David Dein is back……

According to The Daily Mail, David Dein is back, no not at our club as many fans would like but he is being asked to help England with the World Cup 2018 bid! Alongside him will be Karen Brady and ex Chav, Paul Elliott!
Now there is a bit of news to think about! If it’s true, I can’t see where or how he would fit in at Arsenal during the ‘take over’ some suggest could be imminent.

Sadly I am bored with England so I can’t get excited over this story, but it would be good for the World Cup to be held here in the UK, so let’s hope they sort the campaign out.

The most reliable newspaper, ‘The Sun’, this morning says that Arsenal are going to offer Fran Merida a new five year deal. Well this one I hope is true – and I for sure hope this man signs on the dotted line real soon and keeps the vultures away, we are all fed up with the Spanish Clubs spouting which players in our team they are going to buy either in January or next summer, and more importantly his contract runs out in the summer, please Arsene don’t let him start packing and walk out the door for free.

Good old Spunky reckons Ben Foster should be made England No1 – play him and leave him there he thinks, well Almunia, if that’s the best in England, then maybe you could be in for a shout – grab your Vicks, getting rubbing and start playing again, oh I forgot, you have to dislodge our mighty Italian first 🙂

There are a few snippets around about who we are watching, who we could or should be buying in January, but that month is a long way off, far too soon to start speculating, difficult as that is though.

Other stories continue about Stan and his 50M debt – I think that one will be debated until the day he pays up, or the day the take overr happens!

Right Grovers – I am off to read those rumours and try not to get too excited – especially if they are out of their teens..

Another bright morning, have a great day – only four days to go now! Get passed that silly game tomorrow night and then it will be two – and we have a post from Irish to read before the Birmingham game, that is definately something to look forward to 🙂

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43 Responses to David Dein is back……

  1. rico says:

    Morning again all 😛

  2. London says:

    Morning Rico

    Your getting very good at this.

  3. rico says:

    Nice one Frank

    Frank McLintock can see similarities between Alex Song and the unsung hero of Arsenal’s first ‘double’ team – Peter Storey.

    The Cameroon international was no more than a bit-part player 18 months ago and had yet to win over the fans at Emirates Stadium. But he is now perceived as a vital member of Arsène Wenger’s first-team, especially now the manager has adopted a 4-3-3 formation.

    Song is solid if understated and the same applied to Storey during his heyday nearly 30 years ago. But the tenacious English international was just as important to Bertie Mee’s legendary line-up as Song is to the current side.

    McLintock, who captained the 1971 team, benefited from the protection Storey gave that Arsenal back four. He believes Song can do a similar job for the class of 2009.

    “When they have three in the centre of midfield and they leave Van Persie up front, it’s making us stronger in midfield,” McLintock told Arsenal.com.

    “We always played 4-4-2 with Peter Storey as the anchor man in midfield and he was very protective of the back four. Song is one of those players who can do the same kind of job as Peter Storey. Peter ended up with about 20 caps.”

    McLintock was one of just 16 players who featured for Arsenal in that historical 1970/71 campaign but he acknowledges that football has changed dramatically since then. The former skipper believes the current squad must match their rivals’ strength in depth if they are to push for honours this term.

    “I think they started the first few games very well,” said McLintock. “I like the new signing, Vermaelen, I think he looked terrific. He’s not a giant but he springs well, he is alert.

    “Arsenal have always played great football since Arsène Wenger has been here. I think we are a better footballing side than Chelsea and Manchester United and if we can match them for strength in depth we can challenge.”

  4. rico says:

    Morning London – thank you 🙂

  5. rico says:

    According to the boss, after this international break we will have only two players from our first squad missing through injury. Djourou and Denilson…

    I wonder if he means this break or the one in November 😉

  6. rico says:

    We can forget Matuidi then ….

    Matuidi is now committed to St Etienne until the summer of 2013 and the midfielder is delighted to have signed on the dotted line.

    “I am very happy and proud,” he told St Etienne’s official website. “I am very satisfied to continue playing for Les Verts, as I have always said, it is a great club.”

  7. rico says:

    No Paddy in January – he says

    I want to play more, but I also want to respect my contract,’ said Vieira, who has not been playing regularly for Jose Mourinho’s side.

    ‘Nothing will happen in January. But I will leave Inter in June and I have yet to make up my mind over whether to play in the Premier League or in the French league.’

