Signing number three has landed… or not? | Can we nab £15million man? | Cesc staying?

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Kenny was visibly upset when he found out Joel Campbell was not from Croxteth

Ahhh jeez, I felt all guilty for pis*ing on everyone’s chips with the Joel Campbell story yesterday so I wrote a piece about him only to come in and find out the deal was dead and he wasn’t having a medical at Arsenal. I’ve left the above caption in just because I know it riles all the scousers who seem to have taken to reading Le Grove of late. Poor Kenny eh? Suarez won’t be back for the start of the season now… Anyway, I can leave some of the Joel Campbell stuff in especially if you were thinking about visiting his loan club Putreanus. Below are a list of things you’re not allowed to take into their stadium.

  1. Firearms
  2. Powder or devices pyrotechnics
  3. Non-folding umbrellas or parasols
  4. Small sticks of meat
  5. Wood or tubes for the flags
  6. Packages (plastic, glass and metal)
  7. Narcotics
  8. Perforated paper
  9. Pencil-holder, markers or labellers
  10. Great chains, with key rings
  11. Knitted cap
  12. Compressed air cylinders for bugles
  13. Lasers

Wow, more boring than the Emirates…

So the point of my now de-funct post was that Joel Campbell to look at reminded me of a young Nik Anelka. He had pace, quick feet and a rasping shot. If we’d signed him, my bet was that he was going to be brought in as our Hernandez. Rolling Nik B off the bench to rescue a match is a bit like rolling out Alan Shearer out to spice up a boring party. Now, I’m not sure why Arsenal pulled out of this deal. If it was for £900k and the price doubled, surely we could have handled it. That, or Dick Laws thought the chances of him being  any good were so slim, £1.8million was still a massive gamble.

Either way, with Nik B seemingly off… we’ve got a vacant position.

The way I see it now, we have 2 types of striker to choose from. We have slightly cultured carthorse who can, when needed, head a ball into the net. He can hold the ball up and work like a dog when not tired. Then we have the master, Mr Van Persie, creating the magic for thirty games a season. Now we need something different. Perhaps a blend of the two…  because I don’t think Gervinho will be used centrally and I’m pretty sure Theo won’t be granted his wish either.

My solution? Romelu Lukaku… a player linked with us over the weekend and a story I forgot to speak about. He’s a young player who has done his graft in Belgium, which by the way has a production line and a half these days, scored plenty of goals and clearly looks as though he could be the next Drogba. You’re killing careers with this guy, but you’re doing it with proven youth talent. You’re buying up the Belgian Wayne Rooney here, except without the granny shagging and the £190k contract.

Some young players just ooze class. This boy is one of those young players. Wouldn’t it be great to have an upstart like him in the side? Wouldn’t it be great to have an 18 year old who could hold his own physically now? Wouldn’t it be great to beat Chelsea and Man City to a player for once?

Watch this space I say… Wenger has to make a move for someone and it ain’t Joel Campbell (Woo hoo!).

Ivan Gazidis

The king of sound bites is back again wooing the fanbase with exciting rhetoric

‘We’ve got a substantial amount of money that we can invest. The important thing for us, which can be frustrating, is not doing it only in response to a public clamour but in a way that can positively impact our performance next year. That’s the focus now’

‘He knows who the players are, he thinks and talks about strategy. He is not an owner who is ever going to say, ‘I think your judgement on the left-back isn’t the right one’. He is just not going to do that.’

‘If we found an established world-class player and we thought the economics made sense and he would add to what we could do on the pitch then there’s no philosophical objection to that.’

‘Arsène has no point of principle to show the world that he can build his own team of young players. That’s just not the way it is.’

Now, as I’ve said before, Ivan is totally aware of the issues around Arsene Wenger and he, more than anyone, knows the importance of having a great team on the pitch heading into a commercial renewal period. For me, that interview is a gentle nudge to Arsene Wenger. Perhaps telling him that hiding behind a balance sheet is no longer an acceptable excuse. Good news is, our business isn’t over… but I must say, I’m growing tired of the disappointment associated with Wenger’s inaction and I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple more teens is all we buy this year.

At least we know the ball is in his court this summer… like we did last summer eh?!

Interesting that Gazidis used the left back analogy eh? Something on your mind Ivan?

