What a plonker and Should Wenger stick, twist or juggle?

Yesterday the news broke that Thierry Henry has left Barcelona to head for USA, having signed for New York Red Bulls. What a plonker, why would a player like him go off to a country where ‘soccer’ is way down the pecking order of sports??

He’s only 32 years old and still has two or three seasons left at the top, shame he didn’t give Arsene a call and ask to come back home. Arsenal is his home, it always will be, just think how he could have helped Theo, Chamakh and all the young strikers. I’m sure he would have taken a pay cut to come back :)Money has to be the reason he’s gone to the States, not that he probably needs it but why would a player of his stature go and play there otherwise? Surely he would have been better off coming home or returning to France?

But hang on, why would he go to France right now, hasn’t the French Footballing nation taken it upon themselves to blame his handball against the Irish, for their dismal performance in South Africa.

Anyway, as far as i’m concerned, England and Arsenal are is home and why move further away from his only child..

On to Wenger…. Should he stick with his own principles, or start to juggle a few with experience??

KTR7 has this view on life under Arsene Wenger…..

What Arsene Wenger is doing will one day be remembered along with Lobanovsky’s Kyiv of 70s, the great side Ajax of 70′s, Sacchi’s Milan, SAF’s ‘kids’ and Barcelona 2008 – present day.

What Wenger has to juggle with is to fill the final piece of the puzzle which is to buy or not to buy. We reproach him when he says that buying the Alonso’s of this world will kill Denilsong or Diaby, to us it’s absolutely ridiculous because who wouldn’t want Alonso?

Hang on though, what if we buy Alonso and let Diaby go, he then goes on to become a world beater only for us to go after him later. By then he’s valued at 80mil – we won’t want to pay but do we resort to say he has London Colney DNA?

Barcelona traded Cesc for Silvinho, but right now they are regretting it. I’m not for one minute saying that Denilsong or Diaby will win golden balls but it’s good to view a situation from all angles. Barcelona has bought David Villa…yay! But it diminishes Bojan’s chances. If he leaves for a major European club and develops to a balon’dor contestant what will Barcelona do?

Was it worth enjoying 3-4 seasons of David Villa over a decade of Bojan?

Arsene Wenger’s job is difficult as it is – a bit like juggling a small blanket on a cold night.

If you cover your feet the head feels cold and vice-versa.

Wenger may or may not find the optimum point but he will for sure will leave a legacy. Who knows maybe the Emirates will be known as the Wenger arena in years to come just like Santiago Bernabeu for Madrid?

Henry – written by rico

The best bit, written by KTR7

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133 Responses to What a plonker and Should Wenger stick, twist or juggle?

  1. rico says:

    Morning all

  2. Pat7 says:

    Morning Rico (& KTR7?).

    Thierry, I’m sure has gone to play football rather than sit on a bench. There, he can enjoy the sunshine, sidle up to Becks & see what that side of life has to off and earn pots of money & acclaim into the bargain.

    Wenger is still trying to juggle bringing in experience with buying players that will increase in value keeping to his monetary ploy in making company Arsenal all the stronger, while filling holes apparent from Project Youth.

  3. Pat7 says:

    …offer…

  4. rico says:

    Morning Pat7, strange decision though, he little girl is here in the YK, and footie wont be as good, i see the MLS as a large footballing retirement home 😉

  5. Tommo says:

    He’s done all already. And who wouldn’t want a couple of good years working in new York. Good n luck to him I say.

  6. rico says:

    Hi Tommo, i sure wish him luck too, just wished he’d have ‘come home’ for his last few seasons, where he belongs…

  7. Suhail.TV says:

    Morning Rico.. am back at last

  8. rico says:

    Morning STV, good news for us 🙂

    What you make of Titi going to the OAPs home of football ? 😉

  9. K-TR7 says:

    Morning all.titi has retired from football to play soccer.good luck to him.

  10. Suhail.TV says:

    Wenger’s theory only applicable to campbell(and silsterve).. Ya, money and fame might be the reason but he’ll remains as a legend.

  11. Erick says:

    Howdy good people am hoping Aw can fill the final missing puzzle this season we got to win something this season. I don’t know if I should say this but the RVP that was at the world cup is not the one I know at Arsenal

  12. W.A.T.H says:

    Rico u must remember TH has huge money to pay to his ex you know what money grabbers you ladies are lol 😛

    Oh and morning 🙂

  13. W.A.T.H says:

    Erick Holland played poor tactics and didn’t make use of RVP at all…! He was very much wasted.

  14. Suhail.TV says:

    Money grabbers :p:
    Hello WATH..

  15. rico says:

    Morning Erick, KTR7 and WATH 🙂

    Money grabbers 😦

  16. rico says:

    Who’s wasted, what this early in the morning 😉

  17. Erick says:

    Howdy Wath its been a while hope your alcohol level is reducing oh sailor. I was not impressed by RVP Wath he had no shot on goals and it wasn’t clear if Robben was the striker or RVP am a bit worried

  18. Suhail.TV says:

    Wilcommen back.. Angry Erick 😉

  19. Erick says:

    Stv how is Asia mate hope your enjoying the weather Rico not you 🙂 your a heart grabber 😉

  20. Erick says:

    Just concerned with RVP fitness STV the injury seem to be slowing him down

  21. Red Arse says:

    Well done KT and morning Rico,

    Interesting to see the reaction to both pieces.

    KT, I have said that Arsene is the best manager Arsenal have ever had.

    Rico, I think everyone who has been in the public eye finds it difficult to let go when their time is up.

    Going to NY and “winding down” is a way of gradually being weaned off the public adulation Thierry has been used to.

    To paraphrase Oliver (from the US) he would prefer the American clubs to develop their own talent and not to become a “retirement” home for old European players. I think he’s right, but it won’t happen.

  22. Suhail.TV says:

    Erick.. Asia is fine, so as me…. weather.., turning bit sunny after scrappy rains.
    And Wath is a GG grabber 🙂

  23. W.A.T.H says:

    Hey ST hope your good…….. Erick, RVP wasn’t the problem the team set up was RVP is fine, relax. Nope the liver has taken a battering and still is one day soon I’ll hang it out to dry 🙂

    Rico, wasted… what are you on about 😛

  24. W.A.T.H says:

    Hey ST ur becoming as cheeky as Erick……. Your not wrong just don’t tell anyone 😉

  25. rico says:

    Morning RA, i think ‘soccer’ will change in the US in time, high profile players retiring there is to help promote footie and encourage kids from an early age to play rather than rounders 😉

    thanks Erick, you know me too well 🙂

  26. rico says:

    WATH, are you having an open top bus on your return 😉

  27. Suhail.TV says:

    Wath am fine.. hope you too

  28. Erick says:

    Wath 🙂 🙂 taking it out to dry 😉 best of luck with that. Good Morning Mr. Scholar Aka RA am sure Oliver will enjoy the invicible moments Henry will bring sad that Beckham won’t feature in the LA GALAXY game next month

  29. W.A.T.H says:

    Am good thanx ST… Open top bus yeh right Rico I reckon I’m gonna get back and head off to a detox centre lol…

    Rico “soccer” is biggest sport in US for kids up until they go college that’s when it dies out and loses out to the big money yank games…! A few famour older players can only help them encourage kids to carry on playing surely..? ANyway do we really care…? I want decent players at Arsenal in all honesty I don’t give a 4X about anyone else.

  30. Erick says:

    Rico open bus top would be risky he might fall off you what GG does 🙂 welcome Rico 😉 Stv sun nice 🙂

  31. Erick says:

    Any new signing on the horizon Lady luck (Rico) 🙂

  32. rico says:

    4X, thats rotten stuff WATH, nearly as bad as lidil wines 😉

    could be entertaining the Erick, I say we all club together and sort it out 😉

  33. Red Arse says:

    Hi Guys,

    Erick we are on site at the same time, at last. Excellent. 🙂

    Suhail, did you have a problem with your connection or were you busy? 🙂 The weather here was wonderful for some weeks, sunny and hot (for us), now it’s wet windy and horrible again. Normal English summer! 😀

  34. rico says:

    Well, thers a lot of talk about Given or Hart and of course Schwarzer, then we are being linked to Jags and every other defender out there…

    Fridays have been a signing day in the past, maybe we will get a defensive player tomorrow ready for Barnet, would make sense 🙂

  35. rico says:

    not to play at barnet, but to travel and see the fans 😉

  36. Red Arse says:

    Erick,

    Yesterday Arsenal were strongly linked with Centre Back Zapata. Then last night Arsenal FC issued a public statement saying they had not approached Zapata and had no interest in him.

    Lot of that sort of “agent” talk going on.

  37. Erick says:

    RA nice at last hope your good my friend am busy with books and life but got to come in and check on my friends.

  38. Erick says:

    Am hoping we get them in quick so they settle quick so we can do the treble thanks Rico and RA for that friday seems more like it Ric’s. What about J.cole yesterdays post was spot on if Jack stays I don’t see cole signing

  39. Red Arse says:

    Erick,

    The study will pay off in rthe end but it’s good to hear from you.

    Another football story that might disappoint you (and me) is that Annan, who I hoped Arsenal might buy, has been linked to Manure and he is keeping his fingers crossed that it will go through. 😦

  40. rico says:

    I think Cole will go to Arry’s gang…

    You all seen the open top spanish bus with our captain and pique disgusting behaviour??

  41. Red Arse says:

    Pat7,

    Are you still there?

  42. rico says:

    thats not good RA, i hoped he would come our way…

  43. Erick says:

    Agag seemed pissed with YKW yesterday but Oliver urges the faithful to remain calm I have a feeling Oliver may be Cesc himself “we should remain calm what will be will be” 🙂 🙂 wish I was JJ so I could say am always right

  44. Suhail.TV says:

    Hello.. RA.. doing many things at ~ time 😦 ..
    R U enjoing the weather.., How U doing.. hope it all well..

    What abt afellay enquiry ??

  45. rico says:

    Erick, I think we all are, if it was possible i would suggest we ban talk of him here, but no-way will we be able to,… 😉

    Don’t tell jj but he’s not always right, we just let him think he is 😉 😉

    This summer he is going to be wrong about our transfers… 🙂

  46. Red Arse says:

    Erick, Suhail,

    I don’t know if you can receive Euro Sport TV, but if you can the U19’s Youth Cup is being shown about 2 p.m. UK time.

    There are 4 Arsenal kids playing for their countries. Ozyakup, for Holland; Sunu and Coquelin, for France; and Tom Cruise for England. Should be a good competition.

    I don’t know why more Arsenal kids have not been picked, but it’s a start for the four who have been. 🙂

  47. rico says:

    I’m off for a bit guys, busy morning for me, back in a couple of hours 🙂

  48. Erick says:

    Thanks RA for the encouragement it means alot coming from a scholar like you 🙂 and no thanks 🙂 Re Annan the Mancs what is that! Aw does not seem interested Rico they reckon Cole had constructive dialogue with the spuds , the central role he craves for he won’t get it because of YKW. Pique is disgusting how can he spit on somebody that says alot about the stain Karma was used yesterday and I use it today

  49. Red Arse says:

    Suhail,

    There has been a lot of hopeful speculation about Affelay (?), but I don’t think Wenger will buy any more mid-field players.

    He says just one more defensive player (?) probably Schwarzer in goal. 😦

  50. Suhail.TV says:

    Rico going to dentist.. again.. 😦

  51. Erick says:

    Euro sport RA whats that? 🙂 we don’t get it here 😦 Cheers Rico take care and I won’t mention a word to JJ 🙂

  52. Erick says:

    The most we can add is two a keeper and CH I dont see us being that lucky but whats wrong with dreaming

  53. Red Arse says:

    Erick,

    Euro Sport is a TV channel that is beamed all over the European Continent. It is only a sports channel but it covers world wide events.

    If you google it you might be able to get a streaming onto your PC. (I am not v. technical). 🙂

  54. Suhail.TV says:

    star sports / ten sports.. erick here no euro sports

    So wenger no longer need any mid fielders..!!! god… help arsenal and wenger..

  55. Red Arse says:

    Guys,

    I have to go and do some work on my spreadsheets, to earn a bit more money! 😀

    See you later.

  56. Red Arse says:

    Erick, Suhail,

    Before I go. I Googled Eurosport and the do have a free online stream. Go to that page and see if you can get it. The U19’s tournament starts on Sunday 18th July.

    Bye

  57. Erick says:

    Scholar and money 🙂 🙂 🙂 get it while you can RA

  58. Erick says:

    Thanks for the head up RA realy appreciate it Peace

  59. Suhail.TV says:

    To pop out… bye for now..

  60. Erick says:

    Cheers STV enjoy the weather mate

  61. rico says:

    Anyone around??

  62. rico says:

    Breaking news and great news for all England fans…….

    Emile Heskey has announced his retirement from International football…

    Thank heavens for that I say, should have done that years ago 😉

  63. Pat7 says:

    RA – I’m here again (still in 30+ degrees)!

