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Cahill on his way this time?|Wilshere out for a month|J Campbell on life in England

Morning gooners! I know it’s really hard to find anything good about this morning on the Arsenal front. But what can we do, except hope, and wait for our fortunes to turn around for the better.

As if we had not been dealt enough blows with player departures, our best midfielder won’t be available for the crunch tie in Italy tonight.

Wilshere suffered a setback on an ankle injury he sustained in preseason and looks certain to be out for around a month.

“He had a setback. It’s a hotspot on the bone of his ankle that if you continue to play, it can lead to a stress fracture…He’s in a boot again, so that means he will at least be out for two or three weeks.”

Even though Arsene was quoted as saying he thinks Jack will only be out for a further two to three weeks, we know the way these things are with Arsenal. So barring any miracle, expect him back in the squad late next month.

One player who is ready to play for us is new signing Joel Campbell. The Costa Rican striker is fully aware of the physical aspect of English football but is ready to work hard and learn from his team mates.

“[English football? I know] it is a physical kind of football, it is very difficult to win the title but I am here to be a good player and give my contribution. [A loan spell?] Everything depends on my work rate and if it happens, I hope one day I will play for Arsenal. [My hopes and dreams?] I want to earn a place here at Arsenal and score many goals for such an important Club of the Premier League.”

So we play Udinese tonight in a game which has the potential to decide what direction the pendulum swings for us this season. We succeeded in persuading UEFA to delay Wenger’s suspension, and as such he’ll be in charge for tonight.

Predicted Starting line up: Sz53; Sagna, TV5, Djourou, Traore; Song, Rosicky, Ramsey; Walcott, RVP, Gervinho.

Reports making rounds indicate that a couple of players we are linked to want to be sure we’ll go through before signing.

It makes logical sense to me and I don’t see how we’ll be able to attract the calibre of players we need if we miss out on the UCL.

Players leaving and injuries have left us with a much smaller squad to choose from and we are particularly short at the back. The fact that Bolton got Man City’s Boyata on loan has even led us to think they might be ready to part ways with Gary Cahill.

Having said that, sadly I DO NOT expect Arsenal to sign a defender on or before August 31st. Judging from Arsene’s comments yesterday, he seems concerned about only the midfield. Said he:

“We brought in [Alex Oxlade-] Chamberlain – you will see that he will be a great player… We are short in midfield at the moment and that is where we want to strengthen.”

No matter what he’s said, now is not the time to determine if Wenger is a drunk, a blind man or a just flawed genius.

Now is the time to get behind our team (Wenger included). The team needs us now more than ever. Once we’ve completed our Italian job, we can come back to complain about whatever!

C’mon You Gunners! Put a smile on our faces…we are due one.

P.S: No mention of Nasri? Yeah, he’s dead to me now!

Any thoughts/predictions? Do share them below.

Dull Arsenal Fail To Fire As Gervinho Sees Red On Debut + Ratings

If the game yesterday is a sign of things to come then we can forget the top four this season. No Fabregas, No Nasri & no Wilshere and we lacked cutting edge, sharpness & decisiveness. The game was there for the taking but we didn’t seem interested in taking it.

As expected, Gervinho was handed a debut and Ramsey came in for Wilshere & Rosicky for Fabregas, same formation from last season which is something we should look at changing for this season. It was a dull affair from the start with us dominating possession as is the norm with us but nothing to take home in the final third, Gervinho showed promise with his touch, pace & control but opted to pass the ball everytime instead of shooting which was rather irritating as the game wore on

We were rarely troubled at the back and the midfield trio of Rosick-Ramsey-Song weren’t helping the attack with their lethargic performance. Song was first to go into the book for a stupid challenge and Rosicky quickly followed for a similar one. The end of the first half would have seen us score but for Van Persie’s poor touch from a delightful lob from Andrey Arshavin. We had only one shot on target in the whole 45.

