Thomas Vermaelen – Hard Man or Daft Man?? And Spunky says trust Almunia!


Thomas Vermaelen has spoken about his injury he picked up against Aston Villa. While we were all living in fear that he had a sustained a fractured leg, he just picked himself up, dusted himself down and went about his business as usual!

What he suffered was bad bruising; an injury which normally requires a period of rest but the hard man has continued to play through the pain.

So is he just made of steel, or are we taking a huge risk by playing him through his injury? What happens if he gets a further knock?

I am no medic, but surely another kick on an already injured leg could end up putting him out for a longer period?

Guess it’s just one of things that time will give us the answer, I know my finger and toes are crossed that he goes through the next few games with great ease and no further damage. We need him to stay fit, we trust him and so does William Gallas!

David Seaman was on Goals on Sunday at the weekend, he still thinks we can win The Premier League – So do we Spunky!

He also believes that Almunia has the ability to remain as the No1 keeper at Arsenal!! He thinks in training he shows great quality, and he has a certain aura about him!!!

Not sure we all agree there Spunky – no matter how good you once were – Almunia is a disaster right now, he is costing us points. Ok, he made an oustanding save against The Dippers but how many times this season have we seen him fail?

Too many to count sadly.

Bit of reserve team stuff

Young Dutchman and midfielder Nacer Barazite is finally over his injury problems. His first game back a few days ago was a perfect one for him. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 away win at Stoke.

Last night he was back in action again for the reserves in an away fixture at Chelsea.

Here is the Arsenal team:

Shea, Coquelin, Ayling (c), Miguel, Evina, Barazite, Henderson, Frimpong, Sunu, Emmanuel-Thomas, Freeman

SUBS: Dunn, Ozyakup, Deacon, Byles.

The one to watch for was Luke Freeman, the young striker who has just been added to the first team’s Champions League squad, probably to the surprise of many.

I didn’t watch the game, but the lads won 2-1 and went top of the league table, goal scorers were Luke Freeman and Giles Sunu.

Interesting that Craig Eastmond wasn’t playing which may suggest he is in the squad for the trip to Portugal.

Talking of which, today we should find out whether or not Alex Song will be fit enough to face Porto.

My fingers and toes are crossed, we know he’s not perfect, but he ain’t half bad is he?

What we do know is Audrey Arshavin is out through injury but Eduardo is back ready for action

Finally, some very good news for all those lucky enough to go to The Emirates week in week out, Arsenal have announced that they will be freezing prices for both season tickets and matchday tickets during the 2010/11 season – will clarify the costs in the near future.

That’s about it folks, but tomorrow is a footie day and that’s good news….

Have a good day all…


94 Responses to Thomas Vermaelen – Hard Man or Daft Man?? And Spunky says trust Almunia!

  1. rico says:

    Morning all

    Back shortly

  2. Erick says:

    Hallo Rico nice post so TV is playing with an injury i like this guy 100% commitment to the team just wat we want mate

  3. rico says:

    Morning Erick, thanks – we could do with the others adopting his mentality..

  4. Erick says:

    Mornin Rico so today is D day on Song’s injury and Free man included in Arsenals champions league squad Wenger is so unpredictable

  5. morning all nice round rico
    still no news on this press conference tho

  6. rico says:

    Morning RSD, thanks

    I suspect we will hear late morning..

  7. Erick says:

    So Eastmond may start the game ahead of Denilson my oh my i would prefer Denilson and Dudu is back yeah

  8. Erick says:

    Mornin RSD

  9. rico says:

    Erick – I haven’t a clue if Eastmond would be AW’s choice over Denlison – but I can’t see that he would risk a youngster in such an important match.

  10. hadotomoze says:

    the manager should rest the defender at least two weeks and use another one before he gets a serious one on the same leg

  11. rico says:

    Some are reporting that Gallas is injured and a doubt for tonight!

  12. rico says:

    Morning hadotomoze – welcome to Avenell Road

    Who do we replace him with? Sol or Silvestre, I would trust Sol more.

  13. rico says:

    Wonder what the odds are on Cashley getting divorced before Easter..

  14. Erick says:

    Yap its also being reported that Gallas injured lady luck keep hiding her teeth from us

  15. Erick says:

    Cashely is getting divorced thats a new one he he he:-)

  16. rico says:

    Sol or Silvestre than Erick?

