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Is Wenger Preparing To Sail Close To The wind Again?

July 22, 2014

Last summer, as the usual suspects were trying their best to defend Arsene Wenger’s policy in the transfer window and suitability as our manager, the noisy neighbours were busy signing any 2 legged footballers Franco Baldini could get his hands.

According to the know-it- all media back then, Arsenal needed to follow their path and appoint ourselves a Director of football. This was the same Spurs who had signed a feeder club agreement with Real and were being written an IOU in exchange for Bale.

Meanwhile, the media darlings kept reminding us clueless AFC fans that finishing 3rd or 4th in the previous eight seasons was a total failure. But those same folks were insisting that the only way Spurs or Liverpool could guarantee finishing above us and get the coveted 4th place was for them to splash £80 million on players without any prior premiership experience and for them!

This summer, after the early signings of two very effective players, most fans I know have suddenly developed very high expectations for the upcoming season. Personally, I am a lot more apprehensive about our new campaign.

In my view, whilst most managers try their hardest to compete on all fronts, Arsene as we have come to know him, is always trying his best to assemble the most minimum of squad required. Wenger’s Modus Operandi has always been to have 16 or 17 senior players and fill the gaping holes with potential and inexperienced players when required.

As we will be competing on two fronts per week for the majority of the season and then possibly four fronts come January, I find this a huge gamble considering the magnitude by which the gap between the so called smaller teams has narrowed in recent seasons as compared to the non-Gazprom teams like ours .

Last summer, for some odd reason I strongly believed we would do the double which unfortunately didn’t materialise. Friends kept asking me why I thought that.

My reasons were:

· We had a back 4 that had conceded the least number of goals in 4 years. We had conceded only 37 goals and Per was beginning to find his feet in this league.

· That was the first time under Arsene that we had not lost a major player of our squad.

· King Fergie was no longer around to point to his watch when United were a goal down with 10 minutes to go.

· Statistically Giroud had scored 20 goals in his second season and therefore rumours that Arsene was looking for a more effective no.10.

· Ramsey and Arteta were forming a midfield pivot that in the 12 games of their partnership had become as ruthless at protecting our back 4 as any double pivot in Europe.

· We were beating the teams we were expecting to beat.

· Most importantly Wenger had also rotated his squad far better the season before and I was counting on a repetition of that.

Additionally, Arsene and Arteta our actual captain since his last minute transfer to us in 2011, had on a few occasions during the summer, talked about how it was important to improve our home record after dropping so many points over the last 3 seasons at home whilst we had maintained one of the very best away records in the top 5 leagues in Europe. The rest of the squad had also noted and commented on how it was essential to start the season much better than the last 3 seasons.

In my opinion one thing Arsene was most probably overlooking, was that our home record was firmly linked to his transfer dealings. It was proving a challenge by all accounts for even the reasonable die- hard fans who frequent HH to back a manager who was not matching the ambitions of the fans. It felt to most fans or according to media reports at least, that Wenger had overstayed his welcome.

For most Wenger supporters it was even more imperative that the club and Arsene got off to a very strong start before the annual deadline day ‘supermarket style sweep’ took place. After all that talk about our home form and the scrutiny the club was under, I was extremely saddened when Wenger decided to line-up Wilshere and Ramsey in central midfield against Aston Villa.

After that opening day defeat, some very strong performances against Fulham and Spurs lightened the mood slightly but the icing on the cake was the arrival of Mesut Ozil at least for a brief moment.

As the season unfolded and around the time when we were leading the challenge for the title late November, I became extremely concerned about 2 specific things.

To me it appeared that Wenger was reverting back to his usual stance of over playing his key players whilst other experienced managers were trying to keep their whole squad involved and match sharp. It appeared that he had again, started the season with several players he had no confidence in but had failed to move them on.

However, things were going better than we could have envisaged. For once we did not have our annual November collapse and Giroud, our slow coach who was the media’s punching bag, was coming up with goals when needed. Even our avid protagonists like Owen and Hansen were beginning to consider us as potential challengers even though they couldn’t help themselves proclaiming that we would have won the title by then if the club had coughed up for Suarez.

According to the media, the reason why we were able to finish fourth was because Jose was still getting his feet underneath the table at Chelsea. Not surprising, the same media experts who at the start of the season declared Moyes a better manager than Wenger, quickly backtracked and declared that Moyes after all was not good enough for a top 4 team let along the biggest club in England as they had said all along.

I have even read that had AVB been a better manager and not bought as many players who were not good enough we would have struggled to finish above them. Dear oh dear; the level these experts will stoop to. The pundits had forgotten the fuss they made when Wenger said last August that Spurs buying so many players would destabilise their already good squad.

