Monthly Archives: May 2011

Wilshere inspires, Gunners called up and Sevilla offers Denilson a way out

Tomorrow marks the start of a new month where player and staff transfers will be the main activity all over the globe. We the gooners hope that AW will do his business early enough so that the fresh blood will have enough time to gel into the squad before the new season kicks off. In 2009, AW had to wait for the transfer deadline day in February before unveiling Arshavin to the World. In the winter transfer window this season, he acquired the services of a Japanese youngling that has the DNA of Hidetoshi Nakata, Shunsuke Nakamura, Cartoon Networks’ Samurai Jack and Street Fighter’s Ryu. The bloke took the EreDivisie by storm in just 5 months but he may not be eligible to play for the Gunners due to work permit problems so a second spell with the Dutch outfit might be on the cards.

Still sticking to transfer news, Barcelona is back again to launch another futile attempt to bring Arsenal’s captain to their Alien camp. The media Vultures say that a £30m bid is on the cards. For a player like Francesc Fabregas, £30m is preposterous. Even a shitty player like James Flour Mill-ner commanded the same amount and I haven’t even mentioned Andy Carroll yet. We all know that Man City say that they can pay up to £58m for El Capitan but the player has made it clear that if he’s ever going to leave Arsenal this summer, Planet Barcelona will be the only destination. I still hope that Cesc will stay because he’s absolutely vital in Arsenal’s trophy hunt next season. Denilson on the other hand is a player whose departure might be celebrated in some corners of the World. When he was on the pitch, Arsenal won only 33% percent of its games this season. His departure also ensures that a much better holding midfielder would be bought in his stead. We all know that AW is a replacement specialist so let’s keep our fingers crossed as the days go by. Sevilla has come to the Brazilian’s rescue to offer £8m for his services. Denilson cost Arsenal £3.4m from Sao Paulo in 2006 so a fee of £8m may not be the highest in the World but the club pat its back and say that it made over 100% profit from his sale because we all know that Arsenal is all about profits.

Nigeria hosts Argentina in an international friendly tomorrow so a host of international friendlies and qualifiers will take place in the course of the week. Arsenal is one the top sides in World football so it was expected that a considerable chunk of their squad will be called up for international duty. All Gunners that will leave London for their various destinations are 17 in number. They include

Thomas Vermaelen

The Verminator injured his Achilles tendon when he represented his country in September and that injury robbed Arsenal off his services for the season. He’s fully fit again so he’s been invited to captain his nation when they host Turkey on the 3rd of June in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Johan Djourou

After defeating Wales in their last Euro 2012 qualifier, England is now at the top of the food chain in Group G ahead of Montenegro thanks to goal difference. Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere will lock horns against Johan Djourou on the 4th of June in Wembley.

Robin van Persie

Arsenal’s red hot Flying Dutchman will get his chance to continue his amazing goal scoring form when the Oranje travel to South America to take on Brazil on the 4th and Uruguay on the 8th

Aaron Ramsey

Wales 2-0 Northern Ireland, May 27
Wales 1-3 Scotland, May 25

Rambo scored for his country as they beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in the Nations Cup on Friday but came in as a sub when they were beaten by the Scots.

Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna, Abou Diaby and Gael Clichy

In a squad infested with Frenchies, Laurent Blanc decided to pick only 4 to play qualifiers against Belarus, Ukraine and Poland on the 3rd, 6th and 9th respectively.

Tomas Rosicky

This season will probably go down as Tomas Rosicky’s worst season in the club because he spent countless days injured and wasn’t too impressive when he was on the pitch. His lowest point was the penalty miss against Sunderland while his highest should be his first goal since the Feudal Age against Leyton Orient. He has been invited by his boss to captain his nation when they play Peru on the 4th and Japan on the 9th.

Wojciech Szczesny

Arsenal’s No. 1 will face a true test of his ability on the international scene when Poland hosts Argentina on the 5th before taking on France on the 9th.

Andrei Arshavin

Russia’s little leader will rally his troops when they host Armenia on the 4th in a Euro 2012 qualifier before playing with Cameroon on the 9th.

Nicklas Bendtner

Danish sweetheart Nicklas Bendtner will get another chance to show off his pink boots when they host Iceland in a Scandinavian affair with a place in Euro 2012 finals up for grabs. The game will take place on the 4th.

Marouane Chamakh

Chamakh has been called up to play a Nations Cup qualifier against their neighbours Algeria on the 4th

Farmer Eboue

It’s plant cropping time again in Africa so Farmer Eboue has been called by the Elephants boss to teach his fellow Ivoirians how to plant cocoa in Benin Republic on the 5th.

Kieran Gibbs and Henri Lansbury
European Under-21 Championships, June 11 – June 25

The young duo have been called up to the England squad for next month’s European Under-21s Championships in Denmark. Stuart Pearce’s side begins their campaign on June 12 against Spain in Herning. They then meet Ukraine at the same venue on June 15 and finish their Group B fixtures on June 19 against Czech Republic. Before then, England takes on Norway in a warm-up fixture at St. Mary’s Stadium on June 5.

 

Jack Andrew Wilshere is the revelation of this concluded season and has earned plaudits for his exploits on the pitch. He may not have the strongest of bodies physically but his mental state can be compared to a father that has 3 kids. His composure with the ball is top notch; his ball control is second to none. He also has an eagle for that killer through ball and he’s never afraid to go into a challenge. There were games he was hacked and scythed to the ground countless times but he simply got up and continued doing his thing but there were other games he lost his cool with the Stoke match a noteworthy game. Wilshere won the PFA Young Player of the Year award because of his consistent performances on the field of play and he also ended up being Arsenal’s and Gooner Daily’s Player of the Season. He has said that it will be a disaster if Arsenal doesn’t secure any trophy of any sort next season. Going without a trophy next season will be meltdown for we the Arsenal faithful.

It would certainly mean that the fans will request for AW’s head on a plate and the board might be under extreme pressure to meet their demands. Wilshere went on to say a lot of inspiring words,

 “A hundred per cent it will be a disaster if we don’t win a trophy next season. We know that. The fans feel it. We feel it. We just need to win a trophy. There have been times at halftime when there have been arguments and we’ve come back out and won. We do miss a player like Patrick Vieira. But there are leaders at Arsenal, the experienced players like Robin.

Thomas Vermaelen is back — that’s great. We’ve got Van Persie, Vermaelen, Cesc. We probably need a few more big leaders to help us out. People say Cesc doesn’t look like a captain, but he’s been great for me this season. I hear people say he’s not a good leader, but I think he’s a good leader. On the pitch he is always helping me. Off the pitch he has become a good friend. He’s been over in England eight years, but Barcelona is his home. It’s hard for him so I can understand where he’s coming from but he’s the Arsenal captain and he’s been great this season and we hope he can be great next season. In some of our games he has been our best player by a mile, and we need to keep our best players if we want to win things. He likes Arsenal, and I’m sure he wants to be at Arsenal. If they can reach an agreement then I’m sure he’ll want to stay. He needs to stay.

