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Fines, Speculation and RvP signs for Juve?

August began on a great note from a personal point of view but things have remained dormant in the realm called Arsenal. A realm where every bit of info makes the fans go haywire in anticipation only for reality to hit harder than nails on concrete.


I, like many Gooners out there has placed a clock as large as Big Ben in my house as we wait patiently for Arsenal’s first Premier League fixture against Martin O’ Neill’s Sunderland. Their previous manager, Steve Bruce, had led the Black Cats to their best ever finish (10th) in eons but he began last season on an all-time low, which cost him his job afterwards.


O’ Neill arrived like a house on fire, and his arrival coincided with a piece of good fortune for Sunderland, as they went on a mazy run in the Premier League, inflicting a sucker punch against Manchester City amongst other clubs. Arsenal arrived in their cattle-grazed pitch for the FA Cup fifth round, and produced a game that made the fans call for a few heads here and there.


Per Mertesacker’s season was cut short in the same pitch (Premier League fixture) but it was nice seeing Per, Bacary Sagna and Lukas Podolski dance “azonto” with Kaffy and other Malta Guinness folks in Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.


Errrr…that’s just me famzing. I had other family engagements on the same day but I had a few friends that graced the occasion, and they reported that the Gunners were on some azonto and etighi steez.


Moving on, some Gunners have put themselves in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. 


Everybody’s favorite Denchster, Emmanuel Frimpong, immaturely got himself in a Twitter row with a fucking Spud, and he has earned himself a £6,000 fine for calling the Spud scum a “yid”. The scoundrel had tweeted at Frimmy, telling him how he “prayed” for the Ghanaian to break his limbs and it wasn’t taken likely by the midfielder.


Twitter is a social networking platform that has taken relationships between footballers and fans to a new level but it has its limits, and finding the balance as a popular figurehead is paramount, because unlike “randomites” out there, footballers and other sports figureheads are closely monitored.


In the ongoing Olympic Games, some athletes have been sent back home for racist tweets aimed at fans. I hope that Frimmy and other Gunners on Twitter would learn a few lessons from this bit.


Sticking with fines, the world’s best striker, Nicklas Bendtner has been slammed with a £5,000 fine for driving without a license in South Tyneside. 


Well, B52 is no stranger to getting bad press for himself. I’m looking forward to reading an article on Bendtner’s antics and I’m pretty sure that it would be worthwhile. From dropping his pants in a club to going to a pizzeria without money while bragging that he could buy the entire facility if he wanted to. From playing with pink boots to his accident that saw him smash his car to bits (probably because he was drunk)


Bendtner is a fine footballer on his day but he does more harm to himself than good and many Arsenal fans have braced themselves to look forward to the new season without a certain No. 52 as he’s consistently linked with moves away from the club.


Moving over to speculation, the Daily Mail published an article revealing that Santi Cazorla has flown to London for a medical with Arsenal. Another sports column reported that the sought-after player has suddenly entered Chelsea and Tottenham’s radar.


Malaga’s center forward, Rondon, has already waved his goodbyes to Cazorla and he stated that the winger will be a big wrench to leave. Cazorla played a key role in Malaga’s Champions League qualification adventure but the club is a dire financial situation and they’ll have to balance their books with player sales.


Cazorla will be an amazing addition to Arsenal’s attack and I’ll be looking forward to seeing his magic down the middle or through the flanks. It is just me, or does Arsene Wenger have a thing for versatile midfielders?


Elsewhere, youngster Nico Yennaris has signed a contract extension with the club and Benik Afobe is bracing himself up for a loan move to Bolton. Owen Coyle has made a name for himself as a great man manager and he has worked well with many notable youngsters in the past. It was really shameful to see Bolton go down the drain but they are hugely tipped for a quick plunge back to the Premier League.


Finally, there’s a fresh development on the topic that has dominated the Arsenal blogosphere all summer long. Italian football agent Fabio Parisi has stated that van Persie has signed that fat £190,000 contract with Juventus in his bid to seal a move away from the Emirates.


