Wenger to be denied summer funds? More of the same please Arsene…

After a beautiful Sunday and of course that euphoric feeling that Monday morning brought, I was pleased to be informed by a close friend that Arsene gets his morning off with a daily dose of HH before he does anything else.

Apparently the advice he gets off of all the comments makes him think things out clearly.

Suggestion is that Arsene logged in the other day read what fans were saying about the season ticket prices and decided to talk to the board about it and the next day a statement was released announcing that the club are to freeze ST prices for next year for gold members.

Arsene if you login today expand it to the others as well there’s a good man. 😉

Seriously, supporters do not realise how powerful their opinions are, opinions and actions can make a massive difference, for instance the Arsenal Library was in full voice this weekend and although Adebayor came back to visit, the fans kept it very friendly. Yes he got the odd  jeer but  not for racism, not for bad football either, it had nothing to do with any of that. It was  just because he left us and came back to haunt us and we don’t like that kind of thing at the Ems and now he knows it.

Arsene knew that as well, as he said when asked if he had plans to re-sign Ade he said,

Why would I let him go if I still wanted him.

Well said Arsene!

Whether Wenger actually reads or not is one thing and to be honest, we know he doesn’t but if he doesn’t listen to the thousands then he must be a fool.

Yes he got us fired up for that mob down the road and lets face it, it was a bit of a shock even for hardened supporters like us!

Don’t get me wrong I’m not moaning but that was a one-off game, a great result yes, but we have had this team all season and that has got to be the first time I have seen us play in such a way, the kind of football that used to be common place for us.

Even against Chelsea, we didn’t show that kind of form and I for one want to see that again, not just next year or the year after but in all of our remaining fixtures this season!

I’m a bit giddy after Sunday as I really find it hard to believe that these are the same players that played in the previous two fixtures against Milan and Sunderland.

Why is it that?

Arsene Wenger must demand commitment like we witnessed on Sunday, the doggedness, and above all the way they played as a team.

We have seen enough of that tippy tappy crap football  and we want/need more of the dynamic style, the surging forward with intent and the ‘no going back’ approach!

Yes Arsene, if your reading, you will know, all we ask for is more of the same we witnessed on Sunday, it was stunning!

This is what we have seen, we know they can do it and this is what we want.

They have the skill and now it’s your job to get the best out of them

We now know they can overturn teams and we now expect it every game, no that’s the wrong word we demand it and you need to deliver it.

Arsene me old mate, I have given you a fair bit of stick this season and I have asked for your head to be on a block, maybe I was a bit premature but I will be watching you and at this moment in time I apologise.

However,  now I have seen what this team can do, the chasing back, the committed tackles, the direct forward runs that throw defences into confusion and the way our own defence can attack as well as defend with gusto, so yes Arsene I want more of that!

I liked what I saw and now I expect it each fixture – I want to see the opposition walking off with their heads bowed, our players walking off with their heads held high! Yes Arsene that’s what I want, that’s what we want!

We have waited for some time for the kind of football we saw on Sunday and now we want that time and time again!

So Arsene, if you are reading today, don’t forget we’re watching.

Written by Steve Palmer 

Just a bit to add on in case you ddin’t see the clubs financial situation yesterday:

Group profit before tax was £49.5 million (2010 – loss of £6.1 million)

Profit on sale of player registrations amounted to £63.0 million (2010 – £4.0 million)

£74.7 million of investment in new players and extended contracts pushed amortisation charges up to £17.3 million (2010 – £10.1 million)

The resulting profit from player trading was £46.1 million (2010 – loss of £5.9 million)

Turnover from football rose to £113.5 million (2010 – £97.6 million) with increases from match-day (four additional games played) and commercial income streams

Operating profits (before depreciation and player trading) from football increased to £15.2 million (2010 – £9.4 million)

Period of minimal activity, as expected, in the property business with turnover of £3.2 million (2010 – £22.5 million) and operating profits of £0.5 million (2010 – £3.3 million)

Group has no short-term debt and continues to have a solid financial platform from cash reserves of £115.2 million (2010 – £110.4 million).

Ivan Gazidis:

The most important thing is how we do on the pitch. We have a healthy cash balance of £115m but not all that is available to invest in transfers. We have running costs, player salaries and so on. We also have to keep some in reserve in case things don’t go our way.

There is money available, we don’t talk about an exact figure because it would impact on our negotiating position. We do spend all of the money we generate. We do invest it in the squad.

Make of that what you wish but to me it sounds like Arsene Wenger won’t be having the kind of money available in the summer that we all hoped he would….

136 thoughts on “Wenger to be denied summer funds? More of the same please Arsene…

  1. ArsenalDK

    February 28, 2012 at 9:10am

    Good morning everyone. Was just watching a clip from the game against the spuds. Did the referee celebrate at the first goal?!

  2. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 9:18am

    Morning ADK and all…

    Another fine morning I hope for all…..

