Sven Bender for £15m, shouldn’t we be looking? | Why David Villa concerns me | Swansea is today…

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Ahhh, well some of you may have been expecting a match report this morning. Most of you probably knew the Arsenal game wasn’t until today. So if you want to read my match preview, check yesterday’s post. It was most enjoyable, even if a touch early!

So, instead, today, I’ll just hammer into some transfer stories and we’ll see how far that take us.

First up, finally, Wenger has delivered to news we’ve been telling you for ages. He’s the man responsible for the wage structure… you know, the one that pays the poor players too much and the great players not enough.

“We don’t have a big gap ­between what our players earn at Arsenal,”

“We are more a socialist model and vulnerable because of that.

“We have something that is ­defendable in front of every single player. We make ­exceptions, but the ­exceptions are maybe not as high as elsewhere.

“We have an amount of money that is dedicated to wages. Within that we try to do things that make sense and are defendable.”

“I’ve believed all my life to pay well people who work for us. If you can afford to do it, you do it. But we have no players on £200,000 a week.”

So there you have it. The problems we’re having at the moment with certain players is down to one man and a CEO who refuses to challenge a fatally flawed philosophy. We don’t have any players on £200k a week, yet we have the same sized wage bill that City had a season ago. So it’s not like we can’t afford it. Wenger is supposedly umming and ahhhring over whether or not to sanction Theo Walcott on £85k a week, y et he’s more than happy to sit on £140k a week himself!

Our wage structure doesn’t stand up to basic sporting ideals. Sport, in essence, is a meritocracy. You earn what you’re worth. Sometimes, you earn what you could potentially earn, but mostly, it’s down to what you can do. If the club you’re with can’t pay you that, you tend to go to one that can. Arsene Wenger has taken the merit out of giving out deals. For me, that’s buying love… which again, everyone knows you can’t do. It works with poor players, because they’re never going to get better elsewhere, it works with very young players because it means they don’t have to work for the big dollars… but as soon as the money drys up, the players whose talent exceed their salaries look elsewhere.

Arsene, just because you can afford to do something, doesn’t mean you can defend it and it doesn’t mean you should do it. The very fact you haven’t defended it in your comments says it all. The output of the wage structure shows it’s not defendable… our best players leave, our worst ones won’t leave. Could it be any clearer?

‘If you can afford to do it, you do it.’

The above snippet is exactly why there is no wiggle room in our wage bill. If we paid our players what they were worth, we’d probably have £50million more a year in profit which would mean we wouldn’t have to sell to buy and it would mean we could bring in some hefty talent.

Anyway, back on the transfer round. So, David Villa was heavily linked yesterday. Upon further reading, it would appear Barcelona don’t want to let him go this summer. There’s a chance of a loan move and apparently Wenger has called him personally. He’ll apparently go for £16million. Now, there is so much smoke here, there must be a fire somewhere. For me, I’m not a fan of the deal. So many people have said ‘oh, you want world class players, now you’re moaning’, well, for me, that’s a pretty dim way of looking at some valid concerns.

A few reasons I’m not a fan of this…

1) He’s two years older than Robin Van Persie was. Unlike Robin, he doesn’t have 56 games of fitness behind him. He’s coming back from a very bad injury on the wrong side of the thirty. Our most expensive buy every should not have these risks attached. It was ok when it was Overmars because he was 24…

2) He’s world class, don’t get me wrong, but he’s played his whole career in La Liga. If he was 28, I’d be game on. However, at 31, it’s a massive ask to come over the toughest league in the world and hit the ground running. Sure, Didier Drogba was banging them in late in his career, but he was build like a WWE wrestler. What happened to Shevchenko at 29?

3) The whole Theo Walcott deal hinges on him playing central striker. Now we’re bringing in an old player to step into that role for £16million? How often has Wenger ever killed the career of a love child?

4) Sticking him out on the left makes little sense as well. He’s just invested £90k a week in Podolski. When has #WengerLogic ever seen him give up on a player after 6 months?

5) He purchased the 26 year old Giroud who has 11 goals and 9 assists for a half season. I’m struggling to see how he’d make a marquee signing which would effectively relegate him to 3rd choice striker… because you’re not rotating a £120k a week player are you?

