Ex-target made available | Potential English signing causing a riot | Cesc on way?

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Good morning Grover’s!

So, not much going on in the world of newspapers this morning…

Barcelona have come to the table on Cesc Fabregas according to Peter Hil-wood. They’ve dropped us a call but they haven’t made an offer. It all seems rather pointless if you ask me?

I think I’d feel pretty miffed about this all if I was Cesc. He’s out here desperate for a move back to Spain and Barca are refusing to pay the going rate for him. It’s like some sort of punishment for his crimes as a teenager. Like how a rich kid is punished by his father when he’s banged up by not coming to the rescue.

They hold the power to release him from his footballing ‘nightmare’ but they’re not going to do it until they’ve won some sort of childish PR battle with Arsenal. Now, as I see it, we could realistically keep him for another 2 seasons without having to worry about flogging him. How is Cesc going to feel about Barcelona if they continue to buy up all his mates for market rate yet ignore him, by far the most talented, for another 2 summers?

Maybe the Spaniard will snap and decide he’ll go elsewhere. That would be funny, provided it wasn’t City.

This did get me a Geoff talking the other day, would his loss be that devastating to club? Or could it be a release that sees us kick onto bigger and better things?

Cesc is part of a short passing system that struggles in the Premier League, whether that is because we lack the players to execute the system or the system is just too one-dimensional to be a success here is up for debate. All the best teams Arsene Wenger has had at the club have been built around power, pace and directness. We haven’t had that since Cesc was put in the middle. We nearly got there in 2008 when Adebayor was our striking focus, but it still wasn’t fast enough and ultimately, there was an attitude fail.

If Cesc is moved out of the club, could we switch up the system? Could we revert to some kind of 4-4-2? Or put together a 4-3-3 that had the pace and the drive to press for the full 90 minutes? Losing Cesc would be a nightmare from a talent proposition, but maybe not as much of a nightmare as keeping on a sulking captain for another year. You’re only as good as your leader, and if he’s not onboard with the objectives of the team, you’re already facing a losing battle…

Joey Barton???

Enrique was pretty peeved to wake up and find Joey Barton had merked his hands

Ooooohhhhhh… there’s a contentious player eh?

He’s been linked with Arsenal in a £5million move by former Newcastle striker Micky Quinn, now, I’ve been here before, no one trusts Talksport presenters, why would you? Remember Mike Parry saying Jagielka to Arsenal was a done deal? For me, the link is possibly the most un-Arsene link I can remember and the source is questionable.

The Bartonator has a bit of a chequered history, from beating randoms in the street, to beating team mates, to stubbing out cigars in youth team players eyes… he boasts a CV that would make most prison lags wince.

However… we’re not here to win PR awards. Is there an element of Arsenal fans getting a little to precious about Barton? Could it be said that if he were our scumbag, we’d hold a different view point?

Plenty of our ex-players have chequered pasts. In fact, one of our current superstars has a chequered recent past. Taking up-skirt pictures of girls in night clubs isn’t exactly stylish, nor is frightening cab drivers who support Spurs. Kanu was reportedly the user of ladies of the night, Merson was a fan of the Colombian marching powder, Parlour was a massive boozer, Silvinho was a passport cheat, David Hillier nicks suitcases, Tony Adams was a convicted drink driver, Adebayor was questioned over slapping his girlfriend and he head butted Nik B on the pitch… but in the main, we forgave because when it comes to football, it’s not about what goes on in their private lives that interests us…

Footballers are there to play football, as far as I can see, Joey Barton is a somewhat reformed character and I think he’s a really top player on the pitch. He’s far superior to players like Diaby and Denilson and he certainly has that grit and edge we lack in the dressing room. Sometimes you need personalities that grate in the dressing room. You need players who won’t let standards drop. I know we don’t have one of those at the moment.

I appreciate Barton might be one of those players who takes things to the extreme, but for £5million, I think he’d be a bargain. He’s 28 years old, he’s a game changer and he’d improve on what we have now.I absolutely don’t subscribe to this constant drivel people spout about any English player we don’t have being average. We have an ex-Under 21 Brazilian in Denilson, captain at all levels, and where has that got us over the past 160 games?

