Why signing Victor Wanyama would release the shackles on Santi and Wilshere

Is Wanyama the beast of a DM we so desperately need?

Is Wanyama the beast of a DM we so desperately need?

 Much has been made of Arsenal’s midfield with the arrival of Santi Cazorla and return of Jack Wilshere. On Paper, Arsenal ideally have the strongest midfield in the league, but that hasn’t been the case on the pitch.

 

The preferred combination in the middle of the park consists of the supremely talented trio of Wilshere, Cazorla and Arteta who, on paper, all possess the ability to outplay any team short of Barcelona. That has not been the case and has been, in my opinion, the foremost cause for Arsenal’s poor campaign so far. This is primarily because of the deeper, defensive midfield position.

Since the departure of Mathieu Flamini, Arsenal have never had a player whose sole purpose in the team is to protect the back four, break up play using brute strength and sheer intimidation, and generally bully the opposition players. Alex song was groomed for the role, but as soon as he made his first successful through ball and realized he could attack, he never looked back. For all his assists, Song left Arsenal extremely vulnerable to the counter attack during his forward surges; and punished we were. Severally in fact.

Then came Mikel Arteta. I must say he performed this role very well last season but people seem to forget that he is an attacking midfielder and has been all his life. It is commendable that he did so well last term but eventually this move was always going to backfire for a couple of reasons.

First and fore most, Arteta’s game is all in the mind and not the body. He is a footballer first and an athlete second. This means that his greatest assets are his ability to read the game and his passing abilities, and while these are fantastic attributes to have, they may not work completely for a defensive midfielder; especially in a league as physical and as fast paced as the EPL.

Secondly, Arteta is a very slow player and doesn’t have the pace to chase down players when he loses possession; nor does he have the muscle to hold on to the ball when he has it. This has resonated this season, as Arteta has struggled against teams who press hard and use brute force at a high tempo.

This has had a domino effect because as a result we lose possession very easily. It means that Wilshere and Cazorla along with our wide players have to track back and help out as we are constantly under siege.

Ultimately, this then curbs our attacking play and our strikers end up with little to no service, which means Arsenal are now unable to control games like we are used to do.

Which brings me to Victor Wanyama. This 21 year old Kenyan midfielder plays for Celtic as a midfield destroyer. He is a man mountain in the mould of Michael Essien, with good pace and a Wilshere-esque type of work rate and heart. He was signed from Beerschot for £600,000 in 2011 but Neil Lennon now values him at around £15M: such has been his impact!

This season he has been a revelation in the Celtic midfield; propelling them past Barca to the champions league knock out stages. Wanyama can best be compared to Micheal Essien in terms of physique and style of play. He is adept in the tackle and can bully even the toughest players in the EPL. His versatility means that he can play at the centre of defence, or even at right back. He is also a technical player who can pass his way out of any situation, and can produce sublime long passes.

He is also oddly quite the proficient goal scorer with 6 goals so far this season; one against Barcelona. This is because he has excellent aerial ability and has quite a shot on him. Every time you watch Celtic play, it is difficult not to notice him due to his dominance in the midfield.

As far as Arsenal goes, this is just what the doctor prescribed. He would be the missing link that releases the creative shackles on Santi and Wilshere, allowing them to do what they do best: unlock defences.

Signing Wanyama would be a master stroke for Wenger as he would slot seamlessly into the EPL, and very few players have his kind of physique, if any. He has the determination and work ethic to hassle down and tirelessly dispossess opponents; all the while committing only a few fouls. He would also increase our aerial threat during set pieces.

Best of all, at £15M, he’d be signing a player who would make an instant impact, yet still have room for improvement; Wanyama being 21 years old.

We would have to fend off interest from Fergie and act fast, but it would be well worth it!

Watch him here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2KJWzV8T5Q

Written by: Marcus.

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154 Responses to Why signing Victor Wanyama would release the shackles on Santi and Wilshere

  1. TotalArsenal says:

    TG :)

    I have copied your last comment in our previous post:

    I’ve forgotten to mention this transfer rumour before since I don’t think Fiorentina will sell, but we’ve been linked to Stevan Jovetic, a second striker type who can carry a team on his own. He’s drawn comparisons to greats like Baggio and our very own, DB10 for his complete all-around game. He can create chances, finish, embarrass opponents on the dribble, has spine/backbone/guts, good pace, decent aerial ability, great on-field awareness and a sublime first touch. He’d likely cost £20-25 million, but to be able to acquire a player of his talent (can eventually blossom to a world-class level) at a marquee position at the tender age of 23 would be remarkable. Not trying to get your hopes up, so take the rumour with a grain of salt!
    Enjoy

  2. The Gooner says:

    Marcus,

    Excellent debut article on BK mate! I hope that you will continue to write articles for BK :).

    I loved what I have seen from Wanyama in the CL this year, but I’m glad you are able to confirm that those performances were not simply one offs or built-up motivational efforts (since I do not watch the SPL). You’re absolutely correct that the addition of a true DM like Wanyama would release Santi, Jack and our wingers as they’d all be more confident in creating further up field than immediately having to track back because of a lack of defensive coverage. Not only would it be beneficial for our attacking players, but I believe it would also give our full backs and Vermaelen more confidence in pushing forward. With that said, I am hopeful that our players would still be cognizant of their defensive responsibilities and now allow the onus to completely fall on Wanyama and the back four (a complete extreme situation but you never know!).

    I am hoping that Neil Lennon’s asking price of £25 million for Wanyama is just an arbitrary figure he has spewed out in the media in hopes of detracting potential suitors. I’d be much more comfortable if Arsenal were able to buy the promising beast of a DM for £15 million. For me, I just cannot justify Arsenal spending £25 million at a position that I do not rate as a premium one (despite how happy I’d be to acquire a young, beastly DM).

    The only other reservation I hold in regards to pursuing Wanyama is his adoration for Manure since they were his boyhood club. SAF apparently made a personal check in to Wanyama this past week and has made his intentions to sign him rather public. Fingers crossed that we’d be able to steal a Manure target, as it’d go a long way in showing clubs around the world that we can compete with anyone in the transfer market!

  3. TotalArsenal says:

    Marcus :)

    Thanks for a fantastic maiden post for Bergkampesque and I totally agree with you on the need for a strong, disciplined DM in order to get our midfield working properly.

    I think you description of Arteta’s role in midfield is spot on, although you are a bit harsh on his ability to hold onto the ball and his pace. Mikel is a fine player who indeed uses his intelligence and spacial awareness really well, but he does miss those physical attributes of winning many one to ones, on the ground and in the air.

    You are also spot on in saying that a stronger, more physical DM would allow Santi and Jack to play higher up the pitch a lot during games, and what a difference this would make.

    I love what I see and read about Wanyama: my only worry would be his experience/ability to read the game. A question to you Marcus: Is Wanyama significantly better than Coquelin?

  4. The Gooner says:

    TA, wait until you watch that clip of Jovetic game! He can just about do it all. I’ve loved him ever since I found out about him 2 years ago and boy is he amazing. In fact, I should have mentioned him as a more cost-effective, potential DB10 replacement to Richie’s response to my Invincibles article!

  5. The Gooner says:

    earlier comment should read not allow the onus*

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    Going to watch it now, TG. Is it not deep into midnight in your neck of the woods? :)

  7. The Gooner says:

    TA, very deep into midnight but such is the life in consulting…unfortunately there’s a huge merger that I’m working on right now and I won’t be getting much sleep over the next few weeks :(.

