Arsenal Arsenal’s Friday News Roundup

Last Friday:

Arsene Wenger revealed that the only player to return to Saturday’s squad was Mikel Arteta.

“Basically we have just Arteta back because he was suspended. Gnabry, who was not available for Tuesday, will not be available again, and all the other long-term injuries are not back – Walcott, Chamberlain, Podolski, Diaby”. On Flamini he said “He is a short-term injury, he could be available for Manchester United. He is out for Liverpool and Dortmund” Thanks to for the quotes.

Speaking at his regular Friday Press conference Wenger, when asked about the Suarez signing attempt, “Arsenal had no moral qualms about attempting to sign Luis Suarez” but refused to be drawn on whether they will try again in January.

Morals aside, the question remains had we signed Suarez would we also have captured Ozil? The prospect of them both playing in the same Arsenal team is mouth-watering. According to ‘Pool manager Brendan Rogers “Luis Suarez signing for Arsenal was never going to happen”. “The club’s owners would never sanction his sale to a rival club”.

I personally would like to see Arsenal bid for the player in January, if only to test the resolve of Fenway Sports.


It was reported, in The Sun, that Arsenal had given keeper Wojciech Szczesny a new four-year deal worth £20.8m. That’s £100,000 a week. No confirmation on the Arsenal website as at 10am Saturday. Could it be a move to pre-empt an attempt to sign our Pole in goal by Barcelona?

In the early afternoon kick-off, Chelsea lost to the Magpies, Man city swamped Norwich 7 – 0 and Man Utd rolled Fulham over. All of those results were proved to be immaterial by The Glorious Gunners handing Liverpool a two goal thrashing at The Emirates.


Just a selection of headlines;

“Arsenal ignite their title charge” Sunday Telegraph. “Aaron Ramsey strike sends Arsenal five points clear” Sunday Express, “Ramsey stunner seals Arsenal win” Mail on Sunday, “Arsene Wenger’s delight at consistent and convincing Arsenal” The Observer, “Thunderbolts give Gunners daylight at the top” The Independent, “Gunners keep Luis Suarez quiet and increase lead at the top” London Evening Standard.

On a more serious note, Gibbs and Wilshere both on the injury list and doubtful for Wednesday although Jack would probably not start anyway and Nacho Monreal will be a more than adequate replacement at left-back.


Not much relevant news today, beyond the Sorry Spurs failing to get more than a single point at Everton in one of the most dull and boring matches for some time.

An article in the London Evening Standard by Patrick Barclay caught my eye, the gist of the piece was that Arsenal’s squad is not strong enough to allow us to compete for both the Premiership and the Champions League, by doing so we risk failing in both. It is not the actual strength of the squad but the physical strength that he feels will let us down. In his opinion, we were out-worked by Borussia Dortmund but beat Liverpool by out-working them. Tiredness will become a huge factor in the coming months particularly for Olivier Giroud, with all due respect to Bendtner a plausible back-up striker is urgently needed in January. So which competition should Arsene prioritise? The subject of a future post for someone?


Jack Wilshere was ruled out of the Borussia game with an injury to his left ankle, it was his right ankle that caused so much trouble in the recent past. Gibbs was to have a test before the team flew to Germany. It seemed unlikely that Jack would have been in the starting eleven anyway but would have provided a welcome boost from the bench. Gibbs cover if required would be either Nacho Monreal or Thomas Vermaelen.

Our German stars, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker – each took a hand at landing an Emirates A 380 airliner, nothing to worry about though, it was the new simulator. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs had all undertaken the task earlier in the summer. The next challenge is a dogfight with the English lads in Spitfires and the Germans in Messerschmitt 109s.


All attention was on the team for the Dortmund game, who was out? and who was in? Gibbs has travelled and “should” be available, according to Wenger, and Gnabry was in the squad. So we had the option of some pace on the right. No Jack, Theo or Mathieu, which of the trio would be missed most? Flamini in my opinion, although Mikel Arteta had done a super job against the Bin-dippers.


