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Arsenal v United: Lets show we are serious Comments Off

Posted on January 31, 2010 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

A very good afternoon to you all. I’m looking forward to this one.

In a matter of hours the teams will take to the pitch at the Emirates and the 90 minutes that follow will be vital in the title race, we can’t win it now but we can go someway to making it even more difficult for ourselves. We currently sit third, a point behind United and five points behind Chelsea, who we face next week.

All the attention will be on Rooney v Fabregas, two exceptional footballers, but I think the game will be won or lost with either sides defence. Rio Ferdinand is suspended, Thomas Vermaelen probably won’t play after his injury scare in the week, meaning Sol Campbell’s remarkable return will continue as he is most likely to fill Vermaelen’s shoes.

Alex Song returns along with Eboue, the boss spoke about Song being knackered and not being able to play today but if we are serious about winning the title he has gotta be on the pitch. Plain and simple.

Up front we are short of options, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Eboue employed on the right of the forward three to nullify the attacking threat of Patrice Evra – a little brat who needs a slap, but a decent player nonetheless.

Hopefully Nicklas Bendtner is fit to start the game because otherwise Arshavin will have to start in the middle, somewhat nullifying his threat and since he has a habit of scoring goals against the other so called ‘big teams’, I wouldn’t bet against him scoring today – I hope he is played on the left of the forward three with Bendtner through the middle. In the event of Arshavin having to play through the middle, Nasri should slot in on the left.

There will be goals in this game but it wouldn’t surprise me if it ended up a draw, most of the ’super Sunday’ headliners end up bores and this one could just be another one of those, the spice has gone since the days of Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane squaring up and punching each other but hopefully this game can have a bit of zing to it, chopping Evra in half would be a good start - Eboue, note.

Hopefully Andrey Arshavin will be able to go toe to toe with Rafael, a talented but  inexperienced full back, with him supplying balls into Bendtner, hopefully that gives us another option, something we need after looking over the Villa game where at times we looked blunt and one dimensional.

A bit of brilliance could swing this game, and the title race either way, win and the Chelsea game becomes somewhat less important, lose, it becomes imperative to our title ambitions.

We need to really get at them from the off, scare them shiteless and grab a goal. Get them rattled and we can play our way. Stand off them, let them boss the game and they are more than capable of turning us over.

United have not beaten us at home for quite some time in the league, of course, there is that dreadful evening of last spring in the Champions League semi, but that aside, we have had the beating of them at home.

I am a little worried about this game, but looking forward to it at the same time.



Villa draw fine if we win the next two home games Comments Off

Posted on January 29, 2010 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

If we win the games at home to United this weekend, and Liverpool after, the draw at Villa Park will pale into insignificance.

It will be a stronger side taking the field at the weekend, Song is the one notable returnee whilst Vermaelen’s injury isn’t a leg break and will be in contention, even though at this stage Sol is more likely to play. Bendtner got minutes under his belt and looked very lively. Certain blogs have criticised him for not reacting quicker to that half-chance but you would react slow if you’d been out for nearly 4 months and had only had one full on training session !!

We do really have to make our home games count though, it reflects the closeness of the title race that one day you can be top, a few days later you are third.

We can beat United, we can beat Liverpool, we can get something at Chelsea too. I was annoyed as the whistle went at 0-0. I’ll be more annoyed if it was 0-0 at full time on Sunday.

More later


Wilshere off to Bolton / O’Neill the irritant / Sagna Inter rumours Comments Off

Posted on January 29, 2010 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

The news that Jack Wilshere has gone off to Bolton on loan for the rest of the season is hardly unexpected, he needs game-time, Owen Coyle and the boss get on well and it is a deal in which everyone is a winner.

Jack probably needs to experience the rough and tumble he probably never has at Arsenal as he has been taught the ‘Arsenal way’ at every level, it will be a very worthwhile education for him in the world of football and the experience of a relegation dogfight should galvanise him a little bit.

I can’t stand Bolton but it could be a useful partnership developing between the two clubs, contrasting styles, different ends of the league, different methods, a good experience for any youngster to realise what side his bread is buttered on.

The fact that Martin O’Neill is called one of the very best British managers is laughable, his comments the other night showed his petulance and the pressure he is currently under. Arsene Wenger actually complimented his team but O’Neill, in a way only he could, took it as some kind of insult.

Despite some members of the press twisting the words he said, these are his exact comments:

“They play a very efficient English game, with long balls and it is very physical. They are a good side at counter attacking. When we took the gamble to go forward and they won the ball, they are quick and that is why it was always us managing to create chances and score, or them catching us on the counter attack or playing on Agbonlahor or Heskey with long balls.”

Insult? What insult? Get a grip O’Neill, if you concentrated on your teams lack of goals you might actually have scored more than a big fat zero in your last four games.

He chats as much bollocks as Bakary Sagna’s agent who, for the second time, is trying to get his clients name out into the press. Firstly it was him subtly hinting that Sagna was off to Real Madrid, this time he is saying IF Macion moves to Real Madrid, Inter Milan MIGHT be interested in Sagna. On this logic Lionel Messi MIGHT move to Arsenal, IF that happens and I soil myself in excitement I MIGHT have to wipe my arse afterwards.

There is a lot to be said of getting players agents and representatives out of the game all together but it will never happen, there is just too much money involved. All you have to do is send a text to a reporter and a rumour to generate interest in their client is all over the press, job done, interest gained, price risen, commission increased, happy holidays … bastards.

None of our players are going anywhere, at least, not permanently.

Til next time.


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