Quotes of the Year: Arsenal New Year(ish) Quiz

What a fine year 2013 was. We were the best team in England during the past twelvemonth, confounding the doom sayers and the “experts” who make a living from sitting on TV studio couches with too-tight trousers and bad haircuts. Now 2014 is a few days old and Gunners everywhere will be hoping for more of the same. Today, for a bit of a diversion, I thought we all might like a bit of fun. Below is a list of quotations relating to The Arsenal, all made during 2013. All you need to do is match the quotes to this list of fine (and not-so-fine) folk: Arsene Wenger, Piers Morgan, Sir Chips Keswick, Lord Sugar, Andrei Arshavin, Per Mertesacker, Ivan Gazidis, Alan Shearer, Tony Adams, Santi Cazorla, Andre Villas-Boas, Harry Redknapp.: All answers are at the end. Good luck. Arsenal Related Quotes of 2013

  1. No mobile signal in directors box, assumed was correct. Composed tweet in stand, got sent after game.”
  2. Arsenal cannot win the league this season, no way, they haven’t proved anything yet.”
  3. I promised myself I would make sure I did things well and, considering the money that Arsenal spent on me, I didn’t want to let anyone down.”
  4. What does Wenger see in Ramsey? A complete and utter liability.” (January 2013).
  5. We are on an upward spiral in terms of confidence and they (Arsenal) are on a negative spiral in terms of results. To get out of that negative spiral is extremely difficult.”
  6. I wouldn’t compare the two squads (Arsenal and Tottenham). Tottenham are much stronger, no doubt.” (August 2013).
  7. It felt like the crowd (at Arsenal) was at the theatre – good seats, expensive tickets and they wanted to see a show, not to support the team.”
  8. It can’t just be all happiness, peace and pancakes.”
  9. Don’t mind and don’t care.” (On being asked by journalists for a reaction to Tottenham being knocked out of the Europa Cup by Basle).
  10. “Yes there is a poster of Gareth Bale in Times Square, but he no longer plays for Tottenham – he now plays for one of our rivals!‘”
  11. “I am greatly honoured to have been appointed _______  of Arsenal Football Club. This is one of the great clubs in the game, recognised and loved by millions. I am looking forward to leading the Club to future success.”
  12. “If they just wanted a figurehead, they should have gone for me. It would have been a better visionary decision.”


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Answers to Quiz:

1. Lord Alan Sugar, after getting Spuds fans all excited about a non-existent Newcastle goal against Arsenal on the final day of the season)

2. Alan Shearer

3. Santi Cazorla

4. Piers Morgan.

5. Andre Villas-Boas

6. Harry Redknapp

7. Andrei Arshavin

8. Per Mertesacker (explaining why he roasted Ozil for not saluting the away fans)

9. Arsene Wenger

10.  Ivan Gazidis

11. Sir Chips Keswick on being announced as Peter Hill Wood’s successor as Chairman

12. Tony Adams, responding to the appointment of Sir Chips.



114 Responses to Quotes of the Year: Arsenal New Year(ish) Quiz

  1. Manthan says:

    Wow!! Great work RL. I really enjoyed it 2,3,4,5,7 was very easy to predict.. Specially downward spiral one 😀

  2. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Brilliant idea Rocky, thank you. Damn, Piers Morgan is a twat.

    My blog quote of the year. Who said this:

    3:40 am: “Where is everybody?” 🙂

  3. Manthan says:


    I don’t know the answer of your blog quote question. But here is the hint I have not told that statment “Where is everybody?” 😛 😛 😀

  4. MickyDidIt89 says:

    ““If they just wanted a figurehead, they should have gone for me. It would have been a better visionary decision.”

    Tony Adams? Wrong answer. It was Me 🙂

  5. Manthan says:

    Who told this “Arsenal don’t look like top 4 side to me” ? 🙂

  6. Big Raddy says:

    Rocky. Great fun. Particularly like Gazidis’ quote – shows the man has a sharp sense of humour

    Papers reporting Theo will be to for 4 games!! Not scanned yet so how can they know?

    Remember when we played Arshavin as CF? Could Cazorla play upfront ? 😀

  7. LB says:

    Could Ozil play up front?

    With maybe Podolski on the left?

    And Gnabry on the right?

    Somehow I think we can soldier through lol.

  8. LB says:

    Great fun Rocky

    Thanks for the read.

  9. Big Raddy says:

    No need ….. OG was only out with sickness, he will be firing on all cylinders at Villa

    Pod/OG/Gnabry is a powerful front 3

  10. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Theo’s highly impressive game through the middle has convinced me we have our plan b striker.

