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They R back

By Walter Broeckx

If you read the title and you think at least try to write the headline in correct English just stay with me for a moment before you go on about that.

The first ‘R’ I refer to is the one where it should say they aRe back. And they of course are the players who have spent a few weeks in Asia touring the continent.

Was it a success? If you look purely at the results: yes. We played 4 games and won all 4 of them. We scored 19 goals and only let in 3. So almost an average of 5 goals per game and let in less than one goal per game.

Of course this all counts for nothing when the league starts in a few weeks time. But it shows that we can score and that we didn’t defend badly. You could point at the weakness of the opposition. And of course that is true. Certainly in the first two games we didn’t face hard competition. But in the last two games we had to work hard and dig deeper to win the games. Against teams who are in full swing in their league. And that they aren’t easy pushovers is something you could talk to the Red half of Manchester about.

I also noticed that we hit the woodwork a lot and one could say that the opposition was a bit lucky with the outcome of the game. And I also noticed that we created a lot of chances but that we did miss a few. Certainly Theo is not completely sharp for the moment when it comes to finishing. But better not finish it off now and keep the goals for the season.

The second ‘R’ is the R of Rosicky. I think this is the first real pre-season in….did he ever had a normal pre-season before? Maybe the 2007-2008 pre-season? When we took off to a flying start and then he got injured in January-February.

Most people point at the injury of Eduardo that hampered our form and cost us the title that year. But I wonder how much was down to Rosicky not being fit? But he is fit now. And looks strong. And has had a few nice spells and some nice passes, dribbles. Let us hope that he will stay fit and will help us with his experience.

Because we now have a few players with experience who can really help the team. Arteta is another one. Perfect style both in hair and in playing football. If these two can stay fit this season they could be the players to carry us through the difficult moments which will come as they always come in a season.

The third ‘R’ is the R of Ramsey. I have been a fan of Aaron from the start. The way he snubbed (sorry for the gutter press expression – but this was a real snub – the mothers of snubs) Manchester United who had already said he would come to them on their website (only trust arsenal.com for such things) made him special. And the way he came knocking on the door was amazing till… yeah till that moment.

Years have gone by since then. Years of pain and tears I can imagine. And the most painful thing was the way some of our own fans abused him. How they blamed him for all that went wrong at Arsenal, London, the UK , the rest of the world and come to think of it if our Universe ever stops existing some will blame Ramsey.

I have fought against that vile and abuse every time I could.  It was in Belgium on the social media as well as the UK.  I was disgusted by it. And last season we saw the first glimpses back of the old (in this case younger) Ramsey. The pre-injury Ramsey one could say. And it looks to me that he now is ready to take the next step.

His engine is amazing and he keeps on running all over the field. One moment he is the furthest up field when our keeper has the ball after a corner and he is leading the attack. And seconds later he is helping out and recovers a ball that could cause danger in our own penalty area.

The only thing lacking to open some fans’ eyes is goals. If only he can change that and add that to his game and would put some 10 goals per season behind his name then will people start to realise that he really is a complete player. A complete box to box midfielder. I think his partnership with Arteta is growing with each game and their understanding of each other is blossoming.

So by now you will understand what I mean with the headline.

Our boys are back.  And some of those boys are more back than ever.  Let us keep it that way. Let’s hope for their and ours sake that long may it continue. Prepare yourself for a week without football now. But then it is time for the Emirates cup.

The books…

The sites from the same team…

60 comments to They R back

  • You are right on all three Rs. In particular you are right about Ramsey. He will be the next captain.

  • gouresh

    Nice article. Thomas R has always been my favourite player but i am really sad for his injuries. I always rated him better than cesc. As for Rambo, its a real shame that our own fans abused him. What I also don’t get is fans calling our players ‘deadwood’. Irrespect of weather they are world class or not, they are in the pervilidged position of been there. They put in the same amount of hardwork as the others but are just that short. How many of these fans have played decent level of football undestand what it means? Really disgusting. How would they feel if someone calls their kids deadwood while playing. Not very happy i think.