I can’t back the authenticity of this info but as long as van Persie isn’t signing for Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, he has my fucking blessing. 


Yeah yeah, we’ll miss his amazing volleys, fancy footwork and get-out-of-jail free cards but van Persie’s relationship with the fans has plummeted downhill after his declaration of ambition. With Wenger trying to “ease” Podolski and Olivier Giroud into the club, we all hope that Marouane Chamakh won’t lead the line against Sunderland on the 18th of August. Say what you must, but that Moroccan bloke is utter shite.


Time to get on with my new job. ;)






Van Persie Returns, Frimpong in Trouble and Transfer Speculation

The media Vultures have been very busy this summer, publishing a million and one articles about the team they can’t seem to let go of, Arsenal. As expected, frustration and despair became the order of the day when van Persie released a statement declaring his intention not to renew his contract but the fans somehow found a way to stomach the disappointment and many wanted to see the back of the center forward.

Unlike last summer where Arsene Wenger resorted to panic buys to save his team’s campaign from going down the drain, the club showed good proactiveness to sign two polished strikers that will contribute immensely to the team’s attack this season. This sentiment is also shared by Carl Jenkinson, that has labeled the new recruits as fantastic assets.

Lukas Podolski has been more vocal in declaring his intent and ambitions for Arsenal in recent times while Olivier Giroud’s voice was heard when joined the club last month. However, Robin van Persie has returned from basking the Caribbean sun to hold crunch talks with Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal hierarchy over his future.

He had stated that the club hadn’t matched his super human ambition, but critics and skeptics alike believe that van Persie released that statement in his bid to get more greens in his pocket, despite the fact that he reiterated that he’s not after money. Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney shocked the football world in 2010 when he declared his intention to seek new employers elsewhere forcing the club to break bank to retain his services. Whether he plays or not, Shrek is sure of £250,000 at the end of the week.

As it stands, Arsenal have tabled Van Persie a three-year deal worth £130,000-per-week – plus a £5million loyalty bonus.

If Arsenal fail in their attempts, Wenger will sanction the immediate sale of Van Persie in order to have enough time to reinvest the money from the Holland international’s sale.

Apparently, everyone has his or her own opinion on van Persie. I can vividly remember that emotional open letter that was lauded by the Arsenal faithful because it spoke in volumes.

Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, has stated that van Persie is right to leave the club. The former striker actually hopes for van Persie to make a dramatic U-turn but he doesn’t believe that it can happen. He spoke about how Arsenal had been losing its best players in recent seasons and he wants his club to put and end to this trend.

However, he’s not in the opinion of van Persie leaving Arsenal for big bucks. He stated that Manchester City has the money for van Persie, but the main attraction is the silverware they challenge for. After so much more rambling, Wright made a quote that was worth sharing,

“People say players who have suffered many injuries should stick with clubs who have remained loyal. But the game is not about sentiment – the only truly loyal people in the game are the fans.

Ray Parlour also had his own word to share on van Persie but the message he passed across was that he’ll love to see a swap deal involving Edin Dzeko moving over to the Emirates should van Persie decide to move to the Etihad. In my opinion, Dzeko seems to be in the same mold with Giroud and I don’t think that his services may be needed at Arsenal.

Moving over to transfer news, Fiorentina has emerged as favorites to sign Carlos Vela, while Real Sociedad still remains in the player’s radar. It seems as if the Spanish folks have failed to reach Arsenal’s evaluation for the Aztec Warrior, and should La Viola bring up a much improved offer, Vela may be theirs for the taking. I really liked that bloke but a move elsewhere is in the club’s best interests.

Barcelona love sniffing their noses in Arsenal’s affairs, and Transfers Play has reported that the Spanish bullies are tabling up a £14m bid for Laurent Koscielny. Their defensive lynchpin, Carles Puyol is reaching his twilight years and Gerard Pique may need a new defensive partner for the forthcoming season. Unlike Pep Guardiola that was okay using holding midfielders like Javier Mascherano and Sergi Busquets in center back positions, his successor, Tito Vilanova wants to get a recognized center back.

