We are arguing about a rumour so let put forward our list, the window is now officially open.

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Yesterday saw a lot of debate on Le Grove about who we are linked with and the why or why they would or wouldn’t be great signings.

Maureen was installed as Madrid coach yesterday and says he will only be signing 2 or 3 players, after all they bought last term! That’s the spirit, maybe our manager will take note.

It seems to me that most people wanted Gourcuff as a Cesc replacement, most people would have Joe Cole as a Rosicky replacement, the jury is out on defenders, nearly everyone thinks Theo is rubbish (except me) and everyone thinks our keepers need replacing, so here’s a list Mr Wenger and a reason for the list.

Keepers – Fabianski and Almunia are not what we need, too error prone and we can’t afford that again.

Contenders, Hart and Buffon, me I’d take Hart.

Full backs – Sagna is a poor crosser but a good defender, Eboue has had his moments and he is wanted by others, he isn’t the future, so we should sell him whilst we can rake in some cash. Let go out and buy Van Der Weil.

Centre back is a tough one, Cahill, Giorgio Chiellini, Hangeland, the list goes on, I would get Cahill as he has EPL experience, if not then Chiellini as he is a beast, ask Robin! I would keep Campbell as well, if not then we need two centre backs.

Defensive midfield – Song is not enough and Eastmond is still a little young, Melo and Toulalon are contenders, I like Toulalon, but maybe we could swap Eboue plus cash and get a good deal on Melo.

Midfield – Gourcuff has always been a player I admire, he is talented but a few have said he goes missing in games, so does Cesc, say no more, I would buy Gourcuff and keep Cesc.

Wingers – We definitely need a winger, one that can cross the ball otherwise why buy Chamakh? Eden Hazard would fit the bill and maybe sign Joe Cole on a free, I doubt he would go to the Spuds if he had a choice, but I would keep Rosicky and bring Wilshere back. So Hazard for me and if possible bring Cole in, him and Rosicky can take it in turns to be injured.

Up top – for me Bendtner and Eduardo need replacing, Bendtner because he has got a big mouth and he isn’t that great, Eduardo though I love him, he has lost a bit and sentiment shouldn’t come into football, I would bring in a goalscorer, Dzeko would be ideal, but he would cost, I believe the Rodallega rumour could be true and to be honest, after watching Nikki struggle last year and to hear his comments, I would have a punt. Even if the comments aren’t true I don’t think Bendtner’s touch is that great, at the same age RVP was oozing talent and confidence.

So there you have it, my list for Arsene to ponder over. Unless of course the wheels are already in motion, and I suspect they are.

  • Joe Hart
  • Van Der Weill
  • Cahill or Chiellini
  • Hazard
  • Melo or Toulalon
  • Cole
  • Gourcuff
  • Dzeko or Rodallega

Pick the bones out of that, I’m not saying sign them all, but they are my contenders.

We could sell Eboue, Almunia, Fabianski, Bendtner, Traore, Vela, Eduardo, Denilson as well as a shed load from the reserves that will never make it. Add that to our big budget and we don’t have to sell Cesc, if however Cesc won’t be staying until at least the end of his contract, then sell him and make that forward Dzeko.

What do you think eh? Too much to ask for. Have a hopeful day grovers, today the games begin!

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Gourcuff – Joe Cole – Taylor / England: Two sides of the coin

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Now, call me a conspiracy theorist, a crank or a nutter, but something’s up in the world of media these days.

  1. Arsenal player wants to leave
  2. Blogs / commenters put in their suggestions for who they want as replacements
  3. Main stream media magically find source who confirms Arsenal interested in those said players
  4. Arsenal fans click away at favourable link
  5. Main stream media make some money from adverts

I’ve been suspicious this process has been going on for a while, but all you have to do is take a read of today’s Sun newspaper to know that it’s true!

An Arsenal source said: “While every effort is being made to keep Cesc at the club the boss is working towards an alternative.

“He believes Gourcuff’s finesse and grace will fit perfectly to Arsenal’s way of playing and will make it an almost seamless transition if Cesc does go.”

All sounds a bit too convenient to me! Not that I wouldn’t like to see a transfer like that happen, clearly I would… but that source seems to be a little too attuned to what the fans want to hear!

@1nil2thearsenal sent me this video from twitter the other day on twitter, just to whet your appetite!

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If Cesc does decide to get on his little Catalan bicycle and leave the Gooners, the Frenchman has to be one of the few players in world football who’s ready-made to replace him. He’s 23 years old, an untapped well of potential and he’s available.

