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Same old Arsenal…

by on July 13, 2011

Only Arsenal could spend ages watching a player and waiting to move on him. Even when other clubs started showing their faces, we went slow and steady. Every other hour for the last two weeks we had been hearing that Gervinho was undergoing a medical, ‘signing to be announced within the next few days’, etc. After two weeks of teasing headlines, even the most optimistic of Gooners were starting to wonder whether this deal really was going to happen. Then, we get a headline saying ‘Gervinho deal delayed due to visa problems’ and just when it looks like the deal really is on a rocky road, he’s announced by the boss as a soon to be Arsenal player. The visa problem just a hiccup ruling him out of the Asia tour. Let’s hope that a forehead like that adds some real heading ability to our forward line. A lot of people, myself included hadn’t heard of Gervinho before this summer aside from a few rumours here and there. Want the low down on what the Ivorian could offer the club? Look no further than this top-class feature by Gunnerblog.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much other movement in or out. Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia have been left behind from the Asia tour squad as they look to finalise deals away from the club, the former has been linked with clubs like Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund, while the latter is looking at Spain, Turkey, Mars and the non-league. The Fabregas saga seems to be quieting down with only noise coming from those rowdy Catalans. One positive is that Aaron Ramsey now seems confident and, with a full pre-season under his belt thinks he has what it takes to replace Fabregas if he does depart for warmer climes. Nasri to Man United also seems to be off, with the boss confident that the Frenchman will run out in red and white next season. I agree with Theo here to an extent, it is important that we keep out top players, but Samir Nasri is far from irreplaceable with something like 13 goals and 1 assist from last season. AMMueller on Twitter produced a surprisingly thought-provoking tweet yesterday ‘Play for the name on the front of the shirt and they’ll remember the name on the back’. Words of advice Monsieur Nasri could do well to remember next season if, as seems likely, he’s still at the club. Jack Wilshere has been talking about how important it is for us to keep hold of our stars, challenging our captain to stay.

Young Jack the lad didn’t stop there either, he’s also been talking about how all we have to do now to win a trophy is stay strong towards the end of the season, hopefully he can add that little bit of steel out midfield has been missing. Wojcech Szczesny has also been talking about how he wants to keep the No.1 shirt for the next ’10 to 15 seasons’. Top stuff Wojcech, I feel that the absence of Lukasz Fabianski from the Asia tour with a slight injury could give him a massive head-start here, it’s up to him to take advantage of it I suppose. Arsene Wenger has also been talking about the new Financial Fair Play rules from UEFA. He’s right, one of the largest loopholes is friendly sponsors paying above market rates to clubs, as could well be happening at City, nevertheless the new rules should help even the playing field and that can only be a good thing. Back to football though and the season is kicking off soon so the first step would obviously be impressing in the tour of Asia where the first match is this afternoon at 13:45 UK time against a Malaysia XI. Can’t wait. Stephen Bradley sums up the emotion quite well in this article for LadyArse.

Obviously I’m not really going to do a preview because that would be silly, but I will probably watch it and as such I should have a bit of news and the low-down on the action whenever I next post. Before I go, Arsenal have signed a young Swede, Theo Walcott raced Ryo Miyaichi and wearethenorthbank have done a lovely feature on ex-Arsenal player Paul Davis. Top stuff.

I’m off to stare at a wall until the match starts and summer is over (kind of). Let’s hope there aren’t too many injuries shall we? Until next time. @SavageGooner

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