Gooners’ Despair over Fabregas unfounded??

June 26, 2010

A theme running thru all the Arsenal blogs in recent weeks has been a resigned, and perhaps a somewhat cynical, expectation that Cesc will eventually leave the Gunners for his Catalonian “home” club.

I am not so sure. One thing the World Cup will have shown him is that the grass is not always greener on the other side. A splinter up the bum from the Spanish subs bench is likely to feel the same as a splinter up the bum from the Barca subs bench.

Fabregas has always been a little coy, following the end of the season, in simply restating his desire to return to Barca “at some time in the future”. During the resultant outcry from Gunners fans, everywhere, he has made only one cryptic but illuminating statement to say “I have discussed the situation with the manger, whom I trust absolutely, and the future is in his hands”. What to make of that?

I believe at the end of the season, when Arsenal came so close, but ultimately failed to win the premier League title, and coupled with his season ending broken leg, Cesc was understandably despondent. Another unsuccessful season had come and gone, and Arsene seemed to be no nearer changing his unsuccessful “youth” policy.

At the same time the Barca Presidential elections were in full swing with promises from both candidates to “bring Cesc back”. During pre- World Cup training, many of the players in the squad, who also play for Barca, put a lot of pressure on him to re-join the club and reminded him of his Catalonian heritage. But during the World Cup, Cesc would have had his eyes opened to the difficulty of getting into both the Spain and Barca teams.

At the meeting with Wenger, Cesc would have told Le Prof of his disappointment at the lack of trophies over the last 5 years; that there appeared to be no possibility of this changing while the current youth policy remained in place and that meanwhile Barca were winning titles for fun.

In response, Arsene would have promised Cesc he would make “class” signings, in the close season, to help win trophies but that if Arsenal still failed to win anything in season 2010/11, he would let Cesc go, provided a “fair and reasonable” transfer fee was offered, by Barca.

I believe that Cesc will stay for another year, we will win the Premiership and the European Champions League and Cesc will stay for life.

Written by Red Arse

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Damned transfer rumours, I Hate them, OR do I?

June 24, 2010

We get “rumours” or “reports” every Transfer Window; Arsenal are linked to this player or that. The heart soars only to be disappointed in the cold light of day by the unreality of the stupid rumour.

Where do these reports come from? Well they breakdown into distinct types.

Denis Hill Wooden-top announces Arsenal have money to spend, if Arsene wants to buy someone.
Immediately some fan knows someone at the club who says Le Prof was in Paris and seen talking to a well-known Centre Back. This is then reported as fact. Headlines appear, Arsenal are “tracking”, “eyeing” or “monitoring” said player, Subotic/Kjaer, for a “reported” fee of £30 million.
Wow, fantastic! But, hold on, so also, reportedly, are Man City, Manure and Chelsea, let alone Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. Now how likely is Arsenal to outbid these clubs? Not at all? Nada? “Chance” and “fat” spring to mind! HATEFUL disappointment.

Then there are the Agents who are trying to negotiate new contracts for their clients. You know, “Mussolini/ Buffoon” the well-known Italian keepers are in “discussions” with Arsenal and are flattered by the interest. Wow … Brilliant; no more Almunia: except that the report is quickly followed by another in which said Agent denies any contact with Arsenal. HATEFUL disappointment.
Then there is a report that Le Prof has said about this player or that, “I like him” and “I have known about him for a number of years”. Yay, no more Denilson/Diaby — great; but wait, the player says he has heard the rumours but knows nothing directly. HATEFUL disappointment.

Then, worst of all, an irresponsible, discourteous, underhand director of (let’s say) Barcelona, bangs on about the irresistible lure of Barca for your best player, who goes all coy and says that he would like to play for Barca, “one day”. In fact so irresistible is this lure that they will honour us by offering 1/3 rd of the value of said player. HATEFUL disappointment.

But wait, actually, I find I am beginning to strangely love hearing about these rumours. I can delight in those linking us to this or that fabulous player, even if only briefly; I can rail and moan to my friends and relatives about the appalling injustice of some of these stories; and during a very quiet transfer window I can go on the net and seek out my fellow fans and chew the fat, ad nausea, regarding the merits or otherwise of this or that rumour. Bliss!

I love Arsenal and even these nonsense reports help to bridge the gap between seasons.

Written by Red Arse – the first of many I hope 🙂


Does the French Demise Mirror Arsenal’s? and the New Away Shirts are Rubbish.

June 18, 2010

I watched the Mexico v France game last night and it was good to see our manager watching the game too. He would have seen the freshness in which Mexico played, the ball was moved very quickly from defence to attack, the ball stuck to the Mexico players like it had Blue Tack on it even when it was passed with a vengeance, the swiftness of the attack was like our reserves in an early round of the Carling Cup.

The French team though was woeful, made up of a quarter of Arsenal players. clueless, each player running for himself, no quick passing. I lost count of the amount of times Diaby gave the ball short to a teammate and went on a run looking for a return ball like he would see at Arsenal only for him to have wasted his time. Ribery the third best player in the world was made to look just average.

