Three signings.

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I watched both the games on and off yesterday and when I look at what we have in the Euros, then I think who we don’t have at the Euros, I think we have possibly the best team in the Premiership.

Almunia, I think he may be replaced but if not I won’t be devastated.

Sagna and Clichy are simply the best and were both in the EPL team of the year so were are super strong there, with Eboue and Traore as back up we need no additions at full back.

Kolo and Gallas are again solid, but we need to have four centre backs and Senderos needs replacing, can Nordtveit step up? Not sure but I think he’s too young, Djourou can so that means we need a spare, that spare if good enough can alternate with Kolo and Gallas. So we will need a world class player, shortlist of Meretsacker, Kompany, Mexes, Dunne and Zapata.

Defensive midfield we have Gilberto and Song as replacements for Flamini, for me if Gilberto stays it’s good cover but we need to bring in someone, options are Veloso, Barry, De La Red or YaYa, tough one this as it will involve money, my guess is he won’t replace Flamini, unless he swaps Hleb for YaYa and I doubt that.

Midfield is pretty packed with Rosicky, Cesc, Diaby, Hleb, Walcott, Eboue, Denilson, Barazite, Merida, Randall, Gibbs, Lansbury and Wilshere if the boss is serious about bringing the last six into the first team squad. If Hleb goes, expect Nasri.

Up front we have Adebayor, Van Persie, Bendtner, Vela and Eduardo who will now come back early.

So in theory we are probably looking at 3 signings, defensive midfield, centre back and attacking midfield if Hleb goes, I thought we were three short last term, plus the above that makes six, what would you do?

I think we could do it with just three if these kids can step up and if that’s the case Wenger would have it bang on, so maybe this is the plan and why he’s been quiet.

My team to start the season would be.

Almunia or Frey, Buffon or Given

Sagna – Kolo – Meretsecker – Gallas – Djourou – Clichy – Traore – Eboue

YaYa, Veloso or Barry – Gilberto – Song

Hleb or Nasri – Cesc – Diaby – Rosicky – Diaby – Walcott – Barazite

Adebayor – Van Persie – Vela – Eduardo – Bendtner

Subs:

Randall – Gibbs – Denilson – Song – Wilshere – Lansbury – Merida – Barazite

On paper that squad could win the quadruple and would explain why our wage bill is so high, so my question for Sunday is do we have enough, do we need more? I have to say it does look good… but there again I’ve been banging on for months about spending money.

So I could be a target for the Le Grove haters, but I’m agreeing with the boss today and pumping up the squad so they’d be hard pushed to pick the bones out of that one.

Have a happy Domingo Grovers and enjoy the football!


A question for the Chairman, greedy players or greedy club?

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Let me begin by saying had our club signed a player or two I wouldn’t be writing this, idle thumbs and all that, but listening to comments made this last week when Peter Hill Wood, our chairman, accused footballers of being greedy and said all but 4 of our squad are disloyal, it got me thinking. Is it the player or is it the clubs fault. Is this a clear case of don’t do as I do, do as I say?

A few years ago that same chairman said that Arsenal football club were responsible and understood that parents in particular couldn’t afford to buy their kids new kits every year, so unlike other clubs, they would only replace our kit every 2 years. Good, sensible , loyal and certainly not greedy.

So every other year, we had a new kit, meaning every year there would be a new kit for sale, good compromise and fair on the fans after all it would be boring waiting for two years to see a new kit.

Then they introduced a third kit, which means every year we now have two new kits, so what does that mean?

It means we change our kits every season times two, no difference to anyone else, only being the crafty bastards they are, they’ve done it under the radar, very sneaky Mr Hill Wood.

So last year the home kit remained unchanged, but a new white kit was introduced and the Barca with hoops third kit came in, I’m trying to remember how many times that kit was used, I think I remember once against Blackburn in the worthless cup and once against Seville away in the Champions league, it was probably more, but enough to warrant over £49? I’m not so sure, then of course we have the shorts and the socks to add.

I’m not sure which one, but one of those two kits will disappear this summer, so the shirt is out of date already.

So this year we’ll have a new home kit and a new away one and next season two new away kits and so on, so how different is that Mr Chairman to the players constantly asking for more money? They have the best teachers showing them what greed really is… …you lot.

The other thing you said was, in effect, Arsene Wenger is forced to buy young talents because they are cheap, and would no doubt be grateful to be playing in the first team, cracking message that Pete, boy does that punch all the right buttons for any talent out there, add that to the fact that when they hit 29 (unless they’re French and sulk a lot) they get slung out, any wonder then that Hleb is getting twitchy? he saw how well Gilberto was treated, second top goalscorer and vice captain to bench warmer in 3 months, hero to zero. mmh, I think I’ll stay for another 4 years, I’ll be 31 and captain… …I think not.

