One Minute To Blog, So Let's start…

  • There has been more reaction to what Cesc said the other day about wanting to join Barcelona.
  • Some fFans have taken a swipe at Cesc, others think it’s more media related
  • Gallas said he was tired and that is why he’s been so bad so far this season
  • Gallas also admits he needs to improve
  • Rio Ferdinand says Walcott is England’s future
  • Terry says Walcott is amazing
  • Waddle says SWP is better than Walcott and should play ahead of him
  • Ferdinand says he would’t want Almunia to be England #1 because he’s foreign
  • Silvestre is ready to play for us finally after recovering from his injury
  • Traore says he will come back a better player. I agree.

And I’m off…]]>

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog kierandelaney.net/blog

    < ![CDATA[1. I actually agree with Ferdinand on Almunia - he isn't English, he shouldn't play for England.

    2. Waddle. 80's. That hair cut decision. Enough said about his choices then.

    3. Glad Gallas agrees with everyone else. He's not been terrible, but concentration and set pieces have room for improvement. But tired? After a 3 month holiday?!]]>

  • Dan

    < ![CDATA[Traore is gathering quite a bit of praise down Pompey. Looks to be going well. Lets hope he doesn't get comfortable there, and decide not to fight for a place at The Arsenal. He has bags of potential.

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, but never should we reach the stage of playing foreigners in the National team! How mental is that.]]>

  • raj

    < ![CDATA[You are a journalist and it's international week, nothing much is happening, nothing really to report on. So what do you do? Whip up a story from the past and watch everyone go mental about it!

    The story that Cesc Fabregas dreams of a return to Barcelona is about as old as my pants. Of course he will return to Barcelona one day, I think most Gooners accept that.

    This news has recycled itself time and time and it's starting to get boring. Fabregas is very committed to Arsenal, he says it enough and I thoroughly believe the man.

    I don't think we need more assurances from Fabregas about his Arsenal future, I'm already assured. The Spanish media love to stir it up and act like whores in my eyes. They are like unofficial agents, trying to whore a move.

    Fabregas wants to win things like any top player, but he also enjoys his football at Arsenal. He can win things at Arsenal and he knows it.

    He won't be going anywhere anytime soon, but a day will come when Cesc will leave Arsenal. But Arsenal will still be standing, Arsenal remain bigger than anyone.]]>

  • Dave

    < ![CDATA[wat a load of codswollop. paper sales must be down due to credit crunch. they gotta write something. Cesc aint going anywhere. we got him tied down to a massive long term contract, i think he got 6 years left. he wont go anywhere while wenger is here til 2011 for definate and even then depending on whether we are winning trophies he still may not leave.

    Dont forget. It was always Henrys dream to play in spain but cos we were winning cups he dint go anywhere til he hit 30.

    Same with vieira, every year he was linked with a move and he stayed til his best years were behind him.

    Even if he does decide to leave in the next few years the length of his contract will demand a massive transfer fee. And we'll have ramsey and jacky boy coming through then so dont worry gooners.]]>

  • Ramon

    < ![CDATA[Mate I don't believe he'll leave but I agree with a bit of what the anonymous poster said. They posted his official site as a source for the radio interview er... does your hysterical paranoia and denial run so deep that you think journalists have hi-jacked Fab's official site and are lying about press he has scheduled? FFS

    It was bad timing, it was ambiguous, I don't think much should be made of it but I think he left the door wide open for this. Fab chose to do this interview . He hadn't even joined up with Spain when he gave it. It wasn't team related press. It was something he did under his own steam. We always get this shit when he goes to Spain because he always goes over there and does media. Far more media than he does in the UK and I think he would do really effing well to limit his press in Spain to discussion of the national team. He should avoid talking about club stuff to the spanish media but he doesn't. It doesn't mean hes leaving but it isn't smart.

    Now climb out of your own backside mate and stop assuming everyone with a rational view of the world is a Spud. FFS you are doing their fans far too much credit. Not all gooners are blind and irrational.

    I wouldn't boo Fab if he did leave and I wouldn't slag him off I'm not one of these effing morons who thinks thats a mature way to behave so I'm not suggesting you should behave like that and it's kind of pathetic you think that's a possible response.

    That doesn't change the fact that you should take your head out of your backside and accept that your precious perfect Fab has been saying stupid things and it wasnt necessary.

    I repeat I never said he is leaving and anonymous never said he was leaving. Your response is always to say that people are saying he'll leave like headless chickens. THEY'RE NOT. They're saying hes doing stupid interviews making vague comments and causing this fall out at a time when the club doesn't need it. He may well stay forever. Still doesn't mean this isn't effing stupid.]]>

  • Flavance

    < ![CDATA[Human beings are also, apparently, herd animals and European human beings are, apparently, easily spooked herd animals. Because according to the Beeb, you folks are going nuts over this “credit crisis” over there and it’s starting to creep into my enjoyment of football.

    I’m not saying that the world isn’t in a financial mess, a mess caused by greed (the world over, not just in the USA) but what I am saying is “DON’T PANIC!” Do you know what the “credit crisis” comes down to?

    Fiat.

    If we believe it, so it is.

    The facts are that every penny, pence, cent, ruble, yen, and yuan is essentially a belief instrument. The herd believes that this stuff is worth more or less and, et viola, it is. Same thing with credit. Sure, we have all these complicated formulas that we use to try to “predict” stuff, but by and large credit is a belief system: I loan you money on the belief that you’ll pay it back.

