Wenger Loosens the French Connection.

Another Obituary. Strange Days.

Today we wish Giroud a fond farewell, and give a gentle wave to Debuchy. Two more lockers to be emptied.

Matthieu Debuchy. Signed from Newcastle for, what was then, big money. Started his AFC career in fine form and seemed another good buy, but sadly he got crocked by Arnautivic (off the ball in what should have been a straight red card incident). In his absence Hector grew into the player we see today. Had Debuchy not been injured would Hector have made such an impression? We will never know. What is for sure is that injuries have blighted Debuchy’s AFC career. I like his punk attitude; he has not been satisfied being a squad player and now has the chance to enjoy the last years of his playing time in France. Could have been a good servant, sadly through events beyond his control, wasn’t.


Like so many others I would like to thank Olivier Giroud for his input – a proper Arsenal man who (from media reports) wanted to stay at The Emirates. When OG arrived we were excited, a French International with a good scoring record, good in the air and just the chap to take over from RvP, or so we thought. Unfortunately OG is not and never was at the level of the Dutch Traitor. He is a very good attacker with great vision and a delicate touch but he is not of the first rank. Much admired but everyone knows he is simply not good enough for Arsenal. A great back-up striker and Plan B. For a team which has historically relied upon pace, OG was perhaps not the right fit but he always gave his all and we can ask for no more.


No more will his song be sung, shame as it is one of the few that everyone knows both the tune and words. We will remember a man who loved the club, was extraordinarily handsome and scored spectacular goals.

Thank you Mr. Giroud. We wish you well.

So … we come to the end of a thrilling January transfer window, out of breath and in shock. I predicted we would sign and sell no-one, so did almost all of you. How wrong could we be?

Exciting times ahead.


87 Responses to Wenger Loosens the French Connection.

  1. Big Raddy says:

    Would like to have written more but BR’s tech dept failed miserably this morning 😦

  2. Eddie says:

    lovely post, thanks raddy
    Debbs is another frenchie we will miss, sad farewells indeed

    With all the advances in medicine and technology people are still as frail as ever, an injury can end a promising career. I think Hector would still shine, perhaps in a different shirt, but I am sure glad he shines in red and white outfit.

    good bye Matthieu, we will miss you, lots of love xxx 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. mickydidit89 says:

    More obituaries on here than in The Times

    Nice words, nice send off. Good luck to Ollie and Debs

    Now, re that bloody song of Ollie’s, you say “it is one of the few that everyone knows both the tune and words”

    That’s because it has one word in it 🙂

    Thanks Erik

  4. VP of Oz says:

    Players in the EPL
    ⚽ Goals since 2013/14 (all comps):

    Aubameyang 141
    Kane 128
    Lacazette 122
    Lukaku 105
    Sanchez 101

    amazing that we now have 2 of the top 5 goal scorers over the last few years and sold a third one.

    Even more amazing is that Aubameyang has scored 40% more than Sanchez

  5. Rasp says:

    Great work Raddy, and total agreement with your assessment of the out going players. Ollie was an absolute star and looked great in an Arsenal shirt … Debs, I didn’t really see that much of him, but seemed a decent guy.

    The only thing I might take issue with is the title. I am increasingly of the opinion that Arsene is not the main force behind the ins and outs. Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis are being credited with the negotiations and contracts. I see this as a very good thing. Hopefully we are returning to the situation where the manager manages the team and other areas are left to specialists working closely with them.

    There’s no denying we’ve had a clear out … 6 out, 2 in … and not before time.,

  6. Rasp says:

    VP, who do you expect to score the more goals between now and the end of the season … Sanchez or Aubameyang?

  7. Rasp says:

    Cripes, Aubameyang is some athlete … he has a forward somersault as his goal celebration!!

  8. fatgingergooner says:


    The Özil contract is all but done and should be announced in the next few days according to various news sources.

  9. VP of Oz says:

    Rasp, I bet you a Mars bar that Aubameyang outscores Sanchez from here to end of season, hands down

  10. VP of Oz says:

    better yet rasp, I’ll post you a jar of vegemite if Sanchez scores more however if Aubameyang scores more then you have to send me ? whats a fair exchange ?

  11. VP of Oz says:

    hahaha, done

  12. Rasp says:

    Problem is, I asked a question, I didn’t challenge you … I also expect PEA to score more goals … Sanchez has already played 2 games for manu and failed to hit the net.

