Archive for August, 2013

19
Aug
13

Another Fair Ol’ Mess For Arsene

  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (C) is thoughtful during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 17, 2013 in London, England

The Aftermath

 

In the fallout of another shocking, abysmal and disappointing opening day for Arsenal, Wenger has made some interesting quotes that leads me to think he has finally cracked. My favourite quote of the weekend is “Some fans pay money just to moan and destroy players confidence”. Is Le Dictator seriously suggesting the masses at the Emirates pay good money… very good money just to give stick to their own team?, that one is far fetched even for Wenger. Another quote which was from the post match press conference was when Wenger was pushed on transfer policy “Why don’t you buy some players” Wenger responded with “Buy who”?, oh dear please tell me what he is paid £7.5 Million a year for? He seems to come out with these off the cuff comments now and again. He is not fooling anybody with this blatant attempt to divert pressure from himself. Wenger cut a very distraught figure at times last season and I thoroughly expect that to continue throughout this season or until his contract is terminated.

 

Fenerbahce

 

Arsenal travel to Fenerbahce on Wednesday night in which is already being built as a make or break game for Wenger and Arsenal this season. It is unthinkable that Arsenal cannot qualify and Wenger would remain at the helm, especially after all the embarrassing “We got 4th” celebrations at the end of last season, unfortunately this just shows how far the club has fallen.  Having said that Fenerbahce are to have their appeal regarding their ongoing match fixing case looked at just hours before Kick off, so it is not completely out of the realm of possibility that even losing the tie that the Gunners would not be into the Group stages of the the Champions League. This as every Gooner knows would just be another case of papering over the cracks and delaying the inevitable exit. 

 

Transfer Rumours

There has been an urgent call from Fans and multiple sections of the media today for recruits and with time ticking away there has to be a lot of deals, after the horrendous and catastrophic calamity of letting 27 players in all leave the club and only one player in the shape of another unproven quantity in Yaya Sanogo. It does not take a mathematical genius to work out that  just does NOT cut it. 

There was a bid for Yohan Cabaye this afternoon for a fee of around £10 million are you serious? this is the french International playmaker who Newcastle a mere matter of weeks ago declared their valuation of £20 Million. This bid was dead in the water before it was even made and it was confirmed almost minutes later the Newcastle had rejected this derisory offer. Apart from that there have just been rumoured enquiries which have no real weight at the moment so I won’t waste my time even going in to them.

 

In Conclusion

 

The one real lesson that Arsenal need to learn from this is they need to be confident in their business and quick, there are too many rumours of agents offering players and Wenger dithering and having rivals swoop in and take a player from under the clubs gaze. To name a few this season… Higuain, Jovetic, Capoue, Bernard. The club has become an embarrassment to the world of Football, as far as I can see the only way it can regain some credibility is for Wenger to be shown the door he has been a good servant over the years but clearly hasn’t got what it takes anymore, that is the first thing I would do and secondly I would have a director of football to identify and conduct deals and have a much needed to return of the old style Football coach that is how it is working at many successful clubs around Europe and it is about time Arsenal followed the trend. 

 

Thoughts as always.

 

 

Goonerscribe

 

Follow me on twitter @Goonerscribe

Advertisements
19
Aug
13

Gunners in Arms evening news

Welcome to a new feature that we are introducing, it will be a simple summary of the Arsenal news stories that break throughout the day. There have been a lot of news floating around in the last 24 hours but I thought I’d bring you the main stories.

Bracewell-Smith regrets Kroenke sale

nina-bracewell-smith

Arsenal’s honoury vice-president Nina Bracewell-Smith has spoken out on her regret at selling her shares to Stan Kroenke and took to Twitter on Sunday night to sympathise with frustrated fans. She tweeted the following

‘What a shame the board recommended a Kroenke takeover and paid Rothchilds 3m fee’

‘And how deeply I regret selling to Kroenke. Bring David Dein and give Usmanov representation on the board if we are to have success going forward.’

She later deleted the tweets but they indicate that she shares the opinions of the fans that are annoyed by the fact the club haven’t spent any money this summer, she also feels that Usmanov could take Arsenal forward should he be allowed.

