So I had a ring around some of the people I know who work with or closely round the club just to pick up the vibe around the club.
First is the good news that JD’s tweet about him being back for the Liverpool game is still well on track, there might also be good news on the Chezzer front, I’ve heard that he could be around in 2-3 weeks time so we won’t have to suffer the incompetence of Almunia much longer.
It was interesting that people who work with the club are all thinking the same things we are. Why was Andrey taken of yesterday was as perplexing to the backroom staff and the players as it was to the rest of us. One poor back heel by the Russian and he was removed. He’s one of the biggest threats on the pitch and he was playing pretty well. Why take off a direct player who will have a shot? Why not be bold and take Alex Song off who was absolutely dire again. Has he got the right attitude to be playing at Arsenal? He was heard moaning about his knee after the game, could this be the last we see of him this year? It wouldn’t surprise me.
Is he good enough for Arsenal? Is he really that technically superior? Do we really think he compares to other players we’ve had in his position, or do we convince ourselves that becuase he wears an Arsenal shirt he’s the best technical thing since french toast? In my opinion his sloppy passing, ill-diciplined positioning and his lack of mobility really weigh against him. Look at United, they have players like Fletcher who isn’t that talented, but he wears his heart on his sleeve and does a good job. Wouldn’t we be better off just flogging the Cameroonian for £20million and investing in a player who cares?
Here’s a little snippet for you, according to what I’ve heard a certain Brazillian turned up late to preseason after an extended stay in his homeland, shortly after returning to training he picked up an injury. Abou Diaby returned to preseason and also picked up an ‘injury’. Alex Song played a couple of game and also picked up an ‘injury’.
Now, is it a surprise that three players who have disappointed this season on many levels all picked up injuries during preseason. It’s not for me. Their hearts aren’t in it and there lies your problem.
Something I was actually corrected on yesterday was my observation about paying young kids loads of money. That’s not the problem, a player like Miquel earns around £5k a week, not quite as high as I thought. The problem is that we pay average players more than their market worth. When Arsene Wenger started out, he got the best out of the old guard, brought in super talent and rescued top talent that had a point to prove. Now he’s just fattening up average players pay packets to ensure loyalty and dressing room balance.
Why are these players earning such huge sums of money when we could be paying top players who want to impress the same and getting more out of them?
Here is some staggering maths for you.
|Diaby||£ 3,120,000.00||£ 11,000,000.00|
|Denilson||£ 2,080,000.00||£ 8,000,000.00|
|Bendtner||£ 2,600,000.00||£ 15,000,000.00|
|Rosicky||£ 3,120,000.00||£ 4,000,000.00|
|Eboue||£ 2,080,000.00||£ 8,000,000.00|
|Song||£ 3,120,000.00||£ 20,000,000.00|
|Total||£ 16,120,000.00||£ 66,000,000.00|
|Transfer Budget||£ 82,120,000.00|
Factor in that Arsene Wenger already has a reported £40million at his disposal and we could potentially have an April Fools war chest at our disposal. We could go out and sign Cahill, Muntari and a Benzema type striker without batting an eye lid. We could seriously consider signing an Eden Hazard or perhaps look at Ashley Young who won’t go for £20million as he’s entering the final year of his contract. There are a number of options we could exploit just by shifting out the players who clearly don’t have Arsenal in their hearts.
Interesting that John Jensen was in the cab with @dangerous_tlc on Saturday night. He’s working with Blackburn Rovers and he confirmed that Arsenal did bid for Jones during the January window (Jensen believes he is top top talent). He also believes Hoilett is the real deal and he wouldn’t be surprised if Arsenal come sniffing in the summer. Apparently a very genuine guy, just with less hair!
Finally, before I go, Vermaelen’s career is not under threat, 100% guaranteed or the transfer fee back.
All the above was written by Pedro, that may surprise you, this next bit is on me so enjoy!
Arsene has finally done what no amount of provocation from opposing fans, shite referees and nasty bastardos like Wayne Rooney ever could, he has Arsenal fans fighting themselves, no I don’t mean disagreeing, I mean fighting and drawing blood, Arsene, I hope you are proud of yourself, another first to put in your fresh air trophy cabinet, you and your mentally ill policies have finally turned fare paying Arsenal customers against each other.
I warned you last season and the season before that your nutty project youth policy would destroy your legacy, so change, or go, well this season you added shocking tactics and dreadful in-action in the transfer market to that and it’s got your own fans taking lumps out of each other, and in all my years of supporting Arsenal, that’s a first.
You could have got a top keeper, a decent centre back, a proper DM and someone who could score goals, what did you do? You got Chamakh on a free, kept faith in Bendtner, Rosicky, Diaby, Denilson, Song and Almunia, got the worst centre back since Stepanovs for £5mil and rewarded all the crap players with extended contracts, you bought another bunch of 16 year olds and you loaned out 18 players.
How can any team in the world justify loaning out 18 players? It’s madness, especially when maybe only 2 will probably ever see first team football. You have really messed up this time.
We drew with Sunderland and City spanked them 5nil, we drew with 10 man Blackburn and showed all the fire and mental strength I would expect from your team of overpaid chokers, which was none. Now it appears it’s the fixture list’s fault!
You have surrounded yourself with yes men, you have the stadium adorned with pictures and words about yourself, you won’t allow your backroom staff to let rip at the players inept performances, you have your voice on the phone answering systems, you think this is your club, it’s not Arsene, it’s ours.
I’ll have money that all those brave men at Arsenal that suck up to you all talk behind your back and laugh at you, beware the ides of March, or in this case, April!
We will end the season with jack shite again, which makes 7 years without a title and 8 years before we have the chance to win one again, and that would be Ok if you weren’t earning £7mil a year, the players wage bill wasn’t the 4th highest in the EPL and we weren’t paying more than any other fans in world football, and to top it all we have a civil war going on in our shiny new ground.
David Dein, if you’re reading, come back, get Usmanov to buy up Nina’s shares and save us from the mess you created, your football club needs you.
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