From Millwall to The Emirates, the boy from Battersea……


Still unsure as to whether Alex Song will play against Porto on Wednesday so I thought about Craig Eastmond – the player many hope to see take his place.

We probably all know that Arsene Wenger will replace Song with Denilson sadly, but let’s take a look at just who Craig Eastmond is and where he came from.

Coming from a big family was crucial in Craig’s formative football years: he was the youngest boy with five brothers and one sister – Craig used to play football with all his brothers and their friends and he says that helped him to toughen up mentally and physically. They also used to coach him from a very young age which he believes gave him a head start. A couple of his brothers had early footballing careers with Millwall and Wimbledon, but both were cut short.

In an interview with the clubs magazine a couple of years ago, the youngster draws inspiration from a female member of his family, his mum Amanda: “My mum has been everywhere with me since I started playing club football when I was eight. I was with Millwall first, which was closer to our home in Battersea,” he recalls. “But I then joined Arsenal when I was eleven. She would make the journey on the train with me three nights a week to Hale End in Chingford and then wait for me and bring me home on the train again. A big part of me feels that I have to give myself every chance of becoming a professional because of what she did and still does for me.”

Born in London, his first club was Millwall. After two years there he moved to Arsenal in 2002, aged just eleven years old.

Craig is described as being able to play right back or in the defensive midfield position, a bit like Francis Coquelin. He is just nineteen years old and stands 6ft tall. Both Eastmond and Steve Bould have said that right back is not his best position, so it looks like the holding/defensive midfield role is where we will see him most used.

By his own admission he lacks a bit of pace but his major strength is having the ability to read the game, something which Arsene Wenger has also observed.

He works on his pace day to day – but I say, don’t worry, pace alone gets you nowhere, does it Theo 😉

He has obviously impressed the club over the years and in June 2009 Arsenal announced that he had signed his first professional contract at the club. This was not long after he had played a huge part in the team that won the Youth FA Cup earlier the same year.

Eastmond has made four starts and two sub appearances for the first team and in a recent interview with AFC Online, he says he doesn’t feel properly part of the first team set up but believes that if he continues the way has been playing, it won’t be long before he is – he is surprised though that he has been given the chance so early after signing his professional contract.

His proudest moment is his full debut in a 2-0 away win at Bolton – his most bitter to date is the defeat at Stoke in the FA Cup, however, what I find quite interesting is that he says he didn’t feel the buzz, the excitement of playing in the good old English FA Cup, not like players did years ago.

What he wants though is to be part of the first team squad permanently and make his breakthrough – he will go out on loan to gain experience if needed, not yet though..

Right now he likes to spend time in Alexander Song’s pocket, asking question after question about the role he has made his own. He wants that same position to one day become his..

When asked if he watches other players to learn more – he says, I can, but I like to watch our own and get feed back… Good man, but I say, go and watch Essien or Yaya Toure as well. 🙂

So that’s Craig Eastmond, do you think he has what it takes?

Time will tell, but he is a humble lad who has seen his brothers footballing lives crumble, just maybe that is what gives him the drive to become the next central midfielder to not only wear the red and white of Arsenal, but the colours of England too.

Have a good day all…

272 Responses to From Millwall to The Emirates, the boy from Battersea……

  1. #1#1 now to read it

  2. morning happy valentine’s

  3. is this jj or yours?

  4. think eastmond is ready for firstteam now
    did you see in the man shitty game how he owned bellamy

  5. rico says:

    And to you RSD, this one’s mine 🙂

  6. where’d u copy and paste this from then 😛

  7. rico says:

    cheeky tinker, ATV oline is where the info came from and a bit of my own wording 😉

  8. oh year havent got round to that is in the inpile
    nb when he came off gainst shitty bellamy got like 1 or 2 assists

  9. rico says:

    We have to play Citeh at home in a while, I am hoping for sweet revenge …

  10. would hope so
    is long time away tho
    they blow hot and cold
    didn’t see the game yesterday
    but does mean they have a replay before the chels game so aint good
    least chels r away to inter tho

  11. rico says:

    I didn’t see any results from yesterday, i take it Citeh drew??

  12. FA Cup Fifth Round Results – Saturday 13th February 2010

    * Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff
    * Derby 1-2 Birmingham
    * Reading 2-2 West Brom
    * Southampton 1-4 Portsmouth
    * Man City 1-1 Stoke

  13. some joy pompey atleast

  14. rico says:

    Thanks RSD, I reckon Stoke will get a result at their own ground, hopefully they will be exhausted too before we play them, any idea when the replays are?

    Pleased for Pompey, they need the money so a good run in the FA Cup might help their cause, and our’s

  15. rico says:

    Good old Robin, I hope Cesc feels the same…

    Robin van Persie spurned the chance to leave Arsenal because of his fondness for the club.

    Four teams – believed to be Chelsea, Manchester City, Juventus and Inter Milan – expressed interest in the Holland international, but he revealed: “It’s not as easy to leave Arsenal as you maybe think.”

    The Gunners are without a trophy since winning the 2005 FA Cup – to date Van Persie’s only major trophy with the club and a statistic which contributed to the departures of players including Mathieu Flamini.

    But Van Persie, who signed from Feyenoord in 2004, said in The News of the World: “It is good that four teams were really interested in me but I had to turn them down.

    “Even if you want to leave, as a player, I don’t think it is easy because when you move to Arsenal you are led there by your heart.”

    Van Persie has been out since November with an ankle injury incurred while playing for Holland and he believes his fitness record has hindered his development into a great of the game.

    “Everything starts with your fitness and some players are lucky like that,” the 26-year-old added.

    “I hate it but I can’t do anything about it because this is my situation.

    “When you look at great players, they are always fit, always sharp.

    “When you play 50 games a season, you can score more goals and get more assists, so it follows that you are more important to the team.”

  16. would have thought 3/4th march
    think might put cheeky bet down for stoke and cup
    it payed off with pompey the other year
    they never lose games by much
    maybe e/w

  17. rico says:

    They are a thorn in many a teams side, but the chavs are still in there so it would be a tough one..

    Spuds play today don’t they?

  18. 33/1
    yeah away to big jack

  19. rico says:

    NOTW this morning reports that Ronaldo wants to return to OT, he misses his Manure family…

    Can’t see old red nose being able to fork out 80M to get him back…

  20. rico says:

    Ah, Bolton – might try and watch that one just to see LJ play and see the spuds lose 🙂

  21. doubt it
    wonder if would take a pay cut
    cesc for the winker

    but i guess it helps stoke that it takes them 30 secs to take a throw in everytime and that just the ball cleaning

  22. he was awesome v shitty did u see it?

  23. rico says:

    Trouble is Italy play England in the Six Nations around the same time – tough choice..

  24. come on thats easy
    italy a shite

  25. rico says:

    I didn’t RSD, I don’t watch much football unless its Arsenal – I have a too much other stuff to do 😉

    But today, I may just watch the little un…

    No way would AW pay such money for Ronaldo, I hope he stays abroad..

  26. maybe there give to us on a free
    they get the bank to write off their debts anyway

  27. rico says:

    I think Madrid have more debt than selling Ronaldo would resolve 😉

  28. You really want to watch egg chasing

  29. Erick says:

    “Pace alone gets you no where does it Theo ” :-):-):-) hope he is not reading this blog funny Rico

  30. rico says:

    Morning Erick, welcome to Avenell Road

    I love Theo I really do, but right now he needs to step up a bit, and learn to do a bit more when he gets the ball..

  31. rico says:

    Only because it’s England RSD, I enjoy watching England play rugby more than the England football team..

  32. madrid have more debt than some 3rd world countries
    just when you are sponsered by the worlds largest bank
    kind make things a little easyer for you in transfer market

  33. thats true gave up on england after 98

  34. rico says:

    They are a lot better under Capello, but all the antics off field by some of the players is just embarrassing…

  35. Erick says:

    Thanks Rico i feel at home already about Theo i totaly agree with you he is so predictable and can not even loose his marker but have always thought him as a Champions league player lets hope he click:-)

  36. Erick says:

    Thanks Rico i feel at home already about Theo i totaly agree with you he is so predictable and can not even loose his marker but have always thought of him as a Champions league player lets hope he clicks 🙂

  37. theo does look lost when he has ball
    always running down cul der sacs
    but he only started playing at 12 so
    hasnt really got a football brain or technique
    that u get instilled in you as a youth
    that cross be a case in point (v dippers)

  38. rico says:

    Its always good to see new bloggers here, and you are very welcome..

    I think we all want Theo to perform – I keep telling myself he is still young, but…

    RSD, I can’t even bring myself to read anymore of the JT stuff, his wife must be mad to take him back..

    If he was my husband, I would file for divorce and take all the money I could 😉

  39. Erick says:

    Mornin Realsocialdad

  40. @rico no one reads content
    it all about the headline;-)

  41. rico says:

    Ah, so you didn’t read my post RSD, just the headline 😉

  42. u have to love RVP
    “Even if you want to leave, as a player, I don’t think it is easy because when you move to Arsenal you are led there by your heart.”

  43. not the coopy pasted ones
    bet u never read mine ever
    havent seen u on my page on FB either

  44. Erick says:

    Thanks for your hospitality Rico i have bookmarked your blog. I thought the captain Cesc had put the record straight about the age issue it time we stopped hiding behind it and stood up to be counted 🙂

  45. the next four years
    is make or break for this group

  46. rico says:

    RSD, I do read yours, honest – and I only copy and paste the interviews, so I get my facts right 😉

    Facebook, what is that 😉

    I agree with Cesc Erick, age is no longer an excuse, most of this side has been together for a few seasons now, they should be clicking in every game..

