There are some positive stories that Diarra may well be on his way out of the club, not long after his arrival from Chelsea for a knock down fee. Given his erratic performances and dubious temperament, I am sure we will be better off without his troublesome influence, and for a profit of around 3-4 million squid you can't grumble. Events certainly demonstrate Diarra to be nothing more than a mediocre player and a weak character, if he isn't willing to fight for his place at a top club then it shows how much belief he has in his ability, or lack of it.
Mark Randall is apparently a new confident man following his Carling cup debut, let's just hope Arsene continues to blood the likes of Randall, Gibbs and Lansbury. It will be interesting to see the side he lines up against the spuds next week.
Seeing as it's the transfer window, the papers are making up for list time with lots of baseless banter. Apparently a young Palace player by the name of Bostock has turned us down, just another story written with absolutely no facts to back it's claims up, no change there then. We're also interested in a young Russian defender, apparently, hmmm. Another of the bullsh*t rumours, let's concentrate on the players we have already.
Three points against Fulham will be essential. Tomas Rosicky should be back, so I suspect Hleb will be shifted to the right and other than this change, I predict the same line up as for the Birmingham game. RVP appears likely to be on the bench, given his injury wobbles it would seem foolish to start him when he is clearly well off full match fitness.