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Three more points needed today, for No 7….

March 31, 2012

Quick word on todays opponent QPR:

  1. It’s four points from a possible 21 for Mark Hughes’ men.
  2. QPR’s 1-0 win over Chelsea represents their only win in five London Premier League derbies this term.
  3. The R’s are without a clean sheet in 21 Premier League matches. They have conceded 39 goals since then, including seven in their last three games.
  4. QPR have received a league-high six red cards this season.

We need to make sure we are not the second team in London to lose to Hughes’ thugs today, we have to take three points!

Today means more than just three point’s, it’s about remembering David ‘Rocky’ Rocastle…

Thumbs up to you too Rocky.....

Our old No7, David ‘Rocky’ Rocastle, lost his battle against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma eleven years ago today, aged just 33 years old!!

Despite the number of years that have passed, Arsenal fans young and old still miss him today….

After leaving school 1983, Rocky Arsenal Football Club as an apprentice spending two years in the youth team. Just prior to the beginning of 1985/86 season he signed his first professional contract. Then, just nine years later Arsenal decided to sell Rocky  to Leeds United for £2 Million.

He cried, he cried his heart out knowing that he would no longer be part of the club he loved and cared for so much! How many players in today’s game would feel that way?

He didn’t want to leave Arsenal Football Club, not one bit and I doubt there was any Gooner who wanted him to leave either….

The team must turn up today and do Rocky’s memory proud, fight with the fight he had as a player, give what that man used to give for the club he loved and play with the pride in the Arsenal shirt that Rocky had every time he pulled his on.

That’s all we ask today, do so and three points will travel the short journey home to the Emirates and we’ll remain third in the Premier League, regardless of what else happens this weekend.

Do it for Rocky, Do it just for Rocky!



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Walcott’s the best & signing his new contract is as important as RvP signing his……

March 30, 2012

Kieran Gibbs believes Theo Walcott is the best winger in England.

For me, yes he is, put it this way, I would not like to be coming up against him.

Right now, Theo is playing the best football he ever has in an Arsenal shirt, his crossing is certainly better and he’s even getting a few goals.

So is Gibbs right, is Theo better than his counterparts in the Premier League?

We all know that Walcott’s contract runs out at the same time as our captains and I know you will no doubt all slap me down for suggesting this, but my own view is that both contracts need to be signed asap, and both are equally important to our club.

Robin may score the goals, but behind every goal he scores, there has to be a provider and Theo has very often been that player.

Keeping both Theo and Robin is key to our future, surely?

Wenger hopes he will be able to persuade Walcott to sign on the dotted line, his words of encouragement and vision for the future being the key.

Walcott earns about £60,000 a week, but if reports are to be believed, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are all keeping an eye on his contract situation and are ready to pounce if no agreement is reached.

However, Wenger is desperate to keep his man:

The fact he is so long in the spotlight, people forget Theo is 22 (now 23) and getting now to an age where you perform. It is as simple as that. Theo develops well because he is intelligent. Tactically and technically he had a complete game against Newcastle.

To be fair on Theo, his game has improved after his second half performance against Tottenham but then so has other players games improved too since that day.

Some believe that Walcott’s final decision about his future will depend on whether his captain will sign a contract extension but, and I think I have suggested this before, players like Theo are equally important to Robin staying too.

The pair have developed a lethal partnership, a great , one which we all need to carry on next season.

Hopefully in the future I would like to play up front with him, but if I am setting up goals, then that is the most important thing. He is tucking them away and the team is winning; so you can’t ask for much more.

Robin is getting into his golf now but I don’t think he is up to the level I am. But he will be. He is a great man, a great captain and very important to this club. It means so much just to be on the pitch with Robin. When he says those words when I’m right next to him, it just makes me so happy. If he’s enjoying what I am doing, then that is the main thing. If the staff and the coaches are happy, that’s all I want.

Stability, that’s what we need in our squad, a squad that when all fit is not far off from being the best in the Premier League, two or three additions would make it complete.

So, come on Theo, get on and sign your new contract and then others may just follow suit….

Finally, it seems Laurent Koscielny will miss tomorrows game through injury, although it’s more likely he is sitting this one out to avoid any chance of missing next weekends fixture against Citeh as he is one booking away from a ban.

Lukas Podolski update.

That’s it for today, have a good one all….



Twenty players out this summer? PSG want Chamakh for starters….

March 29, 2012

Arsenal are entering that period of the season, when difficult decisions are being made on the futures of many fringe players.

I don’t mean the likes of Sebastian Squillaci, Nicklas Bendtner, Manuel Almunia, Denilson, Carlos Vela and Lukasz Fabianski as it seems fairly certain that most, if not all of the above, will be leaving Arsenal this summer.

There are quite a few others though who Arsene Wenger could be seriously asking himself, if they have a future at Arsenal?

The likes of Craig Eastmond, Sean McDermott, Gavin Hoyte, James Shea, Rhys Murphy, Sanchez Watt, Vito Mannone, Kyle Bartley,
Ju Young Park, Chamakh, Yossi Benayoun, Henri Lansbury, Pedro Botelho and not forgetting Andrei Arshavin!

That’s 20 players in total…

Would Wenger really agree to release 20 players???

I cannot see so many leaving at the same time, despite so many excellent young players eagerly waiting to take their places in the 1st team and Reserve squads.

Wenger will probably send many of them out on loan again and we might very well be surprised at who Arsene retains rather than who he releases.

Take Ju Young Park for example, even if Podolski joins and Campbell gets a work permit, what would be gained by selling him now that he doesn’t have military service hanging over him? Also, we cannot be sure if our annual injury jinx will switch it’s attention away from our defenders, onto our forwards next season so it might be prudent to have an extra striker in the squad, just in case the worst case scenario decides to fall upon us.