Being technically genius means nothing if you don’t have application…

Ask yourself this, could Diaby, Song or Denilson turn a 4-0 defeat on its head?

Fulham are on the verge of snapping up Kameni… what does this mean for Mark Schwarzer? Could be interesting… we know Wenger looked at Friedel, we know we need experience in goal. I wonder if he might move for the Austrailian?

Finally, if you’d like to read my send off for Eboue, go to the Sabotage Times and have a read!

See you in the comments!

P.S. A big congratulations to Rory Mccilroy, what a performance under the most intense of pressures!

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Enrique, Samba and Parker hotting up, but still no takers for our talented kids, surely not?

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Jose Enrique Sanchez Diaz, the Spanish left back is being suggested as a replacement to Gael Clichy, I don’t know too much about him other than he is a year younger and is in the last year of his contract at Newcastle, the team that came back from 4 down to us, so does that make him a good left back or a bad one? One thing is for sure, he’s not Leighton Baines so we won’t be spending big in that position if we buy him.

Samba seems to be getting closer as Blackburn now admit the player himself wants to go to Arsenal but they want to demonstrate to him how ambitious they are, okay so that means we’ve got him then. Arsene go and impress us and buy Cahill as well!

Lee Dixon himself is urging the boss to sign Scott Parker, now I have always liked Scott Parker and would have him all day long over super slow Song, but I do worry about his luck with injuries, will we be buying the player of the year and getting 3 great seasons until Coquelin or Frimpong grow up, or are we looking at a crock.

I can’t answer that, but I would sooner have him than watch him go to the spuds.

Now here’s the biggest question since who is Prince Harry’s real dad.

Why have our multi talented young players not been snapped up by the top clubs in Europe? Clichy, Denilson, Bendtner and Vela are all available, Bendtner is 100% sure of leaving but it seems 99% of clubs have made no offers, we even tried to swap Denilson plus cash for Costa but they laughed at us and Liverpool offered a paltry £5mil for Clichy.

These are all players that have played many games for us and no one in football wants them, that will tell you a lot!

As for the older stars, no one wants them either, but they still get games for the Arsenal, Almunia, Squillaci and Rosicky, and we can’t give them away.

I did say some time ago that you know how good your players are when people go after them, players like Nasri, Cesc and Robin will always be chased but players like Song, Denilson and Bendtner who have had key roles in our team over the years don’t get a single offer, that to me shows you how good they aren’t, yet with us they get game after game, strange that.

I do wonder what Kozzer or Vermaelen would be like as DM’s though, if we got Cahill and Samba we will have a bunch of options, the strange thing is, Wenger messes about all the time with his centre backs but he never does with his DM position, I would give either of them a go, it may also save us money and make us a better team.

Don’t forget Johan Djourou joined us as a DM!

A few whispers about Jermaine Defoe are finding their way into blogland, the crossing the divide in Sol Campbell’s day was a big deal, but since Bentley and Gallas did it, it’s no big deal anymore so why is that? Is it because they are not really our big rivals anymore? Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

I have always liked Defoe, a real goalscorer, he is also an Arsenal fan and his hero is Ian Wright. He would do well at Arsenal because he could finish what our forwards can’t. And by that I mean Chamakh, Bendtner and crab football.

I wanted to sign him when he was at West Ham, will it happen? Who knows? Maybe Arsene does!

Diaby is a player when fit I also like, I don’t think he’s that bright, getting sent off against Newcastle and telling the world he wears a spud shirt testify to that, he has been injury prone his whole Arsenal career, but has had a big op this summer trying to sort the problem out for good, this has to be it Arsene, last chance saloon, we are not a hospital, if this doesn’t work he needs to go.

I saw a two tone blue away shirt yesterday and have to say I really like it, I like anything without that dreadful red current on it. My two favourite away kits of all time were that 1996 and the 2004 ones. Apart from the badge, I like this years home kit too, though I would have preferred white or hooped socks and a white collar instead.

Given the tough start we have to endure we really need to get all our new players in early as we will have to rest them with the hectic schedule, if we make some key signings I really fancy us to win big next year, all we need to do is get a defence, a DM and a winger, but you know what? That’s all we have needed since 2004.