    Hasn’t half put a dent in my transfer window speculation plans though 😦

  11. 26may1989 says:

    Excellent, Rocky. And for those who like their Piers Morgan to be tenderised, here’s what an over of Brett Lee can do: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-2529781/Ashes-2013-14-Piers-Morgan-faces-Brett-Lee-England-v-Australia-test-Melbourne-VIDEO.html. End result: one broken rib and various bruises.

    That was about as much fun as I got from this winter’s cricket. Thank the sweet Lord Bergy for Arsenal – if I were a United fan, the combination of disasters in both sports might have pushed me over the edge.

    Tony Adams, he really should keep schtum.

  12. 26may1989 says:

    LB, I really like the idea of Ozil up front – I think we discussed it back in October or November, as a false nine option. With a mobile three behind him (from Walcott, Gnabry, Cazorla, Rosicky, Ox, Poldi, Wilshere, Ramsey), I think it could really work.

    I do feel sorry for Arshavin, he never really got a fair crack with us. He had an epic first year, when everything he tried seemed to come off, and then his lack of athleticism really caught up with him. Truth be told, he was never suited to the wing, and being CF wasn’t right either – he was a true No10, and I do feel he could only really flourish there. Trouble was, for most of his time with us, we had Cesc.

  13. Norfolk Gooner says:

    ‘morning AAers, Well done Rocky another fine Monday.

    Poor Tony Adams, when will he realise that his position at Arsenal is cemented in place…just outside the ground.

  14. GoonerB says:

    Great fun Rocky and I was surprised that I got them all correct. I did change my mind a couple of times on 3 of them. I liked the Gazidis one, a great subtle put down. I wasn’t aware of that quote till now.

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    Great stuff Rocky you have an incredible way of keeping your posts fresh and original. Thank You.


    Here is a quote from GN5 that is lacking any originality..

    It’s funny how a hello is always accompanied with a goodbye. It’s funny how good memories can make you cry,
    it’s funny how forever never seems to last,
    it’s funny how much you lose if you forgot about your past,
    it’s funny how friends can just leave when you’re down,
    it’s funny how when you need someone they never are around, it’s funny how people change and think they’re so much better, it’s funny how some many lies are packed into one love letter, it’s funny how one night can hold so much regret,
    it’s funny how you can forgive but not forget,
    it’s funny how ironic life turns out to be,
    but the funniest part of all,
    is that none of that is funny to me.

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    “I was once fined £5,000 for calling Coventry fans wankers. Best £5,000 I ever spent”

    (Ian Wright, Wright, Wright)

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    Gee I hope Coventry fans have short memories,,,,,,,,,

  18. RA says:

    Hi Rocky,

    I enjoyed the Post very much until I realised that I could mix n’ match nearly all the answers with all the questions, which in truth is not a reflection on the people involved, but shows that I am amazingly lacking in knowledge or totally indifferent to such quotes as they apparently fall foul of my mental filing system – in one ear and out the other. 🙂


  19. RA says:

    GoonerB @ 12:09

    So you claim credit for getting everything correct in the quiz, and finish off by admitting you had guessed one of them. 🙂

  20. arnie says:

    wow! what a fantastic idea, Rocky! Brilliant!!! I was speculating this morning as to what your post today would be about, but would never have guessed a pub quiz! Got all but 2 correct, but had to guess a couple. Great stuff.

    26: Lovely video of “twat” Morgan taken out by Brett Lee. Fantastic. 😀

    GiE: Lovely photo of George!!!!!! 😀 😀

  21. arnie says:

    Raddy: “Pod/OG/Gnabry is a powerful front 3”. Brilliant. That works for me pretty well!!!! 😀 😀 😀

  22. Big Raddy says:

    arnie. Did you make Detroit? I guess so.

  23. arnie says:

    Not yet, Raddy. Booked into a bus in another hour and a half. In the mean time, a state of emergency has been declared in Lansing, forbidding all but urgent travel. Good fun. Let us see what happens.

    Incoming flight from Amsterdam 9 hours delayed, but our flight is showing “on time”. 😀 😀 😀

  24. Big Raddy says:

    Don’t worry if you can’t get home…… we don’t play for another week

  25. GunnerN5 says:


    If you have to venture outside of Detroit airport be extremely careful as Detroit is not a safe city to get lost in.

  26. evonne says:

    Great fun, thanks Rocky!
    I only guessed 5, i am a bit disappointed with myself 😦 I divided quotes and character to pro and anti Arsenal categories first. Piers Morgan and Shearer being anti of course. So at least I guessed from which camp were the words coming from. The rest didn’t work, there

  27. evonne says:

    micky – some 2,000 people live in Huish Episcopi. I was intrigued by the name of the parish which is a combination of the most rude word in polish and some latin religious thingy.. I am sure RA will elaborate on this

  28. 26may1989 says:

    Now that’s what I call class:

    “Burton Albion fans who were left disappointed when their FA Cup third round tie with Bournemouth was called off after around 200 of them had already made the journey from Staffordshire to the south coast, have become the beneficiaries of a fundraising drive by supporters of their would-be hosts.