Maroune Chamakh – most Arsenal fans are certain that Wenger will sell him, especially if Podolski joins but Arsene Wenger seldom does what we all think he’ll do, so don’t be surprised if Chamakh stays, at least for one more season.

I certainly wouldn’t be surprised at all, despite the newspapers being full of the story that PSG want to sign him for £5-6 Million.

Yossi Benayoun is a good professional and a good team player, but his salary is rather on the expensive side for someone who plays so few games.

What about Yossi, would he accept a pay-cut to stay?

Unlikely in my opinion and that’s why I expect to see our Israeli midfielder returning to Chelsea in the summer.

Bartley, Lansbury, Eastmond, Hoyte, Watt, McDermott, Shea, Murphy and Botelho are all in their early 20’s and need 1st team football at this stage of their careers, playing in the reserves is no good to them.

My own view is that Bartley, Lansbury and Eastmond will stay Gooners but go out on loan again.

The others, well that’s anyone’s guess.

I believe that Botelho is under contract to us for one more year and I strongly suspect that he’ll spend that year on loan in Spain again, before leaving for good in 2013.

Vito Mannone is in his mid-20’s and needs regular first team football, a summer transfer for him would probably be best for all concerned.

Wenger has made it clear that he likes Andrei Arshavin and despite loaning him back to Zenit St Petersburg, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him returning to the fold for next season.

Despite all the rumours, we cannot be certain that Wenger will sign anyone!

It seems that Mario Gotze won’t be leaving Dortmund for another year at least. Jan Vertonghen, despite his come and get me plea, could quite easily end up at White Hart Lane and Lukasz Podolski is now talking up a move to Lazio Roma.

So we might be a position next summer, of having to hold onto what we already have, as no replacements arrive.

Don’t be surprised if next seasons new additions turn out to be Junior Hoillett, Joel Campbell and Ryo Miyaichi…!!!

We all know what Arsene is like, bless him and we all know that we have a CEO who is all mouth and no trousers….

Finally, today Arsene Wenger will find out if he is to face another touchline ban in Europe after the ‘goings on’ in the tunnel after our Milan game. I think we all know what the outcome will be don’t we?

Written by Allezkev

Vertonghen, M’Vila, Giroud & Podolski to sign? The Arsene Wenger Witch-Hunt goes on…

March 28, 2012

Just a few titbits because we all love them:

The Sun have a fab story, not too far off being believable too. The paper suggests we aren’t going to hang around when the season closes in relation to our summer transfers. Lukas Podolski could be announced this week and then Jan Vertonghen, Montpellier’s Olivier Giroud and Rennes playmaker Yann M’Vila could be in the door within weeks after this season closes.

I’m sure that if this story is close to the truth, most Arsenal fans would be pretty happy, then all we need to do is snap up an aging goal-keeper.

Simples :)

The Daily Mail report that Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh, Sebastien Squillaci, Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson, Carlos Vela and Almunia are all set to be sold off/let go for free this summer. Good!

On to today’s post:

Many of you will remember the witch hunt that Arsene Wenger went through after Arsenals poor start of the season saw us slump to 17th in the league, every pundit and anybody associated to football in any description was adamant that Arsenals 15 year run on the trot in The Champions League was about to come to an end,

No matter who you listened to, whatever we read, most were saying that Arsene Wenger had run out of idea’s and his usual vibrancy and energy had disappeared much like Fabregas Clichy and Na$ri.

As strange as it may have seemed, they all felt that Arsenal was in dire need of a new manager, one with more energy and more commitment.

They felt that after we had sold those afore-mentioned players we had also given away the only chance we had of retaining our top four position.

The players who Arsene Wenger signed late in the transfer window were seen as nothing other than panic buys and they would only drag us down even further.

They said that Arsene Wenger had lost the plot and he’s refusal to spend and spend big was the reason that The Arsenal were struggling and until we sack him we will not see Champions League football again.

He has managed to get us to 3rd place in the Premier League which all those so-called expert pundits claim to be the best league in the world. Ok, Champions League football is not guaranteed yet and we could still slump and miss out but with injured players slowly returning and other players finding blistering form I have no doubts that we will see the season out and claim our usual position which has become legendary.

I would at this stage mention other clubs around us that are also fighting hard for inclusion into the Champions League, Chelsea and Tottenham of course are the closest and Newcastle could yet spring a surprise.

Chelsea have had to sack their manager Andre Villas-Boas for not winning more games and now while they look for their next short-term manager they have an interim Manager and Tottenham have crumbled to a spell of 6 games without winning which has seen The Arsenal come from 10pts behind them to being 3pts above them!

What I think is strange, is no witch hunt has started on the Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, just six games ago Redknapp was saying that he didn’t just see them qualifying for Champions league but he truly believed they were a good bet to win the Premier League.

While Redknapp continues to not come under scrutiny by the media, the same people are still reluctant to give praise to our manager which for me, shows nothing but biased and shallow opinion.

The media, the so-called pundits, the red top reporters are nothing but Gutter Snipes!

I like that phrase, it reminds me of a comic I used to read as a kid and its taken me many years to find a use for it,  vermin pundits that we all know and hate are very fitting.

I was listening to Talk S***E the other night on the way home with Durham and Gough and their hatred of The Arsenal came across very clear. They find it impossible to say a good word in favour of our club and our manager and I would urge all Gooners to only listen or read your daily Arsenal fix on proper Arsenal sites!

You can pick up all the latest news, transfer news and it won’t be tainted from pathetic anti Arsenalists.

Support your club and give credit when it’s due, Wenger at this moment in time is a legend and is the right man to lead us, we will all no doubt look at the end of the season and see where we are but you know what you get with Wenger, he won’t financially break us and he will always do his best for us and the law of averages suggest that we must be close to a trophy soon.

With this current squad all fit, that day must be very close.

