The Transfer Market Myth And Koscielny Will Be Our Only CB Signing.

July 11, 2010

Dont you just hate it when you’re in the middle of a debate over the signing of players and somebody resorts to the ‘This is not Championship manager’ line? As much as it irritates me it really does make me giggle..Are these people for real?

Now I know that its only a game but wanting Wenger to sign players isn’t living in a false world as some people try to make out..Its wanting Wenger to use that cunning little device that has been part and parcel of football for years called the transfer market..

Now for those of you who didn’t know, the transfer market is something that has existed in football a long time and not just in a computer game..Amazing isn’t it? It’s where all the managers get their heads together and decide who’s for sale and who isn’t and for the right money you can take another teams best players..They even have set times for transfers called the window. These windows happen in the summer and in the new year and managers love them because it means they can strengthen their squad..

I’m sorry, but wanting Wenger to spend £30 million on new players is not playing a game, nor will it turn us into Leeds or Portsmouth. The transfer window is not a myth and for a club that makes profits like we do, using it to our advantage from time to time would not be living in a fantasy world..

Which brings me onto my next point, transfers..

Does anyone else think that after signing Koscielny, Wenger wont be looking to sign another CB? After almost certainly losing 4 CB’s on free transfers, most fans I know wanted us to sign a minimum of 2 CB’s. One for back up and one major signing to make the fans drool. I was hoping that Koscielny would be the back up and a household name would follow him through the door and be Vermalaen’s partner next season. Although Wenger has stated recently that we are looking at another defensive player, I believe it wont be a CB and Kos is our lot..

What gives it away is the fact he has been given the number 6 jersey means Wenger sees him as more than just back up. He will be TV’s partner next season and with TV, Kos, JD, Song, Bartley and Nordtveit, Wenger will see it that he has enough. Kos to replace Gallas and Bartley and Nordtveit promoted from within to replace Sol and Fishface..

If Wenger had eyes for a more well-known CB to be first choice then why give Kos the 6 jersey and not the other guy? We wont see another CB and if we do he wont be better than Kos.

Whether he’s good enough I guess we wont know until we see him play, but I’m not happy about the prospect of seeing another unknown with potential filling a vital position in our squad..

Its world cup final day today guys so lets cheer RvP’s boys on and hope once its all over Wenger pulls his socks up and sorts the squad out before pre season begins..

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Saga draws to a close, no thanks SWP and it will be Wengers fault!

July 9, 2010

Come Monday morning this World Cup saga will be over, either Cesc or Robin will begin the new season as World Cup winners, I sure hope it’s Robin, at least he’s contributed to Holland’s results, unlike our current captain of course who sadly has had to watch from the bench for most of his time in South Africa.

The main reason I can’t wait to see the back of this competition is we finally get to hear from our captain, but secondly and maybe more importantly, Arsene Wenger will be back doing his day job for Arsenal.

We know we already have Chamakh and Kos but this could be the time that the transfer window comes alive.

Pre-season soon begins and clubs will want any new boys to be involved early, ready to begin the new season with players fit  and used to their new team mates.

It will be exciting and interesting to see where the players like Ozil, Honda, Mertesacker and Schweinsteiger all end up, they may of course just stay where they are if their happy. These players are just a few who have shone during this competition and speculation will go into crazy mode.

I’d be happy, very happy if German pair Bastian Schweinsteiger and Per Mertesacker were signed by Wenger. What would they cost together, £40-50M, I’d say that would be money very well spent. Add to that Schwarzer and I think we are complete. Give me the cheque book Arsene, I’ll go and sort them out….

On to rumours, more silly rumours – suggestions are that we are in a battle with others to sign ex legend Ian Wright’s son, well we don’t need him and surely we don’t want him. He is a City cast off who was dreadful at the World Cup. Not to be able to shine amongst that shower of s***e says it all, he’s finished, he probably was from the day he signed for Chelsea. He left City for money then after gathering splinters he went grovelling back to a club that made him a darn good player, what has he done for them since??

In any case, we have enough tiny tots in our side, we need beasts, not tiddlers…

Talking of tiddlers, Stéphane Sessegnon is again linked with us and a host of other clubs. He’s reported to be in advanced talks with a Premier League club and his move away from PSG will be announced over the next few days. Prior to signing for PSG, he was with Le Mans and his position was holding midfielder. At only 5’8″ tall I can’t see him being signed by Wenger, can you??

The real good news though is yesterday Arsene Wenger said that our summer spending is not over and we are looking for another defender, mme, me thinks it’s not just a defender either, I am beginning to have even more hope now…

Couple of others linked to us again, Benfica’s Rafik Halliche who is valued at £4M and yesterday, the rumours about Melo gathered pace after reports in Italy suggest Juve hope for a swap with Clichy. Not sure on that one myself, is Gibbs ready to take over the LB position full-time, maybe he is?  Fabio Capello has made it quite clear that many a youth player will now get a chance to play for England so why not?.

Gibbs, Wilshere and Walcott could all very well be involved in Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, now that would make me pay a bit more attention to the television when England play…. Then just look at the other young English players in our reserves and youth, it could soon be Arsenal playing in the Euro and World Cup……

Even then though, were we to get all the way through the competition, only to be beaten in the final, it would still be Arsene Wengers fault 😉


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

June 24, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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….


‘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 afc.com 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 🙂


Has Wenger got it right?

June 19, 2010

I’m one of the first to admit I’ve been critical of our wiley old boss over the last two or three seasons and for many different reasons – lack of depth/strength in our squad, standing by players like Diaby, Denilson and Silvestre, poor team selection and substitutions, the list goes on. Most of this comes from frustration having been beaten by Wigan, Spuds or even Sunderland, all games which I feel we should be winning..

At the end of the season, Wenger said something along these lines in relation to any possible incoming transfer targets.

‘I won’t buy a player on a World Cup performance, I want a player who can perform for the whole season and not just for four weeks’ (It’s not word for word, but it’s near enough)

Well Mr Wenger, I think you are spot on with your views and we fans should be glad he’s not judging any player over the next three weeks… Just look what has happened over the last week and a few of the players many of us were crying out for the boss to sign:-

France – Gourcuff, Toulalan
Holland- van der Vaart
Germany – Mertesacker
Serbia – Subotic
Cameroon – M’bia
Brazil – Melo
Australia – Schwarzer

The above are just a few of the ‘big’ names linked to us over the last few weeks and like me, I bet many fans have been waiting for the World Cup to begin so they can get a good look at players with their own eyes and not just through a few youtube clips..

Not long ago, when the rumours about Cesc Fabregas gathered great pace, Peter Hill-Wood said that any money generated from sales would be all Arsene Wenger’s to spend. In panic, like everyone else, I started thinking about who is there out there who could fill our captains boots? Reality is, there isn’t anyone, but the name Yoann Gourcuff started to do the rounds (I blame JonJon for that 😉 )

After a few youtube clips, I convinced myself he was the man, however…….

Having watched France draw on the opening day and lose to Mexico on Thursday, right now I can honestly say that the only thing Arsenal could do worse than buying a player from the French team right now, is sacking Arsene Wenger and appointing Raymond Domenech – seriously, they have been poor but Avenell raised that subject yesterday so I won’t harp on.

Holland didn’t exactly set the world alight either, but they are the side I can watch with ease, a bit like watching Arsenal. They have talent and experience all over the pitch and during the opening game, van der Vaart looked pretty good, could have easily got himself on the score sheet – I’m going to keep my eye on him as I think he may be one of the few to impress all the way through the tournament, as will Holland (my fav’s to win)

Germany, they had a storming 4-0 start, yes, not against the strongest opposition and after Cahill got sent off the score could have gone into double figures. Blimey i thought, go on Arsene, go get a couple of this big strong talented German guys – next game they get thrashed 1-0 by Serbia and referee called, A Undiano Mallenco. Dreadful game, dreadful refereeing but Germany were poor.

Did Subotic or Mertesacker do enough during yesterdays game to make you wish we would sign them?

Cameroon – Without our man Song, they lost, M’bia needs to be watched again. The same can be said of Melo, Brazil won but they made it look like hard work against North Korea….

So – my point is, we get linked to many players, many are involved in the World Cup, many aren’t. All I know right now is that those involved in South Africa over the last week have really failed to impress so far. Maybe they don’t need to, maybe they just want to start slowly and build up as the tournament progresses. Sadly though, as we will soon see, the latter only gets you an early flight home.

Arsene Wenger is right, not only about a player who ‘can perform for four weeks’, but what about players who ‘can’t perform for four weeks’.

A good, solid, steady player performs all season, not just for a World Cup, but including a World Cup.

A big named player gets you a big named player, but maybe a player who is desperate to break into the side of his country is a player who will fight harder, play better and not take his place for granted, he’ll also cost a lot less money…

Talking of which, it seems Laurent Koscielny will soon be our second signing, he’s obviously done enough to impress Arsenal. If he’s as good a signing Vermaelen has proved to be, I’ll be very happy….

It’s not all about ‘who’ the player is, it’s about ‘what’ the player is about. Maybe I’m just starting to understand the philosophy behind Arsene Wenger and his transfer policy… And there was me thinking he’s just been a tight old bugger 🙂


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..