The irony of resting players… why we can afford Arshavin now!

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The irony of drawing against Cardiff is that the team put out to play that game was only so weak because we were resting players… now we have added another tricky fixture to our schedule. Some people are ok with the draw… but I happen to think we’ve missed a good opportunity to keep a winning streak going… plus risked possible injuries in an unnecessary game.

Fabianski
Sagna Djourou Toure Gibbs
Eboue Ramsey Song Nasri
Bendtner RVP

I can’t understand the persistence with Eboue… The stability argument doesn’t rub anymore… there is nothing stable about a player who gives the ball away 60% of the time… he doesn’t even know which position he is playing in. So why does he keep getting the nod? I was a bit wary about playing Song and Ramsey in the middle… Ramsey becuase of his inexperience and the pressure… Song for obvious reasons. I would preferred to have seen Denilson and Nasri in the middle… Rambo out wide right… Vela left (Or Wilshere due to the injury).

Still, we had what we had…

The first half was a poor showing from Arsenal. We struggled to get any sort of passing rhythm going, we were second to most balls and the midfield, bar Song… didn’t really offer anything. Even when Song is playing ok, he still doesn’t offer us the pace or drive the current set up need from a centre midfielder.

Ramsey was terribly off the pace today and showed why he isn’t yet ready to stake a claim on a starting berth. Eboue was pretty dire for the first half. He was once again deployed in the ‘free role’ and he rarely offered us width. He was harshly booked after going down easily in the Cardiff box… but like I said earlier in the season, when you get yourself a name for being a cheat, that type of stuff happens.

As chances went, Cardiff had the better. McCormick caused us problems all afternoon. He went close early on with a glancing header… he also blazed a shot just wide shortly after. The fact of the matter was Cardiff didn’t hit the target, so Arsenal were let off.

Arsenal had a few half chances, with Nasri going closest. He was played in sublimely by RvP… but instead of letting rip early, he took his time, made a couple of phone calls, put the kettle on… then weakly shot right of the keeper who saved with ease. Nik B went close twice as did Kieren Gibbs. The story of the first half was all about how well Cardiff played against a top 4 team… and how Arsenal had failed to be at the races against a weaker team.

The second half began and I was hoping for a more urgent Arsenal. We kind of got that, but we still had the same issue we’ve had most of the year… no penetration. The whole midfield lacks that winning mentality you look for in a world class team. You get the impression some of the players expect to win without having to work hard for it… which I guess is why we saw a casual approach to nicking a winner.

Things started to look promising when Ade came on for the disappointing Eboue (Why was he shaking his head?). Ade ruffled Cardiff’s feathers straight away when he played in RvP from a long ball… who struggled but did manage to get a shot off, only to be saved by Enkleman. Not long after that, RvP chipped a cross to the unmarked Togan… who shinned the ball into the ground in ridiculous fashion. I know Ade isn’t getting the service he was last yaer… but for £80k a week, you do expect a little more from him. I’m not saying he should have scored it… but he could have at least worked the target.

For all the possession Arsenal held… we didn’t really test the keeper. Cardiff went close late on with a ripper of a freekick that hit the bar. The game fizzled out… and a replay for 9000 Cardiff City fans was ensured.

Player Ratings:

Fabianski: Someone must have slipped a Ritalin pill in his lucozade before the game because I thought he showed an unusual amount of composure and calmness today. He made a couple of smart saves and commanded his area well. 7

Sagna: Not his best game in a yellow and blue shirt. I thought he was a little erratic and last ditch at times. His crossing was nothing short of woeful. 6

Toure: I didn’t really think too much of the defense today. Kolo made a bad error early on, but my issue was more with the defence as a unit… I didn’t feel it was very cohesive… Kolo should really have addressed that. 6

JD: Again, not a great defensive performance… but a clean sheet. 6.5

Gibbs: Considering his age and lack of playing time, I thought he did well against an organised Cardiff team. He also went close in the first half for a goal. A solid back up for Clichy. 7

