Monday, 21 January 2013

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

I think I get more annoyed by Arsenal every week, not because they are struggling, I have no issue with that, it's the same old problems not rectified and also because just when you write them off after another god awful performance in the first 45, they give you a chink of light to hold on in the second half and probably should of got a point. All in all though, very few positives to hold onto.

  • One of Bacary Sagna's worst games in an Arsenal shirt and when he was down injured, I was tempted to pull the curtain around him and end the misery for him.

  • Francis Coquelin played well and dug in before succumbing to another injury, bit worry when a player who I don't think will be able to make it at Arsenal is your shining light. Jack looked a bit exasperated again and who can blame him.
  • Santi Cazorla needs a rest, he seems to just float around making very little impact at the moment and looks heavy-legged, can't blame him since he's been nearly ever-present

  • The laughable quote about the "complete squad" came back into minds yesterday when they saw Andrei Arshavin preparing to enter the fray. The sooner he can move and enjoy football, the better.

  • Lots of transfer guff around at the moment, most of it agents lighting fires under teams who actually do want to buy.

Until tomorrow.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Arsenal 1-0 Swansea - Jumping Jack Flash

 Generally a positive reaction to yesterday and the format going forward, there will be pieces that are longer in depth and word count but I would rather write a little everyday than a lot and it be all disjointed. Shall we begin?

  • Arsenal booked a 4th round tie at the Amex Stadium and Brighton & Hove Albion with a fully deserved 1-0 win yesterday. Arsenal's captain in waiting Jack Wilshere scored the decisive goal and was quite simply head and shoulders above anything on that park. Sweet goal as well.

  • One of Arsenal's best performances of the season in the second half as well. The pressing and intent were there for all to see, it would be nice to see this over a game as we are definitely a one-half team this season.

  • Real Betis want either of Francis Coquelin/Emmanuel Frimpong on loan to cover the possible departure of Jose Canas to Swansea. Arteta's calf strain rules Coquelin out as he started last night but Frimpong is a possibility. Rumours in the Spanish press say Betis are pleased with the progression of Joel Campbell so there could be some form of official link up in the future.

  • Also reported Arsenal target George-Kevin Nkoudou of Nantes is reportedly keen on a move to North London. Porto have declared interest as well as the 17-year old has a €1m release fee. You can find original links to these stories in "Transfer Talk"

     Until tomorrow, if you've finished reading this and need something to pass the time, Google Manti T'eo.     You won't regret it

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Bitesize Blog - Swansea, Walcott, Salamon, Quiet Times

Hello, Long time and no see indeed. I've found it increasingly difficult these days to commit to writing about Arsenal because of changing circumstances in actual life, but a few people have asked me why I've stopped blogging and said they enjoyed it and yes, that was all 2 of them.

I'll level with you, my attention span is pretty lame as well, I get bored reading an opus of a blog so I imagine you do to, so I'm going to trial doing this blog in a different way, If you like it then let me know and if you don't, don't. :-)

  • Arsenal host Swansea tonight in the FA Cup replay - Crazy 1st game as so many Arsenal games are, Wenger has confirmed he'll play Wilshere as well. Poor boy must be spent as he leaves it all on the field. Wrap up warm and remember it's a 7:30pm kick-off tonight.

  • No incoming transfer whispers from my end to excite you with either, I hear Walcott's new premium deal will be announced sooner rather than later with a few chatterings suggesting you might hear today. Symbolic victory for Arsenal as they finally win a contract duel, was it the right one to win though?

  • What's also worrying is that even the shitty gossip sites are unable to make up rumours about us either but I've managed to glean this one from Italy that Arsenal are scouting Brescia's Polish defensive midfielder Bartosz Salamon. TuttoBrescia report that Arsenal are one of the teams watching the 21-year old ahead of a summer move.

That's pretty much it for today, until tomorrow.