    The mutual goodwill between the two clubs originates from when Bournemouth fans were made to feel welcome by Burton on the day they clinched promotion to League One with a 2-0 win at the Pirelli Stadium in 2010. “It shows there is another side to football,” Bournemouth fan and the initiative’s organiser David Whitehead told BBC Radio Solent. “They were so hospitable that day that there’s been a special feeling between the clubs ever since.”

    The fundraiser’s target was originally £800 to cover the cost of coaches for those who had made the wasted 300-mile round trip; however the amount pledged has now reached almost £3,000.

    “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response,” continued Whitehead, “which has come from supporters of clubs all over the country, and even some from abroad.

    “We’ve now capped the fund at the cost of paying for three coaches, and asked Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to nominate a charity to receive the remaining funds.”

    The match was called off at 12pm, just three hours before the scheduled kick-off. It has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 14 January with a kick-off time of 7.45pm.”

  29. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great story 26.

  30. Theo out for 6 months !. 😦

  31. evonne says:

    6 months???? no way

  32. GunnerN5 says:

    Oh dear – it’s true…………….

    Theo Walcott ruled out for six months

    After coming off injured in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur, the Club regrettably announces that Theo Walcott has sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

    Theo will have surgery in London in the near future and is expected to be out for at least six months, therefore missing the remainder of the season and the World Cup in Brazil in the summer.

    Everyone at Arsenal wishes Theo a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him back on a football pitch as soon as possible.

    Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source 6 Jan 2014

  33. At least !…6 months which will mean more !. 😦

  34. kelsey says:

    At least 6 months could be 9 to regain full fitness. What a blow for us and England.

    Surely this must force Wenger’s hand but if he buys he will be paying well over the odds.

    How long is Arteta out for.

    Sorry Rocky, spoilt an amusing post.

  35. evonne says:

    feck feck fecking feck
    I can’t believe it, that’s a serious blow

  36. 26may1989 says:

    What a disaster – I need to kick a cat, now…….

  37. GunnerN5 says:

    On the brighter side we can enjoy articles like this …..It’s all about the RED shadow that has once again descended
    on North London.

    Arsenal’s derby victory shows North London is red once more

    Posted by James McNicholas
    The seemingly prosaic rhymes and rhythms of a football chant can occasionally be wonderfully eloquent. As Arsenal saw out a comfortable 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the FA Cup third round, the supporters taunted their rivals with the following raucous ditty: “How does it feel to be Tottenham? How does it feel to be small? You sold Bale — We signed Mesut Ozil!”

    In four lines, the Gunners fans neatly summarised nine months which have seen the respective trajectories of Arsenal and Tottenham reversed. Spurs fans who once cruelly warned their neighbours to “mind the gap” will be alarmed at the gaping chasm emerging between the two teams.

    It’s remarkable to think that in March of last year, Andre Villas-Boas declared that Arsenal were locked in to a “negative spiral”.
    Speaking after Tottenham’s 2-1 victory over Arsene Wenger’s team at White Hart Lane, the Portuguese manager said: “We are on an upward spiral in terms of confidence and they are in a negative spiral in terms of results. To [get] out of that negative spiral is extremely difficult.”

    That win took Tottenham seven points clear in the race for Champions League Football. However, Villas-Boas’ hubris would come back to haunt him. Less than a year on, he finds himself out of a job, and Spurs lie in sixth position in a table led by a resurgent Arsenal.

    Last season, after dispiriting results against the alliterative trio of Bradford, Blackburn and Bayern Munich, the derby defeat saw Arsene Wenger at his nadir. His rise since then, and that of his team, has been akin to that of a certain regenerative pyrophile bird.

    Arsenal’s very next game saw them travel to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich. Searching for a solution to his side’s defensive woes, Wenger reshaped his team, dropping Thomas Vermaelen for Laurent Koscielny and taking Wojciech Szczesny out of the firing line.

    Arsenal responded with an impressive win — and, crucially, a clean sheet. There was a newfound solidity to the side. The result may not have been sufficient to secure progress to the next stage of the Champions League, but it played a significant role in getting Arsenal back into the competition for the following season.

    The Bayern win was the catalyst for change, injecting confidence and belief back in to the Arsenal squad. It sparked an 11-game unbeaten run that saw Arsenal pip Spurs to fourth position and a place back at European football’s top table.