  64. Pat7 says:

    Hoooraaaaaaaaaaaaaaay ! Rico – return of Crouchie & some goals (for England).

  65. oliver says:

    ‘morning all. see my name so many times here, perhaps i should submit a post about me! th14 to nyrb is a business decision for both parties. team and league need big-name players to raise profile and sell tickets. i think thierry still has plenty to offer – not for arsenal or barca, but i think he could still do a job for a good french or german side. to me, that would be better than coming to mls. but it is nothing to do with me and i respect his decision.

  66. rico says:

    Pat7, best he retires before being told he’s passed it, eh 😉

    Out with the old and in with the new i say 🙂

  67. rico says:

    hi oliver, i still think he could do a job for us, just as dennis did, and think what he could pass on to the likes of theo and vela?

  68. rico says:

    another stain has been talking i see 😉

    desperate times seem to be calling for despearte measures 😉

  69. DeiseGooner says:

    Emile Heskey played International football? For who? 😉

  70. W.A.T.H says:

    I thought Emile Heskey just won the ladies wimbledon title….?

  71. oliver says:

    rico, he could certainly contribute, but not what he did previously and probably only in a minor role. his real value to us would be coaching and mentoring. when he transferred to barca, he all but said he would be back someday, so….

  72. Pat7 says:

    DG – I thought much he same. I thought he retired some years back 🙂

  73. rico says:

    😆 WATH

    oliver, spot on, just what i meant and would rather he’d done…

    DG, whoever England played against 🙂

  74. Erick says:

    Poor Heskey not his fault England managers selected him 🙂

  75. DeiseGooner says:

    Heskey is a travesty of a footballer……

  76. rico says:

    I think his stats were, on average he had two shots on goal a game, one of which was on target 🙂

    Nearly as good as Nikki B 😉

  77. Suhail.TV says:

    Eric,…. why you keep retarded..

  78. Red Arse says:

    Rico,

    Just having a coffee break from my spreadsheet calculations. 🙂

    I meant to offer to you yesterday, during my diatribe against the constant Barca sniping and encouraging of Cesc to throw his lot in with them, a Catalonian saying I heard from an acquaintance of mine.

    He said the Catalans had a number of “applicable wisdoms”, handed down thru generations of peasants, who had suffered the vagaries of aristocratic domination over the aeons.

    One of these wisdoms may explain the strategy adopted by the Barca players drip, drip comments, and it went something like this. “Con patienza y salivita, el elefante se coja l’armigita”. What it means is ” With patience and saliva, the elephant screws the ant”.

    Actually, I think its the ants (Barca players) that are trying to screw the elephant (Arsenal). B*stard ants! 🙂

    I know, you are going to say “what the hell are you talking about”. Ah well! 😉

  79. DeiseGooner says:

    these are the statistics for the most assists ever in the Premiership.

    1. Ryan Giggs – 90
    2. Frank Lampard – 81
    3. Steven Gerrard – 71
    4. Thierry Henry – 67
    5. Francesc Fabregas – 66

    These stats probably don’t really give away the full story. Let me give you the exact same stats with the amount of appearances in brackets.

    1. Ryan Giggs – 90 (588)
    2. Frank Lampard – 81 (476)
    3. Steven Gerrard – 71 (366)
    4. Thierry Henry – 67 (254)
    5. Francesc Fabregas – 66 (187)

    Our captain, Cesc Fabregas has played almost 200 games less than Steven Gerrard, and he’s 5 assists behind! Ridiculous!

  80. rico says:

    RA, what the hell are you on about 😉

    I don’t know where i read this but it made sense, if the Barca idiots who keep talking to the paps about YKW, knew he was joining them they wouldn’t keep the hunt up, they would be quietly gloating….

    All this player talk seems to be an attempt to pressure their club to come up with the money and our club to let him go…

    now then, back to rumours 😉

  81. Red Arse says:

    DG,

    On the basis that you did not make those stats up, the % figures are interesting! 🙂

    1. Ryan Giggs = 15.3
    2. Frank Lampard = 17.0
    3. Steven Gerrard = 19.4
    4. Thierry Henry = 26.4
    5. Cesc = 35.3

    I am not sure how to interpret the results, as they all play in different positions, but Titi and Cesc stand comparison with anyone.

  82. Red Arse says:

    Rico, DG,

    I came on site to have a quiet break from slaving over hot calculations and look what you’ve done to me!

    Good fun though! 😀

    Oh well, back to the grindstone.

