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A Fresh Start – Arsenal Ready To Kick Start Their Campaign- Arsenal vs Swansea

September 8, 2011 1 comment

The 8-2 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United seems ages ago. Since then the club has added players like Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Mertsacker, Park and Santos while players like Traore and Bendtner have left the club, the latter on loan to Sunderland. You can’t help but get the feel of a fresh start and a new team to start playing from the one we witnessed in August. With departures of Cesc and Nasri and the defeats to Liverpool and Manchester United there was a sense of gloom over the club which seems to have now changed into renewed hope of a good run in the league and cup competitions. The International break couldn’t have come at a better time. The players went away for 10 days to reflect on their performances and also put behind the result at Old Trafford.

The International games also provided a few of our players to get back in form, namely Robin Van Persie who scored 4 against San Marino, Ramsey playing well for Wales the other day, Mertsacker and Yossi getting valuable match practice playing for their countries.

From the looks of it seems like Mertsacker and Mikel Arteta will have to hit the ground running in the absence of Vermaelen and Jack Wilshere. Call it poor management or bad luck we need to get behind the team now and make the (new) players feel comfortable straight away.

The break has been kind to us and all our players have returned in good fitness and no injuries/knocks as such. With 35 games still to play, the players will quickly have to get back to their best and start piling up points and get back up the table. I wouldn’t look too much into the results against Liverpool and Manchester United since those were our toughest games and the league isn’t won by beating you rivals, its won by how you play against the other 16 teams. Keep in mind Manchester United won the league a couple of seasons ago by defeating their top 4 rivals only once. So there’s still hope.

The team for the home game against Swansea should see a lot of debuts with Santos, Mertsacker and Arteta all in line for a start. We should get three points comfortably but you can never write off promoted teams at this stage of the season, remember Hull and WBA? So it will be interesting to see if we go for a win or we go out guns blazing and hoping to improve out goal difference.

I’m going for a 3-0 win to the Arsenal with Robin,Arshavin and Ramsey scoring.

Line Up Prediction:
Szczęsny
Sagna Koscielny Mert Santos
Frimpong Ramsey
Arteta
Chamberlain Arshavin
Robin Van Persie

Go Gunners!

Morning dose of Arsenal News for all you Gooners!!

July 12, 2009 3 comments

Round Up of Arsenal News!

Reports suggest that  Arsenal are closing in on Matuidi and have also lined up Ever Banega of Argentina as back up incase Matuidi decides to go elsewhere.

(I hope the reports turn out to rubbish because the last thing we need is another 21-22 year old midfielder. We certainly have a lot of players in that category already. )

In other reports the ”Not so Fan favourite”  Mikael Silvestre might be on his way out of Emirates this season with French Champions Bordeuax lining up a bid for the former Manchester United defender.

(He’s certainly dropped down the pecking order after the arrival of Thomas Vermaelen.This is one rumour all gooners would be hoping to be true. )

Another defender who might be heading towards the exit door is Senderos with Blackburn keen to sign the defender for £5m.

Also Arshavin has re-iterated his commitment to the club but has warned that the tax laws in England could lead to an exodus of star players.

(Asking for a pay hike?? …Not sure.. Anyways looking forward to have him in the champions league this season)

Real Madrid have issued a statement that they would not be pursuing Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas this season.

(Yeah, right as if we would have listened to their offer…… Buzz of Perez)

Arsenal target Brede Hangeland has been tipped to stay at his current club.

(We don’t need a defender do we?? )

Robin Van Persie has said that he rejected offers from Manchester City, Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan before signing an extension at Arsenal.

(Now that’s the way to go about it….. Van you are the Man for Arsenal…..Cheers)

Following the rejection of his proposal, Mr Usmanov cast doubt on the club’s ability to provide enough money for the team to challenge for honours

(The guy just doesn’t give up…..)

 Also check out if the tussle going on in the Arsenal boardroom is good for the club? Is it a blessing in disguise

 

HUNGRY FOR TROPHY !! 

 Arsenal players seem charged up and hungry for success this season. They are all ready to shed their “under achievers” tag and get their hands on some silverware .Seeing Manchester United players celebrate after their game against Arsenal must surely have inspired them to do something of the same sort. It would be good to see the young guns come blazing out and hungry as ever for a title. That’s exactly what Ramsey, Theo ,RVP and Almunia have in their minds. All these players in their respective interviews have come out and made clear their desire and ambition to end the trophy drought this season. Provided with some luck and no injuries the players are confident of success.

Theo to Arsenal Magazine: “It was a good learning curve for us all, but next year it is all about the trophies. Hopefully we have had the years of experience now and can bring something back for the fans. For me it was an up-and-down season – you are never really going to have a perfect one, but I am happy that my [shoulder] injury has gone so that I can come back to Arsenal and win things.”

 Each of these players was part of the team that lost the semi final of the Champions league and the FA cup and are looking to go one step further and winning this season. They have all experienced heart break at the penultimate hurdle and now know what exactly it takes to win a trophy. With very few ( rather no ) exits and 1-2 players coming in we might be in for a successful season ahead.

