Robin’s rants, Henry plans Arsenal return, Ozil is up for grabs now!

July 19, 2010

Just what we need to hear from one of Arsenal fans favourites. Robin says it’s time to get tough and get in the faces of the opposition. We need to do unto others what they so love to do to us. Play the pretty football, yes, but when the chips are down, put the pretty stuff on the back burner and start showing some grit and steel.

Frimpong certainly wasn’t afraid to against Barnet was he, now the rest of our crop need to adopt a similar stance. One difference though between playing Barnet and teams like the Chavs is that the Barnet players don’t roll over like they’ve been caught by a stray bullet from the local firing range. Football for them is hard week in week out, they ride a tough tackle and dish out tough tackles, it’s called football. and we need to start mixing a bit of that in with our pretty stuff!

Shall we dance Emmanuel? Nah Audrey, let’s go get stuck in!!

During an interview Robin said this about Holland and Arsenal. Funny enough he was the first player that Howard Webb booked during the WC Final.

Just before France had to pack their bags, Patrick Vieira said to me that you don’t have to play well in the group stages of a World Cup, not even in the second round.Only later do you have to grow as a team and you will reach a high level. That will get you to the final. That is exactly the way we did it. Against Brazil in the second half, we were brilliant.

Van Persie added that five trophyless years at Arsenal are proof that great football does not always get its just deserts.

I know how difficult it can be to play wonderful football and not get the result you want, I see it at Arsenal more than I want to. When we play the likes of Bolton and Blackburn we dominate the game, we play attacking football and they score from a lousy throw-in or an odd corner-kick. Then we end up chasing them again. The criticism Holland got in the World Cup I recognise from what we get at Arsenal. It was a final. You don’t give up without a fight, do you?

Good man Robin, now tell your team-mates and your boss!

Thierry Henry has spoken about his move to the USA, it’s a short-term plan, he wants to win another trophy, then retire and come home to England and be part of Arsenal again – it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if he gets his coaching badge while in the States and is being lined up to be part of our management team, maybe with Dennis Bergkamp…. Now that’s a mouth-watering prospect!!

Sadly, as one great striker thinks about returning one day, it seems that another may soon be leaving us, reports came out yesterday that Eduardo will undergo a medical today at Shakhtar Donetskt – if its true then I really wish him the very best and I understand why he is leaving, this may also explain his sudden absence from the squad on Saturday. 😦

Mesut Ozil is up for grabs after Werder Bremen admitted they will listen to offers for the midfielder, I’m not sure whether we would be in for a shout of getting him as his value is around £20M. If ever though a signing could happen to put the smiles back on the faces of Arsenal fans, it would be this one.

We could always offer Werder Bremen Diaby, Denilson and Almunia in a player swap deal couldn’t we??

Other snippets, suggestion is that we will up our offer for Phil Jagielka. I’d rather we walked away and use the money to get Cahill, he’s only valued at £13M. The Daily Mirror report that Jay Simpson could be given a second chance to prove himself at Arsenal. Having scored two well taken goals against Barnet at the weekend it could be the start of a new beginning. I hope so and with the new rules coming in, he may just stay and take that chance…

Finally, well done to Tom Cruise whose goal helped England under 19’s beat Austria 3-2 and Francis Coquelin played his part in a France 4-1 over Holland. Gilles Sunu was on the bench. Interestingly, there was the next  Sneijder generation on show in the second half. If Wenger is after another youth player, maybe he should be looking to snare him Rodney Sneijder is his name, keep an eye out, his current club is Ajax!

Have a good day all….

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ONE AARON RAMMMMSEY!

February 28, 2010

The last weekend in Feb strike’s again!
When is this crap that Arsenal don’t like it up’em going to end?
That’s 3 times in five years that we have been the victims of similar incidents.
I think I speak for everyone when I say all our thoughts go out to our Rambo at least when we win the league he will get a medal. He has 7 starts and 11 subs.
On to the game.. The only surprise in the line up was the inclusion of Ramsey tho he did play very well v the makems.
So we started badly and then Song who didn’t put his brain in till half time saved a corner and put his clearance out for a throw on.

Fool!

Surely this must be the first thing you say to the team, don’t give away throws in your half v Stoke. The curse of the ACN strikes another player
So the shiner threw it in and for some reason we set up as if it was a not Delap throw in, no one on the back post, what would you know Song goes to sleep.
1-0 down, plenty of time left I thought. We started to get going a little but not a lot.
Clichy “The Hurricane” was quality.
‘Here comes the story of the hurricane….” – he just read play beautifully and won the ball of some potter, this lead to an attack but not much came from it.

