Arsenal’s New Boys Shine And Earn Their Respect

August 1, 2010

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’..

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Barca finally get their man! Shock, horror, we’ve signed Chamakh

May 22, 2010

 

Yep, yesterday Barcelona finally confirmed David Villa had signed for them and he did the usual parade at the Camp Nou. I am gutted, I always hoped Villa would join us, but I now have to accept it was all a dream, he’s now tied to Barca for four years…

Oh well, life goes on I guess… 🙂

Back to us, yesterday we were linked with Zapata, Tasci, Subotic, Cahill, Jagelka and Van Der Wiel on the footie gossip page, its funny how Cahill and Subotic keep getting mentioned isn’t it, I for one would be happy if they did sign too, the defence would be very strong, especially if you add Vermaelen, Djourou and Big Sol to those two. All we need then is a better goal keeper and we would reduce our goals conceded by at least half!

I like the sound of Subotic, 6′ 4″ and viewed as one of the best young defenders in the Bundesliga. He has height (no more Diaby in defence),he has power and speed, just what we need. Stick him alongside Vermaelen and add one more and we are sorted!

So after another transfer saga, none of us will be surprised to know we have signed a centre forward who goes by the name of Marouane Chamakh…… Here is what he said after securing his deal..

“This is a dream come true and a great joy to be joining Arsenal. My goal was always to play in the Premier League and Arsenal was the choice of my heart.

“Without any hesitation, Arsenal was my preferred club. The team and history of Arsenal, they make me dream. My goal was to join Arsenal out of the all the English clubs because it is a club that makes me dream and I have been a fan since I was a child.

“I’m very excited about playing at Emirates Stadium in front of the Arsenal supporters. I have heard many great things about the stadium and I cannot wait to be playing there in an Arsenal shirt.

“I will give my best to this Club, the Club that I used to support. We have many great players at Arsenal and I will be giving everything to help the team win trophies next season.”

No we have a new No9, his though has a No2 in front of it, he will wear the number 29 shirt, but in all honesty, where does this leave our own No9, Eduardo??

I think it could well spell the end for him, this league is hard, tough and very physical. Without proper ref’s many a tackle goes unpunished which results in players ultimately being injured the way that he was. Why would he now want to stay?

There’s another player who constantly gets kicked week in week out, I’m not going to mention his name, but maybe he want’s out before another player puts him out of the game for good…..

Here he is, just in case no-one has seen him 🙂

Have a great day all, one in and may many follow 🙂


Is Wenger preparing for a raid on Bordeaux Duo??

May 15, 2010

With another season in transition out of the way, the silly season is about to begin. With Arsenal’s traditional end of season stumbling and overall lack of quality signings in recent years, we once again find ourselves being linked to every player the media decides they feel fit.

A perfect example is the fact we are being linked to every keeper the world has ever produced. Due to our Goalkeeping crisis it is only natural that names such as Buffon are thrown into the mix. Although I  would love Buffon between the  Arsenal stick’s, I find it hard to believe that we would part with the large sum of money required to capture his expert services. Sir Wenger has never spent big on a keeper so I think it’s highly unlikely he will start now. We definitely need a signing in this area though, you know the omens are bad when we are linked to keepers like Rob Green and Paul Robinson..To be honest I’d rather keep Almunia than waste pennies on either of those two..

Any I’m moving off topic a little..

One player we have been linked to and what is possibly Arsenal’s worst kept secret since Samir Nasri, is the certain arrival of Bordeaux’s Marouane Chamakh. I personally think we are lacking a lethal finisher up front, but I believe Chamakh will be a fantastic signing.

I’ve been studying him a lot recently and although his finishing needs improvement he will provide us with an extra dimension up top. His all round play is rather impressive and his link up play is top notch. He fits the Arsenal style completely and above all else, he’s free!!!

Which brings me onto my next point.. Yoann Gourcuff.. He’s another quality player and like Chamakh, he’s been pivotal in the clubs progression this year in the Champions League.. Gourcuff is a playmaker type player and from what I’ve seen, he and Chamakh have a telepathic style of playing together (a lot like what Bobby P and Thierry did). They play like they are best friends on the pitch as well as off it and it has worked well for Bordeaux.

I’m sure that there is many clubs interested in Goucuff this summer and it has been proved in recent seasons when Cesc is absent the Arsenal midfield are rather toothless and out of ideas. We could use another player for him to play with and take the reigns when he picks up an injury.

With the club now being in an apparent situation to spend a bit of money this summer, is Gourcuff on Sir Arsene’s radar?? By signing his buddy Chamakh we have certainly put ourselves in a good position and for the price of one, we could end up with two of Frances best combination players.

Is Wenger set to pounce?? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see..


New beginnings, or the beginning of the end for Arsene?

May 11, 2010

 

Arsene Wenger’s contract is up around this time next year and many fans think this summer transfer window is at a do or die stage for the most successful manager in the history of our club.

Five seasons have gone by though now and not a trophy in sight, apart from the Champions League in 2006 and the Carling Cup 2008, we haven’t even made it into any final of  any competition, which for a club like ours is not good enough and its and not right.

Over those five seasons we have gone from watching players give their all for the team, winning games as if its our devine right to do so, to now watching a few of our players just ‘turn up’ play for how ever many minutes they are asked to and not batting an eyelid when their number comes up to be substituted.

Why don’t we see our players give the boss a filthy look when then come off as if to tell him he was wrong with his decision, wrong because the player wanted to stay on the pitch and fight until the final whistle?  Hell, some even rush to sit down on the bench quicker than they have run around during the game!!

