Arsenal win another trophy | Nigerian superstat on his way for small fee!

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As you know, last season Le Grove partnered with website best friends, the Metro, for a Fantasy football league. They gave us an iPad for the winner of our league, that iPad will be despatched to the winner very shortly. I don’t have the results of the league today, but I promise to share those with you tomorrow!

Instead, what I have is the Metro Fantasy League team of the season. The statistics used to power the game have been sourced from Opta’s Live Feed and they make for interesting reading, because I’m not sure I’d have too many of those players in my team and I’m not sure the fans of too many of the players teams below would agree either!

For starters, as much as I like Joe Hart, I don’t think he’s been quite as amazing as he was the season before against Birmingham. Florent Malouda has played so well this year many Chelsea fans aren’t fussed whether he stays or goes this summer. Then we have our only entry, good old Samir ‘I won’t sign boss’ Nasri slipping in out wide. I know on the face of it, he deserves to be in there, but overall despite his best season ever, I still can’t help but feel a bit miffed at how anonymous he was in the second half of the season.

Tevez and Berbatov up top is hard to argue with, again though, Opta can’t take attitude into account. If the Bulgarian was so great this season, why are United offloading him over Michael Owen for £7.5million? Statistics can support, but they can’t ever define, you need your eyes for that!

One thing I’m definitely going to do is have a word with Opta… I can’t see Denilson or his amazing statistics in the mixer? Something must have gone awry in their system? Surely the God of short side ways crabbing should be at least a sub? It’s fricking travesty…

I did hear that Wenger has got hold of this infographic, the Daily mail report we’ve lodged a bid for Odemwingie off the back of Nik B shooting his mouth off about leaving us this summer. If we’re shipping out a the man with the best stats, we might as well bring in someone with even better ones,

Wenger knows…

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Still, something that will warm the cockles of Arsene Wenger’s cold heart will be the fact that Arsenal won a trophy… yep, according to Opta statistics, our combined points total from all our players far out weighed our competitors. We romped home in the Opta League and for me… that’s up there with hitting the woodwork the most, the best away record and the ‘if we’d turned those loses into wins, things would have been different’ trophy.

Basically, we’ve had an amazing season and all you lot who speak a lot on the interweb are actually very ungrateful.

I do love reading Wenger comments like that. You know, the ‘well, we’ve consistently been in the Champions League for 15 years, the fans haven’t experienced anything else’ speech. Like no one remembers pre-Wenger, or all Arsenal fans look forward to the Champions League more than any other trophy. Speaking from a season ticket holders perspective, I have to say that the Champions League is a huge inconvenience. I appreciate we’re in it, but making your way from wherever you are in the country to sit in a freezing cold stadium to watch a boring game against at least two really poor teams really isn’t that exciting…

I much prefer our domestic schedule. The Champions League is prestigious, but I don’t see the £800k a win like Wenger and the board do. I’m not sure how others feel about it… that’s just me. I’m glad we’re in it, I just don’t punch the air in excitement about a home leg against Shaktar Donestsk.

Anyway, not much else in the news bar 368 stories about what we’re doing in America (bore me later Ivan) and that we’ve put a £54million price tag on Cesc Fabregas. How we came to that figure is a mystery but it sounds big… so let’s go with it!

I’m also pleased that Oxlade-Chamblerlain’s (My World of Warcraft name) dad has urged his son to join Arsenal. Another slow burner if you ask me, but what I like about his game is that he’s much more of a traditional wide man than Theo, and he is pretty direct as well. Though at 17, we have to accept that he won’t be ready for at least 4 years. Not that it matters… I’m sure he’ll have 160 games under his belt by then anyway, regardless of productivity.

Oxlade: Would certainly give our team an edge...

Right, that’s it. Time to resume the regular uttering of an Arsenal fans favourite phrase… ‘Have we signed anyone yet?’

No.

Happy Friday! Have a great day, let us know who’d be in your team of the year in the comments!


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  1. WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum - Cause Hes Worth It!

