First trophy in the bag, Vermaelen wants to learn from the old boys…..

Having battered the Spuds 10-0 on the way to this final, the Ladies faced Milwall in the London County Cup Final on Tuesday night. The Ladies went ahead after twelve minutes through Helen Lander but then went off the boil a bit before half time. Milwall had many chances to nab an equaliser, but failed to take any of them.

Following a half time talking to the story about the rest of game was so very different.

Three goals in six minutes early in the second half effectively secured the trophy. Kim Little grabbed two in quick succession and Helen Lander doubled her own tally in the 57th minute.

With seventeen minutes left on the clock, Jennifer Beattie header home a fifth goal before an own goal by Milwall completed a very convincing victory.

Poor old Milwall, that’s the fourth time in a row they have been beaten by the Arsenal Ladies in the final of this competition.

Could this be the first trophy of three for the Ladies, I think so.. All we need now is for the men to carry on what they have started…

Yesterday I posted about the interview with Arshavin, it seems that from the interview he did with, the good old red tops turned it into him saying that we won’t win anything becuase we don’t have enough players – how they got thre I am not sure.

Thomas Vermaelen has spoken with – this is what he had to say about life in the defence…

“I can learn a lot from Sol,” said the Belgian international. “He speaks a lot on the pitch and for young players and a young team it is important to have somebody with a lot of experience who talks a lot on the pitch.”

Before Gallas was forced out of the team by his calf injury, the Frenchman had partnered Vermaelen at centre-back in every League game this season.

Thomas has enjoyed a superb first term at Arsenal and believes Gallas has contributed towards that.
“He is a great player for the team and for me,” he said. “If he plays next to me it makes it easier for me.

“But he is not there at the moment and we have other centre-backs like Mikael Silvestre and Sol. They are both experienced and it is really good to play with them.”

Vermaelen is an outstanding defender, the best we have right now and the best we have had for quite a while. His attitude is spot on though, he may be great at what he does, but he isn’t afraid of admitting he can learn from Big Sol.

I am sure his reference to Silvestre was just him being nice 😉

A great professional in life is always willing to learn no matter what profession they are in – Our own Thomas Vermaelen is a true example of just that…..

Have a good day all, lets hope Nikki B gets over his little injury in time to face Birmingham…


132 Responses to First trophy in the bag, Vermaelen wants to learn from the old boys…..

  1. Nemesis says:

    Nice read; thanks for the news on the ladies team. They cant stop winning trophies; it seems so natural for them

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  2. K-TR7 says:

    Morning.barca won two nil courtesy of ibra and bojan.

  3. rico says:

    morning all, welcome nemesis and thanks, the ladies are going great guns, i wondered how they would react after being knocked out of europe, and without vic this season..

  4. rico says:

    morning ktr7, no goal for messi???

  5. Erick says:

    Morning all Barca won K-TR7 thankr God Messi did not score so how did the play any weakness Nice one Rico Dudu scoring against the Brums is a possibility so sad about Nikky 😦

  6. rico says:

    Morning Erick, thanks – i think Nik is just a ‘doubt’ rather than definately out…

  7. they played ok missing something with xavi
    osasuna got in behind await match report from osasuna inny as i feel sleep during half time

  8. rico says:

    morning rsd

  9. Erick says:

    Oh the “Osasuna secret agent 007” what a heading for a piece RSD 🙂 How are you mate Rico seems Dudu might get a chance for revenge 😉

  10. Erick says:

    How was Messi RSD despite dosing off 😉

  11. The Mighty Gambon says:

    Is this Rico from LG?

    Anyway, keeping Gallas & Vermaelen together next year is vital, i would give Gallas whatever he wants money wise, i doubt he’s after a pay rise or anything.