Nasri: Anonymous in the first half, bar the earlier described miss. I wish he’d show more desire for the ball when he isn’t playing well. He has the ability to change games, but he’ll never do that without the ball at his feet… Wilshere at his tender age is a great example of a player who always wants the ball…. Nasri was better in the second half, and offered us a lot more creatively… but I still think a player with his talent should be doing more. 7.5

Song: I know there were a lot of people slating Song before the game, but I thought he did pretty well today. His passing in the main was pretty sharp and he made a few solid tackles and quietly got on with his job…. he even won a race with Joe Ledley! He faded as the game went on, but considering how much extra work he had to do next to Rambo… I thought he did himself proud. I don’t think he is the future there because he lacks the right qualities, but hopefully he can begin an upward curve of improvement. 7.5

Rambo: I was pretty shocked that the 18 year old was given a start considering the importance of winning the FA Cup this year. He was roundly booed all game by the Cardiff faithful and it rattled him. His passing wasn’t sharp and he wasn’t as direct as he has been in previous games. When things weren’t going his way, he started to force things and that made matter worse. Great talent, bad game… 5

Eboue: Not really sure where he was playing today… but I don’t suppose it mattered. He was poor again and didn’t really offer us anything anywhere… I will be surprised if he signs a new contract with us because he really is disliked by a majority of Gooners… and a majority of pundits. He’s just not Arsenal class, and I don’t know how many years Arsene is going to give him before he lets him go. 4

NiK B: I thought he played ok today… lady luck wasn’t on his side, but I thought he worked hard… RvP seems reluctant to pass to him sometimes. I suppose the first half of the season is still fresh in the memory for the Dutchman… hopefully the trust will come back soon. 7

RvP: I love watching Robin play… he holds the ball up as well as Kanu used to and he creates chances. I would like to see him score a few more, but I think the goals will come in time… probably when we sign someone with a bit of creativity. 8

Subs:

Adebayor: Shook things up when he came on but guilty of a poor miss. 5

Jack: Brought on with 3 minutes to go… should have come on earlier. 6

Diaby: Came on, made some poor passes… lost the ball a few times and added nothing to the team. He has bundles of talent, but if he never uses it… he is a bit pointless. 5

I am pretty sure Arsenal were one of the only teams in the Prem who fielded a weakened team yesterday, and that is disappointing. Are our players that precious they can’t get it together for an FA Cup game? Others may not agree, but I find it deeply frustrating to know that we purposely fielded a weakened team in the Carling Cup… then in the FA Cup. We should show the competition some respect…

… but on a positive note (stolen from the comments):

  1. No one was injured
  2. We’re now 9 games unbeaten
  3. An extra game will mean an extra £3.1 million in the bank… so we can now sign Arshavin!

Have a great Monday Grovers!

944 Responses to “The irony of resting players… why we can afford Arshavin now!”

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  1. leon

    stu
    i would rather hahink he is ade than sell him, idont that he is worth 80k but he has the ability to change the game and will score around 25 goals

  2. A

    no news is good news, the only thing that could happen tonight is it being called off. If we hear nothing then im very confident a fee has been agreed

  3. irishgunner

    it might go through tonight – its been too quite from both sides over the last two days particular the Zenit side don’t ye think?

  4. A

    it wouldn’t go through irish, i think the best that could happen is a fee be agreed and arshavin flies into london tomorrow to sort out terms and have a medical etc

  5. irishgunner

    A – well an agreement could go through, that’d be the best we could hope for, then get him on a plane asap, do a medical, sign him and go look for a DM 🙂

  6. ethangunner

    has anyone read this yet or is it confirmed as bogus ?

    Apparently Usmanov has paid for the Arshavin deal and its now a done deal

    This was just confirmed on Russian TV.

