Time to forget the Spanish?

It’s not even June 1st yet, the window is still closed, but already we have been linked with enough players to fill a first team sheet and maybe even a reserve side – crazy isn’t it….

Only yesterday we were linked with Schwarzer, Mertesacker, Melo, Steven Taylor, Gourcuff, Gomis and Simon Kajer, I think that’s all and in one day πŸ™‚

Staying with yesterday, We had a new poster on Avenell Road, called Erik, he made a very valid commentΒ which ended with good old humour!

‘It seems to me we should not bother signing Spanish players anymore, the promising ones go back to Spain as soon as they have a chance to… Reyes, Fabregas, Merida… and the really rubbish ones stay… Almunia… probably because in Spain Almunia would be selling fruit on the motorway’

My response was that Almunia would probably drop more fruit than he would end up selling!!

But Erik has a good point, Almunia apart, none of the Spanish players have been keen to stick around for the long haul at Arsenal, why?

Is it because of the climate, the team mates, the club, the food, the salary etc etc, is it the fact that we aren’t winning anything – (Torres and ReinaΒ at Liverpool kind of brings doubt to that, Arteta at Everton too) Neither of those two sides areΒ playing in the Champions League next season, so will they leave their respective clubs this summer? I think Torres and Reina might….

I don’t know the answers, but I know Reyes was kicked to pieces from day one, especially by the Neville sisters, he also had to try to cope with ‘the look’ from Henry, but to this day, I wish he had stayed, he would have been good, very very good…. When he left, we were doing ok weren’t we?

Why did he really choose to leave?

Why are there so few players from Spain, playing for their country, but not playing in England?

Maybe Erik is right, maybe it’s time to steer clear from buying players from Spain. Don’t get me wrong, I know our little captain has been with us for nearly seven years, but he’s only 23 years old, he’s at an age where he should be heading towards his peak, an age where he can truly start to make a massive impact at Arsenal, an age where we should be getting the best from him. Build the team around him we all thought…..

Instead though, he wants to go home. Like many have said before, Arsenal have made him what he is today and now he wants to leave. Will another club get his best years, or, if he goes, will he be another player in a long list, who will regret it for the rest of his footballing career?

Will the likes of Β Torres, ReinaΒ and Arteta stay and become heroes, or will they just players from Spain who fall/fail in their mission and one day, like most Spaniards around them, jump ship and return home……

As I so often write, only time will tell…..


81 Responses to Time to forget the Spanish?

  1. rico says:

    Morning peeps πŸ™‚

  2. adam says:

    I imagine seeing the injuries to Eduardo and Ramsay might factor into the equation somewhere. He might have thought that it was only a matter of time until he got one. Given the lack of protection that talented players get from the referees when playing against the usual suspects ie Allardyce, McLeish etc.

  3. SD-London says:

    i think you have a point about some Spanish players but not all. Reyes was a spoilt brat and was always home sick. Henry only gave him looks probably because he knew he could do better and not pulling his weight more.

    The Spanish players are only leaving Arsenal after they have used us to get fame and popularity. It is only Wenger that will play an untested player in the Champions league , that is why they all come to Arsenal when they are young.

    After making their name, they then realize that they could get paid more at home with their families and under the sun. Therefore i think Salary and the weather are the major reasons the Spanish always leave Arsenal.

  4. rico says:

    Hi adam, I think you have a good point about the way some managers like to play ‘ruff’ against us, its been going on for too long now, look at the last time cecs was i/v after the ramsey incident, he was clearly fuming and upset…

  5. rico says:

    SD, I liked Reyes as a footballer, i think its the goings on in england that made he want to go home…

  6. rico says:

    Mourinho could cause all sorts of problems for a few english sides this summer – i wonder how many will be tempted to join Real Madrid….

  7. rico says:

    Got to pop out for a couple of hours, catch you later

  8. charlie says:

    Salary is perhaps the reason most of them return to Spain. Its their tax law that allows these guys to pay minimum taxes, despite the massive unemployment there. Its strange, the Spanish government talks about raising taxes, and, choose to forget this privilege bunch. It is an unfair advantage. I hope the Spanish tax paying public, non Barca and Real supporters, pressure the govt over this unfair practice.

  9. Davi says:

    SD – I always thought henry gave reyes those looks because antonio had more technical skill than him.
    Why would you call reyes a “spoilt brat”? He played well for us, even after the neville incident actually. He never got the credit he deserved for his through passes and we really missed him after he left tbh.

  10. SD-London says:

    Davi, i could see you are a Reyes fan but you probably forgot that Reyes use to go down easily on the slightest of touches which always breaks an attacking flow (attacking flow Arsenal plays better with).
    That was why Henry gave him those looks plus Reyes doesn’t release the ball on time.