When things were going well, we were good at that – all together. When it went wrong maybe our heads went a bit and we never got it back. There will be a lot of things going on in the summer to see where it wrong. Not so much keep going on at the ref, but just let them know. You see the players at Man United and they are great at it. They are round the ref.

If nobody watched Arsenal play and saw they finished fourth with no trophies, then everyone would say it’s a bad season but look at some of the games — you don’t beat Barcelona every week. So we can take some positives. We were so close against Birmingham to winning a trophy and then we lost in the last minute. That’s the last thing you want because Koscielny must have felt like I thought, that it was a bit unprofessional to ruffle his hair up. It was the worst way to lose and since then it just seems to have gone wrong. We just need that one trophy and it’s going to change. We said before the Birmingham game that this could change our season if we win it and if we lose it. It changed it for us.

We lost it and we went out the Champions League and it went downhill from there. Wilshere has strong support for Wenger. The manager stuck with me and he gave me that chance and hopefully I’ve repaid him. Because he’s a good manager he wants to protect his players but we have to take responsibility. We need to stay in the top four and push on for a trophy.”

He still had the time to talk about his nation,

“My perfect formation would be 4-3-3 with one holding and then the two going forward. I would be one of the ones going forward – like we played with England against Wales with Scotty Parker holding and me and Frank Lampard. He has great hope for England’s future. Definitely there are players. Josh McEachran is a great player. I hope next year he can break into the England team, like I did this year. Theo Walcott’s maturing really well. People were saying he didn’t really find the final ball but this year he has been brilliant for us. He’s popped up with some goals.

There’s Jack Rodwell, Adam Johnson, younger players like John Bostock who haven’t really had their chance yet. In the England team, there’s Ashley Young, Theo, Andy Carroll, Adam Johnson, me. There are a lot of good young English players coming through, maybe a bit like the Spanish players. Obviously I look at the Spanish and want to play like them because they’re the best in the world and won the World Cup. That style of football is the way I like to play.

There are English players like Joe Cole and Ashley Young who can play that way.”

These are certainly the words of a man that has what it takes to lead Arsenal and England in the near future. Fabio Hitler has even confirmed it himself that Wilshere has a very bright future. Jack Wilshere has been likened to Paul Gascoigne, Liam Brady and Paul Scholes.

Speaking of St. Paulinus of Manchester, the veteran has decided to call it quits with football to end an illustrious career that saw him win a shitload of trophies under Sir Alex Chewie. Neville and van der Save did it before him but his retirement will definitely be a great loss to football but I can’t recall many central midfielders that had the attributes of Scholes all at once. A central midfielder whose through passes where like hot knife through butter, shots like a battering ram and the aggression of a raging bull that’s about to fight it out with a matador. Paul Scholes will surely be missed not just by Man Utd fans but by neutral football lovers. I heard that he’ll be given a coaching role at the club in appreciation for his years of service.

In the Arsenal news, I urge to check out this Arsenal season review by Sounak Mukharjee. I really loved the way he categorized the article. He started with the season targets set by the club before writing about the goalies, defenders, midfielders and the strikers. He also wrote about the highs and lows of the season. Trust me, it’s worth a read.

I would also like you to check out Omar Almasri’s Arsenal blog called O Posts. He has been writing about and giving in-depth info of Arsenal’s transfer targets.

The tweet of the day goes to Mayorbaze,

“@Mayorbaze: Not a bad way 2 start the exodus but I would have loved to see Almunia topping that list. I don’t mind if we pay the interested club to get Almunia”

Come to think of it, no one is talking about our loyal SpanEnglish goalie.

Here’s to Jack Wilshere.

A rare gem at Arsenal Football Club.

Sayonara

Vela blocked, youngsters released and F.I.F.A.

Arsenal as a footballing body is a branch of a tree called the English FA and the FA is also a branch of UEFA. The general tree that covers them all is that organization that was formed in 1904, FIFA. If Blatter decides tomorrow that all goalies in the game must wear pink, there’s nothing that Wojciech Szczesny can do about it even if he has tweeted that he hates the jersey colour.

Sepp Blatter became the boss of football’s governing body on the 8th of June, 1998 but one of my fondest memories as a kid was watching the first game of the World Cup between Brazil and Scotland on my birthday on the 10th of June, 1998. Cesar Sampaio scored a brace in that game but Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit scored the final goal that won France the cup. 4 years later, the cup was co-hosted for the first time in Japan and Korea but my memories of my country in that tourney are not fond at all. Nike were the first to create a disaster by releasing a lemon green jersey that had a horrible view under the Sun. Nigeria didn’t even help matters by finishing at the bottom in a group that contained Argentina, England and Sweden. The star of the tourney was Ronaldo but Oliver Ganges Kahn surprised everyone by being the first goalie to make it into the World’s top 3.

In 2006, my country missed out but the highlight of the tournament involved Materazzi and the Pope of football, Zinedine Zidane. Last summer, the World Cup came to Africa for the first time and Nigeria messed up again by losing out in a group that contained Argentina, Korea and the modern day Spartans. The Aliens from Planet Barcelona infested the Spanish National team and used their mutant powers to win the tourney. Before the World Cup was played, we were told that the next edition was to be hosted in Brazil and I plan to visit the country for the tourney whether Nigeria qualifies or not.

In recent times, there have been dark clouds shrouding FIFA over claims of bribery and corruption. We all know that David Beckham, David Cameron and a host of others were the ambassadors for England’s World Cup 2018 bid but they lost out to Arshavin’s Motherland Russia. I really loved the catch phrase the English chums used,

“England United….The World Invited”

The 2022 World Cup was to be hosted outside Europe thereby making countries like America, Australia and Qatar to make bids for hosting rights. Qatar won the bid to host the tourney in their hot land but claims are now emerging that Asian Football Confederation’s president Mohammed Bin Hammam literally bought the tournament for Qatar. He has denied these reports but he has been banned from participating in any footballing activity pending further investigation of the case. This now means that Mr. Blatter will be unopposed in the forthcoming election that is supposed to take place next month. Another FIFA figurehead that has come under the spotlight for the wrong reason is CONCACAF’s president Jack Warner. Jack Warner has also been suspended over allegations of corruption filed against him.

There are emerging tales that Warner and Bin Hammam paid up to $40,000 to Carribean officials for votes in the forthcoming presidential elections. I watched an interview on Warner in EuroSport News so I was able to get a few words from the boss of football in North America.

