Arsene: More players to come

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How’s it going everyone? Are we all excited about potentially WINNING A DAMN TROPHY.

I am. It’s a real trophy.

So what’s been happening? Well, Arsene Wenger has let rip at Stevie G for being a massive bastard in the press last week.

“You’re never too good for Arsenal and Steven Gerrard knows that,”

“But I can understand completely that he asked him to stay because he wanted him (Suarez) to play with him and have a chance to win the Premier League. But it didn’t happen, and anyway, Suarez left.”

Zing… take that Steven.

I find it hard to stomach words like that from a man who was seriously considering moving to Chelsea when he was at the top of his game.

Also, just to throw it on the pile… Sanchez thought he was too  good for Liverpool. Because he is. So there.

Wenger has been quite chatty, there’s a TV clip of him excusing the business that he’s done so early this year. He says something like,

‘We’re ahead of time because there’s a lot of availability’

Come on Arsene, you’re ahead of time because you had a plan this year. Last year, you didn’t wait until the end of the window with the knowledge you’d land Ozil. You waited until the end of the window in the hope someone, anyone, would come avaiable. This year, there’s been more of a plan and far more structure.

There’s still hope that more players will come in. The Mirror are running with a Mario to Arsenal story again. I get it, but I don’t believe it. Arsene just wouldn’t do it. Well, at least that’s what I believe. He’d be a brilliant buy, but he’s a lunatic, so he could also be a massive problem. I’d have him though. All that power and pace. All that Puma affiliation. Would make so much bad sense.

The manager is keen on doing more business.

“I’m very happy because I did what I wanted, and I am still open to do more,” he said.

“Let’s not forget that we are at August 1 today, and the transfer window closes on the 31st. For years, it’s a long time I didn’t sit with you here on the first of August having done quite a lot.

YES ARSENE!

All the words I want to be hearing. It’s nice to hear him bleat on about the window being for another month when he’s bought a load of players already. Hopefully he lands another big name. Hopefully we go into the season winning the transfer window. What a feeling that’d be, hey?!

Wenger also had some words on South Americans and Joel Campbell.

 ‘Yes, he [Campbell] is part of my plans. He might play tomorrow against Benfica,’ 

‘We follow closely what’s going on in South America because I believe, in some positions, they are stronger than European clubs.

‘Especially up front. If you make a classification of a world-class striker today, that’s in favour of South America.

Yes Arsene, you are right, all the best strikers are from South America. Interesting that the Germans didn’t really have a world class striker at the world cup. Well, not in the sense of having a Suarez. It made the victory all the more impressive for them. However, we have all the best playmakers. So that’s the shift. Right? Am I right?

Right, Arsenal vs Benfica today. Hopefully there are some interesting players on show. Should be fund the see Sanchez out there and Calum Chambers should be on show. I don’t think we’ll see Ospina, which is a shame, but I’m sure we’ll catch a glimpse of him over the course of the season.

Right, that’s me done. Before I go, can I ask you a favour. Could you click the video below. It’s for a project with Bloomberg, I didn’t know they were going to ask me to do this, but it happened and they’re good guys who want to get something going with bloggers. Click, don’t watch and don’t c*nt me about the shoddy performance in the comments.

THANKS.

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  1. Rhys Jaggar

    This site now censored, mild-mannered constructive criticism. It is a PR addenum to Arsenal Holdings plc Board.

    It’s no longer a blog.

    Arsene Wenger is not Kim Jong-Il. He is open to reasoned criticism, just as he is allowed to receive gushing praise.

    it’s called a free society.

    This site is rapidly becoming part of North Korea.

  2. southernpeople

    Rhys Jaggar

    It’s time you return to the fold son, don’t worry we’ll forgive your blasphemy against Bless Totalitarianism!! lol

  3. N'Gambo

    RHYS – Pedro nailed it himself about the Gaza massacres – ‘manufactured silence’.

    SPEAK OUT – CALMLY AND FEARLESSLY.

  4. Cesc Appeal

    I had a ridiculously heavy night last night, hanging out of my arsehole today. So I must be hallucinating or still be off my chops because apparently Sanogo scored 4 goals.

  5. Leedsgunner

    Nasri

    Re Balotelli

    It’s not madness — it’s calculated risk. My first choice for a striker would Reus for the versatility that he brings, plus he would bring leadership and add to our German core. With the Germany U19s recently winning their European championship, there is definitely a rich vein for the club to explore for years to come.

    However, Reus does not seem to be available right now. I suspect with his release clause kicking in next year and every elite club after him, we need to win something big ie. the league or the UEFA champions league for us to acquire a USP. Because frankly speaking the main reason that Hazard went to Chelsea when he did was because they won the Champions League under Di Matteo…. having faltered badly in the league finishing 6th but given Champions League football by the virtue of being winners.

