Transfer talk: Rumours and the reality

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Seen as transfer gossip has been the theme of the comments section this week, I thought I’d do a run down of potential buys this coming transfer window.

Michah Richards:

The dream buy, a rarity in the footballing world – English and talented. Micah is only 19, he is fast, powerful and has an eye for goal. He plays Right back and Centre back. He has the versatility that Wenger likes in his players and he is an avid gooner. He would come at a premium though and would Man City part with him considering the financial clout they have? Would Micah accept being behind Kolo and Gallas?

Wish list Chance: 30%

Nicholas Anelka:

Our old favourite Nic Anelka. We know all about this man, good and bad. He has electric pace, silky skills and a thunderous shot. Many Arsenal fans see him as the perfect signing to bolster our attack this winter. We all know the potential problems with Anelka. His attitude stinks a lot of the time. But as Arsenal fans, we are quite forgiving. I would take him back, but would Le Boss? Do we have enough striking options? Would Anelka hinder youngsters like Nikki B and Theo? Is he too old?

Wish List Chance: 20%

Tresor Mputu:

Top scorer in the African Champions league. He is bulky, fast and a good finisher. According to reports, he is a better prospect than Sammy Eto’o. Wenger has confirmed that he has been on trial with us and he also confirmed that he was impressed. I would think that Wenger is cautious of making another Yaya blunder… sign him up Wenger!

Wish List Chance: 80%

Luca Toni:

The big Italian is unsettled at Bayern Munich; he is home sick. So the obvious choice for his next club would be Arsenal or Spurs apparently. The guy is class. He is powerful, good in the air and has a World Cup winners medal behind him. Bayern paid £17 million for him in the summer and I doubt his valuation would depreciate that heavily. I think his age and his cost would be a huge factor in his chances of joining us but ManU signed Larrson for a season. Stranger things have happened.

Wish list Chance: 40%

Jussi Jääskeläinen:

Many of you want us to sign a top class goalkeeper in the transfer window. With Bolton looking decidedly shite this season, and his contract expiring in June, could Arsenal be ready to pounce with a bargain bid in January? He is a solid keeper who is 32. He also has the advantage of looking 9 years old… good for the 4 year contract when he hits 31 (Don’t show Wenger you licence!)! The only stumbling block with this one is that Almunia is playing well and Fabianski is the new Cech. He has never had Champions League experience, which can only hinder his transfer.

Wish List Chance: 60%

Luca Modric:

Dubbed the best midfielder in the world by, err? His agent! I don’t really understand the hype around him to be honest. He is small, not overly fast and hideously ugly. Not that being ugly makes you a bad player, but imagine the nightmares young Bayern Munich fans are have over the posters of Franck Ribery? I don’t want young Gooner’s having the same issues. I think the price being touted is £15 million. I doubt Arsenal will stretch to that.

Wish List Chance: 20%


A young defender who is contracted to Villareal and out on load at Recreativo. I have read that he is a good defender on a few websites but then I read he was being kept out of the team by Big Phil’s footballing mentor… PASCAL CYGAN. I must stop writing now. This transfer is a no go. The player has also ruled out a move.

Wish List Chance: 1%


The Emanuel Petit look-a-like holding midfielder from Sporting. He is a classy player, who ran PV04 off the park a few weeks ago. He also has the advantage of being able to play right across the back. He would be a great asset to Arsenal, but at the end of the day we already have 6 million centre midfielders and the last thing we want to do is another player position conversion. Wenger’s latest attempt hasn’t gone to well. Senderos – Goalkeeper to Centre back… it was never going work was it?

Wish list Chance: 30%

So that is my run down of potential buys this January transfer! Lets have some of your thoughts in the comments!

In other news Adebayor has been telling jokes again. He comically said,

“But who knows? If Real Madrid comes with an offer of £100m, Arsenal might be tempted to sell me. If Wenger tells me to go, I cannot fight to stay.”

Oh Ade, you kill me! You really do!

Cesc could be out for up to three games, which would be a huge blow to us. I hope the injury is less serious. No news from the official site yet, but some interesting quotes here.

The Jew, the Christian and the Muslim. Sounds like a children’s book doesn’t it? It’s not though. They are the religions of the three Arsenal fans who are planning on suing Arsenal for breach of contract. They are suing over the racist chanting of the term ‘Yiddo’. It offends all three of them, and Arsenal don’t do enough to stop it happening (really?). I don’t really want to give my opinion on the matter as I am not religious, but if there is anyone out there who is religious and has an opinion on the chanting it would be interesting to hear what you think in the comments section.

See you in the comments sections! Happy Groving!

24 Responses to “Transfer talk: Rumours and the reality”

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  1. Pedro

    I have to say that I am unsure whether Wenger will put his hand in his pocket this Winter. he has just come out and said that Vela will be joining the first team squad this year, which rules out a striker.

    The only place I can see some action happening is if he gets rid of big Phil. I have to say that he hasn’t done himself any favours. Regardless of how bad he has been, I don’t like to see polls about whether we should sell him or not. It must be disheartening, and its very unArsenal like of people.

    I’d be happy with a bit of cover at the back because Song, Bertie and Senderos are not good enough cover.

  2. Sunnier Disposition

    Luca Toni would be a good player to get on board if it was a 6 month loan. I have to say though, I am in agreement with Pedro. Wenger wont open that cheque book, he might say he will to give some of the other players a kick up the backside!

