Are You a Madman Arsene, or Just Pure Genius?

When I first heard that Sol was heading back to Arsenal, my first reaction was a shrug of the shoulders and rotate both hands from palms down to palms up at the same time. Really it’s like signing a new tea lady he won’t get many games anyway.

Morally this isn’t the best move.. A fair number of people were against Flamini coming back. when Jonjon did a post a week or so ago, but at least Flamini honours his contracts. First of all Sol did to the Spuds exactly what Mathieu did to us, which is funny when the boot is on the other foot of course.
He had a year left on his contract when he left us to move “abroad” to Portsmouth,  he owes us for that, a retrospective buy out clause perhaps.

Then he sets himself up for a lovely little retirement package at Notts County, not just for a while but they were prepared to pay him top dollar wages until he reaches 40 years old, not happy there he walks out after one game.
I think this is out of order really and sums up what is wrong with football, players have too much power. If Notts County sacked him and said sorry Sol no wages until the time the contract was to run there would be all hell to pay.

But then I watched him on SSN playing for the reserves on Tuesday night and I tell you what, I saw what Arsene saw in training Sol has still got it, I’m sure of it: diving headers, intercepting play, he looks twice the player that Silvestre has for us, okay some might say he is twice the size of Tweety, he has put a bit of timber on.. also it wasn’t that long ago he did a job for England when there was a centre half shortage.

Sol does have a bit of pedigree with us as well, play him against the Spuds, that should help the atmosphere and if the spud fans abuse him they could get docked points, just enough to keep them out of the top 4 😉

So I am coming around to the idea a bit now. I also thought in the summer Patrick would have been a good signing. It was funny the other day when big Tone said he had spoke to Paddy and he was going to jack it in or play in the States, then he got an offer from Citeh.. That reminded me of the Only Fools and Horses sketch when Boycie was going to scrap a lime green Cappri Ghia and Del phoned up with a couple of hundred quid in his pocket. “I have just the car for you Del Boy”..

To back up the signing of a 35 year old, Sky also listed Henrik Larrson he was the same age when he joined Manure and only a year younger when he took us apart in the Champions League final. Other notable oldies were Laurent Blanc and Vialli so perhaps Arsene does know!

The clown on Talk Sport in the morning suggested we lacked ambition and what would Djourou think.. Not ever researching the fact that Johan will be out for most of the season and it is out of respect to him that Arsene hasn’t signed a centre half in his prime and a more mature player won’t send him further down the pecking order..

Speaking of madness, what about this for a signing.. I am cringing as I write..

Take Berbatov off of Man U.. gulp.. I think he would be the ideal player to head our front 3.. He is lazy but he can finish in the air and on the ground and his link play is a teeny bit like the great DB10’s (of course not as good), he could come cheap as Fergie has dropped him a few times and their financial situation means they are a selling club now..

I’ll get my coat..


68 Responses to Are You a Madman Arsene, or Just Pure Genius?

  1. avenell says:

    Rico… i thought I would do it this way… call this post a nightwatchman.. 🙂

    Your all free for tomorrow morning now.. 🙂

  2. London says:

    I’m working on the basis that the Berbatov thing is a wind up.

  3. London says:

    I bet Rico is really pleased that it is all hers tomorrow. Lol

  4. avenell says:

    She will be London..I have inside information. 😉

  5. sam says:

    lol berbatov wud be a good signing, and wenger wud get him playing well. i agree mu wud be willing to make a loss but they payed 30m so i cant see him going for less than 15m which isnt that cheap. hes no spring chicken either so wouldnt represent value for money especially for wenger. i would however take him over half the players we are linked with.

  6. London says:


    I’m surprised you didn’t add that if Wenger is going to break his rule about never taking a player back to the same club with Sol then why not bring Flamini back.

    Him going to spuds is a just a wind up.

  7. avenell says:

    Hi sam sorry for the delay Welcome to Avenell Road.

    Bit obvious that one London.. 😉

  8. London says:

    True, I must admit I didn’t see the Berbatov one coming Lol

  9. avenell says:

    I haven’t even consulted JJ on that one yet ..