Shay Given…

A lot of Gooner’s asking why we weren’t in for him… well, I’m not really that fussed. We’ve already jumped in at the deepend with Chezzer. I wouldn’t mind Wenger signing someone experienced to keep him on his toes and competitive, but for me, it wasn’t Shay Given. He’s not the best at collecting crosses and with a back line like ours, that’s what you need.

Where do we go from here?

Well, rumour has it Cesc is too ‘injured’ to travel to Cologne. I was told before preseason that he was going in for treatment, so I don’t know where I stand on his injury. It’ll be interesting to see how often he’s out next season if he does move to Barcelona. I seem to remember Thierry needing a whole season to recover from the Premier League and the rigours it brings.

Peter Hill-Wood has come out and said that Barca haven’t made any more offers for Cesc. Apparently their opening bid was £26million. Laughable you’d waste fax paper and an PA’s time  sending an offer that pathetic over. I hope Cesc feels embarrassed. Pretty humiliating stuff when you’re one of the best in the business.

Boycott FIFA 12

Finally, Manchester City have tied up a deal that will dishearten all gamers out there. They’re in cahoots with EA to peronalise content for the game going forward. Apparently all 1,500 fans world wide can get even closer to players they idolise. Like Tevez… opps, I mean Adebayor, oops, I mean Bellamy… I mean whichever one of the 457 man squad they favour the most. Nice to see that EA have chosen Arsenal to be the whipping boys in a video with an extremely drossy Beady Eye song in the back ground.

It’s all about Pro Evolution Soccer I’ve heard? Well, it would be if I played computer games.

Anyway… enjoy your day today. Geoff is taking over on Thursday for the weekend as I’ve got the pleasure of Magaluf for a stag do. Yep… Magaluf. Should be fun. Like Liverpool in the sun. Or eating a vomit sandwich. Can’t wait.

Before I go… Arsenal, are you for real?

Are you kidding?

See you in the comments!

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429 Responses to “Signing number three has landed… or not? | Can we nab £15million man? | Cesc staying?”

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  1. tiarnan

    Bummer –

    Dont drag the blog down again with your monosyllabic plagiarisms…..

    If its not unique content, then go do one.

  2. dennisdamenace

    DS – Looks like Good Ol’ ‘Arry’s trying Wenger’s trick of handing the armband to the next evacuee……

  3. IvoryGoonz

    here it says basically Lukaku’s representative came over to London on 15th July to talk with Chelsea when they received a big offer from Arsenal.
    I also gather that basically Anderlecht fans are not really happy because this last season the coach played Lukaku upfront on his own, had a bad season, and his value went down, while they count on Lukaku’s money to rebuild their squad, so they are quite in a hurry to sell … Jump Arsene, Jump.
    (rtl is a famous radio/tv in belgium and france)

  4. dennisdamenace

    Rohan – Totally agree, by £45m should be the bare minimum, with Modric likely to go for £30m+, Fabregas (as one of the top four CM’s in the world, the other three being Xavi, Iniesta and Schneider) should really be £60m, especially with FOUR years left on his contract.

  5. IvoryGoonz



    You scored 10 out of a possible 10

    Forget Zidane, Pele or sliced bread – you’re the greatest thing going

  6. mjgooner

    Hi Guys, I have a question……would really appreciate a sincere answer.

    Just recently Arsenal was named in the top 10 richest clubs in the world….don’t know what position Corinthians is on that but I guess somewhere below us, So how the fuck are they able to bid over 35million for Tevez and we cant afford to spend 20m on a player?. I really am confused, can anyone shed some light on that.

  7. tiarnan

    Bummer –

    Just go back to y’day evenings posts and you’ll see I posted about Dale dragging the blog down before Pedro said anything….

    It must be horrible losing arguments over and over again….but even that probabaly pales next to having a 3rd nipple instead of a cock….

  8. yogavo

    talking bout lukaku.
    vieira, adebayor, anelka….not f*ck it! stop buying oversea’s footballers. i’m not english, but wenger should be buying players who play in england, they are so narrow minded they’ll never want to leave england. in england arsenal mean something.

  9. IvoryGoonz

    also abou Lukaku, this is what they call a bad season :
    played 51 scored 20 last season (including all cups, league only, he played 36 goals 16 as a lone striker… ).

  10. Hitman

    Yogavo could be talking about any number of Wenger targets or all of them.