Arsenal bid for Yohan Cabaye

Yohan_Cabaye

The Gunners have made an official £10m bid for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye after the pressure was piled on Wenger following their defeat to Aston Villa. 27 year old Cabaye is described as attacking midfielder but his best qualities are the ability to score goals and his creative play in and outside the box. He is a great quality player but once again Wenger has gone in far too low and the bid was rejected by the Magpies this afternoon according to Sky Sports who also claim PSG and Spurs are also interested.

Wilshere believes the team deserved to be booed on Saturday

wilshere1

Super Gooner Jack Wilshere believes that fans were fully entitled to have a bad reaction to the game on Saturday but hopes that they can put the game behind them and carry on the support. When interviewed after the game Wilshere told the Metro

‘We are not happy and we have to take a good look in the mirror and pick ourselves up.

‘The reaction of the crowd was understandable.

‘They pay their money to watch us and we need to put in better performances than that — and to win games.

‘My message to the supporters is to stick with us. It is a long season.’

Arsenal groups contact the club after the loss to Villa

Two of the biggest Arsenal fan groups have contacted the club with a response to the result of Saturday’s game. The Black Scarf Movement sent a letter to Ivan Gazidis expressing their ‘deep concern’ about the current situation at Arsenal in terms of having huge finances and assurances that money was available in Q and A sessions with the board in recent months. They have also pointed out that loyal fans are starting to walk away from the club as a result of the poor way things have been handled.

The AST have sent a letter to Arsenal expressing the opinion that they do not want Arsene Wenger to be offered a further contract after his current one expires.

That’s all for today and thank you for reading.

 

 

19
Aug
13

Arsenal v Aston Villa-It’s a no win situation for Arsene

ArseneSpend

Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa

It was a cloudy day over Ashburton Grove this weekend but the atmosphere before the game seemed mixed as we went to the supporters club and chatted to a few other fans, despite our concerns over the summer transfer action we were optimistic with a slight edge of nerves. Sadly we were right to be nervous as the Gunners fell apart and lost their first game of the season to Aston Villa.

There were positives about Saturday’s game, I think we played well in the first 30 minutes even after Villa equalised through a Benteke penalty rebound, we started the game well and had control of the possession and passing was definitely improved. Giroud finding the back of the net early in the game was positive, it shows how hard he has been working during the summer and there is noticeable improvement in his play.

The negatives are very clear to anyone, the team are weak and look tired and that shouldn’t be the case on the first game of the season, their stamina should be at its highest and they should be fit and raring to go. Players picked up injuries and there is a clear issue of weakness at the back and Koscielny was sent off as a result of two yellow cards leaving Arsenal further in trouble.

Defence is not the only issue, there is a huge gaping hole where a striker should be and that is in the box. Arsenal are really struggling to get the ball from midfield into the box without interception and this was a huge problem last season too, it could be formation but I think Giroud just lacks that little bit of pace to get there quick enough or if the ball is at his feet Walcott is nowhere to be seen. In the box play needs to be addressed soon, if Wenger isn’t going to buy the players then he at least needs to remedy the errors from last season.

The referee Antony Taylor does have to take responsibility for some poor decisions during the game, I actually thought he was Mike Dean in disguise at one point as he just seemed determined to get his first cards of the season out.

Saturday’s game has left Arsene Wenger under more pressure than ever after it is clear that Arsenal are not prepared for the new season despite having 3 months to be organised. Wenger has taken a huge risk in not buying anyone so far and giving the fans the same old rubbish excuses is just not good enough, he is alienating the very people who he wants to support the team.

What we are about to see now is Wenger’s typical last minute panic buying which he hopes will cover the cracks in the team until May but this year I don’t think even that will be enough. We will end up paying over the odds for players who we don’t need or lower quality than what was available at the beginning of the summer.We play Fenerbahce on Wednesday in a Champion’s League qualifier and if we lose that game that will further affect the quality of players we will be able to bring in by the end of the transfer window and the fans will pile on the pressure.

