmouth team could have done without our ruthless lot coming to town, to top a bad day at the office off with what only can be described as an exhibition match…

I’d like to say I feel a little sorry for them. It is the season of good will after all. They are bottom of the league, their players haven’t been paid and the Pompey fans are still fully behind their team, but, there is no room for sentiment in football, especially when your in the title race and 3 points are up for grabs. I’m glad we smashed them. I’m selfish like that, I couldn’t give a toss what happens at Pompey, I’m an Arsenal fan and I know I’ll sleep well tonight with 3 points and 4 goals in the bag…

I find it an interesting statistic that in the time Wenger’s been in charge at our beloved, well run club, Portsmouth have had 11 managers!! No wonder they are in the mess they are in. Stability really is key in football, but I guess they’ve found out the hard way…

The game itself was a complete mis-match. Pompey, as expected tried to be competitive in a combative nature, but the midfield trio of Song, Diaby and Ramsey looked assured on the ball and were just as good without it. Song and Diaby used their strength and physiques well and we closed Pompey down at every opportunity. We gave them no room to breathe and after a scrappy opening 10 minutes the players started to find their feet and settle down. We were beginning to settle into a rhythm and with the class and quality beginning to show it was only a matter of time before the 1st goal came. With a little luck..

It came in the form of another free kick. I don’t really know why Wenger lets Robin take them..He hasnt scored from one in 3 seasons of trying, yet while he’s been injured weve scored from three with three different scorers..fancy that!!! This time it was Eduardo’s turn..

On the half hour mark Ramsey was tripped just outside the box and it was perfect for a left footer. Up stepped the little Crozillian who’s shot was heading towards the right hand corner, only for it to take a deflection and end up in the left. No doubt the dubious goals panel will try to award it as an OG, seeing as though Eduardo’s not everyone outside the club’s favorite cup of tea, but 75% of Fat Franks goals have come just the same way. It was Dudu’s goal all day long…

The second was a long time in coming but with only minutes left before half time it can be seen as perfect timing. Eduardo found himself in the box with the ball at his feet after a wonderful left footed pass from Song. With hesitation from the defenders with no challenge coming in,  it seemed like he had all the time in the world to pick a pass to Ramsey, who cleverly slipped the ball to Nasri. The feisty Frenchmen hasn’t really impressed away from home, but we’ve stuck by him and he didn’t let us down. On retrieving Ramsey’s pass he looked to have taken the ball too far as he let it roll to the right. I expected him to hit it first time but Nasri’s choice was justified as he drilled a worm burner into the bottom corner. It was a great finish and at 2-0 the game was over..

The third was a peach. It had been said before the game that Ramsey owes us a big performance. Pompey were the perfect opportunity for him to stamp his authority on a game right from the start like he does for Wales. He’s done well in cameo roles but I’ve always been left unimpressed whenever he’s started for us. Well, he stamped his authority on this one with a fantastic goal which left me giving the lad a round of applause through my television. Pompey looked set to break after one of our attacks had been fruitless but Ramsey pounced on the situation, stole the ball from his man, side stepped his way round another and hit a left footed shot which three keepers couldn’t have stopped. What a shot.

Pompey scored (yawn) and our fourth well and truly put the game to bed. Song’s midfield performance was a joy to behold and all that was missing was a goal. He got it and a lot of it was his own work. Song took possession in the middle of the park about 35 yards away from the Pompey goal and he put his head down and drove towards it Diaby style. He tried to dribble his way through 2 defenders but was stopped in the penalty box. The ball was deflected out to the right only for Nasri to pick it up. Song stayed in the box, lost his man and called for the ball to be put on his bonce and Nasri obliged with a cross that took out all the defenders. Song, in yards of space, powered a header into the net from 12 yards out. Big header from a big player. He’s become one of the first names on the team sheet this year and well played to him. Chelsea forked out 25 million for Essien, Liverpool forked out 18 million for Mascherano.