  3. reece

    February 28, 2012 at 9:25am

    The accounts were up until november 2011, theres still 6 months of cash left unaccounted for. Also, we will receive money for deadwood like vela, denilson, squid, hopefully chamakh.

  4. devilgunner

    February 28, 2012 at 9:26am

    Hiya guys and chicks of the Gunners Faith.

    Good morning to you all.

    Good post Sir SP. A rallying call to the troops and maybe AW. Hope he reads HH. it will open his eyes that we care about the club not 7 million a year.

    Personally I think that AFC has the following agenda…..

    1) pay the stadium
    2) stash away enough cash reserves so that if a rainy day comes we will be in a strong position
    3) Promote our own players
    4) Add one or two players each season.

    If players like Cesc, Flamini, Hleb and Ade had not fucked it all up and went elsewhere imagine where we would be. On the other hand we might have been worse off. it cuts both ways.

  5. devilgunner

    February 28, 2012 at 9:29am

    Morning Lady of the Manor.

    It is another fine day. And every moment is memorable especially when I tease another scum from the slum.

  6. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 9:31am

    Welcome reece, i realise that about the accounts, that means there whould be even more money in the summer, but not too happy with IG’s comments….

  7. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 9:32am

    Morning devil, it is indeed a fine day, just seen the goals agiain and still i smile…

  8. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 9:35am

    How rude of me, Another fine post Steve, a great motivating one which maybe i should have kept for the weekend, love the irony in there too :)

    devil – charlie nic reckons we need five strong players in the summer to give this squad a real chance, i think he’s not far wrong.

    But to do that and to make way, we do of course need to shift five at least first, i’d say we can afford to shift move than five and bring through the likes of Afobe (who RvP reckons is the mutts) etc…

  9. devilgunner

    February 28, 2012 at 9:37am

    This cash reserves situation is something which one should commend. That there are 115million is a good thing. Hopefully the club is aiming at increasing that to around 250 million which should mean we are covered for at least two seasons regarding wages.

    I have a feeling that sooner or later other clubs will find that they cannot pay what they have promised and start scraping the barrel and that is when the shit will hurt.

    We might or might not agree with it but that is transparency and that is what we want. But we still would like to win one or two cups a season. If one of them is the charity shield I will not complain. But we do need to have that feeling back….the Carlilng or FA cup would do great for an appetizer.

  10. Merlin96

    February 28, 2012 at 9:39am

    Good mornign all.
    Remember, PHW & CO had amortised our debt into a 25-year fixed bond paying RBS Consortium about 20-mil per annum (bulk of loan with 5.3% fixed interest), starting from 2006/07 and last payment in 2031/32.

    Just imagine every Arsenal manager will need to generate a profit of 20-mil till 2031/32!

    19 more years to go people!

  11. Matt J

    February 28, 2012 at 9:41am

    Gazidis is a mug and him and wood-hill are bring this team down!!! we are Arsenal FC not PLC!!!

  12. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 9:43am

    It’s about finding a happy medium though devil, it’s all very well having the money but if we don’t get 4th, what’s the point?

    Just think what spending an £20 million back in the summer would have done, just one bright spark, or solid player could have made a difference in the cups….

    sometimes that’s all it takes, just one, we only have to look at RvP to realise that….

  13. Merlin96

    February 28, 2012 at 9:43am

    generally, the player salary bill should not exceed 50% of turnover.


    if Total Wage Bill is £130 million, then the turnover should be £260 million.

    Time for gazidis to earn his pay by growing our sponsorship, commercial interests and Media Rights in Asia, Middle East, America and Africa.

  14. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 9:45am

    Hi Merlin, re your question over night, I have no ide re Nike, i can only assume the deal was extended….

    Hi Matt J, PHW is just an old fart who will be gone soon, IG gripes me, he comes accross as such a slime ball – we need him gone and an arsenal man in his place…

  15. Merlin96

    February 28, 2012 at 9:45am

    DO not blame Gazidis, PHW & Co for player transfer.
    It is Wenger who himself refused to spend as without aborting that rigid salary scale, no marquee players will ever think of signing for Arsenal.

  16. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 9:49am

    Going back to Steve’s post…

    How come the team could played like they did on sunday, yet so often they have been lethargic and all over the place??

    Have we finally got a few players who have suddenly realised what a NLD means, or has Wenger found motivational skills again?

    Surely AA going could not have had such a positive reaction could it?

  17. lee

    February 28, 2012 at 9:49am

    morning all, good post SSP!
    Kluivert is now an expert on what RVP is going to do in the future…

  18. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 9:53am

    Morning lee, what has he had to say?

  19. Matt J

    February 28, 2012 at 9:53am

    sup rico, i hope so mate cause he hasnt got a scooby about the club, i dont blame wenger at all, he is just covering up for the board! no man in hell would go through all that if the money was there! even at looking at him now he looks close to a zombie his eye are alway blood shot and his white as an albino!!

    I still say usmanov is the answer he is football direct and would clearly take the team to the highest level instead of having a board aiming for 5th spot lol!

