Arsene Wenger has taken a reactionary approach to the summer | Thank Drogba for saving us

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Summer is dragging again everyone and today’s post isn’t all good news, but it’s not pitch up your tent outside The Emirates for a 30 day hunger strike time… yet. Some of you won’t like what I’ve got to write, but there you go…

The hold up with the summer is mostly down to the manager again. The reason things have gone quiet is because, in the main, Arsene doesn’t have a plan. The best news from this whole post is that Arsenal still firmly believe they can land Luis Suarez. That’s not a PR move, the club think once Suarez starts causing problems, Liverpool don’t really have an angle to work from. Liverpool feel betrayed by Suarez wanting to move, Suarez now feels betrayed that Liverpool have gone back on an agreement Damian Comolli insists was in place.

If Suarez rolls into Rodgers office and tells him he won’t bother his backside this season and that he won’t give Liverpool his all, they have little choice but to sell. I keep telling Livepool fans they’re not a big enough club to keep a star player if he wants out. They’re in debt, they have no other way of rustling up income this season. The only hope they’ve got is sheer bloody mindedness which will result in an ‘injury prone’ half baked season with a player worth half the value at the end.

… ala, Cesc Fabregas. Remember that?

As for the rest of our squad, things could happen, but the pace of the summer isn’t being dictated by Arsenal, it’s being dictated by Arsene and his micromanagement of the details. As usual. He doesn’t really have a plan. The best thing that could have happened at the weekend was a loss to Gala. The fans jeering apparently riled the manager. Hopefully that’ll spark him into recruiting.

It’s apparent he needs a right back, Jenks is a nice guy, but quite frankly, I can see him struggling this year… a move is even more important especially as Sagna moving over to centre back is a real possibility. We need Monreal like cover. Up front, no doubt we need a better striker than Giroud, he’s not going to cut it at the highest level. We desperately need a centre back and now Gervinho has left the building we need a proper wideman.

Probably the most obvious flaw in our squad is the lack of a defensive midfielder. We’re desperate there. Arteta doesn’t have the pace or the engine he once had. Still a useful player, but we need fresh legs, serious mobility and some much needed discipline. Our midfield three have looked far from dynamic so far…

With Europe bankrupt, there’s simply no excuse for our inaction. But if the manager isn’t putting names forward or being decisive, what can the club do. Dick Law, for all the nonsense he gets for being a terrible negotiator has done his job. We’ve near enough cleared all the dead wood. We’ve brought in 3300 new youth team players as well. Amazing eh, we’ve not made one first team purchase, yet we’re rolling in a Colombian kid for a trial.

Shows where Arsene’s priorities are.

Still, I guess the interesting twist on a potentially bad summer is this… Ivan Gazidis didn’t tell the world we were spending big on a whim. As I’ve said countless times before, he’ll be about longer than Arsene, by deceiving the fans, he destroys his future relationship with us. He’ll never recover that. I’m not talking about people like me either… blogs are quite a way down the pecking order, I’m talking about the big newspapers who will think he’s a laughing stock. If you destroy your relationship with the media, you don’t get kind coverage when things are going down the pan… and believe me, that’ll bother the hierarchy.

So if Arsene hangs Ivan and the board out to dry this summer, he’ll struggle with that new deal. You can’t screw someone and then head in to their office palms open and look for an extension. Which is why I’d still be staggered if Wenger tried to hang the board out to dry this summer… and believe me, he wants a new deal. He’s well into his sixties, a change of scenery is not what he’ll be looking for. He’ll never get so much power combined with so little accountability anywhere else on the planet. Not to mention there are only about 3 clubs on the planet who would pay him what we do.

His childish petulance when it comes to doing what’s right for the club is quite staggering. But herein lies the problem…

We have a manager with quite staggering amounts of power. This has been pointed out so many times before. Arsenal behind the scenes on the playing side are a shambles compared with other setups. Football is a young mans game nowadays. New managers, better ideas, more preparation and better set ups are popping up all over the place. Arsene Wenger simply isn’t the man he used to be, or, he’s the man he used to be and now we’re moving into a different era. I think it was Comolli again, who spoke on the radio some time ago and listed out how he approaches transfers with his managers. In February he’d sit down with the manager and ask him what he wanted player wise… then he’d ask for a list of options, you’d ask the  manager to grade the players 1-5. The best player money can buy right down to the bargain basement option. Then he’d sit down again at the start of the summer and go through through the list again and firm up names. Then he would go out and make the moves.

Now, you’d have thought Wenger was perfectly aware of where the gaps were last September. He should have had a list as long as his arm of players we could approach. Spain has shipped out 27 of its best players. Italy is skint bar one club these days. France is ripe for the picking outside two clubs. Holland is always game for a pillaging. There is absolutely no excuse. The board have armed him with the best part of £100m and he’s probably got about £400k a week in spare wages cash. Yet he’s made zero progress.

How can you have made zero progress in the summer of European turmoil!

It’s a f*cking shambles a week away from the start of the season. Spurs have bought well, Liverpool have added to a squad which, with a Suarez in it could be argued is as good as ours (I mean, if somehow he could be convinced of the error of his ways)… the manager is frittering the summer away like he always does. He’s not a confident man any more. He’s indecisive. He doesn’t know what he wants. Which is why we’re where we are. Which is why he’s so calm with where we are. What he fails to see is that scraping 4th every year is a massive, massive risk. Especially as every club is throwing money at making it past that position. If you gave £100m to Klopp, would we be in this position squad wise right now… or would there be a serious plan well under way?

