As the transfer deadline approaches, is our squad really strong enough ? – written by kelsey

Written by kelsey

With the transfer deadline imminently approaching, I thought I would look at our squad and the players position as listed on the official site.

As a fan, my support should never be doubted, but I have concerns about our strengths and weaknesses.

I believe Almunia has played his last game for us. With the arrival of Schwarzer, who will be our back up keeper? My choice would be Mannone as the pressure on Fabianski may just be too much and perhaps he, rather than Szcezesny, should go out on loan.

In defence we have Clichy, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Sagna, Koscienly, Squillaci, Traore and Djourou. Clichy is not playing as well as two seasons ago and I would like to see Gibbs given more of a chance. Traore may be on his way, or at the least go out on loan.

Most players brought in from a different league need a bedding in period over about six months – although Sagna in his first season, and Vermaelen proved that this theory doesn’t apply to every player. Djourou is injury prone and IMO not good enough, and it has been asked so often why don’t we buy players from within the PL who can slot in straight away.

Astonishingly, we have ten players in midfield, but when you look closely there are injury concerns. The long term injury to Ramsey, short term loss of Nasri, which could amount to two months, and again the doubt over others remaining injury free, Rosicky being the prime example.

“The enigma” which is Diaby has his make or break season. The most frustrating player in the squad, yet I still maintain he could be a star player if he can get a good run of games. Arshavin is a different type of player,not seen in an Arsenal shirt before. Immensly skillful, a match winner on his day, but I think we would all generally agree that the little Russian needs to get more involved over the whole ninety minutes, or is there a stamina doubt ?

Finally the strikers which is my main concern. Only five listed, they being RVP,Walcott,Bedntner,Vela and Chamakh. It appears Bendtner has a long term injury, possibly ruling him out until next January, RVP manages only twenty games a season, Chamakh has been thrust into the deep end, Vela has only started very few games, and the hopes lay with the dramatic improvement in Walcott. On paper that is a major concern.

IMO we still need a striker to create a better balance and I also believe, injuries permitting, we will see more rotation than ever before. What do you think ?

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162 Responses to As the transfer deadline approaches, is our squad really strong enough ? – written by kelsey

  1. Morning all

    Good post kelsey, I have to agree with you on whether we have enough strikers. We know we can get goals from all over the pitch but seeing Robin hobbling off on Saturday and knowing that there was only Chamakh that could come on is worrying. I’m not saying I don’t think Chamakh is good enough but without Nikki as back up we are a bit light there.

  2. kelsey says:

    Morning,

    I surprised you with that one didn’t I peaches :)

  3. Rasp says:

    Morning,

    Excellent post kelsey,

    I’m not too worried about the strikers as I think we’ve got so many goalscorers in the midfield – Cesc, Theo, Nasri, AA, Rosicky, Diaby. Chamakh is very unselfish and will create as well as score. He was analysed brilliantly on another site, it showed his pass completion is way above any other top striker in the prem.

    I agree that Schwarzer is coming, so if I could magic one more signing it would be a defence minded midfielder.

  4. Keysersoze says:

    Where did you get the information that Bendtner is out till January?

    Also, which other team in the land can list 5 strikers who are full fledged internationals?

  5. Well done kelsey ;)

  6. Red Arse says:

    kelsey,

    good analysis. on paper we do have enough strikers, but with the current injuries and past injury record of rvp and theo, we could struggle.

    sorry about the lower case, i caught my hand in my car door. probably o.k. by lunch time.

  7. kelsey says:

    Keyersoze morning to you.

    With regards to Bedntner it has been widely reported in the media that Bedntner’s injury is far more serious than first thought and when I said january, I was in fact being optimistic.

    Re your second point, I was literally only stating facts as they are today, no one is asking for 5 fully fledged internationals if you read it again.

  8. Rasp says:

    Morning and welcome Keysersoze,

    I’ll let kelsey answer the question about Bendtner, but as regards your 5 strikers, I’d suggest that very few (if any) are traditional No.9’s. They’re all No. 10’s. The last attempt we made to enlist a ‘fox in the box’ was Eduardo – and the rest is history.

  9. Red Arse says:

    kelsey,

    the danish manager is quoted as saying bendy could well be out for the season.

  10. 26may1989 says:

    Thanks Kelsey.

    I disagree re strikers – with only one place in the team, five is more than enough. With the swap of Chamakh for Eduardo, we now have three strikers who can play a more physical role. Behind them, we also have some great young strikers in Afobe and Sunu. With Bendy recovering and RvP twisting his ankle, it feels worse right now, but the unit of strikers looks pretty decent to me. I’m pleased that defensive signings have been made, but that is the area of the pitch where my concerns remain.

    I also have a different take on GKs: assuming Schwarzer comes in (and that is a big assumption), and assuming we can’t convince Almunia to stay on as No 2, I would prefer to have Szczesny as the back-up. Mannone will probably get the nod though and he would be perfectly good, I would just like to see Szczesny brought on. I hope Wenger does what he said a little while ago, and send one of the keepers out on loan, and for the sake of building his confidence, I hope that is Fabianski.

  11. 26may1989 says:

    Red Arse, or should that be Red Hand, get better matey.