  17. Erick says:

    I would go 4 Sol hands down, Sagna or Eboue Rico?

  18. rico says:

    Probably Eboue

    Nik will start and Sagna crossing is hit and miss, right now its a job to choose between the two – I always used to slate Eboue, but that was when he played in midfield. RB is where he should only ever be played imho

  19. Erick says:

    I feel we nee to close the game tommorow coz the away game rule can be a real pain n you kno where

  20. Erick says:

    Sory rico ment to say away goal rule

  21. GD says:


    We could see a good combination of T.V & Sol.I prefer Sol.
    In defensive midfielder position, I believe Eastmond is much better than Denilson.But it should be given to Diaby to not take risk on this critical game.

    Regarding T.V, he is by far better than K.Toure.He has a good confidence level.The big problem in defence is the defenders not backed by Almunia.He should be rested.


  22. rico says:

    I always like the away game to be the second on becuase of that

  23. rico says:

    I remember the Wayne Bridge goal at Highbury that knocked us out in the finals minutes… 😦

  24. GD says:


    Yes, we were the winner the match against AC Milan.
    Like as said, we was crushed by Man.Utd last year.

  25. Erick says:

    I have to agree with GD on that, i would be very happy to see a combination of TV and Sol @Rico especialy with our defensive lapses away goal rule can cost us dearly

  26. rico says:

    Morning GD, didn’t see you there 😦

    I am not a Denilson fan either, but we know AW will start with him.

    Diaby is playing the best he ever has right now, but he loves to attack, it would be a shame for him to have to try and be defensive, that for me is when it goes wrong for him..

    Almunia… Dont get me started on him 😉

  27. rico says:

    That Manure game still hurts, bloody Ronaldo…

  28. rico says:

    How about a defence of..


    Eboue Sagna Sol Gallas TV Clichy and Traore, that should stop the buggers scoring 😉 😉

  29. Erick says:

    So Denilson start the game if Song fail to recover mmmmh

  30. rico says:

    I reckon so Erick, sadly …

  31. Erick says:

    People have cooled off the talk of TV playing defensive midfield

  32. rico says:

    I think it is a really good idea in principle Erick, but I dont think it would be right to break up the defensive partnership

  33. Erick says:

    Any news on Song yet Rico

  34. rico says:

    How long you been supporting our old team then Erick?

  35. Erick says:

    Since early 90’s Rico my brother was Chelsea supporter so just to be different i started to support Arsenal but afterwards i enjoyed the beautiful football they played by the way am from Kenya

  36. we follow the arsenal over land and sea:)

  37. rico says:

    Good man Erick, both my siblings are Manure Fans!! I’ve supported Arsenal since 1971, the Charlie George days 🙂

    But you are living somewhere different to Kenya now though 😉

    Afternoon RSD, how you doing..

  38. Erick says:

    Yap we do RSD any news on Song yet?

  39. dont ask rico
    feeling raped
    no news on song would have thought press will see wenger tonight

  40. rico says:

    I won’t go there then… 😉

    I reckon lunchtime

  41. Erick says:

    Thanks am beting on AC Milan to kick Manure out today period

  42. rico says:

    got to be off for a bit, back shortly

  43. i heard they were on a good run of form
    till the inter game
    but maybe could happen
    cant see it tho
    would like utd to progress really more fixture for them to play so they dont concentrate on league
    Champions league got to be fixed the draw
    dont you think
    inter chels
    utd ac

  44. Erick says:

    At first i had the same feeling of a fix but again its the Champions league at the knock out stages its realy tough to avoid hard teams

  45. yeah but it a bit of a co-inky-dink
    with the mournino and beckham

  46. Erick says:

    Yeah thats true bt i have a feeling Inter will trash Chelsea, everybody knows mourinho assembled the Chelsea team so he knows them very well

  47. but anceloti has a different system going now the diamond with 2 strikers
    i have it down as draw prob bore one to boot

  48. Erick says:

    Thats the problem with most of the anticipated games boring but the Ac n Manure will be interesting. To me i don’t know how Drogba scores so many goals and he doesn’t seem to have the skill am puzzled

  49. both will be
    as for drogba he must be doing something right
    he has strength and is just an incredible finsher
    did you see his first touch v cardiff
    also when you get the sort of delivery he gets it helps
    just keep your eye on the ball and put your foot through it

  50. rico says:

    Afternoon peeps…

    No news re the injuries to Gallas and Song yet then..