We’ve only got one Song and he was peanuts!!! Songs emergence as one of the PL’s best midfielders is a credit to the lad. After taking early stick he’s grown in stature and in confidence and he plays like he knows how good he is. What makes him even better is that he’s just as good at CB. Whenever Gallas or Tommy bomb forward, Song fills the gap they leave. What a player. Damn the ACN, it’s as much as a nuisance as those crappy friendlies that get played through the season. Whoever heard of a competition that gets played half way through another competition? Ridiculous. It’s so far behind the times and the sooner the authorities sort it out the better because as far as im concerned its a burden…

Anyway, 4-1 to the good guys and we are in prime position to take 2nd place from the Manc’s next week..

Player ratings

Almunia..6..Made a good save in early in the first half at his near post which you would expect him to make, but didn’t look that great with the crosses and I thought he could have done better with the goal.

Sagna..6..Looks better doing defensive work than what he does going forward but still fairly solid..

Gallas..7..Has been immense this season but was nowhere to be seen for the Pompey goal and roamed forward far too often. Still a good display though..

Big Tom..8..I really want my sister to marry him. What a player. Committment, desire, strength. I love him in the defence but I’d really like to see him in the midfield while Song is away…

Traore..6..Got caught out of position a few times, especially for the goal, but he’s getting better and it’s going to be interesting to see what Wenger does when Clichy, Gibbs and Traore are all fit..

Ramsey..7..Looked assured on the ball with some good touches. Great goal and good touch for the assist and he looks a great player for the future.

Song..9..Man of the match. Superb display. Everything you want from a midfielder. Energy, heart, strength, passing, tackling and a super headed goal to top it off..

Diaby..7..Had an impressive first half but went missing in the second. He’s done well in his last 3 matches but they’ve all been in halves. He did well in the second half against Hull and Villa. I’d like to see 90minutes from him..

Nasri..7..Good goal and good assist but drifts in and out of the game a lot. Like Diaby I’d like to see 90minutes from him. Especially away from the comfort zone of the Emirates.

Dudu..7..Did well tonight. The movement seems to be coming back and the goals are beginning to come again, whether scuffed or deflected, but who cares?? They could all go in off his backside for all I care. A goal’s a goal and when you’re a striker it brings confidence. Let’s hope he stays fit and gets a long run in the team..

Arshavin..6..He really is taking one for the team isn’t he?? With no other strikers capable of leading the line in Nikki and Robin’s absence, this man is sacrificing his all round game so others can play theirs, and he’s still capable of banging in a screamer even when he plays poorly. Hopefully, Dudu’s sharpness will return soon and AA can be restored back to his role where he can start getting himself in the games again. Unless Wenger buys a striker???

Subs..

Rosicky..5..I love this guy, I really do. There isn’t a more magical player than a fully fit and firing Tomas but it’s not happening. Match sharpness is key, but how long will it be before he’s injured again??? And time is running out..

Eastmond..5..Good energy. Definitely looks a good prospect…

Vela..5..Like Eastmond, wasn’t really given enough time. We should see 90minutes from them against Wham in the Cup..

In conclusion, I know it’s only Portsmouth, but there’s 38 games to play to win the league and you can only beat the team thats in front of you every week. 3 points are 3 points and it was a committed performance that deserved the win. If Manure or Chelsea would have won 4-1 every pundit would have been creaming over the future champions, so we should feel the same. That’s 16 points now from 18 and we have a good chance at getting another 9 points from the next three fixtures before the tricky run of games start at the end of January. So far so good..

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88 Responses to Classy Arsenal Erupt All Over Pompey

  1. rico says:

    Morning all

    JJ, I saw your mighty fine post in the drafts, hope you don’t mind me putting it up…

  2. alfamilano says:

    Just in case anyone missed it, Vic Akers got an OBE for managing Arsenal Ladies – well done Vic.

    Great watching the Pompey match but I stand by my feelings about Almunia; really like the guy but makes everyone nervous.