  83. DeiseGooner says:

    Well, the way i would interpret that is – look how many goals we could potentially lose if the Cesc goes!! Currently who else could create so much in our team?

  84. agirlagunner says:

    Hello, all. 🙂 Back in a bit.

  85. rico says:

    I would say they are head and shoulders above… great point DG…

  86. Red Arse says:

    Oi Rico,

    What about the mathematician? 🙂

  87. rico says:

    DG did the hard work RA, all you had to do was push a percentage button on your pc 😉

  88. Red Arse says:

    Ah, but at my charge out rate of £360 per hour, you owe me £1. 🙂

  89. agirlagunner says:

    Henry to th MLS is eurgh. And tragic. I agree, rico, he should’ve just returned to Arsenal.

    There’s no doubt Wenger is class, now he only has to sign some top class players. 🙂

  90. rico says:

    😆 RA, i didn’t ask you to ‘press the button’ no call out charge for me…

  91. rico says:

    Hi agag, arrive just as I need to go do a few chores

    😦

    Surely he will sign any players before the Emirates?

  92. rico says:

    Emirates Cup I mean 😉

  93. K-TR7 says:

    Evening all…

  94. oliver says:

    so…what shall we talk of?

  95. rico says:

    BOO 🙂 🙂

  96. oliver says:

    hiss?

  97. rico says:

    hi oliver, hows things 🙂

    boring old news day again…

  98. Red Arse says:

    Hi Oliver,

    I had to laugh at a comment I read about steinbrenner snr, from his “public relations mgr” (?).

    He said, “the ‘phone would go in the middle of the night, — it could only be steinbrenner or a family death; after a while you got to thinking – I hope it’s a bereavement!”.

    And I thought he was a good guy! 👿 🙂

  99. Red Arse says:

    Rico, Oliver,

    Reading your Boo/Hiss was like intruding on a goose dispute! 🙂

  100. rico says:

    I thought it was more like that corny record RA, the one about hissing sid 😉

  101. oliver says:

    hi rico…not much going on. our computer network went down for most of the morning – as it was, i had other stuff to do.

    saw an article where arsenal gk coach gerry peyton sang the praises of former trainee mark howard, who re-signed with inverness, i think. even if we do not bring a goalie in this season, i am hoping for a new gk coach – seems that will not happen.

    nothing against peyton personally – our first team keepers all seem to make the same type mistakes over and over – passive, nervous, poor judgment, lack of penalty area presence are things we consistently saw through last season, regardless of who was in between the posts. surely someone else could teach/emphasize different things? it sorta made me wonder why we even have a gk coach at arsenal.

    for any nfl/ny giant fans that may read this, i see peyton as arsenal’s bill sheridan. when big blue staggered to an 8-8 record last season, allowing 40-plus points in four of those games, the team’s first action after the season ended was to sack defensive coordinator sheridan. i won’t blame peyton for all arsenal’s defensive problems, but the goalkeeping situation was poor the entire season and never showed signs of improving. what was/is the point of having peyton on the coaching staff?

  102. oliver says:

    hi ra…the boss was not a good guy – i see you are reading up on him. stories about him are endless: hiring someone to dig dirt up on dave winfield; re-hiring and then firing billy martin in the same press conference; getting into a “fight” with two guys in a los angeles hotel elevator during one of the yankee-dodger world series, his suspension from baseball, and many more. he had a reputations for being stubborn, arrogant and willing to do anything to win. as with many such people, he was also loyal to a fault. all-in-all, a complicated man – but he put the yankees back on the sports map and he, more than anyone else, is at the forefront of their successes of the past 40 years.

  103. Red Arse says:

    Oliver,

    I think I read that Peyton had left Arsenal recently.

    There have been a lot of v. unhappy coaches leaving just recently. I think Peyton has gone to Brentford having turned down Chelski. (I could be wrong as I cannot remember where I saw that. 🙂

  104. rico says:

    oliver, thats interesting, another thing is they never seem to be much over 6′ tall, chesney is 6′ 5″…

    maybe shorter keepers are not so confident in coming for crosses etc as they know they can be easly beaten by a monster of a striker

    what is scwarzer? 6’3” or taller?

  105. seem something is up with the youth coaching RA was young guns think we lost quite afew

  106. Red Arse says:

    Oliver,

    It is many years since I regularly went to games. Just loved the whole experience and didn’t have much interest in the owners etc. Bit like the Hillwoods, Fizman for Arsenal, not bothered about them either, except for their apparent self interest.

