Arsenal to strong arm Robin into staying: Why keeping him could work…

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Big thanks to my sister for lending me her arm for my 'Arsenal strong arm Robin' caption

Well hello and welcome!

After renouncing my love for Robin yesterday and casting him off into the ‘I never liked you anyway’ bin, I’ve awoken with new hope today. A new hope that things can be resolved. I’ve opened my eyes people. Opened them to the bargaining position Arsenal are in. I have a small hope that we might act like a football club for once, rather than an asset stripper.

The rumour and counter rumour going around yesterday made for interesting reading. No one had a consistent story. John Cross reckons he’ll go, Wayne Vessey of Goal.com reckons we’re going to keep him. What the hell is going eh?

My thought process on the keeping him front goes something like this.

1. He’s on £80k a week. He’s not exactly a massive resource drain if we keep him this year. We’ve had Arshavin as a second string player for 2 years  now and he earns that. If we ship Andrey off this summer, we’ll have room for one more sulky £80k a week player.

2. If we sell him for £25million, I have my doubts we’ll plough that into a new striker. It’ll go into our ‘what if we miss out on the Champions League’ fund. That my friends, is not a French striker of African descent who can score us 30 goals per season.

3. If we keep Robin this season and he sulks. We bench him. If he’s benched, like an old car left in a garage, he’ll struggle with fitness and he’ll pick up more injuries… thus reducing the chances he’ll get a mega contract next season when he’s on a free. It makes sense for him to play well and take a good attitude onto the pitch. He literally can’t afford to sulk. He’s too old to have a Cesc season. He won’t have mega contract value next summer.

4.The Champions League is worth more than £40million to us. If we miss out next season, we’re heading into sponsorship renewal season without the golden goose of Champions League resting on our shoulder. That could greatly reduce our bargaining power.

5. London is a small place. It’d be pretty uncomfortable for him if he did try and strike to get out of the club. If we want to keep him, then I don’t see the problem with us doing it. It sends out a message to the rest of the players that we’re not push overs, plus it’s a small price for him to pay compared to the cost he’s had on our trophy cabinet over the past 6 years through his injuries. Some say it’s not his fault, sure, it’s not… however, we stuck with him, he should stick by us if we demand it. After all, if he breaks his toe tomorrow, we’ll still have to pay him.

Anyway, I’ve done a total 360. If we’re going to strong arm him into staying, I’d back that. I know it’s bad news to have a player at your club who doesn’t want to be there, but it’s not quite the problem it was last season. We have Podolski and Giroud to take the burden if he’s feeling like he wants to sulk.

In the world of team valuations. Arsenal sit in 10th. In the world of football club valuations, we sit at 4th (apt, wouldn’t you say?), just behind Barcelona. That’s quite some achievement off the back of very little on the pitch excitement. Stan Kroenke and his empty pocket approach to running a football team seems to be doing his portfolio the world of good.

There’s some chat about Theo holding talks with the club. Hopefully we’ll sign him up, if we don’t, he’s one who does carry too much value not to sell on.

How boring is this… same old, same old. Players want to leave, papers report a meeting, meeting doesn’t happen, papers report player wants to leave… blah, blah, blah.

GIVE US SOME GOOD NEWS ARSENAL!

There. Bratish moment out the way. Have a great day everyone.

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294 Responses to “Arsenal to strong arm Robin into staying: Why keeping him could work…”

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  1. bankz

    Kurt F
    Show that stats to Johnny f*#king 5……….slates Theo but forgets to look into his stats……..yes he is a shite-player but he provides the goals and assists(how he manages that…I honestly dont know but who cares)…

  2. peanuts&monkeys

    Wenger’s shitpiles like Chamakh, Djourou, Bendtner, SQUILLACCI just doesnt have any takers. What a mess!!! Why doesn’t the Kroenke bastard fine Wenger and take all that money off his 7 Mill+ salary. All Bastards!!!! Fuck you Arsenal Board!!!!

