Selling Kolo Toure is a mistake.

Quote me on this:

“Letting go of Adebayor was required for the health of the team, but if Arsene sells Kolo Toure, it will be a mistake that he will live to regret”

And I don’t mean that in a threaty way, I mean it in a results driven football industry way.

In this day and age, where loyalty, hard work and a sincere love for a club are rare qualities, we have all of that packaged into one player, one rock of a defender, one player who has been dubbed Mr Arsenal, and that player is Kolo Toure. We’re entering a new season and we need our players. In fact, it was Arsene would said his priority was to keep the existing group of players together.

After the season finished, I expected the following to happen:

  • Buy a top quality defensive midfielder with experience
  • Buy a top quality defender with experience
  • Sell Senderos to Milan

Instead, the following has, and may happen:

  • Sell Adebayor
  • Sell Kolo Toure
  • Buy a young defender
  • End up deploying Senderos in midfield

Now, if you ask me, it’s getting a little bit weird. Our aim this summer was to buy two experienced, strong and powerful players, one to partner Cesc and one to join the defensive group. I was certain that Silvestre and Senderos wouldn’t be here at the start of the season. It did start well with the purchase of Vermaelen, but then got worse when we lost out to Melo, Cana and Yaya (never really a no-go). We then went on to sell Adebayor and then Arsene said he wasn’t planning on buying a replacement. It also looks like we won’t be signing a defensive midfielder with outcast Philippe Senderos deployed in an unfamilar defensive role, and now, the icing on the cake… Kolo Toure is off.

The fee is apparently £16m, which is quite low considering his OPTA stats and his experience in the game – the fee is agreed and the player is having a medical.

Kolo Toure is reportedly flying back to England from Arsenal’s Austria training base to finalise his transfer to Manchester City. Sky Sports News report that Toure is returning to undergo a medical at Eastlands after the two clubs agreed a fee of £16m. It’s thought that Toure may be unveiled as a City player by Friday. If so, Toure will be the second Arsenal player in as many weeks to leave for Eastlands after the £25m transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor.

Personally, I am a little shocked, but it’s another one of those “put your Faith in Arsene” ones, and it’s some serious faith. When Arsene spoke about bringing experience in and keeping the squad together, the subsequent sales of Toure and Adebayor are very much in constrast to this.

What are your views? Is this one sale too much? Is this one move too many? Has Arsene made a mistake?

  • http://kierandelaney.net kierandelaney.net

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  • devday

    I am not happy.

  • devday

    News coming from Man City fans is this:

    “I really hope this transfer happens, I have been a long time admirer of Kolo Toure and get ready for this but I hold him in higher a regard to John Terry.”

    http://wevegotrobinho.blogspot.com/2009/07/toure-fee-agreed.html

  • Debs

    My whole day just got messed up with the news!

  • Fabrez

    Messed up man…messed up! Most of my views of this are in the article b4. Mistake indeed. Fans favourite Kolo gone. Will be interesting how the fans as a whole respond to this. AW fans on his back again it seems. But i’m trying 2 remain positive tho…

  • devday

    I have just fallen into a depression… Debs, I need your positive mental attitude…!!!

  • Fabrez

    Not suprised that this is what fans are saying… We’ve let a hell of an experienced player go…damn! And as i said b4…he is the personifaction of loyalty. This is pretty hard to take in all honesty! :S

  • Fabrez

    lol…yeah debs…give us a serving of positivity plz! :)

  • devday

    I don’t think Arsene is totally wrong, but Kolo is my favourite player and Mr Arsenal, so a big loss in the face of Arsenal, but in reality, maybe time for Djourou, Gallas and Vermaelen to shine..

    We love you KOLO!

  • http://worldofarsenal.co.uk Josiah

    what an idiot arsene wenger.

  • mesol

    Sack wenger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mesol

    I do hope Arsenal will down this season..and after it u will see what wenger done

  • Fabrez

    lol @ mesol! Not an idiot or to be sacked…but like Dev… he is a favourite so very hard to see him go!

  • mesol

    As I said Wenger era as gone..he is no genius now..bendtner is one of is mistake but he doesn’t want to admit..waht a stubborn old man

  • Debs

    Wenger just gave Mesol some ammunition! lol

    I thought Toure would be one of those players who ended his career at Arsenal, but I guess not. Maybe he did want to leave, but I can’t think of a good enough reason. It’s times like this that you wish you had direct access to Wenger’s mind!

    Toure is definitely a better player than Silvestre, but I guess he’s no longer as good as he once was, but he still is good.

    Would you guys have preferred it if Gallas left instead? I think Gallas might actually be the better player, but Toure has more love for the club. So I guess it’s a matter of whether we want to have someone who’s in his prime, or someone who loves us? I guess we know whch one Wenger thinks is best.

  • http://worldofarsenal.co.uk Josiah

    I just cant believe it.

  • Pete

    Haven’t felt like this since Thierry left. I really didn’t think much of this story this morning, seeing as it was only the tabloids reporting it. I wonder what brought this deal on tbh. Did the player request to leave? Did City approach Arsenal again?

    I know his form wasn’t brilliant last year but he did contract a serious illness while away in Africa, so you cant really blame the player for that. Judging by the history of our big money sales transfers (Anelka, Overmars etc), I have to get through this disappointemnt. If we manage to replace him with someone like Hangeland then I could kind of deal with him going a bit better.

    Agree entirely with Dev, this transfer window has been completely different to what I thought it’d be.

  • dave

    what on earth is going on at our club we sell a forward and now a defender man city came and said thanks arsenal we might be in the top 4 this season but now you wont be unless wenger has something up his sleeve bad bad thing selling toure addy just got greedy i wonder if toure has done the same head in hands i just dont believe whats happening

  • Olly

    I can’t believe people on here. Hoping things go wrong to see Wenger out.

    Selling Toure makes sense. Ever since he had Malaria he hasn’t been the same player and he and Gallas patently can’t play together. As Gallas is a far superior player that makes Toure the odd man out. Vermaelen, despite only being 23, has a lot of experience as Ajax and Belgium captain. Experienced doesn’t necessarily mean old.

    We still need a midfielder but remember, Wenger sees Song more as a centre half than a midfielder which leaves us with JD, Gallas, Senders, Tommy V, Silvestre and Song. We’re not exactly short back there.

    £16m is a fantastic price for a 28 year old who has stagnated and wanted to leave last January.

  • Pete

    On a positive note, having £40 million from two transfer sales will be pretty sweet, and judgine from the comments made by Wenger, it does look like he is still looking to buy players, albeit last minute (typical lol).

  • Mehedi

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  • Debs

    Really though, I’m sure this was exactly how we all felt when Henry left. Maybe it felt even worse then. But it turned out well in the end, didn’t it? Ade stepped up, albeit for one season. Maybe someone else will decide to step up this time round!

  • kuka

    …such moments do separate the fans from the FANS. I am a die-hard Arsenal FAN and it does not matter who is sold or leaves the club. That does not mean I dont get dissapointed or frustrated, no, I do. For me Arsenal is family………and Arsenal cannot go down….So Mesol, am sorry, but your wish that Arsenal goes down will not happen…..

  • Gooner Sam

    Everyone ignore mesol, he is the most anti-arsenal ‘fan I have ever encountered, in fact there was a blog written just on how they believe he is an opposition fan.

    You are not good for Arsenal fans, maybe even Usmanov in disguise…. I hope no-one listens to your poison!

    We all have a right to our own view but you just make things worse. Arsene is the best manager Arsenal have ever had and if we loose him we will be in a lot of trouble.

    Wait till its happended people and wait until the window has shut the guy is not stupid and I think will buy at least one defender. My pray is for a DCM though!!!

  • Bergkamp4Eva

    @ Medhedi – Tho i stronlgy disagree with Mesols comment you cannot stop someone having an opinion. Yes this is an Arsenal fan site, but we do not just come here to hear all good things and live in a fantasy world where everything is rosy for Arsenal. Everyone is entitled to say what they think, truth is im sure there are a lot of Arsenal fans today very very frustrated and annoyed with this news. Conversation like this should be encouraged, it allows us to all engage in debate. Yes i feel that at times Mesol might not back up his comments with any real reason. However arsenal is nothing without its fans and evryones opinion is valid.

  • devday

    Mehedi, thanks for you comments – but every fan has an opinion – Mesol does have his own opinion – and shouldn’t everyone’s opinion’s be valued? Regardless of whether we personally agree.

    It’s wrong for me to say “Mesol, your opinion is wrong”, rather I’d say “Mesol, this is my opinion and the reasons I think this, can you take a read” and hopefully influence his opinion.

    In reality we have a wide range of commenters and some will be anti-Arsene, some will be anti-PHW, some may not like Cesc, a lot may not like Bendtner…

    But in reality, this forum is here to discuss all things Arsenal – be it good or bad…

  • devday

    @Bergkamp4Eva – you took the words out of my mouth.

  • Fabrez

    The step up cud be our new boy Vermaelen…or Djourou in what could be a break thru season. And for Ade’s departure, we’re all pretty excited about having a properly fit Arshavin, RvP and Eduardo. I know we can win something big if our players stay fit. The main core of the squad is there but we need able replacements when our big guns are down. That’s why i’d welcome a player or 2. C’mon you Gunners!

  • devday

    Arsene: “We will see what’s happening in the next 24 hours, nothing is decided yet. We have seven centre-backs and I am in the position where I have to play some in midfield but of course Kolo is a very good player and we will see what will happen in the next 24 hours.”

  • Gooner Sam

    I have never heard Mesol say anything positive.

    I agree everyone has there own opinion but a balanced one would be nice!

  • Thibloz

    This is a very sad day for Arsenal fans. Times are changing and maybe its time that Wenger changed his philosophy. We need funds to compete and four years without a trophy is painful enough. Now Toure is leaving. I love the gunners but I am very disappointed this is happening. Thibloz

  • Mehedi

    THANKS SAM.

  • Fabrez

    Opinions are just that… opinions innit! I do enjoy the banter and diff of opinions but the only thing i don’t like is personal attacks on fellow commenters of theft of comments…i fell victim to the latter! But WOA has traditionally been a really enjoyable forum to be part of and long may it continue guys…no matter what differences in opinion we may have.

  • gab

    i’ve read more than 2 blogs today and this is the first time someone is against the sale of Kolo Toure. personally, i don’t mind if he’s out of the team for he’s been the shadow of himself for the past 1 year and a half. if a player wants out, there’s nothing we can do. if AW thinks he’s still essential to the team, he’d never sale him at any price. let’s hope he’ll spend the the cash to buy a DM and CF

  • Mehedi

    i KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN, WHEN I SAW GALLAS AND VERMILEON TOGETHER.

  • Gooner Sam

    I am all for balanced debate so lets continue….

    What is more important a DCM or a DM?

    Personally I would like to see Hangeland and Veloso come in. I think we have enough attacking options so Hangeland could replace Toure and Veloso could go between both roles.

    What do you think?

  • Fabrez

    And my bad…think in th last article i said AW said we had 9 CBs…as dev quoted…7 sounds more like it.

  • Mehedi

    BIT I GUARANTEE YOU, BETTER DAYS COMING FOR ARSENAL
    I CAN FEEL THE VIBE

  • Debs

    True stuff Fabrez! lol

  • devday

    1 Silvestre
    2 Gallas
    3 Toure
    4 Djourou
    5 Senderos
    6 Vermaelen

    with the following players also able to play there:

    7 Song
    8 Sagna

  • Mehedi

    I AM SURE WENGER SAW BETTER PAIRING FROM GALLAS AND VERMELEON

  • Dezza

    WHAT THE F*CK WHY ARE WE SELLING ONE OF OUR BEST PLAYERS? I AM NOT DOING HOMEWORK TO LEAVE THIS COMMENT WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? TO AN EXTENT MESOL WAS RIGHT!!!! WTF IS HAPPENING? WE SIGN ONE GOOD PLAYER THEN WEAKEN OUR SQUAD AND TRY NOT TO SIGN GOOD PLAYERS!! WENGER IS WINDING US UP!!!! KOLO I LOVE YOU< I USED TO LOVE YOU ARSENE!!!

  • syah

    somehow despite all these transfer shenanigans i have a really strong feeling with this arsenal team. sth in my guts tells me that we are gonna achieve sth this coming season.

    in wenger i trust.

  • Mehedi

    totally with you syah

  • Fabrez

    And i’m sure u remember the incident i made mention of Debs! lol

    @ Dev…my misquote of 9 wasn’t that bad then…lol

    @ Mehedi…maybe AW did see a better pairing there…

  • Mehedi

    The three defenders we had, any one og them can’t put on a bench one had to leave.
    so there you gooooo

  • devday

    @Dezza, @Mehedi – Caps lock stuck? lol :-)

  • Mehedi

    not mine

  • devday

    Okay, so let’s take a look, without Toure, our first choice will probably be:

    Clichy – Gallas – Vermaelen – Sagna

    Reserve:

    Gibbs – Silvestre – Djourou – Eboue

    Back up:

    Traore – Song – Kid 1 – Kid 2

  • syah

    we can get all the expensive and big named players like manc but if the players dont gel as a team then its a lost cause. likewise we can keep all the proven and established players but if they stop performing or if the manager doesnt see them peaking anymore i dont see why the kolo transfer should be a reason to attack wenger. its an untold fact in the arsenal story. one big player goes and somehow a youngster rises from the ranks and prove critics wrong.

