You gotta question the ambition of Arsenal...

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So the news leaked yesterday that Arsene Wenger is set/has put pen to paper on a 3 year deal.

No surprise there. He earns great money, has unprecedented power and he has unfinished business.

I mentioned that the news would 'maybe' make people smile yesterday. Well, it's been a real mixed reaction. I think if you ran approval ratings for Arsenal and Arsene at the moment, they'd be and an all time low.

News that Mark Schwarzer has put in a transfer request is encouraging. Whilst he's no Pepe Reina, he certainly is a major improvement on what we currently have. It's looking likely Almunia is going to be our number 1 on Sunday because there is absolutely no chance Wenger would put a keeper in our team who is so weak, even his home town team target him from corners. It'd be unsettling for the defence and it would make a mockery of Wenger.

I revealed yesterday via our twitter account (@arsenal_legrove) that Robin and Cesc would be involved in the squad. After this weekend, we'll pretty much have a full squad to pick from. The injury JD picked up wasn't serious as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Diaby is travelling up so a midfield of Frimpong, Nasri and Wilshere is looking slightly less likely. Though I have no idea how fit for duty the Frenchman is.

What I'm worried about is the lack of ambition Arsenal have shown this transfer window. This is my own opinion here, but I have a feeling Wenger went into this buying period fully aware that their maybe a few bargains going towards the end of August. He's the grand parent that buys Christmas presents in the January sales and that for me that is bad management. That in effect means that there has been no targeted effort to sign what we need. I find that disgusting.

I also find it hard to believe the stories that Giles Grimandi watch every game Schwarzer played last year. Is he our only scout?

Arsenal have rewarded Wenger for making the owners rich. I wonder when the fans stopped being a priority and bottom line figures became the number one? Like Geoff said yesterday, no one is asking for us to be bankrupted and the very fact Wenger has coached an army of fans to believe that spending £15million on a player will cause a Leeds type scenario is shocking. Some people who have posted on Le Grove have even put forward the idea that spending money equates to having no class?

That is a truly staggering example of modern day propaganda.

If Wenger pulls his finger out, signs Schwarzer and Vincent Kompany, we'll compete this year. If we win against Liverpool and he decides he has enough... we're in for 3rd or 4th this year. It would be a travesty to see a team with our attacking prowess not be given the platform to compete this year. I think it's ridiculous it's taken this long to sign the relevant playing staff but realistically, if we can get past Liverpool, it doesn't matter if we don't have a 4th centre back for a few weeks because the teams we're playing are pretty average attack wise.

Yesterday we spent the morning reminiscing about players of old, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Tony Adams... Arsene, help create a new generation of players like that by helping to cement our great young players in legend with a trophy!

Let's hope that this year our open top bus parade can contain more than just a healthy balance sheet!

Match preview tomorrow... have a great day, enjoy the start of the season!

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Emirates Airlines guarantee to renew the best deal in football, doesn't that tell you something Ivan!

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So the deal we did with the Emirates was the biggest deal in football at the time, I said it was the dumbest deal in football, I still think it's the dumbest deal in football and I'm convinced the 'short termist' nature of the deal is what cost Edelman his job.

So much at our great club isn't thought through and is done for short term gain. We sold them the naming rights for 15 years and the shirts for 8 I believe, the whopping $157mil deal seemed good at the time but of course only works out to $8mil a year, which for a brand like ours, is frankly laughable.

And by the time we get to 2019 when the deal ends, many of the board will have gone by then and the deal will be worthless. It's a bit far off for me to say 'I told you so' but it's a good indicator as to why Arsenal should be calling time on long term deals (Cesc's contract, project youth) and concentrating on the present. Otherwise they may end up with no fan base to fill their fabulous stadium and some other poor sod will inherit the problem.

Take Club level, that brings in more revenue than the whole of Highbury did, that's what from 8,000 people, so what do Arsenal do, reward them? No they cut their space down even further which will make their match day experience worse, not better, then they sell their new WM and Foundry clubs like they are enhancing their experience, oh and then they ask them to stump up an extra £10k a season for it, way to treat your fans Arsenal!

Me I would sooner see a few world class players coming in. But then I'm a football fan, if I want a dining experience I'll go to a restaurant, I go to Arsenal to see a game, strange that.

When someone realises that football, football support and success are not long term projects, they are for now, today then maybe then we will start to win things again.

You see, all this investment in project youth is fine, but then a Man City come along and its for sh*t, because they can just buy their success, like the Mancs always have and the chavs have been recently.

