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SNIPPET: New online Arsenal magazine – released today 1

Posted on July 31, 2009 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

Fellow blog third-gen are releasing a brand new free online magazine named Portal, and its all about Arsenal. There is nothing like it around so take a look because what I have seen of it so far, it looks brilliant.


It features articles, podcasts and much much more. Take a look.


Matuidi, Vieira, De Rossi and Chamakh all joining Arsenal 13

Posted on July 31, 2009 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

Ok, ok, ok, ok, I tell a lie.

The award for the most fictional Saturday press report this week goes to…. and I have just realised its Friday.

Fuck, double shit and bollocks.

Anyway, the Independent think that we are going to buy Danielle De Rossi for 30 million quid, there is no doubt that De Rossi is a very good player but there is doubs as to whether he would move from the club that brought him up from the little kiddie ranks and move from the place he was always lived.

Its a no goer. And thats before you even see the price.

The same paper also link us again to Marouaine Chamakh, and really push the boat out by including quotes from the Bordeaux president claiming Wenger has called him:

“Wenger actually phoned me. He said to me that he had a list of strikers and that Marouane was on it.”

That ‘list’ could be anything. It could be a list of strikers he would like to bludgeon round the head with a crowbar, it could be a list of strikers that he has compiled from fake press reports of his interest (ala Oba Martins). Then again, there is always a possibility it is a list of strikers he wants to monitor and maybe purchase in the future. I have made no secret of my desire to see the money we have spend on a defensive midfielder first and foremost, and maybe some experienced defensive cover for good measure. We are well stocked in the striking department I feel.

Now, in the past few days there have been murmurs about a possible reunion with big Paddy Vieira. At first, you take it not just with a pinch of salt but a whole handful. Wenger does not go back on sales, he does not go crawling back to players.

However, this would actually make sense. Bring back Vieira on a pay as you play deal, sign Matuidi for 5 million alongside him to add that other defensive midfielder and then you have one of the most experienced players you could wish for, a good young talent from what I have heard and guidance for Denilson and Song. The thought of Vieira coming back has me salivating to say the least.

I believe there is something in this story, Vieira and Wenger are good friends and he is seen at the Grove a fair bit. It would suit everyones best interests and would capture the imagination of all Gooners, the leadership in the dressing room could not be underestimated either.

The stories have gradually spread from a side comment by Ian Wright, to The Sun, to a couple more tabloids and now broadsheets are picking up on it, a sign that something could happen.

I’m going to keep a open mind, but what an event it would be.

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Wenger will spend + Rosicky’s not had a ‘setback’ 46

Posted on July 30, 2009 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

Well, that it then. We have sold our best players and we are doomed because our manager won’t spend the 40 million we have from those transfers. On top of that, we have sold to our closest rivals who will beat us to the top four next season.

Everyone with that mindset needs to grow up. Now.

How many times do we hear the exact opposite to what we want to hear from Wenger? Does he do it because he enjoys it? No. He does it in the best interests of the club because if he revealed his targets they would be a lot more expensive the next time he was on the phone to them. So don’t expect Wenger to hold a press conference proclaiming that we will buy X to replace Toure, Y to replace Adebayor and Z because he is a wonderkid.

Before last season Wenger had done some pretty sizable deals on deadline day and that could well be what happens this time round. Remember we could have pulled off a big last day scoop last summer if the Alonso move didn’t fall through. This transfer window is going to be fully utilised by Wenger, who knows how to get deals done by the skin of his teeth. Arshavin, anyone?

Wenger is not stupid, he knows where he will need to add players and the club is bound to ensure he has a sizable transfer kitty for pure public relations reasons. At the end of the day, its not us that watch the players in training every day is it? AW knows the ins and outs of this team and he will know exactly what to do I am sure. If we use this new 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 system, the boss will know we need more depth in the defensive midfield position.

Just give him time, there is no need to worry. I have a feeling we will make a pretty big signing before the start of the Premier League season, Wenger watches players for at least a season before he buys them in many cases so he will probably have his eye on some players.

There is a rumour going around about Patrick Vieira returning to the club, either on a pay-as-you-play deal or a one year contract. In a way I would love to see him back, just because what he would be able to pass on to Song and Denilson would be invaluable. In respect to playing you have to question if he still has it in him to play at such a high level at 33-34 and a pretty shady injury record in the past two or three years. It will probably be something that carries on until there is some comment from Wenger or Paddy himself.

There have also been a few media outlets claiming that Thomas Rosicky has had a setback after the Barnet game, this is not true. Its not a re-occurrence or indeed anything serious. I have heard quite reliably its only muscle cramps, he has been going through rigorous training exercises and admitted himself that he was fit:

“I have a feeling that I am finally getting back to my usual standard of football,” he said.

“During the injury struggle I began preparing many times but it took a long time to get this far.

“I am fit, which is the most important thing now.”

Don’t listen to the sensationalism in the press, he will be fine. Its just proof he is working damn hard.

There have been a few fans that have been pretty strong in their criticism of Arsene Wenger for selling Kolo but he has admitted that he wanted out of the club six months ago, stick that in your pipes and smoke it. Is Wenger a mug now then?

Right, thats about it. More tomorrow.


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