Now this is beginning to get boring, 😀

“Golden Goal”. “Rampant Ramsey seals historic triumph” Daily Telegraph.

There can be no denying, Arsenal are answering the questions set, the defence is getting meaner, the mid-field trickier and the goals are coming, particularly for our Welsh Wizard Aaron Ramsey. A goal or two for the ultra hard-working Oliver Giroud and we can be sweeping all before us.

OK, just one more;

“Rambo reborn turns Arsenal into contenders” London Evening Standard. I just couldn’t help myself.


I don’t usually include Friday’s news in my round-up, you can all read what the papers are saying without me pointing you the right direction, but this morning is a bit different. The question being asked today is can Arsenal get a result at Old Toilet on Sunday?
Well confidence is high, teamwork and togetherness has never been better, the defence is performing in a manner reminiscent of George Graham’s finest and the mid-field/attack is producing goals when they are needed, so in my opinion the answer is a resounding YES!
What do you all think?
Written by Norfolk Gooner

58 Responses to Arsenal Arsenal’s Friday News Roundup

  1. chas says:

    Thanks, NG.
    What a great week it’s been.

  2. chas says:

  3. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning Norfolk,

    Absolutely love these round ups.

    Also, for those of us with poor memories (and I come top here) it’s almost like “Wow, did we really beat Liverpool only a week ago. Oh yeah, kinda explains the mess on the ceiling above the sofa where there appears to be a rather large drinks stain”

  4. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great Chas

    The Gooners in the bar Raddy and I were in discovered the buxom lady behind the bar was called Sally. That’s when the singing went off on a slight tangent 🙂


    Thanks Norfolk

    The splendity of this week is centred around vindication

    A decade of hard work is now beginning to bear fruit, and vindicates both Arsene and the Clubs policies.

    And the great thing is, this is just the start. The key has always revolved around the Clubs policy to keep its players. Do that, then Arsene will improve them as individuals, and build a team structure incorporating there talent.

    The other factor was the ability to compete in the transfer market. The new sponsorship deals and financial rules mean we now have capability to add the missing ingredients.

    I have no doubts what so ever that we will soon be winning big prizes, the question is how many and how powerful the legacy?

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring

  6. 26may1989 says:

    Like it, Norfolk, but I guess when things are going well, it’s pretty easy to reread (and rereread) all the good stuff. Might be a bit different after a bad week…..

    I love the fact that so many people are talking about the solidity of our defence, esp the Kos-Merts partnership at the heart of it. It’s been obvious to many of us for a long time that we have quality at the back, but I was still hearing some ridiculing Merts during the summer.

    It’s hard to keep the ITYS-ism in check……

  7. LB says:

    The real test of the defence will come on Sunday, United are the only team in the UK who can play a very effective counter attack game against us. Other teams try but lack the quality to make it work, annoyingly United have successfully played and beaten us this way for more seasons than I would like to remember. All eyes on how the defensive part of our midfield copes with them on the break.

    This will not be the same as the Dortmund game, the Germans did not invite us on in the hope of turning the tables and scoring against us on the counter, United certainly will try this, which brings me to my starting point, if we can beat them at their own game we will justifiably go from contenders to joint favourites to win the league.

    Can’t imagine anyone is still reading but COYRRGSGGG

  8. 26may1989 says:

    Very good point, LB.

  9. 26may1989 says:


  10. LB says:

    Come on you rip roaring, goal scoring, glory grabbing


    Surely that was obvious lol

  11. GunnerN5 says:

    How quickly things change, Arsenal have nothing to fear

    Posted by Andrew Mangan @ESPN

    Two seasons ago it seemed the gulf between Manchester United and Arsenal was insurmountable. They finished the league 19 points ahead of the Gunners and threw in an 8-2 spanking in a game which made Ashley Young look like a decent footballer and not an Olympic goal medal winning high diver.

    Arsenal had just lost Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri and, despite the impact of Arteta and Mertesacker, the signings of Benayoun, Park and Andre Santos looked unlikely to bridge the gap. Even last season, after Robin van Persie wrote the letter which meant the club had little choice but to sell him and Arsenal finished 16 points adrift with the Dutchman a key component in United’s team, it looked as if it would take something special to close things up.