  12. a diving c……..
    but meh dont look all that
    osasuna had there chances down the right we can hurt the
    alves look strong on the left

  13. K-TR7 says:

    Guardiola has tinkered with the formation;it isn’t a 4-3-3,it is more of a 4-2-1-1-1-1.they played with two holding mfs,with toure having the licence to make runs from deep like diaby does.messi plays behind ibra as an interior hence he is involved alot more.iniesta links play from the left where he combines with henry.ibra dragged defenders the same way rvp does creating openings for messi.alves patrols the right this system they are compact in mf and messi has a free role being surrounded by good ball holders.however,barca had no creative spark and on most occasions messi was crowded out.the defenders limited him to use his right peg more limiting his effeciency.

  14. rico says:

    The Mighty Gambon – Good Morning, sorry for the delay, you are right about LG, I still pop on there when I can, Its nice to see you here 🙂

  15. fancy doing a match preview ktr7

  16. rico says:

    Arggggggggggggggg – I have two builders in the house, one is a Manure fan !!!

    Actually he is relly nice, for a Manc 😉

    KTR7, would you mind please if I emailed you some time today? is the email address on you wordpress the right one??

  17. Erick says:

    RSD so Alves will fancy his chances with AA what a night it will be K-TR7 did you say 4-2-and like several ones what the hell 😦 😦

  18. W.A.T.H says:

    I hope you do dispicable things to his tea Rico…….

  19. Erick says:

    Morning WATH rumour is that Gallas might make for the Barca tie what a boost it cld be please 🙂

  20. W.A.T.H says:

    Mornin to you Erick and of course the rest of you….! Gallas won’t be match fit though Erick BUT having him as an option would be a big boost…!

  21. just give us more options for sat an all

  22. rico says:

    Morning WATH, I wouldn’t be so cruel, tempting as it is though, he doesn’t dislike us, he hates the Chavs 🙂

  23. rico says:

    I don’t think Gallas will be ready to face Barca either, unless he plays on Saturday which would be a surprise, but a good game for him to get himself back…

    Not good about Nik, maybe its karma and Dudu is due to get sweet revenge

  24. true has been alot of scripted stuff this season

  25. did any one see the moyes and mancini fight?
    im looking for the youtube but none yet

  26. Erick says:

    Spuds won yesterday does it mean we are have a free weekend anybody know RSD Dudu is an option for the weekend what do you think of a backline of Eboue-Sagna-Song – Clichy 🙂

  27. yeah it means we get to have more time in benidorm yey!

  28. Erick says:

    What is this am reading about Inter insuring Cesc and seeking a swap deal in player plus cash with super Mario???

  29. Edmond Dantes says:

    Morning people

    I believe that the Spud game will be rearranged. I may be wrong though. After the 2nd leg of the CL quaterfinal we will be needing a rest.

  30. Edmond Dantes says:

    The Birmingham game is extremely important. I dont want to be stating the obvious but we must win there. The following week is the chavs-mancs clash so really we need to be in a position to take advantage of that.

  31. Erick says:

    ED totally agree with you dnt forget Villa play Chelsea and Manure play Wilshere 😉 on saturday that another chance all our games are a must win

  32. as is everygame ed
    it says on offical site that it has so i guess they might know

  33. rico says:

    Morning Edmond –

    All we need to do is focus on us, this team can do no more than win every game left, do that and I am sure it will be enough…


  34. W.A.T.H says:

    Yids rearranged to April 14th….! Rico, I reckon on his last day u put eye drops in his tea 😉 you kno u wanna 🙂

    Dudu I’m afraid to say should be kept away from the team saturday he’s lacking in every department at the moment…! Bendy would be a big loss but not one we can’t cope without…!

  35. Edmond Dantes says:

    Every away game left seems to be potential banana-skins. Its only the home games that I look to with great confidence that we will get the 3 points. Just look at Hull and Stoke away. Those games were really difficult. Thats why 3 points on Saturday is not going to be easy.

  36. Erick says:

    Mario is a problem especially with his Ego thank you very much we have AA and we dont want extra disharmony among the squad

  37. anyone got a rocky flag for redaction on wed nite?

  38. rico says:

    wath 😆 😆

    Dudu should go play for the reserves for a couple of games imho, he lacks confidence, first touch, pace, everything.

