We Are Going To Win the League: I Don’t Know How You Are Going To Believe Us.

Apart from freezing my nuts off at the Emirates, I also watched the game, in the evening, on telly and I can tell you that the conditions were far worse on the pitch than how they came across on the box.

It started snowing two minutes after kick off and finished two minutes before the end: reaching blizzard conditions, and a serious injury waiting to happen, midway through the second half.

Everton were well aware that this situation would even things up and Moyes had obviously whipped his players up to a state of self belief and fighting spirit, best demonstrated by the statement of “We mean business” made by taking to the field in short sleeved shirts.

There was clearly two distinct game plans on display today: Everton’s was to close down quickly, use their aerial advantage and, when they could, hit us on the break, while ours was to use our greater short range passing ability. The conditions were such that they enhanced Everton’s game plan, rewarding them with a goal from a corner, while acting as a hindrance to ours.

Arsenal’s inability to pass the ball as quickly as necessary to make the game plan effective left us going into the break looking like a mish mash of players not quite knowing where they should be or what they should be doing. The only saving grace was Denilson’s lucky deflection which brought us back on terms.

Wenger, I suspect had the French hair dryer on a low setting, explaining that all that was needed was to up the tempo of the passing and success would be achieved. The players duly obliged and came out with a greater determination and a far quicker passing game, the result being that we looked the team far more likely to win rather than Everton as MOTD tried their hardest to suggest. This short period of domination lasted until, for the second week on the trot, we forgot how the off side rule works, meaning that Pinar was allowed to run through one on one with Almunia who, instead of making himself look big, which as I understand it, is the correct thing to do in these circumstances, he duly went to ground enabling the South African to embarrassingly chip him for their second goal. With only five minutes to go I for one feared the worst but to my surprise lady luck was their to save us again, in the form of yet another deflected goal this time from Rosicky.

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Player ratings: this week they are mostly based on body language, the desire to win, as conditions made it very difficult to judge players by the ability we normally expect from them.

Almunia: Coco is getting worse, his kicking is getting worse, his positioning is getting worse, his throwing is getting worse and as far as I can see he doesn’t inspire anybody. 4

Sagna: did what he could in bad conditions. 6

Gallas: have you ever seen one of those heart machines on telly that goes beep, beep, beep to indicate that the patient is alive? Well half way through the first half the beep stopped and was replaced by an alarming, continuous high pitched noise. As Gallas pulled up in a serious way that long continuous alarm was the sound of our season dying. Fortunately, Billy boy survived and so has our season. 7

Vermaelen: well, with conditions like that of course he wasn’t at his best but he kept on going, the same alarm went off when he went down injured in the first half. 7

Traore: if this review was based solely on body language then this young man would come in the category of frightened little rabbit, it’s not that he made huge mistakes its just that I wish Clichy would hurry back. 5

Nasri: worked his socks off in the first half, was by far the best player, tailed off a bit at the end but nevertheless he put in a shift to be proud of. 7.5

Denilson: it would be so easy to slag him off but the conditions were very difficult indeed, although, it has to be said: Song, please come back quickly. 5

Diaby: and again it would be easy to slag him off, poor positioning, not releasing the ball quick enough…..but then, in the last ten minutes he was the best player on the park, driving forward, crating opportunities, excellent passing and setting up the equaliser.  6

Ramsey:  was no better or no worse than any of the others on the pitch which is a good testimony to just how far this young man has come. I would have preferred to start with Rosicky as I think Ramsey still plays his best football in the second half when the play is stretched a bit more. 6

Arshavin: this man’s determination was faultless today, ran his heart out. 7

Edurardo: and again, good body language, tried hard in poor conditions. 5.5

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There really are two match reports today: the glass is half empty report in which Arsenal wasted a golden opportunity to go second by failing to beat Everton and if anything we were lucky to come away with a point.

Or, the glass half full report, in which a never say die Arsenal fought back twice to save a point and keep our title hopes alive. You chose.

Come on you rip roaring, goal scoring, glory grabbing, Gunnnnneeeerrrrrrss.

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111 Responses to We Are Going To Win the League: I Don’t Know How You Are Going To Believe Us.

