Do Arsenal fans want Aaron Ramsey sold this summer??

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…

178 thoughts on “Do Arsenal fans want Aaron Ramsey sold this summer??

  1. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 9:11am

    Morning all….

  2. Joaquim Moreira

    March 23, 2012 at 9:14am

    …………Arsenal can be Pride of London again
    By Eurosport | Early Doors – 12 minutes ago
    .Wenger and Van PersieAt 5pm on Saturday, three things are .
    If Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur in tomorrow’s lunchtime kick-off and then the Gunners win at home against Aston Villa then they will steal a march in the race for the third and final automatic Champions League place.
    Should that transpire, it will represent a remarkable turnaround in the club’s fortunes. As recently as the end of January, Arsenal were 13 points off the pace set by their north London neighbours.At the start of the year, consecutive league defeats at Fulham, away to Swansea and at home to Manchester United looked set to end Arsenal’s season a month earlier than the February collapse which has become their trademark in recent years.It looked like club chief executive Ivan Gazidis’s long-held assertion that the Gunners could survive without a season European football would be put to the test. They faced a fight to even qualify for the Europa League, sitting as they were two points behind Liverpool. Hardly auspicious circumstances.
    During the defeat at home to United, Arsene Wenger was roundly booed by fans at the Emirates for his decision to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Andrei Arshavin with 15 minutes remaining.
    There were chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing!” aimed at the French manager who had revolutionised the club. He was written off by some as a basket case, a man who was once a pioneer rendered redundant as the rest of football caught up with him.
    Things were so bad for Wenger that even footage of him failing to put his hand in his pocket went viral, cited as evidence of how he had lost his marbles and needed to call it a day.
    Since then, however, the Gunners have embarked on a six-match unbeaten run in the league which has propelled them up to third.
    En route to the top three, Arsenal dished out a 5-2 thumping to Spurs, giving their local rivals a case of the yips from which they are yet to recover.
    That was the first of three straight league defeats for Spurs, their worst run since Harry Redknapp ended Juande Ramos’s reign of terror in October 2008. They ended that barren stretch on Wednesday against Stoke, but even then it took a stoppage-time leveller from Rafael van der Vaart to avoid making it four losses on the spin.
    Now is not the ideal time for Spurs to travel to Chelsea, where they have not won at all since the Premier League began. In fact, the last time Spurs won at Stamford Bridge was the same weekend Nelson Mandela was released from prison.
    The contrasting momentum between Spurs and Chelsea is startling. While Spurs are very much on a downward trajectory, Chelsea are very much enjoying a revival. Only a visit to Manchester City ended their run of four straight wins under Roberto Di Matteo’s laissez-faire management, and even then it took a late comeback to consign them to defeat.
    Chelsea’s players are enjoying their newfound autonomy under Di Matteo, whilst Spurs are struggling to come to terms with the widely predicted departure of their own manager.
    Come Saturday evening, it is likely that Wenger will be able to sit back and revel in his two nearest rivals scrapping it out beneath his team, who will be sitting pretty as London’s top club once again.

  3. Andy Powers

    March 23, 2012 at 9:16am

    Hi Rico, good article and totally agree with your conclusion.

    FWIW, my take on the Ramsey situation this season is that he’s been played in the wrong role ie Creative Midfielder when MA hasn’t played and JW having been out for the season todate and that is not his ideal position – I see him more in the holding role along side AS – but then where does that leave him as and when Abou D comes back into the fold, and what system would we play to accomadate him?

  4. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 9:17am

    Morning JM

    Tomorrow is a tough one, do we want the chavs and totts to draw so it keeps them both away, or do we want the chavs to batter them??

    I know what i hope for 😉

  5. Eroo

    March 23, 2012 at 9:20am

    While he does lack decision making qualities, Ramsey has too much upside to be sold especially at a young age. The problem with Ramsey is his decision making distributing the ball in the final third of the pitch – it’s slow. Case in point – at Everton, he had a a chance for a through-ball to RVP for a chance on goal, you could see he hesitated, and in that moment, the chance disappeared. It was a chance that Song and Walcott would have made as evidenced by their assists to RVP in previous games. Also, Ramsey tends to try to force too much during a game – case in point, too often makes a low percentage pass in the middle of the field resulting in a give-away to the opposition.

    If Ramsey can improve on this next year, he will become the next Fabregas.

  6. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 9:20am

    Hi Andy, thanks..

    I know i am harping on about the Wolves game, but i think it was Ramsey and Diaby who started that game and wolves were all over us in midfiled, then AW made the change, Song for Diaby and the two (as i mentioned in the post) played so well together…

    i think you are right in what you have said, imho we have so many players in midfield, something/someone has got to give but who?

  7. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 9:23am

    Welcome Eroo, but he is still very young and learning, he lost a year through injury and the injury isn’t all about the time lost its also about what the body/mind has lost out on.

    imho, some are being harsh, expecting too much too soon. i’m 100% sure he will get stronger and stronger over the next 18 months…

    He’s 21 years old….

  8. collins

    March 23, 2012 at 9:26am

    he should go 2 bolton 4 a loan spell the guy iz slow he cannot score has only 4 assists yet he is the creative as per say rosicky should play 4 ever

  9. Billboy

    March 23, 2012 at 9:26am

    Selling Ramsey would be madness. He has struggled at times this season but it is not easy rebuilding a career after suffering the butchery he did. He doesn’t hide, gives 100% and cares. That is more than you can say about a few others still on the books. I said this yesterday. One of the problems of getting old is that you keep repeating yourself.

  10. Billboy

    March 23, 2012 at 9:27am

    Sorry, Morning all.

    Good article.
    ( Should have preceded previous post with this)

  11. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 9:28am

    Morning Rico. I certainly don’t think that Ramsay should be sold. He is still very young and Wenger will coach him to move the ball quicker. Yes, he has missed some scoring opportunities that he should have taken and often dwells on the ball too long. It sometimes seems as if he doesn’t have a “picture” of the team’s position in his mind and that he needs a couple too many touches before deciding what to do. But that will come. He gets himself into excellent scoring positions too. Stick with him I say.

  12. Minas

    March 23, 2012 at 9:28am

    Rambo is a good player…only needs to improve on his finishing when he is given the chance [like Van P did for him in Everton’s game]. He also has to improve on his passes and tackles.
    In all though, its too early to put a knife round his neck; lets give him and his team mates the support they need

  13. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 9:29am

    welcome collins

    Hi Billboy, totally agree, but then you probably know that 😉

  14. CB

    March 23, 2012 at 9:30am

    You could do a whole series of these

    ‘should [Kos, BFG, Walcott, Rosicky, Song, Gibbs, Diaby etc etc] be sold’

    and come up with the same answer ie NO!.

