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NP Column: Record-breaking medical and “48-hour” saga over, Cesc and Nasri to stay

by on July 11, 2011

Good day people, hope you all had a good weekend. No recollection of mine due to a seriously high volume intake of alcohol. God bless beer…and vodka…and rum…and…well, you get the idea.

My post last Thursday was only my fourth for the Savage Gooner, and it racked up over 2500 views, which is crazy! Glad to see people are reading my gibberish, although it’s unfounded whether you actually enjoy it or not. Regardless, thanks for reading!

So what’s been happening with the AFC? Well, Gervinho has set the record of having the LONGEST medical in the history of football. Sky Sports reported Wednesday evening that Gervinho was to be having a medical with us. It’ Monday today, and this morning Gervinho finally signed! Doesn’t 48 hours just fly by?

I don’t know what took so long. Maybe it was because the medical staff were trying to figure out what was wrong with him. It’s not rocket science guys, it’s just a very bad haircut. Or maybe it was because Diaby was outside the nurse’s door stomping around and throwing his toys out of his pram because he hadn’t gone for his daily check-up due to the room being occupied by Gervinho for a few days. Regardless, welcome to the club Gervinho. Shame it took so long as it resulted in you missing the pre-season tour to Asia, but I still look forward to seeing you perform in the famous red and white shirt.

Arsene Wenger has declared this morning in his first Asia press conference that both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will be at Arsenal next year. Hurrah! Finally Arsene showed he had some balls left in his old age, and put his foot down that they are under contract, and they aren’t going anywhere. Well, that is unless Barcelona actually manage to stump up the money we have priced Fabregas at, but I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Arsene stated that Samir Nasri is very happy at Arsenal, and when asked if he would sign a contract, he replied “Why not?”. Good on you Arsene!

Maybe Arsene has to say all this though. I mean two of our biggest names who will guarantee to sell shirts shouldn’t be paved the way towards the exit door, especially when you’re on tour in a continent who love merchandise. It just wouldn’t be clever business would it? Again, good on you Arsene!

Sky Sports also reported yesterday that we are believed to have lodged a bid for Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing in the region of £18million. I think he’d be a good player for us, we haven’t had a proper winger on the left since the days of Super Robert Pires. However, that means if we signed him for the claimed price, he’d be Arsenal’s record signing. I’m sorry, I do not mean to be funny here, but how embarrassing would that be? ‘Ladies and Gentleman, please welcome Arsenal’s record signing…Stewart Downing.’ (Insert tumbleweed and cricket noise). We are just asking to be laughed at by opposing fans this summer aren’t we?

Nicklas Bendtner has been left out of the 23-man squad for the pre-season tour to Asia. The player is linked to a move away in the next few days to an unnamed club, although my guess it’s Borussia Dortmund. Now I know you are all going to disagree with me here, but I will be a little disappointed to see the beanpole forward leave. I think he is an easily made scapegoat. He works hard, which I can’t say for a lot of the current players at the club, and he doesn’t make as many mistakes as the likes of Squillaci, Almunia, and Eboue. I understand that if you’re going to declare yourself one of the best strikers in the world, you’re setting yourself up for a long fall if you fail to back up your words. But give him some credit, at least he showed a bit of ambition in that declaration. Again, more ambition than Arsenal failed to show in the second half of last season. Still, I want to wish him well for the future, and would love to see him prove his critics wrong (as long as it isn’t against Arsenal).

Another player set to leave is the waiter, Manuel Almunia. YES!!!!!! This is one player I most definitely do not have sympathy for. Quite simply, Almunia is a Class A donkey, and it’s fantastic to think that we may not ever see him play in an Arsenal shirt. Hopefully some club in England may sign him up, because that’s a guaranteed six points against them. However, it’s likely he will go back home to Spain. Ciao Almunia!

Last thing, News of the World officially released its final paper yesterday after 168 years in the business. From all of us at Savage Gooner, good riddance.

I will be back on Thursday. Until then, keep enjoying the absolute drivel in the papers how Arsenal are linked with half of Europe and Africa. Enjoy your week Gooners!

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3 Comments
  1. Steve of Chiang Mai permalink

    Bendtner doesnt make many mistakes? Did you not see the Burnley match? The trouble is when a fullback has a bad touch a goal gets scored…when Bendtner has a ball rebound 2-3 m off his concrete foot the midfield has to cover his mistake.

  2. Gooner20 permalink

    nice work buddy hope we keep our best players

  3. Arsenal4Life permalink

    Cesc is leaving! Also Almunia, Bendtner and Denilson! Also I Hope that Squilachi leaves.
    Arsenal already did get Jenkinson and Gervinho!
    I think we will buy Samba and Cahill/Mertesacker, no LB, also we will buy Parker/Barton(nasty English player), and 1 Striker: Benzema/Rodallega/Falcao!

    Szczesny
    Sagna Samba Cahill Vermaelen
    Song Wilshere
    Nasri RVP Gervinho
    Benzema

    Fabianski
    Jenkinson/Eboue Koscielny Djourou Gibbs/Traore
    Parker/Frimpong Ramsey/Diaby
    Walcott Rosicky Vela
    Chamakh

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