We’re watching the dying days of a once great manager. Even if we bring in the right players, he’s still not good enough behind the scenes to make a sustained attack on the league. But at the very least we’d ensure that top four wasn’t a monumental challenge like it has been the last few summers.

This summer could all turn around, and I’d be surprised still if it didn’t, but the thing that saddens me is  that everything I’m hearing is that it’ll be reactionary, and it stacks up, no players in on August 6th and no noise. No noise in the modern game generally means nothing is going on… because secrets cost clubs cash.

Anyway, rant over. If there’s any comfort to be had, it’s in the fact that everyone at the club is staggered the manager hasn’t bolstered yet… and that everyone is desperate for him to do so. Ivan should take his list, buy the players and worry about egotistical man tears after… the manager should have no say over price.

There’s still time to go… remember this… Didier Drogba could have just saved our summer. In some sort of weird way, you might have to be thankful to him.

See you in the comments.

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  1. Kiyoshi Ito

    Intergrannies

    Clearly you have lost the plot..For one,I don’t write like Meditation..Next,Pedro spoke with him yesterday..& asked for his private email..

    Can’t believe,I’m even replying to this..Either way,if you are fishing,nice try..

    Bye,bye..

  2. Mells

    “The people that call Nani shit don’t know football!”

    Comments like this really piss me off. Why does someone automatically know nothing about football just because they have a different opinion to you?? What a stupid and arrogant thing to say.

    “Fergie said last season that he was a special player..a match winner”

    What do you expect him to say?? “No Nani is really rubbish and offers aboslutely nothing to our team”?

    My opinion on Nani is that he’s a bang average footballer whose time has gone. Used to be great but has been uselss for the last few seasons.

    Scores a goal every now and then which hides how selfish and wasteful he is. Plus he is one of the laziest players I have ever seen.

    There’s a reason Valencia starts ahead of him when he is fit.There’s a reason most United fans would have no issue with him leaving.

    The fact that United would even be willing to sell him to us should tell you all you need to know about his quality. Why are they fighting tooth and nail to stop Rooney going to rival but would be happy for him to leave to one? Because he offers little to strengthen a team. I would be highly unimpressed if we signed him (not that we will).

  3. Meditation

    @inter your gran
    haha see what pedro has turned you into. Your emotional without facts. Ito? My question to you. Do you think there is only me with this mindset? or do you think that your mindset is the key. Mate like i said yesterday . im not addressing you. Your so up pedros ass you have become his white blood cells. Thing is im not in there but surely your warn at least . Mr inter your pedro

  4. Rrobbins

    I’m sure it has been said earlier; until either the board or the most recently very silent gazidis come public with a strategy, arsene will control the LACK of competition on the pitch. It’s very much a comedy/tragedy in a Shakespearean sense, if he never pulls the trigger big, no one can say he is a failure. It appears, and I say appears, he has lost his fire to win. We clearly need a scorer; a center back; a defensive mid fielder; and yes a number one keeper. They are all available; we have the funds; to pay a bit over will not effect the bottom line but will effect team chemistry and success on the pitch. There, the obvious stated again.

  5. Keyser

    IYG – “It’s too obvious. There’s only room enough for one melt on here”

    There’s plenty of melt’s, you mean a SuperMelt, a MoltenMelt, a Molt.

  6. Inter YourGran

    hahaha two melts in one place, then. You’re both mugs either way.

    Ito you’ll be now known as tuna and meditation as bap.

  7. Brum Gooner

    Arsenal flavour

    Who said Nani hasn’t developed?? He starts for Portugal, Starts for United when fit.

    He has had a poor season, but so has Vermealen. (Players don’t lose quality unless its physically restriction)

    Nani is a 10m gamble worth taking …without doubt!

    Watch this clip, remind yourself of what we he could bring, if you disagree tell me a better option

    http://youtu.be/-pejS5RBOjY

  8. Tryangle Gooner

    Meditation,

    It is “you’re” not “your.”

    And can you sit there and honestly say that you have complete and utter faith with this current squad?

    And instead of slagging off Pedro, why don’t you start your own blog and then you can post about Arsene is the gretest 4th place trophy coach of all time and how Park, Santos and Chamakh et al were all seriously underrated and only underperformed because of negative fans.

  9. Meditation

    @ inter your gran
    why am i a mug? honestly enlighten me. Im not going to sit on a site and be a keyboard warrior. I just want you to tell me why you think that. So i can evaluate how to deal with you

  10. Inter YourGran

    If it needs explaining then I cant help you.

    Attacking the blog owner twice in two days when you’ve been asked/told to e-mail your grievances directly to be civil seems to have gone over your head whilst you ramble on.

    evaluate how to deal with me?

    😆 clown!

  11. Kiyoshi Ito

    Inter Grannies

    What manager can we get to replace Arsenal?No-one..

    Heyneckes-Too old

    Low..Won’t leave Germany& not tested at Club Level

    Capello-Signed a new contract

    Bosque-Won’t leave Spain

    Rijkaard.Past it
    —————————————————–

    Skirt-wearing defeatist twat…!!

  12. Meditation

    @ tryangele gunner
    Its pointless talking to me mate especially when you throw that akb bullshit in the mix. Mate i use perspective . I not in agreement with a lot going on at aresnal but also im not in agreement with anything that creates negativity without purpose. I all for causes.

