I’ll start today’s post with a quote culled from Arseblog.
It was vital Patrick stayed because, by keeping one of the main leaders of the team, Arsenal are demonstrating they want to progress. That was an important message to make. If you let a player of Patrick’s stature leave, your whole credibility is shot to pieces. That’s why keeping him here was so important. For me and the others, it shows Arsenal are serious about wanting to be one of the best clubs in the world.
These words were made by the dreamy Count Robert Pires in the wake of speculation linking Patrick Vieira away from Arsenal.
In all my years as a staunch and devoted Arsenal fan, I’ve seen players come and I’ve seen more go. Some Gunners have left the club after devoting the best years of their lives in service to Arsenal. My top five in this listing has figureheads like Tony Adams, David Seaman, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry. Other Gunners left Arsenal FC because they wanted to see how green the grass was on the other side. Aliaksandr Hleb, Mathieu Flamini, William Gallas and Emmanuel Greedybayor are the most recent names in such a list.
Arsene Wenger built this present crop of players from scratch and has been duly disappointed and frustrated by their exploits on the pitch in recent times. There have been games where the players have made Wenger feel like Odin of Arsgaard. I vividly remember watching Arsenal play Villarreal in the Champions League quarter final of the 2008/09 season. Walcott’s chip was the pick of the goals but the smile on Wenger’s face that night was radiant enough to create the kind of cosmic rays that formed the Fantastic Four. Wenger was very proud to know that his young guns qualified for the semis with an impregnable home record in which no goal was conceded before Manchester United whooped his team up the arse.
There have been other games when the bottle of water in Wenger hands has been his sworn enemy. There have been games were he simply threw it away while there were others where he lashed out at it with the kind of kick that would have made a Rugby scrum-half proud.
Arsenal went through another season without winning any silverware so it was expected that some Gunners in the squad would be disgruntled and might want to further their careers elsewhere in search of silverware. While the season was in progress, there were some Gunners that singlehandedly took off points away from Arsenal. Almunia (West Brom), Rosicky (Sunderland), Squillaci (Wigan), Clichy (Shakhtar), Eboue (Liverpool), Djourou (Stoke) while there were some Gunners within the squad that gave 110% in every game and shone through the dark times.
Despite the shortcomings of the season, Robin van Persie won the Bronze boot with 18 league goals and smashed record after record with his amazing influx of goals, Jack Wilshere won the coveted PFA Young Player of the Year and was in the middle of a tug of war between England and Arsenal, Samir Nasri’s scintillating first half of the season earned him the French Footballer of the Year award while his compatriot Bacary Sagna continued his evergreen consistent displays that saw him score two goals. The season also saw the rise to glory of Johan Djourou and Wojciech Szczesny.
Arsenal capitulated in the tail end of the season and Wenger was quick to admit that work has to be done this summer. He has just signed Carl Jenkinson from Charlton but he has been strongly linked with Gary Cahill, Chris Samba, Gervinho, the Chambered Ox, Captain America and SuperTed.
Despite all this potential transfer targets, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy have been the bookies favorites to leave Arsenal Football Club. All the talk of Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson and Manuel Almunia has vanished into thin air. Cesc’s transfer situation involves that Spanish outfit that’s infested by aliens from different galaxies. Nasri and Clichy on the other hand have a year left on their contract so Arsenal is facing a potentially precarious situation because the club to see Nasri and Clichy join new employers for free just like Mathieu Flamini.
Manchester United and Manchester City had the happiest set of fans last season because both clubs made history. United shattered Liverpool’s only bragging right by being the champ19ns for the 19th while Manchester City won their first trophy since the days Hector was the Prince of Troy. Mancini is a coach that has a lot of money at his disposal while Sir. Fergie is a coach that’s never afraid to put his money where his chewing gum infested mouth is.
He has already spent an approximate of £50m for just three players but he has told the media Vultures that he’s confident that he can land Nasri. Nasri flirted with the club a bit after Evra’s comments so I’m not surprised that Sir. Fergie has decided to gun for a player that he never would have gone for under normal circumstances.
Arsenal has agreed to give in to Nasri’s demands for pay parity with Fabregas so every gooner is still optimistic that Nasri will sign a new contract. Manchester City have also decided to spice things up by planning a £20m bid for Nasri.
The ball is definitely in Nasri’s court in a situation like this. Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City, Bayern and Inter are all in his case. There’ll be no need dwelling to much on Nasri’s issue because he’ll be the only to decide if he wants to stay or go. Man City are also gearing themselves for a bid for Clichy.
Manchester City is a club that’s renowned for giving exorbitant salaries so I won’t be surprised if Clichy says that he was a boyhood Manchester City fan and it would be his dream to play for them. Wenger has reiterated that he’ll only favor a move abroad but if Man City decides to bring a mouthwatering fee, I’m pretty sure that Arsenal might cash in on Clichy.