    Or, perhaps the loss of something special. And with Alex Ferguson’s retirement that’s what happened. If you’re a fan of any other club he was not likeable at all, but his record was second to none. Indeed, he was the glue which held things together, the mechanism that made things tick at Old Trafford, and David Moyes, while still obviously settling into a new, high pressure role, won’t ever come close to being as good a manager as Ferguson.

    Arsenal’s 2013 summer was difficult and prolonged but the first thing they did well was not to lose any important players. There was a lot of talk about Bacary Sagna moving on. Some fans might even have encouraged it after an indifferent season, but he stayed and is a crucial part of the back four.

    They added a defensive midfielder in Mathieu Flamini who adds aggression, stamina and Serie A know-how. They signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid and if you’d have put money on any English team spending 42.5 million pounds on a creative midfielder of that quality it would likely have been United. Oh, how they could do with him now.

    As it stands, after an opening day defeat to Villa, Arsenal remain unbeaten in the league, top the table by five points and have an eight point gap over United. While it’s still early days and there’s a long way to go this season, it does make true the old adage about how quickly things change in football.

    It’s something fans of both teams should take note of. Arsenal fans who brag about their new-found position at the top, and United fans who have written off Moyes after just over a quarter of the season. But if you look at the squads now, there doesn’t seem to be the gap in quality there used to be.

    United have the edge up front with van Persie, Rooney and Hernandez, but in midfield there can’t be a team in England with better options than the Gunners: Cazorla, Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, Arteta, Flamini, Rosicky. It’s quite the line-up, and let’s not forget they’ve been without Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski and Theo Walcott for much of the season.

    The Arsenal defence is as solid as it has been in years. Two excellent full-backs, a centre-half pairing of Mertesacker and Koscielny as reliable as any in the league, and in Wojciech Szczesny they have a goalkeeper who is finally realising his potential. Perhaps we’re finally seeing the impact of assistant manager Steve Bould; after a difficult beginning to their partnership, they look to have found a way to get the best out of each other.

    To write a team like United off at any stage is foolish. They have the quality and experience that comes with winning season after season. That’s not something that disappears overnight, but with the departure of Ferguson they’ve lost something of the fear factor. That bit extra that everyone knew he could coax/demand from teams which weren’t up there with the best of his era but still relentlessly achieved result after result.

    David Moyes doesn’t have that. He won’t ever have it, even if he achieves success as United manager. Now, after a cracking start to their Premier League campaign, fresh from a win against Borussia Dortmund in Germany, Arsenal have nothing to fear going to Old Trafford. Indeed, for the first time in quite a while, you get the feeling it might just be the other way around.

  12. chas says:

  13. GunnerN5 says:

    Another pundit = another opinion.


    United pressing key to upsetting Arsenal

    Posted by Musa Okwonga @ESPN
    Ah, how times change. This time last season, when Manchester United welcomed Arsenal to Old Trafford, they may as well have been a wolf inviting a lamb to dinner. The season before that, United eviscerated the Londoners 8-2 (this, incidentally, is a match DVD that Ashley Young should watch every morning before training, to remind him of his best). Prior to that, in a preseason move of rare brilliance, United had acquired none other than Arsenal’s Robin van Persie, who when fully fit was the closest thing the Premier League had to the Ring of Power (from “The Lord of the Rings”).

    Now, though, Manchester United somewhat resemble the Ring of Power after a lava bath in Mount Doom. Sir Alex Ferguson has gone; David Moyes has made a faltering start as his fellow Scot’s successor; Arsenal have all the swagger of the newly crowned Aragorn.

    Just look at the difference. This time last year, Arsenal came to Old Trafford in an unhappy state. The Gunners had one of the unhappiest left flanks in top-flight football, with Lukas Podolski reluctant to stay wide and protect full-back Andre Santos (who really needed protecting). They had Aaron Ramsey in a miserably functional role on the right wing. Good grief, they even had Olivier Giroud forlornly chasing the ball into the channels. They conceded after five minutes, Van Persie benefiting from a Thomas Vermaelen daydream, and softly succumbed 2-1.

