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Denilson to stay at Arsenal & Campbell all set to join him…..

June 30, 2012

Joel Campbell seems all set to be awarded his work permit this summer and should be heading to London ready to join his team-mates for pre-season for the first time.

1 Nil Down 2 One Up have written a very good piece explaining just why there should be no problems for him getting the red light to play in England, it’s worth a read if you haven’t done so already.

Although Campbell is very strong on his left foot, his right one isn’t too bad either so maybe that will keep the ‘all our strikers are left footed’ wingers quiet….

Whether or not he stays with us for the first part of the season, or goes out on loan to another Premier/Championship side remains to be seen and I strongly suspect his pre-season will dictate that and of course the outcome of the ‘you know who’ contract situation.

Either way, it will be good to see him playing in England and for some of us, we’ll get to see a lot more of him.

Denilson, what is there left to say about this young man that hasn’t already been said?

Well, shock horror, Sao Paulo Vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes has managed to come out with something very new and quite disturbing.

He told Globo Esporte:

Arsenal’s staff want him to return but we are waiting for Adalberto Baptista to have talks with them. Maybe we will manage to extend the loan for six more months or even another year.”

Asked about Arsenal’s view on Denilson, De Jesus Lopes added:

They liked his performances, they liked Denilson’s development. That’s why they want him to return.

I don’t believe that for one minute, they want to buy him, but they don’t want to pay what Arsenal are asking but watch this space, they’ll get him before the transfer window closes. Well, I bloomin hope they do!!

Update on those going, gone and staying:

These have gone:

Manuel Almunia
George Brislen-Hall
Sean McDermott
Gavin Hoyte
Rhys Murphy

These are going on the 1st July:

Alban Bunjaku
Jeffrey Monakana
James Campbell

And these have been offered and will accept a professional contract on the 1st July.

Samir Bihmoutine
Reice Charles-Cook
Philip Roberts
Jordan Wynter
Kristoffer Olsson
Hector Bellerin

So, the clear out continues, just need to add a few older players to that list now Arsene….

Have a good day all……

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Arsenal line up Africas best & now PSG want Robin…….

June 29, 2012

So Arsenal have signed up a new partnership with Airtel, Africa’s equivalent to Vodafone and Arsenal are over the moon.

Arsenal’s Head of Global Partnerships Vinai Venkatesham said:

I am delighted to welcome Airtel into our family of Commercial Partners. This is the second long-term partnership arrangement to arise from the continent and we look forward to developing a number of exciting initiatives with Airtel, starting with our forthcoming tour to Nigeria in August.

This underlines the depth of our following in Africa and how the profile of the Club continues to grow internationally.

Airtel Africa Chief Marketing Officer, Andre Beyers added:

Football fans across Africa are known for their passion of the great game. Arsenal’s exciting style of play and a history of working with the best talent from Africa will enrich this partnership and offer a wealth of opportunities for upcoming players and fans.

The partnership provides an impetus to the Airtel Rising Stars in some of the countries that have produced amazing young talent and whose youth teams have gone on to win FIFA Youth and Olympic tournaments.

Call me an old cynic all you like but I see this as a partnership to help Arsenal secure some of the best African players ‘out there’ and to be honest, I am all for it too. We have signed a few cracking players of African descent and not many, if any, have not done themselves proud. No doubt someone will shoot me down for having that view.

What this deal bring to the club in terms of finances I am not sure but no doubt someone will enlighten us today. ;)

It seems we can’t go a day without seeing Robin van Persies name in the newspapers and today is no exception. Today reports are that PSG are ready to rival Manchester City for the signature of our captain. They are a wealthy club too and could probably match what ever City offer him in terms of finances but not football. If he has to go, I’d much rather he went there than join old floppy bonce.

However, I remain quietly confident he’s staying, just wish he would hurry up and put us all out of our misery!

And Theo….

That’s it for today, not much going on in the world of Arsenal….

Have a good one..

Robin bid rejected? M’Vila at Colney & is Aaron Ramseys career at Arsenal over?

June 28, 2012

First up is bit of Twitter gossip from yesterday:

Arsenal have rejected a £25 million bid from Manchester City for our captain. However, the 007 following the word ‘agent’ was enough to suggest its absolute garbage!

Secondly, canal+  journalist Vincent_Pochulu tweeted that Yann M’Vila was in London on Tuesday, not just London, but at the Arsenal Training ground.

The joys of Twitter eh!

From that, let’s take a look at the Arsenal midfield as it stands today….

Regardless of whether the M’Vila tweet is true or not, I still think that Wenger wants to sign him, but the players recent misbehaviour may have caused him have second thoughts, just as we discussed yesterday.

As far as an attacking midfielder is concerned, we have one already in Abou Diaby, but the twerp has to stay fit! This coming season he needs to replicate the kind of fitness and performance that Robin Van Persie has just experienced…

If he could do that, and I know it’s a big IF, then we could have a top top player on our hands and at just the right age, but his chances are running out…

The rumours concerning an imminent exit for Aaron Ramsey are a worry…

Could it be, as with Eduardo, that Wenger has decided that Aaron is never going to get his mojo back…?