  10. hh says:

    it was bad enough watching lazybayer last season.berbitov makes ade look a hardworker

  11. Brahma says:

    Berba has a knee injury, or at least SAF’s alluded to that fact as an excuse for his poor play this season. Never touch damaged (or suspected damaged) goods.

    Flamini would not fit anymore, I think. The team has moved on with Song, Nasri, Diaby and Ramsey in midfield (aside from Cesc of course).

    We’re not signing anybody up top. Dzeko gone to AC Milan/Chelsea. Gignac too old (and expensive). Chamahk going to Liverpool. Cole injured and not immediate help. Villa wants to stay in Spain. Saha wants 60k a week? What a joke. What’s left out there that is better than Bendtner when he comes back? (and is affordable)

  12. avenell says:

    Great touch though, he could drop deep and he would bring Theo/Nasri or AA/Dudu into play..

  13. avenell says:

    Hi Brahama welcome aboard.. Overmars did okay though..

    I have no problems with bendtner.. he just gets injured when he has the chance to step up..

  14. ibbsisback says:

    Flamoney went for more flamoney!
    Can’t even get ahead of AMBROSINI!

  15. avenell says:

    Hi ibbsisback welcome.. 😉

  16. cezan says:

    no ya know i really agree with the beraflop idea because at ubnited he has 2 run but at arsenal he would be more able to do what adebarndoor did but he is a much better finisher!! you put the ball on berbaflops feet he’ll finish but at united he has 2 run toward goal and it dont happen 4 him lol

  17. avenell says:

    Hi cezan.. sorry for the delay in your comment coming on..

    Berbatov in front of Manure’s defensive midfield is wasted, Rooney looks good coz he works hard..

    Reading penalty lol…

  18. avenell says:

    Yeeeeeessssss!!!! reading 93 min equaliser.. 🙂

  19. rico says:

    Evening everyone

    Cheeky move ave, ignore my email please 😉

    Berbytoff, like Dennis…. Let me order you the white coat team……


  20. avenell says:

    Haha rico are you watching Reading.. they are doing you proud?

  21. rico says:

    Hi ave, really unlucky not to have killed this off and send the dippers packing – i really hope they win this, and i dont care how 😉

  22. avenell says:

    The scousers will win.. they have a fish on the pitch.. a barbel lol..

  23. avenell says:

    Get in.. lol…

  24. avenell says:

    Rafa… bang on, Bang on.. haha

  25. rico says:

    Come on you biscuit boys 🙂

  26. rico says:

    Well, they were back in the 60’s 😉

  27. rico says:

    biscuitmen actually, i was staying young 😉

  28. avenell says:

    commentators just can’t help but being biased towards the Dippers ..

  29. rico says:

    reckon they can win ave ?? Royals I mean, not the dippers

  30. avenell says:

    Yeah they are crap.

  31. avenell says:

    The ref might put his dipper shirt on though.. 1 min.. like the old days eh mickey T..?

  32. avenell says:

    2 mins injury time.. it’s fixed..

  33. avenell says:

    Best supporters in the world them Scousers.. lol.. BOOOOOOOOH haha .. bye rafa..

  34. rico says:


    🙂 😛 🙂 😛 🙂

  35. rico says:

    Im off folks, with a huge smile…

    Nighty night 🙂

  36. avenell says:

    I enjoyed that rico.. nighty night..

  37. Mo says:

    Brahma are you stupid?
    gignac “too old”?
    hes 24 you nerd!

  38. cally gooner says:

    So back in the real world of trying to win the league, we have to get someone up front as Bendtner is two weeks away or more and by no means proven as top quality; just file under promising. If Wenger is prepared to wait two weeks for an injured player he should go for Cole. the Berbatov idea is very creative but it would take £20 m and Wenger is risk averse and tight. That said he does have Arsenal type style

  39. avenell says:

    Hi Mo.. don’t call fellow gooners names on here and we should all get on fine.. thanks..

    Is gignac any good I haven’t seen him?

  40. avenell says:

    Hi cally welcome to Avenell Road.. who would you go with?

