Arsenal Arsenal’s Friday News Roundup

Due to the Coventry cup tie I was riding the pine last week so here’s the headlines.

Friday 17th:

Wenger on new deals for Mertesascker and Sagna…

“We are making good progress and hopefully we can announce something soon”. Morata deal back on!

Saturday:

Fulham at home, two goals by Santi Cazorla, clean sheet, three points, top of the table.

Sunday:

New name on the striker target list; Mirko Vucinic,

Monday:

Silent Stan in London, rumoured to have £24 million, four year contract in his pocket for Wenger. No Morata deal, he’s decided to stay at Real.

Tuesday:

Wenger on Vucinic

… “I’m not particularly interested”

Wednesday:

Nothing to report.

Thursday:

Wenger seen in departure lounge at Heathrow. Draxler deal in the offing?

Last Friday:

Wenger called the Mata to Man U deal “unfair” as he would be able to play against all the main rivals, but not Chelsea. Hmm! has Arsene forgotten the sale of Lassana Diarra to Portsmouth back in 2008? They still had to play all the main rivals for the league title too, with the exception of just one, Arsenal. What goes around, comes around Arsene!

Arsene put out a strong side for the FA Cup tie against Coventry City, or the Exiles as they are coming to be known, since they play their “home” games thirty-five miles away in Northampton. The 4 – 0 scoreline was a bit flattering maybe as Coventry were the better team for the first thirty minutes of the second half, already two down to two goals by Lukas Podolski, they released the handbrake and went for it creating some good chances and rattling both Arsenal and the woodwork. Ultimately, one more each for Giroud and Cazorla saw us safely through to Sunday’s draw.

Saturday:

Draxler close to £36 million move to Arsenal

a source in Germany claimed the fee has been agreed with Schalke and negotiations with the player, who is reported to be “desperate” to join Arsenal, are under way. Phew! That’s a deal that will knock “Mata to Man U” off the back pages….if it goes through!

Sunday:

Arsene Wenger has described reports that Arsenal are closing in on a £37million move for Schalke attacking midfielder Julian Draxler as an “illusion”. “That is an illusion. There is nothing happening, honestly no,” Wenger said.

Rumours abound that the Chavs have a deal in place to sign Arsenal striker target Diego Costa in the summer or even this week.

Monday:

Sunday evening’s FA Cup draw saw Arsenal given a home tie with Liverpool, a tasty morsel, the game to be played Sunday Feb. 16th at 4pm.

Wenger speaking ahead of the Southampton game said Ramsey, Arteta and Vermaelen are all fit and available but Wilshire is doubtful.

It is expected that Arsenal will shortly announce a new kit manufacturer deal with German company Puma, The deal will run for five years and is worth £150 million over that period.

Tuesday:

Speaking at the launch of the Puma kit deal, Ivan Gazidis said “

Arsène will be extending with us and, at the right time, we will make that announcement, we have always supported Arsène, the board and Stan Kroenke have always been completely behind him. Arsène has always been committed to the club. He’s the right person to see us forward.” See my news item from Monday last week. I don’t wish to say “I told you so”, but I told you so. :D

Henry Winter on

Wenger the architect of glory….Arsenal employ one of the best creative footballers in the world in Mesut Özil, one of the most inspiring centre-halves in Per Mertesacker, some of the leading young English talent in Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, a strong centre-forward in Olivier Giroud and one of the most improved goalkeepers in Europe in Wojciech Szczesny.

They nurture some of the best kids around, from Serge Gnabry and Gedion Zelalem to Dan Crowley.

They boast a great stadium, a well-equipped training ground and a colossal new kit deal.

After eight trophy-less years, things are increasingly in place for a realistic push for silverware, this season or next. The man who has guided Arsenal into this good place, Arsene Wenger will not need too much reflection ahead of that new contract.

Wednesday:

Ten man Arsenal derailed by Southampton

Well I guess that says it all, there has been more than enough dissection of the performance, so no more needed.

Other bad news, Ramsey suffered a “set back” not likely to be available in the near future.

Draxler deal back on? Maybe!

Thursday:

Manchester City duly thrashed the Spuds 1 – 5 to move above Arsenal to the top of the table, it’s going to take a superhuman effort to dislodge them now…can we do it? Yes we can!

Dick Laws is reported to be in Germany tying up the loose ends of the Draxler deal, the medical will be carried out by Doctor Muller-Wohlfahrt the same doctor who did Ozil’s. Fabianski could move the other way as part of the deal.

Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic of whom Arsene said, on 21st January, “I’m not particularly interested” is to have a medical today prior to a loan deal until the end of the season.

An unhappy Lukas Podolski is to “seek talks” about his Arsenal future.

And finally, Barcelona’s 22 year old flying winger Christian Tello could be signed, as a Theo replacement, on loan until the season’s end.

Much of the transfer “news” is of course speculative but I have tried to pick out only the items that are more likely to be true.

Victoria Concordia Crescit

That’s it for another week

Norfolk Gooner

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272 Responses to Arsenal Arsenal’s Friday News Roundup

  1. fatgingergooner says:

    So Ramsey out for 6 weeks and Wenger confirms he wants to bring someone in to cover Flamini and Ramsey. That would suggest a CM rather than Draxler.

    I wonder who it could be? Fingers crossed its a world class option rather an average loan, but at this late stage I’m guessing a loan. Although we have had the usual smokescreen in the form of Draxler, so it’s quite possible we’ve been working at this since Tuesday.

  2. arnie says:

    Aha, Norfolk day as well as Deadline day. What pleasure. Off to read your post in a moment, but before that some transfer news.

    Wenger: "The Draxler situation has been created by the newspapers, not by me. He will stay at Schalke" #AFCvCPFC http://t.co/m6MX2b8ITd— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2014

    Wenger: "We are still trying to bring one body in because of Ramsey's setback and Flamini's suspension" #AFCvCPFC http://t.co/m6MX2b8ITd— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2014

    "I'm confident we will bring someone in today. It's 80% chance." – Arsène Wenger. (Source: @Arsenal) #DeadlineDay— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) January 31, 2014

  3. arnie says:

    I am put in moderation!!!!!! :sad:

    Evonne and Peaches: o, wow, what a doll!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D

  4. arnie says:

    OK, I’m off. Moderators, help please. Release me please. :D

  5. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Norfolk

    A flying winger from Barca. That is great news. What would I do without your Friday Post :-)

    Thank you. We’re off to a great start.

  6. chas says:

    Cheers, NG.
    The ‘more likely to be true’ made me laugh.

    Apparently we’re close to this chap.

  7. evonnee says:

    Rasp!!! Great widget :) George in Exile has a girlfriend, a beautiful girlfriend

    NG – leaving you for bedtime, as usual :)

  8. chas says:
  9. chas says:
  10. fatgingergooner says:

    With Laws apparently heading to Naples, and Napoli bidding for Capoue, I’m guessing AW might be back in for Gokhan Inler who we were linked with a while ago.

    Total guess though!

    By the way, I take back my comment about the January window being boring. The last day is exciting! :)

  11. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas and FGG

    Just make sure you keep the gossip rolling all day. I’ll be keeping this open on the side of my screen.

    FGG
    His flight is 12:25, so time to fly somewhere else later :-)

  12. MickyDidIt89 says:

    FGG

    The 12:25 Stanstead to Naples flight was paid for by Arsenal FC. Name: Law.D. Hand luggage only, but most interestingly…one way.

    Therefore he’s off somewhere else later.

  13. fatgingergooner says:

    I hope it isn’t Kallstrom.

    He’s never really done it and is 31 now.

    I’d love Laws to fly around like a Treasure Hunt contestant but I can’t see us signing more than 1 player

  14. fatgingergooner says:

    That’s interesting Micky.

    Or maybe he will need to buy a few return tickets for himself, agent and player?

  15. Big Raddy says:

    Kallstrom would be hugely underwhelming and hardly the signing to push us to the title.

    Hoping for better.

    Inler would be great.

  16. kelsey says:

    Will most probably hit an air traffic controllers strike whilst in Naples, you know how volatile these Italians are :)

    Norfolk, nice round up as per usual One line stuck out for me.

    “An unhappy Lukas Podolski is to “seek talks” about his Arsenal future”

    Something going on here .Does he really feature in Wenger’s plan or is he being possibly being used as a part exchange deal.. His expressions usually show a smiling face except last week when he seemed a bit pissed off when not getting on and The Ox came on instead.

  17. MickyDidIt89 says:

    FGG

    Genius. That explains everything. So many players coming back with him, they’re coming “cargo”

  18. fatgingergooner says:

    I think too much is being made of this Podolski thing.

    He was returning from injury and there was no need to rush him into the side. I reckon he will get a start against Palace and all will be normal again. I hope so because he’s a very good and very likeable player.

    Just seen a photo of Messi in Gregg’s in North London. He ordered a steak bake a Mexican oval bite.

  19. fatgingergooner says:

    With the squad we have and the injuries/suspensions are we assuming a midfielder would be a box to box type rather than a DM or AM?

  20. fatgingergooner says:

    SSN just mentioned the Kallstrom rumour.

    I really hope it is just a rumour. As BR said, very underwhelming.

    I’m not expecting Xavi to sign, but surely we can come up with better?

    There were big rumours about Grenier last summer, I wonder if that’s someone we could return for?

  21. chas says:
  22. fatgingergooner says:

    One thing for certain, no matter who we sign today we are going to get the opportunity to see if Ox can live up to those Gerrard comparisons during the rest of the season.

