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.





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 🙂





Is Afellay the man to change RVP’s mind?

16 07 2012

There is a lot of buzz around at the moment that Barcelona are looking to off-load Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay for the meagre sum of £6 million in order to free up funds for their acquisition of defensive midfielder Javi Martinez.

Not only have the club let the player know his days are numbered, they have even gone so far to offer the former PSV Eindhoven player on a plate to Inter Milan and Arsenal.

Whether Afellay will be pulling on the red and white next year remains to be seen, but if I were Arsene Wenger I would be doing all I could to make it happen for one very good reason. He just might be the signing required to make RVP change his mind and “do a Rooney”.

Van Persie is very much on the record with his displeasure at what he sees as the club’s lack of ambition. It is barely 2 weeks since the Dutchman had this to say:

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

Personally with the early capture of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud I beg to differ, but then it isn’t me that needs convincing it is Robin.

At just £6 mil Afellay would represent another canny buy for Arsenal and would be a very Wengeresque signing.

After making his first team debut at the tender age of 17 Afellay went on to have 8 impressive years with PSV picking up 4 league titles before joining Barca in January 2011.

Since arriving at the Nou Camp, Afellay has seen his playing time limited due to a nasty cruciate injury which kept him out of the game for seven months. That said, Afellay seems to have put his injury woes behind him, he featured for Holland in Euro 2012 and looked to be back up to speed.

Quick, powerful and with an eye for goal (he has scored 40 times in 251 appearances) the signing of Afellay coupled with that of new boys Giroud and Podolski would once again make Arsenal a team more than capable of challenging on all fronts.

As an added bonus, the arrival of another winger would really make the likes of Theo Walcott and Gervinho have to up their own games for fear of losing out on their places in the current pecking order.

Barring any further injury set backs at 26 the energetic winger has his best years ahead of him and if anyone knows how to get the best out of pacey, attacking players it is Wenger.

So, Fair enough he is a talented player who would bring something to the side. Why should this make RVP suddenly sit up and decide that Arsenal have some measure of ambition to match his own?

Simple – RVP really, rates his international colleague.

“He’s developed into a real class act in the past couple of years. We all knew that he’s a great player, but he has taken his game to the next level recently.”

What better way to show your captain you mean business than to buy the players he recommends?





Arsenal to take French striker M’Baye Niang on trial

9 07 2012

French daily Ouest-France has claimed that Caen striker M’Baye Niang is heading to London for a trial with Arsenal.

The 17-year-old is the youngest ever player to turn out for recently relegated Caen and has found the net 5 times in 30 league appearances. Niang has already featured for the French under 21 side but would also be eligible to play for Senegal if he so wished.

Niang is the latest player to have been dubbed the  “New Thierry Henry” by the French media and has been described as “a phenomenon” and “a striker out of the ordinary”.

Whilst he wouldn’t be the RVP replacement that fans are currently crying out for securing the services of a very talented youngster like Niang would be a very good move for the side in the long run.





Red and White Securities letter to the Arsenal board…Jabba the Hutt strikes back

6 07 2012

Below is the full text of the open letter which Alisher Usmanov and Red and White Securities sent to the Arsenal board yesterday in the wake of Robin Van Persie’s announcement regarding his future at the club.

I will leave you all to make your own minds up on the contents.

However I will say this, if Mr. Usmanov honestly loves the club as he states and wants nothing but the best for Arsenal Football Club on and off the field then maybe he can make some moves to remove some of the mystery and secrecy cloaking his own past dealings and stop issuing solicitors letters and gagging orders as if they were penny sweets.

Maybe then he would be in a better position to question others and would have more support amongst the fans.





Top replacements for Robin Van Persie

5 07 2012

Well it is official now, Robin Van Persie is a splitter and will be buggering off to some team no-one cares about.

So the first order of business for Arsenal should be making sure that they get the most money possibly for the Dutch mercenary and re-invest it back in the squad in the form of another top quality striker.

Whilst we have already signed the very impressive duo of Podolski and Giroud I still expect Bendtner, Park, Chamakh and Vela to all see the door at the Emirates this summer so at least one more signing up top is needed.

One option which I am going to look at quickly wouldn’t involve spending any money at all on a striker but would be a little bit of a gamble.

Arsene might decide to give Theo Walcott his wish and play him through the middle using Gervinho, Podolski, The Ox and Miyachi on rotation on the wings along with a possible replacement for want away winger Andrei Arshavin.

Might work out well as Theo has an eye for goal and is a relatively good finisher but I feel that you would take away one of his main weapons which is his pace and his ability to run at a defender and worry them/drag them out of position.
So whilst I think it is an option it wouldn’t be my first choice and would rather be something I would try out during odd matches.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

 Who better to replace Van Persie than his international strike partner who a lot of people say is his exact double.

Huntelaar, like Van Persie, is Dutch and is a prolific striker. With 29 league goals last season for Schalke 04, and a total of 38 goals in all competitions, in pure goal scoring terms Huntelaar would be an ideal replacement for Van Persie.

It is arguable that Huntelaar is even more clinical in front of goal than Van Persie, he was very much Johnny on the spot for the Dutch during their qualifying campaign scoring 12 goals for The Oranje against a mere 6 for  Van Persie.

Robert Lewandowski

 Lewandowksi has been a revelation for Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund.

Not only was he instrumental in their impressive league defence but he also helped Dortmund to a cup double by scoring a hat-trick against Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal final. The big Pole rounded out the 2011/2012 season by picking up the Bundesliga Player of the Season.

At a mere 23 years of age,  he would fit in well with the Gunners existing youth policy whilst already being a finished, world-class product.

Gonzalo Higuain

 Gunners fans are going to want a big name signing to offset the loss of their captain for the second year running. Well personally I reckon that Real Madrid striker Higuain could fit the cap.

A t only 24 years of age Higuain seems to have been around far longer, he is a regular starter and scorer for Argentina with 13 goals in 25 appearances and at a club level has managed to find the net 121 times out of 267. Not too shabby at all.

One plus that I would see with Higuain would be his assist rate which is also pretty good, at an international level he has 6 assists and last season for Real he clocked up 10 in 54 matches. Whilst this obviously isn’t the best around it proves that he isn’t a selfish player and knows when to pass as opposed to maybe wasting a chance himself.

Earlier this year Real were apparently keen to enter into a cash plus Higuain deal for RVP. If this offer were still on the table I would ripping their hands off!

Luuk De Jong

 Arsene Wenger has quite a good record when it comes to snatching up players from the Dutch leagues.

His forays into the Dutch player market have seen him pluck out some of the best players that the Premier League has seen. Most recently of course we have had Robin Van Persie who is currently one of the worlds best players, but you might remember a certain  flying winger  by the name of Marc Overmars who played the best football of his career for the Gunners. Throw in Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax and that record starts to look exceptional.

So with more than half an eye on Wenger’s former dalliances with the Dutch maybe he should have a look at 21 year old Luuk De Jong from FC Twente. De Jong is one of the most exciting talents in the Eredivisie at the moment and his  and is currently on fantastic form.

Nine goals in just eleven league games for FC Twente has seen him linked a move to some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Despite his tender years, De Joeng has already made six senior appearances for the Netherlands, scoring once.

With bags of potential and his athleticism, work rate and technical ability De Jong would fit the Arsenal mould perfectly.





Not so reliant Robin

5 07 2012

Often in life it isn’t what you say that matters, it is how you say it.
I can only but assume that a certain Mr. R. Van Persie and his agent were never made aware of this fundamental lesson. Otherwise they might have shown a bit more savvy when issuing yesterday’s statement.

Fair enough Robin doesn’t want to renew his contract with the Arsenal, that is his right. At the end of the day club loyalty and all the rest of it aside we are dealing with employees not slaves. My boss can’t force me to keep fixing broken things on the internet and Arsene can’t force Robin to pull on a Gunners jersey.

I don’t even think it is much of a surprise to the fans that he has made this decision, after all if he were dead set on staying then this would have all been wrapped up and put to bed a long, long time ago.

No, what fans, the club and anyone who has followed the saga with even half an eye will be bristling at is the manner in which the statement was worded.

Not to put too fine a point on it the whole thing came across as an attempt to take an underhanded dig at the manager, the club and the way things have been handled.

