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Arsenal vs Spurs

As some of you may know from the comments section, I live in a house full of yids. It’s just a fact that I am one Arsenal supporter surrounded by spurs fans, my mum, stepdad and younger brother are all yids. My family is from Peckham but seemingly all of them support the team even those (women) just vaguely aware of football feel the need to support the club that has been passed down through our family lineage.

Thank god then for my Aunt’s now ex-husband (shock horror) for slapping an Arsenal shirt on me and taking me to Highbury when I was just about walking. From that moment on I have been in love with Arsenal FC, I’ve felt every high and every low, the wonderment of winning trophy after trophy, the disappointment of losing the Champions League final. I’ve seen the league shift and change, title giants like Liverpool fall away to be replaced by Chelsea who rose from obscurity on the back of twenty pound notes thrusting them into the limelight like a papery magic carpet.

For years though a constant of Arsenal life was that our North London ASBO neighbours have firmly lived in our shadow. Anytime they tried to poke their whiskers out and smell the fresh air we’d slap them back into the void of empty dark that is our turbulence.
However this year it seems someone has left the door open and our mischievous little pet has been frolicking in the garden, exposing itself to anyone who’ll dare to look at it. Van Der Vaarting wherever it pleases, showing it’s Bale’s to passing children. Filthy little creature.

The sudden (and possibly temporary) rise of Tottenham from our shadow is something that got me to wondering, what would a North London FC team look like? Who from either side would make the grade and who would be a casualty?

So:

Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel VS The Schez
For me the Schez-man has this one, he’s young, confident, a good commander of his box and makes excellent reflex saves. Sometimes he gets a little hot under the collar, but then so did Brad Friedel – 30 years ago.

Right Back: Kyle Walker VS Bacary Sagna
Arsenal go 2 nil up here as for me there really is no question as to who will take right back. Walker has impressed thus far this year but Bacary is levels above him.

Right Centre Back: Ledley King VS Per Mertesacker
Tottenham gain a point back here as Ledley makes the starting eleven. Since his arrival Mertesacker has done…ok. Not brilliant, not the rock we were all hoping for but ok. His reading of the game and size makes up for his complete lack of any sort of pace and his rather panicky demeanour on the ball. 2-1 Arsenal.

Left Centre Back: Kaboul VS Thomas Vermaelen
3-1 Arsenal, Thomas is the obvious choice again, excellent going forward, excellent defending, great in the air, cannon of a left foot and has the same desire in the first minute as he does the ninetieth which is a mirror for his desire over a season. Great player. Spurs fans it is key to point out this isn’t me saying Kaboul is the opposite, just that he’s not as good a player as Vermaelen.

Left Back: Assou-Ekotto VS Kieran Gibbs
The zany Spurs left back takes the position from our fragile, hit and miss youngster every day of the week. I said Wenger was wrong to bank on Kieran and I’ve been proved right, his constant injuries and lack of focus on the pitch will cost us if he tries to make Gibbs the new Cole. Assou-Ekotto may be a touch on the bizarre side (odd boots and all that) but he is a great player – just sort out the hair.

3-2 Arsenal as we move into the middle of the park. For the purposes of this exercise we will envisage that both sides are playing a 4-3-3.

Right Middle: Luka Modric VS Aaron Ramsey
Tottenham level things up as without doubt Modric far exceeds the Welsh captain. I don’t think there will be an Arsenal fan that will argue this one.

Central Middle: Scott Parker VS Alex Song
This was a tough one, Song has had some great games this years, but then he’s also had some stinkers. For me Tottenham take the lead and Scott Parker takes the holding role. A player I was desperate for Wenger to fork out the poultry sum on and bring to our club and he’s shown why a lot of pundits thought the same. He’d have been ideal at the battling heart of our team. Great professional.

Left Middle: Rafael Van Der Vaart VS Mikel Arteta
I might upset a few people here but Arteta stops Tottenham from winning the midfield battle completely. His industry and willingness to get stuck into everything has made him a real asset and most any premiership middle would welcome him. VDV has had a few dodgy games and can go missing occasionally. But again for £8 Million Ol’Twitchy did excellently here.

We go into the forwards department tied at 4-4.

Right Forward: Aaron Lennon VS Gervinho
The Lille man makes it 5-4 to the gunners, his pace and ability to get at defenders really shone through against City at the Etihad and it’s really that game that decided it for me. If he could add finishing, boy he’d be a player.