Looking at the way the league ended, I am compelled to believe that even without buying a fast mobile striker in January we could still have won the title had Arsene managed his squad better. Etched on most fans minds are the humiliating defeats we suffered at Chelsea, City, Liverpool and to a lesser extent Everton. Those fans may not be wrong because we conceded 20 of our 44 goals from those games. That was an astonishing 45% of all the goals we conceded.

Irrespective of those score lines we just lost 3 points each after those defeats but we came back and got respectful draws against Chelsea, Swansea and United after those defeats it may be fair to say that those awful results did more psychological damage to fans than to the players.

Conversely, it could be argued that had we not been thrashed excessively in those games we would have won those aforementioned games.

In my view the league was lost because of our home form. Picking up points at home remains the bread and butter requirement for any team, regardless of the league they are playing in, or the height of their ambitions. But, in order to mount a genuine title challenge, winning on the road is an important factor and one which could prove to be the difference between success and failure.

It is no surprise that City became eventual champions as they had the best home form and held the longest winning run at home in the league.

Comparing us to our rivals, Man City took 52 points, Liverpool 49 points, Chelsea 48 points, and Arsenal 44 points. Had we not lost against Villa, drawn with City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Everton & Swansea we would still have had enough points to run away with the title.

I wish I could put my fingers on why I am less optimistic as compared to last summer considering the business we have done.

Make no mistake I still believe we will win a trophy but I have this deep rooted feeling that we will be sailing close to the wind again than we should be doing based on our purported resources. My fears are further compounded by the fact that our lynchpin in defence over the last 7 years has been allowed to leave whilst our club captain is manoeuvring for a move away from us to a rival and without appearing pessimistic, I believe we will need lady luck on our side for Per to replicate his form from last season.

As we all know winning this league epitomises how a marathon should be won, however, Arsene tends to prepare for the competition like a boxer who decides to throw caution to the wind and go for a few drinks the night before a multi-million dollar PPV fight in Las Vegas.

Maybe I am just bitter because Arsene has not bought Morgan Schneiderlein who in my view has been the best defensive midfielder in the league since Southampton got promoted. But then again am I?

If any of us was in Wenger’s shoes especially at his stage of his career we’d be doing all we can to go all out with a bang. But Wenger is always Wenger. A true gent who has continued to put his reputation on the line for the future of a club he might not have had any affection for 20 years ago.

As sections of fans will point out football is about winning. Looking at it in that light will compel even the most deluded of Wenger’s excuser like myself to admit our squad is still not deep enough for the modern challenges of winning this league even though this squad looks the most balanced it has been since 2005.

We are Arsenal and therefore we can all assume it will be us verses from match day one onwards….

Have a blessed day!

Written by Tsgh

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Khedira and Ospina today. No Striker signing. May was a great month…..

July 21, 2014

Morning all.

You just have to love Twitter don’t you?

Last night someone called Los Blancos tweeted that we’d agreed a deal with Real Madrid for Sami Khedira and he will arrive today and Nice Matin, don’t ask as I don’t know, said we’d agreed a deal for David Ospina.

Wow, great news and by the end of today, we should all be that little bit happier.

Hang on, isn’t Khedira meant to be heading to Monaco as part of the James deal? Well, L’Equipe suggest that’s not the case and the player is ‘likely’ to join us this summer….

As for Ospina, that story has been in the newspapers for a while now but the deal still hasn’t been confirmed and maybe that’s because Casilla’s has been in private talks about a move to us… lol

Exhausted, me too. We all know that when Arsenal have a deal done, they will tell us. When all T’s have been crossed and the ‘I’s’ dotted, only then can we be sure that a player has been signed….

It may not be a striker though as Arsene Wenger has ruled out the need of an additional man up front. Of course he could be straying from the truth as he has so often done when talking to the media about transfers but if he’s telling the truth, it’ll be a great shame and another missed opportunity imo.

Anyway, enough of all that stuff, here’s today’s post from Kev.

I’m not sure when it begun and from where it came, but I can sense a ‘special spirit’ developing among this present squad of Arsenal players. I’ve seen it in the past and I had a feeling around last August in particular, that our squad of players were on the cusp of something special.

I remember being at Elland Road in 1997 when it saw Wenger’s first Arsenal team draw 1-1… Yes it was only a draw, but I just sensed a feeling about that team.

Back to the present and the squad we have now and  most of them have been with us for a few seasons now. Some have grown into internationals, all have suffered alongside their manager, as those ersatz clubs, Man City and Chelsea, have alongside Man Utd (well Ferguson’s Man Utd) hoovered up all the domestic honours over the past 3 or 4 years.

