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When your “highlights” video is only 42 seconds long, you know your team stunk.  It’s hard to describe how awful the US were tonight in their 2-1 loss to Jamaica‘s Reggae Boyz.  We’ve had much bigger losses in recent years but tonight’s performance was simply dreadful after the first minute of the match.  It was so awful I started losing interest from around minutes 70-85.  Tonight’s loss also makes the USA’s World Cup qualifying campaign quite tricky from here on out.

Where to begin with this debacle?  How about Jürgen Klinsmann’s midfield selection?  We allegedly were in some kind of 4-4-2 diamond but the midfield selections of Kyle Beckerman (Stonernaldo), Jermaine Jones & Maurice Edu often were too deep & left the top of the diamond midfielder, Clint Dempsey, & the strikeforce of Jozy Altidore & Hercules Gomez often isolated.  Never mind the fact that those midfield selections lacked imagination or impetus to go forward.  For all the hoopla surrounding Klinsmann’s appointment to head coach of the USMNT, he got all squeaky-bummed with his lineup tonight (really, Klinsi? NO wide midfielders? WTF?) & it backfired big time.

Compounding the poor midfield selection of Beckerman, Jones & Edu, whose games are too similar in deeper positional play, was the trio’s complete & utter shitstorm of a performance.  Jermaine Jones & Maurice Edu were very ineffective & their passing was quite dreadful at times.  Jermaine Jones at times attempted to drift out wide on the right to feign some width for the US but Klinsmann’s formations, tactics & lineup selection made Stoke City of recent years look like a high-flying winger-led team.  More worryingly, Jones & Edu looked slow in the tackle & often gave up fouls in poor positions, with Edu givimg up the foul for Jamaica’s winner (both of Jamaica’s goals came from freekicks).

Now, for Kyle Beckerman.  It’s hard to see what Jürgen Klinsmann sees in Stonernaldo.  I don’t watch much MLS so unless Kyle Beckerman tears it up there, Stonernaldo must have nudie pics of Klinsmann & a poodle or something.  Beckerman was in a word- sucktasticfuckingdreadfulshitstormerrificcrappygarbage.  It was a worse performance than old whipping boy of a left back, Jonathan Bornstein used to put in.  The announcers kept saying how he was in the lineup “to keep possession of the ball.”  Well, he failed.  Miserably.  He was too slow, couldn’t pass, couldn’t tackle, couldn’t keep the ball, couldn’t tie his own shoes, etc.  He was also at fault for the opening goal when he gave away a foul in a dangerous position after being too slow to get anywhere near the ball.  Then on the ensuing freekick it was his heel the ball deflected off of to wrong-foot Tim Howard for Jamaica’s opening goal.  He was simply shambolic tonight.  I know the US has injuries to Landon Donovan & Michael Bradley in the midfield but if Beckerman starts on Tuesday, I may turn the tv off in complete disgust.  He should never see another cap in his career.

The backline actually played pretty well in spite of the midfield’s efforts to leave them isolated like the attackers.  Clarence Goodson & Geoff Cameron paired well in the middle (Cameron has been playing really well of late) & Michael Parkhurst did fairly well in a surprise inclusion at right back following a knock picked up by Steve Cherundolo & Fabian Johnson did okay at left back defensively as well, but was lacking going forward & gave away the ball too often.

In short, the US played for one minute, the opening one where Clint Dempsey scored a goal after only 36 seconds, & then shut off for the next 89.  We looked slow, we looked like we couldn’t pass, our formation was dreadful, our tactics dreadful, even the execution was pathetic.  If you have bad tactics, sometimes you can overcome it with superior or even good execution but the only execution tonight should’ve been Beckerman’s national team career.  Zing.  Pow.  Kaboom.

To make matters worse Guatemala beat Guyana, 3-1, to vault over the US into second in Group A.  It’s not panic time just yet but after tonight’s loss, the Yanks have to win on Tuesday night otherwise it would be.  Guatemala will most likely beat Antigua & Barbuda in their match on Tuesday evening which would put them on seven points as well where currently Jamaica resides in the lead of Group A. If the US drops points on Tuesday we’d be third & at least two or three points behind second with only two matches to go.