    RSD – co-inky-dink…. not heard that one before 😉

  51. well when u cant spell for toffee
    it helps

  52. rico says:

    Just been looking at the training photos on, no pics of Song, but then there are none of Gallas, TV, Sagna, Clichy…..

    Plenty of Arsene, maybe he is playing 😉

  53. rico says:

    you can spell, i have seen your writing in full swing… 😉

  54. intersting cant get atvo on this pile of pap
    am struggling with a sign off on a article you want to help?

  55. no almunia in tho’s pic either and fabranski had like three pics???????
    subliminal messages

  56. rico says:

    What article?

  57. am doing a piece called
    “Brazil who? A Hungarian Rhapsody”
    about the 50’s hungarian team and vaguely comparing to wenger and boro’s arsenal
    when i come to say the last line it a bit down

    “The problem being that much like Wengers Arsenal

    in the games that counted hungary came up short? ”

    just dont want to end article like that

  58. rico says:

    Arsenal squad:

    Lukasz Fabianski
    Vito Mannone
    Nicklas Bendtner
    Carlos Vela
    Theo Walcott
    Samir Nasri
    Aaron Ramsey
    Tomas Rosicky
    Abou Diaby
    Cesc Fabregas
    Gael Clichy
    Thomas Vermaelen
    Emmanuel Eboue
    Mikael Silvestre
    Sol Campbell
    Armand Traore
    Bacary Sagna

  59. rico says:

    From that then…


    Eboue/Sagna TV Sol Clichy

    Cesc Denilson Diaby

    Nasri Nik Rosicky

  60. fab
    eboue Sol TV The Hurricane
    ramsey diaby
    sicky cesc nasri

  61. rico says:


    How about…

    ‘Lets just hope Arsenal Fans dont have to wait as long as the Hungary fans had too for a trophy’…

  62. they did get a gold at the olympics in 52
    and that is 5 years after the war so hmmmmmmmmm i think iv’e got it thanks that helped

  63. rico says:

    My pleasure, the five years must have done it 😉

  64. you’ll see a rainy day post

  65. right would love to stay and chat but school run beckons

  66. rico says:

    Catch you later..

  67. rico says:

    RSD, sorry to abandon you, bit of a hectic day 😦

  68. JonJon says:

    co inky

    thats gotta go in the terminology

  69. rico says:

    Hi JJ, all good I hope?

  70. JonJon says:

    not bad rico… a few loose ends to tie but not bad at all..

    what about you?

  71. rico says:

    Glad to hear that JJ, I’m good thanks, well, all bar two puppies who keep getting through the hedge 😦

    I have put some old dross together for the morning, but if you have done one, please post yours, I am sure people are fed up with my old clap trap – I’ll stick it in the drafts for you to peep at 😉

  72. rico says:

    RSD, Wonder why Lizzie didn’t give it to him…

    I’ve met Charlie boy, he’s a bit of a witty one 😉

  73. JonJon says:

    you dont want to be showing the whole street your puppies rico.. 😉

    i’ll do the match report then..its fine…

  74. rico says:

    Steady JJ 😉

    Music to my ears, I hate match reports 😦

    RSD, co inky dink – am I right in thinking that means ‘fixing’

    Yes I know, I am thick 😉 😉

  75. rico says:

    JJ, The Saturday Girls were on television the other day, can’t think why you popped into my mind 😉

  76. rico says:

    JJ, never fear, my ‘puppies’ are ‘Spaniels’

    Hope you watch the Royal Family 😉

  77. rico says:

    Off for supper

  78. rico says:

    All quiet so I am offski for the day…

    Roll on tomorrow night 🙂

  79. raif says:

    freezing season ticket prices,, thats good news ineed.

  80. if you could afford them inthe first place

  81. by the way its co-inky-dink
    you must get it right for the spell check 😉
    thats good night from me

  82. RSD is protected by copywright and The laws of England and Wales shall govern your use of his word to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. 😉

  83. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters

    New Post

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