  47. sometimes they lack a little bit of belief is all
    which comes with age

  48. Erick says:

    If i may ask has the signing of Chamakah been made official or its just the rumour mill

  49. rico says:

    All the paps say its a done deal Erick, but until confirm it I would take it as gossip, sadly

  50. pre contract but the way rafa spoke on tues you would think he’s ours
    but dont believe ttill he’s at the grove in july

  51. @rico least with FB
    you dont wear out the f5 key

  52. anyone else catch the porto game?

  53. Erick says:

    thanx Rico i do think RSD has a point in regard to lack of belief by the squad which has something to do with age. So any thoughts on the Porto game this week apart from Song and Arshavin injuries

  54. rico says:

    Thats why we need 2/3 ‘winners’ players who have been there and got the trophies, this group haven’t won anything other than an Emirates Cup, and thats worth nothing.

    As soon as we win something they will get more hungry and want to win more..

  55. K-TR7 says:

    Hey bloggers, rico&’ve got to love RVP by his quotes and looks like he can be an arsenal legend if he stays fit.i remember watching a young&arrogant rvp who was so selfish and it is amazing to see how mature he has become.if rvp was as fit as cr9 he would’ve/nearly won the ballon dor but he still can if injuries give him a break,get well soon RVP lets meet in cl qfs(fingers crossed)and also against spuds and city.Theo’s most infuriating aspect is he tends to leave the ball behind when running.

  56. the look in hot form erick
    but where held last night to a bottom of league team away
    yet leixoes are no easy game at home only lost 2 all season
    would have thought ramsey and diaby to play holding roles
    and cesc to push up with bendtner
    if game is tough which it will be
    they play a 433 as well
    and their stikers are in top form
    9 goals between them in last 4 excluding last night

  57. Erick says:

    @RSD have not seen porto for a while but if Hulk is still in the squad he will an handful for our defence and i think their Brazilian keeper is decent

  58. hulk has been suspened from league since benfica game so
    he wont be match fit

  59. rico says:

    Morning KTR7, I think Robin has timed his i/v well, no doubt it has been said with heart from him, but also to do with Cesc – TH said it when he left and many who have left have since said the same..

    How many players that have left our club have done well, football wise, not financially…

  60. rico says:

    The Hulk blows hot and cold though, he reminds me a bit of the Beast – and look how he turned out to be with us…

  61. and he blew very cold this season as well

  62. i would rather have Falcao

  63. Erick says:

    I hope the unsung hero Song will be fit RSD for me the player of the season even though he is rated unfairly after ever game

  64. rico says:

    I think he will be fit Ercik, AA will definately be out though, he has said so himself

  65. eastmond could deputise
    anyways the misses says it valentines day
    so happy valentines people
    lurve n peas 😉

  66. rico says:

    Falcao is too small imho RSD, we need a taller striker for our ‘plan b’

    Look at how easy Diaby put that header in, a player any smaller would not have got to it..

  67. rico says:

    Chamakh on the other hand is the same height as Diaby 🙂

  68. Erick says:

    Rico point on one leaves Arsenal and gets better even Henry himself is a shadow of what he was at Arsenal wat a waste of talent Flamini, Helb e.t.c

  69. Erick says:

    @RSD he he he Valentine oops @Rico Chamakah would be such a huge addition to the squad am hoping he puts pen to paper

  70. rico says:

    Me too Erick, me too…

  71. K-TR7 says:

    Hulk is usually a handful but combined with inconsistency is that he isn’t prolific enough.I hope song is fit at the dragao but key will be diaby who seems to relish european nights and is really growing into a powerhouse letting cesc do his backing diaby for …(drumroll)a triaby before the end of the dragao i expect morzart on the left but nasri is really going to have to raise his game especially away from home.he has only performed away at hull and newcastle.

  72. rico says:

    KTR7 – Nasri is a strange lad, I thought he would be flying by ow, but away from home he never turns up – I hope Tomas gets the nod ahead of him

  73. Erick says:

    @K-TR7 Triaby that i like he he he 🙂 🙂 🙂

  74. rico says:

    I meant to say thanks for the clip of LJ earlier RSD 🙂

  75. Erick says:

    Apart from the Manchester double i have not seen him trouble defenders at all

  76. rico says:

    Erick/KTR7, I must be having a bad morning – I didn’t get that.. 😦

    I do now though… 😉

  77. K-TR7 says:

    I think nasri is one of our most talented if not the most talented player in the squad.His ability on the ball is almost ronaldoesque,he has vision of a playmaker,has a rocket of a shot in his feet and although not quick,he has short bursts of acceleration(he had 78%success rate at dribbling last season).i hope he has confidence in his own ability.i hope to see eddy at the dragao.i fully expect tomas to start at porto since we need cool heads in a cl away match

  78. rico says:

    He is a long way from reaching his potential though, wasn’t he dubbed the new Zidane… mmmmeee

  79. Erick says:

    @Rico seem you never made it to Church 🙂 nwy Nasir’s ability with the ball is incredible op he can up the gear on his game

  80. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-who do you think is our most skillful player?according to a german survey RVP is the fifth quickest player although he doesn’t seem quick at all.regardless of nasri’s form i expect to see him,morzart and bendtner as the forward line at the dragao, heres hoping for a win.