  11. shedzy says:

    You are talking about 4 players with very different circumstances;

    Reyes – Henry WAS Arsenal at the time, and Henry hated him; he never passed to him, he didnt even like other players passing to him and I think he blamed him for the comments made by Aragones. Furthermore, every single time he played, someone tried to break his legs. I don’t blame him for leaving, he was basically frozen out.

    Merida – now this kid probably has an axe to grind too – everyone has described him the whole time he’s been at Arsenal as ‘the new Fabregas’ – he is only a year younger and yet, because of the success of the player whose shadows he has always been in, he has NEVER had his chance. I don’t blame him for going either. I think the reaction is immature as now he clearly might have finally got his chance, but blaming a 20 year old for being immature would be stupid – of course he is immature, he is 20.

    Almunia – the only one who hasn’t left, and the only reason we wish he had is cos he’s cack. He’s been at Arsenal a year less than Fabregas.

    Cesc – now here is the only one we are really that bothered about, cos he is honestly one of the best in the world in his position and still has his best years ahead of him. However, he has been at Arsenal for 7 years. Honestly, at a time when very few players stay with clubs for more than 3 or 4 years, surely we couldn’t really blame the guy if he left? Sure, we ALL want him to stay, we worry that if he leaves it signals the beginning of the end cos if we cannot hold on to the best, how will we attract the best but come on – you can’t blame him for elaving if he does. He is a special talent, he is a fierce Catalan, and the club he started for wants him back – personally, i dont think he’ll go unless they can pay what we think he is worth, and i don’t know if that’ll happen – but if he does go, and they do pay what we think is fair, then who knows – maybe we will end up fcking them twice over one of their best home-grown players for a generation.

  12. Wade says:

    I don’t think its just spanish players in particular, but generally footballers from around the world are trying to live a celebrity lifestyle and complaining about how their heels are too big for their feet. Ibrahimovic said he wouldnt want to come to England, so did Ribery, both complaining about the weather. Mascheranos “wife” wants to leave too. So I think its just footballers in general being pansies nowadays.

  13. Petresony says:

    I think spanish players like their home clubs more than other clubs. Thats how they are raised in spain.. I wonder if Barca is going to win anything next season…Maurinho at madrid will cause problems to them… I think Fab4 will be unluckiest person in the world…moving from arsenal to barca and win nothing… I feel sad for him…but there still is time for him to think about it…i know barca will lose title for not less than 2 seasons and in that time arsenal will be a strong and improved club regardless of presence of fab4 or not… Take the money and remove unlucky players…it will be better that the team will be playing without relying on one player.

  14. rico says:

    Afternoon all and welcome to the newbies, sorry for the delay but your comments were held in moderation, all first comments do – you are free to post now…

  15. rico says:

    Avashnee, another lady on the site, that makes three of us now, we’ll be taking over the boys soon πŸ™‚

    Spuds supporters can only talk about us because we are nearer to the top than they will ever be, next season just watch them get knocked out in the cl qualifies….

  16. rico says:

    No worries, Avashnee, its not short for anything, was the name of one my pets a few years ago who sadly is no longer with us πŸ˜₯

    And yes, AGAG

  17. K-TR7 says:

    Hi everyone!avanshee the spuds have nothing better to do but discuss about us since they are always in our shadow.if we hadn’t collapsed we would have finished a point or two behind the chavs.rico,naughty…

  18. rico says:

    Hi KTR7, me, naughty?? πŸ˜‰

  19. rico says:

    Who we being linked to today then ??

  20. king gooner says:

    avanshee-the thing about the TINY TOTTS is that no matter what they do-they are forever in our shadow-take this year for example-their best season in nearly 20 years-our worst & they’re still behind us!it clearly makes them sick,they don’t know what to do-but wait,they do-they’ve found an answer-support the chavs or manure cos at least their above arsenal-read arsenal blogs,scores of them(tells you what a huge club we are)how many spuddy blogs do you see?2,3 nuff said!!

  21. K-TR7 says:

    A nigerian billionaire wants to buy lady nina’s shares…yes rico it seems wath’s magic actually worked on you…

  22. K-TR7 says:

    There is nothing to compare between us and the tiny totts:they even release dvds when they score against us which shows how small they are.we have bigger fish to fry anyway…

  23. rico says:

    We try our best Avashnee πŸ™‚

    No way KTR7, won’t see me on the GG πŸ˜‰ I saw that about the African fella yesterday, i wonder how serious he is about the shares, how wealthy is he??

  24. K-TR7 says:

    From what i’ve read he is a successfull businessman and is a footy fan.he funds the nigerian national team but he wants only success in return.he seems legit to me,from what i’ve read anyway…

  25. rico says:

    could be interesting then….

  26. rico says:

    Have to pop off again, laters

  27. SPECTRUM says:

    “In Arsene we rust.” T- shirts available in the foyer.