  13. dialsquare

    Wenger has no time or acumen to develop players they either come good themselves or remain mediocre like the Ramsey’s and the Walcott’s of this world

  14. Tryangle Gooner

    Meditation,

    Never did I use the term AKB against you. Guilty conscience gettign to you huh?

    It is Arsenal FC and not Arsene FC mate. And it will remain the same no matter how much you will it not to be.

    So don’t be the usual AKB coward (now I am labeling you) and answer the question. Do you agree with Wenger that this side is complete and able to compete?

  15. arsenal-flavour

    brum

    Man I get what your saying but for most of his career he has been inconistent he had one beast season I will give you that.

    the youtube shows the clips when he gets it right 1 out of every 20 games.

    But my problem with Nani is I think his on the decline.

    We need some player on the up who is in form and can contribute straight away.

    Pedro for one of Barcelona with Inesta neymar and tello all left wingers we could get him.

    But I really would like Shaquri a young lad who plays like his a 27 year old, his got pace power strength technical ability and can dribble around players or make a sweet through ball pass, guys going to explode if he gets the chance but at bayern.. with all their squad I think we could get him if we offered the right kind of money.

    My first choice would be Reuss but Klopp would never sell.

  16. arsenal-flavour

    Wenger has bought players who turned into great players, is that because of him?

    We will never know if they went to any other top club they may of become better or worst or the same level.

    Its nice to say its the manager but it could just be the player..

  17. Meditation

    @inter your gran
    Honestly i respected his wishes. But its pointless. Pedro is putting his thoughts in the open so im commenting in the open. Im not going to send bitchy emails. Ill just say it here.Its his blog with a comments section. Okay twice in 2 days ive commented. I have commented many a time. You have noticed me twice because this is your place of peace and i have come to disturb it. Though i have not directed it to you you have spoken to me for 2 days. Get the irony?

  18. Keyser

    DialS – I tried to show you the other day, up your game, troll good, troll hard, otherwise you just come across like the average mong.

  19. Pedro

    Kiyoti… you’re getting seriously boring now.

    Give it up, stop attacking people, or blog elsewhere.

    The common denominator is always you. Grow up.

  20. dialsquare

    Henry best ever striker in the Premier league doesn’t make him World Class.
    Look at Cantona to some he was the best player to grace the Premier league, yet he was a flop in Europe.

  21. Meditation

    @ tryangle gunner your words
    Meditation,It is “you’re” not “your.”And can you sit there and honestly say that you have complete and utter faith with this current squad?And instead of slagging off Pedro, why don’t you start your own blog and then you can post about Arsene is the gretest 4th place trophy coach of all time and how Park, Santos and Chamakh et al were all seriously underrated and only underperformed because of negative fans.

  22. Bergkamp63

    Pedro,

    Do you think something else is going on at the club ? nearly 500k a week off the wage bill. I don’t believe Wenger is going to buy 3 superstars and blow that wage bill saving so what else could it be ?

    Are they bolstering the P&L and balance sheet because they are expecting Usmanov to bid ?

    Just a thought !

    Arsenal Transfers
    Completed Ins
    Yaya Sanogo
    Undisclosed Amount

    Completed Outs
    Chuks Aneke On Loan
    Joel Campbell On Loan
    Andre Santos Free Transfer
    Francis Coquelin On Loan
    Vito Mannone Undisclosed Amount
    Johan Djourou On Loan
    Denilson Free Transfer
    Andrey Arshavin Released
    Conor Henderson Released
    Jernade Meade Released
    Sead Hajrovic Released
    Philip Roberts Released
    Sebastien Squillaci Released
    Sanchez Watt Released
    James Shea Released
    Craig Eastmond Free Transfer
    Martin Angha Undisclosed Amount
    Anthony Jeffrey On Loan
    Andre Santos On Loan
    Benik Afobe On Loan

    Gervinho
    Chamackh
    Bendtner

    Apparently Yennaris & Miquel going out on loan which is about 25 players so far either loaned out or released/sold/free transferred.

  23. gooner87

    Henry best ever striker in the Premier league doesn’t make him World Class.
    Look at Cantona to some he was the best player to grace the Premier league, yet he was a flop in Europe.

    —————————

    Bergkamp was the best though

    A decade of pure class

  24. Inter YourGran

    Listen Tuna – I didn’t say that but like a spoilt brat who’s lost the moral high ground so, you carry on.

    Come on this blog looking to have a barny when people don’t have similar views to you and then you resort to juvenile insults.

    I call you as I see it, you’re a cunt plain and simple. You’re a cretin, the worst sort of arsenal fan and to top things off you’re a kid with a big mouth who thinks he’s funny by ignoring the facts of peoples posts to create weird fantastical creative bullshit. Wankstein and wengers jewel incrusted knicker’s blah blah blah.

    Mug!

  25. samsensible

    sorry, did someone say Henry, Bergkamp and Viera weren’t World Class…???

    Oh, it was Dial…

    right, no harm done. Carry on.

    *chuckles at Dial’s Trolling*

  26. Tryangle Gooner

    Meditation,

    Thanks for your “response.”

    As I said in my previous post it is so typical of AKB cowards to run from the hard questions when they know that that the inevitable answer will be to go against Master Wenger’s narrative.

    You hate the club as you would rather see us get worse just to save face with your Lord Wenger.

  27. arsenal-flavour

    I love women with big tits

    but what is more important or as important is the shape the consistency and the firmness and pertness these can not underistimated, I am a tit connoisseur.