  81. rico says:

    Too busy blogging Eirck, maybe I will get to the evening service 😉

  82. rico says:

    I would have to say Cesc KTR7, he has nearly everything in his locker – On form Rosicky also is very very skillful..

    Robin is another one, bit left legged but this season we were starting to see the best in him, typically he then gets injured..

    I rate Nasri, but he blows hot and cold, especially away from home, but he will get there..

  83. JonJon says:

    morning everyone ❤

  84. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters.

    Arsene won’t play Eastmond rico, he isn’t foreign enough. 😉
    Great post on a no news day..

  85. avenell says:

    I think the Nasri being the new Zidane was because he like Zezou originated from Algeria and not in football style.
    He will come good, unlike some..

  86. K-TR7 says:

    I think diaby is also very skilful.mozart is a wizard on form(triveta) but for me RVP wins hands down especially the scoop turn which is so difficult to do.Ability to get out of tight spaces is between AA/diaby/song.what do other bloggers think?what would we do to see the players mentioned above in the cl qfs on top form…

  87. rico says:

    Morning ave and JJ

  88. avenell says:

    I have said this before but RvP turns on a sixpence clockwise and like the Amoco Cadiz anti-clock.
    In his first season he was unpredictable, but defenders have learned which way to defend against him.

    He has done better this season than I thought he would though, I would have chosen Dudu to start ahead of him. But he has been dissapointing, that may be the 433 system and the not playing next to a big man.

  89. avenell says:

    Hi rico.. brief visit before I go out. I’ll be around later though.. 🙂

  90. Erick says:

    Van persie is very skillful and very unpredictable, Cesc is more of a born footballer he does not have to try hard to change a game he has it in him least skillful Theo @RICO the Priest is on Valentine no service for you

  91. rico says:

    Thanks re the post ave, I dread the summer months 😉

    Phew Erick 😉

  92. rico says:

    Poor Theo 🙂

    Close second, Nikki B 😉

  93. avenell says:

    We have the World cup to save us, we can do a Arsenal players round up and a Arsenal wanabee’s post or two..

  94. K-TR7 says:

    The goal against blackburn some seasons ago where he made savage look like a muppet typifies just how his body moves making him special but the same movements have made him injury prone,get well soon we miss you!morzart against the dippers showed signs of improvement as he was everywhere in the attacking third of the pitch hope he can build on that in the coming games

  95. avenell says:

    Nikki B looks as clumsey as f*** whan he tries to dribble but he still manages to keep the ball..

    It’s like he’s in slow motion.

  96. JonJon says:

    nikkis the pale kanu..just not as good..

    looks clumbsy but thats just the way it is…

    robins the most techincal skill..

    cesc most natural skill

    diaby probably best close control…

    theo fastest.. 😉

  97. rico says:

    His goal against Charlton has to be his best 🙂

    ave, he looks clumsy as f**k, because he is 😉

    Ah yes, the world cup – will we talk about Theo during that I wonder… 🙄

  98. rico says:

    I must stop using these smileys….

  99. rico says:

    JJ, Theo the fastest, is that in the shower as he never has much mud on him 😉

  100. K-TR7 says:

    Who do you reckon has the ability to get out of tight spaces (hlebesque?)who do you think is our most natural defender btw gallas/TV/sagna?good call on cesc with natural skill as AW said football is a science in his brain.

  101. avenell says:

    Cesc has the greatest awareness of any footballer I have ever seen.

    like a El Stevie williams but better.

  102. avenell says:

    B****cks I have to go now… 😦 <<<<<<

  103. K-TR7 says:

    How can we have rvp,cesc,tomas,AA in the same team and not win anything in five years?(sobs)

  104. rico says:

    Gallas and TV are a good combination, if they were backed up by a great keeper and two solid full backs we would not have conceded half the goals we have imho

    recently I would say Song or Diaby.. re the tight spaces

  105. rico says:

    Catch you later ave

    KTR7 – see my 11.52 for the answer to why we don’t win anything 😉

  106. K-TR7 says:

    If our fullbacks stay back in this remaining games we will concede very few goals since when you check our defence individually we have among the best defenders in our ranks.who do you think is better on top form morzart/cesc(for those who saw rosicky at dortmund)though it is a blessing to have both in the same team.overall though AA is our best attacking player.

  107. Erick says:

    I just feel and correct me if am wrong that btw Thomas and Gallas someone is a weak link especially when Diaby and Song are not in the squad…

  108. rico says:

    KTR7 – Cesc by far right now imho – but when Rosicky gets back to his best you nevr know ..

    Erick – you view doesn’t need to be corrected, its your view. I honestly believe that TV and Gallas are best defensive partnership we have had since Sol was in the side (when he was in his prime)

    I see the weak link as Almunia and our other players who don’t defend properly on set pieces – Clichy leaving his post against the chavs is just one example of many…

    Diaby own goal against the mancs? I know he has improved since then.