    Missing out on Champions League football was a huge blow to Spurs, particularly as it all but confirmed that they would lose their talisman: Gareth Bale. The Welshman’s protracted departure to Real Madrid cast a significant shadow over Tottenham’s summer.

    It’s a situation Arsenal fans know only too well. In recent years, they have had to swallow the loss of the likes of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie. However, those days appear to be over. In the summer of 2013, no major first-team player left the Emirates Stadium.

    Arsenal are coming out the other side of a dark tunnel, which Spurs are only just entering: that of stadium development, and purgatorial transition. Much was made of Tottenham’s £100 million outlay, but in truth their net spend was minimal. The fans yearn for progress, but Daniel Levy is insistent upon prudence.

    When it came to the summer spending, Tottenham opted to hedge their bets. Rather than bring in one or two superstars, they sought to add depth and variety to their squad, making seven signings. So far, most of those players have disappointed.

    On the other side of North London, Wenger will have been knowingly shaking his head. He has long warned against the dangers of bringing in too many new players. This summer, Tottenham upset their apple cart, and it did not take long for the rot to set in.

    The instability eventually cost Villas-Boas his job. At a time when Spurs appeared to be suffering from changing too much too quickly, chairman Levy baffled onlookers by enforcing yet another change. Tottenham have since appointed Tim Sherwood as Villas-Boas’ replacement. Although Sherwood’s first few results seemed promising, his inexperience and tactical naivety was exposed in the cup tie with Arsenal.

    The Gunners’ progress, on the other hand, has been serene. Wenger honed a well-balanced squad, trimming it at the fringes and bringing in Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini to add quality and depth to the midfield. In that stable environment, youngsters like Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey have flourished. Arsenal were the Premier League’s most successful team in 2013.

    The recent cup tie was a striking illustration of how these two teams’ fortunes have reversed.

    The most noteworthy thing about Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Spurs was the degree of comfort Wenger’s team enjoyed. In recent seasons, North London derbies have been hotly-contested and tightly-fought. However, in this particular iteration of the fixture, Tottenham appeared outclassed.

    Arsenal did not even need their best XI to sweep Spurs aside. Sherwood would doubtless point to injuries, but it’s worth pointing out that Arsenal started the game without Szczesny, Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Ramsey, Ozil and Olivier Giroud.

    Football moves fast. Nine months after lagging behind, Arsenal are accelerating beyond their rivals and disappearing in to the distance.

  38. Anyone without a cat is more than welcome to kick my Mother-in-Law !………use knuckle dusters if you like !……baseball bat !….you decide !.

  39. Shard says:

    We’ve got to do something about this fallen hero business in the squad. First Bendtner with his goal against Cardiff and now Walcott with his 2-0 gesture and the scarves thrown by the adoring public, becoming martyrs for the cause. Minor martyrs such as Vermaelen and Arteta too get a small hero stone.. But this has got to stop..

    Such terrible news about Theo. Not just for Arsenal, but for him personally. Missing the World Cup, and the season that might well have been a major year for his development.

    What next for Arsenal. At least we have Gnabry, but now, what sort of player do we look for in the market? A winger? Striker? Both? What about the Ox? Can we rely on him to make a contribution in the remainder of the season?

    Apologies Rocky. For not starting off with mentioning what was a very unique post. I got most right, although I initially ascribed statement 2 to Redknapp, before realising that it had to be statement 6.

    But there were 2 quotes that I hadn’t heard/read before. The one about Per’s pancakes, and Wenger being asked about Tottenham’s Europa League exit. Well done, and thank you for finding them and coming up with the post.

  40. GunnerN5 says:

    1981 & 2005 – Two Interesting Years


    1. Prince Charles got married
    2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
    3. Australia lost the Ashes (cricket) tournament.
    4. The pope died


    1. Prince Charles got married
    2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
    3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament
    4. The pope died

    Lesson to be learned:

    The next time Charles gets married, someone warn the Pope

  41. GunnerN5 says:

    “I told my son John that Howard Wilkinson wanted Daddy to play for England.

    My son told my daughter Olivia and they had tears in their eyes as they asked me, “Daddy does that mean you’re not going to play for Arsenal anymore?’”

    (Lee Dixon explains his international call-up to the offspring)

  42. fatgingergooner says:

    Gutted for Theo, but it’s now a perfect opportunity for Ox to step up for Arsenal and England. This is a big blow to our season, but we must avoid an Eduardo situation, which means someone needs to step up to the plate.

    I can’t see us signing any wide players, although it may push Wenger to buy a striker. I think Wenger will put his trust in the squad with Gnabry, Ox, Podolski and Cazorla all capable of playing the wide positions.

  43. MickyDidIt89 says:

    6 MONTHS … This is a f’king disaster

    Holy Crap, this is seriously bad news. We could buy a striker, and a winger, but I cannot think of anyone who might remotely be available who could offer what Theo offers in both roles.

    Feel so, so sorry for him


    Great stuff Rock

    I was going to post something funny, but after Theos injury I dont think its appropriate. Besides, I was convinced that I had uttered number 11 and Sniffer number 2, so shows what i know.

    At least Theo has played enough games to het his title medal in May. The lad will fully deserve that.

    I believe this injury will make him stronger and he will return better than ever. The boy may look like a nice lad but he has real carachter and a steely determination that will see him through.

    As for us, we will find solutions and go on and win this bloody league.

  45. fatgingergooner says:

    Whilst I know we will miss Theo’s pace and goals, I still think the squad is in a much better place than at the beginning of the season.

    Koscielny and Merts look stronger than ever, Monreal has meant we haven’t missed Gibbs who is due back soon, Sagna is on top form, and even Verm has looked decent when covering injuries.

    In midfield Cazorla is finally starting to look like the player he was last season after his injuries, Rosicky is at the top of his game and looks hungry, Wilshere is starting to show glimpses of his quality, Gnabry has shown he has the ability to be in the first team squad, Ox is back in training, and we have Özil and Ramsey both due back from injury having had a few weeks rest.

    Up front Giroud has had a forced rest and will be raring to prove we don’t need another striker and Podolski is fit again.

    I’m sure the lads will step up and do Theo proud. The mentality in the squad seems strong and positive and hopefully the team will use his injury as motivation.

    Probably a good time for a media lockdown as all the ‘experts’ tell us our season is doomed without Theo!

  46. RockyLives says:

    Well, I think we’re going to be seeing a lot more of young Herr Gnabry.

    Seriously gutted about Theo, but with Gnabbers and with Oxo coming back we’ll be OK.

    I wonder if it will force AW’s hand in the transfer window?

  47. RockyLives says:

    Thanks for the comments.

    It was written as a piece to run over the holiday break, but we ended up having so many games – meaning pre-matches, reports etc – that it’s arrival has been somewhat delayed.

  48. fatgingergooner says:

    Ramsey stepped up and scored Theo’s goals for the first half of the season, now we need someone else to do the same. I’m guessing Podolski will be the one.

  49. Bad news for England and the Arse.
    Theo out.
    Now we must buy a striker or we play bentner , I rather play the pod up front

  50. RockyLives says:

    I thought Bendy did well in his last couple of outings (before getting knocked). Obviously Giroud is first choice, but I’m not against giving Bendtner some time.

    Pod seems to play best when playing off a striker.

  51. Oh dear, poor Theo, what terrible bad luck for him, us and England 😦

  52. RA says:

    What is so shocking is the innocuous nature of the incident that caused Theo’s injury.

    AW may not feel it is necessary to try and bring in a replacement, but at least he has the option to try if he wants. If this had happened on the 1st February he would have no chance.

    What a bummer! 😦

  53. 26may1989 says:

    2002: Bobby Pires did his cruciate in an FA Cup game; Arsenal went on to win the title and did it for Bobby (remember the players doing their “we are not worthies” during the trophy presentation?).

    2014: Theo does his cruciate in an FA Cup game – surely that means we’re now bound to win the title???!

  54. I’m not botherd about England but we must buy now

  55. Rocky he’s crap always has been the only time he plays well is for Denmark and he’s a liability

  56. RA says:


    (From earlier), that name, Huish Episcopi is indeed a strange one, and funnily enough it came up in a Pub Quiz Nite some 3 or 4 years ago.

    I did not know the answer, but afterwards I looked it up and I remember it is a mixture of Saxon English (Huish) meaning land belonging to someone, (in this case the Bishop of Wells) through the latin based word (Episcopi) meaning belonging to the Bishop.

    The Catholic Church in those days (pre-reformation) was among the biggest landholders, until Henry VIII, and his codpiece, decided they wanted the land and the taxes that came from it for themselves. Ask Rocky! He owns half of Canada in the same way! 🙂

  57. RockyLives says:

    Haha Sheep – don’t beat around the bush – tell us how you really feel about him 🙂

  58. RockyLives says:

    Hush, a pisspot is all I have Redders…

  59. fatgingergooner says:

    The only way I could see us buying a winger is if they could play both sides. As in 6 months time would have Theo back as well as Gnabry and Ox who can play RW.

    The other option would be a loan for someone like Tello at Barca who is lightning quick and might give us some goals.

  60. Gööner In Exile says:

    Evening all, thanks Rocky for an interesting glimpse back at 2013 via the medium of quotes. 😀

    Not good news about Theo although we are missing an option on the right we do have Ox returning and Gnabry has given glimpses of what he is capable of.

