Yesterday we lost the last of the ‘Invincibles’. I would like to wish Kolo the best, but I feel he has betrayed us by joining another Premiership team, he could just be the difference in us winning the title or coming second, so I will just say thanks for what you have achieved with us and as we only paid £150,000 for him 7 years ago, you can knock Wenger for selling him, but you cannot knock him for the price he paid for him.
I agree with Ray Parlour on this one “There’s a lot of centre-halves out there who you could get in for cheaper than that, who are maybe on the right side of 25 or 26”
And two weeks ago we lost a 30 goals a season striker, oh no!! Another £22 million pound profit.
Big names, and bigger names now because of their price tags, yet they are still the same players even if we never broke the bank for them..
I am trying to keep a reality check on this, before I slash my wrists, I must remember vertical if you mean it, horizontal to seek attention. (a little tip)
Since we came 3rd in the League two seasons ago we have lost.
Gilberto.. replaced him with Song.. (not the Bert in his prime…. the soon to be 33year old one).
Flamini .. replaced him with Denilson.. (you know my views on the Flamster)
Hleb.. replaced him with Arshavin.. (that’s an improvement we can agree on).
Toure… replaced him with Vermaelen (Perhaps it would have been better if we sold Kolo first, that would have made us feel better, it’s also strange that Thomas was never given a squad no, he sits their in Arse.com blank.. perhaps Kolo was offski anyway. mmm)
Adebayor.. replaced him with Bendtner.. (not exactly replaced just a step up for Nikki)..
We have also gained Nasri, who was the same age when he joined as Theo is now, we all forget how young Samir is, but we only make allowances for Theo’s age. It also took Sir Bobby a year or so to settle, so when Nasri is back, he seems to be quite a fit type of player so he should regain fitness quickly, I am sure we will see a real improvement in him
We also went 18 months without two of our biggest signings Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo, they now both look to have recovered from their injuries.
In today’s inflated market.. Tomas would be fetching banging on £30 million and Dudu must be worth £25 million. I know Arsene says they will be like new signings and we all groan, but in fairness they are players who haven’t played and would be a quality addition to any team.
Also with the loyalty and affection that the club and the fans have showed these two, I get the feeling that they will also show us loyalty in return..
Their has also been an evolution in other area’s Gibbs has come on bundles, Fabianski has shown he can step up to first team standard (if he chills a bit). Djourou has put in some good performances, RvP has gone a whole season without getting injured..
We should start to reap the rewards from our investment in youth too, Ramsey and Theo cost over £15 million plus their wages and the time spent training them.
So we have lost who I think is our most hated ever player (along with Cashley). We have lost a loyal player in Toure, but we have been moaning about him since he has returned from the African Cup of Nations.. and we won’t weaken this January like we did two years ago..
Out of all the positions we are weak in, the one that concerns me the most is if we lose Eboue we have no cover for right back, I would like to see a midfield player to come in alongside Cesc, but come on, is their a team anywhere that couldn’t improve in one area?
The team we had 2 years ago was good enough to win the League, until injuries, the A.C.N. and some pretty poor refereeing decisions cost us in vital games and in the Champions League against the Scousers.
Mr Wenger obe probably has 25 plus targets around the world and has soon as one steps into his valuation of the player and into what he considers to accept a fair wage, he will be in, no problem..
I know I have said it before but I think we will be okay with what we have and we still have 5 weeks before the transfer window ends, so I may get a bonus on top.. I hope so.. The Huntelaar rumours are gaining strength, he wants us, we just need to introduce Real Madrid back into the “real” world.
The Villa rumour is a bit too speculative and will wind up the “I want a silver trophy today” fans when we don’t get him, the Di Rossi thing is a airbrush hoax, Who saves a web page as a jpeg.. c’mon?
When we all blast Arsene we should remember football isn’t an exact science, hindsight is a wonderful thing and we have to balance the books…
But at a time when football has gone nuts, let’s stick together and get behind The Arsenal..
The Press don’t rate us, the bookies don’t rate us, Talk Shite don’t rate us.. I love it!!!