What to do with Jenkinson and Sagna?

Sign him up Arsene! :)

Sign him up Arsene! ๐Ÿ™‚

Our Right Back (RB) position is covered by two players: Sagna and Jenkinson, and young Hector Bellerin and Nico Yennaris are being prepared to play there as well at some point in their careers.

I rate Sagna really highly for his defensive ability, his drive and attitude, and his desire to support our attack continuously. However, I find him pretty ineffective once he has reaches the defensive line of the opposition. He tends to cut inside and hold on to the ball so he can give it to one of our midfield players; by doing so, he often takes the speed out of our attack as well as reducing our width.

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Jenkinson is a work a progress and one of those players who gets better the more games he plays. He properly impressed me for the first time when we played Bayern away last season (just like Gibbs did in the same game): there is a good RB in Jenkinson but he still has a lot to learn. When he plays next to Mertesacker he usually is significantly better defensively. The BFG is a great mentor for him and the Germanโ€™s organisational skills are just what Jenkinson needs at this stage of his career.

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I find the Finglishman better going forward than Sagna. He is more inclined to make it to the by-line and put in a cross or cut a ball back to somebody positioned just outside or inside the oppositionโ€™s box. This way we keep our width as well as our momentum going. It is fair to say, Jenkinson still needs to improve the quality of his final ball, and that will come with time.

However, defensively Sagna truly is our Mr Reliable, and both his experience and incredible passion for the club, go a long way right now. I hope we will sign him up properly and show him the respect he deserves, especially now he has shown to be a pretty brilliant fall back options for Mertesacker as well.

Sagna should become gradually a squad player rather than automatic first choice for each and every game. He could start a certain number of games during next season and beyond, and function as a reliable back up for a number of defensive positions. The question is whether Jenkinson can start pushing Sagna gradually out of the RB position during this season.

I donโ€™t have a definitive answer to this one. As stated above, I believe that our Gunner and Gooner does get gradually better and better the longer he plays. During his first game(s) after a period on the sidelines he can look rusty and unfocussed. As with most young players, he is quite injury prone which does not help him in his quest for claiming the RB position, and it is also not good for the team, as we need as much consistency as possible in our defensive line-up.

With the club appearing to dither over signing Sagna up for years to come, and Jenkinson not ready to fill the RB post as a regular first starter โ€“ and possibly not making the grade, as the jury remains out โ€“ the question is what to do next in terms of making the team stronger.

I would love us to sign up Sagna for another three years. He deserves it and it would send out a sign to other players that you can complete your football career at Arsenal: loyalty works both ways after all.

I would like us to keep developing Jenkinson further and see whether he can make it. If by the end of the season Sagna has not been signed up and/or Corporal Jenks has not made significant progress, we should expect Arsene to purchase a new, established RB for the 2014-2015 season.

My money is on the latter to happen, but what do you think Fine Fellow Gooners? ๐Ÿ˜›

Written by: TotalArsenal.

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48 Responses to What to do with Jenkinson and Sagna?

  1. WWGooner says:

    Sorry to say, but I think Sagna will leave. He will be looking for his last big payday.

  2. WWGooner says:

    Sorry to say he will most likely go at the end of the season. One last big payday for Sagna.

  3. alan says:

    Sagna is ahead of him atm. he had a poor season last year because he came back from 2 serious injuries and missed the pre season. He seems to be over that at the moment and may that continue. #WengerSignHimUp. ( Bellerin is better than both of them on the ball)

  4. TotalArsenal says:

    WWG – I am not sure it is about pay package size. It is more likely to be about contract length/security now.

    alan, agreed Bellerin is excellent on the ball: would you replace jenkinson with him right now… (as in becoming our nr2 RB)?

  5. dilip says:

    Wenger should give chance to hector bellerin replacement of sagna not jenkinson bec …he is not strong campare to sagna or bellerin.

