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Reserve run-out is successful, biggest game of our season and Andrei is off.

by on February 24, 2012

Hello everyone and happy Friday evening! It’s only been a couple of days since my last blog post and there’s been no football since then, but surprisingly there’s quite a bit of news.

Firstly, there was “The Yossi Benayoun show“, also known as our all-star reserves’ side’s 5-0 win over Norwich was quite interesting. Here’s the highlights. Yossi was great, while Park Chu-Young and Andrei Arshavin both scored. Benik Afobe and Carl Jenkinson made their come-backs from injury and Oghuzan Ozyakup showed yet more great form from deeper in the midfield. He’s been impressive this season and here’s hoping that when he finally moves out on loan that it goes well. Tim Stillman’s Reserves and Ladies column is always worth a read so… read!

One player who features in that match but may not feature for The Arsenal much more is Andrei Arshavin. It’s the Russian transfer deadline today and the rumours are swelling about Zenit St. Petersburg making a move for Andrei Arshavin. The deal is apparently a loan until the summer with a loan fee of £1m, with the possibility of a permanent deal later on. There are a lot of different opinions going around at the moment. The way I see it, I don’t think weakening the squad makes much sense at the moment. I know he’s not the player he once was, but I’d still rather have him than nothing. Gunnerblog puts it quite nicely. On the other hand though, it will no doubt mean more minutes for Benayoun and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

There’s also an interesting piece by Goonertalk about why Francis Coquelin could make a difference in the midfield, despite his injury it’s worth a read. There’s also interesting quotes from Lee Dixon about shaking up the back-room and Oxlade-Chamberlain talking about his family.

A few other pieces that are worth a read as well, Arsenal Report on why Arsene Wenger isn’t solely to blame for our current woes while Thomas gives his opinion on how Arsene Wenger is doing with the financial situation. Sam over at Chronicles of Almunia has done two very read-worthy pieces recently, one on the team being stuck between eras and the other on Arsene Wenger [kind of]. They’re both worth a read anyway. It was nice as well for the club to not increase season ticket prices. Nice.

Obviously the match on Sunday is kind of important, all kinds of things have been said about Spurs being better  than us, etc. Who cares? We’ve all been told before that it doesn’t matter a jot when its derby day and that’s just as true on Sunday. Arsene Wenger, Robin van Persie and Tomas Rosicky have all been speaking about the match. Bring it.

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One Comment
  1. Ejoh francis permalink

    It seems wat wenger has been doing all these while is satisfy the ungrateful fans,i personally am almost in tears bcos arshavin is leavin,our 2nd best performer last season wit 10 goals and 19 assists in all competetions,yet u fans call him undedicated.blind english and british fans u happy wen ramsey gets pickd ahead of arshavin,they both hav jst 2 asists this season,and ramsey has playd more minutes…and people wonda why we are where we are on d table,farewell andrei go to where u r appreciated.u r class b4 u came to arsenal and we all know dat class is permanent.

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