    In recent times I have relied on TV and reading reports on the internet.

  107. rico says:

    6′ 4.5″ is schwarzer….

  108. oliver says:

    ra, i hope you are right on petyon – it is just that the article i saw indicated he is the arsenal gk coach. i’ll check the site and see if he is still listed as gk coach. personally, i think arsene should blow up his staff: primorac has been with him forever, but i hope he replaces the number two. like with peyton, i have no problem with pat rice – in fact, i hold him in high esteem, great player and loyal servant. but a younger deputy – with a different voice and fresh ideas – would be a good thing for me. of course, that is up to arsene and i won’t grip if he keeps his team intact as is.

    the four yankees world series titles between 96-2000 were a golden era for the team, and george played a big part. but george was smack dab in the middle of everything circa 1975-82: the yankees had many “giants” on those teams, but the boss loomed larger-than-life above everyone.

  109. rico says:

    shows what i knok, almunia is 6’4″…. 😦

  110. Red Arse says:

    Real,

    I think you are right. That is a site I occasionally browse and they are pretty good.

    Have you had a read of that site Oliver?

  111. just dont see us signing anyone rico at best we might get another defender but not holding my breath

  112. Red Arse says:

    Got to go again guys.

    Oliver, will speak to you about this again tomorrow.

    Night everyone. 🙂

  113. rico says:

    i didn’t realise that primorac had a son who funnily enough is a CH 🙂

  114. rico says:

    rsd, i think we will sign both CH and GK, i really do, as i said befoe though, they wont be who fans want but could turn out to be just mighty fine….

    also think that the CH is going to cost us more than Kos did…

  115. oliver says:

    young guns? occasionally – but i try not to get too wrapped up in it. i like to know who our younger players are, but i don’t necessarily like all the publicity many of them are getting. i generally try and stay away from young guns and jeorge bird – good info, but i bit more than i would like to know at this point. let them develop in quiet and away from the spotlight.

    that said, i competely appreciate that the intent of these sites is to inform, not hype, so i am in no way impugning the work these sites do. for me, i just prefer to know a little about the players and let them get on with their work of developing for the arsenal first team.

  116. rico says:

    Guys and Gals, gotta go for the day…

    hope to see you all tomorrow, enjoy the rest of your day…

    nighty night..

  117. oliver says:

    konbanwa

  118. i read both of those most carefully as most of sites are just regurgitated so you only have to do the headlines and scan the rest

  119. rico says:

    Konichiwa oliver 🙂 🙂

    i’m gone…. 😉

  120. rico says:

    what you trying to tell me rsd 😉

  121. oliver says:

    arsenal.com still lists peyton as the first team gk coach.

  122. oliver says:

    sayonara

  123. you know i like it short a sweet rico

  124. oliver says:

    a report coming out that barca have stated they have 50 million euros available to strengthen the squad. if rosell repeats his “we won’t be held to ransom over cesc” refrain in the next couple of days, this may be the start of a retreat from them. together, these would be used to portray arsenal as “overvaluing” cesc. that in turn may give rosell room to shelve the cesc pursuit for now and revisit next year. they may also feel -even if the transfer does not happen – that they made inroads weakening support for cesc amongst arsenal fans.

    of course, my above may just as easily be absolute nonsense!

  125. http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/8267139.Fabregas_coming_to_St_Albans_/

    well lets hope this is true then plus they set the deadline for tomorrow for starting talks

  126. oliver says:

    plus the busquets “rent-a-quote” from today appears to acknowledge a transfer cannot happen without arsenal consent (something we have already known). perhaps barca think they have achieved an objective regarding cesc – and that object is not his transfer this summer, but rather to create conditions that will lay groundwork towards a future transfer on their terms. we’ll see what happens over the next week.

    i have already read the stories about his home purchase. i don’t know why he would shell out for a home there is he is so intent on relocating to catalunya.

  127. DeiseGooner says:

    re Payton being listed as a coach still, Gallas/silvester/Sol are all still on there, they must be waiting for the new season squad pic before changing it…….but i do seem to remember a story about him going/gone already. This is why the Schwarzer getting a player coach role offer seemed believable at the time that story ran

  128. Erick says:

    DG Gallas and Sol I can take back but peanut head hell no he is so past it please let him go

  129. rico says:

    Morning all, early Erick 🙂

    New post up

  130. rico says:

    Morning DG, off to the new one now …

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