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BD – Why Arsenal must complete Fellaini transfer 3

Posted on June 25, 2013 by Bob

I’ve always been fond of the tall Belgian. His impressing figure, long legs and afro you just can’t miss in a field full of shaved skulls (I mean you Howard Webb) and long ‘lion king’ haircuts(I mean you, everyone else). I think there’s not one team that wouldn’t be jumping up and down by the chance of him joining them (maybe not Man City, since I think Pellegrini will look to Spain for his reinforcements). And it comes as a surprise for me, that nobody has snatched him before – 23 million doesn’t strike me as an amount Chelsea/United couldn’t pay for him.

Nitesh: Is it time for Arsenal to sell Diaby? [Poll] 3

Posted on April 04, 2013 by Nitesh

I know that this question has already been asked a lot of times. But from what I’ve seen, opinions are still divided on him, and a lot of fans haven’t been able to decide. So I want to ask one last time: Do Arsenal fans feel it is time to move on Diaby?

Maddy- Arsenal need to give Arshavin a chance to shine! 7

Posted on February 06, 2013 by Bob


Most of you might think I am crazy….when I call the little Russian a hero, but I am a die hard Andrey Arshavin fan, and Arsenal have seen what an impact he can make if you give him time. This season Arshavin has hardly played at all, and if he did feature it was for about 10 minutes. How can you except a player who has not played all season to perform in 10 minutes??

Most of the Arsenal fans, and Arsene Wenger, are not looking at the Arshavin he could be if given a chance….

Vinay – How much can Arsenal fans blame Wenger? 16

Posted on January 09, 2013 by Bob

We’re not gonna take it right?

Still clenching your fist and cursing the board and Wenger? Come on, you guys should know better, except for loan deals the likelihood of any signings in the January transfer window is unlikely.

Wait, what happened suddenly that there seems to be a dearth of players wanting to come to Arsenal? We are still considered among the best in the world (pinch of salt please), we are supposedly among the richest clubs in the world, so why is it that no one worth his salt wants to come to us?

John Collard-Arsenal are not missing Song and RvP 18

Posted on September 22, 2012 by Bob

Its been a very strange start to the premiership season and in most peoples view a positive start from the Arsenal. Our new signings Podolski and Cazorla seem to be taking to the premiership like ducks to water (Early days). But all in all it would seem our wonderful club seems more of a solid outfit from start to end.

Vinay-Real Test Begins Now for Arsenal! 8

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Bob


 Are we really good this season or is this a false dawn? Time to look into the crystal ball and see how things may pan out for us this season.
Cast your eyes back 1 season, back around this time and we were in the rut. The loss to Blackburn meant we were 17th in the league and the imminent doubters all started saying this could be that season where Arsenal may be mid table or some even went on to say relegation here we come. How times have changed. We are 3rd in the league and but for a howler by Woj, we could have been the first team since 1903 who had kept a clean sheet for the first 4 games. Is this for real or are we jumping the gun a little bit soon?
Arsenal have a “team” now. A set of players who want to play for one another with no focal point (Santi is still the cynosure), with due respect to the ones who played before, this team actually is well off without looking for that one particular player all the time. There was a huge hue and cry when the King left us but I was convinced that it was the right decision, because the team just wanted to play everything to his feet rather than expressing themselves and the results were there for everyone to see.
The same thing applies to subsequent seasons when the focal point players changed, yes yes the one with the sudden realization of his DNA and then then the other who didn’t have feet to stand for so many seasons, suddenly after finding his feet thought the club didn’t have direction. My point is, we started having this disturbing trend of having a focal point which at times caused us more harm than expected. Typically it meant whenever we lost our focal player, for whatever reason, the club struggled to recover and hence we were always playing catch up. I may be wrong and we may still have players leaving us but I feel the manager and the club have made a conscious decision to either put up or get out. The classic example so far being Theo, who has been shown his place.
All this ruthlessness may come to nothing if Arsenal don’t win something or, at least, if they don’t come close. Do we have the team for it? The answer is we have a first team for it but we don’t have a full second team for it. The first team, on it’s day, can beat anyone anywhere. The fact though, is there is hardly a back up for the first team who can literally come in and perform to that level. Imagine if we lose an Arteta or cazorla or a Podolski, we may have ample backup but do we have effective backup?
Why was Woj literally handed over the gloves the moment he came back? He is complacent and that is probably because he feels he will play irrespective of his mistakes. He should have been made to play in the Montpellier game, seeing his performance only should he have been starting on sunday. My point is simple, we need to have an effective second team which literally should be making the first team look over their shoulder every time anyone has a bad game. I know its not easy to have as good a backup for every player but what an effective player will do is, whenever he gets a chance, he grabs it and puts in the kind of performance that is assuring.
God forbid, an injury to anyone shouldn’t mean the momentum is lost. In terms of that our midfield is fine, we have a fantastic backup and for every Arteta we have a Wilshere and for every Diaby we have Ramsey/Coq and maybe even for Santi we have a Rozza, but our defense and forwards are the worry. The false striker is all fine against mid and lower table teams but against the real contenders, we may come up short. Defense looks great with Per/tv5 and Kos as the back up but remember we are competing in 4 tournaments, so we need everyone to be counted.
The Gunners will create chances against whoever they play against, the real test is when the physical teams who can match skill with strength come up. Etihad, OT etc, are places where we need to stand up and be counted. If that happens we will know that this team can mix up skill with substance as well. The league may not be won by results against the big teams but it surely helps beating them. So the real test begins now for the Gunners. The time to stand up and be counted is now and if the indications are anything to go by, the season defining moments may be coming up sooner or later. can we do it? of course we can, will we do it? Time will tell.
Final Sojourn- September 16th 1996 a certain Arsene Wenger was appointed manager of the greatest club in this world, 16 years on he is still here doing what he does best-managing the club with the same intensity, passion and commitment, results may have not matched the efforts but we can never question the efforts. Players came, players left but he has remained. Give respect where it is due irrespective of your feelings towards him, Arsene Wenger has been our biggest asset in the last 16 years.

