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“Reckon we’ll win this. Keep the faith” 18

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

Having just sat and watched a full re-run of the game here are some quick thoughts:

  • We defended very well and it is no coincidence that since we have had Fabianski in goal, the defence is more organised. I never had him down as a talker but in the first half he was yelling at Cesc when we were about to defend a corner – Cesc either didn’t hear or ignored him, Fabianski then grabbed hold of his shirt and pulled him into position. The corner landed on Cesc’s head, I’m sure he will listen next time!
  • Denilson looked very tired and considering the amount of ground he covered last weekend and played a big part against Newcastle I think we can forgive him for that..
  • It was stupid to allow Cesc to play on with his hamstring problem. You do have to wonder who makes some of the decisions – we have some massive games coming up and need our captain fit, on a different note his hamstring is fast becoming a chronic problem that needs sorting out desperately. On average he is out for at least a game a month with hamstring trouble.
  • Chamakh didn’t have a bad game. There were a few people gloating about how Chamakh had a shocker and van Persie should now instantly come back … It was the type of game that doesn’t suit Chamakh as much, we were stacked in their half and he played a vital role in the build up I thought. Added to that, he produced some wonderful skill late in the second half. He has the touch and skill of Berbatov but is the hardest working player I have seen in a long, long time.
  • I always believed we would win. I was on my lunch break at work when Theo hit the post, it was noticeable everyone was getting downbeat and it looked like it just wasn’t occurring to people that we score a hell of a lot of late goals. Sure enough we did. Check this over on Twitter…
  • The three points were vital. United beat Spurs. Wolves beat City and we are now starting to separate from the big body of teams from 3rd downwards. There will be a chance to create a gap over United and close in on Chelsea, we just have to keep on winning. Easier said than done.

One last thing to say about Scott Parker – a player I like and rate very highly. This picture shows the result of the first of two tackles within a couple of minutes that should have resulted in a yellow at least… he wasn’t carded for either:

There is no reasoning for it and just because he is frustrated about playing in a crap team doesn’t mean he can completely clean up players in tackles. Denilson was very lucky to escape without injury. Chamakh and Nasri both stuck up for themselves yesterday… De Costa elbowed Chamakh in the stomach, the Moroccan responded with a swipe at his leg and grabbed hold of his shirt, he then went berserk at him when the ref blew the whistle. He wasn’t a happy bunny. Nasri also took an enormous swipe at a West Ham player and got away with it. He is one of those players that will just wind you up more and more.

It has been three clean sheets in a row now and that is a habit worth picking up. The players seem to have learned that if they don’t score they can’t win. Time to keep this run of clean sheets going and the winning run of five consecutive games in all competitions. Extend that run to ten games and I reckon we will be top of the table.

Today is probably your last chance to enter this weekends competition…. Here is the question and details that follow:

The Arsenal Stadium Mystery is a fictional murder mystery in which the Arsenal team of 1939 play which fictional amateur side?

a) Sparta Athletic

b) A.F.C. Troy

c) The Trojans

To enter you must follow these all important details:

Send an e-mail to gcrbookscompetition@gmail.com and put‘competition’ in the subject header. Then leave your answer in the e-mail. I will contact the winner shortly after the competition closes at midnight on Monday 1st November. The winner will be announced on the blog on Tuesday.

In a deal for all Goon Blog readers you can all get a 10% discount on ALL books published by GCR by entering the promotional code Goon Blog at the checkout. Go visit and take advantage of the offer.

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That is it from me, whether I will be around tomorrow I don’t know. There are a lot of miles to be covered in the next 24 hours for me.

Laters.

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Arshavin contract update – West Ham + More 10

Posted on October 30, 2010 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

A few little bits of news for you on this quiet Saturday morning, like I said yesterday there isn’t really anything interesting going around news-wise at the moment. Then again, on the pitch things are looking very good.

Andrey Arshavin’s contract situation has been worrying a few people, just a few weeks ago I wrote about how a new contract was very close to being signed but ultimately the talks fell down. Why this happened is still unclear.

On Wednesday the Daily Mail reported that Arshavin was going to be offered a new contract with a £10,000 a week pay-rise, totalling at £80,000  a week. However, Arshavin already earns this amount per week. The Mail article also claimed that Dennis Lachter is still his agent when Andrey has stated multiple times he no longer has any formal association with him.

