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Victory Through Harmony
By Billy El Dog
Phil Gregory sends his compliments but he has got yet another French virus, and has retired to his bed. So the cleft stick has been used, the messagers have made their way through the jungle and here I am.
An excellent piece earlier I felt about Diaby – great shame about the crazed comments from one or two readers, but that’s how it goes.
Anything to do with Huddersfield relates to our history, and I would refer you to the article on Chapman at Huddersfield – it contains some information about Chapman at the end of the first world war that you might not otherwise have come across. There’s also a nice pic of Herbert Chapman at the end of the previous article.
Speaking of history, here is a comment from Andy Kelly that has just appeared on the Arsenal History site:
This month’s Arsenal magazine has an article written by Jon Spurling titled “Turning Professional”. Not only has he regurgitated the same incorrect information but he has added some more into the mix.
According to Spurling:
* David Danskin was instrumental in pushing the club towards professionalism and entering the Football League
* Royal Arsenal was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy between turning professional and joining the Football League
* Caesar Jenkyns was Arsenal’s first England international
* Royal Arsenal “hardly played at all” during 1891-92 and 1892-93
How much more can these journalists make up?
There is no doubt that if you want to know something to do with Arsenal history there is only one place to get the information. And just to prove it, here is all you need to know about the visitors.
Huddersfield dates back to the time when the Saxons invaded our lands and kicked out the Britains, and their native language. Nasty people if you ask me. And this tradition of mucking about continued over the years as this was a major centre for the Luddities. They went round destroying things like factories and machinery and in the normal fashion the army was sent in to ensure that the rich and wealthy remained rich and wealthy (not that I am some sort of revolutionary you understand, it is just that this is what happens.) Of course no movement based on the stopping of the introduction of machinery ever wins its battle, but the movement did result in major increases in help and support for the unemployed. (You don’t get this stuff on other football blogs you know).
Huddersfield are in the third division, and are third, having played 26, and won half of them, scoring 42 and letting in 32. This compares with Arsenal who have played 23, won 14, scoring 48 and let in 22.
So to the teams… (or rather the Arsenal team. To suggest I know anything about the Huddersfield team would be to stretch the imagination a little).
Eboue Squillaci Koscielny Gibbs
Bendtner Chamakh Arshavin
Sitting with the duvets: Almunia, Clichy, Djourou, Miquel, Fábregas, Wilshere, Walcott, Nasri, Van Persie, Song (“Sitting with the duvets” is, I believe, more exact a phrase, given that there is, and has never been, a bench at the Ems).
I had thought that we would see Afobe play against us, but the BBC is saying that this is not allowed under the youth player loan regs, so that is a shame.
My understanding is that Rosicky is not 100% assured of being ready to play after a very serious illness and that Sagna is not fully repaired. Actually I loved the comment by Lord Wenger: “it was just concussion”. Well, yes. Except that concussion is not that minor an issue. But back to Rosicky – if he is not fit, then who plays in that position? Obviously we could use Cesc or Nasri, but if not, then who? I am not sure there is anyone else of sufficient stature to play there. Obviously if Ramsey was just a little more advanced in his rehabilitation (and not on holiday in Wales) he would be the obvious man.
Anyway, whatever the team put out, much will relate to the fact that we have Every Town Toffees on Tuesday – they were playing Chelsea on Saturday (it was 1-1).