    Wenger with his players never takes these extra factors into account, he buys walcott because he was fast but didn’t look at his close control technical ability

    he bought ramsey because he was hard working and has an engine but he could of bought a more special player

    he bought mertzackeer because his tall and we needed that but failed to understand how his lack of pace would damage his performances in the Pl

  28. Inter YourGran

    bap – how long have you been posting here? how the le grove comments section can be referred to as a place of peace shows me you’re just a mentalist.

  29. Keyser

    Walcott isn’t just fast, he’s one the fastest in World football, he’d be a strealined breast, the type that are small, curved into a sort of peak with a permanently erect nipple forever poking through t-shirt’s and blouses.

    I’m seriously doubting you’re a connoisseur.

  30. Meditation

    so you are claiming im pro arsene and cant see the deficiencies in the squad. Im sure that can be viewed as akb. Deluded. Im highlighting negativity Not once have i said pedro is the problem why we havnt won anything. He is a part of the problem. Same way im not going to say arsene is the only problem. Especially when there is bankers running the show. Remind of who was employed recently and their life work. Tell me who Arsenals financial advisors are. Rothchilds maybe? Who owns liverpool? arsenal? united? who wrote a letter trying to enforce ffp? who owns chelsea? would americans arm russians ? rooney to chelsea? This may seem like ramblings but im asking htese questions so you can tell me or your self . Dont take my word for it .Do research. It give a better understanding of football than just emotional posts on legrove.

  31. Keyser

    Bergkamp63 – Maybe Wenger’s had enough and in his last year, he’s trimmed all excess and is leaving a hefty transfer budget and a svelte squad for the next manager.

  32. Rhys Jaggar

    There is of course the situation that Suarez won’t want to move to Arsenal if they fail to qualify for ECL group stages. Wenger has a habit of signing players after 1st leg of qualifier if the final outcome is pretty secure. Pressure on Suarez will increase rapidly if Arsenal are strong odds-on to qualify. Fellaini would be the same. He’d go to Man Utd rather than Arsenal out of Europe, I suspect, or he might simply stay at Everton and hope for a super World Cup with Belgium.

    What shouldn’t be held up are players where Arsenal is a step up anyway. So if he’s in for Cesar, then there’s really no delay as QPR want rid of him due to his wages, unless Cesar can get in at another ECL qualifier. Swansea may need to line up a replacement for Williams prior to a deal and the papers have rumours going around that they are in for someone. Who knows if there is any substance to it.

    All the noise about Rooney has gone totally quiet and all the paper talk is about him forcing a move to Chelsea. I’d be surprised to see Jose upstaged by Arsenal now, although it’s clearly still possible. I guess the question is whether Arsenal are prepared to go higher than Chelsea’s budget. £32m would steal him from under Chelsea’s nose I think. Maybe a bit less. Whether it would get him from Man Utd depends on the negotiators.

    I think the Thursday and Friday after the ECL qualifier 1st leg are crucial.

    But I do ask this question: if you have trained a squad pre-season for 2 months, is it a good idea to then change the side to accommodate signings undoing all the hard work you have done??

    Yes, it is, but far better is buying the player at the start of the window.

    It’s usually easier to do that finishing 3rd or above……….

    Managers ready for the Arsenal job: Laudrup, Klopp, Guardiola (but he’s contracted now until 2016), Juve manager, Joachim Low, put Lambert on the long list if his Villa side shoot up the league this year (probably a 2020 candidate though, assuming he’s not after the Dortmund job if Klopp decides on a new adventure and that’s not at Arsenal). Too early for Bergkamp yet, he needs to move into a club management role for a few years first, either that or a role within Arsenal prior to a promotion.

  33. Alfie

    “Tryangle GoonerAugust 6, 2013 16:09:20

    Meditation,

    “It is “you’re” not “your.”

    “And instead of slagging off Pedro, why don’t you start your own blog and then you can post about Arsene is the gretest 4th place trophy coach of all time”

    Its “greatest” not “gretest”.

  34. Bergkamp63

    Keyser,

    Svelte is one thing, skeletal is another ! Unless he promotes, we only have about 19 first team players.

  35. arsenal-flavour

    Rhys jag

    Man I really like Laudraup and I could see him being a succesful arsenal manager but I still think he needs one more season to prove him self, love the football his teams playing and his got a great and I mean great eye for talent, just Swansea seemed abit defensively weak at times

  36. Bergkamp63

    “The grammar and spelling police have come out”

    Jeeze, nearly everyone one on here will be running for cover !

  37. Alfie

    Hey, im no grammar police, but find it ammusing when someone tries to correct someone else’s grammar errors and than makes a mistake…….

    Also, what is Neville southall morphing into nowadays??

  38. Meditation

    @ inter your gran
    you have actually conversed with me. Im not taking the piss. Out of 2 days you have actually now said your willing to listen and digress. Haha unless your taking the piss. Ill admit im computer illiterate. Id rather speak to faces. But are you looking at any of the points or just on the defensive.

  39. gooner87

    flavour

    Our tactics havent changed much since invincibles

    the difference is back then when faced with 10 behind the ball, all sat on the edge of their box, bergy would find a way through

    cesc was good but his vision wasnt near bergy

  40. Moanalisa

    When I see ‘big’ strikers this days, I begin to appreciate how good henry really was.

    Henry is probably the greatest ‘big’ striker of all time.

    Henry was like a hybrid of cristiano ronaldo and drogba.

  41. Paulinho

    “Trimmed all the excess”

    He’s trimmed all the excess, and yet is still left with excess. 90% of this ‘svelte’ squad is subcutaneous fat.

