Lets Just Play The kids??

July 27, 2010

In preparation for the worst case scenario this transfer window, I’ve convinced myself that Arsenal won’t be signing anybody else of real note.

If we don’t there is going to be serious implications for this years title charge. I don’t see how we can go into this season weaker than what we were last season and expect to do any better.

I still think we have 3 problem positions

The goalkeeper needs a shake up..Both Almunia and Fabianski have failed in their auditions to hold down the number 1 jersey so we need to change it. Almunias not a bad keeper, but makes way too many mistakes throughout the season to be seriously considered our number one anymore. Fabianski’s performances on the other hand make us wish Almunia was back between the sticks and that says it all really..

The solution is not Schwarzer. Has the situation got so bad that we are wanting to sign another average player? If we want to improve the situation then a ‘stop gap’ is not the answer. Schwartzer is no better than Almunia and we need to stop all this ‘short term solution’ talk.

If Chesney really is the answer and everyone thinks he will be number 1 in a years time then he’s ready now. Forget Schwartzer. If we aren’t going for the likes of Hart, Akinfeev, Lloris etc then lets not waste our time on anymore duds. Lets give the other squad members a chance. Put Chesney in goal, tell him hes number 1 and keep him there all season. Like I said I think Almunia and Fabianski have had enough chances, give someone else a go..

I think the likes of Denilson and Diaby have also had too long. Denilson just isn’t a strong dominant midfielder. He lacks every attribute a player in his role needs and he’s not taken his chance. When the play is in front of him and he can see everything he does ok, but once the play is stretched and goes end to end he looks lost. The game (and the refs) just pass by him. Diaby on the other hand has the attributes of a midfield monster, but you could shine a torch in one ear and see the light in the other..Theres nothing there. He lacks application and fire in his belly and that’s something that can’t be taught.

Again, if we are not looking to replace these players and invest in some top quality, then promote from within and give someone else a go.

Frimpong, JET and Wilshire are all rated highly and have played well in the youth teams. I’d much prefer Wenger to use these players more and tell Denilson and Diaby to take a seat on the bench..They are not good enough. They’ve had more than enough chances and its time for a change

I don’t have much to say on the CB issue..Although I’ve convinced myself they’ll be no more signings, I desperately want to see a top quality CB brought in.

Gallas was one of our best players last year. He was our best defender and they are big shoes to fill. I don’t think Kos is the answer and I don’t think there’s anyone we can promote to replace him. He needs replacing like for like but that will cost money and that’s what worries me.

Other than the CB position, I think we may just have the answer to our other problems already at the club. They just need the chance the others have got.

If the kids have got talent, then lets see it.

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Taxi for Henry!!

June 23, 2010

And Diaby, Clichy and Sagna, taxi to the airport of course to catch their early flight home from what can only be described as a total embarrassment. Not all down to the players I know, a lot has to do with the dreadful management team. To turn up at a World Cup in such disarray is dreadful, just dreadful!

As an Arsenal fan, I feel sorry for the current players who represent France and Arsenal but by the time I finish writing this post, that feeling of sorry will be gone. These players, if they remain with Arsenal for the coming season will now get a good rest and be fit hopefully for our new season, that to me is what really matters.

Henry, yes its a sad way for him to bow out of  ‘top’ international football, but I guess what goes around comes around and maybe fate took over. The French should never have qualified should they…… It’s a shame really, this for Henry should have been all glitter and glory in what is surely his final World Cup, he has given so much to club and country over the years he should be waving goodbye to international football with his head held high. Instead, he has to read about how he cheated to get France to South Africa and how he is to blame for the ay the French campaign has gone.

One of the best strikers France has ever had has been on the bench for most of the competition and will now fade away as subtly as the sun goes down at night….

He deserves a better ending….

This is the only way I will remember the great man, not as being French but as being Mr Arsenal while he was with us and we know that our club will always hold the greatest love in his heart….

Henry the winner….

Henry saying bye bye…… 😦

Moving on, with a tear in my eye, anyone who wanted Wenger to get Gourcuff to replace our current captain if he leaves needs to re-think, he has been woeful and today his sending off completed what has been a dreadful World Cup – but then, didn’t Wenger say that he won’t judge a player over four weeks? What about just over a week Arsene, you seen enough to put you off?

I’m really disappointed for the South African side, they huffed and puffed and nearly blew the French House down by the goal tally they needed to go through. At least they can hold their heads up and be proud for the way they have conducted themselves.