  13. VP of Oz says:

    Yes, but I like to go around and accept challenges even if none are in the offering.

  14. VP of Oz says:

    I think there is an element of swagger creeping into the Arsenal.

    Giroud had it and Aubameyang and Mikhi have it in spades, especially in the “Yo Pierre, you wanna come out here”

  15. Rasp says:

    Here’s a CB Arsene might like to sign up …

  16. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Raddy. I wish them both well but we needed to seek pastures new as a club. Something different to what has been happening needed to happen. I hope OG gets a fond reception when he returns to the Ems.

    Thanks FGG for the update.

    VP, excellent stats on the strikers. Now then just to tweak the tigers tail, and play devils advocate, what will it say if we can’t get close to 30 goals a season each from these 2 players with stats like those? We should now become the most (or at least very close) most prolific goal-scoring team in the EPL.

    Even with some defensive deficiencies our fire-power should overcome a lot of this. Exciting times but, with these scoring riches, the spotlight is now on our manager and what he can do more than ever. I can’t wait to find out. Much will be revealed in the next few weeks I think.

  17. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.

    So, farewell to the the Mighty Boosh – oh, what could have been.

    Mathieu’s first injury came only half a dozen games into his Arsenal career. At the game I was so pleased they didn’t show a replay on the big screen. Transfermarkt desribes the injury as a “Ruptured sideband in the ankle”. Anything that’s ruptured hurts. That’s right isn’t it, GoonerB?

    He then managed another half a dozen games around Christmas before the Stoke thug managed to dislocate his shoulder.
    Ten league appearances in his debut season for us and he must have thought his transfer had been cursed by some Geordie witch.

    Strange how the highlight of his Arsenal stay came only 7 weeks ago.

    As for Big Ollie, let’s hope he isn’t too successful in West London.

    My favourite Giroud moments…..

    1) a late goal against lowly Preston in the cup. A great away day capped off with a last minute winner – just perfect.

    2) cracker against Brighton also in the cup. How strange to see him beardless.

    3) 9 years without a trophy, then you provide a backheel assist to win the Final

    4) assist with virtually his first touch immediately after Chelsea had equalised in the 2017 FA Cup Final.
    Pure joy and what a peach of a cross! Made even better by Glenda’s commentary. 🙂

  18. chipbuttyboy says:

    dont need debuchy we got jenkison still so why you lot crying

  19. Rasp says:

    What does Jenkinson brew in his still?

  20. chas says:

    Does he boil piss in it?

  21. chas says:

    …..judging by the comment at 12:45.

  22. jjgsol says:

    I agree that I am sorry to see Giroud leave. I doubt if he will be long at Chel$ki, as Conte has not much time left and any new manager will want to bring his own strikers in.

    OG did well for us and there can be no complaints as to his efforts.

    What concerns me is that so many of Aubemayang’s coals were tap- ins. He needs great service which he was getting at Dortmund.

    Will he get it with us, especially with so many teams, even members of the “top 6 club” parking the bus?

    I fear that TW may very well score against us on Saturday.

  23. Eddie says:

    yo pierre is priceless
    I think we all need to forget or even stop trying to remember his ridiculously long name Aubemeyang and call him Peter

  24. chipbuttyboy says:

    shut up i’m a good gooner so respect to me
    i like jenkinson so whats wrong with that uppity. Its not like i’m a spud is it

  25. Rasp says:

    Why don’t you use the blog name you go under on the other sites CBB?

  26. GoonerB says:

    Actually Chas some ruptures hurt less than a less significant tear where the muscle/tendon are still intact. This is because the intact muscle/tendon is still contracting around the injured site.

    A rupture is a complete snap so often after the initial sudden pain it can be less generally painful as nothing is pulling on the injured site. Many who have unknowingly sustained an Achilles rupture are fooled into thinking it is not too bad because it doesn’t hurt to walk on that much.

    Disclaimer : That information is taken from the camel wormers guide to soft-tissue injuries, so the commenter can accept no medical responsibility for any inaccuracies. All grievances should be directed to the publishers; Dromedary Publishings, 23 The Mound, Oasis Way, Western Sahara.

