The Yin of Gareth Barry the Yang of electric wideman

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Man, all I wanted to do was kick the day off with a flying post… instead, the damn papers are trolling me.

How dare two separate publications suggest Arsenal are in for Gareth Barry. In a season where we’ve seen the side suffer directly from a lack of pace, surely the manager can’t be looking at Gareth Barry as a viable options? I mean, it’s beyond comprehension that he’d look at an ageing veteran like him and feel he could be the difference between fourth and 1st.

The worst thing about this story is it’s not the first time we’ve heard it. It’s been festering for a while. If it happens, it’ll be about cost and convenience rather than pushing the needle of quality forward in the club. What does Barry have that Arteta doesn’t? Why would you want two Artetas? We need a machine in the middle, not a player who will at best, only be able to play 1 game a week. Not a player who won’t be able to hack teams that fly… like Liverpool. Honestly, such a depressingly typical story…

In other more positive news, the sounds around the Aurier story are encouraging. He looks like a beast and more than able replacement for Sagna.

In more positive news than that… rumours are totally hot that Alexis Sanchez is on the Arsenal radar at £20m. That would be a super tasty signing. He’s lightening and can play right across the front line. He’s exactly the sort of player that gives you a different edge and his pace would be electric next to someone like Theo Walcott. Juventus are also rumoured to be in for him… but hopefully the lure of the Premier League will be enough to see him come to us.

… and even more good news for Arsene, apparently he is going to stay. Wow… that was a close shave. What’s more interesting is that a day after the Wenger to Monaco stories dropped, they’ve pretty much appointed Jorge Jesus from Benfica… who they met last Friday. Wow, it’s almost like Wenger was never a priority and that story was magically spun into the media by someone? I wonder who?

OH MY… Arsenal also eyeing Xavi this summer. Some odd old rumours going about. I wonder who we’ll be looking to pinch off Real this summer? Surely they’re going to clear out some talent that didn’t quite make it?

Ok, onto today. The only way this game has anything on it is if Norwich beat us 32 – 0. So it’s a bit tough to get too pumped about it. I don’t even know what to write?

WIN THE GAME BOYZ.

That’s all I’ve got.

Ok, so here’s an idea, let’s start thinking about some FA Cup memories. E-mail me in some of yours, keep it to a max of a couple of paragraphs. Any great stories, any great pictures you might have. I’d be interested to read them and put them out on the blog next week.

How does that sound? It sounds good…

Right, enjoy the final day of the season, and I’ll see you back here for a match report tomorrow!

871 Responses to “The Yin of Gareth Barry the Yang of electric wideman”

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  1. Keyser

    See that’s how the hysterical lot usually get answered, to be honest I’m surprised it wasn’t Paulinho.

    We have to win the Cup ffs.

  2. london gunner

    karim

    Thanks for the info didn’t realise he was that bad.

    But Naive Ribbery that guy is a cunt and scumbag

    Him, Evra and Anelka were real cunts who completely fucked France over for their own ego.

  3. karim

    Midwest
    Yeah, Portland is easier than Dallas, should be a sweep !
    What a goal by Aaron Ramsey !!!!
    Lol. Still gutted about last year’s game 6 vs Miami
    Hope it’s a different story this year
    Nice cross from Giroud too

  4. gambon

    “All you guys slating him on here make me lolz”

    Wasnt a single person on here “slating him”

    I doubt you even now what that means.

  5. reality check

    london gunner May 11, 2014 14:51:51

    Yeah I used to hate Samir Nasri when I still felt Wenger was the man.

    Now I can look back on it from a neutral point of view and think Nasri Fair enough and I wish him the best tbh.

    Nasri only took the piss out of Arsenal when he got tons of abuse from AFC fans… It was immature and dickish by Nas but he was reacting to personal attacks… I am a hot head so I understand it.
    ————
    yeah I agree, if he said some things, then ok maybe some fans can hate the things he said, but don’t hate the ambition.

    This is something I notice Wenger supporters miss. They bring the ‘it could be worse’ type of argument, what they don’t get is we all know that, we all accept that IT COULD BE WORSE, but it’s the lack of ambition which has turned people against Wenger.

  6. follow the money

    I was kind of hoping for Liverpool to win it just so someone could prove it can be done without oil money, but if not them I’m glad it’s City and not Chelsea. Is Michael Owen commenting? I want to see that clown’s face! And every other Pool media whore

  7. Arsene's Nurse

    It’s amazing how all the AKBs are getting their panties in a twist over a few comments that ask Ramsey not to do the flicks and backheels because they don’t work.