  23. chas says:
  24. kelsey says:

    “The Draxler situation has been created by the newspapers, not by me. He will stay at Schalke”

    Arsene Wenger

  25. kelsey says:

    chas, Is that a ladyboy or Red Arse :)

  26. fatgingergooner says:

    Would anyone take Alex Song on loan?

  27. arnie says:

    Arsenal apparently has concluded some transfer business. Pingpong out. :D

  28. fatgingergooner says:

    NG,

    The blog is obviously going to be overtaken by transfer rumours today (nothing to do with me!) but I just wanted to say that I absolutely love the Friday round up and it is my favourite blog of the week.

    Please keep up the great work!

  29. arnie says:

    Great stuff as ever, Norfolf. Thanks a lot. A fantastic reminder of a rather mixed fortnight. :D :D Oh dear! Such a lot happening in a couple of weeks!!!! :D :D :D

    The Puma deal is a bit intriguing. Was this the only reason SK flew over? Maybe, but possibly not. The Arsene extension was not announced, neither was there heightened transfer activity. Or perhaps, meet the mew Academy man face to face? Interesting. :D :D

    Anpther connection that is doing its rounds in the rumour mill. Is the Puma deal also related to a focussed targeting of German talent? Interesting as well. :D :D :D

    House relatively in order so far. On with the show. :D :D :D

  30. RA says:

    Morning Guys.

    FGG I have spent a while reading the naughty boys early morning comments, and I think the ‘Laws to Naples’ rumour was perpetrated by Micky, trying out his twitter account to see how far it will run. :-)

    I have been, dare I say it, more than a little miffed that I allowed myself to be taken in by the Draxler story.

    Apparently it was all a figment of the media boys and Wenger had nothing to do with it.

    Now he tells us!! At the end of a long month of tedious rumours about Draxler, which sucked most of us in.

    Mr Wenger if you are lying to us now — shame on you, if you were aware of the fans excitement generated by the possibilities of getting a great young talent in Draxler, and chose not to refute it earlier, but saved it for the last day of the window …. you are on the verge of losing the goodwill of this fan!! :-(

  31. RA says:

    Hi Kelsey,

    Yes, that vid from Chas @ 12:10 does look like a slimmer me, and you are to be forgiven for the confusion! :-)

  32. RA says:

    Sorry, Norfolk, I was a little put out by the turn of events today, and made me forget my manners.

    Well done on the diary front, and it is a good reminder to not let oneself get carried away with wishful thinking with regard to transfers! :-)

  33. Big Raddy says:

    Frimps gone to Barnsley. Why did AW keep him this season and loan out Coquelin?

    Poor lad. Frimpong a legend in his own head

  34. Big Raddy says:

    Blimey O’Reily. I forget to thank NG for another sterling effort!

    Must be depression caused by watching the humiliation of the England Cricket team :-(

  35. Rasp says:

    Hi Raddy, I think PingPong has been sold – not sent out on loan

  36. chas says:
  37. Rasp says:

    Thanks for the newsroumd Norfolk – not ‘riding the pine’ at all – up to your usual high standard :P

    On this particular day you could write a new newsround every 5 minutes with the bombardment of rumour, fabrication and sensation we can expect for the next 7 hours.

  38. Rasp says:

    Hi chas, did you send me the assists for the Saints game?

  39. fatgingergooner says:

    RA,I’m pretty sure there is something in the Draxler story, but if they have been unable to get the job done in this window for whatever reason (probably not wanting to pay full price) then it’s probably in Wengers best interests just to deny any interest, as he often does (Phil Jones, Juan Mata from Valencia etc).

    Again, that’s all just guess work as most of the transfer news surrounding our club is!

  40. fatgingergooner says:

    By the way Micky, is what RA says true?

    Have you reeled me in with fake talk of Laws heading to Naples!?

    I hope you’re not going to come out and say it was an ‘illusion’ or a rumour created by the media! :)

    I know it was you!

  41. TwentyTwelve says:

    People who know,

    Are transfer days always like this (leaving it to the last minute) with Arsenal? Has there been a window where we can just sit back, relax, and watch others squirm? Arriving just in time for the S’hampton match pales in comparison :)

    Great job as usual, Norfork. You forgot to tell us where you’ve gone for your walk+lunch. We’ve only have some Photoshop’ed picture of KimK to keep us company. Can’t wait to see how you summarize this day next week.

  42. fatgingergooner says:

    TT,

    There was that recent summer window where we got Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla relatively early, but in true Arsenal fashion, instead of watching others squirm, we were the ones squirming as RVP and Alex Song were then sold on!

    Why let others have the fun and anguish of the transfer window when we can have it all! :)

  43. Vinay says:

    Kallstrom is supposedly having his medical now, i am sure it wont come through, he is so slow that he doesnt even make the bench of Spartak Moscow, i have seen him play for Sweden and all he does is take free kicks, Please boss not him and not that crap shit Kalou, i rather have no one then them

  44. fatgingergooner says:

    If the squad was fit we wouldn’t need any midfielders, so nothing to moan about really.

    Realistically we are signing a player who will sit on the bench for most of the next 4 months.

    I would rather us get Kallstrom and buy proper players in the summer, as tends to be our usual gameplan.

  45. RockyLives says:

    Hello All
    Thank Goodness for Arnie’s round-up – I’ve been out of the loop since the weekend. Now I’m back in.

    Can’t say I know anything about Kallstrom, but he seems to take a decent free kick.

    I guess if he came in he’d be back-up for Arteta.

  46. RA says:

    I go with ‘get no one’ rather than a pointless bench warmer, who might very well then become a pointless, permanent benchwarmer in the summer.

    Useless benchwarmer Park allegedly on his way out, Kallstrom coming in to ‘ride the pine’ (that’s very modern, Norfolk) and keep his place on the bench warm instead.

    Where the hell is that Rocky when I need words of quiet wisdom to keep me positive. Let me see – ern, life goes on; or, he may turn out to be a gem that just needs polishing; or, Arsene knows what he is doing; or, it will give the blogs plenty to discuss or moan about; etc.

    Thems pretty rubbishy words of wisdom, Rocky, and I would ask you to keep them to yourself!!!!!

    I am off to have a mope. :-)

  47. RA says:

    Oops, parallel posting, Rock man, and FGG put me up to it.

    Blame him, or Rasp – anyone but me! :-)

  48. RA says:

    And incidentally, oh prose meister, it is Norfolk’s round up and not barmy arnie’s. Tut! :-)

  49. RA says:

    I just realised what you suggested, Rock the Boat, ‘Kallstrom will be a back up for Arteta’ — be realistic, the man would have no chance of catching our snail paced DM – be fair! :-)

  50. TwentyTwelve says:

    Seems to me Källström is a case of “need-to-do-it” instead of “want-to-do-it”. Arteta had been out for almost one month with a calf injury. After the Palace game this weekend, Arsenal confront Death Cluster One ©, four tough matches in twelve days. Ramsey out, Rosicky out, and Wilshere out. Flamini out for PL. Etc. It’s good insurance I think.

  51. fatgingergooner says:

    Personally I think it’s best to have a bench warmer on loan than be caught short, but I’m not bothered either way.

    As you said earlier RA, it’s an underwhelming signing.

  52. TwentyTwelve says:

    Forgot to mention, he’d provide more umlaut fun as well.

  53. fatgingergooner says:

    TT,

    Any news on TR7?

    Surely he must be back now?

    If not then a midfield of Arteta, Ox and Özil, with new signing as sub?

    As soon as TR7 and JW come back then suddenly it’s not so bad. Then you’ve got Flamini 3 games later. It was always going to be a short term solution.

  54. RA says:

    Joking aside, FGG and TT, you are both right. There is no harm in having another experienced player – or two – (Klose) and it may indeed turn out to be a masterstroke in the run in to the season finale. :-)

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh Dear, I don’t like this rumour one bit:

    “Manchester City are in talks over a £35million deal to sign Porto centre back Eliaquim Mangala and his team-mate Fernando”

    Two and half years ago, I tried to recruit Fernando as a DM :-(

    Still think we’ll pull a fluffy white rabbit out of the hat by 11pm. That, or it’s bunny stew tomorrow as a protest. Have to take it out on someone or something.

  56. TwentyTwelve says:

    FGG,

    Wenger said “Rosicky is back in the squad certainly. He is joining full training today.”

    Not sure if that would translate to a start, or even a place on the bench, however.

  57. fatgingergooner says:

    RA,

    As you said, only if they turn into permanent deals does it become a problem, and after so much effort to get rid of the ‘deadwood’ in the summer I can’t see AW signing up a 31 year old.

    Suppose we can just view it as another Viviano signing. It could turn out to be a waste of money paying a years wages, but I feel a bit better knowing we have 2 reserve keepers rather than last year when we barely had 1!

  58. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good afternoon AAers, isn’t it exciting?

    After all the huffing and puffing of the last month here we are again on Deadline Day and it looks as though we are signing not a £37 million super star on a five year contract but a 31 year old Swedish mid-fielder on a six month loan. At least Kim Kallstrom is used to wearing a yellow shirt so he will know which lot to cheer on, from the bench, at away matches.

    Mind you; Yossi Benayoun didn’t turn out to be too bad as a loan signing.

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone, Evonne, bedtime? It’s a date! :D

    TT, five and a half miles around Salhouse, no lunch today, we are going to the Theatre Royal this evening with a quick meal in The Belgian Monk beforehand.

