Denzeil Boadu leaves to express himself | Nacho gunning for Spurs | GERVINHO to Turkey

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Good morning. Bad news to start with. A teenager Arsenal didn’t allow to express himself on the pitch has left the club to join Manchester City.

“They allow me to express myself on the pitch & the quality of everything is high this is why I’ve decided to sign for……. Manchester City.”

Manchester City have offered him a three  year deal and the chance to express himself on the pitch.

Being chained to Arsenal’s strict game plan was clearly too much for Denzeil Boadu.

Roy Hodgson has come out and choke slammed the notion that Jack Wilshere will be playing in the U21 Championship this summer.

“We want the under-21s to do well and would like to give the strongest possible team.

“But it is quite clear that there are certain under-21 players who are now firmly established in the England A team squad.

“That is where I expect them to stay.”

Good work Roy. That said, I see no reason why Chamberlain shouldn’t go. He’s hardly played this year. It’d be great experience for him regardless of how many games he’s played in the seniors. He needs match practice. I’m sure he’ll have more than enough in the tank to make it.

Nacho Monreal has come out and laid the smack down on Spurs hopes of finishing inside the top four.

“It’s logical that people are talking because the situation [with Tottenham ahead in the table] is not as it should be. We have to use our energy for the matches. If you are thinking of what people are saying, you are wasting that energy. You have to concentrate on the next match. Every fixture is now a final we have to win. That has to be our mentality. I’m sure we will put it right,”

I think he had a hand in one of the Spain goals in the week. He’s looked pretty solid since joining. He’s far more interested in defending. Dependable, experienced and technically gifted. Hopefully he’ll force Gibbs up a level. We need that sort of competition all over the park. Hopefully he’ll start this weekend against Reading.

Final news piece was Galatasaray want to reverse choke slam Gervinho into their squad next season. Word on the street has it that the Turkish club are not being paid an appearance fee for this years Emirates Cup… no… they’re being given a Gervinho to compliment their Eboue. I’d be over the moon if it happened. Gervinho hasn’t hit the heights many of us didn’t think he could reach and it turns out he’s more sensitive than a face after a dry Bic shave. Move him on… bring in Messi.

Have a great Thursday. It’s Bank Holiday… which is a Royal conspiracy to make people spunk all their money up the wall over the 4 day weekend. Don’t disappoint people. Spend like you were a King.

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  1. Johnty79

    If I win the euro on Friday I’ll pay up diaby contract or make a settlement. Just as long he is irradacated from arsenals history and never mentioned again.

    Ferguson and Morineho aren’t brilliant managagers they just make simple decisions and don’t fuck up. Why does wenger try to be so clever. He has made me hate arsenal just to see him fail. Why is loyal to players but doesn’t give a fuck about the fans. Ferguson makes a bad signing but he gets rid of with in a season when he realises they are shit. Tiabi, bebo etc…Morineho generally doesn’t sign shit players just ready made stars who are playing reguraly who don’t get Injured. It ain’t rocket science you just make it difficult. If wenger was just allowed to coach and some one else bought the players I think we would have won double the amount of trophies we’ve had in the last 16 years. Economics degree, we all know that is joke subject . I’ll say it again arsenal is the worst run club in Europe an absolute disgrace. Daniel levy would have us with more super stars and half the wage bill we currently have. Good night.

  2. Nasri's Mouth

    Jamal: Does he deserve to earn 60k for doing jack shit?

    Is it his fault he signed the contract ? No

    Is it his fault he broke his ACL ? No

    Would he prefer to be playing rather than being injured ? Yes

    Is he very well paid ? Yes

    So to sum up, I have some sympathy for him, though he’s clearly not in ‘starving African’ category but as he’s done nothing to bring this on himself, he doesn’t deserve any of this pathetic name calling

  3. Steve

    If you are sick at work then after a few weeks you are only entitled to Statutory Sick Pay. Legally Arsenal should be able to get away with paying him £45.00 a week or whatever it is and claim that back off the Government.

    See how he get’s on with that.