    I see a similar situation now for our club. We have a chance to win big ths season so we can attract the top top stars next season.

    So the question for me becomes who can deliver that big trophy to us this season so that next season Reus will want to come to us when he has the likes of Madrid, Barça and Bayern Munich knocking on his door?

    For us to win that elusive EPL title and/or the UEFA Champions League we need a DM who will go the distance and a striker who will put the ball in the net against the top sides.

    For DM we have a few choices – William Carvalho, the Bender brothers, Gustavo .

    As for strikers it is much harder. I suppose you could go for someone like El-Shaarway and Luis Muriel but they are unproven in the EPL. Perhaps you are right Sanchez will be converted in our striker. However my argument is if a striking talent like Super Mario turns up we shouldn’t turn up our noses at him. He’s young, an established Italian international with EPL experience.

    His eccentric nature has to be measured in the whole. Furthermore we are forearmed, we know about his issues we can do something about it. Isn’t Wenger always boasting about his player management skills? Well in Super Mario, they would be tested… and Wenger is paid a handsome salary to prove it to all of us.

    With Super Mario our chances of winning something really big would be exponentially increased and when we do our efforts in signing players like Vidal, Pogba and Reus will become easier.

    Signing Super Mario isn’t mad it’s establishing a circle of virtue. Winners bring winners.

  6. BacaryisGod

    Very encouraging but I actually agree with the posters who urged caution. I recall Aliadiere and Baptista destroying Liverpool in the Carling Cup, and Jay Simpson and Lupoli going wild too.

    Still, pleased for Sanogo, Campbell and Chambers especially.

  7. follow the money

    Just read Wenger’s post match comments. (take with grain of salt of course) Looks like he wants to go with Sanogo and Campbell and Giroud up front. I think we can get by with that as long as Theo and Sanchez don’t suffer long term injuries. He also said he has not made an offer for Khedira. Ugh that’s an absolute must for me, a top class DM. Arteta and Diaby will prove to be complete wastes of space. Without an upgrade in the DM position, we will get overrun in midfield just like last season every time we got hammered.

  8. Marko

    DM running with the story that both United and us are interested in Hummelsfor 30 million. Him and a defensive midfielder and we are purring

  9. Wengerites be damned!

    Don’t know about Super Mario. Wenger doesn’t like to work with a player so problematic. Especially if he costs too much.

  10. moray

    I can’t believe we are in for Hummels. We have our defensive pairing: no way Wenger would spend 30m on a rotation player.

  11. Dorobucci

    IM NOT GONNA SAY I TOLD YOU SO BUT I HAVE STRONG BELIEVE THAT SANOGO WILL SCORE MORE GOALS THIS SEASON THAN MARIO BALOTELLI. MARIO IS HOT HEADED AND NOT WORLD CLASS IMO.A PLAYER LIKE JOEL CAMPBELL CAN EASILY BE WORTH 20M IN THIS CURRENT MARKET IF HE CONTINUES THE WAY HE PLAYED YESTERDAY.
    FOR ONCE LET BELIEVE IN THE MANAGER AND STOP SCREAMING FOR SIGNINGS EVERY DAY N.NIGHT. THE SQUAD WE HAVE IS ALREADY BETTER THAN THAT OF LAST SEASON. BELIEVE IT OR NOT.

    THE ONLY POSITION WE NEED REINFORCEMENT IS CDM AND SOMETHING TELLS ME GIROUD WONT FINISH THIS SEASON AS OUR FIRST CHOICE. ( NOBODY SHOULD TELL ME CAMPBELL IS RAW) THE LAD IS A LEAGUE WINNER IF NOT WRONG AND HE HAS PLAYED IN THREE DIFFERENT EUROPEAN LEAGUES AND HAVE EMPRESSED. WHEN I SAW HIM GOING OFF YESTERDAY HE LOOKED CONFIDENT TO THE POINT OF PATTING SANCHEZ ON.THE HEAD. AND WHEN LAST DID WE HAVE A TROUSER SAGER IN ARSENAL ….
    CAMPBELL CAMPBELL CAMPBELL
    IF HE WAS BOUGHT EXPENSIVE MOST OF YOU WILL BE LOVING IT.
    FORGIVE MY MANNERS GROVERS
    GOOD MORNING FROM DOROGUNNER.

  12. freddylekgunner

    Well morning Dorobucci, except for typing in caps I agree with you. Campbell is fealess and always eager to take defenders on just as his performance in the WC. He’s a huge potential for me, he’s definitely not there yet but those performances in UCL last year and the WC. Its a matter of time.