  • Lobster

    Looks like we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of “R”yo Miyaichi too this season

  • nicky

    Walter,
    You pay a generous and well-justified tribute to Ramsey.
    Arsenal fans are often described as fickle, but the abuse directed at Aaron by some of the Emirates so-called faithful at times, was nothing short of disgraceful.
    As he progresses steadily towards becoming an Arsenal legend, I only hope they have enough sense to realise the errors they made.
    All players wearing an Arsenal shirt are entitled to 100% backing at all times, from those of us who are proud to support our great Club.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Walter , there is nothing rong in ritting in this form. An entire NATIONAL education system was based on this. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_three_Rs

  • Brickfields Gunners

    When persons of South Asian extraction speak ,we tend to roll
    our r’s . Lean more here .

    http://www.wikihow.com/Roll-Your-%22R%22s

  • bjtgooner

    Nice write up and overall a very successful tour on and off the field.

  • coastal gunners

    Totally agree,
    have done alot of reading on the web, blogs and articles by arsenal faithfuls, its been quite a while since i have read very positive stuff about arsenals players and the upcomijg season.
    Its refreshing and thats what the club manager and the team need.
    COYG!!!

  • Unbelievable belief

    Walter

    That’s 14 games undefeated now….
    This team is good.
    Couldn’t agree more with you on Rambo. This boy needs and deserves full support from every Gooner. Those that don’t see the amazing player (still) developing in is lad must be bitter nasty wife beaters.

  • Giddy

    Once more Wenger has made the fans to believe that the team is good to challenge honestly! Unbelievable belief indeed! I agree that the team as it deserves support but don’t agree that it good enough to challenge. How few fans fails to see that i don’t understand.

  • Marvin

    Good morning all, whilst I feel that we have a squad capable of fighting the top four, in no human way is this squad complete. I am a regular reader here and arseblog, both sites offer valid judgements but I find it worrying to hear about wenger’s comments. Additionally, anyone that feels this side is capable of challenging the likes of Chelsea and manure has really got another thing coming. I really hope that we add depth to this squad.

  • Robl

    @ Giddy, ok what positions would you add in then?

    And please don’t trott out the we need a DM & CB, as no one world class is going to join to warm the bench, and no-one in Europe has better stats than Arteta in that position,and Mert & Kos are first choice with Verm and Sagna next.

  • Mick

    @Giddy

    ‘but don’t agree that it good enough to challenge.’

    So what to you constitutes a challenge, please tell us? Presumably it is it coming close to winning something: if so how close. If at the end of the season we reach the final of the Champions League and are runners up in the Premier would that to you be a sufficient challenge and will you be happy and say ‘oh well at least we challenged’? Would finishing runner up in the Carling Cup be enough of a challenge for you? So tell us what sort of ‘challenge’ would satisfy you.
    When you and other people say things like this I suspect that what you actually mean is winning, not challenging. We have challenged several times over the last few seasons but that fact is overlooked by the ‘won’t/can’t challenge’ brigade simply because those challenges didn’t actually result in wins.

  • Giddy

    @ Robl even if u think that our 1st eleven is good to compete, whom do u think will play if Arteta gets injured given the many competitions we shall be involved in? That in itself is enough reason to strengthen. As we are, we don’t have players who can change the match individually and i won’t go into tiny details of this with you.

  • Giddy

    @Mick we can’t say we challenge with a difference of +10 points.. I mean even if we can finish up as runners up in EPL and we are 10 points behind the winner, i won’t be happy that we have challenged.. Ideally it will only mean that there are no better teams

  • Mick

    @Giddy
    So in other words for you to ‘challenge’ actually means win. I thought so.
    Come on Wenger, buy someone, anyone, it doesn’t matter who but they must cost a lot of money. Just read the papers and look at the blogs for suggestions who we should get. As long as you don’t spend some money we will never win again!

  • Goona Gal

    @ Walter – I am so glad you mentioned Rosicky as he looks good and I found myself thinking that we should be offering to extend his contract even though he has yet to play a full season. If he were to retire from the national team, Arsenal would benefit even more. He just adds serious quality and depth to the squad when he is fit and available.

    I have never hidden the fact that I rate Ramsey highly and think that not only will he discover the form he began to show pre leg break, but will surpass it. He looks like he is enjoying playing again and doesn’t cut such a frustrated figure on the pitch any more. If he adds goals again to his game this season, then he will be back to his best. I was really angered and embarrassed by the stick he got from so called fans previously.

    One thing that has started to annoy me is that people only note that Ramsey has ‘a good engine’. Flamini’s big strength was his ability to cover a lot of ground and non stop running, Aaron Ramsey is even better than him as he is much more of a cultured technical footballer. How and why some turned on him is mind boggling and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that now he feels less hostility from the fanbase, his performances have just gotten better and better.

  • Mick

    Because Rosicky has had so many injuries it could be possible that he is capable of going on a bit longer than other players of similar age. I sincerely hope so, he is a fine player, so graceful when on the ball.
    Ramsey is superb and I am glad he has not allowed himself to be destroyed by the haters who should be ashamed of themselves.
    It is getting increasingly more difficult to name a preferred starting lineup in midfield, what a nice problem for Arsene to have.

  • Adam

    Little Mozart says it all for me, a hugely under-estimated player.

    This squad has huge potential.

  • colario

    @Walter
    I heard ‘sports talk’* take on the match about 4 hours after the game. This is how it went:

    ‘Arsenal played in Japan this afternoon. They had a great goal scored against them by…’ there then followed 30 – 40 seconds of the two on air trying to get the correct pronunciation of the score’s name. When they were satisfied they had got it, they changed the subject!
    *The station doesn’t merit capital letters for its name.

    Shortly afterwards my internet provider took off sports talk. I think there is somewhere someone who has a better knowledge of football than sports talk!

    Walter, I agree with all you write, however to say ‘Arsenal R back’ can mean they have been away!

    Compared to other languages English Grammar is not too difficult but the vocabulary is a nightmare of meanings.

  • colario

    ‘Walter, I agree with all you write, however to say ‘Arsenal R back’ can mean they have been away!’

    Editing my first post. They have been away in the sense of been below standard and are now back on standard.

  • Marvin, thanks for your comments and you are very welcome to make them, but there is a problem – and that is there is no justification given for the sweeping statement about “another think coming”.

    I did an article recently – hardly a masterpiece, but still it was an analysis rather than an opinion, in which I noted the development of a number of players since the start of last year, and thus suggested that we would perform more akin to the performances of the end of the season rather than the start.

    You may disagree, but at least it is an argument with some basic points rather than just a statement.

  • Marvin

    @tony, thanks for your reply. Agree that I simply made a statement and I had not read your article prior to my posting. Have done so now, and whilst I agree with a lot of your post, I still am not convinced whether these players are ready for the premiership. To be honest we have been playing against very weak teams, apart from our last game and the challenge of the epl is a completely different ball game.

    Traditionally, utd always do pretty badly in pre season and many start to gloat, but, when it comes to the crunch they turn up and see do the opposite. You can’t be serious when you say we should not add to the squad?

    Now I think it’s pretty awful we have not bought anyone yet, primarily because all our eggs are now in a basket called Suarez. I think we should have paid the money for Higuain, and used the other money to bring in a attacking midfielder along with cover for the ageing Arteta. And the glaring need for a goalkeeper is never going to be filled under wenger.

  • Mick

    @Marvin

    ‘I think we should have paid the money for Higuain,’

    We were quite prepared to pay the money for Higuain at their original valuation of £23 million or thereabouts. They then delayed the sale to wait for the installation of their new manager and then increased the price by over 50%. Are you saying we should have still gone ahead? Very easy to say when it’s not your money.

    ‘And the glaring need for a goalkeeper’

    There is not a glaring need as far as I am concerned. You may be interested to know that Szczesny came third overall in the goalkeeping stats last season. The one we have been linked with (Cesar) and maybe the one who you have been clamouring for, came ninth. A useful backup yes but certainly not an improvement on what we already have.

  • Mick

    @Colario
    I guess you are talking about ‘Talksport’ the most anti Arsenal media outlet know to man. You cannot rely on anything they say.
    Mind you I don’t think you can rely on the Guardian either, this is how they reported on the URD equaliser yesterday.
    From their match report
    ‘the Japan international Yuki Abe scored the equaliser with a long-range effort.’
    Yes a long range effort from about 6 meters, did they even watch the match.

  • Marvin

    So, while the fact we’re after Luis Suarez suggests very strongly that we’re ready to spend money, I wonder if this is deal so unusual, so huge and out of our comfort zone that it’s everything we’re involved in right now. If you’re a seasoned Arsenal, and Arsene, watcher then you can’t possibly read those quotes and not get a little bit the fear right now. This idea that he never says what he means about transfers has some merit, no good poker player shows his hand, but these are comments which are directed at the fans, not the other players in the game.And very often he means exactly what he says. We are not close to signing anybody because, well, we are not close to signing anybody. There’s a lot of talk this summer of smokescreens. What if there is no smoke? Or any screens? I’ve worried that our chase for a striker means that we’ve ignored the other areas of the team which need strengthening. But perhaps Arsene genuinely feels we have plenty of candidates in midfield and Bacary Sagna can do the job at centre-half until Vermaelen is fit again.Personally, I think we’re light at the back, light in midfield, lack creativity in the final third and definitely need a striker, but we seem in no rush to get anything done. The Asia tour has been a fantastic success for the fans there to see the Arsenal, and I’m sure it’s had a great effect on the team too. It looked like the players enjoyed it and from a bonding, team spirit point of view you can’t argue with it. I’m sure Ivan Gazidis has done some sterling commercial work out there.Yet the concerns I expressed when we went out there about lacking focus in terms of our transfer business don’t seem that unfounded now. When we left it wasn’t as a question of if, but when, we’d sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid. Whether you like Suarez more or not, I don’t know how anyone could suggest that it wouldn’t have been anything other than a fantastic signing for Arsenal Football Club. Our inability, or unwillingness, to accept Real Madrid’s valuation of the player has seen him go to Napoli instead.There’s talk now that Suarez might cost £50m to prise away from Liverpool. I don’t want to go into the ins and outs of all that again, but Higuain for £31m and a midfielder/defender in the £15-20m bracket makes us significantly stronger for the same amount.All the talk of doing our business early and efficiently has proven to be just that, all talk. It’s the end of July now. Yes, still time to bring people in before the start of the season, but as each day passes there’s less time for those players to settle in and adapt before the new campaign begins.We’ve cleared the decks quite efficiuoted from arseblog….

    That In my opinion sums it all up

  • Marvin

    Quoted from arseblog

  • Goona Gal

    @ Mick – It’s good to know that someone agrees with me about Cesar! Once upon a time he was arguably one of the best in the world, but not any more. He is carrying a lot of injuries and whilst he would be good addition, he isn’t a nailed on starter. Because of Arsenal’s Brazil national team link, Cesar is familiar with the club and so I can understand why he wants the move, but Arsenal don’t need him at the fee QPR would like (rumoured to be around £5-7m – remember they got him on a free). As well as paying his big wages, which is understandably a stumbling block. The truth is the quicker QPR can get him off their wage bill, the better it will be for them as they aren’t in the strong position they think they are. We are not desperate for another keeper.

  • Bootoomee

    I’m so looking forward to the start of season! Me and my family (who are not season ticket holders) will be at the Emirates cup to usher in the new season.

    I have no idea how well we’ll be doing but I am very optimistic in light of how we finished last season and our highly successful Asian tour. I intend to enjoy the 38 weeks roller-coaster ride all the way. Maybe we’ll win a trophy or 2 (or more!) maybe we’ll win nothing but I’m certain of one thing: the team will play some amazing football. I’m so looking forward to this.

