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Campbell Out and Costa In? Will Arsene’s words come back to haunt him?

July 29, 2014

Morning all.

It all got a bit tetchy on here yesterday with the usual harmony disappearing for an hour or so in the afternoon and I hope it was a once off.

The new season kicks off in just 13 days time and for once, Ivan and co are building what looks like it could be the strongest/deepest squad we have had for many years. We should all be upbeat, not insulting fellow human beings just because they disagree about a particular players ability.

Debate is great, that’s what life is all about but, and as the HH rules state, ridiculing another, or name calling will result in you going into spam.

If it’s not in your nature to tolerate others opinion of a player and your not able to keep your head and remain respectful to all, then perhaps Highbury House is not for you. There are plenty of Arsenal blogs around after all and for those who want a fun day where all things get discussed, it’s not fair.

Today is a new day……

Yesterday the club announced our 4th summer signing, young 19 year old Calum Chambers. Arsene Wenger admitted the signing was a bit of a risk but aren’t many signings just that? Look at Chelsea, they paid £50 million for Torres, we all know what happened there.

Chambers is young but he’ll have little fear but right now, it’s not quite clear he’ll be playing. Right back we all thought, however, the manager has other ideas:

Q – You’re the second right-back signing of the summer after Mathieu Debuchy – what has the manager said to you about your role?

He said that he sees me at right back, centre back, holding centre midfield. He sees me in a variety of different positions, which I like, because then I can find out where I am best at and push myself as far as I can go in that position. I am just excited to get started really.

The Emirates Cup will possibly give us an idea but I have a sneaky feeling that young Calum Chambers will end up playing in central midfield. Our new man and Joel Campbell are with the rest of the squad in Austria, well, apart from Sanchez of course.

Talking of taking risks, Arsene Wenger said this just before we faced the noisy neighbours last season:

In our job, there is a technical risk when you buy more than three players as you unbalance a bit the stability of your squad.

It’s always difficult when you bring so many players in to predict how well they’ll do. You have to find a way to integrate them.

So far we have signed three outfield players and a goalkeeper and most of us believe that we’ll see a couple more signings yet before the transfer window closes so he’ll have a job on his hands. Will he be up for it? I think so, I really because that there’s no way he will want those words to come back to haunt him.

In the gossip:

West Ham are winning the race to sign Carl Jenkinson on a season long loan according to The Daily Mail.

Southampton want Serge Gnabry on loan too.

Both would be good moves imo as both would play regularly and they’ll only improve if they have it in them to do so and I believe both have. Very much.

The Metro are one of a few newspapers who report that Joel Campbell will be permitted to join Milan on loan if a deal can be agreed and on the way in will be Shakhtar Donetsk striker/winger Douglas Costa. Shakhtar say he will stay put but respected Sky Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio says Arsenal are seriously keen on the 23-year-old – and are ready to make a move to sign him.

Not sure I can see the point of that move if it’s true…..

The best though, or maybe just the most crazy comes from Germany. According to newspaper Bild, Arsenal have offered a five-year contract to Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas…. Yeah right!!

Come on Ivan, get that holding/defensive midfielder signed before the season starts which for us, is just thirteen days away……

That’s it for another day, have a good one all…..

 

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Portuguese Ace to be signing number Five? Four places up for grabs…..

July 28, 2014

Morning all.

Remember Ray Kennedy?

Of course you do, just like you all remember the goal he scored at WHL which won us the league back in 1971…

Legend....

Legend….

Happy 63rd birthday Ray, we’ll always love you for that moment alone.

Arsene Wenger has been talking about our 4th new signing Calum Chambers:

Chambers is only 19 & can play at CB, RB & CM. I hope he will give us competition for the players in those 3 positions.

He’s forgetting Chambers has played right wing, so as said before, this boy is a very versatile player but let’s not forget he’s still young.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola suggest that Arsene Wenger will approach United with an €11million bid (£8.7m) for the 27-year-old winger. Somehow I doubt it…

Alexis Sanchez won’t be joining the squad for the trip to Austria as he’s yet to get his visa. No problems are anticipated in getting it, but it means he’ll be in London training on his own. Not the best situation for our new man.

From bad to good, Kieran Gibbs believes his injury problems are finally over:

I feel like I’m over the injuries now, last season was definitely my best and I played the most amount of games I have in a season.

So to finally show I can play regularly, I just want to build on that. And I want to play for England again, obviously.

So, all positive stuff again this morning…

Talking of positive, here is Kev’s post:

The signing of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers, is a very welcome change the the usual and recent Arsenal transfer policy of Last Minute.Com which has been the norm since the move to Ashburton Grove. More so, since the demise and departure of David Dein.

