Adrian Lopez smoke has some fire | Cazorla commits verbally | Alex Song – voted worst signing!

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Welcome to 2013… the Mayans said this year would never come, what do they know eh? We took on the calendar and demanded another year. Well played world, well played.

So, football. What have we today bar an absolutely atrocious hangover and a shed load of bo*locks chatting shame from the night previous?

Well, we’ve got the hilarious news that French President Hollande is pushing for a 75% tax on top earners. Honestly, can you think of a more ridiculous policy? Such a crowd pleaser in any country.

‘Ahhh, the rich are bastards, lets tax them the most because they owe the rest of society’

Good luck with that one France. I’m not sure how many countries in the world thrive from punishing the rich, but I’m pretty sure that unfair taxation isn’t the way to go. From a footballing perspective, it’s certainly not going to help Ligue One kick on. In fact, it could easily bankrupt clubs if they’re forced to take care of their players tax. Gabriel Marcotti reckons the hike in tax, if pushed through, will increase PSGs wage bill 50%. For Ibrahimovic to take home the same as he is now, they’ll need to pay him a whopping €825,000 a week! Wow…

Still, bad taxation laws certainly present an opportunity. Any player based in France this summer with a half decent agent will be looking to move to a country that won’t hammer their stars wages. Time to start putting the feelers out Arsenal… PSG are loaded with great players as are a number of other clubs like Marseille and Lyon. I think the rumour was that our top tax rate was going to come back down next year? So again, the UK becomes more attractive to free spending footballers and French businesses looking to move over.

In other, more mega LOLZ news, Alex Song has been voted the second worst signing of the summer by Spanish paper Marca.

Barcelona paid 19 million euros for the Cameroonian to solve their problems in midfield and to help out in the centre of defense. So far, he’s helped neither one thing nor the other.’

A big fat ouch… how humiliating. The last person I remember winning that award was Alex Hleb. Where’s he playing now? Totally hilarious. Geoff will love that. I love that as well. When he was at Arsenal, over the last year, he was reportedly quite an obnoxious guy to be around. Apparently he’d regularly make reference to the clubs he could be playing for, he also disrespected the clubs fining policy (for being late for training etc). His ego clearly inflated by his entourage and agent. Well, now what does he have? A place on the bench every week… when he’s not hanging out there, he’s playing as a centre back. Bad times. Being a bit part player in a great team surely can’t be that satisfying if you’re a man of any ambition?

News of an Adrian Lopez bid has hit the newsfeeds. Now, I don’t know the veracity of the story, however, that name has been mentioned a few times and I think it might just have legs. He fits the bill in so many ways. Firstly, his contract is up at the end of the season, so we’ll get him on a very good deal. He’s only 24, which is young enough to improve, but old enough to be classed as experienced. He’s also quite out of favour. Wenger used to love picking off talented players who’d lost their way. The fact he’s going after Lopez in this way excites me, you’re talking about a very talented player if he comes good. Things haven’t really worked out this season. He’s often used on the wing because let’s be honest, who’s going to get in the team ahead of Falcao? He’s only managed 4 goals in 18 appearances… last year he did pretty well, especially in the Europa cup in which he managed 10 goals in 15 appearances… which ultimately led Athletico to the final. His total stood at 23 in 49 games… he doesn’t suffer fitness problems.

The other reason he makes ‘Arsene sense’ over Demba Ba is that he’ll come in for less than £100k a week. He’ll have a fully working set of knees and he can play outwide and through the middle. Essentially, by signing Lopez, you’re giving Theo every opportunity to stay on in the middle. Demba Ba would probably stifle that ambition. Wenger is opting for versatility over specialism, which rarely seems to work out, but there you go. Michu came from Spain last year with a similar goal scoring record, look how he turned out…

From what I’ve seen of him, he has great feet and superb control. He looks like he has a burst of pace, though far from electric. Considering what Wenger said about Ba being similar to Giroud, I’m surprised he’s looking at Lopez as he also looks very similar to the Frenchman. For a Spaniard, he’s very good with his head and he certainly has the ability to sniff out the second ball in the box. All in all, I’d welcome him…

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There’s a nice interview with Santi Cazorla on Arsenal.com.

“But I think that with Arsenal, I was offered an opportunity that I could not turn down, being 27 years old [at the time], it was like a train that I had to take, and I am very satisfied.

“I am learning a lot, I am adapting more and more as days go by, and my aim is to learn the English game, and hopefully I will spend some good years at this club.

“I really enjoy the league, the atmosphere at the stadiums, the respect of the people, their kindness, it is incredible.

“Regarding the collective, we have dropped some points, and we hope that from now on we can all improve. That is what we all want, to see Arsenal further up the table.

“It has been a positive year for me. It is true that there are always ups and downs throughout the year, that is normal, but if I look everything that I have achieved, everything that I have experienced, I am very satisfied.

“I have achieved great things, I am still growing as a football player, and for next year I will aim for more of the same, to be successful with Arsenal, and to continue learning and growing every day.”

