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Pink boots, poor performances and a reminder Comments Off

Posted on November 27, 2008 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

It seems appropriate to mention this at the start, Wendesday night in Mumbai India a spate of horrific and deadly terrorist attacks occured. Innocnent victims were mown down by heartless cowards wielding AK47′s. I think i speak on behalf of everyone when i say, RIP to the innocent victims of these atrocities.

Back to Arsenal, and a lot has been going on with a win against Dynamo Kiev, as unconvincing as it was it will raise confidence ahead of our last chance saloon on Sunday, away to Chelsea. A new CEO Ivan Gazidis, who has been a major part in the success of the MLS in America, find out more about him here and here.

Well, ol pink boots won it for us, as he came on he recieved some horrendous jeers and his celebration showed he was not happy with that, Ive always said that Niklas Bendtner is a fantastic finisher, a bit more work on his all round game and he will be a hell of a player. Hopefully now he has confidence to move on and start scoring.

Cesc made a very good start as captain but its quite clear he is cream crackered. I think Gazidis’s appointment now means we will buy in January with his exprience in contract and player negotiation, i think that was key in him being offered the job. Hopefully we buy a tenacious strong and experienced midfielder to help Cesc because once we have him, we can rotate Cesc to get him the rest he needs to last until the end of the season.

There have been rumours around that Bendtner is on his way out, utter trollop i think, why would Wenger give up on him now? it is ridiculous papers that have suggested it after all!

I also think that Senderos and Traore should return from their loans at the end of the season, Traore offers us a genuine wide option whilst Senderos is a damn good defender when he is confident, i think Wenger sent him to Milan A) because Flamini is there and they are mates, B) its a defensive league and he is learning off great defenders there.

I just hope Milan dont make him an offer afterwards.

Ahead of the Chelsea game Fabregas has said we will go there to attack,

“Our target is to go there and win,” We need to get some points back.

“Arsenal never go for a draw and a club like Chelsea will be the same as us. Every time I have played against them they have gone forward and tried to gain victory. We will expect it will be the same on Sunday.

This lad really does say all the right things doesnt he? his pass to Bendtner was not half bad either!

Its heard that Nasri, Adebayor and Sagna are 50/50 for Sundays game, but it being on Sunday does give them a better chance of playing.

Right, things are really hectic at the moment so il try and blog before Sunday, if i dont manage to then i hope you find a good, clear and lag free stream!

Til then.

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Another day, another game, win or lose? 1

Posted on November 25, 2008 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

Well we face Dynamo Kiev later today and on paper we should win, even though we are missing 9 first teamers. Ramsey is pretty certain of a start i think, with Fran Merida tipped to feature.

I feel it will be a cagey start and if our players get nervous of fustrated we might lose a goal and be right up against it yet again, thats why i feel an early goal is vital. We will probably see Denilson and Cesc in the middle with Merida and Ramsey on the flanks, none of them natural widemen, we could also see Vela start up front and he will probably be key in this match.

we must see energy passion and a will to win because thats what us Gooners have not seen recently, thats why we have been angry, i think we will see it tonight. If we dont i really dont know what will happen and with Chelsea at the weekend things could get a whole lot worse.

Gallas will start today because, quite honestly, we need him. His ‘advisor’ has also said that he is not wanting to leave the club, and the English media have been publishing fake stories. They would never do that! would they?

I think Wenger should re-think the Appiah situation, an experienced, classy free agent. Wengerish isnt it? He must have thought about it and he could probably offer him decent enough wages, i wonder if there may be something going on there.

There is nothing much more to say really, i hope we win well tonight, being through to the next round will be a security blanket for later on in the season, it will also raise hopes ahead of a massive game on Sunday.

Til next time.

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Captain Fabregastic – Question The Medicals Comments Off

Posted on November 24, 2008 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

Well Fabregas has replaced Gallas as captain as expected. Wenger was rather blunt when he announced it; claiming the matter is now over and in the past;

“Gallas will play against Kyiv, But he will not captain the team, it will be Cesc Fabregas.

“This is a permanent thing. But I don’t think I especially have to explain why. I have given you information but I do not have to explain to you why I make these decisions.

“This subject is now closed. You have to respect a little bit of the team’s privacy.”

Im not to happy about Gallas playing but hopefully Djourou will get to play alongside him, if its Silvestre i think it will be one step forwards and two steps back. For that we will just have to wait and see.

Fabregas was understandably happy to captain a club he feels is a great club, and it might encourage him to stick around for a while yet;

“It is a great honour for me to captain one of the biggest clubs in the world, It is a proud moment. I know it’s a big responsibility but together with my team-mates, I know we have the spirit and commitment to get back to winning ways and fulfil our potential.”

I’m not sure on his captaincy qualities but hopefully he will grow into the role and be inspired to find his best form of which has been lacking this season, its a great chance for him to establish himself as a club legend, a chance i hope he takes. I wish him all the best of British.

Lets just hope he lifts something big and silver this season!

Now onto injuries again with Diaby and Nasri injured again!

Nasi has another knee problem and is fast turning into the next Rosicky, there has to be some kind of problem with our medical system when we check the players before we finalise the deal, its the third time this season Nasri has had inflamation of the knee and its two times to many in my view. Shouldnt this have been picked up in the medical? yes it should have. I hope its not going to be a common sight but i think it will. Its exactly the same for Diaby, injury game game injury game game injury… catch the drift?

Im pushed for time at the moment so i cant do a mad long blog, everything is still under construction but should be sorted soon.

Til next time.

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