When Saturday Comes…

Morning Gooners,

So here we are on the verge of the new season, players brought in (some of high quality too), players have moved on but the hot topic at Arsenal is still about the future of our captain, RVP. Something’s never change and yet again it’s been less of the ‘will he won’t he’ but ‘when will he’.

The unthinkable is fast becoming the inevitable as RVP is closing on his move to ‘arch rivals’ Man Utd. Similar to Frank Stapleton, 31 years on, RVP has set his heart (and wallet) on a move to Old Trafford. Arsenal seem to be playing a game of hardball, albeit in a weakened position thanks to THAT public statement,  by demanding close to the £25m (ONO, full service history, one careful owner).

What does this move say about all parties involved?

RVP:

H’s clearly willing to turn his back on his ‘I’ll always be a Gunner’ sentiment at the close of the season to wear the shirt of a key rival. I guess he clearly thinks by leaving this current squad at Arsenal, he is taking a step towards achieving his career aims. I’d disagree but I’m an Arsenal fan so my view point will always be bias.

Interestingly, friends who are fans of other clubs feel RVP is making the wrong decision by leaving Arsenal and joining a United team that flattered to deceive last season. For reference, these same fans rightly said Arsenal would struggle post Cesc.

 

United:

Well they’ll feel like the cat that got the cream while Arsenal fans just hope they soon find that it’s just soured milk. United fans will be overjoyed that they’ve just bought the best player in the premiership last season, bar none. At c£20-25million and 29 years old, they have every right to be cautious. Personally, I believe United are making a big striker signing as a signal of intent to their City rivals rather than a practical signing against the requirements of their squad. United do not lack a goal scorer or few; they lack someone to put their foot on the ball and dictate play. They also lack a proper defensive midfielder who can effectively screen the defence, especially in Europe. United have already missed out on Moura and Hazard, RVP was not their priority.

Arsenal:

Selling another captain in the summer, letting the best player in England go to our rivals and yet again taking a step backwards after impressive signings so far this summer. I’m not going to dwell and recover the roads that led us here, I rather be pragmatic (or a d*ck as I was told yesterday) and look forward offering support to the players that will take to the pitch against Sunderland, and the remainder of the season. Cazorla is a fantastic player that will fill the creative void left by Cesc. Giroud a more complete target man than Chamakh and Podolski is a real winner who wants to show everyone in Germany he can cut it. I also don’t think the spending is over yet. It’s time to look forward and get ready for the new season, players come and go but the club will always remain.

There is an argument to say that that RVP moving on will allow the team to become more balanced as the focal point of the attack is removed and the goal scoring work load is then shared between the likes of Poldi, Theo, AOC, Gervinho, Cazorla and Giroud. This argument at this point would be seen as clutching at straws but who remembers when Henry left? The season after certain members of the team stepped up and took Arsenal to the closest they have been to a title since 2004.

 

Away from the RVP saga, the rumours about Song potentially leaving for Barcelona seem to be growing stronger. If Arsenal do choose to sell Song, it will be entirely that, their choice. Song has three years left on his contract; the choice to sell will be made by Wenger and I’d expect a replacement to come it. It would be a pity if we did sell Song, as infuriating as he can be at times, we would lose a player who has grown in stature and popularity and I would argue he is the one most improved players in Wenger’s reign.

After 3 months of housework, watching the Olympics and putting up with daily transfer bullsh*t, the football season is finally here. I can’t wait to make the journey to the Grove on Saturday for a 3pm kick off, the Tollington banter and the sight of the hallow turf for the first time. Remember it’s a marathon not a sprint and if the Olympics have taught us anything, the crowd can lift an athlete to achieve more than they ever believed possible. When Saturday come…

 

COME ON THE ARSENAL!!!

 

~ @Tottz82

 

 

 

 

  • kooleddy

    I was distraught when the news on RVP’s imminent departure came through but now that the shock has been absorbed and after watching outstanding tean work by the lads against koln,I think RVP leaving will make arsenal stronger and better. So heads up all u gooners and be ready for our best season yet.

  • Guns of steel 72

    As a gooner now for 23yrs, I was ashamed of RVP for allowing his agent and the call of a bigger wage packet to dictate what was important too him. Of course previous comments of ” I doing think arsenal are going in the right direction” also the suggestion that he could understand the politics of football

  • Dreamz

    What would be the point in putting up with Song’s learning curve for so many years and then when he finally gets some form, we sell him?

  • arrnen

    Any player who does not want to stay and work with 100% when call upon should Gooo Asap. I will grab the £22 million rather than let him stay unhappy and work out free next season.I don’t care where the money goes either re invest or to the board, please let the dressing room be a happy place that is my concern, If RVP will not sign a new deal please sell him Asap.

  • Patrick

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  • ArseManual

    Van Persie to Man United should be blocked.
    He is our best player!!

    God help us!

  • himmat

    If they meet our asking price then let him go .. no point keeping mercenaries at the club….cheerio to song as well. and wallnut.

  • himmat

    :Guns – i bet his agent met up with darren dein who fecked us over AGGAAAAIIN

  • Speedster

    If Van Persie is sold to UNITED it will undermine us BIG TIME.
    It’s like us signing Rooney from them.

    We are a small club and a selling club.

    We should sell him ABROAD for sure.

  • fan

    I can’t understand RVP desire to leave Arsenal for Utd. Number one, it is a coward move which will lose a lot of respect from players and fans, Number two, this year, Arsenal have as much talent as any other team. The only reason I see is for money. He wants over 200k wages and Arsenal can’t afford to pay him that much.