Centre Forward: That Bloke VS Robin Van Persie
6-4

Left Forward: Gareth Bale VS Theo Walcott
Another no question decision here. Theo Walcott…I jest. Gareth Bale takes the spot over the English winger every single time. He has pace to burn like Theo but scores goals as well (as we saw yesterday) and has good end product, can think in tricky situations and retain the ball for his team by drawing fouls in dangerous areas.

So if my math is right and it usually isn’t, that’s 6-5 Arsenal. But a decision here or there, Van Der Vaart instead of Arteta and you’ve got a different outcome. Tottenham have bridged the gap considerably, I do though, honestly think we’ll finish above them, their legs will go come February and they’ll start to struggle to hold onto 4th but, they’re still above us right now.

If they lose Modric or Bale (less likely) in January it really is over for them, both players are so important. Arsene must look to an example like this and address it, we want an 11-0 whitewash but we need a Modric and a Bale. Gotze and Hazard would be nice – everyman can dream.

Here’s hoping we get over the blip against Wolves, buy some decent talent this coming month and charge all the way to May.

Happy New Year everyone.

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Christmas Villa

Arsenal take on Aston Villa in a mid-week game having narrowly lost to Manchester City on Sunday in a game that proved even with no actual full-backs and having lost our two best players in the summer and not adequately replacing them we’re still a force in the Premier League. Remember United, second in the league were thumped 6-1 at home against City. The Spuds (who judging by what their ‘fans’ keep saying seem to have the odd idea that the season ends at the end of the month…strange lot) lost 5-1 to City at home. We were narrowly beaten 1-0 at The Etihad in a game that most would agree we deserved a draw.

Still, it was an excellent game of football in which a defence of four centre backs and a whole team that cost a little over what Sergio Aguero cost City stood toe to toe with this vulgar giant and traded blows and on a few occasions almost landed the knockout blow. We need to carry this momentum on into the clash at Villa Park, every three points is essential and it worries me to see some blogs calling it ‘fairly routine’. It’s not; we cannot approach any game feeling we’ll stroll on and stroll off with the win. We need to win every single game in the next month and it’s doable.

Arsene Wenger can help out his squad who really did a lot to restore some gunner pride on Sunday by adding to it as soon as the window opens. Like some crazed woman who received several hundred pounds worth of New Look vouchers bombing down her local high street as soon as the January sale boards go up in the sparkly shop windows.

The Mail ran an interesting piece today on ‘health checks’ of all the teams in the premiership and what their shopping lists should be come January. For us it was some urgent cover at the back which I totally agree with, a backup striker for RVP, again totally agree with this and then Gotze who most people widely accept is high on Wenger’s wish list. If by the end of January we can see on that little scrolling ‘IN’ bar on Sky Sports News Vertonghen, Alex, Gotze and Podolski I think we’ll have a very happy New Year and a great remainder to the season. But, as Arsenal fans we are accustomed to the bitter disappointment of seeing no one arrive in transfer windows and Arsene to keep the faltering car running all the way home on nothing but sound bites and hope.

I don’t understand the big deal everyone’s making about Djourou being injured I mean….he’s crap. Yes it’s yet another injury to a defender but honestly, I think a TESCO bag that some inconsiderate fan brought along to Villa Park that found its way down onto the pitch and got caught in a slight breeze would be more of an annoyance than Johan to a Villa attacker.

My starting eleven would be:

Schez

Koscielny   Mertesacker   Vermaelen   Miquel

Arteta   Song   Ramsey

Chamberlain   Van Persie   Gervinho

Koscielny and Vermaelen are beasts at the back, we expect it from Tommy but Laurent (who I will now refer to as Larry Koscielny – because it sounds harder isn’t it?) has surprised a lot of people with his performances. He’s one of those in the squad that have stepped up to the mark when things went south for us. Arteta is another and Song has had some big games, he just needs to polish his tackling and passing up a bit and we’ll have a real midfield dynamo there.