  3. rico says:

    Congrats to Vic the Kit 🙂

    Morning alfa

  4. Rasputin says:

    Morning again roadsters 😉

    Top post JonJon.

    “What do you do about a problem like Almunia?”

    Make him captain? I don’t think so. If we can be ruthless in despatching a deflated Pompey side, we should be ruthless and ship him back to Spain and sign a keeper worthy of the rest of the squad.

  5. London says:

    Now that is what I call a quality match report, I can tell that love and care went into it. Respect, nice one Jonjon.

  6. London says:

    Wenger won’t change him mid-season; we may as well hope that he improves; apart from his punch I thought that he looked a bit more reassured last night.

  7. Rasputin says:

    He’s past the age when he will improve significantly. He’s never been top class, Lehman was right; but I agree he won’t be changed in January – we’re not signing anyone in January IMO

  8. London says:

    I’m also starting to believe that it is less and less likely that Wenger has targeted anyone for this window which only leaves the unexpected bargain, a bit like Diarra; he came up last minute for two mil and Wenger couldn’t resist. I suspect that Wenger would be rummaging around jumble sales on a Saturday if he wasn’t involved in football….the image just sprang to mind as I was writing and I couldn’t resist. Lol

  9. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    kelsey – footballers have legs don’t they – whats not related 😉

    Agree with all who say we don’t have a player to fill Songs boots while hes away – why are we suprised we’ve been saying it since September.

  10. peachesgooner says:

    Arsenes problem – he knew in the summer that Song had become established in that position, he knew that Song was going off in January………. maybe Ramsey can play alongside Cesc there…….

  11. rico says:

    Hi everyone,

    I think the twinkle in old Ebenezers eyes last night tells a lot. This is our best chance in a while to win the PL and he did mention a lot depends on the fitness of players in the midfield…

    I reckon he has a player or two sorted 😉

  12. peachesgooner says:

    I like your optimism rico but I’m not sure…….

    Anyway I don’t think we need a striker – we haven’t got a problem scoring at the moment without one.

    We do need a confident keeper though …….

  13. rico says:

    I think he will get a HM on loan, and I honestly think he could now go for a striker as Nik is out for at least another month –

    The reason I think that it was easy to score against Pompey, they just sat off us and gave us so much time on the ball. Had Manure played them or even the Spuds last night they would have scored ten 😉

    Eduardo is still off form, AA is not much better and I just think that Stan the man will not settle for second – he could very well be the one to tell AW to go get a goal scorer – i just have this feeling…

    Now have i had this feeling for the last six transfer windows – yes 😳

  14. rico says:

    Our squad is crazy…

    Cesc, Ramsey, Wilshere, Diaby, Merida, Nasri, Rosicky, Denilson and there are more, all attack minded midfielders…

    Defensive minded midfielders …. Lonely old Song 😦

  15. rico says:

    Theo is out for 10-12 days with a ripped muscle…

    Has he got any muscles to rip 😉 😉

  16. peachesgooner says:

    Exactly rico – Arsene has landed himself in this pickle….

  17. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Happy New Year everyone. May 2010 bring No.14 😈

  18. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico & peaches 😛

    I like the point JonJon made about AA ‘taking one for the team’ – he’s not getting many goalscoring opportunities but he is working very hard and defenders are scared of his shooting ability so he creates space for others…..

  19. peachesgooner says:

    Not long to go for you gnarley – are you partying?

  20. rico says:

    Hi Rasp, hope you had a good birthday 😉

    But thats what Theo does too Rasp 😉 😉

    peaches, agree, sometimes he focuses just a bit too much on the attacking side of our game, mind you we have all being saying that for a few years now…

    On that note, I am off to Sainsburys 😦

  21. rico says:

    Happy New Year to you too George 🙂

  22. peachesgooner says:

    Off to Sainsburys too 🙂

  23. Rasputin says:

    Hi rico – how did you know it was my birthday?