    A ‘progress report’ with some data might be more interesting.

  15. Sebastian

    March 23, 2012 at 9:31am

    looking at this logically….we have lots of players who play in the middle: Song, Arteta, Wilshire, Diaby, Rosicky, Coquelin, Frimpong, and of course Ramsey.

    If we do want to buy Gotze in the summer, who also plays in the middle, then logically, we would need to make room, as you cannot add another cm to that list without getting rid of one.

    Now I’m not saying I want Ramsey to leave, I dont. However, sometimes you have to be ruthless for the good of the club, and if it meant Ramsey has to leave for us to buy Gotze, then being completely honest, I’d let that happen.

    Id rather keep Song, Rosicky, Wilshire and Diaby than Ramsey. And I cant see Wenger selling Arteta after one year.

    I wish Ramsey the best of success and will always support him while he plays for us, but would I swap Gotze for him? Yes, I would.

  16. Lee

    March 23, 2012 at 9:31am

    morning all…
    That little fella Messi has scored more hatricks than Caroll & Torres have scored goals this season….

  17. davi

    March 23, 2012 at 9:33am

    This is unbelievable. Ramsey has done well this year. It’s his first full season in the PL, and he’s shown confidence, energy and flashes of class. We make chances when he is on the pitch, and it’s not just coincidence, his movment is very clever, and he contributes very well in winning the ball back.
    Expectations have become terribly unrealistic. He’s 21 years old ffs, and all he has to do is add the finishing touches to his game. Keep his head more often in the final pass or shot on goal, and he will develop into a great midfielder.
    As things stand, he’s a very good PL footballer. He’s no fabregas, but he is effective, and will only get more effective with time. It baffles me how much negativity comes his way from arsenal fans.

  18. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 9:36am

    You all know my thoughts on Ramsey.
    The kid will end up a great of the club.
    Emphasis on the word kid.
    Evening all.

  19. Lee

    March 23, 2012 at 9:43am

    I’m with you Scott…we’d be kicking ourselves if we binned him!

  20. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 9:43am

    Morning Adam, Scott & Lee..

    Welcome to those just joining – CB, you are more than welcome to write the progress report and his years go by :)

    Lee – did you see the article in the DM about Liverpool and their spending? :)

  21. GoonerAFC

    March 23, 2012 at 9:44am

    He should stay without any question, the boy will turn into a class all round midfielder. He hasn’t had the best of seasons but his work rate and effort is second to none. I would love to see the stats on the ground that he covers during a game…it is non-stop from kick off to the final whistle. I wish people would get off his back because it doesn’t help the lad at all. He is a future captain in the making and we should be looking after him and getting behind him. 3 points against the Villa tomorrow and if Rambo starts then I think he’ll have a blinder against their midfield!

  22. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 9:45am

    Adam, Scott & Lee – i don’t want him gone either, he’s 21 and 18 months of those years were ‘lost’ thanks to that thug….

  23. Bradster

    March 23, 2012 at 9:50am

    1) I’m sure Ramsey played too many games this season due to injury and sale. I’m sure Wenger wanted to ease him into the set up filling in for Fab and Nasri in certain games.
    2) It makes me worry that Wenger really expected Nasri and Fab to stay when the whole world knew they would move on. He didn’t find a replacement and then relied too much on Ramsey to fill their boots.
    3) I think we’re lucky that Rosicky had a career turn around for us. As any more reliance on Ramsey only would’ve made him look very poor and affect his confidence and others in his ability.
    4) I still think we need a creative attacking mid and JW, Arteta and Ramsey should alternate that holding position. Perhaps Ramsey will develop into a great attacking mid as already I see he gets his positioning right.
    5) last point, I think this poor lad is under too much pressure from everywhere that he feels he needs to try so hard to win them over and runs his socks off but sometimes not thinking or visioning the play.

  24. FuckingAron

    March 23, 2012 at 9:52am

    Please sold Ramson, AW.

  25. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 9:58am

    18 months ago,99% of Gooners would have swapped Van Persie for Torres!!!!!
    If we did sell Ramsey and got Gotze,who then broke down in his first game,everyone would be screaming at Wenger for a lack of depth in the squad.

  26. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 10:00am

    GoonerAFC – I don’t get why he gets such stick either…

    Bradster – good comment..

    FAron, Why??

  27. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 10:00am

    And Wenger,please teach Aron French,as he’s obviously struggling with English.

  28. Shaun

    March 23, 2012 at 10:01am

    He’s been getting stick all season, from the ignorant naysayers we have adopted since our stadium capacity was increased by moving from Highbury.

    What they say about Ramsey and Wenger is an embarrassment and they should be shunned by the majority of real fans at the stadium, in pubs and online. We need to school these guys and not let their negative influence take hold.

  29. Gooner Sam

    March 23, 2012 at 10:02am

    Morning Rico, completely agree. It’s also not his fault that Wenger has maybe played him to much on effectively his debut season. As you say next season with hopefully a stronger squad and some summer rest he will be back but patience is the key

  30. Kennedy

    March 23, 2012 at 10:03am

    First,please stop these talks about our quality players,ok i don’t want him to be sold,unless we acquire the like of Hazard or Mario Gozte.i dont know how you think about these players i keep writting on them,to me they are good players only they luck premier league experience,n that shld not be considered as factor as to why they are not brought to Emirate.hops next season we shall have a strong squad to compete for top price trophies.

  31. Sebastian

    March 23, 2012 at 10:03am

    @Scott from Oz,

    I wouldnt have swapped RvP for Torres.

    Like I said, I will always support any player that is playing for Arsenal, but I am being as honest as I can be. Gotze is one of the first names on the team sheet for one of the biggest footballing nations on the planet, and is the best player for the German champions. Ramsey is a very good player, but hes not as good as Gotze. I don’t think many will disagree with me either.

    Like I said, I support Ramsey and hope he develops into a great midfielder. However, when everyone is fully fit at Arsenal, I’d say Song, Wilshire, Rosicky and Arteta are all ahead of him in the pecking order. Ramsey has plenty of time to develop, however with Wilshire being even younger, and better, Ramsey doesn’t actually have that much time to pull his finger out. I hope he gets it right.

    And anyway, you can go on all you want about how he might become a great player, but plenty said that about Denilson, who we wasted 3 years on. I like Ramsey, but I love Arsenal. Whats best for the club will always come first.

  32. kenneth

    March 23, 2012 at 10:06am

    the lad works hard n is ever present even though he doesnt score so many goals but look at the positive side of it he never lets you down whenever called upon

  33. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 10:06am

    Scott, i wouldn’t have, yes i would have loved us to sign torres, but to play alongside our captain, not in place of him….