  1. Mustang says:

    Hi Folks,
    I was too cold to blog after the game but you should see the result as 1 pt gained. From what i saw yesterday we deserved nothing from the game, the players seemed lost out there, no creativity, constantly moving the ball sideways and without cutting edge going forward. Diaby was in his shell again, and poor old Denilson was out of his depth against giant Feilaini till he went down clutching his back with no one around him. Have to say the most worrying thing for me was watching my 2 boys freezing their little buns off in the blizzard when the snow came down, and their stone silence in the car on the way home.
    Surely Wenger must now see that the squad desperately need reinforcement, even Paddy could have done a job out there yesterday!
    Repeat this performance against Bolton we will get nothing on Wednesday.

  2. London says:

    Morning Roadsters

    Off for my cornflakes now, back in half an hour.

    I wanted to say this above, decorum stopped me, but down here things are different, MOTD are such tossers

  3. London says:

    Morning Mustang

    Excellent summary. I have two boys as well, you must have had a quite an expensive day out

  4. W.A.T.H says:

    Mornin London, cornflakes with hot milk I take it 🙂

  5. jj says:

    Almunia.
    Rubbish.
    Thank you please.

  6. London says:

    Morning Wath

    No, cold milk and short sleeves…..ard 😉

  7. London says:

    Morning Ave

    I think one of your friends is stuck in pending lol

  8. W.A.T.H says:

    Yeh yeh yeh………………… 😛 Suppose your running round the garden bare foot 2….!.

  9. London says:

    JJ

    Almunia, rubbish, thank you, please

    Is this one of those games in which you more the words around to make a sentence?

  10. JonJon says:

    morning london and mustang..

    thanks guys i am yet to see any highlights of the game so it paints more of a picture for me…

    i know the conditions were bad but why is it that teams are able to use those conditions to their advantage and yet it hinders our own game…surely thats a weakness and when the season is a marathon and is played the best part of 10 months we really need to be able to adapt to any condition if we want to be PL champions..

    also..like i said yesterday..without song and cesc we are missing our engine room..it doesnt matter who comes in to replace them nobody is as goood as them..

    rosicky comes close to cesc but how long is it before hes inured again?? or indeed how long is it before he can start firing on all cylinders and play 90 minutes??

    wenger needs to look at this carefully and reinforce the middle of the park…

    denilsons not good enough..diabys too much of a luxury player and cant be trusted and ramsey isnt ready to take on the burden of running the arsenal midfield at the age of 19..its too much to ask…

    as for troare..hes young and still learning…hes put in some good shifts of late and it was only a matter of time before he had a stinker…lets not be too hard…hes done us proud so far when called upon…

  11. JonJon says:

    morning WATH

  12. W.A.T.H says:

    Mornin JJ how’s you fella….? All good I hope…! Almunia is far worse than rubbish IMO….! he’s never been any good and at best a 2nd keeper prob the worst in the prem league, total liability and we will win not a piss up in a brewery with him in goal…!.

  13. London says:

    Morning JJ

    In fairness Traore didn’t really have a stinker. MOTD high lighted his weaknessess but they could have done that to any Arsenal player and if they had chosen to high light Almunia’s errors they would still be showing them now there was so many. Traore also did a lot of things right but as I said above Clichy can’t come back quick enough for me.

  14. London says:

    Or Gibbs

  15. Passenal says:

    Partially agree, but Ramsey was actually the weak link in midfield and I was hoping he would be replaced by Rosicky long before it happened. He is promising and he has had a couple of good games, but he is young and inconsistent, which is what we saw yesterday. Denilson was just back from an injury and he was doing okay until the kick from Neville, which was clearly impeding him until he had to come off.

  16. W.A.T.H says:

    I’d like to try Traore left midfield in front of Clichy or Gibbs…?!?!?!

  17. sheba says:

    Ramsey 6????? Are you nuts. I stopped counting at 10 with 32min gone in the game… The number of times he lost the ball/passed it to everton… Shockingly bad perfomance…wow. He is a strictly a 75th minute sub… Now in another season???? but we need to stop pushing him into the deep end, he might lose it altogether. He is barely 19. BUT…. he needs to be told the truth yesterdy’s game 2.5 nothing more.