Wenger has replaced the excellent Bacary Sagna & Lukasz Fabianski, whilst improving the squad in general.

As August dawns on us and the World Cup far behind us, we have a lot to look forward to with the way the squad is evolving.

Debuchy and Ospina, arrived under the radar, whilst those idiots in the Press ranted on about higher-profile targets that ‘Arsenal’ were interested in, according to their sources. Some of those ‘targets’ are still available, mainly because the rules of the 25 man squad is having the desired effect on the ersatz clubs…

21 of Arsenal’s 25 places, are filled. That leaves Wenger with plenty of elbow room to be able to bring in 4 more players. Miquel, Miyaichi, Martinez and Coquelin could fill those places, but I suspect that Martinez is the only one of that four, who can be confident of doing so.

Vermaelen, if he stays, would take one of the four spots. Or maybe Arsene has his replacement earmarked for a place…

Sanogo, Afobe, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ajayi are still a year away from having to be named in the 25 and I’m not sure about Matt Macey.

All the others promising youngsters like Bellerin, Akpom and Calum Chambers are still two years away, although Wenger has hinted he’s ready to challenge in three positions as mentioned above.

That gives Wenger so much scope to give our squad the strongest look it’s had in the Emirates era.

On the surface, it’s looking as if Joel Campbell is going to be part of the Arsenal 25, at least up till January.

There are still a couple more areas where Arsene could strengthen (isn’t there always), but there is also the possibility that he may go with what he has, using a few of the youngsters like Hayden, Olsson or even Zelalem, to fill-out the squad.

I personally think that it would be a risky course for Arsene to take as recent experience has left us gnashing our teeth as a few injuries to vital players has left the cupboard more bare than Old Mother Hubbard’s…

I still harbour hopes that crafty old Arsene has one or two more really decent players, up his sleeve to bring in, a centre-half being one of them if TV leaves and of course a DM. Relying on Abou Diaby is not a sensible option. His role, should he retain his fitness, should be as an occasional starter but more realistically as a regular off of the bench. Sadly, past experience has taught us that Diaby’s inclusion in the 25, does in fact mean that we are going into the season with a squad of 24..,

Campbell, if he remains, and Sanchez, will give the Arsenal attack more variety and much more speed and mobility. They will present our opponents with a whole raft of new and interesting problems.

A fit AOC could be set for an impressive campaign if those pre-World Cup glimpses were anything to go on.

A fit and rested Theo Walcott will give us even more options and pace up front for Mesut Ozil to feed. Ozil must be licking his lips at all the new opportunities that are suddenly going to be in front of him, where he can slide through all those lazer guided passes.
I predict that all those lazy pillocks in the Press, who have been rubbishing him for the last seven months, will soon be made to look the cretinous fools that we know then to be.

So another centre-back and maybe a defensive-minded midfielder are all that is needed and this squad will begin to look really tasty.
Maybe an experienced striker on deadline day as the cherry on the cake, and Arsenal will be ready to rumble.

The transfer window closes at 11pm UK time on September 1st, that’s plenty of time for Arsene to do some more business.

Thanks to Rick, for some help in this post….

Written by Allezkev.


Costa bid made. Do Cazorla’s comments suggest he’s leaving?

July 27, 2014

Morning all.

Sure as heck they do not but there’s a few people who are trying to make out he is….

This is what our Spanish midfield maestro has had to say:

Last year maybe we didn’t quite have enough strength in depth to win the league.

We had to deal with injuries to important players, including Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Lukas Podolski, and I had niggling ankle problems.

That meant that when push came to shove, we were unable to keep pace with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.

I have high hopes [for the forthcoming season]. The signing of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy shows that the club is building a team to challenge. Hopefully we can lift at least another trophy this campaign.

Winning the FA Cup altered the type of pressure we’ll be under this season. It unshackled us in a manner of speaking. After so many trophyless years, the tension was getting to the team.

If Santi really wanted to leave, would he be talking about the coming season and what he expects of it? Would he be quite so positive about the new signings?

I don’t think so, in fact I think he’d have little to say, keep his head down and hope his agent can force a move away.

Let’s not let the media idiots lead us to believe anything other than he’s staying put!

Talking of new signings, for a moment yesterday, doubt was cast over the much expected arrival of new goalkeeper David Ospina when news broke that another keeper at Nice had suffered an injury and will miss many months of this coming season but those doubts were removed when the head coach of Nice, Claude Puel spoke about the deal:

It’s confirmed, yes. It’s a good affair for Arsenal because he’s a very good player.