2nd half more of the same, possession with no result, even Wilshere had to tweet for Arsene to throw Theo on which did not happen until the 60 something minute and his first involvement brought a save out of the goalkeeper. One would be forgiven for thinking Arsenal were Stoke in disguise as we had more fouls than chances created.

An attack on the left saw Gervinho weave his way into the box and he went down under the slightest of touches from Tiote, play on said the referee but Barton wasn’t impressed and the c*nt decided to award more punishment as he dragged up Gervinho like a thief and rough housed him, a melee ensued and in the process Gerv hit Barton who went down like he had been shot.

The referee did not see it and I don’t know how the linesman missed it but they all saw what Gerv did, he was sent off & Barton was given a yellow. Bad Officiating 1 : 0 Arsenal . The game played out as expected with us dropping points and losing a player again for the 2nd consecutive opening day.

One has to hope & pray Arsene’s eyes were peeled to the awful showing yesterday and makes him speed up the transfer dealings. Spend some f*cking money and maybe, just maybe we can do well this season. Rosicky is useless and can’t do well for us anymore, Ramsey is not a holding midfielder, and Van Persie needs a partner seeing as he kept dropping to the midfield. SPEND SOME F*CKING MONEY ARSENAL.

PLAYER RATINGS

Szczesny- 6
Was largely uninvolved as the Newcastle attack were asleep for most of the game

Sagna 7
Gave a good account of himself, held his own and did good going forward and staying back

Vermaelen 7
Good to have him back, won so many last ditch challenges & commanded his presence

Koscielny7
Made some crucial interceptions in the 2nd half and his understanding with TV5 was there to see

Gibbs6
A better team and his lack of positional discipline would have been dealt with severely, otherwise a decent showing

Ramsey6.5
Playing in an unfamiliar role of holding midfield and you could see his discomfort, played ok but could have done better

Song6.5
Needs to learn discipline, he was rash, poor in his tackles and could of seen Red for his poor stamp on Barton

Rosicky5
Useless, for a playmaker he spent more time passing to the side like Denilson and he inspired nothing and slowed down counter attacks.

Gervinho7
Bright and bubbly, seemed nervous at times, passed when he should of shot, his debut was marked by a red card, hopefully he’s learnt his lesson.

Arshavin5
Barring one excellent lobbed pass to RVP he was poor. Very poor

Van Persie6
Spent more time coming back to help the midfield, that’s how poor the service to him was. OK game.

SUBSTITUTES

Walcott6
Full of energy when he came on and nearly scored with his first chance.

Udinese are next up for us, then Liverpool, Udinese & United, we need those replacements as early as possible and not some stupid kids. From wherever you’re reading, try not to get your hopes high, or too low at that.

Escobar

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Cesc Finally Gone, Nasri to follow + 2 new injuries for Arsenal

Adios Cesc

Adios Cesc

Granted, the Fabregas to Barcelona deal has not been officially confirmed by either club, but after yesterday’s reports, we know that barring a major miracle, he won’t be playing at The Emirates next season.

It had been coming, and for seasons we have endured countless disrespectful comments from the catalan camp on how the Barcelona players feel about the prospect of having the Cesc join them.

They seem to have finally got their wish; and I think for us, it marks the end of what has been an extremely humiliating episode with the Spanish Club.

He’ll move for a fee of around €40m, equivalent to approximately £35m, same amount Liverpool paid for Carroll. The height of desperation displayed by Fabregas gave Barcelona our best player for way less than we value him.

He is the best attacking midfielder on the planet, but his “love” for Barcelona blinded him and even pushed him as far as funding his own transfer from the club that made him who he is. While it cannot be argued that Fabregas gave his 100% to Arsenal every time, he has failed woefully as a captain!

Nasri’s is a different case. He’s been with us for 4 seasons, we were patient with him to come through. He’s had a big season now and he wants to leave. While it is questionable why we didn’t sign him on earlier, he is about to betray a club which tolerated his mistakes as a growing footballer.

