It's a difficult time being an Arsenal player, especially when you are Kolo Toure. I've got a lot of respect for Kolo, he's the new Mr Arsenal in my eyes. He's a player who always gives 100%. When something doesn't go his way, he's visibly upset at himself. He plays with his heart on his sleeve. However, this season he has become a scape goat for William Gallas' bad performances and the Ivorian is not happy. Neither am I.
Things are bad when Mr Arsenal, Kolo Toure, asks to move.
In fact, I'm in a little shock that we've come to this. Get rid of Gallas and get Toure back into the team. Let's have the fighters and the real Arsenal players in the team. Hill Wood actually revealed this too, which is unusual.
“I know about it (the transfer request). But we are not going to accept it. We are not looking to let any of our players go and he is under contract – and we expect him to honour it.”
Can you believe what’s going on!
Arsene has also been forthcoming with his ideas about the transfer window and who’s coming in and out and he’s recently said:
“Mikel Arteta is a very good player but we have not made any enquiry about him at all. There is no progress [on Arshavin]. If there is any progress made you will be informed, I promise you. If we buy a player you will be informed.”
Tomorrow sees us take on Plymouth in the cup. A cup that may be our only real chance of silverware.
Arsenal vs Plymouth
With Johan Djourou and Alex Song injured and with most of our first team playing a lot of games, we will most likely see a mix of first teamers and reserves. With Van Persie rested for the Portsmouth game, we may see him in action, however, with Carlos Vela very impressive on his return to the first team last time out, he is surely pressing for a return to the squad. With pretty much all our wingers out, a start for Jack Wilshere is on the cards and Ramsey may also feature with Diaby and Denilson making up the midfield quartet. Nasri may be on the bench if required to come on. With Hoyte and Simpson recently moved out on loan, our reserve side is a little weakened.
Here’s to a good game and a thumping win tomorrow. JAT will be around tomorrow evening to give his thoughts on the game, whilst I sit on a 7 hour flight back to London!