  3. iffy Da Goon

    Won’t be surprised if city launched a sizeable bid for rvp 2 days before the window shuts. They know we’ll accept it, and rvp won’t need time to settle in since he’s been in England for a while. Most of all, Arsenal will be unsettled for another season which is one less rival to watch out for

  4. gambon

    Dale

    What Afobe who speaks like anyone else from Dagenham does?

    Benik Afobe who is English, and plays for ENGLAND?

    You fucking idiot, no-one on here has an ounce of respect for you.

  5. Kurt F

    To be fair 4 new signings (inc Pod and Giroud) would be OK – provided RVP and Theo stay. DM such as M’Vila or Capoue is a must, and would love to see an AM come in (and if it was Ganso I’d soil my pants front and back). CB and reserve keeper are needed too, but this is Wenger we’re talking about, so 4 seems about the maximum we can realistically expect.

  6. mystic

    on-the-edgeJuly 18, 2012 15:27:37
    ‘ Loan out Giroud to table-trailers. ‘

    Based on what? If, on the smallest possibility, we were to keep RvP, I’d rather chance Giroud in to the equation than Chamakh.

  7. Johnny5

    Bankz

    Walcott has gone as far as he can with us, in fact he’s going backwards in his development. He only scores easy goals 9/10 crosses are shit and the one that isn’t is a fluke. I’d sooner watch my mrs get fucked by a big bad rastaman than have to suffer Another season of that incompetent fool. I can play better football than him the mrs probably could too.

  8. Nasri's Mouth

    Regardless of M’Baye if Afobe is good enough, he’ll get his chance. If he turns into another J.E.T. he wont.

  9. Gbenga

    Niang speaks French and plays for France…..Is that any different from Afobe speaking English and playing for England….Both are of African origin…..

  10. gambon

    Gbenga

    Afobe isnt of African origin, his parents are Dagenhamese, they frequent Sugar Hut, weat immaculate white lacoste trainers and take holidays to Bas Vegas.

  11. DaleDaGooner

    gambon…i could give 2 fucks ….keep your respect….when you come around my way..IN real life, then i could smack your fat mouth if you disrespected me…but you aint funny.Benik speaks English….but stop spouting shit about preferences…it makes you sound like an illiterate…and that has nothing to do with Football…you are top idiot..and resident clown on here some of the things you spout….don’t you have some real work to do, always on here talking shit 24/7

  12. DaleDaGooner

    Like Luol Deng is British or Mo Farah…just cause they Speak English in public….I bet Benik gets spoken to by his mom in Queens English…..what a tit gambon

  13. SalParadiseNYC

    Pedro
    Nice post love the spirit but I disagree with your assessment of RVP. His position has become untenable with the club after his public call out. Wenger / Gazidaswould spineless to keep him and should sell him immediately regardless of his contributions last season. Unless he does a Rooney and signs the new contract with some sort of public statement / this whole thing was blown out of proportion turnaround.. But i’d still be suspect.. would have to have a serious meet with the squad and open it up personally to work.

    REPLACEMENT is a must.

    Fernando Llorente is great place to start.

    Gazidas your SO CHOC ICE ICE BABY!!! it hurts.

  14. bankz

    DaleDaGooner
    You just murdered Gambon on here…”Top idiot” and “resident clown”….lmao.
    But seriously Gambon…dont you have anything else to do than make “Le grove” your residence????
    Still cant help laughing @ the “resident clown” tag though……….lmao!!!!!!!!

  15. Johnny5

    Well it’s obvious to anyone above 15 that daledagooner and bankz are 17 gangster wannabe chavs using their stolen iPhones to try to abuse poor old gambon via a practically anonymous blog. You guys are my heroes. #sarcasm

  16. DaleDaGooner

    aaaaah, everyone give a round of applause to Bobo’s assistant, “Beebop” Johnny5…what are you 10? Cause if you have to resort to smacking your hands together at everything gambon on this blog….you are likely a 10 year old follower of a resident clown bully.