The ‘will he or won’t he’ will continue over Van Persie, the press will love that one won’t they? I just hope he stay’s and signs his new contract real soon but, should he see his future elsewhere The Arsenal will still go on, we will compete and we will replace him if it comes to it.

Robin knows he is appreciated here at The Arsenal, he knows that we have always shown him support and no doubt he knows that he is at the best club in the world so I don’t think he’ll be going anywhere.

Pundits, show them the contempt they deserve, they are nothing but Gutter Snipes, they will  carry on with their witch-hunt, let’s just not join them….

Written by Steve Palmer

Will we get a third boost? Wenger in for M’Vila and pay-rise for Songinho…

March 27, 2012

With the success of a fully fit Robin Van Persie and Tomas Rosicky in mind, it would be excellent if we could enjoy a treble this season…

That is, to witness a fully fit Abou Diaby firing on all cylinders and contributing to the team effort in attaining 3rd spot.

Hopefully both Abou and Francis Coquelin will soon be added to the 1st team mix, with a view to being considered by Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal have eight games to get through before the end on the season, that’s twenty-four points up for grabs!

Every single one of those fixtures will be ultra competitive as the season reaches it make or breaking point.

A  fresh pair of legs, maybe even 2 or 3 pairs, could swing evenly fought games our way during the run-in and they could be the difference between finishing 5th, 4th or 3rd…

Arsene Wenger has spent the last few days, keeping a very low profile. his players have not been indulging in their usual habit of Tweeting, save for supporting comments for Fabrice Muamba.

To me, it shows a welcome level of focus on the job at hand and something I hope all the staff keep up until the final game on May 13th.

I want to see my club, my team, my players, doing their talking on the pitch.

I want my to hear my manager staying away from controversial comments and remaining humble before games.

Low profile is the watchword.

No big talk before games, no boasting, just stay calm!!

Transfer tittle-tattle continues to rumble on, with no comment being Arsene’s policy. He is allowing the speculation to flow, unchecked because I suspect that the majority of his targets, are not those that have been routinely touted in the Press/Media.

Arsene has his eyes on reinforcements, but he most certainly won’t alert Mancini and whoever is in charge at Chelsea this coming summer, so that neither of the Petro-Dollar clubs can gazump him in the final straight.

We shall get a myriad of stories and rumours, linking us to zillion different players over the next 5 months and most of those stories will have their origin in the imagination of some lazy journalist or an agent. Each and every one of them, intended to engineer the sales of newspapers, boost internet hits on some scabby website or increase interest in some Tom, Dick, Mario or Harry, footballer.

It’s the same every year and all it does is sow discourse, disappointment and discontent among the Gunners faithful.

We really should be wise to what is coming guys and gals.

Sure discuss rumours, speculate about transfers, suggest line-ups, systems and whatever else rocks your boat, but don’t take all the media crap too seriously, and don’t be too disappointed if 95% of the links to Arsenal, prove to be red herrings.

The speculation, the misinformation, the lies, damned lies and Press transfer gossip, but let’s not forget we already have a great squad of players, we just need them to stay fit more often….

It’s all part of the rumour game and The Daily Mail have another this morning, they suggest that Wenger is definitely after M’Vila but he’s not to replace Alex Song as the latter is set to be offered a bumper pay-rise in a new contract.

Written by Allezkev

Did Arsene Wenger really do all this?

March 26, 2012

Paul Tomkins “Pay as you Play” 2010.


Current Transfer Price Purchase Price (CTPP) is roughly defined as all transfer prices from 1992 to 2010 are “equalized” to 2010 price, adjusted for inflation. You all will have to read Tomkins’ book to get a more detailed explanation.

Other player transfer fees are obtained from www.transfermarket.co.uk; with the actual fees differ from Tomkins’ book. Their transfer fees are adjusted to 2010 CTPP price via extrapolation, and also assuming 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 transfer fees remained the same value for easy comparison.

Players who were transferred before the Premier League was formed have the first Premier League season listed as their transfer date.

I compiled a list of all Arsenal players bought by Bruce Rioch (1995/96 – and of course Bergy was bought on the recommendation of Wenger) and Arsene Wenger, players who played in the Premier League from 1992 to 2012:

00 _ Year _ CTPP _____ Original Fee _ Name of Player

01 _ 99/00: £24,640,038 : £10,500,000 : Henry T

02 _ 97/98: £23,632,552 : £  7,000,000 : Overmars M

03 _ 00/01: £23,138,382 : £13,000,000 : Wiltord S

04 _ 05/06: £21,897,039 : £12,000,000 : Walcott T

05 _ 03/04: £21,219,452 : £10,500,000 : Reyes J

06 _ 05/06: £20,437,236 : £11,200,000 : Hleb A

07 _ 95/96: £19,721,386 : £  7,500,000 : Bergkamp D

08 _ 92/93: £16,640,516 : £  2,500,000 : Wright Ian

09 _ 08/09: £15,000,000 : £14,520,000 : Arshavin A

10 _ 08/09: £14,545,455 : £14,080,000 : Nasri S

11 _ 07/08: £13,408,532 : £11,880,000 : Eduardo

12 _ 92/93: £13,312,412 : £  2,000,000 : Keown M

13 _ 01/02: £13,106,620 : £10,000,000 : Jeffers F

14 _ 05/06: £12,773,273 : £  7,000,000 : Adebayor E

15 _ 95/96: £12,490,211 : £  4,750,000 : Platt David

16 _ 00/01: £12,459,129 : £  7,000,000 : Lauren

17 _ 11/12: £12,144,000 : £12,144,000 : Oxlade-Chamberlain A

18 _ 06/07: £11,817,182 : £  6,800,000 : Rosicky T

19 _ 97/98: £11,816,276 : £  3,500,000 : Petit E

20 _ 96/97: £11,816,276 : £  3,500,000 : Vieira P

21 _ 01/02: £11,303,149 : £  8,624,000 : Pires R

22 _ 99/00: £11,151,377 : £  4,752,000 : Suker D

23 _ 97/98: £11,141,060 : £  3,300,000 : Petit E

24 _ 97/98: £11,141,060 : £  3,300,000 : Grimandi G

25 _ 01/02: £11,140,627 : £  8,500,000 : Van Bronckhorst

26 _ 98/99: £11,023,117 : £  4,500,000 : Kanu N

27 _ 10/11: £11,000,000 : £11,000,000 : Koscielny L

28 _ 00/01: £10,679,253 : £  6,000,000 : Edu

29 _ 09/10: £10,560,000 : £10,560,000 : Vermaelen T

30 _ 11/12: £10,560,000 : £10,560,000 : Gervinho

31 _ 11/12: £10,560,000 : £10,560,000 : Arteta M

32 _ 01/02: £10,380,443 : £  7,920,000 : Wright Richard

33 _ 11/12: £  9,944,000 : £  9,944,000 : Mertesacker P

34 _ 02/03: £  9,797,984 : £  6,072,000 : Gilberto Silva

35 _ 98/99: £  9,700,343 : £  3,960,000 : Ljungberg F

36 _ 92/93: £  9,371,939 : £  1,408,000 : John Jenson

37 _ 07/08: £  8,939,021 : £  7,920,000 : Sagna B

38 _ 94/95: £  8,677,410 : £  3,300,000 : Hartson J

39 _ 97/98: £  8,318,658 : £  2,464,000 : Upson M

40 _ 06/07: £  8,028,914 : £  4,400,000 : Denilson

41 _ 04/05: £  8,004,624 : £  4,400,000 : Almunia M

42 _ 04/05: £  7,204,161 : £  3,960,000 : Robin van Persie

43 _ 97/98: £  7,130,279 : £  2,112,000 : Luis Boa Morte

44 _ 93/94: £  6,466,895 : £  2,640,000 : Keown M

45 _ 98/99: £  6,466,895 : £  2,640,000 : Diawara K

46 _ 05/06: £  6,423,131 : £  3,520,000 : Song Alex

47 _ 03/04: £  6,224,373 : £  3,080,000 : Lehman J

48 _ 11/12: £  6,160,000 : £  6,160,000 : Santos A

49 _ 98/99: £  5,927,987 : £  2,420,000 : Luzhny O

50 _ 08/09: £  5,818,182 : £  5,632,000 : Ramsey A

51 _ 10/11: £  5,720,000 : £  5,720,000 : Squillaci S

52 _ 03/04: £  5,690,855 : £  2,816,000 : Fabregas C

53 _ 02/03: £  5,431,491 : £  3,366,000 : Cygan P

54 _ 94/95: £  5,206,446 : £  1,980,000 : Kiwomya C

55 _ 05/06: £  4,817,349 : £  2,640,000 : Vela Carlos

56 _ 05/06: £  4,817,349 : £  2,640,000 : Diaby A

57 _ 98/99: £  4,742,390 : £  1,936,000 : Vivas N

58 _ 07/08: £  4,320,527 : £  3,828,000 : Fabianski L

59 _ 06/07: £  3,649,507 : £  2,000,000 : Merida F

60 _ 04/05: £  3,522,035 : £  1,936,000 : Eboue E

61 _ 10/11: £  3,520,000 : £  3,520,000 : Wellington Silva

62 _ 11/12: £  2,992,000 : £  2,992,000 : Park CY

63 _ 93/94: £  2,950,319 : £  1,122,000 : McGoldrick E

64 _ 07/08: £  2,880,351 : £  2,552,000 : Diarra L

65 _ 99/00: £  2,374,830 : £  1,012,000 : Malz S

66 _ 94/95: £  2,313,976 : £     880,000 : Schwarz S

67 _ 97/98: £  2,035,100 : £     602,800 : Manninger A

68 _ 01/02: £  1,730,074 : £  1,320,000 : Stepanovs I

69 _ 96/97: £  1,688,039 : £     500,000 : Anelka N

70 _ 00/01: £  1,409,661 : £     792,000 : Tavlaridis E

71 _ 07/08: £  1,191,869 : £  1,056,000 : Botelho P

72 _ 97/98: £  1,114,106 : £     330,000 : Mendez A

73 _ 11/12: £     990,000 : £     990,000 : Jenkinson C

74 _ 11/12: £     880,000 : £     880,000 : Campbell Joel

75 _ 08/09: £     836,000 : £     836,000 : Silvestre M

76 _ 05/06: £     729,901 : £     400,000 : Mannone V

77 _ 03/04: £     666,897 : £     330,000 : Clichy G

78 _ 04/05: £     480,277 : £     264,000 : Lupoli A

79 _ 11/12: £     420,000 : £     420,000 : Eisfield T

80 _ 94/95: £     416,516 : £     158,400 : Lee Harper

81 _ 01/02: £     403,684 : £     308,000 : Juan

82 _ 07/08: £     297,967 : £     264,000 : Freeman L

83 _ 08/09: £     272,727 : £     264,000 : Bischoff A

84 _ 06/07: £     120,434 : £       66,000 : Rui Fonte

85 _ 96/97: Free : Remi Garde

87 _ 97/98: Free : Wreh C

88 _ 99/00: Free : Sylvinho

89 _ 01/02: Free : Sol Campbell

90 _ 01/02: Free : Kolo Toure

91 _ 01/02: Free : Inamoto J

92 _ 04/05: Free : Flamini M

93 _ 10/11: Free : Chamakh M

94 _ 10/11: Free : Ryo Miyaichi

Guess which players value for money and which players a waste of space?

Do notice that Wenger overpaid for all those overhyped English players who did not make it at Arsenal.