  8. The Gooner says:

    Or perhaps it is just my commitment to you blog!

  9. TotalArsenal says:

    You are a committed man and good luck with the merger: something has to pay for long skiing holidays after all! ;)

    Thanks for the video. It is a good one as it gives a clear picture of what sort of a player he is. Jovetic reminds me a lot of Fabregas, and how I miss the Spanish maestro still.

  10. TotalArsenal says:

    Marcus, the video is strong evidence of his strength, vision and passing ability. Thanks for adding it to your post.

  11. oz gunner says:

    Fantastic debut Marcus. He is definitely the sort of DM we need! Personally the romantic in me would love it to be Frimpong or Coquelin, but if Arsene doesn’t rate them it’d definitely be him. Cheers for your insight because like TG I don’t see much of him either. A good mate of mine from Scotland (massive Celtic fan) absolutely loves him, to the point where his pants are almost down

  12. oz gunner says:

    Jovetic reminds me a lot of Rosicky in terms of attack. Always forward forward forward. Love to see him at Arsenal. I also think it’s a position Ox could grow in to. Speed and a great shot

  13. marcus says:

    thanks TA, TG and oz
    expect more articles people. And i would love jovetic. He looks to me like a new van persie. Young skillful second striker who arsene could turn into a world beater.

  14. oz gunner says:

    Here’s another compilation

  15. marcus says:

    TA on your question, at face value i’d say yes. I mean he is bigger, a better tackler, faster and all in all a more imposing presence, plus like i said he scores goals. I do understand your reservations though as he’s only 21 and a switch to the EPL could go either way. Also he would need to learn the art of reading the game, but who better to learn from than mikel?

  16. TotalArsenal says:

    All good points, Marcus. The video you posted is some strong evidence!

  17. marcus says:

    OZ, I think i’m sold. I vote Jovetic. I mean we already have a big strong CF in Giroud, a fast not-so-skilled but ruthless finisher in Theo so a supremely skilled striker would fit right in.

  18. VCC says:

    Marcus…..That’s a mighty fine debut article on this site. With articles like that, I hope its the first of many on BK.

    Wanyama seemed to relish his position as captain against Inter, and at 21, that’s a commendable attribute. I was impressed with his pace over the first ten yards, a huge bonus as in the premiership its a vital commodity.

    I must say Oz has stolen my thunder, as the romantic in me would like to see Frimpong fill the mid field beast roll. But if its not to be, then Wanyama could be our answer to the beast of the Emirates.

  19. marcus says:

    thanks VCC..

  20. marcus says:

    And what about a left back? I mean you do realize that if gibbo got crocked we’d have to rely on santos? Now, i’m not saying i hate santos but i’d rather (in that eventuality) wenger left that position vacant and we played with 10 men.

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    Interesting views re Jovetic. Having watched the video, I feel he plays like an attacking midfielder and is not a natural CF. But then he scores a lot of goals and is also quite tall. He seems to have a lot of drive and running in him, but his passes were sometimes not measured enough. At 23 years of age, ideal for Arsenal but where would he play, and who would move to the bench?

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    Marcus, good point about the left back position. I reckon, Arsene will cover it through your favourite Brazilian and/or TV, or Miguel or Meade. I don’t think he will buy a quality player as Gibbs will be our main man there for years to come (hoping he will stay fit though… ).

  23. Red Arse says:

    Good Morning you lovely Jelly Beans!! :-)

  24. TotalArsenal says:

    Morning Red Riding Hood! :)

  25. Red Arse says:

    Marcus, :-)

    That was an extremely good debut Post, and your knowledge of Wanyama is clear to all.

    It is extraordinary that BK has tapped into such a pool of talented Post writers in such a short space of time. Welcome to TA’s stable of wonderful authors! :D

  26. VCC says:

    Marcus, the left back situation is a position that not many blogsters disagree with me on.

    Whilst a agree that Gibbs is a fine attacking player, he lacks defensive qualities, and is an atrocious crosser of a ball. Together with him being made of glass I find him a big worry.

    Having said all that about Gibbs, since his latest return from injury he has made me eat my hat, of which I’m more than pleased to do, if it turns him into a top class full back. The jury is still out for me.

  27. VCC says:

    Marcus, sorry that should read not many blogsters agree with me. DOH.

  28. Red Arse says:

    Hi TA, :-)

    Would it be possible to find room to show the Post Writers names somewhere on the margins of the site?

    What fascinates me, particularly, is not just the overall quality of the Posts, but each author has such a distinctive style.

    When is VCC going to pop his cherry? :-)

  29. VCC says:

    Morning Red Arse, where have you been you old scallywag. We’ve missed you.

    Here’s hoping your in good health this fine Friday morning and looking forward to the mighty Arse to beat Brighton and enter the next round of the FA Cup.

  30. VCC says:

    Red Arse, I was working on an article about Arsene Wenger in the early days of BK, but was pipped at the post by some one.

    My knowledge of the English language is not up to the standard here on BK.

    But I can do story about “The cat sat on the mat” . Trouble is, being a kiddies story, it would only appeal to GLiC. ;-)

  31. TotalArsenal says:

    Red Arse, good morning oh mighty 21st century polymath! :P

    Good ideas: widget will be done and VCC should indeed pop his zimmered cherry! :)

  32. TotalArsenal says:

    VCC, you totally underestimate your command of English: please let it not be the reason for not writing a post. You have a vivid memory of all the games you went to, and it would be great if you could write someting like ‘My five best Arsenal live experiences in ….. years of supporting the Gunners’.

  33. JM says:

    Questions …. questions ….. 1 week of transfer window remaining …..

    (Signing Exhibit A): (DM/CB/CM) player focus

    (1) Victor Wanyama(Celtic) ??
    1.88m, 21yrs old, Kenyan international, cup-tied for CL.

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/victor-wanyama/profil/spieler_77760.html

    (2) Etienne Capoue(Toulouse) ??
    1.89m, 24yrs old, French international, not cup-tied for CL.

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/tienne-capoue/profil/spieler_63494.html

    http://www.whoscored.com/Players/33590/Show/Etienne-Capoue

    http://www.whoscored.com/Blog/jz8d1h3mh0-f-kzxlmawjg/Show

    (3) Maxime Gonalons(Lyon) ??
    1.87m, 23yrs old, French international & captain of Lyon, not cup-tied for CL.

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/maxime-gonalons/profil/spieler_60542.html

    http://www.whoscored.com/Players/79560/

    http://www.whoscored.com/Blog/as5ihzmgtekk9dgomqzupg/Show/Team-Focus-Lyons-Midfield-Changes

    Signing Exhibit B: (SS/LW/RW/CF) player focus

    (1) Stevan Jovetic(Fiorentina)
    1.83m, 23yrs old, Montenegrin international, not cup-tied for CL

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/stevan-jovetic/profil/spieler_46104.html

    http://www.whoscored.com/Players/29072

    (2) Andre Schurrle(Bayer Leverkusen)
    1.84m, 22yrs old, German international, not cup-tied for CL

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/andre-schuerrle/profil/spieler_58205.html

    http://www.whoscored.com/Players/77461

    (3) Erik Lamela(Roma)
    1.84m, 20yrs old, Argentinian international(with Spanish passport), not cup-tied for CL

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/rik-lamela/profil/spieler_111630.html

    http://www.whoscored.com/Players/75830/Show/Erik-Lamela

  34. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi JM :)

    Do you have a job as a researcher? Impressive facts gathering as always. Many thanks.

