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


‘Porter for Laporta’, Pack your bags and take your stupid comments with you!!

June 22, 2010

How this football club of ours has not officially reported Barcelona to FIFA yet beggars belief. Is there a member of staff connected to the Catalan Club who hasn’t had a word to share about our captain and his supposed move to Spain.

The latest is from the idiot who is due to step down at the end of the month,  he’ll probably have no say in the matter at the end of the day, but I bet he’s trying to secure a deal before he goes so he can take all the credit! 

This is from the same man who in 2008 had to face up to a vote of ‘No Confidence’, at the club, only the lack of votes for A N Other kept him in post. So many were against this at Barca, they themselves resigned rather that stay within their role at the club under Laporta. Sadly though, after a re-election, he stayed. He then sacked Frank Rijkaard and to this day he stands, well, not for much longer thankfully – the world of football will not miss the scumbag! So basically, he’s been in post only because there was no-one better, says it all really!!

Maybe once he has left his post, club managers and board members will sleep easier!

This is his latest sneaky comment:

“Arsenal will end up giving in, but I don’t know when that will be,” he told reporters on a visit to Sant Guim de Freixenet. “We will have to wait and let the professionals who are taking care of it do their work.”

Which part of the response from Arsenal Officials does Laporta not understand? He and that bullish club were told that our captain is not for sale. They weren’t told to come back with a better offer were they? No, so why don’t they zip it and let Cesc get on with playing football during the World Cup, oops, sorry, sitting on the bench during the World Cup.

Talking of sitting on the bench, Cesc needs to realise that if he tries to push any deal through that’s where he will end up, different bench yes, but bench it will be for a season or two.

It seems Luke Freeman is on his way for a loan spell at Yeovil Town and our little right back/central midfielder Francis Coquelin joined Lorient yesterday on a season long long.  A loan and regular competitive football is just what the players need so good luck to them and may they both return bigger, stronger and ready to set the Arsenal World alight this time next year.

Much has been said that the Coquelin loan has nothing to do with us trying to buy Laurent Koscielny but I’m not sure I believe that, my thought is that was the final piece of the jigsaw in the deal and I wouldn’t be surprised if announce the new signing by the time this post goes up.

I’m sure Koscielny won’t be the last defender Wenger buys either, especially as he has confirmed that Gallas will not be wearing the red and white of Arsenal next season. I wonder who it will be? I don’t care really as long as he’s a big lump who will shed blood for his new club.

So, from a Spanish knob to an Italian giant – well done Capello, you have for sure put that tosser Terry in his place….. Don’t know what i’m on about, go check his interview. Some say Fabio is wrong to use the press, I say if someone uses the press to hurt you, then get on and do the same – fight fire with fire……… After all, Terry is only sulking because he’s no longer wearing the England armband…. !

I’ll leave with something I heard – and funny enough someone else has written on the ‘transfer rumour’ place that is full of made up stuff, but what this fella said was, Wenger is to move upstairs at our club and we replace him with JosepPepGuardiola, that way Cesc stays, we get a younger Wenger and life moves on….

Of course I don’t believe it, but it would be good wouldn’t it – maybe then David Villa would follow Pep 🙂

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..

The Biggest Signing Of the Summer

May 27, 2010

Forget David Villa’s 34.2 million euros to Stalker FC  Barcelona. Forget Cesc’s potential multi million pound deal to the same set of shitbags. Forget any potential big name signing to any of the european super clubs this summer can offer. The biggest signature will be that of Jose Mourinho when he takes over at Real Madrid.

Why? Because the man is undoubtedly the best club manager in the world right now and his legacy is only just beginning. As an accountant he may not be great, as a developer of young players he may not be great, but as a manager and a tactician there is nobody who can touch him. He’s not paid to make money, he’s paid to build a squad and lead them to glory and he does this with his eyes closed.

