Our Captain Stays…So Lets Get Behind Him!!

August 7, 2010

Lets face it, no matter what our thoughts were about Cesc throughout this whole saga-whether they were good or bad, there’s not one Arsenal fan I don’t know who isn’t relieved to hear Cesc is staying..

He’s one of the worlds best players, he’s only just entering his prime years and he’s our captain.. Arsenal need to keep their best players not sell them and we’ve managed to do it. Cesc is a valuable part of our future and even with the pull of Barca hes remained an Arsenal player. It’s a victory in its own right..

His statement wasnt exactly music to my ears but at least it was very honest and he just told us what we all know already. A lot of us may be still mad with Cesc for whats happened over the summer, but he wears the Arsenal shirt once again this season and if we want to challenge for the title we need our captain to perform, an unhappy Cesc is no good to our chances so we have to support him..

Wenger proved this summer he had Barca by the balls and it looks like that wont change until either;

A… Barca offer a ridiculous amount (which they wont because they are skint)  

OR

B… if the Arsenal fans turn against him making him request a transfer and force Wenger’s hand..

If we are all honest none of us want Cesc to leave, so lets show him..He says he respects the Arsenal fans. He respects us because we adore him, lets not change that. Don’t let the media get into your minds, they will now use this to try destabilise us and turn us against him, but we can’t let that happen..

Cesc may even want to stay if we start to win some trophies and lets face facts, if we want to win something we need Cesc..

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A Message To Arsene Wenger.

July 30, 2010

I am very confident [we’ll do better than last season],” he said. “We know in England that the Premier League is the biggest league in the world and everybody invests a lot of money.
 
“We invest in our work, in our beliefs, in the quality of our behaviour and I am confident that will pay off.

I don’t want to sound like I’m interfering Mr Wenger, but after studying your recent comments it seems as though you are seriously thinking about not signing anyone else to strengthen our squad this window.

If so, I seriously recommend you think twice about this. You are treading a very thin line and your once large numbers of loyal followers are dwindling year by year. After all the ‘noise’ YOU made about strengthening the squad for the up coming season I expect YOU to stand by your word and do your job. If not expect those numbers to drop even lower..

Do you really think the fans have forgotten last years dreadful performances by the same players that give dreadful performances every season. Do you really think the fans have forgotten the dreadful form of games where we won 2 in 10?? Do you really think the fans are going to accept another year of lies and complete poppycock that you seem to become so used to spinning us???

The bottom line is, you keep taking our money, silly money at that and you are not doing anything with it.. Why aren’t the profits you are so proud of making every season being put back into the team??.. I for one don’t class giving average players new contracts for doing crap as putting the fans money back into the team..If anything its wasting it..

If I fork out for a £300 quid Paul Smith jacket, I don’t want to get it home – only to wear it once and find all the buttons have fallen off and all the stitching has come loose. I don’t want to take it back to the store, only to be told by the store manager that I can’t have my money back, or indeed a better quality jacket. I don’t want to be fed the crap that even though the jacket has its flaws, it is a young jacket with great potential and if i invest another £300 on it we will work hard with the jacket and take pride when it fixes itself…

I want value for my money..

It’s the same in any field of business and if you want to treat the fans like customers instead of family then expect a lot of back lash..

The fans ‘noise’ is getting louder and louder every year and I think you’ll find it’s not in agreement with the way you are running things..Talks of a demonstration last year were quickly gathering pace..Nobody wants to demonstrate against you Mr Wenger but nobody wants to see Almunia or Fabianski in goal for the start of next season either. If either appear at the Emirates Cup then you can expect a few raised eyebrows and tut tut’s on the day..

We desperately need another CB.. Another top class one..It doesn’t matter how you spin it or how many youngsters we have coming through, the majority of fans will not be happy if we go into the season with what we’ve got..