Wenger is now in a no win situation, if he spends it will now be panic buys and it still won’t be good enough to satisfy the fans, if he sticks to his guns and continues with the team he believes will win the league he will fail as they are not strong enough. Either way Arsene can’t win and I think this is the end of the road for him, the fans have had enough and they are tired of enduring the same old excuses for failure every season, they want change and he isn’t willing to do that so he has to go.

Thank you as always for reading and feel free to comment.

 

 

 

18
Aug
13

The Blind Leading The Blind

  Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on as a fan behind makes his feelings known during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 17, 2013 in London, England

So yet another season has commenced and to many Arsenal Fans it will already feel like many others, a raft of outgoings and only one incoming player and that being the free transfer of an Injury prone French Under 21 International who Ligue 2 outfit Auxerre did not want, all the while Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool to name just a few have all strengthened. Arsenal are the only club in the Premier League not to spend any money. Even opening day gave off a little bit of deja vu. A massive lack of unity within the club showed massively on the pitch. Disjointed and unprofessional. There are many words you could throw about that performance just find your nearest Thesaurus and look up abysmal and see where that leads you.

Many Arsenal fans are already fearing the worst with Fulham away next in the premier league sandwiched between two massive Champions League qualification games against Fenerbahce. Such a depleted squad already, As I have said before the writing is clearly on the wall for Wenger. People like to throw around the phrase “They are too good to go down” I have never put much faith in that. Arsene Wenger has had a lot of love from the media in recent years but Paul Lambert has shown him up to be a fraud when it comes to youth development. A lot of people mocked Lambert last season when he dropped the old guard and selected players from their academy or young acquired players bought for next to nothing, apart from Benteke. It took him one year to get them playing with unity and desire, they are NOT a team of superstars they are a TEAM something that Arsenal are not and have not been since they last won the League. Arsene Wenger seems to have been in transition for the past decade. There is only so much time you can give one manager. He is now the longest serving Manager in the Premier League but you can bet he would not be if he was at the helm of any other club in world football.

There is clearly a divide between Wenger and the board and you would think it is only a matter of time til the ignorant patience of some board members grind their axe. The biggest fear for the fans would now be is it too late? with the deadline now getting ever closer, the club only have until the 2nd September I am not sure you could get another manager in and get business done so it looks like the club will be stuck with Wenger at least until his contract expires next summer unless they cast him out in January. It now looks like Ivan Gazidis will have to step in for the third season in a row to identify and complete deals like he has done with some of the key players the club has bought in previous seasons. Arteta, Mertesacker, Cazorla, Monreal. I understand these were all Gazidis and they were all key. A lot of fans level the “What do you actually do” at Gazidis well it would appear he contributes a darn sight more to the club than Wenger does these days. After speaking to a few Arsenal fans yesterday you can feel the resignation to this season already just after one game. Every true fan saw it on the horizon it would seem to (quote the article title) it is a case of the blind leading the blind.

#Wengerout

Goonerscribe

16
Aug
13

Arsenal season preview 13/14

arsenalbannerJakarta

Once again we have suffered a long summer at the hands of our manager who refuses to spend and a board who struggle to make him and we start the new season with a weaker squad than what we finished with. There are only a few positives to take from this summer but they are still things to be grateful for.

1.We finally cleared out the deadwood from the club including Santos, Gervinho and Chamakh who join the list of players below that have left Ashburton Grove this summer. For years we’ve had to endure watching these substandard players and dreaded seeing certain names on the teamsheet but not this season-well apart from Bendnter who we still can’t get rid of despite accepting 5 offers for him so there is a risk he could pop up.

arsenaltransfers

2. For once Arsenal haven’t sold their best player(s) to rival teams, not that we have much left to sell but it’s something we have to tolerate most summers so it has been a relief to not see the good ones go. We have managed to keep hold of all of our first team players and despite rumours I don’t think any will be sold before the window finishes.

3. Pre-season has seen definite improvement in some key players such as Giroud, Ramsey and Poldolski who all had great performances abroad. The youth players have been fantastic to watch with Zelalem stealing the limelight but Akpom also looks promising.