Still, I’d rather we didn’t have to buy him…

STAY CESC, WE LOVE YOU!

How degrading was that…

Continuing along on the transfer front, we’ve been linked with Steven Taylor again. He’ s the powerful centre back that we’re linked with every summer. For me, if a move like that didn’t happen when Newcastle were relegated, I can’t see it happening during a promotion season! Still, it wouldn’t be bad idea to tap the Championship for up and coming defending talent. I don’t see why we couldn’t find a decent understudy in our lower leagues, plenty of them end up doing a great job in Premiership when they get promoted… Dawson was a Nottingham Forest player, now he’s one of the top performers in the league.

A rumour that didn’t hit the web yesterday was that Joe Cole could be making a surprise move over to North London to join Arsenal tomorrow. I don’t see why that couldn’t be true. He’s surely a good option for a midfield that sometimes lacks a bit of grit and determination. He’s perfect from a technical point of view, he’s an experienced winner and he’s  a Gooner. I really wouldn’t want to see him strengthen Spurs further and give them even more of an English spine.

We’ve also been linked with Makoun of Lyon. Is it me or are there about 25 African holding midfielders plying their trade at French clubs? We can’t seem to go a day without being linked with one of them!

Before I go it’s worth mentioning the England games. The senior game where we beat Japan after two terrific goals from Man United’s second top scorer, ‘own goal’, was an example of why I can’t ever get excited by a World Cup. England were gutless, pedestrian and clueless for large chunks of an embarrassingly boring game.

I didn’t even realise Theo was playing for the bulk of the first half until he knocked a ball 40 in front of himself in a demonstration of skill. I fear for the boy… the weight of  a nation is resting on his shoulders, which is unfair, because that nation still has Croatia on their minds. Theo shouldn’t be telling the press he deserves his place in the England side, because on form, he doesn’t. I hope for his sake he finds it though… because he’ll bet castigated in the media if he doesn’t.

The flip side of that coin was watching the Under 17′s beat Spain 2-1 after going a goal down. Benik Afobe played well despite not getting on the score sheet. The overall performance was disciplined and very impressive. This is the tournament Cesc won as a youth, so it certainly bodes well for the future!

Right, I’m off to deal with this world class hangover… have a good day!

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Robin’s crocked already, time to seriously consider a replacement, now, before it’s too late.

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Now you may all laugh at that headline, Robin went over on his ankle so he’s a crock, the point is that Robin is always going over on something, Robin makes Darren Anderton look like a health fitness fanatic gay robot.

I love Robin and have always believed he could become the world’s best player, I know, I say the same about Theo, and I still believe it, but they are both crocks and should we keep faith with them both, we should however view them as our luxury players, injured more than they are fit, and that’s a fact.

So what do we do then? We just bought Chamakh, we’ve yet to see if he is good enough but I think he will be, then we have to look at the others, Arshavin is not really a striker, more a hole player, Eduardo I think has had it, Vela isn’t good enough and Bendtner has got right up my nose with his ‘my dream is’ comments, and I don’t think he’ll ever be world class, well about as world class as Santa Cruz or John Carew, and I wouldn’t want either of them.

So I think we need to sell Vela, Bendtner and Eduardo and use the money to buy Dzeko and Hazard.

We are today being linked with Taylor of Newcastle, I’d have him, the sort of dirty bastard we need, but what about Nedum Onouha of Man City? He’s big, skilful and English, despite his name!

Man City would sell him, he’s young and would fulfil the Wenger criteria, he also has EPL experience, so maybe a punt on him would be a good move.

Back to Robin, if this world cup doesn’t get him, something else will, I bet I could get 5000-1 at Paddy Power on him completing a season uninjured, we know it will happen, so it’s time we planned ahead, three strikers in our squad are not good enough to take over, we can get good money for them now and use it wisely.

Don’t make the same mistakes as you did last season Arsene!

Since Song cemented his place he now seems to be picking up injuries, there’s a surprise, still it proves we need a spare, I quite like Toulalon, anybody?

Cesc is beginning to pick up injuries on a regular basis so maybe Gourcuff would be a smart move as well.

I’m getting my wish list in early as Tuesday is just around the corner, so maybe by then we will compile the definitive list, that you, the readers would prefer.

Have a great day Grovers, no football today, but there is the cricket, we can make Bangladesh follow on and Lewis or Jensen could win the Grand Prix. So unless you are German, Australian or indeed Bangladeshi, you’ll be routing for them.

Bless you all and peace on earth, wherever you come from!