Now, if we sign him and he bangs in loads of goals, I wouldn’t be surprised. I’m not saying he can’t be effective, or he’s a bad player. However, for me, I’d prefer to see us invest in a player the right side of the 30 so we’re not scrabbling around next January because we’ve got a massive injury pile up on our hands. If we wanted value for money, for the life of me, I still can’t work out why we ignored Demba Ba who banged in two goals for his new club yesterday. He’s 4 years younger, has proved his fitness and he’s Premier League ready… for half the price.

Anyway, we’ll see. David Villa looks like we’re buying a name. He’ll get goals for sure, and I’m not saying his signing wouldn’t mark an exciting turn of events… I just question the value of making our most expensive signing ever a 31 year old who Barca are looking to shift on? Why would they sell him? What’s the underlying reason here? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to keep our 29 year old Dutchman on board for another season?

The fact everyone seems to be ignoring is that it’s not actually the strikers that are the problem. It’s that we don’t seem to be able to get the ball to them. Theo has some of the best conversion stats in the league, yet he hardly had a sniff the other day. For me, it’s that box to box midfielder we lack. David Villa is going to be no use if he doesn’t see the ball for ninety minutes. We need to be looking at someone who can take people on in midfield… a player who can intercepts and turn with pace… someone who can boss the midfield like Patrick Vieira used to. It’s a shame Mark Van Bommel isn’t 7 years younger… he’d do very nicely!

United are apparently looking to sign Dortmund’s Sven Bender. A player we’ve seen a few times line up against us. The German defensive minded midfielder is 23 years old and he’s a born winner. Just the sort of player we could do with at Arsenal. Why are we not linked with him? At £15million he’s well within our reach. In fact, why is there no smoke around centre midfielders or any player outside of an attacking one? It’s all very odd and very disappointing. Wenger doesn’t see what the fans see… or the pundits, or the ex-players… and that costs us year after year.

Anyway, enjoy the game today, see you tomorrow with the match report.

P.S. Looks like JD didn’t take a pay cut as he left on loan… defend that Arsene!

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  1. the_real_andy

    that´s what I´ve said several times here – walnut isn´t able to play at a good level regularly … once he scores 2 or 3 goals and is MOTM, the next 5 games you wouldn´t even think he is a professional footballer … I really hope he doesn´t sign up and fu**s off … I would love to see his stats this game. he lost every ball, shot once when caz was unmarked in the middle and only had to pass the ball into the empty net.

    our defensive display once again was horrible, up front we played with a man less … I had only hoped we didn´t pass the ball anywhere near walnut the whole game. WHY DIDN´T HE GET SUBBED IS TOTALLY BEYOND ME. this guy is so awful in 80% of our games and just because he hits the net 3 times in a game once he is the super hero… gir should have scored his header too but at least he contributed a nice assist for the gibbs goal and he created some shooting chances with one-twos …

    sell walnut please and buy the zambian left back and let him play right winger instead of walnut and we will score more goals for sure

  2. Harry Redknapp

    sagna is shyt, jenkinson deserves a chance now he never played so badly even when we thought he was shyt

  3. bergkamp63

    RT,

    Sagna’s pace has been gone for quite a while, and his crossing has never been there to begin with !!

  4. gambon

    The fact that the fans are desperate for Theo to sign a £100k pw deal shows what wenger has done to this club.

    Its not even about Theos quality, its about not wanting another player to leave.

    Theo is utter shit. If we still had Cesc, RVP, Nasri etc we would be imploring Wenger to kick the cunt out.

  5. Ryan Thong

    bergkamp63,

    Yeah I think it is normal that players start to lose their pace when they are nearing their 30s but it’s really sad to see how much Sagna lost it in the last 2 games.

  6. Inter YourGran

    Sagna needs to fuck off.. Playing shit because he doesn’t want to be here or get his contract.. what wa sarteta doing just standing in front of graham and letting hi shoot as well.. That was our captain…

    even when we scored i said to my mate they’ll make it 2-2 because our defence has more holes in it then rab c nesbitt’s string vest

  7. johnny5

    gambon

    exactly ive been saying for ages we could do without that cunt but he has one good game and everyone says sign him up. pathetic really

  8. SG_Gooner

    So Mr. Steve Bould the supposed saviour of this Arsenal side which Arsene can’t coach for nuts (according to most people on this site) introduces zonal marking this season and where are we now. Lets all cry WENGER OUT in unison!