His record speaks for itself. At Porto he won the League twice, 2 domestic cups, the UEFA cup and the Champions League. At Chelsea he won the League twice and three domestic cups. At Inter he won the league twice, two domestic cups and the Champions League and he’s done all this in the space of eight years. In eight years of management he’s won 16 trophies in three different leagues. Say what you want about him, call him anti-football all you want, but the mans a genius and he delivers exactly what he’s paid to do. Football is all about winning. If it’s not about winning then why do we keep score? Jose knows how to win so I would suggest he’s far from anti-football.

In fifty years time nobodies going to care about the fact that Inter Milan had only 33% possession in the 2010 Champions League Final. All they’ll care about is the fact that Inter won the game 2-0 and they won the trophy with it.

That same logic can be applied to The Arsenal. In years to come nobodies going to care about the fact we played pretty triangle football that went sideways and nobody had a shot. All that will matter is Arsenal went 5 years and counting without a trophy.

For all the signings that Real Madrid made last year, this one tops the lot. To think that they managed to reach 96 points last year and still not win the league is quite amazing, but Jose will give them that extra 20%. Dont be surprised if Real go unbeaten next year and over take the 100 point mark. Which I hope they do because I officially hate Barcelona. They constantly stalk our players year after year and they need a kick in the bollocks.

So where does this leave Arsenal? When I think about what Jose is paid to do it makes  me wonder what Sir Arsene is paid to do. I wont go into too much detail into that one because I think we all know the answer and it’s been talked about until the cows come home, but where’s the excitement at our club now?

We lack so much ambition its untrue. Our ambition does not match the clubs status. The stadium is world class, our youth setup is world class, the foundations of the club are laid and we are regarded as one of Europe’s elite clubs. So why are we happy to just keep doing what we are doing every season? Where’s the extra effort to make that next step to make us the best of the best? That extra 20% that will make us world beaters isn’t there because nobody at the club has the balls to make the call and say spending £20 million on a top player every season will not turn us into Portsmouth or Leeds. Spending £20 million on a top player will not kill a young player because there’s a huge possibility that the young player wont make it in the first place. Cesc is one of the few players the academy has produced that can be argued to be world class and he doesn’t even have the values of the club at heart, he has Barca’s and always has done so whats the point??

It was a big risk moving to the new stadium and Wenger performed miracles but after a while it’s becoming a tad boring being regarded as a selling club and having the vultures circling every season. Picking off our best players because we can’t provide the medals to keep them.

Nobody has a god given right to win a trophy, but all I’m asking for is let us get some heart and soul back into this team and get the fans excited again.

Jose’s teams may not be the prettiest, but he wins the fans hearts by filling their trophy cabinet.

Take my advice Arsene, the fans do not regard 3rd place as a trophy. The fans do not care about making super sums of money every year nor do they care about killing the progress of Fabianski or Denilson. You are in serious danger of ending your legacy on a sour note, so nows the time to put your hands in your pocket and bring something home to give the fans something to shout about. Even if it is just the FA cup.

Give the fans something to get excited about. Do your job as a MANAGER!!

From a must win to a must not lose……

May 9, 2010

Since we clawed ourselves back into contention for a top spot finish we have looked at every game saying ‘its a must win game’ – Here we are now, last match of the season for us and this really is a ‘must not lose game’..

Should we not get at least a draw, we know what the outcome will be and that cannot happen. Not only for the fans but for Arsene Wenger too.

Much has been said by Ivan Gazidis about the club – in August 2009 he said,

‘Our responsibility is to build the Club so that it can be successful, not just this season and next season, but also ten and even twenty years from now’.

Successful – what does that word mean? My thoughts are that it means winning something, you know, like the Premier League or FA Cup, something that means you get to take a piece of silverware back to the club for the trophy cabinet!

It certainly doesn’t mean scrapping about on the last day of the season trying to ensure we get at least one point from our final game just to make sure our neighbours from hell don’t end up above us in the league!

Wenger has had this to say recently, “It is nearly impossible for any player to play the World Cup final on July 11 and be hungry to play again on August 14.