  42. Doublegooner

    GROVERS:: Posted this earlier..

    Why not drop Ivan this email like we did. We’ve had a reply that Ivan will also reply and we’ve also found out that the Director of Communications is on the case.

    If you want the email address contact noconfidencein afc@gmail.com

    Dear Mr Gazidis
    We are a group of long term season ticket holders, termed ‘home & away diehard’ fans spanning over different age groups who are not happy and very concerned at what appears to be the lack of direction regarding the playing staff emanating from the club and with just over two weeks before the season begins, yet are hoping for significant, experienced signings as promised by the end of this transfer window if we are to mount a serious title challenge as a club of our standing should now be doing as opposed to just making the top four position a priority which in our opinion is not guaranteed.
    It comes to our attention that this may now not happen due to some differences relating to players transfer values between the off & on field management.
    Should our manager Arsene Wenger choose not to improve our squad with these types of players then we cannot support him any longer. Should it transpire that the manager selected these types of players & you, your management team & the majority shareholder Mr Kroenke, as a collective were unable to deliver then again we would lose all creditability in the club’s off and on field management.
    I’m sure you are aware there are many other fans on various blogs & social media sites who share the same feelings.
    Our guess is your current and any potential sponsors would equally not find this an attractive proposition knowing that the paying fans in the UK and those globally are growing exceptionally restless. At present we as a group certainly do not feel any inclination to buy any sponsors products or services.
    The club’s accounts show a very healthy cash balance. We believe you recently quoted the following;
    ‘This year we are beginning to see something we have been planning for some time, which is the escalation in our financial firepower,’ said Gazidis.
    ‘I’m talking about an extra £70million of additional, high-margin revenue which we will be able to use.
    ‘We have a certain amount which we’ve held in reserve and we also have new revenue streams coming on board. All of these things mean we can do some things which would excite you “
    Excite us, if not, perhaps you could offer every season ticket holder a goodwill gesture credit of £500.00 in lieu of the expectation which we believe would not make too much of a dent in the overall finances after offsetting the savings of the departing squad members.
    We welcome any response you care to offer to placate our serious concerns.
    Regards

  43. Bergkamp63

    AlfieAugust 6, 2013 16:44:28
    Hey, im no grammar police, but find it ammusing when someone tries to correct someone else’s grammar errors and than makes a mistake…….

    There should be an apostrophe between I and M in i’m !

  44. Goongoonergone

    Mates, I said weeks ago that word was out that Gazidis was ready to do the deals. Reports were out that there was tremendous frustration and anger felt by Arsenal negotiators over Wenger’s constant dithering, changing his mind over recruits and calling off whatever deals were necessary because it did not reconcile with his evaluation of players and a lack of a player recruitment plan.. Here’s an example. Arsenal refuses to budge over the 40 million pounds for Suarez. Guess whose decision that is? Do you think Gazidis doesn’t want a stellar signing at Arsenal after the promises he made to the fans? What’s another five or six million pounds for Arsenal to get Suarez? Oh no, but our great manager must walk the road less travelled.
    Emirates burns while Wengersauras fiddles.
    I tell you again mates. as I have often stated: Arsenal’s greatest signing will be a new manager who has the balls and vision to make Arsenal a force again.
    Cheers.

  45. S Asoa

    Priority signing seems to be Manager the way things are going . There is a list of very very competent managers available in a post above.
    So first thing
    WENGER. OUT

  46. arsenal-flavour

    the current next generation the football fans of the future who don’t end up supporting city or chelsea or man u, the ones who will be supporting Arsenal will be more versed in talk of balancing accounts, profit margins and sustainability and stability than actual football, in short it will be a fan based with the soul and passion all but drained from them

    We fans on this blog are so passionate because we have born witness to how Arsenal was to what it used to be.

  47. Bergkamp63

    PaulinhoAugust 6, 2013 16:47:04
    “Trimmed all the excess”

    He’s trimmed all the excess, and yet is still left with excess. 90% of this ‘svelte’ squad is subcutaneous fat

    Probably comment of the day IMO !

  48. arsenal-flavour

    GOONERGONE my fine sir

    you mention reports… what reports do you have links I have tried to find sources on the rumors of potential in fighting at Arsenal, none of yet appeared on my radar.

  49. Inter YourGran

    B63 – 😆

    I’ll call you meditation again – if you come on here and can have a debate without resorting to inflammatory nonsense, i’ll always have time for you.

    I like this blog, but because I defend the author after you’ve attacked him twice doesn’t mean you need to call me a bumboy or whatever it was.

    I shouldnt have called you a melt, I can admit that, but if you understand why I attacked you then it’s water under the bridge.

  50. Alfie

    “Bergkamp63August 6, 2013 16:50:15
    AlfieAugust 6, 2013 16:44:28
    Hey, im no grammar police, but find it ammusing when someone tries to correct someone else’s grammar errors and than makes a mistake…….

    There should be an apostrophe between I and M in i’m !”

    Fuck! Also there is only one ‘m’ in amusing!

    I couldn’t even spell check to berate a grammar complainant!