  9. NoMoreCesc

    Silver lining time….

    This, in the interest of the change that we crave, was a great result. If we had won, OLG would have been crowing “mental strenz”, “this team has something special” yada, yada, yada….

    A loss would have been depressing, let’s be honest. Look at how we perk up when we score.

    The draw highlighted our glaring deficiencies, defending and finishing, but still gives us hope for a trophy that OGL can’t ignore especially in front of a hostile home crowd.

    Without the FA Cup, there are no other realistic trophies this season and a loss probably would have convinced OLG to not spend in the transfer window since he is convinced we can make 4th with this squad.

    So let’s celebrate this result!!

  10. johnny5

    incesc,

    by both of there usual bad form yes they did alright but neither were good. gibbs is constantly caught out of position. hes one of our worst players with ramsey and sagna and maybe arteta and verm so far this season. basically there all shit with few exceptions and 80% of our squad arent good enough to wear the shirt

  11. Cesc Appeal

    What today highlighted yet again was the need for a commanding defender, a commanding middle enforcer, a class striker and a talented winger.

    The first three being immediate needs that the Club have to sort NOW.

    Will they???

    Will they fuck.

  12. Thomas

    This team is pathetic

    also

    “Fuck sake someone get Shawcross out there to finish Ramsey off.”

    Hahahaha 😀

  13. Gunz all gone

    What about the Milk Cup, maybe we could that, or at least get to the final. Losing to Man Utd under 16s wouldn’t be the end of a season.

  14. kwik fit

    2/1 up at 89 mins and couldn’t hold on. A Typical Arsene Wenger team.
    If Wenger thinks for one minute that we can continue the season with two forwards Giroud and Walcott , then he really is mad.

  15. Pedro

    What a painfully poor game… that we’ve seen countless times this year.

    Can’t believe we said no on Demba Ba…

  16. SG_Gooner

    Maybe we should throw everybody out from the current team and make the first xi from all the usual suspects from le-grove comments since they are so good at football

  17. bergkamp63

    Just looked up how many goals in all comps we have shed and guess what the number is ?

    40 !! and we are only half way through the season !!

  18. kwik fit

    Arsene “it was a penalty but do you know why he didn’t give it because the ref thinks he didn’t mean it. But he didn’t clip himself”

    Arsene did you watch the fucking replay?

  19. Thomas

    Think about it: Ba is a good footballer so it makes perfect sense Wenger wouldn’t sign him. Wenger only buys shit players. So fucking tired of Wenger always getting saved by the bell. What a cunt. He always manages to get a result in the game that would finish him off. He’s like a fucking curse. We just won’t get rid of the child snatcher will we?

  20. Thorough

    Harry Redknapp. Of course Sagna is shyte, I’ve always argued that on Arseblog but the dimwits never see beyond their noses. The only problem is that Jenkinson is shyter. He’s no replacement for Sagna, except we are dumbing down as usual.

  21. Goonergaz

    Ramseys boot clipped the Swansea players shin in his stride and then he tripped himself. Ramsey had a good game by his standards, it’s just a shame that his standard is championship level!

  22. Meditation

    sagna is a great player. His problem is he is not there to be our winger. He is a defender. Not a wing back. This team is full of shit bags. Technical shitbags. There not even that technically great. They play 2 dimensional. They are the d pad on a playstation. Whilst others are on the analogue stick. 2d in a 3d world

  23. Gunz all gone

    Reports coming thru that Wanker was nearly arrested on Friday. Apparently he was seen talking to a group of boys in the local school playground and a concerned teacher phoned the police. Wanker told the cop he’s looking for the next Messi; the cop was an AKB and believed him and told Wanker to keep him informed on the matter.

  24. Jeff

    There is no denying that the players are doing nothing more than keeping Wenger in his job. Wenger’s one and only target is to remain in his current role come what may. Fourth is a ticket to another season at the helm. Some of the player (if not all of them) know this and realise they aren’t actually playing for trophies, medals or titles. They are playing to retain the current status quo and the basic requirement to do that is to finish in the top four.