    There is absolutely no problem with our youth team whatsoever, there are two problems however:

    1. Peoples perception and expectation of what the youth team can produce. Many times I have seen people say I can wait til A, B, C, D, E, F and G all come through the ranks. If a youth team produces one ONE Wilshire every five years it is doing well. The vast majority of youth players will end up playing for teams of a lesser standard because the players are of a lesser standard.

    2. Arsene is too focused on bringing in kids from all over the place. Arsene is too big headed to admit when a kid is not good enough and he is too stubborn to purchase players when the that player would take the role one of his graduated kids.

    The youth team set up is fine, peoples perception expectation and Arsene over reliance on the youth team are the problems.

  2. Lawrence Kamvazina

    What would happen if Arshavin lost some weight?

    We would get back the player that lit up the euros in 08.FACT

  3. dennisdamenace

    Lawrence Kamvazina says:
    June 3, 2011 at 14:20
    What would happen if Arshavin lost some weight?

    He’d be fucking hungry!!

  4. Lawrence Kamvazina

    Nice one boozy.Oh wait,you forgot the masterstroke that is hargrieves agreeing a four year deal with us!Statement of intent that would be.hehehe

  5. WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum - Cause Hes Worth It!

    Boozy –

    Is that the stingiest cunts on the planet title?

  6. goonerDNA

    Suga3, I was playing with you earlier but for fuck sake you made me listen to that thing for 10 minutes far play you got me any way

  7. gambon

    Lawrence

    I would like us to sign a top class DM, and relegate Song to the bench.

    We could look at Fellaini, Toulalan, Inler, Marsherano, Parker, Vertonghen, Rolfes, Banega, Gago.

  8. Lawrence Kamvazina

    Which manager do you think should replace our garlic manager in two years time? Any ideas people…

    MARCO VAN BASTEN!PEP ain’t coming here peeps.
    Dennis as his assitant.KEOWN AS DEFENSIVE COACH/DRILL MASTER

  9. DaleDaGooner

    Just read the post, focused more on the Fantasy league….interesting how it left out some decent players….

    Peter Odemwingie is a good player…but alas, some would moan at anything. Dude put in good shift twice against us and he still isn’t good enough, outscoring Drogba in the process for WBA…some just can’t be pleased.

    My beef with Wenger today is, WHY DID WE NOT SIGN Freidel to assist Sczeczesny FFS!!! And letting Lehman go back to Germany?? Don’t tell me we will sign no experienced goalie ending up STILL with Almunina, is farcical

  10. Lawrence Kamvazina

    Fellatio.. i mean fellaini would be great for ARSENAL gambon.WHAT WE NEED IN MIDFIELD IS INTELLIGENT TENACITY,SOMEONE WHO WILL GIVE AWAY CLEVER FOULS AWAY FROM THE DANGER AREAS WITHOUT GETTING STUPID BOOKINGS(lookin at you alex)

  11. WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum - Cause Hes Worth It!

    Gambon –

    Song needs an understudy, Frimpong and Lansbury would be good. If they dont do it we can give conkerhead a try.

    Those three learning skills technique positioning and most importantly mental attitude from Song would be great.

  12. Lawrence Kamvazina

    If this was 5yrs ago,instead of being linked with odemwinge,we’d be linked with Mario Gomez or Falcao would be saying”IT IS DREAM TO PLAY ARSENAL ME FOR”

  13. WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum - Cause Hes Worth It!

    Dale –

    “Peter Odenwinge is a good player alas some would moan at anything”

    This is the reason I cant take anything you say seriously.

  14. DaleDaGooner

    Lawrence Kamvazina says:
    June 3, 2011 at 14:16
    Laurent Koscielny will be the next Blanc for the French.I haven’t seen a defender this year or last mark LIONELL like koscielny did.And i’m proud he’s our defender and not UNITED’S.
    =======================================

    Cue Jimbo’s reaction…….

  15. OPG

    Learning skills and positioning from song? Odemwingie would be a good signing? Samba costing £8m when he signed a new contract and we haven’t made any contact?
    Myths and Legends right here.

  16. Lawrence Kamvazina

    Learning positioning and mental attitude from Alexander SONG……LOL.

    That’s like learning how to be a cop from FRANK DREBIN.

  17. DaleDaGooner

    And, i don’t think anyone said Odemwingie is Drogba second coming, but if you watch him other than WBA games, he is a “good” player, better than some strikers we have…other than Walcott’s pace, he’s better than him.

  18. Lawrence Kamvazina

    Give lansbury a chance Arsen….he’s ray parlour mark11 without the perm…but with the same v8 engine that runs and runs and runs

  19. Gooner786

    @United4eva @Costas @AlphaRS

    Just received a text from a mate who supports the bitters. Apparantly Wesley Sneidjer has been spotted at M.A. with another person(Agent?)

    So xcited!!!

  20. G STAR

    IS FABREGAS STAYIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN OR IS HE GOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING ????????????????

    ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————

    Arshavin told the Russian magazine Sport: “My opinion is very simple: only Cesc should decide if he leaves or not. Serious conversations on this topic in the team was not made – well, we joked a bit, as usual….”

    “Before leaving on vacation Fabregas gave little gifts to each player, and I asked him: “What is this? A parting gift?”

    “He said nothing. Here we return to London, and understand, it says there is something behind this silence…”

  21. WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum - Cause Hes Worth It!

    Dale –

    Sometimes we say things that we realize are total bollocks upon reflection, it happens to everyone.

    Let me change the contents of your sentance and put it into another situation for you to understand what I am saying:

    You and your missus have been dating for 15 years. For the first 8 you treated like a queen taking her to the best resturants, hotel getaways, romantic breaks to Venice, treated her to everything she every wanted and more.

    For the next seven years you started treating her like shit, you took her to Mcdonalds for nights out, for Valentines your roses were not from a florist but from the petrol station, you had an affair with her French rapping sister…..

    But she decides to give you one last chance….

    She wants you to go back to being the old you….

    She gives you one more date……

    So you in your wisdom decide that the first thing you will do on this date is propose to her.

    You meet up with her, you get down on one knee, she looks in anticipation at what she expects might be a £20,000 DeBeers ring to signal the fact you realize the last seven years youve been a cunt….

    You pull out a Haribo sweet to put on her finger.

    Odemwinge is a Haribo sweet.

  22. Lawrence Kamvazina

    tHE BITTERS ARE MANCS MATE.sneidjer ain’t got shit on jack wilshere.FACT.SNEIDJER AIN’T FIT TO LACE AARON RAMSEY’S BOOTS.FACT

  23. Lawrence Kamvazina

    Cesc is the best assister in world football.FACT.That’s why arsen wants to get top dollar for him.He is the closest to bergkamp in terms of assists.An ASSIST MACHINE!

  24. gambon

    Boozy

    Are they the only 2 players in the world we could possibly sign?

    What about an Etoo for £20m?

    Higuain for £25m?

    Benzema for £25m?

    Falcao for £20m?

    Mobongo Kakapo for £400k?

  25. Mr B

    BOZZY have all the people making fun of torres ever considered….. How stupid they will look if he does an Henry or a Bergkamp next year.

    I say this because the chavs planning on building their team around him.

  26. DaleDaGooner

    When Cristiano Ronaldo signed for ManUre at age 19, people were pretty excited…I don’t see why we can’t be excited for prospective teenagers in our ranks…after all we hope we landed the next Messi, mind you, Messi is still 22.

  27. WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum - Cause Hes Worth It!

    Gambon –

    Youre wrong mate, there are cheap players and £50m players. Ask Arsene, he has said it over and over again.

    And you wonder why he says that type of shit over and over – some people buy into it.

  28. Lawrence Kamvazina

    I beg to differ Gambon.YES, mr sni////? has a good shot on him,but what else i ask.YES,his dead ball skillz are remarkable but that’s about it in my view.The premier league is a brutal place as you know Gambon,and i would rather have these two youg midfield tyros on my side than sn???????

  29. DaleDaGooner

    What about an Etoo for £20m?=== Does Eto’o want us? besides him and Song are beefing

    Higuain for £25m?== Does he want us? Do Real want to sell him to us?

