As much as I’d have loved to move on, it is only fitting that one talks about the game we saw last night. Terry gets sent off, Chelsea qualify knock out Barccelona, and the most surpirsing of all, Torres gets a goal.
Crazy, crazy game if you ask me. Chelsea really rode their luck yesterday, I doubt Messi would have lost that penalty if it was Arsenal. That’s how unlucky we are.
It was good to see an English side go through to the final again, sad to see the arguably the best team in the history of the game lose out in such manner, and disgusting to see the reactions of some Arsenal fans.
We complain when ex-players talk about Arsenal, yet we find it difficult to keep our noses out of their business. That reeks of hypocrisy if you ask me.
So Chelsea are in the final and they have a shot at the title which is what really gets to me. Apart from the fact that they may be the first London side to win the Champions League, Chelsea’s result in the final may decide whether or not we play in the Champions League next year.
A bit of research on the EPL’s official website, and this is what I found out:
“No extra domestic place can be gained by winning the UEFA Champions League, therefore the team finishing fourth drops to the UEFA Europa League.”
This means if we somehow manage to lose our 3rd spot to N’castle or Spurs, and Chelsea somehow win the UCL, there will be no Champions League football for us next season. Our last 3 games include visits to Stoke and West Brom, grounds we have struggled in recently and we will need to dig deep to get 6 points from both games.
It is possible of course. We only need to banish the spirits that reared their heads against QPR and Wigan.
It looks like our favourite Brazilian, Denilson will be returning next season. His lawyer has apparently been in London this week, with the hope of securing an extension to Denilson’s loan deal with Sao Paulo but the club have denied him permission. It looks like Wenger wants him back in time for pre-season.
And with some reports stating Arsenal will look to wrap up M’villa deal before the start of Euro 2012, questions are raised over Denilson’s role in the team. Gut feeling tells me we just want him to return so we can ship him off, permanently this time. He’s in the same ship with Bendtner and Vela – those we may be looking to give away this summer.
Vela has been in good form in Spain. It can be argued that he is only scoring goals because the league is easier (for strikers), and that the pressure at Arsenal was too much for him. Flip the coin and you have an amazing talent who was rarely given a chance to impress (5-minute cameos when we are losing do not count). One can only hope Wenger does the right thing.
Which is exactly what he did when he ruled out Wilshere for the season and from participating in any summer tournament. But Stuart ‘The Pyscho’ Pearce has chosen to act out his nickname. Pearce has stated that Wenger cannot stop him from including Wilshere in his Great Britain squad for the Olympics this summer.
That’s his opinion. I can’t change his opinion, and it’s not of great concern to me. Will any manager get a veto over who I select? Of course not.
It is safe to assume that Pearce will ignore what is best for Jack who is still recovering from a year out of the game and pick him for the Olympics. Granted he may need some football to get him started for next season, but playing at the Olympics can equally make his injury worse.
We surely do not want him ruled out for most of next season again, do we? Time will tell whether or not Pearce allows that nickname to get into his head.
The players have been vocal, Rosicky talking about a 3-second system he’s trying to perfect with Song and Arteta, Sagna and Koscielny talking about how far they’ve come, and Szczesny staying grounded. You may want to look at this piece on RVP’s year in numbers. Interesting stuff.
So that’s all from me today, Chelsea’s win yesterday just raised my hunger for a trophy. They can do a double this year! They can also end up with nothing like us, so we should not be quick to curse our luck. Plus we did not have to spend 50 million quid on a player who scores once in 2 blue moons.
Podolski looks like a done deal, a creative midfielder will be in order. I expect Chamakh and Park to leave. I’m thinking do Bendtner and Vela deserve another chance at Arsenal or should we just farm them off?
Share your thoughts with me in the comments.
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Welcome to another day everyone. I hope the past two days have been good to you.
The picture above reminds me of how much I’ve missed the little Russian we once loved. I still love you very much, Andrei! Nothing sexual of course!
Whew! I’m glad I cleared my mind on that. So enough with the emotional talk.
Plenty Arsenal news this morning, let’s head straight into the post.
It looks like we’ll be making an early move for Ajax captain, Jan Vertonghen this summer.
Having seemingly sealed the deal for Poldi, it is believed we are trying to tie up a cut deal in the region of £7m for Vert, who has only one year left on his contract.
Apparently, Wenger has learned from his mistakes of last summer and is looking to conclude business very early this time around.
It can also be viewed as a ploy to make RVP sign on. A statement of intent, signaling to Robin that the club is serious about challenging for the title next season.
Talking Robin, there’s been talk he’ll be offered 120k to make him stay. We all know he’s not about the money, and while a pay rise will surely help, the team’s chance of competing for trophies is the determining factor.
A major clear out is expected this summer. It is believed some fringe players will be sold or released as the case may be to give space for quality players.
Daily Mail reports that Arshavin’s loan move is likely to be turned into a permanent deal. Naturally you’d expect me to be gutted if that happened.