  41. W.A.T.H says:

    Evenin Ave…………. wot u been smoking…? bound to ruffle a few feathers of course……….. still have sore belly from laughing at the dippers…. 🙂

  42. W.A.T.H says:

    Who says Torres ain’t for sale you reckon he sitting there thinking this is a top club……….. lol……….!! He’ll go to whoever top 4 and where he has a chance to shine I still say he’s come 2 us… pie in the sky maybe BUT you never know til you test the water…!

  43. avenell says:

    lol wath…. how much to rule the world?

  44. avenell says:

    Flamini + Alonso+ Torres = world domination.. £50 mill.. – Walcott and a few of the youth project.. books balanced.. 🙂

  45. W.A.T.H says:

    Exactly mate………….. bring it on…………!

  46. avenell says:

    Simple this management game..

  47. London says:

    Wow just seen that reading score…..40 mil…..Torres will be on the phone to Wenger begging to be taken away from that nightmare. Lol

  48. W.A.T.H says:

    U really dont like poor Theo do you…………. lol….! U can stick flamini in ur coal bunker for starters…. I’ll take Essien over Alonso anyday and yep then Torres to get 40 goals a season…! nice….!

  49. W.A.T.H says:

    London, did you ask permission to quote me on my 40million comment…….. shame on you…! isn’t that naming rights you owe me…..!

  50. London says:

    Cheque is in the post 😉

  51. avenell says:

    We couldn’t run the gooners as a partnership obviously.. We’re not Howe and Mee.. 😦

  52. London says:

    Just popped in for a moment, see y’all tomorrow.

  53. avenell says:

    cheers London..

  54. W.A.T.H says:

    A cheque……………… I only do cash………….! or lager obviously 🙂 Ni Nite…!

    Mee howe Av 🙂

  55. W.A.T.H says:

    See Cesc fit for sunday and Clichy as well…..

  56. avenell says:

    Cesc is a god send Clichy, Gibbs or even Traore? how many clubs get that chance to have 3 of he best full backs in the league to choose from (one day) and not weaken the team?

    We have been blessed in that position ..

  57. W.A.T.H says:

    Dead right although I wonder how bad Clichy’s back is after the same problem twice in less that 8 months…! So what’s ur take on Sol good or bad or undecided..?

  58. avenell says:

    I think Clichy could be sold as he has the highest value, Gibbs is the man.. not that I dislike Clichy in any way..

    As for sol.. I never liked the idea of his return, not even him training with us.. I don’t like what he does to clubs… but he looked okay on SSN today.. bloody morals..

  59. W.A.T.H says:

    Yeh I hear ya mate………. the sensible side says its prob a really good move AW has watched him 4 two months so knows whats what BUT the other side says he’s done a runner once already what if the shit hits the fan again is he gonna bottle it if push comes to shove..?

  60. W.A.T.H says:

    I like Gael just a shame his crossing is like a zebra…! I’d also listen to a decent offer as well…..!

  61. avenell says:

    It’s bad really we all cry when the likes of Vieira, Henry, even going as far back as Brady want to leave.. but when it suits us we would say goodbye to Gael even though he could love Arsenal as much as we loved Bergkamp..

  62. W.A.T.H says:

    I woz thinking the same after I wrote that, we go on about loyalty and yet if we think we could make a few bob we prepared to sell someone who has never said a word out of place about the team or the club and who has never once rocked the boat…!.

    I’m off mate gotta be up in a few hours gotta long day 2moro, chat soon… don’t forget…….. Torres to Arsenal… lol….

  63. avenell says:

    Nice one WATH.. have a good un’.. “Torres” “born is the king of Ashburton Grove..” 🙂

  64. Irishgunner says:

    Hello all.

    Everyone has overlooked a very important thing, we need a new Djourou chant:

    “Chim chiminy, chim chiminy, chim chim chiroo, who needs Campbell when we’ve got Djourou?”


    P.S.: 😆 at Liverpool

  65. Irishgunner says:

    ARRRRRRRRRRRGH I’ve been binned Avenell

  66. rico says:

    New post

  67. chris says:

    Man U is a selling club – like it

    The question is “is everyone?” except City and Real Madrid – or are supposedly well run clubs like Arsenal and Villa the exceptions who can take advantrage in a buyers market?

  68. avenell says:

    Hi chris…we are all having a chat on the new post.. press home at the top.. 🙂

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