  20. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 9:59am

    Matt, one of the regs here said that there was agreement made with stan that he would keep the current board for a year (i think), that year is soon up so hopefully we’ll see a few changes….

    But, i’d rather AU made his move too….

  21. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 10:00am

    Merlin, we are off to Africa next pre season i think….

  22. stevepalmer1

    February 28, 2012 at 10:01am

    Morning all, another thank you Rico you made it readable :)

    Transfer funds are there we know that, and yes new players coming in can only help. I am at a bit of a loss at the moment, watching Sunday has confused me, at the start of the season i thought we had a team that could win everything we entered, I knew we had players injured and that would be a big concern, but i still believed we had what we needed to make a good start. We started badly and limped our way through the qualifier but we managed to fight our way through, at the time i didn’t realise how long Wilshere would be out, and also didn’t realise how many players would go down with injuries. Our football has not been too exciting and had resulted with us tumbling down the table, only for us to find a bit of form and battle our way back up. many gave us no chance at all but we still persevered and have now got ourselves back into the position many proffesional people said we wouldnt reach, whether we finish there or higher is still to be seen, but the way we played Sunday has opened my eyes, i was starting to think that i was wrong and the squad were crap but i have been pleasantly suprised by that display. Our team need to sit in front of a replay and watch just what they acheived and understand that they can go on now and pile the pressure on every one they meet. my faith is back and i hope theirs is as well.

  23. Billboy

    February 28, 2012 at 10:02am

    Good Morning everybody.

    It is a puzzle. Where did that performance come from? Unbelievable!

    Now, what do we get for the remainder of the season? That’s the question.

    On the transfer kitty issue, even if we do manage to shift deadwood like Bendtner, Denilson, Skilllacking, Almunia, etc etc its only on the wages front where we will gain as the total income for that lot looks about £15 to me.

  24. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 10:06am

    Morning Steve, always a pleasure…

    There still has to be a question over the squad, you say it yourself when asking how can we play like we did on sunday yet we haven’t played that way anywhere nearly enough all season.

    There has to be a reason..

    Players inability to motivate?

    Wengers inability to motivate

    Or are they just too pigheaded to realise that when playing ‘lower teams’ in the league, they still need to turn up and fight for the points…

  25. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 10:11am

    Morning Billboy,

    if we get sundays kind of performance for the rest of the season, we could very well get 3rd place..

    However, sadly, i don’t think we will….. mind you, i love being proved wrong 😉

    £15 million would get us one really good player though and the wages we save can fund an increase to RvP’s salary and help fund any new signings… 😛

  26. lee

    February 28, 2012 at 10:12am

    That RVP will be on his toes…

  27. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 10:16am

    Hiya folks, just popping on to say a quick hi.

  28. lee

    February 28, 2012 at 10:19am

    Stan my man, how you doing???

  29. stevepalmer1

    February 28, 2012 at 10:21am

    I predict big changes for next year, boardroom will be changeing the same as the training staff, we will have money to spend but i don’t envisage many signings, a couple, maybe three we will lose some of the deadwood not all, but the worst ones will go. Wenger will lead us and he will see out his contract but his new second in command will be our new manager when Wenger leaves. This plan that Arsenal have in place may not look so good at the moment but it will start to come good and it will be adhered to that is Arsenals future. Big profits and our debts will be paid off probably in one lump sum we will just get better while others will have to change and take Arsenals lead. I have no doubts that we will succeed our wealth will just grow and grow.whether its with Stan or the Russian we will succeed.

  30. devilgunner

    February 28, 2012 at 10:26am



  31. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 10:26am

    What a twit, how does he know – RvP doesn’t seem to suggesting he’s going to leave, in fact pretty much the opposite…

  32. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 10:28am

    Hi goonster, when do you finish your ‘pay back time’…

  33. devilgunner

    February 28, 2012 at 10:29am

    Get the leash quick. We need to tie him down or else he will scupper off.

    How are you mate. We do miss you.

    Did you see last game against the scum from the slum??? What do you make about it??

  34. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 10:37am

    One thing for sure Steve, Pat Rice will be retiring, that could be one of the most important changes…

    Another yes man and things will stay the same

    An Arsenal man who is prepared to speak and demand to be heard will improve us imho….

  35. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 10:40am

    Top of the morning to you all,
    What a brilliant weekend that was, the sun was shining in North London, the stadium was buzzing, the fans were immense, the mighty spurs were in town and we given one helluva beating they won’t forget for a long time, shown up for what they really are, just a bunch of big time charlies.
    Harry’s face at the end was priceless, loved every minute of it, a great day to be a Gooner.

  36. UpTheArse

    February 28, 2012 at 10:41am

    Morning all, good post Steve. A good question posed, why don’t we get that sort of commitment and skill in every game?. I know it was the spuds so it has an extra meaning, especially this year as we are below them for once, but we should be doing that week in week out, not once or twice a season. Could the answer be somewhere in the fact that most teams will put 10 behind the ball, watch our 60% possession consisting of sideways passes and then hit us on the break? Do we need to find a way of allowing the other team to come forward and attack a little more and exploit that with more direct play? The spuds are essentially an attacking team, so I think that made it easier for us and gave the team more space.