I truly hope we give them the middle finger and politely tell them to go fuck themselves.

The way they handled the Cesc Fabregas saga and spank us consistently has got them in my bad books and it’s not changing anytime soon.

Liverpool’s manager, Brendan Rodgers, in his bid to bring excitement back to Anfield, has been heavily linked with a swoop for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott. Rodgers and his Swansea outfit caught the eye last season and he has set his sights on Usain Bolt’s football equivalent that like Robin van Persie, has only one year left on his contract.

Theo Walcott is an exciting prospect that has his best years ahead of him and I can only hope that Arsenal does the right thing in extending his contract for the long term. I would go berserk if a good team player like Walcott would be flushed away to our rivals, Liverpool.

Manchester City also intends to hijack Arsenal’s move for Caen’s highly-rated youngster, Mbaye Niang. The young lad was supposed to arrive at the Emirates on trial but the oil-rich moneybags have other motives for the young lad.

Finally, the Denchster, Emmanuel Frimpong, has put himself in the spotlight again, for the wrong reasons. Frimmy posted a tweet on Sunday morning ,

“If you going church today Pray For me Giving today A Miss”

Much to Frimpong’s rage, a Tottenham fan responded to his tweet saying that he prayed for Frimpong to break his arms and legs. The Denchster swiftly replied to that tweet with the words, “Scum Yid”

Frimpong quickly deleted the tweet, but it was too little too late as it caused an uprising among the Arsenal and Tottenham tweeps in the social networking site.

An Arsenal fan in defense of Frimpong, hit back at the Spud saying, “You can’t go around wanting players to break limbs, no matter who you play for. embarrassed to be a yid right now!”  This tweet was retweeted by Frimpong

The FA are aware of the matter, but have made no official comment.

The term “Yid” or “Yiddo” has been used for decades to identify Tottenham supporters because of the proportion of Jewish supporters at the north London club. Last year, a comedian, David Baddiel, launched a campaign to stamp out use of the word “Yid” in football chants, which can be viewed as anti-Semitic. However, many Spurs fans use the term “Yid army” and claim they are not offended by it.

Footballers need to be more careful when especially when they use social networking platforms like Twitter because people take things to personal there. I remember when Wojciech Szczesny jokingly tweeted that looked like a rapist in his golf outfit. It made some fans go haywire.

That’s today’s bit.


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The Frimmy One Gets “Frimponged”. Not Deeench

get well soon mate

Emmanuel Yaw Frimpong graced the Earth on the 10th of January 1992 and it’s fair to say that he has 100% Arsenal DNA because he enrolled at the Hale End Academy at the age of nine with Jack Wilshere.

He made his debut for the Reserves in 2009 and came into the limelight with his performances in the 2010 Emirates Cup among other preseason ties but an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in August kept Frimmy in the sidelines for nine months.

This made some football “scholars” term the word “Frimpong” as a long term injury and it has been used jokingly on Twitter and other social networking applications.

Frimmy walked the road of recovery and returned to full fitness in the summer of 2011 but a proposed loan move to lower division sides fell through. He made his Premier League debut late on in Arsenal’s goalless stalemate against Newcastle. He saw red for the first time in Arsenal colors in the 2-0 loss to Liverpool in August.

The Carling Cup was the main avenue for Frimpong to strut his stuff but he became a fan favorite following his on the field and off pitch performance against Manchester City. He made life miserable for ex-Gunner Samir Nasri to the extent the Frenchman wanted to substitute himself when the board was raised.

Frimpong is an eccentric character with a strong fan base on Twitter but his most significant contribution to the Twitter world has been the creation of the word “dench”

Apparently, the word dench is taken from the last name of Dame Judy Dench but it can have a varying number of the letter “e” depending on the user. It stands for something that’s extremely cool and it has become an ideal #harshtag to use when completing some statements.

Frimpong wasn’t getting much playing time at Arsenal with the presence of the colossus Alex Song and the emergence of Francis Coquelin so a loan move to Wolves was arranged this winter.