So is it a coincidence that when France ruled the football world from 98’ to 02’ Arsenal ruled the Premiership, with players like Petit Vieira, Anelka and Henry?
Now the French team don’t seem to be able to function and we aren’t winning anything either. We have Diaby, Gallas? Sagna who played last night Diaby was average, Gallas a liability and Sagna was okay. Clichy was on the bench and Nasri isn’t even considered good enough for the squad.

Perhaps we need to start looking to buy players from the inform countries, Germany? Bayern made it to the CL final…. Spain.. We know the problems with Spanish players, they all want to play for RM or the other sneaky mob down the road.
Is the answer Mexico, Argentina or even Uruguay? I don’t know but I sure don’t fancy and more French players coming to the Arsenal this summer.

I know the new away shirt pictures have been released for a few days now on Arsenal.con, but  I don’t remember discussing them on here to see if we like them.

They are rubbish literally, made out of recycled water bottles from Japan and China that would take 500 years to disintegrate in a landfill site. So Nike have made them a fabulous yellow colour and as a mark of respect to where they belong they have put brown on the collar and cuffs. Funny I thought we had new away shirts last year and Arsenal promised they wouldn’t rip the fans off by bringing new kits out every season and the new home kit is out soon. So that’s another £80 for the loyal supporters to chew on.

Have a good day Roadsters, England play this evening.. whoopee.. not..


Keeping Cesc Could Cost Us £20 Million !!!

June 15, 2010

I know we have all been avoiding this subject, but no matter how much we try to bury our heads in the sand this is the most important thing going on at our great club at the moment.
Barca want Cesc and boy don’t we know it. My heart says we should hang on to our greatest talent and Captain, I have admired his play on the field, I have admired his conduct off the field and I have defended him when he was having an off spell the season before last.

Now let me make it clear, I do NOT want to see Cesc go. This would be  our biggest loss since we lost Liam Brady at a similar age..  Here comes the but.. But the only way that I can see us hanging on to our playmaker is if we do a deal with Barca and Cesc which would delay the inevitable for another year.

This would be a bad move in a lot of ways, the main one being it will give Barca the exclusive rights and eliminate other clubs in the sale hence driving the price we would get for him down to the bare minimum.

Let’s say for instance we could sell Cesc for £35 million plus Yaya Toure (who was valued at less than £10 mill last season) that deal would be worth in the region of £50 million.
Next season we may only get a mere £25 million if we snake up to Barca and beg for him to stay. It may be similar to the deal we did with the great Thierry, at the end of 06 he was the best striker in the world and would have commanded a price close to £40 million and we all know the pittance we got for him leaving it a year too late.

So is it worth Arsenal playing the nice guy and letting Cesc have what he wants and doing a deal. Or should we sell him now and take the readies??

If Arsene was given the transfer budget promised plus the entire lump sum from the sale of Cesc that would make him an extremely dangerous man in the transfer market.
And the fans should force this to happen, not buy a couple of budget players and forget about this seasons budget and half of the profit we make on Cesc..


Arsenal Win End of Season Pre-Season Friendly.. (yawn).

May 10, 2010

Arsenal XI   4-0  Fulham XI..

Well to be fair there was a lot more depending on this game than a friendly, but anyone looking in from the outside would not believe that judging by the lack of effort and commitment from both teams.
Fulham rested players and to be honest I don’t know there first team apart from Hangerland and Zamora, Oh and Duff and Murphy, the team that they put out lacked commitment and was a insult to the Fulham support that turned out.
These guys pay for a ticket by giving their employers five hours of there life just to walk through the turnstiles yet they couldn’t even be bothered to put a tackle in.

This was typical Arsenal, glossing over all that is wrong with the team, we can roll over average teams all day long, yet when we come up against any team who dare close us down and match us for skill we are shown up.

We started out with a Keystone Kop of a goal by AA, he chipped the ball over the Fulham keeper and instead of over passing the ball into the net turned selfish and decided to score himself .. So Arsenal always want one more pass then Andrey is too selfish.. make your mind up you commentators.

The next goal had a bit of luck too. van Persie managed to get in a shot that was too close to the Fulham keeper Schwartzer so he got his hand on it and deflected it onto the bar, the rebound found Robin’s head and get in!

Theo was running around like the headless chuck, and showed he perhaps has potential, yet it all seems a bit false.
At one stage he did create a great chance for RvP yet again though Robin is not clinical enough and allows the keeper to save twice.

Just before HT we managed to get a OG off Baird, this never happens to us in important games, Is it fate or karma? Who knows but we never get the rub of the green when anything depends on it.

We backed off the throttle a bit second half, which is understandable and we got a fourth goal from an exquisite chip from the sub Vela, another mystery of an Arsenal fans life.. Good enough for Mexico, yet only 2 starts in a season for us..

To be honest, we couldn’t gain anything from our performance yesterday as Fulham just went through the motions of a game, yet if we had of played a team of northern cloggers or a top 8 team we wouldn’t have had such a convincing result. It may of been better if we lost at least the fans could have shown their unhappyness and Arsene may  have to act upon it.
We had a scare this year with the Spuds getting a tad too close and this need to be amended in the close season.