  13. Leedsgunner

    I just LOVE how to some Campbell and Sanogo are world beaters after one decent game. Let them replicate the same against Man City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Barça and we can talk about them in that way.

  14. Wallace

    Leedsgunner

    i think it’s more that people might now pause for thought before trashing them(well, Sanogo). might even wonder if Wenger does actually know a thing or two about what it takes to be a forward in the PL.

  15. qna

    Leeds. Common mate. I want a Reus-type as much as you. But you have to enjoy the moments mate. Its about the journey, not the destination. I think that you and I both see eye to eye on the ambition that the club should have.

    But on a day like yesterday, just enjoy it. Chances are your correct, but whose to say these guys wont be world beaters that some are predicting. Both showed so much potential yesterday. I am thrilled. I can see both of them developing into the talent we need.

    I really hope we can still add Reus + Cavalho/Khedira, but even if we dont I cant wait for the season to begin.

  16. qna

    Wallace, 4 goals in 5 shots doesn’t describe it for me. He strayed offside a number of times when he should not have and completely missed a few chances that obviously didnt go in the stats sheet. I think he could have scored 8 goals if he was 100% on his game. Good that he got the monkey off his back. His movement was excellent and he showed some nice ball control. Look forward to seeing him more in the Carling cup.

    I was really impressed with Campbell. He has a real instinct to play off other players – one touch. I am sure he will get his chance when injuries come, but he looks like a smart player.

  17. southernpeople

    qna

    campbell is quite technical; he could do everything with the ball, has close control and clinical passing.

    Sanogo offsides were most of them very close and that is not bad; henry used to do that a lot.

    I was also impressed by sanogo’s passing and his a quick thinker as well; he knows how to think when under pressure unlike Giroud.

  18. Wallace

    qna

    it was more gambon’s love of stats that i was poking fun at.

    Sanogo’s first touch is still a little ‘streaky’, sometimes clumsy, sometimes very good, but sure it’ll improve as he develops. and Campbell looking more than capable of giving Podolski a run for his money.

  19. southernpeople

    wallace

    “Sanogo’s first touch is still a little ‘streaky’, sometimes clumsy, sometimes very good”

    how times had people said that about Drogba before he became a monster.

    ” but sure it’ll improve as he develops.”

    and yes he could just develop like Drogba and get rid of that rustiness . I am optimistic.

  20. Rosicky@Arsenal

    LVG has been pressurised by United board to deliver CL football

    Spurs r dying for CL football sinces a decade

    Ask Liverpool fans how happy they are to play CL football

    I wonder why Wenger never gets credit for playing CL year in year out.

    wenger haters must think.

  21. Wallace

    southernpeople

    yeah, all of Drogba, Henry, Adebayor…even George Weah were a little raw technically at Sanogo’s age. not saying he’ll reach those heights but working with Wenger helped three of the above improve enormously.

  22. freddylekgunner

    Moray
    Dorobucci meant Campbell sags his shorts I.e he draws down his shorts slightly below his waist.

  23. southernpeople

    Wallace

    You’ve just made an important blunder there; Henry little raw technically!

    Are you really talking about Arsenal Henry or another one?!

    Henry was one the rare striker who had extreme technical ability and perfect control.

    I have never seen a striker with perfect control, better dribbler or better overall football ability, only Ronaldo1 may have a better overall skills.

    I had followed Henry since he was 16yrs old before he came to Arsenal and when he signed with big money at time english media were sceptical which really amazed me. But, rarely have we seen henry miss control a ball or being described as clumsy!!

    Go and watch Henry football skill video and you see spectacular and perfect first touch and close control when running with the ball as well as the ability to dribble and entire defence juggling the ball. Have you ever seen anyone like that!

  24. Guns of Brixton

    Lets keep the lid on the hype.

    We tend to have a problem keeping a balanced mind and love jumping to the extremes.

  25. Emiratesstroller

    Overnight I had time to reflect on the game yesterday. Frankly it did not tell us
    a lot apart from that Benefica were poor and they made us look pretty good.

    However, there were some lessons to be learned from the game namely that
    in a formation, which includes two wide players with a striker we did look impressive up front.

    We do have now a number of talented wide players at the club who combine
    pace, crossing and finishing ability namely Sanchez,Walcott,Campbell,Ox and
    Podolski. Apart from Ox who has yet to prove that he can score consistently all
    the others have potential to score double digit goals.

    I know that most people on this site are not impressed by either of our strikers, but what the game proved yesterday is that even Sanogo looked reasonably impressive in front of goal where the ball is put on the plate as was the case yesterday.