    Arshavin is ours

  7. irishgunner

    ethan – that was reported a few hours ago but apparently the Russian source is about as reliable as the sun

  8. Jimbo

    There is an article on the Zenit website saying that negotiations are still ongoing.

    Explains a little about the stumbling points of the deal, but I can’t really understand it.

  9. Punt

    fuck sake wenger, its now the 26th of january, only 6 days left of this transfer window left and you have made fuck all signings, get your finger out, stop letting down the thousands of loyal fans and strengthen the team. Arshavin has been signing “in the next 48 hours” for about a week now, the fuckers watch must have stopped!

  10. Jules

    where do you you get that from Ethan ?

    Keyser , sorry , did,nt mean to ignore you , doing other stuff , its just my opinion that we could go back and forth all night on.

    cheers Thaatarsenalguy !

  11. Pat

    “The news on the move Arshavin in Arsenal at 18.00 Moscow time yet. Everything is the same at the moment”.- Alexei Petrov

  12. Pat

    Its a press release from FC Zenit, its on 4 russian news sites now:


    Negotiations between FC «Zenit» and London «Arsenal» on the transfer of Andrei Arshavina continuing. Between the clubs reached agreement in principle to move the player on terms ustraivayuschih both sides and the actual market value of a football player. At the moment, the main obstacle in the implementation of the deal were personal requirements Andrew Arshavina.

    The player and his agent asked the London club paid to guide «Arsenal» not ready to pay a football player and currently «Arsenal» agrees to comply with the requirements of the player only by reducing his transfer value. In turn, Andrei Arshavin did not intend to go to reduce the demands on the personal contract, and thus hinders the negotiation process, calling into question all the agreements reached between the clubs.FC «Zenit» waives its willingness to sell the player, and continues to negotiate, offering another way out of this situation.

    One possible option for reducing the transfer price Arshavina could be paid compensation for a player rastorgnuty 4-year contract.As in 2006, when signing a contract with FC «Zenit» at the request of the player he was paid one-subscription payment for long-term rate of 5 million euros, in the early termination of the contract Andrei Arshavin can return the club half the amount (2.5 million euros) and it will be credited to the player’s transfer value. “

  13. patthegooner

    Irish that info from Pat is on Zenit St Petersburg’s official website.

    It is geniune.

    I just went there myself and copy and pasted the text into Google Translate

  14. A

    does anyone have a link to the article on the zenit website? i can’t seem to find it.

    The usmanov thing sounds like bollocks, was few hours ago, originated from a source compared to the sun, photos of naked celebs etc on their website, and misinterpretted i think! Seems like all that happened was a quote from usmanov saying he’d be willing to pay the 2 million if that’s what it’d take, but that warranted a headline of “USMANOV BUYS ARSHAVIN”!!

  15. goonermichael

    been away from the pc all day. Any news on AA? Just read a few of the earlier comments. I think carrick is extremely average well overpriced at the time and now.

  16. Pat

    life.ru has a breaking news thing, but I can’t read it. I don’t think its the same article that claimed Usmanov paid 2 million.

    Check it out

  17. patthegooner

    This is what it says Pat

    Negotiations between piterskim «Zenit» and London «Arsenal» on the transfer of Andrei Arshavina completed. Between the clubs reached agreement in principle to move the player on terms ustraivayuschih both sides and the actual market value of a football player. Salary 27-year-old Andrew in England will be about 7 000 000 euros.

    Problems

    At the moment, the main obstacle in the implementation of the deal were personal requirements Andrew Arshavina. The player and his agent asked the London club paid to guide «Arsenal» not ready to pay a football player and currently «Arsenal» agrees to comply with the requirements of the player only by reducing his transfer value. In turn, Andrei Arshavin did not intend to go to reduce the demands on the personal contract, and thus hinders the negotiation process, calling into question all the agreements reached between the clubs.