    This time, though, Arsenal, in the words of Radiohead’s “Pyramid Song,” have “nothing to fear, nothing to doubt.” They are five points clear in the Premier League and have just outsmarted Borussia Dortmund, last season’s UEFA Champions League finalists, away from home. They even have, in the form of Mesut Ozil, a Ring of Power of their own. What can Manchester United do against such a force?

    Well, here’s the thing. It must be whispered cautiously, but the home team’s results have stabilized somewhat. They have just completed their eighth match unbeaten, a sequence which admittedly did not feature many of the game’s Goliaths, but which represents progress all the same. What’s more, they have begun to score goals again: United are tied for third most in the division, with 17. Their 0-0 Champions League draw Tuesday night with Real Sociedad in San Sebastian is not an evening that Van Persie or Javier Hernandez will remember with great fondness, but both strikers are enjoying better fortunes in the Premier League. The Dutchman, in particular, looks happier with each passing week.

    These positives, though, still represent something of a smokescreen. United have conceded 13 goals, which gives them the sixth-worst defensive record in the Premier League. In a division where goal difference is king, they are currently paupers, with only plus-4 compared to Arsenal’s plus-11 and Manchester City’s plus-17. What, then, is United’s best hope of victory on Sunday?

    Looking at both team’s recent games, the priority must be to press in the middle of the pitch, and then keep the ball out of it. Manchester United, thanks to the resurgence of Patrice Evra and the emergence of Adnan Januzaj, are again looking potent in wide areas. Nani, though inconsistent as ever, has shone in the past against Arsenal and can combine well with Rafael down the right flank.

    The requirement to press, unfortunately, may rule out Marouane Fellaini at this point. Although he’s a powerful presence, he has shown a slowness to the ball in recent matches. If Michael Carrick is still ailing, then Moyes may find it profitable to proceed with a midfield of Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley. They might offer the blend of urgency and aggression needed to disrupt Arsenal’s passing in midfield, which so far this season has had the intricacy of a cat’s cradle. Ahead of these two, if it is indeed they who start, Wayne Rooney must be sure to make regular runs behind Mikel Arteta. Though the England forward’s statistics have been impressive this season, he has often played almost level with Van Persie, exposing his midfield. Perhaps these are Moyes’ instructions; in any event, though, everyone would benefit if Rooney dropped deeper and stopped Arsenal from building so many attacks in front of their back four.

    If Moyes is feeling particularly brave, he will include Shinji Kagawa ahead of Nani or Antonio Valencia. Kagawa’s movement and distribution have been key to many of his team’s best passages of play in recent matches, and he would add the type of complexity to United’s attack that could give Arsenal’s defense rare difficulty.

    For the first time in a couple of years, Arsenal will enter this match up as favourites; yet given United’s struggles against other top teams this year, Moyes will relish the opportunity to prove he can outcoach the very best. It’s one of those games where bragging rights will be at stake, so it’s difficult to see anything other than a single-goal victory by either side. For Manchester United to produce that, though, they must deliver their best performance of the season.

  14. GunnerN5 says:


    Do you use Photo Shop?

    A picture of Ashley in his swimming hat would be special.

  15. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just a quick one.

    Raddy suggested doing a travelogue, and I volunteered to join in.

    Is anyone actually interested?

    Or is it a bit of personal stuff and actually people are really interested in the football match itself, which has been covered.

    Not trying to get out of anything, just don’t want to bore people.

  16. Chas.
    Have you got the one of Ashley Young jumping from a plane to sky dive………………………preferably with out the parachute !

  17. GunnerN5 says:


    I would really like to read one as it has been many, many years since I was able to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow supporters on an away trip. I would also enjoy knowing what it feels like to stand among a group of wildly passionate (away) supporters who are not the least bit embarrassed by singing their hearts out in full support of their team………

  18. GunnerN5 says:


    That wouldn’t work as he would fake it and have a parachute hidden under his coat.

