Ozil is better than Cesc \ Real Robin our Dutchman? \ Reserves banished… good

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You might not like the headline, but it’s the picture we have to paint in the blogosphere if we want our Captain to stay. If Barca sign Ozil this summer, that freezes Cesc out of the set up for years to come. The Turk is a cheaper option, he is younger and hopefully he’d do a good enough job for Barca as their back up playmaker to mean Cesc isn’t an option… leaving the Spaniard all to Arsenal… for eternity!


So, if anyone Spanish asks you, Cesc is overrated… Song was the key man last  year, assisting the assister and Mesut Ozil is the man for Barca.

In fact, tell them Ozil is so good, he has his own character in Southpark…




In other news, there are all sorts of fantastic rumours flying around about what the England players have been getting up to in their spare time. If you haven’t heard them, I can tell you one thing, they’re more debauched than a Sunday omnibus of Jeremy Kyle. If true, and I pray the rumours are… expect super knock on effects to some of our rivals! For what it’s worth, I have a buddy who knocks about with an England player who has confirmed that there is an element of truth in the stories… take that with an industrial sized bag of sea salt though.

Sometimes I’m glad Theo Walcott is a geek… right now, the thought of Theo staying in on a Friday night with a box of crayons and a colouring book fills me full of joy.

Young Guns have revealed that Arsenal are ditching the reserve team in favour of arranging friendlies. The best kids will go into the first team squad, the rest will go out on loan.

That’s a good money saving strategy in my opinion for something which seems to offer very little value these days. I hope that players that deserve playing time get it next year. You wonder how long a player like Jack Wilshere is going to sit warming the bench. I’ve heard that people around him have pressed the coaching staff for first team action this year. Fair play if that’s the case… I’d do the same if Denilson was getting the nod ahead of me.

My favourite non-starter for the reserves? Goal scoring sensation, Isaiah Rankin. Who is yours?

Carrying on from yesterdays post, I thought I’d flag a few points about season tickets.

Firstly, if you do the maths, £10k for that WM club works out at around £192 a meal over a 26 game season. I’ve taken ladies out to swanky restaurants before; I’m talking posher than the Mayfair Nando’s here, and I’ve never ended up with a bill that expensive… I can’t imagine the type of person who’d want to get to the ground two hours early for every game for a sit down meal?

I digress…

Geoff has said for a very long time now that seat up take at Arsenal would suffer if they didn’t address the squad issues. We’re not West Ham, you can’t pick up a years subscription to the Arse for £500. I mean, it costs £100 just to join the waiting list. Anyway, the point Geoff made was that being on the waiting list and actually putting your money where you mouth is come crunch time are two entirely different things.

We stated early in June that one Grover had dropped 30,000 places over 4 years. Other sites have claimed this was a lie, well, since then we have had confirmation from a Grover on twitter who has dropped 10,000 places in a season, guest writer Old Bird who has dropped from 39,500 to 15,000 in 4 years and one of our regulars has been offered an additional ticket by Arsenal this summer despite not even being on the waiting list.

Whilst I’m patently aware that this does not mean 30,000 people have handed in their season tickets, it’s a sign of the times that the waiting list is shrinking by 20% a year. Arsenal will always sell season tickets, but they shouldn’t be lured into a false sense of security because people wont pay top prices unless they are seeing top class football. In a climate where corporate excess is seen as vulgar and an economy where we’re supposedly about to lose 600,000 jobs an Arsenal season ticket begins to look like an massive investment that only works one way… becuase the club don’t match your outlay on players or competing on all fronts.

Arsenal beware… a Liverpool like season could cause real problems.

Anyway, we both renewed and we don’t have visions of 7th… but remember the old cliché… complacency killed the golden goose… or something like that?

In transfer news, how would you feel about our summer business if it looked like this?