  35. TotalArsenal says:

    Some Bergkampesque weblog facts for you:

    The blog started mid September and we have just passed the 200,000 views mark. That is on average 50,000 views per month. However, in January alone the blog has had 92,000 views and it is all progressing rapidly. We are also close to 10,000 comments, with just under 500 to go. We have issued 133 posts since the blog started.

    Many thanks to all the regulars and occasional bloggers, and also those who read but do not comment. And a special thank you to VCC for running the fantastic UMF league, and of course the fellow writers: Red Arse, Oz Gunner, The Gooner, Richie, and now Marcus. :)

  36. TotalArsenal says:

    Out shopping for a while. catch you later. :)

  37. VCC says:

    Cheers Total…I feel honoured and proud to be part of such a fantastic site that supports the love of my Life.

    And to be mentioned along with such great bloggers as BK have. We have a fine community here, long may it last.

    The ONLY club that has “THE” before its name.

    The Arsenal, how good does that look.

  38. Red Arse says:

    Hi JM, :-)

    You are brilliant! Your detailed data on so many things is astounding.

    That is a great way to display the list of possible transfer targets, and give some important personal information.

    The only problem is that it makes me want them all!! :D

  39. Red Arse says:

    VCC, my good friend, :-)

    Blogging is not about grammar and such, it’s your footballing take that is important.

    Anyway, the way it usually works is that any grammatical errors or typos made by a writer are spotted by TA, and corrected. Simples!! :-)

  40. Red Arse says:

    TA,

    They are such impressive statistics, that neither of us could have imagined that back in September — well I did!!!! :P

  41. Macko says:

    Hello, I am a relentless supporter(support) of Arsenal but me reports me that has every time we have to discuss for a player face M.U, Chelsea? Mcity the same QPR or Newcastle we are incappable to compete then it a lack of means or other pressure is a strategie or than have him(it) do not know personnelement I ask questions!!!!!!!
    Anyway we need some new blood otherwise one will arrive there not even with a magician as Arsene Wenger!!!!

  42. marcus says:

    Thanks Red arse, I appreciate the support.

  43. marcus says:

    VCC
    That’s true. Thing is he’s still young and is showing that he is going to fulfill his potential, if his performances are anything to go by.

  44. JM says:

    @TotalArsenal (January 25, 2013 09:47) & Red Arse (January 25, 2013 10:19):

    Thanks. Maybe a football scout is more appropriate than a researcher, though I am neither of these professions.

    The obstacle in getting Wanyama is that Celtic is still in the CL as so far, no CL team has released/sold or reluctant to sell players to other teams that are their direct competitors still playing in the CL. (Case of point: David Villa to us = no go from Barcelona). And Celtic has not recruited any new signings for the defensive midfield (although they have Wanyama, Brown, Kayal & Ledley to rotate). They only signed Tomic(AM), and even refused Norwich’s bid for their main forward Gary Hooper.

    The obstacles in getting Gonalons are: He is their captain and Lyon are fighting with PSG and Marseille for the Ligue 1 title this season. Lyon has a relative young 1st team (of average 24.7 years). They have Gonalons, Fofana, Ferri and Kone who play DM while Grenier, Malbranque & Mvuemba ply in CM. Reveillere(RB), Bastos(LW) and Lopez(CF) are linked with moves away to QPR, Schalke and Juventus respectively. Nevertheless, Gonalons is not cup-tied to CL and we could do with a good bid to acquire his services.

    The obstacles in getting Capoue are: Toulouse just sold their other DM, Sissoko to Newcastle and Capoue is their most marketable player. Nevertheless, Capoue is also not cup-tied to CL and Toulouse are lying in mid-table in Ligue 1 with little chance of challenging for the title. We could do with a good bid to acquire his services as well, possibly sending 1 or 2 of our reserve players to them for loan or part of a player exchange. (Maybe even exchange Squillaci and Diaby with some transfer fees for Capoue ??)

    On the second part, if we could look and bid for Jovetic, we could well be bidding for Schurrle as well. They are equally talented players who can play across the attack in different roles (main forward, support forward or winger).

    Fiorentina has bought a few attacking players: Rossi, Larrondo(on loan with option to buy) and rumoured Wolfski is also joining soon. They also have El Hamdaoui in their books so there could be a possibility that Jovetic could be signed with a right price, though the price would be at least if not more than £20million. Fiorentina are 5th in the Serie A and 12 pts away from Juventus who are at top.

    Likewise for Bayer Leverkusen, having also signed an attacker in Milik. They have also Kießling, Fernandes, Bellarabi, Sam as their alternative forwards/wingers. There is also a possibility for Schurrle at a right price (also at least if not more than £20million). Leverkusen are 2nd in the Bundesliga but 9 pts from Munich and 3 pts in front of Dortmund. (We might also take a close look @ their other prized player – Lars Bender – at the same time)

  45. nehal says:

    so who’s better…victor wanyama or mohammed diame? one cost 15 mil and the other 3.5 …

  46. henrychan says:

    Good post Marcus..
    But l don’t thlnk that Wenger wlll buy a 20 M guys.. Not Wanyama or Jovetc.. No matter how good they are.
    Wenger would never sold RvP and Song for about 40M just to buy another 40M both players..
    Dlame.. Gourcuff and Cuenca wlll be great..

  47. TotalArsenal says:

    VCC, that is right: THE Arsenal, and nothing else! :)

    Thanks RA, your initial as well as continuous support has been priceless! :)

    Macko, I can feel your pain. Arsenal are shrewd negotiators and are likely to wait till the end to do its business. We don’t know Arsene’s targets and what the club’s strategy is to get who they want and for which price. We can only really judge the TW business after the TW is closed. However, it is frustrating that nothing has happened yet!

    JM, I am intrigued what you actually do for a living!

    I like what I read and saw of Capoue and yes your proposal could work out! :)

  48. TotalArsenal says:

    Good question Nehal, and valid point to compare what we would have to pay for either of them.

    Hey Henry, you could be wrong there. It looks like Arsene has start to spend more on players this season, and he cannot expect to buy super-Quality for next to nothing….

  49. Red Arse says:

    TA,

    I am being lazy and have copied a comment I left on the other site, which shows how fans’ expectations and resultant disappoint is manipulated by some stupid sites!!

    Here is another bit of that Arsene interview, just to bring a little reality to the ridiculous speculation we see on some blogsites.

    — “Wenger stressed [Arsenal have not lodged any formal offers for their reported targets].

    He said: “We have been linked with David Villa, (like Chelsea), but there’s nothing concrete there. We are not on the case.”

    On Hummels, the Gunners boss said: “No, I can’t imagine Dortmund selling their defenders in the middle of the season anyway and we have not made any approach there.”

    Diame yesterday stressed he was happy at Upton Park, having only moved there from Wigan in the summer.

    Wenger said: “We cannot come out with the names we are on. We have not approached West Ham on that.”

    Perhaps disappointing for some, but better than being led to believe there is a possibility of signing players and then being wrongly cross with ‘mean’ Wenger when we don’t.

