Purple Pain – Arsenal release new away kit

12 07 2012

Morning to everyone from a very, wet, windy and un-summer like Ireland.
The rain really is lashing down sideways, still at least it isn’t purple.

Nope that honour is reserved for the newly unveiled Arsenal away kit for 2012/2013.
What is there to say about this that isn’t blatantly obvious? Not a lot really, it is really, really, really purple.

The only mitigating factor is that at least it isn’t the bright, radioactive pink which our keepers will be proudly sporting away from home. Wow is that thing bright, It is a good thing that young Szcz is so secure in his own masculinity. 

In what is a rather odd move even Nike have come out and stated that the kit is rubbish – literally.

The new kit which the lads seem so happy to be sporting  is manufactured from Nike’s ground-breaking recycled polyester, making it their most environmentally friendly kit ever produced, reducing energy consumption by up to 30 per cent compared to traditional polyester.

Can’t say it will be high on my shopping list this Summer….

  

 





Goobye Cesc, thanks for everything.

15 08 2011

We all knew it was coming, but even so it doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye.

Arsenal club captain, Cesc Fabregas, has completed his move to Barcelona the club he signed from back in 2003.

During this time we Arsenal fans have been lucky enough to witness Fabregas’ emergence from being a talented but raw 16 year old into one of the absolute top midfielders in the World.

Once again Cesc, thanks for everything, you will be a tough act to follow.

 





Arsenal squad vs. Benfica

6 08 2011

In what I’m sure many people will take as being an indication of transfers to come the Arsenal squad for tonight’s friendly against Benfica has been announced minus Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

Wenger has come out and stated directly that this is in no way a sign that the duo will be leaving the club but in light of both players training with the first team this week you do start to wonder.

Other notable absentees are the injured pair of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere, however fingers crossed they should both return in time for the start of the new season.

Some positive additions to the squad are impressive Japanese youngster Miyachi, Emmanuel Frimpong who has looked very good in pre-season so far and hopefully we will get to have  a look at fellow youngster Heri Lansbury who enjoyed an impressive spell on loan at Norwich City last year.

Here is the squad in full, in alphabetical order no less:

Arshavin
Chamakh
Djourou
Fabianski
Frimpong
Jenkinson
Miyaichi
Traore
Miquel
Ramsey
Rosicky
Sagna
Song
Szczesny
Van Persie
Vermaelen
Gervinho
Squillaci
Lansbury





Wilshere and Rooney on FIFA 12 cover

29 07 2011

Please don't steal my hair Wayne

A rather worried looking Jakc Wilshere will share the cover of this year’s FIFA offering with Shrek Wayne Rooney, no doubt that is the source of his slight look of fear.

For those  of you who might not be aware  when Rooney isn’t having hair sewn into his scalp or sleeping with geriatric prozzies he can occasionally be seen scoring goals for Manchester Utd.  

FIFA 12 is out in September and fans of the game can look  forward to the collision engine and  improved online gaming. The new features which will allow online players to choose between Chelsea, Barca, Man City and Real Madrid and will now make it easier to fake losing your internet connection 1 minute before you would otherwise have lost.





Jay Emmanuel-Thomas joins Tractor Boys

26 07 2011

 

 

  It’s not often I get to see transfers involving my two favourite teams =  Arsenal and of course the “Pride of East Anglia”, Ipswich Town… well today is one of those rare days.

The transfer in question is of course Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’ permanent move to the tractor boys for a figure somewhere in the region of £1.1 million.

JET came to prominence when he captained the Arsenal side that won the FA Youth Cup in 2009 but has subsequently struggled to find a place in Arsene Wenger’s plans and has had successive loan spells at Blackpool, Cardiff and Doncaster.

JET can play anywhere up top and has even deputised at left back before but seems to be at his best when employed in an attacking midfield role. There is no doubt in my mind that he is a very talented youngster and flashes of his brilliance have crept through on occasion however on seeing some of his appearances for Cardiff on loan he is also a player who can frustrate fans and doesn’t always look as if his heart is in it…perhaps that is why Wenger hasn’t given him the same chances shown to Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey in recent seasons.

Whether Paul Jewell can get the best out of him remains to be seen but I think it is a decent bit of business for everyone involved, especially as it would seem that Arsenal have had a hefty sell on clause written into the deal…





Arsenal 2- FC Koln 1

24 07 2011

Those of you living under a rock may not have noticed that there was a match yesterday…

Granted it was only a pre-season friendly against FC Koln but I for one was very pleased to find that somewhere along the line Sky have decided to gift me ESPN without telling me…Thanks lads 🙂

The final result on the day was 2-1 to the Gunners and it was a fairly pleasing game to watch. Now I am sure that some smart arse (or two) is going to jump in and remind us that Cologne are hardly Barcelona; that may well be the case but this is a side that finished 10th in the Bundesliga and can boast the likes of Lukas PodolskiMichael Rensing and Milivoje Novakovič so by the same token they are hardly Hangzou Greentown either…

We started with what looks like it could be pretty close to our first X1 minus a couple of obvious absentees – Sagna and Fabregas. Nasri played and didn’t look too pained to be there earning his miserly wages and more interestingly I got to have my first proper glance at new boys Gervinho and Carl Jenkinson.

Jenkinson had a pretty good match throughout and to my mind looks like he should be stepping straight into the first team, he looked good on and off the ball, is tall (6’2 ) and strongly built and unlike a certain Mr Eboue seems more than able of delivering a good final ball into the box. The only thing that marred his otherwise great performance was an unfortunate own-goal that he is not likely to forget in a hurry.

I’m sure mos fans will agree with me that Gervinho looks like he may well be the real deal… well actually they probably wont, what with being the bitter, miserable sorts that most gooners are these days.

His movement and positioning were very good, he has pace to burn and unlike certain member of our team actually knows how finish, his first goal came thanks to a superb pass from young Jack Wilshere who turned in yet another excellent performance furthering yet again my own view that he could well help bridge the gap should Cesc head off this year.

For his second goal in the red and white shirt it was Walcott who turned provider with a neat pass which Gervinho did well to finish whilst bundling himself over the keeper in the process.

Watching Gervinho’s pace and movement reminded me just how much we have a missed a certain TH14 in recent years both for the aforementioned movement and hopefully the shedload of goals that he is going to bang in with reckless abandon.

In the words of the manager “He has shown his qualities. He has quick movement behind [the defence], the timing of his movement is great and he is easy to find. We have seen what he can bring to the team and he contributes to the high pace we have in the team.”

Roll on next weekend and the Emirates Cup….








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