You said after last year we had more money than ever and you were intent on strengthening the squad in the areas needed.. You’ve done sod all (again) only lose more players than you buy (again) and we are almost done with pre season (again)..

It is NOT your money. It’s the clubs money. It’s Arsenals money. It’s OUR money..Spend it and reinforce that team because we are weaker than last year and you know it…

You destroyed a perfectly good team. A strong team that had another 2-3 years in it and we’ve won nothing since. At one point we were the best. We had the best players and you let them all go. Top teams don’t let their best players go, they keep them and build on them and after 5 years I thought it would have been obvious to you where we were going wrong but I guess not.

You might be the best manager Arsenal have had but your starting to live off past glories. The club is bigger than you and if you take us into one more year of the same soap opera, filled with false promises and lies then don’t bother renewing your contract..Take a seat upstairs where your book-keeping is more useful and let someone else take over who’s hungry and doesn’t throw real trophies or see 3rd or 4th place as the best we can do…

I still think you’re a legend and what I’ve said doesn’t mean to come across too harsh. After all you’ve done for us I’m more than happy to let you see out your contract. After all, there was a time when you were clearing up and every top club was after you, but you stayed loyal to us.. For that I thank you. I also thank you for guiding the club through a difficult period and keeping our heads above water. Youve done an amazing job, but I think its time someone stuck a rocket up your arse and told you to get back in touch with the fans…If the board wont do it then believe me the fans will…

We have high ambitions for this club. Ambitions fed to us by you. If you want my opinion, if you want to achieve those ambitions you need to sort this squad out and quick.

I know you want that Champions League and I don’t think your going to get it, continuing to do as you are..

I have voiced my concerns and have given you my judgement, but I will stand by and support yours whatever you chose to do, but only for this one last time..Arsenal are the team I love. Arsenal are the team I support and I want them to do well. You are the manager of Arsenal and at the end of the day it’s only your opinion that counts. I just hope you know what you are doing in what could possibly be your last year.. Not just for your sake, but for Arsenals sake..

I don’t for one minute think that when you came up with the blueprints for this ‘project’ of yours, the fairy tale ending was to go 6 years without a single trophy and seeing your contract run out..Just keep that in mind before you put that dusty cheque book back into your sky….


Cesc, the Fans and BARCA ………. What’s up?

July 22, 2010

For the last few weeks there has been a gradual souring of the fans feelings for Cesc Fabregas. There has been a mishmash of emotional and contractual ennui and contradictory statements arising from the fans, player and clubs.

So what is going on?

What are the rights and wrongs of this upsetting (to the fans) and unsatisfactory situation we find ourselves in?

Football reflects the normal human social and political values and mores. When you think of great human love affairs they will have almost certainly been between two consenting individuals; Samson and Delilah, Romeo and Juliet, Tom and Jerry, and so on.
Not so with the compact between the Football Club, the Player and the Fans. This is a three party deal and is inherently unstable as a result. Everyone knows that when a great affair starts to go wrong, lovers know only too well how to hurt each other deeply and sometimes unintentionally.

What is this “compact”, this understanding between the three parties?

A) The player. He needs to bring high level skills, hard work and “heart” to the party to achieve team success in Leagues and Cups.

B) The club. The club needs to reward the player with untold treasures (dosh) dependent on their assessment of the player’s part in achieving the Clubs aims of successfully winning trophies. They also need to ensure there are other quality players in the team to achieve their mutual aspirations.

C) The Fans. The fans will support and love their club forever, through thick and thin. No Less! They will also love, respect and idolise their players during their careers at Arsenal and for the rest of their lives. They will also rejoice and glory in the Club’s/Player’s success and dutifully gloat to opposition fans and players whenever and wherever possible. Without fail!
When things go well, everyone knows their role the club is successful and life is blissful!

But like all relationships things can, and do, go badly wrong. How is that characterised?