Warner says,

“I’ve said this before; you haven’t seen anything yet because at the end of the day, Blatter must be stopped and if he believes that he has Blazer as his ally. The same Blazer that has charged me has never spoken to me, never called up an executive council meeting, never called up a meeting of the emergency committee. Blazer is an employee and I’ve never seen any documents yet. The accuser is questioning me with nothing”

UEFA chief, Platini was also asked a few questions about what he feels about the turn of events in World football’s governing body and he says that it will be a massive blow for football if the allegations are true. Platini has made some reforms in his own European football governing body which include adding 2 extra referees on each line to prevent goal line errors, giving England and Spain 3 automatic Champions League group stage slots because of their outstanding performance in the tourney and changing the previously mediocre UEFA Cup to the more exciting Europa League.

I don’t know why all these things are happening to our beautiful game but I sincerely hope that they get their acts right and sort every issue because the ramifications won’t be nice.

To the Arsenal side of life, 4 youngsters have become free agents because AW decided that they were surplus to requirements at the club. I’ve seen 2 of these youngsters play before while I’ve seen the other 2 in Football Manager.  Mark Randall is the most prominent name in the list of players has been given the boot by Arsenal. The 21-year old bloke that was born in Milton Keynes joined Arsenal in 2005 but I doubt if he has made up to 5 appearances for the club. While at Arsenal, he has made loan appearances for Burnley (2007/08), MK Dons (2009/10) and Doncaster (this season). The only game I could remember watching Randall was in that Carling Spoon defeat to Burnley in 2008 in a game that’ll be remembered for Bendtner’s profligacy. Good luck to the youngling as he searches for a new club. I’m pretty sure that he’ll fit into a npower Championship side because he has Championship experience.

The second name in that list shares the same name with the Hollywood actor that starred in Mission Impossible and The Last Samurai, Thomas Cruise. The youngling didn’t make any senior league appearance for Arsenal but played his only Arsenal game I can remember when the Gunners visited Georgios Karaiskakis to play Olympiakos in the Champions League group stages. Youngster Kyle Bartley also made his first appearance in that game but he’ll still be an Arsenal player. The other 2 players that make up the list are Roarie Deacon and George Brislen-Hall. I have no idea how those blokes look like but I know that Deacon is a chocolate skinned bloke because I manage my Reserves in Football Manager 2011. Good luck to them all as they ply their trade with new employers in the near future.

Carlos Alberto Garrido Vela is one of the most cultured strikers you’ll ever see. He has a very sweet left foot that’s skilled in the art of chipping goalies. Since his move from Chivas Guadalajara in 2005, he hasn’t played much due to work permit issues so he was loaned to clubs in Spain to get some games under his belt. He finally got his chance to play for his club almost 4 years after he was bought and he gave the Gunners a night to savour in the 6-0 win against Sheffield United where he sealed a hattrick. Last season, he featured in the Carling Spoon and played a lot of games on the left hand side because of AW’s new 4-2-3-1 formation and hasn’t been too impressive there. This season he has made few sub appearances and scored 3 goals but as time went on his chances of playing for Arsenal reduced from slim to none thereby making AW to hand him a temporary switch to West Brom where he has impressed. As expected, West Brom came to Arsenal for an enquiry but AW has told them that the young Aztec Warrior will be part of his plans next season.

This summer all attention will be turned to International football but every player in Arsenal’s squad will go home and watch the games from their plasma screens because the 2 tourneys being played won’t be of any importance to them. Wilshere would’ve been involved in the Under-21 tournament that takes place in Denmark but he has been withdrawn. The other tourney that will be played this summer is the Copa America 2011 that will be played in Argentina. As a Hispanic side Mexico is eligible for the tourney but AW has told the Mexican FA that Vela won’t feature for them in the tournament because he wants the young Aztec Warrior to go through the preseason with the rest of the other blokes in the squad.

In other news, Swansea has entered the record books as being the first Welsh team to play in the Premier League. A hattrick by former Chelsea reject and speed merchant Scott Sinclair helped them in their surge. Phil Dowd also awarded them 2 penalties but this time they were well deserved unlike the horror outing he put up at St. James Park in February.

That’s all for today.

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The sentence of the day comes from Arseblogger,

“Arseblogger: Have you ever noticed how many of our players can accommodate the arse? In their name I mean……..Cesc fabregarse, Andrei Arseshavin, Thomarse Vermaelen, Bacary Sagnarse, Nicklarse Bendtnarse, Lukarse Fabianksi, Emmanuel Eboue…..No, wait, he is an Arse

This was published in his post on the 26th but I just wanted to share it with the Arsenal fans.

A club that’s managed by Arsene Wenger.

Sayonara

Song talks about mentality and a quick focus on the birthday boy: Andrey Arshavin

As a proud Nigerian, the Premier League is more or less the most viewed league in the country so the football fans of this country have divided themselves into 4 main fan zones which involve the top 3 clubs that wear Red and the final fan zone being that Blue wearing team from West London. With Liverpool’s trophyless inactivity in recent years, the English Premier League fandom has been divided into Chelsea, Man Utd and of course the Arsenal.

Yesterday, Man Utd had the chance to be crowned as Champions of Europe for the 4th time but they came up against a side that’s infested with aliens from other galaxies. That diving nitwit called Dani Alves has a head that’s shaped like Saturn without the rings on, David ‘son’ of Villa shoots more balls than the amount of Sun rays that hit the Ozone Layer, Xavi and Iniesta were put in the same spaceship with Superman when Krypton was about to go into oblivion and Lionel Messi is the supreme ruler of his own planet. He came on a personal mission to invade Earth and his invasion plans are working well because he’s literally worshipped in some sections of the Earth.

The champions of England played the champions of Spain yesterday night but it was a one way contest from start to finish. As expected Man Utd’s Korean superstar Wong Fei-Hong worked his skins off but it wasn’t enough because old hags like Hugh Giggs Hefner couldn’t keep up with the pace of Barcelona. Rooney’s goal was beautiful but Villa’s match winner was the kind of goal you’ll score in Pro Evolution Soccer when you press the ‘R2’ button after taking the shot.

I hate Barcelona for unsettling Fabregas, funding Busacca to give rVp the softest of red cards and their long list of players that can’t shut up but I hate Man Utd more so I was happy with the end result because if United had won yesterday’s match, Twitter would have been forced to extend their 140 character limit because Man Utd fans over my timeline went haywire when Rooney equalized for them. I don’t even want to write about how my Man Utd contacts on BlackBerry Messenger were acting up.

I’ll give you a few quotes from the beaten finalists,

Rio Ferdy says,

“At 1-1 we genuinely thought we could win the game. But we got hit with a bit of a sucker punch. A couple of their goals were preventable, but you’ve got to give credit when it’s due. We had a gameplan today that we thought could beat them. Tonight, it just wasn’t to be.”

Vidic the Terrible says,

“When you come to the final, you want to win. We didn’t win today, but we have to say tonight that Barcelona played some good football. They had more chances than we did. And they were better than us tonight.”

And Edwin van der Save says,

We made one or two mistakes, and they punish you. It was one game too many for us I think. It’s not nice to lose of course but they had the better chances. I don’t know if I could have prevented Leo Messi’s goal. I thought I positioned myself well but David Villa was blocking my sight. Messi tends to curl it to the far post and he just clipped it around Villa. They are very good. We started well in the first 15 minutes, same as we did in Rome, and you just have to try and score the first goal but we didn’t do that It’s not always given that your career ends on a good note but I thank everybody for the memories and we’ll see each other again.”

You can’t deny that Barcelona is the greatest team in this era but I’m proud to say that they met their demise at the Emirates even after scoring first. That’s one game, I can tell my kids about in the near future.

To Arsenal news, I’ll start with Aaron Ramsey. After spending a shitload of time out injured thanks to that dimwitted Rugby oaf called Shawcross, he did very well to come back and get unto the pitch to gain match fitness. Nottingham Forest and Cardiff where the teams that offered to give Ramsey the match fitness he needed but there was still time for him to feature at this parent club Arsenal this season. Things went from good to better for the youngling when new Welsh boss Gary Speed awarded him with the biggest individual honor a footballer playing for his national team can have, the captaincy. Ramsey was also the person that put a little dent in Man Utd’s title bid even if they still ended up as champions. Ramsey has urged AW to splash the cash this summer to bring it that much needed quality that has been lacking in certain areas of the pitch. I know that spending £∞m on a certain player is no true guarantee for a trophy but it’ll go a long way because Arsenal FC is a club whose players get injured mysteriously. Take this season for instance, Eboue’s knee against Braga in the Champions League, rVp’s knee against Birmingham in the Carling Spoon final and Djourou’s shoulder against Man Utd in the FA Cup. These were injuries that were supposed to make them stay out for all eternity but they made amazing comebacks.  On the other hand, Fabregas’ hammy was supposed to keep him out for a few weeks but it changed to a few extra weeks. Vermaelen’s Achilles tendon was a different story on its own.

I don’t need AW to buy every player that’s linked to us but I want him to get us a center back, a holding midfielder and a winger. I’ll keep you updated as more transfer stories unfold.

Rambo celebrating his goal against United

Alex Song grew from strength to strength this season with more consistent performances for Arsenal this season. Even though his new hair-do seems like a fashion disaster to me, his exploits on the pitch has gone a long way to impress his ever growing fans. He even improved his game massively by adding goals to the equation. Out of the 5 he scored this season, the match winner against West Ham still stands out as one of my personal favorites because I was scared that it was going to be one of those Arsenal games that we’ll press and probe but nothing will come out of it. We still had such games last season with Sunderland and Blackburn the most notable. If someone told me that we were going to draw those games at the Emirates I would have laughed the person off but they actually happened. The principle attribute that was the major factor why Arsenal couldn’t convert 1 point to 3 was the issue of the team’s weak mentality. There were many games Arsenal left me with tears and agony. When you needed them to give that extra 110% they were found wanting.

At the start of the year, Arsenal was the only team in the Premier League that was gunning for all four trophies football as a sport had to offer. There’s one adage that I read in Emirates View Point and it has been in my head forever,

“If you haven’t had your first cigarette, you can never be addicted to smoking”

In the present crop of players under AW’s disposal, only a meager amount of 5 players know what it feels like to stand on that podium with all your fans screaming in elation. Fabregas, Clichy, rVp and Almunia won the FA Cup in 2005 while Squillaci has a long list of trophy hauls he won in his days at France and Spain. The others just read about them in books or re-live them in their dreams. This is not the time to point fingers at player A or player B because the season reminds me of T.I.’s hit track, dead and gone. Song has come out to say that we need to change our mental approach next season if we want to break that trophy duck. It’s also pleasing to know that these words are coming out from a player like Song because the fans can attest to his approach play this season. He was never afraid to make that tackle and get that yellow card as long as the opposition play has been stopped. Even after being booked, Song was still there to make more tackles and stop play. He crossed the line when we played Sunderland at the Stadium of Light but I felt that the booking was soft though. The only players that played in the same wavelength with Song to me all season long where Szczesny, Sagna, Wilshere and rVp. There were other players that played in the mold but they didn’t maintain it all season long.

Mentality isn’t something you can just teach in a class. It’s something that the individual will have to improve by himself. Next season starts in August so we’ll have to wait and see if Song and the other ‘high mentality’ blokes can rub off their influence on the rest of the squad.

Song in action

There’s a Gunner that turned 30 today. He was born in the city of St. Petersburg. I still prefer the city when it was called Leningrad. This gunner started his career in Zenit St. Petersburg when he was 18 and played stayed in the club for almost a decade achieving legendary status there before being snapped by Arsenal for £15m in the winter of 2009 on the very last day of that transfer window. This gunner made over 300 appearances for his former employers and was instrumental in their league win in 2007. He also gave the 2 assists that were needed to sink Rangers in the 2008 UEFA Cup final. In the same year, he dazzled Man Utd in the UEFA Super Cup to win the trophy for his Russian side. On the international scene, he helped his country to win the bronze medal in the last European Championships that took place in Switzerland and Austria in 2008. He was very distraught when his country missed out of the 2010 World Cup but he played a major role in his country’s bid to win the hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup even though he won’t be among the 23 men that will represent his country.

In his first season at Arsenal, he took the Premier League by storm with his account opener being at the hands of Arsenal’s goal scoring maiden, Paul Robinson. His highest point in his Arsenal career was the incredible 4-goal affair he had at Anfield in the spring of 2009. The first was from a Fabregas pass after some good work by Nasri, he worked the 2nd himself after some poor Liverpool defending, his hattrick was gifted to him on a platter thanks to more atrocious defending from Liverpool and his 4th came from a brilliant counter attack that was started by Walcott. His first full season with Arsenal was last season and he came up with the goods scoring 10 league goals in 30 appearances but he got injured when Arsenal played Barca in that 2-2 draw at the Emirates. This season he hasn’t been that little magician we all felt he could be but he still did well enough to score 10 goals and lay on a lion’s share of assists for his teammates.

With all the summer shenanigans about player departures going on, he has relieved me and other Arsenal fans by saying he’ll be at Arsenal next season.

Happy Birthday Andrey Arshavin.

I hope that you’ll quell your own personal inconsistent demons with better performances next season.

The tweet of the day goes to @jimthegooner

“@jimthegooner: Retweet if your team has beaten Barcelona this season”

I guess that we are the only fans that can retweet on that tweet. Except you’re a fan of Hercules CF

That’s a wrap folks.