  50. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks RA,

    I read nothing regarding transfers unless it is a comformation of a signing on BBC or Arsenal.com. It is an utter waste of time in my view and likely to leave us disappointed and irritated.

    You are right in saying that Arsene should remain honest and clear, but that does not sell in the end, and journalists who are horny for hits will never stop twisting words and make self-serving intrepretations. A week to go and then the whole thing is over again:thank god! :)

  51. TotalArsenal says:

    Marcus,

    You’ll be happy to know that Arsenal.com/Media Watch have picked your post as one of their daily three selections. It is another proof of your fine writing skills. Bergkampesque has only twice before been picked by Arsenal.com! :)

    See:

    http://www.arsenal.com/media-watch

    Top stuff!

  52. GoonerB says:

    A very enjoyable article Marcus. If Utd are in for Wanyama and he is a Utd fan then we have had it. They probably don’t even need him til the end of the season either, which would suit Celtic and maybe even Wanyama himself. They have probably struck a deal already for the summer but we can still hope. I think I would actually be quite happy with Diame and get the feeling he will probably be happier to rotate amongst our other midfielders than Wanyama would. He is already EPL ready is big with reasonable technical skills. It is an interesting question as to who is better out of him and Wanyama.

    i have seen some of Jovetic before and does look a quality player. Adding up our regular front 3 players I came up with 5 being, Giroud, Walcott, podolski, Ox, and Gervinho. I believe we could even move Santi into one of the front wider roles if we wanted to. That is before taking into account the emerging youngsters such as Gnabry. I can’t see the numbers adding up unless we are releasing at least one of the above. The only one I could see this happen with would be Gervinho but he is still not yet 2 years into his time with us and AW does not like to dispose of a player so quickly even if it does mean getting a better option in. SAF tends to let recent acquisitions go quickly (e.g 1 year later) if he feels they are not as good as initially thought or a better option comes up on the transfer market. He seemed to do this with Obertan. Unless someone can tell me different, I can’t remember a time when Arsene released a player within 2 years of arriving so I doubt that he will go for Jovetic because of the numbers he has already, but you never know, maybe there will be a change in approach. I also thought that Jovetic had a slightly suspect injury record but am not sure.

    It doesn’t look like it will happen but I liked the idea of David Villa. A striker that doesn’t require any maturing or polishing off and of an age where he won’t block emerging players indefinitely.

    TA if you took one of my average comments and broke it down into different sections you could probably get 200 right there. That would mean I would only need to comment twice more to take you soaring past the final 500…

  53. TotalArsenal says:

    Aah GoonerB, we might measure in quantity, but quality is all that matters! :)

    I read your comments here and on AA always with a smile on my face: a) because I agree with a lot that you say and b) you are a positive and tactful kind a guy. In times like these, we need beacons like you to spread a bit of light over a sea full of gossip and discontent! :)

  54. TotalArsenal says:

    GoonerB, you are right that Arsene is more patient with players but I reckon he let Lassana Diarra go very quickly. It is fair to say he hangs on to players too long sometimes, and this could prevent our funds from being used efficiently and effectively….

  55. Sometimes I more agree with Arsene Wenger than all those that carry on analysis of the arsenal squad..If I look back at home and away games against ManCity and Chelsea respectively I see Arsenal is a complete team in all angles..Why did ManCity never scored in second half with us a man short..why did Chelsea were dominated in second half? I think Wenger is right when he says “solution should come from within and not outside”…the problem with our team is the lack of self belief at the beginning of the game…this is the area Arsene and his technical staffs need to really work on…I was so surprised the second halves performances against ManCity n Chelsea and Westham as well. Arsenal current squad is complete all it needs is self confidence, determination, focus and endurance

  56. Red Arse says:

    GoonerB,

    I used to be ‘the wordy git’ on AA, but once I realised from comments made to me that many other bloggers did not have a clue what I was writing about, I toned it down, and am happy that you have picked up the baton! :-)

    May I suggest, as I have to many before you, that it would make it easier on the eye if you could put a few more paragraph breaks into your tomes? :-)

    Incidentally, I did suggest once that comments should be judged not on their length but on their weight! Seriously!

    Did you know that the electronic particles that are generated by the words that are produced on a blog do actually have a weight that can be calculated?
    This means that your computer or laptop weighs more after (say) a couple of years of blogging, than it did when it was new and unused!

    I will refrain from explaining the whys and wherefores — just saying!! :D

  57. VCC says:

    GoonerB, you raise a valid point regarding Diame.

    At a reported fee of £3.5 million, he may be the best bet as you quite rightly say ” He will probably be happier to rotate amongst our other midfielders”

    I did not view it like that, but now thinking about it, it makes sense, and might just work.

    We have after all a fragile Diaby ( currently injured), an ageing Arteta ( currently injured), an inexperienced Coquelin ( currently injured) and Frimpong (lacking experience)

  58. The Gooner says:

    @ VCC 10:12, when did this site suddenly decide to support your zimmer haha?

    TA, we are all honoured to be a part of your fantastic site and as VCC (Spock) said, long may it last and prosper!

    JM, Bastos was actually linked to Brazil too, since at 29 years of age, he’s looking to eventually play and retire in his homeland. Alain Casanova, manager of Toulouse, has claimed that Capoue is the best player they have EVER had. With such a high reputation within the club, I would not be surprised if they are currently seeking more than the rumoured £10 million that the tabloids are reporting.

    Another interesting target to add to your list is Younes Belhanda of Montpellier, since Rene Girard is apparently encouraging other clubs to bid for him. He is familiar with playing with Giroud from their successful capture of the Ligue 1 title last year, has the pace, dribbling and versatility to play on the wing and his reported cost is only around £12-15 million. However, his temper has been well publicized by the media and we have been linked to better players who imo are more capable of finishing and seamlessly transitioning into Arsenal’s style of play (Cuenca, Villa, Jovetic etc.).

  59. Red Arse says:

    TG,

    AW also said in today’s interview (he was cross about the speculation linking players with Arsenal) that he had made no offers for Diame, Villa (he was not on the case) or Wanyama, and that you could rule out ALL French players as he was not intending to bid for any of them.

    He also said we have two players for every position and that should be enough — I think he is trying to break the news, to the fans, that there will not be any signings this month!

  60. VCC says:

    Hi The Gooner, that was a short sleep.

    My Zimmer needs supporting somehow.

    I love your descriptions on available players. I know it infuriates some, but hey, it makes the world go round.

    As a long term Arsenal supporter, I know we will not spend big, but it tickles your fancy, and sometimes its nice to fantasise. Just ask GLiC. Being such an ugly muvver he has too.

    I’ve seen his mirror, its got a photo of me, and he thinks its his reflection, but don’t tell him, he will be so upset thinking all this time he is one handsome f—–. ;-)

  61. GoonerB says:

    HaHaHa RA

    new paragraph

    I haven’t picked up my lightweight laptop since I started blogging with you.

    new paragraph

    Just tried it now and I have given myself 2 hernias.

    new paragraph

    Is this a better layout?

    new paragraph

  62. VCC says:

    Gooner B……

    after Redders revelations about laptops being made heavy with extra fonts,

    I must say….

    .I will have to block you I’m afraid…….

    ..
    .You are the weekest link ….Good bye.

