The United Mates Keitel and Joe are joined by prolific Arsenal blogger Peter Wood a.k.a. Le Grove to discuss his journey and all things Arsenal FC.
On becoming and Arsenal fan:
Being born in the nearest hospital to the old Highbury stadium. The highs and lows of the George Graham era. Enjoying the prime Arsene Wenger days and suffering the lows since the club peaked under the Frenchman.
On Le Grove and blogging/writing/podcasting:
Blogging daily about Arsenal for the last 14 years and gaining 70+ thousand followers on Twitter. Freelancing for publications such as MUNDIAL whilst staying true to your personal writing style. Opinions on the AFTV crew and what they do.
On the recent 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa at home:
Lacazette off form and a different game if his header falls to Aubameyang in the middle. No mavericks in the team willing to take risks to create chances – Aubameyang wasted on the left. The fine margins of plan A and getting ripped to pieces when Arsenal went to plan B in the second half. A big next 3 games for Arteta against Leeds, Wolves and Tottenham.
On Arsenal and Arteta:
Positive time for the club under Arteta who Pete believes will become a “generational” coach. The issues of learning on the job for Arteta and obsessing on fine margins. Playing Aubameyang through the middle at the expense of Lacazette. Willian the flop. Giving Willock or Pepe a run to ease Arsenal’s creative issues. No way back for Ozil at Arsenal
On the Fantasy Arsenal Lifetime Draft:
The group drafted starting XIs of their favorite Arsenal players from their lifetimes. Pete picks a winner and then makes his own XI using the leftover players.
“Anorak FC”/Yoni’s team – Szczęsny; Bellerin, Campbell, Koscielny, Tierney; Overmars, Vieira, Gilberto, Cazorla; Sanchez, Van Persie (WINNER)
“Partey in the USA”/Kei’s team – Lehmann; Sagna, Mertesacker, Toure, Monreal; Pires, Fabregas, Flamini, Ljungberg; Giroud, Aubameyang
“T.W.A.T.S.”/Joe’s team – Seaman; Lauren, Adams, Keown, Cole; Hleb, Ramsey, Diaby, Arshavin; Henry, Bergkamp
“ABCDE FC”/John’s team – Fabianski; Hoyte, Holding, Vermaelen, Clichy; Reyes, Parlour, Wilshere, Rosicky; Bendtner, Wiltord
“Project 5th”/Pete’s team – Leno; Dixon, Senderos, Cygan, Winterburn; Gervinho, Diarra, Petit, Saka; Adebayor, Anelka
On Le Grove’s Season Prediction for Arsenal:
5th in the Premier League within “spitting distance” of the top 4!