  37. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 10:50am

    Top of the morning to you too Micko, somehow thought you’d have had a fab time 😛

  38. Brian

    February 28, 2012 at 10:50am

    What What happened to the £160million we had in the bank see 2010/11 accounts. Six months show a profit of£49.5millionbut we now have only £115 million.what has happened to the money or are arsenal spinning the figs

  39. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 10:53am

    Morning UTA, they didn’t attack too much on Sunday 😉

    They were shell shocked….

    Seriously, good point and that is where Wenger gets critisised so much, we don’t have a plan b when we come up against sides who just play patience, absorb any pressure then wack us on the break.

    Why I don’t know….. Some cynics suggest that AW is not a true tactician 😉

  40. stevepalmer1

    February 28, 2012 at 10:58am

    Morning UTA, I would say the diference was direct forward passing with pace i have never seen a team combat that kind of approach we have always been an attacking team we make as many chances as anybody else but we haven’t been scoreing, we have been playing slow build up football you know the stuff i mean tippy tapping shit gives everybody time to build a wall, United do it as well fast forward runs with numbers in the box, our players have been slow and maybe just one in the box unlike Sunday they were quick in attack and Spuds couldn’t handle the pace. When losing possession we closed them down quickly and made them make mistakes that is usually us, but Sunday we took more chances than we missed and kicked their arses.

  41. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 11:01am

    or that he doesn’t know his arse from his elbow !

    Just the 7 points in it now, a lot can happen between now and the end of the season.

  42. iain

    February 28, 2012 at 11:02am

    merlin 96- wrong on both counts there me old son. Firstly profit is AFTER all essential costs are paid out- namely the bond for the stadium and secondly, why are you blaming Wenger when you have just heard Gazidis tell you that he controls what is available for spending on players!!?

  43. stevepalmer1

    February 28, 2012 at 11:07am

    Morning Micko, St Totts day is back on the menu and i’m looking forward to it as per normal

  44. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 11:08am

    For me its simple, any profits made from selling players should be put back into the team otherwise we’re just pishing in the wind every season.

  45. stevepalmer1

    February 28, 2012 at 11:12am

    catch you all laters :)

  46. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 11:14am

    i’m with you on that one Micko, if the club lived by that rule, we’d have a much stronger squad right now..

    But that’s why so many consider us to be a selling club….

    IG’s words though could make one think that although there is money and probably always has been, doesn’t mean he has always been given it to spend…..

    IG may just have let the big moggy out of the bag…..

  47. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 11:16am

    Have a good one Steve….

  48. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 11:17am

    Hi Brian, didn’t see you come on this morning, I can’t answer that question, as i don’t know the answer….

  49. markzever

    February 28, 2012 at 11:19am

    Ramsey is not a creative player, I would prefer he plays 20 minutes off the bench,spend time on the bench watching Rosicky and continue learning,Benayoun should be offered a two year contract for squad depth, can’t wait to see the arsenal team in Nigeria during pre-season

  50. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 11:21am

    WOJCIECH SZCZESNY saw his Gunners pals spank Spurs and then roared: That was as good as beating Barcelona.

    Arsenal’s Polish keeper now hopes Sunday’s amazing 5-2 North London derby win will ignite his side’s Champions League charge.

    Szczesny said: “It was a great feeling beating Tottenham like that. It was comparable to beating Barcelona at the Emirates last season.

    “It is probably one of the best feelings I have ever had in football. I hope that win will transform our season. In the last two games at home we have scored 12 goals. It just shows you what we can do when we are on the front foot and we can really go for it.

    “After this win, we believe we can challenge Tottenham because we are seven points behind them now and we have the momentum.

    “I said ages ago we can’t realistically win the Premier League any more but now my main ambition is to finish above Tottenham.

    “You can see we are not any worse than them and, when we have the momentum and are on the front foot, we are very dangerous. We needed that performance, we needed that result and it came at a very important time for us.

    “You could see that once we started playing well, the fans got behind us and gave us a lot of support. I am sure they enjoyed it.

    “We are so very pleased for them because we have let them down in the last couple of weeks.

    “We needed that performance not only for us but for them as well.

    “As a fan myself, it was brilliant. I was buzzing.

    “Every goal felt better than the previous one and I was celebrating quite energetically.

    “But I loved it. For me, as an Arsenal fan, it was the first time I had beaten them, it was just great.”

  51. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 11:23am

    two years for Yossi markzever, not sure i’d agree on that one, maybe a one year rolling one at the most….

  52. Scott from Oz

    February 28, 2012 at 11:26am

    We attacked in numbers.
    We defended in numbers.
    We played like a team.
    That’s it in a nutshell.
    Forget tactics.
    Don’t worry about who did and don’t play.
    It was effort and enthusiasm.
    Great read,Steve.
    I’ve had the odd jibe,this one was a ripper.
    Mike Dean….big effort lol.