  59. RockyLives says:

    oops – sorry NG :oops:

  60. fatgingergooner says:

    Shame about Frimpong, but did seem to lose focus a bit and ultimately just not quite good enough.

    Hope he does well at Barnsley though.

  61. Norfolk Gooner says:

    No Sweat Rocky, everyone has a senior moment sometime. :D

  62. arnie says:

    oh dear! What have I done now? Not me, its Rocky. Relief!!!!

    Rocky: well done. I will happily take all the credit!!!!

    oh no! Norfolk going ballistic!!!! run, run, …….. :D :D :D

  63. Big Raddy says:

    The “signing” of Kallstrōm reminds me of when AW signed another over-30 y.o. from MU.

    Silvestre signed for two years and at least this old codger is only with us for 6 months.

    It smacks of lack of ambition. Does AW really think this bloke will make the difference between title winning and 4th? He may well turn out to be an astute signing but compared with the teams around us (Matic, Mata etc) who are also vying for the title this is pants.

  64. RockyLives says:

    So Redders, here’s what you were hoping to hear (I think) :) :

    If the only player we sign is Kallstrom there will no doubt be much disappointment and some anger.

    But I would say this: if AW thinks he can add something to our season run-in, then that’s good enough for me. Second guessing Arsene usually turns out badly for the second-guesser.

  65. And everyone wants this tired old man to get £8m a year for the next three years??? We’re a stale club with absolutely no ambition except to fleece genuine fans and make money. As long as Wenger gets top four everyone’s happy. I cannot support such a ridiculous regime strangling the life out of the club.

  66. fatgingergooner says:

    I still maintain that you can’t really sign players based on who is injured, apart from on loan deals.

    Otherwise you end up with ‘deadwood’ and then people moan about that.

    It’s a difficult balance.

  67. chas says:

    Rasp,
    No, I sent you a match report with the assists in. :)

    Sagna
    Ozil

    Genuine fan,
    Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out.

  68. LB says:

    Kallstrom smacks of a back up signing to me. That’s to say, a player to be used while others recuperate from their injuries.

    Sometimes the exact player you want is not available, better to sign an inexpensive back up rather than waste valuable resources that could be deployed in the future on mediocrity.

    When the right player becomes available the club will act, Ozil shows us this and will be used as an example by people like me for the rest of Arsene Wenger’s tenure.

  69. RA says:

    Raddy,

    A Spartak Moscow big wig has issued a statement confirming Arsenal want to have `Kallstrom on loan for 6 months, with the option of making it permanent in the summer.

    As I said to FGG that would not be my preference.

    With only 17 non-home grown players in a 25 man squad, that would restrict our ability to sign other foreign nationals over 21, and if we also ‘borrow’ Klose, with a similar clause, to add to the other older ‘gits’ in the squad like Arteta, Sagna and Rosicky that would comprise just under 30% of that part of the squad who are close to drawing pensions.

    And leaving sentiment aside, and AW is a business man as well as a coach, it cannot be denied that all of them are in the twilight of their careers.

    [ I know, I know, Rosicky and Sagna are lovely, and 'warriors' and all that stuff, but they are not the players they were even a couple of years back.] Sorry.

  70. fatgingergooner says:

    Amen to that, LB.

  71. Bryan says:

    I kind of agree with you We are Arsenal, we continually show lack of ambition – When you are fighting for the title like we are but the other sides are stronger in depth, you surely have to buy some decent players & not get a 31 year old snail in on loan – The club continually treats its supporters with contempt, hiking ticket prices although they have just signed 2 new sponsorship deals making them 60M a season

  72. fatgingergooner says:

    I think the club should cut ticket prices to £30 whilst also making sure they spend at least £30m in every single transfer window, then I can watch as we struggle in League 1 with 10 point deductions!

  73. RA says:

    Bryan,

    Ozil is not a sign of the club lacking ambition.

    We are all aware that some clubs, funded by Middle Eastern states or oligarchs, have no compunction in spending obscene amounts of money on players, but Arsenal are not one of those clubs and I would not want them to be.

    I am not qualified to second guess AW, and if he sees Kallstrom as the answer to a short term problem who is to gainsay him, and I am sure LB is right – in the summer I think AW will shop in a better ‘market’ environment.

  74. Bryan, Wenger will never win anything again at Arsenal, he doesn’t have to. Top Four is good enough, as it has been for the last nine years.
    A world-class club should have a world-class striker, Giroud will never be that. We’re in the best position we’ve been in for years, what do we do? Watch our rivals strengthen while our injuries stack up, and a manager who insists on running the options he has left into the ground. Anyone else think Palace are good for a point on Sunday?

  75. LB says:

    I think I am just going to have to except that some people simply don’t know the difference between a million and a billion.

    Because it seems plain now that those same people are never going to grasp the difference between Arsenal’s millions and City’s billions and the enormous difference in spending power that that brings about.

  76. RA says:

    Spot on, LB.

  77. RA says:

    For clarity,

    1 million = 1,000,000

    1 Billion = 1,000,000,000

  78. arnie says:

    Andrew Gibney in The Mirror (excerpts):

    It is still eight months till the Swede turns 32-years-old and the former Lyon player is a surprise choice for Wenger. But it’s a move that makes a lot of sense. It will only be a short term option, but he is a player that will bring bags of experience to the London club, and the sort of knowledge that a title winner can bring to a squad.

    The first thing you notice about Kallstrom’s playing style is his delightful left-foot. His ability to pick a pass and find his teammates has been a feature of his game ever since he became a professional at BK Häcken in 1999. His career took him to Ligue 1 with Rennes in 2004 and after making over 80 appearances in two years for the Breton side, he was targeted by a Lyon team that had dominated France since 2001.

    Lyon famously played 4-3-3 and Kallstrom played the perfect role between attacking and defensive midfielder. Even up until his last season with Lyon he still made 32 appearances and provided six assists. Combining his passing ability with his excellent reading of the game, he was the ideal component in Lyon’s midfield.

    As a player he was always someone that could be relied on. He played under three managers during his time at Lyon and all three continued to pick him. He rarely gave the ball away, showing the ability to both beat his man and pick the best pass.

    Then ever so often he would unleash his magic wand of a left-foot and either deliver an inch perfect pass, or leave goalkeepers hopelessly stranded.

    Although he is 31, the type of player that he is, he could go on to play until he is 35 and not show any signs of slowing down. Similar to Wenger’s move for Mikel Arteta in 2011, Kallstrom may not be at the peak of his career, but his footballing brain fits perfectly with the style of Arsenal’s play, and Wenger’s philosophy.

    He may not be the huge name the Arsenal fans would have been hoping for, but he brings with him the experience of six Champions League campaigns, playing 45 games at the highest European level without ever looking out of place.

    In Wenger’s current midfield, Kallstrom will be able to slot in seamlessly beside Arteta. He will patrol the midfield and break up play while looking to link up with the attacking players ahead of him. If asked he could even move forward and play in any of the front three midfield roles. His legs might not have the same spring as they did at Lyon, but his ability to read the game will still be as strong.

    Physically capable, technically gifted, a wonderful passer, he is a player that has always looked after himself.

  79. Bryan says:

    RA
    Ozil is the one big signing we have made in so many years, is that really good enough for a team like Arsenal.
    In my opinion we should of paid the money required to get Draxler now & then in the next window added another 2 world beaters & I believe we do have the money & I agree with you I don’t want us to be like the oilers but we are not, we have made our own money the proper way.
    But our small chance of winning the league, just got a lot smaller imo as we needed to strengthen now.
    & sorry but I think Kallstrom is a total joke signing
    & lastly I am not a Wenger out supporter, I want him here

  80. Bryan says:

    LB
    People do get that but we have spent big just once in decades,
    we have sold enough players for big money haven’t we so why can’t we re-invest it now & again.
    Even when we signed Ozil we were messed about until last day of window, that is Arsenal all over when it comes to transfers.
    We have big money now so lets start spending it

  81. Hi all

    What a wash out of a Deadline Day :(

    I was hoping to entice someone to write tomorrows post about a shiny new toy ……. but I’m not sure we’re going to have one. Does anyone want to volunteer to write something for tomorrow – shiny new toy or not?

  82. RA says:

    Bryan,

    I was not having a go at you, and I think you will get your wish in the summer,

    None of us know what went on with the Draxler deal, so it is a bit pointless fretting about it. Perhaps Schalke simply did not want to sell, in which case there would have been nothing Arsenal or Arsene could do – is there?

    If I had my ruthers, I would rather we had bought a quality back up striker to help rotate with Giro, or in case of injury. but being realistic, the winter is never a good time to go find such a player.

    We all need to be pragmatic and not get carried away with wishful thinking. :-)

  83. arnie says:

    Bryan: I fully appreciate your sentiments, much teh same as most of the other fans. But, spend money on what? Where is a good opportunity? I am sure Draxler would have happened if Schalke were ready. But they were not and so slapped an astronomical fee. £37m for an unproven but talented player. Surely, you do not think that is reasonable, do you? :D :D :D

  84. arnie says:

    Micky: Any news on whether Law has taken the flight to his next destination? Any news what that destination is? :D :D

  85. LB says:

    Bryan.

    Arnie sums up my thoughts precisely.

  86. I’m reminded of LB’s very clever apples post from a few years ago :lol:

  87. I mention the man and there he is :)

  88. GunnerN5 says:

    It remains beyond my belief that so much time, energy, passion and emotion is spent speculating and arguing on pure unsubstantiated Red Top bollocks!.

    Unbelievable.