    I still would love us to sign Torres 😛

  34. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 10:10am


    i think fans have a right to their own view but sometimes what hurts more is not so much what is said it’s the way it’s said, i don’t think wenger gets it right all the time, i don’t think that the board show enough ambition in the transfer market, especially times like january when injuries were really hurting us, just the signing of JV could have been the difference between us being one point ahead of totts and maybe more….

    i know we’ll never know now….

  35. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 10:12am

    Hi Sam, did wales qualify for the euros? Not sure they did so he’ll get a good rest, he’ll need it by the end of this season….

  36. Rokabox

    March 23, 2012 at 10:16am

    moaning housers, morning rico,
    great post as ever!
    I personaly think Ramsy needs to improve in his final ball and decision making, and that comes with experience, sounds like Theo Walcot deja vu, hopefully he will come good next season, he definately has future at the Emirates at the mo.

    People should realize that most of the critisism about Ramsy was made as comments about certain games, and that what blogs like this great house is for, to express opinions, debate, therapy and occasionly “ecstasy”.

    any player who had a good game would be praised and those who had a stinker would be scrutinized, and that doesn’t usually mean we hate them and want them out, I say not always anyway!!
    happy days gooners.

  37. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 10:18am

    Sebastian,its very,very easy to say it now,but when Torres was banging goals in and RVP was again sidelined,its very hard to believe that statement.
    Anyway,you may have been in 1%,so I will take your word for it.
    As for Jack,well,after a serious Injury,who’s to say he won’t take time to get back to his best as has been the case with Ramsey?
    I certainly hope he gets back straight away,but if he doesn’t,how soon will it be.before for his head?
    Very harsh on kids.

  38. Sleepinggiant

    March 23, 2012 at 10:19am

    Sell Ramsey?


    However, one very important point about this player. He is being played out of position. He is no more a Fabregas style No.10 than Mertesacker is. Every single article I read about him makes this comparison, probably because thats where he has been deployed this year. But a blind man can see that he is better in the deeper positions (battling with Song and Arteta) than as the playmaker. Wileshire is the playmaker. Ramsey is an old fashioned up and down midfielder, but with a great degree of skill. He would be better suited to a 4 4 2, but in our current system, it just stupid to play him in the advanced role.

    He is an all round midfielder. And yes, he has not been brilliant this year, but he has shown enough. In 6 years this boy will be a the best British footballer. I have not doubt whatseover. But thats the problem with project youth. Promisng youngster deserved a run in the first team, but in our team, they are expected to be the stars. A player this young should play in short bursts and then return to the reserves WITHOUT A COMMENT, except the build up of excitement to when they are next unleashed. But because we rely so heavily on them, they are subject to disproportionate criticism.

    Its the same for Ox, and I predict Ryo next year. JAck may be different, but he is an exceptional talent. All of these players are Arsenal first team stars – for the year 2013/14 not now. The management needs to buy the stars to give these boys the time to develop. Because there is not doubt, the will develop if looked after


  39. devilgunner

    March 23, 2012 at 10:19am

    Good Morning Guys and Chicks of the Everincreasing Proud Gunners’ Faith.

    Good article Rico……one which expresses the feelings regarding Aaron that many on this blog have.

    There are a few reasons why people keep getting on Aaron. I call him by name because I consider him to be my son and as Scott (good evening mate) said he still is a KID. KID with capitals.

    So here goes……..

    1) People keep comparing him with Cesc. This is wrong. Comparisons are odious. To say he is the new this and the new that means that you are still living in the past. Aaron is no Cesc and will never be. He is a player in his own self and if there is someone to whom he can be compared is to himself. Is he making progress? Is he improving? Is he contributing more to the team? Is he hiding when the going gets tough?

    2) Imo he is playing out of position. He is not an advanced midfielder or second striker. He is a Parlour type midfielder who is more siuted to a 4-4-1-1 formation than a 4-3-3 one. As Andy Powers said, put him beside Song or as a link up between Song and Rosicky. He is a good link up person and knows when to hold the ball to allow the team to surge upwards.

    3) Many comments on his shooting boots are way off the mark. Again, Aaron is no Cesc. So to expect him to score everytiime he has a chance is a bit way off the mark. Not even TH14/12 managed to put away all his chances and during his first season with us missed more than he scored.

    No I would not sell him. He is still young enough to learn. And he will make his mark in the future. Sell him and it would be like trying to bite your elbow. You will find that you cannot.

  40. Josh

    March 23, 2012 at 10:19am

    Youve got to be having a laugh. Its an embarrassment that this post even exists. He had his leg broken to the extent that we didnt know if he would play again and just because you see him running around doesnt mean hes now completely over that and should have essentially developed as normal throughout that time.
    Hes not a first 11 player at the moment IMO, but I have no doubt he will come good given the time and patience we should have for him given what happened to him.

  41. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 10:22am

    Morning Rokabox, thanks

    Agree that no-one is above being criticised but sometimes the moans and groans go on for ever, even when certain players have a good game, fans still moan about them.

    It’s almost like there has to be one or two that regardless how they play, fans still want rid…

    bit like Theo, and a lot like Wenger 😉

    Chamakh is different, he really is poor, every game 😉

  42. jackson essien

    March 23, 2012 at 10:25am

    please let aaron stay atleast for a season

  43. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 10:27am

    Josh, did you actually read the post? From your comment, I would strongly suspect not!

  44. GoonerAFC

    March 23, 2012 at 10:27am

    Totally agree Rico, its the way people go about venting their frustration in such a narrow minded and hateful way…it does nobody any good at the end of the day. Imagine if Ramsey was to actually come on to some of these sites and read what people say, what good is that going to do to him. Everybody has been frustrated at times this season and everybody has a right to their opinion but to slag off Rambo who wears his heart on his sleeve and gives everything every time he puts of the shirt…thats just not on. I could understand the frustration with Arshavin to a certain degree because he never looked interested and didn’t appear to put in the effort, Ramsey is completely different and has years ahead of him.

  45. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 10:29am

    Good morning devil, well said…

    He isn’t ‘the next Cesc’ no more than Diaby was ‘the next Vieira’ – each and every player is who he is himself.

    Just like RvP is not the new Dennis Bergkamp 😉

  46. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 10:32am

    Josh,the article has simply raised the topic for discussion rather than people making little comments here and there.
    If you read through it again,you will realise Rico doesn’t want him gone……read the first paragraph in particular.

  47. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 10:33am

    Spot on GoonerAFC, Arshavin, on of the most gifted, yet lazy and frustrating players i’ve seen in a while – Chamakh is in a similar bracket imho….

    But aaron, no, he never gives up and imho he’s always looking to do that something special.

  48. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 10:36am

    Scott, that’s what happens, fans read the title and not any of the post and jump to a very wrong conclusion….