Sayonara

Arsenal makes a bid for Samba, AA23 stays and more media Vulture speculation

There’ll be no more season reviews or Gooner Daily awards for another 365 days so it’s time to write about the daily news that is making waves in that place called GoonerVille. I want to express my profound gratitude to every reader that voted on the blog’s Facebook page. I’ll be updating the page from time to time so you could always go there to see what’s new in your spare time and don’t forget to ‘like’ the page while you’re at it.  Twitter still remains the blog’s strongest base though. You can follow the blog @goonerdaily and I’ll surely follow back.

After tonight’s match between the two sides that were beaten at the Emirates Stadium, there’ll be no real football for three good months so every football lover will have to find something new to keep busy. I have my Football Manager 2011 and my blog to keep my football mind active while another bloke will probably go to the newspaper stands every morning to get him/her a piece of that daily transfer news.

Sticking with transfer news, the media Vultures are it again with news linking players from the Milky Way into Arsenal and news linking some Gunners to the other footballing realms. Starting with the Gunners that seek greener pastures in other realms, AC Milan have joined the long list of clubs that want to take a sniff off our captain’s butt again but they say that they’re a broke ass lot so they can’t afford Fabregas.

The comments made from the AC Milan hierarchy can be likened to a young kid telling the World that he can’t afford a PS3 even though he needs it but my question remains,

“Why tell the World that you cannot afford the PS3 even though you need it? Do you expect someone in the World to open up a PS3 charity organization so that you’ll be able to get it?”

I know that AC Milan is a club that deals with wheeler dealers, marquees and free signings but spend when they want to. They stole the Flanimal from us 3 years ago and have acquired the services of my compatriot Ismaila Taye Taiwo and AW’s long term admirer Phillippe Mexes for free recently. I have one simple message for that Fly Emirates wearing outfit that has Red and Black stripes on their jersey,

“If you want Fabregas, join the list of the other assholes and come with money. If not shut thy pileholes and wait till 2017 or so. That’s when his contract expires”

Samir Nasri is another player that may seek greener pastures elsewhere should he not decide to sign a new contract with Arsenal. I’ve written before that the reason Nasri hasn’t signed a new contract is best known to those Aliens that are scared of attacking the Earth because Chuck Norris still lives. Inter and Bayern are keeping tabs on the Frenchman but the latest bloke that has decided to stick his mucus filled nose into our affairs again is that cuntbutling wankhammer of a left back that called us a training centre late last year. Patrice Evra.

Evra wants his fellow Frenchie to join him at United even though we haven’t heard a word from their gaffer, Sir Alex Chewie. The player that can’t fly his jersey even though his life depended on it still had the nerve to taunt Nasri and his employers, the Arsenal. The cuntbag said that he has won trophies to ∞ at Man Utd so Nasri will have to be on his toes if he wants to join them. I can keep raining abuses on Evra because I don’t really like that bloke but I’m extremely positive that he’ll score an own goal at the Emirates in the foreseeable future.

Switching over to the happier side of the news that involves players coming into Arsenal, I’ll start with the not so good news. It seems as if Nasri’s fellow Frenchie of Algerian descent Karim Benzema will not join us this summer because he wants to stay at Madrid to fight for his place with Gonzalo Higuain. It seems as if Emmanuel Greedybayor didn’t do well enough to impress the men wearing the suit at the director’s box because they are saying that he’ll go back to Man City to meet a manager that might that won’t welcome him back like the prodigal son.    The media Vultures say that Arsenal is closing in on the Europa League’s hottest striker, Falcao. I’m a fan of Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate because I’ve managed him before in Football Manager and I’ve watched his highlights on TV. He has predatory instincts in the box and he sure knows how to plant the ball at the back of the net. I know that that responsibility has been bestowed on rVp but you can’t bank on our Flying Dutchman to play all 38 league matches. Our bitter rivals, Tottenham are also keeping tabs on the striker so we’ll have to wait and see how the story unfolds. Nobody has worn the fabled No. 9 jersey since Eduardo left it so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

There are also emerging tales that Arsenal are after LOSC Lille Metropole’s French double winning duo, the BioHazard of Eden and that Ivorian chap that has the type of a name Brazilian footballers give themselves. When his parents gave birth to him on the 27th of May, 1987 in Anyama, Ivory Coast, they named him Gervais Yao Kouassi but he felt that Gervinho would be better because he probably watched Brazil a lot when he was growing up. Like Farmer Eboue, he got his big break in Beveren of Belgium before Le Mans snapped him up for a meager sum of £575,000. 2 seasons and a few league goals after LOSC Lille Metropole came knocking on Le Mans door and they multiplied his transfer sum by 10 to sell him to Lille at £5.75m. He dazzled the Lille faithful in his 1st season with 13 league goals in 32 appearances and went even better in the season that just wrapped up. The best thing about Gervinho is that he’s in the mold of excellent wingers that can be deployed in the center forward position and that kind of versatility could play a role in a club like Arsenal. The BioHazard of Eden is in another class of his own. He started his career in Lille at the milk sucking tender age of 16 and has been a regular starter for the French outfit that just won their first double since the days Joan of Arc fought for their freedom. A player like Hazard will command a massive transfer fee because of his age and talent but I know how AW can be in certain situations like this. I’m guessing that if his price is too much, he’ll tell the young lad that he’ll sign him for free and give him a handsome salary when his contract at Lille expire.  Hazard will then tell the World that he doesn’t want to go anywhere but he’ll keep playing for Lille only to arrive at Arsenal for a fee of …..

To the main headline of the day, it’s been said that Arsenal has made an £8m bid for the most handsome captain in the league, Christopher Veijeany Samba.  A player like Samba will be a massive boost to a team like Arsenal because he has that much needed Premier League experience that’s needed at the back. He joined Blackburn from Hertha Berlin for £400,000 and has averaged at least 35 league games every season for them. At 193cm, his aerial prowess cannot be overemphasized. He’ll be a massive threat from corner kicks as well as in our own end when we want to defend set pieces. Arsenal conceded almost 20 goals from set pieces alone this campaign. Emirates Stadium was the only ground in the Premier League where no goal was conceded from outside the box. That tells you the whole story.

However, signing a monster like Samba would mean that Arsenal would have 5 recognized center backs in the team. This would mean that every player will be on his toes because his place will be under threat and he’ll have no choice but to perform solidly anytime AW decides that it’s his turn to play.

Finally, Arshavin has cleared the air about his future in Arsenal. AA23 was also the subject of discussion in my last post because I handed him the award for Gooner Daily Worst Player of the Season. I’m a fan of the little pygmy but I gave him that award because that was what the gooners voted for in my blog’s Facebook page. I wrote initially that the awards will be DEPENDENT on what my esteemed readers voted so I’m sorry if you feel that Arshavin is not your worst player.