I won’t even do ratings because I’m pretty much in complete agreeance with Brain Sciaretta of the NYT soccer blog.  Except I wouldn’t have given Bornstein that 3.5.  He would’ve gotten a solid 3 for me.  Worst performance for a national team player since I don’t remember when.

Here’s the “highlights,” for whatever it’s worth:

Early yays! turned into many later nays!

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Turning elsewhere for a bright spot, my high school alma mater & perennial football powerhouse in Louisiana, whom I played football for as well from 1989-1992, John Curtis Christian, took on & crushed Plant HS of Tampa, Florida tonight to the tune of 33-3.  John Curtis Patriots went into the game ranked as high as #6 in the nation (by USA Today) & Plant was ranked as high as #7 (also by USA Today) & with their impressive & resounding victory over an overwhelmed Plant Panther team, the Patriots have thrust themselves into (mythical) national high school championship contention.

The Tampa take of the game where reading between the lines, Plant’s head coach Robert Weiner underestimated the Patriots in films:

“Honestly, they were a different team than we saw on film,’’ Weiner said.

“It’s not that you didn’t know the history …but they really were way more outstanding than any game I’ve seen them play this year on film.’’

Sorry, to burst your bubble Plant fans, but that’s coachspeak for “we got arrogant, thought we were better & overlooked this team.”  Weiner made multiple comments before the game remarking how John Curtis played “old man football” & ran schemes that were outdated & too old too work against Plant.

Our veer offense which we’ve run from some 40+ years now & it’s “old man football” style claims yet another victim.  Like I remarked to a friend back in December about the option- “it’s not schemes that win football games in the long run, it’s execution (of whatever the strategy is).”  Another scheme which was supposedly outdated & wouldn’t work was our “picket fence” punt return scheme, where players set up a “wall” or “fence” to one side of the field to help shield a returner & create a lane for the returner to run.  Well, that paleolithic punt return scheme scored on one occasion & had another TD called back on a flag on another.  How’s that picket fence working out for ya, Weiner?

When will people learn that smashmouth football NEVER goes out of style.  Running the ball down people’s throats will never go out of fashion no matter how many new-fangled supposed space age offensive schemes come along.  You would think after watching the SEC win six national championships in a row, people would start to get it.  Or watching year in & year out in the NFL that you at least need the semblance of a physical run game to win the Super Bowl.  Ad infinitum powerful running attacks with good blocking will never go out of style.

I won’t even address how the Plant Panthers came out in the second half, down 27-3 at the time, & proceeded to turn into a frustrated bunch of cheat shop artists.  Oh wait.  Too late.  Take your asses back to Tampa & wait for that LSU beatdown of Florida too, ya secretly candy-assed prima donnas!

Many thanks to iHigh.com for having audio of the game I could listen to & allowing me to listen to fellow alums, Kevin Fayard & Danny Wimprine broadcast (& cheer on) the John Curtis Patriots.  And, of course, congratulations & many kudos on a job well done to my former coaches, J.T. Curtis, Michael Robertson, & Leon Curtis & former teammates who are now coaches, Johnny Curtis, Jeff Curtis, Preston Curtis, Jerry Godfrey, et al.

“Old Man Football” wins again!

This helmet & school is your daddy


So, hoping against hope, the maddeningly annual exodus of a club captain for Arsenal has happened.  When Cesc Fàbregas left, I wasn’t all that perturbed.  It was common knowledge that Cesc would eventually go back home to play for Barcelona albeit he left probably two or three years earlier than expected.  But with Robin van Persie’s transfer to Manchester United there is deserved disgust & anguish towards the Dutchman.

Following his statement back in July released via his own personal website that he would not renew his contract at Arsenal, the situation eventually became untenable that, despite being club captain, the Dutch marksman had to be sold.  What is a good bit infuriating is that van Persie will be moving to those cocksuckers at Manchester United.  I mean it just must be so hard to compete with a strikeforce that currently consists of Wayne Rooney, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck, Dimitar Berbatov & Federico Macheda.

