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Why Wilshere comeback was delayed|Wenger fancies Sigurðsson|Thoughts on ‘new kit’.


The initial excitement that greeted news of Jack Wilshere being set to feature in a closed door reserves match got quelled when the team sheet came out and the 20 year old’s name was missing.

Word is, he has suffered a very minor setback in his quest to recovery, which one must state is a normal occurence; however annoying it can be, and thus couldn’t be part of the fixture.

At this moment though, it is anyone’s wild guess as to when we’ll have Jack back and with the reserves team having just two matches left to play this season we may well not see him play competitive football for Arsenal this season.

In lieu of that, it is being reported that a series of closed door friendly matches are being arranged for the reserves to help with his path to full fitness and ultimately give him a chance to make the Euros.

Starting to seem too gloomy there, so some bit of transfer news. This time, Swansea’s on loan midfield star Gylfi Sigurðsson has reportedly (The Sun) caught the eye of Le boss.

The Scandinavian, on loan from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, has only been named the Premier League’s player of the month following a string of good performances for Swansea City and will reportedly cost £6m to prize from Hoffenheim.

In order words, feel free to add Sigurðsson to the shopping cart of midfielders linked to Arsenal that includes Sochaux’s Marvin Martin, Montpellier’s Younes Belhanda, Eden Hazard, Junior Hoilett… Ricardo Montolivo… Yann M’Vila… Shing… I’ll let it rest now.

Finally, some injury news from the Etihad has it that their top scorer Sergio Kun Aguero likely to face us come Sunday after declaring himself fit for the trip to the Ems via Twitter. England defender Joleon Lescott looks likely to be fit for the crunch encounter this Sunday.

That’s a must win for us, made all the more exciting by the fact that it also is a must win for them though I’m honestly hoping Man United get a win on Saturday against QPR to further discourage the City players.

If you remeber clearly, a few weeks ago we brought you a picture of what we think will be our home kit for next season. No one paid attention then; however those pictures are in circulation once again. People are showing a lot more concern this time around and for different reasons.

What do I think of the kit? I see it as change just for the sake of the word; it does not look well designed and it is not one of those that mark a historic period at the club. Let’s hope this is not our new kit or at least that the real thing looks better than the picture.

That’s all for now folks. I think I gave it my best shot conisdering the lack of ‘proper’ news. I’ll have another go at it tomorrow; just before a preview to Sunday’s visit of City.

To our Christian readers who celebrate Easter in the coming days, enjoy yourselves and remember our darling Arsenal in your prayers. We could do with some divine help in the run-in.

To those not celebrating Easter, have fun doing whatever it is you choose, as long as it’s not serial killing or dining with Spuds.

I’d love to read what you guys think of the new kit design. I think it’s however safe to assume that it may turn out to be a fake, one deliberately leaked to spur debate.

Don’t forget to tell a gooner to follow us on twitter @goonermemoirs.

Till we meet tomorrow!

Wilshere ‘Set For Return’ & Arsenal Gunning For 3rd

Lovely weekend it was unless of course you’re Andre Vilas-Boas, the Chelsea manager got the sack yesterday…wait what am I saying? Just thought of how much he stands to make from his sevarance package and all of a sudden, he’s the winner. Boo hoo. He’s always been a small fish in a big pond and the cabal of Terry-Lampard-Drogba was just too much for him in the end.

This past month has just been great for us gooners(if you exclude the Milan & Wearside games), four consecutive wins, Van Persie’s hot streak knowing no end so far and now the good news that Wilshere is set to boost our run for champions league qualification. Lovely. Oh yeah good morning from wherever. Straight to the post then.

Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere has returned to training according to Arsenal manager but he assured everyone he’s not closer to making a return, meaning he’s not match fit but is training with the ball I guess…..he had this to say.

    “We have good news but Jack isn’t close to a comeback. The last scan was good and he can start to jog again so he is on his way back. But we have to be cautious with him. I hope to have him back before the end of the season, but we go step by step”

His return would boost us and I’d like to see him play at least one-two games with Van Persie so as not to miss out on what is the dutchman’s best season ever.

Speaking of the dutchman, oh how I love RVP, he deserves all the credit for our season so far and the lovely connection between him & Alex Song is just marvelous. The goals at Anfield are still playing in my head. Top man.