    So, banks believe that Arsenal will pay back their $600m in loans because, well, because Arsenal has shown them that they can by presenting an argument based on what they call “income” (ticket sales, player transfers, television revenues, Gunnersaurus lunchboxes, tee-shirts, concessions, etc) and by agreeing that if they don’t then the bank can take what creditors call “assets” (players, stadiums, managers, and fans — well, they can’t have me!).

    See, football teams couldn’t get these loans if the banks didn’t believe that they would get their money back. If a team, like United, does fail to pay back their loans then the bank takes their assets and well, you know the rest. It would be a horrible thing to have happen to your team and I will feel a tremendous sadness and loss when Chelsea are sold off and relegated to the Third division.

    But what we don’t want is a corrupt organization like UEFA or the FA mucking around in the finances of football teams in order to determine who is taking on good debt or bad debt: make no doubt about it, that is exactly what they want to do. Why? Because, ostensibly they want to ensure “stability” in football and “fair play.”

    UEFA’s David Taylor now believes it is his job to ensure that Man U are a stable organization.

    Really?

    He also wants to ensure that football teams have “fair play” in terms of teams taking on debt in order to build themselves up and thus win trophies.

    Really?

    Debt is only one source of instability in the football market. Obviously, a team like Tottenham has a problem that’s bigger than just their debt. They continuously overpay for overrated players, does UEFA want to regulate that as well? Honestly, I think they would. The more they can get their greedy little fingers into the pie the happier they will be.

    And what about “fairness?” Are they going to force Real Madrid to limit seat sales? Set ticket prices? Put caps on the number of tee-shirts Arsenal can sell? Because, and here’s something for Davie to consider, big teams are always going to have a bigger fan base and thus generate more revenue and thus have an “advantage” monetarily over little teams. If you strike down borrowing, Man U will still have the largest revenue stream in the UK and second largest in the world. They will always have an advantage over the Everton’s of the world.

    I say all this as a supporter of a team which essentially is doing all the right things: they have a self imposed salary cap, a prudent business plan, an international fan base, jaw-droppingly beautiful football, and a great youth program to keep feeding the pipeline. My club is going to do just fine, regardless of the draconian rules UEFA impose in the name of “fairness” and “stability.”

    In the end, I think UEFA and the FA should concentrate on footballing matters; making sure their refs aren’t on the take, stamping out racism, and getting calls right. Leave the financials to the banks, because from what I can tell the herd has slaked its thirst at the lake of easy credit and is bolting as fast as it possibly can toward a long winter’s sleep. And if that’s the case, the market will take care of itself and no amount of ex-post-facto regulation is going to stop the bubble from bursting.

    In fact, all this mucking around in club finances could only make things worse.]]>

  • lauerence

    < ![CDATA[To those who have grown up watching Arsenal in the Wenger years, this is perfectly natural and they will regard it as a defining feature of Arsenal. To those of us who started watching Arsenal before that time, however, it can still be slightly disorientating. I started going to Highbury regularly (after occasional childhood visits) at the start of the George Graham period. Though George’s team was undoubtedly effective and had some free scoring purple patches (1990/01, second half of 91/92) they are probably better remembered for “1-0 to the Arsenal” based on solid defence and a talented goalscorer. Certainly it was that style that brought us domestic and European cup success.

    At that time, whilst sometimes frustrated by the lack of craft, as the likes of Hillier, Jensen and McGoldrick gradually replaced Davis, Rocastle and Limpar, we still took pride in our effectiveness and success by contrast with our neighbours. They revelled in the talents of Gascoigne, Hoddle, Waddle and Lineker yet had only one FA Cup to show for it. They would argue that they were “the better football team” to which the riposte was “show us your trophies”. We also still had the better record in derby games.

    Looking at recent years from this perspective, it is fantastic to consider how much the club has developed under Arsene Wenger. I sometimes wonder though if we are falling back on the same excuses? The danger is that we are now glorying in the method (and football is still part of the entertainment industry) but without the ultimate end product (though at least there is no danger of Spurs switching roles and becoming effective).

    The ideal is obviously to combine virtuoso football with consistency but this is difficult to achieve with almost exclusively younger players. Even Man United’s “Beckham generation” were balanced by the experience of the likes of Schmeichel, Bruce, Pallister, Irwin, Cantona etc.

    I would not want to see us return to the style of the Graham years (and doubt this could work in the modern game). How much greater the achievement will be if we can achieve it by playing the best football with players we have developed (if not exactly home-grown). That is obviously the Wenger plan but we should not delude ourselves that it should be an end in itself or use it as a crutch to explain away failure.

    It is amusing though that these days Spurs can’t even argue that they are the best footballing team in North London.]]>

  • Dan

    < ![CDATA[Nice comment Raj. Good to read the thoughts of a positive gooner!

    Before someone comes out with it - no he is not disilusional. There are loyal players out there and i think Cesc is one of them.

    Of course he isn't bigger than the club, but he is mightily important for the team at the moment. Too much so really. I think he is aware of it, and caring for our club, he wouldn't want to leave us in the shit.]]>

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog kierandelaney.net/blog

    < ![CDATA[Viera left, Henry left, Bergkamp retired, Adams retired - Cesc will stop playing in an Arsenal shirt one day, its just something we'll have to be prepared for. Even winning the Champions League wasn't enough to make Ronaldo want to stay at Utd.

    But lets hope that results, transfers and youth development means that the day Cesc does pack up and leave there will be an able replacement just like Cesc once was for Viera.]]>

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