Van Persie….we’re not worthy. And Gervinho tore City’s full backs apart and was a menace all game long, just needs to concentrate on that final product a bit more whether that’s a shot or a cross. Walcott was abysmal, his control was horrific. He ended up having to scoop the ball back under his control every time he was passed to because it had jumped off his toe. His runs were flat, and aside from a second half shot that Joe Hart saved he may as well have been at home. So I’d field Oxo and let him run riot, just tell him to go out and run his socks off. If he wants Theo’s place then these are the chances he’ll have to take. Equally Theo needs to learn in a top flight team you can’t have a performance in a massive game like Sunday and not go unpunished.

I can’t see us cocking up against a weak Villa side but we still need to maintain focus which I think we’re better at this year with a leader in each department, Schez, Vermaelen, Arteta, Van Persie.

Here’s hoping for three points this week, maximum points at the end of January, some real top class buys in the window and a happy new year.

Merry Christmas Gunners!

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Wenger has Gotze to get stuck in come January

It seems no matter where you go what you do you can’t escape Arsenal transfer speculation, even in September papers were linking us to deals in January ‘price agreed’ and ‘Arsenal make contact with’ are titles we’ve all become accustomed to. It doesn’t even seem to be tied in any way to form either, when we were having our worse start for 50 years the flow was as steady as it is now.

One name that has constantly popped up since the middle of the summer window though is that of 19 year old ‘wunder-kid’ Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund. The German teen has attracted attention from pretty much every big gun in Europe read, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Milan (Inter and AC), Manchester United, Chelsea (pfft) and of course Manchester City. I’m sure Liverpool were in there somewhere but as he’s not English and ridiculously overvalued ‘King Kenny’ will doubtlessly look elsewhere.

Arsenal are enjoying a real resurgence in form right now, Arsene managed to turn the vibes around at the club after the 8-2 thrashing with a few signings, we had the blip at Blackburn after that and a few slip ups but overall the team is plodding along nicely playing in a way we haven’t seen before.

Some of the technique the o-la-la if you like has gone out of our game but there’s a steady work ethic and real passion to grab the win now. The players seem to be enjoying each win all the more now and under Van Persie’s captaincy they really do look like they’re willing to fight for each other and the fans to get the victory. Though we have lost some of our flashiness it’s nice to see, we all remember the super slick Arsenal shipping four goals against Newcastle, or going 2-0 up against Wigan only to lose 3-2, or going 4-2 up against Spurs only to drop to a 4-4 draw. When Chelsea clawed their way back to a totally undeserved 3-3 at the Bridge this year I doubt I was the only one thinking ‘and wait for the fourth.’ But to my surprise it was us who bagged the fourth and fifth goals to take a historic win.

Some players have really stepped up to the mark and they deserve a pat on the back for it, it’s these guys you need to keep around. When the going got tough they didn’t need to be searched for, they were right there on the line fighting. I’m thinking of Koscielny, Schez, Vermaelen (now he’s back), of course RVP, Arteta, Gervinho. Ramsey is putting the effort in aware that our midfield talisman will return in a month or so. Walcott has stepped up his game now he can feel the breath of the Ox on the back of his neck. Frimpong and Coquelin have done well and brought a freshness and youthful energy to the team every time they’ve played. Andre Santos is improving with each game and it’s staggering how many attacks he starts each week.

But to notice the heroes, you can’t help but point fingers at the villains. Chamakh looks to be heading out of the club most likely to PSG (Le City de Manchester of Francais) and with a fee of £12 Million being talked about I wouldn’t shed too many tears at seeing the weirdly oily back of the Moroccan’s head. He’s been given enough chances and although some of his ball work and hold up play is good, he just doesn’t score enough goals or even look interested in being an attacking threat.

As much as it pains me to say it we need to look to sell Arshavin and bring someone in to replace him, and perhaps this is where young Gotze comes in.

I don’t know how many of you have paid attention to the German youngster since the summer but I certainly have (as much as I can) and he looks like a cross between a Fabregas and a Nasri. He has that killer ball in him, quick feet and a great sense of the game like Cesc. But he also runs the wings, has good pace and bags of tricks like Nasri. From reading up on him, joining his Facebook page he also seems a genuinely nice guy and has nothing but praise for us having played us. His agent said ‘Mario was wowed by the setup at Arsenal. The ground and the fans, the way they play the game is the way he wants to.’

Rumour has it Arsene is ready to break our transfer record and splash £25 Million on the kid. Dortmund want £30 Million but I think they’re playing hardball, though they are in a better bargaining position than say LOSC Lille who want a ludicrous £44 Million for Eden Hazard – another Arsene target.

