Kreus / Großkreutz / German supermarkets / Points comparisons and plenty more Arsenal gossip inside!

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What? Things are quiet…

Not good enough?

Ok… Well, all the papers are rehashing transfer stories that are 3 days old. The Independent has us in for Marco Reus off the back of a Mad Jens recommendation. The coach said Wenger called him and he told him the German lad was good but he didn’t want to lose him. Jeez… smart move there!

Reus, or Nik B's ginger cousin?

It seems Wenger has found a new super market to shop in. He’s done with CarreFour and its over priced goods. He’s discovered Aldi and he can’t stop bragging about the award winning / low cost German product he’s discovered.

I’m surprised it’s taken so long for clubs to look to the German league, the Bundasliga is often the most represented at the International tournaments. The league has a high level of technical ability and German teams are no push overs when it comes to the Champions League.

We’re still scouting Gotze. I’m really struggling with this one. The youngster doesn’t want to leave, we’re highly unlikely to have £35mill to splash on one player and we have Jack and Rambo? I’d say it’s more likely we’re scouting Dortmund as a whole. Why would you need to keep scouting the best young player in Germany? It’d be like scouting Jack Wilshere. The extended rumour here is we’re looking at his mate as well… Kevin Großkreutz. The wideman is already my hero, there’s no videos of his footballing ability, but there is a German video titled, ‘so pi*sed he puked‘.

I love that. You should too. Let’s set up a petition to sign him.

Grosskreuz...Nik B's special cousin?

Also in the news is the story that Frimpong will be sent out on loan to Norwich or Swansea. Great idea. Let him learn to keep his cool and refine his passing elsewhere. Finally, we appear to be learning. Love the boys passion but you can’t have a liability in your squad.

There were rumblings from Spain that M’Villa might be moving in the next window. Now if there was a move that made sense, it’s this one. As far as I’m aware, Song hasn’t opened talks with the club, he’s 24 years old, the nearest competitor to his position is a 20 year old who  has played 1 Premiership game. We need to bolster the middle of the Park Chu-Young sharpish because although we’re all praising the importance of keeping Robin fit, I’d say keeping the man from Cameroon fit almost as important.

Chair trouble…

Someone e-mailed me anonymously about their concerns over the stability of the chairs at Arsenal. Don’t worry, they’re very robust and very wide, don’t let that put you off buying a ticket if you’re reading!


I’ve been reading around some of the sites and I’m not sure whether it’s just a reaction to the run compared to where we were, but certain sections of the fanbase seem to be jumping on the vindication band wagon like we’re out the woods and everything is ok. This pattern has emerged plenty over the past few years. Some sites were celebrating winning the league in January last year. We’re doing well, but be aware, our squad is still very fragile and our potency up front still hangs very much on one man.

I don’t want to dampen the excitement, but a little too much unjustified ‘we’ve got 4th in the bag is going on.

La Liga…

Interesting to read the thoughts of the Barca President. He reckons he’d never sell Barca to one person and criticised the British model of single owner ownership.

Fair point, but being part of a model where 2 clubs take 60% of the TV revenue is hardly a bragging point. La Liga will look at the issue in maybe 5 years, but only if the league is reduced to 16. Greed is greed however you package it!

Happy thoughts…!

Finally, I’ll leave you with the below table… a nice, positive, happy note I was sent by a Grover who goes by the name of Jim.

With all the gloom (me included) that enmeshed our club pre season and early season I was minded to compare last season’s results, to date, game for game, with this season’s results.The only adjustment I had to make was to include the home fixture against Blackpool, last season, to set against the Swansea fixture this season.

The outcome will surprise many,I believe.

Here it is:


Last Season: Played 11, Goals for 23, Goals against 16,Goal difference +7,Points gained 16.

This Season: Played 11, Goals for 23, Goals against 21,Goal difference 2, Points gained 19.

3 points better off this season!

Goal difference 5 worse which can largely put down to the Home Blackpool/Swansea score lines, which account for a 5 goal differential.

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Happy days!

P.S. Sue Ryder, the charity, are organising a Charity football tournament you can enter. Nigel Winterburn is there, take a look here.

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  1. LAzer

    Plus I think the competation is better this season. Liverpool revamped and brought Suarez. City went nuts and brought everyone available, Utd promoted some talent from and bought, Spuds kept what they had and Chelsea bought too.

    Anyways it is a nice comparision but a long long way to go. And without Robin we are toothless. No more goals from midfield from Nasri and Cesc to keep us going.

  2. gambon

    Thinking that comparing results this year against results last year is a good way to forecast our fortunes is ridiculous.

    We beat Swansea, how do you compare that as they werent in the PL.?

    Its like a gambler looking at what days he won/lost last year, and saying, “well last year i lost on saturday 12th august, and this year i won, im improving”

  3. Mayank

    You compare it to Blackpool. Like Pedro pointed out.

    It’s not a great indicator just a it’s-not-all-doom-and-gloom fact.

    Even if you compare our seasons 11 games in we’re just 1 point away. Game for game we’re 3 points ahead. Has to mean something.

  4. gambon

    Great article on Cesc & his britishness in the Telegraph.

    Also interesting to see how well he’s doing!

    So much for all the idiots in denial who said he would play 5 games per season.

    The mighty one was right once again!