  12. Keysersoze says:

    Yes, but we need to keep in mind that getting a sixth striker in is probably impractical as no striker who is good enough for Arsenal would like to come in and fight for being the fifth choice striker after a few months. For that role we need a lower profile youngster and we have exactly the man in JET who impressed in his appearances so far.

    The question regarding Bendtner is genuine. I have heard this at other places as weel, but I have not come across the source of taht information. Would be glad if you can provide one of the reports that you are referring to.

  13. Keysersoze says:

    Also even though you have not mentioned getting in an international quality striker, I think that would be a given for a club of our stature?

  14. Flint McCullough says:

    The danger of too many players is keeping them all happy. We are already very close to that point.

    You cannot have 3 internationals for every position & we have a number of youngsters nearing their time.

    With our luck it may be possible for RVP, Bentner & Chamack to go down at the same time but there is only so far you can look on the dark side. If that happened maybe Vela or JET will get the games to finally establish themselves.

    If Schwarzer comes I would like to see it as Almunia, as the man in possession, fighting off the newcomer with Fabianski sent on loan to get some confidence. It would be a worry if Schwarzer continued with Australia for obvious reasons.

  15. kelsey says:

    The whole point of this post was based on the listings on our official website,and it is just my opinion.

    Walcott may turn out to be a striker,but I would bracket him and Vela as attackers not out and out strikers. RVP is not suited as a central striker, so IMO the only two strikers are Chamakh and Bedntner, the former being a good acquisition but will need time and the latter is injured indefinately.

  16. Keysersoze says:

    Also there is an Asia Cup scheduled in january for which Schwarzer will be unavailable. Australia plays in the Aisa Cup in case some of you didn’t know.

  17. Morning 26may – I think what we have – and have had for a while – is a great team on paper, but we know that we have been very unlucky with injuries in the past and we’re already starting the season light with an injury to Bendtner.

    Chamakh is a great addition to the squad and hopefully he’s not injury-prone.

    Robin is strong and determined but has often in the past rushed himself back too early.

    Vela has had his time off for injuries and so has Theo.

    I have always felt that Diaby should be given the chance up front if necessary but we’d need another defensive mid-fielder in the squad if that was the case.

  18. dandan says:

    Nice post kelsey, but I worry not about the squad, with the Bevvy of good under 21s we have who would see the odd appearance in the first team as a great incentive, AW has the perfect motivational set up.
    The arrival of the big Aussie tomorrow will complete the jigsaw to perfection.

    Gonna be a pot winning year,
    Next question what kinda team will we put out against the spuds in the mickey mouse cup, being they will be desperate not just to beat us but to win the thing. Will it be the reserves, a mixture of squad and reserves or the half of the squad who don’t play regularly

  19. kelsey says:

    Flint,

    as always you raise a good point and City are now the prime example.bellamy to cardiff ? Ireland not required? Wright Philips, Santa Cruz and Robino expensive bad buys.It’s all about getting the right balance and having a team as opposed to a bunch of over paid prima donnas.

  20. T_arsenal says:

    If I was wenger I would give chance to emanuel Thomas I think he is great talent n he needs to get experiance by playing some of our home games and ofcurse the facup n carling cup matches, he is to good to be playing on the revarse team. If wenger don’t playing him in the first team it’s better to let him go out loan in one of the prim team

  21. Morning dandan – Arsene said he would definitely still be sending out the youngsters in the Carling Cup in his interview post Blackburn.

  22. Rasp says:

    On a separate note – how crap are totnum fans? Booing their side off the pitch on saturday.

    I had a momentary feeling of sympathy for ‘arry, but came to my senses very quickly. The spud fans I know are rubbing their hands together because they think they’re gonna beat us in the meaningless cup – they don’t even realise that ‘arry will also put out a reserve side.

  23. Rasp says:

    Morning dandan,

    I’ve just read that you beat me to it on the totnum comment.

  24. dandan says:

    Morning all So all reserves you feel Peachey

  25. Flint McCullough says:

    It will be 11 changes from the previous game, Dandan.

    If most are fit that should give a good mixture of rotated players & youngsters to give the Spuds a decent game.

    Shame it is at their place.

  26. Red Arse says:

    keyzer, flint and 26,

    arsene clearly agrees with your opinions that we have ample forward cover, it’s just that we have been disappointed so often with injuries in previous seasons.

    the onlt cf’s we have are bendy and cham. the danish manager martin olsen said bendy had a season threatening injury. just his opinion as he is not a medical wallah. who can tell with injuries. look at tomas rosicky, no one knew what his problem was.

    liked your suggestions re jet and benik afobe. can’t see it happening just yet, tho’.

  27. dandan says:

    They cant put out to weak a side Rasp, they need the video sales. :-)

  28. Rasp says:

    They’ll play David Bentley that’s for sure, I expect JET and Vela will play up front for us.

  29. kelsey says:

    Have Spurs got a second 11. They will be really stretched this season and with Woodgate and King nearly always injured they may well do a Villa and fall flat on all fronts.

  30. dandan says:

    Will Gibbs and LJ internationals both play as reserves :-)

  31. dandan says:

    Spurs will IMHO buy again before tomorrow night, would be funny to see WG playing against our second string bet he would get a kick or three.

  32. Ibrahim says:

    Very good post. I have the same concern. But again I hope we will have the luck this season with injuries. With nasri and RVP already injured,… .