From one team in a shamble to another, tonight it’s do or die time for England. They may not have cheated in order to qualify but the off field antics haven’t been good either. The  only difference is, I really want England to qualify. Not because I am English, it’s because not one member of the England squad plays for Arsenal so the longer they stay in South Africa, the more the players use up their energy. Then I hope they start the new season, knackered, burned out and maybe even a little bit crocked.

So, Come on England, go woop that side you are up against this afternoon, I’ll be cheering loud and proud, or watching a
re-run of Loose Women 😉 Maybe a spot of tennis at Wimbledon would be easier on the eye……

Oh well, that’s it, short and sour today 😉

Have a good day all and lets hope the new boy gets announced today….


I hope Diaby shines, his price will go up!!!

June 12, 2010

First off I’ll tell you what my thoughts are and I know you won’t agree…..

The player once dubbed ‘The New Vieira’ is nothing like the old Paddy we know, love and miss so desperately in the centre of our midfield. Diaby does bare some resemblance though, but in stature only. During a few of our games he has shone, during others he has been lost in my opinion. I don’t think he knows if he’s Arthur or Martha in the world of football. 

Why oh why can’t Diaby get his brain and feet to work together in the same game. Why does he bomb forward like a headless chicken but not realise when danger looms, why can he not at that time play the pass just at the right time to prevent him losing the ball???? WHY?

It’s clear to see he has the ability and at 24 years old, should he not be playing so much better and more consistently than he does??

Right now I wouldn’t be sorry to see him leave but will this World Cup change my mind and maybe the minds of others?

Will the manager of France play Abou in the position he is best played in, in fact, will he play him much at all?

Is the way Diaby performs down to where he is being asked to play??

Who is he then? Why did our boss go and buy him??

Born in Aubervilliers, a little place near to the capital of France he started out playing for football for his home town’s side. He was soon snapped up by a local semi-professional side, Red Star Paris. All before he was thirteen years old. At the same age, he moved to his first ‘big club’, signing a youth contract with Paris St-Germain.

Whilst playing for the Paris based club, he got some extra tuition at the Clairefontaine Academy… Some may even say he should go back there 🙂

In 2002, things changed, he signed for Auxerre and helped win the under 16’s the national championship the same year – his then coach Christian Henna, described him as a “very good technician, elegant, quick”.

Diaby signed as a professional at Auxerre in the 2004/5 season and played in seven matches the following season and six in the first half of 2005–06. His first match for Auxerre’s first team came as a last-minute substitute against Rennes on 14 August 2004.

2004, Abou Diaby’s first ‘real’ game in the big mans world, he was just eighteen years old……

Two years later, Diaby now being twenty years old, Chelsea came a calling…. He said thanks, but no thanks, to the money bags football club in London. Instead, he signed for the red and white of Arsenal….

I should love him more than I do, just for that….:)

On 1 April 2006, Diaby came off the bench to score his first goal for us in the 5–0 thrashing of Aston Villa, after being set-up by fellow Arsenal newcomer Emmanuel Adebayor. The following month, Diaby suffered a broken leg and a dislocated ankle during the game at Sunderland..

January 2007, Diaby made his return. He was a late substitute in the 6-3 drubbing of the dippers in the League Cup… December 2007 he scored in the Champions League and again the following season in the same competition, again against the dippers. His first Premiership goal came during the following season against Aston Villa and to be fair, he’s often popped up with the odd goal or two….

Last season, Diaby started life on the bench but was soon asked by the boss to play on the left side of midfield in the new 4-3-3 formation but his natural position is as a box-to-box central midfielder, who is said to be ‘adept’ in both attack and defence.

‘Central midfielder’ – why is he played on the left?? Why did Arsene Wenger look at a central midfielder and then persist on playing him out wide???

Yes, he plays for France, if their manager was not Domenech I might think differently, but right now he seems to be on a one man crusade to destroy the French National Football team….

So, Is Abou Diaby good enough to be in our first team? Is he just a squad player? OR, is he best just sold and let another club worry about it??


Vela, Diaby, Gallas, Clichy and Sagna, oh, and Wenger….

June 11, 2010

 So the World Cup finally kicks off later today…

First up its South Africa v’s Mexico and we should see our own Carlos Vela during the opening game up against the hosts.Following that, France play Uruguay, so more Arsenal interest as Gallas, Sagna, Clichy and Diaby could all be involved at some stage.

