Stoke City Message Board
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 24, 2013 18:56 Flag
Wenger has 'nothing to be proud of'....OK Sfer, take the blinkers off.
Arsenal may have lost to a late sucker punch on Tuesday but that was against last years CL finalists. As for the look on the 'Ar$e spectators faces'....we're in the CL, again. Enough said?
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 20, 2013 22:57 Flag
The Chelsea game on the 29th is a league cup game and both teams may well field weakened sides. I see the Lpool and ManIOU games as more of a test.
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 20, 2013 22:37 Flag
Vermalean hasn't got a look in since Kosc and Mert formed a decent partnership, he's not written off though he has hinted he may seek playing time elsewhere. Bendtner can go either way, he can fulfil his potential or fail to. The squad looks strong to me.
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 20, 2013 19:57 Flag
At the time of writing my previous post I am ashamed to admit I had managed to disregard both Walcott and Podolski.
Oh the shame!
I can't see any real need for Lewandowski, though the option is extremely tempting, what with the Spurs lot showing flare.
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 20, 2013 09:01 Flag
PS. Have to say I enjoy watching RVP smiling after he nets against Southampton as I revel in the knowledge that when he exits the pitch, his second rate lot slipped even further behind MY glorious lot.
The silence on these boards is DEAFENING!
And a Hahaha to finish,me thinks.
I think yesterday proved that our lot can perform outstanding football,no matter which combo the all knowing Wenger decides to pick.
Ramsey, Giroud, Ozil and Wilshere were INVINCIBLE yesterday.
Now for the real tests, the upcoming fixtures are truly difficult yet I think all Arsenal fans should be in buoyant mood going into this run of games.
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 18, 2013 15:21 Flag
So many quality options in midfield these days it's hard to call which Wenger will plump for. All I know is I can't wait for Ozil and Cazorla to really gel.
Have you dared forget Ramsey? Or have I missed the fact he is injured?
Should be a good game and Norwich are no pushovers.
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 9, 2013 20:02 Flag
For Wenger, it was a harder decision than some may imagine. As a manager he had witnessed numerous examples of players reaching new levels with a switch of clubs. It was something of a speciality in the first act of his Arsenal tenure, with Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp perfect examples of the benefits of a new chapter. Wenger accepted Gervinho needed a similar opportunity. He knew a fresh challenge would be an easier one than overcoming the doubters (and the player's self-doubts) at Arsenal.
Garcia is delighted that he and his protege (this is the third time he has signed Gervinho) have been able to flick the conviction switch so quickly. Gervinho still has his moments where his unpredictability is too enigmatic even for his team-mates to figure out, but overall his contribution to Roma's attacking play has been a revelation. "He is a lad who needs confidence," Garcia said. "We must understand that the scoring opportunities he creates don't exist without him there. He can get some wrong but I prefer to have him there because I know he'll create those opportunities. Gervinho has more experience now, is happy with his Roma team-mates and it's easier for him to play."
You know, I could have sworn I always said all Gervinho needed was confidence. Did you not the bit about Gervinho struggling to perform in front of the Emirates crowd too?
Same can be said for 99% of our lads in recent years.
'Africa has its Messi!' writes a journalist in Italy.....and Arsenal just sold him to Roma.
From The Guardian...
Roma top of Serie A, on a stunning winning streak, and with a reborn Gervinho being so breathlessly admired by the locals that a writer in Il Romanista swooned that "Africa has its Messi", Sabatini reflected on a move that owed everything to the connection between player and mentor. "I would not have signed Gervinho for any other coach," he said. "Garcia specifically requested Gervinho, a player he had worked with and won with before at Lille. Because of that request we worked to bring Gervinho in. It was not an easy negotiation process, either."
He is playing with the enthusiasm of a man who has returned to a happy place. Gervinho has not come home in a physical sense because Italian football is new to him. But he has come home in a footballing sense. He feels absolutely at ease with Garcia. He feels implicit trust, which has given him the freedom to play without any anxiety. "I knew exactly what I was looking for when I joined Roma: the chance to play more, a coach who showed faith in me and a club with high ambitions," Gervinho explained. So far, so good.
Wenger has often trotted out the maxim that confidence is the "hardest thing to gain and the easiest thing to lose" and the more he looked at Gervinho, the deeper he felt that particular problem. When Roma called, it felt like a reasonable solution for everybody. "He looked to play with a lack of confidence, especially at the Emirates," Wenger said. "He is a very creative player, an instinctive dribbler and for that you need a lot of confidence to be completely efficient. I felt that in the last six months it was very difficult for him to express his talent in a confident way. Then you sit there and think: 'Do I bring him back or does he need a new challenge to get that confidence back?' and I did not want to stop him from getting a new chance."
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 9, 2013 15:06 Flag
I won't deny Arsenals goal had an element of luck about it and know that in football, as in life, lady luck is either with you, or against. I'm sure both teams will have, and have had, their fair share of luck, both good and bad already this season, and will continue to do so throughout the coming months.
I will personally always be grateful to your beloved Spurs for playing their part in bringing 'the best no.10 in the world' to my beloved Arsenal. Now, that was lady luck at her very finest.
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 9, 2013 10:23 Flag
In fairness 'Ar$e' also missed chances to score and had the better of the game against a side that had beaten ManU the week before. A hard fought, well earned draw, playing in 3rd gear.
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 8, 2013 22:39 Flag
It was nowhere near as funny as your lot getting done by WBA.
It didn't compare to your lot getting SPANKED by Lpool.
As for your lot being UTTERLY HUMILIATED by City, well....
AHAHAHAHAHAA! STOP!STOP!MY SIDES!!!
PS. EVERYBODY STILL LAUGHS their Cs off at that one.
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 7, 2013 18:21 Flag
A tough game yesterday and Anelka really should have doubled the home sides lead. Rosicky made a difference. I thought Sagna was missed,him and the fact we have no real wingers available.Overall the team didn't look as sharp as they have in recent games.
Suarez would be great.
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 7, 2013 12:22 Flag
I think you can stick RVP on that list too and Fabregas had his troubles as I recall. I would argue that no club would be able to sustain competition with players of that quality unavailable. Diaby,RVP and Fabregas were the backbone of the squad assembled by Wenger to lead us through the lean financial years. I recall Wenger stating that he was happy with the squad in years gone by and that he would only add players of top quality. He did this too with the likes of Nasri and Arshavin, the latter was a massive let down as we all know.
I recall Arsenal leading the Prem and looking to be odds on champions only to suffer an obscene spate of injuries, 13 players sidelined.
The stage changed hugely when Chelski and then City began buying success and Arsenal could not compete financially, being outbid on notable targets. I think noises were made with regards to this situation from within the club too. That said, I agree the club perhaps should have made the situation regarding the funding it had available clearer though it may have been decided that such statements may have had a negative affect on the clubs interests.
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 7, 2013 09:19 Flag
Flamini and Gilberto both left in the summer of 2008, that was 5 years ago by my reckoning. Arsenal have missed a steely edge though, agreed. However, I still believe the main reasons for the clubs recent failings were players injured for long periods and critical periods and an extremely fragile sense of belief,not helped by the #$%$ element in the stands.
- FABONGRASS FABONGRASS Oct 6, 2013 20:32 Flag
Yeah and this one is a particularly thick glory boy mate. Either that or it has a cunning plan to act uber #$%$ in a bid to divert suspicion with regards to its usual ID, that being just normal thick glory boy.