The window opens in around three weeks and I hope we’re much more organised than we were this summer. What happened in August was nothing short of a complete shambles and it took an 8-2 pasting at Old Trafford to thankfully wake up everyone at Arsenal HQ and they pulled their fingers out.

Let’s hope the fingers are already out, the phones are in use, e-mails and faxes (if anyone does that anymore) are being sent and we are negotiating because we do need reinforcements. These players are trying to so hard and I can see a burn out in the very near future. We can’t expect Robin to carry the team to fourth alone. And we can’t expect Jack to come back and be our Cesc and Samir in attack – talented though he is.

However, I do appreciate you cannot change too much too soon and upset what is a very precarious balancing act at Arsenal. I think most of us can agree losing Chamakh in January would hardly upset the apple cart, neither would the loss of the Squid for a couple of million. Frimpong looks like he’s going on loan to Wolves and unless Diaby (who’s injured again having played five minutes of football) can string a few games together before January I’d be tempted to send him on loan to France with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

We’re not going to bank fortunes, perhaps £15 Million if the expected transfers of Chamakh and Squillaci go through and Arshavin stays put for now but it does mean we’d only have to spend £10 Million of our money (the fee for Arteta) to land Gotze who has made it clear we (along with those Catalans clowns) are his preferred destinations. Please Arsene, don’t do another Mata.

Lukas Podolski along with Damiao the Brazilian striker have been linked with Wenger clearly realising that Van Persie will need a rest occasionally and with Chamakh looking ready to jump ship and Park hardly inspiring confidence up top he needs a good understudy.

I know there are people who still want defensive reinforcements along with a whole host of new talent but I honestly think Mario Gotze and perhaps Podolski or another decent striker will be enough to see us start battling at the top of the table again. Don’t forget Wilshere will be back at the close of the window meaning our options in attacking midfield are mouth-watering.

Should the German arrive do you put him in the middle of the park? Or up top with Van Persie and Gervinho leaving a probable middle of Arteta, Song and Wilshere? That’s the beauty of a player like Gotze.

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Silly season – The season before the season

It came to my attention today that the press themselves actual label this time of the year ‘silly season’, not just regarding their reporting of matters to do with sport but everything they report on. The MP’s are away on their Tuscan breaks, god knows who’s in charge but judging by the imminent release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes some kind of hybrid monkey that bases its political and socio-cultural decisions on picking random picture cards with various outcomes printed on them.

Now, frighteningly intelligent Chimps aside just because the press have nothing to report on with the MP’s away, the lack of football and so having to resort to watching Cricket and the fact that they themselves actual call it ‘silly season’ does not give them the excuse to behave like utter Xavi’s.

They seem to (very cleverly) have worked out that by adding the names Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Barcelona and Saga into their articles they get a hell of a lot more hits. Then layer on that some sensationalist b*llshit and they are one ‘source close to a player’ away from being the Spanish sporting press!

I think it really is low, the blind could see that morale among the fans at Arsenal is lower than I can remember, the deaf could hear the ramblings of discontent, the frustration. And the lame – well he throws bottles around at pitch side every week….badda boom….I’ll be here all week.

But in all seriousness this type of baiting (Arsenal sign Mata – Arsenal fail again to sign a player) of our fans is uncalled for and I doubt we’d see the same shitty level of reporting (using the term loosely) directed at Manchester United. But, hey ho, such is our lot. Do we all remember Eduardo? The first player in the history of football to dive?

Arsenal seem to be an extension of the East India company apparently, keeping a Spaniard and a Frenchman locked away below decks in platinum chains and silk loincloths, fed on nothing but the finest gourmet food! The bastards! And look! When the Spaniard moans they beat him with even more money!

But leaving them aside what we do know is that Manchester City are coming for Samir again, the figure being thrown around is £22 Million and for that sum, I have to say my friends – I would sell him.

His performances thus far albeit in pre-season have seemed occasionally to be a tad lacklustre, like a wife going through the motions with her husband because after all it’s Saturday night and he’s been down the pub with his mates.

I believe I even heard some booing ringing out when he touched the ball against Boca, might just have been the reception on the box though. But it makes no sense to basically throw away £35 Million on a player (his £13 Million signing plus losing £22 Million if he walks for free). Sell him and sign Mata, a player who is after all actually a winger but can play attacking midfield when the need arises.