Snide and derogatory cheap shots from the Press, allied to a Media dominated by bitter ex-Liverpool players and other assorted no-marks, have added to the dreaded monkey on the back syndrome but all that ended last May at Wembley, when Wenger’s latest squad lifted the FA Cup, the last trophy we lifted nine years ago…

Adios monkey.

Anyone who saw that Final could not have missed the mixture of joy and relief among the Arsenal players, supporters and staff, not least Arsene Wenger, who threw off his usual calm urbane self and joined in the fun like everybody else.

Can anyone ever forget Per Mertesaker giving a post-match interview on the pitch and mid-interview just deserting the TV cameras to join in a delighted shouting celebration with Keiran Gibbs and Wenger getting the ‘bumps’ from his players, it was a bit surreal.

Arsenal winning a trophy whilst the Portuguese midget and the man with the ironed face at the Old Bog winning nowt, only increased our satisfaction.

And let’s not forget the entitlement club of Stevie G blowing it at the 11th hour, yep, May was a good month for Arsenal fans.

That spirit of togetherness carried on into the World Cup where Twitter messages went back and forth between Arsenal team mates sending good luck wishes and congratulations after a good result.

Utmost respect for each other....

Utmost respect for each other….

One of my favourite images was of the BFG and Laurent Koscielny in a friendly post-match hug, with the respect for their Arsenal team mate obvious as they congratulated/consoled their fellow Gooner.

So despite numerous rumours, most of them of the usual bile were accustomed to from the Press, nobody it seems, wants to leave.

Not Podolski, Cazorla, Arteta or Monreal, and even Vermaelen isn’t kicking up a rumpus. He might go, he might stay, Arsenal will decide to their benefit.

Sanchez and Debuchy looked delighted to have joined this group of players, blimey even Diaby has got himself fit…

And the way Gazidis and Law have been going about business, I quite expect to see two or three more new faces before August 31st…

Written by Allezkev.

William Carvalho bid made! Arteta off? Vermaelen is but Arsene confirms he will be replaced…..

July 20, 2014

Morning all.

So the boys had a nice little run around at Boreham Wood yesterday afternoon and the travelling fans got to see a few first team players in action for the first time this summer.

We ran out 2-0 winners but it was a couple of youngsters who stole the limelight, well, scored the goals. Kris Olsson finished well after a super ball from Tomas Rosicky and then with five minutes left of the game, Benik Afobe was given a shove in the penalty area and he stepped up to slot home the spot kick.

Twenty two players were used yesterday, an entire different team for each half and just who of that group will still be at Arsenal when the transfer window closes remains to be seen. There was certainly a few I’d like to see the back of….

I wonder why Mikel Arteta didn’t feature……

Abou Diaby did and as far as I know, he’s had no after affects….

After the game Arsene Wenger spoke about a few things.

On a good workout:

For us it was important to give everybody a run-out to see how close the young players are, to see how fit the players who are used to playing in the Premier League are. Overall what we want is [to avoid] injuries and to get everybody at a good fitness level.

Everybody he said, so where was Mikel Arteta? Is he injured or going??

On getting players fit during major tournament years:

It’s much more difficult because players come back stage by stage. Players that have gone out early come back next week [but] for example the three players that won the World Cup will return at the beginning of August, so it’s very difficult to get everybody at the same level at the start of the season.

On pictures of Jack Wilshere in the press:

I haven’t spoken to him so it’s very difficult for me to make any statement. I know what you can make of pictures – I have to speak to him really to see what happens before I come out publicly. I’m not deeply concerned by it. I just want to know what happened and before I know what happened, I don’t want to talk too much about it.

And then the big one, the one we all really want to know about, transfers:

I’m very happy with what I could do until now. It’s not over – there’s still a long way to go.

I can’t give you any names because you are never sure that you can do what you want. We are still out there to strengthen our squad.

The manager went on to say that he cannot guarantee Thomas Vermaelen will stay which in my opinion means he’s off but he did say that our captain will be replaced should he depart. Good!

A long way to go says the manager – to me that means we are going to see a few more signings through the door yet which is great news. I think there was a slight fear that having signed Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, the club would go quiet, perhaps until the end of the transfer window but it doesn’t sound like that will be the case.

All good then in the Arsenal camp then and next up is a trip to America, where Thierry Henry and his New York Red Bulls are waiting.


Well reports are coming out of Portugal which suggest we have had a €30million (£24m) bid for William Carvalho turned down. The Metro are running the story and my goodness, if by chance this is true and Ivan makes it happen, how chuffed would we all be….?

Anyway, where was Mikel Arteta yesterday?? ;)

Have a good day all…..