Could it be that Wenger has seen something in him in training as well during matches that point to the psychological damage he suffered at the hands of Shawcross?

Does Arsene Wenger believe that our young Welshman will never repair or recover completely?

Sad it maybe, but it is a possibility and he could be heading out one way or another this summer.

Francis Coquelin has shown a lot of promise and made great strides in an injury hit season. I think he’ll become a massive player for us over the next 2 years, therefore Wenger needs to push him on and cannot bring in some ‘big time Charlie’ to block his progression into the player he can be…

Wenger also has a group of young midfielders chomping at the bit, with Serge Gnarby looking likely to be fast-tracked into the senior squad via the League Cup.

Conor Henderson has already been given first team exposure, Manu Frimpong must eventually enjoy a change of luck and have an injury free season, Craig Eastmond had a good loan at Wycombe after an injury nightmare, does he have a future?

Aneke, Yennaris, Eisfeld, where do they fit in?

Does the manager think that one of those could now offer more than the Aaron Ramsey we saw last season?

Then of course there is the seniors, Arteta, Wilshere, Song, Rosicky, even Denilson maybe….

So yes, I think we are well stocked with midfielders.

Attack was the main concern last season, and Wenger seems to have fixed that department…

The defence certainly needs some fine tuning, so come on down Mr Bould and Mr Banfield….

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Suprise Arsenal Addition! Time to forget M’Vila and go back to February 2009……

June 27, 2012

Well well, we didn’t expect afc.com to announce that we had signed Olivier Giroud yesterday did we, well not as soon as they did, they normally make us wait ages don’t they? What a shocker and we didn’t see that signing coming did we. ;)

Great news though, a big strong striker who is good in the air who will no doubt make a difference to our attack, but as always, give the guy a chance before writing him off, especially if he doesn’t score a hat-trick in his first game!!

Two goal scorers in, add them to Robin van Persie and suddenly we are looking really good up front.

Well, here’s proof of how good we will look…


Now let’s hope Arsene Wenger looks towards stopping the goals going in at the other end and his next move is to sign a defensive midfielder and a strong defender who can preferably play anywhere along the back line.

Back in 2009, we along with Liverpool, were keeping an eye on Etienne Capoue, he hadn’t been with his current club for that long as was still not even 20 years old but already he had caught Arsene Wengers eye and Capoue knew it:

It is good to be linked with prestigious clubs, but I have only just started in the top division in France and I need to prove myself before moving abroad, I will not lose any sleep over it. I am very down to earth and I will continue to work hard and have more good games for Toulouse.

Our squad is fantastic, we get on well, and we want to make a name for ourselves. However, I do like English football, I watch it a lot, and I also like the Spanish Liga. Maybe one day I will play there, who knows?

Well, could that day be now?

Recently all the news in France was that Arsenal and Rennes had agreed a deal for Yann M’Vila and it wouldn’t be long before that deal would be confirmed but since then, M’Vila has had a brush with the law and following the exit of France from the Euros, he has been labelled a bit of a troublesome lad within the French camp along with Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa and Jeremy Menez. They are all  reported to have been involved in a spat with French coach Laurent Blanc.

Not good and certainly not something which Arsene Wenger would want to bring into his current squad, normally it’s one whiff of trouble in a player and he gets rid, so for that reason maybe we should all forget about signing this young man..

However, that doesn’t nessecarily mean that Wenger won’t sign that defence minded midfield player, after all, he has said that our midfielders are too attacking so maybe Capoue is back in his thoughts?

He’s older and wiser now, and maybe it’s the right time to make that move to England….

Have a good day all…..


Nik & Squillaci seek pastures new and Ramsey to Fulham?

June 26, 2012

So Squillaci is reported to have traveled to Corsica for discussions with talk of a one year deal, there is an option for him to stay a further year but that part of the deal matters not to us. Just get him off of our books once and for all.

Another nearing an exit is Bendtner, his agent, Jesper Lynghus has had this to say:

The interest is overwhelming, just as it should be after the way Nicklas performed at Euro 2012.

We are getting closer day by day. We are not commenting on individual deals at the moment, but it is fair to say the interest in Nicklas is global.

Always makes me chuckle to hear such things, if so many clubs were looking to snap up Nik’s signature, someone would have by now, surely.

Still, just like Squilli, as long as we get to the 1st September and they are playing elsewhere, that is all that matters and neither should really make a difference to Arsene Wengers plans in the transfer window, unless we really are strapped for cash!

Another rumour was doing the rounds yesterday, and that involved Aaron Ramsey heading off Fulham.

Some report it is on loan, others suggest it is a permenant deal with Clint Dempsey heading to us. Not sure if there is much truth in that one but a loan would do him the world of good, as long as he gets to play every week.

That’s it for today, had a few internet problems this morning so it’s just a quick short and sweet one to refresh the post….

Have a good day all, will Tuesday be signing day?