    ;-)
    :-)

  63. Red Arse says:

    GB,

    That’s fine! :D

    Of course with one of your super dooper monster comments the screen will take a month to read. Better go back to your normal deal!! :-)

  64. The Gooner says:

    RA,

    I read the script of that interview this morning and believe AW is just tempering with the expectations of fans in case he does not sign anyone. To be perfectly clear, I think he will sign one player before the TW closes. There isn’t two quality players at each position, notably CB, LB (unless he plans on promoting Miquel and Meade) and RW/ST depending where Theo plays. Here’s to hoping something happens since everyone around us in reinforcing their squads with additions, and we could drop further in the table if we’re not careful!

  65. GoonerB says:

    OOhh stop it with your Anne Robinson impressions VCC. You don’t realisise what they do to me.

  66. JM says:

    Tottenham are looking @ Diame currently as replacement for Sandro(who is out for the season and they could not get Holtby earlier in this window). 50% chance of them signing him from West Ham.

    @The Gooner (January 25, 2013 15:22)
    Bastos was scheduled for a medical sometime late this week or early next week @Schalke.

    Even Barcelona was rebuked by Toulouse previously when they tried to sign Capoue. Toulouse would not want to lose another DM after Sissoko and even if they do, they will need to recruit 1 or 2 player as replacement before letting Capoue go.

    As such, we could turn to Lyon and their captain, Gonalons. Lyon has (currently) 4 players linked with moves away (Reveillere to QPR; Gourcuff to A.Madrid & us; Bastos to Schalke; Lisandro Lopez to Juventus). They already sold off Lloris, Kallstrom & Cissokho in the summer. Cris went on a free transfer to Galatasaray earlier in this transfer window.

    Belhanda is put on the display window – with rumoured suitors from Fenerbahce, Inter Milan, Tottenham and us (in this order of likelihood for a move to).

    @Red Arse (January 25, 2013 15:36),

    That does not include the club making bids on non-French players playing in the La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A.

    Chief Scout Steve Rowley was/is in Germany in order to expand our club’s German scouting network (where we recruited Eisfeld, Gnabry, Mertesacker & Podolski in recent times). We could be well be scouting on Schurrle, the Bender brothers, some player from E.Frankfurt (e.g. Sebastien Jung etc) and also a few Japanese players playing over there.

    Quote from AW earlier
    {“The competition is high on the scouting front. The country where we were really, really competitive was France. They produce less players than they did 10, 15 years ago at top, top, top level in France,”
    “The emerging countries that are producing players look to be Germany and Spain and they have many good young players. They have taken over.”

    “We are trying to diversify much more where we are looking. In England you are a bit limited.

    “I find that a new market that is very interesting and very competitive is the Japanese market. Look at the number of Japanese players who play now in Germany for example.”}

  67. Red Arse says:

    TG,

    He seemed a bit irritated, and, as you say, gave the impression that he would sign a player ‘if he could find him’, but I think he is becoming frustrated, because if he does not succeed in buying at least one, I think he knows how the fans are likely to react.

  68. VCC says:

    The Gooner.

    A hypothetical question, just a silly one.

    As you are well read with European footballers, If you could make ONE purchase for the Arsenal.

    Who would it be, and why?

  69. Red Arse says:

    GoonerB,

    @ 15:53 – I think we do know — the lid of Glic’s laptop keeps going up every time VCC mentions him, so you are not alone!! :D

  70. TotalArsenal says:

    MGM, good to see somebody who believes the squad does not need strengthening. I don’t agree with you, but you might have a point. If Wenger only had all the time in the world to allow players to grow into their positions. But the pressure is too high for that, and we currently have a large gap in our deepest midfielder position, as per Marcus’ post today.

  71. Red Arse says:

    JM,

    I agree with you.

  72. VCC says:

    GoonerB, what about Nigella Lawson? Does she tighten your groin?

  73. The Gooner says:

    VCC,

    It was a short sleep indeed my friend. Unfortunately, it comes with the job description as I was scheduled to meet with some of the partners involved at 8:30 this morning, but the 4 months off a year are where I catch up on sleep!

    To answer your question properly, does this said player have to of been linked to Arsenal or simply any player in the world? I assume you meant any realistic target, but I did not want to be on the end of some prank where I’m the laughing stock of the web because I did not say Messi :) hahaha

  74. JM says:

    @ Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium last month, the latest instalment of football’s newest and most exclusive event …..

    ” Inside the secret transfer network of Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea…”

    http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/fourfourtwoview/archive/2013/01/25/inside-the-secret-transfer-network-of-arsenal-man-city-liverpool-chelsea.aspx

    Looking at our club’s lack of transfer activities (other than loaning out Djourou and Chamakh) this Jan., it would seem we are done with our work. (barring any new happenings in the last 7 days of the transfer window)

  75. The Gooner says:

    JM, the latest news reports that Schalke have indeed not made a bid yet for Bastos and it was purely speculation by the media. Capoue is a better option as a DM than Gonalons, though I do respect Gonalons’ skill from what I’ve seen of him at Lyon.

  76. VCC says:

    VCC…..selections for the UMF1 =

    Odds are 4-1

    Oldham v Liverpool………away win
    Macclesfield v Wigan……away win
    Brighton v The Arsenal.. away win
    Brentford v Chelsea……..away win
    Man U v Fulham…………..home win

  77. VCC says:

    The Gooner.

    Sorry Amigo, I meant realistic choice.

  78. VCC says:

    TheGooner 16:12……..you wouldn’t be the laughing stock of the web world because GLiC already is. ;-)

  79. GoonerB says:

    VCC. Nigella tightens it, twists it and stirs it up into a frenzy.

  80. VCC says:

    GoonerB…….Me too buddy….;-)

  81. Macko says:

    Openly(Frankly) when I see our bench remplacants j we am ashamed have nobody has to put sharp, the same goes for lateraux, then I does not know if it is the tactics to make play the compet match to the player as Swansea has but a match everything three days more the league of the champion which arrives or it makes the youngest come which are has my eyes talented trés trés or it achete because we saw with Jack Wilshere what ca gave to pull(fire) joeur to has the rope!!!!!!! I think that top we are going to have concerns(marigolds) ……

  82. MERTESACKER SUCKS says:

    My Next Season Dream:::

    Starters:
    Caesar
    Jenkinson Hummels Vermaelen Gibbs
    Wanyama
    Wilshire Chamberlain
    Carzorla
    Walcott Cavani

    Main Subs:
    Gervinho-Giroud- Podolski- Arteta- Diaby- Koscielny-Meade-Szczcesny

    Next Up:
    Miyaichi-Campbell-Ramsey-Frimpong- Coquelin-Djourou-Santos-Mannone

    Sold:
    Squillaci-Mertesacker-Sagna-Arshavin-Chamakh-Rosicky- Denilson- Bendnter-Park

  83. GoonerB says:

    Hilarious TA. Never seen that before. I wasn’t sure whether I should laugh or get tight and twisty and in a frenzy.

