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  1. Rhys Jaggar
    25/02/2010

    Rumour of the day:

    Fabio Capello has been asked by John Terry if the England boys can fly back from South Africa for a day at Royal Ascot during the World Cup. Captain Fantastic assured his manager that the aim was to spend their bonuses before they had earned them, as this meant they would actually need to play well this time around. Jet lag would not be a problem as the squad member who won the most money would pay for the return corporate jet with full bedding and separate suites.

    When asked whether the numbers on the plane would be greater than 23, Terry indicated that Ashley Cole might need cheering up, Michael Carrick might need waking up and Wayne Rooney might need a minder in case his former gambling creditors still remembered the number of creditor days which ensued before settlement was complete. No WAGS would be on board, but beyond that, the female contigent was still unclear……..although a sweepstake on which squad member would be the first to bed Cheryl Cole was now running.

    The manager is not thought to take longer than 12 minutes to issue his decision…….

  2. well-endowed gooner
    25/02/2010

    Why is the Premier League being replaced with the Super League, if the only change is the addition of 4 more teams?

  3. walter
    25/02/2010

    Womens football… the nightmare of many refs in my country. Let me explain myself on this. I have nothing against women, au contraire… but womens football gives a double feeling.
    And when you get a gama in the national divisions then you get good games of football even in Belgium where womens football is not as good as in the Uk. But those are good games.
    The nightmare is however when you get a game in the lower divisions which are organised per county. And when you got a game in the lowest division and of the lower placed teams… er… then you can do your match from withing the center circle of the pitch.
    This season I had a very demanding game at U21 level and pulled myself a muscle but I could end my game. The next week I had a ladies game in the lowest division and lower placed teams and I was able to do this game without any problem. I couldn’t run properly in fact but it just wasn’t necessary to run hard. I even was writing an article in my head during the game and had no problem during the whole game. Nobody had noticed that I had a muscle problem at the end of the game.
    So womens football is always a bit of a double feeling. When you get the national league it is nice to do but on the lower level… well good if you get some physical problem but otherwise very boring.

  4. walter
    25/02/2010

    On the other hand I have seen the lady’s cup final the last years and must say I was very impressed with the Arsenal Ladies. They really had a great team which has been weekened recent like Tony has explained in his article.

  5. Tony
    26/02/2010

    Well-endowed – the changes for the Super League are

    Fewer teams not more – the point being that there are not enough good players and they are spread too thinly, so the aim is to have a smaller number of top clubs, but bigger regional leagues so those who want to play can.

    The league moves to the summer, rather than through the winter. Look at the league table and you will see how many matches have been abandoned or postponed because of the pitches.

    The clubs are in many cases financially unstable, and the aim is to have a top league of stable clubs, to make the game grow and develop, so a good player knows she can find a solid club, well run, playing on a pitch that survives.

  6. christianjimmy
    26/02/2010

    Best rumours so far!
    The first Yaya of spring… and Zayatte’s quote. Inspired.

    [Back on topic]
    It may sound harsh, but as fully Arsenalified as I am, I really cant find anything in myself other than a passing indifference to the Arsenal womens team.
    I follow and take an interest in the reserves and youth teams – but only in that they eventually (hopefully?!) impact on the first team. The womens team however is just a complete other sphere to me, doesnt impact on anything at all. The team can be as succesful as anything, (and well done to them for being so!) or they could be rubbish, but it doesnt have any effect on the 1st team at all. Am I unusual in my diffidence, or are other gooners as apathetic about the arsenal womens football as me?

  7. Jonny
    26/02/2010

    I’m not indifferent. My dad went a couple of times last year and I had meant to join him but had other plans. i do take a passing interest certainly.

    Moreover I’m very proud that our club takes this form of the game seriously and hasn’t just TOTALLY ignored it as an irrelevance like many moneyed clubs have.

    I think our club just has a better moral barometer than many clubs – we try to do things The Arsenal Way and this holds to a certain level of tradition.

    So yeah – I’m all for it.