Its seems Gallas is off so I’m not really interested in how he performs to be honest but the others are all 99% sure to be playing in the red and white of Arsenal next season so interest for us Gooners will be high.Vela and Diaby are the ones for me who need a great tournament. Vela has to convince Arsene Wenger that he should be playing more next season, Diaby still has a few fans to win over so he will be out to prove a point when he plays. Personally, I shan’t hold my breath on the latter, I’m one of a few who hope he plays well and adds an extra few million to his price tag. Wenger rates him highly though so he’ll be staying so good luck Diaby, go out there and convince any doubters that you defend, you can learn when to pass and that your brain and feet can work together. I think with Clichy and Sagna, you know just what you’ll get, solid defending and poor crosses 😉

One other Frenchman we will all be keeping a close eye on no doubt is Yoan Gourcuff. Many an Arsenal fan see this man as the ideal player to fill any void that could be left in our midfield should ‘you know who’ move on in his career. Now at least we can all get to see him play in a few games. I think the French are in for a tough game tonight and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Uruguay win.

Arsene Wenger is also in South Africa, no doubt commentating for a French television/radio channel and earning a few extra pennies along the way. I guess we can disregard any chance of new faces being signed whilst he is at the World Cup, he doesn’t seem the kind of man to leave this to someone else, well not since David Dein left anyway…

What I don’t get though is why has Arsene Wenger gone to the World Cup, I bet we don’t see old Red Nose there, ‘Arry or Ancelotti, or many other top managers, no, they no doubt will be either having a break from football, or sorting out their new signings before having their break.

Why isn’t Arsene Wenger doing the same for Arsenal? He said he would make our signings before the World Cup began, well forgive me, it has and we still have only signed Chamakh…..

I know there’s plenty of time after the competition ends to sign players, but we then begin pre-season training.
Shouldn’t these new players need to be involved in the training, get to know their teammates, learn the ‘Wenger Way’??

What do I know, eh!! Maybe the deals are all done and dusted, he just want to keep us all in suspense!! If he is, it sure is working!

That’s it, not much gossip around to spread around, so just enjoy the opening ceremony and football later and lets hope for a great tournament.

Good luck to which ever country you are cheering on….  For me, despite flying the flag of St George at home, I can’t wait to see the Dutch!!

I’m going for a Uruguay and Mexico win


Cesc Buying Out His Contract And Will The Real Number 10 Please Stand Up.

June 5, 2010

With the ‘Cesc to Barca’ story dragging out and becoming as boring and ridiculous as the ‘who killed Archie’ storyline in Eastenders, rumours have now circulated that Cesc may seek to buy out his contract in order to make his dream move. Apparently Cesc has become stressed by the lack of progression. Naughty Sir Wenger won’t let his hottest property join those darling angels from Barca, for nothing more than a packet of peanuts and a curly wurly and is looking to do a ‘Hleb’ or a ‘Webster’ if we want to use the correct terminology.

This would mean Cesc coughing up roughly in the region of £30 mil, which coincidently is the same as what the Stains value him at. In theory, Barca give Cesc the £30 mil, he in turn gives it to us and everyone’s a winner. In practice this is bullshit.

For a few reasons..

Firstly, I don’t think Cesc would do that to us, nor to Wenger. He may have Barca DNA but he’s not brought up that way, he was brought up the Arsenal way. The classy way. His recent comments suggest this;

“I will say only one thing – I have got massive respect for Arsene Wenger, Arsenal football club and the Arsenal fans. Even in my own house I have not felt as loved as I have at Arsenal. I had a long conversation with Arsene and it was the greatest [longest] conversation I have had with anyone in my life. I respect him, so, so much and I don’t want to say anything more. Wenger said to leave it in his hands and he will deal with whatever happens in the future. It is now all about Arsenal – it is not in my hands. Now I just wait: it is up to Arsenal. Right now all I am thinking about is the World Cup: everything else is the future and I am not going to say anything else.”

Which is basically translated into; I love Barca and I would love to join them, but Arsenal hold all the cards and I will do as I’m told as I have love for them also..

Secondly and more importantly (as loyalty is rarely seen in football to make the first point concrete) Article 17 of FIFA’s Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players is entitled “Consequences of Terminating a Contract Without Just Cause”, and is the fifth article of Chapter IV, “Maintenance of Contractual Stability between Professionals and Clubs”. It outlines the provisions which apply if a contract is terminated without just cause, and the requirement for the party in breach to pay compensation. Specifically, it states that any player who signed a contract before the age of 28 can buy himself out of the contract three years after the deal was signed. If he is 28 or older the time limit is shortened to two years.

Cesc signed an eight year deal in 2006, keeping him with us until 2014, which technically means he falls under the Hleb Webster Clause. Or so we thought, until a club atatement blew Barca out of the water with this classy statement.

“Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is under contract with the Club until the summer of 2015. He is a highly-valued member of the team and part of our future plans. We have followed recent speculation linking Cesc with a move away from the Club but as there has never been any official approach for him, only two informal exchanges, in which we made it abundantly clear that we have no interest in transferring Cesc, we have refrained from publicly passing comment. However, yesterday evening we received an offer from Barcelona for Cesc and in response, we immediately and resolutely told them once again that we have no intention of selling our captain. To be clear, we will not make any kind of counterproposal or enter into any discussion. Barcelona have publicly stated that they will respect our position and we expect that they will keep their word.”

 
Which is basically translated into; I don’t care if Cesc has the Barca badge tattooed on is arse, he’s an Arsenal player and £30 mil wouldn’t buy his right leg so get f*cked..

The key part of that statement for me is the fact it specifically said Cesc was contracted until 2015..Cesc signed an extension to his contract last summer which means he’s only one year into his current deal, not the four years everyone seems to think that puts him in the Hleb Webster category..

Wenger gets a lot of flack sometimes for giving his young players new deals every 18-24 months, we all want to know why we are giving players new deals when they are only two minutes into a 100 year contract but by doing this Sir Wenger is stopping them from getting past year three and getting picked off by the vultures for a bag of peanuts and a curly wurly.

Cesc isn’t going anyhere..Not for £30mil anyway!! We still hold all the cards, morally and legally..

Onto the next topic

I never understood why when Gallas signed he was given the number 10 shirt. It frustrates the hell out me when i see players like Gallas wearing 10 and Diaby wearing 2.. Whats all that about?? I always had the theory that Wenger didn’t want to put any pressure on any of his strikers by giving them the IceMans old number, so he gave it to a defender. Call me old fashioned if you like, but its like a pet hate that defenders wear attackers jerseys and attackers wear defenders.

With Gallas technically not with the club anymore I wondered who will get the oh so sacred Number 10. Will Wenger promote from within and maybe Arshavin gets it? Or will we see a nice new quality player like a Gourcuff, a Van Der Vaart or even a Joe Cole donning the famous number??

Whatever happens no team is complete or looks right without a Number 10, so I hope Wenger doesnt retire it.


Great Spirit!! Which game was that then boss??

May 13, 2010

 

“When you’re as close to a trophy and you don’t do it, it’s disappointing but overall if you look back over the season, I am proud of our attitude and spirit.

“Unfortunately we got injuries in the final sprint of the season and it was a bit too much.

“This season has shown that we have quality, spirit and we have also discovered players who have made massive improvements so there is a very strong basis to do extremely well.

“Not a lot is needed when you come as close as we did this year having lost the big games. I think we have a massive chance to come back and win it. Let’s be consistent, come back next year and be even stronger.”

That’s how Wenger has summed up our season….

Eleven points Arsene, not one, two or three, eleven points behind the league winners is how we finished and you say we showed great spirit and attitude…

What utter garbage, where was the spirit and attitude at Wigan and Sunderland, Blackburn, Stoke and Citeh, not to mention down the road at the swampies ground?? What about the home games against the Chavs and Mancs?

Great spirit and attitude doesn’t get us rolled over on our own turf so very easily does it?? In the games against those who finished above us we were poor, very poor, in fact rather than show spirit we were more like a ghost the way they brushed through our defence!! I mean the whole defensive unit within that comment…

I don’t often expect us to go to Old Trafford and win, nor do I expect a win at Stamford Bridge, but surely we expect the team to give its all and compete, don’t we??

Well we didn’t!!

So, if Arsene Wenger thinks just one defender will solve our defensive problems then he really has gone off the boil… I just hope and pray its mind games to keep the vultures away from his two defensive targets, somehow though I think he is truthing…

If that’s the case, we are in for the same kind of season ahead, albeit it could get worse. Sure as heck those around us will spend and if we aren’t careful, we will be left well behind!!

One defender is far from enough Arsene Wenger….. Far from enough!!

We need two defenders, a good/great goal keeper and another Alex Song… Add them to Chamakh and we may just win something next season!!

Talking of Alex Song, here is a player who has been our rock in midfield alongside Captain Creative, but still he isn’t happy. Song now wants to start scoring goals – now there’s a man who isn’t prepared to sit back on his laurels…….

Finally, well done to the ladies, they finished their season off in style with a 3-0 win at home, maybe Wenger should draft a few into the first team 🙂

Have a good day all….


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….