  • Schwarzer
  • Chamakh
  • Mertesacker
  • Joe Cole
  • Kozzer


Sagna Mertesacker Verminator Clichy

Cesc Song Cole

Chamakh RvP Arshavin

I’d feel pretty special inside. I think those additions really could make a positive impact this year and give the whole squad the lift we need after a bit of a catastrophic end of season collapse. People talk about most of the above not being experienced winners, well, before we won our first title of the decade, we signed players like Freddie, Gio, Franny, R.Wright and Sol Campbell… they weren’t winners in the Premier League sense but they were quality.

The above players, bar Kozzer who I know nothing about, seem to have quality written all over them.

There are some interesting stories floating around this morning. One of the is that Rosicky has received interest from German clubs. If he was to be sold, that could make the Joe Cole capture look a little less frivolous. On the Englishman, apparently Milan have denied an interest and his agent has said he wants to go to a club with Champions League football in England. I’ve heard from people all over the place he’s going to sign for us, but you never know what a stupid signing on fee can do to a players decision making skills. It’s interesting that he wants a central role… I’m not sure he’d get that with us or Spurs.

A nasty story that has sprung from Spain is that Robin Van Persie has managed to sneak onto Jose Mourinho’s transfer list. A story that I imagine holds up considering the special ones admiration for our man when he was in Italy.

When I was at school, if you were called special, it normally meant you were a touch retarded. I find it amazing that Mourinho has built a brand off the back of what is essentially a back handed insult…

Jokes aside, Robin is Mr Arsenal for me these days, I hope he builds on his status as a fan favourite this season with an injury free, goal scoring, assist making, title winning season.

I’m starting to feel a lot more positive about the outcome of our summer and I’m hoping we’ll start seeing some transfer action over the next couple of weeks!

See you in the comments!

P.S. Found this picture of Chamakh practising with Song’s imaginary friend… he looks good, doesn’t he (Chamakh, not Songs friend)?!

Arsenal how cynical, you just can’t help yourself can you.

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The new home kit launched officially on the Arsenal website this morning and I have to say, it’s a pretty tasty addition to the dressing room. If anything, it harks back to our most successful kit of the last ten years, the invincibles one! Maybe it’s an omen? Maybe we’ll replicate similar feats this year!

The kit however, was not the only newly launched product on the agenda of the Arsenal money making machine.

Yesterday I got an email from the Arsenal shareholder exchange, as always I read with excitement about the new developments at the stadium and was grateful for Arsenal and the board for spending money on club level to improve our matchday experience, and all unprompted, how nice I thought.

Then later that day, through the post I received a ‘Welcome to the new Club Level’ brochure and did the same, read through it with excitement at what we had coming our way.

In club level, although we pay more, we do get treated badly, especially on European nights and big games, you see that’s when the real corporates arrive and the management rope off 2/3rds or more of the space we thought we paid for. So any improvements would be greatly appreciated.

The first improvement is the redevelopment of the Legends bar, they are making it more like an American sports bar (wonder whose idea that was) with 40 screens and increased seating, well, I have no idea where Legends is, but I hope they do it to all the other bars soon.

Then comes the Woolwich Buffet, which is a swanky new bar and lounge that will be available to those who want to pay extra for a meal. So I think if you don’t want a meal, you can’t go in.

Then comes the real piss take, the WM club named after Herbert Chapman’s 3223 formation and the Foundry named after the original Foundry at the armaments factory in Woolwich.

It’s difficult to see where they will be situated as there’s no map, but no doubt some of them will eat into our already cramped drinking areas of Club Level.

However if you want to eat in the WM club or The Foundry you’ll need £4,950 times two for the former or £3,950 times two for the latter, per season.

So if I wanted to join, that would set me back £15k a season, that’s 50% more than the box I used to have!

In effect they are trying to turn part of Club Level into a poor mans Diamond club. So what I thought was Arsenal giving us a bit of added value, is once more a cynical attempt to screw yet more money out of its loyal fans. I think it’s disgusting and shame on you Arsenal.

