Forget Barca again, this time it’s Wolves

So the news we all expected has been confirmed,  our little magician Cesc is out for the rest of the season. Gallas and Arshavin are out for three to four weeks so it’s hardly good news for us…

 I am gutted, sad and peed off, you name it!!

Cesc himself said he was fine before the game against Barca and his injury would have happened regardless. He wanted to play, he felt right enough to play so he did. What happened to him just about sums up our season as far as injuries go!! I bet though he wouldn’t have missed it for the world, no matter how he ‘really’ felt.  Cesc has spoken on the Arsenal website and given high praise to Theo Walcott. Cesc says it was the introduction of Theo that sparked the comeback, his pace, his grit and his ability to ‘get behind’ the Barca defence.

Well Cesc, I don’t think we can disagree with that!

I’ve said before, we are not a one man team, we never have been so its time for a few others to step up and earn their wages.

Again, Barca can wait, tomorrow we face Wolverhampton Wanderers, another must win game in the race to finish top in the Premier League.

So what does Arsene Wenger do, play his strongest eleven or rest a few ready for Tuesday??

What would you do??

All through the season I have bleated on about always playing the strongest team available, but this time I am thinking differently. Not so much because of what lies ahead but we can’t afford another player to get injured. I am glad we are playing Wolves and not Stoke, Bolton or Blackburn!!

I’ll tell you what I would do, I’d look at this bunch of players who turned out for the reserves to beat Birmingham 3-1 to keep their chances alive of winning their league.  I think if they beat Aston Villa they win it so good luck to them for Monday.

Vito Mannone
Nico Yennaris
Ignasi Miquel
Thomas Cruise
Cedric Evina
Craig Eastmond
Oguzhan Ozyakup
Conor Henderson
Nacer Barazite
Rhys Murphy
Luke Freeman

After looking at that fine crop, I would think about Freeman, Barazite, Eastmond and Cruise for the Wolves game. Have them on the bench ready to come on and rest players when the game has been put to bed. If we get through Tuesday, we may well need a few of the reserves to help us out in the league in the last couple of games!

Get them in there now, and get them used to it. I would also add Coquelin to the list. Freeman is in any case in the Champions League squad, so Wenger must think he is good enough..

As said, reserves play again on Easter Monday, so surely 48 hours rest is enough at their age 😉

Its a tough one, I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision, what would you do???

The one thing I know I would do, thats start Theo Walcott – he needs it for himself and for Arsenal – isn’t that why we bought him??

Sorry for the short post, bit hectic yesterday and a rushed one 😦


115 Responses to Forget Barca again, this time it’s Wolves

  1. rico says:

    Morning all..

  2. paddytheflea says:


    I really hope you will play your second team. 😆
    With your injuries you are considerily weaekened and that would add even more to our chances to win (Yes! I’m a Wolves fan!).

    Your posting smells of underestimation. I love that! You write: “I am glad we are playing Wolves and not Stoke, Bolton or Blackburn!!” I believe that we are at least as good as those teams today. We are in top form and we need points.

    I really hope that Arsene Wenger and your players will underestimate us as you fans do. Then we will take at least a point.

    Walcott? Watch our player Elokobi frightening him to death to stop him in his tracks. 😆

  3. Louie says:

    Wolves fan here,

    Wenger has a dilemma. He publicly criticised Mick and Wolves when we made ten changes. If he does play his reserves then what will he say on MOTD after. If he dos, I know one person who will laughing about it and that is Mick.

    Also, as a Wolves fan living in London, I got to the same school that Thomas Cruise went to and am in the same year as his brother Albert. I also play in the same footy team with him.

  4. quick hello
    always like the short one’s
    quick to scan through after reading headline 😉

    you need a third option

    a balance between the two.

    happy easter

  5. Erick says:

    Morning Rico my oh my we are in it we still believe Mancs play Chelsea so the Wolves game is of great importance we got to win it and rest the player The reserves have got to help out we are truly short on player but Cesc we can

  6. oh and cesc possible back in 6 weeks

    madrid in 7.5 co-inky-dink!

    or destiny!

  7. Erick says:

    Happy Easter All RSD howdy 🙂

  8. rico says:

    Morning peeps, welcome on board Wolves fans, good to see you here – i think it will be a tough game for us, Mick has just got your team playing well and getting some good results..

