Peter Odemwingie please no, Eden Hazard in a heartbeat. Arsenal must move and move fast.

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I got the you-know-who rant out of the way and as promised I will not mention him again. He is now history so we must look forward.

Please don’t let the money burn a hole in your pocket Arsene, we need top players, not WBA ones.

As I have said many times before I hope Nasri stays and plays in that central role, we are however into the season with weeks left of the window. We saw last night how buying a superstar pays off and being a City fan must be fun right now, if only we have taken Yaya from Breveren, Kompany or even Silva we may not be in a position where we are losing our top players, we are though so we must do something before we fold like a cheap deck, someone said earlier that signing Chamberlain would have been applauded had we signed some top players as well, I make him right.

So far we have seen the back of Clichy, Fabregas, Denilson, JET, almost Ebouue, Bendtner and Almunia as well and a host of fringe players, all we’ve had in is Gervinho.

Ryo, Jenkinson and Chamberlain are all prospects, good ones agreed but if we should have learned anything, it’s playing youngsters too early will result in long term injuries, for that see Cesc, Ramsey and Theo.

We need to sort out the Nasri situation and now, it’s simple, offer him the central role and a payrise, either he’ll take it, or we sell him. Before that buy Hazard, he’s a winger, not a replacement as Nasri was never a winger and that for me is part of the problem with Nasri, he doesn’t want to play wide.

We need a forward, not a Chamakh, a Bendtner or god forbid a Peter Odemwingie, we sure as hell don’t need anymore cheap French players, we need players that will fit in right now, we need a Cahill, Jagielka is good but too old, we need a flair player like a Schweinsteiger and we need a DM, and we need them now.

Tonight we have no choice, I didn’t realise Ryo was in Japan so I will adjust my team selection.


Sagna Koscielny Vermaelen Gibbs


Ramsey Arshavin

Gervinho Theo Chamberlain

There give that a go and pray we go at them from the off, we need to keep the ball but we need desperately to score, first leg at home in Europe a clean sheet is essential, but that’s no good without goals, this team may just upset them and they sure as hell won’t be expecting it.

If we don’t win tonight we’ll go out, so we need to be bold, being smart isn’t what Arsenal are anymore, if they were then we would have replaced our captain long before he left us and Nasri wouldn’t be wanting away.

Tonight I’m going for a bold line up and a top score, 3nil to the Arsenal.

Rosell thinks he clever because he paid £30mil for Fibregas, he would have been cleverer had he not paid at all, ha, ha!

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Yes I did say Fibregas because he’s a liar, a greedy ingrate and will end up retiring early from football with hamstring problems and when that happens, karma will be served, well and truly. And yes I know cleverer isn’t really a word!

This is the last time I write about Cesc except to report on his exploding hammies in the not too distant. The worst thing is our gutless management sold our captain for way less than market value 4 years before they needed to, we were in the box seat, not Barca,  but as usual our spineless duo went down like a pair of Cuban hookers and received all that Barca could shove up, then they wished him well, you know what? I don’t.

Sandro Rosell is bragging he didn’t pay a penny more than the £30mil they first offered, well thanks to our gutless leaders Sandro, that’s very true, but you know what? You just paid £30mil for one of your own players you dozy feckless Mexican muppet, ha, ha! That would be even funnier if it wasn’t so cringemakingly embarrassing, I would keep that quiet if I were you, Barca must be the only club in the history of football to pay £30million to buy one of their own academy kids back!

Oh and once the EU find out how long they’ve been fudging their figures and the Spanish government have to go to Germany and beg for a loan to stop them defaulting on their worthless economy, one of the first things they’ll be forced to do is to increase their taxes, my guess is way over 50% for high earners and guess which greedy bastardo will get caught up in that then? Ha, ha, ha!

Wenger spent 8 years building project youth around him and that’s the thanks he gets. The worse thing is Barca paid what they offered in June, so why on earth wait until the season has started to sell him, and without getting a replacement in first, we’ll probably do the same to Nasri, shocking, shocking management Arsene, truly shocking.

How many times have I said on here a smart manager would always buy what he needs first, not after, otherwise we get held to ransom.

And Cesc tearfully said Wenger was like a father to him, what? He should have been a football manager, if he wanted to be a father to all these overpaid kids he should start fostering and get out of Arsenal football club.