1. The Player. The player (e.g. Almunia, Denilson, and Diaby) will sometimes not be able to meet the standards of skill, endeavour or heart expected of him. The fans will lose respect and will withdraw their love, and wish the Club to sell them on. The skilful player can become disillusioned with the Club’s perceived lack of ambition, in not buying additional suitably skilful, hardworking players to help achieve success, and eventually will want to move on to a more ambitious club.

2. The Club. The club can decide a player(s) is no longer suitable and will wish to transfer him/them. Or the Club will decide the player is excellent, despite the views of the fans, and persevere with him beyond all reason. The club may antagonise the fans, by recognising the need to recruit new players but choose not to do so because of other financial goals or priorities set by the management.

3. The Fans. The fans may take a vehement dislike to a player. They may become dissatisfied and/or disillusioned with the Clubs transfer policy. They may be appalled by the Club’s lack of transparency and inability to communicate to them, or, worse to dissemble and bend the truth. (Commonly known as “spinning”).

When the compact is broken for any of the above reasons, the Club or the Player reaches for “The Contract”, in the same way other more intimate relationships reach for the “Pre-Nuptial Agreement”.
Note: at this point, the other party to the compact, the fan, is expected to sod off and await the outcome, while remaining in total ignorance of what is going on!

The Legal and related Issues. OH, DEAR!

This is why the world is full of wealthy lawyers.

This whole area is complex and fraught with “booby traps”.

Unlike you or me, footballers’ contracts are overseen by a number of overlapping authorities each with their own regulations and requirements. I am NOT going into all that. It is boring and would take forever.
Suffice to say; footballers are covered by the usual European statutory employment and human rights laws, as well as by the regulations of the game’s governing bodies FIFA and UEFA and the individual player’s terms and conditions, as agreed with the Club, and written into their contracts.
If statutory laws are broken, inevitably there will be another “Bosman” ruling.

So what, you may ask?

Legal:
The first thing a lawyer will say to his client is “SAY NOTHING!” At this stage of the proceedings, marital or contractual, the big issue is usually money!
Leaving aside the abominable role played by Barca and its players, Cesc has clearly felt there is a breach of the compact rules between him and the Club, as shown above. I leave you to make your own minds up as to what that breach is, and whether or not it can be fixed.

Related:
We need to bear in mind that for centuries, parts of Spain have tried to be independent countries in their own right. The Basque and Catalan regions fought as part of a bitter and bloody civil war between the republicans and the fascists during the mid to late 1930’s, before General Franco came to power.
These memories are still deep within the Catalan psyche and will also be part of Cesc’s current problems. Irrespective of any breach of the “compact”, he will have been very flattered by the desire of his fellow Catalans for him to join them, and cannot afford to offend, not just them, but the whole o f Catalonia by telling them to get stuffed for making inappropriate public overtures.
Therefore, he cannot come out and say either” I want to stay” or “I want to go” without mortally upsetting a great number of people on either side, let alone the legal ramifications regarding his contract.

I am also sure he loves Arsenal and the Gooners who, in turn, love him.

I suggest we give him room to sort out all these conflicting emotions and contractual niceties and reflect that, if Arsenal had replaced its star players over the last few years, none of us would be in this unenviable position.

For those of you who have stuck with me to the end, a very big thank you.

Arsenal forever!

 

Written by Red Arse, but you knew that 🙂


Arsene talks the talk, Jay walks the walk, Almunia finished?

July 18, 2010

I’m going to start at the end and share what Arsene Wenger said after the game when questioned about Fabregas.

There was a lot of unneeded talk, It is not pleasant to read this every day. Now, the story has to stop.

Cesc is our captain, he is so important to us and we want to keep him, that is why we were not listening to any offers.

It was not a problem of money, just the desire to keep him at the club.

We can only influence our own behaviour, and I believe things have now gone straight again with Sandro Rosell. We always had a consistent attitude and were always reluctant to talk about Cesc’s departure.

It is very important we give the impression that because somebody wants a player from us, we don’t just give in on.