Milner the next in? Casillas in Arsenal Talks & Pundits believe Arsenal are getting it all wrong….. Idiots!

July 19, 2014

Morning all.

So the pre-season opener at Boreham Wood kicks-off today and tickets have nearly all gone.

They are priced at £22 (seating), £18 (standing) and £14 (concession standing) and are only available from Boreham Wood FC, and they strongly advise fans not to bother attending if they don’t have tickets.

Good luck to the boys, I know it’s ‘only’ Boreham Wood but it’ll be nice for both sets of fans to watch their teams in action….

Gossip stuff:

Well it’s the turn of James Milner to again be linked with a move to us. Apparently, if he isn’t going to be playing much for City, he’s on the move and the Manchester News report that Wenger is monitoring the situation. Somehow, I doubt it….

Dispite the stories about David Ospina being on his way to The Emirates, Iker Casillas is still the main main wanted to challenge Szczesny next season and we have held talks privately to sign the player, according to El Confidencial.

Enough of that, here’s today’s post:

As I write this, I’m seething with anger. How did I end up supporting Arsenal?

Which higher power did I offend?

I could have been a Liverpool fan, loved by the media even if failure, coached by the best trial and error coach in the EPL and have the fortune of cheering on great minds like Alan Hansen and Jamie Carragher instead of the great Thierry Henry.

The BT Sports advert within the last week says it all. We’re a laughing stock.

Last summer, while Liverpool fans were rewarded with astute signings like Aspas, we signed an average player like Ozil. A player chased out of Madrid by Isco, who decided to ‘nick a living’ at Arsenal is what we were told.

He doesn’t run, tackle or score goals. He was so poor at the World Cup that Platini, whilst wondering why his equally poor coaches at both club and international level always play him till the death, decided to nick his jersey straight after he became a WC winner. Says it all eh!

To date, Platini wonders how Ozil is a world cup winner and Sterling is not. The club made a mistake in buying Ozil when we could have gotten a much better player in Lallana and cheaper too.

This summer, we’ve continued on the trail of mistakes. Sanchez instead of Lambert? And we could have signed Emre Can instead of wasting time chasing World Cup winner Sami Khedira.

This mistakes prompted the Liverpool biased duo of Owen and Carragher to look into their crystal balls and the verdict is damning.

Owen reckons we will finish outside the top four while Jamie has predicted the end of Theo and Ox…..

Expect this to be the media song next season. Idiots!

In truth, I pity Liverpool, they are spending huge amounts of money on potential stars hoping to sell for huge profits while redeveloping Anfield.

Good luck trying to sell Can to Barcelona as the next Alex Song. I’m sure Wenger will be more than willing to help.

Speaking of Wenger, I see that Conte has followed the Pep trail by jumping ship at the first sign of trouble. Not every top coach can risk their legacy by sticking around during hard times eh…..

Wenger deserves praise for sticking around, albeit on a nice fat salary.

Special thanks to Micheal Owen and BT Sports for inspiring this article.

Written by joywedsjeff

Balotelli flirting with Arsenal! Morgan linked & Debuchy finally signs…

July 18, 2014

Morning all.

Well only one place to start I guess and that’s with the confirmation of Mathieu Debuchy as an Arsenal player.


Finally he arrives....

Finally he arrives….

Arsène Wenger said:

We are delighted to welcome Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal Football Club. He has shown he can perform at the highest level with his club sides and also for France. He is a quality defender who has good Premier League experience and I’m confident he will fit in very well with us.

Mathieu Debuchy said:

I’m very proud to be joining a great club like Arsenal and to wear its colours, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the whole world. I’m looking forward to working with Arsène Wenger and to helping the team build on last season’s FA Cup success. Playing again in the Champions League is a big excitement for me and I will do my best to help Arsenal compete for trophies.

This signing doesn’t bring with it the kind of ‘wow factor’ that Alexis Sanchez did but nevertheless, we needed a strong, experienced player to come into the squad and Debuchy is just that and he’s used to the Premier League which is a bonus.

What this means for Carl Jenkinson is yet to be seen but my hope is that he remains an Arsenal player for a very long time.

A loan to a Premier League club who are going to play him each week wouldn’t do him any harm I guess IF he really has to go to another club to play, but should Dubuchy get injured, we’d be snookered and I just don’t see the point in signing/paying another youngster on loan who has no experience in this league as we are reportedly interested in doing.

Me, I’d keep him and tell him that he shows he’s good enough, he’ll play, regardless of the new arrival! We need depth and Jenks gives us that. There are many games ahead in this coming seasons campaign and Arsene Wenger will need to rest/rotate players, something he won’t be able to do at right-back if Jenks goes.