  53. lee

    February 28, 2012 at 11:38am

    re run of the game on SS1…..beautiful!!!!!!!

  54. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 11:41am

    Hi Scott

    Can never get too many re-runs lee 😉

  55. allezkev

    February 28, 2012 at 11:50am

    Is Everybody Happy??? :-). :-). :-)

  56. devilgunner

    February 28, 2012 at 11:59am

    of course everybody is happy Sir AK. Especially as now you have joined the fun today!!!! 😆

  57. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 12:00pm

    Cheezer has got more rabbit than sainsburys !
    Our problem is we keep running hot and cold, fix that and its full steam ahead for a top 4 finish.

  58. allezkev

    February 28, 2012 at 12:02pm

    There i was, driving north, thru Portman Square and onto Gloucester Place, eyes peeled, looking for a fare, when i noticed the silver taxi in front had a large Spurs badge on his boot. His number plate? MD52 CAB…
    I followed him up Gloucester Place singing “5~2 to the Arsenal”…

  59. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 12:09pm

    Kev, the only taxi driver speak i understand is “Haven’t you got anything smaller mate” which when translated actually means “Why don’t i just keep the change”

  60. allezkev

    February 28, 2012 at 12:11pm

    Mick. [in an eastern european accent] you know tooo much. :-)

  61. Scott from Oz

    February 28, 2012 at 12:12pm

    I will be away this weekend fishing,and nowhere near a Tele…..almost certainly out of phone range too,so won’t be catching the game.
    If I can catch some trout,surely our lads can do the job at Anfield.
    Cheer them home for me guys…….the trout I mean lol!!!!!

  62. allezkev

    February 28, 2012 at 12:14pm

    Gotta go, would luv to stay, but my public need me.

    Mick, you are a lucky fella….. :-)

    5~2 to the Arsenal…….. Hahaha.

  63. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 12:19pm

    Hi AK, happy as Larry 😛

  64. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 12:27pm

    Kev, it makes up for Craven Cottage last december when I was sat with the fulhams supporters, what a nightmare that was !
    Its quite often been emotional watching Arsenal this season, but games like Sunday make it all worthwhile.
    Ooh to, ooh to be, ooh to be a Gooner.

    Tiffin time.

  65. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 12:39pm

    Micko, full steam ahead for 3rd if we can play like we did in the second half on sunday…

  66. Scott from Oz

    February 28, 2012 at 1:00pm

    Micko,my boys been walking around for two days singing we hate Tottenham,and we hate Tottenham…
    Of course,most here in Oz have no idea what the hell he’s on about.
    His mum just whacks me for brainwashing a 6 y.o.

  67. lee

    February 28, 2012 at 1:02pm

    Scott, start em young!!!

  68. Scott from Oz

    February 28, 2012 at 1:11pm

    Lee,he’s gone already.

  69. lee

    February 28, 2012 at 1:33pm


  70. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 1:38pm

    Wish Bendtner was gone already…..

  71. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 1:50pm

    21 afc players on international duty this week, bet not many clubs can match that 😉

  72. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 1:51pm

    Off out with Fido…. laters all..

  73. Merlin96

    February 28, 2012 at 2:12pm

    iain says:

    February 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    merlin 96- wrong on both counts there me old son. Firstly profit is AFTER all essential costs are paid out- namely the bond for the stadium and secondly, why are you blaming Wenger when you have just heard Gazidis tell you that he controls what is available for spending on players!!?

    Hi Iain, I got to blame somebody right?.. 😆

    Yes, that 20-mil is now part of the operating expenditure, i.e. deducted from the turnovers.

    but the point is that Arsenal Holdings plc must generate enough turnovers to service that 20-mil every year.

    And once our last property development at Queensland is paid off, then the biggest money generator is “selling players” like in nay business “buy cheap and sell high”.

    I will be writing an artilce in a week or two to show that our turnovers from the football side of business had not grown since we moved to EMirates in 2006/07 season.

    WHo is to be blame for lack of transfer funds?
    Guess we will never know till Wenger wrote his memoir whihc will make pretty interesting reading.

    Perhaps when USmanov had attain 30% shares, we may have more disclosures on the inner Boardroom on our transfer policy..with USmanov washing those “dirty linen” to show out PHW & Co?

    I will rather pat a cobra than touch him with a 10 feet pole.

  74. lee

    February 28, 2012 at 2:34pm

    SS1 it’s on again…….beautiful!!!!

  75. allezkev

    February 28, 2012 at 2:36pm

    Mick, you’ve paid your dues. Only fair that you should enjoy a bit of the gravy.
    Scott, well done sir. You are a fine Father. Don’t let the mssr tell you any different.
    Afternoon Gooners btw and
    Afternoon Rico, woof to Fido…
    Fantabulous post Sir Steven. Quality penship.

    Why does Gazides feel the need to rain on our parade?
    What a mug…

  76. Merlin96

    February 28, 2012 at 2:37pm

    Arsène Wenger believes Robin van Persie is among the world’s best strikers because his movement keeps him one step ahead of the game.