St Totts day was far too late by Arsene’s very high standards sort it please..

Fabianski.. 4   Hold your hand up who wanted him as Arsenal No 1!!

Sagna . 7.. No defending to do really and his attacking is average.

Campbell, 8 He must be a contender for our player of the season.. what does that say when a 35 year old not match fit player can even come close.

Silvestre.. 6 .. I just hope.. thanks goodbye.

Clichy.. 7.. Good not great. But not a game for defending.

Diaby.. 5  I am sure I saw him once or twice, he is so frustrating because you know he is capable of doing it.

Nasri.. 7  Just okay, needs a few more team players around him.

Enid Walcott 7.. Good and bad, Some times he looks great then does the most stupid errors, I would unload him and use him as bait in a deal for a better player.

Eboue. 5.. Sick of his diving and antics, I said it last year and I tried to like him. Name his best moment this season, I can’t..

Arshavin.. 7   He is class, I am unsure of his attitude, should he shut up or demand better from the Arsenal, is he selfish or a realist?

RvP… 7 . Showed he is a good player, scores goals but should have scored three times the amount he did. Oh and give some of the free kicks up unless you are bullying Nasri etc..

Djourou.. Great to see you back, you should sue the Sky commentator who likened you to Senderslug..

Lansbury… Didn’t see too much, you could tell he was from the Arsene’s acadamy..


We Need Moyes or O’Neill at the Emirates…

May 7, 2010

Well if we were to believe the media we do. David Moyes and Martin O’ Neil are the media darlings who can do no wrong, what great managers they are.
As soon as our season capitulated the press vultures were circling over Mr Wenger OBE. 5 years without a trophy, Airports closed because of the dust from the Emirates trophy cabinet, stubborn, Liar, etc, yawn..

Why?? Well it must be jealousy and as soon they see a chink in the armour they are in, digging away. The fans hear this and they don’t like having the piss ripped out of them and they want success, they get angry. So some start to want change.

So what has the Everton managed in David’s 8 years as manager?? A Champions League place which they never got beyond the qualifiers and a place in the FA cup final.. Whoop-a-doo. He hasn’t had much money to spend, but in the last 5 years Arsene hasn’t had any either he has had to resort to plucking gems from foreign Leagues like Vemaelen, Sagna and Nasri.
In fact he has even shown a profit in his transfer dealings lately.

Oh and Martin O’Neill he has spent a fortune in the last 4 years, mainly on second-rate English players to get another 6th place wow.. Is that good enough for us?

Well the answer is obvious really, 2 reasons, Arsene has built up an expectation and he is French.
I don’t know if the media know it, but in football England have their own national team and as far as I am concerned any one who isn’t English is foreign Fergie, Moyes, O’Neill are just as foreign as Arsene.

As for the expectation, what do we want? Should we drop out of the top 4 and finish 10th for a season then next year to get 3rd next season that would be a great finish and the fans would be happy because they know we are moving quickly in the right direction.
I don’t think the fans can handle the mediocrity, third, fourth, third is a bit boring.

But think about the teams that finish above us and indeed some below us, they are bankrolled, a sugar daddies toy.. Is that what we want to support, a millionaires play thing or a proper club that relies on it’s supporters and is run on money that comes out of our pockets?
Man City could just shut their turnstiles and play in front of nobody, they don’t need their supporters, but at Arsenal they rely on us and that makes me feel that Arsenal is mine and reliant on my support.

If Blatter brings in this self-generating funding rule, we with Arsene will rule the world.

Arsene is a winner and lately he seems opening up and letting a few things slip out, last week he finally said we have had little money for transfers and this transfer window we can compete with Chelsea in the transfer market, I cannot see him changing his spots and buying for the sake of it, but I do think he has seen enough of project youth now and showing blind faith in them. I am hoping he goes back to the old Arsene and plucks out the Henry’s and the Pires’s and ducks and dives like the old days.

This isn’t supposed to be a dig at Mr Moyes or Mr O’Neill, but are they really as good as Mr Wenger OBE….. really?


The Devil or the Deep Blue Sea?

May 5, 2010

Afternoon Roadsters.

What is the result that the Arsenal faithful wants to see this evening?

Would you rather see Man City win so they can get Champions League football and with their finances go on and sign the some of the best players in the world and fast track themselves into one of the strongest teams  or would you like to see ‘arry’s Spuds get fourth.

Morally I suppose it should be the Spuds at least they haven’t used outside investment to buy their way up the League, the somehow show a profit in their trading, but they are not holier than thou, the way they stole “One Day” Ramos from Sevilla and sacked Jol before a game without even telling the guy.

But  they may just be one season wonders like Everton in the Champions League and will disappear back down to where they came from.

Man City they are a different entity, they will carry on building and will sack and recruit until they are successful, they have already shown how ruthless they can be in the way they sacked Hughes, there is already talk of them unloading Tevez, Bridge and our old favourite Slaggybayor.

Who will I be supporting ??


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