John Collard-Abou Diaby(nothing more than outstanding) 45

Posted on September 03, 2012 by Bob

Hello Gooners I wish you well.

Today I want to talk about a complete football performance from a man who I, and I’m sure a few others, have believed in but also been frustrated with. I don’t know what Wenger gave the lads for breakfast but it was a whole new team out there. From  Arteta to Santi Cazorla making the midfield their own and the defensive display was also much improved where Gibbs now holds his position and Vermaelen and Mertersacker bossed all. But going back to a man who has seen more of the injury table than Jimmy Bullard (Abou Diaby). This lad has had many critics in his days at Arsenal but on his day every one of us has seen what he is capable of doing. This blog is not about getting over excited about one good game but it’s about hats of to a young lad that can be a tremendous talent.

Vinay-How can we win something this season? 7

Posted on July 30, 2012 by admin

Hi All,

3 weeks to go, 3 weeks to go, 3 weeks to go, I think all us Gooners are counting the days now. Or some of us are thinking, oh no only 3 weeks to go?. Whatever the state of mind, I think its fair to say that we all can’t wait for the season to start.

As we approach the new season, the question on every Gooner’s mind is, can we actually win anything this season?. Instead of asking can we, let’s see how we CAN win.

John Collard: Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby need better from the Arsenal fans 37

Posted on April 20, 2012 by Nitesh

Hello Gooners

Today I would like to write a small blog and ask fans a simple question. WHY? Over the last couple of months these two young talented men have been targeted with in my opinion terrible abuse. Ok, maybe they are not the best players in out squad but in my opinion, when fit they’re very valuable additions. I believe these young men have been treated in a disgraceful way by some of our fans. When I look at other players that we have that don’t cut it at the club and when I look at players like Aaron and Diaby, it really is bad at the comments they have received. Both of these players before their horrific injuries were looking at being first team regulars. And that is what I’mm getting across on this blog.

Nitesh: Do you believe that Abou Diaby has a future at Arsenal? 46

Posted on March 23, 2012 by Nitesh

Let’s start with the Arsenal.com description of the player, shall we?

When he’s fit and firing on all cylinders, Abou is one of Arsenal’s most dynamic players.

Physically strong and reassuringly tall, the French midfielder can transform defence into attack with a twist, a turn and a driving run. What’s more he loves to get forward to support the attack and contributes his fair share of goals.

Abou used to operate on the left of midfield but he has benefited from Arsenal’s switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation and now he spends more time in his favoured central role.

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