    Decision

    «Zenit» waives its willingness to sell the player, and continues to negotiate, offering another way out of this situation. One possible option for reducing the transfer price Arshavina could be paid compensation for a player rastorgnuty 4-year contract. As in 2006, when signing a contract with a blue-white-blue-on-demand player, he was paid in lump sum subscription for sustainability in the amount of five million euros. In the case of early termination of contract, Andrei Arshavin the club can return half the amount (2.5 million euros) and will be credited to the player’s transfer value.

    Help

    In addition, the English club can always resort to the aid of one of its largest shareholders – Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. Notorious two million pounds, which «kanoniry» so far refused to add to the 12 million proposed for Shavu earlier, found a Russian billionaire and co-owner of London club Alisher Usmanov.

    – I am ready to connect to the talks, if need be – commented on the situation on the day itself oligarch.

    Alisher Usmanov, who is co-owner komanii Red and White Holding, at the end of August 2007 acquired a 14.58% stake in Arsenal Holdings, owns the football club «Arsenal». After another month Usmanov bought 23% of the shares and subsequently intended to bring its share to 49 percent.

    Coach

    Recall that a mentor «Arsenal» Arsène Wenger seriously voznamerilsya buy Russian forward after the European championship match between the national teams of Russia and Sweden, in which the Russians won with the score 2:0.

    Wenger then personally went to the stadium to watch the game of Russian attack, and after the match came in the locker room and congratulated our players on the victory, highlighting the game Andrew Arshavina.
    Since then, the Frenchman does not hope to get Shavu, although the other day and admitted that the failure of the negotiations will not be a tragedy for him.

    – I believe in those players who were in favor of club, and I do not doubt that they were able to successfully hold this season – said the coach.

    Fans

    But after all this semi-epic transition Arshavina, fans «kanonirov» is not happy to see talented Russian in your favorite team. Several groups of fans in London «Arsenal» decided to speak out against the purchase of the Russian national team forward Andrei Arshavina.
    Discussing the possibility of moving into the camp Arshi «kanonirov», many fans agree that the 27-year-old striker does not want the London team.

    Fans of the British believe that the price of Andrew overstated, and that money can buy two very good players.

    Many fans of the London club are confident that it would be better instead of one to buy two Russian strongholds Midfielders.

    – Arshavin – the last of what needs «Arsenal», – talk English. – The team has not prevented a pair of strong defensive Midfielders plan. And this we need a Russian, as the fifth leg of the dog.

  18. I AM KING

    so basically we are being incredibly stingy and are not prepared to prepare his fees which are 100% justifiable in the modern footballing game especially when he gave that prick adebayor 80,000 grand week- if we dont pay the fees it is a joke to our clubs and highlight our TOTAL LACK OF AMBITION- please someone back me up on this- it seems people are in denial about this- how much do you wanna bet if he was french he would give the fees!

  19. A

    cheers for that, the english page of the zenit website doesnt have that article, been checking it all night!! sounds like it’s arshavin then that’s caused the problems!!

  20. wolski

    seems the clubs have agreed a fee, but arsenal have a problem with his personal terms and have asked for difference taken off of the fee! does that sound right…
    7m euros his deal is worth for the contract….
    if you believe everything in the russian media!

  21. A

    exactly michael, that source is ridiculously dodgy, noone should pay any attention to it! sounds like the issues are with the ways russians do things, agents wanting pay offs etc, and we rightly want nothing to do with them!

  22. Pat

    Differing views from three Russian sites. The obvious one to believe is Zenit’s official website who state that a deal has been ‘agreed’ in principal. Unfortunately, Arshavin is UNHAPPY with the contract offered to him which means a deal is STILL ongoing.

    Life.RU say the deal is wrapped up. They also include quotes from Gunners shareholder Alisher Usmanov who reveals he will be ‘ready to get involved in talks if needs be.’

    Fontanka talk about Arshavin’s reluctance to lower his wages and how the deal has been called to a halt for at least tonight.