In other news, Juan Manuel Mata has dismissed claims that he’s on the verge of a Valencia exit and he has told the media Vultures that he’s happy at the Mestalla.
I guess that we’ll never see a media Vulture headline like,
Arsenal has bought a player that really Matas
The tweet of the day goes to Yusuf,
@YusufAFC4lyf: #NowPlayingTrack – “Waiting in Vain” by Bob Marley & The Wailers – damn waiting in vain for @Nanas08 to sign #GoonerFamily
O Nas Nas, what’s your name,
Just sign the deal. You wanted more money, we’ll give you more money.
Please the voting hasn’t ended yet so I’ll be honored if you vote for Gooner Daily as the best Sports blog in Nigeria.
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I’ll start today’s post with the advertising note from that crazy gooner that put Denilson up for grabs on eBay.
He tagged the player, “Denilson: The Crab footballing machine” and he put him on the sporting section.
He has 160+ games on the clock, but don’t worry, at no time was this player ever over exerted
In fact, he’s so easy going, even pudgy middle aged referees breeze past him in important matches
He’s technically sound, literally never seems to get injured, passes sideways with precision and vigor and would be perfect for a team that requires a slow defensive midfielder that’s less mobile than a bleached oil tanker
Sevilla was the only side that was brave to offer the escort-in-chief an escape route but it seems as if the deal vanished into thin air. Arsenal tried to use him as bait for Shakhtar’s Will.i.an and Douglas Costa but the Ukrainian outfit told Arsenal to bring only cash if they’re serious.
The new season starts in two months’ time and I still believe that the Premier League’s 25-man squad listing will still stand so the sooner Arsenal gets rid of the bloke to replace him with a better defensive midfielder, the better for everyone. The club has been linked with Arturo Vidal recently so signing him as Denilson’s replacement will be a good call for Wenger because he’ll put Alex Song on his toes.
Gael Clichy has been linked away from Arsenal this summer and he has refused to sign a new deal with the club. Wenger has been trying his best to coax him into signing a contract at the table but Clichy has decided that he wants to seek greener pastures elsewhere. Liverpool made a meager bid of £5m that was duly rejected by the club.
Wenger has told the media Vultures that he’s resigned to losing Clichy but he’ll only favor a move outside England for the pacey fullback. A host of clubs have been linked with Clichy but AS Roma has been the most likiest candidates to seal his signature. There was a point in time when the media Vultures reported that Roma where ready to offer Jeremy Menez in a part-exchange deal for Clichy but his agent has laughed it off.
The media Vultures have reported again that Roma wants to make another attempt for Gael Clichy so I hope that they’ll give Arsenal an offer that they cannot refuse. Clichy on the other hand is keen on a move to Anfield so the saga involving Clichy, Arsenal, Roma and Liverpool will go on for a very long time thereby turning Clichy’s transfer situation into a cliche.
If he fails to sign the deal and Arsenal decides not to sell him, we’ll have to choice but to let him take the same path with Flamini. Leighton Baines and Jose Enrique are strongly linked as his replacements so we’ll have to wait and see how the events will unfold.
If I have the nerve to write that the tales involving Clichy’s transfer speculation would become a cliche, what word would best describe the Fabregas-Barcelona saga? Fabregas has been linked with Barcelona probably from the day he was born in the city. Barcelona had a £27m bid that was rejected so the media Vultures have reported that they are set to make a new £35m bid for Arsenal’s captain.
Arsenal’s valuation of Fabregas stands at £45m so the bid is short by £10m. Fabregas on the other hand told the media Vultures that there’ll be no problems if Arsenal sells him to Barcelona. He has said that his future would be decided by the two parties involved and he won’t do anything to balance the scales to any side. He says,
“I’m calm and optimistic. I got nothing to say and there’s nothing I can speak of. If something happens… it’s because it has to happen”
At least, he used “IF” not “WHEN”. Judging from my lexicon, IF has a conditional attachment to it. It’s either he goes to Barcelona or he does not go to Barcelona. There’s also an article from the Telegraph telling the World why Manchester United should go for Fabregas.
It’s worth a read though.
In other news, Arsenal set to lose the battle to sign the BioHazard of Eden from LOSC Lille Metropole as the player is linked with a move to the latest money bags in town, Paris St. Germain in a deal that involves loads of cash and a player too.
Jack Wilshere also got himself involved in a brawling incident that saw a girl injure her elbow. Jack Wilshere didn’t get involved in that act itself but it seems as if he instigated it. He has had off the pitch drinking issues before but his performances on the pitch were top-notch last season.
Congratulations to Sir Reverend Father His Royal Intelligence Dennis Bergkamp in his new role as Ajax’s assistant manager.
The tweet of the day goes to Arsenal’s transfer target, Ricky Alvarez
@11rickyalvarez: Just to let you know, EPL is the most watched league and Arsenal play sexy football 😉 that’s all! Easy decision..
July 1 is just two days away.
We await our trio that was promised.