We looked like we’re getting more control, as Stoke sat back, they made it hard for us by pressing and not giving us anything, the ref thought this was ok and there were quite a few “pressings” that were debatable.
Delap then thought he’d won a throw near the box and was just shining up the ball with that fucking towel of his when Clichy ran over ripped the towel and the ball out of his hand.
I hadn’t seen the ref give the throw the other way so I thought Clichy had had enough of the shiner and was gonna nut him and burn his towel too. thankfully he’s got less of a hot head than me and took the quick throw.
We were saying the script was written about how history repeats itself, but always brings a new twist.
It looked like one of those games where we’re gonna do everything pretty but still not score.
The team was pushing for the goal and pushing up the pitch. Sol was so solid and kept Fuller in check, there was some crunching tackles and no nonsense defending.
We looked a little slow and couldn’t really turn Stoke, the one time we did and Faye snuffed out a Bendtner chance, another chance fell to Cesc and he worked Sorensen from outside the box.
I was thinking, we just aren’t at the races today and then bang Cesc sends a beautiful ball in to the box (forget all those pretty triangles) Bendtner still had a lot to do with the header but he cushions it across the goal, into the top corner..

What a HEADER!

1-1 game on
Marmaduke duke, marmaduke duke

We got into it a little, Eboue made a nice run to the edge of the box, but was fouled Cesc took the freekick but into the wall.
Stoke then found themselves in our box and I thought we we are doing everything to keep them there, finally Sol stepped in and hoofed it away
Another Song moment.

HT 1-1

I missed the opening minutes of the first half I know I missed a penalty shout, but all I can tell you is it was a 50/50, sometimes you do sometime you don’t, it was ramsey who went down .
We started hot and really look like we could score at will, Ramsey especially he must of been wound up by Wenger.
Eboue was finding the most space with the ball, but running into cul de sacs and then falling over like Stevie-G, and not passing, he needs a run of games.

Then Eboue showed me why Wenger plays him in midfield “he can shoot”. This lead to Cesc having a pop shot from range too.

Anything you can do….

The Hurricane was picking up speed and turning in to a proper Katrina, I pity any fool on the opposite right flank for the rest of the season..

Song then got the softest yellow I’ve ever seen in me life, if anything Delap fouled him, so that’s his tenth yellow so he’ll miss Burnley and Hull. The good news is it means he’ll be fresh for Porto.
Then it happened, it is still a bit too sore to recall and you don’t need me to explain it,the faces of Cesc, Bendtner and TV were as white as ghosts.

I think most people would have turned colour if you had been that close You know Shawcross didn’t mean it and was horrified at what he did. Apparently Pulis said Shawcross’s mum came to pick him up from the ground..
Credit goes to Glenn Whelan he sat there and shouted at the bench and stayed with Rambo till the medics came and rushed him to hospital.
Really you have to blame the ref for not clamping down on loose tackles. It is strange that 2 years ago in the last game in Feb that Dudu’s injury happened.
Yet back then we dropped two goals and lost our five point lead and the title now this season we have cut the lead from five to three points.
(standing at the time of 1-1 five points)
And we’re gonna win the league.

They drew first blood, so on came THE ARSENAL, Rosicky on for Rambo it obviously it took a while for us to get going again and stoke got some joy down the left, a cross along six yard box was well left by TV.

Dudu then came on for Sami and he almost had instant impact, but he was in on his right and went with his left he missed wide.
Then what would you know a pen, Bendtner has a shot and blocked by Pughs hand and ref pointed to the spot. Maybe what I said about us getting a pen in every game untll then end of the season is coming true.
Cesc steps up, this guys got cojones! and not quite bang, but much like his last pen he placed it in the corner.

1-2
Capitán Fábregas

7 mins injury time came up on the board, I was hoping we could play nice triangles in our own half with lots of lovely percussion, but oh no we push for more.
Bendtner get tumbled over in the box, it would have been a soft penalty.
Then Rosicky takes a shot that works Sorensen, he palms it wide, Cesc is there to pick up the pieces, he uses his head as always, slides the ball across to TV and he can’t miss from there.

1-3
THERES ONLY ONE AARON RAMSEY……

That was for Rambo, you know it you could see it in TV’s face

The group huddle was telling. This no longer a 3 horse race for the title
It’s our Destiny

We’re gonna win the league,
And now you’re gonna believe us…

Written by realsocialdad


Gallas ‘escapes’, Arsene’s sad, Diaby and Sagna miss Stoke…..

January 22, 2010

What absolute poppy cock! How can people say he ‘escaped’? We all know the Football Association would have thrown the book at Gallas if they could don’t we? Reality is they had nothing to throw the book at him about, that isn’t escaping, that is just reality. There were no grounds for the FA to act retrospectively and ‘Old Wiley’ got it right! Well, some of it 😉

After listening to comments from a Bolton player saying the tackle was disgusting, and Coyle suggesting that the Willy’s tackle was more of an assault than anything else, I say, get real Bolton, that tackle was nothing compared to what our boys have been on the receiving end of for many seasons now, and especially from you!

