Oh no we didn’t sign Owen what a bummer. What are we thinking???

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Fear not chums, I was being sarcastic!

So the news yesterday was Michael Owen, the Darren Anderton of the new millenium offered his services to us and the Mancs, well at last Arsenal got lucky for once and it seems that fergie has landed the injury prone has been from Liverpool, thank the good lord for that, can you imagine the reception he’ll get from Liverpool fans!

Well he won’t actually, because he’ll only play his customary 3 games a season so chances are he won’t be fit for that one.

Arsene says that Gallas and Adebayor will not be leaving so that means we won’t be getting a new forward and probably not a centreback, so we still have an opening in the defensive midfield spot if he decides to get the company wallet out.

The boss however did say this about Ade ‘If he does not want to stay, he will leave’ now that appalls me, he has 3 years left on his contract, so why give these huge new contracts out if they mean nothing, except of course more money for the player concerned.

Anyway, I digress, I think we have enough players if he doesn’t buy, but I still hope he has a clear out.

Other great news is we have extended Jack Wilshere’s contract much the same way he did Ramsey’s the day before, so we can at least bank on having them around until they decide to break their contracts in a few years time and bugger off to Barcelona, AC Milan or Real Madrid, still at least we are paying them well so none of you need lose any sleep over that.

I watched the Spud game at the Grove on Arsenal TV last night and with 4 minutes to go I watched with horror as Gael Clichy slipped, not to worry I thought it’s only Jenas on the ball, he’s slow and we have Alex Song right behind him, he’ll get it…oops 4-3.

Thing is I was at that game and swore I would never watch the game again…     …sucker!

Anyway that reminded me why we really do need a defensive midfielder, Alex will take a couple more years to work on his speed and then we’ll be okay.

On a positive note I was thinking of a fully fit Arsenal and you know what I was getting quite excited, so I thought I would have a little look at what sort of team we could field if we had all of our players, these are my team options, what do you think?

Before I do though, I am assuming Vermaelen is the dogs, if Robin is happy with the signing, then that’s good enough for me.

Almunia

Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Clichy

Arshavin Cesc Nasri Rosicky

Robin Eduardo

Or

Almunia

Eboue Kolo Vermaelen Gibbs

Walcott Cesc Diaby Vela

Arshavin Bendtner

Or

Almunia

Kolo Djourou Senderos Traore

Nasri Cesc Arshavin Rosicky

Walcott Robin

You know what, they’re not bad line ups, we then have a number of super players that could come on and do a job like Ramsey, Wilshere, Denilson and Song then there wouldn’t be the pressure on their young shoulders there has been and we may see a different side fighting for silverware.

Oh and notice no 4-5-1 that was what we had when we threw away a two goal lead against the spuds, it was 4-4-2.

So without the negative thoughts we actually do have quite a strong squad that will be a year older, a lot stronger and very hungry.

What I saw in the spuds game was that Eboue, Diaby, Song and Denilson in the same team when we were winning 4-2 and cruising really doesn’t work and that must never be allowed to happen again, when those four are all playing at the same time the confidence drops and mistakes happen, they can all do a job of that there is no doubt, but not all at the same time, let them develop boss, give them cameos and it may just work.

It’s getting near that time when we need to start beleiving again, it’s getting close to when we have to accept what we have and get behind the team and if he played Coco the clown in the team I for one would be cheering him on.

And don’t say we already do or I will get hammered.

Have a great day today grovers, at least we didn’t sign Michael miserable Owen!


Matuidi, Inler and Cana are left. And I worked out where the money has gone.

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So after a day when Arsene Wenger is delighted that Aaron Ramsey has signed another long term deal to stay at the Arsenal I found myself wondering what exactly it was he signed last year? Wasn’t that a contract too?

It seems to me the reason we have no money is because we keep paying our youngsters more and more to stay. It explains why Benitez said he couldn’t compete with Arsenal on signing kids from around the world.

Now I’m all for keeping our young talent, but what we seem to do is keep extending their contracts to keep them happy, why? They already had long contracts and those contracts mean nothing anyway, take Ade and Henry, they both had 3 years of their contracts left, long enough you think, but Henry left his to go to Barca and Ade had his wages trebled to keep him, surely we could have just said, sorry boys, you have three years left, a bit like Fergie did last year, if they then don’t give it their all then there must be grounds not to pay them, it seems to me we are being held to ransom by our own daft policy.

Don’t misunderstand me, I really rate Theo and Ramsey, but Ramsey is hardly a regular and Theo is a long way off to be earning £60k a week, didn’t we lose Flamini because we wouldn’t stretch to £60k a week?

Anyway, that wasn’t a rant, more of a question.

However if you add up what we pay a lot of these youngsters that aren’t regulars, and sell them on, then I’m sure we could get 2 or 3 top players that will be ready right now.

We missed out on Melo and Benzema, but Cana is available, we have now turned back to Inler and Matuidi, whom I know nothing about, I hope we do something because we still lack that bite in midfield and I would be very surprised if Denilson and Song stepped up this coming season, great if they do, and I really will applaud that, contrary to what some may think, but what if they don’t? That then means another season with nothing but potential.

Wenger said yesterday he will maintain project youth because he believes in it, but what happens when the youth get older, like RVP, Ade, Rosicky, Kolo and so on, does that mean we ditch them and bring in more 18 years olds, does that mean project youth will go on for ever?

I would go out and bring back some of those that were foolish enough to leave us at a fraction of the price, bring back Flamini, Reyes and maybe even Hleb.