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I usually end my posts with the tweet of the day but today’s tweet has to come before I write any other thing about my darling Arsenal.
It came from a gooner I follow called Josh,
@Arsene_gooner: No matter how hard you try, Saturdays just aren’t the same without #arsenal football and the match of the day
June is almost flying past us and Arsenal has only secured the services of that youngster, Carl Jenkinson. When the month started, the media Vultures concentrated more on player departures than possible arrivals because Arsenal just completed its sixth season without a trophy of sort.
Bendtner brought out a large megaphone, went to the top of Empire State building and screamed out loud that he wants to leave the club because he’s dissatisfied with his new role as a winger. His fagent went with his CV and put it up like a wanted list with the bounty for Bendtner’s head starting at £10m so clubs over Europe set their sights on Arsenal’s Great pink boot-wearing Dane. Sevilla, Besiktas, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting CP have approached Arsenal for his services but it seems as if Dortmund has denied claims that they wanted to bid for Bendtner.
Jurgen Klopps side won the Bundesliga last season and the squad has a lot of quality strikers in the form of Lucas Barrios, Shinji Kagawa, Robert Lewandowski and a host of others so a cocky Dane might not be needed in the squad. Wenger hasn’t said anything of getting a new striker so Bendtner can decide to stay if he wants to but with Marouane Chamakh and Carlos Vela still locking horns for the right to be called Robin van Persie’s deputy, Bendtner should try his best to do his talking on the pitch.
No more bloody tales of how he’s meant to be amongst the top five strikers on Planet Earth or how he’s supposed to be playing week in week out. Bendtner’s goals against Man City, Newcastle and Ipswich showed his quality but his error of judgment against Barcelona from that Jack Wilshere pass showed that Bendtner still has a lot to learn.
He has a contract to see out at Arsenal so if no club approaches him this summer, he’ll have no choice but to take a professional approach into next season. Bendtner might not be a fan favorite in Arsenal but his introduction to the squad adds dynamism to Arsenal’s attack. Arsenal is a squad that’s renowned for crisp ground passes but a player like Bendtner makes the squad change its attacking style with crosses to the box because of his aerial prowess.
Blackburn’s Jason Roberts has expressed his concern over the prospect of losing Samba to Arsenal. Samba has already told the Blackburn hierarchy that he wants to leave the club but the Indian suit-wearing chums don’t want to give him up without a fight. As the captain of the club, they expect him to continue leading and rallying the White and Blue striped troops but Samba has given the club so many good years so its high time they let him go to further his career.
There were seasons when all Blackburn’s strikers where plagued by injuries thereby causing Big Sam Allardyce to re-deploy Samba as a center forward and the bulky Congolese did well to score enough goals for the Lancanshire outfit. With news emanating that Man City are trying their best to hijack Cahill from joining Arsenal, Wenger has to double his efforts to seal the deal for the Congolese man although there’s side talk that Arsenal have placed Phil Jagielka as a possible replacement.
Gael Clichy has been a subject of speculation to leave Arsenal for greener pastures elsewhere but Wenger has come out to say that he’ll only favor a move abroad. Clichy has probably weighed his options and has seen that a move to Liverpool will be the best for him in terms of playing time because they don’t really have any household name occupying the left back position.
Fabio Aurelio is the biggest name in the left back position but he visits the club’s treatment table more times than the amount of times Messi checks his mirror to know how the growth formula has worked. The media Vultures say that Clichy is set to clash with Wenger over a move to the 18-time league winners.
If I’m Wenger and Clichy is prepared that far against me to leave for a rival, I’ll bench him throughout next season and buy a new left back so that he could watch the new bloke play week in week out and hope that he’ll get injured someday. Wenger is a manager that tends to buckle when his player puts him under pressure to leave but I truly hope that he takes a stand on this Clichy saga.
Moving over to the headline news of today’s post, the media Vultures have reported that Arsenal will announce the signings of Alvarez, Gervinho and the Chambered Ox on the 1st of July, 2011.
They say that Little Ricky would be the first name to be announced but a website called Ole.com unveiled that the rumors about Ricky Alvarez having signed for Arsenal are untrue! . I’ve been very skeptical about this lad joining us from Velez Sarsfield. South Americans don’t thrive to well in the Premier League because of the drastic change in the footballing cultures as well as other factors which include physicality and pace. I’ll keep my fingers crossed about the ‘new Cesc’ as he’s labeled by the media Vultures.
In other football news, Emmanuel Greedybayor has dismissed reports linking him to Zenit. He claims that he’s happy at Man City and he’s looking forward to playing the pre-season fixtures with them. We all know that Sparky gave Emmanuel Greedybayor a very fat six-digit salary so he’ll rather be at the dugout earning his money than plying his trade in the ever-cold Russia.
To whom it may concern, tomorrow is Samir Nasri’s birthday so you can feel free to send him your birthday wishes on Twitter @Nanas08.
Please don’t forget to tell him a thing or two about signing a new contract with the club.
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