  8. korihikage
    26/02/2010

    i follow the results of the ladies’ team on the club website and bbc sports. i would love to go down to the games, but i live in munich.

    i was hoping that the bayern munich frauen would progress in the champions’ league and draw arsenal, so i could go down and watch arsenal ladies. but it wasnt meant to be.

    duisburg is a bit too far out, and i have commitments which prevent me from travelling that far out.

    there were reports that kelly smith and alex scott were supposed to come back on loan. i suppose that deal has fallen apart, since it has been so long? any news on this?

    i really wish we still have kelly smith, kaz carney, alex scott and anita asante. but i can see why they want to move to the States.

    i think UEFA should look into creating a European Super League on top of national competitions. the top teams get promoted to this Super League and that is their only competition. Relegation will push them back to the domestic leagues.

    i know financially and logistically, it isn’t feasible. most of the players are not professional.

    but i feel that the FAs and UEFA have to do something. The fact is, with the exception of Germany, the rest of the european leagues are losing their best players to the WPS because of money and the standard of play.

    other than that, i feel that it is wrong to say the ladies team is insignificant. they are a part of the arsenal football club. and it shows how complete, how holistic we are.

    that together with our community work highlights how special arsenal is as a club.

    it makes me proud to be an arsenal supporter.

  9. Abhishek
    26/02/2010

    Did anyone manage to see the financial report today. The club has made huge profits and the best part was that property part is no longer a liability. Infact they have almost payed all their debt and all the new sales would mean more money or less debt for the club.

    The report is a beauty to read and tells us how beautiful this model is.

  10. walter
    26/02/2010

    Yes Abishik looked very nice indeed. I was hoping that someone would take a further look on it and give us more information. Maybe one of the people who have more knowledge on these things will tell us more. I hope so anyway.
    “By 30 November 2009, the Group’s total net debt had been reduced to £203.6m (31 May 2009 – £332.8m).” More than 100M less debt in half a year… that really is impressive I would say.
    The future is Arsenal.

  11. walter
    26/02/2010

    I mean Abishek, sorry.

  12. tim
    26/02/2010

    walter and abishek — It’s a great report, indeed. But if you want some dark comedy, look at how Le Grove is interpreting the report.

    The only thing more dangerous than stupid people are partially-educated people (with internet connections).

  13. Abhishek
    26/02/2010

    hey Tim

    really liked ur comment.. just had a basic question..

    what is Le Grove

  14. Paul C.
    26/02/2010

    Tim – we think the same thing. I just saw comment but I had said the same thing on Walter’s thread this morning, check out my comments on that as well. I think that post on Le Grove has to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen, except for the fact that so many people seem to be agreeing with it. My goodness, what are those people smoking and where on earth can I get some of it????

  15. walter
    26/02/2010

    Jezus Tim, really how is this possible…
    Seen someone say : “do we need 100M in the bank with a team that is shit”.

    JC, a shit team that is 3rd for the moment… how can you say things like that ??

    Well I don’t comment over there (anymore) after some bad experience I had.

  16. Paul C.
    26/02/2010

    I just finished reading through the accounts in full and they represent interesting reading for those so inclined. Our footballing costs actually went up considerably (and thus profits down) due to increased wages. Those increased wages are all the new contracts that have been signed recently. The matchday revenues went down by almost 4million due to one less home match. Other revenues were level or down due to the recession. Despite all that we made a profit of 18million from the footballing operations.

    The Highbury Square development is 12million away from being debt-free. The club continue to pay down that debt (originally 135million) and believe it should be gone this financial year. After that all revenues are profits for the club. There are other property developments the club is involved in which are now debt-free and so all further revenues from the three additional property developments will be profits for the club.

    Basically everything looks very solid. The club has 101million in cash on the sideline of which 22.5million is required to be held as security against the stadium loan. That is a nice chuck of money to have set aside for a rainy day (although fans with no brains would rather have the club just SPEND, SPEND, SPEND that money without any thought for a day when we might actually NEED it).

    More of the same please.

  17. IndianGooner
    26/02/2010

    Paul,
    It was indeed a great read.. especially the part where the total debt has been reduced from 330m to just over 200m. The hard work of 10years is starting to pay off..

  18. anaconda
    26/02/2010

    Tony: Look at the league table and you will see how many matches have been abandoned or postponed because of the pitches.

    ***

    Even though there has been postponements due to the weather, the main reason for the big difference in the played games are the Womens European Cup, which was held last fall and the league started at around the same time. So teams which had a lot of players there were allowed to postpone the fixtures from that time.

  19. tim
    26/02/2010

    Abhishek, it’s an Arsenal blog that’s probably the polar opposite of this one (though you probably figured that out already from the above comments).

  20. tim
    26/02/2010

    @ walter and Paul C. — Yes, it’s ridiculous. I mean, it’s one thing to make knee-jerk reactions to plays on the pitch, and pretend like they know what they are talking about.

    It’s entirely another to make them regarding financials…

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