By Bulldog Drummond
Here’s a thought to kick off the day. Yesterday (Sunday) Untold Arsenal got over 100,000 page views in one day for the first time ever. Quite a lot of reading really. The average person read two pages – so just over 50,000 visitors in a day. A lot of excitement this end as you might imagine. Champagne even!
Anyway, onto the football,
And the big news is: ‘Gunners hire private jet to fly Benzema in for medical’ (Telegraph).
And “Striker could be presented before Premier League clash with Liverpool” (also Telegraph)
Of course all the world knows that Mr Wenger’s view is that there are too many clubs chasing too few strikers. But it seems it is not just us that is having a problem. The Independent came up with Goalless United left to ponder transfers as Rooney’s goal drought stretches to 10. Which really shows why buying a forward for a lot of money and then relying totally on him can go rather wrong. Better to rely on the many perhaps. Have goals coming from all sorts of people. Giroud, Theo, Alexis, Ramsey, Wilshere… oh, that’s Arsenal.
Poor Mr Wenger. He must be getting thoroughly pissed off with having to answer the same question over and over again. But still he does it with charm and insight, and a fair dash of stating the obvious, as with this week’s highlight…
“We live in a society that is hungry for news and news is good, I can understand that. But you have to absolutely be convinced that it strengthens your team.
“What is our target every day, from morning to night? We try to be as good as we can in every single department of our club. I expect a new signing, but we are not close.”
So maybe the Telegraph has got it wrong! Wow.
Liverpool’s results thus far this season give a mark of the club’s progress.
- Stoke 0 Liverpool 1
- Liverpool 0 Bournemouth 0 (but goal awarded to Liverpool because they were playing at home and you have to don’t you, it’s in the rules).
This summer they have bought
|CB||Joe Gomez||Charlton Athletic||£3,500,000|
|CM||James Milner||Manchester City||Free|
|GK||Ádám Bogdán||Bolton Wanderers||Free|
|AM||Roberto Firmino||1899 Hoffenheim||£21,300,000[B]|
|FW||Christian Benteke||Aston Villa||£32,500,000|
Sterling has gone and so largely due to that they have brought in £47m. Balotelli is still at the club, and the word is that if he is still there in September he will get a loyalty bonus. They have won only once at Arsenal in 15 years.
As for Arsenal, the headline on a blogetta that is the Daily Express is
and if you believe that then best to give up on Untold and stay with the Daily UKIP.
By way of contrast Arsenal.com tells us “We have nobody back from the players who did not play against Crystal Palace. All of the players who were available at Crystal Palace should be available on Monday night.”
Specifically on Alexis he said, “On Monday night he will not be short of full fitness. It’s surprising because when he has not got the basic fitness required, he has the mental resources to dig deep and be combative to fight. He also has the talent.”
So Arsenal.com says everyone we might reasonably want, is available, while the Express says worrying doubts about Sanchez. Which should we believe? Difficult, isn’t it?
In his spare time Mr Wenger is also doing everything to try and stop Jack going to play for England and certainly he says he won’t be playing for us.
As for Liverpool, they have Henderson as a doubt, with Allen, Sturridge and Flanagan all out. Their leading scorer so far this season is the referee.
|J Clasie||3 wks|
|R Bertrand||3 wks|
|F Forster||7 mths|
|2||5||Crystal Palace||C Wickham||TBC|
|J Speroni||1 wk|
|M Chamakh||3 wks|
|L Baines||3 mths|
|T Hibbert||3 wks|
|D Gibson||1 wk|
|4||5||Newcastle United||M Sissoko||1 wk|
|S Marveaux||3 wks|
|P Dummett||1 wk|
|5||5||West Ham United||R Oxford||1 wk|
|M Zarate||3 wks|
|J O’Brien||1 wk|
|E Valencia||2 mths|
|A Carroll||3 wks|
|J Flanagan||4 mths|
|D Sturridge||3 wks|
|7||3||Arsenal||J Wilshere||3 wks|
|D Welbeck||5 wks|
|8||3||Aston Villa||J Crespo Ri’n||3 wks|
|G Gardner||3 wks|
|J Okore||3 wks|
|9||3||Norwich City||Y Mulumbu||4 wks|
|M Olsson||3 wks|
|K Lafferty||3 wks|
|10||3||Stoke City||J Walters||1 wk|
|P Odemwingie||1 wk|
So, we are not doing to badly on the injury front.
The teams and a further assortment of pre-match mishmash will follow around 1pm and the latest on the Banner.
The Ref Preview for Arsenal v Liverpool.
From today’s anniversary files
24 August 2003: Three years to the day after signing Wiltord scored two as Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 4-0. Arsène Wenger said in the press, “I feel it is very important in our minds to do this and I know the hunger is strong to do it.” He named Newcastle, Liverpool, Man U and Chelsea as the main rivals for the Premier League. It was the 2nd league match of the unbeaten season
- @UntoldArsenal on Twitter
- Arsenal Annivesaries each day on the home page
- Remember, remember. The history of Arsenal’s pre-seasons: now covering every season from 1983 to 2014, with more articles forthcoming.
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal