Good morning from wherever you read this. Woke up hoping Wenger never makes a “not in my lifetime” statement towards the Tots or Chelski to warrant a placard similar to Carlos Tevez’s now infamous one.
The Argentine has apologised, as have his club, saying he got carried away by the moment. Oh well, our team meanwhile stays focused on having a better campaign next season with van Persie set to commence talks regarding his future at the Ems.
According to BBC’s David Ornstein who broke the news, captain vantastic will meet up with le boss and Ivan Gazidis at Wenger’s abode on Wednesday, even stating a time for the meeting (10:30 BST).
Don’t get lost in excitement just yet, nothing is expected to be sealed then with the Dutch striker set to report for Holland’s Euro 2012 camp on Thursday.
We however do hope it sets in motion the process of an extension of his stay beyond what his current contract states, as well as ward off the suitors eyeing our prized asset.
Meanwhile speaking with the club’s website, van Persie had special praise for fans that cheered the team on at home and especially at away grounds.
“The away fans, they are always here, always singing, always cheering us up even when we are having a bad game, they are always behind us. A big thank you to all of them because they have been unbelievable.”
And he had this to say of the home support, “The last few months have been different class. Every single game – the Spurs game, the Milan game, you can name them all – unbelievable.”
Podolski Eager to Play Ball
Following a bitter-sweet campaign with Köln in which his commendable 18 goals were on the contrary not enough to prevent his hometown club from relegation, Lukas Podolski is ready to begin life at the Ems next season.
Speaking officially as a Gunner for the first time, the German forward said soeaking personally with Wenger through telephone conversations was one of the elements that convinced him to join us.
He also mentioned the Per factor, “He has mentioned things about the Club’s organisation, the training ground, the fans and this has really helped. It might have influenced me to a certain extent but in the end, of course, I took the decision myself.”
Thank you once again Per for the PR. And here we were thinking Vermaelen had done enough to convince Belgian compatriot Jan Vertonghen to follow suit and join but word is he prefers being a ‘neighbour’.
Nothing is confirmed yet however, just as it has gone mellow concerning French midfielder Yann M’Vila. The lull before the bang? We await.
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Breaking news just reaching us is that Arsenal have officially completed the signing of German International Lukasz Podolski for a fee believed to be in the region of £10.9M. After months of rumors and speculation, the news is finally confirmed. Podolski had this to say about the deal.
- “Arsenal provides opportunity to gain individual development and experience at a top European top club. I will always have FC Cologne in my heart, but Arsenal is a great opportunity in my career”
Just a day after confirming that Arsenal have been over reliant on RVP for the goals this season, he made his move on Podolski and it had been agreed since but the two clubs decided to put it on hold till season’s end.
For those wondering, despite playing for a team in the relegation mix pretty much all season, Podolski has 18 goals and 6 assists in 26 games. He’s definitely no Chamakh and his versatility(can play LF, RF & CF) is one welcomed by we fans.
With Podolski confirmed, and word from an inside source that Arsene wants to complete all his deals before the European Championship starts, you can expect the likes of M’vila(most likely to sign), Vertoghen/Giroud/Belhanda to follow suit. Great business it would be and just the right incentive for RVP to extend his contract. Have a great day.
The utmost importance of us winning Sunday’s match against the billionaire boys club kicks off tonight at Wales where fifth placed Newcastle United are guests of Swansea City with the Magpies looking to boost their previously unlikely push for a finish in a Champions League spot.
And by the time the match of the weekend kicks off at the Ems, Sp*** could be three points ahead and Chelsea could be two points behind us (along with Newcastle) so in that sense, I believe Arsenal needs the win more than City do unlike the boss who believes otherwise (mind games I presume).
Nothing exceptional to report here as the boss stated that the crunch encounter comes a bit too early for glass feet Abou Diaby as well as youngster Francis Coquelin though he is confident both will start full training next week.
As for Jack Wilshere, Wenger stated the England international is recovering slowly and the club would rather not rush his comeback. Other than these, we have a full squad to choose from and it will be interesting to see who le boss starts this weekend.