    Benzema for £25m?== Same with Higuain

    Falcao for £20m?== well who knows

    Mobongo Kakapo for £400k?=== jog on

  30. incesc

    BOOZY says:
    June 3, 2011 at 14:53
    going off point- i hear the dude who tried to sucker punch messi, has been sentenced to life.

    lets hope it was kocielny

  31. Lawrence Kamvazina

    Gooner 786.The champions league final showed us or rather justified why every gooner on planet earth thinks this current poonited team is rubbish.

    They are still in the stone age in terms of aspects of the game ie technically they are shite.FACT.Primitive football won’t get you anywhere in europe mate.FACT

  32. Mr B

    DDG Ronaldo was good enough at 19 to make a significant positive impact on the first team. Same with Messi.

    Can the same be said of miyachi??? Hazard yes and we should have bought him and loaned him back last year.

  33. DaleDaGooner

    WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum – Cause Hes Worth It! says:
    June 3, 2011 at 14:48
    Dale –

    Sometimes we say things that we realize are total bollocks upon reflection, it happens to everyone.

    Let me change the contents of your sentance and put it into another situation for you to understand what I am saying:

    You and your missus have been dating for 15 years. For the first 8 you treated like a queen taking her to the best resturants, hotel getaways, romantic breaks to Venice, treated her to everything she every wanted and more.

    For the next seven years you started treating her like shit, you took her to Mcdonalds for nights out, for Valentines your roses were not from a florist but from the petrol station, you had an affair with her French rapping sister…..

    But she decides to give you one last chance….

    She wants you to go back to being the old you….

    She gives you one more date……

    So you in your wisdom decide that the first thing you will do on this date is propose to her.

    You meet up with her, you get down on one knee, she looks in anticipation at what she expects might be a £20,000 DeBeers ring to signal the fact you realize the last seven years youve been a cunt….

    You pull out a Haribo sweet to put on her finger.

    Odemwinge is a Haribo sweet.
    ===============================

    I applaud the fickleness of this…BRAVO WTL…Good analogy, and i’m the one talking crap….Truth is, any “woman” that expects life should always be a bed of roses and “venice” trips should always be there forever…then i can do without the cunt. Cause she aint a ride or die bitch!

  34. WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum - Cause Hes Worth It!

    Dale –

    I keep saying you live in Utah and you dont correct me.

    Where do you live mate, it isnt actually Utah right.

  35. Lawrence Kamvazina

    Incesc,cummon!A bit harsh on kos don’t you think.Squillachi on the other hand i would drive him myself to the gallows

  36. DaleDaGooner

    Mr. B…Ronaldo was a show pony, he played for himself and could have easily fell, Lucky he had Fergie to set him straight…so in any case, I look at Myaichi and i see a skillful more humble CR7…if only we can help him reach that potential.

  37. DaleDaGooner

    WTL, I don’t live in Utah, but i pass that statement off as trying to wind me up, so i don’t even bother…

  38. Mr B

    A winger is always going to be a show boat. The same with all great players I can remember ala Pele, Maradona, Zidane, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Messi.

    By teaching him to stop being direct and passing side ways…….Hmmmmmm……dont think so.

  39. gambon

    It is 99.99999999999999999999999999% likely that:

    – Miyaichi will never have ROnaldos pace
    – He will never have ROnaldos skill
    – He will never have Ronaldos shot
    – He will never score 15, let alone 50 in a season

    In other words, we’re more likely to have the new Chong Yong Lee than Ronaldo.

  40. WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum - Cause Hes Worth It!

    Shit Dale I am not trying to diss you mate, I am asking because I am interested.

    From what I see, tell me if I am wrong, there seems to be more interest in the west coast for football than east, probably because of the mexican population.

  41. DaleDaGooner

    Mr B…CR7 is a forward, so I would say he is an out-and-out winger..besides, Giggs wasn’t a showboat, Pires wasn’t, Pele, Maradona, Zidane, Messi ARE NO wingers…and Messi in all his demi-god”ness” is no showboat.

