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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….

Written by Allezkev

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…

Bendtner to Malaga, RvP to City & Usmanov won’t go away….

June 23, 2012

Here we go again then, all last summer we heard that Bendtner was in talks with hundreds of clubs regarding a move away from Arsenal.

That move failed to materialise and after reading stories from his father, who was then his agent, only to end up on loan at Sunderland must have been a bit of a shock and an embarrassment for him to say the least.

In his own world full of imperfections, Nicklas Bendtner is perfect but his antics whilst on loan would suggest he is far from that and to be honest, he didn’t really excite the fans of Sunderland, or their manager, otherwise Martin O’Neil would have been knocking on Arsenals door long before now to secure his services.

Bendtner has since appointed a new agent, but the stories coming out are reminiscent of last summer.

Special Agent Brooks says:

We are in negotiations with several clubs, we are reviewing the options before we decide where his future will be.

Malaga are reported to be interested!

Hey, don’t knock them, they are in the Champions League this coming season, unlike Tottenham….. ;)

It may sound a tad harsh, but I’m not too fussed where he goes, just hope he goes onto enjoy his football and gets to play week in week out.

Chamakh is another who is surely on his way, especially after Wenger all but confirmed the arrival of Giroud from Montpellier. Same to him too, he needs to be playing, he is not a bad footballer, we all saw that when he saved our bacon when every other striker was injured. He scored a few goals back then and no doubt he will again but Arsenal isn’t for him, and he is no longer for us….

One man who is us and has no plans to quietly disappear is Alisher Usmanov:

As much as possible, every time, I’m open to increase my shares,

But, he’s not prepared to upset the current board, nor is he going to press for a peep at the books:

No, I don’t want to be on the board when I’m not invited.

I’m still not convinced that he won’t just wake up one day and make Stan that offer he can’t refuse and in the meantime, he’ll just quietly sit back and buy up shares that become available…

Oh and brace yourselves, The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph both report that Manchester City are on the verge of making Robin an offer he can’t refuse, however, I strongly suspect he will.

France up against Spain tonight, got to get behind Cesc and his boys haven’t we, should France go out, we might get a bit more transfer news…

That’s it for another day, have a good one wherever you are….

Oxlade-Chamberlain to join the big boys, Podolski – in, Giroud – nearly, M’Vila – hopefully!

June 22, 2012


Lukasz Podolski is signed and sealed.

Olivier Giroud will complete his transfer to N.5 after France exit the Euro’s.

Wenger said on French TV station TF1:

Giroud didn’t play much (at the Euros so far), but he’s going to be an Arsenal player 90% next season.

I think he has exceptional potential and will integrate very well in our collective and our way of playing. He is a real team player and knows how to combine with other players and I’m sure he will do well with us.

Robin Van Persie will stay at Arsenal.

That’s what I think, expect, predict, hope, you choose?

But can Arsene Wenger actually play all three in the team?

Does Arsene actually plan to start the season with all three forwards/strikers, spearheading the Arsenal attack??

Yes, if we’re chasing a game, having all three on the pitch does make sense, but as a basis for his first choice starting XI..?
I’m not so sure…

Where would that leave Theo Walcott, whom I also expect to sign a new contract at Arsenal.

Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ryo Miyaichi, Joel Campbell, Benik Afobe..?

It would certainly point to a change in tactics, maybe a return to what made Arsenal under Arsene a trophy winning machine.

When we had TH14 leading the attack, DB10 in the hole directing operations, Sylvain Wiltord on the wing. Or Nicolas Anelka/ Ian Wright leading the attack, DB10 in the hole and Marc Overmars on the wing.

A trio of forwards/strikers/goalscorers. That was the tried and tested format, a format we lapped up…

To play such an expansive, attacking system, you need strength in your midfield, a shield for your back-four and Yann M’Vila seems the perfect fit to me…

So are we seeing the beginning of the new/old tactics?

I hope so.

The Barcelona lite experiment has been a failure in my opinion. A frustrating failure.

Football goes in cycles and maybe Arsene in returning ‘Back to the Future’, has accepted this, even if he’d never admit it, bless him…

New voices on the training pitch in Banfield and Bould.

New faces in the dressing room.

A new/old approach tatically.

I’m really excited by the prospects of all this during 2012-13.


Written by Allezkev

Just a bit to add and that’s about young Oxlade-Chamberlain, reports suggest he’s heading for a bumper payrise having had such a good season, more like to try and keep the vultures away who could quite easily triple his current salary! Suggestion is that the pay increase will see him earn similar to the top earners at the club.

Deserved, or a bit premature?

Have a good day all…..



Rennes confirm M’Vila move & The League Of Experts….

June 21, 2012

Before we head off into todays post, FootballFancast.com reported than Yann M’Vilas move to another club will be confirmed after Euro 2012 and it has already been announced on the French stock market by the player’s club Rennes.

Where that is, is anyones guess but Bayern Munich have allegedly withdrawn their interest in the player.

Onto todays post:

In essence, football is a simple sport but it has become over complicated to the point where it is positively groaning beneath the weight of TV and internet analysis. The problem in part stems from Sky’s insistence on grinding it’s customers down beneath a torrent never-ending nonsense, spewing from the mouths of ex-players barely able to string a coherent sentence together or arrange a chain of thought in their heads before subjecting the viewer to an inner glimpse of their banality.