With City reportedly ready to offer him £185k a week, it is obvious why Samir’s refused to sign a new contract till now. And if the words of his national team coach, Laurent Blanc are anything to go by, he won’t sign.

No matter what anyone says, losing Cesc and Samir, if both transfers go through is a disaster! It will be really difficult, if at all possible, to replace Cesc in particular, who brings 15+ goals and 15+ assists each season.

We have to try nonetheless. As at the end of last season, we were 3 (an attacking and 2 defensive) players short. Now we’ve lost Clichy, Cesc and Nasri to follow. We’ve brought in Gervinho, Jenkinson and Oxlade-Chambs.

Good signings in their own rights; but now we need signings of intent. If those two leave, we’ll have enough money. Sneijder’s astronomical wages mean we cannot sign him, but Mata is available. He is a Cesc/Nasri hybrid from what I’ve seen, and will really flourish at Arsenal. Get him now Arsene!

We cannot afford to wait any longer. We bombed at Newcastle last season with a better starting XI than what we currently have. We do not want to start the season on a wrong foot.

Add two of Jagielka, Cahill, Samba and Dann to Mata and we won’t look too bad. An extra attacker would have been ideal but I’m hoping on the likes of Arshavin and Rosicky to consistently bring their A-games this season.

Arshavin and Ramsey were added to our injury list after yesterday’s friendlies. I expect Arshavin to be back in no time though. We’ll also need a new captain, who should lead the team next season? Vermaelen looks like the ideal choice for me, but for some reason I hope RVP gets it.

It’s not been the best of summers for us, it even has the potential to be worse in a couple of days. But we can make the most of what fate’s thrown at us. If we re-invest and sign the right players, we will have a great season.

More importantly, we would have put out a statement, that NO PLAYER can hold the Arsenal to ransom.

Keep the Faith!

Let us know what you think.

Ryo Miyaichi Granted Work Permit | Fabregas & Nasri In Champions League Squad

Japanese teenage forward Ryo Miyaich has been granted a work permit which enables him to play for Arsenal this coming season, ruling out any possibility of him going out on loan. This is news that has been well received by everyone related with Arsenal as his electrifying performances during the pre season has wowed fans.

Arsene Wenger had this to say on hearing the news

    We are absolutely delighted that Ryo has been granted a work permit. This is almost like a new signing for us as we weren’t completely sure we would be given the authorization. Ryo has worked extremely hard in pre season and performed well in the matches in Asia Germany & Portugal

This has beefed up Arsenal’s attacking department which is still short on the defensive end. But nonetheless, this week continues to bring good news, let’s hope it can continue with new faces. He’ll go straight into the squad for the newcastle game along with new signing Oxlade-Chamberlain

The 25 man squad for the Champions league game against United has been released and surprisingly has both Fabregas & Nasri on it giving the clearest indication they’ll both stay or at least one would depending on late changes. Ryo doesn’t make the list according to @FourFourTom . I’m sure that’s not the complete list as there’s still to be confirmed a centre back signing.

We’ll keep you up to date with breaking news as it happens, follow us on twitter @goonermemoirs for updates.

Eboue On The Move?|Get Cahill and Mata|Forget Jageilka and Cazorla

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Top of the morning to you, how was the weekend? Well, mine was spent watching Gervinho nab a brace, Jenkinson score a superb own goal and studying for a test I have this morning and exams coming up in a fortnight but I can’t leave you without one last post. I expect Yemi’ Jr & Faf to treat you well in my absence. Do pray for me. Thanks

Over the weekend, different reports had us considering a double bid for Mata & Cazorla with Jagielka also in the mix. Of all these players Mata & Cahill are what we really need. I’ll tell you why.

Mata & Cahill : YES

First things first, Mata is 23, a world cup winner, u21 winner and has bags of experience at the top after captaining Valencia most of last season. That in itself is a big deal, you don’t make a mug your captain and he’s certainly not one. He can play anywhere in the midfield and attack and has a excellent injury-free record and would fit in well with the lads.