  42. Gooby

    Gambon

    At the same age ronaldo played 28 games scoring 4 and gifting 4 assists

    Can you read the future? On a scale of 100 can you get your predictions right 80%, 88% or 99.99% of the time?

  43. DaleDaGooner

    WTL, Believe it or not, St. Loius is very big on Football, but yes, you’ll get more Football lovers near the boarder towns…..but NY, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Portland, Seattle, DC, LA, are very big on footy..cause of the South American, African and European population in those big cities. Barca v Club America is already sold out at the Cowboys stadium in Texas…to answer your question i live in both coast, i love NY

  44. Lawrence Kamvazina

    Incesc,we’re better than poonited.We just have retarded defenders that’s all.Believe me this barca team that everyone fears,they fear the ARSENAL.We’re beating the big boys now,our youth as much as it is a weakness,could turn out to be our rivals undoing.But first,Arsen please for the love of God,SHORE UP OUR DEFENCE.

  45. DaleDaGooner

    GAMBON…JUST FOR YOU
    CR7 stats just before Man U signed him
    Years Club GP GLS
    2001–2003 Sporting CP 25 (3)

  46. Lawrence Kamvazina

    the skinny ronaldo is a flat track bully.Always picking on the small teams.Big man ain’t you cristiano?

    I rate BOBBY PIRES higher than this cunt.MYAIYACHI COULD TURN OUT TO BE BOBBY’S NATURAL HEIR TO THE THRONE….

  47. incesc

    defending is a fairly large part of the game lawrence.

    if we are better than united why did we finish 4th and win 2 games out of about 13 when we were chasing the title.

    the level we need to aspire to is barcelona, so we should be in for players like sniejder, not odemwingie.

  48. DaleDaGooner

    I’ll tell you one thing though, If Ryo is brought along correctly, He’d be better for us than Theo…sorry…

  49. Gooby

    Gambon

    Ronaldo wasn’t that good when he was 19, he was skillful but without end product most of the time and his shooting wasn’t as good as it is now. Not to mention he couldn’t pass the ball to save his life

    He improved dramatically over the years.

    Unlike messi he had to work his socks off. Messi’s some kind of freak, it’s like he’s in a different sport

  50. Gooby

    ronaldo in 2006 scored once every 10 shots, he now scored once every 6 shots

    Don’t tell me he was always the player he is now.

    Hence, we shouldn’t slag off youngsters at such a tender age

  51. Lawrence Kamvazina

    Gambon,the original FAT ronaldo was the real(scuze tha pun)deal.A real wonder in the game.YES this skinny one scores goals,the ocassional free kick.But it all seems forced to me,not naturally flowing like poetry!ALA KING HENRY….

  52. Mr B

    Watch the chip in the WC final. Watch him make all the greats his bitches. Maldini, Ronaldo, Beckham, Nedved, Del piero.

    He wanted to do it and he enjoyed it.

  53. Lawrence Kamvazina

    Incesc i agree with you 100%.Defending is a must,but we are better than tha mancs.We finished 4th coz our manager couldn’t motivate our players in the right manner.Bartha lost the kings cup final to madrid but their heads neva dropped,instead,they went on to claim the double.It’s all in the head INCESC.That’s our problem sadly….

  54. gambon

    Lawrence

    Sorry, I love Bobby P, but he never got anywhere near Ronaldo.

    As for flat track bully, he destroyed us in a CL Semi after a wonder goal in a tight CL QF, scored in the CL final….i call these pretty big games.

    No one gets anywhere near Messi, but in a world without him Ronaldo is by far the best player out there.

  55. WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum - Cause Hes Worth It!

    The funny thing about these conversations is that in 5 years time when Ryo turns out to be a cunt everyone will have moved onto the next 16 year old in the youths who they have placed all their hope into.

    Who here wants to talk about Senderos, Denilson, Quincy, Hoyte or Alialdiere?

    No?

    How about we talk about how Clichy is better going forward than Cole?

    Remember only 12 months ago people were claiming Gibbs would be a world beater.

    Theres always another false dawn just over the horizon.

