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’!





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.





CAZORLA!!!!!!!!

3 08 2012

The title pretty much says it all!

After all the news in the past couple of weeks that a deal has been struck to bring Spanish international Santi Cazorla to the Emirates it seems that the day has finally arrived.

The tricky winger was absent from training with Malaga this week week amidst rumours that he had jetted into London for his medical with Arsenal.

Well it seems there was more meat to those rumours than is usually the case as it looks like the deal is done and that he is due to be unveiled later on today.

For those of you who think that Arsenal lack ambition I say take the blinkers off.

So far we have sold Vela and released Almunia…. in their place we have bought in Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.

Title here we come!





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 🙂





Frank Isola: Winning trophies away from Arsenal won’t be the same for Robin van Persie

18 07 2012

Robin van Persie arrived at Arsenal’s training camp this week with a few more grey hairs and without a new contract. Of course, one could have something to do with the other.

The club is hoping to resolve Van Persie’s future before the Gunners begin their preseason tour in Malaysia this weekend. All the big clubs are hot for the Dutch striker, including Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Premier League rival Manchester City.

The fact that Van Persie is in camp and apparently in good spirits and good shape has Arsenal optimistic that the captain will re-consider his position, sign a contract extension and continue to call Emirates Stadium home. Van Persie, 28, is in the prime of his career and belongs at Arsenal where he led the Premier League with 30 goals last season.

If it is Van Persie’s wish to win trophies, why not do it with the club where he made a name for himself? He can’t possibly believe that winning a championship while riding shotgun with Messi would mean the same as winning one at Arsenal.

It’s not as if the north London side is that far from being a legitimate contender. Arsenal finished third in the EPL and its manager, Arsene Wenger, is one of the best in the business at adding young talent.

Van Persie has every right to be concerned with Arsenal losing both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer. But Wenger has always been a proactive manager. He is looking to sign 17-year-old French forward M’baye Niang, who is being courted by both Tottenham and Man City. Arsenal is also trying to sign Theo Walcott to a long-term deal.

Locking up Van Persie, however, is the crucial move for Arsenal. Nearly two weeks ago, Van Persie released a statement after meeting with Wenger and Ivan Gazidis and sounded resigned to leaving before his contract expires in 12 months.

“This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy,” Van Persie said in the statement. “Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.

“I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. 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 should move forward.

“I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract.”

Van Persie sounded sincere but don’t discount the fact that he could be a shrewd negotiator as well. Van Persie understands his value the team and could be looking for more money, more affection or both. I’ll go with the latter.

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Arsenal is built around the Van Persie the way it was once built around his good friend Thierry Henry. And yes, Henry left for Barcelona when he was 27 but not before becoming the Gunners all-time leading scorer with 228 goals while helping Arsenal to two league titles and three FA Cups. It wasn’t until Henry arrived in Spain before he raised a Champions League trophy.

He and Van Persie were teammates when Arsenal lost to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League Final. Van Persie never stepped on the pitch that night and that loss still stings.

Stay at Arsenal and perhaps Van Persie will get that chance again. Winning one as Messi’s sidekick just won’t mean as much.

Frank Isola – Goal.com

Normally I place no stock in pretty anything that comes from the direction of Goal.com.  Usually it is just the same story that everywhere else is running hacked to death by a 5th or 6th rate journo.

On the rare occasion when it isn’t just churning someone else’s story they normally present made up transfer rumours as if they were gospel.

On this occasion however I find myself in the odd predicament of actually agreeing with something they have published. strange or what!

Mr. Isola hits the nail firmly on the head for me with this particular statement

“If it is Van Persie’s wish to win trophies, why not do it with the club where he made a name for himself? He can’t possibly believe that winning a championship while riding shotgun with Messi would mean the same as winning one at Arsenal.”

Good question, why exactly can’t Van Persie win trophies with Arsenal? He says that the club lacks ambition but let us face facts here this is a team which reeling from the loss of two very good players last year plummeted as low as it’s possible to go before bouncing back to finish third.

