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Whew, been a few days, work has been a little silly again this week, so where you cats want to start?  I gots an Arsenal gumbo for ya again, players possibly going out, players possibly coming in, new coach talk, youngins signing contracts, Fitness Armageddon, a moment of Fus Ro Dah!, and as always the meandering, sometimes incoherent ramblings of yours truly.

I guess we’ll start with transfer talk since that’s what makes all the people go caaaaaaaarazy.  From a few days ago, Arséne Wenger, doing a cameo as Captain Obvious, reiterated that indeed a trio of players will be leaving.  There’s no surprise names on there except the one that’s been getting errabody’s knickers in a knot (pssst! Hint: Robin van Persie).  But, yeah, Niklas Bendter, Chu/Ju-Young Park & Sébastian Squillaci were named as the players that “…will be on their way to go somewhere.”

Funny enough, that’s vague enough that the somewhere could be Arsenal, amirite?  Most likely not & the only real stumbling blocks to a move for somebody like Bendtner, who had a very good Euros tournament, would be his wage demands.  Strangely enough, Bendtner has been linked with Spartak Moscow recently but you would think The Greatest Striker Who Ever Lived (HT: Arseblog) would be more keen on a place like Galatasaray or Spain who he’s been linked with.  Then again, money grubbers might be keen on moves to Russia as their league is awash with oil baron money as well.  Just older oil baron money that is like “middle class” these days, compared to the oil sheiks & erm…. Roman Abramodick.

Elsewhere, Manuel Almunia has finally signed a contract for Watford, whom he’d be training with.  I normally don’t like to bash players but in Almunia’s case it’s definitely a case of “good riddance” for me.  I was never really a fan of his & despite his penalty heroics & shot stopping capabilities, he was often an absolutely horrible decision maker & his positioning was dreadful at times.  Other than that, good luck, Manuel!

Owen Coyle of Bolton Wanderers has upped interest in another player of ours, Benik Afobe, whom he wants on loan.  That makes two Arsenal younger players along with Ryo, that Coyle wants on loan & it seems we’re building a decent relationship with Coyle & Bolton.  I’d rather them like this than being a bogey side which they were for us from around 2006-09 when Fat Sam was the manager there.

Another possible loanee is Daniel Boateng.  Who?  Daniel Boateng.  Spent some time on loan at Swindon last year with referee assault expert, Paolo Di Canio.  Get stuck in, Paolo!

As for players coming in, there’s no further word on the Santi Cazorla situation, other than the proposed sale of the club supposedly won’t hinder the sale, but a supposed deadline to sort it out for today having passed.  Yeah, forgive me if I didn’t hold my breathe on that especially with  in the works.  Actual deadlines aside, club set transfer deadlines are about as hard as bowl of jello… that hasn’t cooled properly & is still fairly liquid.  Anyway, the Sky article says it won’t hinder the sale but with new owners who knows what they’ll do?  Keep a great player or sell him, take the money & start a new regime with a clean slate?  Hopefully, it’s the latter.

We’re also apparently in for a young left back from Southampton named Luke Shaw.  I can’t say I know anything about him as the majority of my knowledge of Southampton resides in knowing that Lucy Pinder & her ample bosom is a supporter of theirs.  Sign that for £20 million!

We’re also set to make another bid for Caen’s M’baye Niang despite Man Citeh plagiarizing our scouting as they are wont to do.  If it takes upwards of €10 million to sign a 17-year old that will likely not even get a game this season, I might go to Manchester & punch Liam Gallagher in the face myself.  Your club skewing the transfer market more than Cuntski  isn’t enough?  You now have to skew the market for young players too? “Where were you while we were getting high?”  Preparing your brass knuckle sandwich, Liam, that’s where.

Ok, moving on before I get too excited over Lucy’s bosom & Liam’s pulpy face, the reserves had a friendly this past Saturday against Stevenage which wa splayed out to a nil-nil draw.  Nothing much notable to say other than Isaac Hayden & Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill made their reserves debut.  Oh & former Gunners Luke Freeman & James Dunne turned out for Stevenage.

Also playing in that game was Serge Gnabry who also just signed professional terms with the club.  Gnabry is a youngster who is apparently very highly regarded at the club following his move from VFB Stuttgart last year.

Wow! What exciting stuff!  Anyway, for final shits & giggles, you can check out an article of Szcezsny giving props to new #2, Steve Bould, for being a coach who is the shit (of shits & giggles) & who yells at the players a good bit.  Good.  Now put it into action & sort out the backline, Szcz.