  18. London says:

    Wath

    It’s a plan although Vela is staking his claim to that spot more and more each week.

  19. W.A.T.H says:

    Vela = left wing/left hand striker…! Vela can play in front of Clichy/Gibbs and then Traore, ALL left footed players on the left how novel…!

  20. London says:

    Wenger will never go for that lol

  21. London says:

    Passenal

    What a pleasure to have you on this channel, I think I said above that I would have prefered Rosicky to have started ahead of Ramsey but as the young Welshman had scored in the two previous games it is understandable why he got the nod.

    By the way, this is not my site I am just on ambassadorial duties this morning.

  22. Mustang says:

    Morning London,

    yes, expensive indeed, especially in the middle of global recesion! It doesn’t help when I get dragged into the Armoury every trip to Emirates. Plus given the weather, you can understand if one decides to stay home, but unfortunately I have this one vice called Arsenal that I am emotionally involved with!!

  23. London says:

    Sheeba

    I still maintain that Ramsey gave the ball away no more or less than any of the others; I also said above that my ratings were based more on body language than anything else and that man had an expression on his face of someone who was prepared to die for the cause.

    Anyway, it was an interesting comment and you will come straight on should you wish to return.

  24. London says:

    Mustang

    Oooch, the Armoury, expensive. As a way of avoiding it I told my children that it was a bar and you had to be 18 to get in 😉

  25. alfamilano says:

    Mustang

    I agree Diaby’s contribution wasn’t the attacking one we’ve started to get used to, but I saw it in a different light to you. Without Song he was the only one who could stand up to Failani. He was practically man-marking him as the game went on, because Denilson was getting swatted out of the way. So I think Diaby was restricted rather than just being poor. He came forward more in the 2nd half as we got on top.

    London, you are being too kind to Denilson. I like him, he’s a good player and will continue to get better but yesterday his passing and awareness was horrendous. Don’t you think that Ramsay would have been more consistent if Denilson hadn’t kept dropping him in it?

  26. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadseters,

    Excellent match report London.

    If Everton can keep their players fit, they will take points off all the other top teams. Donovan was a masterstroke – why can’t we get a player like that for 6 months?

    We need Cesc and Song back now 😦

    I think Arsene’s “I did not see” policy, he is obviously blind to the inadequacy of Coco as London has aptly named him…….

  27. London says:

    Morning Alfa

    Conditions,conditions,conditions….I’m not prepared to dis Denilson when it is blowing a hooly.

  28. JonJon says:

    yeah thanks WATH im good..

    apart from a few inches of snow where i live has totally messed up my internet access…

    agree about almunia…i dont know how wenger sticks by him..its not like hes 22-23 and hes developing..

    disagree about ramsey being the weak link too…denilsons the weak link..ramseys a far better player…where was denilson at 19?? and he still aint no better..

  29. alfamilano says:

    London

    it was you saying for the last 3 days ‘how can the match be off? It’s only a bit of snow! It’s clear all around the ground!!!’.’ Wasn’t it? 😀

  30. Mustang says:

    Hi JonJon,
    I agree with you about the conditions, also the fact that some of these players have been here for a while and should be used to playing in the winter.
    Ramsey did ok, but I get the feeling he is trying too hard. I noticed he trying to get forward, play Iin the middle, on the wings, etc. I think with experience he will learn where to be on the pitch to be most effective, that will come.
    On Traore, one thing he was complaining about was the lack of communication from the other back 4, he had to make some of those last ditch clearance cos he was not aware of what was behind him and needed a shout from a team mate, but I thought he did ok. Apart from a couple of decent saves Almunia is not commanding enough, stark difference with Tim Howard.

  31. London says:

    I was freezing and I had enough ski wear on to survive in the Arctic for a week.

  32. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters….

    Good report London.. You know my feelings on Denilson.. and I don’t rate Ramsey yet either, he comes on and looks good when teams are tiring. Yesterday you could tell that Moyes picked him out as the weak link and Everton were all over him making him look worse.