    We have an abundance of players in our squad and we have an abundance of players coming through the youth ranks. Wenger has cleverly loaded the youth team with players that can slot straight into the first team when ready. I doubt he’ll need to spend much over the next five years. Why buy a player, when you can grow them and give them a sprinkle of Wenger-Gro!

    Villa is looking a tough game now. We ideally need Cesc back, but I agree with Myles Palmer, why not play Rosicky in the centre with Diarra? He is a centre midfielder by trade and would love the opportunity to show everyone what he can do. Does anyone know when Hleb is back? Is Le List accurate?

    Redknapp arrested eh! What a dirty soundral that man is! We all love him though!

  3. Bud

    ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh dont get us started with the Arsenal Stewpids. As I mentioned earlier, they are just the kid at school nobody liked, nobody picked at football, everyone picked on……. stewarding is their chance to get back at society…….. CNUTS !!!!!!!!

    Redknap for England………. will be good to have a Gooner (I love the man as he never hides that he and his father were proper Arsenal fans)…… might even make me watch an England game !!!!!

  4. Steward

    That sounded like foul and abusive language bud, any more out of you and we’ll be ejecting you.

    You forgot to mention rejection from women. No women are interested in me because I appear weak outside. When I put on that flourecent jacket and strap that walkie talkie to my belt… I feel like a real man!

    People like you need to be punished, its the only way I can feel better about earning £4.60 an hour. I really don’t think a £1200 ticket entitles you to fun.

    So shut the fuck up or face the consequences.

  5. henry

    As far as racial chanting is concerned, if they don’t like it, fuck off to a mosque and pick on a school teacher, or stop eating bacon sandwiches when you think no fucker is looking when you come out of the synagogue.

    I can’t think of a christian one so what about fuck of!

    All the PC shit is bollocks and there’s no room at football matches for it, we drink and scream abuse, that why we go.

    We also like football but the two go and in hand.

    Finally if they don’t like the term yiddo, go and sue Tottenham, they started it.

  6. Geoff

    Nice blog Pedro, Richards and Anelka would do me, I think we could get Richards because he hasn’t signed his new contract and he’ll go cheap if he hangs on.

    A word for all these do gooders and PC religious nutters, if you don’t like what you hear, don’t go to watch Arsenal, we may not like what you have to say, the fact you’re all religious offends me for a start. You start all the wars you stupid sods.

    I don’t care if you’re black, white green or pink, I don’t care which god you support and I don’t care if you bat for the other side, why? because I go to Arsenal to watch football, have a drink, have a cuss and have a good time with my mates, if any of that offends you, go and live in the middle east or Sudan and see if they tolerate your bigoted views.

    My guess is they’ll flog you, fuck you, put you in a cell with their pet horny goat and chuck the key away.

    Leave us and your stupid whining alone.

    Bud get a fish for your picture.

  7. grovedigger

    A fish? isn’t that a Christian symbol? or is Geoff trying to tell you something, or does it mean we’re going to sign ‘Billy the fish’ from Viz magazine and you’re his agent.

    At least he won’t sulk if he’s on the bench like Anelka would.

    I think you should put your photo on there bud, so we can all admire you!

  8. Bud

    Its not fair to normal people if I put my photo on here. With it being so near to Christmas, the last thing I want is fellow Grovers getting all down and feeling sub standard in all departments !!!!!

  9. Pedro

    No late night blogging? How upsetting?

    I guess i’m off to post on some spud sites… insisting some north london tension.

    Good night all!

  10. jimmyfingers

    I’m going for the last blog. Fuck all you early worms, the mornings are for the gays

    Ooops, does that mean I’m going to get sued?

    This PC shit does my bollock in. The truth of the matter is: Spud fans aren’t Jews generally, and they have chosen to call themselves yiddos. They call themselves that with pride and identify themselves as a group by it.

    Now every fan of every other club in London hate Tottenham, and so they use the idnetifying name spuds fans use in a derogatory way. It could be anything: if they called themselves spuds we’d be singing songs about the Irish potato famine. We got nothing against the Irish (well apart from the obvious) and nothing against potatoes but it matters not a jot.

    Unfortuantely there’s an overlap. I’ve been drawing a Venn diagram and it seems that songs against Tottenham reference one of the worst passages of human history re: the holocaust.

    This is where a sense of humour comes in. Preferably humour of the blackest kind. We sing and shout all sorts of foulness from the terraces. I remember stumbling into the North Bank, fully cut and a bit late when we were playing Wednesday and first thing I saw was DiCanio scythe a gunner. Literally first thing out of my mouth was ‘fuck off Di Canio you dirty wop cunt’. I then settled myself into my seat next a suitably scared 10 year old and proceeded to sing and shout all sorts. When all was done and we won (3-1 if memory serves and a debut brace of goals from dennis) I was happy and Larry and didn’t go out searching to hit the nearest Italian. I have nothing against Italy: good sauages, brilliant wine, alright lager and hairy but attractive women.

    What was my point? Too much rum plays havoc with your debate skills

    Ah yes, what is said on the terraces stays on the terraces. Its a moment of the balckest humour that is mostly tongue in cheek. Yes a minority may really mean it, but generally they have been eliminated from the modern game. Its like the telling of a really filthy joke

    ‘The Aristocrats’

  11. Pedro

    Muchos Congratulations Bud…


    You win a beer at the next home game, your paying!

    Good man!