    Let’s hope Wenger can do something in the window we need another experienced option…who it is we will have to wait and see. I guess the door could be now open for Mata, but only if they’re desperate to sell.

  61. RA says:

    You have given yourself away with your response, Rocky.

    Key words: ‘hush’ and ‘pisspot’

    Derivation: hush = Huish, and pisspot = episspotcopal.

    Latin: Episcopal = belonging to a Bishop.

    Even 26M could not build such a damning case agin you Rocket! 🙂

  62. 26may1989 says:

    My dad and his wife (she’s younger than me….) have just moved to a place called “Cushuish” in Somerset – the name, I understand, comes from “cus huish”, or home of cows.

  63. RockyLives says:

    You on your high horse again Redders? 🙂

    Or has Geronimo gone on the war party and given you a severe bucking?

  64. RockyLives says:

    Huish You Were Here?

  65. 26may1989 says:

    It’s certainly a silver lining that this injury has come at the beginning of the transfer window, at least it gives Wenger the chance to bring in a quality recruit.

    I’d love us to make a big go for Julian Drexler.

  66. RockyLives says:

    I’m not sure he’ll bring in a winger (if, indeed, he brings in anyone).

    I think another central attacking option might be preferred, given that we have Gnabbers and Oxo and given that we did pretty well during Theo’s previous long absence this season.

  67. evonne says:

    Thank you RA, a useful explanation indeed

    I am prepared to take bets that AW won’t buy a proven striker/winger in Jan. He may buy a prospect, but not someone ready to play as soon as, not his style

    Get well soon Theo!!

  68. 26may1989 says:

    Rockster, I don’t see Drexler as being a pure winger, he’s someone who looks like he could play in various positions, including central attacking mid or up front. He reminds me of a pre-Arsenal Henry…….

    Before this injury, I believed Wenger would not have gone all out for a big signing, though it’s worth noting he’s been fairly open about being on the look-out for a forward (see his very open comments about Lewandowski and Mandzukic). But having now lost a vital element of the squad, I do think Wenger will feel he has to try to get the quality player in this month rather than the summer, even if that means paying more. Not that that guarantees success.

  69. RockyLives says:

    Fair point 26 – I haven’t really seen much of Mr Drexler (sounds like a Bond villain).

    The Juan Mata idea is interesting…

  70. 26may1989 says:

    Much as I would love to see Mata join the club he should’ve joined in the first place, I think we can rule out making any signing this transfer window from another big English club (or Spurs) – we’ve been too good this season for anything like that.

    The summer and Rooney might get interesting though, given that he’ll be reaching the last 12 months of his contract.

  71. Rocky it’s the way I fell about bentner.
    We need a striker like Ian wright who can score

  72. And I don’t want that fool from Bulgaria x spuds beratoff .
    We need class we got the cash

  73. GoonerB says:

    I think Wenger will need to add 2 attacking players now. One could possibly be a loan deal like Morrata. He may bring forward (as oppose to the summer) one of his longer term wide attacking targets like Draxler or Grenier and also add a striker to the ranks like Morrata on loan. If not, and I can’t see someone like Costa being available till the summer, how about someone like Hernandez. I actually think he would thrive as a goal-scorer with us more so than the current Utd. He is a nippy poacher in the box and we get a lot of dangerous balls into the box that scream out for someone to take a chance to get onto.

  74. We’re going to need lots of posts to fill the coming days starting with tomorrow. I’m sure all the talk will be about Theo so if someone can come up with a small post to start the days chatting that we’d be good.

    Anyone fancy fashioning a few thoughts into a post?

  75. fatgingergooner says:

    I would love Draxler to come. He looks real quality and is the next big thing in Germany. He can play LW or AM so would be someone who wouldn’t be affected by Theo’s return. I see Ox as Rosicky’s future replacement so there could be a space for a LW in the squad IMO.

  76. I’d like rat teeth Suarez he can score like a drug dealer

  77. arnie says:

    Oh dear what a disaster!! 😦 sad news for arsenal and England. But we will survive!!!

    Unlike many of you I do not think that this is a time for knee jerk reactions in the transfer market. We are building a team not a collection of over hyped superstars. We have depth, character and resilience. Let us give them a chance. Let us see what steel this team is made of. Let us not repeat the mistakes the numpties from the shadows have made. Football is played by a team not individuals. Let us give the current lot a chance.

    About transfers let us see in the summer. Onwards and upwards;!! 😀 😀

  78. arnie says:

    For the moment I am happy with Gnabry or perhaps even Sagna on the right. On the left Poldi is back and the Ox is getting there. Ollie in the center with Bendy for cover. I personally don’t think this is too bad.