    Certainly in this case….

  49. kiki

    March 23, 2012 at 10:37am

    i somehow like ramsey as he gives his all for the team while playing.i think though that he needs to work on his shooting accuracy as he can assist with goals.should have bagged a hat-trick on wednesday against everton.

  50. j town

    March 23, 2012 at 10:38am

    My view has always been that if a player suffers a broken leg, a bad one, they should be sold on straight away. I knoW its a harsh way of looking at it but we have had 3 bad leg breaks in recent times and all 3 players were never near as good as they were before. Case and point.. Edoardo – Sold. Diaby – plays about 3 games a season and now Rambo – half the player he was before. I say cut our losses and replace. We have seen that consistency has bought our season around and having to carry players on a rehabilitation cycle can only affect this.

    Name me any players who have recovered from a horrible break to become better then before?????

  51. Lee

    March 23, 2012 at 10:38am

    I think Ramsey tries too hard, maybe trying to make up for lost time or the un necessary pressure that people put on him…..he’ll come good, give the “boy” a chance!

  52. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 10:39am

    And most of us were guilty of that at one stage Rico lol!!!!

  53. Lee

    March 23, 2012 at 10:46am

    @ Scott, 😆

  54. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 10:55am

    Can anybody name a player who peaked at 21?
    Yes,there have been players who never lived up to their potential,but that’s a different story.
    I agree that we shouldn’t even be having this conversation, but unfortunately it keeps coming up.
    Will we make it 7 in a row guys?????

  55. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 10:56am

    Agree Lee, he’s hardly 25 and at his peak….

  56. Joe m

    March 23, 2012 at 10:56am

    Yea spot on, give Rambo a break he will come good in time, he’s still young!

  57. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 10:57am

    Can’t think who you mean Scott 😉 😉

  58. devilgunner

    March 23, 2012 at 10:59am

    People are afraid of change. They want things to stay the same day in day out. That is why they say he is the next Cesc or the next Vieira or the next Henry or the next Best (pun intended).

    To me that smacks of disrespect to the person as a player and as an individual.

    The problem then arises because people expect the same results score wise and performance wise. And that is impossible.

    One of the many arguments that I have with fellow coaches is that there are some who still think that players should fit the system. I have always coached the other way round…..I fit the system to the potential of the players that I have. Thus if I have midgets, and around three seasons ago I had that at under 17 level, I tend to play a short passing game with players forming triangles all over the pitch. But if I have a strong spine with a good amount of height then I do put in crosses.

    And that is the mistake that many supporters make with Aaron. Not many have noticed that the team’s formation has changed slightly this year in midfield. Some still expect the same team play like last year. But this has changed and for people to judge Aaron by Cesc’s standard are simply showing themselves to be poor judges of the game.

  59. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 11:03am

    And I’ve said all along that Aaron himself needs to be himself,and not try to be a new version of Cesc.
    Id play him deeper,and bring Mikel forward.
    Then again, 6 wins in a row begs the question why change a thing?????

  60. Rima

    March 23, 2012 at 11:04am

    I believe Ramsey will come good eventually. Sometimes though, I think he tries too hard. In a way he reminds me of Iniesta with his flicks(albeit unsuccessful). We just have to exercise patience with him

  61. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:06am

    Yes we will Scott, the eighth might be tough though 😉

  62. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 11:10am

    Is that Citeh???
    Pencil in that three points Rico.
    Easy done lol.

  63. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:10am

    QPR Scott 😉

  64. devilgunner

    March 23, 2012 at 11:10am

    Scott…….that is what I said yesterday….Then again, 6 wins in a row begs the question why change a thing?????..

    If Aaron is changed and someone else comes in than I can assure you that those same fans will start grumbling about someone else. Even if we put out a team where each player is the top player in his position.

    Some people are so sad that they even manage to grumble about grumbling itself and take a great delight in making themselves grumble and then grumble why others are grumbling about grumbles.

  65. Gary the Red

    March 23, 2012 at 11:16am

    Hi, Aaron Ramsey has had a tough year but to be fair he has played far to many games this season after coming back from his injury. Because of Wilshires injury and Rosicky looking like he was finished Ramsey was thrown in the deep end. He will become a great player in the Gerrard mould I really believe that but the kid needs time and support. It would be madness to sell him we would regret it big time and sure United or Chelsea would take him tomorrow. Theres only 1 Aaron Ramsey.

  66. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 11:19am

    Rico,QPR will be an easy kill.
    Who’s after that????
    Nah,I know each game presents its one challenge,and Wengers right……concentration is the key.
    Devil,I guess its why these forums exist.
    If everyone agreed on everything,we’d give our thoughts once,and that would be the end of it.
    You’re right on the grumblers though….well said!!!!!

  67. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:20am

    devil, do you remember the post about change?

    none of us should be afraid of change. its life….

  68. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:22am

    Villa (H)
    QPR (A)
    City (H)
    Wolves (A)
    Wigan (H)
    Chelsea (H)
    Stoke (A)
    Norwich (H)
    WBA (A)

  69. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 11:22am

    So Rico, do you want Ramsay sold then?

  70. devilgunner

    March 23, 2012 at 11:26am

    Adam… the post properly and then you will have the answer.

  71. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 11:27am

    DG. Only kidding Rico mate. She knows.

  72. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 11:28am

    Rico,every single game is winnable.
    It’s a pretty decent run in.

  73. Osi

    March 23, 2012 at 11:28am

    hi all, whats up? rico haven’t heard of Diaby’s situation yet. Is he ready to play vs. Villa?

  74. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:28am

    😆 Adam…

  75. Osi

    March 23, 2012 at 11:30am

    Im not for selling any of our good players and Ramsey is a good player and has potential to develop further. Talking about selling him is bit premature.

  76. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:31am

    Scott, it’s funny really, SS’s talk about the Manchester derby deciding the PL, but I think our fixture will have a big say in it too – i truly believe we will beat Citeh at The Ems….

    Hi Osi, Diaby should be fit after his 60 mins for the reserves

    Coquelin will be back within the next couple of weeks, Jack maybe within a month…

    Why couldn’t we have had them all fit for the majority of the season, we would be in a different place had they all been fit…

  77. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:32am

    Welcome to those just joining..

  78. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:33am

    j-town, i have to totally disagree with your view on selling all players who suffer leg breaking injuries….

  79. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 11:35am

    Goodnight all,talk to you all tomorrow.

  80. Osi

    March 23, 2012 at 11:37am

    rico what do you think of Le Coq? I rate him so high that I think offensive the talk about us buying new defensive midfielder such as M’Villa. In my opinion Le Coq is not a potential, hes real talent and has calm and composure rarely found in young players.