Did Arsene Wenger really made money on player transfer fees?

Gauge for yourself on these figures obtained from www.transfermarket.co.uk:

Year : Profit/(Loss) : Arrival in £ : Departure in £

92/93::: (1,452,000) ::: 1,408,000 ::: 2,860,000

93/94::: (3,762,000) ::: 3,762,000 ::: 0

94/95::: (2,622,400) ::: 6,318,400 ::: 3,696,000

95/96: (14,212,000) : 16,148,000 ::: 1,936,000

96/97:::: 7,207,200 :::: 5,376,800 : 12,584,000

97/98: (17,916,000) : 18,708,000 :::::: 792,000

98/99: (15,180,000) : 16,456,000 ::: 1,276,000

99/00:: 16,016,000 ::: 19,932,000 : 35,948,000

00/01:: 22,594,000 ::: 32,824,000 : 55,418,000

01/02: (36,784,000) : 44,000,000 ::: 7,216,000

02/03:::::::: 66,000 :::: 9,438,000 ::: 9,504,000

03/04: (16,990,000) : 18,046,000 ::: 1,056,000

04/05::: (7,114,800) : 10,560,000 ::: 3,445,200

05/06: (18,480,000) : 40,480,000 : 22,000,000

06/07:::::::: 836,000 : 13,266,000 : 14,102,000

07/08:: 22,748,000 ::: 27,500,000 : 50,248,000

08/09: (12,628,000) : 35,332,000 : 22,704,000

09/10:: 31,416,000 ::: 10,560,000 : 41,976,000

10/11: (12,144,000) : 20,240,000 ::: 8,096,000

11/12:: 14,245,200 ::: 54,650,000 : 68,895,200


Arsenal FC Spendings from 1992/93 to 2011/12:

Losses = (£41,252,400): Arrival = £405,005,200: Departure = £363,752,400

Or Arsenal had spent £405,005,200 on players with losses of (£41,252,400) without adjusting for inflation.

Arsene Wenger’s Spendings from 1996/97 to 2011/12:

Losses = (£22,108,400): Arrival = £377,368,800: Departure = £355,260,400

Or Arsene Wenger had spent £377,368,800 on players with losses of (£22,108,400) without adjusting for inflation.

Throughout Wenger’s managerial career, he always spent, but wisely and always on the lookout for bargains and he will never match the spending sprees of Alex Ferguson, Benitez, Dalglish, and “financial doping” of Mourinho and Mancini. And he can snap up quality players from free transfers or on a Bosman like Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure, Flamini and Ryo Miyachi.

Wenger’s Policy is always to snap up bargains and to build within since his days in France, as well as in Japan. And the complaint of Patrick Vieira for not buying “world-class players” best summed up Arsene Wenger’s reply, “You were not world-class when you signed for Arsenal.”

For easy reference, I list out the players that Arsene Wenger bought since 1995/96 season (plus since the start of Premier League) Taken from www.transfermarket.co.uk:


1 – John Jenson – £1,408,000



1 – M Keown – £2,640,000

2 – E McGoldrick – £1,122,000


1 – J Hartson – £3,300,000

2 – C Kiwomya – £1,980,000

3 – S Schwarz – £880,000

4 – Lee Harper – £158,400

1995/96 – Spent £16,148,000

1 – D Bergkamp – £9,900,000

2 – David Platt – £6,248,000

1996/97 – Spent £5,376,800

1 – P Vieira – £4,708,000

2 – N Anelka – £668,800

1997/98 – Spent £18,708,800

1 – M Overmars – £6,600,000

2 – E Petit – £3,300,000

3 – G Grimandi – £3,300,000

4 – Mathew Upson – £2,464,000

5 – Luis Boa Morte – £2,112,000

6 – Alex Manninger – £602,800

7 – A Mendez – £330,000

8 – C Wreh – Free

1998/99 – Spent £16,456,000

1 – N Kanu – £5,500,000

2 – F Ljungberg – £3,960,000

3 – K Diawara – £2,640,000

4 – O Luzhny – £2,420,000

5 – Nelson Vivas – £1,936,000

1999/00 – Spent £19,932,000

1 – T Henry – £14,168,000

2 – D Suker – £4,752,000

3 – S Malz – £1,012,000

4 – Sylvinho – Free

2000/01 – Spent £32,824,000

1 – F Jeffers – £13,464,000

2 – Lauren – £9,416,000

3 – R Pires – £8,624,000

4 – I Stepanovs – £1,320,000

2001/02 – Spent £44,000,000

1 – S Wiltord – £15,400,000

2 – Van Bronckhorst – £11,880,000

3 – Richard Wright – £7,920,000

4 – Edu – £7,700,000

5 – E Tavlaridis – £792,000

6 – Juan – £308,000

7 – Kolo Toure – Free

8 – J Inamoto – Free

9 – Sol Campbell – Free

2002/03 – Spent £9,438,000

1 – Gilberto Silva – £6,072,000

2 – Pascal Cygan – £3,366,000

2003/04 – Spent £17,846,000

1 – Jose Reyes – £10,500,000

2 – J Lehmann – £3,080,000

3 – C Fabregas – £2,816,000

4 – P Senderos – £1,320,000

5 – Gael Clichy – £330,000

2004/05 – Spent £10,560,000

1 – M Almunia – £4,400,000

2 – Van Persie – £3,960,000

3 – E Eboue – £1,936,000

4 – A Lupoli – £264,000

5 – M Flamini – Free

2005/06 – Spent £40,480,000

1 – Alex Hleb – £13,200,000

2 – Theo Walcott – £9,240,000

3 – E Adebayor – £8,800,000

4 – Alex Song – £3,520,000

5 – Abou Diaby – £2,640,000

6 – Carlos Vela – £2,640,000

7 – V Mannone – £400,000

2006/07 – Spent £13,266,000

1 – T Rosicky – £8,800,000

2 – Denilson – £4,400,000

3 – Rui Fonte – £66,000

2007/08 – Spent £27,500,000

1 – Eduardo – £11,880,000

2 – B Sagna – £97,920,000

3 – L Fabianski – £3,828,000

4 – Lasana Diarra – £2,552,000

5 – Pedro Botelho – £1,056,000

6 – Luke Freeman – £264,000

2008/09 – Spent £35,332,000

1 – A Arshavin – £14,520,000

2 – Samir Nasri – £14,080,000

3 – A Ramsey – £5,632,000

4 – M Silvestre – £836,000

5 – A Bischoff – £264,000

2009/10 – Spent £10,560,000

1 – T Vermaelen – £10,560,000

2010/11 – Spent £20,240,000

1 – L Koscielny – £11,000,000

2 – S Squillaci – £5,720,000

3 – Wellington Silva – £3,520,000

4 – Ryo Miyachi – Free

5 – Chamakh – Free

2011/12 – Spent £54,650,000

1 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – £12,144,000

2 – Gervinho – £10,560,000

3 – M Arteta – £10,560,000

4 – P Mertesacker – £9,944,000

5 – Andre Santos – £6,160,000

6 – Park CY – £2,992,000

7 – C Jenkinson – £990,000

8 – Joel Campbell – £880,000

9 – Tomas Eisfield – £420,000

That is the breakdown over the years, so what can we expect this summer?

Written by Merlin96

Szczesny bored at Arsenal? Two mighty fine strikes secure 3-0 Victory…..

March 25, 2012

I didn’t watch the game live, had to wait for Football First later on in the day but Matt Le Tissier was covering our match on Sky Sports and he made me chuckle, he usually does.

He said that our goal keeper had absolutely nothing to do in the first half, which made me wonder if he gets bored during a game when it’s so one-sided.  Then, at the end of the match, Le Tiss said that our Pole had one save to make, and that came at him at about two miles an hour.

How do goal keepers keep their concentration when they have nothing to do?

Do they do what one of our regulars on HH does, and start looking into the crowd in attempt to spot a face to make them smile? ;)

Ok, I’m being a tad naughty but seriously, it must be difficult to remain totally focused when for most of the game, ‘one’ is pretty much a spectator…

Anyway, back to the game and instead of me writing a load of tosh, here are a few comments made during/after the game from a few of HH regulars:

Scott from Oz:

Szczesny…..had little to do, but did it well.

A few tiny lapses from our back four, but this IS Arsenal……

Very good over all, and Djourou had a very good game, a special mention only due to the question marks over him.

When the replays on, watch out for Djourou changing his bloody shirt. He has got to have the best six-pack in league. I’m straight, but it was bloody impressive.

Congrats on Gibbs for his first ever league goal, though he owes Given a pint. ;)

Tomas Rosicky – terrific.

Song was a weapon and was eagerly tracking back. His ball to Theo for his goal was simply genius.

Arteta….composed, poised, comfortable, then hits a strike that Bobby Charlton would have been bloody proud of…AWESOME!!!!!

Theo had one of his best games, and his goal was pure class with a first touch that was sublime.

RVP was actually a bit off, though at his level, still very dangerous. On another day could have scored three.

Gervinho….I love him, because defenders simply can’t handle him, but take your shot man – you have it in you.

Great to see Santos back – looked great going forward.

Ramsey was terrific on the left and nearly scored a brilliant goal.

Chamberlain showed with one run why the world will soon be watching – he will simply be a top ten player in the world one day.

A tradesman like performance by our side and we got the result we deserved.

Yes, we could have smashed five or six past them, but we’d have all taken three before the game. We definitely had a gear or two if required.

Credit where it’s due, Dowd did a good job and Villa came to play.

Oh, one last thing…..WHAT A STRIKE MIKEL……WHAT A STRIKE!!!!!

Joaquim Moreira:

You missed Sagna, he had a very good game, TV important and Rosicky, when not tired, had an exceptional match.

The second and third goals were very very good.


Arteta was outstanding and Song had a great game.

Robin looked a bit tired to me, hope he isn’t running out of steam.

Rosicky was quality again and Theo had an excellent game, he took his goal superbly.

Delighted for Gibbs, who had a very good game but the space he leaves when he attacks, is a worry. The only threat from Villa came when they exploited that space, someone has to cover for him when he pushes forward.


Glad to see Gibbs reading my posts and finally tracking back!!! :lol:

There lies the weakness of our left-flank with both Gervinho and Gibbs caught high up on no less than 3 occasions!!!

WIth Santos fit….guess Wenger will play Gibbs-Santos to protect the left-flank during a tight game.

Finally, our brainless blind-alley runner is regaining his self-confidence and Wenger believes in him to play more centrally…….

You think Theo is worth £85k a week now??

If Theo wants to play centre-forward, then he should start pumping iron now and develop upper body strength like Gerd Mueller so that he is not easily shouldered or body-checked off the balls with two defenders roughing him up…….

Or, start developing the silky and delicate skills of Van Persie that he can dribble himself out of a tight situation with 3 defenders surrounding him.

All in all, a fine day at the office – and we now have three points between us and the neighbours, with Chelsea eight points further back.

It’s all going to plan, let’s just keep up the momentum, rest well this week and then show QPR who really is the best team in London.

The players can now have a good rest, Koscielny will hopefully will recover before next wekend too, but after todays performance, Djourou stepping in won’t be such a concern, will it?

Do you agree with the comments made?

Have a good day all….

Diaby’s not fit. Wenger has finally learned & Robin needs to find his shooting boots….

March 24, 2012

Ok, the Robin bit is a bit of fun on this sunny Saturday morning, how dare he miss so many chances against Everton. ;)

The Arsene Wenger bit, well he said this yesterday:

We will not be a lot on the market, quantity-wise I mean. Quality-wise, certainly!

