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Sakho linked, Cazorla signing today? Here’s what to expect from him……

Today’s post is about what we can expect from Santi Cazorla if he agrees to sign for us and Lee found an article written by La Liga expert David Cartlidge who describes the player as having:

Exquisite technical ability, passing, vision and movement….

He was also asked:

What happens to the best players in Spain that don’t play for Barcelona or Real Madrid?

Well, one of two things. They either join one of the Big Two, or move abroad. This summer Jordi Alba chose the former, joining Barcelona, and it looks like Santi Cazorla could do the latter.

Malaga’s pocket-sized magician may have run into trouble off the field with his current employers – a complaint was filed against the club for unpaid wages and subsequently withdrawn – but on it he rarely encounters any problems at all.

At just 5ft 6in Cazorla fits the typical mould of a modern Spanish midfielder, making up for his lack of stature with exquisite technical ability, vision and movement.

As agile as they come, Cazorla has matured brilliantly over the years in various surroundings. He first came on the scene with Real Oviedo as a product of their glorious cantera, before heading to Recreativo de Huelva.

Villarreal then saw something special in the midfielder and is was at El Madrigal where he really began to shine. The midfielder became an integral part of the Castellon-based club’s rise from unknowns to European heavyweights – when he left for Malaga it was no coincidence his former club struggled.

Playing in the famed Villarreal 4-2-2-2 he shifted gracefully between defence and attack proving himself to be a vital cog in the works of the Yellow Submarine as they produced some of the finest football on the continent.

Not only was Cazorla efficient in his attacking work, providing a presence between the lines and picking opponents part with his agility, he also understood his defensive responsibilities and was energetic and selfless at the back as well.

Further recognition of his talents came with a Spain call-up at Euro 2008, when the country won their first international honour in 44 years.

Questions were asked when Luis Aragonés called up the uncapped Asturian, but time would prove him right and he was one of the first people to truly acknowledge his talent.

Moving onto Malaga helped Cazorla’s beloved Villarreal ease their financial troubles but it also gave him the chance to lead a team into an exciting new era.

Linking up again with Manuel Pellegrini, Cazorla was a key figure in Malaga’s qualification for Europe as he produced another phenomenal individual season.

The 27-year-old again showed his maturity and added more versatility to his game. Cazorla moved through various roles: most interesting was his deeper role in which he dictated play and moved the ball into advanced areas for the attack to thrive upon.

He also featured in his favoured attacking midfield role, positioned on the right but cutting in effortlessly to pick holes in the centre of opposition defences.

Despite not being the quickest Cazorla is still capable of smart bursts of pace and changes of direction when necessary to evade defenders.

It’s his on-field intelligence that remains the finest asset though, deceiving opponents by remaining one step ahead of them, whether it be with a cute pirouette or a subtle pass.

Often surrounded by three or four players, Cazorla still manages to find passing angles and create space for himself.

His 86% pass success rating throughout all competitions last season shows he rarely wastes an opportunity.

At free-kicks he can be deadly too, firing four in directly last season and generally providing classy delivery.

Altogether in his first season with Malaga, Cazorla managed nine goals, five assists and contributed directly in 23.9% of his teams goals.

For many, he was the best player outside of Barcelona and Real Madrid all season.

Cazorla then went on to be part of Spain’s elite squad that won Euro 2012 – a bit part player may be, but an essential inclusion given his outstanding season and the undoubted quality he brings to the squad.

Despite being a consistently good performer, it seems Cazorla never gets the recognition he truly deserves.

Perhaps with a move to a bigger stage – like David Silva took when moving to Manchester City – his talents will get the platform they deserve.

Cazorla has all the attributes that Arsene Wenger deems necessary in a footballer and the Frenchman has always been a fan – indeed it remains a mystery why he didn’t follow up his interest last year.

Wenger has already brought in two big money signings this summer with Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, but his best bit of business this year might yet be Cazorla – and the little Spaniard would not disappoint.

So there you have it, if you didn’t know about the little Spaniard before, you do now.

Suggestion is that Malaga, Arsenal and the player will strike a deal today, one that would be welcome by all Arsenal fans I’m sure.

Another deal which could be seriously considered by Arsenal comes from Juventus. According to most newspapers, the Italian club have, or soon will offer £20 Million for our captain with a wage of £190,000 a week.

Will that be enough, who knows but what it might do is force one of the richer clubs to dig a bit deeper…..

Mamadou Sakho of PSG is linked with a move to us, primarily he is a centre-back, but he’s known to slot in at left-back if needed.

Wenger not convinced by either of our two full backs?

Neither am I.

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

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281 Responses to Sakho linked, Cazorla signing today? Here’s what to expect from him……

  1. rico says:

    Morning all..

    Forgot to give a mention to Almunia who has signed a one-year deal with Watford..

    Not sure whether to wish the Spaniard good luck, or his new club ;)

  2. Billboy says:

    Morning Rico,

    A good read. If he’s half that good, wrap him up, I’ll take him.

  3. rico says:

    Zenit are readying a bid for Yann M’Vila :roll:

  4. Scott from Oz says:

    Was that article describing Fabregas or Cazorla??
    Brilliant….haven’t heard a remotely negative report on the guy.
    One season without Fabregas,still finished fourth after a terribly bad start,so with this guy and one or two more signings we truly are in business.
    I always am positive,and I’m hoping it’s not misguided faith this time.
    Get this deal done,and I promise I will drink the ’31 Port,as it will be reason enough for celebration :)
    Go Arsene,you legend.
    You’re showing us all that you’ve found your mojo again.

  5. rico says:

    Morning Billboy,

    The article is a good one isn’t it, Lee C&P’d it into a comment early this morning so thought I’d pinch it and post it for us all to read. Santi sounds ideal for us…

  6. Scott from Oz says:

    Rico,Almunia was a foot player who tried his best for us,but it just didn’t work out.
    He’s never complained about anything at all,so I reckon he deserves our best wishes.
    You know my thoughts on anyone who gives their best :)
    Morning all.

  7. Peter says:

    Sure cazorla will sign today,be optimistic gunners fan.afc till i die

  8. rico says:

    :lol: Scott,

    Cesc wasn’t the quickest either was he but….

    Hunter reckons it will take more than €20 million to get Santi, just go pay it AW…

    Not sure on the Sakho link, but hope its got legs, tall, strong and quick, and can play Lb, better than Vertonghen maybe?

  9. Scott from Oz says:

    Oh,and I do not want Sahin on loan.
    Why should we help him find form for Real….hey can get stuffed.
    Permanent deal or no deal.

  10. vernat1066 says:

    Good morning, interesting article lets hope it can get done. With regards to Alumnia all the best he always has acted with class and dignity and gave his best I wish him well.