  17. Gbenga

    Just remembered that John Fashanu is not of African origin……..At least he speaks English and played for England. And Balotelli is not of African origin as he speaks Italian and plays for Italy…….

  18. SalParadiseNYC

    gambonJuly 18, 2012 16:10:25

    Comedy

    GbengaAfobe isnt of African origin, his parents are Dagenhamese, they frequent Sugar Hut, weat immaculate white lacoste trainers and take holidays to Bas Vegas.

  19. Johnny5

    Gambon ain’t a bully son. I don’t
    Agree with everything he says but alot of the time he makes a good point.abusing him because he doesn’t agree with you makes you the clown boy.

  20. DaleDaGooner

    Johnny5…..like i said, are you one of those that just goes with anything gambon says? cause the matter of fact here is, he’s wrong about Niang\Afobe comparison…or maybe it’s just fashionable to agree with gambon cause he knows how to handle Wenger properly on here…yeah, he gives it to Wenger good…yeah…..Beepop, go blow some ballons for Bobo’s next trick, which involves making up Arsenal doom stories.

  21. gambon

    Haha

    Dale angry cos no-one on here likes him, yet i’m clearly bigger than jesus.

    Johnny, i have it on good authority that Dale is a nigerian ex child soldier, who moved to Alabama to chase the US dream and was sold into the child prostitution industry. He started watching football to escape the pain of anal rapage, but never managed to learn what the game was all about, hence why he knows nothing about Arsenal or Football.

    Now he fills his days dreaming of making it big in Montgomery serving Tacos to hillbillys, and one day understanding what this “soccerball” is all about.

    One day someone on LeGrove might like him as well.

  22. DaleDaGooner

    aww gambon…how nice….cool story there….anyway…you’ve got the floor, keep yourself busy…you know like blowing up balloons for the special ones in here.

  23. Harry Redknapp

    i dunno what this big disagreement is all about. afobe represents england, you dont have to be english to do that. his parents are from africa and he is born here. he is a brit.and he can be english or african. or both. who gives a fuck?

  24. DaleDaGooner

    People on here keep saying you make sense from time to time…I’m yet to read any sensible post from you gambon…..maybe once EVER have you said anything really and truly relevant …. you feed off of everyone’s dissapointments and it makes you feel “special” so instead of doing anything meaningful outside, you sit in your mom’s basement with sandwich in hand, big gulp of pepsi and type away like the fat clown you are…see this is you, some of us read when we have the time, post a few and move on to real life…keep telling yourself you are important here, cause only on this site do you feel like you’ve achieved anything, obviously…

  25. DaleDaGooner

    Harry, same applies to Niang then, no? He’s French, doesn’t matter and no one gives a fuck except gambon who likes to be a funny man with racist undertone.

  26. Skinnywill

    There sure are some twats on here today.

    Pedro – I agree with your assessment, keep RVP he signed a contract so honour it. I would also give him 14 days to sign the contract we have offered him or remove it from the table and the club will make the decision whether to re-open negotiations with him.

    I would however ensure that we resigned Walcott even on £80k a week. If he does not deliver in the next two years there will still be plenty of takers for him.

  27. bankz

    Johnny5……you are bigger clown than even Gambon because you like so many here actually make him sound reasonable…90% of sh*t he spills here are stupid ones and like I said the other day if Gambon was put as a manager to replace Wenger,he will do worse than Arsene..know why?he thinks his opinions are best.
    I dont come here to read a particular comment but to read the post.if you and Gambon were that good,you’d be writing yours somewhere and how many hits you get.
    I was seventeen when?oh yes,a really long time ago and secondly,I dont use an iphone.
    Try making sense next time than licking up Gambon’s a*#hole….doesnt suit you.
    I got better things to do with my time than argue with a bunch of senseless “I know everything” top-idiots or should I say “resident clowns”?