Our other prisoner a certain Cesc Fabregas is a trickier situation. I am loathed to let Barcelona have their way, they scoff at £40 Million when we could easily get £50 Million from City, Madrid or Chelsea, frankly any other club with actual eyes and a brain. So offering £35 Million is an insult and I dearly hope Arsenal don’t try and sneak that one under the table and then unveil Mata to try and trick us all – the devilish fiends.

Something that really irritated me today were the callous remarks of our chairman Peter Hill-Wood who has succeeded in pissing me off quite a lot this close season. Essentially his way of thinking is that we should pay up, shut up and enjoy what we get.

He said that Arsenal supporters would just ‘have to be bloody patient’ regarding transfers, 6 years Peter, that’s pretty goddamn patient with regards to Le Proff and Project Youth. And with regards to ticket prices – and this really is beautiful from a multi-millionaire ‘don’t they know VAT went up?’

Charming. Considering we already paid astronomically more than anyone else before the ticket rise this year! Tit!

Perhaps they’ve got so much money they really couldn’t give a toss if they’ve got 60 000 in the stadium or 6. But those are not the comments of a chairman especially given the feeling of his fans right now. We were promised activity by Wenger and Gazidis and so far we’ve got Gervinho (who looks good) a 19 year old full back and spent most of the summer listening to the management try to fend of suitors for our two best players.

I can almost feel one of those Family Guy cut aways coming on. This was worse than that summer when….

But anyway, there are some reports that Gary Cahill and Jagielka are both on their way this week. I give this one a 9/10 for bull rating. It’s Wednesday tomorrow, and even if it were Monday I’d still say no-freaking-way.

Perhaps one or the other, but I can’t see Arsene buying both. I feel the most we’ll get out of the club now is a centre back and perhaps Mata. With either Cesc or Samir leaving, again I can’t see Arsene allowing both to walk.

In my personal opinion, Samir is easier to replace (Mata) than Cesc, there is only one Cesc Fabregas in the world. And with Barcelona giving Thiago the number 4 shirt, as well as a string of amazing display from the youngster the deal doesn’t exactly seem great on Cesc’s end either.

And finally before I depart. Two words. Joey Barton?

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So close…yet so far.

The season is rapidly approaching, 18 days, so very tantalisingly close – you can almost taste it. This weekend sees the return of football to the Emirates and more importantly the return of an Arsenal legend to the hallowed turf. Thierry Henry.

I expect a rapturous welcome for the player whose number Theo Walcott might well feel rather inadequate wearing against the New York Red Bulls. It might be nice to have him on the field for the current crop of Arsenal pups to have a look at, no doubt we’ll see a fair few play in the Emirates Cup this weekend. Perhaps the most intriguing will be youngster Frimpong, who had a rather promising preseason last year before suffering a season ending injury.

It remains to be seen whether Cesc Fabregas will play any part with papers of course pouring foul smelling oil onto the already roaring flames of conspiracy fanned by none other than Barcelona’s impossible to gag Xavi. They of course seem to think his reluctance to travel abroad and train with the team is him effectively ‘going on strike’ and while I do think Fabregas hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory this summer, we all know he’s wanted to go back home for the past two season but has shown a constant level of professionalism.

Arsene Wenger this week showed he has friends in high places, recruiting none other than PM David Cameron to twist the Spaniard’s ear outside of Number 10. Whatever it takes, £135 000 a week bumper deal, get the prime minister involved, hell, the Chancellor of the Exchequer lives next door let him ‘sort’ El Captiano’s tax returns.

But I, as I’m sure all of you are, am very excited for the season to start again. This weekend whilst I’ll enjoy simply watching the Gunners play again after what has felt like an eternity of rumour and speculation will not be able to resist dissecting the performance.

Our defence still seems a bit shaky, even against (with the greatest of respect) lesser Malaysian teams. But we’ll see. I had hoped by now we’d be a good few players better off, especially in the defence.

If in May after Wenger finally admitted that we needed strengthening I’d said to you come August we’d have signed £11 Million Gervinho, £1 Million 19 year old Carl Jenkinson and would still have a want away Captain and a contract rebel in Samir Nasri you’d probably have said…’well at least he’s signed a good centre back….right?’

‘Ermmm.’

