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.”





Emirates Cup 2011 Preview

27 07 2011

Well another year has rolled around and once again the only piece of silverware in the Arsenal trophy cabinet is the Emirates Cup, to say last season was a little bit of a let down is putting it mildy.

However that doesn’t mean that my enthusiasm for this years competition is in anyway diminished, the line up this year is really quite impressive and with the inclusion of two teams from outside of Europe it looks like it is starting to live up to it’s billing as a world class pre-season tournament.

So who are the teams taking part in this years two day festival of football? Well we will start wth the hosts themselves. my much beloved Arsenal, they are joined by newly rich French heavyweights PSG, Argentine giants, Boca Juniors and the quartet is rounded off by another team from the Americas; New York Red Bulls who of course will be bringing with them someone the gunners faithful know and love the one, the only, Thierry Henry.

For those of us not lucky / rich enough to hold season tickets the Emirates Cup can be a great way of getting to see Arsenal at home. Tickets are reasonably priced at only £25 for adults and £15 for concessions for each day. There is also normally pretty good availability and I know more than a few people who have purchased theirs on the day(s) without issue.

Emirates Cup 2011 kicks-off at 2pm on Saturday 30th July with Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls taking on Paris Saint-Germain, followed at 4.20pm with the hosts Arsenal playing Boca Juniors.

Sunday’s fixtures also start at 2pm, when Paris Saint-Germain take on Boca Juniors. Arsenal and New York Red Bulls will bring the competition to an exciting climax, kicking off the final match at 4.20pm on Sunday afternoon.

Teams will be awarded three points for a win and one point for a draw. The competition also rewards attacking play, with teams being awarded one point for each goal they score. In addition, shots on target will be counted and will be used to decide the tournament winners if teams are level on points and goal difference.

Arsenal The winning team will be presented with the Emirates Cup trophy after the second match on Sunday 31st July.

I am really looking forward to seeing Gervinho in action again after his brace against FC Koln last Saturday and like many, many others I am really looking forward to seeing TH14 take to the field again, just a shame he wont be in the red and white 🙂








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