Birmingham Preview: Senderos fit 11 January, 2008Posted by lasagnechef in Premiership.
We had a mini crisis after the Spurs game when Theo Walcott, van Persie, Phil Senderos and Johan Djourou all picked up injuries but the good news is that Walcott and Senderos are fit for tomorrow’s game against Birmingham. We were going to have use Gilberto or Justin Hoyte at the back as a makeshift centre back but William Gallas will be partnered by Senderos.
Robin van Persie picked up another knock so he’ll be out for this game. I’m expecting Adebayor to start with Eduardo as they did against West Ham; they both scored in that game so I don’t see why they shouldn’t play.
Birmingham, aka ‘Arsenal B’ will be fielding some familiar faces, Muamba and Larsson are set to start against us. Seb Larsson recently scored a last minute winner against Spurs which was fantastic, he’s been talking about his old club and he’s got a fantastic attitude about his move. He admits that he wasn’t going to make it in our side so moved on and got on with it. He says he’s still good mates with Cesc too. I used to like Seb at the reserve games so when he moved I’ve been following him since, he’s found the right club with Birmingham but hopefully he has an off game tomorrow.
Right, he’s how I see the team:
Sagna – Senderos – Gallas (c) – Clichy
Hleb – Flamini – Fabregas – Rosicky
Adebayor – Eduardo
Lehmann will be on the bench and it could be his last. He’s going to decide this weekend whether he’s going to move back to Borussia Dortmund. So next week we’ll finally know where Jens’ future lies.
Birmingham are the only team we haven’t yet played and they’ll be no easy task. They’re a decent side and I’m sure they’ll come to upset us. Maik Taylor always seems to have the game of his life against us too. We still should win though, if we don’t take all three points I’ll be quite disappointed and United will have the chance to close us down.
Kick off’s at 3 and it’s not on TV so those of you not going you’ll have to find a stream on the internet to watch it. Enjoy the game, thanks for reading.
Why Gilberto is better than Diarra 11 January, 2008Posted by lasagnechef in Transfers.
With Diarra future still in doubt the debate goes on whether he’ll be leaving us or not. To be honest, I’ve reached the point where I really don’t care and even though I know he’s decent, I don’t really want him to be an Arsenal player if he’s this mouthy little bitch. This article from the Guardian says Diarra asked to be left out of the cup games because his move away from Arsenal made him unfocussed. The story also mentions his move to Newcastle broke down because he was asking for nearly £90,000 a week! If that is true this guy is not only annoying but also stupid. I Thierry Henry was getting paid that much, who does he think he is?
Yes, he will be a good player one day and a valuable member to whatever team he ends up at, he probably knows that. However for now he’s just a squad player. With Flamini’s contract still not sorted he could be in our first 11 next year; I’m sure behind he scenes Arsene knows if Matty’s off or not though. At the moment we have a great supply of centre midfielders: Fabregas, Flamini, Gilberto, Diarra, Diaby and Denilson. However, come August I wouldn’t be surprised if Gilberto, Diarra and Diaby had gone, with the possibility that Flamini could go to. I’m sure Wenger will sort it out but it’s a bit worrying.
One player I thought might leave this window was Gilberto Silva. He’s dropped out of the side and I thought he might look else to get some games but he’s been brilliant about it. He wants to stay and fight for his place. This is actually quite good news because with our recent injuries to Senderos (he is having a fitness test today) and Djourou he could be vital for us as a centre back.
Plus, I’d much rather have the experienced, professional that is Gilberto than the moaning, greedy Diarra. Here’s what he said:
“This is what I have in mind, to get back in the team and hope I can achieve that as soon as possible. But I know the team is playing well and so are the guys in my position, especially Mathieu. I will do my job, and I did that again against Tottenham which was another good opportunity for me to show that I am capable to come back into the team. At the moment, I prefer not to think about moving and to fight for my position.”
See this is what Diarra should be saying. You get a lot of respect for this and Diarra could do with an attitude like this. Now he’s going to ruin his career by fucking off to Newcastle or Portsmouth or Spurs or something, I don’t care. Arsenal is the best club in the world for a developing player. I’m not just being bias. We give more opportunities than anyone else when it comes to the kids. Arsene’s not frightened to use them in important games either. The fact is: Diarra is an idiot if he wants to leave; he’s really not that far off the first team.
We play Birmingham tomorrow, I’ll write a preview up for that later today. I’ve just bought my tickets for AC Milan away, can’t fucking wait. Speak to you later.