  6. alan says:

    Bellerin needs to go out on loan (preferably a premier league team) and get games under his belt. His brief appearance against west brom was very impressive, looked very assured in possession in cental midfield. Jenkinson is ahead of Bellerin, has played more first team matches, supports the arsenal and one cant help but wonder when those barbies from barcelona come calling for him once Bellerin is an established first team player

  7. James Bond says:

    good timely post @ TA, nice one

    ideally, another 2/3 years contract extension for Sagna on improved terms and wages – yes

    this allows Jenks and Bellerin to step up to the plate and be a real handful at RB…. by this i mean, they can learn tricks of the trade from Sagna and at the same time Sagna can cover at CB, even if he were to play there more regularly…

    let’s not forget that we also have, Flamini who can do a decent job at RB, so in theory, we are covered at RB , provided if Sagna stays, however, if he leaves then we are in a bit of a pickle and i would like us to go out and buy a top RB , my choice would be Micah Richards because of his versatility and also the fact that when he’s fit, he’s the best RB in England – after watching last nights game, i’m convinced that both Walker and Johnson are no where near Richards.

    but yes, young Bellerin is the most promising one, imagine Gibbs at LB and Bellerin at RB, we can play 4-5-1 or 4-6 much much much more fruitfully, as both our full backs will be giving us width, pace and some decent crosses too !

    Bellerin for me can be a better version of Dani Alves, if that makes sense ?

    also, worth noting that our players have gone from Arsenal with a mentality of true champions and have delivered the goods for their national team minus Monreal, he wasn’t as good , which makes me wonder, if giving him more play time would be something Wenger should look at ?

  8. James Bond says:

    another MOTM for Ramsey, he did miss a penalty though – i think that’s good, keeps him on the ground ๐Ÿ˜‰

    i agree with Gerry, that the lad might be carrying an injury or playing through it, hence it’s imperative that he is well managed and looked at well

  9. James Bond says:

    at the German game last night, how cool is this, ehhhh

  10. henrychan says:

    Hi all.. nice post TA..

    I agree with Alan..
    Last season was bad for Sagna.. and I hope Wenger brought some other Solid RB.. but I think he return to the original Sagna.. hehehe.. and will be a sad thing to lose him..

    Jenkinson on the other hand is just the opposite way to Sagna.. his pass was bad.. his defence was also bad.. Very diferent to Jenkinson last season..
    I think Wenger must give Bellerin a chance.. let Jenkinson learn more from his bad start this season..

    Btw.. I want to share a good news from my country side.. our U19 team beat South Korea by 3-2.. from a hattrick from our captain Evan Dimas..
    Wow.. never in a hundred years that We can beat the best Asian U19 team.. whom win 12 title and the former winner..
    I think all Indonesian people will celebrate this.. hehehe..

  11. James Bond says:

    that’s nice to hear @ Henrychan

    bet you’re very proud and looking forward to the future already !

    i know, i should have said this in the previous article but Reus has a release clause in his contract, which happens to be much lower than Draxler’s….

    considering Reus hero is Rosicky , it shouldn’t be too difficult convincing him to come over;)

  12. TotalArsenal says:

    Evening guys ๐Ÿ™‚

    As expected a slow day for blogging.

    Good points JB – Bellerin is one for the future but should he get a chance in the first team this season… Forgotten about Flamini being able to play there as well….

    Henry – congratulations with your U19 team. Good things start young. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ramsey man of the match?! Good boy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Gerry says:

    TA – I am interested the way you put this post, nice balance, but not the whole picture.

    I have touched on this problem a couple of times, and there may be a way forward, without anybody leaving. But first let me fill in what the real difference between the two might be.

    Sagna reads the game well so his positioning is defence, bar the occasional lapse, is sound. I think he knows he may not have the pace to go all the way to the by line, and also he may see that there are not the bodies there to cross to. Hence, he will let the creative midfielders start afresh, but from higher up the pitch..He also has a better working relationship with Theo, who has bee absent for the last few games. Gnabry and Rosicky are different types of player that rely more on their own trickery to advance, whereas Theo has the pace that Sagna hasn’t, so they compliment each other with one two’s. Also, thinking back to the Napoli game, the passes he put along the line for Gnabry were inch perfect. No spin to turn the ball over the line, just flat and parallel to the line. In that respect, he is far superior to Jeninson.