  84. VCC says:

    TA 16:25……..And you wouldn’t let me put a tricky Vicky vid up………you little tinker….:-0

  85. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Macko, best is to comment in French and we’ll try to translate it for you, cause your last comment truly got lost in translation! :)

    GoonerB, whatever tickles your fanzy! :P

  86. TotalArsenal says:

    hahaha VCC, you got me there! :)

  87. TotalArsenal says:

    Mertesacker :)

    Hummels, Wanyama and Cavani?! Wake up buddy! 8-)

  88. VCC says:

    Still waiting for 5 entries into the UMF1 =

    Rocky
    Oz
    Herb
    TMHT
    Alex

  89. The Gooner says:

    VCC,

    In an ideal world, my first choice would be Jesus Navas minus the homesickness and anxiety when traveling. For me, he displays all the qualities of a world-class orthodox winger and would fit seamlessly into the tiki taka Arsenal style of play. Anytime one of the top 50 players in the world is available at a discount due to their teams’ financial situation, it is surely an opportunity that any team should try and take advantage of. However, given his condition, desire to remain in Spain and strong commitment to Sevilla, he could also be considered an “unrealistic” target.

    If I said anyone other than Isco, Glic would never speak to me again hahaha. I’m consistently torn between wanting a beast of a DM and another creative outlet on the wing. However, if we were to buy ONE player at a price of £20 million or less, it would have to be Isco. I rate Strikers and CAMs who are versatile and talented enough to play anywhere well above any other position. These are two premium positions that can truly impact the outcome of a game for Arsenal, since we are a side that focuses on beautiful, free flowing football (aka tons of passing and goals). I believe Arsenal could acquire a beast of a DM for much cheaper or the solution may be a home grown talent (ie Coquelin or Frimpong). Isco is only 20 years old, yet is capable of carrying a team on his own and has already merited consideration in the senior Spanish National team (THE best in the world). His ability to take over a game through his on-field awareness, scoring, passing, pace, dribbling etc. is phenomenal and he reminds me of Jack with better offensive instincts. He’s also shown that he can produce on the biggest stage (CL) with 2 goals and 2 assists in 4 games, with 4.8 successful dribbles per game and 2.5 key passes per game. Can you imagine the young core we’d be building with Isco, Jack, Ox, Theo, Gibbs, Jenks and Szczes? Jack and Isco are both 20, yet are mature beyond there years and together would be able to bring Arsenal back to their former glory.

    To answer your question, Isco is my choice without question. Of all the players I’ve been given game film of or seen play matches, no one can compare. Who would your choice VCC?

  90. The Gooner says:

    The other player I absolutely love watching is Christian Eriksen of Ajax. However, his rumoured transfer fee is around £30 million + and he has gotten the better of Hazard in their head to head match-ups at the U-21 level. He is a supremely, phenomenal talent and there are many scouts that rate him above Hazard, due to his development being at one of the best academies in the world and him being a more consistent creative and influential player on the pitch.

  91. VCC says:

    The Gooner

    Your choice of Jesus Navas could actually work. I have a plan.

    He could live in Richies pad in southern Spain. That would allow him to train around that area, and we could fly him to London on match days, then fly him home after the game….simples…..;-)

    My knowledge of European football is not as extensive as yours, so my choices are somewhat limited, and would have to come from nearer home.

    Being of the older generation, I was brought up on George Graham’s 1-0 to the Arsenal. I am a firm believer that you don’t win anything with a weak defence,(old school you see)
    and imo we haven’t a strong enough back line. We will always leak goals with our defence. Consequently our mid field and forwards are always on edge thinking we will concede at any time. Not a good scenario in my book.

    Arsene Wenger has always set his teams up so if the opposition score 4 then we will score 5,but that’s gone now with the playing staff we have.

    Mertesacker is an “OK” player in my book, but not a world beater. So with that in mind I would go for a top Centre half, and the one that sticks out for me is Vincent Kompany.

    He is strong, vociferous and determined. Everything I like in a defender.

    It’s a good job I’m not the Arsenal manager I hear you say………….!

  92. The Gooner says:

    VCC,

    Kompany is a fantastic CB and there’s no doubting his quality, however I thought we were discussing realistic transfer targets ;). There is no way Man $hitty would ever allow Kompany to leave and I believe his transfer fee would be well above £20 million.

    However, there is some merit to your notion that we will find it difficult to win games given our current personnel and lack of defensive focus. I recently read an interesting article that stated the pursuit of further defensive players or an overhaul of our defence would represent a shift away from Arsenal’s current philosophy. The reasoning for this being that placing the onus on defence would sacrifice improving the necessary offense that we have become known for. A greater defensive focus would then signal a changing of the tide of sorts and potentially detract a lot of the fans that have grown to love Arsenal over the years. What the article failed to establish was that the Invincibles squad that won Arsenal 2 League Titles had a strong defensive core in Campbell, Toure, Cole, Vieira, Gilberto and Lauren. Paying more attention to defensive signings would ultimately give our offense more license to attack, however I also believe we currently short on talent up front to produce the quality needed to be a top team (even with a stronger defence).

    As much as people like to see a winner, I think it’s almost equally as important to play beautiful football and try to win through our own way.

  93. TotalArsenal says:

    If I could choose a realistic player I would go for Dembele of the Spuds. I saw him last season at home when we played Fulham and he broke up so much of our midfield play. Top player: a real beast who can pass a ball and scores goals as well.

    If money was no object and still remotely realistic, I would go for Schweinsteiger.

    But I also like the look of Capoue and Wanyama.

    Any of these players would do the dirty foot work fantastically well, whilst the neck and body of the Arsenal swan move around around gracefully, and seemingly effortlessly. :)

    Hi TG,

    I am not a fan of Erikson at all. He is a lightweight and goes missing far too many times in games. The comparison with Hazard is actually pretty accurate in my view.

  94. The Gooner says:

    Hey TA, no one asked you if you could have player at Arsenal who would it be! hahaha just kidding!

    I still have my doubts over Dembele’s quality. He’s a very determined individual with good passing and foot skills, but his finishing leaves much to be desired and I don’t think he can play at a world-class level like Isco would be able to. Demebele often strikes me as an unintelligent player who simply moves forward at any opportunity, making runs with the ball with his head down, much like Podolski (not saying Podolski is unintelligent just that he often runs with his head down when dribbling).

    On a side note, Frimpong’s twitter suggests that he will be leaving Arsenal soon. Will it be on loan or a permanent move away from the club? He was previously linked to go on loan to Real Betis, hmm this could get interesting. Perhaps AW is in the market for a DM after all!

  95. VCC says:

    The Gooner……….I think that’s poppy cock what people say about focus on defence detracts us from being offensive.

    I think its the complete opposite, if you have a solid back line then this allows your AM + AW + CF to play with freedom.

    Can you imagine a team set up with

    Szez.

    Sagna……Hummels……Vermaelen……Baines

    MBwia

    Ox……..Wilshere……Cazorla……Theo

    Cavanni.

  96. Macko says:

    Désolé, je reprend je voulais dire qu’actuellement le banc que nous affichons fait honte ( avec tout le respect que j’ai pour nos joueur)
    mais quand je vois les derniers match ou ont fait rentré Arshavin qui pour ma part et loin de son meilleur niveau, contre Swansea nous n’avons même pas fait de changement, Chelsea 2 changement.
    Alors je ne sais pas si c’est un choix tactique ou que l’ont a pas le choix et que l’on doit jouer avec ce qu’on a sur le terrain sauf en cas de blessure,
    Mais on a vue sur le cas Jack Wilshere le fait de faire jouer les hommes jusqu’à l’usure totale et ensuite blessure et 15 mois sans jouer donc avec le nombre de matchs a venir + la ligue des champion ou A.W recrute ou fait venir nos jeune joueur qui sont très talentueux !!!!!
    Sinon je pense que nous aurons de sérieux soucis a venir!!!!!