We have shown our love and care for Cesc since the start. I believe Cesc loves the club, has shown his attachment to the club many times and I am very confident the story will end there. We want Cesc to be part of our club next year, and that is it.

What we want is to build a team for the future, to develop our team and are not in any talks for next year or the year after – we want our players to be focused on the targets we have at the Club.

So it seems Cesc is here to stay, well, for another season anyway, but be prepared to go through all this again each transfer window until Barca finally get their man! That is of course, unless Wenger sorts this current squad out and turns it into a winning side! Do that and the player may just want to stay on, especially if Jose turns the screw on Pep this season.

Was it just my stream or everyone’s who signed up for the £3 deal with afc.com?? There I was, 2.55pm having bought some fancy lead so I could watch the match from my laptop on the television but after ten minutes I thought I was going to have a seizure, no offence intended… Shocking coverage, just shocking!!

Yesterday’s game really was a ‘game of two halves’ – the second half saw a whole new eleven turn out.

Arsenal starting XI: Fabianski, Nordtveit, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Traore, Frimpong, Rosicky, Wilshere, Arshavin, Simpson, Emmanuel-Thomas..

First half I thought, Simpson, Frimpong and Wilshire shone from the ‘non regulars’ Arshavin and Tomas looked cool calm and fresh, ready for a season of hard work ahead..

 Simpson (2) and Arshavin (1) were the goal scorers.

If it were up to me, Jay Simpson would stay, yes it was Barnet, yes it was a friendly BUT the biggest yes is, Yes, he scores and he seems to know where the goal is…

Why oh why has this lad been told to find another club? He loves Arsenal, I think many fans already love him too, he really could be ‘the next Ian Wright’!

Not suggesting for one minute he’d be the first striker on the team sheet, but he has power pace and an eye for goal, is that not the qualities of a decent striker, a player who could come off the bench and gets us a goal??

Arsenal’s second-half XI: Mannone, Eastmond, Djourou, Miquel, Gibbs, Lansbury, Henderson, Nasri, Barazite, Walcott, Chamakh

Second half was dull, Walcott did ok, Chamakh didn’t have a fantastic half, but who cares, first game in an Arsenal shirt, I’m sure as the games get going and become more serious, so will he. Same for Djourou, finally got to see him back and without a bandage heavily strapped around his knee, he looked fit and comfortable on the ball, seems promising…

Nasri finished off after a hand out from the Barnet defence, 4-0 to us.

83 mins on the clock and the fans sing… Arsene Arsene give us a wave, me, I’d be asking him to give us more than a wave, a player or two would be better greeted than a bloomin wave… 😉

Difficult game for all three goal keepers, they had very little to do, in fact I’m not sure Chesney even touched the ball? Or did I just blink and miss it?

Talking of keepers, what about Almunia then, having been named in the 22 man squad for the Barnet game, he’s suddenly missing – my thought is he’s off and he knows it – instead of being at Barnet, he’s sorting out his future and that future is no longer with us… Why would Chesney be wearing the number 1 shirt otherwise, or is that me just hoping 🙂

But for Almunia I think its over, nice chap but average keeper, all the best Big Al….

On to rumours, Everton have turned down a £14M offer from us for Phil Jagielka but it’s suspected that Wenger will up his offer this coming week. Good!! Also, if we want the kid from Ipswich it will cost us £10M, surely that £10M would be better spent elsewhere?

Have a good day all, not long to wait for the next game 🙂


Sell Arshavin?? No wonder players take a tumble, Barca scum!!

July 13, 2010

Having watched the World Cup Final I can begin to understand why some players take a tumble rather that trying to stay on their feet in the penalty area.

I’m not talking about blatant dives, aka Drogba and Gerrard to name just two, I’m talking about the genuine ‘touch’ by a defending player, enough to cause a slight off-balance.