  28. Harry Redknapp

    niang can play for who ever grants him citizenship. Dale. if he chooses. same as that guy who played for trinidad the white guy

  29. mystic

    I hardly agree with Gambon on anything,- in fact probably less than 10% – but all the same I think he is entitled to his drivel without getting slaughtered by some of you.

  30. Sadam Mahessar

    Giroud Podoslki and Niang would get us fuck all next season, rather add a few million and get Llorente or someone who can actually get us 20 premiership goals, I would rather actually have us signing Ba than this Niang even if he turns out to be Drogba.

    We already have a great prospect in Afobe and with Giroud/Podoslki/Afobe and one of Ba/Llorente we look good upfront for 4-5 years.

  31. ron

    two gays go to a funfair one goes on a plane ride while the other one holds his handbag the ride goes round three times . the car flys off and crashes into the ground he runs to see if his boyfriend is ok . shouting are you hurt are you hurt yes iam i went round three times you did not wave once.

  32. telarse

    Johnny5 July 18, 2012 15:56:50

    Bankz

    “… I’d sooner watch my mrs get fucked by a big bad rastaman…”

    ================================================================

    Me too! Any links??

  33. SDE

    Pedro
    “After renouncing my love for Robin yesterday and casting him off into the ‘I never liked you anyway’ bin, I’ve awoken with new hope today. A new hope that things can be resolved. I’ve opened my eyes people. ”

    “Anyway, I’ve done a total 360.”

    Reply

    There you have it..In his own words…!!

    Good to see Pedro backed up my assertions about a week ago on here..

    My assertion being that Pedro is a fence sitter..& is consistently inconsistent..!!

    Well in his own words today .he certainly proved my point…
    “Anyway, I’ve done a total 360.”!!LOLLOL

  34. Cesc Appeal

    What an utter mess, everyone is so interested in Arsenal the Brand and Arsenal the PLC they’ve totally forgotten what it is they actually sell.

    They waffle on like Arsenal are some massive conglomerate and that football is merely one arm of it – football IS Arsenal – Arsenal IS football

  35. Johnny5

    Dale,

    I don’t agree with gambon on niang/afobe because I don’t really know enough about either to really form an opinion. Either way I was saying he is entitled to say what he thinks without a mug like you trying to abuse him. Plus you talk some utter shite yourself.

    Bankz

    Your an idiot let’s just leave it at that.

  36. Dan Ahern

    Interesting Dempsey story:

    On NESN’s site (New England Sports Network — majority-owned by Liverpool’s owners), they had a short news piece about Liverpool’s US tour. Excerpt:

    “The football club will be partaking in a three game North American tour, which includes a stop in Boston for a game at Fenway Park. The team has added Fabio Borini and Clint Dempsey to a team that [c]ame within a game of winning the FA Cup.”

    They later changed it so it only mentions Borini. Fulham meanwhile denies they’ve even got an offer. Nonetheless, interesting stuff.

    (As an aside, “team that came within a game of winning the FA Cup” is a pretty hilarious way to fail at making a team sound good.)

  37. WengersSweeties

    Cesc Appeal
    July 18, 2012 17:36:25

    What an utter mess, everyone is so interested in Arsenal the Brand and Arsenal the PLC they’ve totally forgotten what it is they actually sell.They waffle on like Arsenal are some massive conglomerate and that football is merely one arm of it – football IS Arsenal – Arsenal IS football
    ————————————————————————————-

    Well said CA!!

  38. sam

    if you keep reading negative posts here you will think arsenal fc club is the shittest football team in the world.
    why buy llorente and get rid of bendtner? van persie is the best player in the world without him we will be relegated. giroud and podolski will flop we need to buy new striker just to make sure.
    all our players are shit, we need to buy a brand new team.
    do you people really know that without these 2 clowns (van persie and walcott) arsenal will do better. once they get marked we struggle to even get a draw, let them go.
    they are already been replaced i just hope we sell them quickly and strengthen our squad in other areas especially midfield.

