Arsenal’s New Boys Shine And Earn Their Respect

I have to admit I have had my doubts this summer over AW’s transfer movements. The sheer lack of numbers that have come in to the club being out weighed by the numbers leaving, as well as the unproven quality of certain players Wenger has signed,  left me scratching my head and wondering if the great man was starting to lose it..

When I first heard we were after Chamakh I wasn’t that impressed. I thought he was no better than what Bendtner was and I didn’t know why we were after him to be honest. As with a lot of transfers involving Arsenal, Chamakh’s seemed to drag on for a long time. Long enough for me to have a butchers at the potential new boy and it was easy to see why Wenger was after him. Chamakh fits our style perfectly. He’s big and strong, great in the air and unselfish with his play. He leads the line well, can hold up the ball and pulls defenders this way and that.. After watching him yesterday I was impressed with the way he defends from the front more than anything.. He deserved his goal and took it well but in Chamakh we have a front man who not only is an asset in attack, he’s an asset in defence too. We’ve finally replaced Adebayor (pre 2008) and he’s going to shine at The Arsenal..

I applaud AW for his signing.. If it wasn’t for the fact he was free people would probably be more excited but his price tag of nothing was a master stroke.

I said a few weeks back that Chamakh’s arrival interested me a little. He was free and he scored goals in CL. We had nothing to lose and after yesterday’s performance I’m even more excited. Bendtner’s got huge competition and it feels good to know that we now have three strikers all capable of playing the lead role and playing it well.

It’s time for me to eat a huge slice of humble pie. I wasn’t impressed with the signing of Kos. In fairness I said if Wenger signed two CB’s and Kos was one of them I didn’t have a problem but if he saw Kos as a first teamer I wasn’t that confident the lad could do a job. I even said he was the next Pascal Cygan. Yesterday was the first time I’ve watched him and I was hugely impressed.

Putting him with the likes of Tommy V, Vidic, Terry et al after only one game is too much, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a good ball player. He can read the game and he knows how to defend and Wenger has proved all the doubters wrong (including me). This lad is a good addition to the squad..

The new boys impressed me hugely and they deserve all the credit due to them. Both gave MOTM performances but I’ve got to admit that the biggest impression left on me from yesterday was the young lad sitting deep and holding that midfield.

The CM position is another that has come under much scrutiny this window. The need for another body in there to provide competition for Denilson and able back up for Song has been called for by many sections of the support. Yesterday, at only 18 years of age, Emmanuel Frimpong took that role and put Gattuso and Seedorf in his pocket. Flamini was a handful but we all know Flamini would be a starter if he was still at Arsenal. Nonetheless Frimpong has impressed in the youth teams and Wenger has had a long look at him in pre season. He’s good enough no matter what his age and Eastmond and indeed Denilson could find themselves further down the pecking order this year if Frimpong continues to take his chances and progress into the midfield monster his potential says he will be..If we are not looking to sign, surely Frimpong must be given his chance..

I was also very impressed with Gibbs. He didn’t feature last year and it was a huge loss. Judging from yesterdays performance the injury hasn’t affected his game and if anything he looked better than ever. Clichy has very strong competition for his place and could be looking at losing it if not this season then indeed next. Which isn’t entirely a bad thing. In Clichy and Gibbs it can be argued that Arsenal have the best strongest LB options in the PL..

I still think numbers at the back are light. I still maintain we need another GK and another CB if we are to be considered strong title challengers. In Kos, Chamakh, Frimpong, Gibbs, JET and Jack, Wenger has the added quality but the squad is still unbalanced. An injury to either Tommy V or Kos could leave us in trouble. We need another and I’m hoping he comes monday.

A new GK and another CB would complete the squad. If we cant get both then a CB is the priority..He doesn’t have to cost mega bucks, I trust Wenger’s judegment, another £10mil would do the trick…

Enjoy todays game guys, I’m excited about the prospect of our customary ‘wiping of the floor with Celtic’..

57 Responses to Arsenal’s New Boys Shine And Earn Their Respect

  1. GunnerX says:

    Thankfully the 25 man squad rule means the players such as Frimpong and wilshere should be able to feature, without impinging on the 25 man total.

  2. JonJon says:


    thats a valid point..i dont understand why wenger was critisising the rule the other day..surely it doesnt affect us one bit..

  3. Doublegooner says:

    Don’t get carried away after we’ve played a side who have just got back from their holidays.

    This current squad is still the same as last year. Unequipped to win a title & fingers crossed just enough to finish in the top four again.

  4. JonJon says:

    double not getting excited as such..

    im just making the point that players like kos have got some stick and he proved he was good enough..

    we still need more..but what we have done so far in the market has been good..