As for Cahill, I don’t think I need to say much about what he brings to the plate, he’s 6’4″, dominant in the air and can command a defence well. Also young and at 24 can play for Arsenal for years to come and could even become the next Tony Adams for us. I don’t know why we just won’t put in a solid bid and wrap up the deal already. If I know AW well, he’s waiting for January when Cahill would be free to talk to & sign for any club as he’s in the last year of his contract. I hope Bolton caves in when we make an offer as they won’t want to lose him on a free. Imagine Vermalean and Cahill at the heart of our defense.

Jagielka & Cazorla : NO!!!

Why you ask? Let me start with Jags, he’s a brute, he’s a commanding presence and a no nonsense tackler, aerially dominant as well and bags of experience. BUT everything Jagielka just screams another Vermaelen, they’re too similar and are virtually the same height. I’m sorry that’s not what we need. Look at United, they have the brute in Vidic and the calm ball player in Ferdinand, Jagielka and Vermaelen won’t give us that. Jagielka is also injury prone and he’s 28.

As for Cazorla, each time I see that guy I just think, ‘Rescue Rangers’ in my head with his beaver/squirrel look, he’s at best a decent player, nothing spectacular, I’d rather we keep Rosicky than go for him. He’s not that bad but he’s not what we need and his injury record is also bad as he spends more time injured than fit. There are better attackers we could be looking at, Mario Goetze of Dortmund and Marko Marin of Bremen to mention a few.

I wonder why we haven’t put in a bid for Per Metesacker, he’s cheaper than what we’re being quoted for the two english lads and has more experience than both and he’s 6’6″, our setpiece problem would ease considerably. A new left back should be a priority after Gibbs’ appalling performance yesterday. Imagine him against Lennon/Valencia/Young/Nani/Kuyt, he fail badly.

Eboue
Galatasaray have offered £4M for Eboue if you believe the Daily Mirror and I hope he’s gone before the end of the week. Jenkinson looks good enough despite his wonderful own goal yesterday.

Fabregas & Nasri
One is leaving, the latter isn’t. Arsenal have put their foot down on Nasri leaving and are willing to lose him for free. Foolish if you ask me. I hope the Cesc saga is completed come end of the week so we can make all our buys. If Wilshere can continue to reel in passes like the one he made for Gervinho’s goal on Saturday then we’ll be alright.

Arsenal To Offer Fabregas Pay Rise. WHY?? | Gazidis Says Buying Not Over

Imagine the rubbish I woke up to this morning, the Daily Mirror is reporting that we’re set to offer Fabregas a contract extension and an improved contract. Again I ask WHY???. Its obvious he doesn’t want to remain at the club and it would take some divine intervention or serious brain washing to make him consider the offer in the first.

The question is why aren’t we offering Samir Nasri a better contract, afterall he hasn’t said he wants to join a particular club, or any one for that matter and he’s remained professional so far. Sometimes I wonder if my dearly beloved Arsenal is haunted or maybe some ex player put a hex on us. Who knows

Another bit on interesting news was Gazidis yesterday. He took time off his busy schedule to talk to Arsenal.com. He had a lot to say but what mattered the most, he had this to say :

    We haven’t finished our business at all, we’re just not conducting it publicly, but we’re working hard privately. We understand where the weaknesses have been, we’ve got a substantial amount of money you can invest

The pessimist would point out that he said ‘Substantial(which means Of considerable importance and size) but the average gooner would be glad to know we’re still in for at least 2 players( if you add the Costa Rican kid Campbell.

Before I go, a big welcome to Gervinho who has finally completed his transfer. I hope his French league form continues with us. Good riddance to Denilson who has gone back to Sao Paolo on loan where the new manager said he’s a fast player. I wonder if the coach meant on Football Manager or Fifa ’11.

From wherever you’re reading, have a great day and success to all our Nigerian fans writing exams. Make us proud.

UPDATE: Conflicting reports about the Joel Campbell story despite reporting earlier that he’s having a medical report. Word is, we have pulled the plug on such deal according to Gunner Blog We’ll bring you more on that soon.

Wenger: We need to send out an important message.

The Arsenal squad arrived in Kuala Lumpur to an amazing welcome by the club’s Asian fans. The fans are obviously delighted that they finally get to see their heroes in flesh. The players and the manager were also pleased to be there.

Talking about the manager, Arsene Wenger has been in high spirits since the team landed. He has answered a lot of questions and he went one step further yesterday.

At a packed press conference where everyone was asking questions about Samir Nasri’s future, Wenger did not even wait to be asked about Cesc.
He just burst in:

“So does Fabregas stay? We already answered the question. I am confident he will because I hope he will see that there will be no greater achievement for him in his life than to lead this team to success and that it will not be the right period for him to leave the club.”

Wenger was in the most bullish of moods and tackled the issue head on. He was definitely prepared to answer questions about his captain’s future.

“Yes, Fabregas wants to go back to Barca. No, he’s not unhappy at Arsenal. He is torn between the two clubs.”

Arsene however confessed that Cesc may get his wish to return, but only if Barcelona stump up the required amount.

“Yes, he won’t leave unless Arsenal get the right fee. But we want to keep him and for us it’s not a question of money.”

Cesc has 4 years left on his contract and cannot force his way out of the club. But I fear that if the skipper is kept against his wishes, it may affect the dressing room and translate to poor performances.

When pressed about Nasri’s contract saga, Wenger proceeded to utter the best words I’ve heard from him in a long while.

“I believe for us it is important the message we give out… a big club first of all holds on to its big players and gives a message out to all the other big clubs that they just cannot come in and help themselves.”

So there you have it gooners! Wenger finally sets the record straight. He has told Barcelona to pay up or shut up. It will be interesting to see how the Spanish giants react.

Having said all these, I was thinking, should we just sell Cesc off, possibly change formation and build a team around someone who is more committed?

Or should we just add a few top defenders and hope next season will be better with an improved defensive record?

Let us know what you think in the comments!

Wenger Exclusive : Gervinho Has Signed, Nasri & Fabregas To Stay, Gibbs,Traore or Vermaelen For LB Role

Fresh from the 13hour flight to Malaysia, Arsene Wenger alongside Van Persie and Bacary Sagna addressed the media in a press conference and as expected, the topics were Gervinho, Nasri & Fabregas, and the Left back position.

Thanks to @1nil2thearsenal & @aeroblog we were able to gather news on what he said.

On Gervinho, he had this to say

    Gervinho has signed for Arsenal and will start training today at Colney, he hasn’t had any preseason training at all so he won’t be joining us for the Asia Tour

FINALLY

On Nasri & Fabregas, he said

    As for Nasri, he’s not going anywhere this year and we don’t know if he will sign an extension. He went further by saying Fabregas isn’t going anywhere and wants him to remain with the team.

@1nil2thearsenal thinks what Wenger plans to do is try and convince Nasri a few months into the season, and if that doesn’t work, will look to sell in January. That might be risky as the ball will be solely in Nasri’s court.

And finally, on the left back position, Wenger mentioned Gibbs, Traore and Vermaelen, I.e any one of those 3 players will be assessed in that position and whoever excels would make the position his.

Well there you have it. Do have a swell day. See you in the comments.

Wegner To Sign ONLY Three Players + Bendtner & Almunia Leaving Arsenal,

Top of the morning to you gooners worldwide, its a shitty day from this side, horrible & unpredictable weather but that hasn’t stopped the media from feeding us lies and us from reading every story on every one we’re linked with, even the useless ones.

The team has finally left for Asia and almost everyone is on the plane barring Fabregas & Eboue(injuries), Diaby, Fabianski, Bendtner & Almunia. The exclusion of the last two mentioned has prompted everyone to believe they are leaving the club and are in talks already, so expect them to be gone before the Emirates cup begins. I wonder why Denilson wasn’t left behind, probably no one wants to buy him, I suggest we loan him out or relegate him to the reserves. Good to see the likes of Miyaichi & Frimpong part of the traveling party.