  • Bonathan

    unfortunately yes, money is playing a bigger part than rvp would want us to believe. i’m gutted its gonna be united i must say. i just didn’t see him doing that.

    i definitely think things have been agreed a while now though. i don’t think there’s any chance we will see out our threat to keep hold of him either.

    if we take even a penny less than 20m, then we have once again been too weak

  • JDD

    RVP IS GONE

    CONGRATS TO GAZIDIS, KROENKE AND ALL THE BOARD ON SELLING OUR BEST PLAYER TO MANCHESTER UNITED, ONE OF OUR BIGGEST RIVALS OVER THE YEARS.

    CHANGE UPSTAIRS IS NEEDED ASAP, WE ARE BECOMING A LAUGHING STOCK.DO YOU THINK FERGIE WOULD HAVE DARED TO BID FOR HENRY OR BERGKAMP 7 OR 8 YRS? OF COURSE HE WOULDNT BECUASE THE BID WUDAV HAVE BEEN LAUGHED ALL THE WAY BACK TO MANCHESTER.

    ITS NOT THE FACT RVP IS LEAVING THAT IS MAKING ME ANGRY ITS THE FACT WE SOLD HIM TO A DIRECT RIVAL.

    ANYWAY I STILL HAVE FAITH IN WENGER AND THE PLAYERS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO THE CLUB AND I CAN SEE US DOING BIG THINGS THIS SEASON.

  • Bonathan

    I’d tend to agree. pleased with signings we’ve made. but what has happened this summer is another damaging blow to the stature of the club. if we didn’t already know it, we are well and truly a second rate team.

    what’s more, the chances of united falling are now minimul to say the least. they will continue to be a major force to be reckoned with.

    we however, have had our bottoms smacked again i’m afraid. the exit door is open wider than ever.

    the question has to be asked………. who next?

    i think we should be thankful that wilshire has his injury problems at the mo, cos i think city would have really had a good go at signing him otherwise. got him till next summer at least.

  • Master J

    RVP has been sold t united, shameful though, to have sold our best player to a direct rivals as united, but it is high time we the fans stopped seeing any player as our own because it is just like the saying ‘soldier go soldier come but barracks will always remain’. The earlier we realised that, the less disappointed we will be when our star player leaves the club, because we have been signing rebelous players of the late who claims to love the club but rather, they are lovers of money.

  • Berth

    Arsenal at the moment are not feeling me in.

  • prime

    so now we only have 2 option. podolski and giroud. hope both of them 100% free injury for whole season.

  • iamdein

    Absolutely outrageous that we have sold to one of our rivals and made them stronger. The board are just interested in money. How can a “self proclaimed gooner RVP” sign for manure – its beyond words. We the supporters are the only loyal commodity at AFC – our voice must be heard. This current board has again shown the total disregard for our views – how they can even contemplate selling to our main rivals is beyond belief – sack the current board – get Stanly out – Iv had enough of this money grabbing board – they only spend when they know they can recoup their money – thats not ambition – thats called lining your pockets by “money grabbing” “do nothing board”

  • hugo

    So a few weeks ago both Podolski and Giroud were bought to play alongside RVP, not as replacements. So we can expect the money from the RVP sale to be used to replace him right?? Of course not. Now Arsene’s story has changed. Now Podolski and Giroud were always intended to offset the departure of RVP.

    Apparently Arsene had no choice but to sell Van Persie as he was in the last year of his contract. So why talk all that bullsh*t when RVP announced he wouldn’t extend (lets be fair we all new it was bullsh*t) that “he’s still under contract for one more year”, “he will be made to stay” and the biggest joke of all, “Arsenal Football Club are in control of where RVP plays his football next season”??

    And the obvious question, why the hell do we keep allowing players to either run down their contracts and walk away for sod all or get to 1 year remaining where we are forced to sell for below market price to whoever offers the most?? Wiltord, Edu, Flamini, Nasri, RVP and next summer Walcott. Whether you were fans or not of any of those players, the fact is it means we cannot dictate who they sign for and we receive below market value for them.

    And last but not least, please Arsene do not furnish us with more bullsh*t that we have demonstrated our abmition by spending £40m on new players. I’m pretty sure that come the end of the transfer window our net spend will be close to zero. We leak too many goals, have done for 5/6 seasons. What have you spent on that?

    Anyway a new season begins. Time to back the players still wearing the shirt. Come on you Gunners.

  • hugo

    The question about the money being spent is a laughable one really Simple this:

    1. If Wenger was an ambitious manager, in negotiations for RVP, he would have asked for one of Berbatov or Chicharito. Arsenal held all the aces. ManYoo were the oes desperate for a marquee signing, we didn’t have to sell. The problem is Wenger is not a football manager. He is a (rubbish) glorified accountant. Fergie is a football man. Wenger is a corporate money-grabbing suit. Remember that when Henry was sold, Rijkaard offered us Eto’o + £5 mil for Henry.
    Wenger opted for a straight cash deal.

    2. Wenger the mr anti ‘financial doping’.
    Let me tell you somehing. Arsene Wenger is a big fan of PSG. And when they were in talks to be acquired, who was their main advisor on the takeover? Arsene Wenger. He pocketed a very respectable fee from Qatar for his troubles and did well off the shares in PSG he owned. Mr anti ‘financial doping’ advising a French club to be bought out by Qatar so he could make a killing. Fanc that?

    3. Arsenal, yet AGAIN, are weaker than they were last season. It’s incredible really. Said this before and will say it again, Giroud is the new Andre-Pierre Gignac. Just you wait and watch. He isn’t very good at al, he is nowhere near a Papis Cisse let alone RVP. A strike force of the overrated Podolski + Giroud vs Rooney + RVP…pffft