If there is a bright side, BBC is reporting the deal is worth a total of £24 million- £22.5 million upfront & a £1.5 million bonus if ManUre wins a Premier League or Champions’ League title in the next four years (the length of van Persie’s contract with ManSpew).  Personally I would’ve held out for £25 million plus a swap deal for Howard Webb.

Now, what is there to say about van Persie’s decision to leave other than how can an Arsenal supporter not feel betrayed, let down or spat on when the club & Arsène Wenger stuck by van Persie amidst rape allegations & a recurring record of injury apart from last year? He was made club captain & massive trust was put in him by Le Boss & that trust has been awarded, yet again, with being shit on.  Van Persie went from a soon-to-be Arsenal legend to someone who will leave with a good bit of acrimony from Gunner supporters.

So, about the van Persie departure, goodbye; go fuck yourself & don’t let the door hit you on the way out.  If you don’t want to play for my club, then be up front about it wanting a bigger paycheck & don’t give us the crap about the club’s ambition & waiting to see about players being signed.  It’s hard for a club to have ambition when shits want to up & become gold diggers at the first opportunity.  Again, I’m not against a man getting paid what he can find, just tell me that.

Arseblog’s post from today puts the situation into perspective well & does it in a more detailed, mellifluous & less vulgar way then I can/did.  But how can I not be pissed off when we lose Cesc & van Persie in back-to-back seasons when we were seemingly on the cusp of getting over the trophy drought? UGH!

Also, does this mean that somebody like Andrei Arshavin now stays or does it mean that Wenger will be in the market for another striker?  Fernando Llorente’s name was floating around rumor circles earlier today, but that now seems a bit outlandish as the Basque forward is set to sign with Juventus.

Aside from van Persie rumors, word is that Song has been a bit of a prat in practice this week & Wenger has been aggravated to the point where he’s told Song he’s free to leave to which of course means he’ll now likely go to Cuntalona.  Anything over that £15 million fee that’s been mooted will be good business for the Cameroonian considering we bought him from Bastia for £400,000.

Song’s case is amusing to me, however, since a good portion of the Arsenal fanbase that is now lamenting over his wanting to leave are the same loudmouths that wanted Song gone three or four years ago.  His progression into a near deep-lying playmaker (I use this term very loosely) has been remarkable but like van Persie, if you don’t want to play for Arsenal any more, then GTFO & GTFO with much haste.

In other Arsenal news:

Former Gunner Fabrice Muamba has been forced to retire from the game following his cardiac arrest during a Bolton Wanderers match last season.   No doubt Muamba will have been gutted to call it quits but obviously, his doctors have advised him the risks to his health are too great to carry on.  It’s such a shame because Muamba’s story, having escaped war-torn Zaire, is the kind of story that would make a great movie & the guy is the kind of guy you want to see succeed.

On behalf of all Gunners, good luck, Fabrice, in whatever you decide to do following football!

Lastly, young Brazilian striker, Wellington Silva, has been loaned yet again to a Spanish side, this time Ponferradina, for the upcoming season. Apparently Arsenal has also made a formal link with Ponferradina to be able to send players on loan there.  To be honest, I completely forgot Wellington Silva was still with us & given his underwhelming loan history at Spanish sides, I doubt he has much of an Arsenal future.

Updated signing/departures list (updates in red):
Confirmed signings: Santi Cazorla (Málaga), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Lukas Podolski (1. FC Köln)
Confirmed departures: Benik Afobe (Bolton Wanderers- loan), 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), Ryo Miyaichi (Wigan Athletic- loan), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Sanchez Watt (released- Arsenal reserves?), Wellington Silva (Ponferradina- loan)

Likely signings: Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid- loan)
Likely departures: Andrei Arshavin (Al-Sadd [Qatar], Fulham, Galatasaray, 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], Blackburn Rovers), Alex Song (Barcelona), Sébastian Squillaci (Bastia, Olympiakos Piraeus)

