Why Perry Groves is an Arsenal legend...

Would you wear a T******** shirt ever? What, not even for charity? No, neither would I. And, thankfully and to his undying credit, neither would Perry Groves.  See here for the gratifying evidence.
Anyway, after that spiritual diversion on to this morning’s papers and the Daily Mail tells us that Roma have stepped up their bid to sign Bill Gallas by sending ‘dealmaker’ Daniele Prade to London.
The paper says the Serie A club’s sporting director was at the Emirates for our ‘destruction’ of Porto on Tuesday night – a match Gallas missed because of a calf injury – and is keen to reach a pre-contract agreement with the France international. Gallas, 32, is set to become a free agent in the summer and has been so far unable to agree a deal to stay. He’ll stay.
More Nicklas Bendtner post hat-trick quotes have emegered and the Sun carries them thus: Bendtner admitted: “I have heard there was some criticism of me after the game last Saturday but me and my team-mates have just laughed about it.
“That is how I deal with that – I laugh. It felt incredibly good to score my first hat-trick for Arsenal. It has been on its way for quite a while but now I have done it. It is really one of the personal goals I have wanted so much to achieve. I am so happy to receive the match ball as a memory. All my team-mates signed it and I will keep it as a wonderful souvenir – hopefully it will not be my last hat-trick.”
“We have a great team and, even though we are missing some real top players who would dominate any team in the world, we are up there with the best.  I definitely believe we can win the Champions League – why not? I am sure we can win.  We play some spectacular football, we are efficient and score goals. That is the road to success, isn’t it?”
The Telegraph says AW will hope that Bendtner’s huge self-belief can prove infectious. It says there is also an appreciation of Bendtner’s qualities and the extra physical presence he provides for the team, as stated by TV5.
“He doesn’t struggle with confidence and that is a good thing for a striker,” Vermaelen said. “For us it’s good that Nicklas is there, you can give the long ball and he wins headers and you can put opponents under pressure. It gives you more options. I’m convinced we can win this competition.”
Meanwhile, Sol Campbell, who delivered another encouraging defensive performance, said that he had returned to Arsenal for nights like Tuesday and had instructed his team-mates to treat every match between now and the end of the season “like a cup final”.
Of his chances of an England recall, Campbell added: “You never know. I might get a sniff here or there if I keep on playing. Why not? I’m level-headed, I’m not going to get carried away but it’s great to be back and in this kind of environment. I’m going to relish the moments and respect the situation I’m in and give everything I’ve got.”
And the inimitable Henry Norris has his say in the Bugle: “I hear that Stan Doggymore was bated remorselessly as he left the Emirates the other night for his one-eyed shite he spouts about the Royal Arsenal. Long may this continue.”
Elsewhere, the Mirror says Celtic boss Tony Mowbray is chasing Jay Simpson as he looks to add more pace to his team for next season. Mowbray watched Simpson in action for QPR – where he is on loan from the Gunners – and is keen to snap up the speedy attacker in the summer.
Simpson was with Mowbray at West Brom last season, only scoring one goal as they battled to beat the drop in the Premier League.

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