So Bould is the shit as the kidz say & you might ask “where is the giggles then?”  Well, the giggles come from Chu/Ju-Young Parks’ Fus Ro Dah! implementation in the Olympics against some Swiss player who later got booted from the games for a racist tweet.  Park is Dragonborn & he didn’t feature last year? Sort it out, Wenger!

Y U NO PLAY DRAGONBORN, WENGERMANS?!

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according to Arseblog who has a link to AS, a Spanish paper,  but we’ve apparently lodged a €23 million bid for Santi Cazorla of Málaga. granted I only used an online translator but suffice it to say it’s the usual back & forth in a transfer.  We’ve offered the €23 million, whilst Málaga wants us to pay the minimum release clause fee of  €45 million.

Now, I have to make a comment about release clauses here, because I see this a lot in threads & responses & Málaga’s position on a possible Cazorla move further perpetuates this myth that a minimum fee release clause is what the player’s sale price is, or should be.  This is not what a release clause that requires a fee is at all.

A minimum fee release clause simply means that if someone comes in & wants to pay whatever the release fee is, the club owning the player simply has to sell the player for that fee.  It’s a clause that triggers an automatic “release” when whatever the fee in the contract clause is, is met.  There’s no negotiation as it’s an automatic release & the player moves on subject to personal terms at that point.

However, the owning club can sell a player for a fee that they deem acceptable that can be much less the release clause fee, usually a current market evaluation of the player.  These release clauses are usually put in place & are set generally at double or triple what they think they could actually get for the player so as to potentially scare off possible buyers unless that buyer is willing to pay a premium fee for the player *Chelsea & Man City cough-cough*, *Real & Barcelona cough-cough*.

So, point being, Málaga is playing the extortion game pointing to the release clause hoping we’ll pay the premium price when our valuation of the player with our offer of €23 million is our offer based on what we think is his actual value or market price is.

Ok, had to get that off my chest because I see a lot of people pointing to release clauses & acting like that’s a player’s selling price, which isn’t.

Anyway, in the other “likely” signing of Nuri Sahin, in-cahoots-with-Madrid paper, Marca, originally said he’d moving to us on loan following Sp*rs dropping interest before the paper revised the release to saying that Sahin would just be moving to the Premier League.  So make of that what you will as that’s what lead to Arsène’s backtracking the other day with the “we haven’t signed somebody today, (emphasis mine)” comment.

Screenshot of original Marca release saying Sahin would move to Arsenal on loan

Updated signing/departures list (updates in red):
Confirmed signings: Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Lukas Podolski (1. FC Köln)
Confirmed departures: Manuel Almunia (released- Watford?), Pedro Botelho (Atletico Paranaense), George Brislen-Hall (released), Alban Bunjaku (Sevilla), Joel Campbell (Real Betís-loan), Denílson (São Paulo-loan), Gavin Hoyte (released- Dagenham & Redbridge), Sean McDermott (released), Jeffrey Monakana (Preston North End), Rhys Murphy (Telstar Velsen), Oğuzhan Özyakup (Beşiktaş), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Sanchez Watt (released- Arsenal reserves?)

Likely signings: Santi Cazorla (Málaga), Mbaye Niang (Caen), Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid)
Likely departures: Andrei Arshavin (Al-Sadd [Qatar], Fulham, Reading, Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Niklas Bendtner (Celta Vigo, Galatasaray, AC Milan, Spartak Moscow), Marouane Chamakh (Beşiktaş, Fiorentina, Rubin Kazan, Valencia-loan), Łukasz Fabiański, Vito Mannone (Hull City), Chu/Ju-Young Park (Al-Ain [UAE]), Ryo Miyaichi (Bolton Wanderers-loan), Sébastian Squillaci (Bastia), Robin van Persie (AC Milan/Juventus/Manchester City/Manchester United)

Possible signings: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Lucas Biglia (RSC Anderlecht), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Tongo Doumbia (Rennes), Omar El-Haddouri (Brescia), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Lewis Holtby (Schalke), Stéphane Mbia (Olympique Marseille), Kévin Mirallas (Olympiakos), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao)Hugo Lloris (Lyon)Victor Moses (Wigan Athletic), Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn Rovers), Paulinho (Corinthians), Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Salomon Rondon (Málaga), Kenneth Udjus (Sogndal), Emiliano Viviano (Palermo)
Possible departures: Benik Afobe (loan), Johann Djourou (Napoli), Conor Henderson (Charlton Athletic-loan), Henri Lansbury, Ignasi Miquel (Brighton & Hove Albion- loan), Aaron Ramsey (Fulham), Theo Walcott (Juventus,Liverpool, PSG, Southampton)


Hahahaha, you were probably thinking I was trying to not say anything about the friendly loss to Man €iteh on Friday but truth be told I completely forgot about it.  Of course, the loss brought about the usual forecasts of impending doom & gloom for Arsenal for the upcoming season but I guess Cuntski are headed for the drop too with their loss to MLS All-Stars.  Whatever.

