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Wenger will buy in January, but he won’t buy a striker …. Comments Off

Posted on December 28, 2009 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

I have nothing to back that statement up but it is just a hunch I have.

I like making predictions and my last one turned out to be true, I said Fabregas would play against Villa, and he did.

For the best part of January and February the squad at Arsene’s disposal will be threadbare, especially after Fabregas and Denilson were injured yesterday. Cesc could miss the best part of a month if he has injured his hamstring again and with Song on ACN duty we have no defensive minded midfielder and we will also miss the world-class bit of cutting edge Cesc gives us.

Up front we should have Bendtner returning in a week or so which will mean we have some physical presence and

Timely return of the Big Dane

therefore my reckoning is the boss will focus on defence and midfield which as I said before, will be getting pretty lightweight.

Whilst I don’t think our forwards will start smashing in the goals like Pele I am backing Eduardo to recover his form and enjoy a better 2010 than ’09, an in form Eduardo is one of the best predators in the league, Vela will hopefully get some confidence and prove his talent and Walcott is starting to show signs of an upturn in form after an injury plagued last 6-12 months and his performance on Sunday showed that his pace scares defenders. We won’t see van Persie back this season if we are going to be realistic but we will have to make do, we have Arshavin who really comes out in the big games and our attacking threats match any of those in the league.

With the absence of the brilliant Alex Song, the hard working and industrious Denilson and our talisman Cesc Fabregas we will be reliant on the enigmatic Diaby, tenacious but peripheral Nasri and the outstanding talent of Aaron Ramsey – but his youth means he is prone to both brilliant and awful performances.

We will have Rosicky returning but who’s to say he won’t get injured again, a short-term problem is again turning into something more sinister.

The main problem, and you won’t guess it, is our defence. Senderos if rightly going to leave after some diabolical treatment from the club, Djourou is not going to re-appear in the near future and with Gallas picking up a bad injury in every season he has been with us… the chances of his missing games at some point this season is pretty high. The only back up is Silvestre who is not all that convincing. A center back with experience who is happy to play second fiddle to Vermaelen and Gallas would be most welcome and not all that expensive, that is why I think the boss will look into this area.

Arsene has done some of his best business in the January transfer window and this month could be just as dead as it is active, but my gut feeling is that we will see a new face or two. A midfielder and a defender, a striker is not a matter of urgency – Bendtner is rated very highly within Ashburton Grove’s corridors.

The comments from the boss yesterday seem to hint at his looking for new players to add to his squad: “I’ve said we will keep our eyes open and if a good opportunity turns up we will do it. But at the moment I haven’t got any. I will have to look maybe as well at midfielders and how big the damage is. If we lose Denilson and Fabregas we will be short there. I don’t know yet.”

It is a massive month January, we can’t miss out on success because of injuries again and the boss won’t let that happen again. We have to keep our consistency because as Wenger has said; it is the most consistent team that will win the title this season.

Til’ tomorrow.


Villa victory fabtastic but January may well shape our season Comments Off

Posted on December 27, 2009 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

What. a. player.

It took only 21 minutes for him to turn the game in our favour, and once he had been substituted we were 2 goals to the good and Villa were dead and buried.

Oh, and the names Cesc Fabregas, if you didn’t know already.

Todays game was massive, for the third week in a row results went in our favour and we needed to capitalise, and capitalise we did. We are now 3 points in font of Villa with a game in hand and 4 points behind Chelsea with a game in hand, and that game in hand is a winnable game against Bolton at home.

In the first half we had a lot of the ball as usual but our only real chance of note fell to Eduardo who once again turned beautifully but shot straight at the keeper. Last weeks goal hasn’t seemed to have done much improvement for his confidence in front of goal but in the build up to attacks he is still effective. The most important thing is that he is in the position to miss chances.

On 56 minutes the king entered the fray for the injured Denilson, his impact was instant, the passing grew in pace and the team seemed to kick it up a gear. Cesc won a free-kick on the edge of the area and for the second game in succession it was curled home, it was genius and precision for Cesc and you could tell from his, and the teams celebrations, they believe this season, even if they cant believe the points the other top sides are dropping.

We started to turn the screw, and when Cesc raced onto Theo Walcott’s pass, stretching every fiber of his hamstring muscles to get there, he finished clinically for his 12th of the season.

He didn’t celebrate, he had done his hamstring in again and he knew it was game over for him. Those 21 minutes had shown just how good he is, he is one of the worlds finest players.

Credit must go to Wenger for bringing on Theo Walcott minutes after bringing Cesc on, he added a different dimension to the attack and that helped flummox Villa as well, and then there was Diaby. He was excellent for the second game in a row and defensively he helped out a hell of a lot, we are going to need him to keep this level up for January and probably February too, please Abou, this is your chance. His goal was fantastic I though, power, pace, placement. Superb goal.

The defence was fantastic for the most part, Almunia inspired confidence which is not something we could say a week ago, Sagna was solid, Gallas and Vermaelen too, their forays forward add something to the side. Traore was brilliant, we have 3 good left-backs. He has the final product in the last third, something Clichy and Gibbs to a lesser extent lack sometimes.

On Wednesday we travel down to Pompey for one of those bitterly cold winter away evenings, we need 3 points there to fully justify the use of Cesc today, to take full advantage of his genius today. He will probably miss a couple of weeks minimum.

Denilson has also aggravated his back problem again, Song and Eboue depart for Africa – Eboue goes tomorrow, Song might go tomorrow too but I am also hearing we can keep him ’til after the West Ham FA Cup tie.

The belief amongst the players and fans is growing and rightly so, we are quietly in this title race but Cesc Fabregas has just woken everyone up to just how good we can be, and how good he is. Lets just hope his hamstring mends and quick. Placenta anyone?

More tomorrow. Enjoy today.



Posted on December 25, 2009 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

ARSENAL BOSS Arsene Wenger has emerged as the leader of the pack in the chase for Bordeax striker Marouane Chamakh for the millionth time as Chamakh joins the list of players endlessly linked with moves to Arsenal. Marouane joins the likes of ‘keeper Sebastian Frey and midfielder Blaise Matuidi, names whom Arsenal fans have seen written more than the names of players actually on the books at the clubs.

You may have clicked the headline of this blog in such expectation you choked on your Christmas turkey and were forced to wash it down with copious amounts of alcoholic beverage – if this is the case I do apologise but I do have a penchant for a bit of Christmas Day tomfoolery. Just check out the blog saying Kaka arrived in Arsene’s Stanta stocking last Christmas !!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of this blog a very Merry Christmas and heres to a win on Sunday !!!!!


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