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Arsenal News 22 February 2011.

February 22, 2012

Morning everybody. Nice journey into work this morning. Walk from Whitechapel to St Paul’s due to area being gridlocked. Still got a nice long walk out of it and we know Cockney’s like to walk about.. Like to look about….

It’s Wednesday half way through the week and the big game this weekend draws ever nearer. No matter where either team is in the league or how well they are doing, this is one game you look forward to, and yet, at the same time dred. Win and it’s all smiles and happy days for the rest of the week. Lose and it’s media lockdown and play hide from the Spurs fans crawing out from under the rocks they live.  I had to call a carpenter to my house the other week as I was having problems with my bedroom wardrobe. Turns out it was just all the Spurs living in there waiting to come out.

After watching Chelsea (LOL’s) last night and Marseille on TV tonight, I got to thinking about Arsenal’s journey in this season’s Champions League and looking back to early December when we lost 3-1 away to Olympiakos. Then we grabbed top spot in our group with Marseille coming runner-up. In the draw for the knockout stages we get drawn to play Italian leaders AC Milan and yet Marseille get drawn against Inter Milan who are currently sitting 7th in Serie A , 14 points behind AC Milan.  Maybe we would have done better finishing 2nd and we would have played at home first, which I prefer.

With pictures of Arsenal’s new home kit being paraded on Social Networking sites, Arsenal come up with some interesting “Behind the Numbers” on how the team have done with away kits since 2001/2002. Interesting that the gold strip shows the best return percentage wise.

News on Arsenal.com is that Craig Eastmond has been loaned out to Wycombe Wanderers until end of season. Also on Arsenal.com  is that Jenkinson, Chamakh, Arshavin, Park and Yossi Benayoun played in the reserves match at Norwich last night. Benik Afobe was also back after long injury. Apparently Chamakh got injured and was replaced by Afobe.

Result Norwich 0-5 Arsenal Park (6) Arshavin (44) Afobe (58) Arshavin (60) Beneyoun (87)

Chelsea lose 3-1 to Napoli, so not a good week in Champions League for London’s finest. Cesc Fabrigas gives award to some busker on the Brit Awards.

Article I found and liked on Ashburton Grove Song’s performance against Sunderland underlines his development into a world-class player I really like Alex Song, I find him a classy laid back player.

Good blog here on Arsenal Vision and well worth a read if you have not done so yet.

Last night’s London Standard ran a story Arsene Wenger faces being left with just £10m to rebuild Arsenal Now I am not saying the accountant bods at the AST have got their sums wrong, but I do wonder if what they are saying is creating scare stories for papers like LS to grab onto, highlight and in turn bring even more doom & gloom to an already despondent amount of Arsenal fans out there.

Tim Peyton stands there on Sk Sports News and speaks about AST will support the club through to the end of the season and yet his group (AST) is giving the media a stick to beat the club with and quite frankly I can’t see how this is helping the club and the support it needs between now and the end of the season.

Why was this meeting even held on Monday night in early February? What need was there for it?  Save to get these people into the limelight again. The mid-year accounts from Arsenal are not even published by the Club till the end of this week. My view would be for this group to just be quiet and take a back seat for now, wait and see what happens. I can’t see how giving the English media ammunition to further beat the club/manager/players with is helping,. It’s like doing a runner from a Kenyan Restaurant, POINTLESS!! but hey! That’s me talking.

You see this article in today’s Sun sums up AST for me… After highlighting the problem at Monday’s meeting, this in today’s paper:-

ARSENAL fans pay £2,500 for posh season tickets but do not bother going to matches. Incredibly, 400 supporters fork out the massive sum for ‘club level’ tickets at the Emirates but watch just one match a season — or not at all.Shareholder Pete Wood said: “Corporate tickets cost between £2,500 and £4,000. But of the 8,000 corporates, five per cent are not going to matches. This shows watching Arsenal is not an attractive proposition any more.”

400 people don’t go and Mr.Wood (since found out this is Le Grove) suddenly says Arsenal are “not an attractive proposition any more.”  Does Mr Wood attend or is he one of the 400?.. Comes to expected from Mr. LeGrove.

Stay Safe out there.

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