What he should learn from this, is buy them when they are ready not train them for 8 years and when they get good leave. We’ll find out how much this fatherly act has cost us in two weeks. The fact that tickets for today were on general sale will tell you something, remember last season I said the boxes weren’t renewed and Gazidas said they were sold out? Well if they sold out then why are they trying to sell seats in them for £6k a pop? Another appalling lie from the management of Arsenal.

Well after the Newcastle game I struggled to see anything different from last season, people say our defence was more solid but I can’t remember them having a shot, so it was hardly tested, pre season will show all you need to know about our defence, the one improvement I did see was the keeper, as Pedro said yesterday, he looked far more commanding.

The last part of the contract was he had to say nice things about Wenger, piffle, he said Jack and Aaron are the future, we used to say that about you Cesc. No doubt those two will be off next. Right behind Theo and Robin.

So we got £30 mil of which we got £12mil up front, another £12mil in October, £900k for every year he plays, a bit more if they win 2 La Liga’s and European Cup and so on, so in effect we sold him for £24mil, the rest, we are betting against ourselves, I’m surprised we didn’t offer to pay his salary as well, we are a joke. Thanks Cesc, and that’s my last word on him, onto tonight.

We entertain Udinese in the qualifier and we do that without a manager, Robin our best striker and possibly old crock Rosicky, I have to say I would sooner stick Bendtner in with Gervinho than Chamakh another waste of space. Tonight will be tough, it didn’t need to be, the last month’s collapse saw to that though, lets think about tonights team then, this would be my line up.


Sagna Koscielny Vermaelen Gibbs


Ramsey Arshavin/Lansbury

Gervinho Bendtner Walcott

Put Chamberlain on to see if he can tear them a new one with his pace and trickery and give Bendtner a go in the middle when Theo gets tired of scoring.

I put Frimpong in as once again Song showed what an unintelligent player he is by stamping on Barton, that has now cost us 3 games, I hope he gets a fine for that Arsene, because stamping is as cowardly as spitting, or was Ade stamping on Robin in the heat of the moment last season, does Song think no one will notice? Plonker.

I think it’s time to give the new players with pace a chance to show what they can do against a weakened Udinese. With no Wenger out there we might do better than a lot of people think. I think trickery and speed is what will surprise them, if they have been watching us recently they’ll know how to stop us, lets surprise them.

The other think I would do would be to front Nasri, offer him the playmaker role and if he accepts then make him sign a contract, if not then sell him.

Go out and spend proper money on world class players to replace him and the feckless one and bring in Cahill with immediate effect.

We got rid of a world class player and nothing short of a world class replacement will suffice, when Wenger says the fans should be pleased with the way Arsenal football club are run, take it from me you out of touch chump, we’re not. You said we could have got more by selling him on the open market but he didn’t want to go is rubbish, if you had stripped him of the armband and threatened him with 4 years in the stiffs he would have gone in a heartbeat, what you showed the fans was a manager and his favourite player are indeed bigger than the club.

We have a real chance this season, but unless you go out and buy proper players then it will be seven years and that was only done once before in the old testament, 7 years of famine, and we all know what happened to the Pharaoh don’t we!

One last thing about Arsenal and reading our blog, yesterday Pedro said something about red membership and ticket sales, we got an email from Arsenal which that proves they read it, well enjoy this post Arsenal and pray to the gods we win tonight or they may well be a few redunencies on Wednesday.

If the management don’t like or agree with what we write, come on and we’ll interview you!

Have a great day Grovers let’s put Udinese to the sword tonight with a convincing win!

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Some exclusive insight into what’s going on | Cheerio Cesc… Cheerio Samir

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We have much to race through this morning. I had a good convo about the club with a few people close to the action yesterday and without getting anything majorly exclusive, I might have some little insights that’ll help ease you into Monday morning with a smile.

Last night saw the departure of rotten egg that’s been stinking out our summer. Cesc leaves (my tribute here) for a fee closer to £40mill than the originally mooted £29mill, in a humorous twist, some of the fee went to Barca as a sell on! Don’t believe the inevitable Barca stories that they picked him up for £16.50 and an pint of orange juice. Samir will hopefully move on this week, it’d be nice to get a part ex deal going, though I doubt that will happen.

So we head into the Udinese game on Tuesday a touch worried. The fans aren’t too interested either with the match going on general sale. The club are as nervous as we are about the game and the team has apparently never been flatter going into a season. Wenger is looking ill for a reason, he’s stressed out of his mind. Losing his two best players was a shock to the system. I think he believed in his waning miracle persuasion powers this summer. The ones that kept Paddy and Henry with us for so long. Sadly, they failed him.