After just five league games into his short Wolves career, the Frimmy One got frimponged by Adolf Hilter’s long lost grandson, Joey “Hitler” Barton. The high-impact injury occurred when Wolves played Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

This isn’t a recurrence of his old knee injury that was suffered on his left knee. The cruciate ligament damage was suffered on his right knee this time and he’ll be out for six to nine months.

The hierarchy at Wolves issued a statemate:

“Everyone at Wolves would like to thank the midfielder for his efforts whilst at the club and join Arsenal in wishing him a swift recovery.”

To top it all up, the midfielder confirmed his injury on Twitter:

“@Frimpong26AFC: Bad News is that I’m out for 6-9months with my Knee. why God why?!?”

Feel free to click on his Twitter page to send him your best wishes.

The Frimmy One just got “frimponged”.

That’s definitely not #deeeeeeeeeench.


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Aftermath of the Blackburn game and the club’s confidence issues

Apologies for not publishing your daily Arsenal digest yesterday. I woke up really late and arrived at work late too. After a long day of plying my trade, I decided to hang out with my friends to have some chicken and beer. The chicken I’m writing about isn’t the chicken standing on shit ℓįkε Tottenham’s crested logo, it’s the type of ‘chicken’ that sits on your thighs and strokes your head with one of her hands.

Its pretty difficult to blog in such a situation. :D

The Premier League’s 5th weekend had it all.

Arsenal endured its worst start in 58 years, the three promoted sides secured convincing victories, the striker-deficient Sunderland whitewashed Stoke Rugby FC, the water-tight Man City let Fulham back, King Kenny and his expensive Red ruffians got gazumped by Tottenham and Fernando Torres had the miss of the millennium despite scoring his first goal since the days Shakespeare wrote all his plays.

Arsenal activated their Self Destruct mode against Blackburn in Ewood Park and all Hell broke loose as Wenger’s men literally saved Steve Kean’s job with that disastrous second half performance.

However, Johan Djourou remains optimistic and has told the media Vultures that Arsenal has to bounce back:

“When you lose, it is always important to have a response. Even if it is at home in the Carling Cup, we want to win so we need a big response on Tuesday.”

“We have to bounce back because we have another game and we have to be ready for those. We are disappointed but there is still a long way to go and things are not over yet.

“We had many chances to put the game to bed in the first half and, when you don’t do that, you are always in danger of getting punished. I think that is what happened on Saturday.

“The team is building together and we are getting stronger together. We could have won the game but this team has got a lot of potential and we have to work hard to be the best.”

It’s always good to practice what you preach but Djourou has been shambolic for Arsenal and his waned form dates back to the preseason adventures. It’s understandable for a center back not to adept as a full back but Djourou was largely disappointing and he has to improve.

Last season, Djourou rose from the shadows to emerge as Arsenal’s best defender by a far mile but its sad to know that he didn’t build on this form. With the Verm still out, Djourou has to step up his game to challenge the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker but I’m sure that he’ll get a runout tomorrow.

As the adage goes:

“Uneasy is the head that wears the crown”

King Arsène Wenger has come under serious stick following his sides poor showing on Saturday and whispers are emanating about his future as Arsenal’s boss.

Since his arrival in 1996, he hasn’t missed out on a Champions League qualifying place but Wenger’s men are in a very precarious position in the Premier League. If Fulham beat Man City, Arsenal would have been sitting pretty in the relegation zone.

Wenger said that his team paid for their weak moments and the players are lacking confidence.

“That’s where we were guilty. The second, third and fourth goal are all goals where we made basic errors and you just have to focus on the next game.”

“You could see that the confidence in our defenders has gone and it’s important to find it back.”

“We have the potential to do well, you could see that so overall I believe it’s important that we get our confidence back quickly.

“It’s very difficult to accept that you lose a game when you have that much domination, that many chances. It’s unbelievable.”

If your team can’t get the confidence to play a team that was on the bottom of the table, I wonder where the confidence wants to appear from.

There are been many games were the opponent hasn’t been that good, Arsenal has been very poor. The list of matches to be mentioned are endless so I won’t bother delving there.