Gossip stuff:

Mario Balotelli looks like he’s doing all he can to get Arsene Wenger interested in signing him by posing in front of our new Puma logo – there’s some kind of video in the Daily Star if anyone is that interested. I’m not…

The Express have finally caught up with the Morgan Schneiderlin rumours and believe that now Sami Khedira is now more likely to sign for Chelsea, we’ll turn our attention to the Southampton man..

All will become clear I guess as the days go by but for now, let’s celebrate our latest arrival…

Isn’t Friday a signing day??

Have a great day all…



Diaby shock! Second signing expected today but Sami Khedira starting to look unlikely…..

July 17, 2014

Morning all.

Are our eyes deceiving us??

Are our eyes deceiving us??

That’s a bit of a shock. Not only was Abou Diaby fit at the end of last season, he’s still fit. Not only is he fit, he’s training.

Great stuff I say!!

Not for one minute am I suggesting that he’s the answer to all our midfield prayers, I’d have to be a fool to think that but come on, a fit Abou Diaby can only be a bonus for Arsenal FC. He has one year left on his contract and if we get a good season from him, then that can only be to our advantage.

Just as long as his temporary fitness doesn’t prevent Arsene Wenger from addressing our midfield needs….

Just like Jack and Theo, Abou needs a season full of fitness and good performances. Sadly, I’m not overly optimistic though but you just never know, stranger things have happened. Knowing our luck, he’ll have a great season and then leave for free next summer..

Back to this summer and the Khedira saga. Press reports now suggest he wants £180k a week. Well that just isn’t going to happen, not at Arsenal and rightly so imo. He’s 27 years old, has not long recovered from a nasty injury and expecting a club to pay such a high wage is ridiculous. I strongly suspect he’ll get something near to that figure though should he join Chelsea and if only money drives him, then sometimes we have to accept losing out to another club.

It’ll be a great shame though as the poison dwarf would win again and that in my opinion is the only reason he wants to sign Khedira, just to get one over Arsene Wenger…

But if the player drops his reported wage demands and Arsenal manage to pull this deal off, then it’s Arsenal who will get another one over the under tall one and wouldn’t that be special!!

Finally, many reports suggest Mathieu Debuchy will finally become an Arsenal player today..

About time too…..

Go Dickie, Go Ivan…….

Have a good day all……..


Jack Wilshere naughtiness! Offer accepted for Ospina & Medical today for Debuchy replacement….

July 15, 2014

Morning all.

I love the Jack, I really do and there are moments when he plays, he just amazes me but they are few and far between.

Smoking, drinking and not for the first time either, what does the future hold for Jack Wilshere as far as Arsenal are concerned?

Will Arsene Wenger feel that this latest stint of naughtiness is the final straw, or will he wait until he’s back at pre-season training and read him the riot act, well, put his arm around him and explain just why both activities are detrimental to a players health and football career…..

This is what Arsene Wenger said after the last time he was caught smoking:

I disagree completely with that behaviour, I don’t know really what happened, I will need to have a chat with him about that.

There are two things: first of all when you are a football player you are an example and as well you don’t do what damages your health.

The fact [is] that you can damage your health at home, you can smoke at home and you can drink at home, and nobody sees it, but when you go out socially you as well damage your reputation as an example.

The guy is on holiday of course and one could argue that he’s entitled to do what he chooses in his own time but a sports persons career is so demanding and so short, players need to look after their body and as said, this is not the first time Jack has made the headlines on the back pages is it.

But I’m not a smoker, Jack said after the last incident:

I made a mistake. Players make mistakes. I’m not a smoker.

I spoke to the boss and he asked me what happened. I explained it to him and we sorted it out. He put me in the team and hopefully I repaid him.

Here we are in the middle of July and all the players who were not involved in the World Cup are back in training, ready for this seasons tough campaign. They are working hard on getting their bodies fit and their stamina levels as high as possible before our first fixture but meanwhile, Jack appears to be doing all the wrong things…

Let’s face it, he is not the fittest player in the squad by a long way and when we have a full squad, he’s not one of the first players on the team-sheet either but at his age and with his ability, he should be.

Arsene Wenger helped the player as the season came to an end by making sure he would be fit and well prepared for the World Cup, something which had seriously been in doubt and just giving him a cameo role in the FA Cup final was enough to convince Roy Hodgson to take him to Rio.

Something has to give here, Jack Wilshere has to wake up and realise that every time the Press snap him misbehaving in such a fashion, not only is he harming his health but he’s damaging his chances of staying at the top of the game for as long as he could, maybe should be. He’s not doing the reputation or Arsenal Football Club any favours either.