  8. kelsey says:

    Good morning,
    nice post rico,
    but as usual i never believe much in the tabloids.

    DD will be 75 in 2018,and long retired,but even though many call him a judas mainly for making a profit on shares he bought in the club he loved,and held them for 22 years, I would have him back tomorrow as he is Arsenal through and through.

    Excuse me if I am back tracking but why is Gazidis timing his remarks now, that second or worse won’t be good enogh this season.

    Many won’t agree with me,but I think he is just trying to justify his position.

    With regards to Merida,I doubt he will stay and I still think we will buy a striker in january, the much mute Chamk(spelling) and that bedntner and vela and even walcott may not have long term prospects at the club.

    my other point is that we don’t have enough experience around the 26 year age group.i love watching AA and Rosicky but at most they have a couple of seasons left.

    The puzzle is getting completed but there are still a number of pieces to be filled in.

  9. rico says:

    Morning kelsey

    I think Gazidis just wants the fans to know that the club want trophies and that we don’t care about the finances – we could have all told the club that a couple of years ago 😉

    I disagree about Merida, I think he will stay, having watched the way the club have treated his fellow Spanaird, and how AW has ‘made’ him the man he is, I cant see him leaving,just yet 😉

    The other three have all signed long term contracts in the summer I think, why do you think they will leave? Have you heard something on those Spanish shores 😉

  10. London says:

    What is going on? Have you guys been having secret essay writing sessions while I was in the States 😉

    “The puzzle is getting completed but there are still a number of pieces to be filled in.”

  11. rico says:

    Or maybe on the Spanish Grape Vine 😉

  12. London says:

    Either way, I thought it was very good.

  13. rico says:

    I think its more a Rubix Cube – its so hard to work out 😉

  14. rico says:

    Bloomin Henry – Juve want Sagna now !

    Juventus have laid eyes on Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna as they draw up plans for the right side of their defence.

    According to Tuttosport, Sagna is on top of the hit-list at Vinovo and director Alessio Secco is reportedly very keen to land him.

    The Gunners man has all the qualities Secco is looking for in Turin with his experience and defensive prowess, but he is unlikely to be cheap.

    It is said that Arsene Wenger could consider a sale, but the price is likely to scare off the Bianconeri. With that in mind, Juve are also looking at alternatives.

    Hamburg’s Jerome Boateng, who is wanted by Jose Mourinho, and Hoffenheim’s Andreas Beck have also been mooted in Turin.

    Despite the report, Juventus have not confirmed their interest in any of the players.

  15. kelsey says:

    Morning London and rico again,

    No i haven’t heard anything on he spanish grapevine, but you know how i stand with vela. highly rated by most fans,but not given enough starting appearances as yet.Call it a gut feeling.

    Bedntner i sincerely want him to come good,but maybe our style of play doesn’t suit him, or more likely if he is continuosly played out of position,he won’t improve.

    Walcott is another who I think isn’t living up to expectations,and as i said before this could be a defining season for hm,especially with the World cup on the horizon.

    Merida could go either way,depends if he wishes to wait, though he is indeed an exciting prospect.

    Signing long term contracts means nothing i am afraid,but we will see.

  16. rico says:

    kelsey, surely you dont believe our players won’t honour their contracts ? 😉 😉 😉

    Like you say, time will tell I guess

  17. Rasputin says:

    Hi Roadsters,

    We should do everything we can to hold on to the likes of Merida, Coquelin and one or two others as they represent the ‘soon to be’ next generation and we have to consider life without Cesc in a couple of year’s time and when AA and Rosicky will also be over 30.

  18. rico says:

    Hi Rasp – Couldnt agree more 🙂

  19. rico says:

    Cesc wants a new deal for Thomas – well thats how I see it 🙂

    Cesc Fabregas can sense a “good feeling” at Arsenal this season – and he believes Tomas Rosicky is a big part of that.

    The Czech international is rediscovering the form which made him such a vital cog in the Arsenal machine before his lengthy lay-off. And it’s no coincidence that the Gunners are flowing now Fabregas and Rosicky are back in tandem for the first time since 2007/08 – the last time the Gunners challenged strongly for the title.

    But according to the captain, Rosicky’s influence runs deeper than that. The Czech’s mental fortitude during his 18-month spell on the sidelines helped Fabregas through his own four-month lay-off last term and brought the Arsenal squad closer together.

    “Tomas Rosicky is probably one of the best friends I have, and he’s been injured for nearly two years,” said Fabregas, speaking at the launch of Nike’s CTR360 Boot at the start of the month.