Maybe this year our leader would have finally realised that too. Have a fun filled Fathers day Grovers, if any of you are dads enjoy the day, if you aren’t and you have a dad, go tell him you love him, he’ll like that!

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Arsenal sell for £25mill | We know the positions, so who are the players?

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Where to start eh? I leave the country for 2 days and nothing happens, in fact the only exciting thing I can report is that my iPad has learnt the spelling of Gervinho…

Well that’s a lie, the massive news this morning is Arsenal have killed their career in property flogging off a load of Emirates land for a bottom line profit of £25million (according the AST)! 2500 new homes will be generated at prices totally out if the reach if your average punter… But who cares, I love looking at expensive property!


This reminds me of a horrible story one of my friends told me. He sacked his girlfriend who was quite successful, they split the profit of their own property… this woman scorned did what no man would want to see… She bought an Arsenal flat with the proceeds.

Burner, I’d rather find out my ex was seeing Jermaine Jenas…

Does that mean we have enough money to make a few signings of intent? You bet! This is great news, let’s hope Wenger welcomes this as a bonus, not as a threat to his purist notion of not spending.

Talking of spending, it’s clear that Typically it takes arsenal 90% longer than anyone else to negotiate transfers. Gazidis has probably tried to use most things on his desk as sweetners… Pencil sharpeners, rulers… Cheese and onion crisps. At the end of the day, it’ll come down to Market rate and whether we’ll pay it.

If we don’t, there’s always a nutter with a cheque book ready and waiting with a 40% better offer. Kenny, I’m looking at you son! Interesting that I’ve heard in his personal life he’s tighter than an amazon gift voucher from Arsene Wenger!

This Douglas Costas offer sounds interesting… It’s very hard to know exactly wheat we’re up to… What we can decipher is that we’re after a wide man, a centre back and a forward.

I think there are many smoke screens going off at the moment… So it’s going to be hard to predict anything!

It’ll be interesting to see if we do play Vermaelen at left back, for me, that’s not a great option. You’re wasting a top centre back there. I’ve also heard he’s a horrible left back room a Grover who used to work out there.

I was told that when he was played as a DM for Belgium he was excellent. That really would be interesting! Tenacious, fast, good on the ball, mobile and super going forward. JD and Kozzer were ok at the back last year, with a bit more coaching and preparation next year I see no reason why Vermaelen can’t be given a new role.

Wenger could realise his dream of having Song as a centre back!

Talking of midfield, how would you feel about Joey Barton? Ignoring the fact he’d shank you if you jeered him in the ground, what do you think of his on pitch persona? What about his skill? For me, if he wasn’t a scum bag, he’d be at a top club… Simple as that.

Also, I heard that Sagna’s comments about Cesc that he denied ARE the comments he thinks in private. I think most of the squad expect Cesc to leave this summer. If we can pick up on that from the stands, you’d be naive to think the players aren’t picking up on that vibe from inside the club.

God bless that 8 year deal… God bless it a thousand times!

Off topic, if someone can tell me the last time an iPad crashed a Ryanair plane I’d be fascinated. The old guy sitting next to me is enraged my simless tablet is on during s flight. Muppet. What would Joey B do?

Back to soccer ball. Not much else to talk about really.

I’m really interested to see who else in Europe has the faith in the dross Arsene Wenger has had for the past 5 years. Really, they should be going to equivalent clubs in other leagues… Or at least batting around that area. Who will take Denilson and Eboue? Who will take a punt on Vela? Will anyone bid for Rocky or Squillaci? Who’d be mad enough to put Almunia in their first team?

Other managers know a good player when they see one… We’ll see just how misguided his faith was eh!

I’d also like to know if Wenger has given up on an experienced keeper? If I was him I’d have a back up and he wouldn’t be Fabianski. Thomas Sorenson would be a good signing, maybe even Schwarzer again? Not necessarily for the 1st 11 but there just in case secondseasonitis kicks in with our bolshy number one.

I really like chezzer, all I’m saying is preparation for the worst is always a great idea when dealing with kids.

Anyway Saturday is here, much Peroni is yet to be drunk!

Keep it messy and embarrassing Grover’s and know that 1 in 5 mushrooms eaten in England are Irish.


Waiver: This post was written with an iPad and a skinful under the belt. Excuse the smpelling.

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