Possible signings: Lucas Biglia (RSC Anderlecht), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Tongo Doumbia (Rennes), Omar El-Haddouri (Brescia), Stéphane Mbia (Olympique Marseille), Kévin Mirallas (Olympiakos), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina), Philippe Mèxes (AC Milan), Mbaye Niang (Caen), Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn Rovers), Paulinho (Corinthians), Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Kenneth Udjus (Sogndal), Emiliano Viviano (Palermo), Ki-Seung Yeung (Glasgow Celtic) 
Possible departures: Daniel Boateng (loan), Johann Djourou (Napoli), Conor Henderson (Charlton Athletic-loan), Henri Lansbury, Ignasi Miquel (Brighton & Hove Albion- loan), Aaron Ramsey (Fulham), Theo Walcott (Liverpool, Southampton)


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…


(writer’s note:  This post may be a bit on the rambling, incoherent side.  I have a lot of thoughts going around my noggin that I’m trying to formulate but will probably come out not as good as they are in my head b/c I’m having a bit of a freakout episode b/c my pretty good job situation may be taking a turn for the worse):

Every summer fans go nuts for the feeling of longing & pining that comes with new transfer signing rumors.  We build these players up in our minds as the tonics to cure our teams’ ills and gives the schoolboy feeling of amor & hope in our hearts but ultimately, like in real life, we’re left disappointed & standing like a fool in the rain waiting on the wrong block for a love, or in this case a player,  that’s never coming.

Even with two early transfer signings this year, a lot of Arsenal fans are beginning to froth & get the normal summer frustration when supposed signings, which were never likely coming but more in the realm of paper rumors, begin falling by the way side one by one.  Yann M’Vila’s supposed signing being the best example of this so far, though there was at one time apparently genuine interest by Wenger before is alleged attitude problems at the Euros.  From yesterday’s Arseblog post:

No . We wait on Diaby and Wilshere. When you look we have Song, Ramsey, Coquelin, Wilshere, Arteta and Diaby.

In defensive midfielders and box-to-box players we are not short if they are all coming back. If we have setbacks in pre-season it could be different.

So, with these comments it’s obvious Wengerspeak for “I’m not making any more signings,” at least in the midfield it looks like.  Which will no doubt to a lot of fans boo-hooing that were going through the same sort of summer, coupled with players wanting to leave, over & over again à la Groundhog Day.

I refuse to get worked up about this kind of stuff anymore.  Between this stuff & LSU Tiger fan brethren back home getting all hopping mad over a 13-1 season where we finish second in the nation with two piss poor QBs, it’s really making following sports in general, not fun anymore.  Or not as fun as it used to be.  The frustration that derives from unfulfilled, lofty (& often unwarranted or exaggerated)  expectations is wearing on my nerves.  I am usually able to stay away from this pattern of thinking in my sports teams but I am just as guilty of this type of mindset when it comes to chasing certain women.  It’s nice to take a chance & shoot for the moon but the problem with it is, you’re often left burnt out & crashed amongst all the other rockets NASA blew up before they actually got to the moon.  I’m not sure if that reference makes a whole helluva a lot of sense, but I think you get the point.

Anyway, despite all that malarkey the rumors of Málaga’s Santi Cazorla coming to Arsenal are at full steam, with several outlets reporting that he has actually agreed terms to join us.  As usual, I won’t believe it 100% until the official website announces it.  If we’re buying a winger, does it mean Theo is on his way out?  Or maybe some competition or to replace the erratic Gervinho?  Or is it a replacement for The Ox’s spot so Oxlade-Chamberlain can begin his prophesied move to midfield?  Or…. is it a signing that’s designed to (hushed tones) get van Persie to stay?  It’s an interesting one for sure, especially if the rumored €20 million fee is accurate.

Also Barca’s assistant manager or assistant complainer or whatever has said that Ibrahim Afellay is staying at the club, so obviously I’m going to scratch him off our transfer mega-list below along with Clint Dempsey who seems set to either sign for Liverpool or stay at Fulham.

And Pedro Botelho has signed for homeland side, Atletico Paranaense.  Botelho never appeared in a first team match & spent most of his stint with Arsenal on loan with multiple sides in Spain which included Cartagena, Celta Vigo, Levante, Rayo Vallecano & Salamanca.