Arshavin scored 10 goals for Arsenal this season but most of his performances were very lethargic. It became evident when he lost his place to Theo Walcott as the season progressed. He scored Arsenal’s first preseason goal in the 4-0 win against Barnet but he opened his season account with a spot kick against Blackpool in August. At the end of that month, he scored Arsenal’s winner against Blackburn with a close range finish from point blank range. In September, he joined the party in the 6-0 thrashing of Braga, the icing on the cake when Arsenal walloped Tottenham in the Carling Spoon 3rd Round and the opener against Partizan after a cheeky backheel by Wilshere. He shot blanks in October but ended his goal drought the next month with Gooner Daily’s Goal of the Month for November against Aston Villa. Arshavin scored a scissors kick in the last Arsenal game of 2010 against Wigan but shot blanks again in January. He scored 2 goals in February with the most memorable being the match winner against Barca. His last goal of the season was in March when he scored Gooner Daily’s Goal of the Month against West Brom.

Arshavin is a player that can produce that moment of magic when needed so I’m delighted that he has decided to stay with us. I certainly hope that Nasri and Fabregas follow suit.

The tweet of the day comes from @BarcaTheOffside but @AccioMaria completed it.

“@BarcaTheOffside: If Pep is Aragorn, Messi is definitely Frodo, Villa is Sam while Iniesta is Pippin….”

“@AccioMaria added: Then I guess that Wayne Rooney is Smeogol cause they both have the bald thingy going on”

It’s time to get my Guinness for the final at Wembley.

Here’s to a good game of football, even if I hate both clubs playing it.

Sayonara

Gooner Daily 2010/11 season Awards

There’s so much going on in the Arsenal World with player departures and likely arrivals making waves everywhere. The prime suspects that may have new employers at the start of next season are Denilson, Almunia, Squillaci, Vela, Bendtner, Clichy, Nasri, Arshavin and Fabregas while their likely replacements are Parker, Falcao, Benzema, Sakho, Chuck Bass, Tomasz, Enigma106 and Captain America. I’ll continue to update my readers as every story unfolds but today’s post will be dedicated to my esteemed readers that voted in the polls I created in the blog’s Facebook page.

At the end of every season, I’ll write a season review like the one I wrote yesterday. This will be followed by a special Gooner Daily awards article that’ll make me re-live those moments that made gooners Worldwide to enter states of euphoria and elation or states of despair and frustration.

Gooner Daily will publish a list of its personal awards for the Gunners in that season. There are awards for the good, the bad and the ugly.

The criteria include:

Save of the season

Goalkeeping blunder of the season

Assist of the season

Goal of the season

Match of the season

Worst match of the season

Most improved player of the season

Worst player of the season

Player of the season

Gooner Daily XI of the season

Each criterion will have a top three listing from the 3rd to the 1st.

 

SAVE OF THE SEASON

In football, the goalie stands out as the backbone of any team. He’s the leader of the defensive orchestra. He can be the difference between 3 points and 1 point. Here’s Gooner Daily’s top 3.

3. Wojciech Szczesny against Sunderland (5th March, 2011): Arsenal pressed and probed Sunderland for that elusive match opener that never came but at the other end of the pitch, Welbeck had a chance to hand the visitors all 3 points but Szczesny pulled off a magnificent save.

2. Wojciech Szczesny against Man Utd (13th December, 2011): This was Szczesny’s first league appearance in Arsenal colours and he performed admirably in a game where Arsenal’s outfield players were found wanting. Rooney was through on goal and noticed that Szczesny was off his line so he attempted an impudent chip that was saved by Arsenal’s goalie.

1. Fabianski against the Wolves (9th November, 2010): In a game we found ourselves at the back foot throughout the game, Fabianski pulled out a save of the highest quality in the dying moments of the game. With Arsenal leading by a lone goal with seconds to spare, a low drive to the bottom corner was saved by Fabianski’s left hand. The best part of it all was that his long throw led to a quick counter attack which saw the gunners go 2 up thanks to Chamakh

Fabianski in action against Wolves

GOALKEEPING BLUNDER OF THE SEASON

This is definitely not a nice award to have but as a true gooner, you have to accept the fact that the “good” goes hand-in-hand with the “bad”. In football, a lapse of concentration from a goalie will not go unpunished. Here’s Gooner Daily’s top 3.

3. Manuel Almunia against West Brom (25th September, 2010): This was the game that made Almunia lose his place in the starting lineup. Chris Brunt played the ball through to Jara who was faced with two obvious choices, to cross or to shoot. The bloke gave Almunia a simple cushioned ball but it somehow passed the goalie into the net.

2. Wojciech Szczesny against Birmingham (27th February, 2011): In probably the most important night of Szczesny and Koscielny’s career, both players got involved in a bad communication error that made both  lose the ball on the 89th minute to Martins. The rest they say is history.

3. Manuel Almunia against West Brom (19th March, 2011): For no reason explainable to man, Almunia ran out of his box to attack the ball like a robot whose control chip became dysfunctional when Arsenal visited the Hawthorns. Odemwingie controlled the ball and evaded Squillaci. Almunia then “pushed” the Squisha out of the way like he knew what he was doing. Odemwingie had the simplest of tasks by planting the ball into an unguarded net. Pathetic.

That awkward moment

ASSIST OF THE SEASON

A bullet can never be fired if the “gunpowder” isn’t supplied. These are the 3 passes that cut through the opponent’s defense like a hot knife through butter. It’s not surprising that one man stands out from the crowd. Mr. Creativity himself…Francesc Fabregas. Here’s Gooner Daily’s top 3.

3. Fabregas for Nasri against Tottenham (20th November, 2010): In a game where Arsenal’s first half was simply stunning before they conspired to lose the game. El Capitan pulled all the strings in the midfield. Seconds after spotting Nasri, he sent a delightful diagonal through pass to his teammate. The goal wasn’t the cleanest thing you would ever see but it made the fans sing “One-Nil to the Arsenal”

2. Fabregas for Vela against Bolton (11th September, 2010): After exchanging 22 passes, number 23 arrived at El-Capitan’s feet. While everyone expected a shot or another “Ole”, he lobbed the ball beautifully to the Aztec Warriors path. Vela finished it off with a lovely placed finish.

1. Fabregas for van Persie against Wigan (22th January, 2011): In a game that’ll go down as a personal landmark for Robin van Persie, Gooner Daily’s assist of the season goes to the assist Fabregas made for rVp’s second goal. He noticed the striker’s off the ball movement then sent a well weighted diagonal through ball that was finished superbly by the flying Dutchman

rVp celebrating his second goal against Wigan

GOAL OF THE SEASON

Goals are the very essence of football. One goal is enough to get you 3 points in a match provided you are rock solid and water-tight at the back. These are the 3 goals Gooner Daily felt stood out from the crowd in 2010/11 season.