  11. Billboy says:

    If this deal happens then what happens next? Big DM, back-up GK? Another front man? I’m getting carried away now. Just going to take my tablets.

  12. rico says:

    I’d rather a DM than Sahin ….

  13. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    Zenit have never had a black player before Rico, so I doubt they’ll start now. Their fans are notoriously racist too.

    With regards to Sakho, if we’re actually going after a FB, i’d rather us sign a specialist than deploy a CB in that position. That’s part of the problem we had with Vermaelen and Djourou respectively last season.

  14. Scott from Oz says:

    Cesc was JUST quick enough,but his brain was three plays ahead.
    I was full of empathy when he left,as I understood he wanted to go home,but was cranky when Gazidis said he refused to play for us.
    That’s passed…a little….but what a player he was.
    He was the epitome of beautiful football.

  15. vernat1066 says:

    Anyone else getting as tired as i am over this M’villa myth, you would think he can leap tall buildings at a single bound and without him at Arsenal the world axis will deteriorate and we will fall into the sun. I think we need another midfielder but not this guy so lets wish him well somewhere else and get on with finding another player who fits in.

  16. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    M’Vila is that guy, that’s why we’re so keen to get him..

  17. rico says:

    Back in 30…

  18. Scott from Oz says:

    I kow I’m gong against the grain here,but I’ve got no problems witho our backs.
    I reckon Gibbs is much,much better than 12 months ago,and Santos will also be better for his first season.
    Sagna..we know how good he is,and Jenkinson suddenly is copping criticism which I find bloody harsh….he’s a kid,and can only get better.
    If we get a back,it needs to be a CB with TV5 going to DM,or even Kozzer(someone suggested that last night,forgive me,I can’t remember who it was).
    Either that or just buy a DM…..I don’t reckon we need both.
    To all HHer’s……how does our squad look right now compared to 12 months ago??
    It’s much more stable,our young guys have another years experience,our new guys have a year of PL under their belts,and we have a cranky bastard coaching our defenders!!
    I’m positively bloody ecstatic!!

  19. Billboy says:

    Vernat. What sun? I think you are right though, there are a number of players out there that would fit the bill.

  20. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    I wouldn’t really wanna move Kozzer out of position Scott, he’s a superb CB and i’d prefer to keep it that way. Specialist DM for me.

  21. Scott from Oz says:

    Vernat,he won me when he said “I mark,I tackle,I pass”.
    Very simple,but the ideal temperament for a DM.
    He’s young,he’s fiery,but he’s very talented.
    I’d have no problems getting another player of equal ability,but he seems an easy signing…Rennes have said he’s going,they just need a buyer.
    They need the cash.

  22. Scott from Oz says:

    Fair enough Pele,Romford,HC,,,,which do you prefer,because I’ve been tripping over it lately lol.

  23. wambam says:

    Scott, we finished third, the rest of what you say is spot on though :)

  24. Foolishgooner says:

    Good read mate! Best wishes Manuel Almunia! I will forever remember that incredible saves against Barca. Cazola hope it is true, Theo will score 20 goals with those weighted passes from Cazola, confident Song and settled Arteta.. M Sakho won’t happen, Kyle Bartley deserves a chance. Let’s wish Jack and Diaby a good healthy season. Cheers.

  25. lance says:

    why do we keep seeting ourselves up for dissapointmnet. carzola said he does not wish to come to arsenal. get a life please guys.
    wenger has als said no more signings,

  26. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    My preference is M’Vila. I think with a bit of fine tuning from Bould, Kozzer and TV5 can be the best CB pairing in the league. Btw, I actually also think Koz > TV5. May just be me though.

  27. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    I presume this Lance dude is a WUM?

  28. EastSidePaul says:

    Mamadou Sakho would be a massive buy, saw him play a while back, looks very solid :). I hear Juve will offer £20m for RVP… Take it Wenger!

  29. matsiko deric says:

    not yet convinced wit arsenal… i bet we need a new manager first..if he leaves i will ruturn.

  30. EastSidePaul says:

    RP I agree with you about Koz overtaking TV5.

  31. Scott from Oz says:

    Wambam,8 beers will do that lol!!

  32. Scott from Oz says:

    Remember TV5 has had an injury interrupted 2 years tough.
    He will be even better this season?

  33. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    That’s true Scott, but I just think TV5 can be a bit rash from time to time. It’s not to say he’s not a good defender but I don’t think he’s positionally as good.

    Either way, it’s good to know we have two awesome CBs for Arsenal. Onwards and upwards.

  34. Lee says:

    Morning all…

  35. Lee says:

    @ Romford, WUM???

  36. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    wind-up merchant bro

  37. We are finally looking on the up transfer wise. So this would be my squad for next season at the beginning when were without whilshere or sagna.

    ———————————-Sczceny————————————-
    Coqeulin———Koshielny——————Vermaleen———Sakho

    ———————-Diaby—————–Song—————————

    Carzola———————–Arteta—————————-Podolski

    ——————————–Giroud————————————–

  38. Lee says:

    I got another description but Rico will get the needle so I’ll leave it. How’s you mate? I think we’ve got some more good players coming in…

  39. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    Not bad JP. I’ll give you mine:

    Szczesny
    Jenks/Coquelin Kos Verm Gibbs (Very much doubt we’ll get Sakho)
    M’Vila (If not, then Song) Arteta
    Gervinho Cazorla Podolski
    Giroud

  40. kamau ngugi says:

    all i need to here today is the signing of Santi Carzola

  41. rico says:

    Morning again all….

  42. EastSidePaul says:

    I’ll throw in my ideal starting line up. 4-4-2

    GK: Szczesny
    RB: Sagna
    CB: Sakho
    CB: Koz
    LB: TV5

    RM: Cazorla
    CM: Arteta
    CM: M’Vila
    LM: Myiachi

    FW: Giroud
    FW: Podolski

  43. rico says:

    Lee – me get the needle, you must be referring to Theo ;)

  44. Lee says:

    There’s been a re-blog of the re-blog!!
    Just looking at ESP,Romford and JP’s starting 11′s their bench’s would be strong too….just a thought!

  45. Lee says:

    Seen the manure Chevrolet deal??

  46. southyorkshiregunner says:

    According to AS we have bid eur.23M for Carzorla

  47. Akarula Destiny says:

    Let hope dat carzola will arive today,but we still need m’villa and a left back plus a back up GK.Best of luck Almunia,gunners till i die?

  48. Lee says:

    £18m…

  49. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    Isn’t today the deadline for when Malaga have to pay their debts? And as far as i’m aware, there’s been no takeover of the club yet.

  50. Lee says:

    SYG, is today Malaga’s dealine to pay off some of their debt?

  51. southyorkshiregunner says:

    £18M plus pennies

    The Euro was at 0.785 last time I looked….

  52. rico says:

    There has been Lee ;)

  53. Akarula Destiny says:

    Let hope dat carzola and sahin will arive today,but we still need m’villa and a left back plus a back up GK.Best of luck Almunia,gunners till i die?

  54. rico says:

    Liverpool reject Citeh bids for Agger ….

  55. southyorkshiregunner says:

    It is stating that all over the Spanish press if you can decode the translation…

    http://www.as.com/futbol/equipo/Malaga-10

  56. rico says:

    Hunter said over €20M would get him, well we have now done that, what a lift it would be to get Santi…

    Just need to not overlook the leaking of goals…

    M’Vila or Capoue, go on Wenger

  57. Lee says:

    1.2793 Euros to the £

  58. southyorkshiregunner says:

    I last looked on Friday, Lee – I do the £ to Euro and Euro to £ prices for civil engineering contracts in the UK and Eire …

    Marca:
    The Malaga sinvivir
    Albanian oil group “Taci Oil International” has denied it intends to purchase the equipment from Malaga, which is experiencing financial problems

    Albanian oil group “Taci Oil International” has denied Monday that the team intends to buy Spanish Malaga Football Club, which is experiencing financial problems. “I read this story in the press and I’m surprised. We have not had and have no intention of buying Malaga,” said one of the directors of the company who requested anonymity.

    According to several newspapers in Malaga, in the last hours have intensified negotiations between a group of Albanian and Russian companies headed by Taci Oil and the owner of Málaga, Bin Nasser Al Thani, about buying one of the top teams in Spanish League .

    The group is led by Taci Oil oil tycoon Rezart Taci, 41, who in 2010 paid 2.5 million euros to Real Madrid played in Tirana for a friendly match against his hometown team, the “Gramozi” of Ersekë, who currently plays in the second division.

    Known for his love of football, Taci, a former Albanian emigrants in Italy, so unsuccessful attempt in 2009 to buy the team from Bologna in Serie A.

  59. EastSidePaul says:

    Remember the days under Dein when arsenal would just announce a new signing without anyone knowing about it for weeks n advance?!!

  60. rico says:

    :( Esp – yes…..

  61. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    Yes ESP :( #BringbackDein

  62. southyorkshiregunner says:

    Reyes…
    At work and SkySports gave an activeX type news flash….

    Campbell was the biggest surprise. How they kept it quiet I’ll never know

  63. EastSidePaul says:

    I remember the days of who is Vieira? Or didn’t see van bronckhorst coming in, or Pascal Cygan that guy sounds like a winner!

    #BringBackDein

  64. rico says:

    I thought Campbell was all over the press ;)

    Rosicky – when the Czech camp broke the news that he’d left the squad (euros or WC) to travel to London for a medical – within hours we’d signed him….

    Oh those days….

  65. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    Cygan loooool

    We’ve had some duds, luckily they’ve been overshadowed by the absolute gems!

  66. southyorkshiregunner says:

    I was going past Nottingham on the M1 when Radio 5 Live broke the news of Van Bronkhurst – £8.25M I think..

  67. southyorkshiregunner says:

    I’ve said all along Pele … we can carry average (at best) players some of the time, but not all of the time…
    We certainly can’t carry more than one all of the time …..

  68. EastSidePaul says:

    I remember being in a hotel lobby in Gran Canaria when the news of signing Nelson Vivas broke!

  69. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    I honestly don’t remember the announcement of us signing Igor Stepanovs – thank God tooo!

  70. Satan says:

    Scott:

    I’d get Sahin on loan gladly. He’s our back up plan to Jack. He’s very much like him except older and scores more. He’ll give Arteta a breather. Remember every time he was out we almost always didn’t win? Diaby will move in the whole with Sahin back there and he’d rotate that role with Rambo. I think this is the most sound plan and once Sahin plays for us for a year then may be he’d not even want to go back and if he does then hopefully he’d have won something with us this season.

    Take my word if Sahin happens then we’d challenge for every trophy there is to challenge. We’d have 3 good players in every position.

    CBs: Koz, Verm, Mert, JD, Ignasi and Kyle
    RB: Sagna, Jenks, Le Coq
    LB: Gibbs, Santos, Verm, Ignasi
    The most Defense minded player: Song, Le Coq, I hope M’villa, Pong,
    The ‘Arteta’ Role: Arteta, Sahin(if happens), HL, Diaby, Jack
    CAM: Rambo, Santi(if happens), Rosicky, Diaby, Thomas
    Defensive RW: HL, Eisfield
    Attacking RW: Theo, Ox
    Defensive LW: Ramsey, Rosicky
    Attacking LW: Ger, Poldi, Ryo
    Strikers: Poldi, Giroud, RvP

    To me it looks like we’d go for all four.

  71. rico says:

    :lol: Romford…

  72. EastSidePaul says:

    Anyone remember the signing of oleg luzhny?!

  73. Scott from Oz says:

    Guys,we all speak because of the Internet.
    We all have access to footage of players around the world because of the Internet.
    People everywhere know about possible transfer targets because of the Internet.
    Even Dein would not hold up v the Internet!!

  74. rico says:

    Satan – but we still need to stop conceding, if won’t address that then no matter who we have in the side, we’ll still get caught out…

  75. EastSidePaul says:

    Satan: At the moment Jack would be the back up plan to Sahin! October?! And we all know that really means we will be lucky to see him play this season..

    I think we could easily lose 10 players out of our squad add 4-5 and be far stronger for it.

  76. southyorkshiregunner says:

    Yeah and Stepanovs ESP.
    We were also frigging about with Tomas Danilvecius and a left winger who went to Palace and whose name evades me ….. was it Rubins or something??????????

  77. Satan says:

    Btw Hello every one. How’s Olympics affecting you all?

  78. rico says:

    Esp – I recall Oleg departing with more fondness

  79. EastSidePaul says:

    Don’t forget the signing of Rami Shaaban in 02 ;)

  80. rico says:

    At least they won things with us though – unlike RvP :)

  81. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    Oleg was MOTM in the 2003 FA Cup fina vs Southampton. I was there lol. What about Christopher Wreh! Haha

  82. Scott from Oz says:

    That’s a fair call Satan….I’m not knocking the guy at all though,I’d just rather see him here for good.
    I do see your point though,and it definitely has merits.

  83. vernat1066 says:

    Nelson Vivas, and of course the Blessed GG who graced our club and hacked down anyone who got in our way… good days

  84. rico says:

    Romford, Henry should have gone to ground that day ;)

  85. Scott from Oz says:

    What about that Korean dude,Park was it??
    Does anyone remember him??

  86. EastSidePaul says:

    Can’t say I ever saw him play scott, was he good??

  87. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    Henry and FA Cup finals just never went together. I remember all those sitters he missed in the 2001 final against Liverpool :( Bloody Owen!

  88. Satan says:

    Rico:

    We are addressing that. Aren’t we? Don’t go by Asia tour results. Sometimes I get the feeling we just turn up because we have to. Remember that Legia warsaw friendly we played? I guess it was Kos’s first game. We won that 6-5. Remember? And after that game in the first PL game we conceded one at Anfield. So those results don’t matter. I don’t feel bothered by them at all.

    Its true we conceded 49 last season. But 8 away at OT. That leaves us with 41. 4 away at Ewood. That leaves us with 37. And 3 away at Stamford bridge. That leaves us with 34 in rest 36 games. Its 0.94 a game. That doesn’t sound that bad does it? And remember we hardly had a settled back 4 the whole season. Still we played admirably.

    The way I see it is we should keep doing what we were doing last season except for playing with some what defensive mind set in dangerous away games and we’d concede lot lesser.

  89. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    To be honest, i’d love to see a double pivot of M’Vila-Song away to Stoke! Let’s see those dirty buggers get through that ;)

  90. Micko says:

    Morning all,
    Oleg ‘The Horse’ was around when we were playing our champions league games at Wembley, it was great, I could walk to the games, think Dein was looking into us moving there from Highbury at the time, it was a disaster in the end.

  91. Scott from Oz says:

    ESP,
    He was ok.
    He ended up going to Citeh for 55 million,and rubbed our noses in it after telling the world he was now “a champion of England”,Ayer tose tossers snuck home and won the league.
    What a tosser he was!!

  92. Satan says:

    ESP :

    I think we’d see Jack play around October but we’d not be able to rely on him as much as earlier. We’d need to give him time to settle down. We’d play him in CC and FA few Reserve games and get him fit around January or even Feb. And I am sure Sahin would start tiring around that time and Jack would pick up from him around that time. It will serve as win-win for us and we’ll have even that extra body if needed. If we get him on loan and he plays then it can be master stroke really.

  93. vernat1066 says:

    I think we need a 30 -35 goal swing to be there or thereabouts so concede 15 less and score twenty more. Not sure if we can do this but i would hope for more goals from midfield and wide. Will be interesting to see us play as a team rather than relying on an individual like season where Robin scored or assisted in most goals, we need a greater contribution from all around the team.

  94. Satan says:

    Scott:

    For me Sahin loan signing can really work bloody well for Jack. It will give him time to settle down and we’d not rush him in playing. For me he holds a big big key to us finishing season real strong. And I think if this time we finish it strong we’d be there or there about of being a champion.

  95. rico says:

    Grimandi vernat, I loved him….

  96. Satan says:

    Our first big new signing of the day: Serge Gnabry. He’s signed Professional contract with us.

  97. devilgunner says:

    Good morning Fine Folk.

    I presume that Goonie will be wetting his pants today after reading this article.

    Me???? I believe it when I see him play in AFC colours. Its not negativity but as I said yesterday, I have been disappointed enough to know better. So until we see him or anyone on the official site than I take it with a pinch of salt.

    But I DO LIKE Cazorla. And no Cazola or Carzola or Kazzola please. In foreign languages they mean differently. For example Kazzola in our language means saucepan. ;)

    Sakho would flourish at AFC and Sahin would be a great addition to midfield.

    The only positivity I can feel……….that next season even if RVP goes we will be stronger than last season. There is a certain brightness glowing bigger by the day in front of us.

  98. devilgunner says:

    Hiya Lady……which part of Grimandi did you love???? his hair, face or thighs??? :lol:

  99. rico says:

    Morning devil, mainly the part which hacked down Edgar Davids :lol:

  100. bondex says:

    morning all..feel a lot better today…

  101. vernat1066 says:

    Also the part that got Gary Mcallister sent off at highbury as well when he stood on his hand the GG was awesome at winding people up

  102. bondex says:

    was hoping we’d have signed cazorla by now

  103. alanbstardmp says:

    5ft 6in = fail

    This bloke is Barton bait

  104. rico says:

    Glad to hear that bondex, hopefully we’ll get some news later today…

    Forgot that one vernat, he really grew on me, really good squad player.

  105. rico says:

    But will Barton be playing in the PL alan??

  106. bondex says:

    the good thing about the malaga situation is that money bags sometimes get tired of their newly acquired pets…..shitty next?

  107. Lee says:

    That’s heightest alan! Fuck barton he’s scum our new DM will snap him in half!!

  108. southyorkshiregunner says:

    I never liked Grimandi. He was the weak link in a great team. His replacement/s Edu and Gilberto were much, much better.

  109. rico says:

    Hopefully bondex, can’t see Roman walking away though, he’s on a mission it seems with all their signings…

  110. Micko says:

    rico, he wouldn’t look out of place at Wormwood Scrubs.

  111. EastSidePaul says:

    I think saucepan would fit into our team very well!

  112. rico says:

    He wouldn’t Micko, I can’t stand the little weasel…

    Did you guys see the abuse Tom Daley got yesterday from some troll… Cruelty….

  113. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    Hmm, apparently Chelsea and Spurs have made enquiries for Cazorla…

  114. EastSidePaul says:

    Where do Spurs get there money from?! Also given a choice why would anyone choose Spurs over us?! Champs league football!

  115. rico says:

    I doubt he’ll choose Spurs Romford, no CL footie and with all the players at the Chavs, surely he be wondering when he’d play?

  116. Micko says:

    Why don’t that surprise me Romford, our lot would have trouble running a bath let alone closing a deal.

  117. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    I hate these teams that seem to have no scouting network and wait for Arsenal to make a move before trying to hijack the deal.

  118. Romford Pele (formerly HC) says:

    Closing deals has been a real problem since Dein left – shouldn’t be thecase though. We scoop in £3m alone from gate receipts each home game.

  119. gavin oz says:

    hey scott we came third 11~12. paulino from corinthians watched him on setanta 3 or 4 weeks ago don’t no the price he ‘s like andrea pirlo,but only 22.

  120. allezkev says:

    Morning AKB’s.
    Morning Rico, nice, upbeat post.

    Have we signed The Saucepan yet?

  121. Scott from Oz says:

    Gavin,that was corrected app. An hour ago mate!!
    Keep up…these poms think we Aussies are slow enough as it is lol!!

  122. rico says:

    Esp, they are probably waiting for the Modric sale to go through, in the meantime, they will try and poach are targets…

  123. rico says:

    Afternoon AK, thank Lee for the post :)

  124. alanbstardmp says:

    with any luck, yjose players will stay with the tarts in the video

    Rico ” rico says:
    July 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

    But will Barton be playing in the PL alan??

    I hope so, he’s been kicked downstairs hasn’t he. Let’s buy him

    Lee says:
    July 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

    That’s heightest alan!

    haha!