What shines through from that interview? When you hit 27, you’re generally entering your best years as a player. Arsenal don’t pick up enough players around the age where they’re looking to settle. Cazorla isn’t going to push for a move in the next few years unless things go really badly. That gives Arsenal an element of stability there. If we can add more players like him in January and start building a team we can rely on being together for more than a season, maybe we can start to actually progress rather than slowly regress.

Today we have a game against Southampton away, it’ll be a 1730 kick off, so plenty of time for people to get some sleep in!

Team news looks pretty positive. No Diaby, as ever, but bar that, we’ve a full squad to choose from. I personally can’t see the boss making many changes from the team he put out against Newcastle. That Boxing Day rest has meant we don’t need to rotate, which is always a good thing. Southampton shouldn’t be taken lightly, they’ve given plenty of good sides headaches this season. Things aren’t really rubbing the way of Nigel Adkins teams and hopefully they won’t tomorrow. That all depends on who turns up. It’s Arsenal roulette. If the team fancy it, we could end up dishing out another mauling. If the team don’t fancy it because Southampton are a side you could easily take a complacent attitude against, then we’ll struggle and probably concede a couple of goals.

For me, I’d like to see an attacking perfromance as adventurous and bold as the one against Newcastle, combined with an early season resolute defensive display. Is that too much to ask for? A clean sheet and 7 goals? Maybe. A win is all that really matters. We need to continue to build on the sequence of winning games we’re putting together. It’s obviously a special game for Theo Walcott and Alex Chamberlain. Hopefully those two can show Luke Shaw what life could be like. Half of me wants him to get ripped a new one… the shame of that will be that we’ll all be put off if that happens! Ahhh… what a conundrum!

Anwyay, I’m sure it’ll be an exciting game whatever happens.

2013 eh? We’re deeply excited about writing another 365 posts for you… from what I can see, we’re the only daily Arsenal blog that attends the games, goes to the AGMs and makes most of the supporter group meetings. Tune in for more of the same this year!

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538 Responses to “Adrian Lopez smoke has some fire | Cazorla commits verbally | Alex Song – voted worst signing!”

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  1. useroz

    Somehow the team doesn’t look right

    Back is still shaky

    MF so short and no one going to win any headers

    No CF frankly. Wot has Walcott done in 25 min

    Need to re-balance by signing some right players, at a minimum

    One third of the game went…have we a shot yet???

  2. Paulinho

    Sagna again can’t clear a ball. Silly useless cunt of a player.

    Whole team is too one paced, especially in midfield. Cazorla can’t even take anyone on or run ffs.

  3. bergkamp63

    Sagna has been shit all season, I really don’t know what people see in him ?

    He’s slow, poor at defending and I can’t remember the last decent cross he put in ?

  4. useroz

    We have so many ONE footed players it aint funny…

    Sagna couldn’t even thump a fairly simple clearnace??!!!

    May be we needed Mer may be not but it so is crap defending atm

  5. Lordbergkamp

    Sagna’s French so auto on the team sheet. Regardless of how shite he plays. So doesn’t really ever give a fuck how bad he plays. Basically never gets dropped. Pathetic.

  6. Radio Raheem

    Where are all the happy people who said Theo was ready to play CF??

    At best he is an option to have. He is not ready yet he can’t hold the ball up or take part in making play. Quite obvious really.

    For Theo to work we might need to play someone like Rosicky one capable of making quick one-twos and all that.

  7. Harry Redknapp

    the few games at the start of the season that jenkinson played he was better than sagna has been for over a year.

  8. LeMassiveCoq

    This team is shit. Cazorla is a ghost today. Our passing is piss poor. There is loads of space to play into, but the Saints are chasing everything down. You’d think it was us and not them who was playing thier third game in 7 days.

    Wenger out.

  9. Al

    Do you think anyone has ever asked Wenger why his team always starts of so slowly and off the pace?

    Our right side needs to wake the Flip up, they have been really wasteful with the ball especially Sagna

  10. Paulinho

    We’re not inconsistent. Consistency has very little to do with it.

    We’ve got good players but we’re shit as a collective. Completely impotent unless we come up against someone who respects us too much or leaves themselves way open. Of course if we get a few goals certain players start to relax and then we can score more but the basic template of our game is utterly average.

  11. reggie 57

    You talking about the alan smith who scored against the bin dipper’s or the alan smith who scored against parma?

  12. Dannyboy

    looking very lethargic out there. Lucky not to be losing at half time.
    We need to get Giroud on, said it against Toon other day and i’ll say it again, him and Walcott up front together wins us this game by a few goals.

  13. Marko

    Build up play is too slow. Sagna is playing like he doesn’t want a new contract and Vermaelen hasn’t been as good this season as he should be. Leadership in midfield is needed (strootman) and another defender and striker.

  14. Radio Raheem

    sixx pac

    Maybe the bias is putting Song as second. It’s possible there are 2 worse signings than him. I dunno tbh. Both players are new to the league so a reasonable time for adjustment will be natural I would have thought.