Arsenal are also looking to make Denilson’s move to Sau Paulo permanent. The Brazilian side are however reluctant to pay him 50,000 quid weekly, something we paid him for how many years? Says a lot really.
It is also believed that players like Nik Bendtner, Vela, Squillaci and Almunia will be sold, freeing the club of up to £23m in annual wages. 23m we hope will go into signing new quality players.
One quality player who won’t be signing for us is Mario Gotze. News broke he signed a new deal with Dortmund yesterday, one which ties him down till 2016.
I won’t say I’m disappointed because I honestly didn’t think we could sign him. I mean, he’s valued at £35m or thereabout, way out of our fishing range.
So with Gotze a no-go and Podolski as good as signed. What player(s) would you love to see at the Emirates next season? In an Arsenal jersey of course!
Let me know in the comments!
Have a great day ahead!
Top of the morning wherever this post meets you. It was my birthday yesterday so I took a break off everything football. Consequently, this post will be as brief as they come.
So while I was partying yesterday, my darling Arsenal was fluffing its lines in what should have been a routine win. I did not see the game, so expressing my opinion will be grossly inappropriate.
From what I gathered,we conceded first, from yet another set-piece. It seems we have cultivated the habit of defending set-pieces. I know it was just a pre-season game, but we all know how much that cost us last season. One would expect that Wenger would have brought in a big centre-back to help us in such situations.
The only positive I can take from the game is the fact that Vela scored again. The decision to exclude him from the Copa America seems to be paying dividends already. This is to hoping he can carry on scoring into the business end of the season.
Manchester City’s latest recruit, Gael Clichy, this morning declared that he left Arsenal because he was tired of missing out on silverware.
The French man said he could have penned a new deal at the Emirates Stadium but could not face the prospect of more seasons like the 2010/11 campaign.
As annoying as this is, we cannot blame Clichy for seeking a new challenge because he gave his best while he wore the red and white of Arsenal. We can only wish him the best of luck.
So according to a fellow Arsenal blogger gunnerblog, we have agreed a fee of around $1.5m for 19-year old Costa Rican striker, Joel Campbell. His father, Humberto Campbell says that the deal will be finalised today, with Saprissa set for a final meeting with Arsenal’s envoy, Richard Law.
Campbell has agreed a five-year contract, including provision for him to wear his preferred number 12 shirt which is currently unoccupied at Arsenal.
So there you have it, we have also snapped up our 19 year old. It remains to be seen what part he’ll play in our title assault next season.
That’s all for today, expect a more comprehensive post tomorrow by which time Campbell should be officially a gunner.
Any thoughts on yesterday’s game and our new signing? Please share them below.
Arsenal began their pre-season preparation with a comprehensive victory over a Malaysian XI in a game played under the uncomfortable heat in Kuala Lumpur.
The starting XI comprised Szczesny; Jenkinson, Koscielny, TV5(C), Gibbs; Song, Wilshere, Ramsey; Miyaichi, Walcott, Cham29.
We dominated proceedings right from the start and after Wilshere was hacked down in the box on 5 minutes, Ramsey converted the resulting penalty.
Miyaichi and Walcott were doing well with their pace on the wings but they could have done a lot better with the end product. We were in control of the game and Ramsey was having an outstanding evening.
Eight minutes before half time, his delightful chipped pass to Walcott was lobbed over the keeper by the Englishman. 2-0 at half time and we were cruising.
The second half brought massive changes with Mannone, Squillaci, Djourou, Traore, Vela, Frimpong all coming on.
The Malaysian side had Kunanlan Subramaniam who sometimes threatened on the left flank with his sheer pace but they had nothing to show it.
Our third goal soon arrived, courtesy of Carlos Vela who beat the keeper with an audacious chip. This is somewhat becoming a trademark for him.
It is great to see Vela among the goals again. He has had a lot of troubles making an impact at the club. He should get his chance next season and we will be delighted if he can contribute significantly when the real business starts.
There was no denying this Arsenal team a win but we added a cherry on the cake. Arshavin who had come on in the 66th minute; after a mazy run chipped a wonderful cross into the path of Rosicky. The Czech Republic captain headed in with precision.
4 nil and game over!
It is worth mentioning that we were sporting the away jersey in this game. While I love the colour of the kit, I have my reservations concerning the crest. The design just does not make me excited.
But one man looks as though he won’t be wearing that kit for long. Brazilian midfielder Denilson came on at half time and was substituted on 66 minutes.
Arsenal fans have been angered because we felt, like other members of #TeamDeadwood, Bendtner and Almunia, the Brazilian should not have travelled with the team.
It is as though Wenger needed just 20 minutes to realize that Denilson is not in his plans for next season. Hurray!!! Wenger has finally seen how poor Denilson is.
The Brazilian was visibly disappointed with the decision and instead of returning to the bench, he headed straight to the dressing room. It is interesting to see how Wenger reacts to that. A move is already on the cards I should think.
There you have it gooners! Solid debuts from Jenkinson and Miyaichi, Vermaelen and Ramsey also put in great performances. Our season opener, and the goals have started pouring again. It is particularly great to see us keep a clean sheet.