    Pour le recrutement un bon milieux défensif de métier et un vrai attaquant de pointe voir un lateral,serais a mes yeux le top. Au niveau des milieux offensif on a du monde .

  97. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi TG, as the blog owner I make my own rules hehehe! :P

    I should have explained that Dembele is my ideal DM at Arsenal. For me, he has strong Vieira potential and would work really well in our 4-2-1-3 formation. He breaks up everything in front of him and can keep it really simple, is very strong and can add a few goals per season as well.

  98. TotalArsenal says:

    Macko, it will take me a bit of time to translate your latest comment and I need to cook for my family. If nobody else has done it in the meantime, I will do it later tonight! :)

  99. The Gooner says:

    TA,

    On your evaluation of Eriksen, it’s interesting that AW rates him so highly and at first I was convinced of the same as you; can be disinterested and too laissez-faire at times. However, after careful review, it’s just that he’s so talented that he can allow for the play to come to him and it only takes him a quick second to change the outcome of the game. Of course, I also believe that AW could bring out the best in him and motivate and develop him into a world beater.

  100. TotalArsenal says:

    TG, I did not realise Wenger has been singing his praises. Ajax is a team I always want to do well, and I have been hoping Erikson will become very good. I just don’t rate him: something to do with stamina and focus and I reckon he would find it hard in the PL, which is a lot more physical than the Dutch league.

  101. VCC says:

    Total….here is the translation for you. Thats another beer you owe me. :-)

    Sorry, I meant I resumed currently the bench that we display to shame (with all the respect I have for our player)
    but when I see the last match or have been returned to me that Arshavin and far from his best, against Swansea we did not even change, Chelsea 2 change.
    So I do not know if this is a tactical choice or have no choice and we must play with what we have on the ground except in case of injury,
    But it was the case for the fact Jack Wilshere to play men to wear through injury and then 15 months without playing with so many games to come + the league champion or AW recruits or brought our young players who are very talented!!
    Otherwise I think we are serious concerns to come!!
    To recruit good defensive work environments and a true striker see a lateral, would in my view the top. Level was offensive environments in the world.

  102. VCC says:

    Je vous aime XXX

  103. TotalArsenal says:

    Hahaha VCC – we are back at square one. Macko used an on-line translater service and it did not make much sense to me and now you have done the same and it still does not make much sense to me! :P

  104. TotalArsenal says:

    really cooking now. A bientot! :)

  105. VCC says:

    Well snap Total, you speak double Dutch, that makes no sense to me either. ;-)

  106. The Gooner says:

    VCC, I cannot imagine that line-up simply because Arsenal could never afford half of those players! In my humble opinion, Mbiwa is not a capable enough DM and is much better suited to play CB role (we’ve had this discussion a few times but to each their own). A solid back line would do wonders for us, but it has been rather solid this year with defensive lapses interspersed throughout. Bringing in Hummels would certainly improve our CB situation but there’s no guarantee that he would not suffer from mental mistakes of his own.

    With that said, your back line is also versatile enough to join in the attack, which I like. Hummels and Baines can both contribute offensively and on set pieces. However, I believe Hummels is out of reach financially and in terms of prestige. A player of his caliber will likely only move to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manure. We have to develop our team further and push ourselves back into the conversation of league title contenders before we can attract a player like Hummels imo. Cavani is just out of the question, we will never pay his £52 million buy-out clause and the additional cash that would be needed for his wages.

    This would be a more realistic ideal line-up for me:

    Szczesny

    Sagna-Howedes-Vermaelen-Gibbs

    Capoue/Wanyama

    Cazorla-Wilshere

    Cuenca(loan)-Theo-Ox

    Subs: Stekelenburg, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Arteta, Diaby, Podolski, Giroud

  107. Red Arse says:

    Macko,

    Je suis desole, aussi! :-)

    – “Sorry, I meant I that the current subs bench that we have is not good (with all due respect to our players)’

    But when I saw the last match I thought Arshavin was far from his best, against Swansea we did not even make any changes, and against Chelsea only 2 changes.

    So, I do not know if this is/was a tactical choice or that we have no choice and must play with what we have available on the pitch, except in the case of injury.

    But that was the case for Jack Wilshere who did not play for 15 months because of injury, but we have so many games to come + the league champion, so AW should make use of our very talented young players!! Otherwise I think we could have very serious concerns to come!!

    In my opinion, we need to buy a good defensive midfielder and a good striker as a priority.

    C’est le meilleur que je peux faire, mon ami. :D

  108. The Gooner says:

    RA,

    In response to your earlier post in regards to AW’s transfer dealings, he often likes to say one thing and do another. It’s simply a way to divert the media’s attention away from all the speculation around his transfer targets and a way to hopefully detract other interested parties. I could very well see AW go into France and buy a player, though it’s also likely that nothing may happen at all. Only time will tell.

  109. Macko says:

    Thank you very much Red Arse, I am sorry but for me it is not easy

  110. Red Arse says:

    Macko,

    Your English is better than my schoolboy French! :-)
    (Alors, votre anglais est meilleur que mon écolier français!) :oops:

    Jusqu’à demain!

  111. TotalArsenal says:

    Ahh Redders, homme de beaucoup de merite! Thanks for the translation: vous etes une etoille! :)

  112. TotalArsenal says:

    Frimpong on loan to Fulham! Jol will be a good manager for him, I reckon.

  113. MERTESACKER SUCKS says:

    can we all agree the Mertesacker does indeed Suck?

  114. glic says:

    Evening Gash Guzzlers :lol:

    Thank you Marcus for an excellent post . :)

    I think Sith Lord Wenger needs to lessen the vice like death grip on his Hampton so he can concentrate more on the Transfer Window, it`s affecting his judgement !.

    Will any of you be surpised if AW doesn`t buy anyone ?.

    The internal rumour is…. Arsenal Ladies have a beast of a DM who could pass as a man and scares the shit out of the likes of Martin Keown…..Paula Straponov has Hannibal Lecter tattooed on her clitoris and has Catherine Wheels nailed on her nipples and speaks the little known language of ” DieKhunt ” !. Maybe TG has a vid of him…..I mean her !.

  115. Macko says:

    Yes very well for him ( Frimpong) and for us, he is going to learn the job of DM

  116. Jeremiah says:

    Very true!
    Wot should be wenger’s priority is getting a covering for the back four…. Bt he’s on transfer strike!

  117. VCC says:

    UMF1…..

    Needs entries from

    Oz
    Rocky
    TMHT
    Herb
    Alex

    Before KO tomorrow please.

  118. wish adams was 22 again says:

    Victor Wanyama 21 and world class all ready but i dont think he be coming to us as for one he would be cup tied in cl due to playing in it for Celtic Steve Bould should have the say who to bring in at back as we all know thats where we make mistakes and aw should have a long talk with steve and ask him who he wants as steve know more so come on aw lets let steve get who he wants in the back 4 and bring back them good old days of only leting 13-19 goals in a season

  119. oz gunner says:

    Sorry VCC, here they are

    Wigan
    Arsenal
    Everton
    Liverpool
    Chelsea

  120. oz gunner says:

    Frimpong loan to fulham for rest of season

  121. VCC says:

    Cheers Oz. Your odds are 6-1

  122. VCC says:

    Oz ….can we look forward to a pre match Ozzie tomorrow?