Like I said at the beginning of the post, I love Jack Wilshere, I really do but if Arsene Wenger really is after Sami Khedira or a player who brings something similar to the team, the further Jack Wilshere is going to be pushed down the pecking order.

Arsene Wenger will no doubt be furious after these latest off-field antics but what does he now do?

I certainly can’t see him being sold as Wenger would be heavily criticised by all and sundry but I do wonder what this next season holds for our midfield man……..

For the sake of Arsenal FC, I hope he knuckles down, plays the kind of football he can and should be and makes this latest stupid incident his last because if he doesn’t, he could soon find himself at another club…

Transfer gossip.

If reports in the newspapers are true about Sami Khedira’s wage demands, then it’s looking less and less likely that he’s going to be an Arsenal player, that is of course if Arsene Wenger is really interested in signing him.

The Telegraph have decided that because of this, the cub will go back for Lars Bender!

The Daily Star report that Calum Chambers is set to replace Carl Jenkinson!

Newcastle are very close to completing the signing of  Netherlands full-back Daryl Janmaat. According to Sky Sports, he’s in England for his medical which if he passes, should finally see Mathieu Debuchy become an Arsenal player.

French newspaper Nice Matin reports that we have had a £3.2 million bid for Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina accepted so it looks like two signings could be imminent.

Good, there’s only so long Alexis Sanchez can keep us fans happy…..

Have a good day all….


Sami Khedira done. Arsenal World Cup winners, yet still ‘they’ pick on Mesut……..

July 14, 2014

Morning all.

Mesut, Mesut......

Mesut, Mesut……

Great night for Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and all their German team-mates as they got their hands on the World Cup Trophy.

The confidence that will come with such a victory will surely be enormous.

But will there be four WC Champions on show for us? The Spanish press believe so and it will be no surprise that that player is Sami Khedira. Sport believe he has agreed a four year deal and only a medical stands between him becoming an Arsenal player next season.

If true, this imo will be a great signing and Arsene Wenger will finally get one over the ‘under tall’ manager in the transfer window.

So why just Mesut holding the World Cup, well no matter what this man does whilst playing for us, or playing for his country since signing for us, the press here in the Uk, can’t wait to knock him and here’s a post from Kev about just that..

Since about November/December time last year, I have become gradually aware of a sinister press campaign.

In fact most of us Arsenal fans have noticed it, we have read it daily and are still hearing/reading it now. It is a subtle, sly and at times, insidious campaign from within the stinking bowels of our Press/Media, aimed at undermining our own German genius, the brilliant Mesut Ozil…

During that mid-season period just gone, Ozil began to feel the strain of a long, physical and incessant English football trek. Game after game and with no mid-season break to catch a breath, it’s no wonder that his levels dropped.

Arsene refused to give him a breather and with no policy of rotation on offer at Arsenal, Mesut began to look jaded.

That’s when the ‘Arsenal haters’ began chipping away, criticising Ozil’s performances and constantly quoting his record fee.

No doubt their criticism was driven by the terrifying prospect of Arsenal winning the League.

How could this happen?

How stupidly foolish would all the hacks and pundits have looked, especially as they had written Arsenal off in their traditional uninformed fashion but Arsenal aspirations of PL success was looking ominous, which would have made them look like the massive fools that we already know them to be…

Well, as we know, injuries to Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey put paid to our title dreams. The January Window was frustratingly familiar and we slipped from the top and were unable to keep up the pace.

Fortunately the FA Cup came to our rescue, a cup success that still sticks in the throat of those a Press/Media fools.

And so the criticism of Ozil continued and did so into the World Cup…….

Mesut is now a Word Champion but the snide comments won’t stop. In fact you can almost hear the ‘media morons’ sharpening their pencils in anticipation of beginning a hatchet job on Alexis Sanchez…

Maybe the fact that Arsenal have spent over £78 million on two World class players goes against the Press/Medias biased view of Arsenal mismanagement.

Well, Ivan Gazidis and Dick Law can give ‘them’ the proverbial middle finger and if Ivan is true to his words the media morons and press scum will have more humble pie to consume when a couple more big signings are made this window.

Fortunately, I’ve yet to meet, speak to or blog with any Arsenal fan who has been taken in by this criticism of Mesut Ozil.

We all know he is a fabulous player who we thoroughly enjoy watching.

Mesut Ozil, World Champion! Suck that up Fleet Street mugs…

Written by Allezkev.

Second signing imminent. Departure confirmed & Have you enjoyed the World Cup?

July 13, 2014

Morning all.

There’s a lot of stories about us being in talks with Nice over the signing of David Ospina. In fact The Metro believe these talks are at an advanced stage and a deal could be very close. Hmm, that’s funny as The Mirror suggest it’s John Ruddy.