Whatever you think of them leaving, they are all not playing and may come back grateful, I know a lot of you will be saying no thanks, sod off, but think about it, that’s all we’re missing an enforcer and a winger, and then all we need is a big centre back to replace Silvestre, what about this Naldo guy? Or it that just another rumour. Get that lot in and we aren’t that far off.

We have a lot of youngsters in the team that I don’t think will make it, so cut our losses, admit it, move on and win the league, or even try and win the worthless cup, it’s so frustrating seeing the same thing every season, we are so close to it, and then bring in those kids if and when we need them.

Youngsters like Vela, Ramsey, Wilshere and Bendtner for me will make it but some of the others I feel won’t, we can’t live on hope for ever, no one else in the EPL does and I’m fed up with people that support other teams taking the piss.

It’s alright Ade saying that Evra’s comment about men against babies was disrespectful but even the most ardent AKB must admit he had a big point.

It’s no use saying we almost did them at Old Trafford, because the following week they were playing Barca in the final of the European cup and didn’t want to get injuries.

Come on Arsenal, we all renewed our season tickets, you do your bit now.

Incidentally I was watching the Fernebahce game last night and in the commercials they were still advertising Highbury square as 90% sold, not 90% deposits, but 90% sold, so if it’s not true, why do they insist on keeping the lie going, they can’t have it both ways.

Have a great day grovers, maybe it will happen today, time is running out so why not!

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White kit is revealed, Melo is gone enter Cana? Or will it be Nasri?

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New Kit

New Kit

Ok so it’s now official, Melo is not coming to Arsenal, but I have to say I’m pleased, I had never seen him and all I had read said he wasn’t that great, Cana has always been my first choice, outside of bringing the flamster home, but that will never happen and I know a lot of you don’t like him for jumping ship, so back to Cana.

I don’t believe in stats, I trust my eyes, as I have said many times before a player can have the most completed passes in football, but if they all go backwards, or to a player with three defenders on his back, then those stats are irrelevant, Lorik Cana is a leader, a tough tackler and one who will defend his mates with his life, we don’t have one of those and since Gilberto and Flamini went we have lacked that grit, so for me what he lacks in completed passes, assists and goal, he makes up for with the enforcer and leader tags, and we need both.

Whether or not he is on Wenger’s radar is another thing, I hope so because I’m getting bored with waiting for that Swan to arrive.

The only home ‘growner’ I would accept is if Diaby had put on a stone and learnt how to defend or if Nasri has bulked up, because I think Nasri can defend well, he tracks back a lot, I also like the thought of him and Cesc in the middle as I have often said we don’t necessarily need a DM, so Nasri would be somewhere in the middle of having one and not, if that makes any sense.

Denilson and Song though aren’t ready yet, so Cana is still my preferred choice to partner Cesc.

Talking of Swans, Arsenal have unveiled the new third kit, which I have to say I quite like, well initially anyway, if the club are going to rip me off some more, it may as well be for a shirt that doesn’t make me look like a thug, or more of a thug whichever way you look at it! (kidding by the way)

Not quite sure I understand the logic of a third kit as we didn’t use one at all last season, well not that I can remember anyway.

So we finally got shot of the gamble that was Bischcoff, what a waste of time that was, who suggested we brought him over, who told Wenger he was talented??? He was okay, but to be bought injured? Go figure!

I think we have a large squad now, we just lack some key players, hopefully he will sign Cana and a defender, but hopefully he will sell problem child Adebayor, I really cannot understand why he is acting like a victim and Wenger is siding with him. He says we shouldn’t believe what the papers say and it’s not his fault Milan were after him. Oh and of course the mandatory ‘ I love this club’

Bollocks, you love yourself, we saw the Sky interview where you were pledging loyalty one minute and saying you would talk to Milan the next, then you demanded a huge rise and you got it. Then you have a shit season, mmm, perhaps there’s something in why the fans don’t like you anymore. And I will never forget you headbutting a young Bendtner, you horrible arrogant bully, that was cowardly, headbutting is like spitting. How’s this for a new song them -

‘Adebayor, Adebayor, we’ve had enough, so show him the door’

So to sum up, you are no victim, you have brought this upon yourself, there is no place for you in our hearts anymore, so go.

If we could get anywhere near £25mil for him, then we could add £5mil and sign Arsenal lover Benzema, that would be awesome and Arsene, the fans would love you even more for it, that combined with buying Cana would show real intent, it would show teams like ManU that money isn’t everything and your footballing philosophy counts for something, him and Robin would be so exciting to watch going at goal.

I had someone come on yesterday asking me why I didn’t post his comment, well this was his previous comment so I thought I would share it with you.

This site is bare shit!!!
You’re a mug mate!!!
SHITTY SITE

And he even put Shitty in caps! And then they wonder why I put them into moderation, odd aren’t they??? Even more pathetic is the fact that the poster of this comment owns their own site that posts 15 rehashed stories a day.

Anyway I have a feeling we will sell big Phil, but if we don’t replace him with a big monster of a centre half I would keep him and sell Silvestre. I would still go for swapping Eboue for Sakho plus cash because we know that next year if Sackho steps up Madrid will have him for £25mil. That and Wenger has Eboue down next year as a right winger again and we all know that doesn’t work.

We are now in July and have what, 17 shopping days left to Christmas, well Christmas to us of course because the 18th sees the return of pre-season, I can’t wait, go on Santa, get us some quality presents now, please!

Have a great day Grovers.

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