Re the summer:

You want to make me say that last year was bad and I agree with you – last year was terrible for us because we finished on August 31 at 11.55pm and we do not want to repeat that, of course.

Well, I think we will all settle for both wouldn’t we, two, maybe three quality players is all this current squad needs to be able to overtake the current top two and maybe we’d all even agree that with those additions, we’d even give the likes of Barcelona a proper run for their money!

As for the latter comment, good on Arsene Wenger, that’s the nearest he’s ever been to admitting he has got things wrong and there is no real need to expand too much on that really, not now he has said that our signings will be in before deadline day, let’s just hope they are in before we start pre-season training.

Anyway, enough of that, we have who we have and to be honest, they aren’t too bad are they?

We all expected Abu Diaby to be in the squad for today, but Wenger has confirmed he won’t be risked, not for today anyway – he should be ready for next weekend when we travel to QPR.

So, the squad should be pretty much the same as the Everton game.

Darren Bent, Richard Dunne, Ciaran Clarke and Fabian Delph are all out injured for the opposition today.

Here are a few Aston Villa stats:

  1. Villa have earned just 10 points from the last available 27 (W2, D4, L3), but they have only lost one of their last eight away games.
  2. Alex McLeish’s side have only won one of their 14 previous matches against top-half opposition – away to Chelsea on New Year’s Eve.
  3. They are the only team not to have scored from a corner in the Premier League this season.
  4. Andreas Weimann’s stoppage-time winner against Fulham in Villa’s last game was the first goal for four months to be scored by one of the club’s currently available forwards. Gabby Agbonlahor has gone 13 matches without a top-flight goal.

One result stands out.

Their last away win was in London and against Chelsea, so we can’t sit back and think this is easy just because they sit fifteenth in the league – it means nothing!

We were once down that end of the table but we managed to claw our back up the table and eventually start playing the kind of football that our club deserves to be playing.

Players had to play in alien positions for them but together they fought hard and came through.

Arsene Wenger has always stood by this group of players and over the last few weeks and months they have shown us why.

Aston Villa could at any time start their gradual climb up the table but our boys need to make sure that doesn’t begin today.
3rd place could be ours for keeps and somehow, I don’t think that any one of our players will lose sight of that…..

Three points today will go a long way to making sure we secure that place….

Have a good day all and don’t forget to keeping on praying for Fabrice…..



Do Arsenal fans want Aaron Ramsey sold this summer??

March 23, 2012

Before anyone goes into a rant against me writing this, I am NOT a fan that wants to see our Welshman go, not this summer or any in the near future!

Having beaten Everton, Aaron Ramsey came under a bit of stick for missing one or two chances on goal, in fact the poor lad has been getting a bit of stick all season and I struggle to understand quite why?

Let’s take a look at his career with us.

In 2008, Manchester United all but confirmed the signing Aaron Ramsey, however Arsene Wenger had other thoughts, he nipped in, had a chat with the young man and his family in Switzerland and without hesitation, Ramsey signed on the dotted line and made his move to London.

Tough for Fergie, great for us!

Back then, Wenger described Ramsey as:

“A player with a fantastic engine, good build, good technique and good vision”.

What Arsene Wenger said back then remains clear to see today!

Let’s not bother looking at his career on loan before he stepped out in the red and white of our club! .

I’m pretty much sure that at that stage in his Arsenal career, most Arsenal fans were excited about our Welshman. Some suggested he was ‘the next Cesc Fabregas’, a future captain in the making….

One man certainly didn’t need convincing about Ramsey and that was the man who signed him and in July 2009, Ramsey signed a new long-term contract. In the August of 2009, Ramsey scored his first league goal for Arsenal, a one-on-one past David James as we thrashed Pompey 4-1 at The Emirates, he then had a part to play in the Champions League play-off fixture against Celtic, setting up Arshavin in our 3-1 victory.

He followed that with a Man of the match performance against Liverpool in the Carling Cup and all was looking good.

His first start in the Premier League came in November 2009, he played the full ninety minutes against Wolves, a game in which we were struggling a tad, until Song came on. He and Ramsey then bossed the midfield together and we romped home with ease.

Just a few days after that game, Ramsey was awarded the Welsh Young Player of the Year award.

In the December, Ramsey scored his second goal for his new club, this time against Stoke in a 2-0 victory and it didn’t take him too long to get his third, this one was again against Portsmouth, a game in which he nabbed an assist too.

On to January the following year, 2010, he scored a 78th minute equaliser in the FA Cup third round tie against West Ham at Upton Park – (we went on to beat them in the replay)

At this stage in his career, Arsene Wenger described him as:

An offence-minded Roy Keane, an all-round player, with a fantastic ability to cover distances.

Can any Arsenal fan not say that he/she wasn’t totally and utterly excited about this young player who appeared to have the intelligence of a player beyond his years?

Then it all went so horribly wrong…..

On the 27th February 2010 we travelled up North to face Stoke City, a side who loved to get in ‘the faces’ of other teams.

Well on that day, one man went a lot further, he didn’t just get in the face of our players, he wiped one out, totally!

Ryan Shawcross went in so late and so dangerously on Aaron Ramsey he caused a double fracture to his lower right leg. His tibia and fibula were broken!

Late in March the same year, after surgery, our player was back walking without crutches, remarkable but he had a long long way to go.
In the June, he signed another contract, nothing was going to stop Arsene Wenger keeping our man, not even a double break!

Remarkably, Ramsey returned to training in October 2010 and on the 23 November he made his return to competitive football for our reserves.

Further loans came his way and understandably so, he had to come back slowly….