    If Nik is out, which i very much doubt, I would play Theo in the central role.

  39. Erick says:

    ED our away form has been worrying but we have learnt to win dirty 😉 WATH Dudu will prove his critics wrong give him time

  40. W.A.T.H says:

    Agree with Dudu in the stiff’s Rico, he is totally out of sorts…! Theo through the middle will cause probs cos you also know they will try just kick the shit out of him early doors..! Maybe play Robin 😉

  41. Edmond Dantes says:

    It seems like Dudu is going to need alot of time to get back to his best. If Bendtner is unavailable, I would go with Arshavin or maybe Walcott in the central role.

  42. W.A.T.H says:

    Erick, am not a critic of Dudu but he just isn’t the same player he was I’m afraid…! Who can blame him after such a horror tackle sorry assault…!. Nothing but respect for the man BUT he needs to produce and he isn’t/can’t…!

  43. rico says:

    or Batman 😉

  44. Edmond Dantes says:

    Even if RvP comes back soon he’s gonna need games to get back to his old level. Games are running out fast. All our games are like cup finals now. We need players who will be 100% sharp.

    Having said that, RvP is RvP. So thats got to count for something.

  45. rico says:

    I think wath was kidding Ed 😉

  46. Erick says:

    Sorry Wath didn’t mean to say you are a critic my English 😦 Jesus 3rd Language 😉

  47. Erick says:

    RVP presence is massive but still far from top form 😦

  48. nikki should be avaliable so ankle is not so bad

  49. rico says:

    Just been reading about the big fight between Moyes and Mancinni – how funny is that, and folk say that AW is a bad loser…

    Mancini out by the end of the season???

  50. rico says:

    ah, your back after your travels then rsd 😉

  51. Edmond Dantes says:

    As soon as Bordeax or us (God forbid) get knocked out of the CL, Chamakh may announce that he will sign with us for next season. (If indeed he has signed at all.) Because it would have been awkward for him if we met Bordeaux and he had already announced his intentions.

  52. i get around marketing and all that shit

  53. plus i need to talk to livers but he doesn’t want to sell that silver i guess must want 5x face or something tout scum.

  54. W.A.T.H says:

    I can’t see RVP playing any games from the start I reckon he play him as an impact sub for last 15mins in the last few games…!. Erick, my comments re Dudu are I think in general of many fans, we upset he isn’t the same player and we all want him back to normal BUT in truth it isnt happening…!. How long do you give him as a sympathy vote/case and yes that sounds a little harsh but it’s true….!

  55. billy starts training today and contract talk are on hold till he leaves.

  56. W.A.T.H says:

    As 4 batman Rico ur such a tart………… u just wanna see him in those tight tights 😉

  57. Erick says:

    Glazers tenure at the Mancs is tense 🙂 🙂 enjoy friends school call Thanks all RSD still no word from Osasuna secret agent 😉

  58. rico says:

    only tesing you rsd – its a free world 😉

  59. still a bit early for inny he’s addicted to poker so
    he wont be up till this evening when the tables open again

  60. dont worry i be home early mum!

  61. Erick says:

    True Wath he has to prove at some time he is worth the patients or else it will turn into frustration 😦 sad story with Dudu hope and pray it has a positive twist

  62. rico says:

    No thanks wath, i remember seeing too much of his tights when i was a mere child 😉

    I think you are right about RvP and Dudu, Just tohave RvP sat on the bench though will be a great boost. I think his return will be very slow, but then he will be fit and on fire just in time to play in the CL Final…

    I think it won’t be until next season we see whether Dudu can get back to his old self – are Croatia off to the WC? I think they were knocked out??

  63. W.A.T.H says:

    Croatia not at the WC Rico, RVP as an impact sub is a bit tasty….!. Scarred for life were u Rico…… lol thats funny…. and I thought you’d be a robin hood n his merry men lover 😉

  64. rico says:

    rsd – who is inny???