    I watched the game on a stream so when I watched it on Football First I concentrated on watching a few players.
    I watched Diaby, there was no energy in his game, I think he tracked back and won the ball once, there was no give and go, give and meander is his game.
    I also noticed everyone saying Everton were the better side, I tried to watch this from the point of view that it was just Reds v the Blues and I failed to see this.
    Arsenal were poor by there high standards and Everton good by there’s but in reallity Everton were no better than us, they were just less skillfull but showed more desire.

  33. Mustang says:

    London
    “I told my children that it was a bar and you had to be 18 to get in”

    Nice one I’ll try that….

  34. Mustang says:

    ……….knowing my boys they’d probably insist on getting their fanta from there if I told them it was a bar!

  35. London says:

    Morning Ave

    Less skillful but showed more desire sums it up perfectly.

  36. avenell says:

    This is the main problem with Diaby and Denilson.. They don’t have the urgency, then that spreads through the team like a diesese.

    Then it’s wake up time when we go a goal down..

    Condeming Traore on MOTD was disgusting last night, they would never have done that to an English player.

  37. JonJon says:

    alfa..

    your point about denilson dropping rambo in it is brilliant..

    thats what i mean about denilson…he might have all these great stats..but he does naff all but puts his team mates in trouble by passing it to them when they are double marked or have no where to go…

    he puts his teamates under pressure with his passes…his stats might look great but the person he passes it too struggles to keep the ball..

  38. JonJon says:

    hi mustang..

    yeah i still dont think ramseys ready yet either…

    hes a good little player but i feel he needs guidance from players like ces and rosicky to help him..

    when he’s shoved in at the deep end he doesnt look his best and it doesnt help playing next to denilson

  39. hh says:

    we were awful yesterday but we never gave up and got a point, previous arsenal teams would have folded. thats a big plus. wenger must now get a top striker in this week with a defensive midfielder or he will throw away the title. if he doesnt do it this week he can fuk off

  40. JonJon says:

    ave..

    yeah..weve talked about this before..denilson and diaby have no engine..and becuase they play in the middle of the park where it all happens they whole team suffers…

    like you say its like a disease…

    troares 19 and 3rd choice..and hes done ok..

  41. JonJon says:

    morning HH

    this months very important..

    gazidis said we had a healthy kitty..i expect wenger to use it…the injury crisis demands he uses it…

  42. avenell says:

    Arsenal’s kitty is in hard cash up front.. A lot of other clubs are offering I.O.U’s so It may take a while for the selling clubs to get there head around this..

    I would expect a striker of some sort coming in.. We were weak there before the season started. But at the moment the midfield arn’t capable of feeding any striker.

  43. hh says:

    we need a striker as soon as. arshavins getting wasted. a striker will at least free up arshavin and with cesc comming back we can kick on

  44. avenell says:

    Add to that a fit Rosicky and we will be rocking.. Nasri is starting to look better and better too..

  45. JonJon says:

    the midfield need a player who can control the tempo, whether it be ours or the oppositions..

    and a striker who puts himself about abit wouldnt go amiss either..

  46. avenell says:

    At the moment the midfield is subsidizing the attack which was fine until the midfield goes weak with no Fab or Song..
    We can afford AA up front if we have the midfield to feed him..

    Why do we persist in keeping players like Simpson at 21/22 if they are no good even if we are this desperate?

  47. London says:

    Wenger’s view is that you don’t get to really see what a striker is about until he reaches 23. What we don’t want to do is sell a player too early only for them to blossom as soon as they arrive at another club the result will always be that Arsenal look stupid……..just a thought.

  48. avenell says:

    If that theory is correct London… we only have two strikers all the others are too young.

  49. raif says:

    hey there people hope your doing good after this draw.

    if Denilson is out for a few weeks then wenger must get another midfielder, with song gone and denilson out and any other likely injury to happen then may need to boost our numbers.

    a diffender is a absolute must aswell

  50. avenell says:

    Hi Raif… hows your luck, any better?

  51. raif says:

    hi Ave.. luck still the same.. just cracking on with things really and hoping fate will be kind later along the line..