  4. Nasri's Mouth

    Johnty79: Ferguson and Morineho aren’t brilliant managagers they just make simple decisions and don’t fuck up

    Bollocks, Ferguson is probably the best manager of my generation

    Johnty79: I’ll say it again arsenal is the worst run club in Europe an absolute disgrace

    Bollocks once more. Have you checked to see what happened to Rangers. What’s happened to Coventry, Leeds, Portsmouth, Blackburn, what will happen to QPR, pretty much all of La Liga outside Barca and RM,

  5. tom

    It will be good for the Club’s reputation and will surely help to attract the right type of player, if we slash a player’s wage when he inconveniantly injures himself playing for us, won’t it, Steve?

  6. tom

    Ferguson is the best manager ever. His record speaks for it’s self.

    AW will always be measured against him and will never compare.

  7. Keyser

    teddyblue – I said the NBA is a joke, and was wondering about cycles, probably specific to this season, last year there was the shortened season so I suppose it doesn’t count.

    I watch PTI and ATH, a few of the programs you get shown on ESPN over here, and they estolled the virtues of having a Superteam like Miami, the fiscal side, everything you said to. I just couldn’t really believe it, I mean surely the sort of games you saw where Steve Nash got his nose broken playing the Spurs a few seasons ago are far more exciting to watch than Miami pound teams not even by design by sheer overwhelming talent.

    Indiani are second placed in the East ? The Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay and ares till cruising to a play off place, and I’ve watched numerous games where teams struggle to score more than a few points in several minutes and yet grind out turgud victories, you know they aren’t ever going to match up against the heat but have decent records.

    The Knicks go on streaks, or impode fora few games, the Nets despite the money spent are similar, I suppose the Thunder and the Spurs are still consistent, but the Spurs are ageing and despite Popovich, probably the best coach in the league, look like they’ll fall short. The only real team funnily enough that seems to be making more than the sum of it’s parts, is probably Denver.

    Other than the rest of the country wanting the Heat to lose, I can’t believe people find this good to watch ? The level seems to have dropped ? I know Europea’s leagues are far behind but they do seem to be closing the gap.

    In terms of Culture, over here I don’t think people like frontrunners as much, unless it’s done with style, they seem to appreciate the underdog, the small team done good, but here’s where you see the parrallels in the pooling of talent, the waste, the indulgence.

    Whereas America’s addressed that with lockouts, the draft system, salary caps and the focus on sponsorship over anything else, I think football’s far behind and I’m not sure it’s heading in the right direction either.

    Is this NBA season an anomaly, will the Heat struggle to keep hold of it’s players, the East seems like a wasteland of broken teams, will there be a ressurgance ?

    Lol sorry haven’t even got to the Lakers yet.

  8. tom

    Keyser,

    there are hundreds of BB blogs out there. You’ll have no problem finding someone to talk NBA on one of those.

    I much prefer your comments on AFC.

  9. tom

    Question for anyone with an opinion….

    If it’s true Arsenal have 70 million to spend and at least 5 squad vacancies opening up this summer, not to mention a need to strengthen beyond what we had. How should the money be best spent?

    Positions and amounts. Names not required.

  10. Keyser

    Johnny5 – You do cream over them, Shawcross has done fuckall to warrant any comparison to merit any comparison to our players, he plays at a far lower level than even any of our failing players, yet you think he’s better than Vermaelen and Koscielny, whereas he’s probably be replacing Mertesacker.

    Think of all the games Diaby’s played, Champions League whatever you want, Barton’s never played at that level, let alone excelled there, that’s not to say Diaby was good, but there’s nothing to suggest Barton was better, it’s complete fiction on your part.

    The wiki page tells you fuckall of what his injuries were, and stop making shit up, where did I say tiptop shape you nutter ? Think about it, you’re a kid from the youth team making the step up to the First team, you’re playing against bigger, faster, stronger players, you’re going to get muscle strains, fatigue, impact injuries, but when you’re 17 through to 18 you expect that.

    Its’ expected, how many young players can you name that come through unscathed ?

    Massive difference between that and having your ankle shattered a few months later. So yeah you’re talking bollocks.

  11. Nasri's Mouth

    @johnny5

    I highly doubt it, depending on how you make up your top 50.

    I’d imagine Rangers were in there, some of La Liga (outside RM, Barca) are in there.

    That’s without having to start arguing over the minutiae

  12. Keyser

    tom – it’s a start, was going to connect it to the cultural differences between the leagues over here and in America, you could say we’re being Americanised, or commercialised, to the degree American Sports are and I’m not soo sure it’s a good thing.