    I find it disingenuous from fans (gooners and non-gooner) downplaying the success of our tour. Really? It is the same set of fans who’ll be crying doom and gloom if we had Man U’s results.

  • joe

    @bootoomee, stop posting bs youignorant fool.
    I think this is the season where we will see a serious insurrection from the fans, because we have been patient for far too long while the club has treated us like b!+c#e$. But they’ve gone too far this window with the promises and lies. I don’t care whether we’re good enough to “challenge” for the title. EVERY team starts off challenging for the title but most fall by the wayside, while only a few really start the season being good enough to win it and last the distance. Why can’t that be us, for crying out loud? Why can’t we aim to win the darn thing, instead of being content with just taking part? When was the last time we lasted the distance? Heck, we came fourth a couple of seasons ago in a two-horse race for the title! And it always comes down to the same things – lack of quality and squad depth. So when will we fix these things? They suckered me with the Higuaín deal, I have to admit. It made sense on every level for us, and I seriously let my guard down and believed… Well, that’s what you get with this club when you believe their tripe. I just want this window to be done and over with, so at least I can watch some football. There is absolutely nothing worth looking forward to because it will most likely be more of the same.

  • joe

    @marvin I totally agree with arseblogger today. And he is quite the optimist when it comes to backing wenekr.

    To be honest I find it odd that we did not want to pay 34mill for Higuain, only 22mill but bid 40mill for Suarez. Is he really twice as good as Higuain? Similar goal ratio, same age. Higuain seems to be humble and a good guy. If we really wanted a world class striker Higuain was there for the taking. These Suarez/higuain bids smell of “impossible bids” Like we bid for players we know will be rejected to create some uplifting bubble amongst the fans. In reality we do as we have done before and go with the team we have. Wenger will not drop the model he has worked on for so long. He is taking a huge chance but if he believes in this team so much then so be it. If he does win a trophy and gets top 4, maybe even challenges many fans will forgive. But since they have said “we have money” now and have launched these bids many fans will then ask why did we not do more? Invest more. A quarter in the CL, 4th and carling cup win may not be good enough for many if we know we had money to buy. Then it will always be “what if?” I really hope Wenger puts his money where his mouth is this time around. Seriously noone expects 40-50mill signings. A 20mill striker would be enough to bring out the smiles of many fans. Maybe a 15mill CB and a 20mill DM too. That is 55mill more well spent than on one Suarez. Or on one Bernard. Williams or Skrtel, Fellaini and maybe Remy from QPR(he did well after he was bouhgt for a crap team) would give us depth and strengthen us. 20mill could have been used on Benteke too before he signed his new contract. Or we could have picked up Mario Gomez from Bayern before he went to fiorentina. Instead it is Rooney, Suarez, Higuain…I do not believe these bids one bit.

  • alex

    @ Marven and your likes could you tell please tell why
    Scezny and Fabiansky are not good ? It is easy to say I want a goalie but you don’t seem to have a reason.

    @Walter
    I don’t go all the way on your beloved Ramsey.From last season I learn that the chap is capable to run all day and as others said has good engine.
    As a midfielder lucks killer passes,He hasn’t got good ball distribution capabilities . Still take ages before passing the ball to a team mates. Moutinyo (Liverpool) of course Cesc and the little brazilian of chelsea got in them this instinct that they pass the ball without even looking at the intended mate.
    This is not just to bash Ramsey in my opinion I don’t see it in Him . Can he develop ? I give 6/10.

    We can interpret Arsene quotes whichever we want.Fact is the club is in Suares deal.So if the team is good enough to compete why on earth do we splash 40 odd Mil. For a striker ?
    Giroud is good as Ba, Dzeko, Lukaku and the rest.But is not the type fox on the box.Suarez is and we need it.

  • Goona Gal

    Anyone else think that joe has outstayed his welcome?