However, this isn’t the time to sulk. Tickets for major September games have gone out to red membership, this was previously unheard of. Box tickets are being broken out into £6000 individual seats because they didn’t sell them all. The club exchange is packed with tickets from fans who are picking and choosing their games.

Ivan will be communicating this to Wenger. In my opinion, if Wenger chooses to roll with this squad without bolstering and it goes down the toilet, he won’t last till Christmas. Chants like the one the away fans have been singing will become contagious, and as Gazidis said, Wenger is accountable to the fans.

(Just a thought, but if he is intent on sticking with project youth against the wishes of everyone, why not stick a performance related break in his contract? If you fall outside the top 6, you can leave next summer without us having to pay out £21mill in fees. See how much faith he has then!)

Arsenal are apparently renegotiating deals with Nike now, I also believe we’re in negotiations about the shirt sponsor as well. You’ll never get a better deal with those two if your team can’t draw a home crowd.

Basically, Wenger needs to show some intent. He’ll bring in the best part of £60mill for Nasri and Cesc, he has £7mill for Clichy, he’ll have £4mill for Eboue and £10mill for Bendtner. Minus the fee for AOC which I was told was 5-6mill with add ons that if triggered would mean we had a player and a half our hands, Jenkinson £1.5mill and £12mill Gervinho…  That gives us £100mill (factoring the £40mill we already had) to play with. Substantial even for an Oligarch.

That cash serves no purpose sitting in the bank. Unless of course Arsenal plan on giving dividends (Geoff would be pleased)?

If Arsene shows intent, the fans will get off his back, the players will get an injection of confidence and there will be a bit of buzz about the ground. Kenny hasn’t bought world-class players in, but he’s bought back the belief to Liverpool. That’s after flogging Torres.

We can do the same. If he brings in Jadson and Mata, we’ve bought two players who can sit in the hole behind Robin. Not sure how good the Brazilian is but he’s got a Brazil cap and Eastern Europe isn’t the worst league. Rumour has it we’ll take the Cahill transfer as close to the line as possible while our defence is relatively stable. We could pick up him for £12mill and that would give us a good back 4. The feeling still is that Kozzer is a good player and I’m on that thought train. I’ve also been told Squillaci isn’t the sort to hang around if he’s surplus, he’d rather play football so don’t be surprised to see him slip out the back door to PSG (or someone like that) if we sign a centre back. Almunia should follow suit.

Next in we’ll need a top quality striker in and I’m talking top quality. Benzema is still at Madrid but so was an insistent RvDV last year. If they sign Llorente or someone expensive like that, we could make a move that would get the whole club going!

Gervinho and Chamakh aren’t sharp enough to fill in for Robin at the moment which is a worry for Tuesday. I think Wenger is settling for Alex Song, Frimpong and Diaby in that holding role, bad luck there. The other bit of good news is that Ryo is supposedly impressing everyone in training, when he’s let loose, he’ll cause some damage. That’s real pace we have off the bench and generally speaking, playing wide is one position you can get away with little experience.

So there you have it. Implement those changes, most or which look to be in the pipeline or under consideration and you’d have to say, we’d be contenders. We’re clearing almost 600k off the weekly wage bill and redistributing it to players who will make a difference to the team, the commercials and the managers longevity.

What about another positive? How about key learnings from the weekend? Chelsea looked ok but lacked any punch. United looked awful, Rio is out for 6 weeks with a hammy, at his age that could easily be 8 to 10. Vidic is injured as is Rafael. As for the keeper? Well jeez, I heard he weighed 9.5 stone, and judging how he was bullied by slight players like Shane Long that numbers wouldn’t surprise me. He let a soft goal in and he’s poor at commanding his area. Compare him to our monster and the difference is clear! Liverpool played a lot better than I’ve seen in a while but they still lack overall squad quality and Carragher is an issue they haven’t solved.

The league is there or the taking again, some smart moves and a bit of luck and we could be contending. Inaction and belief in the squad is not an option. Internal recruitment cannot be permitted, if we continue down the path we are it could end in a disastrous way and in my opinion, no vision as pure and naive as Wenger’s deserves that treatment.

End it on a high Arsene, then we’ll sell the script rights to Hollywood and roll out a film called Mental Strength… Though it has to be said, I can’t promise I’ll see it (get the reference? No? Ok… ignore that joke and move on).

Have a great day Grover’s match preview tomorrow!

Oh, and no creeping up Cesc’s back passage on Twitter, or his little sister. Man up and unfollow, he’s dead to us now.

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