    “It’s great to have him back and I’m really happy for him. I have learned a lot from him as well – to be strong and keep believing. He believed in himself, that he could play football and it is great to see him play.

    “I was with him every day, I went to his house – it’s like that. And I think team mates, we have to be like that as well. It was nice when they were coming to me [when I was injured]; it’s nice now that I go to them.

    “The important thing is you don’t do it because you have to; you do it because you really want to do it. And I think that [at] Arsenal, there’s this feeling with everyone. It’s really good.”

    At 29, Rosicky brings vital experience to Arsène Wenger’s youthful squad. And Fabregas clearly loves sharing a football pitch with his Czech mate.

    “I think he has done very well and he gives you so many options,” said the captain. “You can see straight away the vision he has, the touch, the class that he plays with. It’s great to have him in the team; he’s like a new signing.”

  20. PDT says:

    Arsene better give Tomas a new contract. Cesc took a season to get over the loss of his previous two best friends….

  21. avenell says:

    Evening all..

    Nice post rico.. you had me worried for a bit.. 😉

    Talk tomorrow.. 🙂

  22. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters and Roosters,

    First injury news from the internationals ……

    “William Gallas suffered two smashed teeth during France’s 5-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Saturday.”

  23. London says:

    Morning all

    If this International break were a cartoon it would have a Gooner, wearing an Arsenal shirt, crawling across the Sahara Desert, tongue hanging out, with the Emirates Stadium shining, teasingly in the distance; the caption would read: football, football, must have football.

  24. Rasputin says:

    …..and this is London when we’re back at THOF …..

    “Ice cold in avenell” …. 😛

  25. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

    Rasp wasn’t that an advert for the sponsers of the Spuds.. Holsten yuck? With Griff Rhys Jones..

    Not another god damn moosehead!

  26. London says:

    Holsten….that’s funny….how to destroy a beer brand….get spuds to sponser it. Does it exist anymore?

  27. London says:

    I could add that to my image of the Gooner crawling across the Sahara……I don’t care how thirsty I am, I’m still not drinking that. Lol

  28. Rasputin says:

    I didn’t know that ave … isn’t Carlsberg written on the glass? All lager (apart from Peroni of course) is dishwater to me …. give me a nice warm flat english bitter and a packet of pork scratchings any day 😆

  29. Rasputin says:

    I prefered in ‘cockney rhyming slang terms’ when pony sponsored the spuds shirts … highy appropriate….

  30. Friere says:

    Hello everyone!
    Good to be back…i’m at school right now, cant talk too much. See you.

  31. avenell says:

    Evening all. are england on the box?
    Bit quiet on here.

  32. peachesgooner says:

    Evening ave – shall I make up the spare bed?

  33. avenell says:

    Depends how many are staying.. 😉

    Thanks but no, cheers.. when are you back?

  34. peachesgooner says:

    Now – I’m back 🙂

  35. avenell says:

    Oh wow modern technology.. is your brain back in UK time yet?

  36. avenell says:

    Not a bad header..

  37. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters,

    Ramsey scored from a freekick for Wales yesterday ……

    “Arsenal teenager Ramsey whipped in a free kick that breezed the hairline of the wall and curled into the top left corner.”

    This lad is going to be very special one day – he is looking like an embryonic cross between cesc, Lumplard and Gerrard – fantastic passing, great shot and can orchestrate the game pulling all the strings….

  38. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    I hope our Theo really gets to work once hes back to full fitness and makes himself undroppable to Capello – hes much better than that spud Lennon and I want him to play as first choice for England 😉

  39. peachesgooner says:

    Morning rasp

    I agree about Ramsey – London said the other week that he seemlessly replaced Cesc when he came on against Blackburn and I think like you that hes gonna be a great player.

    Love David Beckham but what was that on his face 😦

  40. London says:

    Thank you Peaches you just inspired a new post.

  41. Rasputin says:

    Morning peaches / London,

    The ‘beard was a bit wierd’ – if I was going to be 35 by the time the World Cup comes round and wanted to secure my place, I think I’d try to look as youthful as possibe ….. not like Grizzly Adams! But the speed and accuracey of his passing was brilliant and I’d definitely take him.

  42. Rasputin says:

    accuracey = accuracy 😳

  43. peachesgooner says:

    Theres a new post 🙂 I think…….

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