“Arsenal are delighted to announce….” plus Usmanov plan gunned down and an Early morning rant !..

July 9, 2009 4 comments

Good Morning gooners!

“Arsenal are delighted to announce…….”, were the words on Arsenal.com and certainly we are delighted to hear, RVP has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club till 2014.Now that’s one of the best news I have heard coming from the Emirates stadium this summer. I have been a big fan of this guy since he joined Arsenal back in 2004.I like his style of play, commitment and most of all the gorgeous free kicks. I still remember his volley against Charlton Athletic which for me was really one of the best goals of that season.I agree we don’t see the old Van Persie thunders,which go into the top corner at lightening pace, anymore but he still could have had 20 goals or more last season only to be denied by the woodwork. In an interview after signing the contract, RVP said something which every gooner would like to hear again and again and hope that other players learn from it.

Robin van Persie said: “I’m so happy to have signed a new long term contract. I’ve been at the Club for five years now and there really is a great feeling here at Arsenal. We have a top class manager, a squad full of superb young players, a world class stadium and brilliant supporters. Arsenal Football Club has a very bright future and I want to be part of it.

“My heart is with Arsenal and I just can’t picture myself in a different shirt. I just can’t see it now because I love this Club so much. If you look at the last five years, look at the steps I have made every season, if you look at the support the Boss and the whole Club gave me, the fans gave me, my team mates gave me – this is the right decision.”

Again its not that I want all the players to come out and say that just for the sake of it. I really think Van Persie meant it. This is a guy who had numerous discipline problems during his time at Feyenoord and it was purely Wenger’s faith in RVP that brought him to London. And now I feel its his way of paying back the manager’s faith and support. After seeing Henry go I had all my hopes pinned on him and really believed that he could be the  next Arsenal legend and he can still do it.He’s been plagued with injuries that have ruled him out for long periods but when fully fit we all know what he is capable of and we surely got a glimpse of it last season. Here’s a big  CHEER for RVP and hope he stays injury free in the coming years. Van you are still the Man for Arsenal.

Moving onto some more serious stuff, Arsenal’s second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov’s proposed rights issue to generate more cash was rejected by the board. It does seem like Usmanov had other interests also regarding the rights issue but seeing other clubs making rapid strides in the transfer market it might not be a bad idea to have some cash at our disposal.With AstonVilla, Everton and Manchester City all capable of upsetting the ‘Big four‘ we could have done with some cash and signed a top class player. Again I don’t have a Phd in economics and neither am I a business man to comment on the issue but I do feel that Arsene Wenger (who by the way has a degree in Economics), Gazidis ,Peter Hill Wood and other top people at the club could have worked out and refined this proposal and made it work rather than rejecting it completely.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said regarding the rights issue, “We can comfortably afford to meet the annual costs of this debt while at the same time generating surplus funds to invest in the club.”With regard to players, the board decided not to issue permanent capital in the hopes of signing one or two players in an inflated transfer market.”Instead, the focus continues to be on securing the services of talented young players we have on long-term contracts and making very selective acquisitions, only where a new signing will add real value to our already strong squad.” He went on to add ..“There is a football graveyard of clubs that have not adhered to these principles and have unfortunately suffered the consequences.”

Ok, so going by his words the board can generate surplus funds and maintain its “very-efficient” structure. I don’t see that happening because right now all we are doing is maintaining a “very efficient“ structure and not generating funds to buy players. A fact only highlighted by Arsenal not surely but most likely missing out on Melo. My argument is that if we do have funds and will buy only to add real value to our already strong squad, why have we not signed Melo yet. We all know Wenger admires the player, the club needs a strong defensive midfielder and Fiorentina are ready to listen to offers. Yet we don’t have a signing.Why is it that when it comes down to Melo or Arshavin or other top players who also attract interest from other clubs, we seem to hesitate and become vulnerable. Thomas Vermaelen was an out an out smooth deal but when it comes to top players we do seem to struggle in acquiring their signature. And I don’t mean Vermaelen is not a top player but he’s certainly not a marquee signing. Another issue I have with the board is its continued preference to sign or re-sign players on longer contracts. Off all the players who have signed a contract extension I feel only RVP’s was needed at the moment. All the others like Ramsey,Gibbs & Wilshere had 3 or more years still left. Instead of offering a pay rise to each of these on new contracts and paying them a signing fees everytime they sign a new contract, we could very well have used those resources to buy a player we need at the moment. Also rejecting the proposal adds more pressure on AW to show results since the board would not want to be in a situation where it is ridiculed for not having accepted the proposal and used the cash.I have no doubts about AW’s or the board’s intentions but I do feel the focus is more on the future and not the present. I hope I am proved wrong and the club does take steps to ensure we win a trophy this year. I think I have shared my views and let my feelings out on this topic which makes me feel better.

I’ll keep you posted with the latest happenings at Arsenal… Have a nice day.

Cheers!