I’ve learnt a lot of lessons from Arsenal’s match against Blackburn and there were more negatives than positives:

Laurent Koscielny

Koscielny has shown that he’s an inconsistent defender and he really needs to improve on that. You cannot expect Thomas Vermaelen to be fit all season long and Koscielny has to show that he’s a deputy that can be banked upon.

You might feel that I’m a little bit harsh on Kos but he’s not getting any younger. He turned 26 when Arsenal played Swansea but he proved his mettle in the game against Dortmund.

That’s the Koscielny I want to watch every week.
Marouane Chamakh

The Moroccan is turning out to be a peripheral figure at the Emirates and it’s high time he gets a decent run out to gain his confidence back.

I really wish Wenger can employ the 4-4-2 again someday. The Arsenal of the 2007/08 was breathtaking.

Zonal Marking

Set pieces has always been Arsenal’s undoing in recent seasons and Saturday’s game was no different. Yakubu’s second goal was as a result of more porous defending by Arsenal in the 18-yard box.

Wenger’s men have to get it right as the season progresses because more goals could be conceded from there.

Defensive high line

Anytime I think of Nani’s goal against Arsenal, I get a feeling that’s equivalent to a man that wants to shoot his own foot.

Nani was acres of space away from Arsenal’s backline and he had a million and one options to choose from. Annoyingly enough, he made the most embarrassing choice of them all; chipping it over Wojciech Szczesny.

Arsenal’s defense tends to keep a line without executing the offside trap welll and it has been exploited by the opposition.

This simply has to stop.

Despite all this, Emmanuel Frimpong still tagets a top four finish:

“People have written us off this season – and obviously that 8-2 game at Manchester United didn’t help.

“It was a very difficult situation but the manager has told us it was something that only happens once.”

“We started slowly and at the moment we are playing catch up – but I believe top four would be a good achievement for us.”

A man who cannot afford a car shouldn’t be hoping for private jets but @AdeGooner shares the same optimism with Frimpong, that’s why he has the quote of the day.

@AdeGooner: “I’m happy Liverpool is dropping points. Good for the fourth place campaign, Sp*rs aren’t a threat for that position.”

It’s one game at a time, if you ask me.

I’m going to publish another post around 9am.

This post was meant for yesterday.

Forgive this blogger :)


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Good news on Vermaelen, Arteta eager for action and Frimpong the Black Star

Argentina managed to get their fair share of revenge when they beat Nigeria in a friendly match at Bangladesh but it wasn’t still enough because Nigeria won on friendly aggregate by 5-4.

Messi was without the two Barcelona players he performs with but he was still a constant threat against the Super Eagles with his direct style and canny dribbling skills.

Arsenal also had its ambassadors representing their national teams last night. Four goal Dutch hero Robin van Persie fired blanks when Holland beat Finland to put one foot in next summer’s European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

Nicklas Bendtner put up a Man of the Match performance by scoring two goals for Denmark in their Scandinavian derby win over Norway.

Aaron Ramsey led his Welsh team to a 1-0 boring loss to England. The World’s best left-footed Chimpanzee Gareth Bale was on song with silky movement and sultry skills on the flanks but it wasn’t enough for Gary Speed’s side that’s sitting pretty at the foot of the table.

Wales had a glorious chance to level the tie but Robert Earnshaw chose to kill a bird when the net was closer than ever. However, Ramsey won the Man of the Match award.

Park Chu-Young was on target again when Korea Republic drew with Kuwait in an Asian qualifier.

In a Gunner vs Gunner game, Wojciech Szczesny and Per Mertesacker were on the opposing sides in Poland’s 2-2 draw against Germany. Szczesny set the crowd alight with a magnificent save that was even praised by the great Oliver Kahn himself.

Arshavin also led Motherland Russia to a draw against Ireland. I wasn’t chanced to watch the game but I learnt that he put up a great performance for his country.

Arshavin also took out some time to tell the media Vultures that Wenger’s new signings have improved the squad:

“When people say that no one is irrreplaceable, I don’t agree. With Arterta and whoever replaces those that have left, we will play a different type of football.

