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Cesc is off, Wenger’s presser and early team news

by on August 12, 2011

Well Cesc is off. Of course it’s sad, we’re losing one of the best players in the world. Indeed statistically he’s the best playmaker in the top five European leagues, but I for one am excited. This is a new-look Arsenal, with one, potentially two massive sagas ending. There’s money to spend and there’s football to be played! For the first time in months, there’s a real match! Yes, Cesc will be missed. Much like Liam Brady was missed, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Adams, Wright, Pires, Seaman, George, Wilson, Rocastle, Bastin, Hapgood. Heroes, role-models, legends, whatever you want to call them it’s important to remember that players come and go, but the Arsenal is forever.

Our current team isn’t bad either. Two ‘keepers who were cracking when they got a chance last season, the worlds best right-back, a no nonsense centre-back, Wilshere and Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Robin Van Persie. What a partnership they are. Let’s not forget that Van Persie is on a record, having scored in nine consecutive away games. Better than anyone in the Premier League era. Ever. The simple fact is, Cesc was good, he was great, brilliant, ‘super-quality’ even, but a team is made up of eleven players, not one. Maybe that’s worth remembering. As it says on the new club crest, ‘Forward’. It’s time to move on.

In other news, some ungrateful little bastard Samir Nasri is apparently close to moving to City. *meh* I think that’s about the right response. A few months of good football and he thinks he’s a god. Glad that Wenger didn’t just give him his £237897987893251000 per week or whatever he was asking for.

Back to actual news then, Lee Dixon, who could well fit into the list from earlier, reckons that the club are right to cash in on Fabregas and Nasri, provided of course that the funds are re-invested. I agree wholeheartedly.

“You’re better off getting £60m for two players who don’t want to stay and spending the money wisely,” he said.

“There is no doubt they are top quality players and they will be missed, but it is important that supporters and everyone at the club remembers that the cannon on the chest is more important than anybody.”

It is of course worth pointing out that, at the time of writing, the deal hasn’t been officially confirmed.

Let’s talk about these apparent replacements then. Gunnerblog has been talking about the possibility of us bringing in Jadson. I’ve watched a few videos and highlights and he seems to be good, but then even Peter Crouch can be made to look good in those. The truth is, if Wenger reckons he’s worth a shot then I’m willing to support him. I mean it’s not like he’s the first ‘unknown’ that Wenger has bought in the transfer window is it? The Independent reckon we’ve already got him, but I’m not sure about that. Apparently we’ve spoken with Shaktar, but they don’t really want to sell one of their players, unsurprisingly. The Mirror echoes what I said yesterday, i.e. we’ve spoken with his people.

The Metro reckon Scott Dann could come in by tomorrow. Jumping on the bandwagon methinks. The Sun are still persisting with that ridiculous story about Bendtner joining Stoke as well. *sigh*

Anyway, as said yesterday Wenger had his first presser of the season this morning. Be sure to watch that plus his pre-match interview and an interview with Aaron Ramsey as well right here. Not that much to say really, I know people are picking on little phrases but there are a few things to remember. Firstly, English isn’t Wenger’s first language. It doesn’t matter how well you know a language, it gets to a point where you plateau and as such, things can always get lost in translation. Secondly, were we really expecting Wenger to be really open about his plans for transfers? It’s not like he has a reputation for keeping his cards close to his chest or anything…

Enough of that, here’s all the news. He spoke about Ryo Mayaichi and the impact he can make this season. His pace and versatility will be a great asset. The young man is currently in Japan applying for a visa should be eligible for competitive matches later this week. Wenger also spoke about our other new acquisition, Oxo. He spoke about why the club signed him and said that the young man could have a big future. He’s also been speaking about the effect of the constant speculation and, like Aaron Ramsey in his pre-match interview, said that the whole squad is just focused on what they’ve got to do and that speculation isn’t really an excuse for a lack of focus in the group.

Guess what, tomorrow we’re off to Newcastle! I’ll do a more detailed preview tomorrow, but some basic squad news for the moment. Walcott, Van Persie, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Ramsey and Arshavin will all be available. Jack Wilshere won’t be available, but I think that’s as much a precaution as it is anything else in all honesty. There was  no mention of Koscielny and he was seen trainging with the squad, so I’ll assume he’s alright. Having said all that, I’m hearing that Emmanuel Frimpong didn’t travel to Newcastle because he forgot his passport. That would be a shame.

As expected, there were a few questions about least years match, a boring affair which I don’t think anyone really remembers much about. The boss spoke about how he thought the red card was the turning point in that match.

That’s it for today, mainly because I can;t really think of anything else to say. As always, a twitter plug so if you don’t already then be sure to follow me on twitter @SavageGooner.

In the meantime, be sure to comment. What was your favourite Fabregas memory and who would you like to see replace him?

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9 Comments
  1. Atse evans ovie permalink

    My best memory to keep about fab is his backheel pass against the eufa baby (barcelona).

  2. SamTheGooner permalink

    Terrific post as always, William! You really summed it all up. I couldn’t agree more!

  3. Iain Culverhouse permalink

    Fantastic Blog as always mate :)

  4. Atse ovie evans permalink

    So so so

  5. Atse ovie evans permalink

    Thats the way it is

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