I don’t think it will be long before not only a goalkeeper is confirmed but one or two others too. Sami Khedira is one possibility, Arsene Wenger has been raving about him during this World Cup as have many Arsenal fans and once tonight’s final is done and dusted, if we are serious about him, things should progress quickly and I suspect he’ll want his future sorted out before he goes on holiday. Just hope Jose doesn’t win this one.

Tonight is a huge night for Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and their team-mates of course and I for one hope they can beat Argentina, lift the World Cup and then our boys get a good rest before they return for pre-season.

One player heading out again and that’s Wellington Silva, the player who has been on loan for what seems like years, is again heading away from Arsenal. This time he’s going to Almeria for a season. Will he ever play for the Arsenal, I doubt it as suggestion is his contract expires this time next year. Another waste of time, money and effort in my opinion.

Here’s today’s post:

All in all I really enjoyed this World Cup. The standard of attacking football was of a high quality, the defending, less so…

The players who impressed me were many and varied, but I shall pick my best five, excluding Sanchez who I rated the best, and who is thankfully an Arsenal player..

See how they compare with your favourites…

Thomas Muller is a great team man who never stops working for the cause. He is also a regular goalscorer and not least a scorer of important goals, due to his cool head and intelligent play. For defenders he is a right nuisance, a real pain in the derrière, an irritating sod who is liable to turn up on your blind side, steal the ball, score a goal and make you look a chump. Top quality player.

Antoine Griezmann, who despite the name, isn’t German, but French. He has a sure, deft, almost gentle touch as he caresses the ball and will dart into the box a la Freddie, to flick the ball home. He’s not afraid to get stuck in despite his slight frame and isn’t afraid to head the ball either. Comparisons with Robert Pires are obvious to me. He’s technical, stylish and a proper footballer.

Mathieu Valbuena is like Griezmann, in that he is small of build but he also is a huge talent. A midfield artiste who drifted around the midfield linking play but also industrious in a manner similar to Cazorla. A wonderful technician with the ball. Intelligent without it, always available, supporting his team mates and there for a pass.Another stylish, proper footballer.

Sami Khedira just oozes class, he’s another player who makes the game seem so easy. Pass and move, pass and move. All sounds so simple doesn’t it, well to Khedira it is. Outstanding accuracy in his passing, keeping the team moving whilst constantly probing the opposition for weaknesses. A supreme technician who made the German team tick and would turn any team of outsiders into a team of title contenders. A brilliant footballer…

Morgan Schneiderlin . The biggest surprise to me about him, is why he wasn’t a regular starter in the French team. But as Wath reminded me, nor was Koscielny, so work that out? Schneiderlin controlled the midfield with a minimum of fuss, not for his thundering tackles, so it’s easy not to notice him as he goes about his work. Accurate and varied range of passing, he always seemed to have time on the ball, which is a sign of quality. His tackling was beyond question, which makes me wonder why he hasn’t been snapped up by one if Europe’s big clubs already? Another proper footballer…

Those were my top five, but I was also hugely impressed with James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, Lucas Biglia, Tony Kroos (top top class) and the best in his position in the entire World Cup, Arturo Vidal…

Oh, and just to keep Wath happy, Angel Di Maria, he was quite good. ;-)

Go Germany!!

Written by Allezkev.

Arsenal in talks for Sami Khedira! From heartbreak to delight!

July 12, 2014

Morning all.

Quick gossip round up before K-TR7′s post.

The Telegraph report that we are still hoping to get Lars Bender and/or Sami Khedira. Apparently Jose wants the latter and we all know he loves to get one over Arsene Wenger .

Stan Collymore has tweeted that he spoke to the players Agent yesterday and he confirmed that we are in talks and hope to get the player signed.

Loic Remy continues to make the Arsenal pages too with a story suggesting he is to choose between us, Newcastle and Tottenham. Logic would suggest, there is only one club he’d choose and that’s us, he’s said for many years he wants to play for Arsenal, well now could be his time.

However, having seen us sign Sanchez, he may just start thinking about playing time and whether he’d get much with us. I personally think he would, if he’s ready to fight for his place, he’ll play if he performs well.But many footballs want things on a plate these days and if he’s not up for the competition, then he’s not for us is he. I still have a hunch he’ll be in a Puma kit next season.

As will the girlfriend of Alexis Sanchez.

For the boys....

Blue eyes….

Today’s post:

When Van Persie decided to leave the club in the year 2012 I was heartbroken.

I remember that day when the news broke on this very blog I was so angry that fellow Housers had to calm me down. I really rated RvP but the way he turned his back on us further justified my stance in not growing attached to football players.

To this day I only own two replica jerseys with players on them, a Rosicky Arsenal jersey and a Mesut German jersey.

