Stoke vs Arsenal Team News & Formal Offer Document Released

Afternoon All…

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather at the moment, it looks like it could be an awesome day of football this weekend, with a lot going on at the top and bottom of the table. The big two clashes of the day are Man United vs Chelsea and Stoke vs Arsenal of course. The question is, who do you want to win the title decider on Sunday? The optimists would say, if Chelsea win, then we’ll be three points behind the top two with two games to go and have a shout for the title (if we beat Stoke of course)… the pessimists among us would probably say a United win could help us finish 2nd.

Personally, I want both teams to lose and be docked 6 points each and for us to beat Stoke 5-0. Let’s see what the weekend brings us.

Team News

Team news ahead of the game was revealed earlier today by Arsene Wenger and he had this to say:

“Diaby, Nasri and Fabregas will be out. Nasri and Fabregas have a little chance for Aston Villa but not for Stoke. Johan Djourou had a test yesterday that looked quite positive. We have a doubt about Clichy’s hamstring. He had a test that was not completely satisfactory; both have a chance to be fit. Thomas Vermaelen is available and could be in the squad. Aaron Ramsey is likely to get another chance; I can even say that he will play.”

With Diaby, Cesc and Nasri out, the midfield can all but pick itself. The injury to Clichy and the inclusion of Vermaelen is very interesting, if Djourou doesn’t make it, the Belgian defender may get the nod. My predicted line up for the game is:

Szcznesy

Sagna – Djourou – Koscielny – Gibbs

Wilshere – Song

Walcott – Ramsey – Arshavin

Van Persie

With a bench of Lehmann, Eboue, Vermaelen, Denilson, Rosicky, Bendtner, Chamakh

Despite the injuries to four key personnel, the line up is quite decent. It looks like Ramsey will be given the nod again to face the team that broke his leg at the ground that broke his leg and face the player that broke his leg – a big big mental test for the young Welsh gunner. I hope he comes through it.

Stoke assistant manager Kemp spoke on Sunday’s meeting:

‘Ryan will play, and I’m sure they will pick Aaron Ramsey. But after that I wouldn’t really want to comment. We have enough on our plate just playing Arsenal. ’There’s a bit of history between the two clubs, so it’s going to be a big game in its own right anyway.’

I have to admit, I am a bit worried for Aaron – I really hope he can handle the game and that he doesn’t get targeted by Stoke players. Something I wouldn’t put past them!

Formal Offer Document Released

And earlier today, the formal offer document for KSE’s takeover of Arsenal was released. 64 pages long, quite detailed and discussing a lot of the points. The offer is for £11,750 and if you want to download and read it, you can do so here. Interestingly, in the accompanying letter from Peter Hill Wood, the chairman urges all of to sell our shares.

Accordingly, the Arsenal Independent Directors unanimously recommend that Arsenal Shareholders acceptthe Offer, as the Arsenal Independent Directors have irrevocably undertaken to do in respect of their own shareholdings amounting, in aggregate, to 555 Arsenal Shares (representing 0.89 per cent. of Arsenal’s existing issued share capital).

I am in the opposing camp – let’s keep our shares so we have a say in the club. I’m sure all the independent Arsenal trusts agree…

A positive statement in formal offer document was:

KSE nor anyone associated with KSE has borrowed or lent any relevent securities for this offer.

Which is obviously a massive relief. Unlike the likes of the Glazers and Hicks & Gillett, our offer seems to have a different overall angle to it.

It will take a while to digest the huge document, so we’ll discuss at a later stage…

That’s it from me today, more tomorrow…

  • Kodjo

    I have a feeling Wenger might play Chamakh or Bendtner to counter the height and set piece threats posed by Stoke. That means Arshavin may have to drop out.

    We will be giving too much away in height with Walcott, Ramsey, Gibbs & Wilshere. Wenger will have to get his personnel right….for tactical reasons. Sometimes technical ability has to be sacrificed or balanced out.

  • mike

    we need to win simple – that way the pressure is on the other two – can they both lose some how?

  • mike

    Was bit surprised to see the hike in Silver renewals but I never bother with all that tat in the pack – who wants a fucking key fob / bottle opener etc…..the club shop sells all that shit if you really want it. The only decent thing it ever contained was Perry Groves book.