  81. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:37am

    Night Scott, catch you soon….

  82. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 11:39am

    I think Ramsay will be a great player and you can never have too many of those. Selling him would be silly. Better to spend the time on drumming sensible kicking into Chesney and responsible passing in your own area to Song. Both would be nice.

  83. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:39am

    I really like Coq Osi, and as much as M’Vila would be a great addition, i can’t see it, not when we have Song, Coq and we can’t forget Frimpong either…..

  84. victor omoregbee from naija

    March 23, 2012 at 11:41am

    most persons in support of aaron do out of sentimental attachment to him.probably bcos he is british.He clearly lack the footballing brain to play for a big club such as our beloved arsenal fc.
    clearly he represent one of the few AW misbuys.

  85. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:50am

    Ditto Adam…

    Especially the Song bit 😉

  86. devilgunner

    March 23, 2012 at 11:51am

    The major problem in the last six years is that we have lost a key component or components every summer. That means that every season has had to be a learning curve for the team. While some of the players we moved on were for the benefit of the dressing room, like Adebayore, Gallas etc, there were some players who we have really missed.

    This year only Arshavin has left up till now and only RVP, Theo and Song are left to sign a new contract. Presuming that RVP signs and then also Theo I have a feeling that Song will sign also. If they do so then it would be the first summer that no one of imprtance has left. So we may see a summer where the dead wood finally is cleared out while good players might come in. But if no one leaves then I can only see three new signings…….a keeper, a striker (Podolski??) and a defender (Vertonghen). The rest will remain as they are.

    On my part I would welcome Fellaini more than M’Vila

  87. allezkev

    March 23, 2012 at 11:51am


  88. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 11:53am

    Victor,I am stunned at your insight.
    The whole of Wales must be wrong,also lol.

  89. devilgunner

    March 23, 2012 at 11:53am

    Victor…..can you kindly tell me how do you classify a footballing brain??? Illuminate us with a definition please.

  90. allezkev

    March 23, 2012 at 11:54am

    Afternoon Gooners.
    Wordpress tossers are messing about again.
    Great post Rico.
    Not had time to read comments yet.
    Ramsey is quality. End of.

  91. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 11:54am

    Victor. I would respectfully disagree with that sentiment.

  92. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:54am

    welcome victor, your comment shocks me somewhat, for every brit here on HH, there is another from overseas….

  93. Femi

    March 23, 2012 at 11:56am

    This type of mail is good for our players. Mild but without missing the point. Keep it up. I am one of those who would want Ramsey sold. But if he can read this write up and change his attitude he could be a better player.

    We keep struggling if we play Arteta and Ramsey in the midfield. Both of them hold ball longer than required. Hence the advantage or what Rosicky brings to the team. They should try to be a little faster in passing the ball. Arteta will keep rotating at a spot without passing the ball; this is what Song also brings to the team.

    Vanpersie was so desperate to score hence he missed goals. He should calm down. Walcot kept flopping each match. He needs to be composed.


  94. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 11:57am

    devil, i don’t think we will lose anyone that will cause loss of sleep to the fans, my guess is


    will all leave….

    Afternoon AK, thanks re the post….

    Hot in the City??

  95. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 11:58am

    Victor. It is probably worth bearing in mind that, up until this season, Song was often derided as a poor player. I am yet to be absolutely convinced as to his all round game but I cannot deny the enormous progress he has made. Having a manager like Wenger believe in you by selecting you must work wonders for your confidence I would think. The evidence is clearly there.

  96. allezkev

    March 23, 2012 at 11:59am

    Hi Coach. I think it just goes to show that many, can watch a game of football. But not see anything!

  97. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 12:02pm

    Wenger does that AK 😉 😉

  98. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 12:02pm

    Kev. Are you talking about me again?

  99. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 12:05pm

    Here’s a question for you all, do you think that fans who wanted Wenger out earlier this season, still stand by that view??

  100. allezkev

    March 23, 2012 at 12:05pm

    As for M’Vila, he is good, very good. But is he worth £20/25million???
    I would say not.
    Especially when we already have Frimpong & Coquelin.
    Sign M’Vila and we may lose both of them…

  101. devilgunner

    March 23, 2012 at 12:05pm

    If we ever finish in 3rd place this season, I think this is the moment that the club turned a corner.

    This was the night that saw a bronze statue come to life to lift the club. It made the players believe that they can do what TH14/12 can do they can go on to achieve.

    Notice how all the players, Chesney included ran towards the legend to embrace him. In that way the team felt as one. The sheer joy that each one of them felt could be seen etched on their faces.

    During those six weeks TH14/12 scored 3 goals to help AFC. Yet his contribution was not on the pitch. His main contribution was that he made a dressing room believe. He showed those who wanted to love AFC what it means and what should it take. And he also showed those who loved themselves that that is not the AFC way and those who think that way should leave (One has already done so).

    Anyone doubting this can go to the final goal against Blackburn where RVP said”I wanted him to score” instead of scoring himself. That moment shows the togetherness that each player is now feeling.

    And he also showed them how to believe in themselves and that each can turn the corner. And Aaron is such a player. Just allow him to turn the corner. MAybe he has already done so.

  102. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 12:06pm

    I do Rico. I want Bruce Rich back.

  103. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 12:06pm

    Sorry I meant Rioch.

  104. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 12:09pm

    DG. That clip gave me a lift. Thanks mate.

  105. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 12:11pm

    Ak, i would say no…

    Adam, you are in a mischievous mood today :)

  106. allezkev

    March 23, 2012 at 12:11pm

    No Adam. I haven’t read any comments yet mate.
    I cannot imagine an intelligent guy like you slagging off Ramsey

  107. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 12:12pm

    Yes, sorry Rico. When I wrote Rich I must have been thinking of Kev.

  108. devilgunner

    March 23, 2012 at 12:12pm

    Hiya Sir AK. I answered your email…..did you get it???

    The problem with many people is that they watch the ball only during the game. I do not. I have trained myself to watch whatever else is to be watched beside the ball. Sometimes I even scan the crowds to see if I can spot some nice chick 😉

    During my team’s games I tell one of my two assistants to watch the buildup and where the ball is. In that way I can concentrate on the defence’s shape when my team is attacking and upon the attackers’ shape when we are defending. And not watch the F*****g ball only and the final delivery.

    If people watch Aaron when he does not have the ball they can come to realise what a honest hard worker he is.

  109. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 12:13pm

    devil, we said similar at the time TH signed on loan, it was for the off-field ‘stuff’ as much as on the pitch, this was proved by how little he actually played in that time here…

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the great man back very soon, and to stay….