Even though there are positives the fact is we still haven’t strengthened the squad and we are low in numbers and relying on what’s left of the reserves and youth team to bolster the first team and this is a worrying fact for Arsenal. Wenger needs 4/5 squad players to compete for a title and without that we don’t stand much of a chance if any  and with the transfer window closing on the 2nd of September there is a good chance we won’t see any signings at all.

Every club in the league asides from Man United have made additions to their team and we have signed a free player that has already taken his first visit to the injury room. With no injuries to an already small squad we could just about make it through the season but if the last few seasons have proved anything it is highly unlikely we can avoid injuries because we don’t have enough back-up players for anyone to rest, we already have Arteta, Sagna, Sanogo and Ramsey doubtful for Saturday’s game and that’s a terrible start when there is simply no excuse or reason for it. The fact that we have been so inactive during the transfer window is probably going to end up being Arsenal’s biggest mistake as it will mostly likely lead to a downfall.

The top 5 will be competitive this year and everyone that finished around us in May have strengthened their team and some have even changed manager too. We struggled to make top 4 last season only pipping our rivals down the road to 4th spot and I don’t see that we can pull off a miraculous final 3 months to achieve that same place next year, especially with Spurs making decent signings.

To be honest I can’t predict what this season holds, last season I said we would get 3rd and this year I think we will finish outside of the top 4 but hopefully high enough to get a Europa place. In fact over half of Arsenal fans believe that we will finish lower than 4th on a poll on Arsenal’s website* and that shows just how low our expectations have sunk and a sign of how bad fans are feeling about the situation our club is in.

Gooners are more prepared for this season than we have been any other, we already know that we have a rough ride ahead and no matter how much we dream of being top of the league that just isn’t going to happen this year but going in with this expectation always means there is room for surprise. At worse we have a bad season and slip out of 4th but what will come from it will be good as the club will have to make changes.

We are still great club despite certain philosophies and actions, we still have one of the biggest fan bases in the Premier League and that is what we need to hold to this season. Fans hold more power than ever so have your say if you are unhappy, sign a petition, boycott games and merchandise or attend protests, that is the only way the club will realise that there is a problem.

Our motto is ‘Victory through Harmony’ and despite how messy things might get this season it is so important for us to unite together and support the team, we might not agree with management and we definitely don’t like the current board but the team are the ones that fans need to inject the passion into.

COME ON YOU GUNNERS

*http://www.arsenal.com/fansforum

13
Aug
13

Funniest Arsenal tweets of the summer

The summer has been a frustrating one for Gooners everywhere as we haven’t added any first team players to our ever dwindling squad but despite all of that people have still managed to find their humour and there have still been some hilarious tweets over the summer, these are 5 of my favourites.

twitter-football

5. When discussing the rumour of Rooney transferring to Arsenal @Blackburngeorge had a great reply.

Old Doris the tea lady will be shitting herself. She might be part of his demands

4. @HighburyHarold comes up with a genius way of doing deals when buying the new Arsenal kit.

Going to The Armoury today for the new shirt? At the till, offer £25. When they refuse, wait 30 seconds then offer £17. #DickLawStyle

3. @OfficialKing12 came up with some impressive chants for our new boy Sanago.

Wake me up Yaya Sanogo we hope your better then the twat from Togo. Sanogo woo Sanogo woo we bought him from Auxerre he’s got no f***ing hair.

2. @SavvyGooner with his never ending wit gives his opinion on Arsenal’s transfer rumour fiasco that has ensued this summer.

So theres Higuain, Rooney and Cesc in a taxi all on their way to a Medical, they add up each others Fees and are convinced it’s April 1st.

1.  Passionate Gooner @markedtaxi expressed the sentiment a lot of the WOB have felt this summer when they were told by AKB’s that Wenger would definitely spend some money.

@markedtaxi: If Arsenal spend big this summer I’m gonna look like a right cunt……but at least ill be a happy one!