Gunning For 3rd & Milan…..
Our very poor & history-less & pretty much noisy neighbors have been the toast of our half of north london so far. I doubt they’re enjoying being our source of joy and entertainment. From having been behind them by 13points(when it was 2-0 down against them last week) now we’re just 4 points behind and yet we’re having our worst post-Wenger season.

Credit must go to a lot of people & media for helping Sp*rs capitulate but it all centers around Redknapp, from tax evasion to England coach speculation and his naïve substitutions against Arsenal where it ended 5-2 in our favor.

Special mention goes to AW who has gone through a lot(he put us there in the first place) but has steered the ship around and now not only are we on course to make champions league next season, we might end up above Sp*rs. Great achievement considering all we’ve been through & playing the season without Wilshere.

Milan…….
Wenger confirmed my worst fears when yesterday he said he won’t be resting Van Persie or anyone for that matter against Milan. Oh dear. Here’s how the Milan game can play out for us.

1) We win the match but lose the tie and important players pick up knocks.

2) We lose the match, lose the tie and important players pick up knocks.

3) We win the match, win the tie & no one picks up any knock.

4) We rest key players, win the match, lose the tie and the players are fit and fresh for the Newcastle game next week which is more important.

I want the 3rd option but that’s going to require a miracle after witnessing a 14 minute Zlatan Hattrick on saturday. The 4th option would be nice but knowing Wenger, he’ll never do that. Let’s pray for a miracle then.

I’ll be here tomorrow to give the preview on the Milan game. Have a great day and let’s know what you think in the comments.

P.S. Diaby is injured again, pulled a hamstring…..and grass is still green…. Gibbs & Benayoun also picked up knocks ruling them out of the Milan tie but Arteta has recovered and is fit. Great.

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Wilshere ‘Out For Season’ | Henry & Co Fit |Chamakh Back Early

Before you get tacchycardia at the first 4 words of the heading, notice the ‘ ‘ I put. That’s what we’ve been told to expect, worst case scenario. Wilshere has gone from being a medical miracle that was ready to return as early as February 4 to ‘setback, out for 6 weeks(possibly the entire season?). There goes Wenger’s big plan to announce Wilshere as a ‘new signing’ come February 1 when the window shuts down.

Not going to go on about mismanagement of youth and how no replacement has been(will be) brought in, its a huge blow(not like we’re chasing the title) but his return would have given the team needed lift and Ramsey in particular would be delighted as it means needed rest. Not going to happen now….well soon.

Positive news now and Henry, Arteta, Coquelin are fit and in the squad to face Aston Villa, Sagna too is but a little short on match fitness and might just about make the bench. Gibbs on the other hand should be ready by monday. Diaby? From ready in 10 days to ‘God knows when’. Oh well, good to see we’re following in the trend we’ve been for the last 5 years or so.

If you don’t like Chamakh, look away now. His national team of Morocco have been eliminated from the AFCON which probably had Wenger excited and foaming from the mouth from pure delight knowing the World’s best striker is coming back earlier than planned(he managed 1 appearance 0 goals & assists). Will AW push to have him back before the last group game like Newcastle are doing with Dembas Ba & Cisse?

To the Villa game, asides Wilshere, Santos & Diaby, almost everyone is fit, AW has hinted AOC could play centrally for us and not on the wings, I’d love that personally, anything to give Ramsey a rest. So I expect the team to look something like this.

Szczesny-Yennaris-Mertesacker-Kozzer-Vermaelen-Coquelin-Arteta-Rosicky-AOC-Walcott-RVP

I’m going with 3-1 in favor of the Arsenal. No upsets please. Hope you all enjoy the game & hopefully TH14 bags another goal.

Escobar

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Wilshere ‘Out For Season’ | Henry & Co Fit |Chamakh Back Early

Before you get tacchycardia at the first 4 words of the heading, notice the ‘ ‘ I put. That’s what we’ve been told to expect, worst case scenario. Wilshere has gone from being a medical miracle that was ready to return as early as February 4 to ‘setback, out for 6 weeks(possibly the entire season?). There goes Wenger’s big plan to announce Wilshere as a ‘new signing’ come February 1 when the window shuts down.

Not going to go on about mismanagement of youth and how no replacement has been(will be) brought in, its a huge blow(not like we’re chasing the title) but his return would have given the team needed lift and Ramsey in particular would be delighted as it means needed rest. Not going to happen now….well soon.

Positive news now and Henry, Arteta, Coquelin are fit and in the squad to face Aston Villa, Sagna too is but a little short on match fitness and might just about make the bench. Gibbs on the other hand should be ready by monday. Diaby? From ready in 10 days to ‘God knows when’. Oh well, good to see we’re following in the trend we’ve been for the last 5 years or so.

