Well good morning everybody! It’s international week, which is normally a struggle for Arsenal fans. It always comes that little bit too early in the season, it’s always completely boring and it usually results in at least 60% of our players returning with niggles or out and out broken bodies.
I haven’t heard any bad news yet. In fact, in the main, it’s been quite positive so far.
I watched a bit of the England game last night, what a blast that was. Gary Cahill looked fantastic. Good with the ball at his feet, positionally excellent and dominant in the air. I’m not going to rue his absence from our squad though. I heard that on deadline day, Spurs offered £12million for him, Bolton wanted £15million… but Gary wasn’t fussed enough to push through the deal. My hope is that he’ll be hanging on for a January move to Arsenal. Hope and reality are often not at one. It’d just be nice to know that if we need an extra body, we can pick him up for a good price and he won’t be Cup tied.
We had good news on the goal scoring front as well. Park Chu-Young literally smashed Lebanon to bits with a hatrick which was thoroughly excellent to hear! If there is one player that I have reservations about, it’s him. His lack of top class experience and his slight frame is a worry. However, knowing that he’s taken a world-class defence apart gives me hope. Simple fact is, you have to be able to find the net, scoring goals is never a bad thing. He looks like an intelligent player around the box, hopefully he’ll be able to bring that to the Premiership. Hey, you never know, he could be our very own Chicarito? Check out his goals here, they got me a little excited it has to be said!
Aaron Ramsey also landed one for Wales and Henry Lansbury managed a terrific write up in the Times the other day for his contribution to Under 21’s. Overshadowing Henderson big time apparently. Is there still hope for him? Maybe…
Robin Van Persie ripped San Marino a new one when he powered 4 goals past them last night. I’ve never met someone from San Marino. I have doubts it’s a real country. In fact, I’ve never seen a package holiday there, or heard of friends destroying it on a stag do despite them boasting over 2 million visits a year. I mean honestly, considering it’s a country that boasts 1.5km of aerial tramway, I don’t know enough…
Sorry… Robin… Goals… Good times.
I read the story about Nik Bendtner yesterday. I don’t disagree with him in parts. I’m pleased he won’t be coming back. He’ll be a good striker for Sunderland, but he’d never be able to replicate what a proper carthorse like Adebayor did for us back in the day. I guess that’s what it boils down to. In my opinion, if you’re going to be that lumbering, you have to have pace in your game. You also have to have a decisive touch every now and then. His career went down the pan for me when he mis-controlled against Barcelona. The things he doesn’t understand are fair. 1) Why are you playing me on the wing 2) Why are you selling me instead of Chamakh 3) Why was Chamakh given so many more chances over me 4) Why does Messi keep winning the Balon D’or
He’s right to be perplexed. Most Arsenal fans are. He had to go though, his head wasn’t there anymore… he needs a fresh start.
There have been rumours circulating about Thomas Vermaelen and his long term fitness, now, I haven’t spoken to anyone recently about that topic, but as far as I was told last season, there are no concerns that he’s a broken man. I’ll do some digging to see if I can get anymore goss, but a 25 year old man shouldn’t have black marks over his long term fitness. He’s had a bad run, I’m sure there will be niggles, but if his fitness is managed properly, he should be ok.
Now the dust has settled on our squad, I’m really quite excited. Sure we might not be good enough to win the league, but even if we’d spent £120million this summer, we’d have still struggled against the never ending squad of City and the ever improving United. I think we’ve given ourselves a chance though. I don’t think the fans will be booing at the ground and I think there is some genuine excitement around Arsenal. Sky Sports ran a poll that had Arteta as the best buy of the window. I’d disagree, I think Mertesacker is the best buy. He’s the solution to a 3 year problem we’ve had. I’m also quite excited about Yossi Benayoun. He’s Alex Hleb with product!
If we can keep those players fit this year, we could easily land ourselves a domestic cup. I know that reeks of lowered expectation, but that’s the only way I can get myself through the season. I think a League or FA Cup is the only way we can end our trophy drought. If we can nip in with a top four finish this year, that gives us a good platform to sign M’Vila and Eden Hazard next summer.
I’m excited, I think you should be excited… lets all get excited together. Like a big footballing swingers party.
Anyway, that’s all I could handle writing so damn early in the morning.
See you in the comments!
P.S. Still having a great time enjoying Spurs fans misery… I spent 30 minutes at a staff party agreeing with a sad Spurs fan that Harry Redknapp should go and that their whole squad was a disgrace. Lots of fun…
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