  56. DaleDaGooner

    WTL, difference , and reason why I will bet my last dollar that Ryo will not be a cunt like those you mentioned, boils down to “Culture” Ryo is Japanese, there is more to honor for them than being youraverage cunt, unless he joins the yakuza family between now and 5 years.

  57. goonerDNA

    Ryo is already faster than Ronaldo he run the 100 metres in 10.84 and that was at high school, Theo’s best time is 10.30

  58. WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum - Cause Hes Worth It!

    Dale –

    I agree with the reasoning behind your sentiment. There are so many reasons why someone will not make it, its impossible to say with 100% certainty that someone will.

    My point is that we have been sold on the future so many times you would think that people would realize that now may be the time to purchase players that have made it instead of potential.

    I dont want to hear about the guy who might be great in 5 years, what is he going to do for the team next season?

  59. gambon

    WTL

    The team that ‘were gonna be world beaters’

    ……………..Stuart Taylor

    G Hoyte…..Nordveit……Senderos……Clichy

    ……..Barazite………………Merida

    ..Pennant…………Simpson…………Quincy

    ………………Aliadiere

  60. BOOZY

    wenger in south america, are there any decent defenders there?

    he should be in england looking for defenders..

  61. DaleDaGooner

    Yeah, i was reading somewhere in the post, Ryo ha no pace???? Please love some of these youths, fail or not, cause having possibly, the next big thing on our side would be wonderful…forget you hate Wenger or want to see him fail…Love the club, no matter what.

  62. SUGA3

    Dale,

    I can only speak for myself, but I don’t want OGL to fail, I would happily take him succeeding with his current lot and write a post to make Tony Attwood blush 😉

  63. DaleDaGooner

    Nordveit, Merida and Simpson to an extent weren’t given the opportunities in my opinion. Pennant had a hand in Stoke’s good games this past season. Barazite has an attitude issue, fine player though.

  64. Lawrence Kamvazina

    Gambon……………..that’s very true mate but bobby in his prime ie pre knee ligament damage 01-02 season would be toe to toe with this guy.Bobby in his prime was better than ronaldo.

    Gambon how can you forget THAT goal against villa with martin tyler jizzing in his pants….

  65. Raugaj

    If you love the club, you will hate Wenger,for the way he is ruining the great club Arsenal. Thats a FACT

  66. WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum - Cause Hes Worth It!

    Gambon –

    LOL

    One youth player good enough to make and stay in the first team produced every five years.

    Anything more than that is a bonus.

    Our problem is fans thinking 8 players will come through at once.

    If I had a pound for everytime some mug has said “and they will have all played together in the youth ranks…” I could go out and buy Benzema and Hazard for Arsene myself.

  67. Lawrence Kamvazina

    GUDDAY GENTS.It was a blast……

    I shall leave you with one question guys…

    Who is the more naturally talented….JACK WILSHERE OR THAT CUNT CRISTIANO RONALDO?

    JACKY BOY WINS IT FOR ME…

  68. gambon

    Lawrence

    Of course I havent forgotten.

    The difference is, Bobby had a great season at 27, scored about 13 goals & got a lot of assists, won PL player of the year.

    Ronaldo was 23, single handedly led UTD to the PL & CL, scored 42 goals, won PL player, players player, Euro player and world player titles.

    The 2 arent comparable, regardless of if youre an Arsenal fan or not.

    And What hes doing right now is remarkable, and hes now the age Pires was when he joined us.

  69. goonerDNA

    Vela has been way over hyped I was one the fans looking forward to a future of Vela lobs and skills and loads of goals, wenger said he was the best finisher at the club once proving the fish rots from the head we’re all rotten now claiming every youngster that play for us is likely to become world class we’ve become deluded because of desperation that one day we’ll return to our former glory

  70. Arse&Nose©

    gambon, can we just pretend Bobby Pires was better?

    This is an Arsenal forum and its depressing enough without our daily praising of Fergie and his scrotes!

  71. gambon

    A&N

    So you basically think its best for Gooners to lie & live in denial?

    Isnt that whats got us in to trouble in recent years?

    For example Wenger telling himself Song, Denilson & Diaby are awesome?