  109. K-TR7 says:

    Even though sagna can’t seem to cross for his life,he is very consistent defensively and rarely do we concede because of him.Eboue is the best dribbler in the team according to me.can someone tell me is RVP really quick as the study showed?

  110. rico says:

    I can’t answer the Robin question KTR7 about his speed, he is certainly no slow coach though.

    I am not sure you can convince me on Eboue being the best dribbler though, unless you mean down his chin 😉 😉

  111. K-TR7 says:

    Eboue’s dribbling is as direct as it gets though AA fans might say otherwise.rvp according to the study is only behind rooney,theo,robben and the winker.for those who doubt tomas’ ability should watch dortmund games and for the czechs at euros&wc where he and nedved tore defenses a new one.

  112. rico says:

    KTR7, which study are the stats from?

  113. JonJon says:

    best in tight spaces is diaby..but he tends to keep hold of it too long…which is why hes so frustrating…gets the ball holds off three players takes it round another three and then passes it straight back to them or gets the ball taken from behind cos he thinks the hard works done and he isnt aware of the man on… if he had cescs brain diaby would be a monster

    rvp is quick over 20 yards..good acceleration…in the last world cup he was proven to be 5-6th quickest player

    best natural defender is TV

    and eboue cant dribble…he can run fast with the ball..but he doesnt dribble…its more kick and run into space as soon as that space closes eboue resorts to falling over..

  114. rico says:

    Spot on JJ, if Diaby could read the game and see the oncoming danger, release the ball earlier, he could be world class..

  115. JonJon says:


    i think also our FB’s should just stay back…they are the weak link at the minute

    we practically play with 6 attackers why do we need another two bombing down the wing compressing the space even more..especially when they dont contribute to anything…

    might as well stay back..keep the back four as a unit..make it harder to hit us on the break..

    then we just have to learn how to deal with set peices better and we’ll be a complete unit..

    our weakness is that we are too gung ho at times..everyone piles forward…some of them need to be told to stay back…it just creates less space..

  116. rico says:

    I have to pop out for a bit, see you later..

    Come on Bolton 🙂

  117. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-check soccer players where you will see RVP has an average speed of 32.1km/hr.i remember he was also the second fastest player at the euros

  118. JonJon says:

    and that rvp interveiw was from the summer..he was expaining why he signed a new deal…its old news so i wouldnt read too much into it

  119. JonJon says:

    yeah K-T im with u on robin..ive read those stats before…he is quick..but i think its only over 20 yards or something..its his acceleration..

  120. K-TR7 says:

    The two studies can’t both be flawed,surely if rvp has it we never see euros he was second only to ivica olic of croatia.could it be…

  121. JonJon says:

    we saw it at the start of the season…his movement and intelligence was fantastic and he was pulling defenders all over the place…and our midfield were banging in the goals…

  122. K-TR7 says:

    If only he can get well…

  123. fineboy says:

    hey yall wats goin on?

  124. JonJon says:

    thats his prob he’s never fit long enough..

    hey fineboy just discussing the best players in our squad and their best attributes

    that and watching bolton and that shit team…how much did elmander cost??? no wonder they sacked megson

  125. rico says:

    just back home and see bolton are winning, how’s LJ doing?

    afternoon fineboy

  126. rico says:

    Glad to see that Brady is leaving his position for the Irish, he ants to concentrate on Arsenal, something more to that me thinks… not bad though, maybe something different going to happen at Arsenal

  127. fineboy says:

    i think we needed a break after all those the game worth watching? just asking though

  128. rico says:

    Its a good game fineboy especially as the spuds are losing, don’t know how tho …

  129. rico says:

    what a difference a good keeper makes…

  130. rico says:

    Hee Hee, didn’t you just know that would be saved…

  131. rico says:

    Commentator – Bentley can’t find Huddlestone’

    How the heck could he miss him, big lump!!

  132. thought u were gona watch egg chasing

  133. why didn’t defoe take pen?

  134. rico says:

    I am now RSD 😉

    Cos he misses so many fineboy …

  135. whats going on villa r behind and all

  136. rico says:

    Was he cup tied RSD

    JJ/ave – are you around?

  137. yeah he was played 65 v hammers
    so really reckon no on Falcao?

  138. I-ties r getting better arn’t they
    or did they have argy ringer in team

  139. rico says:

    Only cos he is a tiddler RSD, I have a feeling the Chamakh deal is done, so that will be our new boy up front..

    England did well, struggled at the end a bit and Jonny missed a few kicks, but great result

  140. JonJon says:

    sup rico?