  13. tom

    I’ll go first.

    7 players needed.

    Striker…20 million
    Center Mid… 15million
    Defensive Mid…12 million
    Center Back…10 million
    GK…8 million
    Promotion of three Youth (Bellerin, Gnabry, Akporn)…5 million

  14. Johnny5

    Keyser

    Well we will have to agree to disagree on Barton and shawcross. And I didn’t say he was better than kos and verm I said he was better than them this season big difference and I’m not the only one who thinks that if he wasn’t such a fucking idiot off the pitch Barton would be at a top club and a regular for England.

    Re Diaby, why keep rehashing the same failed argument keyser I already agreed the injury from smiths tackle may be a part of his injuries since but you have been trying to make out its the sole reason for Diaby’s injury troubles yet I’ve shown you that’s bollocks.

  15. tom

    Keyser, you are right about the americanization. I can’t say I like it much. Whether it’s healthy or not is one thing, but it’s certainly inevitable.

  16. tom

    I have always thought Barton is a good player. Though his behavior always obscures it and renders him useless to a team.
    Shawcross is a clogger and a nasty bastard too. No where near good enough for AFC.

  17. Johnty79

    Tom for the first 8 years at arsenal wenger bettered ferguson when comparing the budgets of the two clubs..if Chelsea had of kept Morineho man u would have won the title in 08’09 or 11′ or European cup in 08. Wenger changed and I don’t know why. Ferguson deserves respect because he rebuilt after keane and beckam left 2003, but wenger matched him. We would have won the treble in 99′ if he had of signed Kano in the summer! Surely you can’t disagree with that.

  18. Nasri's Mouth

    Johnny5: but you have been trying to make out its the sole reason for Diaby’s injury troubles yet I’ve shown you that’s bollocks.

    Actually you haven’t.

    You put forward an alternative theory, that he was injury prone before he came to us. That’s all you did.

    Because you haven’t put forward any proof that these early injuries were simply (what used to be known as) ‘growing pains’. He may well have simply grown out of them, learnt to handle his body better etc.etc.

    I doubt anyone on here knows how injury free he would have been had he not been smashed. However it’s a reasonable assumption, given the type of injuries since that had he not suffered that injury he would have played considerably more games for us

  19. Johnny5

    Tom

    I’d go

    Gk 5-10m

    RB 10m

    Cb 10+m

    DM 10-15m

    Rw 10-15m

    Striker 25+m

    Total around 90m

    70m transfer budget 20m easily covered by players inevitably departing

  20. Nasri's Mouth

    Johnty79: We would have won the treble in 99′ if he had of signed Kano in the summer! Surely you can’t disagree with that.

    I think we can all disagree with that. Easily

  21. Johnny5

    NM,

    For a player to be injured as often as Diaby I’ve clearly shown there has been a problem prior to us signing him. I might not know exact details of those injuries but the frequency of them clearly shows that he was damaged goods and not just adjusting to turning pro otherwise all players injury record would be like Diaby’s wouldn’t it.

  22. tom

    Johnty79,

    During the first 8 years I thought AW was a better manager than AF. For me he represented the new way and Ferguson was the last of a dying breed. Though subsequent history has proved me wrong. AF has AW’s number and has shown it consistantly over recent years.
    I don’t think you can hypothisize about what would have happened if Mourinho had stayed at CFC with any accuracy.
    Mourinho as been very successful for big clubs over short periods but has done little to prove he can build dynasties.

  23. Johnny5

    NM

    ‘Mourinho as been very successful for big clubs over short periods but has done little to prove he can build dynasties’

    Has he ever been given the opportunity?

  24. Keyser

    Johnny5 – No, the difference is minimal, we’ve conceded less goals than last season, Stoke have conceded more, scored half as many, they defend deep and in numbers and have less points than similar stages in the previous two seasons in the premiership, the only thing in common is that they also get booed off their home turf. Barton’s a fucking nobody the only reason you ackowledge him at all is because of the stupid shit he does to get himself attention.

    As for Diaby you’re rehashing a failed argument, you don’t have a clue as to nature of the injuries he had at Auxerre, and even if you did, I seriously doubt any were close to being as career ending as Dan Smith’s challenge.