  51. arsenal-flavour

    My fine gentlemen of Le-grove

    I have a proposal I have much talk of sending mass emails, peition like gestured to Ivan,

    What if we do that with one of the main newspapers, If we get hundreds and hundreds of arsenal fans to email say a tatty newspaper like daily mail, saying arsenal fans want signings or we will protest

    Daily mail within the hour will post a newstory “arsenal fans in their droves threaten to protest if there is n major signings”

    ITs called a propaganda war

  52. Alfie

    “arsenal-flavourAugust 6, 2013 16:58:14

    My fine gentlemen of Le-grove

    I have a proposal I have much talk of sending mass emails, peition like gestured to Ivan,

    What if we do that with one of the main newspapers, If we get hundreds and hundreds of arsenal fans to email say a tatty newspaper like daily mail, saying arsenal fans want signings or we will protest

    Daily mail within the hour will post a newstory “arsenal fans in their droves threaten to protest if there is n major signings”

    ITs called a propaganda wa”

    Nah.

  53. salparadisenyc

    Doublegooner

    I emailed Ivan after the defeat to Bradford.
    Here’s the response I received.

    Dear “Sal”,

    Thank you for your email, your comments have been duly noted.

    Taking all that you have said into consideration, the manager Mr Arsène Wenger believes that there is not just one excuse to Arsenal’s defeat to Bradford City. “It was a typical cup game on a difficult, frozen but playable pitch. Unfortunately on the night we lost on penalties and as much as I cannot fault the effort we put in, I believe having given absolutely everything until the last minute, the result was very disappointing. It was a typical English cup game and Bradford City got on top of us in the end. We missed three penalties, that’s a lot to take. It doesn’t stop me feeling completely responsible for losing the game but I believe as well that has happened before and I try to be as objective as possible after a defeat. We lacked that little bit of freshness and that is only part of the explanation. There is a problem of course but what is important when you have a problem is to do something about it.”

    Mr Wenger, supported by his training staff, puts the players through their daily training sessions and he is fully aware as to whether players are tired with a lack of freshness, jaded or carrying injuries. Mr Wenger admits that there have been games where the players have not been at their best and neither him nor the players are happy or becomes complacent about lack luster performances. The team has had to be rebuilt a little bit and that has been done in two ways. First in bringing in new players and secondly in getting a number of players back from a long-term injury, for example Jack Wilshere. Admittedly we have lost a number of good players, but we must accept that although we wanted to keep them, it was their wish to play elsewhere. Mr Wenger strongly believes there is a lot of strength in our team and all he is asking for is patience from supporters whilst they give their full support to the team. Mr Wenger believes what is important is to play our football, improve the way we play and keep faith in our players. It was a disappointing night last night, all the players were devastated after the game and remorseful when they lose any game. The manner in the loss was hard to come to terms with.

    Here at Arsenal it is accepted that being a ‘Supporter’ is the most difficult conviction to have, try to vary or lose. Once a supporter is a fan of a team, that supporter cannot change their allegiance at the ‘drop of a hat’ and start to support another team. This is the main reason why Arsenal supporters suffer the deep hurt when results are not going the way we want them to. We are a proud club with very high standards which must be maintained by whatever means! Second best is never good enough and everyone at Arsenal knows this is not acceptable. Like yourself, all our supporters, the Manager, Players and Staff are anxious for this bad run to come to an end sooner rather than later.

    On behalf of Arsenal Football Club plc, thank you for your continued and undivided support.

    Kind Regards,

    Josh

    Arsenal Box Office

  54. arsenal-flavour

    alfie

    don’t underestimate the pressure and the force the press can exert on a manager/boardroom,
    If you have papers talking of mayhem and kicking up a fuss, things start happening or we could just sit back and bitch and moan all day.

  55. Inter YourGran

    af – the british media has done more than enough in the last two years to envoke some sort of action from the fan base against the manager, yet still nothing…..

  56. arsenal-flavour

    inter

    It’s called fronting we threaten to protest, and see if they respond (wenger)
    If they call are bluff and don”t buy players or makes changes bla bla bla

    then we either protest and I say good , or we lame out and don’t protest in any case we aren’t any worse for the whole affair.

    Its like this if we got a paper to believe the hype of real discord breaking out in and around emirates.

    I think wenger would be shocked into a situation where he would comitt to avoiding such a situation by doing things he doesn’t like doing aka buying players

  57. Goongoonergone

    @ Arsenal Flavour who wrote: ”

    GOONERGONE my fine sir

    you mention reports… what reports do you have links I have tried to find sources on the rumors of potential in fighting at Arsenal, none of yet appeared on my radar.”

    Hi Flavour

    There were two articles on the frustrations that the negotiating team was having with Wenger’s dithering and the rest of the things I referred to. I merely stated them as rumours at that time. These articles did not appear in major newspapers and with hindsight I should have posted them. However, at that time I stated that the dithering and breast-beating by W

  58. Inter YourGran

    af – arsenal are very, very media savvy.

    When the BSM organised the march last season the arsenal press department had all the paper journos report about 500 turnt up when it was closer to 2000 odd…

  59. Tryangle Gooner

    Alfie,

    I misspelled “greatest” just once.

    Meditation misused/misspelled “your” in every one of his posts.

    Sort of like how you guys misspell Arsenal FC as Arsene FC all the time.

  60. BillikenGooner

    I think I’ve figured it out…. and if this isn’t on all the rags by next week, I’m going to be disappointed.

    Headline: “Arsenal in game of high stakes chicken with Manchester United”

    This reporter has learned from unnamed sources, that Arsenal is holding off on spending any money this summer until it is quite clear that United won’t be buying ex-Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas, from Barca. Arsenal have chosen to reserve a position and money in case United are able to make an offer Barca can’t refuse, when they will then use their buyback clause to bring their favorite son home.