  5. agirlagunner says:

    Hola, JJ. Howdy? Enjoying that slice of humble pie? 😛 Nothing you can’t wash down with some GG. 🙂

    Chamakh was great last night, wasn’t he? And I thought Kos was very impressive, indeed! Imho, he was even better than TV.

    Of course, it’s early days yet, but even without our star striker, our hit and miss striker, and YKW, we did pretty well.

    I am very, very happy about that.

  6. King Richard says:

    Hey, a positive post! About time dude. You’ve been drowning us with misery lately. What a difference a game makes!! I thought Sagna looked awesome yesterday. I think he’s a man on a mission after Les Bleus being hopeless duds etc. I’ve watched Frimpong in all the pre-season games and he’s been awesome. He’s come on leaps and bounds. A certainty for the full squad. His forward passing is superb and he hunts em’ down like vermin when we don’t have possession. We should get a good look at JET today and maybe Nordveit. I was surprised to see Randall yesterday. He may well be in the shop window. As you say, fine debuts at Emirates for Chamakh and Koscielny. Up the Arse.

  7. JonJon says:

    nothing wrong with a slice of humble pie AGAG, especially if it means it benefits the arsenal..

    ive got the gg ready today looking forward to smashing celtic

  8. JonJon says:

    king richard..

    it probably goes against me but i tend to shoot from the hip on most things..i speak whats on my mind at the time, whether its good or bad i just let it out..

    im not negative all the time..but whatever i write is always from the heart and i’ll always give credit where its due..

    and i agree..i think randall was a shop window player

  9. agirlagunner says:

    I’d eat a dozen super-sized humble pies if D&D prove us wrong. And I’d do it with gusto, too. 🙂

    I thought Gibbsy was fantastic last night. (And this from a true Clichy girl). Chamakh really impressed as did Kos, who was, dare I say even better than TV5?

    I don’t think our situation between the sticks will be addressed anytime soon, but I’m still hoping for that monster CB…

    Oh, and everything goes down better with GG. 🙂

  10. oliver says:

    morning jj, agag, et al. i was also impressed by our team yesterday, i thought most played quite well. i was a bit frustrated we couldn’t finish off a side that has the milan name, pato, and a bunch of old guys, but considering this is pre-season, i think the actual result is not so important. as well as kos and chamakh played, there will be tougher challenges ahead in the league, so i am keen to see how they do up at blackburn, manchester, over at chelsea, etc. but they have gotten off to a good start, and i expect that many will come around to the thinking they are not bad additions after all. we are still short a few in defensive (cb, and i think gk) positions, so i don’t think arsene is done adding to the squad.

    i was surprised to hear arsene effectively call cesc out yesterday – i thought he (arsene) would be happy with the status quo. this naturally has its risks – we should be preprared for the possibility of cesc failing to commit his immediate future to arsenal or even saying outright that he wants a transfer. but if that happens, we will at least know where we stand. i suspect that nothing definitive will happen, allowing the media speculation to continue, but we’ll see. even if cesc fails to commit, arsene is going to have a very difficult time selling him to barca for a knockdown price is in arsenal’s interests. i do not expect barca to up the ante and i do not expect arsenal to roll over on this. end result: probably more of the same…

  11. avenell says:

    Hey oop JJ.. good report mate.

    I will be on for the game.. bit more DIY to do before I earn the right to stop.
    Celtic should field a reserve team as they have a important midweek game.. 6-1.. 🙂

  12. agirlagunner says:

    Hola, oliver. Been a while. How are you? I thought Vela was unlucky not to score, but I was impressed he was at least taking chances. Theo was as zippy as ever, and looked bright, and I’m looking forward to him staying injury-free. Nasri has been in consistently excellent form, and he can only get better.

    I was surprised, in a good way, to hear AW call YKW on the transfer issue. No hiding behind AW, now. 🙂 It is hight time we hear what he has to stay. After this loooong summer of doubt, the rumor needs to be put to rest.

  13. oliver says:

    hi agag. overall, i thought we played well overall and i think this will give arsene a better idea of who should be part of the first team squad and not. hopefully we can trash the hoops today – al is apparently starting in goal…

  14. Red Arse says:

    Good up beat post JJ.

    Hi Oliver,

    Same old, same old viz a vis Cesc really.

    Anyway, looking forward to this afternoon’s game.

    I watched the Mets game against the Cardinals last week and really enjoyed it. I wanted to see why you have suffered recently. Oddly I thought it was a game that the Mets could/should have won.

    16th innings, the bases loaded, and the Cardinals pitcher just wrested the game from the Mets. Unlucky? Maybe.

    Anyhoo, I have been really impressed with PingPong and JET over the pre-season games. And JJ is right, Kos looks a far better player than many expected. 🙂

  15. agirlagunner says:

    We are agreed, oliver. We did pretty well last night. There wasn’t much Flappy could do v. the Pato goal. Can’t wait for the actuall season to start.