3. Nicklas Bendtner against Ipswich Town (26th January, 2010): Wilshere who was simply faultless in that game sent another delicious long ball to the rangy Dane. He used his technique to bring the ball under control, cut inside the area then curled the ball past Fulop. That was a goal made in dreams.

2. Samir Nasri against Fulham (4th December, 2010): Nasri left two Fulham defenders on their backsides before thumping home with his left foot from close range.

1. Robin van Persie against Barcelona (16th February, 2011): Arsenal’s equalizer came from the man whose form is as hot as supernova. Clichy overlapped well but saw that there was a little opening for rVp. He played a clever chip to rVp path. Everybody including me thought it was going to be one of rVp’s “twist and turn” moments. The intelligent Dutch noticed that Victor Valdes left a very minute gap on his near post so he lashed a shot from an impossible angle that beat Victor V on his near post. It was definitely the goal of the season by my book.

Goal of the Season

MATCH OF THE SEASON

This award goes to the games that’ll be fondly remembered by gooners for years to come.

3. Tottenham 3 Arsenal 3 (Walcott, Nasri, van Persie) (20th April, 2011): Both teams needed a victory to challenge for their targets so a draw didn’t help their cause but the game was enthralling and entertaining for those neutral football lovers.

2. Arsenal 3 Chelsea 1 (Song, Fabregas, Walcott) (26th December, 2010): This game was definitely one of the high points of a season that ended on a low. Arsenal enjoyed a 9 day break the postponement the Stoke Rugby FC game caused to be fresh enough to see off an aging Chelsea side.

1. Arsenal 2 Barcelona 1 (van Persie, Arshavin) (16th February, 2011): This is one game I’m going to tell my kids when they grow up. No team in La Liga had won Barcelona after they had scored 1st but Arsenal broke their jinx and gave Arsenal fans a night to remember.

Awwwww........Memories

WORST MATCH OF THE SEASON

As I wrote earlier, the good goes hand-in-hand with the bad. Here are the 3 games Gooner Daily felt perplexed and vexed when watching. A true waste of hard earned currency.

3. Stoke Rugby FC 3 Arsenal 1 (7th May, 2011): That was one of the poorest Arsenal games I’ve ever watched, Djourou picked the wrong game to give AW concerns. They didn’t play that good, Arsenal was that poor.

2. Arsenal 2 Tottenham 3 (20th November, 2010): After a scintillating first half display, the World’s best left footed Chimpanzee, vdV and a Kab driver ensured that Tottenham FC’s 67 game winless streak against the “big Four” came to an end.

3. Arsenal 1 Birmingham 2 (27th February, 2011): The most realistic chance Arsenal had of winning a trophy was blown to bits thanks to a self-inflicted wound by Koscielny and Szczesny.

Pathetic

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE SEASON

AW is known for being one of football’s greatest “alchemists”, he has turned a lot of footballers from their raw horrible state to World Class status. One of his greatest protégées missed out on the greatest individual award for football in 2004 and 2005. Here are the 3 players Gooner Daily felt that AW converted from lead to gold in 2010.

3. Wojciech Szszesny: Szczesny virtually ‘talked’ his way into the squad and has done very well making some very commanding performances. I still do not know who Arsenal’s number 1 will be next season because Fabianski also did well when he claimed the number 1 spot from Almunia before getting injured.

2. Johan Djourou: Djourou probably started the season as Arsenal’s 4th choice defender but injuries paved the way for the Swiss bloke to strut his stuff and he repaid AW with a series of solid performances that was probably a factor why AW didn’t sign a player in the winter transfer window.

1. Jack Wilshere: This lad is definitely the best thing that has happened to England in 2010. He was so good that there were calls for the 19 year old teenager to board the plane to South Africa at the end of last season. His loan spell at Bolton was the turning point in his young career. There were a lot of fans that wanted him to have a second spell with Bolton but AW saw sitting down what no Arsenal fan could see standing……………the Future. With our new 4-2-3-1 formation, Wilshere is a regular starter and he has surpassed everybody’s expectation. To think he’s just 19. He crowned it all by winning the PFA Young player of the Year award.

PFA Young Player of the Year

WORST PLAYER OF THE SEASON

It’s one thing to have a bad day at the office. It’s another thing to produce inconsistent performances consistently. Here’s Gooner Daily’s top 3 count down for Arsenal’s most disappointing players in the 2010/11 season.

3. Sebastien Squillaci: The nomad was bought for a meagre sum and was more or less regarded as a backup player but he has been largely disappointing in his handful of appearances he made this season. He also scored 3 goals in his Arsenal career and they have all been headers. 2 ended up in the opposition’s goal, 1 in Fabianski’s goal. Cygan and Silvestre did it before him so he just had to follow suit.

2. Denilson Perreira Neves: This has been the Brazilian’s worst season in Arsenal. He has even said it himself. The bloke has been restricted to substitute appearances in the league and some cup games too but he hasn’t done himself any good with his consistent lethargic displays. If he ever opens up a Twitter account, I believe that he’ll get more abuses than Darron Gibson.

1. Andrei Arshavin: He came to Arsenal on the back of a splendid European Championship tournament and a good UEFA Cup campaign. The highest point in his Arsenal career is undoubtedly the 4 goal outing he had in Anfield. We all hoped that there was more to come but the 2010/11 season will be a year AA23 won’t remember fondly. He has played very poorly this season but he scored 10 goals and has been a creative force in the club in terms of assists. He’s not getting any younger and if he carries this sort of form when he reaches the 30-year old mark, he’ll definitely be shipped out. Zenit are knocking on his door but I still hope that he’ll stay.

Arshavin

PLAYER OF THE SEASON

This is definitely the best award a player can add to his CV. The award shows that out of a squad containing over 30 players, 3 players stand out. The 2010/11 campaign was a very good season for 3 gunners. They are:

3. Samir Nasri: Fabregas spent a considerable amount of time injured this season so the Mr. Creativity role fell to Nasri. Nasri has been excellent this season with the amount of goals he has scored surpassing the goals he scored in his two previous seasons. He also showed at the tail end of 2010 that Arsenal is not a “One-Man club”. Congratulations to him because his breathtaking displays earned him the “French footballer of the Year” award.

2. Robin van Persie: He was out injured for a long while in the start of the season but he took 2011 by storm scoring 21 goals with 18 in the league and 3 more in the other competitions football offered. If van Persie stayed fit throughout the season, it would have been a different outcome for the Gunners. It’s also heart warming to know that he can always be relied upon to hit the back of the net for years to come.

1. Jack Wilshere: After a successful loan spell at Bolton, AW unleashed Wilshere to the World in the 2010/11 campaign. Wilshere has been so consistent that it earned him a call up in the English National team. He has gone to the National team and has made the holding role his. At the tail end of the season, Wilshere has in the middle of a tug of War with AW on one end and Stuart Pearce on the other.  It’s beyond doubt that the Gooner Daily best player award for 2010 goes to El Capitan.