  89. This made me chuckle

  90. arnie says:

    Come on, GN5, join the party! Its good fun, believe me!!!!! :D :D

    For me, today’s highlights were Micky’s scoop in the morning!! :D :D :D

  91. arnie says:

    Peaches: :D :D Totnumbs are fun. Priceless. :D :D

  92. arnie says:

    #afc @Arsenal Should we just stick a few umlaut into our club name?— 49ërsClüb AFC (@49ersClub) January 31, 2014

  93. arnie says:

    Peaches: nice. I actually feel bot a bit sad and a bit happy for the lad. :D :D

  94. GunnerN5 says:

    arnie, I have better things to do than spend my time speculating on speculation. Each to their own – but I have never and never will get involved in contrived transfer gossip.

    It’s what keeps Red Tops in business.

  95. evonnee says:

    ..hard to believe that only a year ago we all. almost all thought that Frimpong was the future and a captain material

  96. evonnee says:

    phew…..thank Dennis we are not playing until Sunday – I had just accepted an appointment for tomorrow 4pm and immediately panicked – no need, no important games tomorrow

  97. Some really grumpy people on twitter …….. I’ve obviously got the wrong kind of gooners on my timeline ;)

  98. GunnerN5 says:

    evonne he looked like he was the real deal, an exceptionally strong and aggressive midfielder who I thought would excel.
    Really sad to see him go.

    AW is having another clean up during this window several loans and sales – but it was needed.

  99. arnie says:

    GN5: “speculating on speculation” :D unknown unknowns and all that…… :D :D

  100. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Arnie

    Seriously bad news it seems. My man in Naples saw no Law.D. coming off the plane, rather a new passenger appeared to have materialized. An enormous, and curiously deep voiced, lady in a burkha. Last seen carrying what appeared to be an enormous Company Debit Card under her arm, and heading for the Non-Extradition Treatied Venuzuela connecting flight.

    I expect the AFC vaults to be empty by first light :-(

    Not looking like one of our best transfer windows at this point.

  101. Spend the money on what, Arnie? How about a world-class striker last summer instead of a luxury signing when the club already had a plethora of his prototype? Wasn’t it rumoured that even with the Ozil signing, there was still £70m sitting in the bank waiting to be spent? And in the end we were forced to keep a player who was desperate to leave the club. Do any other major club conduct their business this way?

  102. fatgingergooner says:

    Take a look around Europe and tell me how many of the players that have moved clubs would get in our first XI?

    The only ones I would take is Mata (which was never on the cards), and maybe Matic at a stretch.

    Yes, we could’ve signed players to get the numbers up, but the last time we did that we ended up with Andre Santos, Gervinho and Park!

    Give me a 6 month loan any day of the week and do the proper business in the summer.

    Also, just said on SSN that Flamini is actually a 3 game ban, not 4.

    Also said that Kallstrom should be eligible for CL which would make sense as to why he opted for him.

  103. arnie says:

    WATA: A bit surprised that you think the Ozil transfer was useless. Most people would not agree, and I dont. But it is interesting you think so. At a perfectly reasonable price as well. I seriously think he is a class apart from any other midfielder we have got. Gelling with a new club takes time, and this is true for any player.

    We did try to sound out strikers as well, and I am sure we are still trying. It is a strange market, or lack thereof!

  104. Gööner In Exile says:

    Evening all…..so we appear to be signing a 31 year old midfielder on a 6 month loan, whilst letting Frimmers go.

    We can only assume books are still being balanced.

    Makes sense to sign a 31 year old on loan when in reality he is a stop gap for injuries to the likes of Rambo, unavailability of Flamini and Jacks ankles still troublesome.

    As for Draxler if it happens great, but Schalke have spent the window saying no interest received but the players agent has been pushing the deal along in the medias nd saying talks ongoing. But he is at the end of the day a 20 year old who will take time to settle.

    Lets not forget United paid £37m for Mata a player who can deliver now, Dracker the same fee?

  105. dandan says:

    GN5 I am with you mate, tomorrow the real business starts and we can get back to enjoying the football.
    Arnie unfortunately your good fun is taken seriously by many and when they fail to materialise these buy-a-holicks revert to type and start to whine
    Look forward to the black flag movement chucking their scarves out of the pram tomorrow.
    Thanks for the round up NG

  106. Arnie, you’ve misinterpreted what I’ve said. I’m not saying Ozil was a useless signing, he is quality, but he wasn’t what was needed. It’s a bit like breaking your leg and putting your arm in a sling.

  107. WATA – I agree with you that Ozil wasn’t what was needed. That’s not to say he wasn’t a super dooper signing that lifted the club and supporters and he has produced some wonderful football for us to oooh and aaaah at ……… but we needed another striker last summer and we still need one now :(

    Hope that doesn’t sound like a spoilt child because I really do appreciate what he brings to the team but ………..

  108. fatgingergooner says:

    So we’ve had loan bids for Kalou and Klose rejected.

  109. Piers pinched my line

  110. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hi dandan

    I don’t think any regulars here take these things very seriously, which is why we are here and not there.

    Essentially, we all enjoy the Arsenal Experience, which encompasses everything to do with supporting, even if it’s pouring with rain.

    New players can be very exciting though :-)

  111. Big Raddy says:

    Peaches. Agree ….. we are so close but given the long term injuries to Theo, Ramsey, Diaby and the lack of a quality back-up for OG, I think our business this TW is incredibly short sighted.

    I do not give a flying one if a quality player has to sit on the bench when the first X1 are fit, – does it bother the superstars at MC or Chelsea?

    We are desperate for a strong and young DM – Arteta & Flamini are good but not good enough – and a CF.

    How does a 31 y.o. who has never played for a top club benefit us apart from short-term cover?

    We have an opportunity to win things instead I fear we will fall at the final hurdle. I hope I am wrong.

  112. Hi fgg

    Got any pics of your baby? We’ll add one to our ‘greatest gooner baby’ line-up if you want to send it through to arsenalnuts.

  113. Rasp says:

    I agree Micky, to me it’s a combination of harmless fun and cryptic crossword. I suppose the gullible may take it too seriously – each to his own

  114. JanMan says:

    we are the arsenal. You say Özil wasn’t needed. So do you feel that Arsenal should have let an opportunity to sign a world class player slip through their fingers? A world class player of the ability and class of Özil is always needed. You would probably have been one of the first to moan once it was known Wenger had the chance to sign Özil and didn’t. I guess there is no pleasing some folks. There is a big difference between playing football manager on the computer and the real world of the transfer market.

  115. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I do agree with Raddy. The loss of Theo will cost us big time, as he was just nearing the ability to cover through the middle as well as getting chalk on his boots.

    We will miss his goals and his ability to keep oppo defences deep.

  116. dandan says:

    Mickey I was not suggesting the regulars believe.

    But never the less many visitors do, no doubt much flack will be flying tomorrow around the blogging world.

  117. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I wish Frimpong well, and hope he grows up alot and quickly. That way he may still have a great career.

  118. JanMan says:

    Big Raddy. Understand your point and fully concur with your concerns. However, looking around at the market, who is really available/moving of any great worth outside of Mata? I believe Wenger and his team have been trying hard but if the right player is not available what can you do. Kallstrom makes sense right now, an experienced midfielder on a short term loan to cover for Flamster, JW and Ramsey. Could we do better, maybe?

  119. dandan says:

    I expect Frimpong is worried he will lose his free Nando’s card. :-)

  120. My vote goes to losing Theo being the single most important factor if we trip up now. His goals and assists and the way he scared defences really can’t be replaced ……….. oh maybe Messi :lol:

    But we have to keep on going, we’ve The Ox back, we’ve got Rosicky and our magician Santi plus maybe Ozil has been saving himself for the run-in :D

  121. fatgingergooner says:

    Hi peaches,

    I’ve sent one over! His Arsenal kit is 6-9 months and he’s only 7 weeks so it’s a bit big! :)

  122. MickyDidIt89 says:

    dandan

    Be mature like me, and don’t read red tops or silly blogs, and you too could be as immune as I am :-)

  123. Excellent fgg – Rasp can you sort out fgg’s pic please ;)

  124. A Klose call, but Wenger hasn`t got a Kalou !

  125. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Peaches

    None of those players have Theo’s goals

  126. Big Raddy says:

    Janman. I accept what you write but money talks and we do not want to spend more than AW judges is a fair price for a player.

    I understand he and the board are concerned with profit and loss but was a fan I do not give a monkeys.

    We were too tight to sign Suarez when an extra few quid would have got him. Who knows how many other players we have lost thanks to the clubs insistence upon thrift?

    And of course we could do better, even Fulham have!

  127. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Last season I called Theo our most valuable player, not because he was the best, but because he was the most irreplaceable

  128. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “lose his free Nando’s card” ROLF

    I wasn’t going to call him a berk, just wish him well :-)

  129. fatgingergooner says:

    BR,

    Totally agree we need a young, quality DM and a top class finisher, but sometimes you just can’t get them kind of players mid season.

    None of our competition have really strengthened except United (who needed it most) so I think it is harsh to claim a lack of ambition. Liverpool, Spurs and United need to strengthen more than we do, yet they’ve done very little business between them (Mata aside ). That would suggest a lack of available talent rather than an unwillingness to sign players.