  • Olly

    @Dezza – one of our best players? Seriously? Do you even watch Arsenal?

    I think we’ll win the league. Not many people agree with but Arshavin will win us games on his own like Ronaldo did for United.

    I think this is a great bit of business. Remember Arsenal is about more than the players. They will come and go but the fans stay so get behind the team at Goodison on the 15th. This will be a special season. You can quote me on that.

  • Mehedi

    Great Stuff syah

  • Berth

    Fools – absolute greed and wickedness. Wenger is a A** if this deal happens.

  • mesol

    To Mehedi..U dont have to ask admin to BLOCK me..I will stop my comment RITE NOW..I feel very fed up with wenger mind..what the hell he hav done to our beloved Arsenal team..all is action just like Arsenal is his personal team..when he sell Ade, I hope he will find an experience player…but what e done is sell another Arsenal most experience & versatile player (Toure)…Mr. Arsenal has gone..I hope I will back in this blog one day..To prove weather I’m right or wrong..SWEET DREAMS TO ALL..

  • Mehedi

    I AM SORRY

  • Mehedi

    Olly@ ::: LOL good stuff

  • bayo

    its all about the money we v seen.eboue would soon follow and our squad keeps depreciating.this is the end of arsenal.we wont ween a shirt next 4yrs cus we v to rebuild.he was talking about experieence now he sold our experienced players.arsene and the board u can v d money d way u like it but am not buying any ticket again cus u dont care about us.

  • syah

    @olly- amen

    im no master tactician but the way arsenal plays is really unique. you get too many signings and the rhythm of play would definitely be disrupted. im sure wenger is looking hard at his options in the younger gunners he has. was thinking of football manager when i typed this.

  • Fabrez

    Eboue leaving is a view i was just going to mention bayo…funny that u said it just b4 i was going to. I think if Manu goes, something is wrong. Him leaving with no replacement is certainly too much i think. Yes we have Gavin Hoyte but we need Manu…he’s not a regular starter and that’s why his future is up in the air. Arsene better keep the squad balanced. Having Sagna as the only established RB will not do at all…

  • syah

    have you watched the way manc has been playing in the friendlies? the players all have experience but my 12 yr old students play better than them! i think experience is nothing without the manager’s adopted playing style as well as raw talent of the players. nope i would still wear an arsenal jersey no matter what you say bayo!

  • Fabrez

    The excuse about having a young and inexperienced squad should be behind us now. I’ll assume we will soon have 40 mill quid to spend…so if AW doesn’t use all (which we all know he won’t), plz use some!

  • Mehedi

    hahahahahahahahhaha love it love it
    I saw them with cheifs

  • http://worldofarsenal.co.uk Josiah

    after reading what people have been saying, i have regained faith in arsenal.

  • Pete

    You know what, the more I think about this, the more I think this could very well be a stroke of genius on Arsene Wengers part. Hear me out:

    I think Chelsea refusing to sell John Terry for £35-40 million was more sentimental than good business on their part. How many clubs would buy a player who is aging and has had injury problems in the last few seasons? If there’s one thing Arsene Wenger is good at, its selling on players when it’s right for Arsenal FC. Kolo has been a fantastic servant, and the fact that we’re so resistant to selling him goes to show how much he’s appreciated and loved by the fans (take note Adebayor). But the time always comes for every player to leave, it’s just a question of making that move when its best for us, and perhaps his time has come. As good as he is and has been for us, he isn’t irreplaceable, and if we manage to bring in someone just as good/better than we’re the benifactors of the deal. Those who watched last nights friendly would have noticed that we were much more dominante and solid with Gallas/Vermalen at the back in the second half than we were with Toure/Djourou in the first half. And whatever your feeling of Gallas, he is still a quality player.

    Whats more, selling him on to Man City, who appear to be building a strong team, will worry a lot of other clubs. A deal like this will make United, Chelsea and Liverpool think twice about their position in the “big 4″. But I personally feal that teams like Everton, Tottenham, Aston Villa etc ate in even more danger than us or any of the big 4. They could all very well drop points when playing City.

    Having said all that, theres one thing City may have overlooks, and that is a team with so many new players about doesn’t gel together straight away. While Mark Hughes is certainly buying up a loot of good players, he has a nightmare of a job in managing them this season. But thats not Arsenals problem is it :D

    I personally am against the sale of any player unless we can replace them with someone as good or even better. I wont be disappointed if Kolo ends up staying, but selling him might not be as bad as first thought.

    These are just some things to consider, of course. Its not necessarily my opinion as thats kind of open at the minute, but maybe it helps us to see what Wenger perhaps is thinking at the moment.

  • devday

    @Pete – you know that does make sense. Last Jan, Kolo was dropped by Arsene, so it’s clear that he was on thin ice. His performances haven’t been the best and it’s an area we do need to fix, so maybe selling Kolo is part of the fix.

  • Mika

    Facts:
    Going on 29 years of age;
    One year to go on contract;
    Handed in transfer request in January;
    Pace and set piece precense questionable;
    It comes a time when you have to move on for the betterment of the team

  • Fabrez

    Good positive angle there Pete! Must agree with you. I think we have the quality. I don’t think many Arsenal fans have ever doubted that. I think what affects us the most when the season comes is the depth of our quality. I feel this season we are better prepared to deal with a Cesc injury for example with Ramsey looking the part…he is very very much in the Cesc mould in that he has decent vision and passing, likes to get forward and create chances, intelligence is there…a hard worker and dare i say probably has a bit more confidence on the long range shot than Cesc at the moment…not neccessarily a better shooter. But of course Cesc is a cut above the rest when fully operational. Still developing of course is the young Welchman. No Clichy? Gibbs, Traore, Vermaelen, Gallas, Silvestre (not my favourite but a replacement rite?) can fill in. No RvP? Eduardo, Arshavin, Vela and even Rosicky. Already, we have no Nasri…so we have Arshavin, Rosciky, Theo, Eboue, Traore etc. And of course, the CB places crippled us last season and we have 7 or 8 players who can fill in if needed as it stands. So I feel as if we almost have a complete squad fully capable if challenging for major honours. A very interchangeable squad when u think about it really.

    The future is bright, the future is Red and White!

  • fan

    You can’t compare Titi sale to Kolo. First Titi left for Baca, a prestige club in SPAIN. Second, when Titi left for 14m he was still top of the game, Kolo has not been himself for a while, ever since that African cup injury.

    So where do we go from here? One of the signing must be done. Signing Huntelaar, the Center back from Fulham, or a Defence midfield. We need at lease one signing, two would be grand.

  • Berth

    In fact if he sells Kolo;he is a bigger A**. I don’t think I can trust him any more. I see it as having a criminal mind than an eye for glory; maybe, just maybe Wenger is fed up of winning trophies.

  • Tex

    im moving from site to site trying to find the article that says this is a big joke hence no working, therefore if i get the sack im blaming Wenger.

  • Alf

    The move may be a very good thing for arsenal eventually. About his replacement, Vermalaen is here already and he seems to be doing quite well.
    The only place for concern is a ball winner in the midfield. With the money in the bag, AW may get one quality player, or who knows,Song or Denilson may surprise us all this season.

  • bayo

    stop defending wenger all this means is that if a team offers 35 to 40 mill cesc is gone.and wenger would definately tell u he has ramsey.wait it would soon happen then u wld realise wat am sayin.its as if arsenal fans dont v a voice to the board and club.food for thought

  • Steve

    One positive, the only players we’ll be missing during the ACN will be Song and Eboue.

    Really think this us a bad move, I can’t understand how we are supposed to be building a team when every season we seem to lose big players and never replace them. Kolo is Arsenal through and through, we need to hang on to this guy as an example to the youngsters, and because he has another 3 good seasons in him.

    If our total transfer activity is buy Vermelean, and sell Ade and Kolo, then it is difficult to see how we are better place this season. Still lacking a convincing DMF, still short of cover at the back.

    Yes Edu and Rosicky are back, but we’ve lost our strong CF. Worrying.

  • Debs

    The transfer window doesn’t shut for another month and a bit, so there’s still time to buy players. Remember how late we bought Arshavin?

  • bayo

    we are going to loose eboue and wenger would tell u he got gavin hoyte now that toure is gone he is gonna say i got vermaelen cus wen ade left he said he has dudu.so wats the fuse about.his next comment is going to be obnoxious and stupid.ask urself are we going to deat man u, chelsea and liverpool to thr premier league and are we gonna beat juve,inter,barca and madrid to the champions league.the seasons target is gone.lets focus on carling pls enjoy seeing cesc for the last season cus wen he leaves we=hinger would say i got ramsey.in MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS I TRUST>

  • Fabrez

    Correct debs…and btw…no problems with firefox & ATVO for me… sorted on ur end yet?

  • Pete

    Berth and Bayo. You’re assuming that we wont buy anyone to replace Toure. We have to and Wenger has suggested so. If for some reason Wenger DOESN’T buy, then I agree with you. But if we manage to bring in Hangeland then the deal would have been worth it.

    Selling Cesc is entiredly different. He’s someone the team relies on, so selling him is a much bigger blow. Cesc really is irreplaceable, so comparring im to Toure doesn’t really stand up mate.

    People said exactly the same things when Anelka, Overmaars and other players left and we managed to move on without them.

  • syah

    would the blind lead? you really think wenger will not strengthen the team with one or two more signings? we know that wenger would never spend on anyone hastily. likewise i dont think he would sell anyone wo having a plan. its not as if the season is starting tmr right? now wenger is just moving his pawns(adebayor) and rooks(kolo) to be sacrificed for his checkmate(future signings?) is coming soon. sorry for the symbolisms.

  • syah

    when petit and overmars went i thought my life was over. but then he gave us pires and ljungberg. haha.

  • bayo

    i like your faith,but hr said wen the time comes he is gonna make signings sorry wen is the time.wen flamini,gilberto,diara left who did our french war lord bring in till now.he says we got 7 centre backs is silvestre there if wenger is not biased wat is he doing in the team and wat was the rationale behind bringing him.for our attack can dudu and bendtner play the whole season.is there a form of networt that we can all chat on

  • Debs

    Yeah, it’s sorted out now, Fabrez. Thanks. Just a temporary blip I guess!

  • Yemi

    Can someone send a link of this page to wenger pleaseeeeee

  • Debs

    Maybe we should send the link to Toure instead!

  • Vazy

    Kolo is Mr. Arsenal, a firm fan favorite but, i would be very sad to see him leave (especially to a club in our own league) but he hasn’t been 100% since the malaria, which has been a dent in our defense (+ wasn’t he out on injury as well for a bit last season). I fully trust in Arsene with his transfers out.. look at EVERYONE whos left, Henry and Pires arguably is the only one who has had success since, if we can get 15-18 mil for him at this age it would be a shame to lose him but its not like a Flamini free, maybe a part exchange can be organised for either Kompany and/or Richards.. or just the cash ..

    i think we could still use Kolo, but at the same time, i dont see this as the biggest problem we have faced. who knows this could turn out to be a massively good deal for us

    Viva Kolo
    Viva Wenger
    Viva Arsenal!

  • bayo

    is supporting arsenal worth it

  • syah

    definitely.

  • ayo

    3 arsenal fans commited suicide after the last arsenal vs man utd match in nigeria I SEE MORE PEOPLE DOING THESAME ARSENE YOU ARE KILLING THEM ONE AFTER THE OTHER.WENGER THE SILENT TERMINATOR SPREADIND DEATH<KEEP IT UP SELL FABREGAS WEN U SEE 40 MILLION POUNDS.

  • bayo

    sorry syah u are wrong cus arsenal is revolving around thesame circle sell the best players bring in young ones and wen they become good we sell again so syah enjoy seeing the last of cesc.

  • bayo

    i love you mesol you are so real and i thank u for all your comment and if anybody wanna leave because of wat u say take a hike we all v different views

  • syah

    im sorry for you too bayo. cos we are definitely supporting arsenal for the wrong reasons. im an arsenal fan not only cos of the players. the way they play, the way they nurture players, the way ex players thank the club for their priceless development as a professional athlete are some of the reasons why i support arsenal. arsenal fc is really not a club like what you think it is bayo. but then again, to each his own.

  • Vazy

    @Bayo,
    I have supported Arsenal all my life, in the worst case scenario, if we lose all our players, if we go down, if we go into administration, i would still be at the frontlines wearing my Arsenal shirt with pride.. its not about the glory hunting.. its about the pride of your club!(out of the above situations i seriously doubt we will have them happen to us, especially the last one! haha) Its sad to hear people so quick to damn us, its sadder to see Arsenal fans damning us. don’t get me wrong i sympathise with some things that are afoot at the moment but honestly look of the strength of character of our team, each year we are written off each year we come back and do the business.

    Im proud to have Wenger as our manager, Im Prouder than ever to be an arsenal fan. so we are not on the top most position right this second, so there are transfers in the midst that we dont understand(yet!) you take the rough with the smooth. i am optimistic, as Fabrez said “the futures bright, the futures red and white!”