    Then when he score a great goal you get people who’ve never posted on Le-Grove post a one liner saying “see, see, shut up!”

    No one is saying Ramsey needs to have his legs broken, fed dogshit and then burnt alive. That’s real abuse.

    People are just observing and wondering why he makes the decisions he does when the backheels don’t work.

  8. useroz

    Great ramsey strike…keep this standard and you go places. The volley oozes shades of the infamous van basten volley though a bit more central.

  9. gambon

    If Chelsea lose and we win, Wengers endless positive bulshit spin will make him say “we came joint third”

  10. Cesc Appeal

    Sorry…who said Ramsey was shit?

    I think most everyone was saying, Ramsey please stop doing a stupid flick, or back heel every time you get the ball.

  11. Arsene's Nurse

    Ramsey is shite – we should have sold him. He can’t even stand up straight let alone kick a ball. What a loser of a player – get Gareth Barry in, he’s 10 times the player.

  12. Keyser

    Karim – You backing Tony Parker ? Lost a bit of respect for him leaving Longoria, what a muppet.

    All of the Americans on here shouldn’t be wasting time on Wenger, they should be petitioning the NBA to shut down the Eastern Conference and let the West play it out for the Championship.

    The Dallas – San Antonio games were quality.

  13. monty

    She said yes giroud…. lol why do we have such great away fans, thats why we player good away, emirates is full of asian tourist

  14. Arsene's Nurse

    I HATE RAMSEY!!!!!!!!!
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  15. daint

    Gambon what’s that supposed to mean? Of course I know what it means I am British after all!

    yes people were sating he was having a shit game so…..

  16. Bergkamp63

    “People are just observing and wondering why he makes the decisions he does when the backheels don’t work”

    Maybe he should just volley it to team mates in midfield ?

  17. Jake

    I’d rather Ramsey did and failed with 5 flicks and backheels a game and then pulled one off because flair and invention is what we’re missing. Only Ozil and Ramsey are capable and willing to try. Better that he tries and fails than he doesn’t try at all.

  18. karim

    Lol London
    Seems you don’t like him too much
    He kind of redeemed himself since that awful world cup !
    He’s litterally carrying us !
    Well done Jenks !

  19. gambon

    You wont see the best of Ramsey until you have a world class DM to keep things tight behind him.

    Thats why i loved the Martinez rumours…..but it just aint gonna happen.

    Nice goal Jenks, he’ll enjoy that when hes down in the CHampionship in a few years.

  20. Revving Kevin

    A great assist by the much maligned Giroud and a great finish from the player some wanted sold last season. All we need now is the much slagged off Jenkinson to score.

  21. MidwestGun

    Keyser –
    Ummm Miami is in the East. Used to be the other way around when Lakers dominated West. Besides I am busy petitioning Kroenke to sell his NBA team. Lol.

  22. Bergkamp63

    gambon May 11, 2014 15:13:06
    I swear the level of intelligence on this site is ridiculously low.

    Like 65 IQ or something

    LOL ! That sounds optimistic to me !

  23. Cesc Appeal

    Interested to see what the balance of the middle will look like.

    We tend to be a bit more unbalanced with Jack in the middle, lose the ball a bit more.

  24. SurferX

    Say what you like about Jenks- whatever his flaws you can see how much the guy loves the club with that goal: brilliant to see. He looks like he’ll die happy now.

    Jenkinsons a gooner, Jenkinsons a gooner, a la la la, a la la la…

  25. london gunner

    jAKE

    Great point tbf

    The thing is Ramsey has to play inventively and with flair he has to try an pull of the pass or the skill that doesn’t always work

    Because when your pulling of game changing moves there is always an element of risk

    Whilst players like Arteta don’t play with risk.

    That’s why if we get a proper DM in I will be happy for Ramsey to try those moves.

  26. Arsene's Nurse

    Oh hold on – nope I can’t be happy for Jenks. That’s not allowed on Le-Grove according to the AKBs.

    KILL JENKS!
    KILL JENKS!

  27. follow the money

    “but it’s the lack of ambition which has turned people against Wenger.” (reality check)

    Precisely. The fans are crying out for the club to take a shot at the title. Use all the resources available and give it a go. But Wenger is way too conservative and cowardly for that. I think he’s actually scared that if he did spend everything available and tried that he would fail. He’s far too comfortable. Doesn’t need to win, doesn’t need to battle in the transfer market, can just organize kickarounds in training and comment for French tv

  28. daint

    How long till wilshere dribbles, get tackled and injured?

    speaking of injuries will we see the elusive diaby this season?