    The main concern is that we all know that players like Wallcott, Diaby, RVP and Ros. are are never injury free.

    A lot of people think that chelsea and Man united are bigger than us. The only difference between us and these clubs in last season, is the injury crises, and that was the only reason we lost the race last season.

    I still have Hope and I love Arsenal.
    Sorry for my english

  33. London says:

    You can’t have too many top class strikers; well, actually you can, as Flint points out, the problem with too many is that you risk disharmony.

    Good post Kelsey, I felt that same as you when I saw RVP go down on Saturday but as many people above have said we should have enough cover up front for all eventualities bar a disaster and even if that happens we still have Arshavin who can play up front.

  34. London says:

    Good point Kelsey

    Have spuds got a second eleven, I am not sure they have when I think about it.

  35. dandan says:

    Arshavin, now what an awesome player he would be, if only he could play for ninety minutes.

  36. Red Arse says:

    Ibrahim,

    your english is fine, and you make a good comment.

  37. Welcome Ibrahim – I think Theo looks much stronger this season, he’s really bulked up and is brimming with confidence – his movement off the ball is much better so as long as no-one tries to break his leg there’s hope.

    It seems to be Arsene’s way to build a team of fabulously talented – apart from a couple – delicate – apart from the centre-backs – footballers and we just have to love the best bits and worry about the bad bits ;)

  38. dandan – and he was 6 inches taller :oops:

  39. terry says:

    wenger just needs to get a midfilder on loan…. m.diarra from real would be the right man

  40. Rasp says:

    Hi terry,

    That would make me very happy.

  41. Irishgunner says:

    Morning all,

    Not saying I wouldn’t like another striker but I don’t think its a priority. We are scoring the goals and the likes of Walcott, Rosicky, Arshavin etc will come from deep to score.

    The defence is still the worry for me.

  42. Rasp says:

    Morning Irish,

    Don’t let me divert you from footie chat, but since I know you’re a fan, I just had to tell you that I watched the MJ film last night of his rehearsals for the ill-fated tour. He was outstanding, I had no idea he was that talented and hands-on.

  43. Irishgunner says:

    Rasp – Is that the “This Is It” documentary?

    Wasn’t it just fantastic? Such a talented guy. I love the part where he was telling the sound guy he had it all wrong but was apologizing and telling him he loved him just so he wouldn’t feel bad.

    The personal stuff is a bit messy and lets not get into it, but as a sheer talented musician the world lost a great one in MJ.

    When you see all the crap like Ke$ha and bloody Katy Perry that gets into the charts these days you realise what we’ve lost. They can’t even sing. That’s why I love Lady Gaga so much, her music might not be everyone’s cup of tea but she writes her own lyrics, her own music, is a kick-ass piano player and can *wait for it* actually sing live….

  44. Rasp says:

    Yes that’s the one, and what incredible musicians – the lady guitarist was hot!

  45. Irishgunner says:

    That’s Orianthi – she has a album out now and a decent song as well.

  46. Rasp says:

    Back to the football,

    It seems that Traore will be leaving on loan before the close – he must be flattered by the clubs that are showing an interest. It wouldn’t surprise me to see his loan spell turn into a permanent move.

  47. Irishgunner says:

    Agree with you there Rasp – the LB slot is between Gibbs and Clichy and its hard for Traore to get a look in.

    Just on the strikers, maybe Wenger will promote Wellington Silva to the starting line-up pretty quickly. He can start playing in January isn’t it? Wasn’t he already playing first team football in Brazil?

  48. Rasp says:

    Yes I believe he was. By all accounts, we may have finally signed a Brazillian who plays like a Brazillian – no offence to Denilson, but Gilberto was hardly over endowed with silky skills.

  49. Irishgunner says:

    Be interesting to see him play, is he a number 9 or a number 10?

  50. Rasp says:

    He’s been playing as a No. 10 stroke winger. He can play for us in January but he will have just completed a season playing in Brazil I believe.

  51. Irishgunner says:

    I think AW had hoped to bring him over earlier to train with us but evidently that didn’t happen. Still its better for him to be getting more game time.

  52. Hi irish – see you and rasp having an MJ love-in, I watched it last night aswell, although his voice started off a bit dodgy he was singing really well later but his dancing was still amazing. He was a genius.

  53. gunnerwong says:

    We have too many creative players for midfield. Yes the gunners can create abundance of chances but they need a mid field destroyer someone like Flamina and for older folks a modern version of Peter Storey.
    Btw it’s no use creating a 1001 chances if the gunners aint clinical .I rather the gunners have three chances less than the opposition and score goals from all three.I note of late there is less passing and more shooting. Perhaps from the ricochet of shots will goals flow like Ashvin’s.
    I am feeling confident but will hold my breath till the have tangled with MU/Chelsea/Spurs/AV.

  54. Going back to the post – who is our back-up right back do you think? Eboue is listed as a mid-fielder ……

  55. kelsey says:

    Maybe we should have an Arsenal Music Section as a seperate category ;)

  56. Irishgunner says:

    He is a genius Peaches – his music won’t die. His body stopped working but that’s all, the MJ legacy lives on.

  57. Irishgunner says:

    Eboue I’d presume even though he is listed as a midfield, he’d slot in for Sagna if needed.