  65. rico says:

    Scarred by Batman 😉

    Now Linford Cristie…… Back to football 😉

  66. rico says:

    AW is bigging up our chances this morning, he reckons we have what it takes to pip the Mancs and Chavs…

  67. W.A.T.H says:

    oh ur just such a wrong un……….. lol

  68. rico says:

    I didn’t realise the title could be decided by a play off.

    We are on 67 goals scored
    Chavs – 68
    Mancs – 69

    Just imagine if we all end up on same points and same goals scored…….

  69. rico says:

    Two Pompey players suffered facial bone breaks last night, Malouda elbowed someone in the face and got a yellow card, what utter bollox!!!

  70. W.A.T.H says:

    As u say Rico a law for us and a law for the rest…!

  71. i have a friend who is die hard osasuna fan who usually gives me the la liga low down. plus he always has a bed in barca except for when i want to use it.

  72. rico says:

    When is it going to change though – it’s sickening, down to ten men pompey could have got something but instead the chavs then go on a romp,

  73. right quick spin then school see you guy later will be on the cell for tho’s that know

  74. rico says:

    see you later rsd

  75. W.A.T.H says:

    It won’t ever change Rico…….. It’s always been the same. We always have to play 12 men etc etc…!

  76. rico says:

    Pee’s me off though….. grrr

  77. W.A.T.H says:

    It’s never been any different in all the yrs I been going… Always us against them….! It’s pathetic but never any different..!

  78. rico says:

    How many years you been going wath? I ask that as is this bias against us since AW joined or before? I cant remember it being so obvious before Arsene…

  79. W.A.T.H says:

    It’s always been well b4 AW…. first game was 1974 when I was 7….! 😉

  80. rico says:

    Ah, blimey, I always assumed you were older than me 😉 😉

  81. W.A.T.H says:

    I’m merely a whipper snapper still 😛 cheeky wench..!

  82. rico says:

    Yeah right 😛 I won’t tell anyone how old you are, I promise – I thought you were going to mention Herbert 😉

  83. K-TR7 says:

    Interesting stuff from AW.we are winning the battle to keep gallas and will be available at least to face wolves,bendtner and sol will face brum and rvp needs 2-3weeks at maximum in training to play.i sense we may have a full squad(best players) at the nou camp…

  84. rico says:

    That is all good news KTR7 and at the right time too, did you see my earlier??

  85. rico says:

    Is it just me or does Saturday seem ages away 😦

  86. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-the address is fine,it will do.barca’s cbs are very slow.some pace upfront and eboue’s diagonal runs will run them ragged.imagine rvp warming up on the touchline at the nou camp…

  87. rico says:

    Thanks KTR7, I will send it in a short while 🙂

  88. W.A.T.H says:

    Rico, didnt you say u knew Henry Norris… 😉 😛

  89. rico says:

    Ha ha WATH, Henry Cooper don’t you mean 😉

    sorry for the delay, you know what its like with the builders, tea, tea, tea 😉

  90. rico says:

    we have one hell of a storm here too, garden is flooded already and its almost pitch black….

  91. rico says:

    carvalho is out for our four weeks 😛 😛

  92. Erick says:

    Evening Rico everything going according to plan I see 😉 he he he he thats my devilish laugh pensioners are in trouble

  93. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-Guardiola tinkered the formation to prevent us from slicing through while maintaining possession.messi will be encouraged to run at sol and this is where song and verminator will need to bail him out.maxwell is their weak link,though alves pushes up,he is very quick!i will watch them vs 4th placed mallorca to see the final touches to their formation.

  94. rico says:

    Thats funny Erick, very funny 🙂

    That shows he is a bit worried then ktr7, good..

    i have emailed you now, sorry for the delay

  95. Erick says:

    Pep is up for some mind games guess AW should have some up his sleeves K-TR7 when do they play mallorca and do you think AA can restrain Alves from getting the crosses in?