Predicted line-up: Szczesny. Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs. Arteta, Song, Rosicky. Gervinho/Ox, Walcott, RvP.
A hint of complacency and doubting feet from Thomas cost us dearly last time out and I believe Wenger would resist the urge to start Aaron Ramsey this time. And while he may start the Ox; whose love for Drake’s music is now general knowledge, I think Wenger would go for the Ivorian headband (wearer).
The manager has hinted at a busy summer for us in the transfer market saying “Things are starting now [in terms of transfers]” while equally stressing that focus is needed in the season’s run in.
“At the moment we are so focused on finishing the season well, though, because what we have done over the past two months is absolutely exceptional.”
As you know, the deal to bring Lukas Podolski to the Emirates isn’t wrapped up officially as Wenger would readily tell anyone, while Yann M’Vila and Jan Vertonghen have been strongly linked to us this year.
Wenger meanwhile has praised Theo Walcott’s overall improvement as a player as proven by the 23 year old’s 10 goals and 13 assists this season; the second consecutive season Theo’s scored double figures.
“He is getting to where you want him to be now. I feel that he has made a step forward this season.” were Wenger’s words for Walcott, further stating that he now expects our Usain Bolt to now ship in the double figures every season.
For now however, he along with the rest of the team have a Champions League berth to fight for. Hopefully, Walcott along with the rest of the starting XI continue the ‘marked improvement’ on Sunday and personally, Robin van Persie can want to end his run of games firing blanks!
The initial excitement that greeted news of Jack Wilshere being set to feature in a closed door reserves match got quelled when the team sheet came out and the 20 year old’s name was missing.
Word is, he has suffered a very minor setback in his quest to recovery, which one must state is a normal occurence; however annoying it can be, and thus couldn’t be part of the fixture.
At this moment though, it is anyone’s wild guess as to when we’ll have Jack back and with the reserves team having just two matches left to play this season we may well not see him play competitive football for Arsenal this season.
In lieu of that, it is being reported that a series of closed door friendly matches are being arranged for the reserves to help with his path to full fitness and ultimately give him a chance to make the Euros.
Starting to seem too gloomy there, so some bit of transfer news. This time, Swansea’s on loan midfield star Gylfi Sigurðsson has reportedly (The Sun) caught the eye of Le boss.
The Scandinavian, on loan from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, has only been named the Premier League’s player of the month following a string of good performances for Swansea City and will reportedly cost £6m to prize from Hoffenheim.
In order words, feel free to add Sigurðsson to the shopping cart of midfielders linked to Arsenal that includes Sochaux’s Marvin Martin, Montpellier’s Younes Belhanda, Eden Hazard, Junior Hoilett… Ricardo Montolivo… Yann M’Vila… Shing… I’ll let it rest now.
Finally, some injury news from the Etihad has it that their top scorer Sergio Kun Aguero likely to face us come Sunday after declaring himself fit for the trip to the Ems via Twitter. England defender Joleon Lescott looks likely to be fit for the crunch encounter this Sunday.
That’s a must win for us, made all the more exciting by the fact that it also is a must win for them though I’m honestly hoping Man United get a win on Saturday against QPR to further discourage the City players.
If you remeber clearly, a few weeks ago we brought you a picture of what we think will be our home kit for next season. No one paid attention then; however those pictures are in circulation once again. People are showing a lot more concern this time around and for different reasons.
What do I think of the kit? I see it as change just for the sake of the word; it does not look well designed and it is not one of those that mark a historic period at the club. Let’s hope this is not our new kit or at least that the real thing looks better than the picture.
That’s all for now folks. I think I gave it my best shot conisdering the lack of ‘proper’ news. I’ll have another go at it tomorrow; just before a preview to Sunday’s visit of City.
To our Christian readers who celebrate Easter in the coming days, enjoy yourselves and remember our darling Arsenal in your prayers. We could do with some divine help in the run-in.
To those not celebrating Easter, have fun doing whatever it is you choose, as long as it’s not serial killing or dining with Spuds.
I’d love to read what you guys think of the new kit design. I think it’s however safe to assume that it may turn out to be a fake, one deliberately leaked to spur debate.
Don’t forget to tell a gooner to follow us on twitter @goonermemoirs.
Till we meet tomorrow!
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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Racially Abused?? Stupid Blatter Says Kiss & Make Up | 40M bid for Pato | De Rossi & Vertoghen Linked
- He should say that “We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this can happen. On the field of play sometimes you say something that is not very correct, but then at the end of the game you have the next game where you can behave better”
This is how Blatter wants to kick out Racism. Oh wait, he said there’s no racism anymore in football, and that the colorful words being thrown around are just ‘part of the sport’. When I first heard these words, I tried to see reason with what he said and I saw where he was coming from. What he probably meant was, most of the players who abuse others racially aren’t racist, kind of like someone who steals something once isn’t a thief. Right?
BUT a line has to be drawn somewhere, make a scape goat out of someone and see if they’ll ever make a racist remark. Who knows, maybe blatter himself is a closet racist. Time to get him to resign and never be associated with FIFA again
40M for Pato? Surely this would send ripples into English football as a whole because of the quality of the player & the amount being quoted but to be honest, it won’t happen. Would be great if it did.
Two further names have been added to the mix this morning with word having it that Jan Vertoghen of Ajax is available for transfer and we are interested. I say forget it. Why? Wenger won’t sign another defender unless the team is struck by injuries is what he said earlier.
De Rossi on the other hand is a very very interesting player and available one too. His contract runs out in the summer and I’m sure Roma won’t want him to leave for free. 15-20M would get him and is the kind of signing that might interest and tempt RVP into staying. His a World cup winner with tons of experience and current skipper of Roma.
I still prefer M’vila so here’s what I suggest. Move for De Rossi(Mancini of City is a huge admirer) and enter negotiations, if City falls for the bait, they’ll enter as well and probably get him which frees up M’vila for us in the summer(he already said he’s not leaving in the winter window because of Euros)
Walcott, Gervinho & RVP
RVP says Theo is to blame for his goal infested 2011. The young english man has upped his all round game and the dutch man is the one benefiting from it. This season he has only assisted 2 but since January I’m sure the figure is more than that. The dutchman shouldn’t have singled out only Theo the way I see it as Gervinho has helped him as well as other players.
Speaking of the Ivorian, Walcott can’t stop swooning over him and has gone to praise how quickly he has settled in to EPL life with 2 goals and 7 assists. Good to see the bromance developing strong & fast too. Pray they tear Norwich to shreds. From wherever you are, have a great day.
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It’s the last day of the transfer window and clubs are eagerly putting finishing touches to the business this summer.
After months of relative inactivity, the club board is finally doing what the fans want. In less than a week, we’ve signed Park Chu Young (£3m) and deals for Santos and Mertesacker (combined worth of £14.1m) are at an advanced stage.
But if the stories making rounds are anything to go by, we will break our transfer record before the end of today. So straight to the gist.
Arsenal will lodge a £25million bid to prise Yann M’Vila from Rennes. The highly rated France international is Wenger’s main target and the manager is increasingly confident he can deliver a signing that would serve as a huge statement of intent.
Le Boss has received excellent reports on the qualities of M’Vila and his ability to bring greater steel to a midfield that has been found lacking in the opening Premier League fixtures of the season. Signing him probably means Wilshere will get a more advanced role, with M’Vila and Song covering for him.
Reports late last night indicate that Eden Hazard on French TV has made known his intention to quit Lille and sign for Arsenal. This comes after days of denials of the possibility of any bid by Lille and the player himself.
Hazard forged an hazardous (pun well intended) partnership with Gervinho last season in Lille which saw them win the League. I’m sure Arsenal fans won’t mind them linking up at the Emirates once again. I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you though.
There were also talks of Chamakh going on loan to France or Spain. I doubt this will happen though, as Wenger last week that said the main reason for purchasing another striker is because we’ll lose Chamakh to the African Nations Cup in January. That means the boss still sees him at the club in January.