If you don’t like Chamakh, look away now. His national team of Morocco have been eliminated from the AFCON which probably had Wenger excited and foaming from the mouth from pure delight knowing the World’s best striker is coming back earlier than planned(he managed 1 appearance 0 goals & assists). Will AW push to have him back before the last group game like Newcastle are doing with Dembas Ba & Cisse?

To the Villa game, asides Wilshere, Santos & Diaby, almost everyone is fit, AW has hinted AOC could play centrally for us and not on the wings, I’d love that personally, anything to give Ramsey a rest. So I expect the team to look something like this.

Szczesny-Yennaris-Mertesacker-Kozzer-Vermaelen-Coquelin-Arteta-Rosicky-AOC-Walcott-RVP

I’m going with 3-1 in favor of the Arsenal. No upsets please. Hope you all enjoy the game & hopefully TH14 bags another goal.

Escobar

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What I learnt in Greece|Fabregas says he gave Arsenal his best|Identities of the Statues revealed


This post should have come earlier in the day but I was busy with an 8-page Literature review I just submitted. It took my whole morning, but hey, I’ve got more news for you than I would have had I posted in the morning, so it’s all good.

Following yesterday’s defeat in Greece, the boss did not have much to say. He did give credit to Olympiakos for playing a “committed game” and admitted that on the whole, they were sharper than us and wanted the win more than we did. I won’t bore you a match report, just a number of things I noticed from the game.

Arshavin and Chamakh are in the last chance salon at the club. Both men have turned in indifferent performance over and again since the start of the season and it is quite hard to see a future at Arsenal for either of them.To say Andrei isn’t pulling his weight will be an understatement, he looked like a rookie last night, like he couldn’t be bothered. It was no surprise to see a lot of fans rip into him after the game.

And while I am still one of the very few (and I mean VERY few) Arsenal fans who still believe in Andrei, time is not on his side. With Oxlade-Chamberlain already impressing, he may be pushed down further in the pecking order. Chamakh’s case is baffling; he obviously has not recovered from the fatigue he suffered last winter. This does not bode well for the club, as we need both of them in good form if we are to challenge for any honors this season.

Szczesny is more important than we imagined. Granted our defence should have done better on but we played two goalkeepers yesterday and none of them impressed me. Mannone chose yesterday to display his kicking skills and flapped at a ball my kid brother would have saved. And to think he thinks he should have had more appearance in the Arsenal shirt; performances like that won’t win you the gaffer’s trust Don Vito. And that means you won’t get to be a club legend.

Talking legends, Arsenal are set to unveil statues of three of the club’s greatest-ever heroes at The Emirates Stadium on Friday. And thanks to a leak by the Daily Telegraph, I can tell you that Tony Adams, Thierry Henry and Herbert Chapman are the chosen trio. Legendary defender Tony Adams captained the Gunners to five league titles across three different decades, making nearly 700 appearances in 19 years at the club despite years of battling his off-pitch demons.

Titi was saved from a bad spell by Le Boss, but was a huge hit at the club and scored a club record 226 goals in 370 appearances. For those that don’t know me personally, he is my favourite footballer of all time! Say a bad word about him and you’ll have me to contend with.

The third statue is Herbert Chapman, the iconic manager credited with first making Arsenal a force in the English game. He had already made Huddersfield both league and FA Cup champions, and did the same with Arsenal as he revolutionised the approach to football training and tactics. He also championing modern developments such as shirt numbers and evening matches being played under floodlights, before his tragic death from pneumonia after watching the Gunners’ third team play a match in Guildford in January 1934.

So there you have it, three men who will be immortalized on Friday and deservedly so. This is coming at a time the club is struggling and the thought of being immortalized my help fire up the current crop of Arsenal players. Who is to say Arsenal won’t be erecting a Jack Wilshere statue in the couple of decades?

Now to a player who might have had a strong for a statue had he not bailed out when we needed him the most, Cesc Fabregas. The 24-year-old made more than 300 appearances, scoring 59 times, after being plucked from the Camp Nou club’s youth team by Wenger in 2003. And after a sixth successive year without silverware, which included a last-gasp loss to Birmingham City in the League Cup final, Cesc says the time was right to move on and attempt to win honours with his star-studded hometown team. Said he,

“I thought it was the right moment. I’d given everything for Arsenal. I played with a broken leg, I played when my grandfather died. I gave everything but you reach a moment when you say: ‘I can’t give any more”

Fair enough Cesc, we do not dispute the fact that you gave us your best, we just asked you to give us a bit more, seeing as your best wasn’t good enough. But it’s in the past now, he’s enjoying life in Barcelona and we are recovering from losing him, so both parties are sort of happy now.