    Fan (person), fanatical enthusiast or supporter

    Arsenal for Life

  • Vazy

    ( also mesol just because you change your name to bayo, you very much have the right to your opinion but do it in a more adult way please, tho that’s just my opinion :p )

  • Yemi

    @Bergkamp4Eva: I don’t agree with you baout mesol, I don’t think anyone has been saying great about wenger selling toure or keeping silvestre, senderos is niether here nor there issue. Everyone has been crying out for a proven CF, CB and an established DM. But it is not right for any arsenal fan (if he truly is a fan) to wish the club to go down, or wish that wenger be sacked. So even as much as everyone has a right to air their views, mesol’s views are clearly anti-arsenal. Wanting th club to go down is not an opinion !!!

    @dev: True: This forum is to discuss arsenal issues, GOOD or BAD, not to wish arsenal ill luck, so i don’t agree with you either!

    @GOONER SAM”I think it is time we stopped wishing for this or that player that never come, we started with melo, cana, benzema, chamakh,yaya and many more unrealistic ones. No way. i have said i will keep my comments till the season starts but it seems as if i can’t help it cos i am heart broken

    @mehedi: I like ypur spirit, but i cant feel no vibes!!!

    @syah: I do not share your opinion that we will achieve something with this current team without strenghtening and getting more depth: Is this not the same team that played last season ? albeit more weakened ?

    @pete: You just said what i said on the other blog, has anyone considered the player wanting to leave ? he certainly wanted to leave in january so has anything changed since then. We all love kolo and he has been fithful, but he is not getting any younger and he needs to make some dough. if he doesnt go now, then i wonder when he will

    @fan: we need to be signing 2 at the least. Huntelaar and hangeland

    @bayo: correct on cesc, idoubt if he will continue to stay if his team continues to get depleted. Smae reason RVP held back from signing his contract. We used vermaleen to keep RVP!

    @steve: The only players will not be eboue ans song if we dont replace Ade and Kolo!!!!

    Having said that, We have 7 CB, NONE is OK for the season, None, Gallas (getting old), vermaleen is new and young, Senderos (Mistake prone), Djourou (just stepping up), Silvestre (A no-no, slow, aged), Kolo (experienced, strong, quick, (wanted to leave january, has that changed?) ), Song (confused, no particular position and not spectacular in any, also upcoming)
    We don’t need expensive players, we need GOOD players, experienced players, matured players, proven players to plug the lapses noticed last season, instead we are creating more lapses

  • bayo

    arsena eduardo and van persie plus bendtner mildfield cesc denilson arshavin walcot plus nasri and rosicky defence sagn\hoyte,gallas,vermaelen(djourou)other centre back are just pure crap.clichy(gibbs).compare it to other teams we are not going to win a glass cup alone.the team lacks balance.wenger would not buy a defender or a stricker all he would do is to buy a young defensive defensive midfielder.cus he never buys more than 3 and he wont buy 3 he is gonna buy 2.thank God i dont v to v any expectation this season cus it would end in the first 3 months and all i v to do is to enjoy watching cesc for the last season cus wen arsenal central bank see 35mill pounds bid they are gong to sell and ramsey would step in.ARSENE WOULD NOT SPEND MORE THAN 20mill max again this summer.My DEAR ARSENAL IS DYING

  • kuka

    …..am there with you Vazy…….being Arsenal is family…. and family is not a ‘choice’, its a commitment……….its blood.

  • Leeroy.N

    Wow! What a discussion. Everyone has a valid point and a view about it all. Only few (which I could see) have talked about or mentioned the fact that me might NOT have wanted to play with us anymore. Maybe a few lack-luster performances may not tell the whole story, but if he desire and mind isn’t in the team, do we want him there? Does Arsene want him there?? Look at Adebayor last season (08/09) from the season before (07/08) which he was immense! Absolutley unstoppable infront of goal and in the air. He drive and passion to play and score was unquestionable, but this season just gone, he seemed lazy, unwilling to run, second best in the air and distant from the team. I wouldnt want Kolo being the same way this season, he would be no help to us pushing on and pushing forward. We need players to be 100% always, to give their all and give their heart when playing for the team. If they havent got that or dont believe in fighting for us anymore.. they have to go. In saying that I did and I still do like Kolo as a player and would have loved him to lift silverware with us. But it’s not what he wanted it seems (money apart). So let him go, move on, give your heart to the team with have and the manager who believes in them, and “believe in Arsene.. believe in Arsenal” Quoted from Arshavin.

    Gooner Til I Die!!!!!

  • Pete

    Leeroy, absolutely spot on mate. No one is saying they don’t like Kolo, he’s been ace. He just might fancy a change of scene, same as Gareth Barry did. Both players were at their clubs for a very long time, so respect to them either way.

    And guys, lets all agree to keep things friendly ok. Just because people have different opinions doesn’t mean we its ok to antagonise each other.

    :D

  • bayo

    i can feel the passion vazy just like me i v been an arsenal supporter since 3 yrs old.one thing we all v is the passion and that is wat wenger is using against us.after the last arsenal vs man utd match in champions league 3 people commited suicide in my school in nigeria.you v to see arsenal fans in nigeria.you v to see the ridicule we pass through am the only arsenal fan in my family.IMAGINE THIS STATEMENT a 6 yr old boy came inside my room and he said who is playing i said arsenal vs hull and he said how do u manage to watch arsenal play and he said u may eventually loose the match and it happened so let me estimate the gain minus the loss i think its like 60 percent gain and 40 percent loss if we dont win a trophy this season its going to be loss beyond repair.

  • Fabrez

    But Leeroy…that would be a sudden change on Kolo’s part from what he said in May. Copy n paste this into ur browser and read it…it’s from the official website.

    arsenal.com/news/news-archive/toure-the-reason-i-considered-my-future

    Maybe it could b financial bcuz a man as loyal as himself does deserve to consider that imo but I feel AW doesn’t see him featuring in his future plans.

  • ArseExPat

    Jesus guys !!! Dont panic… Wenger is not stupid, he will understand all to well that if his experiment fails this year then the fan’s will start to lose faith. Have some respect for the manager that has completely remodeled our club and has done it in a way that makes both football and economic sense. How many players have we sold that have gone on to have sparkling careers !! One maybe two. If there is one thing Wenger excels in its selling players at the right time. I love Toure, he’s Arsenal through and through but he is also approaching thirty, at best third choice centre-back and the pace and passion that once epitomised his performances seems to be waning. 40mil for him and Ade in this market is great business, I agree we are at least a commanding centreback and hopefully a quality dm away from a premiership challenging team but look back at pre-season last year. same old bullshit – Arsenal slipping, Top four Tottenham or Man City. Alright it wasnt the greatest league campaign but in reality we were not far off the pace and certainly closer than Citeh or the spuds.

    Keep the faith….. 4 years without silverware is painful especially for all the new plastic fans, but any proper Arsenal fans will know that this team will come good and delight us for years to come.