Hopefully, this post was coherent enough.  Was it?  I need a freaking Arrogant Bastard…

This is how it often feels pining for signings

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 (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: Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona), Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Lucas Biglia (RSC Anderlecht), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse)Clint Dempsey (Fulham), 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)Yann M’Vila (Rennes), 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)


Man, did I find a gem for the kind of frothing at the mouth supporter that soccer is known for.  To say this guy went a bit mental is an understatement.  He went so crazy that he sold his Robin van Persie digital trading card in some stupid FIFA 12 card game.  Wow.  You showed him, goofball.  A goofball in a red Yankees hat, mind you.  Hey, stupid, did you know the Yankees have a merchandise agreement with Manchester United & that the Steinbrenner children were looking to buy Sp*rs?  Nope.  Because you’re an idiot.  You’re probably the kind of YouTube poster that goes by some stupid ass user moniker like “ArsenalSouljah,” or “GunnerBoyz69,” or “Numba1Gunna.”  Anyway, thanks for the rant.  You look like a tool.  You’re most likely in the “SPEND SUM FECKIN MUNEY!!1!” portion of our supporter base.  Now go & buy some Denver merch, twit, since those are the teams Kroenke own in the States.  DERP.

So, as you can see there’s a humorous bit of van Persie fallout with the possible real fallout ramifications here.  If van persie wants to leave it doesn’t bother me as much as it would some people although if he ends up at Man U, I will be a bit miffed.  Mainly because those cocks up at Man U don’t need anymore help from the likes of van Persie.  They just need to buy some backup for Howard Webb.  I suggest Mike Dean or that chubby cockass, Phil Dowd.

Com’ join the revolootion at Man U, Rob’o

This way to Man U & cheating cuntery, Robin


 

He’s Robin van Persie & he leaves when he wants… That coach going to Manchester?

As I was about to leave for a 4th of July trip up to Denali National park to take an aerial tour of Mt. McKinley, I ran across the news that all Arsenal fans have no doubt seen by now that was released via van Persie’s official website.  That is that Robin van Persie, current club captain, coming off a career year, coming off a year which he remained healthy & injury-free, will not be renewing his contract.

Of course, people will freak out over this because of recent history with Cesc Fàbregas & $amir Na$ri but such is football in the modern age & such is football as it’s always been actually.  Nobody gives a thought for 3rd Division Town FC when a Premier League club comes and poaches their best player or their most promising youth prospect.  So we shouldn’t get too hopping mad when it’s done to us.  I know we’re supposed to be a big club & all that stuff but the fact of the matter is, when clubs like Mansour City can come in & not only offer £250,000 a week in wages but be allowed to de facto tap up players through the media then things like van Persie, Cesc, et al. will leave because we simply can not compete with those kind of wages.  Even if the stadium was paid off, I highly doubt we’d ever offer anyone remotely close to £200k a week much less £250k.

Van Persie’s statement included swipes at the club & specifically Ivan Gazidis whom he claimed was “away on holiday.”  To which the club released an official statement themselves categorically denying that.  I’m sure some fans, particularly the “spend some feckin’ money!,” crowd, will side with van Persie because it fits their template that the clubs’ directors & executives are just in it for the money & the prawn sandwiches & the posh vacations.  Which are usually the same ones that complain about Cuntski having a sugar daddy then turn around & pine for our own.

I personally don’t want the club turned into the kind of club like Cuntski where you spend yourselves into debt & fire managers every time a Sky pundit boo hoos about how poor we were or the lack of trophies we’ve acquired in the last X amount of time.  That’s irrational mob garbage.  Peasants & pitchforks.  Uncouth rabble.  If all you care about is shiny trophies & not long-term health & stability of the club then by all means fuck off & go support Cuntski or Mansour City or whomever the next billionaire club du jour is going to be.

