Thursday, 19 December 2013

Arsenal stars on the beer -Bergkamp could be available -AOC's comback set

Morning Gooners.

So it was the Arsenal Christmas party yesterday which started with the usual festive lunch at London Colney, followed by carols sung by the club's youngsters. As the "new boys" as well, Mesut Ozil, Mathieu Flamini, goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano and Nacho Monreal - who joined on the final day of last winter's transfer window - were required to show off their vocal talents to the assembled diners.

Then the first team squad went out on the town, dressed up in fancy dress costumes. A few beers were drunk, so hopefully there won't be too many sore heads this morning.

It's good that the players have had a few days off from training after the Manchester City game. Hopefully it will allow them to clear their heads and prepare themselves for a run of five games in 13 days. It's going to be a hectic time and one where it's vital we drop as few points as possible.

It's likely that Jack Wilshere will miss the first two games of that run after his one fingered salute at the Manchester City crowd on Saturday. He has accepted an FA charge but is questioning whether the incident warrants a two match ban.

The FA seem to believe that a player should be punished more severely if an incident not spotted by a official is picked up on TV rather than if it were just caught in a picture by a photographer.

By previous incidents being judged, if you are caught by a photographer it's a one match ban. But if you are caught by television it's a two match ban. How exactly does that work?

We'll find out soon enough whether there is any justice and Jack receives just a one game ban. But I wouldn't hold your breath. The FA didn't even bother charging Yaya Toure for his high challenge on Olivier Giroud. It just goes to show there is one rule for one person and a completely different rule for another.

It was great to come home last night to discover that our neighbours have been knocked out of the league cup by West Ham. Of all clubs... And it was two late goals which killed their dream of a semi-final tie.

They're still searching for a manger following Monday's sacking of AVB. The Daily Mirror have linked them with Ajax manager Frank de Boer, who's assistant is Dennis Bergkamp. Now there is no way that should de Boer take the Tottenham job Dennis would join him in the White Hart Lane dug out. But if the Ajax manager did take the role, it would be interesting to see what Dennis did.

He's always said that he doesn't want to manage. And that won't be a consideration while he doesn't fly. But there is a job which needs filling at Arsenal come the summer when Liam Brady retires... head of Arsenal's academy.

It would seem the perfect job for Bergkamp. He's stated that he's always wanted to return to Arsenal in some capacity. And this would be the ideal time to approach him, if de Boer takes the job at WHL.

And finally, The Guardian report Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is targeting the third round FA Cup tie for his return to first team football after suffering knee ligament damage in the opening game of the season against Aston Villa.

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