  130. Hi Peaches, the problem with these discussions is that they get a bit skewed, with people throwing accusations around that we should spend money we haven’t got etc., but I don’t think anyone is asking for that.
    Our manager is paid exceedingly generously to identify players, so I find it strange that in two consecutive transfer windows he is unable to find a striker who gives us an alternative to Giroud, and we shouldn’t be forced to accept players who would rather be somewhere else. All we seem to keep hearing is how we have re-newed financial power, well it’s no good sitting in a bank. And as everyone knows, these big-money signings end up paying for themselves, so it’s hardly high-risk if the right player is signed.

  131. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Well my merry fellows, that’s it from him. Goodnight.

  132. dandan says:

    Mickey/Rasp you have cracked it for me, I read the Times and dont do cryptic crosswords. I know I am boring, but honestly there is so much to enjoy about the club this season, that getting angry about phantom transfers that do not occur is a bit pointless. Like GN5 if it aint on Arsenal. com it aint happening as far as I am concerned. :-)
    Not that I am suggesting you guys believe the bull that get chucked around.

  133. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Motning all. Did we sign Draxler?

    Oh bugger. Nite again.

  134. kelsey says:

    As usual I have a slightly different view on things though I agree with Sir Baldrick.

    The main ingrediants are that we have been top of the league for most of the season without playing particularly well, we have long term injuries to Theo, Ramsey and Wlshere is not 100% fit (forget Diaby).
    We were told that more money than in recent years was available and the timing of this transfer window leading to a run of incredible hard games is literally days away, and that really is a ket factor..
    We all agree we needed another striker to either replace Giroud or play along side him, and that has been said for months.
    One can’t blame Wenger for the injuries to Theo or Ramsey but just one or more key injuries and we are really struggling to keep up the momentum.
    In Ramsey’s case one wouldn’t expect AW to rush out and buy a quality player as hopefully Aaron will be back in 6/8 weeks but surely we can do better than ageing Swede.
    I never expected us to win the league this season but I did expect us to show better negotiations if we were trying to strengthen the squad not just buy bench warmers or squad players.
    Confidence can be lost overnight if one or two bad results follow one another and to reagain it is far harder if one is more and more limited in the availibilty of game changers in the squad.

  135. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooo hang on dandan

    Well, as it goes, GN5 is on Arsenal.com, and bet he doesn’t “happen” as often as you think :-)

    Really off.

  136. dandan says:

    I dont believe that buying Kelseys Swede was about strengthening the club, but rather providing cover for 6 months. The real buying will come in the summer, as I have said all season, our time will be from next season onwards.

  137. arnie says:

    ah, missed a lot of fun! anyway, off to dinner now. back laters. will try and reply to some comments then. keep it up, all. its still a few hours to midnight. :D :D :D

  138. r0blucci says:

    Wenger could not give two shits if he is again made the fall guy. He does not care what people think. And that is exactly as it should be.— wearethenorthbank (@northbanklower) January 31, 2014

  139. Sorry chaps I have to go out to dinner …….. be back before 11 though or Klose ;)

  140. Gööner In Exile says:

    Rather than liking at Cuty and Cheksea and saying why can’t we have top players getting splinters we should be raging against then as there £millions and ridiculous wages are why players are prepared to get splinters.

    Context their wage bill is just a smidge under our total revenue.

    You have to be prepared to pay way over the odds to get a player in with no guarantee of football

  141. Rasp says:

    Hi dandan, I completely understand where you and GN5 are coming from ….. It’s just that some of us find it rather entertaining and not an excuse to criticise the club. I’m sure you were pretty chuffed when it was announced that we’d signed Ozil :)

  142. dandan says:

    Mickey behave yourself :-) GN5 makes a habitf of saying if it aint on the official website it aint happening. And yes I am aware his super post has been requested by the Arsenal for possible republishing by the club. Well done GN5.

  143. kelsey says:

    It’s all about a few opinions and facts my friend. We will see if the Swede has an impact when needed.Not a priority or calibre for me.

  144. LB says:

    “We were too tight to sign Suarez when an extra few quid would have got him.”

    How do you know this BR? How can you be so certain?

  145. Big Raddy says:

    I still love all the transfer window rumour stuff.

    It’s emotional :-)

  146. Big Raddy says:

    LB. Of course I can’t but they sold the fans favourite player for just 10m more to the Chavs and Suarez had caused them all sorts of problems.

  147. RA says:

    Kelsey @ 7:25,

    Yes, and where is the slightly different view on things? :-)

    Every thing you wrote has been written over and over again, today and previously.

    What a rascal.

    Of course this might be a slightly different view to every one else’s – but that is the kind of guy I am!!!! :-)

  148. LB says:

    Ahhh Peaches.

    The penny has just dropped, I remember what I wrote about Arshavin. Wish I could help you tomorrow but I aint got nuffing.

  149. TwentyTwelve says:

    I’m beginning to understand one aspect of this transfer stuff. Sometimes it is like buying a house in the UK (from what I’ve heard): one must wait for the seller to get a new place first, and the whole thing could be a long chain that could break at any link.

    Take what happened last summer. How did Arsenal get Ozil? Not until Madrid could get Bale, which meant selling off Higuain and others. Also not until Spurs could get a Bale replacement (plural actually, in their case). How did Madrid sell off Higuain? Not until Napoli could find a buyer for Cavani. And so on!

    I also wonder if Arsenal has developed a reputation of being a frugal buyer/seller, that complicates negotiations. Any club facing Arsenal might think, “If Arsenal says X, could my player really be worth Y?” I read the Schalke director said the fabled Draxler buyout clause was “only in place for last year, from now on the transfer fee is up for negotiation.” And with him injured, it’s probably not the best time for this deal.

  150. Gööner In Exile says:

    The worst thing is that as Arsenal fans we are trying to press our own self destruct button before any reality has come out of the season.

    We are predicting failure because we won’t sign anyone.

    Let’s hope our players don’t read blogs and twitter as they will see we have so little faith in them to do the job.

    When people start complaining about lack of spine they should have a look at themselves first .

  151. dandan says:

    Yep Rasp I was of course :-) and I am not aware that Mickey in particular has ever criticised the club. Yourself well now, I think it fair to say you have been known to be less than enamoured with the club and its dealings. :-) But your passion for the reinforcing of the squad is well known by us regulars and not many would argue with the premise that drives it or your love for the club.

  152. chas says:

    “So for football reasons we can’t –- and especially to Arsenal. We’ve made that clear. I have said to Ivan Gazidis [Arsenal chief executive] in a personal conversation that we will not sell to Arsenal. It is unequivocal, but that doesn’t seem to slow them down so I can’t wait to see what the next bid is.”

    “We’re not in Europe this year and have not been in the Champions League for a while. To sell to a rival for those Champions League positions, or one of them, would be ludicrous. Whatever the bid is, we won’t sell him. We need Luis. Hopefully this will pass.”

  153. RA says:

    GIE,

    I put the following comment through the WW2 Enigma code breaking machine and it came out with ‘ GIE, is drunk!’

    Can you supply the uncoded message, please? :-)

    –”Rather than liking at Cuty and Cheksea and saying why can’t we have top players getting splinters”. Like it! :-)

  154. chas says:

    The amount of rubbish on here today is unbelievable.
    It’s as though there is an outbreak of 24 hour insanity.
    Roll on 11pm.

  155. Rasp says:

    Thanks dandan, there will probably always be things I’m not happy about. I had a lot of sympathy with the guy who wrote earlier in the week that he just couldn’t afford to go to games any more – I’m pretty much in the same situation – but that doesn’t mean my support will be any less fervent :)

  156. Gööner In Exile says:

    Not drunk….driving :D

    And now laughing at Arsenal fans texting R5 to complain that Wenger isn’t signing an injured 20 year old.

    Someone remind me what the tired old criticism of the manager is

  157. fatgingergooner says:

    We have only just got to a place where we can afford to buy top priced players (Özil proved that) but that doesn’t mean we have to do it every window, or that the players are available for us to do it every window.

    We’ve now got enough cash to buy the world class players to challenge Chelsea and City, but we are still far from being able to waste money like Chelsea and City.

    Waiting for the right deals is going to be key to future success, and I trust Wenger to make the right calls on who we should buy and for how much.

  158. dandan says:

    Byron……. Interesting that you should advocate a spend spend policy
    Didn’t your namesake himself, Die young and deeply in debt from living beyond his means. Wouldn’t like the club to go that way. :-)

  159. Rasp says:

    Dandan and others – Byron is the troll

  160. dandan says:

    OH right, silly me LOL

  161. LB says:

    BR

    I believe that Liverpool sold Torres for many different reasons but it doesn’t make it a certainty that they were prepared to sell Suarez even if 50 mil was offered.

    Look at the Ozil deal. The one stand out thing for me in making this happen was that first and foremost Ozil wanted to come to THOF after that is was a case of thrashing out a price.

    Liverpool were desperate to keep the Uruguayan. He has since renegotiated his contract and common sense must suggest that during Arsenal’s courtship Liverpool made all sorts of promises in an attempt to keep him.

    It smacks of a cheap shot to criticise the manager and the board for supposedly missing out on Suarez because of a lack of ambition.

  162. RA says:

    Chas,

    There is always different opinions expressed on blogs, and some of it has been fun. :-)

    But, for all those who are in the slough of despondency, or in thrall to the deepest despair I can safely make a prediction;

    — the world will not end at 11:01 tonight, and;

    – we will be playing a game on Sunday.

    All will be well and we will go on to win the Premier League. :-)

  163. chas says:

    RA,
    It’s people discussing things we have no knowledge of, which I find ridiculous. We have no idea if a bid was even made for Draxler, so to castigate the club or manager for not matching a supposed buyout asking price is just absurd.

