Arsenal vs Plymouth Preview as Kolo hands in transfer request…

It's a difficult time being an Arsenal player, especially when you are Kolo Toure. I've got a lot of respect for Kolo, he's the new Mr Arsenal in my eyes. He's a player who always gives 100%. When something doesn't go his way, he's visibly upset at himself. He plays with his heart on his sleeve. However, this season he has become a scape goat for William Gallas' bad performances and the Ivorian is not happy. Neither am I.

Things are bad when Mr Arsenal, Kolo Toure, asks to move.

In fact, I'm in a little shock that we've come to this. Get rid of Gallas and get Toure back into the team. Let's have the fighters and the real Arsenal players in the team. Hill Wood actually revealed this too, which is unusual.

“I know about it (the transfer request). But we are not going to accept it. We are not looking to let any of our players go and he is under contract – and we expect him to honour it.”

Can you believe what’s going on!

Arsene has also been forthcoming with his ideas about the transfer window and who’s coming in and out and he’s recently said:

“Mikel Arteta is a very good player but we have not made any enquiry about him at all. There is no progress [on Arshavin]. If there is any progress made you will be informed, I promise you. If we buy a player you will be informed.”

Tomorrow sees us take on Plymouth in the cup. A cup that may be our only real chance of silverware.

Arsenal vs Plymouth

With Johan Djourou and Alex Song injured and with most of our first team playing a lot of games, we will most likely see a mix of first teamers and reserves. With Van Persie rested for the Portsmouth game, we may see him in action, however, with Carlos Vela very impressive on his return to the first team last time out, he is surely pressing for a return to the squad. With pretty much all our wingers out, a start for Jack Wilshere is on the cards and Ramsey may also feature with Diaby and Denilson making up the midfield quartet. Nasri may be on the bench if required to come on. With Hoyte and Simpson recently moved out on loan, our reserve side is a little weakened.

Here’s to a good game and a thumping win tomorrow. JAT will be around tomorrow evening to give his thoughts on the game, whilst I sit on a 7 hour flight back to London!

Til then…]]>

  • Gooner Get Ya

    < ![CDATA[Arsene is not looking to spend big bucks in the transfer window.

    "It is not that we don’t want to spend," added Wenger. "I believe that we have gone for a policy and we need to have a logic and a line of conduct inside the Club that has to be respected. We have gone for a policy that is to develop our young players and we have to show some character and strength and not listen to everybody who comes out every day with a new name."

    I for one am not expecting much incoming action in the transfer window and am getting pretty annoyed with the lack of financial risk needed to build up the squad.

    I understand we have a new stadium and that has drained us financially but we also need to build the team that fill the stadium with fans paying a lot of money into Arsenal FC.]]>

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[I listened to Wenger's press conference a few minutes ago and I got the impression that he's willing to buy, only if the price is right. As he said, we shouldn't compare ourselves to the likes of Chelsea who've spend loads of money on players and apparently lose 100million a year. We're not the richest club by a mile, and it wouldn't make sense to over-spend money on players and end up being bankrupt. We can't afford to spend massively on players and then find it difficult to pay our debts and the players' wages. 30m on a player- not happening. I think that makes perfect sense. 10m? I don't know, we'll find out soon enough.
    As to the Arshavin issue, Wenger said 'no progress has been made', meaning he's actually thinking about him. A bit disappointed he's not made any inquiries about Arteta, but well, it's not too late! lol]]>

  • Gooner Get Ya

    That is what im expecting, I dont want a 30m player all I want is a little investment in the team that could help us get stability back and hopefully in time some silverware. But the way AW is speaking it sounded like he is going to stick to the youth policy and has decided not to buy in the experience that we need.

  • zohaib

    Wenger says Toure’s taken back his transfer request.

  • devday

    Indeed, its been sorted out now – but the fact it happened is very worrying!

  • raymomd

    < ![CDATA[wenger is a lone ranger with his deluded vision i think.
    he's not doing anything about the present and keeping players that are breaking the team unity.
    God knows whats going on]]>

  • AJ

    I’m pretty sick of wenger and his insistance in a policy that clearly isn’t working, I read somewhere people will thank him for his policies in 10 years, that sounds like fun doesn’t it, in 10 years we can reap the benefits. I’m sick of all the crap the crap going on and the pure fact that Toure handed in a transfer request shows how dilusional Wenger and the board are.

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[Wenger said that - about us reaping the benefits in 10 or 15 years' time. In other words we're in transition for 10 more years and we're not really a title-challenging team until then. He's said it himself, now.

    Arsenal is obviously not the same team as the Invincibles. So maybe we shouldn't expect the same kind of football, because we have a lot of young, inexperienced players. But what's sad is that those who have been with us for 3 years or so still haven't really gained much experience either. Compare them to some others who joined their premier league teams and within 3 years becamse solid, first-teamers - Cesc, Ronaldo, Sagna, and many more. Diaby, Denilson, Song, Bendtner haven't really improved. Even Djourou has improved a good deal.

    The danger with our stubborn policy for the future is that we're about to fall out of a champions league position. Our present is at risk. And its quite obvious that not enough has been done by Wenger/Arsenal to keep the correct balance between experience and youth. Had it been correct, we would still have had a good future without having a risky present.]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[I forgot to add Eboue to the list of players who haven't improved.

    A manager who cares about the club would've sold such players who make little difference to the team. But our manager cares more about our players than the club and its fans.]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[On a more positive note - we've beaten Plymouth.

    That can't be bad.]]>

  • Cappz

    Yipee, we beaten Plymouth!

  • JDD

    TOURE WANTED TO GO BECAUSE HE HAD A ROW WITH GALLAS AND KNOW THEY DONT SPEAK TO EACHOTHER THEREFORE THEY DONT WANT TO PLAY TOGETHER AT THE BACK.I AM GLAD THAT TOURE TOOK HIS REQUEST BACK.I DONT THINK WE WILL SELL ANYONE BUT WE WILL BE GETTING HANGELAND,ARSHAVIN AND N’ZOGBIA

  • AJ

    Wow plymouth….lol

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[no thankyou. we're good without N'Zogbia.

    He's a decent player but the way we play he would only be able to play as a LB. And i'm not sure he'll be glad to play defence.]]>

  • Cappz

    Don’t think we’ll be getting a centre back. We surely need a DM?

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[Well, its Wenger we're talking about. I'm sure its easy for him to make a case against signing another central midfielder, even if it means a DM. Since we already have 4 or 5 players there. He'd say it'll interfere with the youngsters' development and that'll be the end of that.

    But with Cesc being out for months, it does free up a slot for another central midfielder.]]>