  39. bankz

    Johnny5
    I ‘m an idiot because I said you lick Gambon’s a*#hole?C’mon dude…..you should get angry at things like that..its just an a*#hole and if it will make you feel better,its Gambon’s………lmao!!!!

  40. sam

    . czeszny, coquelin,miquel, jenkinson, alex chamberlain,gibbs, bartley and miyaichi will start the season a year older than last season.
    santos, mertesacker, gervinho and possibly park, a year epl experience.
    just 2 more signings, clear off lame ducks and contract rebels we will be fine.
    we won nothing with van persie and walcott maybe its the right time to move on and a new start.

  41. Johnny5

    Bankz

    You’re a mug mate. You can try spouting whatever insults you like mate. Why would I give a shit what some random window licking waste of spunk thinks. Besides I’ve had it out with gambon a few times on here so hardly licking the glory hole am I you cock.

  42. Harry Redknapp

    have we signed this niang then? i was hoping for afobe to get a chance as a proper production line player. one of us as well. if he done well he could be adored.

  43. SUGA3

    and indeed, some posters are letting themselves down with the petty name calling and all that shit, guess there is not a lot to discuss AFC wise, is there?

  44. bankz

    Johnny5

    Okay Johnny…I’m just kidding around….all i stand for is logical reasoning in our arguments and like everyone says,different folks with different opinions.
    Calm down okay…I’m done for today on Le grove till tomorrows post.

  45. SalParadiseNYC

    Dan AhernJuly 18, 2012 18:12:56

    Do hope we get him to sign so we can make him a top class striker / captain and sell him to city in future for massive profit!
    Sums it up, if only we were as ruthless with our ‘signing ‘ over the age of 17.

    233% Genius!

  46. Goon from BD

    Boringgggggggggg!!!!!!! Sign some good players FFS!!!! I am tired of this shit. I will kill myself if Jack and Ox replace Barry and Milner.

  47. BacaryisGod

    The Man City situation with RVP is interesting.

    Of their 4 main strikers, Aguero and Balotelli are nailed on, but as we know anything could happen with the latter. Dzeko can’t be thrilled with his minor role at the club and Tevez has all his previous aggravation against him.

    Despite what Mancini says, I would put money on Tevez being the one to leave, as he and Aguero are somewhat similar players. However, what Man City don’t want is to sell Tevez and then Arsenal to hold firm on RVP. Then they’ll be forced to scramble to replace Tevez.

    Ultimately, all this will lead to is that this will drag on until the very end, and will result in Man City paying well over the odds for RVP.

    Despite the agony of being an Arsenal fan, from an objective viewpoint, you’ve got to love the brinksmanship that’s going to be taking place.

  48. azed

    samJuly 18, 2012 18:15:19
    . czeszny, coquelin,miquel, jenkinson, alex chamberlain,gibbs, bartley and miyaichi will start the season a year older than last season.
    santos, mertesacker, gervinho and possibly park, a year epl experience.

    Mr Sam, i guess you think $ity players will start a year younger…

  49. pharo9ja

    Pedro I think you should consider throwing in the like button next to our comments…what do you say?

  50. Samir

    WE’VE SIGNED SOMEONE:

    Exeter City have confirmed on their official website that their u18 coach Kwame Ampadu, who has been with the club for 22 years, will join Arsenal as an academy coach.

    😉 😉 😉

  51. telarse

    pharo9ja July 18, 2012 19:30:26

    Pedro I think you should consider throwing in the like button next to our comments…what do you say?

    =======================================================================

    Methinks a “Cunt” button would be popularer!

  52. Johnny5

    Did wenger really say song could be our next cesc. Fucking hell call the funny farm it’s official the cunts gone mental.

    And some people have the audacity to call people here doomers when that’s their fucking hero.