  28. rico says:

    Spectrum – funny comment πŸ˜‰

  29. rico says:

    barca are spposed to be faxing arsenal their offer for cesc this afternoon….. yawn …

  30. K-TR7 says:

    30 mil?even milner is worth more than that according to villa…goal.com is a shit website anyway…

  31. rico says:

    50M at least or no deal i say ktr7

  32. agirlagunner says:

    Hello, all. Reyes was an exceptional talent; it’s unfortunate he couldn’t settle.

    Hola, avashnee! Another girl! I love it! The Spuds are laughable. We are everything they aspire to be. That they haven’t come remotely close must rankle, no?

    Barca are a bunch of (insert cuss word). What did I tell you, rico? To complete this latest round of Cesc and his Barcelona DNA comments, only Iniesta’s statement is missing. Xavi, Messi, Pique and Puyol have had their latest say on the matter. They are a loathesome lot.

  33. agirlagunner says:

    30 mil for our best player is really rather insulting. Well, they can fax all they like. Doesn’t mean we cannot crumple the fax sheet and take aim at the rubbish bin…

  34. rico says:

    Reports are coming in on sky that arsenal have told barca Β£70M is the price for cesc, it is believed that AW is waiting for Laporta to step down and wait and see what happens. No deal is expected before the WC – cesc apparently got off the plane with all the barca boys!!

    barca have told cesc to step up his transfer…

  35. rico says:

    Hi agag,

    the other deal offered by barca is 43M Euros and Yaya Toure…

  36. rico says:

    Three girls is good AGAG, don’t tell WATH though πŸ˜‰

    They are vindictive, cesc arrived on the late plane with the barca boys, i am going off of him now, talk about wind up his boss and the fans….

    England play Mexico later, might get to see Vela πŸ™‚

  37. agirlagunner says:

    Wooo. You tell them Arsene!!

    I don’t see Cesc putting in a transfer request. He will earn the wrath of the Arsenal collective if he insists on it. To be fair, he doesn’t strike me as a money-grabber unlike some that we’ve allowed to walk. It would be different I think if his contract were about to expire, but as it is, that agreement has years and years yet to run.

    By the by, I haven’t heard from STV in ages. I hope he’s okay.

  38. K-TR7 says:

    What irks me about xavi is that he has become so arrogant since fans started raving about him.where was he when the likes of pirlo,ballack…were in top form?barca are in panic mode now that mou is in town.he has already told madrid players that there are no star players but a star team…

  39. K-TR7 says:

    Afternoon agag,it seems this site is attracting more ladies…wonder why…

  40. agirlagunner says:

    rico, he always hangs out with the Barca boys. I have seen pictures of Team Spain arriving at some point or another and he would invariably be with them or sometimes with David Villa (when he was still with Valencia) or Torres.

  41. agirlagunner says:

    KTR7, it’s your sex appeal! πŸ™‚

  42. rico says:

    I guess it’s understandable he would agag, but just now it seems worse i fear 😦

    STV, good point, haven’t seen him either – i could email him to check he’s ok if you would like me too agag?

  43. K-TR7 says:

    Naughty agag…naughty rico…it seems GG is working!i wonder how the bandit and sailor will react when they hear this good news…

  44. rico says:

    They will love it KTR7, i think its great, many women follow footie, many play footie, i think its good to hear everyones views…

    And what makes it nice here is that everyone’s comment is important, unless of course it insults another which very rarely gets through…

  45. K-TR7 says:

    This blog is awesome rico…i have to get my daily dose each day.id say good job rico…i promised to write my articles after the season ended but am waiting till the cesc stuff gets clearer so that i can know whether or not to include him in my analysis…

  46. rico says:

    Tha’s kind of you KTR7, but it’s the bloggers that make it the place it is and we may not have hundreds, but who we do have are quality, and that’s just mighty fine πŸ™‚

    Its good to have some fun too πŸ™‚

  47. W.A.T.H says:

    All the girls after K-TR7 and I thought it was me…um… what users they just after my GG…! Huh…!

  48. agirlagunner says:

    rico, among other things, this is a great place because it’s not hostile, avoids hysteria, and juvenile name calling; and is fun and well-conceived. Thanks, and congrats!

    Here’s a round of GG for everyone. πŸ™‚ Or fruit juice for those so minded!

  49. K-TR7 says:

    Hi wath…i just can’t help it…

  50. W.A.T.H says:

    No Xmas card 4 u K-TR7………… πŸ™‚

  51. agirlagunner says:

    WATH, you’re fishing! πŸ™‚ You are to rico what the Spanish Waiter is to Arsenal… No. 1!

    You should introduce yourself to Avashnee.

  52. W.A.T.H says:

    The waiter is 2 Arsenal………….. I so take that as an insult AGAG and ur off the Xmas card list too AND no more GG….!