  58. Rasp says:

    Welcome gunnerwong,

    At the moment, Theo appears to be our most clinical finisher. Chamakh wasn’t noted for his high goals to attempts ratio, but who knows what Arsène can mould him into. It is iimportant to create chances, we’ve failed to open up resolute defences in the past so I’m hoping we will have more of a cutting edge this season.

  59. gunnern5 says:

    Kelsey: Tomorrow will tell who our 1st team are going to be. Arsene has to name his 25 man squad to satisfy the “home grown rule” and that group cannot be changed until the January transfer window.

    Players with long term injuries like Ramsey and Bendtner may not be included.

    Maybe I’m the eternal optimist but this may be Almunia’s year to surprise us – in a positive way.

  60. kelsey says:

    gunnerwong, I see jack as our Peter Stoey, but not for a few years yet.

    Obviously the acid test is against the so called top 6.What I liked particularly on Saturday was the confidence of Theo for leting fly from just outside the box and it only went a few inches over. He was also in a central position when Sagna’s cross came over and eventually led to Arshavin scoring.

    Diaby is the most guilty.Just when he gets into a great shooting position and one yells SHOOT he passes the ball to another player,usually only 2 or 3 yards from him.We know he can do it, even last week his goal was arguably the best of the 6 scored.

  61. kelsey says:

    a very early morning to you gunnern5.

  62. Georgio says:

    it’s very easy to solved front line problems sale Bentner and buy Andy Caroll or
    Emmanuel Reviero for back up RVP and Chamack

  63. Rasp says:

    Hi Georgio,

    I’m not sure how tongue-in-cheek your comment is, but I do wonder how many first team starts Bendtner will get when he’s fit. He’s very ambitious and would start for many premiership sides so he may seek a move away in the future.

  64. gunnern5 says:

    Kelsey: I rise at 4:30am every day.

  65. Red Arse says:

    Irish,

    Wellington has been over traing with us and played at least two pre-season friendlies for the reserves at Barnet. I saw him and the Japanese youngster Miyaki (?) and they both looked good. (Arsene did not proceed with the Japanese guy. Pity).

    Wellington has returned to Brazil for now. He only played peripherally for their 1st team, mainly as an attacking midfielder. He is quite small.

    I’m not sure, but I think 26 saw the same game I went to.

  66. kelsey says:

    That makes two of us.

  67. 26may1989 says:

    Hi Peaches. RB cover has to be Eboue and Nortdveit (plus Eastmond perhaps). Got to disagree re Diaby as a striker, I really don’t think he would cope well with the pressure of two CBs being on his back all the time.

    And T_Arsenal, I love Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, he will be a footballing god in the next few years, and I hope he gets a real look in this season, but not as a striker. He’s flexible but he looks like a midfielder more than anything.

    I don’t think I’m quite up there with Rasp’s levels of optimism but if/when we get a GK, I’d be reasonably happy with the squad. Unless RA is right and he lose Bendy for the season….

  68. Irishgunner says:

    Red Arse – Thanks for the info, heard about the Japanese kid but couldn’t tell you what he even looks like.

  69. dandan says:

    Music first, Ahem. (whispers quietly) MJ was a freak. Robbie is a druggie , Lady G is not of this world. Lilly Alan and Amy Winehouse Are ?. none of em are of this world.

    Prom on Saturday night was fantastic:-) :-)

    OK Irish, I know,I know, you don’t love me no more, oh well, better go and make the wife a cup of tea. Bang goes me fishing hols in Ireland.

    MJ fantastic? Fantastic they say !!!! whats the bloody world coming to… I thought he was an Alan Ball Impressionist…… Rasp its all these players we are buying its the excitement affecting you, have a lay down in a dark room it will be ok.

    Genius Peaches says genius, hells bells its contagous
    Kelsey and BR. stay away from em.we need you sane

  70. 26may :lol: rasp’s levels of optimism :roll:

  71. He was not a freak – at least he didn’t start off as one – he was a genius.

  72. kelsey says:

    I agree Diaby is not a striker but at the same time he isn’t a defensive midfielder either.His inclination is always to go forward as an attacking midfielder.

    Last season he was asked to play quite often on the left side, so what is his optimum position ?

  73. Irishgunner says:

    I never said Lady Gaga was “out of this world.” Of course its up to you whether you like her or not but I find it hilarious that people find her “weird” because she wears designer clothes, or a “whore” because she sings in her underwear a lot (yet bikini models are “hot”) – the girl is a talented musician and I like her, love her in fact.

    Fuck there is enough boring in the world, bless her for doing what she wants to. I’m fucking sick of boring, I’m fucking sick of people saying whats conventional. She brightens up my day a tad when she wears a fucking table on her head and I honestly couldn’t give a flying fuck what others think.

    That is all :D

    And Dandan I love you, you’re welcome in Ireland any time :)

  74. dandan says:

    Wenger has said this morning apparently, he is not finished in the market, does that mean in or out, goal keeper or Traore, he is a tease of a man.

  75. Irishgunner says:

    Now I must go be a good women and make some tea – so much for the fist pumping in my last comment :lol:

    I’ll be back.

  76. dandan says:

    Irish please say what you mean love dont hold back on my account :-)

  77. Irishgunner says:

    I know Dandan I must stop mincing my words and just feel free to say as I please ;)

    Really must make lunch, any orders while I’m going?