    That’s all you seem to think just because Diaby had injuries at a point where you’d expect them anyway, that suddenly means that Dan Smiths challenge couldn’t possibly be a career ending one. Diaby himself has said after the injury one ankle is twice the size of the other.

    If you ever find out about his injuries at Auxerre you might have a point, we’ll leave it until then.

  25. Nasri's Mouth

    @johnny5

    Well, firstly as you haven’t shown the type of injuries that he suffered before joining us, you haven’t proved that the ones suffered post his leg break are the same type.
    Secondly, as I say, some (not all) young players suffer injuries when they’re younger. Especially those that are still growing. As Diaby is a bit of a tall bugger, this is also a possibilty

  26. tom

    Johnny5,
    Two leg breaks might turn you into a crock what ever your natural disposition.
    But even if Diaby did have medical issues he might still have been worth signing for 2 million.
    If Barca followed your thinking they wouldn’t have signed Messi.

  27. Nasri's Mouth

    Johnny5: Has he ever been given the opportunity?

    Not me again 😉

    But my answer would be:

    No, he hasn’t, but maybe he hasn’t exactly aimed for that either. Mourinho probably doesn’t really want to play the long game, it’s not his way really.

  28. tom

    As far as I know Mourinho has never been fired. Didn’t he just decide to move on to bigger and better things?

  29. Keyser

    “not just adjusting to turning pro otherwise all players injury record would be like Diaby’s wouldn’t it.”

    No they wouldn’t, younger players making the transition from youth team to first team are likely to be far more susceptible.

    It doesn’t matter either way, you could have a completely clean record and suffer the same fate because the challenge was that bad.

  30. teddyblue

    Keyser

    Without getting too much into the NBA on an Arsenal space, I think it is definitely more interesting if teams are balanced and there is more competition. But looking at Jordan’s Bulls or the Lakers of the early 00’s, the most popular teams have been consistent winners. As far as if it’s a cycle, I’m not sure what to say. I think sport by nature is supposed to be unpredictable, so even if there are trends I wouldn’t consider them to be cyclical.

    tom

    Ideally, salary caps would ensure that all teams are operating on a level playing field, but there are too many variables for that to ever be the case. Theoretically, I think it’s a good idea, but I’ve yet to see a league that has it right. Ultimately the leagues do what is best for business and profit, and the ones that suffer through inflated prices, work stoppages, etc, are the fans.

  31. Johnny5

    NM

    I just said that. Still doesn’t explain why so many more than other players. You can disagree if you want but clearly he was somewhat fragile.

    Keyser,

    A teams performance and standing in the league or goals scored has no bearing on any one players performances but the team as a whole. Using that to try to somehow back your opinion up doesn’t make sense. An example being Bolton and Cahill a few seasons back thy went down yet Cahill was head and shoulders above the rest of his team. As for Barton I think your just plain wrong for reasons we covered yesterday. Re Diaby obviously without knowing all the injuries he had at auxerre I couldn’t speculate on whether that why he’s injury prone but I wasn’t trying to I was merely telling you Diaby was a crock before we got him. You can chat shit about youngsters getting injured all you want but with Diaby it’s been a constant thing like I said to Nasris mouth if what your saying was true all players would have injury records comparable to Diaby’s but they don’t. I’m not trying to play down the injury he got with us as you rightly stated it could have ended his career I was merely telling you he was hardly fit before he came to us. Whether you agree with that or not is irrelevant as its true.

  32. tom

    TeddyBlue says…
    Ideally, salary caps would ensure that all teams are operating on a level playing field, but there are too many variables for that to ever be the case. Theoretically, I think it’s a good idea, but I’ve yet to see a league that has it right. Ultimately the leagues do what is best for business and profit, and the ones that suffer through inflated prices, work stoppages, etc, are the fans.

    This is how I expect to feel about FFP.

  33. Johnny5

    Tom

    Your totally right even if he never had an injury before in his life that tackle could have ended his career I wasn’t trying to say that the tackle wasn’t serious I’m just stating that he was already a fragile player before it ever happened that’s all and I think his record shows that to be true

  34. Johnny5

    Keyser

    Again I’m not saying the tackle wasn’t that bad. I was merely showing you that he came to us with a fragile sticker on which he did. Had that tackle not happened he might well have had the opportunity to put those problems behind him and have a great career but unfortunately he never got the chance.