    All this fluffing around trying to get to the next round of the FA cup is futile and useless because we know we can never keep the likes of Man U, Chelsea and Man City out of our goal but it helps Wenger ride his luck out for another few weeks. Once we are out of the FA cup it will be a mad dash to secure fourth. That is when the fun and games will start because once the January window closes with no new blood; we will find ourselves one injury away from a total meltdown. It won’t be pretty but only a very stupid person can fail to insure themselves against it.

  25. Keyser

    I say wasn’t, would’ve been cheap, and Wenger might not have seen the replay.

    We have no midfield, we’ve got two technical midgets and a passenger as the threesome, Wilshere and Cazorla can’t continually make runs forward and get back to make up numbers and Arteta right now looks like he needs someone from the local ‘Old People’s Home to put an arm around him and guide him back to his armchair. He just wanders aimlessly.

    Then there’s Mertesacker.

  26. TOLI83

    Brighton in next round, I think we’ll edge Swansea In home game.

    Hard to take anything out of that game that we didn’t know already. Ramsey isn’t good enough but lay off him a bit, he doesn’t put himself on the wing. Plenty in the same boat as him just he is the scapegoat every time….

  27. Keyser

    Johnny5/ Kwikfit – LoL seriously there’s on angle from the camera behind the goal, where as he drags his right foot back it catches the inside of his shin and then he ends up clipping his heels.

    There was contact, not much, and not enough probably from Webb’s angle.

  28. Cesc Appeal

    Keyser

    110% Ramsey trips himself.

    His right boot I think it is hits his calf and he goes down, the guy isn’t close enough to him when he trips up to have clipped him.

    Commentator asks ‘How on Earth has Ramsey managed to trip himself up?!’

    ONE AARON RAMSEY, THERE’s ONLY ONE AARON RAMSEY

    Wenger ‘not many players have the technical or mental ability to trip themselves up, this is why it is important to commit him to a long term 60k a week deal…for that kind of talent that he brings to the team.’

  29. tippitappi

    Its like one of them novels where you sell your soul to the devil in this case wenger for a good time but you pay the price, you just can’t get shot of him EVER

  30. DaleDaGooner

    Demba Ba quotes: They are both big clubs with a strong history, but Chelsea is Chelsea and you cannot compare. It will be easier with world-class players around, who make the football look so easy. Yesterday, I was looking back and smiling to myself, saying, ‘Yes, I’ve done it’.

  31. johnny5

    keyser

    ok fair do’s there might have been a very slight miniscule brush but not enough to floor him and he knew that. the fact he even wanted a pen for it shows what a cunt he is

  32. SDE

    Cesc AppealJanuary 6, 2013 15:40:29
    What today highlighted yet again was the need for a commanding defender, a commanding middle enforcer, a class striker and a talented winger.The first three being immediate needs that the Club have to sort NOW.Will they???Will they fuck.

    Reply
    It does not matter who we sign…

    The end result will be the same & OGL will not sign those quality players,rational fans demand..

    As the egocentric will see it as an:-
    1) An admission of failure on his part
    OR
    2)If he does,& they shine..They will outshine him..& he does not do outshining…

    Nothing will change,with him @ the helm..
    You know that deep down & all rational fans know that to a tee..!!

    PS
    I know,you are just venting…!!

  33. Keyser

    Cesc Appeal – The commentato’s a muppet, seriously there’s an angle that shows him get clipped. Ramsey actually had a decent game. Why not just pick on the players that deserve it, rather than the ones you think should be.

  34. Keyser

    Johnny5 – Mate, he’s clean past the defender, the defender’s the one that gets too tight and it was enough to trip him up.

    If you don’t agree it wasn’t a penalty fine, it would’ve been pretty cheap, but bit pointless blaming Ramsey for it.

    Swansea were shit, people get caught up with this whole Swansea play great football stuff, bit like they used to with us. They are also pretty sly, something we never used to bother with, but right now we obviously need.

  35. Cesc Appeal

    Keyser

    He has one ‘okay’ game in a billion….he’s earning his 60k a week. Fuck me.

    All last year, pony…Wenger saw him as ‘Fabregas’ replacement’…shows how far he’s sunk judgement wise.

    He’s undroppable.

    What irks me most is the little love pats Wenger gives him when he comes off.

    Ramsey isn’t good enough for us, should lose him place to the signing of Strootman or M’Vila, Arteta drops to the bench, Ramsey drops off the radar all together.

    But there I go thinking with a football brain….when REALLY we should give Ramsey another 20k so he’s on par with the ridiculous wages Jack’s on…don’t want him feeling left out in our communist utopia we have at the Emirates!!

  36. Meditation

    its not new the arteta problem.It will not change unless arsenal get a real defensive mid. Artetas problem is awareness. He is good at dealing with what he see’s but the best can deal with the unexpected. The term he must have eyes in the back of his head means something. he has high passing stats but most passes are safe. There are times when someone will pass it to him and he will pass it back either through fear or lack of awareness or both. Strength is missing also. He pass instead of holding people off or rolling of somebody.Its limiting his choices. Personally im thinking he is starting to question being deployed in this position.

  37. johnny5

    keyser im not blaming ramsey for anything im just saying he tried to cheat but the ref was right that it was nevber a pen. if one like that was given against us wed all be sending the ref death threats and lighting bags of dog shit on hid porch and shit.

  38. Meditation

    great comments lads . What im seeing though is most suggestions do not acknowledge the opponents. Whats mainly covered is how to stop the opposition whilst controlling the ball. But you can control the game without having the ball. I just think the value of defending has gone. Disrespected by barcelona and arsenal is certain fundamentals that cant be ignored. There is a difference between playing to your strength and needing certain strengths. Mixing up styles and choices brings different strengths. The more you try and be closer to perfection is the bigger the weakness will be, hence why arsenal and barca have conceded stupid goals. Balance and respect needs to get back in arsenals game. Get real defensive minded playerS. Who grew up only knowing and being just that.

  39. SDE

    KeyserJanuary 6, 2013 14:57:26
    Probably be better if we went out.

    Does it go to extra-time or a replay ?!

    Reply
    Does that mean,you would have been happy for us to lose?

  40. Meditation

    The best defences win titles. Even though they may have had the best attack. The reason being there will always be a sprinkle of games where its tight and there maybe only one goal in a game. If the team isnt cohesive and depends on the attack but they have an off day and your defence has a weakness. You will be punished. Hence man u losing 1-0. Ferguson even said if you keep a clean sheet you always have a chance to score. That just means winning. Arsenal are inconsistent because they are unbalanced. A win is a win ,but each type of win is achieved differently. A 1-0 is different to a 3-2. Your defensive mentality can win you the game, or your offensive mentality. Its football. both mentalities will be called upon . through choice or not. Through choice the unbeaten season. Not through choice the champions league run to the final. Wenger must know that the balance has brought him success

  41. Ramsey's backpass

    Keyser

    “Artea right now looks like he needs someone from the ‘Old people’s Home to put an arm around him and guide him back to his armchair”

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahaha……f**king awesome

  42. Meditation

    people think wenger is old fashioned and his ideas are dated. I dont . I just think he tried to think to far into the future. He just needs to get back the fundamentals and basics and dont disrespect the game

  43. Meditation

    Awareness can be broken down into many sections. sixth sense,anticipation, vision and more. you can enhance your vision simply by looking. great video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbGeZ2nSrRk its a specialised position and you need the vision of 360 degrees to be the centre of your surroundings. Fabregas was a master of this and many other players. Capoue would be a great signing. push arteta further up the pitch and let him have fun again. We can talk about positions all day but are the players in the positions the best at it. Its not five a side with waist height rules can you win the first ball from heading? second ball. Interceptions are great but a slide tackle can change the atmosphere in a stadium. Sometimes you can defeat your opponent by letting him know you will. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfnfyLIopcQ&feature=fvwrel ha ha. go to 26 seconds.

  44. SG_Gooner

    Amazing how so many cunts here are calling Ramsey a cunt after he played a decent game. What have all you cunts done in all your cuntish life till now? Now how does that feel cunts? Arsenal Fans my ass!

  45. Keyser

    “keyser im not blaming ramsey for anything im just saying he tried to cheat but the ref was right that it was nevber a pen. if one like that was given against us wed all be sending the ref death threats and lighting bags of dog shit on hid porch and shit.”

    Come off it, where are you posting ? This isnt Untold, he didn’t try to cheat, he’s clearly tripped, half the people on here were happy we were losing. get a grip.

  46. Paulinho

    Arteta is shite on the ball. I still don’t see the big deal with him off the ball, he does a very good job at putting out fires.