Thank you as always for reading and if you have a funny tweet or any saved in your favourites please forward them on to @NikiBerryTPiB or thepitchisback@gmail.com

04
Aug
13

Can’t Teach An Old Frenchman New Tricks

  Theo Walcott #14 of Arsenal in action during the pre-season friendly match between Nagoya Grampus and Arsenal at Toyota Stadium on July 22, 2013 in Toyota, Aichi, Japan

So the Emirates Cup is now a day old which means the Premier League season is only a matter of days away from a welcome return for many fans. What can be read in to Pre-season form? well the club could more than compete with the minnows of the Asian Tour, Wenger insisted the Tour was very important because it would be a huge test for the players and integral for their fitness not forgetting the hot climate would make the training more intense. For the cynic in many including myself that Tour was about one thing and one thing alone. Money. Nothing new was discovered on this Tour, everyone already knew that these games would not be any test. 

 

On to the Emirates Cup another impressive turnout as there always is. There were a few boos sounding around the ground some directed at Higuain and some at Reina. I would have to say these boos were more directed at Wenger and the Board out of fan frustration for not adding to the squad as yet. The game with Napoli itself did not seem to show anything new from last season. More terrible defensive mistakes and struggling to impose themselves on the First half. Napoli had very good possession for large parts of the half creating much more. The ImpressiveLorenzo Insigne put Napoli ahead after just 7 minutes, Jenkinson struggled to clear an exquisite 30 yard ball over the top by Gokhan Inler . Arsenal got a lucky break from referee Kevin Friend as he awarded them a penalty for some reason… he adjudged Valon Behrami to have fouledKieran Gibbs that was dubious to say the least. Justice was done however when Lukas Podolskihad his soft penalty kick saved by Reina. Pandev was minutes later denied a penalty himself as Jenkinson capped off a poor first half display by pushing him in the back, there was not a great deal of contact but in comparison to the previous spot kick that was a stonewall as “Sir” Alex would say. However minutes later Napoli doubled their lead with Hamsik slicing through the Arsenal Midfield, he played a delicate through ball to Pandev who left Mertesacker for dead, rounded Fabianski and made it 0-2. 

 

For Arsenal fans this is a first half that resonated massively with last season. quite a bit of possession no real chances created and defensive mistakes a very unconvincing first half. A lack of tactical nouse shown by Wenger yet again, whereas Benitez in the opposite dugout had set up his side perfectly.

 

The second half got underway and Wilshere looked a completely different player already, trying to take the game by the scruff of the neck. he glided past Inler played a lovely one two with Ramsey but unfortunately lacked a finish on his weaker right foot.

 

The game seemed destined to finish 2-0 in Napoli’s favour before a deep corner from Walcott, Giroud held off Paolo Cannavaro executed an overhead kick that looked like it was going wide but took a deflection off Sagna that re-directed it goal-wards Arsenal back in it. 

 

Suddenly Arsenal took it up a gear looked like they had gained an extra yard. Substitutes Oxlade Chamberlain and Walcott looked lively since coming on and it was on the 87th Minute they got the equaliser Arteta’s free kick was met by the head of Mertesacker, Reina could only parry it and Koscielny was quickest to react and headed home from close range. 2-2. That is how it finished. 

 

It feels that not a great deal has changed since all the echoes of “We can now challenge Bayern Munich” surfaced. A lot of strange Media reports as usual followed with the club having more medicals than your local A&E department of which one took place and he was free transfer Yaya Sanogo. All early indications point to another long and hard grinding season at the Emirates. as D-ream use to sing “Things can only get better” unfortunately I can see things only getting worse before that rings true.

 

Lastly the Saga that is Luis Suarez, the BBC reported yesterday morning that Suarez is seeking legal advice and may be pushed into submitting a Transfer request… this I can not see happening he would then lose several bonuses that would be otherwise his contractually. Also in The Sun tabloid they somehow were privy to information from a “close friend” of Wenger that he said and I quote” I will get Suarez”. this is laughable, It would appear that Tabloids can npw use this close friend tag to just print anything they wish to ramp up “News”paper sales. especially since now the Sun now charge for their “exclusive” online content. Unfortunately their is a history of papers exclusive content being absolute tosh. I cannot see Suarez going…. Not to Arsenal anyway. The only club that is stupid enough to sell there best player to a rival it would seem is Arsenal. 

 

Goonerscribe signing off.