Lineup against Man City:

Fabianski

Jenkinson-Vermaelen (c)- Bartley-Gibbs

Diaby-Sing-Arteta

Gervinho-Walcott-André Santos

Second half subs:   Marouane Chamakh, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Francis Coquelin, & Ignasi Miquel (46′), Benik Afobe (58′), Chuks Aneke & Craig Eastmond (65′), Thomas Eisfeld (77′)

I saw exactly zilch of the match so I can’t comment but you can read the official Arsenal site match report in the link or check out the highlights from 101GG… or you can just sit there & cry & worry about our impending relegation for the upcoming season since the Man City loss clearly means we will never, ever, ever win another game again.  EVAR.

And as proof Arsenal will never, ever win another game again- EVAR- today the boys wrapped up the Far East tour & drew with Hong Kong side, Kitchee FC, 2-2, & twice had to come back from a goal down.  Match report from the official website & video from 101GG.  Our goals were scored by Theo Walcott & Thomas Eisfeld, who is apparently had himself quite the pre-season tour with two goals & may have possibly forced himself into 1st team contention.

Lineup vs. KitcheeKitcheeKoo:

Szczesny

Eastmond- Djourou (c)- Miquel- Gibbs

Diaby- Coquelin- Oxlade-Chamberlain

Walcott- Chamakh- Ryo

Second half subs:   Afobe, André Santos, Aneke, Gervinho, Jenkinson (46′), Song (68′), Arteta, Bartley & Yennaris (69′), Thomas Eisfeld (70′)

So, Arsenal end their friendly tour of the Far East with a record of 1 win, 1 draw & 1 loss & hopefully a whole slew of new fans that will buy merch like crazy, amirite?! “Spen sum feckin’ muney, Wengermans!”

Apparently the only view of the stadium was through a peephole…


Within a span of 24 hours young German-born Turkish player, Nuri Şahin, was both coming to Arsenal & then not coming to Arsenal.  The young midfielder who has found minutes hard to come by since his 2011 move from Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid, was initially heavily linked to Arsenal:

11.54 BST: Reports are gathering pace that Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin is on his way to London to join a Premier League club on loan. Arsenal? Tottenham? Here is his profile And we have the full storyhere

12.19 BST: With Sahin possibly arriving at Arsenal, Fulham are interested in signing Andrey Arshavin. A loan probably wouldn’t suit, as the Gunners will be holding out for Russian bids.

14.44 BST: Jose Mourinho on Nuri Sahin: “If there is an interesting opportunity to play elsewhere, he can leave, because he did not have minutes here last year.” Arsenal are now believed to the team in pole position to sign him on loan.

Before Arsène Wenger attempted to poor cool water on the possible move & being ever cheeky/evasive by saying:

“We did not sign anybody today, this report is wrong. We are not signing anybody at the moment – we are not close. In the future you never know.”

Traditionally, that kind of language from Wenger would probably mean there’s some definite interest in a move, possibly only a loan as the quote above states, but you never know.  Although in the case of Şahin there’s likely legitimate interest on Wenger’s part since he has tried to sign the midfielder before having interest in the player a few years ago.

Interestingly, concerning how the two players we have actually signed already, Olivier Giroud & Lukas Podolski, will fit in at the club, Wenger hinted at a formation switch back to the 4-4-2 which was phased out in 2006 during the Champions’ League Final run.  Le Boss cited Giroud’s ability to play well as a target type of forward who plays well by linking up play up top:

“Giroud is a different target man who would be more the player in a 4-4-2.

“He knocks the ball down, protects the ball well, makes play for his partners, and is a very intelligent player who has great physique, as well as being very strong in the air.”

Le Boss’ also intimated in the link the switch in formation by saying that Podolski will likely play more centrally for us, which also means he’s obviously thinking in terms of Robin van Persie leaving the club since RvP would be the 1st name penciled in the lineup at the central striker position provided he’s healthy.