    Alex Song was the master of wondering aimlessly, and getting pulled out of position.

  47. TOLI83

    He got tripped in my opinion when your running at that speed and get clipped you are more than likely to lose your balance . Yeah we all know he ain’t good enough but I can’t fault his effort and its Wengers fault for picking him and playing him on the wing.

    Mertesacker was terrible today fucking woeful, Sagna was worse. Arteta was like a poor mans David Batty today, also our keeper with his over cocky distribution….

    Ramsey bandwagon is boring when he was by far not our poorest performer.

    Giroud, his arrogance frustrates me. Garbage today.

  48. Keyser

    Nah you’d have to be a bit demented to be happy with a loss.

    Unless like we were guaranteed 1st and a loss mean’t a team you didn’t like getting relegated, losing out on 4th or whatever.

  49. AJ

    Ramsey wasn’t tripped, he was running okay when he got past the swansea guy. Then he clipped himself and went down, away from the defender. The replays show that very clearly.

  50. Keyser

    Ramsey’s backpass – Seriously, he wanders off in one direction, can’t remember why he wanted to go that way, then turns back around and wanders off in another direction.

  51. Ramsey's backpass

    Wenger has made some people blind.
    ramsey was awful as usual,didnt beat a player at all
    no movement nada nada.
    the only thing i saw him do was him tripping himself when he ought to shoot but some people still say he had a decent game.*smh*

    they all had an awful game,bar gibbs in the second half although his positioning kills

  52. Jeff

    Iffy,

    £25m release clause. Are having a laugh? What is the first rule of acquisition for Wenger? No buy expensive. Buy cheap. Everything else is philosophical.

  53. Paulinho

    Arteta is still working out what he can get away with. Teams have sat in, made it difficult. It’s all about working his way through that and coming out of the other side. Also the referees, they’ve been shocking. Once that all gets sorted, it should get better.

  54. bergkamp63

    Drawing Brighton away in the next round could be a good thing ?

    Getting dumped out of both domestic comps by teams from lower divisions would be the perfect tonic !!

  55. SG_Gooner

    Iffy, what makes u think Fellaini wants to come to Arsenal? He is setting himself up for Manchester clubs. Even if we trigger his clause, I doubt he would be keen on us.

  56. Royal Bludger

    I can’t believe how willfully blind some people here are. Ramsey tripped over himself.

    From the Guardian: “Ramsey, already booked, should have been sent off for diving after 52 minutes, when he clipped his own heel and went down in the penalty area without being touched.”

  57. Meditation

    ITS not new thIS arteta problem.It will not change unless arsenal get a real defensive mid. Artetas problem is awareness. He is good at dealing with what he see’s but the best can deal with the unexpected. The term he must have eyes in the back of his head means something. he has high passing stats but most passes are safe. There are times when someone will pass it to him and he will pass it back either through fear or lack of awareness or both. Strength is missing also. He pass instead of holding people off or rolling of somebody.Its limiting his choices. Personally im thinking he is starting to question being deployed in this position.

  58. Meditation

    Awareness can be broken down into many sections. sixth sense,anticipation, vision and more. you can enhance your vision simply by looking. great video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbGeZ2nSrRk its a specialised position and you need the vision of 360 degrees to be the centre of your surroundings. Fabregas was a master of this and many other players. Capoue OR STROOTMAN would be a great signing. push arteta further up the pitch and let him have fun again. We can talk about positions all day but are the players in the positions the best at it. Its not five a side with waist height rules can you win the first ball from heading? second ball. Interceptions are great but a slide tackle can change the atmosphere in a stadium. Sometimes you can defeat your opponent by letting him know you will. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfnfyLIopcQ&feature=fvwrel ha ha. go to 26 seconds.

  59. Radio Raheem

    Ramsey didn’t dive or cheat. Whoever wrote that about him in the Guardian is damn stupid.

    He tripped over himself and wasn’t a penalty.

  60. iffy da goon

    SG_Gooner i was thinking the same about villa. Barca has the chance for la liga and champs lge. Would he really give that up to help Arsenal’s glorious struggle for 4th?

    Anyway, we’ve got Arteta who is good friends with fellaini to make sure things go smooth if we’re interested

  61. Radio Raheem

    The thing with Ramsey is I don’t think he realised he tripped himself up which was why I think he appealed for a penalty.