Now we have Alexis Sanchez, a player I rate highly enough to buy a kit with his name on it, a player I have followed from his days with Udinese days, where he really shone brightly.

Since the Dutchman left we have had no cutting edge player in the front line. In the current market its so difficult to get such players since most of them are at the biggest clubs in Europe and would be ridiculously expensive to purchase.

Wenger this past year even said that there are fewer top class forwards being produced in Europe and that the only continent which is doing well is South America. Oh boy was he right. He and our negotiation team deserve plaudits for being able to acquire Alexis.

For those who are wondering what all the hype is all about let me elaborate.

At Udinese Alexis was a menace. He first started playing out wide as a conventional winger where his dribbling skills and immense work rate both in attack and defence really stood out.

However he really went up a level when he was switched to playing in the middle as part of a front two. He was brilliant up top. He had the freedom to drift all over the final 3rd and this made it even harder for the opposition to cope with him. He was especially lethal on counter attacks and even the likes of Mourinho back at Inter then, had to instruct players to man mark him in order to minimise his impact.

Playing him closer to the goal saw him improve his scoring threat and soon enough the vultures came circling and Udinese had to sell.

Man City scouts had prepared a 59 page scout report on him and were very keen to sign him but he chose to join the Catalan giants.

Upon arrival to Barca, Guardiola observed that Alexis really liked to take risks on the ball by taking defenders at every opportunity and I think he was discouraged to do this. Instead, he was taught on how to make better off the ball movements to allow Messi to flourish.

It was difficult for him since as he had to re-learn how to play again. He was also very shy and this made it even harder for him to settle in initially. In a recent Q/A he pretty much confirmed this.

Q: How has Alexis changed his way from the way he was at Udinese?

A: I attacked any way I could before. I’d always take on players on. Now I have to read each sitiuation, to take players on but make sure I don’t lose the ball. They are the kind of things the team and club club demand.

Q: Is it difficult to play for Barca?

A: Yes, I think so. I’ve had to learn to play football all over again. What I did in Italy I could not do here. Before I would always wait for the ball at my feet, try to beat three players, and I was the one who tried to pass the ball into space, because the other players opened the field for me.

Q: Do you think you’re now a better player than you arrived?

A: I believe that I’ve adapted and that is very important when we talk about the best team in the world. But I’m still not what I can be, I am sure that I can be better, that am not playing entirely freely. I have shown that I can beat players here and give an assist, like I did in Italy- but I also have a sense of what I have not yet demonstrated. It’s that at times I want to take a defender one-on-one but I can’t shoot, because the team is behind me and I know I should pass the ball back to start play over.

At Barca he learnt a lot about off the ball movement under Guardiola. He became so good at it and it contributed to many goals for Messi.

If you can get your hands on some Messi goals, keep an eye on Alexis and you’ll see just how good he is at dragging defenders all over the place. He also improved his vision so much that he can spot passes like an Attacking Midfielder.

On the downside his individuality was toned down as I have shown in the bold section of the transcript. He can do more and he knows this.

The number of successful dribbles per game at his best at Udinese was 3 which dropped drastically to 0.9 at Barca. At the world cup, he had 5.3 successful dribbles per game which is very high.

This is what his Chilean coach had to say:

Perhaps at Barca, with the team-mates he has and all great players there, it is more difficult, but for me he has all the conditions to be the best players in the world: assists, goals, dribbles, everything.

This is where Wenger comes in.

At Barca he added off the ball movement and refined his vision to become a better team player in addition to his undeniable individual quality and immense offensive and defensive work-rate.

This feels like the moment Wenger took a certain left winger from Juve and nurtured him into our best player ever.

Alexis has everything you need in a forward. He is now complete. Wenger will now give him back that freedom he solely craves to be one of the very best.

Mesut Ozil must be excited too since he’ll have a moving target at all times. Giroud is another player who will benefit so much from Alexis.

Where will he play?

Wenger likes his best players central so we’ll have to wait and see but you can be sure he will get that free role. If there is a player who could come close to replicate what Henry did for us I’d bet on Alexis to be the man. So much that I’ll buy his tight Puma kit after hitting the gym to fit in it ;-).

This is truly a watershed moment for the club.

Seeing Ozil welcome Sanchez to the club is the stuff of dreams since it would’ve been inconceivable just a year ago and if you had told me we would sign the number 10 and number 9 from the Spanish giants in consecutive years I would’ve laughed hysterically at you.

Remember when we haggled over 5mil for Schwarzer?…

We deserve this, we really do…..

Welcome to Arsenal Football Club Alexis Sanchez, welcome…..!!

Written by K-TR7


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