  35. Al

    Thing with Diaby is that mentally he is done. The injuries have taken a toll on him and you can see he plays waiting for his next injury as he has no faith in his body. Its a shame but then you need to see/understand that he has no problem picking up his weekly wage whilst not playing so as a club we need to be a bit more clinical and just cut are losses with the lad.

    I mean forget the sentiment because MY OPINION is that he really doesn’t warrant my undying loyalty or sentiment as he really has not don’t much for my club. If it was a player who contributed to our success i would have more time for him but really he hasnt

  36. tom

    Johnny5,

    I could argue with your last statement, as I think it is debatable, but I have no appetite to, as what you say is moderate and reasonable.

    A far cry from ” he was always shit and always a crock” or words to that effect.

  37. Nasri's Mouth

    Johnny5: Had that tackle not happened he might well have had the opportunity to put those problems behind him and have a great career but unfortunately he never got the chance.

    I’d agree with that.

    I’d also point out that this ACL injury is probably just a horrible co-incidence.

  38. Johnny5

    NM

    Re morinho

    Maybe your right there must be a reason he doesn’t stay for the long haul. Would he be found out over a longer period? Maybe we will find out one day.

  39. Keyser

    Johnny5 – “A teams performance and standing in the league or goals scored has no bearing on any one players performances but the team as a whole”

    Lol that’s a Legrove Classic, also doesn’t really matter what you say about Barton, the ambiguity between your statements is far too great, you rate these players playing for mid-table teams performing to a fairly average level, yet Diaby is ‘very average’ at times shit, and other numerous points of exaggeration.

    I’ve given you points of reference, you’ve come back with nothing, I mean you mentioned man of the match awards for Shawcross the other day, at least that’d be a start, how many does he have ?

    “I couldn’t speculate on whether that why he’s injury prone but I wasn’t trying to I was merely telling you Diaby was a crock before we got him”

    If you can’t speculate than don’t, surely you realise how stupid that sounds, Henri Lansbury missed a season with Glandular fever.

    Nasri missed a season through a meningitis scare.

    http://www.sport.co.uk/football/nasri-thanks-wenger-for-meningitis-support/12907

  40. tom

    Thing with Diaby is that mentally he is done. The injuries have taken a toll on him and you can see he plays waiting for his next injury as he has no faith in his body

    I like this idea and think it’s true.

    However I can’t agree he has done nothing for the club. He has suffered horrendous injury for the club.

    It’s like saying we shouldn’t honor the dead and wounded in war.

    He might have been remembered for a greater contribution to the club’s success if he had stayed fit and fulfilled his potential, instead he will be remembered for his sacrifice.

    60,000 a week is irrelevant.

  41. Johnny5

    Keyser,

    They are generalisations not exaggerations. And I have no idea how many awards he’s got but that’s not what I said. I said mom performances because we all know that sometimes the best player doesn’t get the award. And how have I come back with nothing I’ve explained my point it’s not my fault that your trying to move the argument away from the point I actually made dude.

  42. tom

    Messi would never have passed a normal physical at the time he joined Barca.
    Not saying Diaby is Messi…
    Just there can be exceptions for exceptional talent though you run a risk.

  43. Johnny5

    Tom

    ‘60,000 a week is irrelevant.’

    I agree. If he had turned out to be a player who helped us to win countless trophies the money he gets would be deemed irellevant. As luck would have it he didn’t because of injury. My frustration is not at the player but at the manager for persisting with him.

  44. Keyser

    “I said mom performances because we all know that sometimes the best player doesn’t get the award”

    So now he doesn’t actually have awards, just you think he should’ve had some, fuck me that is weak. There is no moving of the argument. Like I said the ambiguities are in your own argument, I don’t really need to say anything more.

  45. tom

    Johnny5,

    I believe your original point was Diaby was injury prone and not good enough, and the fact Wenger didn’t see it that way makes him a shit manager.

    Now you must accept that it’s not so black and white.

  46. Johnny5

    Keyser

    I never said he had ‘awards’ you dick don’t twist my words to try and make yourself look clever. I said he put in man of the match performances they are two different things.

  47. Al

    tomMarch 28, 2013 22:25:39
    However I can’t agree he has done nothing for the club. He has suffered horrendous injury for the club.It’s like saying we shouldn’t honor the dead and wounded in war.
    ————————————–
    Its nothing like saying we shouldn’t honor the dead or wounded in war so stop reaching to make your point.