Is it because they don’t care enough deep down about their own performance and just want to collect their pay cheque each week?

Why haven’t we got players anymore like Tony Adams and Martin Keown, just two who would have shed blood for their club and team-mates? Just count how many of this current crop play the same way for the club that pays them a very healthy wage each week, there won’t be too many!!

I don’t know the answers, but I do think the lack of grit and attitude has cost us dearly over the years. Injuries have played their part too, but as Robin van Persie said, maybe it showed that our squad is a little bit short!!. Spot On Robin, we are short in depth and strength.

As much as I dislike the likes of John Terry and Wayne Rooney, you don’t often see them ‘giving up’ before the game is over.

Not for one minute am I suggesting its about having too many overseas players either, afterall you didn’t see Paddy or Petit giving up did you? It’s all about the player, the man and what is important to him. Football and Arsenal must come first, after that the money and that kind of player is hard to find – but find that kind of player is what Arsene Wenger surely has to do now, add experience and winners to this squad making it more durable.

Arsene Wenger has made some wonderful signings for Arsenal, Paddy, Henry, Gilberto, Petit, Overmars, Anelka…. I could go on, but along the way he has made some pretty average ones too, – Diaby, Denilson, Jeffers, Wright, Almunia, Fabianski… Again, I could go on and I am sure someone will mention Walcott 🙂

The old Arsene Wenger, you remember the one, the one none of us had really heard of. That man was one of the best signings for Arsenal, he got us used to winning again, he got us used to seeing the team hold trophies aloft again. I personally want to see that man back again. I  don’t even care if we stop seeing so much of this fancy football either as right now it no longer works. We have to stop all the passing now and again and have the balls to take a shot, Cesc has proved on more than one occasion that if you take a chance, you can score! We have the players who can take a shot, they need to be encouraged to take the risk every once in a while….

He’s done it before and I am sure he can do it again – If Wenger buys 2/3 players with some grit and steel this summer, it could very well be a new beginning, buy some young kid who has great potential and it could spell the beginning of the end for our boss and come the summer of 2011, Arsenal Football Club could well be looking for a new manager.

The club (Ivan Gazidis) have said we have money, don’t be too tight with it Arsene, for your own sake as well as ours…..

Make this a summer to remember, for all the right reasons….


Wanna be together? Vermaelen confirms we already are…..

February 22, 2010

Not much about in the news again, but two strikers were hot topic yesterday and two managers had something to say.

One is Marouane Chamakh who we all have heard about but not seen much of. (I’m bored with him already)

Sunderland gaffer Steve Bruce admitted that he studied the player in the summer and was desperate to sign him. Having seen the way ex Scum Bag Darren Bent and Kenwyne Jones took their chances I am not surprised to hear he wanted another striker. He simply say’s he wasn’t up for sale.

I’ve always liked both Bent and Jones and the latter I wanted us to sign – after Saturday though, I’m definitely having a re-think about that!

Good old Rafa wants him and I  hope he gets him, Torres would definitely have to step his game up then, he’d be quaking in his boots!!

I jest of course. 🙂

Back to Brucie and Chamakh, in his day Bruce was a fantastic player, and I actually think he is one of the better players turned managers of this current day, certainly better than Keane!
Bruce was a rottweiler in defence and because of that I think he could have a good eye for a striker. He says that should Chamakh join us in the summer he will be a massive hit.

Who knows, we don’t even know for sure if the deal is done. One thing I do know though, I’ll be watching or recording the CL so I can see just how good or bad he really is 🙂

The other manager who had something to say about a striker was our very own Arsene Wenger. He has backed Theo Walcott to be part of the England squad that travels to South Africa this summer. He reckons he is starting to improve greatly and is very much on the right track – hope JonJon doesn’t see that.

Personally I think Arsene is right, he has got better, slowly yes, but better and as we have all said time and time again, if he could add a good cross to his game and a whole lot more control he would be worth a chunk of the money we paid for him and what he is being paid every week. I think I read somewhere the other day that Mark Lawrenson said he would pick Theo before Lennon or Wright-Phillips – I may have dreamt that though as I can’t believe Lawrenson would say one good thing about us!!

Carlos Vela is another player with great potential, a bit like Theo though, he is yet to truly deliver. Also like Theo he can’t see to stay free from injury and he is another player desperate to get to South Africa. Right now he has a groin injury, I just wish he could get fit and get his chance in the first team. I don’t care if that is 15/20 minutes from the bench either.

Anyway, we have eleven games to go, I can’t believe we are so close to the end of the season, it seems like only yesterday I was getting all excited yet apprehensive ahead of our opening fixture away to Everton – wouldn’t it be something if we could go on and get a few results similar to how that game went?

One thing I do know despite all the ‘behind the paps’ rumours, this team isn’t about to crumble or buckle under a bit of pressure, like ave said yesterday, Cesc celebrated his goal which said to all of us that he isn’t ready just yet to depart for sunny shores, Eboue has suddenly grown, Nasri had a much better game as did Almunia.

So after a week having to listen and read the reviews about our Porto debacle, the Fabianski moment, the Sol pass back, this team is very together, this team wants this title at the end of the season.

Thomas Vermaelen summed it all up quite simply in an interview…

‘You lose with 11 or you win with 11. That is how it is with us’!!

Thomas – if only we had a few more like you in our squad…..

Have a nice day you all