    On another point – the lack of urgency at AFC is criminal. Buy some f… players.

  11. TOMTOM

    Have we signed more Africans? Wenger could pick up a few bargains around the horn of Africa at the moment.

  12. Gunner

    Whatever contradictor aka liar afraid to get a slap on the wrist from pedro. How’s zee ? I’d say he’s sore this morning, after all it was quite the “workout”

  13. Dial Square

    Normally i am really looking forward to going to the first match of the season, but this time i really can’t be arsed.

  14. IvoryGoonz

    Josip: just a PHD in Gervinho ;p
    been dreaming of him coming to the Arsenal since he joined Le Mans ;p
    and I was so glad he played during the WC …

    Long live Gervinho at Arsenal, I can see and see this video over and over again … so many different types of goals … well, enjoy …

  15. Gunner

    SUGA3 I’m talking to tiarnan, I couldn’t give two fucks if it’s boring you. You could ask to join in with them if you want, the more the merrier I’m sure

  16. SUGA3


    I apologise and bow to your superior wit 😆

    dude, you must have some underlying issues, something like mummy not loving and/or daddy loving too, ahem, deeply…

  17. IvoryGoonz

    mjgooner says:
    July 19, 2011 at 19:37

    Corinthians just renewed their TV deal, and its big, so they decided crazily to make a marquee signing …

  18. TOMTOM

    We all know Cesc will be sold and the club will make a profit on our summer transfer dealings,same old story every summer.

  19. TOMTOM

    Dont like the new A5 rohan,the rs5 is ok but very expensive. 03 CL600 v12 for 9500 pounds sounds like a good deal to me

  20. Lurch LeRouge

    £45m cash in one lump nugget for Cesc if he waves his fee ain’t so bad.

    I think we have to factor that large fees are under threat with impending FFP regs…

  21. dennisdamenace

    mjgooner says:
    July 19, 2011 at 19:37
    Hi Guys, I have a question……would really appreciate a sincere answer.

    Just recently Arsenal was named in the top 10 richest clubs in the world….don’t know what position Corinthians is on that but I guess somewhere below us, So how the fuck are they able to bid over 35million for Tevez and we cant afford to spend 20m on a player?. I really am confused, can anyone shed some light on that.

    The answer to your question is Arsene Wenger.

  22. Rohan

    Dunno, going purely by looks, I’ve always liked the Audi coupes vs. the Mercs. The RS5 is a beast though.

    The BMW M3?

  23. TOMTOM

    M3 is ok but a bit common and is the car of choice for most drug dealers in my area. M5 would be nice but dont want to spend crazy money on a weekend car.

  24. Lurch LeRouge



    cockhead factor:

  25. BillikenGooner

    That will be the Arsenal way…. large fees coming to an end, and in the wake of the Ronaldo, Ibra, even the Carroll and Henderson deals… we end up getting fleeced (in comparison) for our best player as Cesc goes for 38mil.

  26. Garetgax

    tomtom neither buy a R35GTR and pocket the rest. CL500/600 horrid if you want a limo type motor then a continental has got to be a better option surely?

    Anyhow back to arsenal………As Le whiner would say Gazidis comments were quite intewesting. Veiled threats to Arsene? Maybe lets hope so. If Barca comes up with the cash:-

    Lukaku, Mata, Cahil,Parker on loan and maybe enrique prob 65 mil outlay which minus cesc 40 mil and maybe 7/8 mil from bendtner and 7 mil from clichy would only mean a minus 9/10 mil outlay and thats with the assumption we keep Nasri.

    The above I belive would give us some depth and a plan b and maybe even plan c.

  27. TOMTOM

    Gazidis expects more signings
    Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has revealed the club has a “substantial amount of money” to spend during the current transfer window.

    The Gunners’ transfer dealings are set to be closely scrutinised this summer after manager Arsene Wenger oversaw a sixth straight season with a trophy last term. Wenger made his first significant deal on Monday when he secured Ivory Coast striker Gervinho for a reported £11million from French champions Lille.

    “We still will be active in this window,” Gazidis said.

    “We haven’t finished our business at all. We’re just not conducting it publicly. We’re working hard privately. We understand where the weaknesses have been.

    “We’re certainly not sitting there saying, ‘let’s hold back on our resources’. We’ve got a substantial amount of money that we can invest.”