  • bayo

    if i have offended anybody with my comment today am sorry arsenal is about being a family but all i want is stepping outside the passion for a minute and thinking with reality.BAYO IS NOT MESOL but i lke people handling things from 2 different perspective thats all.thanks wen i see your passion vazy and others it makes me to keep believing but it does not mean i wont say things the way i see them next time.GOONEEER

  • Berth

    Kuka; family my a**. In our age if a father (Wenger) does not value and consider the emotions of his children (Fans); will it not be understandable if the child decides to run away or seek for love some where else. Selling Toure will be Wenger’s greatest undoing. Yes we sold, Overmass, petit and co – but they won things, they won the double; and besides we had the defence, we had bergamp we had Viera, Adams, people that reflected Arsenal. Toure leaving is like loosing one of our identity; remeber his our only symbol of success (real success). He goes we are screwed, he goes Wenger is an a**, he goes then you know Mesol had a valuable point. The thought of Kolo going is shocking let alone his actual depature.

    What else is the main focus of starting a league without the intent of winning. KUka, Vazy and co – the question still remains – are we in this league to settle for 4 or 5th position; or to satisfy Wenger’s policy or to make up the numbers?

  • bayo

    i love arsenal arsenal

  • Berth

    Not that we can’t replace these guys; But at least rather Senderous and Silvestre than toure; we have the DMF and attacking issue; yet you wish to compound the defence issue; just to accomodate Gallas and Silvestre(tears!!).

    God what is happening to us; what is happening to my Arsenal!! – i don’t know any more -Dev, kierean, Zohaib, WOA; my very good friends, what exactly is really going on in our world; seems the Arsenal heart has suffered a cardiac arrest. I need help before someone……

  • ArseExPat

    It makes me laugh that so many plastic’s talk about lack of depth in the squad. Please let me know which premiership teams have this fantasic depth and the ability to leave great players on the sidelines.

    For example would you be happy with the following in the squad, are they really that much better than what we have ?
    Manu U – Fletcher, O Shea, Nani, Park Ji Sung
    Chelsea – Di Santo, Sinclair, Kalou, Ferriera, Belletti, Ivanovic etc etc

  • kuka

    ……I fully agree with you Berth and do not get me wrong, am dissapointed, just as you are and probably more. The question to you…………what do we do? Do we shun Arsenal and everything about it? Do we run, just because its been 4 years since we won a trophy? Do we fire and sack Wenger? Do you honestly think that will solve the problem? Do you really believe that Wenger is the problem? What if Toure indeed wanted to leave? Have we considered that?

  • Berth

    Wenger is never my problem Kuka; just that he needs to start being in our shoes. He needs to just one day spend a time in the fans stands and try to see from our point of view. The season before last, Flamini and Hleb and now we have Ade and Kolo and still counting Ebuoe + Senderous – I know he would be tempted to sell, but who, where, why, to which suitors; you don’t weaken to strenghten your opponents -its like cheating yourself; its really killing. Common sense is really lacking ; where the f**k is the board in this; why the hell is it all happening in our world. Why not loose Diaby, Denilson, Senderous, Silvestre,Ebuoe and retain an identity. An identity is valuable; irreplacable and very important.

  • kuka

    ……thanks for that Berth. That is the question I have been asking myself. Where is the Board? Where is the management of the Arsenal FC? What do they have to say about this? I do like the aspect of Wenger sitting in the fans stand for once. I wouldnt mind even if he did this literally. But I would want to see the Board being more vocal on club issue so that Wenger is not used as a shooting board……..

  • Vazy

    @Berth,

    we are in the league to get as high as possible, to do as well as we can, it looks all doom and gloom but honestly i dont think its all as bad as it seems, the transfer window isnt closed yet our players are on the whole looking good in preseason and up for the fight. i may be looking too positively at things, but with all the doom and gloom someone has to be at the moment, sure i have fears and anxiety but who doesn’t?

    bah! bring on some new transfer news!

  • Yemi

    @dev: You need to do another backup today !!!!
    I am so happy to see pple love arsenal as much as i do. I hope the boss sees this just as berth has said and i hope he brings in replacement for those going, we need it.
    Even if it means doing away with more defenders (silvestre, senderos) to achieve this.
    Then bring in huntelaar, hangeland, Keep diaby, denilson, song

  • Berth

    70% of city buys has been premiership based players- tasted and trusted players. Kolo (chuckles), well Wenger knows best; but not in this one. Am not happy.

  • Debs

    I don’t know why we keep going about Wenger not signing anyone. Like I said, there’s still a whole month and a bit left before the window shuts. Wait until then before the knives come out! Another thing is, it seems as if we are strengthening City, but I read an article that made sense. We aren’t giving these players to City for free- we’ll be getting 40m in return, and if we use this money to strenghen, (like I said, there is still time to do so, lots of it even!) we’ll be better off than before we sold them to City, and more equipped to do better than last season. City will have Ade- a player that was sold because he proved to lack ambition; Toure- like Dev said, he was dropped from the squad during the course of the season. We are not selling our best players to City, but the players that we can say we don’t really need, and if we don’t need them, then in essence, we’re not really strengthening them. I used to think we were, but having thought about it, it seems that we’re just giving them quantity, not necessarily quality, so there’s no reason for the decision to come back and bite us. And as long as we use the money to buy better players, and there’s no reason why we wouldn’t, (I don’t think we need the money for the sale of both players to refinance club debts or anything- we usually sell players to BUY players), we’re in a better position that City. People seem to forget we actually bought Nasri and Arshavin last season, so the money gained from the players sold last season were actually used to purchase players.
    In essence, I’ll wait until the transfer window is completely shut before worrying and moaning about squad depth. We all know Wenger keeps his cards very close to his chest, so there’s no point in giving myself a headache as to who or whether he’d buy any players. I’ll leave the worrying and planning to Wenger, and just enjoy the pre-season football on offer!

  • Berth

    Rumors that an Arsenal hacker hacked into the arsenal site to post a picture of De- rossi as an Arsenal player with jersey number 13; has anyone seen or heard about it.

  • Yemi

    @berth: have city bought outside the premiership this summer?

  • Steve

    @Bayo; is supporting Arsenal worth it?
    We get to watch world class players like Cesc, Arshavin and RvP play beautiful football in the best stadium in the premier league.
    We play the most beautiful and enjoyable to watch football in the country, second in Europe only to Barca IMO.
    We get to see fantasic young talents like Vela, Ramsey, Walcott, Gibbs etc develop from Carling Cup players into top class first team players.
    Were the most successful team in the biggest city in the country that invented the game.
    We can say all this and haven’t mortgaged our future by being dragged along by a medium term committed sugar daddy.