    Also He hasn’t done anything for the club to warrant the loyalty and money he has received from the club. It is a relationship that has not been beneficial to the club and it comes to a point were you have to cut your losses with the player ( he is taking up a position in the squad and ££££)

    My point is if he had contributed a lot to the club (eg play a whole season, become a key player, score vital goals etc) it would be harder to do so but the fact he hasn’t should make it real simple for the club in order to move forward

  48. Johnny5

    Tom

    It never is. I tend to generalise as its easier than writing long winded posts explaining every little detail of why I think what I think. It’s only a problem when keysers about he’s like a dog with a bone and tends to not understand statements made in general terms

  49. Johnny5

    Al,

    ‘Also He hasn’t done anything for the club to warrant the loyalty and money he has received from the club. It is a relationship that has not been beneficial to the club and it comes to a point were you have to cut your losses with the player ( he is taking up a position in the squad and ££££)’

    Not really Diaby’s fault that wenger has extended his contracts and given him more money etc.

  50. Al

    Johnny5March 28, 2013 22:43:11
    Al,
    —————
    Completely agree i am not blaming him for his injuries or what he earns.
    All i am highlighting is that we should cut are losses with him

  51. Johnny5

    Tom

    Also it’s easy for me to say things like Diaby is shit and a crock because I have the benifit of hindsight. Without it I’d probably less likely to be of that opinion.

  52. tom

    Of course war casualties are on a different level entirely but the parallel exists.
    We recruit young players and send them into battle for our cause. When they sacrifice their careers in on our behalf they deserve to be honored and respected.
    If Diaby had pulled out of Dan Smith’s tackle would you have respected him more?

    I do agree their comes a time to cut your losses and perhaps that time has already passed with Diaby. It’s obvious he was one of Wenger’s special proteges and that probably gave him a little more latitude than others may have got.

  53. Keyser

    Johnny5 – “I said he put in man of the match performances they are two different things.”

    I have this weird feeling, that the only person who said they were man of the match performances was you, that you’re just going by on your own opinion, watch Stoke often do you ? I’m guessing if I ask why you thought it, you’re going to say ‘common sense’ again.

  54. tom

    Extending Diaby’s contract was a mis-judgement in hindsight. Though I don’t think it was completely out of order to hope (based on the facts of the time) that he might come good and repay the investment already made.

    I don’t think it can be used as an example of gross mis-management is my point.

  55. Al

    tomMarch 28, 2013 22:49:34
    Of course war casualties are on a different level entirely but the parallel exists.
    We recruit young players and send them into battle for our cause. When they sacrifice their careers in on our behalf they deserve to be honored and respected.
    If Diaby had pulled out of Dan Smith’s tackle would you have respected him more?-
    ===============
    I don’t think you understand how insulting that comment is to those who have served or those who have family currently serving. WHo put their lives in the line of fire to protect our country for a pittance.

    So i have no idea how playing a football GAME is parallel to that.

  56. Johnny5

    Keyser

    Lol no it’s not just me I know people who rate shawcross too. Arsenal fans though tend to be bias about him because of the whole Ramsey thing. And yes of course it’s my opinion.

    Seriously do you argue with your better half like you do people on LeGrove?

  57. Al

    Johnny5March 28, 2013 22:51:24
    Al,We should have cut our losses a few seasons back
    —————
    Agree. He has blocked the path of other players (new signings) BUT that is Wengers fault.

    Its similar to Fletcher but United fans have alot of patience for him due to what he contributed for them

  58. tom

    A1,

    Oh, get off your high horse.

    Sport has always been a metaphor for war.

    Comparing wealthy footballers to badly paid service people wasn’t the point, it was about sacrifice in service, which I think is valid.
    Though of course the value of the sacrifice is wildly different.

  59. Johnny5

    Tom

    Perhaps not but as outsiders going on such little info there’s no wonder the blame gets given to wenger. For all we know the medics at the club told wenger he’d have no lasting damage and that’s why he stuck with him.

  60. Al

    tomMarch 28, 2013 23:07:36
    A1,Oh, get off your high horse.Sport has always been a metaphor for war.Comparing wealthy footballers to badly paid service people wasn’t the point, it was about sacrifice in service, which I think is valid.
    Though of course the value of the sacrifice is wildly different.
    ——————————–
    Of course i am on my high horse.