  24. peachesgooner says:

    I wished you Happy Birthday but you didn’t bother to come on 😦

  25. Rasputin says:

    🙄

  26. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    peaches

    Not partying in the real sense, we are in the throws of moving house. Anyone heard from Irish? last I heard she was down here, or up there in Sydney.

  27. kelsey says:

    Good post JJ.

    I think in fact I am pretty sure we are stuck with Almunia,at least for now.

    If I was AW, I would swallow my pride and buy back Flamini,but I doubt he would do it.

    I have already given my thoughts on last night in the previous post so, I wish you all a Happy and healthy New Year.

  28. London says:

    gnarley

    Irish is still a regular visiter, I think she is in Perth which I’m not sure if it is up, down or across there.

    Happy New Year though

  29. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

    Excellent post jonjon.. i don’t know where you find the time to do it.. 🙂

    London.. Irish was in Sydney and she is on the move to Melbourne.. and she has very limited internet access. 😦

    Kelsey.. Best wishes to you and your family for the New Year, I know it’s a biggie.. 😉

  30. rico says:

    Hi ave..

    Diaby has signed a new contract 🙂

  31. London says:

    Hi Ave

    Yeah, I agree, that is a very good post, I would love to know how long it took him, although, if he says half an hour I might just storm out the room in tears.

    At least the offer was sent down under and I can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t have been warmly recieved.

  32. London says:

    There is something that I don’t quite understand about Arshavin playing out of position, OK he is not a CF but what is his optimum position?

  33. avenell says:

    Hi rico.. I just saw that on Sky..

    I was also watching them slate Arsenal and Portsmouth off for having no English players. most of the managers couldn’t give a stuff only fat sam..
    It’s funny how the word home grown gets changed to English when it suits the stats..

    Hi London.. I think it helps that jj has a late bodyclock and late games suit hin. where as you would have to get up early to get the post on..

  34. avenell says:

    AA likes to play in the hole.. like DB10..

  35. Rasputin says:

    Hi London,

    You’re right, its not so much that he’s out of position, but that he’s not always supported by the sort of players that compliment his game. Obviously long high balls are a waste of time. I think he would prefer to play behind a target striker with other similarly gifted attacking midfielders around him – we saw what a difference it made to his game when Cesc came on the other day.

  36. Rasputin says:

    Haha avbe – you got there a fraction before me 😛

  37. JonJon says:

    hi guys..thanks..

    london it normally takes me 30-45 minutes to write a post…the opening lines normally the hardest and takes me a few minutes to get going, but once thats up and running i dont stop..it just writes itself…but then i have to spell check it and tweak it and read through it a hundred times cos im thick 😉

    so id say an hour..

    on the AA thing..hes a free spirit…likes to roam in and around the strikers..

  38. London says:

    So can someone put up our optimum team working on the basis that everyone is fit and put Arshavin in he most suited position…..I only say this because I feel I must be missing something…..I obvoiusly understand the DB10 position but I’m not sure how that could work with our current squad.

  39. London says:

    AAAAAaaaaaahhhhhhhhh stamps feet and marches jealously out of the room.

  40. JonJon says:

    it doesnt help the fact that hes always let isolated and marked by the 2 CB’s…

    but thats the beauty of the 4-3-3..the wide players take the FB out of the equation and the CF takes the CB’s out of the equation and then we have 3 midfielders storming forward…one of them always finds space and its why so many of our goals come from the middle…

    robin had perfected it in that he was taking players out of the game and scoring…

    AA isnt looking pretty…it makes him look terrible…but weve banged in 10 goals in 3 games so its working…

    vela is ready to lead the line and dudu is still finding his feet..who else have we got??

