Gabriel, Wilshere, Welbeck, Coquelin and Stuff.

Magnificent Coq.

Morning, folks.

There isn’t much going on today. Last night I watched Timothy Olyphant in ‘The Crazies’ and there’s a scene close to the beginning in which he’s walking through a deserted rural town just before all kinds of zombie hell breaks lose.

Kinda reminds of today’s news…

Without the zombies.

Although… Given just how many spurious sites exist out there in Gooner cyberspace, you could liken them to zombies; shambling about, moaning and posting homogeneous drivel about alleged “mega transfers”.

Maybe I’m a zombie… Nah – zombies aren’t famed for their luxurious and alluring hair, and that is most definitely something I possess. Nor do I have any inclination to crack open heads and feast on brains.


The lack of news has caused me to rattle on about sh*t and that’s not always a goods thing. With a preview of Aston Villa coming your way tomorrow, all that really requires attention today is a few updates regarding members of the squad. 

Jack Wilshere is a little over a week away from returning to full training, Danny Welbeck should be in line to return for the North London Derby at Spurs and it’s looking all the more likely that Alexis will be omitted from tomorrow’s game.

I do like the way our squad is shaping up. With Gabriel’s addition, we look to have a good selection of defenders available, our midfield is practically bursting at the seams with options and Giroud, Welbeck and Akpom give us plenty of power and pace up front – I do hope we can tie Akpom down to a new contract and give him some game time as he looks like a really promising player.

One player set to sign on the dotted line is Francis Coquelin. Hilariously, I’ve have decided to name the document that he may/may not sign as a ‘Coqtract’…

I know… That’s bloody awful.

Since returning from the relative doldrums of a loan at Charlton, he’s looked the part; showing positional discipline and tenacity breaking up attacks just ahead of our back 4. In a big game against Manchester City he was superb. Had anyone suggested he’d seem such a excellent answer to the holding midfielder issue at the beginning of the season, I imagine it would have been met with howls of derision. Football is funny like that; sometimes a player needs the universe to align in a particular way and at the opportune moment to really stake their claim.

Ashley Cole’s progression to first team regular was very similar. At one stage it looked certain he’d be moving away from Highbury. If memory serves me, it was the hullabaloo surrounding Silvinho’s work permit that gave him the chance to step up and the rest is history. Admittedly that’s heavily tainted history, but history nonetheless.

With Arteta and Flamini in the winter years of their respective careers, a little youthful exuberance and vitality seems to be serving us well. It remains to be seen whether or not Coquelin can maintain his good form and do enough to cement his position in the team, but at this stage it’s certainly looking favourable.

That’s all for today, folks. The comments section awaits your thoughts and opinions below. Feel free to splurge your innermost desires and hopes across the internet for everyone to see. I’ll reply to a few a bit later on.

As always: thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

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