    Next time you see a soldier please tell him that what they do is parallel to playing football and see what happens to you.

    I am hoping your not over 20 years old to actually have a view like that.

  61. tom

    Fletcher = 312 appearances 25 goals
    Diaby = 178 appearances 19 goals

    United fans have more compassion for their own.

  62. tom

    A1

    I am the only member of my family not to have served in the services.
    My dad won the an MBE in WW2.
    Don’t lecture me on war, heroism or sacrifice.

  63. Al

    Tom , you should get my point then. I have family and friends that have lost their lives in war so i cant see see how you can compare a GAME to war.

    Anyway, wish you well , i cant be bothered to argue with you

  64. Al

    Fletcher 2008-2011 (3 season). Won 2 premier leagues and was united main CM.

    Hence, due to his contribution to the club fans have a lot more time for the player as he contributed to their success leading to loyalty or sentiment for the player unlike Diaby even though it is not his fault just bad luck

  65. reality check

    If diaby. Was at barcalona, and had suffered the same injury record there, I don’t think the fans there would be as vocal as ‘us’ about his career.

    Because they would be winning anyway, as they have been, with I’m sure, there own set of crocks.

    But unfourtunately, he’s at a team that has regressed from elite club status, trophyless for 8 years is it? And has a terrible history for selling their captains.

    Due to this, the fans scrutinize each a every players performance, wages, and dedication to the cause.

    So along with the Akpoms, the girouds, the sagnas,even the mannones, Diabys contribution is being looked at from every angle, and I can’t help but think its simply a case of,

    He was at the Wrong place, at the wrong time.

    (Relative to his career and legacy)

  66. Incesc

    Being happy diaby is injured isn’t arsenal

    Good luck too him, his career is over, poor guy.

    His arsenal career should have been over years ago though

  67. Bade

    Indeed Incesc

    It’s a personal tragedy for him, although he earned a lot of money in the process

    But for us it was always a professional failure that was going to blow in our faces, & what you know, it did blow in our faces now

  68. ex-Gooner

    Diaby – shit player at shit club, absolute waste of money. Him and todays Arsenal are made of each other. Will never forget how he got injured against Chavs simply by HAVING A SHOT ON GOAL. That was last time I was at Emirates. Thank God I came to my senses.

  69. ikon

    Well firstly sorry to see a talented footballer like Diaby pay the price of a stupid and idiotic third class player allowed to put in tackles on the football field. Whenever he played he impressed with his burst of pace, his finishing and his creative spark. Hope he comes out well after 9 months and hope some club is willing to bet on him.

    Moving on to a more disturbing & hypocritical trend among people. Even today Arseblog has referred to the fact that Diaby will not have a money problem. Yes he will not. But seriously I do not understand what is the problem with people when someone like Ronaldo or Messi or maybe players at the level of Carrick get paid much more than the average salary taking person.

    Out of the thousands of footballer, only a select few make to a club like Chelsea, City, United, Milan, Madrid, Barca, Arsenal. And even there the competition is so intense, you might earn 5-6 million a year for 4 years and not get offered a new contract. Not to mention, if your luck runs out and you are at the end of a terrible tackle, then that money spinning stint is over right there.

    In our jobs, physical injuries dont count as much of a deterrent, and even then committing mistakes is generally not unforgivable, and there are generally a million ways in which mistakes can be shrouded and diversified away. Footballers have a much larger and knowledgeable audience, you do not perform for three matches in a row, you will warm the bench and not get selected for the national team. It is only the start of a downward spiral.

    Sick of seeing comments like “Oh, why is he cribbing, he earns in a week what i earn in a fucking year”. Yes he does because the market thinks he adds more value to people watching him than what you add to your workplace, and there are more people capable of working as well as you do than people who can perform as well as he does.
    Get a life and a brain.

  70. gambon

    Incesc

    I have no sympathy for Diaby, the cunts been stealing a living for years.

    Hes like a £3m pa benefits cheat.

    Hope he never plays again.

  71. PK

    Good luck to Diaby, not his fault that he got injured or wenger keeping on beliving in miracles.