  41. rico says:

    Fabianski

    Sagna TV Gallas Clichy/Gibbs

    Cesc Song Diaby (only because he is on fire 😉 )

    AA

    RvP Eduardo

    That would be mine I think London

    Hi JJ

  42. Rasputin says:

    That’s exactly the point isn’t it London? We have an abundance of talented attacking midfielders and with RVP injured and unless Nik undergoes a metamorphosis, we will never have a perfect balance with the players available. WWe are just that good that we will beat most teams.

    Sagna has to stop crossing the ball high when we’ve got no ‘headers’ up front. Fast interchanging attacking manoeuvres starting from the back and with the ball kept on the ground should be where we excel.

  43. JonJon says:

    vela isnt ready…

  44. rico says:

    But then if Rosicky was fit and on form I would have him instead of Diaby

    And if Walcott could score I would put him in instead of Eduardo…

    Never ending really…. 😉

    If if’s and buts were pots and pans,
    There would be no need for Tinkers

    😉

  45. Rasputin says:

    I’d prefer to think of our structure as 4:1:5.

    The back four picks itself with one of the 3 LB’s

    Song would be the 1 (when not in africa) otherwise Denilson

    And the 5 would be a fluid attacking midfield where Cesc, Nasri and AA are first pick with Diaby if he continues in his present form and then a choice of Denilson (if not HM), Theo, Tomas according to fitness and the opposition.

  46. JonJon says:

    rasp…

    wenger has even pointed out that all his players want to play through the middle… its a difficult problem to solve but i think the 4-3-3 fixed it…

    for me our best team is

    sagna,gallas,tv,gibbs
    -cesc,song,rosicky
    ——-AA
    —-nikki-robin

    the CB’s and song stay fixed..the FB’s act as wingers and the rest of the team interchange

  47. Rasputin says:

    Oops – lefty Dudu out of that list ….. in his present form I’d make him an option, when on form the 5 midfielders would be AA, Cesc, Nasri, Diaby and Dudu … they can all score and they can all defend (maybe not so much Dudu)

  48. Rasputin says:

    I agree with your team JonJon except I may have Nasri instaed of Rosicky and Rosicky to come on as a sub – mine is based on the players currently available therefore no RVP, Nik or Rosicky

  49. JonJon says:

    i only say rosicky as i picked my team from a fully fit in form squad.. 😉

    but your right..it would most likely be nasri…

  50. avenell says:

    I think once RvP is fit and we have Nasri, Fabbie and Rosicky back the formations can go out of the window..

    Rvp can drift and Cesc AA or Rosicky can fly through the middle.
    Rosicky, Nasri or AA can interchange on the wings..
    That would keep all the midfield happy.

  51. Rasputin says:

    True ave – but RVP is not likely to return til next season and we want to win the prem this year……

  52. avenell says:

    Sorry I thought the question was if everybodies fit..

    If not I am hoping Bendtner can do RvP’s job.. I would have actually prefered him there at the start of the season but then RvP picked up..

  53. JonJon says:

    nikkis back in 3 weeks…

    i think we can cope with the team we have until the villa game but then we’ll need some of those players coming back…

    its a big risk to take not to sign anyone…i think we should, just in case…

  54. avenell says:

    Trouble with Nick .. he seems to take a few games to get going.. I remember pre season last year he looked woefull.
    The when he started to look better Arsene brought Ade back in and knocked Nick’s confidence back.

  55. Rasputin says:

    I think Bolton away could be quite tricky depending on our mindset and whether we pick up any more injuries. We need no less than 7 points from the next 9 bearing in mind what follows…..

  56. avenell says:

    Their caretaker manager was an Arsenal apprentice..

    It’s funny how sky are still writing us off. If we win the game in hand they will have to take us more seriously..
    Why they ask championship relgation fodder Roy Keane’s opinion I don’t know.

  57. JonJon says:

    niki looked good at the start of the season…we were scoring lots of goals when it was the nikki robin AA trio

    the only player i expect to return hitting the ground running is cesc..the rest as you so rightly say will take time…

    id like to think we can do this without breaking the bank but with the title on the line this year i hope wenger goes for it…

  58. avenell says:

    Jonjon are you about later.. I have an idea for a post tomorrow?