  78. dandan says:

    LOL you brighten my day Irish

  79. Rasp says:

    dandan – it means the Schwarzer deal is nailed on …. yawn :roll:

  80. Love you irish :lol: wait till RedArse sees your fist thumping comment he’ll have something to say :)

  81. Rasp says:

    Irish is the ‘Mo Mowlem’ of this site :lol:

  82. Red Arse says:

    Oi Irish,

    Just read your Lady Gaga diatribe.

    Did you mean “feck”, or were you just being posh? ;)

  83. dandan says:

    He is not an “Appy Arry”

  84. kisekka says:

    I swarzer comes , i think we just need a no 6 only and then asses the situation up mid season. and then add were necessery.
    Nice time guys.

  85. jesus casanova says:

    there is no doubt that u are right, i think schwarzer will sign probably tomorrow, but i dont think this is a step forward, he’s way past his best and he’s too slow, i woulda gone for stekelenberg any day. we really needed 1 more defender in my opinion as well, mertesacker, michael ciani or juan would’ve been great signings, as for midfielders i woulda got another defensive midfielder for those tricky away fixtures at city, chelsea and even utd, senna would’ve been perfect as a short term solution and felipe melo would be more appreciated at the emirates than in italy. as for strikers, another 1 would’ve been nice bcuz of van persie’s constant injury problems and the fact that we sold eduardo to our champions league opponents shakhtar donesck. if ( by some miracle ) we go through the season injury free, then we could a good season. my prediction is 3rd in the league, semi finals champions league and winning the fa cup.

  86. Rasp says:

    Hi jesus casanova,

    I understand your wishlist, but I’m sure you know its not going to happen with only a day left of the transfer window.

    I think the chavs are going to win the prem comfortably, but I reckon we have a good chance of second. The CL could be won by any of 6 clubs of which we are one. I’d be delighted if won the FA cup but I expect AW to give it low priority.

  87. As we’re talking about squad depth – do you remember earlier in the year how you felt when you knew Essien was out for the rest of the season – yep a wry smile and the thought that the chavs would be weaker without him and they went on to win the double :(

  88. Red Arse says:

    Thanks for that, Peaches,

    You have really cheered me up, now that he is back! :-)

  89. Rasp says:

    If we were struggling to comply with the 25 man rule, we’d probably have to leave Bendtner and Ramsey out (I think someone mentioned this earlier). It is only binding until Xmas and then we submit a new list for the 2nd half of the season. As it is, we should probably omit Bendtner, up to the New Year.

  90. dandan says:

    Rasps. Bloody hell you have given up before we start, get a grip man :-)

  91. Irishgunner says:

    Hello again,

    For the 25-man rule, does that mean we can only use the 25 players named in it until Christmas? Even if we have a bucketload of injuries?

  92. Rasp says:

    Haha dandan,

    Keep trying ;) – that was me being positive. If I had to put your house on it, I would say 2nd in the prem this year and if we buy wisely next summer, we win it in 2011/2012

  93. Red Arse says:

    Irish,

    The 25 man squad is fixed from 5 p.m. tomorrow until 31st December, never mind the fecking injuries! :-)

  94. dandan says:

    Nooooooooo come wednesday when the keeper is signed you have to send me the keys to your house and write a positive leader post. We will all be watching. :-)

  95. dandan says:

    Irish I listening to Bob Marley is he cool

  96. Red Arse says:

    Irish,

    I was sure that the transfer deadline closed at 5 p.m. tomorrow. Sky are reporting it closes at 6 p.m. to morrow.

    Anyway it is not midnight as some think. :-)

  97. Red Arse says:

    I like him Dandan. No woman, no cry. :-)

  98. kelsey says:

    Spinal Tap have been voted as having the best drummer in the World.

    Now read this :

    Drummers

    John “Stumpy” Pepys (1964-1967) Died in a bizarre, unexplained gardening accident.
    Eric “Stumpy Joe” Childs (1967-1974) Choked on vomit of unknown origin.
    Peter “James” Bond (1974-1977) Spontaneously combusted onstage.
    Mick Shrimpton (1977-1982) Onstage explosion
    Joe “Mama” Besser (1982) Quit the band, claiming he “couldn’t take this 4/4 shit”; according to an MTV interview with Spinal Tap in November 1991, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
    Gary Wallis (Amnesty International performance in 1991)
    Richard “Ric” Shrimpton (1982-1999) Allegedly sold his dialysis machine for drugs, presumed dead
    Sammy “Stumpy” Bateman (2000) Died in a freak tricycle accident jumping over a pool of sharks.
    Mick Fleetwood (2000) The only one to survive unscathed.
    Plus 14 other drummers at various times all of whom are dead.

    Not exactly a job for life :)

  99. Rasp says:

    dandan,

    I don’t know where you get the idea from that I have a negative outlook – it is you who perceives my view as negative, not me. In my mind, I’m being realstic. I haven’t wavered from my standpoint throughout the summer and if we sign Schwarzer tomorrow (which I fully expect) I will have as much right as you to put a note up in the ITYS tab.

  100. kelsey says:

    Only 2 more weeks until our next game. HELP !!!!!!

  101. Rasp says:

    John Bonham was the best drummer up to 2,000 …. fact!