  19. LB says:


    A travelogue? Does that mean a detailed report of your trip? If it does then absolutely yes, I for one want to know every detail from the make of beer you drank to the number of them, from how you got there to how Chas was able to get tickets for other people with his 15 away credits, how far away from the ground you stayed, how you got to the ground, how long did it take you to get out at the end, was it a friendly atmosphere, were grown men crying, did anyone find God, in short, the lot.

  20. Hear hear, I’m with LB, we wanna know the lot 😉

  21. RockyLives says:

    Excellent NG
    I love the newspaper headlines – brought a real smile to my face.

  22. GunnerN5 says:

    Most of the time I feel as though I’m talking to myself as nobody ever responds.

  23. Big Raddy says:

    NG. I love your round-ups and you get better at them each week.

    As others have said, essential reading for those with goldfish memory syndrome

  24. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Cripes GN5 and LB
    I better get scribbling 🙂

  25. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Can you send in any of the pics you took on your mobile, as everyone has seen mine.

    I’ll have something on your desk by 8am or you can discipline me.
    Ooo, 8:05 am. Is that the time already? “Peacheeees”

  26. GunnerN5 says:

    Thanks for making the effort Micky, I look forward to reading about your personal thoughts on the trip.

  27. Dexter Musa says:

    For gods sake it isn’t just Ramsey who has changed us. Yeah he has been arguebely our most inform player but the real difference is signing flamini and getting giroud, metersacker and kosclieny in really good form. We could beat any team with the midfield we’ve got bit if you want a trophy you need a solid defence. Here is my best XI:

    Sagna Mertersacker Kosclieny Gibbs
    Flamini Arteta (c)
    Walcott Ozil Cazorla
    Bendtner (sorry I mean Giroud)

    I’m a big fan of both podolski and ox and when they get back we will have so much options: rosicky (no comment), diaby (when he is fit he plays like the next Viera), wilshere (Ramsey has kinda taken his place) and some young lads like Thomas Eisfeld also provide excellent cover.

    Oh yeah and I forgot to say WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE

  28. Dexter Musa says:

    Reblogged this on It's Not Showing Off When You Have a Beard and commented:
    Read this blog all the time and great to see that we so many passionate gooners

  29. dhakka09 says:

    guys, if you haven’t listened to the recent ‘Arseblog Arsecast’, then you absolutely must. Here is the best piece of the comedy gold in it, (best read in voice of ‘Tale of Black Freighter’ deep-voiced comic narrative in the movie Watchmen)
    I was sitting there, struggling with Piers Morgan’s autobiography. Man! that stuff is hard to wipe with. I flushed and went back into the office and there he was, standing in the doorway. I took against him straight away; he looked like a fraud to me – overly toothy with prematurely graying hair which put me in mind of a talking badger.

    “What do you want, mister?”, I said
    “I need you to find somebody for me”, he said.
    “So who is it you’re looking for?”, I said.
    “I’m looking for a little boy”, he said.
    “Woww! wait a minute, mister.”, I said. “I think you got me confused with a different kind of service.”
    “No”, he said. “I’m looking for the little boy inside me”

    Then it clicked; I remembered who he was. I took out my phone out and pretended to make a call.

    “aahh..hmm. aahh..hmm. Sure, I’ll tell him. Hey mister”, I said, putting down the phone. “That was the little boy inside you.”

    “He says, go fu*k yourself” 😀

  30. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. No ….. they are in my lengthy post and the rest you wouldn’t want published …. you know the drill – what happens on tour, stays on tour etc etc.

  31. Love this Friday round up malarkey. Thanks

  32. arnie says:

    Micky @1:24pm: I would personally be very interested. Please do a travelogue. Who knows, this might be the most enjoyable away game for a while! And you were are fantastic representatives as well.

    NG: great post as every Friday. Just returned from a Scottish Malt Whisky Society tasting session ( 😀 ), in no condition to contribute, but enjoyed the discussions very much…..