  15. GUNNER786

    Those of you who think Wenger will strengthen the team with world class players in January are all deluded and haven’t learnt anything in the last 7 seasons.

    The lying shit will probably buy Zaha and Shaw. Thats it.

    It’s going to be a long January for the dreamers.

    Wenger OUT Usmanov In

  16. pharo9ja

    Arteta has been much shyte. Why on earth does JW not shoot?
    We win this game or not,wenger is really a shit manager. Isnt it obvious there needs to be a tactical or personel change?

  17. Goldinho

    I’m talking about the Alan smith who who seems to be very one sided in his commentating to prove he is not partisan, that Alan smith

  18. patthegooner

    My god that was Dogshit.

    What is it with Arsenal and 1st halves at the moment.

    Sagna and Kosser awful for the goal.

    If Debuchy has not signed on the dotted line at Newcastle yet get him in

    Come on Arsenal, tough games ahead, we simply have to win this.

  19. Samir

    As someone pointed out Koss and Vermy are too similar.

    We need another CB. Vermaelen has been shit this season…

    I’d sell Vermaelen and bring Hummels in.

    Hummels and Koss at the back.

    Sagna deserves to be sold at this rate aswell!!!

  20. Joppa Road

    Again I hate to keep going on about it but……….

    “RVP was sold for footballing reasons”

    That one statement tells you all you need to know.

    Progressive change. Usmanov IN.

    If the fan base voted with it’s feet Usmanov would be controlling the club by the end of the season. Fact. Fans do not realise the power they have. (Well that and they are all AKBs).

  21. Al

    The problem with Arteta is, as fantastic as he is, he completely slows up are play.. We usually tend to look dangerous when he picks up the ball and quickly releases in FORWARD. However, when he dallies on the ball and plays it sideways we look terrible, as is the case today

  22. Joppa Road

    Yeah, I bet Song is gutted. Why the fck are we talking about Song? Typical modern day Arsenal fans.

    Today’s Arsenal fan = Yesterday’s Spurs fan – totally deluded.

  23. GUNNER786

    We need a manager who has a no nonsence attitude.

    We need a manager who will motivate the players.

    We need a manager who is not afraid to spend big money.

    We need a manager who will not reward failure.

    We need a manager who will play players in their best positions.

    We need a manager who will tell other managers where to go when they come calling for our best players.

    We need a manager who will respect us.

    We need a manager who will win us trophies.

    WE NEED MOURINHO!

  24. Relieable sauce

    Sagna’s playing shit but he isn’t shit.
    Looks like a player who knows he has no future at the club sadly. Thats what happens if you don’t toe the party line, hung out to dry.
    I actually think he’s a real pro & wonga could learn a lot from his humility & professionalism.
    Playing games with players very short careers i.e RVP, Theo, Sagna, Lehman, Bergkamp etc & the emotions of thousands of fans for the sake of ones vanity & pride can only be the work of a true egomaniac.

  25. Joppa Road

    It’s all so lacklustre. Everytime you think this Arsenal team might be turning the corner they prove you wrong.

    I call for the likes of Shawcross and Barton and fkin rightly so. At least they take no prisoners.

    Pathetic again so far.

  26. LeMassiveCoq

    Sagna is awful. Jenkinson and Giroud on. Jenks will provide the crosses, Giroud can nod them in. but cockface will not realise

  27. Joppa Road

    But we cant have Shawcross – oh no because according to Pedro his only has a 46% pass completion rate. I’m left scratching my head. I mean forget the fact he’s a much better CB than Kos and Verm and can DEFEND. And like Shawcross wouldn’t improve that side of his game. I seem to remember Adams doing fine under Wenger.

    FCK me you lot. It gets boring.

  28. bergkamp63

    has any of our own players actually had a shot on target for their keeper to save ?

    Forgive me as a might have nodded off !!

  29. Lordbergkamp

    Fuck me this is bad.. Clueless and inept doesn’t even cover it. And here comes the forehead… Christ!

  30. Keyser

    It’s got little to do with the formation, we’re just pretty average, and defensively at the very least we have no midfield.

  31. gambon

    Fucking lucky french wanker Wenger.

    Whats he gonna do next season when he cant say “weve qualified for the CL 15 years running”

  32. Jeff

    Here is where it gets stupid. Gervinho for Chamberlain and Ramsey for Cazorla. We are 1:1 in a must win game. You work it out.

  33. Paulinho

    We did we have to win the last few games?

    This game would have been another nail in the coffin, now Wenger is going to come out and say we lacked sharpness and how it “difficult to explain” after our last few performances, despite us being shit versus Newcastle, Wigan, and West Brom.

  34. useroz

    Ramsey isn’t worth a half poor Cazorla ….fucking Wenger had to put this guy on…

    We are bare on the bench trying to win a game against a wee team isn’t it?

    Wenger out

  35. gambon

    Gervinho is the most hilariously clueless player ive ever seen.

    Cant give Robin a proper contract but we can pay that cunt £60000 per week, even though he cant kick a ball properly.