Are we sure Wenger will not see this as a reason not to sign defenders for the coming season? I hope not!
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As I said a few days ago on twitter, the ‘deals’ for Gervinho & Samba are about to rival that of Arshavin & Nasri in terms of how long they took to materialize. We’ve been linked with the Ivorian for God knows how long and yet nothing of substantial evidence to prove it. It was reported last week that we had agreed personal terms and all that remained was a few and it would all be sorted out this week. Unless my calendar is faulty, then today is the last day of a working week.
Pre-season starts in a few weeks and teams have bagged some if not all their signings and they get to blend with their new mates before the pre season starts and here we are, not one person has moved out of the club & not one has moved into the club(please don’t say Jenkinson), all is well with the world. Are we being lied to? Or are we part of an elaborate joke that will have Arsenal sign 5 players in one day and go ‘BAM!!! YOU’VE ALL BEEN PUNK’D. If only.
Unto Samba the 2nd of the only targets we’re sure the club is after, we should have gotten him in January but Wenger’s frugality & failed psychic powers(along with that of the physios,that claimed TV5 would be back soon) we failed to.
Now its proving a problem, B’burn have sold Jones and are not about to lose his defensive partner and club captain without having any suitable replacements so we’re at an impasse. BUT have no worries, he made a cry yesterday night just like Moses did to the Egyptians that he be let go if Arsenal comes along. Oh did I mention we’re the club of his dreams, nope, not Madrid or Barcelona. Goody!!! Arsene make it happen. 12M is not too much you know considering you spent 10 on the average Kozzer.
Of the many facing an exodus at the club, our curly haired doll faced Mexican has just been told he’s not one of them after using another of his many lifelines to survive the chop. I’m a big fan and I blame Wenger for his poor development, deploying a fox-in-box-striker on the wings a la Bendtner.
Going into this weekend on a disappointed note but it was premeditated so I’m not hurt, we’re about to be reduced to scrambling for transfer info for the next few days. Also there’s a report that Arsenal.com is planning on closing the fans forum on the site, apparently the fans have hurt the feelings of the club chief Gazidis and Wenger with their cry for improvement. What a world we live in aye? Notice how I did not mention the derisory £31M bid Barca made for Fabregas. Caroll worth more than Fabregas? You must be retarded.
From wherever you’re reading, hang in there, its tough and depressing but so have the last six years. Have a splendid day.
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It has been an eventful week at Arsenal with news, team selection, squad role and transfers been the major talking point. At the press conference on Friday , Arsene Wenger had a lot to tell the members of the press present.
First off was the news of returning players from injury with the likes of Squillaci Diaby and Almunia coming back to take their places in the squad for the FA Cup clash. And speaking of Almunia, Le Boss has challenged him to win his place back in the team and this was after dropping the news that Szczesny is now our number one choice between the sticks. Not in his dreams did the boy think his rise at Arsenal would be of meteoric proportions but take nothing away from his performances, he’s been great and his huge frame does our defenders a lot of good and they seem to play with ease and comfort knowing they have a solid pair of gloves behind them.
We all know Almunia’s time is up and come summer, he’ll probably be shipped away to some dead beat club. Then came the news of Carlos Vela moving on loan to West Brom for the rest of the season. This is one move I support strongly seeing as I had been praying he would go on loan when he joined us 3 years ago, and my preferred destination for him then was West Brom. It didn’t happen then but am glad it has now.
He’s too good to be on the bench and maybe a relegation threatened team might be the ideal tonic for him. I foresee a great combo of him and Nigerian Odemwinge. If only we could loan Denilson and make sure its a permanent loan away from the club. Oh well.
Moving on to the matter at hand, our opponents tomorrow, Huddersfield are third in League One and gunning for promotion under Lee Clark. They have lost only once in their last seven games and won’t be fazed by the visit to the Emirates. After all its a cup tie famous for its upsets and they’ll be hoping to get one.
Unfortunately for them, they meet an Arsenal team high on confidence and boasting an impeccable record this January. Despite playing an all time high, 8 games in January, in those eight games we have conceded just three times (all in cup competitions) and have scored 16 goals, including three in each of their last four games. So on paper, it should be a walkover for us. Yes!
Irrespective of the team we send out there, I expect a demolition job and fancy Bendtner or Chamakh to nab a brace or hat trick. This is what the team might look like.
Eboue, Squillaci, Miquel, Gibbs
Denilson, Diaby, Wilshere
Bendtner, Chammy29, Arshavin
Prediction : Arsenal 4-0 Huddersfield
So, the 5th round awaits us so long we avoid any nasty surprises and I’m glad Benik Afobe(Arsenal player on loan at Huddersfield) is ineligible to play. Don’t want him hitting the back of the net or causing us any problems.
From wherever you’re reading, have fun and make sure you keep an eye on Oxlade Chamberlain against Manure. I hope he scores the goal that sends them crashing out.
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