In the Santi Cazrola news, we’ve apparently lodged a £16 million bid for the player to Málaga:

23.39 BST Arsenal have submitted an offer of £16 million to Malaga for Santi Cazorla and are confident of making him their third signing of the summer, according to the Guardian.

Right.  So if Málaga’s sudden financial problems are real, this deal should be done soon unless they want to be giant cock-n’-balls & hold out hoping somebody like Barcelona or Real Madrid offer €/£30 million or something.  When you allegedly can’t pay your players regularly on time, however, it would seem you would take the money & run, amirite?

Updated signing/departures list (updates in red):
Confirmed signings: Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Lukas Podolski (1. FC Köln)
Confirmed departures: Manuel Almunia (released- Watford?), Pedro Botelho (Atletico Paranaense), George Brislen-Hall (released), Alban Bunjaku (Sevilla), Joel Campbell (Real Betís-loan), Denílson (São Paulo-loan), Gavin Hoyte (released- Dagenham & Redbridge), Sean McDermott (released), Jeffrey Monakana (Preston North End), Rhys Murphy (Telstar Velsen), Oğuzhan Özyakup (Beşiktaş), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Sanchez Watt (released- Arsenal reserves?)

Likely signings: Santi Cazorla (Málaga), Mbaye Niang (Caen), Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid)
Likely departures: Andrei Arshavin (Al-Sadd [Qatar], Fulham, Reading, Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Niklas Bendtner (Celta Vigo, Galatasaray, AC Milan), Marouane Chamakh (Beşiktaş, Fiorentina, Rubin Kazan, Valencia-loan), Łukasz Fabiański, Vito Mannone (Hull City), Chu/Ju-Young Park (Al-Ain [UAE]), Ryo Miyaichi (Bolton Wanderers-loan), Sébastian Squillaci (Bastia), Robin van Persie (AC Milan/Juventus/Manchester City/Manchester United)

Possible signings: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Lucas Biglia (RSC Anderlecht), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Tongo Doumbia (Rennes), Omar El-Haddouri (Brescia), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Lewis Holtby (Schalke), Stéphane Mbia (Olympique Marseille), Kévin Mirallas (Olympiakos), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Victor Moses (Wigan Athletic), Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn Rovers), Paulinho (Corinthians), Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Salomon Rondon (Málaga), Kenneth Udjus (Sogndal), Emiliano Viviano (Palermo)
Possible departures: Benik Afobe (loan), Johann Djourou (Napoli), Conor Henderson (Charlton Athletic-loan), Henri Lansbury, Ignasi Miquel (Brighton & Hove Albion- loan), Aaron Ramsey (Fulham), Theo Walcott (Juventus, PSG)

Listen up, Real & Málaga!


Just a few bits of interesting Arsenal info today & most of it has to do with a couple of transfer links- one player link out, one player link in- for us cooling a bit while the Santi Cazorla link remains intriguing.

Let’s start with the player link going out & it belongs to the one & only transfer out that’s on everyone’s lips & that’s Robin Van Persie’s departure from Arsenal.  His proposed transfer linking him with a move to Serie A side, Juventus, seems to be losing some steam as La Signora Vecchia seems to be batting her eyes more in the direction of Man €iteh’s Edin Dzeko at the moment; from ESPN’s transfer blog:

08.45 BST: Juventus could abandon their attempts to sign Robin van Persie if the issue is not resolved quickly and instead turn their attentions to Manchester City’s Edin Djeko, the Mirror says.

Although signing Arsenal skipper Van Persie remains Juve’s priority, the club’s general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, has indicated that could change if the issue drags on.

Van Persie has been reported as being keen to move to the Italian side, but is also interesting both Manchester United and Manchester City. Earlier in the summer, the Netherlands international said he would not sign a new contract at the Emirates. His existing deal has a year left to run.

As always there may be some gamesmanship & negotiation tactics with Juve’s growing interest in Dzeko.  it could very well be a maneuver to lower RvP’s valuation by Arsenal or a move designed to force Arsenal’s hand.  Or Juve very well could be changing their attention to Dzeko.  Such is the silly circus of summer transfer season.

The link that’s cooling (not that it has been hot by any means) for a player possibly coming to Arsenal is Anderlecht’s Argentine striker, Matías Suárez:

14.03 BST: Argentine striker Matias Suarez, who had been briefly linked with Arsenal, is reportedly set for a €15 million move to CSKA Moscow.