Onto some transfer news, Wolves are keen on signing Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin on six-month loan deals. The two youngsters have had limited opportunities in the first team this season and Arsene is likely to be in favour of providing the pair with more football. Frimps has already spoken out that he would like to explore the possibility of a loan deal in January and it seems that Wolves could move to please the 19-year-old. Coquelin also expressed a desire to go in search of some regular footy in the winter.

I’d love for both of them to stay in the EPL, that way we get to see them often and we can measure their progress more accurately.

Coming at a time when a club on the other side of London is struggling to keep its top players, having dressing room disputes, and praising a drab win over Valencia as their best performance of the season, it’s not really a bad time to be a gooner, is it?

Keep it goonerish from wherever you are reading this and do let me know what you think in the comments!

Cheers!

Arsenal vs Dortmund : Match Preview + Transfer & Player News

MUST WIN, no excuses, no complacency a la last season. Knowing quite well that a win guarantees us qualification and facing teams of lesser quality, I mean no disrespect. Its a match of two inform teams as both sides have gradually climbed their way into the top half of the table of their respective leagues. More so, its a duel of two inform players in Red (Hot) Robin & Young Super Mario(Gotze) who continues to be linked with a move to the Emirates.

TEAM NEWS
Not much is happening here, Rosicky is ruled out with a thigh strain but perennial absentee Diaby is back to take his place in the squad. Djourou might come in for Mertesacker at RB and Kozzer moving back to CB. The rest of the team is going to remain unchanged and RVP is to lead the team out.

Possible Formation: Szczesny-Djourou-Kozzer-Vermaelen-Santos-Song-Arteta-Ramsey-Gervinho-RVP-Walcott

Prediction: Arsenal 3:1 Dortmund

Transfer News + Player News
When quizzed on Gotze and the rumors, here’s what Arsene had to say:

    “We have a big squad and we are after nobody. Gotze is a very good player and I can understand there is a lot of interest in him around Europe”

Typical Arsene, dodged the question. Knowing how Arsenal does its business, I’d say we’re definitely going for him. Let’s wait and see.

Szczesny says despite what is perceived as over confidence, he’s his own biggest critic and still has a long way to go before being considered great and first aim is to help Arsenal become big again.

Jack Wilshere has been chatty of late. He got infuriated by Spu*s fans saying they’re going for the title and made a wager saying if they finish ahead of Arsenal he’ll donate £3K to charity, if not, every spu*s fan following him donates a pound to his charity. What a legend.

From wherever you are, have a swell day. Qualification awaits. Cheers

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EXCLUSIVE : A Look Into Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal Career So Far

Mikel Arteta was not the first choice midfield signing we had in mind but due to usual circumstances of dilly-dallying, we got him instead. Sitting in my room, and reading an article on Arsenal, the idea came to write about this reserved Spaniard who goes about his job without any complaints or glamour. Amongst the most impatient fans who claim to be die-hard(I’m guilty of this at times) he’s not the most popular figure as what fans perceive to be lack of cutting edge play on his part seems to be the problem.

I tried so hard to find the perfect and catchy title for this post and even considered “Mikel’s Art-Ether For Arsenal So Far” with the “Ether” representing the threat he presents to the opposite team and the “Art” for his role as playmaker (via @Illuminatish) but I stuck with the above.

For someone with 6 years of premiership experience, at a top club and commanding a pricey £10M for a 29 year old, a lot was expected of him when his signing was announced. To say his transition has been anything but easy would be a lie. Most fans are still not convinced he’s good enough to play for Arsenal. Let’s look at him closely.

STYLE
Arteta is your classic CM, the playmaker that makes that transition between defense and attack, the one that dictates the tempo of the game and overall performance of the team. At Everton he played like that and at times as an attacking midfielder, that one that releases the final pass for the goal and scores the occasional goal. That’s who he is.

But at Arsenal, he’s been played differently. He’s been asked to sit deeper beside the DM, just infront of the back four and do the simple & careful job of collecting the ball & releasing it almost immediately. Pick the easiest pass, try not to get caught on the ball and help out when the attackers lose the ball. Which makes it easier for Ramsey to have that free role without really defending much.