  141. u would think it is
    as usual the arsenal are doing transfer the right way

    think you have been brain washed by the media
    that a little and large is needed up front

    falcao does know where the back off the net is
    but does he make enough tho
    has adapted to europe quickly

    would be interested to see more of him
    but dont think we could compete for his price tag

    nah given up on rugby to rule change killed the game
    5 for a try just so the unwashed could do the math

  142. JonJon says:

    need abit of height/strength upfront though no matter who u play…

    gives you more options..its all about variables…need a combination of attributes to make a complete attack

    three midgets upfront who all play the same way becomes abit one dimensional…no alternatives to mix it up..

    dont think its really a thing created by the media..

    messis the best player in the world..but u put him as a lone striker he wont do feck all

  143. rico says:

    JJ, would you mind taking a peep at the draft for tomorrow and tell me if its ok please?

  144. it the future of football
    Flying Midgets!!!
    well maybe not the winker

  145. rico says:

    JJ, if the Chamakh stuff is true, you happy??

  146. rico says:

    What has Vela done wrong? He seems way off the top of the Wenger list right now…

    How come Theo gets to play and play so bad and Vela gets naff all chances??

  147. rico says:

    RSD, The Flying Picketts were bad, but Flying Midgets are far worse 😉

  148. well that aint true jj
    messi is scoring less since zlatan went there

  149. cos vela has doggy ankle and leg

  150. JonJon says:

    not really rico..dont see what he can offer that nikki and rvp cant..

    only scored 50 times in 250 in ligue one

    and 15 in 50 for international..

    we need more of a drogba type, 20goals a season.. a greedy bstard who shoots on sight and drives defences potty

    but hes free so its typical wenger….and wenger will be looking for linkup play and movement again when what we really need is a finisher…we had wrighty we won shit loads we had henry we won shit loads..since then weve had no one and won naff all..

    lots of pretty triangles but nobody with any real firepower..
    if we had a drogba or a rooney or even a torres we’d be ripping teams apart every game..


  151. JonJon says:

    cos zlatans shit..

    biggest mistake ever…

    messi etoo henry combo had the lot..perfect attack

    pace power strentgh technique finishing height…perfect bablance..

    zlatans the most over ratted player in europe..besides denilson.. 😉

    nikkis better
    couldnt believe the deal inter got..

  152. JonJon says:

    cos velas a greedy player with an eye for goal and wenger hates that..likes team players who pass in the 6 yard box…

    velas a natural finisher but wont get a sniff cos wenger dont like that

  153. well speaking from se
    Zlatan is god
    but in most games he’s mostly the other one of the trinity. the ghost.

  154. JonJon says:

    vela will never get a run of games…like when he was firing goals in for fun in CC and nikki was the shittest player in the league who couldnt hit a cows arse with a banjo and we could score and wenger still wouldnt play vela…had to sit and get splinters and watch nikki and ade blast over the bar or hit the corner flag every time they shot..

  155. JonJon says:

    lol..the ghost

    ive never liked zlatan. always thought he was crap…

    crap for sweden crap for inter but in fairness the italian leagues crap even walcott could tear that league up..

    zlatan would get eaten alive in PL..

  156. JonJon says:

    etoo must have shagged guardiolas wife or laportas daughter or something along those lines…

    40mil plus etoo…??? wow…he did something wrong..they were determined to get rid of him…

  157. rico says:

    Fair do’s about Chamakh, he isn’t the big F Off player we would like to see, but at least he would be another tall striker –

    There aren’t many Drogba’s out there though JJ, its a shame Ade couldn’t have been a bit more loyal and played his heart for us rather than for his bank account..

    If you could choose, who would you want us to sign – I don’t know much about Zlatan, I cant even spell his surname 😉 Ibrohamamanonvic

  158. 4pigs says:

    Hello, Rico, RSD and JJ – Glad Valentines Day hasn’t interfered with football!! Lol!

  159. JonJon says:

    its fine rico… 😉

  160. JonJon says:

    theres plenty out there rico…

    but they all cost money..lots of money…torres was 24mil..drogba 24 rooney 30…and we dont spend it…we’d rather pay 5 million for 15year olds and give 21 year old pub players 60k a week..crocks new contracts every two years even though theyve played 10 games and then say we wont waste money on superstars and give players like gallas 2 years?????

  161. think zlatan was to young for serie A:-)

  162. JonJon says: thing for sure hes too shit for la leaga

    jose must have been rubbing his hands together…etoo plus 40mil for this lump of lard

    thats like barca giving us 40 mill plus xavi for denilson 😉

  163. now that is a good idea maybe we should show barca his stats

  164. JonJon says:

    and yeah ade was going to make it..but he turned into a dickhead..

    the ade of 2008 would of won things with this team..but the ade of last year would have sent us out of the top 4

    they out there..they can be found…wenger just wont spend the money…anything over 10mil and somebody else can have them…

    then when they smacking 30 gaols a season in wenger said he could of bought them…??

  165. evening pigs
    st val didn’t @ all convinced the misses a sports bar had good food and had the a screen where ever i looked.
    just have to say
    thanks st Valentine for figuring out how to get away with giving his wife flowers only once a year?