    In midfield Ramsey looked good and in Ozil we have a world class player who
    I am sure will blossom this year. We do need a class defensive midfielder. Messrs Wilshere, Arteta and Flamini lack the pace and physicality to play the
    deep role in team. We are not short of midfielders, but I feel that we have at
    the moment two or three who are past their best in the squad.

    The defence needs at least one additional centre back. My view is that we should stop pussy footing with Vermaelen. If he cannot accept not playing regularly in team let him go and look for someone who his ‘hungrier’ and frankly better than him. Bluntly this position needs to be sorted before start
    of season. We cannot afford to go into new season with Monreal as backup.
    Chambers is fine as first/second string right back and fourth string centre
    back. Monreal is okay as second string left back.

    No worries about goalkeeper. Martinez is perfectly adequate as third string.

  26. The BearMan

    Le Boss made some exciting signing and so far kept out of the Bargain Bucket this season, which is top heavy with rejects. Well done AW – it appears there is hope for Le Older Dog after all.

    There is one area I long to see: Wenger rotating the squad to keep all the players hungry and fresh. With the enormity of games on the horizon, this should not be to difficult a task. Even knowing when to rest a few individual and not run the risk of burn out even injury.

  27. qna

    Southern, Henry did have loads of potential when he was young. But he wasn’t a complete player, by any stretch. At France 98, you could tell he was something to get excited about. But at the same time, you couldnt say he had a great tournament when he came on. Sonogo and Campbell are at the same point now. If they become legends like Henry, some might say in hindsight that they saw it coming a mile away.

    For me Sonogo looks like he comes from the school of Adebayor and Kanu. I would like to see him go out on loan to a mid table club and fast track his development, but we would need to add another striker to do that.

  28. qna

    The BearMan: “There is one area I long to see: Wenger rotating the squad to keep all the players hungry and fresh.”

    HERE HERE. Comment of the day. That is the biggest flaw to Wengers actual management. He flogs his best players, even though he harps on about having an even squad. How many of our injuries are caused when players are playing with fatigue. Walcott is the a great example, he got injured some minutes before he did his knee and he was clearly struggling. He should have come off then and there.

    I dont think we have the defenders to rotate them properly, but we surely can rotate our mids and our strikers. We need our Gnarbrys, Sonogos and Coquelens to get us the points against the Crystal Palaces of the league.

  29. Wallace

    southernpeople

    nope, i stand by my comment. by the time he was 22/ 23 Henry was perfect. but before that i think he had to work very hard on the technical side. certainly at Monaco he was nowhere near the finished article. the strikers i mentioned earlier were all incredible athletes, maybe that partly explains why it took them longer than most to look entirely comfortable with the ball.

  30. southernpeople

    qna

    “Southern, Henry did have loads of potential when he was young. But he wasn’t a complete player, by any stretch. At France 98, you could tell he was something to get excited about. But at the same time, you couldnt say he had a great tournament when he came on. Sonogo and Campbell are at the same point now. If they become legends like Henry, some might say in hindsight that they saw it coming a mile away.”

    you misinterpreted my comment, rather you took it of context; I wasn’t saying henry was a complete player when we signed him, how could I say and argue the opposite of what said about few days ago?

    few days ago when some of our bloggers said that Ramsey has no more development to make at this age I argued that Henry showed huge development at similar age.

    But I said above was that Henry unlike other strikers mentioned above had perfect first touch and close control.

    He had all the requisite football skills but obviously developed that at Arsenal.

    “For me Sonogo looks like he comes from the school of Adebayor and Kanu. I would like to see him go out on loan to a mid table club and fast track his development, but we would need to add another striker to do that”

    I would say that Kanu was more skilful than those two.

    Wallace

    I don’t know if you know but henry was a freestyle player and famous street player so the perfect first touch, close control, dribbling and negotiating tight angles come natural to him as opposed to “developed”!

    You don’t need to be convinced by my words; just go and watch henry live to see his unbelievable first touch and control.

  31. Randy

    Fair play to sanogo – popped his cherry and will be beaming going into next season – BUT all those goals were tap ins, not even sure how deliberate the first was. He also missed a couple of absolute sitters leasing up to the first.

    Good games for chambers, Campbell and bellerin. Great to see Sanchez – especially as he played centrally!

  32. southernpeople

    “there’s no reason to let him go”

    Arsene on Campbell.

    Campbell is talented and will be useful however he looks bit lazy.

  33. Nasri's Mouth

    @Randy

    Sanogo’s 3rd was pretty clever, he had 2 or 3 defenders around him and managed to stick out a leg to score. That’s not easy. But realistically he had some easy chances

    Campbell missed a couple of chances where he really ought to have to hit the target.