    If you could give me a ring or can I email you?

  59. JonJon says:

    they really dont want us to do it do they…

    they’ve spent that long ripping us apart they dont want to be made idiots and conceed that we actually have a chance…

  60. avenell says:

    We was 20/1 this time last year, this year we are 7/2.
    and we made a profit.. 😉

  61. London says:

    The original question was if everyone is fit where would Arshavin play and this team brings us to where I thought we were and it is not a 4.3.3

    sagna,gallas,tv,gibbs
    -cesc,song,rosicky
    ——-AA
    —-nikki-robin

    That is 4.4.2 in disguise

    sagna,gallas,tv,gibbs
    -cesc,AA,song,rosicky
    —–nikki-robin

    Whether it is Rosicky or Nasri is not the point. If playing Arshavin as a CF is a waste as is playing him out on the left then it seems to me that the only way to incorperate him into the team properly is in a 4.4.2 formation.

  62. London says:

    Maybe with Bentner back we get

    sagna,gallas,tv,gibbs
    -cesc,song,Rosicky
    —–Nasri,Nikki,AA

    But this still shunts AA out into a position that even more people said he was wasted.

  63. London says:

    I cannot see Wenger buying anyone other than a defender if Senderos goes.

  64. London says:

    The team selection for Bolton is going to be interesting, if Denilson is fit then it is easy but if he isn’t we are going to be relying on Diaby for defensive cover.

  65. Rasputin says:

    I didn’t realise it was a fantasy football question 😳 – everyone being fit!!!

  66. JonJon says:

    london..

    its still a 433..but my point is that AA likes to roam…he doesnt have a set position…he’s still a striker but hes not a lone striker, hes not a target man…but at the minute hes the most suitable player for the job…

    the way we are set up means there are no fixed positions in attack…only the back 4 and song stay fixed and to some extent robin..but the rest play freely and rotate…AA is one of the free players..

  67. JonJon says:

    the bolton midfield will be ramsey, diaby, rosicky at worst…should be good enough

  68. rico says:

    Here is our first signing 🙂

    Arsenal have finally wrapped up the protracted signing of Brazil Under 17 international striker Wellington Silva. The prospect will complete the move from Fluminense when he turns 18, in January 2011.

    The Gunners have taken advantage of a financial problem with Flu and after thrashing out a deal last month, everything has been signed and sealed. Arsenal have paid for 65% ownership of Wellington, and will pay the other 35% when he is eligible to move to England. Fluminense have been struggling to pay players and staff so an immediate payment has been made to ease their cash-flow problems.

    Agent Rodrigo Pitta conducted business on behalf of the Brazilian Serie ‘A’ club, and confirmed to local newspapers yesterday that everything has gone through.

    “We completed the transfers last week, he is already an Arsenal player and Fluminense has already received some money.”

    The chase is finally over for one of the most exciting attackers outside of Europe. The starlet, nicknamed Ciel, impressed during a 7 day trial last Christmas – he even played 45 minutes for the Under 16’s against Norwich – and he made an emphatic impression, scoring 4 goals. In a bid to warn off potential suitors who included Chelsea, Man Utd, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Barcelona, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira promoted Wellington into his first-team squad trusted Brazil-based scout Sandro Orlandelli managed to orchestrate a deal worth £3.4 million to secure his services.

    Silva can play either up front or on the wing and he posed for pictures sporting a replica shirt with his name on it for social networking site Facebook shortly after confirmation was recieved.

  69. Rasputin says:

    Hi JonJon – does your 4:00 pm agree with my 4:1:5 / 4:6 formation theory for the current fit players?

