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’!





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.





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 🙂





John Terry Infographic

4 04 2013
sometimes a picture is worth 10,000 words

sometimes a picture is worth 10,000 words





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.





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.





Kagawa to Man Utd

5 06 2012

 You’re there to sell shirts, you’re there to sell shirts.. Shinji Kagawa, you’re there to sell shirts…

Well at least that is out of my system now.

So yeah moving on Man Utd have officially signed some bloke called Kagawa from some small German club, Borussia Dortmund or something.

Whilst it sticks in my throat to say this, but Fergie might well have just pulled off one of his best transfer deals in recent years.

Not only is he Utd’s first ever Japanese player and as such a valuable marketing tool but he knows what to do with a football as well

Kagawa Bundesliga stats

  • Games : 49
  • Goals : 21
  • Shots : 87
  • On target : 54
  • Assists : 9
  • Chances created : 78
  • Pass completion : 82%
  • Yellow cards : 3
  • Red cards : 0
Not too shabby at all for a 23 year old who made a 300k move from from second division Cerezo Osaka in August 2010.
Kudos Fergie, you whiskey soaked old prick.

 

 





Eden Hazard to join Chelsea

31 05 2012

Tricky Lille winger and subject of perpetual transfer rumour, Eden Hazard, has this week Tweeted stating that he is joining the Champion’s League winners…

Now it doesn’t require a Mensa membership to work out that this means Chelsea.

Apparently the Belgian has signed a five year deal worth a reported 200k a week with a fee of 32 million pounds… not too shabby.

Obviously I would have loved to see him in an Arsenal shirt but we are just never going to throw that kind of cash around.





Why Arsenal should sell Gervinho

25 05 2012


Despite only moving to the Emriates from Lille last Summer Gervinho hasn’t really set the World a light and I personally don’t think that is going to change any time soon.

Have a quick look at the article from football blogger Michael Cummings of the Bleacher Report as I feel he sums the situation up pretty well…

“Who should Arsenal sell this summer?

Forget about the obvious choices like Marouane Chamakh. I think Gervinho is a good candidate, and here’s why.

Gervinho has scored four goals with six assists this season. Those aren’t awful stats for 21 appearances, but if you’ve watched Arsenal at all this season, you’ve seen how much Gervinho holds back Arsenal in the final third.

Gervinho can work himself into dangerous positions, but he loses his composure in front of goal. Case in point, he’s averaging just over one shot per game this season.

Arsene Wenger bought Gervinho from Lille only last summer, and, admittedly, it takes players some time to adapt to England. But I don’t see Gervinho finding his feet in England until he magically matches the toughness of the Premier League.

Plus, for all his dribbling and passing, he’s almost useless in the air and he’s generally poor defensively.

This is an important summer for Arsenal. Reinforcements are needed, and Wenger might have more money than usual.

By selling Gervinho, Wenger could raise money for new purchases—especially a more dangerous option on the left side—and offload Gervinho while he still has value.”





Every cloud has a silver lining…

21 05 2012

So on Saturday night we had some friends over to watch Bayern Munich take on Chelsea in the final of the Champions League.

Being sort of neutral (I merely despise Chelsea) the match had the potential to be a real snooze fest.

However in the end it wasn’t that bad and thanks to a Chelsea equaliser taken in typical annoying fashion we saw extra time and penalties.

The net result as I’m sure you will all be aware by now is that Chelsea won and are the champions of Europe…Puke.

However the silver lining to this otherwise tragic tale is that Chelsea will now be gifted a place in next years competition… at the expense of “The best team in North London” Spurs

Ahahahahahaha

Ahem excuse my brief lapse into manic laughter. It is just too damn funny though.








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