  166. JonJon says:

    lol throw em off cescs tracks

    thats what i mean about denilson though…ive give up debating how crap he is cos ppl always revert to his stats…

    according to his stats hes our best midfielder…so if thats the case why hasnt anybody made a bid for him then…were are the vultures trying to tap him up??

    why is it always cesc or diaby getting linked to other clubs and never denilson??

    whys denilson never been picked for brazil…

    stats dont mean shit..other clubs dont want him cos hes shit..the only manager that rates him is wenger and the only fans that rate him are wenger arse lickers and i remember when wenger rated senderos, stepanovs, jeffers, alliadiere, wreh,

    not all of wengers proteges make it..very few actually,

    denilsons joining that list..hopefully sooner than later…

  167. oh rico i got it wrong the cup replays r the last week of feb so shitty will be fresh for chels

  168. rico says:

    Thanks JJ 😉

    The Gallas thing pisses me off, he is back to his best since TV arrived, which proves that when you play alongside a ‘proper player’ you play well..

    I love the 40M for Denilson reference 😛

    Trouble is, this summer any decent striker who is in the WC will double in price if they play well, look at AA, after the Euros he was 20-25M, then the season after even we could afford him…. just!

    But that is why i think the Chamakh deal is done, pay no signing on and we can afford to give him a good wage

    Stinks really..

  169. but he’s so young and sweet
    that little gig he does when he scores moving his head and eyes side to side
    like a action man figure
    you think he’s gona say “whats the password”

  170. rico says:

    Sorry 4pigs – Good Evening to you

  171. rico says:

    Good RSD, as long as Stoke, Spuds and Citeh are knackered for our games 😉

  172. rico says:

    JJ, my eyes and yours tell us how good denilson is, and he aint – i would sell him, if he was that good why is Gilbert still playing for Brazil at his old age, denilson (if we believe stats) should have pushed him out years ago…

    I think this year, if you believe the stats Song is at the top 🙂

  173. rico says:

    Add to that, no one even wanted him on loan, blow me old boots, i am sure reading could have done with him a few seasons ago… then again Coppell wasn’t so stupid…

  174. 4pigs says:

    RSD – are you saying you took your beloved to a Sports Bar – That it soooooooooo bad! Priceless!!!

  175. rico says:

    Oh, and just fine JJ, I thought it was bloody good 😉 😉

  176. rico says:

    Shoot, I missed that, RSD, you are either married to a Saint or you have taken the pee on ST V day 😉

  177. which stats?
    if you look at the chalkboards
    denilson isn’t as mobile as diaby in def
    but passing about the same area’s etc

  178. it had a tv screen with a fire on it was very romantic lol

  179. rico says:

    Diaby has suddenly found form, I think he will go on now and be the player we hoped he could be – for me he is head and shoulders above Denilson – and I wouldn’t have said that a month ago, no way…

    Does your wife like footie then RSD? I hope so 😉

  180. rico says:

    The stats re Song was on Sky Sports a few days ago, I was very surprised…

  181. avenell says:

    Just got back in.. Had a walk around a harbour kids were trying to catch Denilsons from the quay wall.. 😉

    Did the Spuds lose?

  182. rico says:

    Ah, crabs would get more money than he would fetch ave, you had a good day?

    They drew 1-1, but should have won to be fair, missed a pen and hit the bar a few times ( just like Bentley does) 😉

  183. rico says:

    You all left me, so I am off to get supper 🙂

    Back in a while…

  184. link me
    no she has no idea when comes to sports
    been saying diaby the man since he imprinted
    his size 11’s on JT’s face

  185. soz misses grabed the laptap
    while i was putting the youngest in a sleeper hold

  186. avenell says:

    Not bad rico thanks..

    Was there any good results?

  187. rico says:

    RSD – you have a real young un?

    Tell me to mind my own but were you born in Sweden or defected 😉

  188. radio sweden defected?????????

  189. rico says:

    I don’t think so ave, other than Englsnd beat the Italians in the egg throwing 😉

  190. rico says:

    ave is teasing RSD, you will get used to his humour, it’s taken me a year 😉

  191. rico says:

    Scotland midfielder Kim Little hit her fifth hat-trick of the season as Arsenal beat Doncaster Belles 5-0 to reach the FA Women’s Cup semi-finals.

    Now I am off for supper….

  192. dont you get it radio sweden defected RSD

  193. avenell says:

    RSD it’s what rico said yesterday about she listened to the radio station that comes from your country when she was a kid..

    At about the time Marconi invented it.. 😉

  194. avenell says:

    lol… I thought I needed help..

  195. rico’s a girl????

  196. JonJon says:

    lol 😉

  197. shit have you seen the new kit

  198. JonJon says:

    our kit?