I get two things out of that quote: 1. Suárez may not be coming to Arsenal & 2. if Matías Suárez is worth €15 million, then Robin van Persie is certainly worth €20 million & still a bargain at that price.  So cough up, suitors, or cock off!

A scouting report of sorts from The Mirror on possible/likely signing, Santi Cazorla.  Complete with highlight video with obligatory dance music.  Whoop whoop.  Cazorla’s transfer from Málaga does seem to be genuine interest from us as Mikel Arteta was talking him up earlier this morning as well. So, this seems to be a move that’s indeed in the works but it seems he won’t come cheap.  Which is “shocking,” of course. Fingers crossed.

Finally, what would a trip to the Far East be without some kung fu lessons?!  Theo & The Ox, starring in “Fast As A Theo, Strong As An Ox.”  Well played, The Mirror.  Well played.  Hopefully, the kung fu lessons will be put to use when we have to travel to Stoke & play those mouth-breathing orcs…

Arsenal will be kung-fu fiiiiiiiiiighting with wingers fast as lightninggggggg

Updated signing/departures list (updates in red):
Confirmed signings: Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Lukas Podolski (1. FC Köln)
Confirmed departures: Manuel Almunia (released- Watford?), Pedro Botelho (Atletico Paranaense), George Brislen-Hall (released), Alban Bunjaku (Sevilla), Joel Campbell (Real Betís-loan), Denílson (São Paulo-loan), Gavin Hoyte (released- Dagenham & Redbridge), Sean McDermott (released), Jeffrey Monakana (Preston North End), Rhys Murphy (Telstar Velsen), Oğuzhan Özyakup (Beşiktaş), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Sanchez Watt (released- Arsenal reserves?)

Likely signings: Santi Cazorla (Málaga), Mbaye Niang (Caen)
Likely departures: Andrei Arshavin (Al-Sadd [Qatar], Reading, Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Niklas Bendtner (Celta Vigo, Galatasaray, AC Milan), Marouane Chamakh (Beşiktaş, Fiorentina, Rubin Kazan, Valencia-loan), Łukasz Fabiański, Vito Mannone (Hull City), Chu/Ju-Young Park (Al-Ain [UAE]), Ryo Miyaichi (Bolton Wanderers-loan), Sébastian Squillaci (Bastia), Robin van Persie (AC Milan/Juventus/Manchester City/Manchester United)

Possible signings: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Lucas Biglia (RSC Anderlecht), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Tongo Doumbia (Rennes), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Lewis Holtby (Schalke), Stéphane Mbia (Olympique Marseille), Kévin Mirallas (Olympiakos), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Victor Moses (Wigan Athletic), Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn Rovers), Paulinho (Corinthians), Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Salomon Rondon (Málaga), Matías Suárez (RSC Anderlecht), Kenneth Udjus (Sogndal), Emiliano Viviano (Palermo)
Possible departures: Benik Afobe (loan), Johann Djourou (Napoli), Conor Henderson (Charlton Athletic-loan), Henri Lansbury, Ignasi Miquel (Brighton & Hove Albion- loan), Aaron Ramsey (Fulham), Theo Walcott (Chelsea, Juventus, PSG)


It’s much the same today as it’s been in recent days for Arsenal- no new signings & just waiting patiently for Robingeddon to come although there was the OMG-Shirt-Number-Crisis today as Podolski hasn’t officially been given a number because he’s supposedly holding out for #10 when/if van Persie leaves…

Um, please explain, Media, how this is a crisis?  Either van Persie is leaving- which has been rumored for, oh, I don’t know, several weeks now- & Podolski will have the #10 shirt or van Persie stays & Podolski picks a another number.  Yes, complete end-of-the-world stuff there.  How ever will the club make it through this new crisis?!

Never mind that a club can de-register & then re-register a player to a different number during the season, but don’t let the facts get in the media’s way of whipping all you knee-jerk reactors into a frenzied rabble of humanity!!  If that’s a crisis, or Arsenal’s “near loss” the other day a crisis, then what is this for Chelsea?

“Spend sum feckin muney, Wengermans!!” (HT: TJ)

Meanwhile the BBC is urging van Persie to go to ManUre.  Wherever he goes, I hope his injury history crops up again.  There, I said it.  Yes, even if “goes” to us (by staying).  Maybe it’ll slap some humility into the Dutchman.

Speaking of mad, frenzied rabble earlier, this LSU article will likely have reactionary Les Miles haters & knob-slurping Sabanites whipped into a nice psychotic froth with ideas of “Why dat Dummyhead Miles is running d’ball when we got the Mettenchrist & his big cannon arm?!! Throw it deep, Dummyhead Miles!”

