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Diaby returns & Jenkinson off? Szczesny’s a Gooner and Theo still hasn’t signed………

Morning all,

Just when we all thought the Walcott situation was drawing to a close and Wenger/Gazidis might actually be free to sort a couple of transfer moves out, Diaby only goes and plays for the reserves and doesn’t suffer a setback!

We all know what that means don’t we, but that isn’t the way to take our squad into and beyond the next few moths, let alone the next few seasons. For sure its good news as Manchester City come to visit at the weekend but Diaby won’t save our season, or any future ones!

Frimpong played yesterday too, although instead of playing in his usual role, he was shoved out onto the left and the little tough tackler was somehow sent off towards the end for a second bookable offence. I didn’t see the game but a full write up is here if you want to read it.

Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Coquelin also featured – as did Santos and Mannone. The Italian didn’t manage to keep a clean sheet as West Brom held the reserves to a 1-1 scoreline.

Talking of goalkeepers, what is Mannone still doing at Arsenal? Wojciech Szczesny has been talking about his life at the club:

Ever since I signed for this club, I’ve become an Arsenal fan, It feels like it’s more than me just playing and doing my best on a Saturday afternoon. I feel like I have a much bigger part to play at this club. It means that little bit more to me.

I think there’s a lot of players in this team that are genuine Gooners. You’ve got people like Carl Jenkinson, there’s Jack Wilshere, Emmanuel Frimpong – a lot of young players who really feel it’s the biggest honour they could have, to play for this club.

I think that’s very important for the future.

I think I improve with every single game, I get the experience that is needed for a young keeper, so it’s important for me to play as many games as possible. 

I don’t think about playing for any other club. I see my future at Arsenal Football Club. I committed to coming here at the age of 16, not to then leave at the age of 24. That’s not how it works for me. I think coming over to England at the age of 16 was the most important decision of my life and probably the best one, to date.

Szczesny ‘thinks’ a lot doesn’t he. ;)

Can’t believe he is just twelve games away from reaching his 100th for our club. A long way to go to match David Seaman’s Club record of 564 appearances in goal but he’s still only 22 years old so there’s plenty of time ahead for him.

He mentioned Carl Jenkison, another player who surely has a fantastic future ahead of him with us. A player born and bred with red and white running through his veins. Many think he should be playing at right back now with Sagna off his game but reports in The Sun this morning suggest that he could be about to go out on loan for a while.

Crystal Palace are reported to want him there but Jenks wants to stay in the Premier League…

Who could blame him.

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

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  1. [...] Diaby returns & Jenkinson off? Szczesny’s a Gooner and Theo still hasn’t signed……… [...]

  2. 1st.
    Wenger Out.
    Drop the prices.
    Send some f***ing money.
    Aaaahhhhhh, that is better lol.
    Good post, and you have got to love Szczesny.
    No way Jenks should be going out on loan.
    The way Sagna is going, Jenks is our number one LB!

  3. really surprised Jenks hasn’t played more often

  4. Agreed Oz.
    It certainly isn’t Sagnas form keeping him out.

  5. i agree with all your point scott lol

  6. You would you bastard lol.
    How is WA holding up?
    Not burnt to the ground i hope??

  7. he’s had some shockers mate that is for sure – mind elsewhere? really not up for the game, although he’s not alone i guess

  8. we had some killer record days mate – night time is the worst trying to sleep – but last 2 days have eased a bit

  9. Jenko on loan?? utter rubbish who would drop in to back sagna with djourou and squillaci gone?

  10. We have had two cooler days as well.
    It will be firing up again for the weekend…high 30’s for a few days.
    A few of our guys are struggling, that is for certain.
    Not sure what the issue is, but they would want to sort themselves out.

  11. Diaby is like a new signing and so is Theo…..This is the best squad I have ever had I don’t see the need to sign anyone now. Signing a new striker or midfielder would kill (insert a name). Be ready to be disappointed gooners, we will get the usual bullshit and no signing of any caliber. And the board will be shocked when the ST come to be renewed at the lack of interest in their “affairs”.

  12. some of the national fires are devastating mate – can be a dangerous country when things go wrong – then you have idiots starting them deliberately ffs

  13. Morning all..

    Jenks at LB, you are thinking like Wenger Scott :lol:

  14. Fergie is close to capturing Zaha…

  15. Sorry Rico….it has been a long day lol!!!
    Oz, if caught, arsonists should be tied to a tree in the fires path.
    Bastards…

  16. A question on Zaha, and i admit i have seen very, very little of him.
    How good is he?
    Usually a player causing such a stir has been under the spotlight earlier than 20 years of age.
    Is he the real deal?

  17. TT, you can also insert the year too…….from 2006 anyway!

  18. Hi all,

    So is it official that walcott has signed?
    I was thinking that perhaps we should only play Diaby on pitches like bowling greens and against technical teams, no hard tackling. Oh and only for 60 mins at a time once a week.He might survive then.
    Been an awesome Summer here, low 30’s and clear. My pool was 31 degrees yesterday felt like a bath, perfect trying to cool off in a pool as hot as the weather. Good to hear it’s getting better there Scott.
    So how is this Mainz striker we’re supposedly interested in?

  19. Morning all.

    Sagna should be dropped on recent form, his propensity for slicing balls into our penalty area is retarded and his heart doesn’t look to be in it right now. Jenks should be given a run not loaned out.

    Have a strong and worrying feeling we won’t be strengthening the squad this window.

  20. Gets boring doesn’t it TT….

    Totally agree Lewis, Jenks on loan would be a crazy move in my view…

    Not yet Bradster, suggestion is that the deal will be announced on Sunday

  21. Matty, talking of JD, did you see that playing him at Rb shattered his confidence and Merts told him to go on loan.

    Could be the best decision he has made, hope he plays every game and we see how good or bad he really is…

  22. Bradster,
    I am lucky….a few minutes from the coast and away from thick bushland, but plenty of mates and family are in bad areas.
    The in laws were bent out a few years back…..not a good experience obviously.
    Still, every country has its pros and cons…….

  23. I thought that we were going to sign Zaha.

  24. Djourou seems to be one of a few players we have who shows signs of absolute brilliance, but mixes them with acts of woeful play.

  25. Zaha was probably in the pipeline if Theo left.

  26. You thought wrong.
    Bradster cheers for that pool story! Please look at the link below!http://www.yr.no/place/United_Kingdom/England/London/long.html

  27. Surely we must be looking for a winger, theo-now a striker, gerv-off for the ACON. I have no knowledge of whether Zaha is is good or not but surely we must be looking for a winger/striker at the moment. Surely?! Right?!

  28. Hey i heard Rico, do fill sorry for the guy his only use when shit hit the pan…

  29. Morning all
    Nice one Rico,
    Jenks Posibly on loan, and Sagna’s bad form. Sound about right for Arsenal,Czezsney aproaching 100 appearances, not many of of those appearances were goaless thats why wehaven

  30. Steve, as a true arsenal fan szczesny is just trying to save the club a few quid but writing off his clean sheet bonus.

  31. A winger? Now there’s a forgotten word at Arsenal.
    Oops, I forgot Ramsay. Silly me.

  32. So did I Adam, someone told me that they’d heard it was a done deal…

  33. Manure are looking at Mbiwa…

  34. Sorry about that Putor playing up, Hi Lewis Czez may be a long term prospect but i would like to see some experience while he matures. Jenks needs to stay involved

  35. Funny you should say that Rico…:)

  36. Ditto Matty, be interesting to see how he gets on in Germany…

    Scott, playing out of position didn’t help and his bad performances really messed him up. Ramsey will go the same way if Wenger isn’t careful…

  37. Wenger has said that, due to the fixture congestion he has to devote all his time to the team and will have to leave any transfers until the summer. He is still on the lookout for “special players” though. Those who can really make a difference obviously.

  38. As a right or left winger Adam ;)

    Hi Sp – Ches needs pushing doesn’t he, and not by Mannone…

  39. Bet that’s a different kind of looking than Wenger does Lee..

    Did you hear that too then Adam…?

  40. Rico. I think he is suited either side, don’t you?
    I just heard the incredible news that Atomic Kitten are going to re-unite for a one-night cacophonous scream-fest.

  41. Rico. That article positively drips in cynicism. :)

  42. Chesney “a gooner for life”. I think we will start to find out shortly. I believe that after this season he only has one more left on his contract, something that I haven’t noticed bloggers referring to. Everything has been quiet media wise on this subject. Perhaps now it will come into the public domaine and we’ll see how Arsenal handle this one.

  43. Agreed Rico.
    Not sure why Wenger persists with it, as it may pay dividends with some players, but it kills others.

  44. That’s spooky Adam, I have just been reading about Jenny Frost, well looked at the headline…

    My preference is on the bench…. at best

  45. I’m surprised you think that Adam ;)

    Think it ruins more than is does good Scott….

  46. Martin,
    Szczesny would be a massive loss if he left.
    He cops a bit of criticism, and rightly so, as he makes mistakes, but he is very young to be no. 1 keeper.
    Something i have noticed of late is that he is much more conservative when clearing backpasses.
    Where he would often attempt to beat a player, now when in doubt he clears it.
    He is still learning, and if he does stay,will end up our best ever keeper imo.

  47. Can’t disagree Rico.
    It is one of Wengers favourite games.
    He wants players to be versatile and complete….some simply are what they are.
    Djourou has looked absolutely awesome at times.

  48. MW – I didn’t realise that about Ches contract, very surprised that the club haven’t sorted that out

  49. Sorry Lee to rub it in.

  50. They have been busy with your lad Rico lol

  51. Atomic Kitten reforming? At last, something good is happening.

    Natasha still looks great…….!

    Hopefully it won’t be the original line-up with that gobshite Katona

  52. I don’t think Chezzer staying is an issue. The guy really does love Arsenal. You can see that at games. He’s always maintained he is a proper gooner, so this isn’t a new thing he is saying. He’ll, without a shadow of a doubt, re-sign.

    Can we not ship Sagna out on loan at Crystal Palace instead and play Jenks? Maybe Sagna will realise then how good he has it here. Apart from never experiencing a trophy win, that is….

  53. But he only gets 60k a week Rocky.
    How’s a boy to survive :)

  54. She’s stuck in Iceland rocky….

    That will be the excuse for no signings too I suspect Scott…

    I have moved on from TW, Meade is my new favourite, and Jenks…

  55. I can’t believe the drop in form by Sagna, guess if he decides to leave in the summer it won’t be such an issue at this rate….

  56. Rocky. It’s just that I remember Wenger saying that he would not buy a DM until Atomic Kitten reformed. Well, he has no excuse now.
    As for Sagna. Give the bloke a break ( not of the leg obviously). He’s only on £3 million a year. He sees Theo offered £5 million and thinks ” Hold on, how come he can buy his girlfriend a new white Ferrari every month and I can’t”.
    These are competitive but realistic men.
    Chesney to Barcelona in the summer then.

  57. True Adam. Maybe Theo has to buy Mel loads of stuff to over-compesate for something though, hence his need for greed….?! Bet Ludivine is much happier than Mel is. Theo looks too boring!

  58. Adam, the latest fashion is Manchester, it is the new Barcelona. Maybe as Fergie no long has faith in De Gea, he’ll come crawling for Ches…

    Maybe Sagna too….

  59. Rocky. Perhaps she should take a leaf out of Amanda Holden’s book?

  60. I would sell them both Rico.

  61. Apparently Mel likes hairdresser style cars, especially coloured white….

  62. What, Ches and Sagna Adam?

  63. Not in a white dress Adam…..

  64. Ooooh Rico. Has anyone, apart from me, told you how cruel you can be? :)

  65. No-one likes a guy in a white hairdresser car Rico…. Thoughts Adam?!

  66. Yes Rico. I would sell them both

  67. Which keeper would you like to see us sign Adam?

    The rumour site, which always makes me chuckle, suggests we are in talks with Swansea for Vorm. Can’t think of any reason to believe such a made up story….

  68. Sorry Adam….. Couldn’t resist! Won’t mention it again!

    Rico – Al Habsi for me.

  69. Think you might be right rocky….

  70. Almunia Rico. I would take him back in a heartbeat.

  71. Wigan have been conceding a few goals though haven’t they rocky?

  72. those calling for jenkinson at rb should watch over the game against reading and against swansea and surely u will all see he isnt ready

  73. That’s only since Al Habsi bought a white car and has become the unfortunate victim of abuse from his team mates. It has shaken his confidence.

  74. You are one of those moods today again Adam….

  75. can’t see us looking at keepers personally – we have far more urgent areas, not that that is likely to influence Wenger – He should be able to spend 28-30m and keep his books and profits still fairly tidy – so, 2 x 12m or so players? Been there done that

  76. West Brom have rejected a bid from QPR – believed to be in the region of £5million – for defender Jonas Olsson.

    Arry obviously saw that AW is interested in him…

  77. Both Mannone and Fabianski can leave for free in the summer I think Oz, after that it’s a very young bunch to choose from…

    He should have a lot more than £30m in his forever deep pockets….

  78. It is a no-news day at Arsenal isn’t it Rico? Wait until the transfers start happening. :) it’ll be all back to the usual squabbling again.

  79. So have City though Rico…. I’d still take Joe Hart! Keeper can’t perform miracles on his own. What’s Lukic up to these days? I’d have him back….

  80. We need to be concentrating our funds on securing santos for another 5 years on a bumper pay packet.

  81. Rico – we know how his mind works now financially – he won’t spend over 25m you can bet on it – my bet is one player 10-13m and he hail him as being the greatest thing since sliced bread and come season end we’ll be praying for another spurs mess up to get us over the line – that then opens the “we proved everyone wrong” line for the summer transfer plans

  82. I don’t think spurs will mess it up this year Oz. They look pretty strong imo.

  83. i agree with you Lewis and see the bright side of that

  84. Never mind about Atomic Kitten.

    When are Bananarama reforming?

  85. Spurs always look strong.
    Losing is a habit.
    They are addicts :)

  86. Bananarama now you talking AK

    Karen :D

  87. We’ll be waiting a long time for that Adam.

    Good point rocky, Hart would do for me too….

  88. Apparantly Wath is a big fan of the Andrews Sisters.

    Reminds him of his teenage years, rocking & rolling to his 78’s

  89. Lewis, all the cynicism is rubbing off on you ;)

    Oz, agree re the bargain signing but not sure Spuds will muck it up again, not under AVB…

  90. Morning Wath & Ak…

  91. Ah ha, Wath, you’re there already there…. ;-)

    Just trying to draw you out…. :-)

  92. I am still after that old grammaphone of yours Grandad….!

    Afternoon Rico….

  93. i like the new boss Scott and i think the gap is now closed – I know like you Wenger is praying for the regular spurs collapse but not sure its going to happen this time like Lewis said – It took great courage for him to shift the team as he did against us going down to 10. Wenger would never had the mind to do something like that. OK we beat them but they didn’t fall into a hole like last time. I am also not sure Liverpool should be discarded as quickly as many are doing either even though their manager is a liability he does seem to be learning. I expect Sturridge to do well for them and offer them attacking pressure options

  94. Morning Rico….

    Yeah Wath, Karen was hot… ;-)

    How’s thing’s in Camden?

  95. The Sun is talking a load of BS regarding Jenkinson going out on loan, do people really think Wenger is going to accept going in to the 2nd half of the season with no RB cover – only way Jenks would go on loan would be if Wenger brought someone in, and as we all know that isn’t going to happen as it would involve spending. It wasn’t a bright thing to include in your article.

    Lewis, sorry mate but in our frustrations at that incompetent twit Wenger we are all over egging how good other teams are. Wenger will do what SS wants and get CL football again – probably even more points behind the title winners than last season (he has changed the team from contenders to annual chumps). Spurs are 5pts ahead of Arsenal and playing out of their skins, not much of a lead considering the Gunners have a game in hand and are playing absolutely shit.

  96. Hard not to be a cynic right now Rico.

  97. I still feel disappointed with losing out on Dembele. I think he would’ve done well with us.
    I read Ryo’s contract is up with Wigan. Is that true and does anyone know if he’s going out on loan again?
    I also read Stakkelenberg is available this transfer window but like Buttland, he won’t want to sit on our bench.

  98. mystic – he’s gone into the season with everyone knowing there is no actual quality left back cover so why not? Having to move your CB to cover because the left back you brought is shit is not exactly a strong squad is it? Now DJ has gone where is the cover when Gibbs goes down again and you know he’s going to

  99. Mystic has it spot on.
    You always must take into consideration how well a team is playing relative to where they are on the ladder.
    Some clubs are perennial losers no matter how well they play, just as some keep winning even when playing like shit.
    Time will tell.

  100. Never bothered with them in seasons gone Scott but they are in the transfer game and if they get it right we could loose out on our UEFA sponsored top four trophy lol

  101. mystic – he did this time last season….

    Moses to Chelsea still narks too, he’s wasted there…

    I know Lewis… sad eh…

  102. They would need to get a lot right and we wold need to get a lot wrong.
    Of course it is possible, but Arsenals destiny is not in the hands of that mob.

  103. In that case Scott, we are very very fortunate to be where we are right now….

  104. Just looked up Jonas Olsson – maybe the rumour about him is true, he’s a 6′ 4″ CB who can also play left back…

    Maybe that’s why AW wants him?

  105. Camden is grim AK, miserable and chilly mate… roll on the three weeks of blizzards eh….

    Karen was proper totty mate…!

  106. if we start getting excited about players like Olsen i am off to support Wickerpead United at least until we get a proper owner and board

  107. No Rico, it just shows how average the PL is.

  108. Mystic. That is exactly the sort of thing he would do.
    Wath. Karen who? Do you mean the woman who played Olive in On The Buses?

  109. The only game changer for Syrup will be if the value of his shares start to decline I’m afraid.

  110. Olive hahah now thats going back

  111. There’s no way we are guaranteed CL football, imho.
    Abu Hamsa is looking for a new club, he’d be good competition to Ches!

  112. Oz. you liked Olive did you? :)

  113. The shares are somewhat misrepresented now Adam by the Russians endless quest to get them but i agree they can only go one way now – as the team fades off as a real contender and we’ve done that, as we pick up the tag of a selling club, got that now as well, as the stadium slowly empties and the waiting list for season tickets reduces, thats happened as well so do the values. The American does not put money in to any of his so called sports teams so he will sell – Wenger has set himself against Usmanov backing the boards call to keep its second biggest share holder out – no way passage for my money

  114. Haha lee. Very good.

  115. one way sorry

  116. Work permit issues tho I hear lee.

  117. “ere get that bus out”

  118. Nah, if we were playing well, we’d be sitting top…. But then to do that consistently, we need a stronger, deeper squad.

    Most know that though….

  119. hi all. I had faith when we were 10 points behind spurs last season. I believe we will do it again.

    also, the idea floating around that teams seem to be poaching our transfer targets is a bit overworked. Most of the players we were beaten to were fairly high profile and would have already been on the radars of other clubs. We aren’t the only team with a competent scouting system, and I doubt that they would need to use our interest in players to confirm their desirability.

    Also, it is job of agents to shop their clients when they know a move might be a possibility.

    Arsenal are merely a victim of our own failure to show some muscle in the market.

  120. Afternoon Gooner familia.

    Sevilla head honcho in town to sell Alvaro Negredo to an London Club. Arry or Wenga?

  121. Afternoon Dutch alright mate?

  122. What about the spuds Dutch? Aren’t they also a London club and especially cos Ade is at AFCON and not AVB’s cup of tea?

  123. ozgunner – agree that moving a CB to LB isn’t ideal, but that is what tight Wenger is about, getting utility players (suits him to spend less, as 1 becomes 2!) – don’t forget though Verm has played as a LB elsewhere.

    rico – no mate he didn’t do it last year. Rightly or wrongly he had Verm. (and technically Santos) as LB cover. What he wrongly didn’t do was bring someone additional in – the Sun point isn’t about him bringing someone in, but letting a player go out on loan.

    Adam – from past experiences of Wenger one would guess he will keep his hands in his pockets, keep Jenkinson as back-up (particularly now that he has shipped out Djourou on loan). Arsenal will continue to sway and let in goals, but ultimately keep that one step ahead of the chasing pack. Regarding SS share value, it is hard to see them drop in price whilst a) the commercial team negotiate decent new deals and b) Usmanov is in the background – worth bearing in mind he is a few shares short of the 30%, at which point he needs to make a formal bid for all shares at the same price – if the offer is too low he will remain a minority shareholder, with no more power than he has at the moment.

  124. Afternoon Dg, if his value is over a million, it has to be Arry ;)

  125. Santos was injured mystic, as was TV at some stage wasn’t he? Or was it Merts, I know we were short in the centre of defence too.

    And Miquel/Coquelin even played at left back i’m sure…

  126. Hiya Oz

    Heard about the bush inferno, hope family and friends are save. Crazy kids, are they glue snorters? If I was bored I would go and build a tree hut or something. Ludicrous teenagers.

    I’m fine. Still watching our .com for any announcements.

  127. Bradster

    Swampies might be interested,would be bad omen though. If you seen the vid you know the lad has a bit of talent. Technically gifted and physical presence.

    Mind you, he’s a lefty. Wenga loves those.

  128. To be honest I’ve never seen him play. But yeah you’re right about Wenger liking Left footed strikers.

  129. Rico :P

    Speaking of cash. I wondered staring at my ceiling if the club takes contract extensions out of the transfer kitty to fund the entire contract period? If so, it means Theo dented our war chest by 26 mln. Really intrigued to find out.

  130. Yeah Wath, we’re all gonna be in for some quite freezing weather, according to the papers, up to the middle of February.
    5″ of snow in some places, 5′ in Berkshire :-)
    Could be a few games called off if it comes to pass.

  131. Adam, re your Olive comment I can now see why you’ve been married 15 times I hear……
    Every picture tells a story and all that drinking made one or twp pretty I take it ?

  132. rico – as I said it is bout whether Wenger would bring anyone in or not and also whether he would let anyone go out on loan. The LB situation last season wasn’t ideal, but at one point Arsenal were short all over the back line and although I think Wenger has lost the plot, even I will allow him a little slack over that totally abnormal situation. He was never going to buy in players when he planned to have so many back – the fact that some were crap clearly escaped him!

  133. Good point Dutch. Sure explains why Wenger needs to first sort out Walcott’s contract before he can buy other postions.

  134. I think AW said that money was ‘put by’ for both Dg, so TW shouldn’t be used as an excuse…

  135. I heard extra heavy snow was predicted for the Reading area AK, could be a tad cold for the carrot crunchers in the vicinity.

    A few games called off will cause nightmares with the fixtures especially for us mate.

  136. For Kev – Venus from the album True Confessions. Those were the days women took honour in pleasing a guy. :P

  137. Rico / Bradster

    Money put on stand by for contract extensions, could mean the new sponsor deal is being utilized for that intent over several years. Turning a profit won’t be put on the backburner.

  138. BBC. 10.15
    Theo’s magic men have not seen anyone from Arsenal to discuss terms since last September.
    Nothing has been done though they are expecting an invitation to sit down soonto arrange a new contract?

    There I told you so!

    Walcott is about to walk!

  139. Afternoon,

    A fine post again ….

    Talking of AFC shares it would n’t surprise me if Stan and AU are deliberately pretending to be foes to up the value of the club especially since DD brought both of them to Arsenal in the first place.. ;)

    Talking of Negredo, he started at rayo with Michu and SC19 before working his way to Madrid but did a Poldi there and is finally making a name at Sevilla. I will be surprised if he comes to us as he is very similar to OG12 as a target man but then as I spredicted several months ago Sevilla are in serious financial problems so I am expecting a ‘Next’ style boxing day sale of players…

  140. Wath. Only married five times and twice to the same person actually. :)

  141. Lee i think Olivier Sadran said in 442 magazine that Capoue will not be moving until summer. He said he told an EPL based club in the CL that very recently…

  142. Lee

    Knowing Wenga is sensitive to bargain gambling. Is it coincidental M’viva is being offered at a cut price while we chase Capoue?

  143. for Emma only- ;)

    “Toulouse confirm Moussa Sissoko can leave for €3.5m (contract up in summer). Hasn’t lived up to ‘new Essien’ tag, but that’s a real bargain.”

    No brainer

  144. I haven’t seen Capoue play but I instinctively know he is exactly what we are missing. I will only start to criticise him after he signs for us.
    Will we be a CL club next season?
    Answers on a postcard to Kev please.

  145. :grin: Adam, where kev leaves I would have to go bankrupt to afford the shipping/postage cost as Royal mail don’t cover that address…. too prestigious.

    Sadran comment tells me AW made an inquiry about EC because it is only us and the manures left in the CL atm, but because Sissoko is not renewing his contract and has 6 months to go they have decided to hold on to Capoue until the summer.

  146. Thats Rico exaggerating again Adam… 15 times she told me…. Such a teller of porkies…!

  147. Afternoon Ginge

    Negredo is comfortable on the wing as well. Add to that Theo isn’t close to inking according to BBC. Maybe Arsene has chopped the knot on his situation and Negredo is his replacement.

  148. Good after my Dutch buddy,

    You may have a point there DG…

    How are Fer, Wout Brama and Blind faring in your league at the moment. You know I like Blind maybe because of his dad but I would have thought AW would have captured a cheap DM from Erevidise by now…

  149. I can sense that transfers are imminent. Super talented, world-class players are due to arrive. I am feeling moist with anticipation.Capoue, M’Vila, Negredo, Fellaini, The Night Stalker and Adrian Gomez, a friend of Adrian Lopez are all filling their Montblanc pens with the blood of Unicorns for a mass sign-in tomorrow with Theo arriving in a white Ferrari to kick off proceedings. Stan has just landed at London City airport with a new bright red syrup and a hairy caterpillar super glued to his upper lip to indicate his macho-ness and status as the worlds most impressively handsome sports owner. All the new players will be fired from a canon before the routine demolition of Manchester City on Sunday.
    You heard it here first.

  150. Piers Morgan Vs Alex Jones now that is a super jumbo weight battle of self-centered puppets …

  151. Ginge

    I would go for Kevin Strootman, has the most complete package: leadership ala Jaap Stam, midfield general like a younger Van Bommel and vision in his passing similar to De Boer.

    Danny Blind blows hot and cold I hear. Could’ve to do with genetics, his father became paramount at the tail end of his career.

  152. All feasible apart from the white Ferrari bit Adam. There’s only one colour to have a Ferrari in……

  153. Asked about Strootman Arsene Wenger said he is too similar to players we already have.

  154. Lee. White is the new red. I told you that.

  155. Cheers DG, the times I have seen Strootman he has been passive for my liking. I guess he is more Bommell than Rijkaard or Cocu…

    What do you think of Maurits Alderweireld of Ajax?

  156. Is he qwality we need?
    Camouflage Adam camouflage…..

  157. Adam

    Mocking? Or did Le Profit really say that? If so, he’s already been told his asking price. ;)

  158. Wenger said that Strootman was Homo sapiens and he is looking for something more, a breed of uber-mensch, the like of which has not been seen on the earth before. He cited the creatures from Avatar as the ideal physical specimens and said that Diaby was the closest to that ideal that he had found. He is in the process of being dyed blue as we speak.

