Players Come Through Friendlies Unscaythed, But Wenger Gets In A Ruck

 First up, get over to Gunnerblog.com to read GilbertoSilver’s quality post about a little boy who wanted a new watch.  Sounds weird?  I’m not going t lie to you; it is.  But is also funny as fook at the same time.

 Anyone watch the England game last night?  By Christ we’re shit.  I mean really shit.  The only good thing that came from that game was seeing that Micah Richards is actually real quality.  He’s a gooner too.  I’d fancy us signing him if we’d not gone for Sagna.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that we still might.  He can play at centre back too, so if Hoyte and Djourou/Senderos don’t make the grade, he is the ideal man to get in.  It is super unlikely to happen though, which is a shame.  But if we do end up securing his services sometime in the future, remember, you heard it here first.  Unless you heard it somewhere else first.  Obviously.

There were plenty of Arsenal players in action for their respective nations last night, and thankfully I don’t have to tell you about a long list of injuries.  It would seem that no one picked up a knock that will affect their ability to play at the weekend, and some even made comebacks.  Sort of.  Emmanuel Adebayor featured in the Togo squad against Zambia and can’t be too far away from making his return to playing in an Arsenal shirt.  It’ll be good to have the big fella back again to provide us with options up front, and more importantly a foil for Robin.

New boy, Eduardo da Silva managed to score for Croatia against Bosnia in the formers 5-3 win.  He only played 63 minutes, but didn’t come off for being crocked or tired which is good news.

Big Phil Senderos’ Switzerland beat RvP’s Holland 2-1 to give the Swiss the bragging rights at Colney before Saturday.

The main point of interest for most Gooners was Jens Lehmann playing against England.  With all the attention on him after the errors against Fulham and Blackburn, the German ‘keeper was under pressure to perform.  Things did not get off to a good start when after 9 minutes Fat Frank fired England into an early lead, beating Lehmann at the near post.  You’d be hard pressed to find fault in Jens’ performance for that goal despite the near post finish.  That said, Myles Palmer has done exactly that.  It was a good strike from close range and the German No. 1 was left little chance.  I thought he did really well to save a header from scouse midget, Michael Owen from nigh on point blank range, and his only real dodgy moment was when a lucky rebound off him fell to Owen who subsequently skied it when  a simple tap would’ve done.  It wasn’t an outstanding performance from Jens, but it was solid and I found myself cheering whenever he saved the ball despite my patriotism.  I think he’ll start against Citeh.  In fact, I’m sure of it after watching him last night, as I’m sure Arsene did.  Want to bet against me Myles?

There were a whole bunch of other players in action, but I’ll leave you to read about that yourselves here.

Arsene Wenger has come in for some criticism from France coach, Raymond Domenech over how best to treat William Gallas’ injured groin.  Domenech wants Gallas to spend 10 days at the French HQ in Clairefontaine receiving treatment, but Wenger reckons that it’s a recurring problem with the captains abductor muscle and is therefore Arsenal’s duty to ensure their player is made fit again at their facilities.  Wenger said,

“I believe it is logical the Arsenal’s players get treatment with the club’s doctors”

Wenger and even Mourinho have previous with Domenech for his demanding too much of their players, so it is unlikely that AW will succumb to the French coach’s wishes.  Expect more posturing and verbals from the Gallic chiefs before this matter is put to bed.

Sticking with the international these, absentee so far this season, Gilberto Silva has been recalled to the Brazil squad that will play friendlies against the USA and Mexico next month.  Hopefully, hell have played some league games for us before then, as I think we really need his experience alongside Cesc in the middle.  Take nothing away from Flamini, but Gilberto is better and that’s that.  For all his admirable work rate and energy, Flamini just isn’t as good at doing what Gilberto does for club and country.

Domestically, Robin van Persie has been given some good news.  Arsene Wenger has said that he doesn’t intend to play him as the sole striker in a 4-5-1 for the whole season.  Good news for Robin, good news for us as I believe that we play better in the tried and tested 4-4-2.  And with the forwards that we have at the moment, playing 2 together will enable them to get the best out of each other and therefore do better for the team.

Right, I’m off to play another pre-season friendly.  It’s raining.  A lot.

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More of the same…but Myles was wrong! Again.

Yawwwwww-awwwww-awwwwnnnn.  Today will be mostly having the same stories as yesterday.  There are a few new stories doing the rounds, but nothing hugely exciting.  I shall round them up for you anyway.  I’m nice like that.

There’s not a lot going on in the world of Arse today.  This is probably due to the lads being out in Austria running around in the sunshine.  Arsenal.com has some pics of this, and am I the only one who really wants Bacary Sagna to sort his hair out before the season gets underway?  I don’t care if a player (or person) is black, white, Asian or whatever, but I do have a problem with them looking like, what I perceive as, a tit.  Arse.com is also running an interview with AW where he talks about why he signed the signings that he signed i.e Sagna and Eduardo.

Cesc has been quoted as saying that he wants to wear the captains armband.  I would’ve thought he could swim already?  Whatever makes you feel more comfortable Francesc.  He (like so many others) reckons we’ll be challenging for titles come May 08.  I’m glad he’s positive, but it’s getting a little old and seemingly a bit desperate that everybody at the club keeps saying it.  I know they’re not going to say “we’re screwed without Thierry”, but I’m just bored of headlines that tell us so-and-so is confident of success blah blah blah.  I guess I’m just itching for the talking to stop and the football to start.

We’re still trying to sort out a deal for Reyes to go to Real Madrid.  I think they know he wants to be there and doesn’t want to be at Arsenal, so they’re trying to hold us over a barrel and apply some soothing KY.  Would having David Dein on board help?  Nope.  Not even a tiny bit.  Not even if he had his own padded barrel with auto-lube function.

Bastion of all footballing hearsay and nano-truths, Tribal Football quotes Caen striker Yoann Gouffran as saying he might come to Arsenal on loan.  Maybe.  Possibly.  A bit.  STOP.  THE.  PRESSES.

The Palacio story has been revealed by it’s originator as a hoax.  A massive surprise, I’m sure you’ll agree.

The excellent Gunnerblog is worth checking out today.  More so than usual

Finally, Myles Palmer has made a lot of people happy by telling the world he was wrong.  He had claimed that Freddie Ljungberg did not fly out to Austria with the rest of the squad.  Only Freddie did go to Austria, and is probably enjoying some schnitzel right now.

That’s pretty much it.  I have to stop anyway because I need to prepare myself for replacing all my bodily fluids with red wine.  Midweek-binge drinking-tastic!