There is no denying Ospina had a pretty good World Cup and we aren’t getting a guy who is about to settle for a place on the bench which is great for Arsenal. Not quite so good for Szczesny though and I’m pleased, he seems to be the kind of player who needs another keeper breathing down his neck, one who will really push him for the number one spot. Fabianski didn’t really do that and not even his heroic displays during our run to the FA Cup final were deemed good enough by Arsene Wenger, well not good enough to displace Szczesny.

Arsene Wenger has said that Szczesny will start the season in goal but he’ll need to be at the top of his game, otherwise the new man will soon be taking his place.

My bet is it won’t be too long before Ospina gets his chance….

Then it’ll be down to him to take it….

Gossip:

The Metro are running a story suggesting we have made a £15.8 million offer for Douglas Costa. Well I doubt there’s much truth in that one and it’s all come about because of the problems in Ukraine and certain players not wanting to stay in the country.

Apparently, we tried to sign him in 2011……

Finally, Jack Wilshere has promised not to smoke ever again because he doesn’t want his children to grow up thinking he’s a smoker..

Good boy!

New York, well I didn’t watch it so no comments from me on our 1-0 defeat….

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


Ospina confirmed. Right Back, Centre Back or Winger signed? Midfielder next……

July 26, 2014

Morning all.

Many stories today suggest we have agreed a deal with Southampton for Calum Chambers. The fee agreed varies from £7 million to £16 million, depending on which newspaper you read. Apparently, the player heard that we were interested and then made it clear to Southampton that he wanted to move.

This means we’ll have three players in the squad who will be fighting for the right back position, four if you count Hector Bellerin.

However, Calum Chambers started his Southampton career as a winger so could he be about to revert back to that position if he signs? Added to that, he can play centre back too apparently so, all in all, he’s a versatile player and Arsene Wenger likes those doesn’t he?

If this story is true, just where he’ll play remains to be seen, he could be our new winger, he could even be our replacement for Vermaelen should he depart.

However, if is to being signed to purely challenge Mathieu Debuchy for the right back slot, what happens to Carl Jenkinson? Perhaps he’s deemed ready to take a side step and play in central defence when needed?

Maybe tonight’s match will give us a clue, especially as not one single first team central defenders will be on show.

Arsene Wenger loves to shift players around to make them fit in somewhere, he’s done that many times in the past and it’s for that reason alone that I think we could see a few changes.

Of course, I could be totally wrong and Carl Jenkinson’s days at Arsenal are numbered. West Ham want him as do Newcastle but I truly hope he stays long term and any exit this summer is purely on a loan deal.

Anyway, Chambers has already had his medical apparently and will join up with the squad when they return from America.

The Morgan Schneiderlin stories won’t go away either and there’s suggestion that once Chambers is in the door, Ivan Gazidis will try to get a deal for him done.

You have to feel sorry for Southampton don’t you. They really are a selling club and how they have survived as well as they have is incredible. Bale, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain previously have left for clubs further up the table, well, I’m not sure the Totts were when Bale signed and then this summer has been simply awful for them having sold Lambert and Lallana to Liverpool and it appears that Lovren looks like he’s about to follow them. If we sign Chambers and Schneiderlin, that’ll be five key players gone.

Like I said, just how they cope I don’t know…..

Arsene Wenger let slip the goal keeper signing yesterday whilst in the Big Apple:

At the start Szczensy will be the No.1, then we’ll be down to performances and, if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play.

Just why Arsenal.com have not confirmed this deal yet seems odd, perhaps they want to announce a few together to cheer us all up…

A DM Arsene, get us that DM, time is ticking by and the new season starts real soon…..

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

 


Good news on Vermaelen. We don’t need a striker, do we??

July 25, 2014

Morning all.

First up a bit of gossip from the newspapers surrounding our captain. Barcelona apparently are now interested in him and are ready to offer £16 million. If and it’s a big if it’s true then I’d snap their hands off and then go big and bold and sign a central defender who’s ready to push both Kos and Merts all the way for a place in the starting eleven because for a while now, Thomas hasn’t truly done that. Also, that stops any idea of him going to Man Utd, surely the player would prefer Spain?

Onto today’s post – the first of many I hope from Tai Emeka Obasi. I don’t agree with us not needing further signings, but Highbury House is a place where everyone has a right for their view to be expressed.