It was nothing more than a ham-fisted attempt to get the club to sell him now as opposed to running down the last year of his contract.
If part of the idea was to trade on the goodwill of the fans after his quite frankly extraordinary performances last season than I think it has backfired a little.

Arseblogger sums it particularly well:

“The statement is littered with, and I choose my words carefully here, bollocks. For example, when he talks about the meeting he had at the end of the season with Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger:

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 FC should move forward.

Perhaps if Robin were the manager this might be appropriate but he’s a player, it’s not. It doesn’t matter if he’s captain. This particular section of the statement is quite pointed. If you disagree in ‘many aspects’ with the manager about the club of which you are captain then it makes it very difficult to continue at that club. The thinly veiled criticism of the manager might well be something certain fans agree with, and we’ve all had our issues with Arsene, but it was a low blow coming from a player who has received nothing but 100% backing from the boss in all the time he’s been here, through some very difficult times.

My goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days.

So the way to fulfill that goal is to cause ructions and try and make the club sell you? Nice one.

I have always given my all (and more) on and off the pitch.

Well, he’s certainly kept the medical staff busy. How much consideration did he give to how the club was going to move forward when he returned from international duty injured on more than one occasion? Or all those times he was crocked while playing for us? How is that after one full season in the eight years since we bought him he feels it appropriate to talk about giving his all. I’m not doubting his commitment when he plays, not by a long shot, but if he were an ever-present he might have a point. As a player whose absences have probably contributed to our lack of silverware, he doesn’t.

There are untruths in there too. He said:

As soon as Mr. Gazidis is back from his 2-week holiday in America further meetings will follow and I will update you if and when there are more developments.

This prompted Arsenal’s Director of Communications to flatly deny the claim on Twitter, but that this was in the statement at all is quite pointed indeed. It suggests that Gazidis is more concerned with his holiday than the future of the captain and I suspect there was a great deal of mischief making in the timing of this announcement.”

The club have of course taken the moral high ground and issued a far more classy, calm statement of their own

” We have to respect Robin’s decision not to renew his contract. Robin has one year to run on his current contract and we are confident that he will fulfill his commitments to the Club.

We are planning with ambition and confidence for next season with Arsenal’s best interests in mind.”

Now I am personally in two minds about running down the last year of his contact. On the one hand I am all for it, partially because it would show players who that ultimately the club is boss, that there is a contract in place and that they do have to respect that. Also because it is exactly what Van Persie doesn’t want to happen.

On the other hand I say fuck Robin and the horse he rode in on, let him fuck off to Citeh or Juve or wherever the hell will take his perma-crocked, mercenary arse.
Do we really want a surly, moaning, twat hanging around for a year?  Taking up a place in the squad, affecting morale, clogging up one of the largest wages and generally putting a downer on things.

Nope if I weigh things up objectively in my head I would say cash in. Why not recoup some of the medical costs we have shelled out on him over the years and use the funds to bring in another striker to compliment Giroud and Podolski? After all there is no guarantee that RVP will deliver the goods this year or ever again for that matter.

Based on what we know from the past he is as likely to snap both legs whilst playing a friendly against Botswana and spend the next 3 years on the treatment table.

I have a message for our illustrious captain. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say and came to the conclusion that the immortal words of the Bay City Rollers say it better than I ever could.





Giroud signs for Arsenal….

18 06 2012

Football News: Olivier Giroud France

According to Sky Sports sources Arsenal have reached an agreement with Montpellier for striker Olivier Giroud.

It is understood that Arsenal have agreed to meet the release clause in Giroud’s Montpellier contract, which has variously been reported to be between €12 million and €16m (£9.6-£12.8m).

Arsenal were given the green light to sign the 25-year-old, who is part of Laurent Blanc`s squad at the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, last week by Montpellier after Giroud signalled that he wanted to move to north London.

Giroud, who has two years remaining on his Montpellier contract, has agreed a £50,000-a-week four-year deal, which will treble his current wages of around £15,000-a-week.

If this is indeed the case and I reckon it is Giroud will become Arsenal’s second signing of the close season after Lukas Podolski once the deal is completed.








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