  52. avenell says:

    Carry on regardless that’s the way.. easier said than done sometimes…

    The snow reminded me it’s been nearly a year since the last blog of feelings post.. 😦

  53. raif says:

    yeah i agree mate.. everything is always easier said then done lol. but we do it Bcos we must.

    ive wanted to do a post on my blog for a while but just been either giving my free time to do other things, or not sure on what to blog about lol..

  54. avenell says:

    Is your little one okay and enjoying the snow?

  55. Jazbo says:

    My God when are our own supporters going to support the team, did you guys really look at the conditions out there on the pitch yesterday, it’s a bloody wonder we able to play our passing game at all. Denilson and Diaby had good games not great but good in midfield, Ramsey on the other hand was not so good, perhaps he should have been rested for this one, our third choice left back played a decent game but was not helped out by his partners in the centre of defence going missing all the time, their jod is to defend not attack high up the pitch leaving gaps that the QE2 could sale through.
    This game was clearly a point gained not two lost.

  56. raif says:

    yeah the little one is perfect, his walking now and climbing on everything in the house 🙂

    he seems to enjoy looking at the snow when we bring him to the window when its snowing down.

    the missus is doing ok but not as ok as we both would like.. lets just say shes not well and abit more serious then a flu 😦

  57. avenell says:

    Sorry to hear that Raif.. Nobody appreciates the value of good health, it’s all taken for granted..

    I hope she’s okay real soon mate. Did you get your move sorted?

  58. raif says:

    thanks ave

    yeah the move is all sorted now. just the odd little bits to buy for the barth room and stuff, took us ages to try and get the internet sorted out.

    it was nothing but extra bloody charges. reconnection charges and call out charges to get the place wired up and stuff.. it all took the piss and a big bite out my wallet..

  59. avenell says:

    Hi Jazbo… Welcome to avenell road..

    I think we are all disapointed on here rather than angry..

  60. avenell says:

    I know where your coming from..I had to move house and a workshop full of tools 300 miles..

    in that time the rent on the workshop had to be paid.. plus all the packing while not earning.. In the end I was taxing vans and loading them up with stuff driving them down and getting a lift back to start again..
    I even had to spend 6 months in a caravan inside my workshop as I was waiting for the purchase of my present house to go through and the total price could have risen so I wanted to save as much as possible..

  61. raif says:

    Jesus that sounded like a right pain in the arse.

  62. avenell says:

    It was a relief when it finally went through..
    It’s better looking back on it than living it..

    I guess we all think the world is caving in sometimes..

  63. peachesgooner says:

    Hi all

    Great match report London – I was there and the conditions were dreadful for supporters aswell as players 😦

    Loved your analogy of the heart machine and Gallas pulling up – it was a really scary moment 😆

  64. raif says:

    Sol might be on his way then?

    he might just save our season 😀 haha

  65. avenell says:

    Yeah his spell abroad has come to an end.. we should have sued him for that..

  66. raif says:

    i think he needs his head checked out. or he should shoot his advisers

  67. Rasputin says:

    A’anoon Roadsters,

    Manuel is making Arsene look like Basil Fawlty ….. he goes down too early and seems to be scared of getting hurt (like Czech)- keepers should be fearless

  68. avenell says:

    There was more than one player at fault with that goal.. As bad as Almunia was/is he should never have been exposed like that..

  69. Rasputin says:

    I’m not judging him on that one incident – the bigger picture is that he makes the whole defence nervy…

  70. avenell says:

    Some of the problem is the defence think they are helping the attack by pushing up. We are then left exposed, it’s okay to do this if we are one down with 5 to go.. But someone needs to tell Gallas and even TV that the midfield can handle it, you just do your job..

  71. London says:

    Gallas and TV got so used to being covered by Song that they have forgotten that now he is away other arrangements need to be made.

    And Ave in repsonse to your comment above I do agree that we only have two proper strikers and the rest are too young.

  72. London says:

    Although Traore was not looking at Almunia when he was complaining about not getting a shout they were clearly aimed at him. Who else was supposed to call instructions. Almnina was worse than usual and I agree with Rasp that he made the whole of the defence nery yesterday….although it is a good point to make that it was not just Almunia who was at fault for their second goal.