It’s well known we can’t afford the wages that clubs like ManUre, Cuntski & Mansour City can offer.  If it comes down to money & with most modern footballers, it does, then we will lose out & we’ll have to go through Arsenalgeddon all over again.  The media will point to us now being a selling a club or a club in crisis & blah blah blah.  Or how we’ll now be a mid-table side without van Persie.  I guess just like we were supposed to be a mid-table side when Vieira left.  Then when Henry left.  Then when Cesc left & now because van Persie will likely be sold (& at this point he has to be sold).  All the while they’ve been wrong, wrong, wrong.  Van Persie will be gone & people will be shocked, shocked!, I tell ya, when Arsenal finishes ahead of Liverpoop & Sp*rs next year & possibly finishes in the Top 4.  AGAIN.

The main thing that is disappointing for me in this van Persie deal is not that he’s leaving per se, but that yet once again, Arsène Wenger stood by an oft injured player & had faith in him by rewarding him with the captaincy & then got himself rewarded by having that faith pissed on.  But such is life as an idealist- you’re doomed to get your heart broken constantly.  At least this time we’ve taken pre-emptive measures with the purchases of Lukas Podolski & Olivier Giroud.  Also, with van Persie leaving this probably means we focus on re-signing Walcott.  I realize that’s a bit of selling the Rolls while keeping the Accord but what are you going to do?  Maybe Walcott finally gets some chances playing as the central striker like he wants.

Yes, RvP, the stench is coming from you I’m afraid.

So, anyway, assuming van Persie leaves, he’ll leave being the last Arsenal player to have won a winner’s medal at club level.  His career league record at Arsenal looks something like this:

  • 2004/05:   26 appearances, 5 goals, 1 assist
  • 2005/06:   24 appearances, 5 goals, 1 assist
  • 2006/07:   22 appearances, 11 goals, 7 assists
  • 2007/08:   15 appearances, 7 goals, 3 assists
  • 2008/09:   28 appearances, 11 goals, 10 assists
  • 2009/10:   16 appearances, 9 goals, 7 assists
  • 2010/11:   25 appearances, 18 goals, 7 assists
  • 2011/12:   38 appearances, 30 goals, 13 assists

Van Persie’s career totals would likely end up being: 194 appearances, 96 goals, 49 assists.  Which is approximately 50 more goals than Andy Carroll will ever score at Liverpoop.

So, van Persie will be gone most likely & at this point- fuck ‘im.  I’m all about who plays for Arsenal not about those who concerns about the direction of the club.  Well, gee, if your concern is so great & you’re the best player then stay, ass.  If not, bugger off & leave the keys on the table.

In other Arsenal news, Denilson does get his loan at São Paulo extended, so for those who would have been perturbed about having to switch back their scapegoat angst to Denilson from last season’s whipping boy, Aaron Ramsey, they can rest assured their churlish ranting can remain on Ramsey.  Elsewhere, Hull City’s Steve Bruce wants to sign Vito Mannone & Joel Campbell does indeed go on loan to Real Betis.

And apparently Arsenal have postponed their trip to Nigeria due to logistics problems.  I can’t say that I’m neither surprised nor sad about this.  While traveling to new markets & continents to promote the team both in terms of exposure & marketing is nice, in terms of fatigue from all the traveling, I’m kind of glad they won’t be going to Nigeria.  The tour to Malaysia is still on, however, with or without RvP.  Which brings me to how I felt following learning of RvP’s move:

I bet you thought I was going to post U2 didn’t you? 



Arsenal’s (hopefully not for long) Niklas Bendtner was fined 100,000 euros (80,000 pounds) for murdering fluffy kittens daring to offend UEFA by having an “illegal sponsor.”  This fine of course was much stiffer than the earlier fine for racism against Italy’s Mario Balotelli as the graphic above explains.  Never let it be said that UEFA don’t have their priorities straight b/c as we all know you never piss off the sponsors & to hell with real problems like fan violence & racism.

The hilarity of this is that of course UEFA have drawn far more attention to Paddy Power (an Irish betting house & aforementioned “illegal sponsor”) than if they would have done nothing, which was probably Paddy Power’s advert scheme all along.  Good job, nincompoops.

UPDATE: Now, UEFA have fined Croatia a sum more similar to Bendtner’s fine but still 20,000 euros less. LOLZ.  So, remember kidz, Offending sponsors still > racism.  With that in mind who will you offend today?