But after a quick call to the Samaritans ‘don’t jump’ phone line you’d probably say ‘there’s still just over 4 weeks of deal time left.’

JET has been bundled out of the exit and off to Ipswich for £1.1 Million. I would imagine most Arsenal fans wish him well, no doubting his obvious talents, but when you don’t have the work ethic it’s always going to be a struggle to break into a team like Arsenal.

The move today brought up a lot of question of our youth policy, when Jet crashed his £100 000+ Mercedes at the age of 17 without a licence and proceeded to simply buy another, you know something isn’t quite right.

If you’ve achieved that level of grandiose at the tender age of 17 while most kids are studying at college and scrabbling together money for uni working ten hours a week in a kitchen somewhere, your work ethic kind of goes out the window – or through it, ey Jay?

But that’s another, far deeper argument I fear is irrelevant at this point. With Eboue heading for the exit also in a £4 Million deal followed it seems by Bendtner and Almunia Wenger needs to do some buying. Not even taking into account the unthinkable situation of losing both Nasri and Fabregas.

And I have to say on the whole ‘Nasri will stay situation’ how can Le Proff quaff at paying £17 Million for Gary Cahill and then be so blasé about losing Nasri for free next year, essentially flushing £25 Million down the river! Hurts my head.

As the season gets closer I can’t help but feel slightly more nervous, our team doesn’t look that much stronger aside form Gervinho who had a good start bagging a brace before coming off with a knock against Cologne.

People 10 000th on the list for season tickets were being offered them as fans displayed their frustration by turning down ticket renewal, upset bloggers such as those writers at Le Grove were interviewed by The Sun as a vent for their anger.

And it could all be sorted out by two…three maybe, transfers. I know Wenger sees things we don’t, he will have forgotten more about football than I will ever know, but if….IF….he doesn’t buy any defenders before the transfer window shuts, I think that will be a seriously bad move. Come November Squillaci and Johan will be covering through injuries, suspensions and what have you.

So close, yet so far.

Good luck this weekend boys.

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It’s Easy

The display on my desktop says 09:15 – on a Saturday morning! That is almost blasphemous and I can’t help but think of dear old Lionel’s ‘easy like Sunday morning’ and become painfully aware that he said nothing about Saturday mornings.

So, having been to see the new Harry Potter flick last night (highly recommend to everyone), ingested vast sums of the amber fluid and a rather large Indian I’m feeling somewhat peaky this morning. Nonetheless I thought I’d press on and try to see what is happening in the world of Arsenal FC this morning from the sources available to me at this ungodly hour!

Luke Kelly posted a good little piece with the table of expenditure and profit from player sales/buys yesterday and it sort of confirmed what we’ve all known for a long, long time now. Arsene does spend, or should say has spent but he also recoups quite a lot from selling players he’s bought for nothing or very little for an inflated price after polishing them up a bit.

You need only look at the difference between our largest signing and largest sale to see Wenger does like to spin a profit. And hey, I’m not exactly Le Proff’s biggest fan at the moment but I can applaud a man that has kept a team in the Champions League whilst having to make those kinds of profits. I think we can all agree on that. And I know a lot of people who firmly believe in the Le Boss hold this up as a mark of his greatness. And you’re right.

But do you ever wonder why he has to make these kinds of profits?

No manager wants to sell off his best players, or try and flog them as if he’s some kind of pimp sitting on the corner of the road outside Eastland’s ooops, sorry Etihad Stadium (say no more) with Kolo Toure and Ade-pay-me-more dressed in frilly, lacy little numbers strutting up and down outside Gary Cook’s office window.

Of course I understand that some players push hard for the exit, some players demand vast sums of money on the basis of one – or half a season’s excellent display. Yeah, five months of playing well and you think you deserve £140,000 a week! Wish my effing job worked like that.

Yeah, yeah boss did you see that? That last hour then, I was off the chain! I think I deserve triple time for the rest of the year.

Fabregas is our highest earner, he’s been playing with us since he was sixteen, has shown us loyalty when being tapped up and licked by that incredulous bunch of Catalan dopes. He’s been consistently excellent and the heartbeat of our team as well as poster child for Project Youth. He deserves it.

Project Youth. Has anyone seen the trailer for Captain America? It always makes me think of Project Youth at Arsenal. Can just imagine tiny little Vela playing one week, getting knocked all over the shop. Wenger has a quiet word after the game ‘zis is called, Le Project de Youth.’

Next week Carlos Vela is 6ft 5 and weighs somewhere in the region of two tonnes of solid rhinoceros style, armour plated, oiled up, sweet smelling muscle. He bounds across the pitch, ripping Chelsea players limb from limb. The ref tries to stop it but is thrown from the ground in a hammer throw style twirl.

And if any of you even think of stealing the plot to my movie, Captain Mexico, I will hunt you down, so help me I will hunt you down.

Any who back to reality and both The Sun (oh dear Rupert) and the Daily Mail are reporting that Arsene has tried to hijack Chelsea’s bid of Lukaku with a £14 Million offer. Now I’m all for getting one over on the chavs but come on, this story has to be made up. We just signed Gervinho! Both are referred to as the ‘new Drogba’. I can’t see this one to be honest. But IF it’s true I would seriously question Wenger’s judgement here. Another 18 year old, another promising talent, more player building, more ridiculous wages for unproven players.

Scott Parker may or may not be heading to Chelsea on a season long loan. If this one’s true then by all means Wenger tallyho! Jump in there and spoil the party. A midfield of Wilshere, Parker and Fabregas is mouth-watering. I don’t agree with a lot of what Don writes on here, with all due respect to him he’s a very good writer, but I absolutely concur that Wilshere will have a beast this year. That boy is something special and to get him next to Parker, old boy who’ll teach him the tricks of being a combative midfielder and then of course Cesc. *Whistles in a most seductive way*

Now, we all knew it was coming. Season Tickets have been renewed so Wenger can speak his mind. Unless he thinks that being interviewed in Malaysia means that those words don’t get beamed back here for us to read. Not when the News of the World have rigged your inbox mate! Mwa hahahaha.

‘I do not believe we are weak defensively. We were strong in open play but had problems with the set pieces.’

As someone at Arseblog so eloquently put it ‘that’s like saying I’m an excellent driver, I’m just not great at the whole steering part.’ Brilliantly put. Fact is we need a centre back. Badly. Cahill looks like a nonstarter now; Samba has gone cold so I hope dearly Wenger has a player lined up. And not an unknown, not a bargain basement oldie. A proven, solid, no nonsense defender to play next to Vermaelen.

We also need a left back. As much as I like Gibbs and think he’s a promising player the boy can’t go three games without resting for six months because he’s hurt himself. Being young he’s also very prone to errors in judgement and his positioning. Pacey, tricky wingers might be a huge problem for him and for a team that is supposed to be competing for every trophy we cannot have passengers in the squad.

In other news we’re the seventh richest sporting club in the world, worth around £740 Million. United topped the bill ahead of the Dallas Cowboys. Wenger came out and said that Nasri is staying put, even at a risk of losing £25 Million next summer and also that this has been his worst year ever.

Maybe that’s why they all want to leave Arsene – just saying.

Some random stuff there for you to digest on a Saturday while I try and digest that Tikka Masala that’s slowly edging its way through my alimentary canal – oh yeah, A Level Biology. That’s right.

Have a good weekend.

Article written by Super Cesc.

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A moment in our club’s history

I truly think the coming weeks are just that, a moment in our clubs history. It feels like (and I’m sure a lot of fans will agree) we have reached a crossroads and it’s time in our own Captain’s words to decide what course we wish to take. On the one hand, we can continue to spend little if anything on transfers, find 16-17 year olds in academies like La Masia and offer them big fat contracts that the Spanish giants can’t and nurture them and hope to God they turn into superstars a-la Cesc Fabregas.

Or alternatively we spend big, bring in massive names that fans rush out to get printed on their shiny new anniversary shirts and thus sit our club at the same table as Manchester City, Chelsea, Madrid and to a lesser extent Barcelona.

My guess? Somewhere in the middle will be where Arsene Wenger shoots this summer, we’ll see arrivals and we’ll see departures. We’ve already seen a few chaps come in from Barcelona’s academy and it’s worth their wages just to stick one in the eye of the band of absolute tosspots. I’m sorry, I know they are the great footballing side of a generation, but they are, total, and complete – wankers. Self-righteous, sanctimonious, whoreish, picture stealing, shirt forcing, player tapping wank pots. And….breathe!

