Jack Kelsey, roasted peanuts and the strange case of the Toon Army

I have an admission to make this morning. No, I am not a cross-dressing train-spotter who secretly admires the comedic void that exists in the head of Lenny Henry. No, this is far more shocking a revelation that that. Here goes: I still haven’t got my head round the 25-man squad rule.
There, I said it. And the things is I am not sure that I want to. Frankly, it bores me. I didn’t start watching the Arsenal all those years ago to come to the point now where I have to actually engage my brain to try to figure out who can, can’t or won’t make the squad. I much prefer the era in which our Wales keeper Jack Kelsey managed the club shop behind the Clock End at Highbury and a man with a sack of peanuts wandered around the North Bank during the game informing anyone who would listen that his produce was “all roasted”. Incidentally, I wonder if in years to come Manuel Almunia will be running the Arsenal shop at Finsbury Park?
Anyway, I digress. Despite the fact that I lose the will to live every time I try to figure out, the squad has been announced and I have pinched it from the Guardian, with the home grown players emboldened: 1 Almunia, Manuel 2 Arshavin, Andrey 3 Bendtner, Nicklas 4 Chamakh, Marouane 5 Clichy, Gaël 6 Denilson 7 Diaby, Abou 8 Djourou, Johan 9 Eboué, Emmanuel 10 Fabianski, Lukasz 11 Fábregas, Cesc 12 Koscielny, Laurent 13 Mannone, Vito 14 Nasri, Samir 15 Rosicky, Tomas 16 Sagna, Bacary 17 Song, Alex 18 Van Persie, Robin 19 Vermaelen, Thomas 20 Squillaci, Sébastien Under 21 players (selected) Gibbs, Kieran Ramsey, Aaron Traoré, Armand Vela Carlos Walcott, Theo Wilshere, Jack.
Moving on, and the Mirror tells us that Samir Nasri is ‘ready to give Arsenal a major fitness boost’. the paper says Nasri underwent knee surgery after our draw at Liverpool on August 15 and it was feared the French midfielder could be out for a month. But Nasri is back in training, looking sharp and is hoping to be fit for Arsenal’s next game against Bolton on September 11, reports the redtop.
Of course, with any ‘boost’ comes a ‘rocked’ and the Sun informs us that Nicklas Bendtner has ‘rocked’ us with a fresh injury blow. The paper says the Denmark striker was hoping to be back later this month after being out since the World Cup with a groin injury. But Bendtner, 22, has suffered a setback and is not likely to be playing first-team football again until November, it is claimed.The paper adds that he believes his injury is linked to a car crash he had nearly a year ago. And we are reminded that the news comes just after AW discovered Robin van Persie could be out for a month with an ankle problem. BTW, I’ve left it late to book for Belgrade and the flights are serious money now. Any tips on a budget trip gratefully received. See this on how the Geordies go on out there in 2003…could be an interesting time! COYG!

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