  73. Mustang says:

    You could have driven the proverbial double decker through the defence for the Everton second goal when Gallas & TV pushed up, someone need to remind them that Song is not around to pick up the pieces for a month so they needs to concentrate on defending. Almunia got his timing horribly wrong coming off the line and went down too soon. what happened to staying on your feet and making yourself look big, even I know that?

  74. London says:

    Mustang

    Apart from Almunia who would you say was the main culprit for their second?

  75. Mustang says:

    ….sorry, I am bit wound up about yesterday, maybe the cold got to me just a tad…..

    I remember standing in the concourse waiting till the last minute to take our seats with a fellow dad & sons Gooners and he said to me “after all this hassle and freezing weather they better win..”

  76. London says:

    There are fans and there are supporters

  77. Mustang says:

    London,

    To me the 2 central defenders were out of position and when they went walkies there was no central midfielder in sight except Nasri who is not the quickest trying to catch Steven Pieaner, no chance.

  78. alfamilano says:

    Also when the central defenders move forward the full backs are supposed to tuck in behind. I though Sagna was pretty good yesterday but the organisation just wasn’t quite there.

    Ave summed it up, Everton came out and took the conditions head on so made the most of more limited talent.

  79. rico says:

    Afternoon all,

    London, mighty fine write up and your 2.54 comment is spot on, the other day i mentioned about how many times we see Song make a last ditch tackle to save the defence, and yesterday i think they forgot he wasn’t there

    I love Gallas and TV but they do sometimes get a bit excited and want to score goals 😉

    Was that TV’s worst performance? If so, good that it is out the way…

  80. rico says:

    I am glad for once AW came out and said the opposition were the better side and that we were lucky…

  81. rico says:

    What about Rafa then, admitting they would sell Gerrard and Torres for the right price…..

  82. avenell says:

    Alfa… Everton were still smarting too from the drubbing at GP when the first team done them.. Then our weakened team took the bashing.
    A bit like when Arsene plays the CC side against the Spuds.. beating Arsenal is beating Arsenal no matter who is playing to them.. they are avenging 10 years of losses.. or think they are 😉

  83. avenell says:

    Just having a read about that rico… are you better today?

    Kop boss lol…. Rafa is the boss of a stand.. did the North Bank have a boss?
    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/football/view/116446/Rafa-Benitez-fears-Liverpool-will-head-for-exit/

  84. Rasputin says:

    Hi rico,

    Why am I the only person who is already getting annoyed that we’re not going to buy anyone? (bar Campbell maybe) whereas everyone else seems to think quality signings are a real possibility … the writing’s on the wall. I’m not saying we can’t win the league, just that we won’t have new players to aid the process.

    I’d like an I.T.Y.S. widget for/tab at the top for the things we’re not allowed to say 🙄

  85. Big Raddy says:

    And the Ref was poor. There was at least one penalty decision he bottled, and I felt he allowed the Everton players too much latitude in their tackling, which was to say the least, robust.

    We clearly need some inspiration from somewhere and Cesc’s return is vital, as is a central striker. Good as AA is, he is not the answer.

  86. London says:

    I have just looked at Everton’s second goal again and for me it is all Traore’s fault, his pace is supposed to cover those sort of situations when Gallas and TV have pushed up but he was way too far up himself, I can only assume that is what Gallas was getting annoyed with him about.

    And Rasp to answer your question, too many disappointments in too many transfer windows has made too many of us immune to being upset by not getting new signings.

  87. London says:

    Hello BR

    There was a really good interview on Football focus yesterday in which Arshavin himself said exactly that.

  88. Rasputin says:

    OK London – I’m fed up with myself for being AR’s resident pessimist 🙄

    For me, the season hinges on 3 things; Cesc returning and staying fit; Nik taking on the central role successfully and Song returning unblemished from the ACN … if all those happen, I’m confident of silverware (I think!!)

  89. Rasputin says:

    Oh … maybe 4 things … TV and Gallas not getting injured ….

