A Bould choice but the right man for the job

8 05 2012

Ever since it was announced that Pat Rice would be hanging up his trademark shorts and dark glasses at the end of this seasom the rumour mill has been turning as to who would replace him as Arsene Wenger’s number two.

Such ex-Arsenal greats as Tony Adams, Dennis Bergkamp and Martin Keown had been touted for the role however Arsene Wenger and the board have turned to another ex player in the form of academy head coach and defensive great Steve Bould.

Bould has been part of the youth coaching set up at Arsenal since 2001 and has helped guide the youngsters to  Premier Academy League victories in 2008-2009, 2009-2010 and the FA Youth Cup in 2008-2009.

For anyone who was too young, not yet an Arsenal fan or living under a rock here is a list of honours that Bould won as part of that famous back four:

  • League championship winner: 1988-89, 1990-91, 1997-98
  • FA Cup winner 1993
  • League Cup winner 1993
  • UEFA Cup Winners Cup winner 1994 (and runner-up 1995)




New Arsenal home kit 2012/2013

7 05 2012

Well Arse chums today is the day that you can pre-order your 2012/13 home and goalkeeper kits.

I know exciting isn’t it!

So without any further ado here is the home kit in all it’s glory….

 

I know huh, bit of a damp squib… I first saw some leaked images of this a few months ago and was really not impressed at the time with the little hoops on the arms. Apparently they are supposed to be an “infusion of Brtitishness” but in my not so humble opinion just look a little bit shit.

As for the goalie kit…

I kinda like it, just not as much as I like the current jersey though, guess Gazidis and co. are more concerned about picking up a few quid more than they are with my fashion tastes though so hey ho.

To round things out here are a few of the lads looking oh so trendy





Lu Lu Lu Lukas Podolski

7 05 2012

I know I am more than a little bit on the tardy side with this but I’ve been busy so shhh…

As one of the people who was less than impressed with the manner in which we carried out our transfer business last Summer – a sort of footballing version of “Supermarket Sweep”. I am very pleased to see that we have secured one of our long term targets not only before the Euros start but before the season even concludes.

That the player in question is one Lukas Podolski makes me even happier 🙂 His time at Bayern aside I have always quite liked “Prinz Poldi”.

I am quietly optimistic that his arrival will produce not just some goals and assists to ease the burden on our own Captain Vantastic but also give some of our wide players a much needed kick up the arse… Gervinho I am looking squarely in your direction….

I will leave you with my main reason for being pleased about this signing…





Erm Yeah….

2 05 2012

So it’s been a while…how’s everyone doing out there?

Guess I should apologise for the lack of quality content in recent months, apparently in my World, Mikel Arteta joining Arsenal is kinda a big deal!

So why the prolonged absence I hear you cry?? Erm yeah good question I guess.

Wish there was some sort of big exciting story to tell about how I got into a knife fight with a hobo dressed as Papa Smurf or how I was abducted by aliens but in reality life has just been damn busy…Damn good but busy.

Loads of new stuff to talk about, some of it exciting, most of it not but this is my blog so if you don’t like it you know where the door is.





Mikel Arteta joins Arsenal

1 09 2011

I tend to avoid having the television or radio on during Transfer Deadline Day (henceforth called TDD)  Being an Arsenal fan it is often a little bit of a let down and more to the point it seems to be an excuse for Sky to bring the most annoying twats ever out of the woodwork.

This year was no different, I avoided even peaking during work and then had to drive to collect a new car and due to a number of factors was not through the door until about 11.15.

As such imagine my glee when I discovered that more or less out of the blue Arsene Wenger had pulled off one of the coups of the current window.

Gone was the signing of the usual unknown African child for half the defecit of the third World, instead I was greeted with the news that Mikel Arteta had been signed for a mere £10 mill. Talk about pulling a rabbit from the hat!

Arteta is a proper signing, a genuine midfield talent with years of Premier League experience… added to recent additions Santos and Mertesacker the season is starting to look up a little.

For those of you who have lived under a rock for a while here is a potted history of Arteta’s playing career to date –

“Arteta started out as a trainee with FC Barcelona but could not break his way into the first team and was eventually loaned to Paris Saint-Germain in the French league. He was then signed by Scottish Premier League giants Rangers with whom he would win the domestic treble of the league, Scottish Cup and League Cup in the season of 2002–03. After success in Scotland, Arteta moved to back to Spain to play for Real Sociedad but failed to establish himself within the first team and was loaned to Everton for the remainder of the 2004–05 season. He would then sign a permanent transfer.

Arteta has represented Spain at under-21 level, but he has not played for the senior national team.”





Joel Campbell signs for Arsenal

19 08 2011

Despite seemingly stringing the club along not that long ago Costa Rican starlet Joel Campbell has today finalised his transfer to Arsenal.

The transfer was announced last week but I have held my tongue on commenting until it is all signed, sealed and delivered as it isn’t that long ago that we had supposedly put this one to bed.

Campbell is a talented young striker who many are predicting will be able to walk straight into the first team. Admittedly with how threadbare we look at the moment Herman Munster could get a nod tomorrow but even so.

I know youtube videos are about as useful as a chocolate tea kettle but if you want to have a look at a nice spot of finishing from our newest addition have a look here….





Eboue joins Galatasaray

17 08 2011

After a Summer of ongoing negotiation and suggestion we finally see the career of one of Arsenal’s more colourful characters come to an end.

I refer of course to former boo boy Emmanuel Eboue. It wont have come as a surprise to many fans that time was being called on Eboue’s tenure at the Emirates and the Liverpool penalty incident was no doubt the final nail in the coffin of  the once promising Ivorian.

As is always the way with Arsenal the exact details of his move to Turkish giants Galatasaray are being kept firmly under wraps but it is believed that a fee of between 3 and 5 million has been/will be paid.

Eboue’s departure heavily suggests the Arsenal new boy Carl Jenkinson will be deputising for regular right back Bakary Sagna in the forthcoming season.








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