“Arteta and Benayoun have proven themselves and they are not bad signings. We needed strengthening in that position.”

With Wilshere out for a good chunk of the season, Arteta and Benayoun have to do well to impress the gooners. Arteta on the other hand, has told the media Vultures that he cannot wait to get started:

“I can’t wait to start playing, I can’t wait to play at the Emirates, I think it’s an unbelievable stadium. I’m so excited.

“I have always been a big admirer of the Arsenal philosophy, the way they play, the way they do the job, and it’s always exciting watching Arsenal play. In England there is no better team to watch than Arsenal.

“Hopefully I will not take long to adapt but obviously you need to meet new characters, new personalities and new players with different abilities so you need to pick that up as soon as possible to get an understanding on the pitch.

“But I have been watching a few videos and have got some work done before training and hopefully that will help me.

I’m drooling with the prospect of watching Arteta play Swansea on Saturday and I’m pretty sure that he’ll give the gooners a debut to remember.

Arteta also said that he has a great career ahead and he’s best years are ahead of him.

Kieran Gibbs was touted as Arsenal’s number one full back for the season ahead but his injury problems gave Wenger something to think about so he opened the club’s cheque book to sign Andre Santos.

Gibbs might be an able deputy for Andre Santos but he was quick to express his gratitude to Gael Clichy for his role in his development as a player:

“Gael Clichy was a fantastic servant for Arsenal, I’m looking to follow in his shoes and try to do what he and other players for the Club have done.

We had similar injuries when he done his metatarsal and I’ve done the same, we both came back and then had another setback after it so he taught me about being patient and not try to come back too quickly because you could have problems from that.

And then obviously on the pitch, his work rate, his tenacity, just watching him in my last two years, he has helped me, he has helped me a lot.

It’s a big chance [for me], when players leave and you get an opportunity you just have to enjoy it and take it and I’ll do that. I’ve been playing at left back for two years now and it is something that you have to keep learning and keep progressing with. The more I play, the more I will get used to that role.

[Gervinho and Andrey Arshavin?] It’s important to respect what they do, offensively. They have received some [negative criticism] in the past, that they should do more defensively but we play that type of football, with that risk, I could only say to them, as long as they’re providing offensively and they do their bit then it’s good.”

He also said that Arsenal’s full backs can be a threat this season:

“We can do a lot of damage to teams, me and Bac and the others, when we play. We play very high up and we like to play that type of football. Hopefully we can make it even more effective this season.

“I’ve been playing at left back for two years now and it is something that you have to keep learning and keep progressing with. The more I play, the more I will get used to that role.

“You have to be more concentrated [as a full back], especially with the formation that we play. We are an offensive team and we play exciting football, so we have to be more aware defensively.”

Kieran Gibbs is a player that has massive bags of potential and I’m positive that his talent will be harnessed by Wenger this season. That’s if he stays fit though.

The club’s official website has published great news over Thomas Vermaelen’s injury situation:

Centre back Thomas Vermaelen is expected to be back in training with the first-team squad in around a month.
Vermaelen has undergone a minor procedure to remove an inflamed plantaris tendon from his left ankle.

This is the same treatment that he had on his right ankle in January this year and has nothing to do with his Achilles tendon.
The action was taken after consultation with specialists who advised this was the best thing to do to prevent it becoming a persistent problem.

With initial reports emerging that he was going to be out of action for two months, this is definitely great news and it’s more pleasing to know that it was published from the club’s website instead of some media Vulture column.

In other Arsenal related news, the club has submitted its squad list to the FA and Emmanuel Frimpong has opted to play for Ghana instead of England.

It was supposed to be an issue with Song representing Cameroon but it seems as if Song will be around in January because Cameroon might not qualify for the African Cup of Nations.

Even the rich Samuel Eto’o couldn’t help them this time.

The quote of the day goes to Shyam:

Shyam: “Q: Did you hear that the British Post Office has just recalled their latest stamps?”

A: Well, they had photos of Manchester United players on them and folks couldn’t figure out which side to spit on.”


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