There is no judgement day either, the chavs were 2 weeks away from going tits up and along came Abramovich, Liverpool were in the sh*tter then along come big investors and they will soon have millions to spend, the Mancs are £800mil in debt, but someone will wipe the slate clean because without big name teams, football will be gone, and that will never happen, so financial prudence is one thing, stingyness is something else. It's short-termism and that will end up killing the club.

Arsenal should act before it's too late, we can really move on this season, but we only just kept our captain, the warning signs are there, the crazy thing is we really are 2 players short of  a fantastic team, to ignore it again would just be dumb, as dumb as the deal we did with Emirates.

Getting it wrong once is careless, getting it wrong twice is just insane, if we win nothing again this season, Cesc will go, Wenger will walk away and we will have an exodus of players, that will then be seven seasons before we can win a trophy and the crowds will dwindle, the writing is on the wall Arsenal, act now whilst we still can and don't blow another season of promise for another bag of cash.

Have a great day Grovers only two days till kick off and only today left to get some new faces in, I know the window is still a few weeks away, but what a lift it will be to get a few in before the big game on Sunday.

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Sign whichever keeper City don't want plus Cahill or Tasci - No more French players - Arsenal win it for England!

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I would have Hart personally, though I suspect Mancini will want Hart because he is now the new England keeper so if that's the case then I would go for Given.

I would buy for Cahill for his EPL experience or Tasci because he's good and German. The reason I say no more Frenchman is because the dressing room balance would be too Gallic and that won't be a good thing. Sagna, Clichy, Traore, Nasri, Koscielny, Song, Vermaelen and Wenger are all French speakers. So we have enough. Get those guys and I honestly think we will win the league.

The gossip today is that Schwarzer is on his way to us and Almunia is off to Villa, and that we are after Sakho, hmmmm, even though he is French I would still have him, but I would prefer the above, time will tell.

So Mr Capello says he won't be needing Beckham anymore, he's too old. Well footballing wise, that's the best news I've heard all year, Fabio has finally had the balls to get rid of David Beckham, for him to be wheeled out for so many 2 minute caps he hasn't deserved for over 4 years has been a national disgrace and an insult to Bobby Moore and all the other England greats who's record he surpassed because the FA were milking his marketability.

If he had had any pride he would have walked away, I'll never forget the way he told the world not to blame David Seaman in Japan, when it was him who was to blame, and by highlighting that fact, Seaman got blamed, very cynical, he would deny it of course, but he would deny that he always jumped on a goalscorers back just to get his boatrace in the picture.

Anyway, at least I won't have to watch him taking away Peter Shilton's record, which could has been out of sight if it wasn't for Ray Clemence and of course the shameless FA.

All of this is only my opinion and not that of Le-Grove, I know some of you like him but I remember the tackle he jumped out of which lost us that quarter final in the world cup.

The reason that no one booed England was because all the real fans stayed away, it was full of kids and Hungarian waiters.

Well Theo was most certainly man of the match in the first half but after he gave way to Ashley Young in the second, Keiran Gibbs became man of the match, he gave the assist for the equaliser but was miles better than Cashley Cole was in the first.

Two things I realised, the first is I don't want Jagielka and the second, I don't want Adam Johnson either. I hope Gerrard doesn't have another game like that on Sunday, because he was good, but I won't forgive him for the 'don't give a rats arse' performances in Africa his team gave.

Gibbs though should get the nod over Clichy, his time has come Arsene, stop looking at their passports.

With ten minutes to go, on comes my third man of the match, Jack Wilshere, although he wasn't on for long he replaced Gerrard, and for that he deserves much credit, big ask. His first touch resulted in a Hungarian getting under Jack's boot, which in my book is cheating. And on 89 minutes the way Jack positioned himself on the near post for their last corner was simply masterful, well done Jack!

And to think Jack spent the previous night in hospital with stomach pains, think what he'd be like if he wasn't ill!

You really have to question Capello's decision not to have taken these three wonderkids to the world cup, but reading the papers and listening to the media you would think we had lost, I thought the team played well and if Theo plays like that on Sunday, he'll be on the winning side, well done England and well done the Arsenal boys.

England will only get better if this is the nucleus of the team, and Arsenal will too if they play Wilshere more often, I'm surprised that Frimpong didn't get called up and if we don't watch it, he'll be off to Ghana to replace Chelsea old boy Essien, get in there Fabio, you made one good call, now make another, Frimpong is the next big thing.

You may think I'm a little biased when reading this report today, but I really thing the Arsenal boys made the difference and that bodes well for us this season, if the boss just gets a centre back and a keeper from the list I supplied above, we have a great chance this season, but you must play those kids more Arsene.

THEY WERE AWESOME!

If he does buy those players, I wonder if they'll play on Sunday? Have a hopeful day Grovers, this could be what we've all been waiting for at last!

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