    It’s an absolute pleasure supporting Arsenal. You should try supporting Leeds, Newcastle or any other mediocre team.

    We love you Arsenal, we do….. etc

    Why do you come here Bayo?
    I’m sure if you want to talk about big signings they’ll welcome you on a Man City blog, or you could just read a 4 year old Chelsea blog?

  • Jimmy

    I would like to see hangeland come if Kolo goes, Would’nt mind Huntelaar either. Some hopeful Arsenal fan put De Rossi into our first team on our website today, and even said he played for Arsenal on wikipedia, would be amzing if it was true, but never going to happen.

  • Berth

    @ Steve – In the end does the attractive football bring satisfaction to you?

    @ debs – Do you really mean kolo was down and out or he had a j temporal loss in form; this guy has class Debs; and at a point should be players that depicts loyalty until gallas’s issue. Am beginning to questions Wenger’s man management and intelligence.

  • Steve

    @Berth
    Maybe not, but I almost always come away from the Emirates entertained, happy and hopeful. It’s easier to beleive a team that plays our way will step up one season and destroy all comers. You can’t turn a team like Wigan into a team like Barca in a season, but Arsenal will always be close to the top, but recently just looking for that little bit more.

  • Debs

    I love Toure to bits, and wouldn’t have minded him ending his career at Arsenal, but iIn all honest, he is past his best. Not by a big margin, but he’s definitely not in his prime. He is getting on in age, and I don’t think one could say that the best is yet to come from him. He might go and prove me wrong and have a stonking year at City, but while I think he is still a good player and can play at the highest level, I doubt if he can play at the highest level consistently, consistently being the operative word. I don’t think Toure wants to play the occasional game and be a squad player, and I don’t begrudge him wanting to leave. I doubt we’d be selling him if he didn’t want to leave. He handed in a transfer request in January, remember? He’ll be missed from a fans point of view, and maybe from the dressing room, but i doubt we’ll be missing anything on the pitch.

  • AJ

    I am currently on holiday, hence my lack of posting, but if Toure goes, I´m not sure how much more of this I can take if we don´t sign replacements for him and Adebayor, plus, why on earth is Wenger selling players to the team most likely to be challenging us for the top 4 next season, he is effectively weakening us and strengthening them with expierenced and proven players, which is what we need, not more damn kids. Faith in Wenger? It´s just about there, but it´s wavering quite alot recently.

  • VJ

    Guys im new to this but have been following the transfer closely today i think most of it is hyped up by media. They want to shock people by saying two people are leaving us. You never know if toure ends up saying he’s a gooner till he dies and stays

  • bayo

    bayo is back any new news

  • bayo

    lets have a pol should eboue be sold after selling toure

  • bayo

    the worst thing that would happen to arsenal this season is not qualifying for the champions league.if my worst fear comes to pass how are going to cope.

  • Steve

    Arsenal will qualify for the champions league.

    Man city will struggle to blend all their attacking options and keep everyone happy. It takes time to build a team, adding Tevez, Ade, Santa Cruz and Barry will mean wholesale changes to their first 11 again.

    City are even postponing their 2nd league game so they can play Barca in a pre-season friendly. Priorities??

    One thing you can’t criticise Wenger for is that the pre-season is aimed at getting the squad ready, not making a few easy million.

  • bayo

    just thought about this arsene said we have 7 central defenders and thus he needs to play some across the mid field that means we have alot of them and we are not buying defenders against so he counted senderous as part of them so is he going to be a part of next season and why did wenger take him for pre season he should have been told to find a club.i dont want to see senderous at the emirates again and if he stays it shows wenger does not know what he is doing

  • bayo

    to steve pls reply my last message

  • edison

    If anything, Arsene selling both Adebayor and Toure is one hell of a statement.
    A statement about perhaps how things are going to change within the squad for this prospective season.

    We can definatly look forward to a focused, leaner Arsenal squad the way things are going. Eduardo, Rosicky, Arshavin, RVP all sleek skillful players and will be our stars, without an empty souled EGO like Adebayor’s to get in their way. The team dynamic is going to be very different.

    And then yes, Kolo looks like hes on the way out also, he is Mr. Charisma, Mr. Arsenal I see many other fans say, and I agree that we will greatly miss Toure in the Arsenal squad.. that is if we were still the same arsenal as last season.

    This however is not the case! Take Adebayor out of attack, and out of the squad and I think we have a very different arsenal team indeed ( how often was the rest of the team/formation considered around the lone attacking role that Adebayor had been accustomed to? ). So i see the proposed removal of Toure as part of this change, and with the likes of Thomas Vermaelen to take his place I really think we have nothing to worry about.

    HOWEVER – the fact that adebayor and toure have gone to the same club is distressing, and counting all of Man City’s stars : Robinho Tevez Adebayor Santa Cruz Barry and so on, Arsenal need to go in GUNNERS BLAZING to retain a TOP 4 spot and show city that you cant play ‘fantasy football’ squads in the real world pal.

  • bayo

    senderous is gonna play for us next season we are in trouble

  • Gooner Get Ya

    A slight change of topic but I have to mention that a guy was on the radio earlier saying that he received a letter saying that he has been offered a season ticket costing around £1200. He contacted AFC wanting to buy and asked what payment plans are available, he was told he must pay it all straight away. Now my point is that we are loyal fans that are in fact willing to pay such a high price the least AFC could do in a time of recession is offer an alternative method. Who apart from the wealthy amonst us has that kind of money to spare. The board need to change their attitude towards the fans…and quickly.

  • devday

    We all knew we needed to do something – Adebayor was terrible last season, so a good move away. It was also signal a return to the team of more mixed play – Arshavin was brought in last Jan to replace Adebayor and Vermaelen was brought in to replace Toure. We’ve made two replacements – only time will tell if they are better or not.

    How Arsene spends this big sum of money will be interesting – will he finally land the DM we need and will he finally spend a little on a player like Chamakh…?

    Very interesting times!

  • Berth

    Dev – 131 hits and still counting!!

  • Berth

    Chamakh should please go to hell. Gignac or Hunteelar for me

  • Leeroy.N

    DEVDEY – Yea good point matey, that seems to be and looks to be the logical explanation for the buys and sells.

    FABREZ – I agree to an extent. I’m not questioning his loyalty as such, just what he wants and when he wants it. I posted a comment the other day about players saying what they feel and saying what the fans want to hear. I doubt it was a sudden change. Something or someone has got into his head about it. I will agree that it must of been a seriously difficult decision for him and the club to go. But I dont think he would of gone if he Really wanted to stay. Nor would the club have sold him if he didnt want to leave. Listening to footballers is so touch and go, from live interviews to supposed comments. I do wish he hadnt of been going, but maintain my stance on if a player wants to move or a change.. for whatever reason, let him go.

