Daily Archives: July 17, 2012

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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