  27. GoonerB says:

    By the way that Preston Goal Chas with the sublime little back heel. That player looks a bit shite getting in the box and doing silly things like that. Not someone we should ever purchase and never give a chance to or use.

  28. Eddie says:

    rasp – what’s gay gooner’s other name?

  29. Eddie says:

    btw – tom cox writes beautifully, but i suspect he is completely bonkers.

  30. Eddie says:

    we didn’t get any money for sanchez, just miki in exchange. That’s a bit rubbish, isn’t it?

    Pierre is a little bit younger than the dog lover and is reportedly going to be earning less than half of what it would have cost to tie Sanchez to a new deal. That’s better if you care about club’s finances. I don’t.

  31. Eddie says:


    all january signings have 10 letter surnames, what does it tell you?

  32. Rasp says:

    You can count? 🙂

  33. GoonerB says:

    Each letter in their name is worth £10m in transfer value Eddie, so that should put your concerns to bed about not getting a good deal with the Sanchez swap. We are £30m up and Utd have been had.

  34. chas says:

    Lucas Perez learnt that from Big Ollie after seeing him do it in the 2014 FA Cup Final.

    I only believed a rupture to be extremely painful because of your little FFB story about the exploding camel hernia at your Hertfordshire veterinary practice.

    I was also talking about the actual moment of the injury being more painful rather than days after when someone is pulling on the injured site. 🙂

  35. chas says:

    3:31 🙂

  36. Eddie says:

    tells me they didn’t have a clue what the team needed and chose players with longest unpronounceable names.

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  39. LB says:

    Great read BR

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  42. fatgingergooner says:

    Ya Özil Ya!

    If he can steer us to more silverware then he could become an Arsenal legend very quickly. What a player. What a talent.

    A genius of a footballer who somehow how still divides opinion in this country. To understand his talent I think you first have to understand that ‘sprinting back’ and ‘tackling hard’ are not what make a great playmaker.

  43. fatgingergooner says:

    He actually sets the nutmeg up by shaping to play it around Cole so he sticks his leg out! Ridiculous.

  44. fatgingergooner says:

  45. Big Raddy says:

    Without doubt the most important signing of the window. Had Ozil left the message was clear – Arsenal are a team who pay silly money in wages but are not a big club. Holding onto world class players is essential if we are to get back into the Top 4.

    But I cannot believe AFC are paying him €350k a week. No way.

  46. fred1266 says:

    on the Debuchy goal if you look closely you can see me 🙂 yippy


    Quality Raddy

    Arsene getting rid of Frenchies? Strange days at the Club. Maybe Arsene has watched The French Conection?

    In the film our hero, cop Gene Hackman, is in pursuit of a villain and whilst the guy is legging it up an escalator Hackman shoots him in the back? It was really refreshing. The elation on Hackmans face and then subsequent chat up to some bird on how the guy had the gun and during a struggle he offered him a chance to surrender or talk about it over a cup of tea really left an impact on me. Another plus was that Hackman looked like a set of Scottish Bag Pipes, so I knew then that been an ugly git, liar, and someone who enjoyed shooting up a man from behind was socially acceptable.

    So did Arsene back stab Giroud or were the Board behind it. There is a picture of him chatting to Arsene the day before his departure? Was Arsene saying “Sorry Olly, I’ve got to let you go”? Or was he saying “Sorry Olly, those new bastards are behind it. I am probably next for the P45. What you going to do next, pluck your eyebrows?” I am beginning to suspect the latter.

    What do I feel about Debuchy? It reminds me when a girl at work went round collecting money for some kid who required a life saving operation in America for a new personality. I just shrugged and showed my palms. I was despised at school and no one bloody helped me. If Midge Ure had penned the lyrics “Debuchy means nothing to me” he would have knocked shud upper your face from number 1.

    I wish them both well.

  48. Big Raddy says:

    “Hackman looked like a set of Scottish Bag Pipes” Fantastic

    As is the Debuchy/Ultravox 😀

  49. VP of Oz says:

    Ozil on signing the new contract – “It’s been one of the most important decisions of my footballing career and that’s why I had to think hard and talk with everyone who’s important to me,”

    “Good things take time! In the end I let my heart decide. As I always said, I feel at home here and I’m highly motivated to achieve big things in the next few years. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner!”