So there we are, all hoping Arsenal spend some of our money on players, and they spend money on building 2 more restaurants to squeeze more money out of the fans who haven’t seen a trophy for 5 seasons. Priceless. And Arsenal are acting like they are doing the us a service.

Hey, I have a message Arsenal, go and buy some decent players and win us a trophy. That will be a service.

Some people have a low opinion of club level, but from my experience, in the main, the people who buy those tickets are normal fans who fancied an upgrade and people who jumped the season ticket list. The club level tickets cost about £1200 more then the best normal seats, so not out the realms for many middle earning London fans.

Arsenal putting a £15k price tag on their new services alienates normal club levelers by watering down their ticket, it down grades the Diamond club by giving a similar product for a decreased price and it encourages the type of corporates who leave large swathes of seats empty throughout the season… because let’s be honest, who else at the moment can afford a £15k ticket?

So much for addressing the atmosphere issues at the ground…

To finish off, we have a promising transfer story. Per Mertesacker is apparently in talks with Arsenal about a proposed move to the Grove. We exclusively revealed last year that the giant German was in fact an Arsenal fan and he has once again impressed at the World Cup. He’d be a great signing in my eyes, but I wont be getting too carried away as the pushers of the story are so far the Daily Mail and the Sun!

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Use the money to buy Ozil and replace Campbell.

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This is my final suggestion on the Cesc situation Arsene, you need to read and act on it, as I think it’s a good one.

Go and spend £20mil on Ozil, or whatever it takes, he’ll only get better and for me he is as good as I’ve seen in that playmmaker attacking type role, he won’t extend his Bremen contract, so he wants out, he hasn’t gone so far as to ask to leave, like Cesc has, so he has some loyalty but he wants out, no one has enquired, so get in quick and spend what it takes.

Yes I know his dream is to play for Barca, but they can’t have everyone, and tell me a player outside of Ray Parlour and Benik Afobe who doesn’t want to play for Barcelona.

If Cesc then wants to stay as he won’t get past Iniesta or Xabi, then great, if not, put him on the transfer list, I know he only wants Barca, but if Madird come in with a bag of cash, then Barca will up their bid, if not, he’ll know how we feel about him,  he’ll take the money and sod off to Madrid.

I really do wish Arsenal would start acting like a big club and not Barca’s bitch, if they stood up for themselves then indirectly they would be standing up for their players and ultimately their fans. Is that too much to ask?

I watched the first half of the Spain game last night and didn’t see Cesc on, I suspect he got on in the second half, but he should take a long hard look into the future there, because he will need to take a cushion with him if he went to Barca, as he would spend most of his career on their bench.

Barca are also after Ozil, that’s if they can’t get Cesc, so let’s help them, we have much more money than they do, they can’t have them both and frankly, for his age, and Cesc’s show of loyalty, I would sooner have Ozil.

I really don’t want Madjid Bougherra, I know he did a job on England, but that wasn’t hard was it, they’re a shite team, but don’t forget before he played for Rangers, he played for Charlton, I’m sure we could do better than him, maybe now Hodgson has gone, we should go back in for Hangeland.

Either way we should wave goodbye to Campbell, I don’t want a player that flirts with other clubs, pure and simple, I like Sol, but he’s not got another two years in him, maybe one and then use him as a defensive coach, but not as a player. You would have thought he would have learned from his experience with Notts County wouldn’t you?

Anyway Arsene, you have a solution there for Cesc, move now before Real Madrid, City or Chelsea come in, I bet Ozil would jump at the chance, if not him, then get Gourcuff, or both if Cesc goes.

I would also go back for Melo, the thought of watching Denilson all over again fills me, and cesc with dread, at least someone bid for Song, it seems no one wants Denilson or Almunia, I wonder why?

Anyway, have a great day grovers, the world cup will soon be at an end and pre season can begin!