Wilshere making his first 3 Lions appearance

GOONERDAILY XI OF THE SEASON

This is the final award in this season’s edition. It goes to 11 players that gave Arsenal everything even if they ended in another trophyless campaign. The Gooner Daily XI award will be given on account of Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 formation.

GOALIE OF THE SEASON

Wojciech Szczesny: Since taking over from Fabianski in December, Szczesny has been phenomenal. I believe that Arsenal wouldn’t have been demolished by Barca or Man Utd if Szczesny kept. It’s really painful to know that he got injured when he was needed by the club. Szczesny will definitely give AW a cause for concern about who’ll be Arsenal’s top goalie next season.

53Szczesny53

LEFT BACK OF THE SEASON

Gael Clichy: Like I have a choice! Clichy doesn’t really have contenders for his position so complacency has crept into his game. I can’t still deny the fact that on his day he can be very good. His right footed assist to Song against West Ham can never be forgotten because it handed us 3 valuable points.

Flash

RIGHT BACK OF THE SEASON

Bacary Sagna: He was probably the most consistent performer of the 2010/11 campaign. His interceptions and goals were absolutely vital this season. He also put in a lion’s share of good crosses.

Mr. Consistency

CENTER BACK OF THE SEASON

Johan Djourou: The Swiss brick wall was a strong tower for Arsenal this season. The ‘over the top’ tactic used against Arsenal was quelled due to the aerial prowess of the defender. With talk of a new defender coming in, Djourou will have to be on his toes because he also showed his weakness in some matches with the game at Stoke and Bolton amongst others.

JD20

CENTER BACK OF THE SEASON

Laurent Koscielny: We all know the AW has a thing for French footballers. What the hell!……..he’s French. His stronghold and scouting ability in Ligue 1 has been a revelation for Arsenal FC. He doesn’t just bring the best French footballers to the club; he gets them at relatively cheap prices. With the exit of the Mercenary Gallas, Junkie Kolo, Send Errors and the BeansHeaded old hag, it was evident that our defense was in dire in of manpower. While the media were at it linking us to defenders from the Milky Way, AW went to Lorient FC to have a little chat with Yoann Gourcuff’s father. For a fee of £8.25m, AW revealed another intelligent defender to the footballing world. He might not be the strongest of players you will ever see, but Kos100%tackle’s ability to read the mind of an opponent and anticipate the ball with pinpoint accuracy is simply marvellous.

Kos celebrates his first Arsenal goal

HOLDING MIDFIELDER OF THE SEASON

Alexandre Song: The most shocking thing about Song is that he’s just 23. This simply means that he’ll probably rule our defensive midfield for 10 more years if he continues to work as hard as he did this 2010. With the exit of all renowned defensive midfielders in Arsenal, the panic button was pressed so hard by the fans that it sprang out of the remote control. AW simply told the fans that everything was under control. If AW had buckled under the intense pressure and opened Arsenal’s cheque book to buy a new defensive midfielder, the World could have been denied the viewing pleasure of Arsenal’s African diamond, Song. He did his “dirty” job using a “clean” style. His key attributes in 2010 were technique, first touch, tackling, strength, work rate, stamina, anticipation and a canny eye for goal. These are the attributes you search for when buying a defensive midfielder in Football Manager.

Freshness defined

HOLDING MIDFIELDER OF THE SEASON

Jack Wilshere: This is one player Arsenal FC can clearly brag about. A raw product of our impressive youth academy. Our academy is probably the best on Earth. The only academy better than ours is in another galaxy. The BarcAlien Mutant Academy. After spending a lot of time disgracing his elders in the Reserve League, AW decided that it was time for him to step up his game. At the milky age of 18, he was sent to a club that has monsters like the Elbow Man Kevin Davies. His spell there was so impressive to the extent of Bolton “ass-kissing” AW for him to have a second spell. We as fans thought that a second loan spell would be in the club’s best interest but AW slotted him into the holding role in our impressive formation. Whizkhid has been very outstanding this season. His commitment to the cause could make officials do the MRI scan on him again because he does not play like the average 19-year old. He just signed a new contract that would keep him in the club for all eternity. That’s definitely okay by me. It’s also warming to know that he’s the best young player in the business from the Premier League’s perspective.

Thanks Kos and Szszsz, there goes my 1st trophy

ATTACKING MIDFIELDER OF THE SEASON

Cesc Fabregas: El Capitan is definitely the next best thing after Thierry Henry. He came all the way from Krypton and was shown the light by AW the Alchemist. He is one of the most selfless footballers in the galaxy. He is very level headed, a true professional to the very bone. As for his passing ability….you wouldn’t blame him. In his days at Krypton with the BarcAlien Mutant Academy, he played “intergalactic soccer” with the rest of the Aliens all over the galaxy. He could be in Venus yet give a through pass to his teammate in Jupiter. Once in a while you’ll have to thank your “lucky stars” for some events that happened. If Krypton still remained in the Milky Way, we may never have gotten the chance to “steal” El Capitan. El Capitan has asserted himself in the hearts of Arsenal fans worldwide with his performances in the 2009/10 campaign. The goals and assists came like coins falling out of a miser’s sack. His hamstring has been a major worry for him this season.

Penalty with a broken leg

LEFT WINGER OF THE SEASON

Samir Nasri: Nasri came into Arsenal as the right replacement for Alex Hleb. He adapted nicely and scored on his debut. His second season started horribly with an injury inflicted by Abou Diaby. 2010 however has been the year of Nasri. He did well as El Capitan’s replacement in the early part of 2010 then spent the summer holidays at home instead of going to South Africa. This act activated a hidden monster within. Nasri’s newly found confidence and eye for goal was one of the highlight of our 2010/11 campaign. He even started his own Super Snood adventure. The goals he has scored this season have been very amazing. He opened his account with two penalties against Tottenham. He notched up 15 goals so far, thereby surpassing his total amount in his last two seasons with the club.

Nasri

RIGHT WINGER OF THE SEASON

Theo Walcott: Theo Walcott has matured massively as a player and has added certain attributes to his game. He is widely regarded as a speed merchant but this season he has added goals, assists, composure and tactical dribbling to his game. He showed up with the goods this season in some games and has been very impressive at the turn of 2011.

Theo

CENTER FORWARD OF THE SEASON

Robin van Persie: rVp should be highly regarded as the most lethal striker in the business this season because he scored almost half the goals Messi and Ronaldo scored in just 5 footballing months. Provided he stays fit next season, rVp will definitely surpass the 30-goal mark. That’s if he stays fit though.

Flying Dutchman

Thanks for reading today’s post.

I guess I’ll have to continue writing about the stories dominating the Arsenal World from tomorrow. :(

Sayonara.

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