Things can change really quickly though, so we cannot rule out the possibility of Cham29 leaving on loan. Bendtner meanwhile looks more likely to leave, and there have been rumours of a swap deal with Schalke for Klass Jan Huntelaar. I honestly don’t know what to make of that.
With the expected signing of Santos and Mertesacker, talks of Cahill and Samba have understandably died down. If Per joins, he’ll partner TV5 in centre defence and they’ll be flanked by Sagna and Santos. Koscielny and Djourou will serve as cover.
I don’t see Cahill or Samba leaving their starting positions to settle for a place on the bench at Arsenal. Anything is possible though, we do not know how things will play out, and what prevents us from having 4 top CBs at the club?
We’ve been linked to a lot of players (arguably the most for any team) and today won’t be any different. Prepare to get news of 50 player flying into London for Arsenal medicals today.
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Before I go, I’ll leave you with my idea of how today will go.
Out: Almunia, Squillaci, Bendtner
In: Santos, Mertesacker, M’Vila.
What do you think? Will we sign more players? Should we even sign more players? Do let us know in the comments!
Top of the morning gooners! It’s the end of a week that has seen our fortunes change slightly whilst some fundamental components of the team set up maintained status quo.
In the win against Udinese, we saw a different side to this young Arsenal team and we also saw how far away it is from being a major threat in the EPL and in Europe. Arsene probably saw this too (or we hope he did), hence the players being strongly linked to us since Wednesday.
Gary Cahill is a perfect place to start from; and it is heart warming to know Arsenal put in a bid for him albeit its being referred to as derisory.
Even though Arsene was adamant about the worth of our initial bid, the £6m being bandied around seems a fair price to me, for a player with one year left on his contract.
And if you still think £6m is too small, you can take solace in the knowledge that it’s only the opening bid. Bolton “have” to sell or risk losing him for free next summer.
In our previous post, we broke the news on Bolton’s loan deal for Man City defender Deidrick Boyata. The only way I don’t see Cahill signing for us is if another team comes into the equation or if they decide keep him this season, and let him leave for £0m. Both scenarios highly unlikely.
Reports are rife in France that Lille have agreed a deal in the region of €35m for winger Eden Hazard. It must be noted though that a lot of “credible” sources have said nothing of such.
One thing we know is if truly both clubs have agreed a deal, it is more than likely that he has agreed personal terms. While I’m not exactly sure we need a winger at the moment, a player of Hazard’s quality is most welcome.
Same reports indicate that Wenger is confident of securing the services of Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila for a reported fee of £23m.
Even though the club has come out to say their star midfielder won’t be leaving, it is believed that all they want is more money for their prized asset. Watch this space!
Wenger said he hopes to add another striker before the window shuts, as he expects Bendtner to leave the club. The identity of the striker is unknown at the moment but the mere thought of it gives me joy. That means we won’t have to rely on Chamakh for goals should RVP be unavailable.
We visit Old Trafford tomorrow in the best of spirits. OT has not been a particularly fruitful place to visit for us and tomorrow’s game won’t be any easier. Barring a dramatic signing before then, I expect us to field a weaker team than the side that won in midweek.
Wilshere,Gibbs and Diaby are out injured, Gervinho, Song and Frimpong are suspended. Koscielny is fit again though and it will be interesting to see how we start in midfield.
Predicted Starting XI: Sz13; Jenkinson, TV5, Koscly, Sagna; Djourou, Ramsey, Rosicky; Arshavin, RVP, Walcott.
As optimistic as I am, it is difficult to see beyond a Man United victory. That is not to say we will just lie down and let them beat us. We need to go out there to fight, and who knows, Lady Luck may just have a thing for us that afternoon.
That’s it from me today, but just before I go, I’ll like to share an article I stumbled upon with y’all. To those blaming and abusing Wenger for not bringing players in, you MAY just be wrong. See for yourselves.
On that note, have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the game wherever you watching from.
Do share your thoughts below.