  159. Dutch. Mocking? Moi?

  160. 1.45 Wath, you are in deep trouble ;)

    Sorry, doorbell went …

  161. Wavy – is that about Theo real??

  162. Rico. If true, that is very upsetting isn’t it?

  163. It is Adam….

  164. Ginge

    Alderweireld is the lesser known of the trio Ajax brought in raiding Belgium for talented defenders. But likewise Vertonghen/Vermaelen not interested in mastering several positions. Center back full stop.

    Ajax won’t be eager selling either as their instant replacement pool is drying up.

  165. Skidmark was the closest thing we’ve had to Avatar….Las Vegas is a dangerous place!

  166. Nothing on the BBC site though…

    Popping off for an hour…

  167. TW is actually Lewis Hamilton..

  168. Adam LOL

    Arsene Spielberg

  169. The Bleacher Report or as I call it, The Bible, have reported that Walcott has agreed a new contract. Their reporter, Hiram T Knobnosher Jnr,the third, an 18 year old inmate of San Quentin maximum security prison has just posted the exciting news.

  170. afternoon all!
    Well, I think we will play sunday with Cazorla-Wilshere-Ramsey again. So, in antecipate: not a good exhibition, lack of confidence and doesn’t work.
    the difference is Diaby in the bench but without Gervinho,chamack,DJ and probably AA.

  171. Theo buying a new Ferrari means he’s not planning for the Euro continent. No Bosman deal to be expected in January than.

  172. Rico, according to David Ornstein, he is usually fairly reliable -for a journalist!

    I’d copy and paste the artcle but this new fangled ipad thingy won’t let me. Was always happier with steam power!

    I will believe Walcott is committed when I see his signature acknowledged by AFC on their web site and not before.
    Conspirisey theorists would have you believe that all this procrastination is being generated by the Walnut camp, I think Wenger wants rid of him and letting his contract run down is the easiest way of off loading him. May be wrong, but watch this space.

    Sorry for all the pessimism.

  173. There’s no reason to be pessimistic about things at Arsenal…Global domination is just around the corner! AW said so!
    SOJI!

  174. But I just bought matching TW shirts for myself and Mrs Adam!
    Ornstein won’t take my calls either so I can’t verify it one way or another.
    SOJI. No doubt about it. SOJI. You know it makes sense.

  175. Wavy don’t call yourself pessimistic, your’e still overshadowed Goliath-esque by Joaquim. ;)

  176. SOJI – Stan Out Jabba In. (For those not familiar with the term).

  177. I only hope Walcott signs because I got a TW Arsenal T-shirt for Christmas i couldn’t refuse it not to hurt the person that gave it to me. But i just hope he signs so i can put on my T-shirt so i don’t look stupid if he doesn’t sign.

    Imagine the amount of merchandise Arsenal could sell if Arsenal bought David Vila ?

  178. Rico 3:05… You’ll be deep in snow soon :D

    You lot as all just miserable bastatrds…. As Lee says World Domination is but two seasons away… Gazidis said so………… So did the Mayans..!

  179. SD London

    Not clowning about, if Theo goes you should be compensated me thinks. Got to question who’s sleeping at the wheel. If a players future is that uncertain STOP F*CKING SELLING HIS SHIRTS, GREEDY C*NTS.

  180. Rico.
    Hope you don’t think that I’am the grime reaper,and want to end all our hopes/speculation,debate,
    but are we going a bit to far now,as regards new player’s.

    Wenger’s covered his arse big time
    Only……IF….AN….EXCEPTIONAL….PLAYER..IS..AVAILABLE.

    Who is he talking about

  181. Fred, Gervinho or Chamakh or Santos those types of world beaters….?

  182. Fred where’s you sickle? ;)

  183. Afternoon all. Dutch, your 2.51…. Are “Hot” and “Cold” pet names for Danny Blind’s ‘special’ male friends?

  184. tsGH at 2:29 pm

    What a bargain that is for 3.5m. If we miss out on him i will be very sad. That is the kind of player we need. AW putting all his eggs on diaby”s basket is just plain stupid. I doubt if Tolouse will be willing to sell capoue this winter window

  185. I’ll get my coat…….

  186. SD..I only hope Walcott signs because I got a TW Arsenal T-shirt for Christmas i couldn’t refuse it not to hurt the person that gave it to me.
    Can’t you make out it’s that little geezer who works for Asda…you know off the X Factor

  187. Jeez I don’t know why i thought Oviedo was Rayo… my bad ie Santi and Negrado

  188. I agree Dutch

  189. Fred – I must say, I’m a little disappointed with you that you watch the X Factor….

  190. Emma I totally agree. If the £3.5m is true then my post will definitely follow shortly. He would not command more than £50k p/w imo.

    I wonder why NUFC have pulled out of signing him unless of course ‘Mr. I will wait and do it for free’ has already turned him to sign with us on the DL… ;)

    Capoue is not going yet his contract is rumoured to have 3 years left so…

  191. Rock

    Ssshhhh….. Only one entity, a central heating mechanic.

  192. Haha! Of course Dutch! Makes sense!

  193. tsGH – Capoue will command a huge fee in the summer if Tolouse decides to sell. Sissoko is a steal for any club that eventually sign him if the amount quoted is true. He is what we are missing in diaby’s absence. Someone that could moved the ball quickly from the defence to the final third quickly. He’s got speed, strong, an eye for a pass. This is a clip of Sissoko http://vimeo.com/38215998

  194. Reading all the comments – here we’re juggling obscure names again. Face it, hopeless bunch we are.

    Do or do not. There’s no try. (Quote Yoda)

  195. Huntelaar may feature Premier League in the present future. He got a 15 million euro release clause on his contract extension

  196. You lot make me laugh… :lol:

    Pessimists, the lot of ya….

    Don’t you realise that the God Abou is fit again!!!

    We are saved. Adam is wet. Everything in the garden is rosey…

    Relax. Diaby will save our season… ;-)

  197. Emma- Do you know what happened to the deal for M. Sissoko to NUFC?

    Rumours were that the deal was only in place if Cabaye was to join us but since Cabaye is injured I believe the deal is dead on our side. I personally like Cabaye even though Rico and a few do not think he is good or is needed by us…

    I thought he was the2nd/ 3rd best CM in the league last year behind Yaya and Song if you like. A work horse with the ability to play long accurate passes from deep inside his half. A major reason why NUFC finished where they did last season and a reason why they are struggling this time round since his absence….

    Just an opinion….

  198. From all indication it was a rumour from what I heard regarding Sissoko. I doubt if NUFC were interested. I did tell a NUFC friend of mine that Cabaye was the engine room of NUFC but they all doubted and said it was Tiote. Good he was injured and that has being reflected in their performances this season. I doubt if Newcastle will be willing to part for a fee less than £20m if they are to sell. He is under contract till 2016

  199. ts – I’ll ask my journo mate here at work (and NUFC season ticket holder). He knows guys within the club.

  200. NIce to see Song will be out on his arse next season! Another career ruined by Barca’s greed.

  201. Hiya Vida

    That contract you talk about earns Huntelaar 7mln a year, Theo has trouble dragging out 5.

    I fail to see the suspense in his release clause. Sorry mate.

  202. Like the quote by one of the bums at Barca about not letting Villa leave before summer “Because he is ours and we need him”. (Not sure if this was mentioned on here yesterday). Obviously didn’t matter to them when we would have told them that Henry/Cesc/Gio/Petit/Hleb/Overmars/Song were ours and we needed them…..

  203. Team news: Giroud, Diaby, Santos, Fabianski
    on the latest updates…
    Everyone is fit from last weekend apart from Olivier Giroud. He has not been practising because of the cut on the knee he got at Swansea. We’ll have
    a final test on Saturday to see if he is involved against Man City. It is a 50:50. We’ll see.

    on Santos and Diaby…
    I want to see how they react to the under-21 game they played in midweek. But we have so many games coming up now, it is good they are back.

    on Fabianski…
    He is not far away [from full training] now, two or three weeks.

  204. cheers Rocky… how are you?

    I have always wondered why people like tiote but thought frimps who was arsenal through and through was an accident waiting to happen. a player who in 2009 was rated higher than JET and JW10 but the cruciates have definitely taken its toll on him.

    Tiote’s disciplinary record will make Dennis Wise, Ruddock Razor, and PV, and Roy Keane look like saints.

    Last year Tiote received the highest yellow cards in the league. He has received 30 yellow cards in 64 appearances but hey….. How he has only managed 1 red card in his time in the EPL is beyond me…

  205. Evening peoples, any news??

  206. Rocky on Song I mentioned on here when he left us that he would be sold to Anzhi next summer for £25M but the fool will go for it when he hears Samba and his foe Eto are earning bucket loads…

  207. Rock

    Me, Kev and Scott touched on it few days ago, late night style – not suitable for the 5/6 o’clock news. :P

  208. Good thanks Ts. Very busy though You?

  209. SOJI………

  210. hey rocky, how’s it going?

  211. Yeah, earnning bucket loads but running the racism gauntlet at every turn. Even though what Barca said annoyed me, the fact Henry left when he did was fine by me. Hleb I never rated so was glad he left, same with Song. Gio wasn’t great by the time he left us either. To be fair, none of them were anywhere near their best at the time of leaving, with the possible exception of Cesc.

  212. Same here Rocky. I am working too hard for my liking but hey at least I have a job so I can’t complain ;)

  213. hey fellas, any news? is titus bramble still coming?

  214. I personally think the Nastry/ Cesc exist is where the experiment should have ended…

    Its like running an experiment on the thermal properties of water for too long during an A-level chemistry practical…

  215. Wath – 3.49, its on it’s way :(

    Just hope you get in in London too, that will stop your chuckling ;)

  216. diaby is back i see……..whoop de do, there goes rico’s beasty DM!

  217. Ha ha goonster, I think you are right…

  218. AVB reckons he doesn’t need to sign a striker….

    Pardew has just said that Cabaye is back fit and healthy and it will be like a ‘new signing’..

    He’s been listening to Wenger….

  219. bites huh maam? oh well here’s to hoping he stays on his feet and not on the sidelines. i have huge faith in him.

  220. rocky – I thought it was only me who didn’t rate Hleb…

  221. I hope so too goonster but haven’t we all said that for too long now…

  222. maam i rate hleb more than nasti…..but hey that’s me!

  223. Rico… go on amazon and look for the Monsieur Wenger’ book of excuses’ or Le Prof’s ‘ Management for Dummies’ an excellent transcript of PR Dale Carnegie, Warren Buffet and Alastair Campbell will be proud off… :D

  224. Thanks for the advice Fred.. 4.25, it sure looks like him.

  225. Just imagine what the regular staffs in Arsenal FC will be saying behind Wenger’s back when Wenger and Co. are not around.
    They must hate him right now especially if they are Arsenal fans.

    It must be twice as frustrating for them.

  226. Sorry, PC died. Hi Stan. I’m good ta. You?

    Rico – I never rated him. Sorry Stan, at no point ever has Hleb been better than Nasri. Better character, yes. Player? Not even close.

    And what the hell is this SOJI?! Not been on here much lately so am clearly missing something!

  227. Hi Rocky. Syrup out – Jabba in. :)

  228. Haha! Nice, cheers Adam!

  229. Rocky. Keep warm on the way home mate. It’s cold out there.

  230. Fabianski is almost fit.

    Hooray.

    Just in time for him to leave on a Bosman in the summer.

  231. Just about to leave mate. Was baltic when I got out of the gym at 4 this afternoon so imagine it’s pretty cold now. Looking forward to waiting ages for a train at Liverpool Street or Tottenham Hale, as for the second day in a row there are train faults on our line. Glad my £3,200 a year cost for my travelcard is being put to good use….

  232. Kev. Would you mind dropping him at Heathrow on his way out?

  233. Just stay safe and warm mate.

  234. No thanks re Amazon Ts ;)

    Sorry, just had to book my summer holiday :)

  235. A tour of the Cava vineyards Rico?

  236. Nasri over Hleb for me too, but couldn’t stand Nasri’s attitude…

  237. Night all. Catch you in the morning x (<—- not sure why, but it just felt like a "sign off with a kiss" moment!)

  238. I did think about Cliff’s vineyard in Portugal Adam but settled for Devon in the end ;)

  239. Goonster: hey fellas, any news? is titus bramble still coming?

    I think you might be right wenger loves a Tight-arse

  240. Lata Rocky

    Rico you’re being ripped off. http://www.devonworks.com/

  241. Rico. Very sensible indeed.

  242. Adam, I would happily do a 5 passenger job to Heathrow.
    Fabianski, Santos, Squillaci, Arshavin and Mannone.
    But only as long as the Syrup is paying the fare…

  243. Anyway, the big-clash is in Portugal this weekend.

    Where the world famous Benfica will smash some little team from Oporto…

    Come on the Eagles…

  244. And then I popped off to eat….

    I thought so Adam

    Thanks Dg, all booked and done with, thanks for the link though, I shall be looking….

  245. Hi Rico. It’s the golden time of day.

  246. Hi Adam, is it? ;)

  247. I think so. Dinner is over, the music is playing, the air is still. One can think more clearly perhaps.

  248. Let’s hope Arsene Wenger feels the same ……

  249. Hallelujah to that Rico.

    Off for the night. Best to you Rico. :)

  250. :)

    You have a lovely evening too Adam….

  251. Think I will follow suit and go watch some old rubbish on the television…

    You all have a good one and catch up tomorrow….

    Night folks….

  252. Ma’am

    Posted link was meant to pull your leg.

    It says Devon Works but the site is dead. ;)

    Looked it up on visit Devon. Marvelous destination. Especially if the landscape basks in the sun.

  253. Morning all.
    37 degrees today….bloody lovely!!

  254. Hi Dutch & Scott.

    Wonder when Rosicky is gonna get a game?

    Don’t think that he’s even come on from the bench?

    I would save Diaby for the Swansea game. Laudrup won’t be expecting him to play.

  255. Morning Scott

    Bloody Hell more like it. A couple of degrees up and the flames are liking your ass.

  256. Dutch,
    We will never be under threat from bushfire, luckily.
    It’s 7.45 am and the air conditioner is going on already.
    Kev, not sure what Tommy R has done, because their have been games of late where we have been aching for him to come on.
    It is a mystery.

  257. Kev

    Still have Wenga’s smirk face on my pupils when he announced Sicknote’s contract was already done and dusted. Haven’t been enthused ever since.

  258. It isn’t Tommy’s faux pas he was rewarded, mind you. Just looking at the squad spot occupied, while we so desperately need quality ready to step in.

  259. Tommy brings quality and energy, something we often lack.

  260. hello there!
    Who is watching Barcelona?

  261. I agree Scott, only bemoaning his absence cycles. Those have been plenty and lengthy. If he was on the bench or playing regularly I wouldn’t complain. In fact one of those I would always pen in on the sheet.

  262. Signing off. Night all.

    See you tomorrow Kev / Joaquim. Enjoy your day Scott. Lata

  263. Dutch, i wasn’t having a go mate.
    I just do not understand when we have needed a spark Wenger has left I’m off.
    See ya later.

  264. So AW has said that no one else is leaving during the window…lets hope that its Wenger bollocks! Talking about this DM and that is a waste of time…it’s gonna be Daby, sorry folks!
    TGIF btw!

  265. Friday is nearly over Lee :)

  266. Bummer Scott…. :(

  267. Morning all,

    Seems Wenger thinks we have 2 players for each position although no mention of how good or bad those players are… No one else is leaving in Jan (says it all) Also he says we wont sell until we buy. We wont buy anyone until Walcott’s signed. He hasn’t signed yet so we are not buying!

    Oh… are you sure it’s Friday Lee..?

  268. Morning all,

    So this morning it’s Fabianski to Forest on loan, Capoue, Remy, Sissoko, M’vila and the Sevilla deal all on the cards.

  269. The only deals on cards Brad will be you playing pontoon mate…….

  270. WATH what side of the bed did you get out of? Expect zero signings, best policy!

  271. WATH your sources not telling you anything re transfers?

  272. What’s a pontoon besides a boat?

  273. Zip Lee…………. Nothing mate…………..

    Pontoon is another name for blackjack Brad…!

  274. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz = Wenger speaks!

    Morning all….

  275. I’m off out first thing, today’s post should be up around 9.30, fingers crossed.

    Catch up shortly

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