  125. devilgunner says:

    Romford…………that is economy at its best. They do not waste money on scouts. They pay their players with the money that AFC pay/waste on scouts. AFC does all the work and they just snap them up.

  126. rico says:

    Buy Barton alan, no thank you, that man doesn’t deserve to be playing football let alone at a club like ours..

    Thug of the highest order!!

  127. gunners357 says:

    if its not confirmed by tomorrow im gonna give up on listening to this rumour.FOLLOW ME @KYEKYE45 GUNNER FANS ILL FOLLOW BACK

  128. southyorkshiregunner says:

    I’ve never minded Barton.
    He’s a damn sight clued-up up than Diaby Song or Gervinho and you’d get 100%

    I’d have Robert Mugabe playing up front, Abu Qatada and Bin Laden as DM’s with Hitler on the wing if it made us a better team….

  129. devilgunner says:

    SYG……..you forgot Gaddafi, Saddam, Nero, Commodus, etc etc etc

  130. southyorkshiregunner says:

    I don’t know what position Gadaffi and Saddam would play?

    Anyway Barton is 50/1 to join us …..

  131. Micko says:

    Agree devil, no place for Saddam Hussein, a bit controversial.

  132. allezkev says:

    Commodus, didn’t he make computers…

    Hi Coach

  133. allezkev says:

    If the Chavs nip in and sign Saucepan, then poor old Stan will eat his pants

  134. rico says:

    Those odds are worrying….

  135. allezkev says:

    Sakho would be a brilliant signing, but AW has Djourou, so I can’t see it happening

  136. southyorkshiregunner says:

    Guardiola is favourite with all four top bookmakers to be our next manager ……. by a mile

  137. Micko says:

    Commodus 64, I had one of them kev.

    The day the club stoops so low and signs the likes of Barton is the day I will throw my ticket back.

  138. rico says:

    He’d have to be brave to do that AK ;)

  139. allezkev says:

    To me, the only pre-season friendly, with any bearing on how good or not we are, will be the game in Koln.
    All the others have been a PR exercise.
    Should see Giroud & Poldi in that game.

  140. devilgunner says:

    That was not Commodus……..it was Commodore 64.

    Commodus was a roman tyrant.

  141. rico says:

    AW’s comments about ‘if they don’t have it in pre-season, they won’t ever have it) or something very similar and he was talking about the defence.

    Maybe he has seen that after Kos, TV, Merts, we are very weak and wants Sakho for that very reason. Also he’d really push Gibbs..

  142. southyorkshiregunner says:

    We’ve signed a lot talentless players than Barton …..

    We’ve also employed and cheered on several players who haven’t been angels … jailbirds, alcoholics, drug addicts, pimps

  143. allezkev says:

    Mick, that was the posh one, think we had something called a Spectrum.
    It had rubber keys if I recall correctly.

    Rico, hope he washes them first… :-)

    Coach, I know mate, wasn’t he the bad guy in Gladiator.
    Not exactly historically accurate, but good knockabout stuff.

  144. Micko says:

    You might need to check your facts devil.

  145. vernat1066 says:

    I think what we are missing is the intimidation factor in the team so i propose that by the start of the season the entire team goes full John Wark that many serious taches would intimidate anyone.

  146. allezkev says:

    Yes Rico, that would be my way of looking at things.
    Sakho, like M’Vila, would blossom in the EPL

  147. southyorkshiregunner says:

    More from Espana

    Malaga seeks buyer and the players, to burst
    Malaga is for sale. But there is no buyer.

    Charles Honey | 31/07/2012
    “We are more concerned about the future of the club that receivable.” The team just landed at the airport in Malaga following their tour in Venezuela. The institutional predicament facing the club has players on edge. The players are worried and about to burst if the peace does not come quickly.

    The situation is entrenched. Malaga is for sale. But there is no buyer. Today we expect that the copper template the first part of what they are owed monthly June, July and tabs from last season, as agreed with the club in exchange for not filing a complaint with the AFE. Since the entity ensures compliance with this commitment, no later than tomorrow. One possible complaint would now demotion, but a breach in December entails expulsion from the competition if the complaint persists and has not been resolved.

    Sheikh Al-Thani the debe3.5 million euros the previous owner, Fernando Sanz, who had to satisfy the last day 27. And then a new situation, the club and hear offers for their best players and started round of talks on the occasion of interest from Arsenal for Santi Cazorla. The offer is 23 million and Malaga refers to its clause 45.

  148. allezkev says:

    I still think that Gibbs is gonna be a good player, but I’d like us to have a few tough-uns in the squad, to face off with the EPL barbarians…
    Gotta work now (if I can find any) lata.
    I Hate the Olympics.

  149. rico says:

    :lol: Kev, so do I…

    M’Vila, Sakho, Santi and we are nearly there….

  150. rico says:

    Off for a hour or so, catch up later…

  151. kenyan gooner says:

    i think guys are focusing too much on koz n TV5 n totally forgetin our german beast per..had a shaky 1st season.bt ill b watching out 4 him this time.he”l b massive…bartley n ignasi shuld also get a few games under their belt this time…coz they r out future C.B ..I dnt think we need sakho thatmuch “ carl jenkinson n le coq should be enough cover till sagna recovers,i rmember the time when every1 was talking bout how we need to sign van der viel till CR7 tore him to shreds in the euros…laughed my ass off.` “ i feel we only need 2 players to be totaly competitive nxt season a solid DM n a utility midfielder.gervinho looks really strong in the pre season games,giroud n prince poldi will come thru with the goods,walcot is totally unapreciated,AOX will b a beast,ramsey will step up big tym n song…will be song,“ “ thats just naming a few …hopefully will also promote our reserves give them some game tym.i.e gnarby,yenarris ,eisfeld,chuks,afobe yu know the list goes on n on

  152. allezkev says:

    Like yer style Kenyan.
    BFG is a favourite of mine. A bit slow on the turn, but an intelligent footballer.
    Gnarby has signed pro’, we have Eisfeld, Poldi, Siemann (Yths), der Jerries are koming.
    Vor you Tommie, der vor is over…

  153. allezkev says:

    Where’s JM?
    He’s the boy with the best steer on Saucepan…

  154. Good Morning all and to you Rico.

    Uplifting post Rico or should I say kudos to Lee??

    http://www.caughtoffside.com/2012/07/31/barcelona-eyeing-surprise-11-7m-swoop-for-arsenal-midfielder/

  155. allezkev says:

    Diaby

  156. Lee says:

    The Messiah…

  157. allezkev says:

    Nasher, don’t believe anything you read, unless you’ve read it on the Bleacher Report first.