When giving his press conference before leaving for Asia, Arsene had this to say about potential additions to the squad

    “We are working very hard on it, the best thing is not to talk too much about it, the more you speak about things, the less chance you have to achieve it. The only thing I can promise you is we will work very hard & we’ve had some long nights to achieve what we want. My first responsibility is not to lose players and then add to make us stronger, let’s hope we can bring in ONE or TWO quality signings

Either I misread that last part or what Wenger means is that we’ll buy 5 players but only 3 would be quality. I don’t see how everyone sees the changes that needs to be made yet the man in charge of the team is blind to them. I do hope we get at least 4 quality signings especially if Fabregas leaves. Let’s hope Gervinho is an Arsenal player by the time the next post comes up, as he’s already had 351 medicals already.

I’m off to go get a hot cup of tea as its raining bullets right about now. From wherever you are reading have a swell day and stay tuned for our first pre-season game against Malaysia XI on wednesday, I’ll give you more info on that later. See you in the comments.

Escobar

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Gervinho in an Arsenal Shirt|Nasri Isn’t Leaving|Gibbs is our new LB.

Gervinho has signed for Arsenal and he will sport the number 9 jersey for next season. He is a great signing and will score lots of goals. *insert deep sigh*

I wish I could happily and confidently tell you that the deal has happened. I wish I could give you more than just a link to the above image which is probably fake.

Unfortunately, his signing has not been confirmed even after supposedly having a medical on Thursday.

French sources claim he still has some issues back in France and his signing should be announced in a few days. One begins to wonder how long “a few days” will be. I cannot wait to see him in an Arsenal shirt though and in a legitimate picture for that matter.

Meanwhile, Sky sports understands that we have agreed a fee of £22.2m with Man City for the sale of Nasri. As “credible” as this source is, it will take more than just their “understanding” to make me believe this story.

Add this to the fact that just yesterday afternoon Wenger was quoted as saying he will do everything to keep both Cesc and Nasri. There were even reports that Nasri has been offered £110k per week to keep him at the Emirates.

How Wenger made a complete U-turn in a matter of hours is what beats me. And taking into consideration how Sky sports have been “understanding” that Cesc’s deal to Barcelona is almost done, I’m not surprised this story has come up.

The team will be travelling to Asia soon and it will be interesting to see who is on the plane and who is not. Wenger expects Nasri to be part of the touring party. Said he,

…Yes, Samir is going on tour. He is not injured, so he is going on tour. We will take the strongest possible squad.”

Japanese teenage sensation Ryo Miyachi is also expected to feature at some point. And as we told you in our last post, Cesc will not be travelling. No story in here, Wenger says he’s injured and I believe him. Fabianski, Eboue and Bendtner may also miss the tour.

Wenger also suggested that Kieran Gibbs will be promoted instead of splashing out cash on a new left back. Opinion on whom our new left back should be is split, and this decision will surely anger some Arsenal fans.

I don’t think Gibbs is a bad player but I doubt he is ready to play in the EPL week in week out. Having said that, a run of games may see him improve drastically.

I expected us to bring in an experienced left back, Wenger decided to promote Gibbs. This trick worked with Clichy when Ashley Cole left; it remains to be seen if Gibbs can prove us wrong with CONSISTENTLY good performances.

Following the failures of last season, we all expected a summer of additions to an almost perfect squad; not having to replace our top players. Now most fans are wondering, will Cesc leave? Should he even be allowed to leave? What happens to Nasri in the event of Cesc’s departure?

Does Wenger still know? Why are we taking relatively long to sign players? Is our interest in Mata strong enough to bring him to London? What formation are we even going to play next season?

These are some of the questions I have asked myself these past weeks. Honestly, I am eager to see how we begin next season with a stronger team than the previous campaign. Or will we?

Keep the faith wherever you are reading this from!

Do let us know what you think in the comments.

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