Giroud confirms he’s a Gooner, Theo needs to do the same & Strawberries & Champagne, but none for England.

June 25, 2012

Firstly some dreadfully sad news, Real Betis defender Miki Roque has died at the age of 23 after suffering with cancer. This young lad came through the youth system at Liverpool and he now becomes another taken far far too early from that evil nasty disease.

RIP Miki

The inevitable happened yesterday evening, after a good opening spell, England faded, they had nothing in their legs and how they got to ninety minutes without conceding to Italy was beyond belief, let alone the extra thirty minutes.

But then came the penalties and it all went horribly wrong, especially for Ashley Cole and Ashley Young.

England out, Theo and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are now on their way home which is good news for Arsenal. Both can have a rest before pre-season, and one of course can now get his contract situation sorted out.

Stay or go Theo, just sort it out..

One who is definately going to sign a contract is Olivier Giroud:

I am so happy to be signing for Arsenal — it is something that represents so much for me.

I’ve always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and Arsenal are a great club with many French players.

Suggestion is that he is due in London for his medical in the next few days and then the dotted line on a five-year contract will be signed and that will be that.

Two in and the transfer window isn’t even open yet, not bad Arsene, not bad – now go and get a couple more asap!

Denilson and Vela have both been told to get back to London after failing to secure a move away, don’t worry, it’s not to become part of this coming seasons squad, it’s to get them moved on as quick as possible. I guess they need to have a nice little chat over a cup of coffee and make sure that they both fully understand that they have no future at Arsenal.

Well, that is of course according to the Daily Mirror. :)

The Euros are drawing to a close but here in England another major tournament begins, one of my favourites too and that’s Wimbledon.

So get down to your local supermarket, grab your strawberries, cream and champagne and enjoy.

I will, especially knowing that Podolski & Merts are the only Gooners left in Poland/Ukraine and big strong guys like them won’t get injured…

At least I hope they don’t…

Have a good day all…

Chamakh to Stoke? Robin & Theo guessing games & France exit to open Arsenal doors?

June 24, 2012

What is it that makes some fans think they are right?

It’s all well and good to have hunches and our own views on what we ‘think might happen’ but suggesting that any individual view is factual sometimes baffles me.

Robin is doing this, that or the other, well, just like all those media buffoons who think they know what is going inside the club, or the lazy journalists who print stories and believe that they are right, some fans are guessing just the same.

Not that I am suggesting Arsenal fans are buffoons before anyone goes into a strop! ;)

As said before, unless these same fans work for Arsenal Football Club, or dine out with Arsene Wenger, Stan Kroenke or Ivan Gazidis then I doubt anyone truly knows what the future holds for Robin van Persie or Theo Walcott for that matter.

Manchester City value Robin at £15 Million, who says so? I certainly haven’t seen/read a quote from the Manchester City hierarchy confirming that but no, the newspapers have printed it.

Robin has been spotted house hunting in the Manchester area, how that happened I don’t know as isn’t he supposed to be enjoying a well-earned holiday in the Caribbean?

Theo Walcott is demanding a bumper pay rise, well where has he said that? He’s also only staying if Robin does – funny enough, I haven’t seen any quotes from our winger confirming that either.

One thing though that has been said and it’s a quote from Robin’s wife Bouchra:

Arsenal showed faith in Robin when he was going through a lean time, so we should not repay them by thinking about other clubs. Our home life and our children are happy in London.

Would you honestly want your wife/husband to say that if you did not know he/she was saying it?

Or, if you were planning on departing your current club, would you actually allow that comment?

Suggestion is that our captain wants some help on the pitch, Podolski is in, Giroud is meant to be following and M’Vila is still heavily linked.

If those two above sign very soon, isn’t that what we have all hoped for, including Robin van Persie, who by the way,  isn’t the be all and end all of Arsenal Football Club!!

France are now out, beaten 2-0 by the World Cup Champions, and what a bunch of diving, softies they were too. France were not destined to win that match last night were they, certainly not all the time that particular man was in charge of the whistle. Not that I am suggesting he was biased or anything, I wouldn’t dare do such a thing!!

Alonso looked quite good still, unlike Torres……

Anyway, last nights result means the Euros are now over for the two above mentioned players who have for a few days, or few weeks said that their future will become clear after their participation in this competition is over.

Well it is, so could Arsenals summer transfer business kick off? Giroud looks pretty much certain to sign, but M’Vila, who knows, that is anyones guess but has he impressed you enough or would you rather we were looking elsewhere?

Finally, good luck to England for tonight, I’m really looking forward to watching the country I love beat Italy and yes, I think they will. Stop Andrea Pirlo and wind up Balotelli, that would be my advice. ;)

Only kidding, think that’s best left to Roy Hodgson….

Little rumour going around that we have accepted an offer of £6 Million for Chamkah from Stoke City, not sure if that one has any legs as I can’t see our dynamic striker wanting to stay in England.

But of course, that is only my opinion… ;)

Have a good day all…


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