  96. Erick says:

    Rico you should try it good for the soul 😉 😉

  97. rico says:

    I love nothing better than a good old laugh Erick, it helps with the wrinkles at my age 😉

  98. Erick says:

    Are you that old Rico come on 😉 its been proven medically it helps with longevity back to footie Nikkie in the squad against Brums thats good news. I keep wanting to ask you when Avenell road was started but i keep forgetting school work is driving me crazy 😦

  99. K-TR7 says:

    Erick-if AA isn’t fit,he won’t beat alves easily.alves has clichyesque pace and has a good cross on him which sol&verm should deal depends on which AA shows up really.i won’t be surprised to see AA on the right since maxwell will be constantly beaten hence pep puts iniesta and henry ahead of him to scare opponents into attacking him.barca play on saturday.we should also be careful since players like sergio and alves go down like flies if touched.i have a feeling the tie will be decided between diaby and eboue for us.we may talk about messi but people forget pedro who has a knack of scoring in big games.i hope AW covers all bases and wipes the dust off his tactics book used in the 06 run;they won’t know what hit them.don’t expect goals galore,the game may be a scrappy affair and one goal may nick it,lets hope its ours.

  100. rico says:

    Erick, I am 😉 Its been running about 16 months I think and the ‘only way is up’ – we have a good group of bloggers and thats the most important thing 🙂

  101. Erick says:

    RSD evenin Lad the inny still playing poker? K-TR7 thanks like your analysis Lad cant wait for your preview Rico 16 months nice happy i stumbled by here love it 🙂 🙂 l have learnt alot and still learning as you said and the only way is up

  102. rico says:

    Boo to you too rsd 😉

  103. rico says:

    Erick, thats real kind of you, and i’m glad you love it, you are valued on here…

    That’s football Erick, we are all learning – we all have our own views and none are totally right or totally wrong – that’s footie 😉

  104. anything happen this salvo

  105. who got tickets for barca home
    i know no silver members did

  106. rico says:

    JT’s mate in the chavs defence is crocked, nikkis fit and gallas is very near to signing….

  107. rico says:

    not me rsd, i will be sat firmly in front of the television – are you planning to travel? Did you get both home and away tickets?

  108. just away home wasnt for me i dont enjoy being in london for to long any more so depressing

  109. Erick says:

    How much did people pay to watch a game at the Highbury?

  110. Erick says:

    RSD east or west home is the best 🙂

  111. i could get change out of a score

  112. Erick says:

    You lost me RSD dnt forget english is my 3rd language how much did they charge?

  113. rico says:

    off to the ramblas then rsd – how lovely, one of my fav’s

  114. rico says:

    100 pounds Erick, i think…

  115. Erick says:

    And how much is it at the Emirates Rico?

  116. queen “Gediver” =£5
    jacks =£10
    four “score” and twenty years =£20
    nifty £50
    tonne £100
    monkey £500
    big £1000

  117. £30-100 me tinks at grove you can prob pay more

  118. rico says:

    Erick, I am unsure, the few times i have gone its with a friends season ticket – i am a red member but i shall not renew as i cant afford the time – if i lived in london then maybe things would be different, i could afford the time but not the ticket 😉

  119. it a shame you want the ticket but know it goes to all the suits now spec the fancy games

  120. Erick says:

    RSD is it charge by the seating position you take or by the team we play ??? Need to hook up for those live chats man got a bus full of question

  121. Erick says:

    I understand Rico about the Red membership what are the benefit and if a season ticket holder cant make it to a match you can take his place

  122. rico says:

    As long as he/she will give you the entrance card, yes Erick, i used to work with someone who couldn’t always make the matches so i just got lucky – we went once but took all day to get there and back, could have gone a lot more but stayed at home 😦

  123. it the shit of all seater makes it impossible to get a ticket.

  124. rico says:

    i agree a bit rsd – those with ‘money’ are being looked after but the ‘ordinary fan’ who wants to go to as many games as he can afford get penalised…

  125. rico says:

    Right guys, I’m off for the night, see you tommorrow…

    Be safe and sleep well 🙂

  126. those people who just turn up to barca away are just the worst. JCL and proud lol

  127. tis time to turn off see you on the morrow

  128. rico says:

    Morning all

    New Post up

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