Robben could and should have won the WC for the Dutch. Not only did he miss the best opportunity of the game in 90 minutes but had he ‘gone over’ in the penalty area he would have been awarded a penalty. For once though, he stayed on his feet, tried to do the right thing, but knob-head Webb awarded nothing.

In fact Howard Webbs performance was not the best, but then I don’t rate him much anyway, it always seems about him when he referees rather than the game. He’s a bit of a show-pony.

Decisions like that though will not do the game any favours, it won’t help stamp out the diving in the box will it?

Talking of Webb and the other major muck up he made, De Jong should have been off, any other referee in the world would have sent him for an early bath, Webb bottled it. He then went on to deal so many cards out you would think he was in a casino rather than on a football pitch!

I look forward to when we face one of the many sides who like to ‘get in our faces’ and I hope Webb is the referee, I wonder if he be so protective of us… I doubt it, after all Arsenal are just Southern Softies aren’t they and need to toughen up…. Match of the Day could be fun too, the same pundits who suggest Holland were thugs, what will they say about Blackburn, Stoke etc…..

Anyway, that’s my last about the World Cup, I’m just glad it’s all over and without injury to any of our players, well, apart from the mysterious Nikki B injury of course…..

I saw those pictures on Sky Sports yesterday, not happy viewing was it? For those who haven’t seen it, here it is – How low can the Barca players go…. Cesc didn’t seem in too much of a hurry to remove the shirt, did he??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C36LisjvNuA&feature=player_embedded

Now this next bit is just my thoughts, not rumours, no speculation…

When Audrey Arshavin signed for us, I was possibly as happy as anyone. True enough, he had pretty much an instant impact, some even suggest it was his signing that secured us Champions League football at the end of that season.

However, has he really impressed you as much as you thought he would?

Apart from scoring against Liverpool, what else does he really bring to the side??

He’s lazy, selfish, injured and spends an awful lot of time declaring his love for another footballing side other than the one he plays for right now. I’m not sure he’s fully committed to Arsenal, as I said the other day, when the chips are down, great players step up – with Arshavin, when the chips are down he follows the chip!! (In more ways than one by the look of him)

At 29 years old, would you keep a lazy player or would you cash in and buy a player who is fitter, healthier, more hungry to win and has more desire to perform for the club who pays him rather than dream of another???

Well, would you??

Finally, Nikki B is due to become a father – blimey I thought, he’s finally got a shot on target 🙂

On that note, have a great day all….


St Fabregas on a hiding to nothing!

July 8, 2010

I think it is time to have another look at the Cesc situation.

At the moment, there has been a huge swing in popular opinion against him because of the Barca onslaught on Arsenal and the Arsenal fans through their unethical transfer pursuit .
From his early days at Arsenal Cesc made no bones about wanting to go back to Barcelona one day, partly because of the fact he was discovered and trained by them, from the age of eight; and partly because of his proud Catalan heritage.
I think initially that it was simply a statement by a young, well mannered Cesc being polite and not wanting to upset his family, friends and fellow Catalans, by ensuring them he had not forgotten his roots.

There was also undoubtedly a degree of self-interest in making such a statement, because within the Spanish State, the Catalans are a proud and distinctive race and Fabregas would not have wanted to show any disrespect. After his football career was over, Cesc would have wanted to go back without any rancour, and with his held high, whichever way his career panned out.

Many of us Gooners have been outraged by the arrogant and disgusting public pursuit of Cesc by Barcelona. A Club that financially is pretty near skint. Inevitably, some of this outrage has naturally spilled over on to Cesc.