    Jenkinson has two problems, and neither involved his left leg. The way he passes with his right foot is usually very straight legged. This means his body stance dictates where he can pass to, and that makes him predictable. If he pass back to Per he has to be standing with his back to the line. To pass a little higher up the pitch, around the centre circle, then he turns more towards the far corner flag. Similarly, to do the down-the -line passes I mentioned above, he would have to be facing row E about 20 yards ahead of him.
    I watched him, compared to Gibbs, and what Gibbs can do is bend his knee and give a reverse back to Kos, with a little flick, or across the middle without changing his body shape.
    The annoying thing is, this should be a coaches job to improve his game?

    The other problem this straight leg passing does, when going backwards, means his his right knee ends up behind his standing leg, so he is not in a position to do a pass back and move quickly into space ahead of him.

    These weaknesses can be worked on. Despite his very upright stance I think he can be more flexible, and as you say, the more he plays the better he will be?

    What nobody can fault is his willingness to keep running up and down the line for 120 minutes if need be. His crosses are usually very good, and he has enough pace to to get room to get them in. He is not too good with his head, despite his height, and get in trouble with more than one player surrounding him. There a few better than Ale Song for shielding the ball fro two or three opponents, but they both have similar upper body strength. So, given his age, and the massive step up in grade, he still has an excellent chance of being a decent RB.

    The big question is, what does AW think?

    Two alternatives, may be try Yennaris, who is very capable. Or my preferred option, play Bellerin in front of Jekns? Switch Theo to the other wing, and you lose nothing going forward, and have instant support in defence. And of course sign up Sagna,? if it is not too late?

  14. As expected a slow day blogging as BKers are receiving it in their rancid rectums !. Apart from former trapeze artist Vicky !. He likes to hang up-side down on his Zimmer frame and toss people off !. He sure knows how to rub people up the wrong way !.
    Especially the staff at his local Tecso`s. They were already pissed of with him continuously setting of the security alarm when going through with his hidden colostomy bag !…….” are you trying to conceal something in that hidden bag sir ?….may we have a look ?……..SHIT ! ”

    If Bellerin delivers the potential what he is showing in the reserves, then yes I too agree that the thought of him and Gibbs as our raiding marauders is a delicious thought !.

    Here`s a link to a new Arsenal official partner !. Not sure if it is exclusive or if any of the other EPL team`s have a similar understanding, but I would like to know what it means to us !. More Arsenal games on BT Sport than other teams ?, now that would be a great coup for us if we are the preferred club to be shown and as a BT subscriber, it would be free for me !.

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/arsenal-welcome-bt-sport-as-partner

  15. proudgooner says:

    TA Good post,
    I think it would be a bad move to lose Sagna as there is simply not many players that can come in a do a better job (improve the team). The ball is defo in his hands and i do agree with WWG on Sagna looking for his last big pay check sadly, it is understandable from his point, he is a professional with a short career and wants to see his family future secure. But from us fans point of view it is still very hard to understand or except. I mean Van Judus and his move to the scum was just disqusting , he might as well of got all gooners mothers to stand in a long line and just done his blow snot out of his nose thing that he does on every mother 1 by 1 the amount of utter disrespect to all gooners he done in joining them. “I love Arsenal” says Robin . Well he have a really great way of showing it.
    Then you have the Nick Anelka’s of this world who just joins every team in the land and makes a fortune , the man must wipe his arse with 50’s i am sure of it.
    That all said lol i dont think Sagna is that kind of man he seems a lot more to him then that, time will tell i expect Wenger to give him a nice contract and to see him for a few years to come. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. proudgooner says:

    Cockie monster,
    That is a interesting read (the BT partnership) it all seems very chumy and good for the club, it is surprising that they would publicly state that the like and prefer Arsenal but good on them i like them even more now, shame i don’t have the channel though.

  17. proudgooner says:

    Gerry,
    Very interesting points you have clearly watched them very closely and thought about the position . I agree with all i am comfortable with Jenks but clearly losing Sagna would be a big loss its a no brainer that we should keep him with CB skills make him very important to us now.

  18. Gerry says:

    I had to rush off dog walking ..

    Yes the message to likes of Per in giving Bacs a decent contract is also very needed.