  • 1NiltotheArsenal

    Excellent post.

    I have a lot of time for our “R’s”, and Rosicky because of his injury record has never received deserved recognition. Easy one the best of his generation and when fit, we are fortunate to have in our colors.

    As for Ramsey, the stick he’s put up with from his own club’s fan is risible. What heart and spirit from a young man whose career could very well have ended 2 years ago. He is nothing less than a hero for his fight back to health and form. I agree that he’ll improve some more this year.

    Finally, on the subject of transfers, I think we can put all the needless speculation to rest with the recent comments from Wenger (from the The Daily Mail):

    “We are ready to do quick deals but all the transfers do not depend only on us. But we are prepared to wait. It looks unlikely before the Emirates Cup.

    “We still have a strong squad but we are there on the market to try to strengthen our team. With or without additions we can be title challengers next season.”

    We are not close to signing Suarez or anybody else so there’s no reason why I should talk about it.

    “There is nothing to say. I have been away now for two or the weeks and it’s hard to see how things are advanced because everyone is on tour at the moment and it’s very difficult to get in touch with people.

    “What has changed recently is that in Europe some countries like France suddenly have bought some very talented players who two or three years ago would all have come to England. It makes the chase for talent very difficult.

    “What we want is not a name but a good player. The name is less important. What is more important is the quality of the player. At the moment I must tell you we are not close to signing anybody.

    “We try to do the job and we will try to do it well. But that is in front of us. We have worked a lot but nothing has been concluded with anybody.”

    So stop speculating and hope for the best with the current squad. Case closed. January, anyone?

  • bjtgooner

    @Goona Gal

    Agree about joe – he is totally wasted space – he is either a Le Groan devotee or has swallowed their propaganda. He is one of a number who turn up here almost in rotation to try & cause dismay and uncertainty amongst the fans.

    Ban him please Walter.

  • Mick

    Red card for Joe and several others of the same ilk, sperez, UK etc.
    I come on here to read and discus with like minded folk, not to hear the rants of the anti everything to do with Wenger mob. I don’t know why they keep posting here other than to deliberately try to disrupt and annoy. They know full well they are not going to ‘convert’ us to their way of thinking any more than we can persuade them to agree with us so what are they trying to achieve. It just ends up a ridiculous slanging match nine times out of ten.
    Birds of a feather please.

  • Goona Gal

    @ bjtgooner – At what point does it become okay to just cut and paste someone else’s blog post or view on this site? If I wanted to know what Arseblogger or Le Grove thinks about anything, I would just click on that site.

    I say take ownership of the comments that you make and the views that you hold. It’s getting very boring having a bunch of abusive lemmings on this site as they don’t read the articles and even if they do read them, they don’t understand what it was actually about and finally they don’t know how to participate in a discussion.

    I actually hate people being banned, but joe for example should be given a yellow card.

  • Super Singh

    What is it with people that think that Arsenal have done something wrong in the Higuain deal? Arsenal made an offer then was dragged through the deal by Madrid insisting everyone wait for the new manager, then increase the fee because another club has load’s more money?
    Napoli got stitched up and Madrid made more money by waiting? Brilliant bit of business by Madrid.
    Bastards.

  • bjtgooner

    @Goona Gal

    I usually agree with you 100%, but re joe I would disagree on the level of response. He is a repeating pain in the ……
    I would red card him, I think he is past taking note of a warning.

    We have been targeted by too many plonkers/AAA agitators – time they were chased back to Le Groan or their sewer.

  • Bootoomee

    Joe,

    You are a retard.

    Sorry but I cannot have a conversation with you when you haven’t learned how to use the paragraph yet!

    Stop threatening a revolt, carry one out. Internet tiger, keyboard warrior!

  • Goona Gal

    @ 1NiltotheArsenal – It was Mr Attwood a couple years ago who highlighted that the take over of PSG would affect the Premier League and make the transfer market even more difficult to navigate and AW has now openly stated it also. The demand for a big name marque signing as well as for the club to say openly who they are targeting is difficult due to player ‘gazumping’ from clubs who have no budgets.