  9. rico says:

    Hi Erick and rsd, Happy Easter to you too..

    rsd, a balanced side is a ‘barca in mind’ side! otherwise it would be the strongest eleven 😉

  10. rico says:

    Erick, the mancs and chavs are sure to draw, this is our chance to crepp back up on them and shout – Boo, we’re behind you 🙂

  11. rico says:

    Hey Paddy, my comment about glad to be playing Wolves is a compliment, I am glad we play you guys because you play football and not go about the game ‘to get in the oppos faces’ unlike those others I mentioned…

  12. rico says:

    off for half an hour, back in a bit

  13. JonJon says:

    i think we need to play our strongest team against both barca and wolves…and they will be different,,

    it will be a bit hard for us to pick with all our injuries…

    but id go with

    sagna sol tv clichy
    nasri song diaby
    rosicky nikki dudu

    and for barca id go with

    sagna song tv clichy
    eboue nasri denilson rosicky
    theo nikki


  14. JonJon says:

    and i still think AA bottled it..

    hes now saying hes out for the season…i think hes had enough dont wanna play for us anymore and hes off in the summer

  15. raif says:

    hey guys,, hows all? im hearing Arshavin might be out for the season now..

    its starting to feel a little bit too much of an effort for our team to win the PL and CL. but hope is still a live ofcourse

  16. rico says:

    Hi JJ, I’d def go with 442 against Barca, and prob the same team, no diaby as it was too much for him…

  17. JonJon says:

    howdy raif…how are ya mate

    yeah its gonna be tough now,,too many injuries at the wrong time

    cesc is the biggy as AA hasnt really turned up last few weeks but without cesc gallas AA and gallas its up hill

  18. JonJon says:

    denilson gotta play his game is perfect for a team like barca..intercept the passes and keep the ball simple..ball retention is so important…

  19. JonJon says:

    and theo gotta start..even if we resort to long ball his pace off the last man will worry them

  20. goonermo says:

    We will rape wolves and tear a new asshole in Mick mccarthys backside

  21. raif says:

    not to bad mate,

    i keep thinking was it worth playing Cesc in this game.. but i also think, if we didnt it could have been 2-0 full time to barca who knows,,??

    but it has proved to be a very very costly risk and now we must just get on and deal with it i guess,,

    AA wasnt playing well but he was a player who you would want in your starting line up,,

    but one thing i noticed about him,, ever since russia missed out on the world cup, thats when his form got affected

  22. JonJon says:

    ive been defending AA on the basis of that raif,,

    i said we want him in the line up and his form as dipped since the whole russia thing where his name was dragged through russian media and his family death threats,

    russian public blamed him and 2 other players for russia going out…

    and he aint been right since..

  23. raif says:

    ohhh i didnt know about that.. i just thought it was the burden of being knocked out, not actually being the soul reason for them going out by the country its self. ofcourse that gotta be hard to stomach.

  24. rico says:

    Hi raif, hows tricks, long time and all that ..

  25. JonJon says:


    i thought his form would have returned by now though and he looked like he bottled it…he was limping around the pitch but that limp had gone when he jogged down the tunnel

    i dont think hes ever gotten on with wenger anyway and at the time i remember him asking wenger for time off with the whole russia thing but wenger said no

  26. rico says:

    I didn’t know he had had death threats either, how crazy fans can be…

  27. JonJon says:

    yeah there was a big to do about it in russia..apparently AA and two other players were photographed out on the piss the night before the playoff and when russia got beat the whole country went mad..

  28. paddytheflea says:

    You don’t have the players to do that, Goonermo. You are to timid and have forgot how to fight.

    Yes, Rico. We have a game of our own as well being capable of stopping you playing your usual game.

    But you are in a big dilemma. Do you rest players for Barcelona – with a 5% chance of going through – or do you try to boost your chances to win in the PL.

    If you lose out to us tomorrow your chances of winning the PL will be very slim as well, so I really would try to win at any price tomorrow if my name was Wenger.

    But it isn’t. And I believe he will rest a couple and give away a pont or three to us and you will lose out on all the silverware – being too greedy to just be pleased with one cup.

  29. JonJon says:

    its like the henry thing..players get affected sometimes no matter how good they are..

  30. JonJon says:

    paddy the flea

    no offence but wolves are a different prospect to barca

    we will need different players for the two games…

    it may seem as resting players but it wont be..

    and if manutd win the title we can blame mcarthy for giving them three points when he rested your first team and played a team of nobodies

  31. raif says:

    hello Rico.. long time indeed,, i hope you are well,,

    JonJ, i also would have expected him to have snaped out of it by now, but hey i guess we dont know the full extent of it and some people just might need more time to others to get over somthing like that ???

  32. rico says:

    paddy, hope you will pop back on tomorrow around 5pm to talk things over about the match…

    Maybe MM will rest a few of his own just like he did against Manure, after all, he probably knows you will get sweet nothing tomorrow 😉

  33. JonJon says:

    raif i just think hes generally unhappy and we wont see him next year…
    and if he goes i want ribery

  34. rico says:

    I’m good thanks raif, could do with some warmer weather and a few less injuries to our players though…

  35. raif says:

    other than the world cup thing, what else could it be making him unhappy? could it be playing in the wrong postion, not signing more players,??