    Reports have suggested that Wenger could have a transfer kitty of up to £35million at his disposal – a figure that could be further boosted should Cesc Fabregas or Samir Nasri depart.

    While either player’s departures would be met with frustration in north London, Gazidis revealed the club would be willing to replace them with high-profile names.

    “If we found an established world-class player and we thought the economics made sense and he would add to what we could do on the pitch then there’s no philosophical objection to that,” he added.

    “Arsene has no point of principle to show the world that he can build his own team of young players. We have to challenge for trophies in that environment and we will.

    “We, as a club, have transformed ourselves in the last decade or so. We have no God-given right to be one of the biggest clubs in the world. It’s easy to lose perspective on what Arsene is trying to do, which, I think, is an extraordinary vision.”

  28. Garetgax

    Just noticed tomtom your looking at second hand :p. 10k if you dont need rear seats 350z I can vouch there a comfortable, nice looking motor, insurance aint bad and fuel consumption isnt too bad either.

    If you need 4 seats then maybe brera?

  29. Nasridane

    Nuudles, parker is no better than song except he actually looks like he’s trying. If we’re to sign a DM, It should be an improvement on what we have. We need a disciplined type DM, who’s not interested in attacking, but who can also spray a decent pass.

  30. Dial Square

    Gervinho will never fit in at our club. Every time he gets near the goal he tries to score. Not one sideways or backward pass in the whole of that clip

  31. TOMTOM

    Cant afford a gtr or bentley garetgax. I’m talking about an 03 CL500/600 for weekend driving with a possible cost of ten grand

  32. Lurch LeRouge

    I haven’t driven anything i enjoy much more than my mates 3L twin turbo M1 yet in that price range… maybe the mini cooper S

    the old M3 e30 still wins hands down IMO.

  33. Lurch LeRouge

    >£10K i’d stick with Audi personally….

    might get a good late model TT roadster if you hunt about…

  34. Gunner

    Hi my name’s Tiarnan. I fancy myself as a comedian when in fact I’m as funny as the titanic. But god loves a tryer. I’m on here as I crave “electronic tittilation”. I love my friends SUGA3 and Zee. You could call them my wing-men, they do what I tell them. I like to think myself as a hardman. It was me who invented “Debbie Does Ghana”. That was well hard I must say. I love posting video links. To sum up I’m the best person on here

  35. TOMTOM

    Nah,think I’ll stick with the cl500. 5 litre v8 with 310 bhp,0-60 in 6.1 seconds sounds good enough for me

  36. Lurch LeRouge

    where you gonna ‘use’ it tomtom?

    Britain’s not really built for V8’s imho, unless you use motorways loads…

    I’d always favour torkey turbo’s for the city & windy roads…

  37. Zanama

    Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis and coach Arsene Wenger are all the same.Both are crazy liars.We are tired,sick and healed of Arsene Wenger has cash to splash.Please stop to give false hope to the fans.It have been months now when Arsenal decided to sign Cahill and Samba where are they?Why even small clubs complete deals in shorter time but it took Wenger than a month for Gervinho to get to Arsenal.I know Arsenal have concluded their transfer business players coming in for this season.Just a forward and a kid defender.

  38. goonerboy

    Gazidis is a corporate lawyer- smart sounding bullshit is his game.
    Guys like him are paid millions to feed the dreams of fans-but the problem is they never deliver-in reality Wenger and Gazidis have turned us into a feeder club.
    Sure Gazidis is an intelligent guy but there is not a shred of evidence to support any of his assertions. Talking about buying stars when you have never brought one and are not close to doing so and are actively making preparations to sell your two best players one of whom is leaving because you wont pay him as much as one of your direct competitors does not fill me with confidence.
    Two things are guaranteed- Arsenal will make a massive profit from selling players this transfer window-and they do not care that they will be strengthening a direct competitor in the process. Nasri and Fabregas and Clichy will be replaced with unknowns or kids so stop dreaming because we are now.

  39. TOMTOM

    I’m getting old Lurch,torkey turbo’s are in my past lol,just gonna use it for cruising at weekends and the occasional trip across Europe.

  40. Arse&Nose©

    TOMTOM, get a cycle you will over take 95% of traffic , save on fuel, tax, insurance -wenger will be proud of you.