    I also agree that Sagna is thinking of security rather than a big pay day. Unless he takes up coaching, or commentating, then this is his pension fund, and it has to last 30 years longer than the average worker? A lot will depend on how settled in London he and his partner are? I hope they can work something out to suit all parties.

    I will not alter my view that once Bellerin is tried out in the advanced role, he will only go back to RB in cases of emergency? Why spend ยฃ35m on somebody like Capella when you have somebody who is potentially better already on the books .. and a really good Baines type player will cost less at RB?

    Right, I am off to clear a few more of my recordings off my BT box during this interlull, leaving me a repeat showing of the full Napoli game tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜€

    .

    JB@ – I think Poldi is having a tattoo on similar lines .. it’ll be great to have him back, eh?

  19. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers guys ๐Ÿ™‚

    I will get back to you later tonight.

  20. TotalArsenal says:

    Gerry agreed Sagna is missing Theo: together they make an awesome combination. Good observations re Jenkinson’s passing limitations. I need to see more of Bellerin to make a judgement but good to read so many fellow Gooners being positive about him.

    Let’s hope it is not too late to sign up Sagna…. ๐Ÿ˜•

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    Cocky you sound more and more like that award winning man of filth from Cornwall ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    PG ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wiping your arse with money is not much fun, I reckon. Now with a Spuds’ shirt…. ๐Ÿ˜€

    You are right, Sagna is not that sort of guy imo. Time for the club to make him a decent offer and he’ll sign I reckon.

  23. macko says:

    I get the impression that we do not see them same matches, Jenkinson and very far from the level of that Sagna is defensively and offensively it is really catastrophic, in your opinion, why arsene looking right back if another Jenkinson is so good ;).
    I respect Jenkinson, he loves the club but it is not at the same level as the other members, especially if the title is intended as PL or even the Champions League;)
    Objective remain gentlemen ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. mA says:

    hi Total and all Gooners

    i think Jenko is capable if and when Sagna calls it a day, but we don’t have a capable deputy for him. Bellerin not for me for the time being, maybe in the next 2-3 years. Definitely would like Wenger to give Sagna 2-3 years extension so that Bellerin will be ready and Jenko can learn from the master himself.

  25. Gerry says:

    Macko – Sadly agreed. It is whether AW feels he(Jenks) will get to near that level so as to be a future replacement for Sagna really defines the problem, and the related problem of Sagna’s contract extension?

    Will Sagna stay to be back up to someone else, if such a player of SQ is brought in?
    Will Arsenal pay him more to be a utility defensive player?
    Has AW and Sagna already discussed this privately, and if so, what have they agreed?

    These are things that we, as supporters, will only find out in time. I don’t give much credence to to headline links plastered here, there, and everywhere. Links will always be made when ‘contract negotiations stall’. Inquiries will too. Neither means anything for certain.

    I still find Bacs goal statement (a thank you for support during bad times) as a possible hint he has made a decision in his own mind, and now he will wait and see if the club will do enough to changed it? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    If it is left until January, I fear the worst. I hope I am wrong ….

  26. Fozzie B says:

    Morning Crotchand Cravers!! ๐Ÿ˜†
    Nice post Totes and I do hope that Bacs gets longer than a year for sure!!
    Sure he suffered last year but he has comeback strong and we need him to mentor Jenks and bellerin.
    With Bacs openly saying he would enjoy the CB role as well that will surely increase his usefulness and longevity to the club!!
    If the one year deal is legit then maybe le prof has a ready made replacement like Monreal?
    Bellerin looks excellent but needs a loan and if we are in for someone then I would like in order of pref

    1 Phillip Lahm (Bayern Munich and Germany) like you Totes ๐Ÿ˜€
    2 Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund & Poland)

    ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. JM says:

    Lars Bender as an option to explore for RB/RWB. Get use to seeing him running up and down Arsenal’s right flank with his tireless defensive & offensive work rate and incredible stamina.

    *Playing at RB for Germany vs Denmark in Euro 2012, Lars Bender started the counter-attacking move, tackled and dispossessed his opponent at the edge of the right side of Germany’s penalty area, sprinted some 80 metres towards Denmark’s goal area while his teammates moved the ball upwards, latched onto the final ball and placed it into Denmark’s goal (wrong-footed the GK in process). Germany won 2-1.

    Around the age of Mesut Oezil, surely there is some discussions at work in the conversation between him and Arsene when our No.11 signed for us.

    Expect Lars Bender to collect our No.2 jersey in summer 2014. (Marco Reus would collect his No.13 jersey in summer as well, if all goes to plan).

  28. Hello TA, fellow gooners

    Good post TA and enjoyed reading it

    I genuinely believe that like you, most gooners would love to see Sagna signed up for at least another 2 years..he may be loosing his legs a bit and not be able to run up and down the right wing, but he is what he has always been..CONSISTENT!!…add to the fact that he can do a decent job as a CB and you see we have two players in one..he’s been a LOYAL servant for the club for so long and now that the tides are changing and we ASCENDING back to the summits of European football,it would be really sad to see him leave

    Jenks imo is a work in progress and not really ready to take over YET from Sagna..but give him a few games and i believe he’ll turn up good..as for Bellerin, haven’t seen enough of him to comment on anything but judging by the comments from the likes of Gerry, he seems one for the future

    As you pointed out, signing up Sagna would act as an encouragement for our old heads that they can hang their boots at the grove…i really hope we sign him up

  29. Fozzie B says:

    That’s an interesting thought JM! Really thought of Lars Bender as a RB but as our DM replacement!! I think his addition full stop will be amazing but I’m not sure he sees his future at club level there because he is too good for that? But it would mean instant playing time in our current set up if Bacs goes ๐Ÿ˜€ it would be a SQ squad addition for sure

  30. Fozzie B says:

    * not as a RB replacement

  31. Fozzie B says:

    Imagine if we got Gundogan for DM and Bender for RB!! Gundogan is Turkish German like Ozil and has not renewed his contract … Wow that would be a coup for le prof! ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. Fozzie B says:

    Add Reus as well and every gooner will be walking around with hard ons!!!
    ๐Ÿ˜† imagine that walking down the road and spotting all the gooners from distance!! Passing meaningful glances from a distance or in the BK brotherhood preference of close range ….. ๐Ÿ˜†
    It will be like an episode of Doctor who except in this adventure Wenger is the doctor and when he opens his “tightarse” … I mean “tardus” he sees waves and waves of red dialect gooners!!!! ๐Ÿ˜†
    Instead of trying to conquer them he guides them to the various club citadels!! Firstly it’s Totnumb, then Chelvski then back to Totnumb, then the other London clubs, then Totnumb …. You get my drift!!
    Worldwide there are growing reports of further red dialect gooners with their 24-7 hardons taking to the streets proudly!!!!!
    Eventually the entire team take to the field with the hard ons and last to conme out is le prof with the biggest hard on known to man!!!
    Oh what a day that would be!!! No more SAF factor now !!!! The refs just quiver every time the take a glimpse of le profs enlarged member!! The fifth official has to stand at the oppositions goal posts because le profs hard on his pinned him there and he has to communicate using sign language!! ๐Ÿ˜†
    Oh what a great day that would be and I believe this is one episode of Doctor who that is going to happen soon enough!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

  33. Excellent comment Fozzer….Jedi Master Glic would have been proud of that one, you are his best Padawan !. Don’t use too much Force on Miss P though, you don’t want to end up with pork scratching`s on your Fozzie P as Kermit will get the apple sauce out and munch on it !. Omm nom nom nom ๐Ÿ˜†

    I have been doing some work on the Monster Shack and when checking the list for the kitchen, I came across a Whirlpool dishwasher that I hadn`t purchased !. Shall I phone the company up and tell them to come and collect the dishwasher that I haven’t paid for ? ( just had a look , it`s worth ยฃ400 ! )…………..Being a Dodgy Cockney Cockie Monster, what do you think ?. hahaha

  34. I don’t want to interrupt Fozzie and the Cockie, but I’ve got a little dishwasher issue of my own…Our controls seem dodgy and I get the dreaded flashing “rinse only.” Already I’ve bought a new control board but I fear I may need a control panel as well. With the new board installed it only seems to work when I cut off the power and reset things. So, Cockie, I’ll take the two electronic parts if you don’t want to ship the whole unit to California. That’s right, I said, “the whole unit.” ๐Ÿ˜†

    On the topic at hand (heh, heh, I realize there is but one topic “at hand” for my muppet brethren)…I think we need to get the business done with Sagna. In the past we rewarded “potential” with lucrative contracts and got the likes of Denilson and Almunia and Bendtner. Why not reward “services rendered.” Sagna is my favorite Arsenal player and I would love to see him play another 3 seasons with the club. As well as he keeps himself fit, I don’t see why it’s not possible.

