As the international week goes on, its time for me to look ahead to this weekends fixture at home to Birmingham. One which I would usually refer to as “run of the mill” where by it doesn’t really excite me when I get up on Saturday morning to head off to the game.
I’m sure most people can relate that once you’ve been going “Up the Arse” for a period of time, not every game is that exciting anymore and these sorts of games help fill the gaps between the big matches.
You can almost predict it now, a cold day, not many away fans, home fans even quieter than normal (which doesn’t need much doing), and an awful game with the opposing game sticking 10 men behind the ball, only for us to hit a late scrambled winner to make it all worth while.
Now that I’ve said that, watch us go and hammer them 5-0 in the best flowing and attacking football we’ve seen for many a year!
This is the first time that we have played Birmingham since Eduardo almost had his leg ripped off by Martin Taylor at St Andrews back in February 2008, although he probably won’t feature this weekend as he is yet to make an appearance for the Blues this season.
Just how sweet would it be for Eduardo to grab a goal against them on Saturday, and with the Croatian star at just 4/1 the bookies seem to think it’s in the stars for him to grab the first goal.
Hopefully the travelling Birmingham fans fair a bit better than some of their supporters that I encountered coming out of St Andrew’s on that fateful Saturday.
Whilst most were buoyant at getting a late equaliser for their team battling against relegation, quite why some of them thought it was necessary to push past stewards keeping fans apart from each other as we walked away from the ground to shout about how glad they were that Eduardo had broken his leg is beyond me.
What intrigued me further was that these weren’t young lads, these were balding 40+ men who really should know better at that age. Flapping around in front of normal fans in their Stone Island jackets was quite amusing.
This was heightened even further when several Arsenal fans offered to continue their chat round the corner, at which point they ran behind the line of police. Such pillars of the community in Birmingham you see.
Finally, we’ve again been linked with Udinese midfielder Gokhan Inler with Arsene reportedly lining up a £15 million bid for the Swiss international. I must admit I hadn’t even heard of Inler until we were linked with him, and a quick check on the internet doesn’t bring up many highlights of goals.
What Arsene needs is a power horse midfielder who can get his boot stuck in, and that doesn’t mean an ageing Patrick Vieira. I’ve always thought that Bouba Diop was an ideal replacement for Paddy.
Of course it is always going to be difficult to replace someone like Vieira, and we would do well to get someone anywhere near as good as him, but the jury is out for me on Diaby who seems to get pushed off the ball way too easily.
Maybe if Inler can adapt to the pace of the Premier League quickly like Arshavin did then he would make a good signing, but personally I think we should play it safe and take a lead from Manchester City and buy from within the Premier League, I’d prefer us to pay a little bit more for someone who is already equipped to play to the demands of the Premiership.
Arsene Wenger Competition Winners
Congratulations to: Akindele Akinola and Chris Stow you each win a Arsenal No1fan
The answers where:
1. Father’s name was Alphonse
2. La Croix d’Or
3. Patrick Vieira
4. FC Duttlenheim
5. Central defender
6. Arsene Who?
7. Assisant coach to Arsene At Monaco
8. 6 (English, Japanese, german, italian, french Spanish,)
9. In 2007, Arsene Wenger had an asteroid, 33179 Arsenewenger named after him by Ian P Griffin
10. Emmanuel Petit against Charton Athletic in 1998
11. Nancy, finsihed 19th and relegated from League 1
12. Andrey Arshavin £15 million
13. Patrick Vieira, 406
Thanks to everyone who entered.