February 2011 – yes 2011, just over one year ago, Ramsey was finally back at his own club, his first game was against Manchester United in the FA Cup, he was a 72nd minute substitute in a game we lost 2-0. The following month, he made his first start against West Brom and the month after that, he played and scored his first goal against Manchester United and he played so well, he earned the man of the match award.

The season ended and Ramsey had played just seven matches for us!

So, with all of seven fixtures last season, it seems that everyone, well, not everyone, expected Aaron Ramsey to be back to his best this season.

He should be over his injury shouldn’t he?

He shouldn’t have any mental scars or worries either, surely?

His game should have got so so much better shouldn’t it?

Doesn’t matter that he only played SEVEN fixtures last season does it?

Well, just think Eduardo and maybe all his critics will think again before knocking his performances this season.

Eduardo suffered a ‘similar’ injury and look where he is now, but we all expected Ramsey to slot and start performing at the highest level, didn’t we?

No is the answer to that, not all, most truly believed he would need at least a season to get back to where he was, let alone make strides ahead, so why is he getting so much stick?

This season, Ramsey has been accused of playing ‘like Denilson’ with his sideways passing, slowing down play in midfield with his backwards passing and after Wednesday, his shooting skills are dire!

Well I think some, maybe even many fans are being very harsh on Ramsey, he’s always busy, always looking to be involved and always looking to make things happen. It hasn’t been his fault that there has been limited movement off the ball when he’s looking to make his pass is it?

Most of the criticism was directed towards him when we were going through a lean old spell; he was an easy target, just as Theo and Gervinho so often were and still are.

Players like Ramsey are hard to find, just bear with him this season and allow him that bedding back in after injury time, he deserves it!

Next season, all those who have been on his back will be eating humble pie.

Sell him this summer?

In the words of the great John McEnroe: ‘You cannot be Serious’!

Have a good day all…

Ramsey could have had three, Everton should have had one and we go 3rd……

March 22, 2012

On Sunday 26th February, at approx 2.09pm, Tottenham Hotspur leading by 2 goals to nil at Ashburton Grove and the prospect of taking a 13 point lead over the Gunners, thoughts of Arsenal finishing in 3rd spot in the EPL, might have had you scanning the Yellow Pages looking under the heading for a psychiatrist…

Well we all know what happened in the remaining 51 minutes that day!

Just 24 days later, the come-back has been completed, but the overall job is far from finished yet.

Last night was a tough fixture on paper, one that we needed to win to keep our momentum going.

Arsene stood by ten of the team that had taken care of Newcastle, replacing only Chamberlain with the industrious Aaron Ramsey to sure up the midfield. Everton have a hard-working group of artisans in their midfield, plus the dangerous Maroune Fellani, so Wenger knew we were in for a competitive evening.

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined an increasingly strong-looking Arsenal bench, with Gervinho, Santos and Djourou as company.

The game kicked-off and one of Aaron Ramsey’s lung-bursting runs saw him with the first real chance of the game. Tomas Rosicky skillfully set Aaron up but he wastefully sliced his shot high and wide. Aaron’s head didn’t drop though and minute’s later he was a key part of the opening goal.

Theo Walcott’s incisive run opened up the Everton defence, but Theo’s pass somehow missed out Van Persie, running across the face of the penalty area to where Ramsey was lurking. Aaron’s low shot was goal-bound but Tim Howard made a low agile save to push it around the post. From Van Persie’s accurately driven corner, Thomas Vermaelen got up and deflected it home whilst surrounded by four static Everton defenders.

Shortly afterwards and a bit of slick approach play, in which Arteta was involved, resulted in Van Persie almost extending Arsenal’s lead but Howard again saved.

By then, Everton had begun to respond to an infuriated and animated David Moyes, who was ranting and raving on the touch-line.
Moyes’ mood didn’t improve when Everton had a good goal chalked off for off-side.

Arsenal were beginning to do what Arsenal do better than anyone else, that is get complacent and sloppy.

Alex Song gave away a sloppy pass, like only he can, and it led to a combination of quick passing that set up Drenthe who fired home.

Fortunately, we had a wonderful linesman on that side of the pitch and he raised his flag. Cue a David Moyes ‘war-dance’ in his technical area.

The game was growing in intensity, with a few tasty tackles flying in, but Robin Van Persie’s Arsenal are developing a welcome resilience and met Everton’s aggression with a stoic resolve not to buckle in the face of ‘In Your Face’ tactics.

Tomas Rosicky had the last good chance of the first half, with a great goal-bound shot that Howard parried to safety…

Two things struck me from the 1st 45 – Fellani is a great player and a constant threat and Jelavic is a diver….

The Arsenal back-five were playing their 5th game in succession, unchanged, they are building an understanding and solidity that has the look of a Title challenging team. That solidness was sorely tested in the 2nd 45 as Everton fought for an equaliser.

Even so, the clear-cut chances were carved out by Arsenal, the best coming via a tantalizing chip from Song, which floated over the heads of the massed ‘Blue ranks’ and onto the head of Gibbs who had slipped un-noticed to the edge of the Everton box. Gibbs’ header was cushioned perfectly back into the box and into the path of Van Persie, but his shot, whilst beating Howard, cannoned off the post  to safety.

Ramsey had not stopped running, working and supporting his team mates for the entire game, he had another low sharp shot saved by Howard. On another day and with some luck, composure and confidence, he could have had a hat-trick.

It will come for him, I’m sure!

Fellani and Drenthe had Everton’s best chances of the 2nd half, one wide the other too high.

In the closing minutes Gervinho broke clear and set up Van Persie for the ‘coup de grace’ but as Robin twisted to fire in his shot from Gervinho’s low cross, his standing foot slipped and the shot flew over the bar.

The final whistle went and job done.

We leapfrogged Tottenham into 3rd place and  now we need to stay there.

One game at a time and our next is Aston Villa at The Emirates  this coming Saturday…

This team can do it you know…….

Written by Allezkev


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