  158. allezkev says:

    We are not worthy

  159. allezkev says:

    Lee, when are you and your mates going off to Stratford for The Games???
    Give me a call, please. :-(

  160. Lee says:

    Not for me mate…. rather sit in my armchair!

  161. @Kev, talking about Bleacher Report, well…

    ‘s 2011-12 campaign was certainly one of ups and downs.

    It started off at rock bottom. Arsenal had lost two of their most important players in Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, and with no sufficient replacements brought in, the season started in absolute disaster. A string of horrid form included a 2-0 loss at home to Liverpool, a 4-3 loss at Blackburn and of course, the 8-2 mauling from Manchester United.

    It was the loss to Manchester United that provided the wake up call for Arsene Wenger, who soon after the drubbing made a number of “panic buys” on the transfer market. Call them what you want, but among those transfers were some players who became crucial to Arsenal this season–including Mikel Arteta, who was arguably the Gunners’ best player after Robin Van Persie.

    So if you told Gooners last August that Arsenal would end up finishing third, chances are you’d have gotten a pretty ecstatic response.

    Once again, key players have departed from North London, and once again, Champions League football has been secured.

    But when I look at the big picture, there is still a big issue.

    As much as this past season seems like a success after the supposed “crisis” at the start of the campaign, it’s a bit worrying that successful seasons are now ones that secure Champions League football. Arsenal’s turnaround this season was remarkable, but it seems like Arsene Wenger has almost lowered the club’s standard in recent years.

    Arsenal need to be a club that consistently challenges for trophies; Champions League football should be a given.

    But things are looking bright for Arsenal at the moment. Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have already been brought in this transfer window, and Santi Cazorla looks set to follow from Malaga. On top of that, Arsene Wenger is standing firm on Robin Van Persie, and seems determined to show that he can keep his key players.

    Will Arsenal end their trophy drought this season?

    Yes
    77.2%
    No
    22.8%
    Total votes: 2,274
    Wenger usually takes his time in the transfer window, being linked to just about every player on the market, but only completing a few deals. It’s been the opposite this summer, though. Wenger’s been making his moves early before stating that he’s not finished.

    People are throwing around the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea as major title contenders for this season. But I think Arsenal are in that mix, too. They’ve had some of the best transfer activity of any top club so far, making quality signings that are sure to give the Gunners a push for more than just Champions League football.

    In my opinion, Robin Van Persie will not leave this summer–that’s because if Arsene Wenger was eager to sell him, the Dutchman probably would have been gone already in order to raise funds for his replacement. Wenger has learned his lesson about doing late dealings from last summer, so I don’t see the Arsenal boss letting his captain go so late in the window. Unless a deal somehow materializes in the next couple days.

    Arsenal are on the up. They’ve got a strong, positive squad that will only get stronger with the rest of the summer, as well as a host of promising young players rising into the first team.

    Time and time again, Arsenal supporters say that this will be the season that they end their trophy drought. But with the way things are looking at the moment, this could really be their year.

  162. allezkev says:

    Great article on Untold Arsenal

  163. rico says:

    Afternoon all, have we signed him yet??? ;)

  164. Lee says:

    Him who?

  165. allezkev says:

    Some really great points Nasher.
    Gotta say Nas, that I imagine that many Liverpool fans also think that the Champions Lge should be a given… ;-)
    The problem we have, when comparing the currant Arsenal with Wenger’s earlier teams is that in his early years he had only ManUre to contend with.
    Back in 2001-02 after Wenger’s 2 nd Double, nobody could have predicted how the whole face of the EPL would be changed by Abramovitch etc
    Gotta go…..

  166. rico says:

    Him Santi ;)

  167. bondex says:

    hi all..are we there yet?

  168. rico says:

    Hi bondex, seems not …

  169. The EPL has changed there is no doubt about that but Arsenal has always been in the top 4 even though we spent less as compare to the other big 4. We sell our best players every year yet still we compete. Imagine in a world where we don’t have to sell our BEST to make up for our profit at the end of the fiscal year? Keep the same team with a little improvement where necessary with those we really are asking for, like Saucepan and M’villa for example?

    FFP or AU, let see who would be left standing after two seasons… consistency… Btw, history tends to repeat itself, 2001-02 might just happen, again under AW.

  170. allezkev says:

    I make you right there Nasher….
    There’s a statue to a great visionary manager outside of The Grove.
    But it took that genius ( and genius is what he truly was ) SIX years to win his first league title at Arsenal….

  171. rico says:

    That’s just it NG, just a couple of additions more this summer and tbh, if we only get M’Vila/Capoue and Santi, I’d be happy, but I truly believe we will get more…

    But yes, considering who we have lost each summer since the invinsibles, its quite amazing that we get top 4…

    Just stop conceding goals too….

  172. allezkev says:

    Under 21′s playing two fixtures at The Grove.
    Aug 18 th Bolton
    Aug 25 th Blackburn

  173. rico says:

    The Rumour Site:

    31 Jul 2012 16:17:14
    Cazorla announcement is held up b/c he is stuck in London Traffic congestion ….

    :lol: :lol:

  174. rico says:

    Under 21′s – that’s a new ‘label’ isn’t it Kev? Used to just be the reserves ;)

  175. rico says:

    31 Jul 2012 15:19:51
    Al Jazeera believe that a fee has been agreed for Santi Cazorla

  176. Micko says:

    Kev, don’t be too disappointed if you turn up at the emirates on the 18th to find Sunderland running out.

  177. Micko says:

    Gossip is always a good tonic rico.

  178. Micko says:

    Nashua, I remember PV4 telling us how we were going to go on and dominate English football for the next 10 years back in 2000.

  179. rico says:

    It’s better than Gin Micko ;)

  180. agirlagunner says:

    Boo!! Hello, friends. :) Santi in the bag??

  181. Micko says:

    Agag, wouldn’t it be nice if Santi came early this year.

    So many rumours, I dunno what to believe.

  182. allezkev says:

    Micko….. :lol:
    Clang…….

  183. allezkev says:

    Aug 20th Bolton U21′s, 7pm ko

  184. agirlagunner says:

    Christmas come early, Micko?? I like!! I want to believe all rumors, including the ones that involve v Persie off for top dollar! ;)

  185. allezkev says:

    Hey Shopping Buddy, are you well.
    Working hard to save up for something nice from the shops maybe? :-)

  186. rico says:

    Hi agag, wish someone would let him out the bag ;)

  187. allezkev says:

    Wasn’t Al Jazzera the news network that first broke the news that Arsenal had signed Giroud, Rico???

  188. rico says:

    Best not to believe any of the rumours, wait for it to be official, in the meantime, just chuckle ….

  189. rico says:

    I think so Kev….

  190. agirlagunner says:

    Had to work late, AK. I had a major item due today, which I gave to my admittedly exasperated boss for clearance at close of day. :D :D

    Boo, rico… we may have to be chuckling for weeks… ;)

  191. rico says:

    Roll on the 31st Aug agag :P

  192. agirlagunner says:

    That feels like aaaages away, rico. :?

  193. rico says:

    It will be here before we know it agag, reckon we may see a few additions before then though….

  194. @Micko,PV4 might be right but provably fail to take into consideration that we could be selling our BESTS every season to make up for profit.

    What I’ll dream for is DD joining HH so we can get indepth knowledge of the past that have caused us to fall behind instead of dominating the EPL.

    @Rico, for all those players that have been rumored for Arsenal, all we do now is just dream and hope.

  195. ” instead of us Dominating the EPL”

  196. rico says:

    That would be good re DD NG but I think we already know the answer…

    I think we’ll be a strong force come the start of the PL….

  197. rico says:

    Off for dinner, back in a bit…

  198. Very true Rico,we’re a force to reckon with come the start of the season. Our keeper has already said it…

    Szczesny: We’re stronger than last year
    July 31, 2012
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    By ESPN staff
    Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny claims Arsenal are in a stronger position to challenge for trophies this season even if skipper Robin van Persie leaves the club.

    PA Photos
    Wojciech Szczesny: Arsenal in trophy hunt
    • Giroud, Podolski doubtful for start

    Manager Arsene Wenger has already added strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to his squad and is still in the hunt to sign Santi Cazorla and Nuri Sahin.

    And despite the continuing speculation surrounding the future of top scorer Van Persie, Szczesny feels the Gunners are in good health.

    “At the beginning of pre-season last year, everyone was saying it was doom and gloom with everyone leaving the club,” he said. “No-one’s left the club at the moment. We have new signings, we’re stronger defensively and so we’re in a better position.”

    “Those who were lacking experience last year now have that experience. We have a couple of signings, more players who can score goals.

    “Podolski’s goal record speaks for itself. We’re strong offensively, and Steve Bould has been doing some fantastic work with the defence. That seems to be working very well. It all makes me believe we’ll be that little bit stronger.”

    Arsenal’s last silverware came in 2005 when they beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final. Despite appearances in the Champions League final and League Cup final, they have yet to add another trophy – but Szczesny believes this season could bring an end to the drought.

    “This club always has the same aim – and that’s winning trophies,” the Poland international said. “We obviously haven’t done it in the last few years, and that’s disappointing for the players and the fans, but I believe we will be that little bit stronger than we were last year.

    “We have a couple of quality signings already. We’re already sure of our place in the Champions League. And we’re confident we can fight for the trophies more than we did last year.”

    Speaking about Van Persie’s likely exit, Szczesny said: “It will be disappointing if he leaves because Robin is our captain and he’s our leader.

    “I’m very happy to have him at the club. He’s still an Arsenal player, and we support him all the way.”

  199. allezkev says:

    Nas, I didn’t read that, but what SirChez says about Bould’s defensive coaching is very encouraging.
    I suppose that is what we’ve all wanted to hear.
    Now let’s see what a few more weeks of Uncle Bouldy working on our defence will produce in Koln…

  200. goonster says:

    see what i mean, i pop in they all leave……grrrr. second day running. one more day and am off to legrove!

  201. devilgunner says:

    Good Evening Fine Folk.

    I have always been an advocate of pre-season in Europe. Like the one we used to do in Austria. I am not a fan of those who want the club to go galivanting in the far east or the extreme west.

    I think that the Podolski, Giroud rumours are simply that. Rumours. AW found a way round the situation and wanted to give the players a good rest. And at the same time promote a good number of youngsters to see what they are made of. Let’s be honest………Eisfeld will not be a starter in any of the early matches. Neither will Bartley or Djourou or Miguel for that matter. They got good experience in the trip and no harm was done to a good number of the players.

    So as I always said…….the real test is against FC Koln.

    How are you all Kev?? As you said…..the proof is in the eating so we can only wait and see how we perform in the game vs Koln and the first ten games to be able to give a good judgement.

  202. allezkev says:

    Hiya Coach, must say that I’m quietly optimistic about Cazorla now.
    Al Jazzera are a good omen.

    Stanley, for heaven’s sake stop being a big girl’s blouse.
    It’s called coincidence…

  203. NashuaGunner says:

    Women soccer: Great Britain 1 vs Brazil 0

    Are they playing in Emirate?

  204. rico says:

    Good for Ches NG

    Eveing guys and glas..

    Go GB :P

  205. rico says:

    Wembley NG..

  206. rico says:

    Watch out for Marta…. No10 Brazil…

  207. allezkev says:

    Yeah habib, I think you’ve sumed up the PR tour very well.
    Wenger knows a bit more about those youngsters on the fringe and knows that in an emergency, who he can call on and rely on…

    Stanley, looks like you’ll be able to crow about Cazorla in a day or two?!

  208. allezkev says:

    Wonder if Sahin is a genuine target or a diversion?

  209. NashuaGunner says:

    @Kev, go easy on Goonster, the guy is in love. You can’t blame him.

  210. rico says:

    devil – I don’t think travelling to the Far east does the squad any good at all…. But it pays the debts….

    Stanley – i’m with Kev, it’s pure fluke we all go off when you arrive, its the time zone and we need to eat ;)

  211. allezkev says:

    What a good and long overdue idea, staging two Under 21 games at The Grove.
    Superb opportunity for Dad’s & Mum’s to take their children to a game at the main stadium.
    Let’s hope that the admission prices are sensible and aimed at the next generation of fans?!

  212. rico says:

    Silky stuff by the Brazilians…

    No end product ;)

  213. rico says:

    Spot on Kev…

  214. allezkev says:

    Nasher :lol:
    You’ll have Agag after you mate.
    Stanley needs no encouragement… :-D

    I know Rico, since he’s been in the USA, he’s become a right old drama queen. ;-)

  215. allezkev says:

    Quite fancy the Bolton game myself Rico.
    Eisfeld, Aneke & co

  216. rico says:

    Hasn’t he just Kev ;)

    Could see a few more than that I think, a very good ‘reserve’ crop…

  217. allezkev says:

    I’m offski Rico, see ya, and you Nasher.

  218. rico says:

    Sorry Kev, didn’t see the & co ;)

    Nighty to you, have a good evening….

  219. rico says:

    I’m going to have an early one too, want to watch GB ladies…

    See you all tomorrow…

    Nighty night..

  220. goonster says:

    took you long enough…..i was almost logging into legrove now.

  221. goonster says:

    see it happned again……arghhhhhhhhhhh. what’s going on?

  222. goonster says:

    get back here rico! and i mean it.

  223. devilgunner says:

    During the volley ball game between Italy and Japan the latter had one of the players named……..Yoshi Takeshita…..yo she take shit ahhhh!!!!!
    :lol: :lol:

  224. rico says:

    or what goonie ;)

  225. devilgunner says:

    Now what is f****ng you Stan!!!!!

    You lost a few nuts mate?????

    Calm down.

    We do like you but its just coincidence.

    We have our time schedule you know!!!!

  226. goonster says:

    christ…..it fels like a morgue on here……out for a few burgers.

  227. goonster says:

    shut devil….this is my home and i ve got to meet someone anytime i pop in

  228. devilgunner says:

    Feeling tired Lady???

  229. goonster says:

    how would you like it if you came home and the little prince is no where to be found?

  230. devilgunner says:

    your home???? here get a broom and start sweeping the floor then mate. Plus cook the dinner and then wash the plates.

  231. devilgunner says:

    goonster says:
    July 31, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    how would you like it if you came home and the little prince is no where to be found?

    I would be singing ITS A MIRACLE like Freddie Mercury. ;)
    :lol: :lol:

  232. NashuaGunner says:

    Later Kev. Goonster you’re always missing in action. We need you in HH, please don’t go to LG.

  233. goonster says:

    i have….where do you think AGAG is now? she’s here with me in a jacuzzi sipping on banana juice….”here honey you just spilled some”….where was i? yes AGAG is here and am about to switch on the tv to watch the olympics!

  234. rico says:

    Not tired devil, just watching the OG’s and GB ladies footie team…They are doing well against Brazil

  235. rico says:

    goonie – i wouldn’t want to live in ‘your world’ ;) ;)

  236. goonster says:

    nashua buddy, am this close to heading over there.

  237. devilgunner says:

    I am not watching any TV at the moment Rico. Today I was covering the internal yard with rubble stones to make it look country style and believe me when I finish it, it will look great. But it takes a lot of work and its very tiring. I will eat and then pop off to bed.

  238. goonster says:

    yes maam, you wouldnt last a second….how are ya?

  239. devilgunner says:

    Banana juice????? More like tomato ketchup in your case. :lol:

  240. goonster says:

    lazy maltese bastard…….is that all you ve done all day? jeez, and you call yourself a man? dude, strap on a pair!

  241. rico says:

    That does sound heavy going devil, you rest well after dinner…. Nighty to you…

  242. goonster says:

    tomato? what’s that?

  243. rico says:

    Chill goonie, yes i’m ok thanks are you apart from feeling the need to be cruel to us all ;)

  244. rico says:

    Kelly Smith has just missed a penalty :( :(

  245. goonster says:

    maam sometimes i need to be hard on you “kids”…….so carzola huh? guess you owe me ten bucks rico?

  246. rico says:

    No you don’t goonie, we are not kids…. just chill a bit eh??

    I owe you nothing, not until he is on afc.com, IF we ever sign him….

  247. goonster says:

    kelly smith? the singer? christ, what is going on? kelly is playing soccer now? lord give me strenght.

  248. rico says:

    This woman ref is as bad as Phil Dowd….

  249. devilgunner says:

    goonster says:
    July 31, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    yes maam, you wouldnt last a second…………

    If she does not last a second you would not even start with her Goonie.

  250. goonster says:

    why does everyone tell me to “chill”……jeez am not on coke? christ! and yes you owe ten shiny dollars…..or is it pounds!

  251. rico says:

    goonster, she is a footballer who plays for Arsenal, England and now GB, jeez, I thought you knew all about our club?? ;)

  252. goonster says:

    hahahaha very funny devil….by the way am thinking of visiting you soon. mail me your adress.

  253. goonster says:

    oops sorry, my bad. hell iknew that! kelly smith, arsenal captain right? i knew it.

  254. rico says:

    You always seem so wound up goonster, hence the chill, calm down a bit, you’ll give yourself a hernia ;)

  255. rico says:

    I’m definitely going now, last 20 mins of the game and then off to have an early one…

    Nighty NG, devil, goonster and all…

  256. devilgunner says:

    Hernia???? He is so stitched up that the docs decided to do his stitches with rubber bands. They got tired of sewing him up.

  257. goonster says:

    is that how i come off to you guys? jeez this is normal maam, wait till you meet my cousin. adam is in for a treat, that’s all i can say for now. hahahahahah.

  258. devilgunner says:

    Nighty lady. Hope to see you in fine health tomorrow.

  259. goonster says:

    devil, send me your adrees you numpty. i wanna visit you.

  260. devilgunner says:

    ………..and have my house robbed at night?????

    its still not insured mate.

  261. devilgunner says:

    and seeing that soon I will be off to Italy you will not be finding me here.

  262. goonster says:

    rob you? what are you prince charles? anyway i ll just ask kev.

  263. rico says:

    Thanks devil, you too….

  264. devilgunner says:

    you can ask him all you want Goonie. He will not tell you for sure.

  265. goonster says:

    hey rico……how about a good night kiss?

  266. goonster says:

    then i ll track you down……atleast i know your scent. a few lolipops and the little prince ll lead me to you like a bird to a cage!

  267. devilgunner says:

    I just saw the last ten minutes of the ladies game and I was impressed by the tactical and technical level of the GB ladies. Better than the crap served by Rooney and croonies.

    It seems as if the coaching level at ladies grassroots is much more better than the one found at men grassroots

  268. devilgunner says:

    Come and find me in Italy then mate. In the middle of the Alps. And trying to track me there will be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

  269. goonster says:

    no problems little man…..wait for me.

  270. Lee says:

    Morning all….

  271. Lee says:

    Wenger says:

    “We have to be ambitious but also make sure we are not getting in trouble financially.
    “It is difficult for us because the wages in some other clubs are very high.
    “But of course our players quite rightly compare themselves to the players of the other clubs.”

    BUT if we didn’t pay decent wages to dross players we could reward our good players, no?

  272. Lee says:

    Thierry……
    In an interview with Sky Sports, the Frenchman said: “We hope it stays, and that’s the way it is. I don’t know exactly what is happening but as an Arsenal fan I want him to stay. He is still an Arsenal player and the boss has to deal with it.”

    About van Persie’s contractual situation, Henry added: “I’ve got nothing to say about that, you will not get me to be one of the guys talking about the club and the player. I just want Arsenal to do well. Robin will do what he will do and we’ll see. When I left, everybody cried, but then the year after they went on a run of being eight points ahead. Everyone comes and goes.”

  273. rico says:

    Morning Lee & all…..

  274. Lee says:

    What’s the word?

  275. rico says:

    Diaby :P

  276. rico says:

    Or White Rabbits – or pinch punch…..

  277. Scott from Oz says:

    Evening all.
    Who is this Cazorla dude everyone’s talking about :)

  278. rico says:

    Morning Scott, no idea, new one on me ;)

  279. rico says:

    New Post Up

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