The Andy Gray Saga…

Morning All…

First of all, where has this week gone? And can you believe it’s Thursday…

Footballing life as we know it will never be the same with the recent departure of Andy Gray and Richard Keys from Sky Sports… love him or hate him, Andy Gray was definitely a presence on the box – and love his views or hate his views, they were always worth hearing… I know he is a Man United loving individual, who bias was all but plain to see – but I compare him with who else is doing a simple job and actually, there aren’t many better.

Jamie Redknapp is a really really annoying presenter – probably the most anti-Arsenal one out there – he seems to forget what he’s talking about half the time and somehow manage to blabber on about irrelevant topics whilst telling the world how amazing Sp*rs are… Paul Merson, well, he just doesn’t have a clue – and I say that even though he is one of our own…!

Chris Waddle, Stan Collymore and Robbie Savage are simply not with it enough – Waddle doesn’t really know much about how to commentate or present and literally makes mistakes everytime he talks. Collymore – well, he is just a pathetic excuse for a footballer let alone anything to do with football – and Robbie Savage, well, he simply doesn’t know enough about the Premiership clubs, players or coaches to warrant inclusion…

Then you’ve got the BBC’s lot – the Linekers, Hansens, Shearers et al… and are they really the people you want to be listening to on Monday Night Football? Lee Dixon is a massively dark horse, who actually makes sense and despite his years at the Arsenal is quite balanced in his views…

But despite the fallacies of Andy Gray and Richard Keys – for all their sins – I think I will miss them annoying me every week (if that makes sense)… yes, their comments were inappropriate, but is it really a sack-able offence? Who I am to judge anyway…

I’ll leave you with some fighting talk from Jack Wilshere – who was my man of the match earlier this week against Ipswich – a player who is simply
sublime, and getting better game by game…

“There is a hunger among the players to win something – it has been so long that we have almost forgotten what it is like. We need to bring that back into the football club – this is a big football club and we need trophies. Any trophy is a trophy and if we can win one in February, it will give us confidence for the rest of the season. Before the game, everyone was saying this was a great opportunity – just get a goal and it’ll open up and it did. “It would be massive for the Club – any trophy is a trophy and it has been five years since we won our last one. We know that if we win one, hopefully it’ll come along, and then it’ll open up more for us.”

And he also spoke about the last time we won a trophy:

“I was 13,” he recalled. I remember the game – I was sat at home with my family and Vieira scored the last penalty. You could see what it meant to them and we just want to do that again.  Being a member of the team, they [the older players] feel hungry for trophies and it rubs off on you. Even though I have only been here a year, I want to win trophies – that’s what this Club is about and we need to do that. We know we are going to Wembley now and we will see what happens in the other Semi-Final. We know that West Ham or Birmingham will be strong on the day. It’s a cup final and everyone wants to win those. We must look forward to our Premier League games now until then and when it comes along, get ready for that.”

And that team is Birmingham, after they managed to beat West Ham after extra time is a cracker of a game (so I heard) and it will be London vs the Midlands, Arsenal vs Birmingham on Sunday the 27th February… for our first trophy of the season… perhaps…

That’s it from me today… until tomorrow, Adios…

  • BergkampBurger

    I think Lee Dixon would be a perfect replacement for Andy Gray – Lee makes a lot of sense and it’s biased at all, which would make for a balanced overview!

  • jim

    I’m mixed on thier views but in general most of these commentators are anti arsenal and that ticks me off

  • IfOnlyWeHadADonkey

    Please Mr Wenger buy a CB & a Goalie. I asked for one of each for xmas but that must have been seen as greedy. Don’t want to be 2nd AGAIN

  • olutoni

    Its a big shame to skysports.. why will they ever do that. But I can’t Judge them.. Guess those guys have been stepping on some toes..or it could just be mere envy. They add a lot to football commentary. They will surely be missed

  • olutoni

    …. I need to chip this in. What’s going on with Vela. He is one player I thought will be in the first team by now as he is such a talent. I just don’t want him to go yet. I guess there’s something he is not doing right in training

  • yemi

    @ olutoni:
    I think Vela will be going on loan to bolton

  • yemi

    On a seperate and totally different note, i guess it City and Mancini’s turn to endure adebayors anger venting and bad mouthing !!!!

    “Real Madrid loan signing Emmanuel Adebayor has had a crack at Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.

    The Togolese striker has joined the Spanish giants on a loan deal for the remainder of the season and even though he could return to Eastlands, has criticised the Italian tactician for failing to include him in the line-up.

    “What went wrong with Mancini and City? I don’t think there’s a lot of things wrong,” the ex-Arsenal man said.

    “Right now, he’s lost ¬confidence in me and decided to choose other players.

    “So I’m very happy to be back again on the football pitch with Real Madrid. I’m very honoured to wear the white shirt.”

  • Vazy

    Vela on loan with West Brom, should be good for him i think!