Arsenal  – The Oliver Twist In All Of Us

For every three Chelsea fans you see in Nigeria, two were Arsenal fans as after years of suffering and moaning season after season, many Arsenal fans migrated and the choice was easy as Chelsea had their own, John Obi Mikel in their ranks.

But supporting Arsenal in Nigeria within those nine agony years they christened ‘trophyless’ was far worse than a snail living in a colony of ants. We endured taunts after taunts, trying daily, and really hard, to avoid fisticuffs.

They cajoled that Arsenal was only a selling club, a football academy that fed the rest of Europe. When they read a big player linked to Arsenal, they laughed in our faces. We endured torture equivalent to what Devil could offer in hell. Man Utd fans were not left out in making jests of us either. Tough times!

When we eventually won the FA Cup we all heaved that big sigh and started talking tough that Arsenal’s ‘academy’ years were over. And to our utmost glee, Alexis Sanchez was soon signed as was Bacary Sagna’s replacement.

However, dear Gunners sing song these days is more signings.

Everywhere you turn to is – we need a striker, most also insist that we need a defensive midfielder and even if Thomas Vermaelen stays, many believe we still need a centre back.

It suddenly dawned on me that football fans are same from club to club. Every one of them wants world best at their various clubs. Dear Arsenal fans are not different. We’re all Oliver Twists.

Most Arsenal fans were calling for Arsene Wenger to add a back up to Giroud but Le Prof did more than that by grabbing a potential 20 goals + a season, who is not only a back-up but can also play with Giroud in his favoured 4-3-3 formation. Sanchez is the nearest to the calibre of striker Thierry Henry was since the ‘Igwe’s’ departure. One may argue about Robin Van Persie but Sanchez is more versatile and much faster and while Henry built his pedigree at the club, Sanchez arrived with awesome credentials.

So, in the striking department, do we actually need another signing?

Having Wenger as your football manager means having to learn the economics of everything at every turn. A careful appraisal would tend to suggest Le Prof has done an astute deal here. For a team that sticks religiously to 4-3-3 and one that’s been built on Oliver Giroud as striker who works for the general good of the team rather than personal glory, changing guard, much as it may courier an improvement, may mean changing orientation.

Despite the fact that Arsene hardly does change his orientation, experts in the field equally kick against it. So, rightly, Wenger sticks to Giroud for his hold up play, collecting Wojciech Szczesny’s up field kicks, bringing his team mates into play, as well as coming back to help defend corners and set pieces. Getting a player, who’d replicate all these and still score more goals than Giroud may be a tough ask.

Then if Giroud gets injured, suspended or needs rest, there is Sanchez, an exceptional player who is at home anywhere in the attacking three. He’s very fast, skilful, tenacious and an improvement on Giroud in finishing. He’s definitely a 20-goals-a-season potential. Whatever defending and holding up attributes of Giroud one may miss in his absence, Sanchez offers in more directness, trickery and precision.

Should Sanchez, for whatever reason, not cover for Giroud, there is Yaya Sanogo. Agreed, Sanogo is raw and not yet one to be heavily relied on but he is only a back-up and Giroud is not known for long layoffs. Besides, Sanogo showed in games against Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Hull City at Wembley that he was not just an ordinary spare. There were assured attributes of a great centre forward. He may not have scored a goal yet but I believe Gunners fans should be happy for that, for if Sanogo had added about five goals to those efforts as duly deserved, I wouldn’t bet Sanchez would have arrived.

Joel Campbell at 22 has shown signs of a real deal. UCL aside, those five matches at the World Cup led insights into what the Costa Rican could bring to the plate and one wouldn’t really know until he is given a chance, which for good measure, the young striker duly deserves.

Chuba Akpom, if for anything, deserves a chance as he’s Arsenal bred and a lot of pride goes into having to nurture a footballer from a club’s academy to stardom. Akpom deserves the chance.

So, why would Wenger and Arsenal need another striker with all these options? Especially when Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Santi Carzola are still playing for the club and are potent scoring outlets whenever within range.

If we study our top 5 or 6 rivals, I do not believe any other side in EPL offer more attacking threat than Arsenal. What Arsenal needs, is a defensive solidity that will protect the attack and keep things tight, so that score lines like 6-0, 6-3, 5-1, 3-0’s become a distant memory.

Who says beefing up a team is a season’s process?

Wenger has added a 20-goal threat to an attack that managed without Walcott and Ramsey for most of last term, to win the FA Cup and miss the title by seven points.

If you ask me a 100 times, I’d say get a very strong defensive midfielder, retain or replace Vermaelen and we’re done.

Written by Tai Emeka Obasi

 

 


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


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.

Gossip:

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…

 

 


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