  79. 26may1989 says:

    Arnie, can’t say I agree: we have a real chance of success this season – the time is now. But we have up to 30 games left in the season (plus potential FA Cup replays), and we need options – we were already on the thin side before the injury but having lost a player who was ready to play a major role in the run-in, I really think we have to go for it in the transfer market and we have to try to do that now. I don’t see any point signing anyone not of A1 quality, but if Wenger can get someone in this month who is of the best quality, we have to go for it, we may not have the same chance next season.

    It was interesting to see that a Bundesliga pundit reported that Draxler was given a recent tour of our training ground.

  80. fatgingergooner says:

    Rumours are Draxler wants to come, but I don’t think its a January transfer.

    I love the idea of us going out and getting someone to cover for Theo, but the reality is we will not blow £30m+ (Including wages) on a top class 6 month replacement. IF we buy someone then it has to be more long term and someone who can play elsewhere so that Theo returning doesn’t affect their position within the squad. Draxler would fit the bill, but I can’t see it happening this month.

    Theo’s injury along with Bendys may however push Wenger to get a striker in on a loan deal or as a short term signing ie Berbatov.

    I don’t think the club needs to panic in any way. Theo’s been missing most of the season and we’ve been fine. I think Gnabry or Ox will step up just as Ramsey did. We have still got a decent sized squad and quite a few key players have had a rest recently, forced or otherwise, so we are in a good position.

    Having said all that, if Wenger gets someone in, I won’t be complaining.

  81. arnie says:

    26: A1 quality, now that is different. Unlikely in January though. No quibble about Draxler, Costa rt al. I do not want us to be desperate and try to get any silly sod who may be available.

  82. chas says:

    Thanks for the quotes quizzer, Rocky.
    I think I’d seen most of them what with me being an Arsenal internet-a-holic.

    You’re definitely 3rd in the queue. 🙂

  83. arnie says:

    Thanks Chas. 😀 😀

    Thanks Raddy and GN5. Flight on time, boarding starts any moment now. 😀 😀

  84. chas says:

    I assumed Theo had just got a kick, he looked so happy when he was carried off on that stretcher.
    I’d still be amazed if we bought anyone though.

    Hopefully the door opening for Serge will be good for our campaign.
    Onwards and Upwards.

  85. chas says:

  86. GoonerB says:

    Arnie, I part agree and part don’t. I don’t think we should go knee jerk and just buy anyone but It was widely considered that we needed 1 addition anyway if we wanted the most realistic chance of actually winning the EPL. I happen to agree with that so my assertion is that we now need 2. If we are smart about it we could make Draxler the big buy, if we intended to get him in the summer anyway, and get a loan on Morata. Both are young but are quality and are already reasonably well bloodied at a good level. They would bring technical quality, pace and goals to our front line that could give us the squad depth to push us to a title. Draxler would be for keeps but If Morata is just a loan then we are not indefinitely over-loading the squad and can then see where things stand in the summer.

  87. 26may1989 says:

    If Fjortoft’s comments are to be believed, and Draxler hasn’t been quite so great this season as previously, Schalke might be more willing to take a premium and sell now. All speculation, of course, who knows if the sale is on for the summer? But if there’s anything in it, a deal now may be possible.

  88. arnie says:

    Well, I am listening. I have always been of the belief that we needed a striker, but either a top scorer or otherwise, a backup for Giroud. Now with the bad news on Theo, I think we have to respect the expectation that Gnabry would obviously that that he should get more time under the spotlight. We would do well with a good backup at right winger position.

    Sorry, but my view is that we need to give our hard fighting team players a chance to play. In Arsenal, this is how we develop talent. If this makes us different from any other numpties populating the EPL, so be it!!!! 😀 😀 😀

  89. GoonerB says:

    I have a sneeky feeling about Draxler 26May. If he has been shown around the stadium it must have been with Schalke’s blessing and it must mean AW is seriously interested and they know he will go anyway. I also have another sneaky feeling that he will come in initially as a wide attacking player with a view to moving him up top. I always felt AW has been itching to recreate the Henry situation again and Draxler not only has the technical ability, pace and eye for goal, but I believe he is 6’2″ which makes him no midget either.

  90. Räsp says:

    Apologies for my very late arrival. – unfortunately Theo’s injury is entirely my fault – on Friday I predicted he would end the season as our top scorer 😦 I’m gutted for him, but this scenario is so very ‘Arsenal’, just when we think things are goiug our way we receive a body blow – but then go on to achieve great things ….. here’s hoping we do it for Theo

  91. arnie says:

    Of course, if a top player is available, we go for him by all means. 😀 😀 😀

  92. arnie says:

    OK, all, boarding now, catch up later!!! 😀

  93. 26may1989 says:

    GoonerB, you and I are seeing it the same way!