  72. DaleDaGooner

    It’s not living in denial, lets leave the Mancs to praise\slag their team, and we concentrate on slagging our team without comparisons…say, if you want to slag Wenger off, compare him to past managers, slagging players, compare Pires and Nasri or something like that..this is an Arsenal forum.

  73. Arse&Nose©

    NO gambon, we are all grown up enough to know Ronaldo is better than Pires ever was but why do we always have to sit here rubbing salt in our already painful wounds.

  74. (bernard) bade the gooner

    hi suga3
    how r u mate?
    we have a players capable of that & more, he’s known as AA23

  75. km

    That Velez kid Alvarez plays similar to Pires..just thought i’d point that out

    Not the fastest…but enough pace and tricks to get past their man

  76. gambon

    “No doubt CRon has achieved much for that team, but Pires was an invincible goddamit”

    So was Pascal Cygan.

  77. SUGA3

    bade,

    today’s car repair bill aside, I am pretty good, you?

    AA is a top player, shame OGL prefers to ruing him by putting him out wide…

  78. (bernard) bade the gooner

    km
    that alvarez looks very good in fact
    he is a shooter, something we miss like hell in our squad
    but u can count on that this shooting habit will be outcoached of him in a couple of weeks….

  79. WTL Gazidis £1.7m Per Annum - Cause Hes Worth It!

    This conversation reminds me of the latest campaign to insult anyone who mentions the word AKB as having no better retort to a superior argument.

    Funny how over the last six years no one brought this up to those that would answer any crticism of Arsene by saying

    “Are you a football manager? Arsene Knows”

  80. DaleDaGooner

    May i remind you of this:

    “Liverpool’s comeback against Arsenal in the 2001 FA Cup Final prompted manager Arsène Wenger to admit new players would be brought in during the transfer window. To fill with the void left by Emmanuel Petit in the centre of midfield, Giovanni van Bronckhorst was signed from Rangers for £8.5 million.[11] Defender Sol Campbell controversially moved from rivals Tottenham Hotspur on a free, while highly rated teenager Francis Jeffers was snapped up from Everton in an initial £8 million deal.[12] Junichi Inamoto and Richard Wright were also recruited with Nelson Vivas the only major player leaving the club.”

    Pretty depressing some of the signings, but yet we went the whole season unbeaten.

  81. (bernard) bade the gooner

    im also cool
    nice band with few fine cold beers helped me into the right mood….
    yeh, AA was superb until OGL take out of him all the spark he had, remember his first half year? he was shooting & scoring & terrifying defences, before he was forced to the “shity shaty” play

  82. SUGA3

    Liverpool’s comeback against Arsenal in the 2001 FA Cup Final prompted manager Arsène Wenger to admit new players would be brought in during the transfer window

    as opposed to: ‘my squad does not need an overhaul, we are 5% away from success, blah, blah de fucking blah’

  83. DaleDaGooner

    SUGA3 says:
    June 3, 2011 at 16:07
    Dale,

    well, we have to compare OGL to his contemporary counterparts, because it’s only logical to do so…
    =======
    Fair enough SUGA, but are they facing the same internal struggles or latitudes? Do they share the same board?

  84. km

    Zidane would piss over players like Scholes, Gerrard and even XAVI.

    The best player I’v seen in my lifetime….there was something about him…the way he played…it was so pure and simple and as many have said like poetry in motion.

    We’re fortunate to have seen a player like him in our lifetime. The way he singlehandedly dominated and ripped apart Brazil in that worldcup match was sheer talent.

    He outplayed them again and again. This was a team of Brazilian superstars such as Ronaldinho, Kaka & Robinho. He really outshone them.

    Only Messi is in that league at present.

  85. DaleDaGooner

    To fill with the void left by Emmanuel Petit in the centre of midfield, Giovanni van Bronckhorst was signed from Rangers for £8.5 million.

    Gio only managed 1 game! one friggin game all season, and we got him for 8.5m and he did squat… 😀 I like Gio though

  86. SUGA3

    Dale,

    well, the board said AW had their financial backing and the latter said he had ‘the best squad ever’, I prefer to blame him for being negligent…

    fair enough, he might have wanted not to look like a complete cunt and give the players who took us through the choppy waters when we had no money a chance, but since it failed and we are minted, we need an overhaul, if he ‘does not see zis’, he needs to be shown the door pronto…

  87. goonerDNA

    KM, I’ve been watching old Brazil games recently Garrincha was the best player ever the Brazilian 58 side was the greatest ever team and once Messi wins a world cup and scores within it he’ll become the greatest ever player

  88. km

    A big problem with this squad is there is a imbalance. We dnt have the right sort of players in positions.

    Wenger has tried to radically change, whereas Nasri who we all know is an AM is forced to play on the wings where his lack of pace is exposed. Arshavin is in the same boat too, he doesn’t like playing out on the left and if played as AM/in the hole behind a pacy and lethal striker he could be explosive.

    We have Rvp who is a 2nd striker playing as CF for a team with no pace in attack. We have a technically limited attacker who should be playing CF playing as Right Winger…..

  89. DaleDaGooner

    SUGA, i still point the cannon at the Board, if they set on-field priorities for Wenger, 1, he’ll achieve it or 2, he’d be walking on thin ice or scaked….so the ball is back in the boards court…this time SK, who will not stand in Wenger’s way…again, the board chose to bring SK on and leave Fat Toad out, David Dein selling out.

  90. DaleDaGooner

    km…I don’t agree with Nasri being played out of place, He sucks for us in the hole, he has been put there to replace Cesc several times and he doesn’t look to me, he is ideal for us in that role. He’s better on the right side of the attack IMO.

  91. Al

    My View. C.ronaldo is a better player that Pires however, he is considerably less enjoyable to watch then Pires.

  92. DaleDaGooner

    My opinion is Nasri and Cesc should play in the hole, just like Xavi and Iniesta do, i think they played together best. Nasri further up and Cesc just behind him to help him pull strings and release him to support a proper striker, RvP, no pace, should be on the left or right side of a full out 3 prong strike force.

  93. SUGA3

    Dale,

    I am firmly in the Usmanov camp, the way he is being treated is truly disgraceful, I mean he owns almost a third of the club!

    and it’s not like he bought the shares on the Fiszman’s deathbed, is it?

    it’s the gash toupee wearing silent Yank that did, no?

  94. Al

    km says:
    June 3, 2011 at 16:31

    A big problem with this squad is there is a imbalance. We dnt have the right sort of players in positions.

    Wenger has tried to radically change, whereas Nasri who we all know is an AM is forced to play on the wings where his lack of pace is exposed. Arshavin is in the same boat too, he doesn’t like playing out on the left and if played as AM/in the hole behind a pacy and lethal striker he could be explosive.

    We have Rvp who is a 2nd striker playing as CF for a team with no pace in attack. We have a technically limited attacker who should be playing CF playing as Right Winger…..
    —————-
    I think it is a case of having to many attack minded players. Within are squad We literally only have Sagna and Kos who are a defensive minded players who i believe enjoys the defensive side of the game more than attacking.

  95. dev

    goonerdna

    many brazillians believe that Garincha was better than Pele, which would make him arguably the greatest.

  96. Al

    SUGA3 says:
    June 3, 2011 at 16:37

    Dale,

    I am firmly in the Usmanov camp, the way he is being treated is truly disgraceful, I mean he owns almost a third of the club!

    and it’s not like he bought the shares on the Fiszman’s deathbed, is it?

    it’s the gash toupee wearing silent Yank that did, no?
    —————
    It was more a case of them sounding out Kronke to exclude Usmanov. Had he the chance Usmanov would have done the same think as Kronke and brought the shares from Fizman.

  97. km

    Nasri when playing for France plays as AM and looks fantastic. Agreed – a midfield of Nasri/Arshavin and Cesc would be brilliant but backed up by a more mobile DM and some really pacy and skillful wingers.

    We really need a fast striker upfront or a natural CF upfront with pacy wideman who can whip in crosses, cause havoc in the penalty box, take shots etc.

    Although I love RvP he is one of the problems in this side Wenger created.