The only difference is that our players end up being out of the game for weeks, your lad Davies will probably be back at the weekend!

As for the goal that followed, tough! Rules are rules, it happened to us a couple of games ago when Denilson was down, did you hear our boss whinging? No, he just said those are the rules and suggested that someone commit a handball, that’s how to stop the game, not by getting a sympathy vote!

Bolton, you think you are hard nuts, but you just bad losers who can’t take what you dish out week in, week out!!

Talking of ‘proper injuries’, what sad news about Kieran Gibbs, just as he had his chance, proved himself to be a top left back, possibly better than Clichy is playing right now and the lad needs an operation which will keep him out for the rest of the season!

“That is sad news because I rate him highly,” Wenger told TV Online. “I had hoped that the first surgery would be successful.

Dreadful and just so typical of the way our luck has gone this season with injuries.

Some good news, Giles Sunu a big lump of a centre forward with a nose for goal is in talks about a new contract, his expires in the summer and let’s hope he decides to stay.

Cescy boy has spoken to his fellow Spanish midfielder who I have promised not to mention, he says“I have spoken to him about his future, because he will be out of contract soon. I didn’t persuade him to sign or not sign, I just told him my feelings, but of course whatever he decides will be down to him. That’s for him to say.”

Not much other gossip around other than Diaby is out for the Stoke game at the weekend, and the away match at Aston Villa. Bacary Sagna will also be out for the weekend.

I wonder who will play at right back. Do I now admit I miss Eboue 😉

Will Big Sol make his debut? Will it be the oldest defensive pairing in the FA Cup on show?

If they do, will they make history?

Who knows, but surely Gallas and Vermaelen need a break? We have Aston Villa just a few days later…

Me, I say always play the strongest and win the game, winning breeds winning and can you see either Gallas or Vermaelan asking to be rested – No, neither can I.

Stoke will be a very tough nut to crack, and we need to win!

But take yourselves back to Avenell’s post about sacrificing the FA Cup – does it make you think differently now we are sat top of the league?

Not me, I want to win it!

Have a good day all, isn’t Friday a signing day 😉


Arsenal’s title fires are Stoked as Arshavin supershow smashes Potters to pieces

December 6, 2009

In a game that marked Arsene Wengers 500th match in charge, I feel its important to mention that of those 500 games under Wenger,we have lost only 80. Thats an incredible percentage for a manager that seems to come under constant criticism, even from some sections of his own supporters…

Anyway, back to the game..

Stoke had the all the ‘kryptonite’ attributes. A tough, tall, physical side that would offer strong resistance to a lightweight side and an attack that hadn’t scored a goal in their last two league games. Every man and London’s dog had been focusing on the reasons that embarrassing defeats to Sunderland, Chelsea and to a lesser extent Citeh in the Micky Mouse cup, had been down to the fact our players were picked from the cast of the wizard of Oz. This game was important, it was massive,  not only did we need to get our momentum back but also to eradicate the vertically challenged demons that had no doubt been haunting Wenger..

Preparation was not ideal..Three domestic defeats on the trot, an injury list longer than Peter Crouch, outspoken Russians,  and a  pre-match injury to Eduardo which left Wenger with hardly any options to an attack that was already depleted and couldnt buy a goal with Theo Walcott’s wage…

This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it forced Wenger to move the outspoken but sometimes brilliant Russian into the centre of a three-man attack..and he didn’t disappoint..

Stokes back four compared to our front three can only be described as somewhat of a David V Goliath type of contest with Arshavin proving to be our slingshot…Proving that with the right attitude and right movement you dont have to be 7 foot and a tab end to win a football match..

We started off in typical Arsenal fashion. Lots of fancy passing played at a quick tempo that was constantly testing the defence, and they were holding firm. The deadlock was almost broken when Cesc sent in a defence splitting pass to Arshavin only for him to mis-control the ball and allow Sorensen, who is second only to Petr Cech in the list of clean sheets, to dive at his feet and clear the ball. Not long after we thought the goal had finally come. Some super trickery and tomfoolery from Arshavin lead him to be tripped in the box..Cesc stepped up to take the penalty but Sorensen saved magnificently standing on the 6 yard line. It was proving to be one of those days and the look on Wenger’s face as he sat on in the dugout sipping his water was a look of a man who thought ‘here we go again’..

Its games like these when you need someone to step up to the plate and produce a moment of magic to change the game. Enter the Russian. After some good link up play with the brilliant Cesc, Arshavin found himself in the box with defenders trying to knock him over and the ball stuck under his feet. He showed his class, holding off a defender twice his size and hitting the ball with no back lift into the only place he could beat Sorensen. An outstanding goal and  the pressure was off. His 7th of the season and he was showing us all why hes regarded as one of the worlds best talents…

The chances kept coming and Cesc could count himself unlucky, finding Sorensen in good form and Stokes new sweeper Eboue clearing Cesc’s shot off the line….