  41. TOMTOM

    Wenger would buy a French/African car that has 3 months left on the warrenty and sign up for a ten year lease deal.

  42. zee

    a&n unfortunately it’s gunner’s weird wavelength. he only comes on here to kick off all the time. no idea what the hotel room stuff is all about. see gazidis in papers and on tv yesterday, oh yeh that was from my made up contact on saturday. I’m getting off gunner’s spastic carousel now, hopefully he’ll find some work to do tomorrow.

  43. Arse&Nose©

    gunner, zee, you lose credibility by stooping to patricia’s level.
    let’s talk about football and end this.

    Let the little tit tiarnan post his disney videos and homoerotic stories if it makes him happy, after all no one reads his posts anyway! He knows nobody notices him and that is what makes him such an angry desperate little fucker.

  44. Othello


    What a superb cunt Guardiola is eh:

    Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says the club will “fight to the end” to sign Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

    “Barcelona have made an offer, Arsenal another and we have until 31 August to try to reach an agreement,” said Barca coach Guardiola.

    “We will fight to the end to try to get Cesc because we believe he will improve the team and the squad.”

    took these from caughtoffside, but still, I suppose it’s real.

    How arrogant to respond like that after Wenger warned 2 weeks deadline..

  45. DaleDaGooner

    I hope Pedro is seeing all the useless cunts hurling abuse……PEDRO! DO SOMETHING before i go off on the fucking cunts.

  46. Pedro

    Guys, what’s going on with all the bitching?

    Can we all just stick to football and keep the insults to yourselves?

  47. Pedro

    DDM, I think it’s pretty cool, it’s a hybrid of twitter and Facebook and it lets you choose what you share… are you on it?

    I’ll respond in the morning if you reply, my bitch girlfriend is on my case… fucking nag.


  48. kev

    this blog seems to have become a haven for 12 and 13 year olds who just log on to call each other gay and cunts

  49. tiarnan

    Bummer –

    I’ve been out alllllll day with my bird and just logged on – and all you’ve been doing allllll day is talking about me

    Bummer – this is a fucking blog – youre an insignificant dot – if youre on ill have a bit of banter – it means fuckin nothing tho – but to you its EVERYTHING!! you cant stop thinking about me…talking about me…fantasizing about me….

    You need fuckin help man – I feel sorry for you.

  50. Munitionsman

    Re the cesc affair. Barca offer 30. We want 40. Cesc wants to play for his “dream” club even after signing a long and very lucrative contract with us and then simply spending time with tr on the table.
    So if cesc wants his dream he simply has to pay the ten to make up the short fall. People have sacrificed less to follow their dream. Let the little ingrate cough up and get it back of barca over the next 8 years or shut the fuck up and play.

  51. J2B

    I love Arsenal and I think we should sign Barton, on a 5+ year contract………. then never let him play or train or come anywhere within 100 miles of the team!

    That way we are both doing the world a service as well as protecting our players from that disgrace of a player for those 2 or so games per year where he does his best to try and break their legs.

    I considered sending him out on loan but I couldn’t think of a country I dislike enough to burden them with him!

  52. Ally

    In your life, there will at least one time that you forget yourself forsomeone, asking for no result, no company, no ownership nor love. Justask for meeting you in my most beautiful years\(^o^)/

  53. SUGA3

    message to ‘Gunner’:

    Arguing on the internet is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if you win youre still retarded.

    I’ll leave you with that thought 😆

    ddm, top choons!

  54. SUGA3

    Good morning, Sir!

    damn, the comment section went down a couple of levels since LG went ‘mainstream’, eh?

    I can see a clear correlation between Pedders asking that question and the subsequent emergence of certain individuals (you know who you are) stinking out the place…

    off to work, laters 😉

  55. dennisdamenace

    It really has attracted a very myopic, argumentative group of individuals who claim to be Arsenal FC supporters, when in reality they are either Arsenal FC employees or just plain Arsene supporters.

  56. dennisdamenace

    Apparently, and according to SSN – seriously don’t laugh, Campbell’s deal with Arsenal is off because the player couldn’t agree personal terms!

    Now don’t you have had to have passed a medical BEFORE you negotiate personal terms?

  57. Tinyspuds

    Hard to agree personal terms if you don’t turn up to the meeting to discuss them

    The SSN piece on this is littered with mistakes. Lazy journalism