For this primary reason, everyone seems to hate his style of play, I personally have gone as far as calling him a glorified Denilson. Looking closely at his game, you’ll see he brings a lot more to the table. Below are some of Arteta’s positives:

    ¤Anchors the midfield alongside Song and helps provide a solid enough base for all of Arsenal’s attackers. Defends well too and chases after every ball
    ¤Rarely loses the ball, builds attacks well and gives Ramsey all the freedom the Welshman needs to be the sole playmaker.
    ¤His variety of passes, mostly to the wings, gives us a different style of attacking play and frees up Van Persie from coming back all the time to collect the ball.
    ¤Reads the game well, at 29 brings welcome & much needed experience to the entire team both on the field & in the locker room.

Many claim he had his best performance against West Brom as he attacked with verve and hunger, gave an assured performance and for someone who has been accused of overplaying the pivot, distributing the ball to the wings and leaving others for the more clinical passes, he started and finished the move that led to third goal.

We must realize that despite his EPL experience, Arsenal is a whole new one for him, with an entirely different team where he has to curb his own attacking instincts to allow Ramsey flourish and take on defensive duties. In time, he’ll come good, but for now, we’ll have to put the team above his own performances. Let him continue with the careful style of play, who knows, maybe when Wilshere comes back, he’ll(Arteta) be pushed further up the pitch, I doubt gooners want to see that though.

2 Goals and 1 assist is not so bad considering Ramsey has 4 assists and 2 goals this season. As he said:

    “We’ve been working on being a bit more solid but I like to get forward, get freedom and I like to score goals. I want to participate more on the attacking side, so I did that(WestBrom) and I’m pleased with that”. When asked if that was the best of him, he said “I hope not, I’ve only been here 2 months”

Well there you have it. In time he’ll get better, I see him as a welcome addition who fans would come to appreciate as the season progresses especially if new signings come in come January. Have a great day gooners.

Escobar

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EXCLUSIVE : Arsenal Heading For A FreeFall As Wenger Says Forget Title & Injuries Pile Up

Seven games into the new season and 12 points off the top of the table leaves us languishing in 15th place. Normally you’d hear, oh the season is still young and its too early to decide as you can always turn your season around, just ask Kenny Dalglish and the Liverpool team.

But this is a special case as this team in particular has not only lost its best players to other clubs and long term injuries making the task look all the more daunting, it also has to contend with a stubborn manager that lost the plot a long time ago and won’t change his ways or see fault in them, let alone change or bring in new personnel to help a sinking ship.

Arsenal is doomed. Arsenal won’t make Top 8. Arsenal this, Arsenal that. The media continues to have field days every weekend with our Jekyll & Hyde form. “Two steps forward and one step backwards” is what Arsene Wenger called it, the way I see it, its a steady slide backwards. This team has no self-belief, zero coordination, poor coaching and management for which everyone involved must take blame for it, with Arsene Wenger and the Board as main culprits.

We lost a game in which we dominated to an average team and our stand out players had to be 19 year old Coquelin & 21 year old wonder Szczesny who did not deserve to be on the losing side. Losing your best players can’t be used as excuses as the club had the whole of the summer to make the necessary purchases but went for mediocre and average signings with Mertesacker the only one to stand out so far, Arteta is still adjusting and hasn’t set Emirates on fire yet, AOC is better than Walcott as some have said yet he was dropped for the unfit Englishman who had a horror game.

“Arsene Knows Best” should become Arsene Is Lost/Deranged/Stupid & Stubborn. When he joined the club the question was Arsene WHO??, now its become Arsene WHEN??. When will he leave? When will he win something or change his ways? Questions upon questions and with Silent Stan or daft Stan keeping mum and giving him the vote of confidence, we’re heading for a downfall on the sporting front.

Bacary Sagna adds to the growing list of injuries as he successfully completed surgery yesterday and is going to be ruled out for three months, add to that Koscielny, Djourou, Wilshere(4months), Diaby(no one knows), Vermaelen(setback waiting to happen), even Szczesny has a back problem.Oh, to be a Gooner. One can only pray things get better, for now let’s just focus on getting a string of good performances together and look to climb up the table with every game that passes. 12points off the top might not be as bad as it looks.

Hardly any positives on this post as there isn’t any, so if you’re offended then take it out on the club. We gooners have been silent for too long and majority are still. Have a good day wherever you are

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TEAM NEWS : Arteta & Mertesacker To Start Tomorrow As Gibbs Returns

Le Boss gave an interview to Arsenal.com this morning and revealed team news ahead of Swansea’s visit to the Emirates and we can say most if not all are good news.

Vermaelen & Wilshere
He said Vermaelen’s surgery was a success and that he should be back within a month. The injury this time is on his left ankle and has nothing to do with his achilles tendon.
Wilshere on the other hand is expected to be out for much longer as he’ll be in a cast in about a month and on the pitch in two. Aren’t you glad we got Mertesacker & Arteta now? I am

New Signings
Of all the new signings that were brought in during the last few days of the summer window, only the duo of Arteta & Mertesacker are in line to start and make their club debuts and what better place to make that than at the Emirates. Arteta would fit in nicely I’m sure and so too the giant German (ignore all press report that blamed him for Germany conceding two goals against poland, the same german team conceded two goals against Austria in his absence)

Returning Players & Suspension
There’s further good news as perennial absentee Gibbs is back in the squad and is fit to start meaning a place on the bench for Andre Santos. Le Boss said the brazilian is not match fit as the last game he played was at the Copa America. No problem, he’ll play soon enough.
Theo Walcott has given us extra boost as the slight injury that kept him out of the England-Wales game is not serious and should start.

Tomas Rosickyis carrying a knock and would be assessed before tomorrow and Korean captain Park Chu Young should make the bench but don’t count on seeing him start.
Emmanuel Frimpong, fresh off deciding to play for Ghana over England is back after completing his one match ban and goes straight into the starting XI but there’s no place yet for Gervinho & Song who serve the last games of their suspension.

There you have it, almost everyone is back bar TV5 & JW who are long term absentees. Its time to get our season back on track and what better way to do that than against Swansea. Surely we can beat them and I mean no disrespect to the opposition. Punkenstein would bring you the match preview early tomorrow, don’t miss it. Cheers

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Vermaelen Out For Two Months | Oxlade-Chamberlain hits 4 assists || Wenger Loses Appeal

Just when we were preparing to get our season back on track following the transfer deadline frenzy, we’re rocked with devastating news that our best defender is going to be out for two months following surgery on his ankle. How convenient seeing as our star midfielder Jack Wilshere is also facing similar time on the sidelines. “Oh to be a Gooner”

Oh yeah Morning to you wherever you are, hard to call it a good one seeing as I was up all night thanks to this new coloring I got which makes my right eye red(I think its called Red-Eye, we call it Apollo). Let’s move on to more important matters. Surely AW & the medical team saw this coming either that or their continued incompetence with player management has to be addressed as this is a recurring event every year since 2008 when Gary Lewin left us.

For those that have been quick to point the finger of blame at the physios, I’d have you know its entirely Wenger’s fault. Reports from inside the club are that his training methods are too rigorous and how he hardly changes them believing if you stretch the players past their limit, they’ll be fitter. Where’s the logic in that? Take Wilshere for example, the new GPS technology put in place showed last season that he was in the red zone(kinda like my eye this morning only my eye is sexier) but Wenger ignored it and continued to play him. We all know the end result of that.

I’m just glad we made those deadline deals when we did if not I’d be pissed and broken right now. We should be able to manage without them, I don’t see us going into a free fall, I expect Arteta & Ramsey to pick up gauntlet and lead from the midfield with Mertesacker and Santos at the back.

Arsene Wenger
He just lost his appeal after flaunting the rules of his touchline ban and in so doing, got a two game touchline suspension. Platini’s witch hunt against our boss continues, shame, you’d think as country men they would get along nicely.

Oxlade-Chamberlain
The wunderkid picked up from where he left off on his U21 debut(where he grabbed 2 assists) by coming off the bench and changing the game for England. They were a goal down when Stuart Pearce introduced him & Lansbury off the bench, AOC was quickly into action by providing a cross for the equalizer. He did not stop there, he provided another assist then won a penalty which was converted to make it 3-1 and like in the last game, he provided another assist for Lansbury. The kid is more than alright, I can’t wait for the Carlin Cup game against Shrewsbury to see him & Ryo.

That’s about it for now, let’s pray none of the other players on international duty pick up knocks or injuries. Till then, do have a great day wherever you are. Cheers

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Oxlade-Chamberlain Brought Down For England Penalty

Oxlade-Chamberlain Brought Down For England Penalty

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