  123. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Macko,

    It is a fine balance for Wenger to manage: rotate the players regularly with the risk of losing form and shape, or play the same players all the time with the risk of some of them getting too tired or even badly injured. When every game really matters, you will find most managers sticking to the same eleven players as much as possible.

    Are you living in France and if so, which town/city (is nearest)?

  124. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Wish, good point, but do you really think Arsene does not talk to Steve about this?

  125. RockyLives says:

    Great Post TA
    I watched a bit of Wagamamma in Celtic’s Euro campaign and he looked really good.

    Sign him up Arsene!

  126. RockyLives says:

    Predictions for the weekend:

    Orcs v N. Oilers – H
    Light-in-the-Loafers v Arse – A
    Maccs v Wigan – A
    QPR v MK Dons – D
    Forest v Watford – A

  127. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    some right crap predictions for the UMF, not mine, Rockys and oz hahaha

    Arsenal 5-0
    Hull
    Bolton
    Reading Shef Utd draw
    Macalsfield (hahahaha) Wigan draw

    Nice post Marcus, I must admit i know nothing about this Wayne geezer, but youve sold him to me. Now all you got to do is convince Wenger, Good luck with that. hahaha

    Sorry for not been around recently. Run out for viagra because my dealer snuffed it. (probably too much viagra hahaha). So went into Mr Shah the chemist and asked wether he could help me. He kept giving it “perscription, perscription, perscription” I said bloody hell Shah, i havent got body odour, are you taking the piss?

    Anyway, one thing led to another and by the end i had Shah on the floor threatening to shove a whole bottle of shisterrelaxitive down his throat unless he gave me what i want.
    .
    The supply should last a few months but i wont be going back to Shah, there was a bloddy coppers meat wagon parked otside his shop. I might be wrong here, but ive got a funny feeling it was him that called them. hahahaha

  128. TotalArsenal says:

    Terry :lol:

    Night all. :)

  129. oz gunner says:

    nite TA.

    @ VCC

    sorry no pre-match for a bit. Off to the desert to study on Monday for 16days. Not sure what the internet connection is like up there. I hear these miners are spoilt these days though. One site in oz was complaining a few months ago because they only had three ice-cream flavours to choose from! oh the humanity!!!

    @ Terry

    haha glad to have you back and stock piled for another run. We may need you for the run home!

  130. richie59er says:

    @TG from last; I saw you noticed my absence. Involved in a litigious court case that’s due to start Monday; I’ve been going through all the depositions, need my witness statements to tally etc.etc. I ain’t had a minute to spare for blogging, survival before pleasure. :) More free time to come, (back soon) I hope. Now to read this blog

  131. richie59er says:

    @TA Notre gentile pote RA fait son bulot tres bien meme! il et gentil lui traduisant pour Macko; semble là sont plus de (haut-parleurs) francophone que la pensée d’ici putain!

  132. Macko says:

    Hello, yes I am French and I live in Paris and I am a big supporter(support) of Arsenal and Arsène Wenger.

  133. VCC says:

    Bon Jour Macko, welcome on board BK.

  134. VCC says:

    Thanks Rocky and Terry, your odds are. =

    Rocky……130-1
    Terry……..177-1

    Still waiting for …Herb and Alex, please guys.

  135. VCC says:

    Oz..have fun/enjoy and..take care on your 16 day desert trek.

    If you have no Internet access I will keep you involved with the UMF 1 . I know it’s uppermost in your mind at the moment ( lol) as you Aussies are very competitive. ;-)

  136. oz gunner says:

    Morning all

    @ VCC

    we are indeed a competitive bunch, if not I’ll just get in touch with Arse Red so hopefully he can get Gunner Oz to do them!

    Welcome Macko

  137. TotalArsenal says:

    Morning fine fellow Gooners! :)

    Match day!!

    I hope to issue a small pre-match before 10am today.

  138. Herb'sArmy says:

    Morning.
    UMF 1 selections.

    Derby v Blackburn – draw
    Huddersfield v Leicester – draw
    Stoke v Man City – draw
    Chelsea – win
    Liverpool – win

  139. oz gunner says:

    Look out VCC, herbie is going for your jersey!!

  140. VCC says:

    Thanks Herb your odds are = 69-1

  141. VCC says:

    Hi Oz……I think your right. Looks like HErb means business. He has been studying form.

    The lowest odds this week is 4-1. That’s by that cheap skate VCC. He is determined to hang onto his Yellow Jersey for as long as this cold snap lasts. Think he might relinquish it when it warms up a little.

    Highest odds are GLiC. His odds are 39399-1. But then he is a little short on grey matter. I wonder whether he is allowed out of his home this week end to watch the Footie? I hope so, cos he’s not all bad.

    The next odds down from GLiC is Total with 990-1.

    Good luck all.

    Fingers crossed for that handsome chappie VCC. We all want to keep him warm for another week. Such a lovely man. ;-)

  142. VCC says:

    UMF 1.

    It’s looking tight regarding Alex getting his entry in before KO.

    If every one agrees I will do a “Pin the tail on the donkey” selection. I will post it soon so we all know what they are.

    Cheers guys.

  143. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post – New Post! :)

    Is it going to be a bright, Brighton, sun-shiny day?!

  144. TotalArsenal says:

    Fine with me VCC.

  145. TotalArsenal says:

    Richie, I did not get the last sentence (second part), but it sounds quite naughty! :oops:

  146. D'wesah Esau says:

    Its fascinatin cause as far much as we’re exposed in the midfield Arsene says we have a dequate cover up! Its time Arsene recognized dat a winning team isnt moulded on economic controls.We need a DM who can slow down the pressure exerted by our opponents,we’re much vulnerable in midfield arsene n dats al .Spent! U hv d money y ar u holdin it back! For which investment project? we need no explanation cz ur policy s depriving us ur so called possession footbal.

  147. You are right BERGKAMPESQUE! Mr. AW (I don’t want to mean Mr. Against-the-World, ‘NOT’), you always seem to be not ready to sign a player rated by others; OK then, u may sign Wanyama just to pay your concerns to a Kenyan who died due to Arsenal defeat; remember that…

  148. TotalArsenal says:

    Goooooood morning! :)

    Only saw a summary on ITV so not enough to do a match review. Might issue a post later on.

  149. Macko says:

    On the match of Brighton: Ramsey, Diaby, Chamberlain, Mertesaker and especially Santos is lacking conviction, rabies(fury).
    When I look at them one would say tourist, there is of the job(work) to be able to matter(count) on these people because it is necessary not to be to amaze if against the big teams we often lose…..
    Have has to win but by looking at the match I tore away(extracted) hair to has players’ change or the one saw the difference if mister Arsène Wenger do not see which(who) misses us a good powerful defensive environment(middle), I think that he(it) is good the only one view(sight) the number of demand(request) for a player has this post:)

  150. TotalArsenal says:

    Macko, we have moved to a new post. You can copy and paste your comment into the new post, if you want. :)

  151. Macko says:

    Sorry, you will have a link for me for the new comment plz ??? because I do not see him(it)

  152. Ph8 says:

    A nice player of course.pls, wenger sign him 2day

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