    I’m looking towards who we can bring in as cover, apart from Senderos who I still think could make a move, we need another just in case. Then the famous General of the Midfield position and of course the Poacher. Those we ALL know are Needed! It will be interesting to see what Wenger can do with his resources. I hope we all will be pleasently suprised. We are over-due some REALLY good news! HAHA!

    Gooner Til I Die!!

  • KFC

    “In Arsene we trust”, this is testing that phrase to the extreme. I really hope he does something or we may struggle this season as we did before last. Every ounce of my faith is with Arsene!!!!!!!

  • KFC

    Huntelaar looks like an arsenal player. PLZ CONSIDER IT.!!!!

  • KFC

    BARGAIN BUCKET!!!!!- HUNTELAAR AND TULALAN. PROBS BOUT 30 MILL

  • JDD

    we could get huntelaar & van der vaart for the money we got for adebayor.huntelaar-17mil van der vaart-7mil.then if toure unfortunatley leaves 15mil for a good dm-maybe de rossi or mohammadou diarra.

  • Berth

    If Kolo goes; its out of frustration and not loyalty. Kolo seems like a guy who would be willing to play for a lot less; unless Ade has corrupted him too.

  • JAT

    Dev Day you’re a hard man to get hold of! Call me

  • bayo

    gooner

  • bayo

    if we dont get a new cf a new dm and a new cd we wont win a trophy.van p and dudu cannot play the whole season leaving us with mr bent who is not there yet pls forget abt the wholi 15 goals noise.the bad thing is that we wont be able to stop fab from going next season.wenger would only buy 1 more player and thats not good enough and we all know that if we dont strenghten in this positions we cannot laugh at the end cus the competition is stiff for gods sake check chelseas mildfield and dont feel am a glory hunter cus no matter wat city buys they cant break the top 4 until they get a new coach but we need to be the biggest in the premier league not get 2nd and get to 3 semifinals without winning jack

  • devday

    JAT – call me, I’ve at the flat… I’m beginning to get to terms with the Kolo transfer, although my sentiment means it still hurts!!

  • Demzz

    Come on believe in the saying.. in arsene we trust!! i can see some madness brewing in the last month and half of the transfer window.. hangeland hasent signed yet for fulham for a contract extension.. a good bid would having him hoping on the piccadilly line to arsenal!!

    toure was really that great! he was good! but remember he wasent really a good partner for gallas who i say is a better defender! toure loves his long balls.. long balls.. long balls.. u dont c it.. he always kicking the ball up field.. but gallas knows how to play!

    we r gonna buy a striker and if not i have my faith in what we have.. if ed or beddy, or vanny injuries.. we have vela walcott, and ashavin all able 2 play up front.. in defence.. song in defence is actually not a bad idea.. he does no how to play defensive.. but to b honest im not worried whats the worst that can happen we dont sign no one.. but arsene is trying 2 get rid of all the players who r going away for the african nations.. hence why ade toure and eboue r all sailing away!! but come on my arsenal fans.. we gonna c the light soon if not today but tomo.. btu it will b soon.. and we have some interesting youngsters who just might shine this yr!! look up not down.. we will be invinsible again!! in arsene i always trust!!! u cant spell arsenal without arsen!!

  • Leeroy.N

    DEMZZ – Well said. In Arsene we trust!

    Gooner Til I Die!!!

  • Leeroy.N

    Im not sure how true it is that them 3 have and would be leaving. But it certainly a good way to look at it matey. We did seem to get punished last year after the internationals.

    Gooner Til I Die!

  • http://noweb Xend

    Knowing the the African cup is probably in/after winter, most players would be exhausted and need a longer break to recover..

    If we’ve kept Kolo, we’ll probably lose him for 1/2 of the season..and with him in his last year of his contract, and probably 1 season older, cashing him right now isn’t a bad idea after all.

    besides, his personal feud with Gallas doesn’t help improve morale within the team. Either one of them has to leave…

    Apparently, Gallas has proven he still has got it in him. we won’t know what ever happens within the arsenal family but I read somewhere that younger players do continue to respect the former captain.

  • http://whyselltoure.com AFC

    Great we have now sold, Mr.Arsenal Mr.Charisma the one who should have been captain in my eyes but was never considered after the departure of the legend Thierry Henry, and the sacking of Gallas. It seems to me that Wenger never really supported and valued Kolo as highly as the other players.

    Now of course there was that fued between Kolo and Gallas and we knew one of them would leave, never would the arsenal faithful for even a second think that it would be Kolo who would depart. Alot of you are claiming that Gallas was the better defender but he really weren’t. Toure was without a doubt the best defender we had and now with his departure the future does indeed look worrying. Why would we sell Toure for a 32 year old has been?

    Now we all say we have vermaelen and gallas in defence which is a pretty good partnership what happens if one of them get injured and it is more likely to be gallas at his age. If Arsene had the chance to field our best 11 we would compete with Man utd with the quality we have however. It is when our star players are hit with injuries that we begin to suffer. If we want to challenge for the prem we have to have more depth and offloading as many players as we have is not a wise move. I still believe in Arsene and know he will do good with the money we have.

  • Demzz

    arsene is A PROFESSOR! HENCE THE NAME. HE KNOWS ALL ANGLES OF FOOTBALL!! from on the pitch and in the broad room.. yh we have a debt from our stadium.. and yes this 40 mill would take a big chunk out of it.. but look at this.. we have sold players dt was brought for 500,000 and a few mills to 17 mill and 25 mill.. nw dts an investment.. yh if we have injuries.. blah blah blah.. last yr we was had injuries and the yea b4 dt.. dont think u forgot about eduardo.. but we still had ade.. dont think u forget about walcott, fab and ade all out.. even toure but we still got by!!

    sometimes i wonder myself.. yes we might not win the league or we might not buy no exciting players.. but wow.. aint that how football is unprodictable! alot of u arsenal fans r winging like chelsea fans.. soon ull b asking for a 6th manager even doe i remember back in the day chelsea was a middle team and they have only won the league 3 times.. yh man city might do the same.. but come on! everyone gets a time 2 shine but only the great shine 4 ever hence the shitty man u!! great team but pisses me off!!

    again we aint lost nothing the season aint started. yes we lost ade.. toure and soon to b eboue.. but look at it like this.. they left.. its there descison.. we accepted the bid.. but they signed on the line.. they could of stayed loyal! but they didnt.. so good bye to the city hopefulls.. and hello to the orginal football players.. ARSENAL..

    we will buy some players soon!!

    in arsene we trust! and u cant spell arsenal wid out arsen!!!

  • Jazzy from Nigeria

    Wenger’s finally become senile and an ass. I used to respect his decisions but my opinion is that HE is the one that should be sold, scratch that, FIRED!