    There are some really brilliant drummers around at the moment of which that guy playing with MJ has to be close to the top of the list.

  102. Irishgunner says:

    So all the injuries in the world and it doesn’t matter :(

    Bob Marley is dead, that is what Bob Marley is…

  103. kelsey says:

    Do you remember Drum City in Shaftsbury Avenue, I learnt the drums there

    .Gooner michael has a shop very near there.

  104. Rasp says:

    I remember Drum City, I used to go to Macari’s and Top Gear to playu the guitars.

  105. dandan says:

    Rasps I wanna vote on it LOL

  106. Red Arse says:

    RVP is out for several weeks, says Dutch coach, and calls up Van Nistlewinkle.

  107. Rasp says:

    Is that the drummers or our predictions dandan? :P

  108. kelsey says:

    Any other good news, Red Arse :)

  109. Red Arse says:

    Kelsey,

    Unlike Rasp, RVP is being v. positive by saying he still has another leg! :-)

  110. Red Arse says:

    What about Elvis Presley?

    He must be right up your alley, Irish! :-)

  111. Irishgunner says:

    And think it was his other leg he injured… so I actually think he has knocks to both his legs – the misery :cry:

  112. kelsey says:

    Funny how the dutch coach can announce that RVP is out for several weeks and no word from our club.

    I said on day one he wasn’t fit, took two knocks against Blackpool and then again on Saturday.

    He averages 20 games a season over 4 years.

    Great player,but can we afford such a luxury,hence my original question in this morning’s post about having “5 strikers”. We really need another one,now.

  113. Red Arse says:

    So, when he said “don’t worry, I have another leg, even if the first one has dropped off”, you think he was now being over optimistic. How could you be so pessimistic? :-)

  114. Irishgunner says:

    LOL Red Arse I do like some of the King’s music. I like everything from Andrea Bocelli to Rammstein, from Garth Brooks to Lady Gaga.

    I’ve nothing against particular genres but don’t like some artists. Ke$ha is a bit of an idiot but she “wakes up in the morning feelin’ like P.Diddy” and that amuses me so she escapes harsh criticism from me :)

  115. Red Arse says:

    Totally agree with you Kelsey, even if we are being realistic, not pessimistic.

    Arsene won’t agree, of course.

  116. Irishgunner says:

    I’m pessimistic cos its RvP …

  117. Rasp says:

    RvP’s frame is too slight for the demands he puts on it. When he turns at pace, the point loading on his joints is immense. The same was true of Johnny Wilkinson. RvP will also suffer more from knocks because his joints/tendons etc are not resilient enough.

  118. Red Arse says:

    Rasp,

    I have been going on about Robin’s left legged preponderance. He stands on it; pivots on it; shoots with it and frankly he is totally unbalanced. result, Mr Micawber, insolvent injury problems! :-)

  119. ArseChicago says:

    As much as I love van Persie, I think Arsene has to see finally that we cannot count on him as our #1 striker. I thought last year should’ve provided more than enough evidence, but Arsene must’ve felt otherwise. Granted, it seems we’re playing a 4231 at the moment, but if Chamakh gets hurt, we are in big trouble. What do we do, everyone?

  120. kelsey says:

    ArseChicago,

    That was the gist of what I wrote earlier.We have always known that we would only get a certain amount of games from RVP, but the bedntner long term injury was unexpected, so Theo has to start playing in his more favoured position which is central as opposed to the wing.
    I can’t see us buying a striker in the next 24 hours.

  121. dandan says:

    RVP bad luck is the opportunity Theo needs to have a run through the middle, he is one class player and just needs some playing time.

  122. Maybe AW realised about RvP and thats why he bought a ready-made Chamakh instead of another little, speedy, talented mid-fielder – d’ya think?

  123. kelsey says:

    I don’t think so peaches.He knew about RVP after one season.

    He gave Eduardo every chance and IMO bought Chamakh as his replacement but also to utilise his height.

    Since I wrote this piece this morning two things have happened.The severity of the injuries to RVP and Bedntner so perhaps Vela will be given his chance more often . He needs games as his PL starts, one can count on one hand.

  124. dandan says:

    Peaches there are two posts there not sure i made myself clear

  125. London says:

    I love the little sub plot between Rasp and Dandan, it is like a secret blog all of its own.

    I always chuckle when Dandan can’t resist the bait, I know exactly where he is coming from, I used to take the bait myself but you are far more polite than me. It took me ages to realise that Rasp isn’t doing it on purpose, in fact, I don’t even think he knows he is doing it at all.

    Realistic position: we will most likely come second.

    Supporting Arsenal position: we are going to win the league.

    Therefore, pessimistic position: we will most likely come second.

  126. dandan says:

    London there is no bait my friend, Rasp said he would write a positive post if AW got a GK and centre back because he didn’t believe AW he bet me his house he wouldn’t get two CB we just await tomorrows arrival and I will have a full set :-)

  127. London :lol:

    dandan – I didn’t realise there were two :D

    kelsey – are you disagreeing with me :roll:

  128. London says:

    I have followed it all summer and I know who I think is right ;)

  129. dandan says:

    Fair enough London. though I suspect you will see what you want to see. :-)

  130. kelsey says:

    “The requirements are few, as we want our content and style to be as varied as possible.