  29. Keyser

    MidwestGun – Fuck Miami, Le Bron’s barely trying, the games have been sooo soo poor in the East, shit it down.

  30. gambon

    Obie

    Well funnily enough, were you round these parts between September & January?

    All i would see from Revvin Kevin (ony turns up when we win) and KJAfc was how we wer dominating the PL

    I kept on saying over and over that this was due to a kind fixture list and we would fall away once the tough games came round.

    What happened?

    Cynic or just not a mindlessly positive fool?

  31. TitsMcgee

    Gambon what else do the AKBs have to celebrate? They’re desperate for anything to be positive about.

    The same goes for Wenger he’s completely given up on even trying to win this league. Now he’s all about preserving his job as long as possible so that he can collect his salary for as long as possible.

    How does he do that? By not spending the club’s money while at same time getting UCL money.

    People are desperate to feel good about the situation. It’s like the people that get angry when you tell them their wife is cheating on them. They’re not angry at the wife for the wrongdoing they’re angry at the person who broke the news because it shatters their peace.

  32. tunnygriffboy

    Midwest

    It’s not about vindication at all. I like to support the players warts an all. Even Giroud who I know isn’t good enough doesn’t need or deserve the total hatefest.

    By stating this I’m classed as an AKB as if I’m blinded by Wenger and don’t see what is happening at the club. It’s strange.

  33. Arsene's Nurse

    I wonder if Sagna enjoys playing CB? He’s done it a few times now and has done a good job of it. It’s a real shame he’s off. I hope he gets his FA Cup winners medal.

  34. MidwestGun

    Keyser –
    We would have had to shut down the West when it was shit was my point. When the Bulls dominated. NBA goes in cycles. Not a Le Bron fan in the least. Hate his whole leaving Cleveland to buy a championship thing. Very RVP like.

  35. TitsMcgee

    Glad to see City win the league over Chelsea.

    Also glad to see what a really good manager can do “without oil money” with Rodgers at LFC.

    Further proof that Wenger’s excuses are really just attempts to avoid blame

  36. london gunner

    We never get anyone in the box like City do.

    Its always the solitary and shit Giroud.

    We need to play a little more like City and I realise they have more talent but I think we could adapt some of there attacking tactics and use it effectively with the squad we have

  37. Revving Kevin

    Cesc Appeal: “oh shit I can hear it now”

    Salparadisenyc: make the subs wanker”

    Great display of how to be a football supporter. I would clap if I knew how.

  38. gambon

    Diaby makes his first appearance on the final day of the season

    Im sure Wenger doesnt see that as a problem.

  39. NYCgooner

    Would love Martinez to be playing next to Ramsey but I doubt we would be willing to pay the price they will want for him. I still think we should go back for luiz Gustavo if we can’t get Martinez.

  40. Arsene's Nurse

    tunnygriffboy May 11, 2014 15:21:35

    Midwest

    It’s not about vindication at all. I like to support the players warts an all. Even Giroud who I know isn’t good enough doesn’t need or deserve the total hatefest.

    By stating this I’m classed as an AKB as if I’m blinded by Wenger and don’t see what is happening at the club. It’s strange.
    ————————————————-
    You are basing your argument on a straw man.

    Why are you calling it a hatefest? It’s not. It’s frustration at seeing a player who’s first choice striker at Arsenal, who on huge wages fail to score a simple goal.

    There isn’t a hatefest, you are just overly sensitive. Same goes for comments about Ramsey.

  41. Keyser

    MidwestGun – Even then, the West is entertaining, Golden State, Denver, Pheonix, maybe send Memphis the other way.

  42. tunnygriffboy

    Jenkinson’s so happy because him an Wilshere had some stupid bet he wouldn’t score this season. I saw it on one of the one on one things the club puts out looooooool !

  43. Arsene's Nurse

    David Bellamy: And if you wook cwosely and keep wery, wery quiet you can see the lesser spotted Diaby.

    Don’t scare the little chap, this is not his natuwal enviwonment.

  44. TitsMcgee

    It’s amazing how many chances Diaby gets. I mean any other club would have cut the cord about 3 years ago yet he gets chance after chance for no reason.

    We are basically a footballing academy for the French national team it seems.