This has all come at a particularly difficult time for Fabregas, stuck in South Africa with many of the Barca/Catalan players he would not want to offend, even when they were openly calling for him to leave the Gooners and join them at Barca, by publicly telling them to get stuffed. At the very least it would have made playing in the same team for Spain in the World Cup almost impossible if he did, and the uproar from his Catalunyan homeland would have destroyed him in the long run.
Neither would someone with his disposition want to cause unnecessary upset and despair to be caused to the club and fans that he undoubtedly loves.
Caught in the middle, Cesc has managed to upset the Arsenal fans by not telling Barca and its players to Fcuk Off, and by issuing lame statements about “nothing has been decided”. He is probably also pissing off Barca by not answering their siren call and coming out publicly demanding a transfer.
So given the above, what does Cesc really want? What are his drivers, his options, in pursuing the best career path for him as a professional footballer?

The best analogy is to look at a guy who has wonderful girlfriend, loyal, caring, doting and a great cook, who has only two flaws! She boring and she’s not the most attractive of ladies! Then he meets a beautiful woman who is a bit of a floozy, can’t cook and is interested only in having a good time and who attempts to seduce him by convincing him he is the most handsome guy on the planet (not possible, that’s me) and promising him a great love life .

To some footballers, Arsenal is great club, but can seem a bit staid when compared to the Real Madrid’s and Inter Milan’s of the football world, because, while we play great football, we are crap when it comes to winning Premier League or Cup titles.
Barcelona as a club, on the other hand, are amoral, cavalier and very shifty bast*rds BUT they have won trophies for fun over the past few seasons.

Fabregas could forgiven for reflecting, at the end of his professional career, that he missed out on winning Premier League titles, Champions League titles and getting European and World adulation by staying at Arsenal.
The conundrum for Cesc has been made more difficult because the buying policy of the Club he loves, Arsenal, has in recent years been to buy cheap, and make do with mediocre players, inevitably meaning they are unlikely to win anything for the foreseeable future.
In that context I actually feel sorry for Cesc in the choice he has to make. It will all end in tears, either for the ugly girlfriend or the sexy vixen.
What would you do? Stick with the wonderful but not so stunning girl friend and die frustrated, or go with the beautiful girl, have your brains shagged out and die young but happy?

Written by Red Arse

 

PS – Did anyone see that we signed a player yesterday, Laurent Koscielny – didn’t see that one coming…..


Cesc hasn’t asked to leave? Of course he has!!

June 17, 2010

Seeing as Avenell resurrected the debate on ‘You Know Who’ yesterday, I thought I would continue it today…

I watched the Spain match the other night whilst away on holidays, the picture on the television was dreadful, it was just like watching snow fall!!

The one thing the ‘snow’ didn’t hide though was the words from the mouth of our current captain.

Don’t quote me but the interview went something like this….

Interviewer -‘Cesc, how are things with Spain’ ?

Cesc – ‘Everything here is good, we look at our opponent three or four days before we play them, we learn all about  and we are well prepared’

‘At Arsenal we don’t do that, we never look at who we are going to play, we just play them – if we look at them we do it for ourselves, where as with Spain we look at the opposition together, we are much better prepared’…..

Still, preparation didn’t stop the Spanish side from losing to Switzerland, did it…. GOOD!!!!

Like I said, don’t quote me, but you must see what I am getting at.

Why make such comments to the person interviewing, why have a dig at the club who has made him the man and player he is….

I read so many comments from bloggers who say ‘Cesc has not asked to leave’ – I don’t agree. I think he has asked to leave, the only thing is that we haven’t been told of his request in case Barcelona – aka ‘Stains’ don’t cough up the right amount and he ends up staying.

That interview with our captain did nothing to convince me that he wants to stay at Arsenal, never before has he said a bad word about our club but suddenly that has changed. I wonder what the next one will bring…..

Say what you want about Arsene Wenger, but for once I think he is making sure that come the beginning of the season, if Cesc Fabregas is still wearing an Arsenal shirt, he doesn’t have to face a barrage of abuse from many many unhappy fans….

Think what you want, but my view is  Cesc Fabregas has asked to leave Arsenal Football Club, and Barca will find the money from somewhere to get him.

This is a sight you won’t see again, I’d bet Ave’s house on it…… 😉