  36. JonJon says:

    we can still do it..

    a win at wolves and the gap closes cos someone will drop points in the chav utd game…

    and if we beat barca then we will be unstoppable

  37. JonJon says:

    both raif..

    hes been saying we need better players for ages

  38. rico says:

    raif, i just think he doesn’t like england and wants to leave – ribery looked slow the other night JJ

  39. rico says:

    I wouldn’t mind us getting Babel from the dippers, i never understand why rafa leaves him out…

  40. raif says:

    hmmmm i agree,, i dont see him leaving tho. a mate of mine was saying to me earlier in the season that he could see arshavin walking, but i said he wont go, his russian and they say what they think plain and blunt.

    but if he did go, i dont see us getting ribery, that ship sailed long ago and is nothing more than a dot in the distant

  41. Erick says:

    Afternon guys whats happening? JJ how have you been?

  42. JonJon says:

    we need some players though in summer..i know weve got some good kids coming through but we need some lads with a bit off workrate cos barca just showed us how to play with the ball and without it…

  43. JonJon says:

    hi erick..

    ive been working all week so i dont get on as much as i like sorry if i didnt respond if you adressed me i a comment

    im ok mate how u?

  44. Erick says:

    True 3 or 4 will do but Chamaka if he can get the goals from left, right and center we don’t need him we just want our own version of El-nino

  45. K-TR7 says:


  46. JonJon says:

    clichy and denilson doubtfull now

    just gets better

  47. Erick says:

    No problem JJ somebody has to do the hustle am Ok exam are killing me but what a better way to unwind than to talk about me love Arsenal

  48. raif says:

    i got a feeling we will get Chamak if we havent got him already. But with Gallas’s contract up in the summer, and Silvest leaving int he summer (Please God)
    also Sol Might not get a deal. we are going to need Brain Surgery when it comes to our defence,

  49. Erick says:

    Happy Easter K-TR7 we talked about Mozart not getting enough chances now is the time. Clichy and Denilson the injuries are not stopping Damn

  50. raif says:

    if Cesc’s Leg was already broken before the game, some one or some people’s head will surly roll.

  51. rico says:

    is that seious about denilson and clichy?? just tomorrow or the barca game too JJ

    Hi Erick and KTR7

  52. Erick says:

    Raif we Sold Kolo brough in TV who has been good but we need 2 more in the summer but before that Sol and Tweeter have to get in and work for us

  53. raif says:

    i think its a smartly made up lie to have them fit for Barca, Other wise West Ham will complaine to the league about arsenal puting out a weak team 😉

  54. Erick says:

    Afternoon Rico sorry for vanishing in the morning was kinda busy. AW said they are 50:50 for morrow that is Denilson and Clichy

  55. rico says:

    I think raif is right erick, a ‘rico injury’ 😉

  56. Erick says:

    Any team AW puts out Raif will have to get 3 points for us

  57. rico says:

    no worries either erick, i had to dash off too…

  58. raif says:

    no im off guys, talk to you all soon people.. 🙂

  59. Erick says:

    I hate the way everybody is focused on Barca and yet Wolves are no push overs Come on Concentrate

  60. rico says:

    take care raif, pop back soon…

  61. K-TR7 says:

    We should start our best team vs wolves,win early then get the key players off.tomas is our most experienced midfielder,he needs to show up now,we need him in cesc,AA&ramsey’s absence.

  62. Erick says:

    True K-TR7 we cant afford a Brums mistake again we need to show up big time

  63. W.A.T.H says:

    Greetings all…. Happy Easter……….!

    Traore, Vela, Rosicky step forward please…!

  64. rico says:

    My view too KTR7, put the game to bed then rest a few…

    Afternoon WATH, Happy Easter to you to, hows the head??

  65. rico says:

    off for a bit, catch up later..

  66. W.A.T.H says:

    Head is fine Rico I’m just thirsty 🙂

  67. rico says:

    Good to hear wath, bet you get a nice cold beer out the fridge…

  68. K-TR7 says:

    I have a feeling one of vela/eduardo will step up in the coming weeks…

  69. Erick says:

    It time K-TR7 Its time 😉

  70. Erick says:

    Howdy Wath thirsty you say just an excuse to get a pint 😉

  71. W.A.T.H says:

    Hi Erick……….. I don’t need an excuse mate 🙂

  72. Erick says:

    Wath you Sailor whats the name of your ship guess Titanic its going down 😉

  73. W.A.T.H says:

    HMS Ark Royal Erick she def aint going down 🙂

    I’m on fruit juice today Erick just to keep u happy….! Actually red grape juice…………

  74. rico says:

    Afternoon all, I been busy in the garden and then painting…. now i am having a lovely cold beer 🙂

  75. W.A.T.H says:

    I’m on red grape juice u alkie………… 😉

  76. Erick says:

    Am a happy man Wath but hope the grapes are not farmented 😉 n Evening Rico ;-)any news??