  45. daint

    I thought we,could only sign players after the season is over and the summer transfer window opens?

    hope this be signing diaby shows some quality? Anyone know what the transfer fee was?

  46. Bergkamp63

    “Great display of how to be a football supporter. I would clap if I knew how”

    Even Chimp’s can manage that !

  47. london gunner

    Lol what are they singing about Diaby?

    Can’t hear it on my streat

    I think its

    Has any one seen Diaby?

    Has any one seen Diaby

    Has any one seen Diabyyyyyyyyyyy

  48. andy1886

    Anyone want to put a fiver on Diaby getting injured in the last few minutes? The guy’s a waste of a squad place and another excuse for Wenger not to spend. He’d be first on my list to be released in the summer but knowing Wenger he’ll get an extension and be our first ‘signing’.

  49. salparadisenyc

    Revo you big pussy calm down. I’ve been supporting this team long enough to give it the proper commentary. If you don’t find the humor or appreciation in it, then move along and pass on labeling me.

  50. Cesc Appeal

    sal

    Don’t even bother, the irony of Rev “only pitch up when Arsenal are winning” Kev labelling the validity of any supporter is hilarious.

  51. gambon

    “it will be criminal if fabianski doesn’t start next week”

    It would be criminal if he does start

  52. karim

    Mid
    Can’t get any better !
    Happy for Kevin Durant
    Miss the 90’s though : hakeem the dream, clyde the glide, Sir Charles…
    Mutombo : ” not in my house “, Rodman,……………………….
    Now that was basketball at its finest

  53. london gunner

    Hope we sell of Sanago but no His our second striker next season with Giroud being our third we will buy a third striker to replace Bendtner who will be shit.

  54. Revving Kevin

    Tits
    You are talking bollox mate. Why don’t you check how much Liverpool have spent? Well here it is last 5 years:

    13/14: £48.8m
    12/13: £49.3m
    11/12: £56.4m
    10/11: £80.5m
    09/10: £36m

    Total: £271 million

    Liverpool net spend was £100m

    In same period our net spend was -£0.6m

    Not defending us not spending just correcting you.

  55. gambon

    Useroz

    Why the fuck are we giving favours to a guy that is leaving us?

    No chance.

    Szczesny is both loyal and a better keeper, so theres no reason for Fabianski to start.

    Why should we put the players ahead of the club?

  56. Bergkamp63

    karim May 11, 2014 15:38:00
    Mid
    Can’t get any better !
    Happy for Kevin Durant
    Miss the 90′s though : hakeem the dream, clyde the glide, Sir Charles…
    Mutombo : ” not in my house “, Rodman,……………………….
    Now that was basketball at its finest

    You might have strayed onto the wrong site here ?

  57. Arsene's Nurse

    tunnygriffboy May 11, 2014 15:34:39

    AN

    Perhaps I am a bit over sensitive. I know Giroud has limitations. It’s not his fault he’s our only striker though
    ——————————
    Yep, not Giroud’s fault at all. Considering the number of games he’s actually played it’s amazing that he hasn’t fallen apart physically. He gets credit for that.

    Giroud is fine as a back up/3rd choice striker because his goal to chance ratio is so low.

    We have Ozil now who will be ridiculous with his assists for chances next year.

  58. daint

    We should have sagna sign up as 3rd choice CB as vermaelen is leaving this season. Buy or promote youth for 4th choice and buy top quality right back

  59. gonsterous

    sanogoal is shit for a 21 year old in a top club in England
    &
    Jenkinson not good enough to be starting 11

  60. TitsMcgee

    Lol so now Liverpool should be finishing above us i guess is where Rev is trying to take this down

    So anyone that finishes above us is justified right? Convenient

  61. Arsene's Nurse

    Revving Kevin May 11, 2014 15:39:06

    Tits
    You are talking bollox mate. Why don’t you check how much Liverpool have spent? Well here it is last 5 years:

    13/14: £48.8m
    12/13: £49.3m
    11/12: £56.4m
    10/11: £80.5m
    09/10: £36m

    Total: £271 million

    Liverpool net spend was £100m

    In same period our net spend was -£0.6m

    Not defending us not spending just correcting you.
    ————————————————–
    Now compare Arsenal’s wage bill with Liverpools’ for the same time period.

  62. andy1886

    Kevin, now take wages into account, compare to turnover, and look at our bank balance. You sir, are full of shit. Defending the indefensible while jacking off to the bank balance trophy. Oh, and you only turn up when we win too.