    Hey, Ave. How are you? Boo, RA. 🙂

  16. avenell says:

    It will be intresting to see what Kos is like against the Premiership long ball teams.. He should be great in the CL.

  17. Don Draper says:

    Frimpong looks good. I’m not ready to sing Kos’ praises yet. His reading of the game impressed me but I believe Gooners had such low expectations (admittedly, probably undeserving), that a half-decent first showing was bound to make us giddy. 10 games in and we’ll see if he’s the business.

    Every night I pray to God that we sign Mertesacker. We wouldn’t concede 1/2 the set pieces with him in the box. Djourou ducked away from the header we conceded. He DUCKED away!! WTF??

    Boss wants to keep Frimpong. I can’t wait to see us playing with 2 DMs, Song and Frimpong, together in midfield when we want to hold a lead.

    Please Arsene, buy Mertesacker and a new GK this week, then Afellay just because we need a proper winger!

  18. Red Arse says:

    Hi Agag,

    Nice to be chatting again, although watching the Milan/Lyon game and the F1 Grand Prix at the same time.

    Did you know that your sweet greeting “boo” is slang in this country for “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” depending on who says it? 🙂

    Of course, I know you just wanted to frighten me! 😉

  19. agirlagunner says:

    Hey, RA. I know. We’ve all been a bit quiet. I guess everone’s been busy. I’m working on some reports now, and hoping to finish in time for our game. My sleepless nights resume…

    Lol on the information about “boo”. I’m sure there was a pop hit about it some years ago. I don’t like it though. What, people can’t be bothered with one more syllable now? 🙂

  20. avenell says:

    Sorry I missed your comment AGAG..

    Hi, how are you?

    Why the sleepless nights, I hope it’s just the heat.

  21. Red Arse says:

    F1 is over, Milan/Lyon is half-time and boring, so time to grab a bite before the Arsenal game.

    Laters. 🙂

  22. Erick says:

    Howdy Folks whats up hope all is well dreamt we had signed a keeper 🙂

  23. Red Arse says:

    Hi Ave,

    Just off. Hope the DIY is going O.K. 🙂

  24. agirlagunner says:

    Ave, it’s Arsenal! I’m 7 hours ahead, and have to wake up at ungodly hours to catch our boys play. 🙂

    Sometimes, for CL matches, when I’ve been working late, I get to sleep two hours tops, and it’s off to the office again.

    How goes your picture window installation?

  25. Erick says:

    2 hours of sleep is a crime Agag 😦 my time zone is not that bad

  26. avenell says:

    Hi RA and Erik.. Yeah DIY is going fine. just a bit more than a shelf to put up.

    AGAG.. Oh it’s love then..

  27. oliver says:

    morning ra. so welcome to my world then – suffering with an under-achieving baseball team. reality is that the mets over-achieved for much of the season, and their current .500 play is probably a more accurate reflection of who they are. it sounds like you saw the middle game with the cards: mets did well to come all the way back to 7-7 after falling behind 6-0 before they sent their first batter to the plate. and they certainly had chances to win, no better than luis castillo’s poor at bat with the bases loaded. of course, jerry got absolutely killed the next day for choosing to have feliciano pitch to pujols instead of walking him and going after holliday. but that was not an egregious bad decision on jerry’s part – because ollie perez wastes a roster spot (which omar is to blame for, not jerry), feliciano was the last man in the pen. holliday hit well earlier in the game, while pujols did not. it didn’t work out, but not because of jerry’s decision making….anyways, they won the series with a bravura effort from your namesake (dickey) the following afternoon and will hopefully win today. that will give them a 4-2 homestand, and at least a little confidence as they start a very difficult road trip to atlanta and philadelphia. mets did not make any moves at the trading deadline yesterday. i did not expect them to acquire anyone, but was hoping they could maybe move castillo and ollie – no such luck. across the city, the yanks made several moves – almost like a certain twitching tax-dodger! different realities: yanks are trying to win a second consecutive world series, mets are trying to finish this season with a winning record.

  28. agirlagunner says:

    Hey, Weeds. What’s up? All good?

    Ave, haha. What else but love perseveres in the face of a Flap, a Spanish Waiter, and the dreaded D&D? 😉

  29. Erick says:

    Messi is talking crap and am meant to understand we may be doing something special in the transfer front Howdy Ave and Oliver baseball is not my cup of tea 🙂 but its huge in the states

  30. oliver says:

    morning erick…i am ignoring the messi stuff – i am guessing it is either recycled or he is answering loaded questions from the catalan media.