    All things considered it’s still better being a Silver member than any other. £39 and I get first choice on tickets.

    If, as expected, the GIC and the tossers that run the club pocket a fat wad from selling Cesc, and chose to reinvest it in renewing existing contracts and signing the odd second rater from minor leagues, then it will be my only investment in the club anyway.

    I’ll decide come 31st August whether to spend anymore – a bit like the club really. Would be the first season since ’78 that I haven’t attended a single home game, but I’m sick and tired of being taken for granted and treated like a gullible fool. The increased costs and salaries of our commercial team relative to what they are doing for the club is the last straw for me.

    To be honest I’ll be glad when this season is over – the mood is so bad now. I’ll be going to the Villa game and seeing what the Summer brings

  • Sharad

    Was bit surprised to see the hike in Silver renewals but I never bother with all that tat in the pack – who wants a fucking key fob / bottle opener etc…..the club shop sells all that shit if you really want it. The only decent thing it ever contained was Perry Groves book.

    All things considered it’s still better being a Silver member than any other. £39 and I get first choice on tickets.

    If, as expected, the GIC and the tossers that run the club pocket a fat wad from selling Cesc, and chose to reinvest it in renewing existing contracts and signing the odd second rater from minor leagues, then it will be my only investment in the club anyway.

    I’ll decide come 31st August whether to spend anymore – a bit like the club really. Would be the first season since ’78 that I haven’t attended a single home game, but I’m sick and tired of being taken for granted and treated like a gullible fool. The increased costs and salaries of our commercial team relative to what they are doing for the club is the last straw for me.

    To be honest I’ll be glad when this season is over – the mood is so bad

  • Sharad

    well if you needed further evidence of wenger contuing with the same crap he is apparently sitting down with bendtner to persuade him to stay.its a joke the man as no idea how supporters feel. he also says the price increase is justified,well why dont you get rid of the rubbish you have assembled,such as almunia,eboue,denilson,diaby(injured yet again the mans record is a joke)squillaci,rosicky,bendtner(only he and aw believes he is any good),vela and i believe any reasonable offer for arshavin s/be accepted.thats 9 out and bring in 3 ready made ist teamers and 2 others to pressurise the squad. then presumably with this wonderful youth policy wenger keeps going on about lets see who you have got.another thing i thought gavadis who i believe earns 1.2 million why as he not secured sponsership deals and why as it taken so long for wenger to adjust his preseason plans,asia and usa are important markets.as soon as the season ends you will hear again that his team is amazing,outstanding and deserve more credit and of course his favourite they only average 23,all reasons to forget what we have seen again,no improvement in the squad since the invincibles. just a thought arsene whilst supporters have had little or no pay increase even had pay reduced why do you extend contracts of players who s/be moved on.once again we can look forward to a stagnate summer and further gloom and doom for next season with no chance of honours,to those who say wait and see i say wait and see.

  • Sharad

    Why dont you sell Diaby, Rosicky, Denilson, Bendtner surely that will save you alot of money. They want the money up front and if you take up the instalment option you get charged over 15% interest. They dont care about the fans, all this is is just talk. This is most expensive season ticket in world football, they say; “one of the avenues the club have to explore as they aim to stay competitive in an unbalanced market” what about being competative on the pitch? This rise is not justified its all PR and mumbo jumbo to get more money out of us. Will the rise see a rise in spending on the pitch? Gazidis you dont care about the club at least David Dein had a vision for the club on the pitch. Lets be honest thats were it all matters, you are treating the fans like mugs £1000 is alot of money. Shame on you Wenger for justifying this. Why dont you put the same effort in finding top quality signings for us.

  • Fo

    @ Kodjo:
    I’d like to see Chamakh to start up front with Van Persie on the left wing. It will be better for us as I don’t think Arshavin will have much of an effect against Stoke.

    Chamakh can deal with the height and is good in the air – Van Persie is very good at crossing… it’s a win win!!

  • Fo

    @ Sharad:
    I have to agree with you – Squillaci, Rosicky, Bendtner and the likes are on top top money and losing just Rosicky’s annual wage would be a bigger saving than the price increase.

  • peter

    the real formal of arsenal is very competence actually especial during the ueper legel