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.

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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 🙂





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.





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.





Mmmmmh M’Vila

9 05 2012

 According to T’internet and the tabloids Arsenal have agreed a club record fee in excess of £16 million for very highly rated French international Yann M’vila.

 Anyone who has stuck their head out from under a rock in recent seasons will have heard the rumours that we were interested in/were going to sign/were trying to tempt with hookers the 21 year old enforcer who currently plys his trade in ligue 1 with Rennes.

 This time though things seem a bit more promising than the usual scuttlebutt. The normally reliable French football specialist Julien Laurens, has claimed both on Twitter and Le Parisien that M’Vila has agreed a four year deal to bring him to the Emirates.

Normally I try not to get excited about possible signings as year in year out we see ourselves linked with everyone and their dog. But this is one signing that I think would show a real statement of intent from the club.

Not only is M’Vila a very “Wengeresque” signing but he would offer genuine competition for Alex Song and coupled with the early capture of Lukas Podolski would show a real statement of intent which may well help swing the decisions of RVP and Walcott when it comes to signing on the dotted line.

Fingers crossed that some serious lessons have been learnt from last Summer’s business dealings and that this Summer will have less of a resemblance to a re-run of Supermarket Sweep.





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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