Spahic, Sakho, Mexes, Zapata, Reina and Given... When will it end?

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Arsenal are once again being linked to a number of players, when will we realise that we are a big team and we need big players? Given I like, but I would have liked him 2 years ago, he will still be a good signing until Chezzer is ready, but will he admit that what we have is not good enough, going after Shwarzer has already told our keepers they aren't good enough, what that has done to their already fragile confidence is beyond me, but even when we had the impressive young Pole in for the second half our defence still wasn't good enough.

We need a tried and tested big centre back, not an ageing Bosnian that plays for a rubbish French side, Sakho I would have, Meretsacker I would have, Cahill I would have, I would even have Mexes or Zapata, but I sure hope we get someone, Koscielny is very similar to Vermaelen and a good buy, but not good enough to line up alongside him. Djourou is a crock and although I like him, I'm not sure he will make it.

Going forward we are as good as anyone, but defence has been our problem for the last 4 years and we don't appear to have done anything about it, again.

We have Diaby, Song and Denilson that haven't played one game in pre-season and that's a worry, I don't want to go into another season wobbling at the start, we still have time and I really hope he spends some money, there is no justification for not, especially after watching us leak 5 goals in a pre-season friendly against a championship side, I can't remember us ever conceding 5 goals against a rubbish side, ever, and it's reminiscent of the time we went down 6-1 to the Mancs when we had Igor Stepanovs in the side.

Signing a Premiership defender would do it, Cahill would cost little in relation to winning the league, and he wouldn't break the bank, he's been called into the England set up and is highly rated, I'm sure if we offered Jack Wilshere on a 6 month loan we could get him for a song. Not that I want us to do that, but knowing how tight the club are, a deal like that may do it.

I would also have Sakho, or Zapata or Mexes, anyone tall that can tackle will be better than what I saw against Celtic or Warsaw. Come on Arsene, get one of those guys, we are Arsenal, we have the money, we aren't asking for a £28million player, just one that knows how to defend and a keeper.


I think we look as good going forward now as we did when we had Dennis, Robert, Freddie and Thierry, add a couple of decent players and we can take the prizes, Man City will be up there and so will the Mancs, Chavs and the Spuds, don't let pride get in the way.

A final word goes to Pep. Pep, you must be the only decent thing alive crawling around in Catalonia, well done mate. Nice to see a decent person emerging from a cess pit of classless scumbags.

What was interesting though was what Barca player Xabi said about Cesc, 'We've given up on the idea of him arriving now, but maybe he'll come in January when Arsenal are out of the Premier League title race, their team are just not competitive' Now, not that I care a rats arse what that inbred twit thinks, but it is funny that he used the word 'not competitive' and we would be out of the race by Christmas. Hmmmmm.

Nothing on now until Sunday, when we take on Joe Cole's scousers, win up there and I will begin believing, taking the team I saw on Saturday and I can only see one result, we won't play against another hapless keeper like that again this season, unless of course we loan one of ours out!

Finally maybe someone can tell me in a season of restricted squad members, why on earth we need four Goalies? Have a great day grovers, maybe things will start to happen today.


Kos chiel knee off the mark and Wengers learns from last years problems

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Learns bugger all that is, what an absolute joke defence we have, Koscielny adds what exactly? Apart from opening his goal scoring account, shame it was in his own net though.

Chamakh's nickname was the plank in France, I'm guessing we'll be giving that one to Fabianski after this game.

What this game showed us is that Fabianski is even worse than we thought he was, if we play Liverpool with that team we'll get hammered.

Nasri looked great as did Chamakh, when Chamakh got the score back to 1-3 he held of four players, laid it off to Nasri, who whipped it back in the box for a Chamakh header, superb.

Chezzer came on for the second half and it only took our woeful defence 3 minutes for him to show how good he really is, in fact he's as good as Fabianski's bad, he pulled off a fantastic double save, awesome. Kept us in the game, no doubt.

No wonder they nicknamed him 'The wall'

Shortly after that, a Vela free kick saw Eboue of all people, nick in behind the keeper to head in, 2-3.

54 minutes and a Clichy howler let in Manu who was bearing down on goal before Vermaelen hacked him down, no penalty, what a let off, we should have been 4-2 down and with only 10 men left on the pitch, lucky, lucky Arsenal.

Well Eboue scores a blinder, on 60 minutes he receives from Wilshere and waits for the keeper to move, then he lets rip 3-3, see you Theo I'm afraid.