  33. RockyLives says:

    I’ve slipped a swift one in drafts.

    I only realized afterwards that you have Micky and BR’s piece about travelling to the Dortmund game.

    If you want to run that tomorrow, no problem – just bin mine (it will be out of date by Monday).

  34. dhakka09 says:

    I watched the Dortmund, away match again today and our defensive duo were magnificent, covering for each other. I especially grinned from ear-to-ear in 55th minute.

    Don’t know if any of you have noticed it yet but Koscielny hops away to make Reus offside before the pass comes realizing that he was playing the Dortmund player onside. Had it not been for his little hop away from goal, Reus would’ve been through on goal and one-on-one with Szczesney, don’t want to speculate what would’ve happened.

    Thank You Kozzer for your timely, intelligent hop 🙂

  35. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Oh God nooooo, just seen it’s a Sunday KO at 16:10. I was sure it was a Saturday when I agree to go to out on the Sunday.

    Thinks…..what kind of illness can I develop?

    Might Flamini be ready?

  36. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh, and post in, although just seen Rocky has something in also.

  37. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Tell Mrs Didit you have a nasty dose of Diaby. She will understand and be hugely sympathetic

  38. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ha ha

    Because she wouldn’t have a clue what a Diaby was, she’d think I’d been very bad, and send me to the clinic with the words “don’t ever come back” ringing in my ears 😦

  39. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just been sniffing around the Arsenal Website, and check this out.

    The guy in the full kit is not doing himself, the movement or the club in general any favours whatsoever. “Yes please, full kit, and can I have the shorts in XXS”

  40. MickyDidIt89 says:

    And the AFC site reckons Flamini is good to go. Happy days. Easy three points 🙂

  41. Big Raddy says:

    Which one is your “mate”? My guess ….. all of them

  42. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ha ha. He’s not there, probably got left behind at Gay Gooners HQ, aka The Highbury Cottage 🙂

  43. Big Raddy says:

    or The Highbury Manhole

  44. evönne says:

    Micky – XXS or teenie weenie 🙂 That’s what pisses me off about homosexuals – why do they have to be in ‘your face’? Have you ever seen a ‘Heterosexual Gunners’ parade? I don’t give 2 hoots what their sexual orientation is, nothing to do with me. And I don’t want to know, why do they have to tell me??? Too much information

    My resident Liverpool supporter is now singing RvP ‘F*ck you’ song 🙂

  45. MickyDidIt89 says:

    The Highbury Manhole

    ROLFING hard

  46. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ah Evonne, the infamous Showering Chanteur 🙂

    Raddy and I were talking to one Dortmund fan who was decidedly unimpressed that his club had adopted an anthem from another club.

    After we scored, and their crowd went quiet, there were chants of “where’s your scouse song now. Ssshhh”

  47. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hey Raddy,

    Judging by this mornings’ blog traffic, I reckon we could achieve record low votes today, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather share The Trophy with 🙂

  48. evönne says:

    no more CL on terrestrial TV from next year 😦
    “BT Sport is on the verge of announcing a £1bn deal which would end two decades of Champions League football on terrestrial TV”. Money, money, money

  49. Morning all

    Blog mistress here, just going to check in the cupboard.

    Micky and Raddy – should I bin an excellent Rocky post? or Shall we keep your travalogue until next week?

    I’ll be back ……………..

  50. arnie says:

    morning all…… warming up nicely for the toilet cleaning expedition on Sunday

  51. Just checking with the travellers that it’s ok to keep their post until next week ……..

  52. I’ll give them 10 minutes to respond 😉

  53. evönne says:

    Is it too late Peaches?
    Personally I would prefer to read Raddy and Didit now, when it is still fresh and save Rocky for the international week

  54. I’ve decided to save Raddy and Micky’s cuddly post for next week, hope they still speak to me 😉

    There’s a New Post …………………….

  55. Rocky’s is only good for today evonne.

  56. evönne says:

    Rocky the one day wonder 🙂

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