    But whether or not we do make a big signing, I do think the spirit in the squad is strong, they won’t crack as the 2008 squad did after the Eduardo-leg-break/Gallas-strop game at Birmingham.

  94. 26may1989 says:

    Safe travelling, arnie!

  95. GoonerB says:

    Safe flight Arnie. By the time you land we will have Suarez and Messi in the bag.

  96. Gööner In Exile says:

    Mata is being set up for an exit….do any Spanish clubs need a silky midfielder?

    His set piece delivery is fantastic.

    Just imagine a forward three of Santi Ozil and Mata backed by Arteta and Flamester.

    Ok no room for Jack and Rambo in that 5 but it sure would be pretty 🙂

  97. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh God Nooooooooooooooo, it wasn’t a dream.

    I still feel awful. I could write a few words, as let’s face it, we are going to be talking about the Theo loss anyway.

  98. Big Raddy says:

    MUK. Me too.

    I feel so sorry for Theo. He will be a huge loss for both AFC and England. I really believe he has stepped up to another level this season and looks confident, stronger and more positionally aware.

    If we look at his recent goals none have come from his normal right wing position as he learns to play a Messi-type role.

    Will we buy? Hope so. Plenty of players available. A loan would make more sense with a view to a permanent signing in the summer.

  99. Big Raddy says:

    Super tweet from Merts. What a top bloke he is and yet another brilliant signing by AW

  100. Gööner In Exile says:

    Could Theo’s injury be a Bobby moment for the squad?

    Remember how that team seemed to do it for Bobby? Could be a similar thing for the squad for Theo, he has helped them get where they are.

    Doubtless we will now have plenty of himdsighters who will say Arsene should have removed him earlier on Saturday.

  101. mickydidit89 says:

    Post sent

  102. 26may1989 says:

    Did you see that? Exile just stole my Bobby 8.30pm point! The cheek if it….. 🙂

  103. Shard says:

    Hurry up and publish Micky’s post guys.. I’m saving my words for the topical post rather than send it to it’s grave here..

    I just set myself up to have my comment ignored in the new post as well..didn’t I? 🙂

  104. kelsey says:

    Morning all.

    Raddy: 6.50 a.m
    “If we look at his recent goals none have come from his normal right wing position as he learns to play a Messi-type role.” 😉

    “Will we buy? Hope so. Plenty of players available. A loan would make more sense with a view to a permanent signing in the summer.”

    plenty of players available oh really 🙂

    None of us know how Wenger thinks and never ever under estimate him as. he is clever with words

    Was he thinking of strengthening the squad now before this sad news about Theo, who knows but now we are half way through the season, top of the league we really have an outstanding chance to win the title regardless how we do with our remaining matches against the so called big boys as they will all drop points in matches they are expected to win.
    This must change his mind but it has been publically announced months ago he has additional funds and if there is anyone who might be on his radar we will certainly would be asked to pay over the odds, and historically AW doesn’t do that.

    How often do we do loan signings especially in January.?

    To be reliant on Giroud to basically lead the front line with so many games left to play. Podolski is being eased back gently, Ramsey is out for how long, Arteta is now also injured yet we have reasonable strength in depth but IMO one more long term injury would stretch us to the limit.
    The Ox is now starting to get back to training but even if he was fit he would also be a cameo role player at present.
    Walcott brings something different to the side but I still insist he is better on the flanks so we need at the least a striker and a winger. Amen.

  105. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great point about Bobby Pires. Could be.

    Rubbish point about Pires. We have no-one to replace Theo.


  106. mickydidit89 says:

    Sodry duplicate comment
    Having a bugger of a time trying to get into comments so now on Mobile
    Over and out until New post and hope for better then

  107. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey. Yes, really. AW will have a dossier of players he is interested in and very few will be the ones we read all the rumours about.

    We signed Arshavin in the January window, so we know AW will spend big if needed.

    Wasn’t “The Beast” Baptista a loan from RM, but you are right, they are few and far between

  108. evonne says:

    Poor, poor Theo. To miss out on the World Cup in Brazil must be a terrible prospect for him. Poor, poor Theo

    Please feel free to speculate whom we will/should buy, but I am telling you now that there won’t be new signings this month. If we sign I will buy a white cockapoodle.

  109. Gööner In Exile says:

    Sincerest apologies m’lud 26.

    Let’s just say I hadn’t read all the comments and agree that insomniac minds think alike 😀

  110. 26may1989 says:

    Exile, the sleep deprived of the world must unite, we have nothing to lose but our pyjamas.

  111. Rasp says:

    Morning all …….

    ….. New post ……

  112. Big Raddy says:

    evonne. You must be hoping we sign no-one!!

    A cockapoodle is a fab dog. A friend bought one a couple of years ago he is in love.

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