    Tom 70 £m

    Manager 5 m
    Offensive and Defensive coaches 1 m
    Sports director 1 m

    Goalkeeper 8 m
    CB 15 m
    RB 5 m
    DM 13 m
    SC 22 m

  72. K.C.

    Just how many decisions can blow up in Wenger’s face before he gets embarrassed and walks away? I really thought Diaby was going to be like a new signing and fix all our midfield problems this year. lol

  73. angeausarsenal

    And that Pedro, is why your blog is dying, Wenger may be killing Arsenal, but that moron Gambon has killed LeGove

  74. K.C.

    Are there really people on here feeling sorry for Diaby?! What kind of pathetic brainwashed sheep feels sorry for a guy who makes millions for doing nothing? Wenger has hurt this team again by putting faith in rubbish players just because he favors them. How long did we have to live with Denilson? How long will we have to live with Ramsey? Wenger has to go!!

  75. Nasri's Mouth

    @KC

    Of course there are people who feel sorry for Diaby. Why shouldn’t there be?

    Anyone at his level of sport is massively motivated to succeed. Being unable to do so must be extremely frustrating for him.
    Of course things ARE relative, he’s extremely rich by most peoples standards, so the level of sympathy isn’t on the same standard as starving African children with HIV, but it’s still possible to feel some sympathy for him.

  76. gazzap

    “As for Diaby, his contract runs out next summer and, unless he can convince his manager otherwise in the six months between then and his likely recovery”

    So if he comes back and plays well for 6 months, Wenger will give this f*cker another contract. He should have left the club years ago. We are NOT a charity, but Wenger treats his players as if we are.

  77. Johnty79

    Nasri’s mouth as I said yesterday signing Kano at the start of the 98-99 season we would have won the treble..we lost the league by 1 point??

    In 1996-7 we would have finished second and qualified for champs leage if wenger hadn’t of sold Hartson. U can’t disagree with this.

    2007-8. – selling diarra in January we would have won he league tat season…

    Not signing with carrick and Yaya in 2004-5 would have carried on our dominance.

    What’s there to disagree with?

  78. gazzap

    Even had diaby been sold when he told the world he wears a spurs shirt, he would still have been a fabulously wealthy man. Arsenal owe him nothing. He should have gone to a ligue 1 club for a £1m fee or even free, on half the wages, and we would have cut our losses. A lot of fans did not want his contract extended. I don’t blame Diaby but I do blame Wenger and the board.

  79. Incesc

    The one thing I’ll never understand about the diaby/Wenger thing is how Wenger was ruthless with some of our true greats when their legs went. Vieira, pires and toure. Yet with diaby who has never done a thing for the club he persists and persists for no logical reason.

    He hasn’t even played diaby when fit for the last 3 months

  80. Arsene's Nurse

    If Diaby was a race horse he’d be on the back of stamps by now. Terminate his contract.

    Wenger will be soothing Diaby’s pain as we speak, hunched over the treatment table, his head bobbing up and down furiously, whilst Diaby works out how much money he’s getting for a BJ.

  81. Nasri's Mouth

    Part of the problem with the Diaby situation was the timings of his contract renewal. The season he re-signed for us was relatively good. He started 35 games and was a sub in 5 others. By most standards, that’s a decent return. Had his contract needed to be sorted a year later, things might have been different.

    (The other parts of the problem are of course, the length of contract, the salary and the lack of cover)

  82. azed

    Word on the street is that Pedro stuck his finger in the wrong hole last night so he’s out injured and recuperating with his pal Abou.

  83. kwik fit

    Wouldn’t be surprised if we see Diaby back in 3 weeks. Wenger using a bit of reverse psychology . Normally he says 3 weeks and it lasts 9 month.
    Good thinking Arsene!

  84. goonerboy

    InCesc-Wenger has been ruthless only to players who have stabbed him in the back as Vieira and Adebayor did-all of the others who were sold-decided they would rather play elsewhere.
    The problem with Wenger is that he hasn’t been anywhere near ruthless enough in clearing out deadwood and injury prone players like Diaby.
    Diaby has remained loyal to Wenger. I don’t doubt that if Diaby’s injury history had been different and he became the player he has only given us glimpses of being, and caught the eye of Barcelona-he would have been off too like Song and the likes of Overmars and Petit did before him.
    Diaby is not of an age when this injury will finish him-but the club should take a closer c look at his injury record and decide whether to retire him.