The second half was no different…wave after wave of Arsenal attack, spearheaded by a Spanish-Russian alliance..shot after shot was hitting the bar, the post, the defenders and the impressive Sorensen, but nerves were eased when Ramsey-a replacement for the crocked, hard-working Eboue – played a one two with AA and with a bit of luck found himself in on goal..The finish was sublime. The young Welshman said after the game it was luck but i think he’s being too modest..He meant that finish, you dont strike a ball like that if your relying solely on luck.. Pure class..

With the game won we could relax..Good performace that deserved more goals but after recent results i’d have taken a 1-0 with an own goal as the clincher….

Player ratings

Almunia..6..Kept a clean sheet but that was down to the fact Stoke couldnt get passed our defenders. Came for Delap’s first rocket launched throw in and flapped, dropped the ball and ended up on the floor in a heap. After that he left everything for his defenders to deal with and they didn’t let him down.

Sagna..7..It amazes me how he always plays better when Eboue plays in front of him. Alot like playing Song and Denilson together acts as one midfielder, the same applies when Sagna and Eboue play together – they act as one right back. Either way its two men doing one mans job and it takes a player out of the attack. That being said I thought he had a comfortable game. Some good tackles and some good forward runs but he still needs to work on his final ball and try and get some consistency to his game when Eboue doesn’t play with him..

Gallas..8.5..Awesome. Won every header and made himself hard to beat on the ground. This mans pivotal to our chances of silverware. Lets hope the injury doesn’t rule him out of the Liverpool game.

Vermaelen..8.. Complemented Gallas perfectly. Again winning every header and was strong in the tackle. A good solid defensive performance.

Traore..7.5..The lad didn’t put a foot wrong. Linked up well down the left wing and kept it tight at the back. Threw in a couple of dangerous crosses for good measure and his speed made him a handful.

Denilson..6.5..Quiet game from the Statman.Which isn’t a bad thing I suppose. Not as influential as Song and doesn’t contribute as much to the attack as Song but he’ll do for back up. Especially for teams like Stoke.

Cesc..9..Outstanding performance. Unlucky with the penalty and unlucky not to score, especially when Eboue forgot what team he was playing for. Outshone Denilson in the defensive role, closing Stokes players down and making some good tackles and his through balls were tearing Stoke to bits. A complete midfield performance from our captain fantastic..

Nasri..7.5..Not fully back to his best yet but linked up well with AK47 and Cesc..Theres alot more to come from this lad..Lets hope we don’t have to wait too long.

Eboue..6.5.. A+ for effort. Lacks technical ability and sometimes looks like a Coca Cola league player, but he gives his all and when he cuts out the cheating and the silly tricks he tries so often,he doesn’t do too bad..Alot like Denilson in the fact we have better players,much better players.. but he’ll do for teams like Kettering Town and Stoke..Probably would have got a 7 if he lasted the full 90..

Rosicky..5.5..I really don’t know what to say. Kept trying to force the pass but his ball retention has gone to pot. Gave the ball away too many times..Wasn’t dissapointed to see him replaced at half time.

Arshavin..9..My joint man of the match. Loves being the centre of attention on and off the pitch..His movement and leadership shone through and i thought he lead the line perfectly..An absolutely destructive performance from an absolute destructive player..I think he gets lost sometimes stuck out on the left, but when he plays through the middle and links up with a player like Cesc its hard to stop him.. Need more performances like this from him if we want to be serious challengers..He can talk all he wants as long as he gives the fans that type of performance week after week..I found it hilarious when Denilson was lining up a shot from 30 yards and Arshavin took the ball off his toe and went running at the defence..Denilson’s body language was priceless-but what would you rather prefer? A Denilson attack or an Arshavin attack? Thats what I want from our best players, that “you do your job and let me do mine” attitude is what wins you games… 

Subs..

Vela..6.5..good movement from the Mexican once again.. Offered more to the attack than what Rosicky did.

Ramsey..7..great goal..direct and clinical and secured the points

Silvestre..not on long enough..

All in all, I think it was a good performance..We dominated the game, not just for periods but for the whole game and we were unlucky not to score more. A clean sheet, 3 points and back to winning ways after a difficult fortnight. Wenger’s decision to stick to his guns in the mickey mouse cup proved fully justified as we sacrificed a cup only considered serious by Spurs in order to secure three points in the league…

8 points behind Chelsea and 6 behind the Manc’s with a game in hand isnt bad reading,especially for a team with more flaws than a solar powered torch…

Bring on the Dippers..