    So…

    – If you’ve ever gotten better than a ‘See Me.’ on a school essay
    – If you’ve ever been praised for your intelligent insight on football
    – If you’ve ever started a pub fight for your opinionated, blinkered opinions on football
    – If you’ve ever wanted the opportunity to anger thousands of people at once
    – If you don’t mind people disagreeing with you

    Then you might be ready to write for C***** ******* ”
    —————————————————

    So this is from a blog that makes up stories and I won’t name them but I would rather we had a lot fewer hits and had civilised debate.

    clue to the name: happened to Adebayor nearly every game.

    Sorry peaches I am disagreeing with you :)

  131. Rasp says:

    Evening dandan,

    My ears have been burning :)

    I think you are off your rocker if you believe we will sign another CB tomorrow (in the most polite way of course).

    We will sign Schwarzer and that completes my prediction as in ‘Summer Signings – Expect to be Slightly Disappointed’. Squillaci was the ‘player X’ who wasn’t on anyone’s radar and he cost less than £15m. So all in all that is a full house of predictions courtesy of yours truly.

    I don’t see how anyone can see a negative aspect to my prediction of us coming second in the Premiership – that would be a major achievement as we are still on a shoestring budget, although of course I’d be delirious if we won it! We could surprise everyone and win the CL. We won’t win the FA cup as AW doesn’t want to risk players when the other two trophies are so much more important to him and to the club financially.

    Don’t let the signings fool you – we have reduced the wage bill this summer and spent around £5m net, which is about in line with the last 4 years. I think Arsène is building towards another all-conquering team but it will not emerge fully this season.

  132. dandan says:

    Rasp we have signed two CB already , plus a forward all we need is a GK. Price is irrelevant its quality that counts. Tomorrow is the day LOL.

    AS for finishing second you know I don’t think that is negative, but this is a million miles from many of your posts, You didn’t believe in AW you said basically that he told Porkies :-)

    I never once said he would spend millions the man is a class apart, he manages unlike others who just acquire

  133. London says:

    As I thought, you don’t know you are doing it.

    To say we will come second is negative because we the optimists (Change name if you wish) believe that we will win the league and anything less is an admission of failure. Simples.

  134. dandan says:

    No London you miss the point, my argument has always been finishing in the top four on so limited a budget is the measure of the man and a raging success. The we have won nothing for five years and wont this year either is the negative statement I object to. Plus the Wenger cant be trusted brigade are misguided to say the least.

  135. Rasp says:

    dandan,

    “You don’t believe in AW you basically said he told porkies” …….

    Totally incorrect! ….. I said telling lies is part of a manager’s function these days and in that, AW is no different to any other manager. I equated it to a professional foul in as much as it is obviously wrong, but done for the greater good. I totally support AW and have written many articles saying that his way is the best way. I do not however, believe he is superhuman, and free from flaws.

  136. Rasp says:

    Dandan, I predicted the signing of Koscielny and Schwarzer and a player ‘X’ – that player was Squillaci. Its all there in black and white if you want to read back.

  137. 26may1989 says:

    For the years between 2004 and now, I agree with you 100% Dandan, Wenger has done a magnificent job and the right measure of success is not in the pots won (especially with Chelsea buying a number of them along the way), but keeping us at the level we’ve been at without cash.

    But the position is shifting. Our debt on the stadium is now falling and exposure on Highbury and Queensland sorted. Of course the club should keep a careful eye on finances and should not over-spend the money we generate for the coub one way or another, but it’s difficult to believe there isn’t more available than the £11m or so net that Schwarzer would take us to.

    If Koscielny, Squillaci and (crossed fingers) Schwarzer turn out to be enough to put us in the mix for the title until the end of the season, all well and good, there’s no need to spend money for the sake of it. But Arsene is more open to suggestions of a lack of ambition than ever, and I do worry about that. We should now be aiming for top spot, nothing less, and if there are any question marks at the end of the season over our defensive play this year, buying cheap this summer is going to prompt plenty of criticism.

  138. Rasp says:

    London,

    We know each other too well to take offence, but I am disappointed by the inference that I am a wind-up merchant. I really do believe what I say, there is no agenda.

    I have written posts attacking those who would deny ‘freedom of opinion’ simply because it may differ from their own. I have defended bloggers with whom I disagree simply because I sense they are genuine and have a right to express their view. My Arsenal DNA is obviously different to others but my conviction is genuine.

  139. Rasp says:

    Having read back again, I don’t believe London was saying I am a wind-up merchant, he just suggested that I was baiting dandan which isn’t true.

    I have pointed out to dandan before that we appear to disagree when we both reach the same conclusion but via different thought processes. He thinks my slant is negative and his is ‘honestly pro Arsenal’ and I think my slant is realistic and not ‘anti-Arsenal’.

    This is getting very convoluted and as my maths teacher used to say ….. “equates to four fifths of three eighths of fuckall!” :lol:

  140. kelsey says:

    Morning all.

    It’s all getting a little sensitive on here, most probably due to several reasons.
    Anticipation of who may still come in,a general nervousness felt by some, a positive thought process by others but overall we all support the club first and foremost.

    London is sitting back,smiling to himself.Rasp is full of angst :) and dandan is forever positive always having a favorable slant regardless of mishaps and takes the long term view of exciting times ahead .