  31. Red Arse says:

    Hi Oliver,

    Got a big mouthful of burger and greasy fingers on my keyboard!

    I purposefully didn’t mention the Yankees. Have to admit it is easy to be well pleased with them. Just watching an ESPN recording of the Yankees at the Rays. 4:4 at the bottom of the eigth. Don’t know the score. Wow.

    Definitely going! 🙂

    Stick with it

  32. Erick says:

    Agag howdy am fine and staying away from the weed 🙂 you need to get some sleep

  33. Biscuit says:

    I think is very encouraging for Arsenal and we are starting to see more players coming through a lot of which are English – JET and Jack and unless I am mistaken Frimpong can also be selected by England – we need another centre back for sure and I see Subotic or Sakho as being young and experienced defenders who could do that job.

  34. agirlagunner says:

    Erick, all I did the entire weekend was sleep. 🙂 Oh, and like oliver said, it’s much better to ignore Messi. The stains have been taking turns saying permutations of the same thing. It’s sickening, yes. But what can you do?

    RA, sounds like a meal. 🙂

  35. oliver says:

    ra, that was yesterday’s game. i shan’t say a word.

    since nobody in their right mind would take ollie or castillo’s contracts, i am fine with the mets standing pat. yes, they need another starting pitcher, but at what cost? someone like roy oswalt would have cost ike davis, jenry mejia, fernando martinez, and maybe one or two other prospects. the farm system is starting to produce, so i agree we should not deal these guys away. mets were burned huge several years ago when we traded scott kazmir for victor zambrano, thinking zambrano could have got us into the playoffs. he didn’t and kazmir turned out to be everything we hoped for at tampa bay. phils are shipping young players all over the place because their window is starting to close – in a few years, they will have aging players on huge contracts and hopefully the mets will have a young, hungry, competitive team. we’ll see.

    gotta go. i am going to miss the celtic game today, but sunday morning services take top priority in our family. enjoy and here is hoping for another good performance.

  36. Suhail.TV says:

    Hello all.. cheers JJ I read your posts.. but too late for me to comment 😦 ..really fired up like you..

  37. Suhail.TV says:

    Back in 40 minuts..

  38. Erick says:

    The Double D boys should be warned both Jack and Frimpong have shown excellent progress and they are in the line up

  39. Suhail.TV says:

    soo quiet 😦

  40. avenell says:

    Right I have got rid of er indoors family and the fridge freezer.. i can sit and watch the game now..

    Jack.. wow!!!

  41. avenell says:

    Sagna.. where did that come from?. 😯

  42. agirlagunner says:

    Hey, STV… You seem always to be on when I’m not…

    Ave, you reckon Sagna’s goal counts in his bet with Clichy and JD?

  43. avenell says:

    I don’t remember that bet. When was that set up?

    I remember the one between Rosicky, Hleb, Flammoni and cesc.. and Hleb didn’t win..

  44. agirlagunner says:

    I do not now remember now what they bet on but Clichy said something to the effect that it wasn’t about who would score the most (none of them had scored as of that interview)– so the one to even score just one would probably win. I thought it was pretty funny seeing how TV and Gallas scored plenty. 🙂

    I don’t remember that Hleb bet though…

    Cup’s in the bag. Goody!

  45. avenell says:

    Good penalty.. 😉 bottle went against the mighty Almunia..

  46. avenell says:

    The tossers.. it doesn’t matter if the ball came off an arsenal player, he was still offside.
    The rules changed, remember when Ade had a goal dissallowed?

  47. avenell says:

    obviously not.. 😉

    Yeah just me mate, what did you make of the game?
    I don’t think you can tell anything tbh.. If there is no pressure on players they can play their natural non stressed training game..

    Like with darts, how many 180 eez can you hit during practise?

  48. Ketch says:

    Good read, arsenal need a strong CB though, i think Mertasacker( dont know how to spell it) would be a better signing than Phil J from everton, because Phil is not to dissimilar to what you have already, i think Mertasacker gives you guys strength and height

  49. only caught first half proper kids decided to have a fight in background so second half am awaiting atvo
    but first half looked good
    walcott has even learn to play it simple
    jack and samir weren’t bad either

  50. avenell says:

    just having a peep around your blog RSD.. A fisherman eh?

    I used to go, I still listen to the gooner Keith Arthur at the weekend.. I may take it up again as I live 250yrds from a carp fishery.

  51. avenell says:

    er indoors can bring me beer over.. dressed as a waitress.. 😉

  52. you could cast from you door the almost

  53. avenell says:

    Apart from there is a b’ road in between.. could set my optonic off..

  54. optonic’s you really are a worzel

  55. avenell says:

    kryptonics on me board and optonics on my nash.. old skool..

  56. neville’s cant be dealing with all those buttons

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