    Great clip…

  110. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 12:16pm

    devil, that is the problem with television and internet screening, you don’t see what goes on off the ball, not anywhere near as much as if you are sat in the crowd…

    well, as long as you don’t have a 6′ 5″ guy sat in front of you 😉

  111. devilgunner

    March 23, 2012 at 12:19pm

    Take a look at this 22 year old midfielder mates. He plays as a second striker for Shaktar.

  112. Andy Powers

    March 23, 2012 at 12:23pm

    rico, to an extent I agree with the list of players that you said that / should or will leave the club when the summer window isopen again. However, I’m confused about Fabianski for the following reason, if he were to leave then who would be WS backup? Admitably, we do have a couple of very good young keepers coming through in Martinez and Shea, but imho they are not ready for the PL just yet. So who would be your No2 keeper?

    AK, what if Song were to leave, and I think there may be a possibilty of this? I see that you mention both Coq & Frimmy (both of whom I rate highly), but there is also another little gem in the background by the name of Serge Gnarby, who is pprogressing through the ranks and is top quality as well.

    And FWIW, M’villa is good but not €20-25m good..

  113. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 12:30pm

    Andy, the reason I think he will go is he has said he wants to move on for 1st team footie which he isn’t going to get with us unless Ches suffers injury..

    Personally, I would like us to sign an older keeper, one like Jussi, a player who is reliable but has just one maybe two years left in him…

    He could help Ches and we wouldn’t be concerned when he has to play….

  114. Joaquim Moreira

    March 23, 2012 at 12:31pm

    What’s that idea of selling Ramsey?
    Did we receive any offer?
    Only for not scoring twice in the last match?
    In that line, we can sell RVP too, because he didn’t scored and the ball hit the goal and in either action, shoot wide.

  115. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 12:32pm

    Not a fan of video clips to judge a player devil, they could even make me look like a good footballer 😉

    You rate him?

  116. praise obi

    March 23, 2012 at 12:32pm

    Ramsey should be starting from the bench

  117. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 12:34pm

    No JM, it’s just a topic for debate, derived from many fans giving him a hard time….

  118. jimbo

    March 23, 2012 at 12:34pm

    i dont think he should be sold at all. we’ve seen enough players come back from injury and play to 50% of their talent . i believe this is the case with ramsey and it will probably take him another half a season of playing games until we see him doing what he done pre injury. sell him? no way!! but he is definately not playing well enough to warrant a berth in the starting 11. Id like to see andre santos in the middle , with his build.passing and attacking prowess, i think he could do well there.

  119. Andy Powers

    March 23, 2012 at 12:48pm

    Let the summer signings begin…

    Rico – understood re: GK, but then it’s just a matter of finding the right one..

  120. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 12:50pm

    Jussi Andy, he’s free in the summer :)

  121. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 12:51pm

    I don’t believe that Podolski story, it’s an old one about his medical which the players agent has strongly denied…

    Why would he have one right now? There is still a long way to go in the PL and Germany league….

  122. Andy Powers

    March 23, 2012 at 12:56pm

    Rico, I didn’t realise he was free in the Summer, that would be a perfect fit then. Re: Podolski article – Wenger has just said at his pre-match interview – nothing completed yet either.

  123. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 1:01pm

    Hope that ‘yet’ means it will be soon Andy :)

    Then AW can move on to Vertonghen :)

  124. Rosicky

    March 23, 2012 at 1:21pm

    i dont soport Ramsey being sold.i blame the manager for playing Ramsey too many times when he knws the lad isn’t doing well in the position he is playing..he should play a midfield of Arteta,Rosicky nd Song then Ramsey can learn from them.lets give the boy time and u’d see him perform wonders again..but for now? I think he should always start from the bench and come on for Song/Arteta

  125. jimbo

    March 23, 2012 at 1:21pm

    is podolski really that good though???????????? id much rather see demba ba , or even dempsey bought , maybe for a bit more but they are proven

  126. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 1:23pm

    Clint Dempsey would do for me too jimbo, but it seems more likely to be Podolski, unless the Lazio rumours have some truth in them…

    Or Loric Remy??

  127. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 1:26pm

    Back to Podolski jimbo, did a post on here not long ago asking the same question, is he really what we need….

    The majority said yes because of his international goal scoring ability and record

  128. Joaquim Moreira

    March 23, 2012 at 1:26pm

    I understand rico, but put the things in that level isn’t,in my opinion,the best choce. One, is be relegate to the bench;other it is sell.

  129. jimbo

    March 23, 2012 at 1:33pm

    i agree the kid is mustard internationally , but so is mertesacker……………………………………………….. i just think wenger needs to look closer to home. dont get me wrong ill be happy with lp, but there is some quality players in the epl that can get bought from lesser clubs, …dempsey , ba, hoilet, even sturridge if he aint happy . i think he could be as good for england as rooney if not better

  130. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 1:35pm

    I don’t want him sold JM but the way some fans go on, you would think they do….

  131. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 1:37pm

    I wouldn’t mind The Yak jimbo….

  132. jimbo

    March 23, 2012 at 1:38pm

    nah , they are fickle . give the kid a chance , another season should prove his class. for sure though he should not be starting games, his passing is average , bottles tackles and misses 3 sitters every game. but im not a ramsey hater , maybe he got complacent that he would be a guaranteed starter , he needs to take a leaf out of roscikys book. he needs to get that shrpness back and he deserves a chance b4 we even think of sellling

  133. jimbo

    March 23, 2012 at 1:43pm

    the yak is a leg end!

  134. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 1:44pm

    Nah, he’s a goal scorer 😛

  135. allezkev

    March 23, 2012 at 2:04pm

    Good points Andy P re; Song.
    Gnarby is a great talent, but feel he has the potential to be an attacking m/f rather than a def/mid like Song.
    Ozyakup & Aneke ate also have big potential.

  136. allezkev

    March 23, 2012 at 2:08pm

    I see that JM has been on again. Upsetting everyone as usual.
    Troublemaker… :-). :-). :-)

  137. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 2:15pm

    He is a toad AK 😉

  138. allezkev

    March 23, 2012 at 2:21pm

    Diaby in the squad tomorrow, has to be a strong possibility.

    Villa will be no pushover in case anyone thinks it’s 3 easy pts in the bag. McLeish will do his usual spoiling tatics.
    Another narrow win will do for me.
    Nevermind the fancy performance.
    It’s all about the win…

  139. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 2:24pm

    He should be AK, any players coming back now are a huge bonus and too right, Villa and Bent will cause us probs, huge game, but then they all are from now on in….

    Have to pop off for an hour, catch up later….