  • Unbelievable belief

    Joe
    @4:17
    Can’t you spell? You Wenekr.

  • Marvin

    Goonagal, just because someone doesn’t blindly follow wenger doesn’t mean they have out stayed their welcome.

  • Goona Gal

    …..so Joel Campbell is off to Olympiacos….

  • Goona Gal

    @ Marvin – Hmmmmmm…

  • Unbelievable belief

    Marvin.
    All I’d ask for is good manners.
    Not being able to spell our manager’s name is a bad start.

  • Marvin

    I agree with the manners bit but I also understand his pain and frustrations with the way the club are going. It’s a case of adding players where we need and not penny pinching like Weave been used to.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    “Always two there are, a master and an apprentice,” Yoda said of the Sith in The Phantom Menace.
    This system of Sith teaching, known as the Rule of Two, is being perpetuated on Untold Arsenal .
    One clown …sorry ,one Sith comes on and spews bile and is soon followed by another who condescendingly supports the first .
    The question which even perplexed Master Yoda was, “Who is the Master and who is the Apprentice .

    Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.
    YODA, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

    MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU !

  • Mandy Dodd

    Off topic but is some reports on cesc this morning are true this summer could be about to get a lot worse. That is if they really are true of course. Mind you Darren dein instrumental so wont be doing us any favours

  • Marvin

    @mandy if that did happen then it would be heinous. But quite honestly, I would no longer be surprised.

  • Mandy Dodd

    Maybe the cesc Suarez stuff is all smoke and mirrors and we are really after someone like alexis Sanchez that would be so very arsenal

  • Yassin

    @ mandy, marvin
    What reports about cesc?

  • Mandy Dodd

    A few reports including express suggesting he has agreed to go to utd

  • Yassin

    Oh hope not
    Now that will ruin my day
    If he want to leave and we are his first choice, why cant we get him already?

  • Mandy Dodd

    Do not know yassin maybe he is not our choice or maybe we are waiting for something to activate this clause

  • Brickfields Gunners

    An interesting study on heart attacks .Good to know .

    -(A) The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British, Americans or Australians.

    (B) On the other hand, the French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British, Americans or Australians.

    (C) The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British, Americans or Australians.

    (D) The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British, Americans or Australians.

    (E) Conclusion: Eat and drink what you like. It’s speaking English that kills you.

  • Yassin

    If he is not our choice, still we cant let him go to utd, and i believe he is the missing puzzle we lacked in last seasons since he is gone.
    As for waiting for the clause to be triggered, pray to god it is so, maybe we want to know the real price tag barca want on him.

  • Lanre

    I don’t know why some people don’t think things through before placing blames here and there.
    The Prof said we have a good squad, and we can challenge for the title. Looking at our squad, I’ll agree with him. Granted, we could do with one or two new guys. We can’t expect the manager to say the squad is not good enough. What kind of message would he be passing to the squad?
    Ofcourse we are in the market to do deals, if and when they happen, time will tell. Madrid played us, what could the manager do about that? Start a bidding war? I’m sure there are other players who could make us stronger but I believe the manager wanted someone who is different from what we already have (Suarez?). Higuain to me is more of a giroud. There are very few players in the mould of Suarez. Put his antics aside, Suarez is what this team needs. Just picture Suarez on the left, cutting in, Walcott on the right, Giroud in front and Santi behind him. With Rambo and Arteta tidying up things. Mouth watering I’d say.
    Personally, I am not too comfortable with the Suarez pursue, but as I always do, I trust the Prof. 15yrs with us and all of a sudden he is dumb? Nah. Let him do his thing.
    We can wait for Suarez till the last day of the window since he isn’t eligible to play anyway and we already have the squad to qualify us for CL.
    Deals will happen people. Arsene Knows.

  • Pat

    Nice article Walter.

    Brought a smile to my face.