“There’s so much pressure, so much mental time and you need so much recovery time that it’s unfair on the players and, consequently, the clubs.”

Well Mr Wenger, best you get this team motivated today, get them to play with pride for their club and the shirt they wear.

If we don’t get third place our players will be starting the season a little earlier, just imagine if it’s a Spain v Holland final, surely Cesc and Robin wouldn’t play our first few league games, let alone any Champions League qualifiers… It doesn’t bear thinking about does it….

On to the news – Robert Green is one of today’s player linked to us. He has allegedly told West Ham he wants out and hopes that the stunning save he made from van Persie earlier in the season to earn his current club a draw is enough to convince Arsene Wenger to buy him.

Palermo defender Simon Kjaer is another one linked to us, he’s a 6′ 2″ 21-year-old Dane. I can’t see any truth in this one, Citeh, Real Madrid and Manure have all tried to buy him, but failed.

Goodness knows who will turn out in the red and white today to face Fulham, a team full of confidence but hopefully thinking about their next fixture rather than todays. According to some reports, Clichy could return, van Persie and Arshavin are both fit to start Tomas Rosicky, Alex Song and Nicklas Bendtner are still out, as are Denilson, Vermaelen and Almunia.

That leaves us with , Fabianski, Eboue, Sagna, Clichy, Sol, Silvestre, Arshavin, RVP, Walcott, Eastmond, Lansbury, Merida, Djourou, Nasri, Diaby, Gibbs, Traore, Eduardo and Vela…

So, come on Wenger, get it right today with the players you have fit, see if you can find a motivator within yourself and share it with the team, today is day to win, end the season on a positive note and make sure the neighbours play in the Champions League qualifiers, not us…..

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?

Wenger Announces Minimal Signings and Spurs Qualify for CL..

May 6, 2010

After another season that has seen us fail and collapse miserably, Arsenal fans now find their nightmare continues..

Last night we witness the Swamp Dwellers celebrating like they had won a trophy.. Quite pathetic really, but given the quality (or lack of) I guess it’s quite an achievement for them. Its going to be fun watching them crash and burn in the preliminary rounds.

More to the point and what makes it more worrying, is that it shows they are bridging the gap on us. We haven’t improved at all from last year. We’ve lost more games, conceded more goals, been smashed by every big team we’ve faced and have the same points (albeit with one game left) and now the Spuds are right up our backsides. Not only this but we find ourselves in a frightful situation where if we don’t pull our fingers out on Sunday we could lose 3rd place to them.. A month ago people would have laughed at the idea but such is our ‘mental strength’ over the past few games, this is now becoming more and more a reality..They are on a roll and we are in freefall so we can’t rule it out..

To add insult to injury and totally rubbing salt into the wounds. Arsene Wenger has spoken out over the signings he will be making.. According to, Wenger has said all the words we feared..

“I think we have been in the race this year with the team we had. We will be stronger next year just with the internal improvement and with the experience these players will have now. The additions will be minimal but if there are some they have to be really top class.”

Now we all know Wenger likes to blow smoke up everyone’s behinds, but there’s a certain de ja vu about all this..Only a few weeks ago (around season ticket renewal time) Wenger was declaring the financial restraints had been lifted and we could buy the players we need..Now hes using the words “experience”,  “stronger”, “internal improvement” and “minimal signings” all in the same sentence…

After 5 years of the same script we all know whats coming next.. A freebie signing, a couple of 12 year olds and then the words “we couldn’t find anyone” and the window closes…

If Wenger thinks certain players in this team really have improved and we need minimal signings in the summer im afraid to say he’s losing the plot.

Like I say though lets hope it’s all a smokescreen because we really do need fresh faces this summer..We all know Chamakaka is coming, but he’s free so he doesn’t count..The fact he’s free also makes it possible for us to use the money Wenger says we have to sign another player or 5 in key areas, especially a  goalkeeper, which is most certainly a priority..

Its not looking too promising though is it??