  199. she wore mike aint gona be happy

  200. JonJon says:

    dont look real..

    but why change kits all the time..dont they make enough money out of the fans as it is

  201. well we lose so many players eversummer you might as well get a new shirt

  202. where were we anyway on denilson i think

  203. JonJon says:

    thats true..

    so whos the favorite to be out if the door this year then…if its not cesc who u reckon?

    theres no chance the 1st team will be kept together…

  204. JonJon says:

    action man..

    wiggly eyes..

    crab man

    mr stats

  205. always the optimist

  206. maybe all of the above

    what about AA 47

  207. JonJon says:

    could be…



  208. do reckon johan is gd enough

  209. get off that f-ing phone!

  210. rico says:

    I am all full up and ready to blog – RSD, for sure I am a girl 😉 Well, more like an old woman 🙂

  211. JonJon says:

    i dunno..hard to judge..

    he has the physique but i dunno if hes capable of being a top cb at a top 5 european club…

    songs better

  212. but would you move song now?
    i know we moved kolo

  213. could have a more transparent avatar

  214. rico says:

    JJ – after Gallas, Silvestre, Campbell – I reckon


  215. rico says:

    Lovely thanks RSD, just about to wash it down with a glass or two of something alcoholic 🙂

  216. ahh sunday night blooging

  217. rico says:

    blooging is good RSD 😉

  218. is johan the answer to gallas’s move to PSG

  219. rico says:

    RSD, JJ and his girls.. 😉 Poor old ave, HE might be upset 😉

  220. it like he’s got something better to do

  221. will wilshere be the answer to cesc?

  222. rico says:

    No RSD, Johan is still yet toprove himself, if we lose Gallas, we need to buy a new CH, and a bloody good one at that…

  223. really i was hoping for it to be his year
    but poor kid
    what can you do

  224. rico says:

    Not Wilshere for me, my choice would be Merida, but we need to sort his contract first…

  225. would liken merida to diaby
    but wilshere is a cesc or more like a brady

  226. avenell says:

    Almunia will be out the door if we went after Sorrenson in the last window.

    Does anyone think Ramsey can take Cescs place? I don’t even know if he will make it.

  227. JonJon says:

    ramsey aint no cesc…id of thought nasri…

    i wouldnt mind moving song long as we brought in someone to play flamini.. 😉

  228. rico says:

    Don’t tell Merida that RSD 😉

    JJ, No to both from me …. tee hee

    ave, sadly I don’t think we did, its rumoured to have been Saha that Wenger tried to sign

  229. JonJon says:

    jacky could be like cesc with some hard work…

    but hes more joe cole i think…which reminds me..his contracts up and hes not renewing…

    id take joe cole

  230. JonJon says:

    wenger didnt try to sign anyone…

  231. avenell says:

    Jacky will be a opposite sided Pires.. Cutting in and curling shots into the far post..

  232. rico says:

    Joe Cole, that’s just who he reminds me off, not only in the way he plays… For a kid he has a chip on his shoulder, but not a big one – just the right size to become world class…

  233. JonJon says:

    would anyone take joe cole??

  234. rico says:

    Another crock JJ?

    Jacky boy – aka Chippy 🙂 Maybe that is why he has quit Ireland (HOORAH) 🙂

  235. not half
    i heard that bout JC too

    Yeah merida wouldnt like that prob get his handkerchief out and start spinning it rd

    jj flamoney never coming bk
    he couldn’t afford the wage cut

    eastmond could take songs place next year and johan as a deputy for song as CH

    yeah wenger flat out denied it

  236. JonJon says:

    or his he too, whats the word?? english??

  237. rico says:

    That’s it, English, but he will be free, that should get old Ebenezer’s ‘nose’ twitching 😉

  238. wenger loves them built like glass

  239. JonJon says:

    hes got injury record..but just in wengers league…get him on a free..get his wages down cos of injuries…

    bobs your teapot

  240. rico says:

    Re the switch around RSD, AW must stop all this kind of thing, it’s like putting square pegs into round holes – that is why we win nothing…

    In the summer he must go and get a CH, HM, GK and a striker – if he does that Cesc may just stay…

    Oh, and get rid of some of the ‘dross’ 😉

  241. rico says:

    and fanny’s your uncle

  242. right im off to right it up JC
    ctrl C Crtl V eerrmm

  243. rico says:

    I have to go guys and guys – its …… Sunday 😉

    Be safe all and hope to see you tomorrow , nighty night

  244. JonJon says:


  245. but we compete every year and thats the main thing

  246. it does have all the signs

    maybe we will have to get myles to write an open letter lol

  247. so a ch, hm, gk and striker
    she aint asking for much
    we prob have striker chamakakakak
    so scores on the doors say 1
    gk yes but almunia is a bit of a goat @ mo
    ch debatable
    hm “””””

  248. yup talking to meself as usual
    think we need some sweets from McGonagall’s.

  249. avenell says:

    Just popped back in.. I have been watching Barca look ordinary by the great Jose Antonio Reyes.. 🙂

  250. morning all
    jj i need the link for
    MR Stats denilson from skysports
    i kaney fined dem!

    ave was it gd with for athletico makes the porto clash look even tougher

  251. rico says:

    Morning all, RSD

    New Post up

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