This has become de-rigueur and has of course been slavishly copied by the truly appalling BBC, the decidedly down market ITV and the stupendously ghastly ESPN, although we must be eternally grateful that the latter have now lost the right to pollute our minds with the queue of free-lunch seeking saddos that constituted their ” panel” of dickheads and semi-literate, incomprehensible shysters like Chris “Pelanty” Waddle.

Broadcasters and by this I mean those who produce the outside broadcast scenarios for us to watch have no qualms about who they erect before us on pedestals so we may enjoy the pearls of footballing wisdom that trickle from their lips like mana from heaven. So nobody feels the slightest embarrassment when the image of Stan Collymore appears on our screens to tell us what is what and allow us into the inner sanctum of his mind. This is the dark place that conceived the public beating of Ulrika Johnson and felt the attraction of the sexually perverse pastime of “dogging”.

Did nobody think that his disgusting past might lessen his credibility somewhat?

What about the Reverend Mark Bright?

I hear him commenting on dirty play with a sense of almost religious righteousness that masks the fact that he committed one of the worst, premeditated fouls ever seen on TV when he systematically measured Andy Linighan for a forearm smash to the face that shattered the Arsenal player’s nose into several pieces.

Even Danny Murphy, one of the worst thugs I have seen on a football field, is employed, though thankfully on radio, as the intelligent voice of reason and seemingly feels no sense of irony in doing so.

What can one honestly say about the BBC and good old Gary Lineker? Yes, that’s Gary, the crisp-munching moron, recently cleared of racist remarks over Arsene Wenger. A man whose defence seemed to be that he is in fact, a great admirer of Arsene and often defends him.

Really? I must have missed that Gary.

In fact I must also have missed you ridiculing Sir Alex Ferguson, Roberto Mancini or your great mate ‘Arry Redknapp. I never saw you mimicking a broad Scottish accent, with your face rouged up and wearing a red prosthetic nose, pointing at your watch and waving your arms about. Yes, I must have missed that one.

I think the less said about Alan Hansen the better and as for Lawro? Well, I don’t think that even he believes the drivel that he spouts these days and his whole demeanour suggests that he is tired of the whole thing, ran out of things to say about a decade ago and just wants to sit in a chair quietly somewhere waiting for someone to mercifully end it all for him.

Which bring us to Sky as I want to spare you all the horror of raising the spectre of ITV and Adrian Chiles. We had Keys and Gray for years and they had become the “voices” of football.

Was it a penalty? Did the manager get his tactics right? Was he offside?

Just ask Andy the sexist or Richard of the gross and inappropriate.

They will tell you definitively and what they say will be carefully considered and completely impartial. They are still giving it large on TalkSport. You know that station. The one where a bloke called Durham steals oxygen from more deserving people every day as the caustic and corrosive nature of his effluent bile seeps from the speaker of your radio, contaminating all it comes into contact with, like a foul disease originating in filth and corruption.

Where was I? Ah, Sky.

The most obvious place to find Jamie Redknapp crammed into a pair of unrealistically tight trousers and passing comment on Arsenal games or a reborn Gary Neville actually talking a bit of sense. But, please don’t confuse him with that other Gary Neville, the one who systematically fouled and kicked JA Reyes out of the game at Old Trafford with the full blessing and complicity of Mike Riley several years ago in one of the most shamefully staged football fixes of our time.

What a disgrace Riley was that day.

Fergies lapdog and the forerunner of Howard Webb today who has inherited Riley’s crown and worn it with notable success. And Riley? Well, quite understandably, he runs the referees now and as soon as he sees Arsenal going on a bit of a run that Fergie might not like, he reaches for the number of Martin Atkinson to put a stop to it. But of course it’s a gravy train isn’t it? A home for ex-players and scumbags to pick up a few quid instead of becoming addicted to drugs, gambling or alcohol or performing numerous acts of infidelity in tacky hotels.

The problem is that it has coincided rather unfortunately with the rise of the Internet as a forum for footballing websites.

It has turned us all into master tacticians and expert analysers of a game that we believe intently we understand. So many of us are better managers than Arsene Wenger and it goes without saying that we could run the club far more efficiently than that crackpot Ivan Gazidis.

Stan Kroenke? Don’t make me laugh.

I see a thousand bloggers a day, few of whom can string a sentence together, but all of whom would be better owners.

Tactics? Well, even a fool can see where Wenger is going wrong and the Internet is the perfect place to anonymously share that view with hundreds of thousands of other virtual managers. Throw in a bit of abuse while you are at it and criticise the board for taking millions of £s out to line their pockets. That’s your money that is, even though you don’t go to the matches, that’s your bloody money!

You just know you could do a better job. You would reconstruct the Invincibles, player by player, you would sack Wenger and Gazidis and demand £200 million from Stan, kick Diaby out of the club, sell Ramsay, buy Messi, buy Vertonghen from under Spurs noses even though you have never seen him play.

You would bring back standing sections, reduce season ticket prices and make Robin sit on the bench if he won’t sign a new contract..

But what’s that?

Oh, that’s your folks calling you in for tea……..

Written by Adam


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