    I agreed, and it is also the weak link in this Arsenal team.

    The reason why this team finds it so hard to click with the FORWARD LINE is simply the mobility and movement of Van Persie with none of the team-mates has yet to develop an understanding with him, his mobility and his movement off the ball.

    It is not like the French Spine who has a natural understanding of their movement with their team-mates, and un-real telepathic understanding.
    WIltord and even Freddy commented on it that even if they instinctly ran to an open channel with their eyes closed, they will find the ball at their feet.

    It is the vision, the overall awareness and peripheral vision of both Henry and Bergy than find it so easy to play with each other and the blindside running of Pires and Freddy, plus a deep running Vieira to pick up the loose balls and inject unpredictability into our attacking plays when he burst clear into the box, playing one-two and ended up with a clear shot at goal.

    Unfortunately, we have only one who can play like the French Spine – Van Persie.
    And to compound the porblme, it is no more “4-4-2” but a starting role as “Lone Striker” in 4-5-1 and morphed into 4-3-3 and now 4-2-3-1.

    It is the individual brilliance of Van Persie that saves us…certianly, not team-play as you can see the contribution of our goal tally by other attacking players.

    DO we see any blind side running from the flanks from our attacking midfielders? Like what Pires and Freddy did, suddenly ran behind Defence and a visionary thru’ ball will find ’em?

    DO we see all those sublime passes splittign teh defence liek from Vieira or Bergy or Henry?
    Or even quick one-two and then one of Arsenal players will run clear to goal?
    We rarely see it.

    It is unfortuante that after playing a total of 41 games this season, the team has yet to gell and MIDFIELD has yet to udnerstand the mvoement and mobility of Van Persie to play all those visionary thru’ balls and blindside running with Van Persie as a decoy to drag defence out of shape, creating numerous passing channel.

    We can see the potential of this TEAM with Roiscky’s goal, and with Theo’s 2nd goal…..i.e..if this TEAM gells and develop a telepathic understanding of Van Persie’s movement and mobility, we will see more and more of these kinds of goals from attacking midfielders and FORWARD-3 in Theo and Gervinho,

    If our average conversion rate is 17% to 20%,, then if we create 20+ decent shootting chances, we can score at least 2 goals per game now.

    Yes, we had seen the first swallow of the summer, perhasp another two swallows will appear in Liverpool and Milan to confirm that “summer is here” and we are now over the blip and be our scintillating self for the rest of the season.

    The key now is to harnass the movement and ability of Van Persie as a decoy to create numerous passing channels for attacking Arsenal players to shoot at goals…not forgetting that the sheer brilliance of Van Persie can always create hsi own shooting chances out of nothing.

    Perhaps our fortune is changing and we had climbed out of the pit we dug ourselves in in 2011..and nowhere to go but up now.

  77. allezkev

    February 28, 2012 at 2:39pm

    Hiya Lee. 15 mins to go before it’s five two…. :-)

  78. lee

    February 28, 2012 at 2:44pm

    it’s a gift that just keeps giving AK…..PRICELESS!!! How you doing buddy?

  79. allezkev

    February 28, 2012 at 2:48pm

    A bit quiet today Lee. But i’m as happy as larry. Can’t stop smiling. Think this feeling will last all week.

  80. allezkev

    February 28, 2012 at 2:50pm

    If i spot that yiddo cabby i’ll try and get a picture.
    MD52…. You couldn’t make it up… :-)

  81. allezkev

    February 28, 2012 at 2:55pm

    Tea break over.
    What’s the time Lee? :-)

    Lata Gooners

  82. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 2:58pm

    Rico, “IG may just have let the big moggy out of the bag”

    In other words he won’t go throwing any of the £115 million away on a new contract for RVP but will instead be trawling the free transfer market come the summer.

    Congratulations Arsenal on your pre-tax profit of £49.5 mill and £115 mill cash balance, how about ploughing it back into the squad and giving us a team that can complete for the title again, do that and we may take you seriously Gazidas, until then you’ll always be hypocrite.

  83. Joaquim Moreira

    February 28, 2012 at 3:00pm

    Djourou plays versus Argentina next wednesday. how many more players play on Wednesday or Tuesday?

  84. Joaquim Moreira

    February 28, 2012 at 3:05pm

    I read now: Park in suth Korea; Walcott and RVP in englnad;Vermaelen in Greece; Szesc and Fabianski in Poland; AOX in England;Gervinho in Ivory cost;Chamack in Marrocco; Ben in Israel;Song in guine;Yennaris in England;…
    All of them are nort compeltely fit for line-up next saturday! Some of new don’t rest 72 hours…

  85. Joaquim Moreira

    February 28, 2012 at 3:15pm

    I’m concern in next match.
    big problems in the midfield and forward. Rosicky is injury? Arteta and Ramsey must playing. RVP is suspend? Park probably not in conditions. Chamack must playing. Gervinho probaly also not fit for begginning. TW and OX. Coquelin is fit?