Yesterday it was made known to me that talks are due to resume in December and a positive outcome is expected after Arshavin has apparently made it known he wants to stay for another season at least. Now, I can’t 100% stake my life on that last bit, don’t hold me to it. I am though confident he will sign a new deal.

Jack Wilshere and Wojiech Szczesny are set to be handed a nice rise to their pay-packet, the boss said in his press conference yesterday that Szczesny has “expressed a desire to stay” and a contract will be sorted shortly. On Jack Wilshere, it is currently being reported that he will sign a five year deal for £50,000 a week. A humongous amount of money. I’d bet that its going to be an incremental contract but I suppose we will never know the full details.

Looking ahead to this afternoons game against West Ham, I think it will be a big test. Not in quality on the pitch but in attitude, there is no room for another West Brom result and there can be no complacency at all because it will be instantly punished. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see exactly the same starting eleven as we did at City and everybody in the team will deserve their place, and that is despite the goals from Theo and Bendtner midweek.

We should win this game comfortably, but this is Arsenal we are talking about… Lets keep the good run going.

If you fancy putting a few quid on the game, be aware of the offer currently in place with Paddy Power who will give you a £20 free bet when you stake £10. In the near future I should be able to offer you exclusive betting deals, better odds etc. You will only find these on thegoonblog.com.

A final word on my, what turned out to be, controversial thoughts on Robin van Persie yesterday:  I fully believe that van Persie is an exceptional player when fit… he is just hardly ever available. My point was, how can he just walk back into the side when we have an effective Chamakh, much improved and fit Bendtner, and the guy who has six goals this season – despite being injured for a month and a half – in Theo Walcott? He can’t.

I have nothing at all against van Persie.

Right, Arsenal have a game to go and win.

Til tomorrow.

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I don’t care about van Persie returning 82

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

Yesterday we were told the news that Aaron Ramsey and Robin van Persie will be back in full training next week, and whilst being delighted at Ramsey finally recovering from his horrible injury, I couldn’t really care if van Persie is ready to return or not.

Don’t get me wrong, he is a fabulous player when he is fully fit, but those previous five words just follow him around. He is hardly ever fit.

In the past 12 months he can’t have played more than 10 games for the club and right now I would start three players before him in Chamakh, Bendtner and Walcott. The thing with van Persie is that he is a notoriously slow starter anyway, even his lightning start to last season took a couple of games to really get going.

Usually just before he returns from injury there is a lot of excitement building with the fans, it happens to me too, just this time I’m not at all fussed.

Looking ahead to the game against West Ham tomorrow Vermaelen is still ages from returning, Diaby is still injured and Kieran Gibbs is out for a few weeks with knee ligament damage. You would expect Chamakh, Nasri and Arshavin to resume up front but with Bendtner and Theo breathing down their necks they are going to have to fight to retain their starting roles.

It also wouldn’t be a surprise to see an unchanged midfield and defence from the City game last weekend with Song and Denilson continuing in midfield, though don’t discount Rosicky being thrown in to make the side more attacking. I have to admit though, I really like the Song/Denilson partnership.

As you can probably tell, news right now is pretty scarce – and where it appears it is boring as anything. That’s why I have a nice competition for you to ease your boredom….

I have a book to give away to one lucky reader courtesy of GCR Books – apublisher of fantastic Arsenal books. To enter you have to answer one simple question and the winner will get free copy of either ‘Cliff Bastin Remembers‘,  ‘Herbert Chapman on Football‘ or ‘Billy Gooner’s First Match‘. Take your pick…

Today’s question is:

The Arsenal Stadium Mystery is a fictional murder mystery in which the Arsenal team of 1939 play which fictional amateur side?

a) Sparta Athletic

b) A.F.C. Troy

c) The Trojans

To enter you must follow these all important details:

Send an e-mail to gcrbookscompetition@gmail.com and put‘competition’ in the subject header. Then leave your answer in the e-mail. I will contact the winner shortly after the competition closes which is midnight on Monday 1st November. The winner will be announced on the blog on Tuesday.

In a deal for all Goon Blog readers you can all get a 10% discount on ALL books published by GCR by entering the promotional code Goon Blog at the checkout. Go visit and take advantage of the offer.

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