2 minutes later and Legia start defending like us, a ball over the top sees Gibbs rap one in the roof of the net from the left wing.

76 minutes and Koscielny's ball watching allows them an equaliser, Arsene, whoever recommended this bloke, you need to sack, was it the same scout who suggested you bought Stepanovs?

80 minutes and a flick on sees JET hold off their full back and smash the ball in 4-5 to the good guys.

83 minutes and Nasri is rewarded for his performance with a low well hit free kick, 4-6 maybe their keeper is as bad as Fabianski.

An injury time Lansbury cock up sees our shocking defence let in another, 5-6

This is Legia Warsaw people, what happens when we play a Premiership team? We let in 5 goals for Christ's sake, 5 goals, what exactly did Wenger learn then from our poor defending last year?

There is no way he had been tracking Koscielny, no way, I bet he bought him sight unseen on the recomendation of his mate Grimandi. He really isn't the answer, if anything we are worse than last season, we saw the cracks against Celtic, Arsene, you have a week to sort this out, you let 4 defenders leave and replaced them with one who isn't as good as Senderos.

Even the most die hard AKB can see that we need a keeper and a proper old fashioned centre back, if they can't, then they can't like Arsenal as much as I do.

I write a positive post on Friday and then watch this game, stop being so tight, go and spend the money or you will be throwing away another season, what must Cesc be thinking?

I know that Vermaelen was rubbish last pre-season and to be honest wasn't great yesterday, I may be unfair on Koscienly but the reason is, he's another Vermaelen, we don't need two, that's like having two Keowns, we need a big lump in there that can out jump everyone, we've needed that for years.

It's just disappointing to see we have learned little from last year, 1 week to go and we still haven't decided which one of our awful keepers we are going with, 1 week to go and we are still crap at defending, perhaps our manager should have spent the summer sorting that out and not commentating.

Still at least Wilshere and Gibbs have been called up by England, I wonder if we'll keep Jack now, it's Fabianski and Almunia he should be loaning out, no one would want them though, would they?

Have a great Sunday Grovers, enjoy the Community Shield, we'll get to see how far they have come!

£20mill Reina bid revealed + the move they didn't tell you about!

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Well after weeks of keeping my mouth shut, finally I can reveal the names of goalkeeper and defensive midfielder I was told we were in for.

The Sun has forced my hand by getting hold of the Reina story which was my first name, this isn't new, the phone call actually happened weeks ago when we were telling Barca where to go (June). So I can confirm that despite the massive sums of money involved, the story is bang on. What the Sun failed to mention that we enquired after Javier Mascharano as well.

Geoff alluded to these players numerous times in his posts to give you clues, but to be honest, he, like me, had given up on the story going anywhere so we thought it'd be best to stay quiet.

That's why generally I've kept calm this summer because I was sure we were going after top names.The Spahic rumour flew in the face of everything I'd heard. I thought, how can we be in for world class players one minute... this guy the next? I assumed we'd done the usual and bid £2million for the pair and offered a years subscription to ATVO to sweeten the deal.

My initial theory was that we'd buy Reina for a princely sum allowing Schwarzer to go to Liverpool which would in turn allow them to buy some defensive reinforcements. I didn't quite realise we'd be lumping out that much money for him, I thought it'd be a £25mill for the Argentinian and £15mill for Reina.

I'm sure that we'd all forgive the joker Reina for his misgivings if he signed up for the Arse and if a signing ever was going to get the fans going, it would be this one. It would probably be the most effective signing of Wenger's reign. I'd liken it to walking through the desert for 5 year, living off beetles and lizards... then turning the corner and finding a 3 course meal that Gordon Ramsay had just prepared! You'd pleased because it's food first and foremost... but damn, that is a great way to end your starvation!

The Spaniard in an Arsenal shirt would be an amazing coup and would satisfy our need for a quality keeper ten fold!

I'm not sure what's going to happen with Javier, I know he wants to go to Inter, but last year he wanted to go to Barcelona and then Madrid last season. He wants to play in an attacking line up and he wants Champions League football. Remember that Wenger has been in for him before when £7.5million was the touted price. I think he'd be a superb signing for us and he'd give our midfield real strength in depth. The guy has that little bit of nasty in him I feel we sometimes miss. He's also a bit mad... I like that.

This could be a superb week and if it's all true, it proves that we've now got money, that world-class players can be the future and that we could be the big guns once again!

I told you the two players we were in for wouldn't disappoint... let me know if I was right in the comments!

Have a great Saturday!