  50. VP of Oz says:

    Fantasy Football
    Aubameyang £10.5
    Mkhitaryan £7.6
    Mavropanos £4.5

  51. mickydidit89 says:

    We have Mesut for more years. Wunderbar

  52. LB says:


    I do understand, I do understand.

  53. LB says:

    Who is Marcus Maguane and why did we just sell him to Barcelona?

  54. chas says:

    Just about to turn 19, been with us since he was 6 years old.
    Defensive midfielder – oh fuck.

    “His contract was due to run out in the summer and he is reported to have turned down a new deal.”

    “Barcelona intend to play him in their B team and have set the buy-out clause in his three-year contract at 25m euros (£21.9m).”

  55. fatgingergooner says:

    Unfortunately for Maguane he plays a position that Wenger doesn’t recognise. There is no such thing as a HM player in our squad. You’re either a CM or he’s going to convert you into a Full Back! 😂

  56. Red Arnie says:

    Fantastic tribute, Raddy. 🙂 Almost brought a tear to my eyes. Truth be told, I am very sad.

    There are Gooners who play like professionals, and those that lead a life of Goonerdom. The two are distinctly different. Giro was one of those second kind.

    There was a time when every one of the good guys had a field life not extending beyond 2 months at a time. Astounding number of injuries!

    Against that backdrop, Giro stood as a wall, staying fit and ready, and putting a shift in for more than 2 years on the go. He was banged up, hacked down, but would still get up and run. Fantastic servant to the club. We owe a lot of our long run of CL qualifications to him. Salute! 🙂

    And Debuchy started with a lot of promise, but dreaded injuries struck, and alas!

    But change is a part of life. So be it! Onwards and upwards! 🙂

  57. Red Arnie says:

    And finally when Giro got injured, M. Venga panic bought Welbz at the very last moment of the TW. dear, oh dear!

    Never the same again!

    Enough doom, cheer on now! 🙂

  58. chas says:

    Ey up , Arnie.
    Upwards and sideways!

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  61. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Good to start the day with a glimpse of marine diversity.

    What a fantastic end to the TW that was. Now all the newbies have to do is perform as a team.

  62. chas says:

    Ian Wright, officially thicker than pigshit.

  63. chas says:

    (the second comment is from his Insta)

  64. chas says:

    Morning, BR.
    I presume your puter is fixed.

  65. Big Raddy says:

    Look at the Clock End (if it is the CE). Packed.

    Can’t identify the player. Need TMHT. Armstrong?

  66. VP of Oz says:

    The Sanchez dogs are gone and replaced with –

    Price: £250,000

    Price: £250,000

    Price: £150,000+

    Price: £140,000

    Price: £120,000

    Price: £205,00

    Price: £200,000

    AUDI R8 V10 PLUS
    Price: £130,000

    Price: £140,000

  67. chas says:

    ✔ Armstrong debut at 17 🙂

  68. mickydidit89 says:

    That was very impressive Erik.

    Nice morning work Chas, thanks

    Motning all. V. busy

  69. Red Arnie says:

    motning all. lovely vids particularly the octopus upwards ad sideways one. 🙂

  70. fatgingergooner says:


    I understand the 2 Ferrari’s were purchased for the dogs. Mourinho put a clause in his contract saying he’s not allowed to leave his house unless on the way to a match or training, although he is allowed to go to dance lessons every Wednesday with Lingard and Pogba. If you spot 2 Ferraris driving recklessly around the streets of Manchester then it’s probably Atom and Humber going for a ‘walk’. Apparently they just shit straight into the Ebony glove compartment.

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  73. chas says:

    Could catch on as it has as few words as the Giroud song. 🙂

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  75. Big Raddy says:

    8.40. Never had that particular problem.

  76. chas says:

  77. Zee says:

    Morning All,

    I enjoyed reading the obituaries and all the resulting comments, which were refreshingly free of the renewed whingeing about something or other regarding the transfer window that seems endemic on so many sites.

    The only thing that spoilt it was Terry’s phrase ‘so sorry Ollie’, which like one of those ear-worms got translated in my brain into ‘so solly Ollie’ — repeated incessantly.

    And speaking of worms the other item was that worm-man, describing the horrific things he does to the hernias or hamstrings of innocent worms, or was it camels?

    Terry, Terry, Terry – Out, Out, Out — and take Gooner B a bad boy with you!!! 😀

  78. chas says:


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