  53. pharo9ja

    for me how the club handles the RVP issue will go a long way in shaping how we are perceived as a football club.
    A lot of people rush to say sell him…he’s burnt his bridges,arsenal is bigger than any player blah blah blah. But we fail to realise that selling van persie is most likely what he’s expecting us to do and if we sell, we will be showing the world that he is bigger than the club. Lets not do a fabregas, tell him that he’s to see out his contract. PERIOD!

  54. Evan

    Travel back in time October 2011 Stan Kroenke

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/8861428/Arsenal-owner-Stan-Kroenke-says-Manchester-United-are-streets-ahead-of-Manchester-City-off-the-pitch.html

    Towards the end, Stan comments on losing Cesc and Nasri,
    “Can you employ those resources better than you could had you not taken the money, taken a chance on losing the guy for nothing in a year or perhaps overpaying for him now and having less resources later?”

    RVP’s views have obviously changed

  55. sam

    park chu young is not a bad player, le weirdo just refused to play him ahead of chamakh. but he scored in every reserve games he played last season and he’s not leaving arsenal fc. haters should just get over it we don’t need llorente, lewandowski or any other fancy name you are throwing around

  56. sam

    azed

    we beat city last season and they needed last minute luck to win the tittle.
    thats why they think they will weaken us if they take van persie.well they can have him.

  57. Dan Ahern

    Update on previous comment:

    Brendan Rodgers has now said, at a presser, that they’ve “enquired” about Dempsey.

    (previous comment:

    Interesting Dempsey story:

    On NESN’s site (New England Sports Network — majority-owned by Liverpool’s owners), they had a short news piece about Liverpool’s US tour. Excerpt:

    “The football club will be partaking in a three game North American tour, which includes a stop in Boston for a game at Fenway Park. The team has added Fabio Borini and Clint Dempsey to a team that [c]ame within a game of winning the FA Cup.”

    They later changed it so it only mentions Borini. Fulham meanwhile denies they’ve even got an offer. Nonetheless, interesting stuff.

    (As an aside, “team that came within a game of winning the FA Cup” is a pretty hilarious way to fail at making a team sound good.))

  58. Johnty79

    Sam you are the biggest fool in the world. Park is rumoured may have cost 10m if so wenger should be sacked never to manage again!

  59. zeus

    Boris Becker claims van Persie has re-signed with Arsenal

    “Just heard Van Persie signed 2year deal with ….Arsenal!?” he said on his official twitter.

    The “news’ people ( I refuse to call them journalists) that use this as a viable source of info can go and do one.

  60. DB10

    Kwiki U know I wont let U off the hook that easy. How do U know that ” he is a cousin of RVP’s agent” Where did U get that info from?

  61. Hitman

    Holding on to RVP isnt making a statement. It wont happen, lets not waste energy and deflect away from reality.

    Buying 3 top notch defensive players would be a statement of intent.

    Offloading the deadwood would signal we no longer reward failure & injury and change the culture at the club.

    Thats what we need – not this pretend getting tough with RVP only to lose him before end of transfer window. What a charade.

  62. sam

    btw, arsenal had a rubbish season because of rubbish coaching/management. not because of players.
    we have bad players that shouldn’t even be in the first team and some need proper coaching.

  63. SalParadiseNYC

    samJuly 18, 2012 20:16:44

    Delusional mate.
    Llorente is pure class watch the vids and is exactly what we need once RVP signs off. The PARK signing was Wenger and Gazidas at their finest in the 11th hours nicking him from Lille thus botching Hazard if he was ever an option. 1 appearance in the league.

  64. sam

    JOhnty79

    park chu young is not a bad player and thats my opinion
    i wouldn’t call you a fool if you disagree, please try to refute something next time without throwing insults.
    whats your evidence that park chu young is a bad player?
    you watched him play he was so rubbish and shouldn’t even wear the shirt again?
    here is the team that have the likes of arshavin, djourou ,ramsey, squillaci, chamakh and walcott getting games. you are dismissing a sharp shooter and a free kick expert just because your crazy manager prefers lame ducks over him, please grow up.

  65. LeMassiveCoq

    Haha, you can tell there are no real football issues to chew over, this Blog has become a trolling war between Gambon and his detractors.

  66. Nasri's Mouth

    @dave

    2 years would probably mean 2 years from now. IE next summer he would be in the same position as now.

    Sounds pretty unlikely to me. Someone probably told Boris a joke about RvP getting a new contract for his phone, and being German he didn’t get it.

    As for him being related, I think that’s made up bollocks off twitter

  67. incesc

    what do you mean coq?

    we’ve been this close to signing hmmvilla all summer and boris becker has just revealed rvp has signed a 2 year contract.

    plenty to mull over

  68. incesc

    thats what im thinking dave

    hes promised arsene 1 more year.

    must say though, i dont believe it.

    There were loads of jokes on twitter that robin had signed a 2 year phone contract. Beckers on a wind up.

  69. Dan Ahern

    Boris Becker… I… hahah.. I don’t even know what to say to that.

    Guys, have you heard? Dizzee Rascal has revealed that Walcott will sign a 150k pw contract.

  70. Liquor & Poker

    Sam

    I won’t sit here and say Park is a bad player, however I completely disagree that we dont need someone with the quality of llorente. Wenger does see these players day In and day out and as such Park obviously has done fuck all to suggest he can even get ahead of the “goal machine” that is Chamakh! And YES I realise this is wengers fault in the first place for signing him but the last thing we need is to take chances with an unproven striker!! Quality needs to be replaced with quality.

  71. Sadam Mahessar

    tomorrow the skipper saga will probably have a decisive turn, last day of training before team flies off to asia.

    so he has either signed for arsenal or told he wants to be sold instantly, end of.

  72. Samir

    Piers Morgan ‏@piersrnorgan

    Just got a text from @Persie_Official confirming that he’s staying at #Arsenal. BOOM!!!

  73. Samir

    Van Persie has not signed a new contract…
    The joke on twitter earlier was:
    “BREAKING: Robin Van Persie officially signs a new two year contract – £30 a month, unlimited calls, & 500 texts, with O2. ”

    It was all a joke…Maybe Boris is confused?

  74. G STAR

    OK re RVP – theres a joke going round “BREAKING -Van Persie signs new two year contract -£30 a month, unlimited calls, & 500 texts a month

  75. BertrumWeaks

    I too sometimes think Gambon makes total sense ( jeez from the little i have read of the comments today it sure seems eggy in here!)

    BUT Dale is right when he says Gambon feeds on people disappointments , whether that is to fill a void in his life or not, is only for gambon to know.

    What I know is that there is a more shall we say regular crew on this blog, but without them it would essentially be a string of random comments and occasional debate. Dont diss the regular grovers however much shit they talk because thats what unique about this place as a football blog. Id wager that it is the most commented football blog in the country, Man u simply dont have enough drama to warrant it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  77. Radio Raheem

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  78. Samir

    This one’s for Gambon.
    Koss V Kompany.

    A statistical comparison of the performances of Laurent Koscielny and Vincent Kompany shows that the former is widely under-rated.

    DEFENSIVE STATS (per league game):- Koscielny vs Kompany –
    Appearances: 33 – 31,
    Tackles: 2.6 – 2.1,
    Interceptions: 2.8 – 2.4,
    Offsides Won: 1.5 – 0.5,
    Clearances: 5.1 – 6.2,
    Was Dribbled Past: 0.4 – 0.3,
    Shots Blocked: 0.5 – 0.8,
    Aerial Duels Won: 1.9 – 1.

    http://sulia.com/channel/arsenal-fc/f/f609c9c1-1b25-4adf-acbe-6883ec08a993/?source=twitter

  79. Gunner2301

    Fuck me you guys are on fire tonight.