  62. SG_Gooner

    Iffy, I like your optimism but what makes you think Arteta is encouraging him to come over? Maybe, he is telling him to stay away from our current mess…ha ha…

  63. gambon

    Wenger is a truely dynamic leader.

    “We might buy one or two if we can find them, why not”

    LOL, now thats ambition.

  64. Keyser

    Seriously lol, Ramsey’s right foot as he extends it back in full stride, scrapes Ti’ndali’s Sp? thigh and it puts his stride off.

    There was one angle that showed it.

  65. Keyser

    Thought Real Madrid are looking a bit crap, 2-2 against Sociedad, turns out their goalie got sent off 6 minutes in.

  66. gambon

    Love the way when Wenger the Wanker talks about games he never ever talks about the defensive side of things.

    If we score goals we did well, if we conceded goals it means nothing.

  67. gambon

    ….he generally detests defending, defenders, training defence, and anyone that is there to do that.

    Bould came in and did a good job at the start of the season, so Wenger instantly marginalised him, and destroyed our defence rather than let Bould take any credit.

  68. Goonergaz

    Keyser is spot on.

    Ramsey basically clipped Tiandali (there is only 1 angle that shows this) and THEN Ramsey tripped himself. It wasn’t a pen though.

  69. Keyser

    Kwikfit – Is that what weed does ? Makes you more bias towards Ramsey ?!

    Heh, the angle from behind the gaolie I think.

  70. Jeff

    Either way I think Wenger’s finished. It’s just a question of time. There is no way in hell we’ll win the FA cup, the PL or the CL so it’s another year without trophies. All that remains is whether or not we finish fourth. At the moment and without new players that is looking very remote.

    The next six premiership games are: Man City, Chelsea, West Ham, Liverpool and Stoke followed by Bayern Munich in the CL. With all the confusion and excitement Wenger should be asking himself: do I feel lucky if I continue with this team into February?

  71. kwik fit

    Sven Bender has also extended contract, until 2017
    It appears as soon as they get linked to us they sign on immediately for fear of being sold to us!

  72. Jeff

    I missed out Sunderland in my list of the next 6 premiership games mentioned above. I think out of the next six we could conceivably win 3 and draw 1 and lose 2. That’s 10 points from 18 but that is quite optimistic. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we could find ourselves 8th by the time we meet Bayern and it’s not going to be any good for morale.

  73. Dannyboy

    Can’t believe how shit we were defensively once again, Still Wenger ignores the4 issue, and instead chooses to churn out the old classics ‘we showed character and quality’… oh just fuck off will you with your bullshit! he goes from ‘we are in the market for players in every position’ to ‘no-one will be leaving in january’ to ‘if we can move a few out, we will sign 2 or 3 players’ and now he is saying ‘We have LOST (lolololo) Chamakh and Djourou, so I may bring in 1 or 2..’ ARGHHHHHH

  74. TOLI83

    Kwik fit is there a link between pretty boys and tripping over, Ronaldo likes a dive. Beckham went over easy as well.

    Ramsey did get clipped I’m with Keyser on this.

    Gambon surely Bould can’t be a fan of this zonal bollocks, yet a large part of the goals we concede are from these tactics?

  75. Dannyboy

    Wenger says he only needs 1 or 2 players because ‘Diaby is coming back’….. we are doomed. I know it’s harsh, but I seriously hope Diaby breaks a leg in training tomorrow, its the only way to stop Wenger killing us completely.

  76. gambon

    Wow, this whole weekend has been about Wengers failures.

    Jimmy Savile cunt

    Ba scores a brace on his debut, Wenger though Girpooh was better

    Hazard & Mata tore Southampton apart, Wenger decided Ramsey & Gervinho were better

    Van Persie rescues UTD, Wenger decided we didnt need him and Giroud was better

    Ronaldo brace, Wenger shit himself and let UTD muscle us out like the little Jimmy Savile cunt he is

  77. Arsenal 1886-2006

    Gunner2301.

    I reckon it was wenger that wanted Dein out and he got his wish.
    Dein would not have allowed the playing side to get in this mess, he was the strong hand that guided wenger, whilst reigning in his ego.

  78. charlesbronson

    Gibbs was positionally poor, and so was Sagna.