Agreed the squad lacks some depth in places but it would seem that Wenger and Gazidis have been working to correct that situation this Summer.

Giroud and Podolski have come in and if the papers are to be  believed will be joined by at least two more signings. Add to that Lansbury and Bartley who have been promoted to the first team and the return of Jack Wilshere from injury and we look a bit better set up to maybe go the distance this year.

If they squad hadn’t of  been so thin last year we would have been better equipped to compete across all fronts without having to throw everything into securing champions league football and personally I believe we would have picked up a trophy, even if it were “just” a Carling cup or FA cup.

If Robin Van Persie is so driven and ambitious, then he should prove it.  He is under contract for one more year, fair enough choose not to renew but see the remaining year out and show everyone that it really isn’t about the petro dollars.





Is Afellay the man to change RVP’s mind?

16 07 2012

There is a lot of buzz around at the moment that Barcelona are looking to off-load Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay for the meagre sum of £6 million in order to free up funds for their acquisition of defensive midfielder Javi Martinez.

Not only have the club let the player know his days are numbered, they have even gone so far to offer the former PSV Eindhoven player on a plate to Inter Milan and Arsenal.

Whether Afellay will be pulling on the red and white next year remains to be seen, but if I were Arsene Wenger I would be doing all I could to make it happen for one very good reason. He just might be the signing required to make RVP change his mind and “do a Rooney”.

Van Persie is very much on the record with his displeasure at what he sees as the club’s lack of ambition. It is barely 2 weeks since the Dutchman had this to say:

“I personally have had a great season, but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract.”

Personally with the early capture of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud I beg to differ, but then it isn’t me that needs convincing it is Robin.

At just £6 mil Afellay would represent another canny buy for Arsenal and would be a very Wengeresque signing.

After making his first team debut at the tender age of 17 Afellay went on to have 8 impressive years with PSV picking up 4 league titles before joining Barca in January 2011.

Since arriving at the Nou Camp, Afellay has seen his playing time limited due to a nasty cruciate injury which kept him out of the game for seven months. That said, Afellay seems to have put his injury woes behind him, he featured for Holland in Euro 2012 and looked to be back up to speed.

Quick, powerful and with an eye for goal (he has scored 40 times in 251 appearances) the signing of Afellay coupled with that of new boys Giroud and Podolski would once again make Arsenal a team more than capable of challenging on all fronts.

As an added bonus, the arrival of another winger would really make the likes of Theo Walcott and Gervinho have to up their own games for fear of losing out on their places in the current pecking order.

Barring any further injury set backs at 26 the energetic winger has his best years ahead of him and if anyone knows how to get the best out of pacey, attacking players it is Wenger.

So, Fair enough he is a talented player who would bring something to the side. Why should this make RVP suddenly sit up and decide that Arsenal have some measure of ambition to match his own?

Simple – RVP really, rates his international colleague.

“He’s developed into a real class act in the past couple of years. We all knew that he’s a great player, but he has taken his game to the next level recently.”

What better way to show your captain you mean business than to buy the players he recommends?





Adebayor to join Spurs on a permanent basis

10 07 2012

Perennial flops Tottenham Hotspurs are set to smash their wage cap in order to make incredible sulk Emmanuel Adebayor their highest paid player.

The North London-based under-achievers were impressed by Adebayor during his season long loan at that hole in the ground they call Whitehart Lane and are willing to offer 6million to make the deal permanent.

Adebayor is out of favour with his current employers Man City who are looking to clear the decks before adding Robin Van Persie to their collection of former Gunners. The miserable one is likely to be joined in the Man City striker exodus by Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz.

Spurs are looking at giving the Togolese striker a four million pound signing on fee and a princely 115k a week in wages. No doubt as soon as he signs his bumper new contract Adebayor will pull his usual stunt of cutting back his efforts by 50-60% and  then complaining about the calibre of players around him.








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