  140. allezkev

    March 23, 2012 at 2:27pm

    Rico :-)

  141. Merlin96

    March 23, 2012 at 2:57pm

    Scott From Oz says:

    March 23, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Merlin,we lost Nasri,Cesc and Jack in a very short period of time.
    Name me another 21 y.o. in the history of football that has been asked or expected to fill the shoes of three players such as these?
    Too much too soon…especially after his injury.
    Give the kid a break,I say.
    He was everywhere on Wednesday,and at least puts himself in a position to score goals.
    Picture him alongside Jack,Song,Rosicky and Gotze……..let him do his job,and take the weight of expectation of his back.
    He’s still a kid.

    Yes I had posted, we will not know till he is 22/23 year old, i.e. by 2012/13 or 2013/14 season.

    I am a pessimist and basing on Wenger’s track record with British youngsters, Ramsey may not make as he will find it more and more difficult to be a starter with Rosicky regaining his form, WIlshre returning and of course, OX can play in the same posiiton as Ramsey..but with more pace, more creative and scoring ability.

    Not forgetting DIaby if he is injury-free…perhaps another “Van Persie”…4 years of injury-wrecked season…and 5th season..finally injury-free and fulfilled his potential?

    Look at both of these players in SOng and Ramsey who both are regular starter in 2011.
    Guess who provide the most assists and read Van Persie’s runs better?

    Then, Wenger is starting to blood the next batch of youngsters in 2012/13 in ANeke, COnor Henderson, Yennaris, Ozakhup…Eisfield…Jon Toral..Bellerin…….Betelho returning…DIaby returning……WIlshere returning…new buy??

    That is that type of competition Ramsey will face next season if he can’t continue developing as rapidly as envisaged by Wenger this season

    DO you know that our recent scintillating run was without the following players?
    – Mertesacker
    – Gervinho
    – Ramsey

    Try this Conspiracy Theory: :mrgreen:
    WHich player is most at fault for our dreadful 2011 performance before we turned it around in early-Feb 2012?

  142. Merlin96

    March 23, 2012 at 3:05pm

    23 March 2012

    Arsenal will confirm the £10.9million signing of Lukas Podolski next week after the striker passed a medical with the club’s doctors.

    Following tests in Germany, Standard Sport understands Podolski was at the Gunners’ London Colney base earlier this week as the finishing touches are put to a four-year contract worth in the region of £100,000 a week.

    There are still one or two small details to be finalised but Cologne are believed to be planning a departure press conference for the 26-year-old early next week to confirm that he will be moving to Emirates Stadium at the end of the season.

    Manager Arsene Wenger denied the deal was imminent at his press conference today, motivated at least in part by a reluctance to pre-empt an announcement from the Bundesliga club with the transfer not quite yet concluded.

    “I don’t master the timing [of any announcement] because that does not just rely on us,” he said. “It could happen soon, it could happen later, I don’t know.

    “It is always a concern [that someone else could come in for him]. The speed in which you do things is important, but it is always the player who makes the decision. It is about how much they want to join you.”

    Wenger was more forthcoming in his admission that the club are keen to avoid a repeat of last summer’s delays in completing their transfer business.

    Five players arrived in the final throes of the August transfer window after Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas had been sold and the club’s qualification for the Champions League group stage had been assured.

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

    “We will not be a lot on the market, quantity wise I mean. Quality-wise, certainly. But the number of the squad is 25. We will take a gamble if we find top, top quality of course.

    “But don’t forget we have many players out on loan and we have not had [Jack] Wilshere or [Abou] Diaby for the whole season. These players will be back and that means number and quality wise, we are strong because we are in the position we are in without these players.”

    The move for Podolski also signals a statement of intent from Arsenal as they attempt to convince Robin van Persie to sign a new four-year contract.

    The Dutchman insists he will review his position at the end of the season but, with the Gunners now third in the Premier League, optimism is growing that he will commit his future to the club.

    The prospect of playing alongside a player of Podolski’s calibre — he has 43 goals in 95 appearances for Germany — will help convince Van Persie that he can add to his solitary 2005 FA Cup winners’ medal.

    Arsenal’s recent form is further encouragement and they host Aston Villa tomorrow having extended their winning streak in the Premier League to six matches following a hard-fought 1-0 success at Everton on Wednesday night.

    Wenger’s side have recovered from their worst start to a season in 58 years to climb one point ahead of Tottenham and the Gunners boss is urging his players to see the task through to its conclusion with nine games left.

    “What you want as a manager is improvement from the team and so if improvement goes in a spectacular way like it has for us, it’s great,” said Wenger. “It’s all about finishing the job now. I believe we have good ingredients because we are all on the same wavelength to play our games and the spirit in the side is good. That’s the most important thing now — to continue our development.

    “I felt Arsenal always had strong spirit but you are questioned when you are mid-table and that’s why I feel this team were under pressure more than any other team. Maybe they have learned from that and somewhere it has tested our character and the response was positive.

    “If you look at all the problems we had during the season and how we responded, I think the mental attitude was always right and correct. The end of the season will tell us where we stand but I am very positive the players will put the effort in until the end.

    “We have to focus on how we want to play football. That is the best way to deal with the pressure — focus on how well you want to play and enjoy it.

    “It is a privilege to play games of importance and they now become more and more important.

    “There is something in the team because we have in the last two weeks secured six points on Merseyside [Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1]. They were points where we had to show not only our football qualities but also our mental state was tested and that looks quite positive.”

    Diaby will not be risked against Villa with Wenger preferring a cautious approach to his recovery from a hamstring problem despite scoring for the reserves on Tuesday.

    How true is this?

    Or is it another “I am 99% sure RIbery will sign for Arsenal..” only for him to sign for Bayern Munich?

  143. Merlin96

    March 23, 2012 at 3:08pm

    Arsène Wenger insists that Arsenal have not completed the signing of Germany international Lukas Podolski.

    It has been reported that the Cologne striker has passed a medical with the Club and is set to seal a move to Emirates Stadium.

    But Wenger denies this is the case, and refuses to put a timescale on any potential deal for the forward.

    “Nothing is done. No, he has not had a medical,” he said.

    “I don’t master the timing [of any announcement] because that does not just rely on us. It could happen soon, it could happen later, I don’t know.

    “It is always a concern [that someone else could come in for him]. The speed in which you do things is important, but at the end of the day it is always the player who makes the decision.

    “It is about how much they want to join you.”

  144. Merlin96

    March 23, 2012 at 3:13pm

    Arsène Wenger says his focus in the transfer market will be on quality not quantity this summer.

    The Arsenal manager has been linked with a host of players, with some observers predicting a major rebuilding project.

    The Frenchman insists he does not expect to make a raft of changes to his squad and says that any signings he does make will be top class.

    “We will not be a lot on the market, quantity-wise I mean. Quality-wise, certainly,” he said.

    “But the [maximum] number of the squad is 25. We have many players out on loan and we will take a gamble if we find top, top quality of course.