    We need at least 3 or 4 players now and one or two world class names to be a proper force again, doubt it will happen

    we should have won this game

  79. azed

    My first comment on today’s post was Wenger not wanting Bender because Diaby’s sport is reserved and the cunt proved me right.

  80. Gunz all gone

    “Gibbs was positionally poor, and so was Sagna.”

    They know, but every they track back Wanker shouts “you’re running the wrong way”.

  81. Cesc Appeal

    ‘When you score seven one game then only an own goal the next it’s hard…’

    Wenger on whether he will buy or not….

    How the fuck does this guy have a job let alone a job that pays £145 000 a week!

    I truly do not see how anyone at the club SUPPOSEDLY in a higher position than him can read this and think ‘yeah…this is the guy to take us forward!.’

    He’s been manager for 16 years, is old, has ran out of ideas, it’s like hiring a Grandad to be the tech expert in the Apple store!

    He’s out of touch with the modern game totally…balks at paying anywhere near £20 Million when they are common place deals now, balks at paying £100 000 a week let alone over…even though he himself sits on £145 000 a week!

    Senile, out of touch, tactless, arrogant, egotistical, hypocritical, haven’t a clue, stubborn fucking idiot.

    Miss anything?

  82. CowleyGooner

    Mansfield leave 96 empty seats to honour the Hillsborough dead!!

    Liverpool fans singing ‘your support is fucking shit’ and goofy celebrates scoring the ‘handball’ winner by shaking his hand in the air.

    Class-less,Job-less pikey cunts???

  83. NoMoreCesc

    My prediction for the balance of the season……

    We will sign Villa to save our CL spot. The team will respond very positively and we will climb the table. We will make it to the FA Cup semi and will face Chelsea. Wenger will sit out Villa so that the team can learn to win without him. We will of course be knocked out by Chelsea. We will scrape another fourth place finish as Spurs have a team night out at a dodgy Italian restaurant. Villa will then be moved to left wing, become demotivated, play less and less and will eventually be sold to a Spanish second tier team.

    I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE AND IT IS THE PAST!!!!

  84. Simon mcmahon

    I’m fucking sick of this man and the rubbish that he spouts !!his quote regarding new players is laughable to mention diaby as some sort of saviour because he’s managed to complete one weeks training is pathetic, remember he also said he would be out for three weeks originally fast forward three months . The man of glass will probably not play until February anyway. It pains me to say it but we are lagging behind the spuds now interms of quality players . It won’t happen because the bastard makes silent stan money but my biggest window wish is that he is fired ,or resigns . This team is really good enough to make seventh or eighth, bayern must be licking there lips. We need a massive change ,quality players , proper tactical coaching . And players that give a fuck !! I would settle for us to finish 10th if it meant this pathetically stubborn washed up manager goes. Wenger out!!!!!!!

  85. Keyser

    Gunner2301 – When did he make the comment ? Don’t tell me it was 5 years after Dein left ?!

    You said Wenger controlled everything, when that clearly goes against what people think Dein actually did. It’s that simple. The Cole affair highlights that.

  86. charlesbronson

    cesc appeal – what pisses me off is that a lot of the mistakes, esp defensively, can be rectified through coaching, tactics. Our players aren’t bad, they are full internationals, yet why do they play like cunts?

    We should be competing

  87. Cesc Appeal

    They will string out the Villa signing and Walcott resigning Saga until deadline day…

    When they both then come to fruition and Wenger says:

    ‘We’ve signed Villa as well Walcott, and Diaby and Rosicky.’

    The more deluded Arsenal fans will lap it up believing we’re about to contend for the title!

    That is what they are going to do, I can feel it.

  88. gambon

    No way are we getting 4th this year.

    Anyone else find it strange that the 2 times we have scraped CL football on the last day it was a bit dodgy?

    Firstly Spurs’ entire team come down with food poisoning.

    Then last year West Broms keeper gifts us 3 goals

  89. Cesc Appeal

    CB

    Yep.

    But Wenger will not allow anyone else to have any say.

    He decides Wages, Training, Diets, Fitness, Team Selection, Transfers Targets…

    The guy is so power mad now I have no doubt in the world he believes what he’s saying.

    I will however find it very suspicious if we spend nothing. £70 Million in the bank, and Stan has just bought an $80 Million ranch…hmmmmmm