  164. chas says:
  165. GunnerN5 says:

    Club agrees loan move for Kim Kallstrom

    Swedish international midfielder Kim Kallstrom has joined Arsenal on loan from Russian side Spartak Moscow until the end of the 2013/14 season.

    The 31-year-old arrives at Arsenal with a wealth of experience, having made 108 international appearances for Sweden and over 400 club appearances during his career so far, in which he has played league football in Sweden, France and Russia.

    Kallstrom started his career in 1999 with Swedish side BK Hacken. After spending two years at the Gothenburg club, the midfielder moved to Djurgardens IF, where he won the Swedish League in both 2002 and 2003, together with the Swedish National Cup in 2002.

    I’m here to do my best for Arsenal and to help out the team, so we can achieve good results for the last part of the season

    Kim Kallstrom

    Following two years at Djurgardens IF, Kallstrom moved to France where he spent eight successful years, firstly with Rennes for two seasons, before moving to Lyon, where he enjoyed much success.

    During his time with ‘OL’, Kallstrom made over 200 appearances, winning the Ligue 1 title twice (2006/07, 2007/08), the French National Cup twice (2008, 2012) and the French Super Cup twice (2007, 2008). He was also a regular in the Uefa Champions League, helping Lyon to the semi-final of the competition in 2009/10.

    Vastly experienced at international level, the midfielder was part of his country’s squads at four major tournaments – the European Championships in 2004, 2008 and 2012, and the 2006 World Cup.

    Arsène Wenger said: “Kim Kallstrom is a hugely-experienced player. He is a midfielder with proven quality at both club and international level. We welcome Kim to Arsenal.”

    Kallstrom spoke to Arsenal Media as he completed the move and said: “Arsenal is an amazing club with a lot of great players and a coach who has done really well here for a long time. I am so pleased to come here to learn as much as possible. I’m here to do my best for Arsenal and to help out the team, so we can achieve good results for the last part of the season.”

    Although Kallstrom has appeared for Spartak Moscow in this season’s Europa League at the play-off stage, when they were eliminated by Swiss club St.Gallen, he will be eligible for Arsenal for the remainder of this season’s Champions League campaign.

    Kim Kallstrom’s squad number will be revealed on the Club’s official Twitter feed @Arsenal soon.

    Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Kim to the Club and wishes him every success during his time here.

    The loan move is subject to the completion of standard regulatory processes.

  166. chas says:
  167. RA says:

    Totally agree, Chas, but it’s always from the same suspects.

    They either will not or cannot change the record, and bore the arse off me.

  168. GunnerN5 says:

    Now you can all have a legitimate debate on the pros and cons of signing Kallstrom on a six moth loan deal.

  169. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas re your 8:12,…. Exactly!!!

  170. fatgingergooner says:

    This may not have been the most exciting window for new arrivals, but I do feel it is the start of an exciting time for the club.

    With all the financial developments off the pitch it seems the club and Wenger are now starting to focus on matters on the pitch, and that is what is most important to us fans.

    For the first time in a long time I can say we are only 2 or 3 players short (which we’ve said endless times) and actually have the confidence that we can go out and get those players that are needed to build a top quality squad.

    Good things come to those who wait, and I reckon our waiting days are almost at an end.

    COYG!

  171. RA says:

    Already done it, GN5, and onto speculation about whether or not Kallstrom’s loan will turn into a permanent deal.

    That could be serious as I have bet a buddy $10 that we will win the league and another$10 that Kallstrom will not stay because our thrusting young players will be back from the sick room etc. :-)

  172. dandan says:

    Hi GN5. Over recent years there have been many complaints that we have had no experience on the bench, Kallstrom will help with that,vastly experienced in Europe he will not feature often, but as an insurance policy he is surely worth having in the short term.

  173. RA says:

    I understand that the proposed transfer of the fictitious Ju Young Park to Nantes has fallen through because Arsenal would not pay them £20m to take him off our hands.

    That Wenger is a cheapskate!! :-)

  174. RA says:

    So GIE was right, DanDan, we are getting a player simply to inflict him with subs bench splinters up the Jaxi!! :-)

  175. RockyLives says:

    I see a lot of people are falling into the familiar trap of underestimating Arsene Wenger.

  176. dandan says:

    RA methinks you and Mickey have been supping the same devil brew today. :-)

  177. RA says:

    Got to go get a late lunch.

    You might as well shut down, guys, the final day of the transfer window is all over for another 7 months!! :-)

  178. dandan says:

    Some times RA you have to be cynical and expedient in management as I am sure you are aware. We are now are covered from most angles, except maybe at CF.

  179. RA says:

    DanDan,

    I think Micky has been rolling around in the shallows all day, looking like a diminutive whale in his winter wet suit — and I can no longer drink, sadly.

    But Devil’s Brew – that could be a different bucket altogether. :-)

  180. kelsey says:

    Changed my mind.KK may well be a good short term bet

  181. dandan says:

    Enjoy your lunch RA, I think like you the excitement is done.

  182. dandan says:

    Good for you Kelsey.

  183. RA says:

    DanDan,

    Not only do I agree with you, I posted a comment @ 4:28 which may not have been expressed as managerial cynicism but certainly mentioned a pragmatic and non sentimentalist attitude needed to manage players etc. :-)

  184. dandan says:

    Sorry missed that RA, will go and look

  185. RA says:

    Hi Kelsey, :-)

    I miss the inside knowledge you always had at these times, but, despite my teasing, I still enjoy your oblique take on things.

    Laters.

  186. evonnee says:

    NG – read the weekly update, magnificent as usual. You either have the memory of an elephant or you take daily notes of all the shenanigans. You save me a lot of energy trying to remember things :)

    We were not derailed by S’hampton, come on, we didn’t win, but Spurs were derailed by Shitty, we drew

    Thank you NG! do you know what? Your notes could be very valuable in the future, keep the hard copies

  187. evonnee says:

    did anyone say that the Baby Girl Gunner is gorgeous? Her photo is in the widgets column, just above GiE junior

  188. Big Raddy says:

    Cobblers to pragmatism and good sense. I want the best for my club …. on the pitch not on the balance sheet.

    Maybe Suarez wouldn’t have come but the attempt showed AW was looking. Media reports (???) that the reason Higuian didn’t come was economic.

    The essence of my support has always been to be onboard an emotional ride – I am sorry but I have little interest in stats or tactics or finance. My passion/addiction is to the shirt not the suits

    So BR does not accept the need for good sense nor non-sentimentalism – he wants a mega-signing and the more expensive and exciting the better.

    But enough of that. As of tomorrow I will be back to my level-headed best and rooting for whoever is wearing the shirt. But tonight I am disappointed …… very.

  189. GunnerN5 says:

    I want the best on the field as well Raddy, but I firmly believe that requires us to live within our means and maintain a healthy balance sheet.

  190. Big Raddy says:

    The excellent young band called Peggy Sue have a new album released. Do yourselves a favour and buy a copy.

  191. Big Raddy says:

    GN5. One has to speculate to accumulate, but let us disagree on this one. I have said my piece and wish you a happy day

  192. TT says:

    BR, here’s what Higuain said about his transfer to Napoli.

    “”There is a unique sentiment attached to Napoli for people in Argentina, the warmth of the people, the fact the city is a little crazy means there is a special bond. It is a very Argentine city that has helped me adapt to life here.

    “And the stadium itself has a lot of history. It was where someone very special to all Neapolitans and to all Argentinians played [Maradona]. To play here in this mythical stadium, it makes me very happy. I love it.”

    I think with the money Napoli got for Cavani from PSG, which can be called French Oilers, plus the sentiments pull of Napoli for the Argentine, there was little chance for Arsenal to get Higuain.

  193. TT says:

    Oops… Sentimental

  194. GunnerN5 says:

    BR – I’m always happy – after all I support Arsenal..

  195. fatgingergooner says:

    Apparently we enquired about a loan for Papisse Cisse aswell!

    So Wenger obviously recognises we are a bit light up front, but, never thought I’d say this, I’d rather just stick with Bendtner over the names mentioned and wait until the summer for a proper striker.

  196. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Thank heavens this silly transfer crap is almost over

    Despite the clamour from certain sections of our fan base, Arsene dosnt have to answer to any one. Why he should give in to pressure just to appease?

    This is not always good you know. When I was a kid I was always looking for my fathers approval. “Dad Dad, did I do good Dad”? “Yes Terry, you sneaked through that window good. Now shut up and pass me that wrench so i can force this Safe open”

    Do we really need any new players at the moment? Change is not always good either. Keeping on the Father theme, I remember coming home from School and seeing this women sitting in my mums chair “Dad Dad, whos that”? “Thats your new Mum Terry. Say hello to Gladys and go make her a nice cup of tea” “But i dont like her Dad, she looks like Gerd Muller”

    I spent the next four years making Gerd cups of tea and she constantly abused me in the Garden by beating me at penalty shoot outs.

    Roll on tommorow

  197. Excellent plug there Raddy thanks, did you know they will be doing a gig in Copenhagen 27th March?

    I’ve been listening to the album in my car driving home tonight deciding which track I should introduce to you all first. Do you have a suggestion? Idle is fantastic live and so is Two Shots and How Heavy the Quiet shows their voices off beautifully but they do like to be rock chicks and their gigs are really loud :)

    Rocky’s favourite from the first album ‘Watchman’ was used in the USA version of ‘Shameless’ last week. That caused much excitement :)

    And the New York Times had their album playing all last week on their music page.