  86. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 3:39pm

    Afternoon all..

    AK, Fido says woof to you 😉

    Micko, if they don’t give RvP an ofer of a contract good enough to keep him, then be it on their heads i say… RvP has pretty much told us he wants to stay, now it’s up to the board…

    Does make me wonder if the spin has all come from the board about the money and wenger hasn’t exactly been given bucket loads to spend….

  87. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 3:44pm

    Howdy Hi Housers,

    Can’t believe I’m saying this but a Bendtner 52 might be worth something.

    SSP a fine read. On Sunday we played the occasion, today we judge it like a match. I still feel like a court jester though.

    AK don’t chase colleagues when ur backseat is occupied. They might think a hoody hijacked a cab.

  88. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 3:53pm

    Afternoon DG, the car yes, the player, never 😉

    It’s nearly that time again… 😆

  89. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 4:01pm

    Rico first post on 5:02 gets Sunday’s DVD for free.

  90. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 4:09pm

    I heard that Little Jack put in a request for Nikki’s shirt number. But Arsenal already sold the rights to PingPONG.

  91. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 4:13pm

    Hi dutch, Nikki Bendtner, the greatest striker that ever lived !

  92. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 4:19pm

    Micko that’s why I think a Bendy 52 will fetch some on e-bay. There has to be a humorous yiddo somewhere.

  93. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 4:19pm

    Ok DG, i’m going for it 😉

  94. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 4:25pm

    Good number plate for a yid would be TW45 😛

  95. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 4:35pm

    Why do yiddo’s like to watch porn movies in reverse ?
    They like the part where the hooker gives the money back.

  96. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 4:41pm

    😛 Micko

  97. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 4:53pm

    Sadie is just getting over moishes death, when she tries to puts an advert in the Jewish Cronicle.’

    Yes ma’am what would you like to rut in the advert?’ the sales person said

    ‘Moishes dead. Yes thats it Moishes dead.’says sadie.

    ‘Ok’ said the sales person on the phone, ‘But you do realise that this advert is 5 words minimum.’

    ‘Oh!’ said sadie, and after a few momments thought she says……

    ‘Ok then, can you please put…….Moishes dead, volvo for sale.’

  98. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 5:02pm

    I WON THE DVD!!!

    A group of Jewish American Tourist are in London and on their itinary is listed a visit to Blooms Kosher Restaurant in Golders Green.

    After being seated at the table they are served by a Chinese Waiter,who conducts the whole conversation in Yiddish.

    After the meal and just before they are about to leave, they are confronted by the owner, Mr. Bloom, who asks them if they enjoyed the meal.

    The leader of the group states that they were well satisfied by the food and service, but were amazed that the waiter only spoke in yiddish.

    Mr. Bloom placed the index finger of his right hand to his lips and said “Shush, he thinks he’s speaking in English”!!

  99. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 5:08pm

    Bugger, i missed it, i was out in the garden watching the Starlings group ready for bedtime – 100’s of them…

    Wonderful sight…..

  100. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 5:08pm

    As you brought it up dutch, that was one of the songs we were singing to our poor relations on sunday.
    To the tune of yellow submarine,

    You all live in a house in Golders Green,
    A house in Golders Green, a house in Golders Green.

    Still laughing at them.

  101. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 5:09pm

    Micko 😆

    DG – you are good form 😉

  102. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 5:12pm

    Micko you sleazy little bastard. Hahaha. Watching porn backwards. Hahahahaha. I can’t breathe.

  103. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 5:17pm

    Wish I was there Micko to help the volume pitch. 😛

    Hiya Stan. We missed you Sunday/Monday.

  104. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 5:18pm

    Stan, what’s this, time off for good behaviour ? Pour yourself a large one.

  105. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 5:21pm

    Hi ya dg been too busy to blog. How are you my man? How’s rotterdam?

  106. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 5:25pm

    All good but I can’t fill your boots Goonie so be a proper hoody and dump the bracelet on your ankle. 😉

  107. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 5:28pm

    I ll be with you lovely folks pretty soon. Hey micko, had a mini party at my block after the game on Sunday. Partied till the neighbours called the cops on us. Mama was mad she gave me a vicious tongue lash but hey it was worth it.

  108. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 5:30pm

    Bracelet, dg?

  109. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 5:32pm

    Better slap it on the cat of your parole agent.

  110. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 5:34pm

    Community service GPS.

  111. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 5:35pm

    Anyway will you ll be going to see the boys rip England apart? My cousin is by the way.

  112. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 5:40pm

    Hope we smash them and put parker and co in their place. Robin to get a hatrick and koyt to get one and pull a hammy.

  113. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 5:42pm

    No mate, they don’t sell champagne and Beluga caviar in the stadium. Joking. Will watch it on the telly. Don’t think it will be a thumping anyway. And sure won’t miss the abuse/banter here.

  114. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 5:42pm

    Highbury House has gone double dutch.