This brings me onto Diarra, we said here on Le Grove in December, don’t sell Diarra, let him rot in the stiffs, then in January when it became apparent that he would be sold we said, don’t sell him to Harry, loan him, as he’ll be worth double that at the end of the season, what happened? We sold him for £5.5 million and surprise, surprise, Tottenham have now offered £10 million. Harry of course will bite his hand off.

We seem to be a sugar daddy to Portsmouth these days, is it because Harry is a Gooner?

My question is sir, who makes these decisions? Christ you are supposed to be running a world class football club and you make errors that any idiot could tell you were unbelievably dumb, we told you time and again and we get berated by the AKB’s for daring to question your wisdom. Some wisdom!

You build a stadium that we can’t get out of after a match and on a cold night at a midweek Champions league game that’s a real bastard, I know a lot of blog authors don’t live anywhere near London and don’t actually go to Arsenal games, so don’t understand leaving early or why, but many on this site do attend, so why did you not give the Mayor of London the £10 million you promised him to put escalators in Holloway road tube station? Do you have any idea how long it takes people to get home? I bet it doesn’t take you long and I bet you don’t go to Arsenal station either, so why would you care a monkeys about our journey?

I stay in the ground for 45 minutes to let the crowds go and I still have to queue for 20 minutes to get a train.

Finally we know the stadium is being paid for out of property sales, sponsorship and matchday income, so at the very least we have the £30 mil we get from the Sky, plus the EPL and Champions league money so we have at least £50 million, we were told we have £70 million later revised to £25 million and we can’t even spend that, why is it so difficult Peter?

Thing is the players and directors can afford all these little luxuries, but the average fan, the working class man or women can’t, especially in this climate.

Please come on here and explain the above to your fans, we know you read our site. We support our board, the manager and we certainly support the club, but sometimes we just don’t understand the strange decisions.

I look forward to seeing you in the comments section, or email me and I’ll publish it.

Have a great weekend Grovers and enjoy the Euros, we may just buy some of the players on show, if of course we can afford them.

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Exclusive: Giant German wants to sign for Arsenal!

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Sorry for the misleading headline, I just wanted to get you here…

Just kidding.

Thanks to the vigilant blogger who goes by the name of Gooner02… we have our first decent defender link of the summer!

Per Mertesacker, the 6ft 6 German international defender has revealed on his own personal website that his dream club is Arsenal, don’t believe me?

‘Arsenal ist mein Lieblingsverein in England. Es ist sicherlich ein Traum, dort mal zu spielen.’

Don’t speak German? Buffoons! Here’s a translation.

‘Arsenal is my favourite club in England. It is certainly a dream to play there some time. ‘

I like the cut of this boys jib!

What did you think when you heard about Cashley and Jermaine?

Anyway, that is good news right? He is what we need? A beast in the air, a German international (43 caps), Champions league experience, 23 years old, played 41 games last season… sign him up Arsene, you’ll love him! Look at his hobbies for Christ sake!

‘If I have spare time, then I go to the cinema. I like to meet with friends.’

Isn’t that sweet? Can you imagine John Terry’s hobby list reading like that?

We don’t need Zapata, he’s the same size as what we have, we need an animal in there, also we need players that want to come, Villa and now this boy, not little shits we have to beg, like you know who, don’t get me wrong, I rate Nasri, but we are Arsenal and shouldn’t have to beg anyone.

We seem to be entering into a period of player power, Hleb, Henry and now Ronaldo, they want to go, and they get their wish, we need to clamp down on this, before it kills the game.

Anyway on the subject of Germans and all that is German, how about this for interesting.

  • The Germans have the most profitable league in the world. Fact.
  • The Bundesliga has the most players going to Euro 2008. Fact.
  • Bayern Munich spent a shed load of money in the summer to get back to the top, and it worked. Fact.

Do you know what else Bayern do? They fuse corporate with hardcore. No I don’t mean a sophisticated porn movie, I am talking about fans.

Arsenal, take note.

The average season ticket in Germany costs 600 Euros, very affordable to most middle class people. The Germans though, understand that a lot of football fans are working class, so they subsidise their certain tickets and put them in the ‘Hardcore’ end of the ground (Behind the goals). The reduced rate of the ticket is subsidised by the corporate companies who sign up for hospitality.

What a good idea! Corporates, families and working class fans all getting along at a successful club!

Could that work at Arsenal? Could this format ‘Bring back the noise’?

Let me know in the comments section!

Happy Friday Grovers!

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