    That said, I can see some of the limitations of his game, but Jenks certainly has some himself. I’d never thought of it the way Gerry put it, but I think he’s onto something about the stiffness in his kicking. I’ve noted it in his running. That said, when he can get his body turned he sure can whip ’em. That was a strong assist for Ramsey against Stoke (I think…) earlier this season. Also, is he really injury prone, or are these things made up by the manager when Sagna comes back into the squad, as he most fully deserves to?…

    So, I think both aren’t the absolute greatest going forward and Jenks is improving defensively (maybe from Sagna’s tutelage?…) whereas Bac tends towards the immaculate. I actually believe a big reason Mertesacker has been able to flourish as our right center back is because he has Sagna over there protecting him and only forcing players to the center after Per has himself properly positioned (which he always does, if given enough time)… It’s a strange pairing but it works and, along with the manager, getting those two some longer term contracts should be “what Gazidis does” this fall (autumn)…

    Ugh, I miss the real footy…

  35. TotalArsenal says:

    Hahaha 17 you are spot on re our cyber-twin brethren: totally cockadoodle! My penis-envy is bigger than yours! ๐Ÿ˜†

    Good point about Per and Sagna working well together.

    Re Jenks: he often looks like he forgot to do a pooh before he came onto the pitch and then being very annoyed with himself….. But the longer he has been playing the more relaxed he looks and the more his passing improves.

    Fine comment KG and all agreed. Are you brewing on a new post yet? ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Fozzie B says:

    Your welcome Jedi Cockie!! Consider Years and years of having someone’s hand stuffed up your jacksy as my “force” tutelage! I must admit I was quiete close to the dark side on many occasions!! ๐Ÿ˜†
    It was in fact Jim Henson who introduced George Lucas “first hand ” to the force “backstage”!! It was Lucas’s inspiration and when is “light sabre” turned on and made its first SSSSHOOOOM SSSSHOOOOM noise and the birth of the Star Wars began!!
    ๐Ÿ˜†
    From then on things got even freakier in the muppet community!! Remember those star war orgy parties Cockie?? Mrs P always went as Princess Lay-her and me as you guessed it chewbacca!! I remember this one time though when I thought stuff it freakn sick of being chewy, I know I’ll go as yoda u thought. ๐Ÿ˜€
    So I shaved off all my furry bits, got all greened up, worked hard on the yoda walk and talk and went to the party!
    As I walked in the door big bird goes “Hey look everyone it’s Far Kermit!!”
    “Chelvski skum” i said and I promptly judo chopped big bird in the Niagra’s and got changed back into my chewy outfit! ๐Ÿ˜†

    The one good thing about being chewy is you don’t have to worry about the small talk!! Just straight up to the broads and get in my son!!
    “Hnaarr oorrawarr!!!!!”

    ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  37. Fozzie B says:

    Totes your right Corporal Jenks does look constipated at the start if matches!!! Like he’s straining a bit too hard and prairie dogging a choker!!
    Corporal Jenks doesn’t come across as the sharpest tool in the shed does he? The simpler the better for him I reckon …. ๐Ÿ˜€

  38. TotalArsenal says:

    Agreed Fozzer ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yet he interviews well. Corporal Jenks is an enigma for now…

  39. 17highburyterrace says:

    This is what happens when there’s no real football to discuss… At least the furry ones have their hair with which to play…amongst other items…

    My boy (11 years old) has taken to altering the following nursery rhyme, inspired whenever he sees Fozzie’s avatar over my shoulder:

    Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear
    Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair
    Fuzzy Wuzzy was just like papa…

    ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    Agreed TA about Jenks and constipation… My heart goes out to the Finglinger as it’s hitting rather close to home at the moment. Luckily I’ve got my espressos doing their early morning best on a big meal from last night… ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Espresso in the dressing room (maybe…) could be the next Arsene-o-vation in the English game… the Espress-ing Room? ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  40. Fozzie B says:

    Totes what are thoughts of JMs and mine blogging earlier re lars bender for RB?? Gondongan for DM (I had preferred lars b here) Reus the icing on the cake = red gooner dialects worldwide? ๐Ÿ˜€

  41. Hahaha Your on the right path young Padawan but I must correct you, as Stretches wardrobe pre dates even The Muffet Show and Sexandme Street !.. The idea of Star Wars came about when Me, Jim and George were hiding in Stretches wardrobe with nothing on but our luminous condoms swaying about and connecting !.
    We got the sound effect SSSSHOOOM…SSSSHOOOOM after watching Stretch through the louvre doors of the wardrobe !. He had some XXX extra strength Regain hair restorer which not only gave him hairy fingers but also because of the XXX extra strength made anything that come into contact with his hairy fingers….hairy !.
    So the SSSSHOOOOM …SSSSHOOOOM noise was when Wookie Mancini had the doggie clippers out shaving his wife`s hairy hand print arse and knockers !. hahaha

  42. TotalArsenal says:

    Fuzzy Wuzzy hahaha ๐Ÿ™‚

    17 – that could be your calling! The constipation-gunner espresso brewer ๐Ÿ™‚

    ‘Carl you are looking a lot more relaxed lately, how come’…

    ‘Ah it is all down to 17’s Espresso treatment – I am totally freed up now ๐Ÿ˜‰ ‘

  43. TotalArsenal says:

    Fozzer the smell of burning jeans would be truly overwhelming ๐Ÿ˜†

    Bender on the right…. not sure but JM knows his players…

  44. Fozzie B says:

    Haha 17h I’m glad I’m inspiring the young one to “fuzzy songs” !! Looks like your Fozzie B in your house too!!
    Expressos do get the movement required I agree except if Cockies psychedelic cookies are combined!! Quiet a sad thought to think your avatar with the blond locks could be leaving sooner than we all expected … Hope not though! ๐Ÿ˜€

  45. 17highburyterrace says:

    Getting back on topic…

    Where are the statements about Sagna being off? I’m not seeing any. Last I heard, they were working on extensions for him and Per (and the manager?)… Are these just the idle musings of would be football journalists? ๐Ÿ˜† Negotiations take time (and sometimes) some posturing…If we held onto Theo last January, Sagna shouldn’t be so tough…

    Time to switchback on the avatars?…

  46. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post New Post ๐Ÿ™‚

    Back on topic, 17, back on topic ๐Ÿ˜€

  47. Fozzie B says:

    Hahaha ๐Ÿ˜† sorry Jedi Cockie it appears I have been lied to by Emperor Henson again about the origin of the force and SSSSHOOOOM SSSSHOOOOM light sabre noises in your closet sound a lot more authentic!! Especially combined with your pshycadellic cookies!!
    I can only imagine watching between the louvres …. stretches zimmer rotating cockwise with four trannys screaming in delight like a massive tranny Ferris wheel!!! All you guys Om nom noming your special batch cookies!!!! Then bursting out of the closet!!! …. Just in time for the next ride!!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

  48. Fournier Michael says:

    I am sorry but as much as your usually have a good point in tis case I think your WAY off in your assessment HANDS DOWN Sagna is more stable and experienced then Jenkinson. What you consider slowing down our attack is called playing smarter. I give Jenkinson his props for effort but he has a lot to learn yet from the Frenchman. Both defending AND attacking to attack at the risk of leaving your self exposed is Stupid. (well inexperienced not stupid) Sagna is not the only right back available for France yet when fit he is first choice and As he should also be for Arsenal. And it is mostly because of his SMART and effective attacking ability. . If Sagna plays a ball in to the box it is because he feels it has a VERY good chance of actually finding a Arsenal forward in the box not just end up in the goal keepers hands or going out the other side untouched because no one was there. or worse give the defender a easy counter with him caught at the wrong end of the pitch. There is such a thing as being TOO aggressive going forward as a left or right back. especially when Gibbs is also bombing forward at the same time.

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