  115. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 5:47pm

    I bet Rico ll be fuming after we put five past them. Hey micko nothing like a dose of dutch if you know what i mean. God bless the dutch.

  116. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 5:47pm

    Hammy Stan :) . Shame Suarez isn’t nationalised for one game. :(

  117. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 5:49pm

    You and me me both dg. Shame.

  118. DutchGooner10

    February 28, 2012 at 5:58pm

    Off for dinner people. Lata.

    Stan behave, hope to have your ars warming a seat in HH regularly again soon. Don’t let us down.

  119. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 5:59pm

    Whatever happened to rockyrocastle. I ve not seen him here in a while.

  120. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 6:03pm

    Later dg. By the way what are you having?

  121. Micko

    February 28, 2012 at 6:03pm

    Home-time, keep it real guys.

    Some neighbours can be so inconsiderate stan.

  122. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 6:05pm

    See ya micko…

  123. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 6:07pm

    Fuming goonster, why?? I wanted 8!!

    see ya Micko, enjoy dinner DG…..

  124. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 6:07pm

    God am parched. My kingdom for a bottle of cold German beer.

  125. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 6:13pm

    off for an early dinner too, and i have to cook it first 😉


  126. Goonster

    February 28, 2012 at 6:18pm

    Later mama bear. Got to run too. I ve got a date in an hour. Need to get out of this funky smelling shirt. See ya pals.

  127. allezkev

    February 28, 2012 at 6:43pm

    BBC5Live radio. 8.30pm to 9.30pm.
    Martin Keown + another guest, discussing Arsenal’s finances.

  128. devilgunner

    February 28, 2012 at 6:52pm

    Hiya folks. Back again.

    A Yid and a Gunner were arguing about how many weeks a year has. The yid kept stressing the opposite to the Gunner’s answer. The Yid was arguing that it is around 39 weeks since their year starts and ends with football. However the Gunner said that football is a year all round activity with the domestic and international games. Thus it cannot be 39 weeks.

    Can anyone tell me what amount of weeks the Gunner said????

  129. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 7:03pm

    Hi AK, just watched Keown on a question of Sport, he was rubbish 😉

    52 devil 😉

  130. rico

    February 28, 2012 at 7:28pm

    All quiet so i’m heading out early, going to watch the soaps…

    Nighty all, be good and stay safe…..

  131. devilgunner

    February 28, 2012 at 7:29pm

    Good night Lady of the manor.

    I am off too.

    Gd night everyone

  132. allezkev

    February 28, 2012 at 10:06pm

    Reports from Germany say that Lukasz Podolski’s advisors are close to finalising his transfer to Arsenal…

  133. Merlin96

    February 28, 2012 at 10:17pm

    Hi I read the latest that Gazidis said being 5th is no big deal!!!

    ANy truth in this statement from that baldie dumb jack ass???

  134. Merlin96

    February 28, 2012 at 10:22pm

    ARSENAL fans have blasted Ivan Gazidis for claiming finishing outside the top four would NOT hurt the club.


    Related Stories

    The Gunners chief executive insisted missing out on the Champions League would make virtually no difference to keeping stars like 29-goal striker Robin van Persie.

    Gazidis said: “There are very few clubs in the world that you would go to ahead of Arsenal in terms of consistently being there.

    “I don’t see that adversely impacting on our ability to attract players or retain the top players that we have.”

    But his claims on the day Arsenal revealed a pre-tax profit of almost £50million for the six months to November sparked outrage among supporters.

    Mike Barnett, spokesman for the fans’ group ‘Arsenal FC, not PLC’, rapped: “That is a ridiculous thing for Ivan to have said.

    “In the past few years we have qualified for the Champions League and our best players have still left, so how can we expect to keep them if we aren’t in the Champions League?

    GAZ LEAK … Ivan claimed 5th is OK
    “The likes of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, even Thierry Henry in 2007, all left in part because they wanted to win trophies and didn’t think they could do that with us.

    “For us the Champions League is the be-all and end-all — we run a tight ship financially and losing out on £40m of Champions League money would mean we can’t attract the best players.

    “Van Persie won’t be at Arsenal if we aren’t in the Champions League next season, unless he sees we are investing heavily in top-quality players.

    “Ultimately, ambition has to come from the top down and this sort of statement doesn’t help.”

    But Gazidis insisted: “It’s important to acknowledge the most important thing for this football club is how we do on the pitch.

    “We have a healthy cash balance of £115m for the half year. But not all that money is available to invest in transfers.

    “The results when some clubs live outside their means can be disastrous.”

    From The Sun.

  135. Scott from Oz

    February 29, 2012 at 9:06am

    He needs to tell us his plan.
    Even if they invested dribs and drabs for three or four years,and then splurged big time,we would have light at the end of the tunnel.
    Yes,I’m a broken record,but these comments merely add weight to my argument that its the board,not Wenger,limiting our spending.
    Evening all.

  136. rico

    February 29, 2012 at 9:16am

    New Post up….

    Morning Scott

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