I don’t care how we score, running, passing, kick returns, RUNNING THE OPTION, OH NOES!, whatever.  Just win, dammit.

And even though the utter & outright naked corruption & cheating done at the last Olympics in Beijing (I’m looking at you, Boxing) pretty much burnt me out on caring about the Olympics too much (save for from Lolo Jones), here’s a story about the U.S. Olympic Team’s chosen flag bearer for the opening ceremonies.  And she’s a babe named Mariel Zagunis.  A babe who is a fencer.  So watch your manners around her, boys, lest she slices & dices your manhood.

Oh & here’s another Olympic article about the IOC hoping against hope that the memory of the Munich Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes will just go away & hope you don’t notice by Dan Wetzel.  Wetzel does top-notch work & he hits another home run with this one.  Everybody knows the IOC, much like FIFA, has been run by crooks & cronies for years who care more about kickbacks & gifts than any actual sporting spectacle or having to get involved in actual politics surrounding the Olympics.

Lolo Jones, LSU alum & World Class hurdler & also a complete babe


zOMGz Curtísimo how did Arsenal almost lose to Korealaysia?!?!! Da manager got to put dis write, mans! DERPDERPDERPDERP.

Thanks, Shookie.  Never mind that Arsenal is playing without any of their big strikers, including the two new boys, & several key first teamers, that didn’t stop people from getting into a mild tizzy over Arsenal’s 2-1 friendly win yesterday with two late goals.  Now, I understand people will use the result to point to the same old tired crap people have been saying for the better part of a decade, the old “Look! Look!  See! I told you Arsenal will finish mid-table this year!”

At some point these idiots will probably be right given the law of averages.  Even if it isn’t this year, unless Arsenal were to win a trophy, these some dipshits will point to just that- “B-b-b-b-b-b-but Arsenal didn’t win a trophy! DERP!”  Just as their club is the one who finishes in mid-table like the once glorious Liverpool who is reduced to crowing about winning the Carling Cup.  Yes, you’ll never walk alone winning that piece of shit trophy, Scousers.  Guess what?  The last time you won the league, there was a Soviet Union.  Congratulations.

Anyway, interestingly André Santos started up front on the left in the attacking three.  Not sure if this was out of necessity from not bringing our full complement of forwards or if this is where we’ll be seeing the Brazilian more often this season.  If so, this may mean a promotion to the first team for a reserve like Miquel, though he’s naturally a central defender or if it means Wenger has something up his sleeve in the signings realm.  Or possibly he’s planning one of his position switch magic like he’s done in the past with Mathieu Flamini (who filled in admirably at left back one year) & Lauren (who was originally a midfielder before being converted quite successfully to a very good right back) or recently with Francis Coquelin (who switched to right back at times last year from his normal defensive midfield).

The goals were left late & were scored by young midfielders Thomas Eisfeld & Chuks Aneke, who I have a sneaking suspsicion will noth see some first team action this year while everyone is still waiting on signings such as M’Vila or Nzonzi, etc.  Video of the goals can be seen here.  Also, notice in the video apparently Malaysia also uses an alto vuvuzela as opposed to the normal one… BBBBBbbbbbzzzzzzzzzz

In other Arsenal news, Emmanuel Frimpong was charged by the English FA for using his Twitter account to call a Yid cunt a “Yid cunt.”  Obviously, in incidents where ethnic slurs are involved the FA acts swiftly, decisively & heavy-handed unless of course, you’re John Terry…  Anyway, it’s hard to feel sorry for a Sp*rs wanker being called a “Yid cunt” when they refer to themselves as Yids regardless of the origin of the slur from Jewish supporters of Tottenham.  I mean if calling a Sp*rs supporter a “Yid cunt” is demeaning to Jews, is the English’s regular use of the term “cunt” mean they all hate women?  Political correctness is fucking stupid at times.  Wait, it’s always pretty stupid, I mean it’s overly stupid at times.  If Frimpong was meaning to demean Jews is one thing but in this context it’s quite clear, unless you’re a fucktard, he was referring to someone associated with Sp*rs.  Whatever, it’s all dumb & players in general shouldn’t yap all the time on Twitter anyway.  Unless, of course you’re Joey Barton, Space Hitler & collie molester extraordinaire, which by all means use it as much as you want to show how big of a Limey cunt you are.  Oops.  It seems I hate the English…

Free Frimpong! You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry…