Andrey Arshavin’s return to Zenit will not be heroic

5 07 2013

Andrey Arshavin's return to Zenit will not be heroic.

I had to reblog this, if only for ‘Crisp eating bench polisher’!





Sebastien Squillaci, Man of Steel

14 06 2013

There are no words to describe this





Sanogo a go go

4 06 2013

Despite not being officially announced as of yet it is looking more or less in the bag that promising French striker Yaya Sanogo will be joining Arsenal during the Summer transfer window.

It has been widely reported that the Auxerre and French U21 player would be joining the Gunners on a free transfer in an attempt to take his career to the next level after a groin injury saw him sit out most of the 2012 season on the sidelines.

8 goals in 7 games for the Ligue 2 outift has seen comparisons drawn with a certain Thierry Henry…

According to comments made by Sanogo he had contract offers from a number of teams include Lille however a personal visit from Arsene Wenger convinced him that a move to the Emirates would be the right one to make.





St Totteringham’s day 2013

20 05 2013





Arsenal sign 30M a year kit deal with Puma

8 05 2013

After months of speculation it has finally come to light that Arsenal will be severing their 20 year connection with Nike when the current kit deal expires in 2014.

It has long been suspected that the Gunners would make the switch to Adidas if a new deal couldn’t be agreed with Nike however it would seem they have been pipped to the post by rivals Puma with a staggering 30 million plus a year deal potentially worth 170M over the 5 year course of the contract.

This deal will dwarfs Liverpool’s 25mill a year arrangement with Warrior and see the Gunners sitting top of the tree for kit deals in English sport.

The news of this massive new kit deal follows hot on the heels of Emirates renewing their sponsorship of Arsenal with a bumper new deal.

 

Happy times fellow gooners, happy times 🙂





JUDAS

15 08 2012

Ambition.

That was the key thing which Robin Van Persie claimed that Arsenal were lacking when he issued his scathing statement earlier this Summer.
At the time I was left wondering how the signings of Giroud and Podolski showed a lack of ambition. Fast forward a few weeks and we have added Santi Cazorla to the squad.This one capture above all others is a sign of a club who know where they are going and want to get there asap.

Add to that the fact that we are in the driving seat for the signings of Nuri Sahin and Kevin Miralles and you are left wondering whether a certain Mr. Van Persie was being totally honest with us.

Well that was my view on things this morning.

As of now I officially say fuck you Robin and the horse you rode in on.

You claimed to love the club, you claimed to be a Gunner, you even claimed this wasn’t in anyway about money…Well mate you just proved yourself wrong didn’t you?

What sort of judas prick repays the club who stood by him throughout rape allegations and long term injury by signing for their biggest rival of the last 20 years.
The worst sort, that’s who.

You had the chance to become a legend like Thierry and bow out with your legacy intake. Well you made your choice, he’s a legend and you are just some guy who played for us once. Jog on.





Cazorla is official

7 08 2012

In this case I think a picture paints a thousand words…

 

cazorla

The capture of Santi Cazorla is one of the most impressive pieces of business which Arsenal have pulled off in a long, long, while.

Add this to the earlier acquisition of Podolski and Giroud and this summer it seems that everything is coming up roses.





CAZORLA!!!!!!!!

3 08 2012

The title pretty much says it all!

After all the news in the past couple of weeks that a deal has been struck to bring Spanish international Santi Cazorla to the Emirates it seems that the day has finally arrived.

The tricky winger was absent from training with Malaga this week week amidst rumours that he had jetted into London for his medical with Arsenal.

Well it seems there was more meat to those rumours than is usually the case as it looks like the deal is done and that he is due to be unveiled later on today.

For those of you who think that Arsenal lack ambition I say take the blinkers off.

So far we have sold Vela and released Almunia…. in their place we have bought in Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.

Title here we come!





Koscielny signs new contract

24 07 2012

Amidst all the doom and gloom which silly season often brings as an Arsenal fan it is nice to receive a piece of genuinely good news this morning.

Following on from his excellent performances last season the club have moved to tie the French man down with a new long term deal.

Bucking the trend of want-away mercenaries who use Arsenal as a stepping stone/spring board Kos has instead taken the Vermaelen route of actually agreeing to the deal.

How refreshing 🙂





Frank Isola: Winning trophies away from Arsenal won’t be the same for Robin van Persie

18 07 2012

Robin van Persie arrived at Arsenal’s training camp this week with a few more grey hairs and without a new contract. Of course, one could have something to do with the other.

The club is hoping to resolve Van Persie’s future before the Gunners begin their preseason tour in Malaysia this weekend. All the big clubs are hot for the Dutch striker, including Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Premier League rival Manchester City.

The fact that Van Persie is in camp and apparently in good spirits and good shape has Arsenal optimistic that the captain will re-consider his position, sign a contract extension and continue to call Emirates Stadium home. Van Persie, 28, is in the prime of his career and belongs at Arsenal where he led the Premier League with 30 goals last season.

If it is Van Persie’s wish to win trophies, why not do it with the club where he made a name for himself? He can’t possibly believe that winning a championship while riding shotgun with Messi would mean the same as winning one at Arsenal.

It’s not as if the north London side is that far from being a legitimate contender. Arsenal finished third in the EPL and its manager, Arsene Wenger, is one of the best in the business at adding young talent.

Van Persie has every right to be concerned with Arsenal losing both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer. But Wenger has always been a proactive manager. He is looking to sign 17-year-old French forward M’baye Niang, who is being courted by both Tottenham and Man City. Arsenal is also trying to sign Theo Walcott to a long-term deal.

Locking up Van Persie, however, is the crucial move for Arsenal. Nearly two weeks ago, Van Persie released a statement after meeting with Wenger and Ivan Gazidis and sounded resigned to leaving before his contract expires in 12 months.

“This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy,” Van Persie said in the statement. “Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.

“I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. Out of my huge respect for Mr. Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal should move forward.

“I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract.”

Van Persie sounded sincere but don’t discount the fact that he could be a shrewd negotiator as well. Van Persie understands his value the team and could be looking for more money, more affection or both. I’ll go with the latter.

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Arsenal is built around the Van Persie the way it was once built around his good friend Thierry Henry. And yes, Henry left for Barcelona when he was 27 but not before becoming the Gunners all-time leading scorer with 228 goals while helping Arsenal to two league titles and three FA Cups. It wasn’t until Henry arrived in Spain before he raised a Champions League trophy.

He and Van Persie were teammates when Arsenal lost to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League Final. Van Persie never stepped on the pitch that night and that loss still stings.

Stay at Arsenal and perhaps Van Persie will get that chance again. Winning one as Messi’s sidekick just won’t mean as much.

Frank Isola – Goal.com

Normally I place no stock in pretty anything that comes from the direction of Goal.com.  Usually it is just the same story that everywhere else is running hacked to death by a 5th or 6th rate journo.

On the rare occasion when it isn’t just churning someone else’s story they normally present made up transfer rumours as if they were gospel.

On this occasion however I find myself in the odd predicament of actually agreeing with something they have published. strange or what!

Mr. Isola hits the nail firmly on the head for me with this particular statement

“If it is Van Persie’s wish to win trophies, why not do it with the club where he made a name for himself? He can’t possibly believe that winning a championship while riding shotgun with Messi would mean the same as winning one at Arsenal.”

Good question, why exactly can’t Van Persie win trophies with Arsenal? He says that the club lacks ambition but let us face facts here this is a team which reeling from the loss of two very good players last year plummeted as low as it’s possible to go before bouncing back to finish third.

Agreed the squad lacks some depth in places but it would seem that Wenger and Gazidis have been working to correct that situation this Summer.

Giroud and Podolski have come in and if the papers are to be  believed will be joined by at least two more signings. Add to that Lansbury and Bartley who have been promoted to the first team and the return of Jack Wilshere from injury and we look a bit better set up to maybe go the distance this year.

If they squad hadn’t of  been so thin last year we would have been better equipped to compete across all fronts without having to throw everything into securing champions league football and personally I believe we would have picked up a trophy, even if it were “just” a Carling cup or FA cup.

If Robin Van Persie is so driven and ambitious, then he should prove it.  He is under contract for one more year, fair enough choose not to renew but see the remaining year out and show everyone that it really isn’t about the petro dollars.








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