Carl Jenkinson has arrived from Charlton in a move which may spell the end of Eboue, which has been greeted with mixed emotions from Arsenal fans especially the so called ‘cult of Eboue’. I myself think he’s a liability – moments of sublime skill and experience mixed with utter stupidity that leave you thinking he’s been on the crack pipe at half time!

As Scott’s last article pointed out I’d be extremely shocked if either Samba or Cahill didn’t end up pulling on the red and white of Arsenal next year. There’s a lot of talk at the moment that we are in the advanced stages of contract talks with both, Samba for £9 Million on a four year deal and Cahill for £15 Million on the same. This would lead to the Vermeister playing at LB, where he does a lot on international duty and might just give us that discipline, height and guile we’ve been lacking at set pieces. As well as being good at defending them, both Cahill and Samba are more than competent at attacking in the air as well which is a plus and both will certainly be hungry to prove themselves on the grand stage of the Champions League.

Note to the pair though; be sure not to kick any balls if we end up at the Nou Camp again. They are a bit strange with their football over there. A) Kicking of balls can result in immediate sending off. B) You must put up with Busquets complete cockishness, yes he will roll about, run into you and then pretend you shagged his mother and slapped your penis in his face with his overreaction. As my granddad would say when they fall over – ‘bury the twat and get on with it’ well said Granddad. C) Under no circumstances must you ever, EVER beat Barcelona. Their shocked faces at the end of the game at the Emirates. ‘What? That’s full time? But, it’s 2-1 Arsenal? What? We lost! I don’t…I don’t understand? What happens now? Is the world ending? Surely the horseman are somewhere on the horizon now, the sky must be close to falling?’

‘No Gerard, Carlos – the referee just ran out of ways to help you, you slimy Catalans you. But don’t worry, you got your revenge – that picture frame cost £9.50 from Woolworths, which you stole! And Woolworths doesn’t even exist anymore! How the fuck are we supposed to replace it now?! ‘

Anyway, this has turned into a rant about Barcelona and I didn’t mean that. But I can’t be the only one that wishes they would all holiday in a compound in Pakistan and a team of US Navy Seals would bust in and shoot them all whilst they were begging on their hands and knees, wrap them in a bed sheet and dump them of the USS Freedom or Hell-Yeah or whatever they call their ships these days, they have to have run out of states now? Surely!

Any who, Gervinho seems basically a done deal and as I said to my good friend Kamran on here his forehead has to be worth the £10.5 Million reported fee alone. The power behind that guy’s headers must be unreal, well when the landing deck is that big they have to be! Never mind the USS Fuck-You you could launch F-15 Eagles off of that!

But in all seriousness I don’t know a lot about the guy but I wish him well at the club, following his signing on of course no small formality these days. Hope you exceed any and all expectations. You’re a Gunner now and that shirt comes with responsibilities.

Arsene seems to have finally realised that with certain players. Pulling on the historic Red and White should be an honour, you should play your skin out for the club and some sadly don’t. We all know who. One of whom is injured for the start of the season already and it’s only June! Tell you what mate go the whole hog and just move over to White Hart Lane, all us here on Arsenal Opinion, all the fans will chip in for a cab I’m sure and help you pack up your stuff. Bubble wrap and them little polystyrene chipping things and everything!

I hope we’ve got all our dealings, both ways in and out done by Mid-July and then let’s focus on the Magpies and our qualification to the Champions League. I know there’s quite a bit of frustration out there, putting it mildly. Most people know how I feel about Wenger, he’s a great man, great manager, lives and breathes the game and our club – but he needs to be judged like everyone else, in silverware.

‘Judge me in May’ please specify which May Arsene.

But that’s not the point. I am, as always firmly behind my club, through thick, through thin and I am always proud to be a Gunner and proved this with the brass bollocks to walk down the High Street beside White Hart Lane last week whilst working nearby in an Arsenal shirt and scarf – it wasn’t even cold! Because I am THAT hard!

I’m sure I like everyone else will be watching carefully, dissecting any little rumour, over analysing the garbage of potential signings for clues as to where they’re moving. ‘Ah, Cahill has switched to a more carbohydrate rich diet! See this? Sainsbury’s best Pasta and Pot Noodles? Arsene loves the Carb diet! He’s a shoe-in at Arsenal!’ And other fun and games!

Peace Gunners, peace. Up the Arsenal!

Article written by Super Cesc.

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