  23. Paulinho

    What the funk is going on?

    It says bid has been accepted but now personal terms are an issue? Must be a piss take.

    What’s with the fans being unhappy as well? If this deal falls through I’m going to blame it on all those bellends who think we need a defensive midfielder! 😉

  24. patthegooner

    I will go with the Zenit Website at the moment.

    I would love to hear something from Arsenal but you just know that wont come for a few days yet

  25. patthegooner

    To be honest the story on Zenits site could be the spin to appease the fans and save face on letting him go for less money (I.E. money cut from that owed by Arshavin instead of Arsenal offering pennies)

  26. patthegooner

    I just dont get why Arshavin would be holding things up now. He is desperate for a move and has already said publically that it is not a money motivated move

  27. patthegooner

    incesc,

    I dont think we would, I think it is just spin. There is no way we would fuck around for three weeks if personal terms were going to be an issue

  28. Pat

    Stu, its from Zenit’s offical site as well. I’ll post this again:

    Differing views from three Russian sites. The obvious one to believe is Zenit’s official website who state that a deal has been ‘agreed’ in principal. Unfortunately, Arshavin is UNHAPPY with the contract offered to him which means a deal is STILL ongoing.

    Life.RU say the deal is wrapped up. They also include quotes from Gunners shareholder Alisher Usmanov who reveals he will be ‘ready to get involved in talks if needs be.’

    Fontanka talk about Arshavin’s reluctance to lower his wages and how the deal has been called to a halt for at least tonight.

  29. patthegooner

    I dont think we will get anything else tonight. I think it will be done and dusted tomorrow which will be a good morale booster going into Everton away.

  30. patthegooner

    I am surprised the muppets at Sky and Setanta are not all over it though, especially as it is on Zenits site. Maybe they are trying to get some word from Arsenal.

  31. Paulinho

    Arsenal won’t pay the extra 2.5 million and Zenit will not budge on the transfer price in order for us to be in a position to do so.

    So basically the deal is off then and I expect us to pull out tomorrow.

  32. patthegooner

    I dont see that at all Paulinho

    It just looks like a bad translation of we have agreed a fee, but now we need to agree personal terms with Arshavin and they hint that might be a problem.

  33. PDT

    Looks like the deal is done! Lachter confirmed last week that personal terms had been agreed, so expect the announcement from Arsenal tomorrow.

  34. Brighty

    This is translated direct from Zenit’s website – make of it what u will –

    Negotiations on the transfer Arshavina continuing

    Negotiations between FC «Zenit» and London «Arsenal» on the transfer of Andrei Arshavina continuing. Between the clubs reached agreement in principle to move the player on terms ustraivayuschih both sides and the actual market value of a football player.

    At the moment, the main obstacle in the implementation of the deal were personal requirements Andrew Arshavina. The player and his agent asked the London club paid to guide «Arsenal» not ready to pay a football player and currently «Arsenal» agrees to comply with the requirements of the player only by reducing his transfer value.

    In turn, Andrei Arshavin did not intend to go to reduce the demands on the personal contract, and thus hinders the negotiation process, calling into question all the agreements reached between the clubs.

    FC «Zenit» waives its willingness to sell the player, and continues to negotiate, offering another way out of this situation. One possible option for reducing the transfer price Arshavina could be paid compensation for a player rastorgnuty 4-year contract. As in 2006, when signing a contract with FC «Zenit» at the request of the player he was paid one-subscription payment for long-term rate of 5 million euros, in the early termination of the contract Andrei Arshavin can return the club half the amount (2.5 million euros) and it will be credited to the player’s transfer value.

  35. Pat

    PDT< because he is a LOOOOONG way away from playing.

    Rosicky, nasri, Arshavin, cesc, RVP, Wilshere…creativity much??

    Depth on the bench? Yes!

  36. patthegooner

    I honestly think this is the Russians trying to save face for accepting a lower offer.

    The way I read the story is

    Fee agreed

    Arshavin wants Arsenal to pay 2.5m to him to cover the 2.5m he has to pay back to Zenit

    Arsenal will only do that if Zenit knock 2.5m off the Transfer fee.

    and in the last paragraph, Zenit being the good guys see dropping the transfer fee as a way of solving the problem.

    Personally I dont think Arsenal are the kind of club that would make a personal payment of 2.5m to a player so he can pay a release clause, so that is why I think this is done and dusted and they are saving face.

  37. Paulinho

    I think Rosicky has just got movement back in his big toe PDT. Baby steps and all that.

    Pat, I think it’s bit suspicious Zenit come out with this stuff half an hour before our deadline. I think they’re trying to pin the blame on Arshavin and look like the good guys when the deal collapses.

    I think we will pull out tomorrow. Lachter and Zenit are certified lunatics.

  38. metronome

    Its funny that half these so called news sights spend half their time making shit up and now that we finally have something concrete
    Nothing.

  39. Paulinho

    The increasing access to these russian sites has meant we often find out stuff before the major news outlets.

    Back in day we would have found out what we know tonight, tomorrow afternoon.

    Not sure what I prefer to be honest!

  40. patthegooner

    The Sun have their own interpretation of the Website Story

    ARSENAL’s move for Andrei Arshavin could collapse over his “excessive” wage demands, it emerged tonight.

    The Gunners today agreed a £14million deal for the striker after protracted negotiations.

    But Zenit St Petersburg then accused their own star of jeopardising the move by demanding a £3.5m salary AFTER tax.

    Sources at Zenit said the two clubs had agreed a transfer fee which “reflects the real market value” of the player. This is at least £4m higher than Arsenal’s original offer.

    But a statement by the club tonight said: “At the moment the only obstacle to the deal is the personal demands of Andrei Arshavin.”

    The hitman already earns around £100,000-a-week at Zenit.

    And Arsenal have made it clear they are not prepared to match that.

    They have told Arshavin he would have to take a £20,000-a-week cut to join.

    The Russian club claim his salary demand – said to amount to £7m-a-year before tax – is so high “that Arsenal is not prepared to pay”.

    The only way of saving the deal is if the transfer fee is reduced, Russian sources said.

    Zenit will only do this if the player himself pays back £2.5m of an upfront signing on fee he obtained on joining Zenit on a four year deal in 2006.

    “The move to Arsenal is on a knife-edge,” a Russian source said tonight.

    “Unless someone gives way, it looks doomed.

    “Arsenal and Zenit agree, so it’s now up to Arshavin to prove he wants to play for Arsenal by reducing his excessive pay demands in the middle of a financial crisis.”

  41. Keyser

    Paulinho – Didn’t Balack Mamba start out her rehabilitation with movement in her big toe, could be promising for Rosicky.

  42. Jules

    So now Arshavin is fucking about ! I really don,t know what to believe ,

    I do though as usual get the feeling this won,t happen . Why can,t we sign anyone at the moment . Arshavin says he wants to play for us , he does,nt know whats going on then we read the clubs have agreed and now he is jepodising the move !!!

    what !!???? ffs !

  43. Pat

    First off, Arsh makes 85,000 a week. Not sure if thats pounds or euros, but thats definately the right number. I really doubt all this. Lachter said last week that Arsh has already agreed personal terms.

  44. irishgunner

    GM – yeah I think that too

    I had an article posted on FoxSports.Com today – the people on that site are plain thick. They are actually stupid – must be posting from some kind of home for muppets!

  45. patthegooner

    SSN’s take on it,

    Arsenal have struck a deal with Zenit St Petersburg for Andrei Arshavin according to the Russian club, but a deal is still some way from being concluded.

    The Gunners have been locked in talks with Zenit for some time over the services of the 27-year-old Russia international, who shone at Euro 2008 last summer.

    Zenit have not revealed the figure Arsenal have bid for the club’s long-serving player, although they did claim the fee was the ‘real market value of the player’.
    Personal demands

    Arshavin, who interested Spanish giants Barcelona last summer, is now discussing personal terms with Arsene Wenger’s side, but Zenit say his lofty demands are currently outside Arsenal’s budget.

    “The fundamental understanding over the transfer of the player is achieved between the clubs,” read a statement on Zenit’s official website.

    “At the moment the basic obstacle in realisation of the transaction is Andrei Arshavin’s personal requirements.”

  46. patthegooner

    No it doesn’t Jules and that is why I think this is a face saving exercise.

    Could be wrong though, often am, and to be honest I am past caring

  47. Jules

    Patthegooner

    why can we never do anything without a long drawn out saga !?

    anelka , th14 , vieira , nasri , etc , does your fucking head in does,nt it !

    had enough , desperate for a signing arent we ?

    will it be good or bad tommorow ????? good night all

  48. patthegooner

    I dont even get why we are getting so emotional about it all (myself included)

    He will be off to Barcelona in the summer

  49. patthegooner

    Right that is me, I have had enough of Russians for one day

    Lets see what tomorrow brings. I guess with that revelation on Zenit’s site we will know one way or the other by the end of tomorrow.

  50. PDT

    After spending a lot of time reading all the news reports, translations and such, here’s what I think is the stumbling block.

    The problem is not Arsh’s terms with Arsenal, but the terms with Zenit. Zenit has agreed a transfer fee “in principle” with Arsenal, so long as Arsh gives back 2.5m (pounds or euros, I couldn’t figure out) to Zenit. Zenit paid 5m as a sign on bonus, now they want 2.5 back to compensate them for the reduced transfer fee they have agreed with Arsenal.

    I think they have picked up on the story which ran a week earlier that Arsh was willing to pick up part of his transfer fee. Zenit are now asking Arsh to put his money where his mouth was last week.

    Will be interesting to see what happens. Is Arsh another Kaka or is he just a Cashley?

  51. irishgunner

    PDT – Maybe Usmanov will pay that £2.5? Who knows he might think we may like him then even though he’ll be basically paying back into his own company

  52. Stu

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    did ye see that fucking retard of a spud on football matters? Couldnt think of any words because he probably didnt even go to school!!! He even tried to curse on live TV. Spastic!!!

    (no offence to actual retards because noone deserves to be associated with them. Typical spud dirtballs. He needs a wash too.

  53. ethangunner

    yes got the rumor from sport.co.uk !
    not bad for a web site that only writes crap huh !

    well if zenit has made the 1st noise it was just the way the transfer was going to happen !
    Arsenal haven’t obviously gave him a fitness test yet if they havent been outside Russia so , zenit will be making the only noises so far .. he would be confirmed within 48 hours one would think !

    but i said if we get anyone it would be with borrowed money , the filthy Russian you’ve all been on about did us a BIG favor , or so rumors have it …

    maybe wenger can afford another teenager with his arsenal pocket money but i think our big name signing has finally materialized , lets just hope he isnt another shevchenko .

  54. BOY BETTER KNOW

    HE’S GOT A TWITCH, HES GOT A TWITCH, HARRY REDKNAPP, HES GOT A TWITCH,
    HOW HE GOT IT WE DONT KNOW, HOW HE GOT IT WE DONT CARE, ALL WE KNOW IS HARRYS GOT A TWITCH!

  55. ReVELAtion

    oh, hang on a minute… he wants 100k a week!!!! HAHAHAHA this story just gets more and more amusing…. Van Persie is awaiting his 80k a week contract… Careful Arsene, be very careful…

  56. Stu

    I thought he was willing to take a pay cut to join us. I wouldnt be suprised if Zenit are just saying the deal is basically done to force Arsenal to finish it.