    United, on the other hand, have chosen to keep their interest in Fabregas known in the media, while waiting for Arsenal to have to use up most of their transfer funds on a big money move for Luis Suarez. After which, United will make a huge offer for Fabregas that Arsenal will be unable to match.
    —————-

    How’s that sound? Think I could get a job making this stuff up for one of them?

  61. Goongoonergone

    @ Arsenal Flavour who wrote: ”

    GOONERGONE my fine sir

    you mention reports… what reports do you have links I have tried to find sources on the rumors of potential in fighting at Arsenal, none of yet appeared on my radar.”

    Hi Flavour

    There were two articles on the frustrations that the negotiating team was having with Wenger’s dithering and the rest of the things I referred to. I merely stated them as rumours at that time. These articles did not appear in major newspapers and with hindsight I should have posted them. However, at that time I stated that the dithering and breast-beating by Wenger over transfer had begun. I, however, took those articles as rumours at that time with a pinch of salt, but vowed to see how that would pan out.
    I agree that window has not closed; I do concede those articles could be small farts in the wind – but when I look at the bigger picture and what has happened to date coupled with the huge veil of secrecy at the Emirates, I’m certainly inclined to make an educated guess based on how Wenger operates and his money-pinching ways that things are rotten in the state of the Emirates. What Pedro is alluding in this article ties up with what I read weeks ago. Even Arseblog, who has a bit of “ears” is beginning to doubt Wenger getting in the desired players while the money burns his trousers down.
    Apologies mate, can’t recall where the articles appeared but I certainly read about Gazidis’ and the negotiating team’s frustrations with Wenger.

  62. Inter YourGran

    In regards to Bernard being in London, this is true.

    Shaktar are the only club who’ve made a bid that’s been accepted and we went over there to check the facilities out etc.

    He’s in London doing the same as i’m sure us (replacement for gerboue) and Tottenham (bale replacement) will have a sniff very shortly.

  63. Doublegooner

    Salparadisenyc:

    I wrote the email yesterday. I’ve had an immediate personal reply from his secretary & also received info that the Director of Communications has been involved. Her reply was ;

    Dear Mr S,

    Many thanks for your note to Mr Gazidis below.

    Please note that Mr Gazidis is very busy at the moment with the transfer season and will respond to you as soon as he can.

    Very best wishes,

    Karen

    Karen Brown
    Executive PA to Ivan Gazidis, CEO
    Arsenal Football Club

  64. Inter YourGran

    af – our reserve team and u18 is very, very short.

    I see no harm bringing in numbers to bolster our obscene departures across the board. It’s only pissing everyone off because it looks like it’s at the expense of first team signings.

  65. Inter YourGran

    DoubleG – Fair play mate for sticking to your guns.

    Out of interest, what’s the response been like to your plans of action?

  66. Inter YourGran

    “Please note that Mr Gazidis is very busy at the moment with the transfer season and will respond to you as soon as he can.”

    busy doing what? 😆

  67. Keyser

    “Out of interest, what’s the response been like to your plans of action?”

    SDE asked him what bus he took home.

  68. Doublegooner

    Inter:

    Too wind & not much action.

    I suggest as many fans as possible drop Ivan the email & really show him we’ve had enough.

    I purposely want him/The Club to know that we as fans will not ‘entertain’ the sponsors with any purchases. Sponsors don’t like negative PR.

    Fans DO have a voice & power too…if we use it.

    Want more info;

    noconfidenceinafc@gmail.com

  69. Inter YourGran

    Keyser – LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL 😆

    btw Keyser, fair play to you the other week when I had my mini meltdown rant.

    Your quip about reading it like “some afterbirth from yokels from the hills with eyes” or something or other was fucking hilarious. I deserved that, I tip my hat.

  70. salparadisenyc

    Doublegooner.

    Can’t wait to see what “Ivan” writes back and I would not doubt it if he did.
    What else does he do?

    Cut to email on Sept2,
    Doublegooner hope your happy with the signing of Suarez, Rooney, Fellaini and Adler. I think they’re nice additions to the squad.
    Best Ivan

    Dreamin.

    Seriously, well done on the mail to the man.

  71. arsenal-flavour

    Guys and girls (kidding we know there are no girls here)

    but what date do you think we will sign players after CL qualifer?

    I always thought the qualifers were a given even are rag tag bunch can’t fuck it up.

    have you seen the teams we could play there fucking shite

  72. dialsquare

    What a stupid thing to say Wenger has developed players such as Bergkamp , Henry and Pires when Bergkamp and Overmars had World Cup tournaments behind them and were tearing England apart in the early 90s long before joining Arsenal, same goes for Henry and Pires the latter playing and winning Euro 2000 before joining Arsenal.

  73. Goongoonergone

    Hi Mates
    Wenger says that our current squad can challenge for the title. Eight players, according to Arseblog, since the transfer window opened, including Arteta, Wilshire, et al, have spoken about how new great players can improve the team. Can you believe that Wenger’s own players are begging him for new signings because they KNOW that the current squad can’t compete with the big boys and the manager telling the entire universe his players are good enough not merely to compete, but to compete for the title.
    Unprecedented in the annals of football.
    And you wonder why John Henry asks what they are smoking at the Emirates!!!
    The manager never fails to embarrass the Arsenal fans no end.

