Top of the morning to you wherever you’re reading this from, or should I say Hi 5-2 you all?. Well then, straight to the post shall we.
News broke yesterday and twittermania ensued that we’ve agreed terms with Lukasz Podolski to join us in the summer with the only thing remaining now is a deal with the club. I wanted to doubt it seeing as its season ticket renewal time but from what we heard, we agreed a couple of deals in January but agreeing with their respective clubs was the problem.
If this is true(which I believe it is) then that’s a good move and he’s NOT going to be a replacement for RVP. He’s very versatile and can play on the left of a 4-2-3-1(4-3-3) formation or behind the main striker or alone upfront as he’s done for Cologne thus far. So that’s one down, hopefully 3 more signings to come(a DM, AM, Winger).
Four players might not be enough but its a good start, because if you look at the players leaving us this summer(Arshavin,Bendtner,Chamakh,Squillaci,Denilson,Diaby(50:50),Benayoun(back to Chelsea) ) we should replace at least 3 of them and then promote from within. And don’t tell me about how signing established players will hinder growth, instead it only helps(look at United, Bayern & Barca to name a few). M’vila, Gotze, Hoiliet maybe? And then move Walcott forward? Let’s wait and see.
The defender tweeted with his account yesterday that he’s back in 2 weeks and to me that’s great news as we all know Gibbs can’t play back to back games without a knock. So that’s very great news as we now have 2 LB’s and 2 RB’s(Sagna & Jenkinson) and won’t have to play anyone out of position again.
Someone asked me on twitter yesterday if I see Wenger buying a defender and I said NO. Why you ask? Well by beginning of next season, we’ll have Sagna, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Santos, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Mertesacker in the first team, that’s Seven defenders and I didn’t include Miquel, Bartley, Djourou.
Fiorentina are rumored to be interested in taking the forward off our books permanently and I say we should jump at whatever offer as I’m sure he’s ready to leave. Will it leave us short when he, Park & Bendtner leave in the summer? Maybe. But if we can get the aforementioned players and with the attackers we have already, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Van Persie has been talking of late about his love for the club and the papers reported it this morning that he told the dutch coach he sees his future at Arsenal. Its simple, give him the salary he wants, if its 150k/w or 130k/w with a lot of add-ons and a huge signing off fee. He’ll stay because he loves the love club, he just wants to sit with the gaffer come end of season, know what the clubs plans are and then hopefully sign the extension/new deal.
No club football this midweek as its International week and a lot of our players will be in action. One game to look out for is England-Holland. I hope Van Persie is rested to keep him fresh. From wherever you are, have a solid day. Cheers.
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First off sorry we’ve been missing for the past few days, different commitments have taken us away from you but we’re back. So here’s the latest news concerning our beloved club.
Usmanov & Kroenke
Our 2 sugar daddies have different plans for the club with the same goal in mind, to return us to greatness. Usmanov is having to do it the hard way as the board won’t give him a seat. He’s gathering shares faster than Kroenke did in a bid to get to the 30% mark which is the lucky number needed to look into our books and get a seat on the board.
And he got a further 16 shares which he purchased from Rangers owner Craig Whyte to put him within touching distance of the 30%.
BUT, Kroenke and the rest are determined not to let that happen and the American is expected in London for talks today with the board and the following are expected to be discussed.
- *Full support for Arsene Wenger to remain in charge till 2035.
*New Contracts for Van Persie & Walcott.
*£100M for Wenger to use on transfers(and possibly Wages) in the Summer.
*No Usmanov on the board because he’ll make the club better on the sporting front and we don’t want that.
I for one I’m not buying the £100M story, seeing as its time to renew season tickets & its come at a convenient period where fans are angry &seeking answers. If it were Usmanov that said it, I’d believe afterall he’s way wealthier than Kroenke.
The derby is a few days away and no news yet on Koscielny, Squillaci, Ramsey are out after picking up knocks against Sunderland, leaving Djourou & Vermaellen as our only fit CB’s.
Jenkinson is back & played 45mins for the reserves without setbacks. Talking about reserves, a host of first team players also played & shone with Arshavin grabbing 2, Park & Benayoun as well on the scoresheet.
The england team to face holland has been announced and AOC after impressing in recent weeks has been left out, yet Frazier Campell gets called up. SMH I’m not pleased but at the same time I’m happy, let him stay grounded and continue to play for us, England is not going anywhere.
That’s all for now, we’ll be back to give you the Spurs preview, till then, have a great day.
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Feed The Ox & He’ll Score, this seems to be catching on fast with the gooner faithful, and why won’t it, with 5 goals in three competitive games, Arsenal may have hit jackpot with young Alex. He was the star performer yesterday night for the England U-21’s as he scored a treble.
The first was after he collected the ball in the midfield, embarked on a solo run beforea finishing beyond the Icelandic goalkeeper. The second came after a gaffe by the goalkeeper who could only parry it into his path for the easiest goal he might score this season. The third was brilliant as he received the ball on the wings, went past four challenges and buried it. We all know Capello is looking at him already so we could see him in the senior set up before long.
This man here is an idiot, and I have no idea why he’s still at the club. Yes I’m angry and with good reason. We’ve gone from a club that aims for Champions league qualification every season and then sell off our best players to a club struggling to hold on to the remaining players, struggling to put up a run of wins this season, only to have the man blurt out yesterday that the club can afford to miss out on Europe for one season. You can read about it here Guardian
How can a top club where fans pay top money to see the team play well and give them good value for their money say such. Since when did we become Liverpool & Tottenham, underachievers?? How did we go from Invincibles to Shambolic and poor?? This madness would continue until Wenger and the board with Gazidis are gone. Usmanov might not be the answer but surely he can’t be as useless as Kroenke has been so far
Look at Man United, that’s a great club with great expectations every season, to win it all and be the best at whatever cost. They’re in so much debt yet they spend & they win like there’s no tomorrow and keep getting sponsorship deals that are mindblowing, little why they’re the second most valuable sports franchise in the world. Right now I’d take Usmanov and his money and his well renowned business expertise and turn this sinking ship around before its too late.
The international games are tonight, let’s hope all our players come through them unscathed and hopefully pick up some form. Do have a swell day.
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Last night witnessed less Gunners than from over the weekend being involved in some more football on the international front as qualifying matches for next year’s European Championships at Poland and Ukraine continued.
At Moscow, Russia captain Andrey Arshavin had a good game but saw his and his compatriots dominance come to nothing as visiting Republic of Ireland held on for a crucial goalless draw.
At Wembley, Theo Walcott was rested as England edged Wales, captained by Aaron Ramsey, by a lone goal to move six points clear atop their qualifying group.
Elsewhere, it was no where near their record 11-0 win on Saturday but Robin van Persie’s Holland moved to within a point of sealing qualification to Euro 2012 with a 2-0 win at Finland.
Bacary Sagna’s France earned a goalless draw at Romania to extend Les Blues unbeaten run to 13 matches.
And at Asia’s third round of qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup, Chu Young Park’s South Korea played out a 1-1 draw at Kuwait.
In other news, young midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong pledged his allegiance to Ghana’s national team, the Black Stars.
Frimpong, who is eligible to play for Ghana and England, has impressed for what has been a below par Arsenal so far.
Focus now will return to getting the campaign on good track following a poor start when we host newly promoted Swansea with eyes surely to be on who among the new players at the club will feature.
Stay the cause, repping for the Cannon!
With league football worldwide taking a breather over the weekend, we kept an eye on our players on international duty, aiming to help their countries qualify for respective continental cups.
First out the tunnel was new signing Chu Young Park in faraway Seoul. The South Korea captain was imperious in the 6-0 win over visiting Lebanon in a qualifier for the Asian Championships, finishing the encounter with a well taken hattrick to further endear himself with Gooners itching to see him play in Arsenal colours.
Also in ruthless form in front of goal was Arsenal captain Robin van Persie who went one better with four goals for Holland against hapless San Marino. He opened the scoring in the Group E Euro 2012 qualifier before hitting a second half hattrick as the Oranje Boys annihilated their visitors 11-0 at Eindhoven.
Still with the captains, new loan signing Yossi Benayoun could not help third placed Israel from losing 1-0 at Group F leaders Greece while Tomas Rosicky played well as Czech Republic managed a dramatic 2-2 draw at Scotland thanks to a stoppage time Kadlec penalty.
Welsh captain Aaron Ramsey scored the second for his country in a 2-1 win over Montenegro at Cardiff in a Group G qualifier and help England go three points clear atop that group following their 3-0 win at Bulgaria where Theo Walcott played a part in the third goal.
Per Mertesacker was on the bench as he secured a place at Euro 2012 with his Germany from Group A of the European qualifying section following a 6-2 win at home to neighbours Austria with Thomas Vermaelen and his Belgium in third place chasing Turkey for Group A’s play-off spot after a disappointing 1-1 with Azerbaijan. Vermaelen however missed that encounter through injury.
There were also wins for Andrey Arshavin and Bacary Sagna with Russia securing a lone goal victory and France coming away from Tirana with a hard fought 2-1 success over Albania. Sagna however remained on the bench through the match.
And former Lille forward Gervinho was the creative force for the Ivory Coast in a 5-0 win at Rwanda, scoring the fifth late on after assisting with a couple of the goals before. The win was inconsequential for the Ivorians who have already booked their place at next years Africa Cup of Nations.