  77. rico says:

    Ha ha wath, red grape juice, you mean red wine 😆

  78. rico says:

    Yo Erick, to be honest I haven’t looked, but best I do, I have got to try and write something for the morning 😦 😦

    Did you say you had exams today Erick??

  79. W.A.T.H says:

    Rico, ur soooooooooooooooo perceptive lol 🙂 Of course red wine best grape juice of the lot…!

  80. Erick says:

    Rico preparing for exam from 19th April, morrow i have a cat at midday so am hoping i will catch the Mancs vs Pensioners game Wath you love your fermented drinks don’t you 🙂

  81. W.A.T.H says:

    Yes Erick I do indeed love the fermented stuff 😉 Good luck 2moro Erick…!

  82. W.A.T.H says:

    Lucky 4 me Erick I have a friend who makes the red stuff so I am specially looked after 🙂

  83. rico says:

    Its one of your five a day wath, healthy 🙂

    you jammy thing having a chum who makes it 😦

    Erick, a cat??? Meow..

  84. Erick says:

    Thanks Wath cant wait for the cat to get out of the way so i can focus on the Wolves visit we need to make a statement morrow we got to keep going until the end. Wath what a friend to have V.I.P treatment for you 😉

  85. Erick says:

    Rico yap a cat not a meow 🙂 🙂 continous assesement test (cat) 😉

  86. W.A.T.H says:

    It’s nice to hae friends in handy places 🙂 Although it’s only correct that he looks after me with special stuff 🙂

  87. Erick says:

    Aw reckons the Mancs will still fight it out without Rooney.

  88. Erick says:

    Normally Wath anything without sugar or it aint sweet it not for me so am looking for a friend in a handy place e.g. MILKSHAKE 😉 😉

  89. rico says:

    i wont ask why wath 😉

  90. rico says:

    Erick 😆 all the best for that then 🙂

  91. Erick says:

    Thank you Rico hope i will catch the Mancs game hope they draw what a day to close the gap, hope Nasir will make us proud

  92. K-TR7 says:

    Whats cooking…

  93. rico says:

    Fish and Chips KTR7 🙂

    Well in my house anyway 😉

  94. Erick says:

    Evening K-TR7 any intersting view on tomorrows game?

  95. Erick says:

    Rico can you stand uninvited guest 🙂 yummmmmmmy

  96. rico says:

    For sure Erick, let me know when you land, I’ll give you directions 🙂

  97. Erick says:

    I will surely do Rico have been visiting and they are using our game with Barca to show Realmadrid how to beat them the author say the only way to beat Barca is to cut the supply of passes like Rubin Kazan did or put great pressure on their backline which is not the best by any means intresting hope AW takes a look

  98. rico says:

    KTR7 needs to ring Wenger Erick, Wenger could learn a lot 🙂

  99. Erick says:

    4sure Rico his analysis are usually spot on

  100. Erick says:

    Rico its 9pm here want to call it a night will check out morrows post later on if i will be busy gdnite everyone Keep the Faith Thanks Rico nice job by keeping the blog alive gdnite

  101. rico says:

    They sure are, off to eat my dinner, back in a while …

  102. rico says:

    Thanks Erick, night my friend, stay safe and all the best for the ‘cat’ 😉

  103. Erick says:


  104. W.A.T.H says:

    Nite Erick…………. can I have extra chips plz Rico..?

  105. rico says:

    No wath, i have eaten them all…. chips, salmon and hollandaise, peas and sweetcorn…. hungry 🙂

  106. W.A.T.H says:

    Oink oink oink………….. Suppose that means I’m not getting ur last rolo either then……….

  107. rico says:

    now thats a different scenerio, for sure you can have that 😆

  108. rico says:

    whats with the oink oink oink …you been on Farmville 🙂 🙂

  109. W.A.T.H says:

    means ur greedy eating all that food piggy 😉

  110. rico says:

    Ah, I thought I was suddenly chatting with old macdonald 🙂

    you going to the game tomorrow?

  111. W.A.T.H says:

    Going over yeh…………… 😉

  112. rico says:

    Well whoever plays better turn it on – we need three points and a positive display…

  113. rico says:

    I’m a boring old fart, I have to go – horlicks and fruit shortcake then bed for me 😉

    You all take care, sleep well and stay safe..

    Night night and see you all in the morning..

  114. W.A.T.H says:

    Nite Rico, take care n sleep tite…..

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