  90. Big Raddy says:

    Ras.

    & the Chavs and MU steadily droppng points.

    Thinking of which, I watched the B’rum game last night, and if one takes Rooney out of MU they have nothing upfront. I compare that to taking out RvP …. we are still scoring, still in the mix. I think we are doing very well.

    Punching above our weight? Perhaps

  91. Rasputin says:

    I agree Raddy, if it hadn’t been for the failings in the competition you describe, I wouldn’t be optimistic. Annoyingly, every time we have a chance to capitalize on their poor results we fail to do so. It looks like its going to go all the way to the wire. We have a relatively easy last quarter of the season, so I’m hoping we can get enough points in the end jan/early feb period to set us up for a barnstorming end …

  92. Big Raddy says:

    Plus, we need to sign Simon Kjær from Palermo. A superb young CB. Denmark’s PFA player of the year (Nik B won the fan’s award)

    €15m should get him. 20 y.o. 6`3″. Has pace , skill and strength. He is likely to be one of the stars of the WC.

  93. Rasputin says:

    Haha Raddy, we were doing so well, being realistic, and you just couldn’t resist going back into the realms of fantasy 😛 He sounds excellent .. not on Arsene’s radar I presume?

  94. rico says:

    Hi Guys,

    ave, i feel poop still, cough, sneeze, wheeze etc etc and no bloondy sleep because of it – tonight i think i will hit the bottle 😉

    Rasp – if we buy we can win the league, if we don’t i am not sure we have it in us – Song out is a massive loss, yesterday showed that big time.

    Yesterday they should have been ready to second place, they couldn’t…. Arsene, please learn from that game…..

  95. rico says:

    I like the sound of him Raddy – 6’3″ 🙂

  96. Big Raddy says:

    Rico.

    You clearly do not imbibe enough alcohol. I had Man Flu the whole time I was in the UK (so many germs & bacteria in London). Started the day with an Irish Coffee and continued from there. No days in bed , 10 hours a day sales shopping, and all on less than a bottle of Scotch.

    You girls are weak…… weak !!

  97. rico says:

    Raddy, Nevilles deliberate shove on TV was one, Drogba would have got a penalty for that because he would have gone over like a sniper had shot him….

  98. rico says:

    That is my trouble Raddy, I don’t like any spirits otherwise I would have tried the Brandy/Whiskey remedies, instead I have been on hot honey and lemon, I am sure its isn’t as good 😉

    I haven’t been in bed yet though other than when I should be, albeit a little earlier than usual… 😦

    Weak Raddy, weak??? You are obviously just an exception to the rule when it comes to the ‘average man’ 😉 😉 😉

  99. Big Raddy says:

    You are right Rico. I am exceptional 😉

    Everyone likes an Irish Coffee with a little sugar to sweeten the alcohol. And it helps you sleep.

  100. Big Raddy says:

    Right. Off to rustle up a chicken curry before the RM game. A decent bottle of Italian Red to go with it and Bob is your Uncle !

  101. London says:

    Rasp

    Someone has got to be AR’s resident pessimist, I mean, if you are not the pessimist how can I be the optimist.

    Actually, I didn’t think your concern over the seemingly lack of signings was pessimistic at all, I agree but like you I have been disappointed so many times I no longer expect anything.

  102. rico says:

    🙂 Raddy, enjoy both the curry and wine..

    Join the club London, but somewhere in the dictionary there is a word – ‘hope’….

  103. London says:

    Rico 😉

  104. London says:

    Actually thinking about it I do more than hope, I dream…….David Villa purrrrrrrrrr

  105. rico says:

    mmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 🙂 🙂 London

  106. rico says:

    But he is too short really 😦

  107. rico says:

    I am off folks…. see you early in the morning 😦

  108. London says:

    When we had a tall striker people moaned that it made us play like Wimbledon of old…….you can’t win.

  109. rico says:

    🙂 London, Villa and Cole?

    seriously, if we signed David Villa I would be the happiest person ever – I have been ranting on for two years now…. I would just be the best thing since Bobby P, I can see him now London …..

    No7 🙂

  110. rico says:

    new post

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