    The only reason to have any of the currently fit players hanging up front is so that their backline can’t then play too high up the pitch

  70. JonJon says:

    lol rasp…

    you know if anything it can be described as more of a 4141…with the middle four being allowed to do whatever they want to do..

    robin likes to drop back alot so then it changes to a 415

    and if song and the FB’s push forward it becomes 2-8… 😉

    i guess wenger ball has not set formations…

  71. alfamilano says:

    How about dropping Nasri, play Eduardo and Nikki up front (they started to build a good partnership). The AA is in midfield, moving between wings like he does so well.

    sagna,gallas,tv,gibbs
    -cesc,song,Rosicky,AA
    —–Eduardo, Nikki

    Theo comes on for Rosicky if we need the pace.

  72. JonJon says:

    a fan of the 442 i see alfa..??

    we seem to be gathering pace on gibbs though..hes in most ppls lineup..

  73. avenell says:

    A fan of the 2+2.. 😉

  74. rico says:

    I am really pleased about this one – looks like the renewals are being sorted before the big spending which begins tomorrow 🙂

    Lansbury signs new long-term contract

    Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that England Youth International Henri Lansbury has signed a new long-term contract with the Club.

    The 19 year-old midfielder is currently gaining valuable experience with Championship side Watford and has made 20 appearances since joining The Hornets on loan in August 2009, scoring two goals. Further to impressing with Watford, Lansbury has now extended his loan with Malky Mackay’s side until the end of the season.

    Henri, who joined Arsenal as a Scholar in 2007, signing professional terms with the Club in summer 2008, has already made four first team appearances, all in the Carling Cup, making his debut in the 3-0 Fourth Round victory at Sheffield United in October 2007.

    Lansbury also gained valuable experience last season when he went on loan to Scunthorpe United, scoring five goals in 17 appearances during his three-month stay with ‘The Iron’, which included a place in their starting line-up for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final defeat at Wembley.

    Everyone at Arsenal looks forward to Henri’s continued contribution to the Club and wishes him the best of luck during his continued stay with Watford.

  75. rico says:

    No RvP alfa? 😦

  76. JonJon says:

    rico at the start of the season id of had the nikki dudu partnership too but robins performances changed my mind..

    lets hope hes the same player when he comes back or we could be waiting another 3 years for him to come good again..

    good news about lansbury..i like him

  77. London says:

    So, with a criterion of trying to get the best out of Arshavin with the players that we should have available in a month until the end of the season would this be the formula?

    ——–Almunia
    Sagna,Gallas,Vermaelen,Gibbs
    ———Song
    Nasri,Fabregas,Rosicky
    —-Bendtner,Arshavin

    Gibbs or Clichy….Rosicky or Diaby….and of course Fabianski I don’t really mind.

  78. JonJon says:

    id settle for that london…

  79. rico says:

    Sorry guys and gals, puppy pressure all day!!

    One is now called Billie two sh^^s!!!

    Great news JJ re Lansbury, we got another Henri 😛

  80. rico says:

    No-one around so I am off for this year 😉

    May I wish you all a very

    Happy New Year and thanks for making 2009 a happy blogging year…

    Thanks ave and JJ for getting AR up and running and to all those who have contributed along the way…

    Good health and happiness to all 🙂

  81. avenell says:

    Happy New Year Roadsters..

    Rico a post should come up at 8.30.. You know what to do if it doesn’t 😉

    I’m off to bed.. x

  82. Rasputin says:

    Happy Hogmanay to all Roadsters…;)

  83. peachesgooner says:

    Are ricos chickens scottish rasp 🙂

  84. peachesgooner says:

    Silly me I thought you said roasters 😳

  85. Irishgunner says:

    Happy New Year All

  86. JonJon says:

    merry nmew year roaders and roadettes..

    gald that year is out of the way..what aload of bollox 20009 was..

    on to 2010…the only way is up..

  87. London says:

    cALL YA SEIVE S ASHNAL SUPORTERS AND YA DONT WONT OT OA TALK ASRSHNAL WOSHSHYAS Happy new year I love the lot of ya.

  88. rico says:

    new post

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