  198. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Have we signed anybody?

    Just got home from the theatre, really enjoyed the musical “Anything Goes”, toe tapping, feel good entertainment.

    Now, as I said before, have we signed anybody?

  199. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Evonne, we were derailed but the Spuds defeat was a train wreck!!

  200. 26may1989 says:

    Thank gawd for that, all over. What a load of nonsense this transfer window stuff is.

    I don’t understand criticising the club or the manager, as chas has already said somewhere up there in the thread, nobody knows what has and what has not happened in the last month.

    I didn’t think we’d make any signings this month, so the fact we’ve got in some cover in an area of the squad that has become stretched is good. Wenger said they tried and I believe him. I don’t expect anything more than effort.

    It’s a shame we haven’t got a forward of some sort in, especially after Walcott’s injury, but there was only a purpose in getting a top quality player in. I still hope we get Draxler, I’ve liked the cut of his gib for a while.

  201. Norfolk Gooner says:

    ‘night all.

  202. Gooner in Exile says:

    Anyone think the one reason Herr Podolski is sitting on the bench at the moment……is to make sure he is fit when Giroud gets injured?

    I say when because everyone seems certain the big guy can’t go through the whole season uninjured.

    See this squad management lark is a little more complex than some would have us believe.

    Raddy it seems you have been sucked into the ever so spurious land of “we have £100m burning a hole in the pocket” that is spread throughout the Gunner blogosphere.

    I will not deny that our current cash position looks healthy, and clearly there are improved revenues incoming from Emirates and Puma (none in the bank yet they start from 2014-15 season) and then there is the increased TV money from this year….but…….

    Time to bore some people to tears…….

    2012/13 Net Current Assets (Cash + Stock + Debtors – Creditors) £115m

    We just scraped a profit of £5m (having made £47.5m on player trading…sales of Song and BSR). So if we hadn’t sold players we would have made a loss of £42m.

    If we hadn’t sold some property we would have been break-even even with the sales of BSR and Song.

    So with all increases in players wages etc over last few years thats where we were at the start of the season.

    We spent £42m on a wasting asset (Ozil) so that £115m became £73m.

    In 2013-14 we will see an increase in TV money, assumed to be around £25m average. So that only takes us to a loss of £17m if we don’t sell any players and no property.

    That also takes no account of Ozil’s wages or any other wage increases given.

    So that £115m we started the year with is now in broad terms £46m.

    Sign Draxler for £37m now, or any other of the players mentioned and we will be waiting for the extra revenue to come in before we can sign any more players. And also could leave us close to be in danger of going beneath our committed cash funds level (ring fenced for Debt reasons).

    The most important thing this season was that we didn’t have to sell to survive. The target next season is to make the new Revenues work, £30m per season from Emirates and £30m per season from Puma, takes us to a profit of around £40m per season (last seasons pre player sales loss plus revenue increases), so we should start to see big investment at least one or two a season, with no need to sell as those profits will be added to an already healthy opening of around £50m.

    And when that starts happening and we the fans realise its with money that the club has generated itself will that be something we can shout from the rooftops? Damn right it will be.

    Wenger can actually start building again…….with the knowledge that he can pay players enough to stay too.

  203. Gooner in Exile says:

    Park to Watford on loan apparently

  204. Well all I can say is, I hope a few more thousand are going to be cheering for Nik when he takes to the field and that he’s been getting some practice in front of goal because we know he can do it and he knows he can do it he just needs to do it now ……… that’s if we need him to :lol:

  205. Gööner In Exile says:

    And before someone says that the move to the Emirates was supposed to put us on an even playing field with the big spenders ….. it did…..it’s just that two other big spenders entered English football who spent their own apparent unlimited pot of money. Which forced us to spend a lot more on wages than anyone thought woud be possible when the move was made, which in turn meant it took a lot longer for the move to pay dividends.

    That by some miracle we stayed in the CL spots without financially crippling ourselves is a ringing endorsement of those that run our club.

  206. JanMan,- Firstly, since I can’t recall talking to you in the past, your opening salvo is a little disrespectful. Arsenal should always be written with a capital ‘A’.
    As I said to Arnie, Mesut Ozil is quality, exactly the type of player we want representing the club, and I’m delighted such a player wants to be at Arsenal. I don’t even have a problem with Kallstrom coming in on loan.
    I’m one of those who believe the club could and should maximise their potential in terms of challenging for the title, and since this is the best position Arsenal have been in since January 2008, it makes perfect sense to go into the run-in in the best possible shape. Just the other day I said I didn’t expect anyone in at all, it doesn’t mean reinforcements aren’t needed.
    Back in the summer one of the main concerns was lack of depth, and that if it wasn’t addressed, could punish us if and when we are hit by injury and suspension – like now.
    If you had asked me what I thought Arsenal needed in the summer, I’d have said competent cover at right-back, a natural winger and a world-class striker. Three players, which is hardly ‘playing Championship Manager’.
    At Arsenal’s level it is an unnecessary risk to go into a season with two games a week relying on in some instances inexperienced youngsters. Players like Carl Jenkinson should be out on loan, and just as we have Gibbs and Monreal at left-back, so there’s no reason not to have the same parity on the right.
    The signing of Mesut Ozil is extremely welcome, but the signing of a quality striker would have been equally as welcome. I recognise Giroud’s work-rate and what he brings to the side, but in reality he is just a better version of Heskey, and Arsenal should have better quality in that department, which with respect, wouldn’t require anywhere near the same level of spending of either Man City or Chelsea. Or do you that’s expecting too much of a club wanting to win titles?

  207. Belfastgooner says:

    That’s brilliant GIE. You’ve cheered me up. I must admit that despite being very pro Wenger I just felt that we’ve missed a real chance to boost the squad with the Draxler signing and give us extra momentum for the Feb/March challenge. I’ve been watching his you tube vids and really thought he would make the difference

    I worry that the sense of deflation from the fans may infect our players with the feeling that the season is slipping away and things just aren’t running so well.

    Still spank crystal palace on Sunday and everything will look rosier!

  208. If anyone wants to nail their colours to the mast we need a post for tomorrow ……………..

  209. arnie says:

    Ah, I am glad as well that the circus is over. Personally, though, I enjoyed it while it was on! Except the one day when I was depressed after watching a first half performance by our team.

    Good point, GiE.

    WATA: I think we are on the lookout for a good striker, and it would have been nice to get one. Unfortunately, January is not the time to do big deals and we missed the bus by courting Suarez too long in the summer. I think Raddy has already said this. At least it was assuring for me to know that the club was looking for a striker. :D :D

  210. fatgingergooner says:

    GiE,

    I’ve just read your comment and it feels like you need to be an accountant to be an Arsenal fan these days!? :)

    That isn’t a dig at you, as I think your figures are brilliant and help us understand the way a club is financed, but 10 years ago would any of us have given a s**t about how much players wages were etc!?

    I said earlier that it looks like Wenger is starting to concentrate on football matters again rather than finances, maybe it’s time us fans did the same. As BR said earlier, why should we care if the club spends £20m or £35m on a player? Aslong as they perform on the pitch and give us enjoyment.

    Yes, the club has a duty of care to make sure fans money isn’t wasted etc, but we all know by now that we have one of the best run clubs in the world, so maybe we should take half an eye off the owners and get on with watching our beloved team.

    I’m as guilty as the next person when thinking about bargain players and over spending on wages, but I’m starting to bore myself with talk of stadium moves and sponsorship deals.

    Is anyone else getting fed up or do I just need some sleep! :)

  211. Does anyone know if loan deals have to be decided by tonight because if not I’m sure Arsene will carry on trying to get a striker on loan …………

  212. arnie says:

    FGG: No, I am not fed up. First thing to say is that, some very nice comments today.

    But, whether one should care “if the club spends £20m or £35m on a player”. Yes, I do. First, because I am a great believer in markets where true price is approximately realised. The transfer market is no such market. The main reason, I believe, is that there is too much black money floating around that somehow has to be brought into the regular economy. I care about this.

    Second, there is an equity issue. If we buy a new player at an inflated price, it is a disservice to our fantastic players who have cost less and brought us to this fantastic position this year. This is not fair neither respectful. I think Arsene is an honourable person and cannot do this.

    Right for him to reject an offer even if the board sanctions the money. It is a matter of principle, and I am glad some people in football have such principles. :D :D :D

  213. fatgingergooner says:

    Thanks arnie.

    We know Wenger is an honourable man who likes to pay not a penny more than he thinks a player is worth, so, with our transfer dealings in the hands of this gentleman who we trust with our clubs money, why can’t we leave the dealings up to him and talk about the bloody football and exciting new players (when they arrive) rather than wages and sponsors!? :)

  214. fatgingergooner says:

    Peaches,

    I’m pretty sure all deals have to be completed tonight, but some lower leagues can still loan players after the window. So I think we are stuck with Bendy! :(

  215. arnie says:

    FGG: Love this. :D Personally, I do not understand much about financial matters. But as a forum of Arsenal fans, we should partly care about this. And my view is we are lucky some of us have more skills in this respect. I like the idea that I am kept informed about the financial side of the club’s dealings. :D :D :D

  216. Actually it’s a good thing that no-one wanted Nik or we’d be left without him too :P

  217. arnie says:

    peaches: :D :D

    BTW, it is increasingly looking like your turn tomorrow. :razz:

  218. fatgingergooner says:

    Fair enough arnie,

    Maybe it is sleep I need! :)

    I’m not totally averse to a bit of financial news, i just think that money is killing the game and us fans are not really helping ourselves by talking about it so much. We should be enjoying the matches and talking tactics and new signings but instead we get drawn into debates about FFP, profits, and billionaires. Money is killing the game.