    Pedro love your posts but you seem like you’re flip flopping anyway the wind blows and all that mate. Anyway I don’t believe we should be holding anyone to ransom apart from over the fee i.e. don’t let him go on the cheap. Why should we keep players that don’t want to play for us? I don’t see any point. If we can’t provide an environment and ambition that players want we might as well let the ones go that have bigger ambitions than us.

    Some counter arguments to yours

    1. Why have him on 80k sulking if we can have someone else on 80k performing?

    2. A mute point because I can’t remember when last we sold and then replaced with quality. It’s not a Wenger MO.

    3. I doubt benching him will reduce the contract he will receive next season. Just look at Torres he was actually playing so he had no excuse, moved for a massive fee and bigger wages when he was in the doldrums. If RVP was after money he could sit on the bench for a year and get what he wants at Anzhi or PSG.

    4. Not sure how this is relevant to keeping RVP or are you saying keeping him guarantees CL qualification? Because it doesn’t.

    5. RVP breaking his toe and getting paid is a contractual issue so he’s entitled to get paid. We had no obligation to stick by him when he was injured over those years, we could have sold him. I get your point but it’s thinking like that that got Wenger in this whole mess in the first place. If he led by example maybe his eutopia would work but he can’t have different expectations for players when he doesn’t give the same in return.

    We all seem to be forgetting that RVP is not after money he is after quality. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. He could quite easily have said you know what pay me a shit load and I’ll carry on waving the Wenger flag but he hasn’t he’s come out and spoken his mind irrespective of the consequence.

    We are a shambles of a Club with a meglomaniac in charge. Players stream out of the team season after season and just because they haven’t spoken out each and everyone, if they did the message would be a season on season repetition “I want to win things and I don’t see that happening at Arsenal”. This should be a wake up call for us as fans. What does that say about where we are being taken as a Club and we are just sitting there allowing it to happen. 4th is a trophy, Id take 2nd for the next 20 years, we don’t buy superstars we make them. We should be asking how we allowed them to change the agenda while we were asleep or on the toilet having a shit or whenever it happened.

    I could understand people thinking RVP is getting ideas above his station if we were a poor club not able to afford to compete or he was solely trying to advance his own career, but that’s not the situation and we shouldn’t be crucifying him for basically airing the views of a lot of fans who cannot be heard who are concerned about the direction of the club that doesn’t appear to have any strategy or direction. When do we know that strategy is fullfilled? What does success for us look like? When do we know we’ve got there? It’s like vietnam or the Iraq war they just want us to be so entrenched we see no end to it.

    RVP should walk, lack of ambition can breed nothing but further lack of ambition and if we’re happy harboring and paying players millions and millions to furnish their lavish lifestyles for that then we’re as sad and unambitious as the club, but no player who knows why he started playing the game should throw away their dreams just to massage the egos of the greedy money men.

  80. Samir

    @WengersSweeties
    Ahhaa, indeed! Gambon is a stubborn one! But a laugh nonetheless!

    Them stats do prove something however, along with the Barca interest.
    He’s had his bad moments…But that’s what you expect from a player coming from a poor team and league into ours.
    He shouldn’t of been put in them situations i.e. cup finals during his first season.

    You learn from your mistakes 😉

  81. ethan_gunner

    an asset stripper ?
    or just a straight out stripper 🙂 ????

    like all the players of the past , they sell themselves to the likes of (better clubs)
    cashley – fab – ade – famini 🙂

    like it or not, we sell all our best , ask henry and PV04 ..

    RVP is just next on the list after cesc 🙂

  82. Zacharse

    Samir

    Stealing my material and classing it up!
    Koz should be captain this year, but if he were wed definitely lose him next summer.

    Also the biggest shame of this summer would be keeping Walcott and losing rvp.
    If i were Wenger id say to robin, listen up ami, i get rid of walcote, you play with him never again, we win ze treble if u get a forward who iz not a chocodolphin