  53. agirlagunner says:

    Before I forget, KTR7, Xavi has become obnoxious. He believes his own press. He’s so full of air I reckon I could take a needle to him, and he would go pfffft.

  54. W.A.T.H says:

    The Nigerian fella denies he wants to buy the shares and why would anyone in their right mind buy em for 16k when the most they have gone for is 10.5k….! he fishing for sales and not getting a bite me thinks…!

  55. W.A.T.H says:

    he = she…..

  56. agirlagunner says:

    Hahaha, I managed to make the compliment sound insulting. Sorry WATH. Nobody (except Flappy) deserves the embarrassment of being compared to The Spanish Waiter. That’s cruel and unusual punishment.

    Sending you an olive branch in a shot glass of GG! Stat!

  57. W.A.T.H says:

    As for introducing myself to Avashnee ur the only lady 4 me AGAG you know that, Rico pledged herself to Erick the other day so seems I was never ever in the picture so its just us GG drinkers πŸ˜‰ Apology accepted…!

  58. agirlagunner says:

    Why is Lady Nina so bent on disposing of her shares now?

  59. rico says:

    Ah, the old sailor appears just when we are counting the ladies present πŸ˜‰

  60. K-TR7 says:

    I don’t mind it wath so long as i get the girls…you’re off for a cold shower mate!agag i thought xavi had respect but he has become a prick…i hope iniesta is different as i respect him alot.pique has become arrogant too…

  61. rico says:

    Thanks AGAG for your 5.02 comment, i think i nedd to re-read the almunia/wath reference again πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  62. rico says:

    When did i pledge myself to anyone WATH?? Apart from David Villa πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    And he’s had a hair cut now……

  63. W.A.T.H says:

    Ole Sailor eh….. ah see u and Erick……… rest my case…! πŸ˜‰ U can delete the almunia/WATH reference thank u……!

  64. W.A.T.H says:

    I clearly remember… and I quote…. “your my fav Erick” go on denial will get you nowhere…. AGAG come on lets elope to an island somewhere peaceful… with container of GG………… oh and ice cubes obviously…!

  65. K-TR7 says:

    Wath how could you?spanish waiter…you’re losing your mojo and fast…you need some GG quick…

  66. rico says:

    WATH, its a compliment, it stays πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  67. rico says:

    I told Erick not to tell you πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

    Put it down to a ‘Brucie’ moment, thats if anyone watches Strictly πŸ™‚

  68. agirlagunner says:

    LOL, WATH, KTR7, rico.

    I promised to love Cesc forever and a day, only to find out that he’s been playing on our hallowed ground with eyes firmly trained on that pitch in Camp Nou. Tsk tsk.

    Is there any chance we’re getting Silva? He spends a fair amount of time in the treatment room, yes, but he’s class.

    Villa is such a loss, rico.

  69. K-TR7 says:

    Wath erick provided a shoulder for rico to cry on when villa broke her heart…agag silva is class but i don’t think valencia will let him go cheap…

  70. rico says:

    AGAG, if we had bought him, i’m sure cesc would never have thought about leaving, oh and Torres too πŸ™‚

  71. rico says:

    He did KTR7, haven’t seen him today yet…

  72. agirlagunner says:

    KTR7, I agree re: terrific players and astronomical prices. As Barcelona is soon to find out, the good ones don’t come cheap, even those with their DNA. You show ’em, AW. Price Cesc beyond reason, wait for Barcelona to sputter with rage, cue Real Madrid’s 50 mil bid; we sell to the highest bidder, and watch with some satisfaction, Barcelona choke in their own bile. It is done. Fabregas at the Bernabeu.

    I’ll only ever elope if the destination is an Aman resort, WATH. Haha. πŸ™‚

    I am off to dream dreams where Torres and Lloris are ours, and our captain wants to stay. Good night, all.

  73. W.A.T.H says:

    I’m off 2 sulk and polish off a crate of GG in the sunshine to get back my jomo πŸ™‚

    Lata all….

  74. agirlagunner says:

    It occurs to one that if Torres (and mygod, he is Torres) is staying put in Liverpool, even if they failed to qualify for the CL, then all the more should our captain have faith in us. We are the Arsenal!

    rico, Erick is smashed with all the GG-spiked shakies. Haha. Nite, nite. Keep safe, everyone.

  75. K-TR7 says:

    Doesn’t merida have barca DNA…i wonder why…

  76. rico says:

    Night night AGAG, sleep well…

    Have a good evening WATH, catch up soon, when your jomo is back πŸ™‚

  77. rico says:

    πŸ˜† he’ll get one…..

  78. rico says:

    Right fine folk, I’m off for the day

    See you sometime tomorrow…

    Be good and stay safe

    Night night

  79. K-TR7 says:

    Night rico…

  80. rico says:

    Night KTR7….

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