  219. That’s not fair arnie …………..someone will bail us out in the morning :)

    I’m going to sleep, night x

  220. fatgingergooner says:

    OMG Peaches! What would we do without the Great Dane!? :)

  221. Go on ginger, write us a rant about how it should be about the football not the money ……….. doesn’t have to be long, just to start us off in the morning.

  222. fatgingergooner says:

    Wow,

    I’ve just noticed that in the last 23 games of last season we had 16 wins, 4 draws, 3 losses. In the first 23 games of this season we have 16 wins, 4 draws, 3 losses!

    I really need some sleep… :)

  223. fatgingergooner says:

    Peaches ,

    I might be able to cobble a transfer window round up if you like. Jacks going to cry any minute now anyway so might aswell stay awake! :)

  224. arnie says:

    well done, FGG. :D :D :D

  225. Ok, so I’m sorry, I didn’t read all the posts but with the transfer window, the Wenger haters invariably come back. So, just one point : the Draxler story, as reported by the papers, namely, the fact that everyone agreed except Wenger who “as usual” didn’t want to pay the asked price DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE !!!
    Why would Schalke put a buying clause in his contract, specially designed to kick in in the summer, if it’s to sell the player at the exact same price in January ?!!! IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE !!!
    My guess is, the asked price was probably closer to 50m or 60m €. Would you pay that price ? Considering the difference between the 37m £ and that would probably cover a good part or all of a Fabian Schär fee… Anyway, seeing as how neither City nor Pool did buy, I guess that with the FFP coming soon, more than one are getting cautious.

  226. Ben says:

    By the way, I was reading this piece showing all the ins and outs, pointing out that Shitty failed to bring the DM pair from Porto they “desperately” wanted to fix what might be their biggest weak point : free kicks… After seeing the video on KimK that Chas posted, I’m really excited about the game at the Emirates by the end of March. If we beat them thanks to one of his set play, will people start to acknowledge Arsene is a genius ?

  227. Gööner In Exile says:

    Morning all.

    Sorry FGG after my rant I had one last Tax Return to get done by midnight so didn’t come back to you.

    You are right of course football shouldn’t be about the money and us fans should discuss football more than money. I made that decision in the summer because I got sick of defending the clubs position.

    Today I felt it was necessary because today there was a lot of talk about how wealthy the club is and that we were being viewed as being tight again and criticised for it.

    I just wanted to make some points about last seasons numbers.

    And again why is it all about money? Because billionaire investors have made it all about money. I hear that we shouldn’t complain because even in the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s clubs were owned by the wealthiest local businessman. But that just shows the difference to my mind.

    I’m keen to get back to talking football, our current team/squad got us this far…..let’s back them to the end now to get over the line.

  228. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Motning All

    Well, that was a bit of a damp squib. Just read through Sky Transfers, and can’t see even one exciting transfer to the prem by anyone.

    I do think that in the cold light of day we’ve done some excellent business in letting Park and Frimpong go :-)

  229. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rightey Ho, what shall do?

    A cheery number from Youtube, some smut, comedy or a good old surf clip? Let the voting begin.

  230. Ben says:

    I agree Micky ! I think “Always look on the bright side of life” by Monty Python is in order

  231. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Mmm, like your thinking Ben, just hate the song :-)

    Plus, I do think life IS actually better this morning as Frimpong really did annoy me almost as much as seeing Park’s name on the bench, so my life has improved :-)

  232. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ah ha, wonder if I can find a naked beauty surfing set to music with a comedy fall at the end. Asking alot I know, but it would kill four birds with one stone.

    And…..This morning, I say: Up Lucas Podolski :-)

  233. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Wake up Chas :-)

  234. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Haa, didn’t see you there :-)

  235. Ben says:

    Chas !!! You’re the best ! You kill so many birds with your one stone…

  236. Gööner In Exile says:

    GN5 asked me to put this up recently….only just had time to find on YouTube.

  237. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Where did you find that vid? ROLF

  238. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I mean’t the exploding people one!

  239. chas says:

    Ha, someone posted it on twitter.
    Pure fluke it seemed to fit your 6.35 criteria.

  240. chas says:

    Right, it’s tittivation time.

  241. Big Raddy says:

    Stay in School :-D :-D

  242. Rasp says:

    Morning all,

    GiE, I’m confused (not difficult). About 18 months ago I went to a meeting of the AST which is held in the offices of a firm of accountants (consequently several of those speaking were accountants).

    This was the only meeting I have attended and I am aware that the AST is not popular with many, but it was interesting to hear what they had to say.

    The message I got from that meeting was that Arsenal had make a profit in the transfer market to break even (at the time I think the figure was about £15m).

    I reported this on the blog and the collective of accountants on here told me quite bluntly that it was bollix and produced figures to substantiate this – and yet your comment @ 11:07 last night pretty much makes the same point as the AST?

  243. evonnee says:

    The reason I failed to get excited about the Jan transfer window is that I don’t believe any player could make a significant difference to us, unless he was a top player from the opposition, which was not going to happen. So anybody joining now, may as well wait for the summer pre-season.

    Micky – a test for you: the player we singned – what’s his name, nationality, height and age? Do not google the answers

  244. Rasp says:

    Has any kind person offered to write a post for today puurrrrrleeeeaaasseee :P

    It won’t be me after what happened last time :(

  245. evonnee says:

    and one more question for you Didit – why are residents of flooded areas angry with politicians?

  246. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonnnee

    Name: somethingSTROM
    Swedish
    5’10″ ‘ish I reckon
    31 yrs

    The flooded question: One turned up without his wellies

  247. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Actually, they think dredged rivers may have helped. Me: you live on a flood plain and you get worst rainfall since records begun, and well, it’s going to get damp for a while.

  248. LB says:

    I enjoyed yesterday, I never expect anything so I am never disappointed and most of the time I find transfer deadlines fun.

  249. fatgingergooner says:

    Rasp,

    I sent one last night. Did it reach you?

  250. Big Raddy says:

    Me too and enjoyed the banter on here – even if I don’t agree with much that was written!

    I wonder how many of the 5 signings Pulis made on Friday will start tomorrow. Any ideas?

  251. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Raddy
    There’s an age divide over who enjoys a bit of fun and who doesn’t. Quite normal :-)

  252. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Yeah Rasp. I sent one too. Did that get lost in the post as well. Jeepers, don’t know why I bother :-(

  253. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Some people think Wurther’s Originals are a treat and exciting :-)

  254. Gööner In Exile says:

    Rasp I think FGG offered at 1am…..I say offered but what I mean is he was given the Peaches strong arm treatment with Arnie playing good cop bringing him tea and biscuits til he cracked :)

    As for your point about the AST I think it depends what season you look at. Last season there was a one off impairment charge of £10m, not sure who as discussed yesterday. So that would have meant a £30m trading loss before buying BSR and Song.

    I’m not sure any accountants have actually poo pood the suggestion that we had to sell to breakeven, rather express confusion that the AST seemed to be against this strategy whilst complaining about ticket prices….the two are not mutually exclusive themes.

    I think what has made it worse in recent seasons is the rising wage bill which is unpreventable due to reasons I have stated above…I get why people don’t want to pay NikB £50k a week, but without knowing I’d guess that’s a pretty average PL salary these days. Especially if BSR is £200k a week, is NikB a quarter of BSR or a sixth of Rooney….probably.

    People criticise Arsenal for failing to spend our improved resources but that (in my view) is only looking at transfer fees, as most have said this season has been different because for the first time in 5/6 seasons we paid wages to keep the squad together, that’s just as important as bringing in players given the last few seasons.

    But what really grates is Tim Payton on Twitter apparently blaming Kroenke as an Investor with ulterior motives as to why we failed to spend.

    I would guess since Kroenke’s takeover we have a net spend on transfers.

  255. Rasp says:

    Thanks guys, I’ll have a look. My PA has gone missing this morning :(

  256. evonnee says:

    not bad Micky, for someone who claims to have poor memory.

    1st Feb is usually bad news for us; many a time it marked the beginning of the end of our season. This year it is going to be different, right arnie?

  257. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “Thanks Guys” plural…giggle giggle

  258. Big Raddy says:

    Didit. What are you suggesting??? :-D

    BR has a life full of fun and adventure – I envy him and wish I had his youthful physique and spirit.

  259. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. OOOh you are naughty

  260. Rasp says:

    Thanks GiE, I think Tim Payton has let the media exposure go to his head. I agree he seems to have an agenda.

  261. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Nothing Raddy, just happy to be Rasp’s good books.

  262. LB says:

    “with Arnie playing good cop bringing him tea and biscuits til he cracked :)

    Hilarious.

  263. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Is the France England Rugby on normal telly or is it Sky?

  264. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Morning all

    I address he who shall not be mentioned.

    Its very rare in life that someone encounters an individual that when insulted personally by said unnamed individual that insult can only be genuinly regarded as a compliment.

    Its a bit like been called a bastard by Pol Pot.

    Knock yourself out

  265. Big Raddy says:

    MDI Normal – BBC

  266. Rasp says:

    Morning again …..

    …. New ginger post …. :P

    Micky’s went missing – blame WordPress :roll:

  267. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Thanks Raddy. Just looked it up. Great news on telly, bad news 17:00 gmt ko . That’s that plan scotched then.

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