    “But don’t forget we have many players out on loan and we have not had Jack Wilshere or Abou Diaby for the whole season.

    “These players will be back and it means that number and quality-wise we are strong because we are in the position we are in without these players.”

    Wenger admits that he also hopes to wrap up any transfer deals earlier than last 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,” he said.


    I heard that beofre.

    Meaning….he is not signing “expensive” players and will retain his trust in the squad and those youngsters like Ramsey, WIlshere, DIaby and OX that he is slowly bringing into teh squad.

    Wenger had said beofre that he will not sign expereinced players that will not improve the sqaud and hinder the development of hsi youngsters….

    of course if a TOP TOP player is available at the right price at the right time.he will buy…like if a pig can fly……

  145. devilgunner

    March 23, 2012 at 3:38pm

    llezkev says:
    March 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I see that JM has been on again. Upsetting everyone as usual……

    …….are you refering to Joaquim Moreira by any chance??? 😉

  146. devilgunner

    March 23, 2012 at 3:40pm

    Oyyyyyyyyy Sir AK. Where is your AVATAR?????

  147. Andy Powers

    March 23, 2012 at 3:46pm

    AK re: Ozyakup & Aneke ate also have big potential – agree totally also Yennaris as well – who’s just gone out on loan to Notts County for the rest of the season. The future for the club is looking very bright with all of these youngsters coming through, but I guess that not all of them will make the grade and will be sold on elsewhere…

    Rico – re Bent, he’s out for the next 3 month’s at least, sure you didn’t mean Gabby A, who if fit could potentially cause the defence some problems.

  148. allezkev

    March 23, 2012 at 4:26pm

    AndyP. Yennaris to Notts County.
    Didn’t know that… Should do him good.
    Aneke has gone to Preston so i hear.
    Suprised that Ozyakup hasn’t gone loan?!

    Devil. That’s the guy mate. He’s probably sunning himself on a beach as i type… :-). :-). :-)

  149. Andy Powers

    March 23, 2012 at 4:34pm

    ak – here you go.

    Yennaris joins Notts County on loan Arsenal FC – Official Site 15:07
    Aneke – to Preston until the end of this season
    Afobe – to Reading also until the end of the season as well.

    Also agree regarding Ozyakup, the only thing that I can think of, is that he may be used as cover for the first team, but who knows..

  150. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 4:38pm

    Afternoon guys and gals…

    So a few have gone out on loan, good for them, won’t do any good just sitting around twiddling their thumbs 😉

  151. jackson essien

    March 23, 2012 at 5:14pm

    Aaron is a great guy that need much time to blend, we should not castigate him for most of our woe cause every player got his pick and off pick period.

  152. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 5:36pm

    We aren’t jackson :)

  153. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 6:49pm

    Off for a spell….

  154. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 7:40pm

    Quiet times ah 😉

  155. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 7:41pm

    Merlin,that conspiracy theory just doesn’t fly.
    The simple fact is that we hit firm when we were able to play a similar starting eleven week in,week out,instead of what had been happening.
    Injuries have slowly begun to ease,and stability is much more important than any single player.
    At least if you’d aimed up at Arshavin,it would have more credibulty,as his lack of passion and enthusiasm would be more damaging than anything Ramsey did,and our form certainly coincided with him leaving.
    Again,I don’t even think Arshavin leaving had one bit to do with it.

  156. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 7:50pm

    Hi Rico. Slow evening? Are you going to the game tomorrow?

  157. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 7:51pm

    Hi Scott….

  158. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 7:54pm

    Hi Adam, sadly not :(

    It’s funny, never wanted to live in London but every time we have a home game, i wish i did 😉

    You going?

  159. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 7:55pm

    Where are you actually located then?

  160. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 7:57pm

    Yes I will be there. I am about a half hour’s drive but was born and bred in Highbury so it’s a kind of family thing.

  161. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 8:00pm

    Morning all.
    I won’t be there,the plane trip is a killer lol.

  162. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 8:08pm

    Me Adam, in the South East, Berkshire but nearer to Hampshire than London, by a long way….

  163. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 8:08pm

    😆 Scott….

  164. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 8:12pm

    I go your way regularly as I am often to be found heading westward toward the New Forest. I go to Arsenal with my brother and my wife. It was kind of my dad took my older brother, then he took me and now we go with his son. Continuing a long line and family tradition. Oddly enough though my mum came from Tottenham and her family were all Spurs supporters. If they had moved there and not to Highbury, where he lived, we would never be having this conversation and I would be even more bitter and twisted.

  165. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 8:16pm

    Thank goodness your parents didn’t move then Adam, they saved you….. 😉

    Well, next time you head off down the A34, if you fancy a coffee en route, then send me an email and i might even treat you, i know the perfect half way spot :)

  166. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 8:18pm

    Anyway Rico. I hope the chickens are well and laying how ever many eggs chickens lay. We all hope for a decent result tomorrow and that other results go for us too. Off to watch a bit of telly I think after a hard week in front of an unforgiving keyboard and a set of deadlines. Love to all Gooners.

  167. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 8:20pm

    No eggs yet Adam, lazy tinkers…

    Have a good evening, enjoy a bit of ‘you’ time….

  168. Adam

    March 23, 2012 at 8:20pm

    Oh and thanks for that offer. It would be quite lovely, especially if you bought me a freshly laid egg.

  169. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 8:21pm

    I’m following Adam, off to watch the soaps and an early one….

    Nighty all, catch up tomorrow….

    Have a good day Scott ….

    TTFN all…..

  170. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 8:22pm

    Make sure you do Adam, and you will definately get a freshly laid half dozedn to take home 😉

  171. rico

    March 23, 2012 at 8:24pm

    Gone now…..

  172. Scott From Oz

    March 23, 2012 at 8:35pm

    Night guys,catch you all later.

  173. rico

    March 24, 2012 at 7:33am


  174. Scott From Oz

    March 24, 2012 at 8:51am

    Top of the morning Miss Rico.
    Hows the weather over there.
    We’ve had a glorious day.
    About 27 degrees,and just a wisp of cloud cover.
    I have a big night ahead.
    My Sydney Swans(Aussie Rules) are playing their first game of the season atm,followed by some great Premier League games,then off deep sea fishing in the morning.
    Don’t mean to brag,but life is pretty good down under at present.

  175. rico

    March 24, 2012 at 9:03am

    New Post up….

  176. rico

    March 24, 2012 at 9:04am

    Hi Scott, sorry i didn’t see your comment…

    All is good here thank you, beautiful weather too, bizzare for this time of the year…

  177. sammy

    April 19, 2012 at 1:16pm


    I think what Ramsey need is a more minute play

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