  74. arsenal-flavour

    These are the teams we could face for those who don’t know

    Real sociedad
    Pacos de Ferreria
    Salzburg/fenerbache (subject to cas ruling)
    PAOK Salonika/Metalist Kharkiv
    PSV Eindhoven/Zulte Waregem

    in short there is no way we could lose i’m putting 3 grand on it at the bookies wont win much but its a shore earner

  75. arsenal-flavour

    What a stupid thing to say Wenger has developed players such as Bergkamp , Henry and Pires when Bergkamp and Overmars had World Cup tournaments behind them and were tearing England apart in the early 90s long before joining Arsenal, same goes for Henry and Pires the latter playing and winning Euro 2000 before joining Arsenal.

    completely and utterly spot on! correct right true… the myth of wenger the great player developer needs to die already

  76. Keyser

    IYG – I’m not sure it was directed at you, can’t remember, I think I was talking about the general comment section during the summer.

  77. Inter YourGran

    Liverpool are a puissant club now.

    They’re the ones who lack class by banging on about how we’ve bid for suarez twice. Then release details of what we’ve bid, keep waffling on about how we’re playing games, we’re a sideways step, asking what we’re smoking and we’ve said nothing.

    All this panic at the bindippers over a player they are soooooo desperate to keep even though he has brought their club into disrepute, now he has a phantom foot injury?

    all the while we’ve said nothing apart from the pre emirates presser.

    Rodgers is such a cock and a shit manager. Bless him though for trying to play tough like he’s up there going on talksport and giving it the biggun.. 😆

    silly cunts these scousers!

  78. Inter YourGran

    nah Keyser it was directed at me. i’m a big boy, I can take it and I also know when to call it day when i’m beat.

  79. Inter YourGran

    af – only fenerbache or psv even remotely worry me away from home. Everyone else should get a hiding.

  80. Inter YourGran

    I love away days in Holland though. PSV would be great and ajax in the group stages would be luvverly.

  81. GUNNER786

    Inter YourGranAugust 6, 2013 17:44:22
    Liverpool are a puissant club now.

    They’re the ones who lack class by banging on about how we’ve bid for suarez twice. Then release details of what we’ve bid, keep waffling on about how we’re playing games, we’re a sideways step, asking what we’re smoking and we’ve said nothing.
    —————————————————————–

    Our ‘legendary class status’ went out of the window the day we moved to the Emirates.

  82. Wengerites be damned!

    ‘But come on Arsene, we’re not stupid to think a man hoovering 7m a year has any principles other than money’

    So true. If Wonga had principles he wouldn’t have exclude himself from his own socialist wage model.

  83. Inter YourGran

    Gunner786 – I will agree the emirates is a bit of a shopping mall, but it was imperative we moved as we couldn’t re-develop highbury.

    Now a lot more fans can watch the arsenal, that’s a good thing in my opinion.

    I don’t wanna bang on about the cost, debts etc. it’s been milked until the cows come home.

  84. Jeff

    Dialsquare,

    Wenger left Nancy by mutual consent after their relegation in 1987 and Monaco dismissed him following a poor start to the 1994-1995 season. He managed Nancy for 7 years and Monaco also for 7 years. That’s about how much we should have kept him for. After about 7 or 8 years at the same club apparently he goes gaga – no use to anyone.

  85. Inter YourGran

    Looking like Cesar is on the verge of joining Fiorentina after they had a 3m euro bid accepted by the R’s.

    Der-ner-ner nah-nah “another one bites the dust”

  86. Sam

    Dialsquare and other haters,

    You guys will sound more humans if you say wenger turned into shit for the past 8 years just like his bunch of players he started loving money and power more football, he lost interest in winning . You really sound ridiculous when you claim he never knew nothing about coaching when he joined arsenal and you know that’s bollox

  87. GUNNER786

    Not long to go now before the Transfer Window shuts and Wenger can breathe a sigh of relief.

    I wonder what he’s planning at the moment to kill the remaining time left in the window.

    Wenger has sleepless nights during the TF’s

  88. Sam

    Also you dreamers should know that this is the year of Gnabry and miyaichi. Your nani wet dream is a waste of time, the idiot things he’s Ronaldo and wants 130k lol! Dream on !

  89. Sam

    Wenger refused to adapt to change when mourinho arrived his stubbornness made him stale and irrelevant to modern football but he was originally a good manager that’s why we brought him to arsenal fc.

  90. Campbell

    @ AC Gooner 15:26

    I completely agree but I think you misinterpreted my point on the FTSE 100 thing.

    I meant we are being ran like one in the sense that the club are protecting shareholders interests. Lets have it right – Arsenal is a football club and the most important people are the stakeholders. NOT the shareholders. If it wasn’t for us fans the club would not be where we are and where we realistically SHOULD be!

    Revenue streams run through us guys and girls and our loyalty has attracted big money sponsors on top of our banked cash reserves. It’s all well and good being sensible in times of expansion but we’re pretty much past that now and this season should have been (and could well still be) a turning point in our ambitions.

    Currently we appear to have been fed nothing but lies and broken promises. It’s all too familiar.

    Snore #Spendsomef*ckingmoney

  91. Sam

    Wenger outfoxed ferguson
    He did what many spent money and failed I mean Keegan, dalglish, rafa.

    Be fair and give the man some credits.
    He’s done some good in the past

  92. the mighty karim

    Would not bet on an easy qualifier, especially with the pressure regarding new signings to join, or not

    PSV ain’t what it used to be, that’s right

    BUT

    Fenerbace could NOT be easy (kuyt, meireles, moussa sow,etc)
    Kharkov are full of young skillful Brazilians and Argentines
    etc

    Even Lyon is in trouble tonight, having won only 1 – 0 Vs Zurich