    I sit somewhere between the three. :)

  141. dandan says:

    Rasp I have never by thought or deed suggested that you were anti Arsenal.Indeed I believe you are driven by concern for the club you obviously love.
    The difference between us is perhaps you close your eyes when corners come over fearing the worse, Whilst I expect some one in a red and white shirt to get something on it.
    We have come through the bad years and never been less than fourth (IE we have always got something on it.) Now I believe just like you do Rasp that Wengers
    magic will outweigh the supposed advantages of lesser managers money.

    As for London he is enjoying his glass of wine and ringside seat whilst pulling the odd string and good luck to him.

    Kelsey with his generous spirit worries about us all falling out.
    From a personal point of view I have great fun on here meet interesting people and will miss it from next week AS I go on off on holiday for 6 weeks.

    That doesn’t stop me looking forward to Rasps house keys arriving in the post :-)

  142. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Lady Ga Ga a member of the Royal Family isn’t he? Didn’t he show off his Crown Jewels on stage last year :lol:

  143. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Kelsey
    Bendtner is becoming a chump IMO.

  144. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Does anyone know whether Schwarzer is any closer to signing? Its 5.47pm 31 August here ,but I guess the deadline is midnight Blighty time ;)

  145. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Tomorrow is Spring. Yip bloody eeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  146. London says:

    Morning all

    Dandan

    You are probably right about me missing the point. I will be more cautious before sticking my nose where it doesn’t belong in future.

    Rasp

    As you rightly say, I don’t think you are a wind up merchant and I certainly don’t think you are purposely baiting Dandan. I probably didn’t explain myself properly. I did say that Dandan was taking the bait but I should have made clear that I do not think that you were setting it on purpose. In fact, I have come to the conclusion that you aren’t doing any of this on purpose at all. You simply have a different view, a view I have come to respect even if I do not always agree with it.

    kelsey

    You are right, I am sitting back smiling.

  147. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Arsenal make final bid for Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer
    Arsenal have launched a £4 million bid to sign Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, according to reports.

    At least the boys @ Arsenal are outa bed. Wake up A-A

  148. Rasp says:

    Morning London, gnarley, dandan,

    You’re lucky to have the Australian weather gg, we’ve hardly had a summer this year, I envy you the climate and those based in the UK who have had holidays in exotic locations.

    The one thing I would like to hear today apart from the good news on Schwarzer, would be that one or two of our other keepers are going out on loan or have found a new club. Five keepers is OTT.

  149. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Adebarndoor to Tottenham?

    Redknapp isn’t like Del Boy, he’s more like Harold Steptoe, buying Arsenal’s Rag & Bone.

    Either that or he is an Arsene wenger voyeur :roll:

  150. Rasp says:

    gg – just read your comment. I have to say that I think £4m is too much for a ‘nearly 38 year old’. If we pay £4m for him, what kind of keeper could we have signed for £6m I wonder?

  151. Rasp says:

    Haha, I suggested a couple of days ago that totnum would probably be interested in lazybarndoor. It looks likely that Keane is going and they have failed with Huntelaar and Fabiano.

  152. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Rasp

    you need to factor in the coaching value into that £4 million. Cheap! Cheap!

  153. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    It cost Paul MacCartney £50 million for his one legged, 40 year old tart. £4 million is chicken feed

  154. Rasp says:

    gg, I hope we don’t pay our goalkeeping coaches £4m at the moment – they’re crap ;)

    £4m is not cheap! cheap! by Arsenal’s standards

  155. London says:

    I hope he is signed no matter how much he costs.

  156. kelsey says:

    and he sent his kids to a State School, gnarley.

    You want heat rasp, we have bundles of it.In fact somebody saw me yesterday and thought I was a waiter from the local tandoori takeaway ;)Sussed again :)

  157. Rasp says:

    I agree London, it just seems that the waiting game this time hasn’t been instigated by us and so we won’t benefit from getting the ‘best deal’, Fulham are in the position of power unfortunately.

    I wonder if the Totnum fans will sing the ‘Your father washes elephants’ song to Ade if they sign him?

  158. kelsey says:

    Let’s play prediction game.

    traore is going to Portugal.

    Scwarzer in ONLY if Given goes to Fulham, but on the other hand it would be nice if they kept with Smalling, who is English and that stifles yet another English lad getting a breakthrough, even if that scuppers our deal.

  159. Rasp says:

    New Post ……..

  160. Rasp says:

    Hi kelsey,

    Do you think there is any way we could have got Given? If Ade goes to totnum, that disproves the theory that citeh won’t sell/loan good players to any of their rivals – therefore, why aren’t we trying to sign Given?

  161. Big Raddy says:

    You’re Rogan Josh’ing Kelsey

    I cannot recall ever seeing Schwarzer and thinking “By gum, I wish we could sign this chap”. We are excited purely because of AW’s intransigence about the abilities of Almunia & Fabianski.

    It is a sorry state of affairs and reflects poorly upon the esteemed Mr. Wenger. I can understand that signing a 37 y.o. is sensible with Scezney (?) coming through. But Coco was not good enough 3 seasons ago, nothing changed and it would appear as if AW is pandering to the wishes of the fans. Our GK has not got worse over his reign between the sticks, he remains an adequate player.

    Why didn’t we buy Givens when he left Newcastle? Or Jaaskelinen?

    IMO Bad management.

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