Monthly Archives: July 2010

Emirate Cup Begins: The Young Guns To Watch Out For

Come one ,Come all. Its the start of another season of wonderful football from your one and only Arsenal Football Club. In usual tradition a couple of pre-season matches have gone down and we round it up with the Emirates Cup.

In normal fashion, Le Boss renowned for his tightfisted approach when it comes to new signings would be giving the younger players a run out on the pitch. Watch out for a couple who could break their way into the first team this coming season. Players such as Wilshere, back from his loan at Bolton, got plenty playing time and his overall game would have increased considerably. Other players to watch out for are Simpson who netted a brace against Barnett, Gibbs,Frimpong just to mention a few. So we’ll be taking a look at what makes these youngster’s the one’s to look at for.

Emmanuel Frimpong
A powerful midfielder with poise on the ball, and unrivalled ability to make the transmission between defense and attack. Although Ghanian born, he has played for England at youth level and has been identified as one with a genuine chance of making the grade at Arsenal. Already eighteen, he played in last season’s FA Youth Cup final and was handed a starting role against Barnett last week and his display was beyond his years as his terrier like tackling and darting attackin runs were a joy to behold. Also a threat from set-pieces. Could this be our new Vieira???

Henri Lansbury
A strong, aggressive and talented central midfield playmaker, able to play on the wings as well. He shone during a loan spell with Watford last season alongside Man Utd’s Tom Cleverly, where he scored 4 goals in 16 games. Made a cameo appearance against Barnett and showed some good touches.

Jack Wilshere
This young man needs no introduction to Arsenal fans. Already the youngest goal scorer in the history of our club and youngest player to ever play for the first team. A dimunitive playmaker/attacker who has been earmarked for a future spot in d English starting 11 thanks to his surging runs,eye for a killer pass and composure reminiscent of Dennis Bergkamp. He made 7 first team appearances last season before going on loan to Bolton where he drew plaudits for his maturity,physical and Mental strength and also grabbing his first premier league goal against West Ham.

Other players to look out for include Jay Simpson who is currently fighting for his Arsenal after 3 seasons out on loan. Keiran Gibbs who can be considered a senior youngster even though he’s just 19,will be a welcomed face after missing the last half of the season due to injury. Nordveit is another player after spending the whole of last season on loan in the german bundesliga. The jury is still out on the new signings so the Emirates Cup would provide the perfect platter to put to bed any doubts.

From wherever you’re reading this have a fun-filled day as you sit back and enjoy the tournament.

Faf says so

Gunners stump Sturm/Dudu says goodbye.

Eduardo

Hello gooners! I am currently enjoying an exceptional week, with major exams in two days and a trip back home the next day. I really can’t wait to get home. Arsenal has given me a reason to smile with a birthday present just some hours after celebrations had ended.

We got our pre-season engagements to the best possible start with the 4-zip drubbing of Barnet at the Underhill. Goals from Arshavin, Simpson (a brace) and Nasri made sure we started the season on a high note. There were debuts for Marouane and Koscly too, and while Marouane was involved in virtually every move since he came on, Koscly was largely undisturbed. It was a joy to see the lads again and in a new kit too. Arshavin posted a man of match performance, notably unselfish and Rosicky was close to his best.

With “Mission Barnet” accomplished, the lads flew to continue preparations in Austria and our next match was against SK Sturm Graz which was played yesterday. Fabianski started in goal, Nordtveit started at right back and Marouane was given his first start in Arsenal colours. But it was Nasri who stole the show with two first half strikes, an angled drive on 16 minutes, and a wonderful freekick two minutes from half time. Lansbury added a third on 57 minutes and that was all we needed for what seemed like a routine victory. In all fairness, SK Sturm were just clueless and simply could not cope. So 3-zip the match ended and we are still enjoying an unblemished pre-season record which stands at 7 goals in 180 minutes of football. Not a bad stat, no matter the quality of opposition.

Meanwhile, with all the noise about Cesc leaving, it seems another deal was going on behind the scenes. Our Crozilian striker, Eduardo “Dudu9” Da Silva has completed a move to Shakhtar Donetsk. The club confirmed this on their official website and stated that Dudu had passed a medical and agreed terms of around £50,000 a week. His record with us stands at 20 goals in 67 appearances and while it’s so sad to see the back of such a master finisher (when he got the chance), there’s no denying the fact that he lost “a lot” in THAT injury at Birmingham two years ago. He has not really reached previous heights since then and even missed a couple of sitters, an anomaly for him two seasons ago. I feel quite disappointed that he didn’t really get a chance to get back to his best and was not effective for most of the time he had on the pitch. If Arsene feels it’s time to move Dudu on, and he’s agreed to it, I think it’s in the best interest of everyone connected to the Arsenal. We at Memoirs of a Gooner will like to thank Dudu for the memories and wish him all the best in future.

So the team is falling into place, the kids impressing and the big boys doing their part. The rumours are still lying around but one man that’s definitely not joining us is Joe Cole. He signed for Liverpool two days ago and says he’s looking forward to creating goals for Torres and the forward boys over there. We never really needed him in my opinion as we have too many similar players. What we need now is a decent goalie and some defensive cover, as a fully fit TV5 is currently what stands between us and a Koscly-Djourou centre defence partnership. Catastrophic innit? No not really…

By the way, a statement on the official website says the club has decided to forbid the use of vuvuzelas within Emirates Stadium with immediate effect.

“This decision has been taken to ensure the enjoyment and safety of supporters on matchdays, which is of paramount importance to the Club.”

So that’s it gooners, what happens in South Africa, stays in South Africa! Have yourselves a nice week and enjoy our players have fun in their pre-season matches. You can see pictures of them in training here.The Emirates Cup is in a week…yeah, the new season is that close and I frankly can’t wait for the carnival to begin.

From wherever you are reading, have fun.
9jabred says so!

SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!!

9jabred 4 shizza

GREAT NEWS!!!

Is it a new signing? Nope!!!

Cesc has decided to stay? Not Yet…

Spurs have been relegated? Naah, but very soon though…

Then what is it???

Hey fellas, It’s my buddy’s birthday!!! Who??? 9JABRED!!!

Here’s wishing him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Filled with lots of love and granted wishes.
Without him this blog is as good as empty space on the cyber world. I have the opportunity to have him not just as a partner, but as a friend and a brother…show me someone who loves Arsenal more than this guy and I’ll probably hang myself!

That said,do enjoy your day mate and please gooners, if you do read this, kindly drop a comment and wish him a success-drenched life ahead.

Escobar says so!

Titi goes Yanky/More on the Shirtty Barca prank

Cesc  Barca jersey prank

Yeah I know this is not proper Arsenal news, but hey, this dude breathes Arsenal. He was a gunner and is a gooner through and through. So reliable news just in have it that our best striker ever, the one who holds our goalscoring record Thierry Henry has signed for New York Red Bulls, one of the major sides in America’s Major Soccer League. Actually, this is one of the worst-kept secrets of all time because as at mid last season, it was obvious Titi had no future in Catalonia. He had openly professed his love for life in New York and admitted he might consider a move there later in life. Guess that time is now. He is expected to make his debut for in a friendly against the Spuds in the United States on 22 July. This is to thanking him for all the good memories he brought us and wishing him the best of luck in his time over there.

So what would be your first reaction if you were to wake up to see the above picture on the first football website you open? Sincerely, I’d either weep and smash the computer or go back to bed and hope it was a dream, rather a nightmare. That of course, before reading to see it was just a prank by Puyol and Pique(two jokers but Barca players). Prank, joke,nothing serious is how all of it has been tagged by both the player and his father but one must wonder if it was a significant act of selfish mind play on their part.

Arsene’s Response: “You can go f**k yourselves”

OK, he did not say that but I so wish he had. He simply played it down and repeated what he’s been saying every summer of Cesc’ Arsenal career

“He’s an Arsenal player and under contract till 2015 and we won’t be listening to any offers,because he’s an integral part of the team”

Cesc himself came out defend himself stating that it’s nothing and that if it was a way to have fun, he had to enjoy it.

Onto other pressing matters then, and the question on our lips since the end of last season. Who our new signings will be and whether they will be established players or relatively unknowns. So far Koscly and Chamakh have joined and while the jury is still out on our new number 6, Chamakh comes with a somewhat proven pedigree…well his goals rate in the French league is credible but in the EPL is no better than a Crouch or Berbatov or Anelka last season. Which according to Le Boss remains just two more players, a centreback and a goalkeeper.

As much as I disagree and think we need a new centre midfielder and the sale of Denilson, who after 4 first team years is a complete disgrace (a few long range shots don’t make up for shambolic performances season long) they’ll just have to make do. If our superb attacking play can be backed up by a solid defence such as this: Frey + Clichy + TV5 + Koscly/Mertesacker/Hangeland + Sagna; then, we’re good to go. I prefer Seb Frey because he’s 7 years younger than Mark Schwarzer, maybe better and has been one of the top 3 goalies in the Serie A for the past couple of seasons.
And yes, there’s the ridiculous story that Gallas might come back, No thanks! Sol should sign a new contract simple and we’ll be just fine.

As you know the first team has already started pre-season training already. You can view the pictures of our new signings at work here, getting ready for the Emirates Cup. But just before that is our traditional season opener, a game at the Underhill against Barnet on Saturday. This is followed by a game against SK Stum Graz on Wednesday 21st July, then SC Neusiedl on Tuesday, 27th July.

Isn’t it fun to get to see the Arsenal play footie again? Hell yeah, it is!

From wherever you are reading, have fun
Escobar says so!

Cesc passes Robin to tears/Arsene tells Barca to get lost!

Cesc Fabregas WC 2010 Final
Hallo happy people! It’s the start of a new week and I bet you all had a lovely weekend which was crowned by the footballing spectacle on Sunday night. So the World Cup is finally over, 30 days, 32 teams, 64 games, one winner; and it had to be Spain. They were definitely the favourites to add the World Cup trophy to their Euro 2008 triumph. And boy did they do it in their own style. Spain lost to the Swiss in their opening match of the competition but it seemed as though they needed a wakeup call. They never looked back since then. They expertly dispatched Chile and Honduras, and then switched to “efficiency” mode as all their knockout games including the final ended with a solitary goal.

Last night’s game had everything you could think of; tackles, saves, dribbles, crazy bookings, play acting, controversial decisions, everything! Spain threw everything they had forward, with the Dutch team contented with staying back and hitting them on the break. And it would have worked for them had Robben not been wasteful. Ironically, this pattern of football Spain play was adopted from the Dutch! The chances was somewhat balanced, with either team likely to score at any moment but Spain definitely saw more of the ball…not like you can deny them that.

As usual our Robin VP started alone up front with captain Cesc once again on the bench. But it should later be noted that it’s really not how long, but how well. This is in no way a swipe at Robin but he was really in and out of yesterday’s game, hardly getting a shot on target no thanks to Arjen Robben who simply does not understand what the word “team” means. Robin played the entire 120 minutes and I suspect he was being kept on in case the match went to penalties. El Capitan came on with 5 minutes to go in regulation time and he was more than effective. He changed the whole dynamics of the Spain team and made more direct runs into the Dutch danger area.

Despite missing a clear chance to score, the moment of glory came when he robbed Eljero Elia of the ball near his box, started an attacking move which involved an Iniesta backheel. The ball then fell to Cesc in front of the box and he excellently picked out Iniesta who clearly showed Robben how to score a goal. The entire Spanish camp went bananas. While it was great to see Cesc smile again after what has been a difficult year, I felt gutted for Robin VP and I simply wanted to see those Barca boys cry. You needed to see the way Pique and Puyol were showing off their medals to Cesc as if to say, “come over to Barcelona and you’ll get more of this”.

Cesc meanwhile gave all Arsenal fans a glimmer of hope as per his future when he was interviewed after the match. He dedicated his medal to all Arsenal players and fans alike stating that we are a world class club. The most interesting part was when he was asked about his future, he simply smiled and responded

“I am an Arsenal player and proud to be.”

I do not know if I’m reading too much into this but I have this feeling that his time with the national team did not go for him as expected and being who he is, he expects to be on the pitch at all times. He simply won’t get that in Catalonia. Also, reports making rounds yesterday suggest that a 2 Million pound property has just been purchased by Cesc in the leafy Hertfordshire town of St Albans.

This is following news that Wenger has spoken to Barcelona President Sandro Rosell and told him categorically that under no conditions is our captain for sale. Good to see you are now showing some balls Arsene! Put those Spanish c*nts where they belong and show them we are no one’s feeder team!

Preseason starts in earnest gooners and it seems we should expect more signings very soon, I mean pretty soon. It’s also looking rosy on the Cesc horizon and it seems our Captain won’t be leaving, just yet. Rumours of a deal for Joe Cole and Mark Schwarzer have been rife but I’ll only believe anything when I see it on the official website of the club.

It’s gonna be a long week of transfer stories gooners, brace yourself for the most ridiculous of tales and I say Arsene, get in there and do some business!

From wherever you are reading, have fun.
Escobar says so!

Koscly finally done, Arsene promises more and it’s Cesc against Robin!

Laurent Koscielny

So it’s official! Laurent Koscielny has finally signed and is now the latest gunner affiliated to N5. The young French lad who joined yesterday from FC Lorient is expected to wear the number 6 jersey as from next season. I feel good that we have signed someone at all but on the other hand what’s the use if they can’t do what they are paid to. Koscly is a highly unknown element who has not really been exposed to “top class” football, but hey, who says he cannot make the jump? He was extremely excited to have joined us and seems really eager to play in the Premier League.

“I’m very excited to be joining Arsenal. They are one of the biggest teams in Europe with many great players. I am very confident; It takes a lot of work especially in the defense. You need to know your colleagues very well and you need to work hard every day.” He said.

Meanwhile Arsene has confirmed this morning that he will be looking to add one extra body to the defence. This is good news and considering that we’ll probably be losing both Gallas and Campbell, bringing in Koscly and the new guy to replace them is just reasonable…two out, two in.

Come Sunday 11th July the two most consistent and dare I say the two best teams in the World, Spain and Netherlands lock horns in the World Cup final. But this is not the only contest going on that night. Also, Arsenal’s two most influential and arguably best players are on either side of the field. While Cesc is not likely to start for Spain, Robin bar any injuries is a definite starter. It is a pity that Cesc has had a tournament to forget, making just 3 substitute appearances the whole time and still he wants to head to Barcelona; the same team that bankrolls the players who consign him to the bench a la Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets.

While I definitely love Cesc more (that in itself is subject to his allegiance to the Arsenal) I will be rooting for a Netherlands win, not only because Robin is more faithful to Arsenal, but also because I will like to see Wesley Sneijder complete a wonderful year and maybe pick up the Ballon D’Or award for this year. I do not see anyone else who compared to him this last football year. Yes, Messi and Ronaldo lit up the La Liga last season, but to what end? Wesley was the heart of a team that won the treble and (by my wish) a World Cup winning side, scoring vital goals and countless assists. What more can you ask of him?

Anyways gooners, whatever happens on Sunday, an Arsenal player will definitely smile back to the London Colney. Who it is, we really do not care. On Monday, lots of decisions will be made by various players as to where they’ll be plying their trades next term. Seriously? I really think a loss just might rid Cesc of his blindfold and make him use his brains, stay and play his heart out for us.

Let’s all see as things pan out in Madiba’s land but be sure to get news and updates from us.

From wherever you are reading, have fun.
9jabred says so!