Robin Expected to Sign Soon

Two new signings?

First off, I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s day yesterday. I had a kickaround, then had some beer, then indulged in some razor clams and some more beer and watched Young Frankenstein with the family.

It was nice, but I was thinking, Father’s day should be held on Saturday so that you can have a hangover on Sunday and be ready to go back to work on Monday. Just saying…

Anyway, while I was consuming my first round of beers, I had a chance to watch the Italy v. Brazil game and check out supposed Arsenal target Felipe Melo. The Brazilians played a sort of 4-2-3-1 and I thought Melo did pretty well, backing up the far superior Gilberto Silva. I’m not sure who that Gilberto guy plays for but we should sign him, he would be perfect.

Seriously though, I don’t think Melo looks the part that Arsenal need. I mean, in 90 minutes I don’t think I saw him put in a single tackle. He had plenty of opportunity, mind you, but he seemed to be coasting behind Gilberto who was everywhere, doing everything. Maybe he’s better than that and had an off night, but I’m struggling to see what he offers that our Denilson doesn’t already have. I’m looking for one of three types of players; the Gilberto type who is everywhere filling in for everyone, a destroyer, or just a solid box-to-box midfielder. The last thing we need is another slow, technically proficient, midfielder.

Oh and hey, I also caught the tail end of this one game, where the USA beat some Egypt team? Was that an important game or something? Because I read that the winner of that game gets to be Spain’s next win.

Wasn’t someone saying that Egypt was going to beat USA 7-0? Hmmm…

Anyway, enough of that International crapola, we’ve got Arsenal “news!”

Robin van Persie is supposedly going to be (like) a new signing any minute now. Yay. Bendtner’s daddy said that he’s NOT leaving the club, not for Roma, even though they are traveling to Rome. Yay. Arshavin says he wants to end his career in Russia St. Racistberg, possibly to be closer to his hairdresser. Meanwhile, the press are pushing hard for Chelsea to buy Adebayor. OMGPLEASELETTHISHAPPEN. And finally, on-again-off-again Arsenal target Blaze Matuidi has asked his directors for a sign over his future at Saint-Etienne, this totally means that Arsenal are going to sign him.  Totally.

Setanta Follow Up

Setanta finally got their US site up and running and they have a statement on the US site that says

As has been widely reported in various media channels, Setanta Sports has today had its agreement to broadcast 46 Barclays Premier League matches in the UK terminated.

This development does not affect our channels and other services in the US.

Setanta Sports in the US is a separate operation that has separate agreement to show the Barclay’s Premier League. Our channels and other services in the US continue to broadcast and our subscribers can still enjoy our programming including the Lions Tour of South Africa and the UEFA U21 European Championship.

New customers are welcome to subscribe to watch some of the world’s best soccer and rugby either by contacting our cable and satellite partners or online at www.setanta.com.

We thank you for your continued interest in Setanta Sports and look forward to bringing you a wealth of sport over the coming months and years.

I guess that’s that and we’ve got another season of Setanta to look forward to over here — because even if the UK enterprise collapses, they may be able to pull off a leaner version in the states. We’ll have to wait and see. For my foreign readers, the UK rights are going up for sale and it’s looking like you all may be watching the games on Sky.

Right, that’s it for today, see you all tomorrow!


21 Responses to “Robin Expected to Sign Soon”

  1. 1 Bongo
    June 22, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Van Persie, I’ll believe it when it’s announced on the official website.

    I’m delighted Bendtner is staying, he’s going to be a world class striker, if not next season then the season after. 15 goals (some of them vital) for a 20 year old that played mainly as a sub is brilliant, I know he’s missed some sitters but with match practice and confidence he will become clinical, I can only applaud both his work rate and his loyalty to the club.

    I hate transfer news, none of it is ever reliable so I never check out potential signings, it bores me, I did check out some vids on vermaelen though, problem is and I don’t get this but I couldn’t find any videos of him defending, putting in last ditch tackles and things like that, just goals he’s scored etc. What’s the point in that? He’s a defender you can’t gauge how good a defender is by the odd goal he scores. Mindboggling.

    As usual we’ve been linked with loads of people from huntelaar to melo and so on. One thing I will say ois the last thing we need is a new attacking player even if Adebayor goes, we have enough.

    Vela is continuing his development and I believe he will gain valuable experience as Eduardos understudy, they are quite similar in their styles of play, although Vela seems to be firmer and holds off defenders surprizingly well. Eduardo’s return to regular first team football will be a breath of fresh air and I can’t wait to see him and Van Persie form a regualr partnership, with Vela as a rotational player and Bendtner as the usual super sub.

    Apparently Rocky was available to play at the end of last season I can understand why he wasn’t played, I got the impression from interviews I’ve seen that he’s a broken man if he was to enter the unforgiving cauldron that was the emirates last season and not play well it would have crushed him and that would have been the end.

    I can’t wait for next season, we’re going to win everything. Manure have made a huge mistake although my guess is they had no choice in getting rid of ron and tevez, chelsea are still dangerous but their revolving door managerial policy will not help them and liverpool seem broke.

  2. 2 TheSKAGooner
    June 22, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Good to hear the RVP news – if it’s accurate. Last week the Sun or some other dodgy rag had him all but signed at United. So, as the Zen Master said – “We’ll see”. I do want him to sign though…

    It’s a funny thing with Melo. Clearly the guy has class. But he didn’t show up at all against Italy. He was there, on the pitch, and wearing a Brazil kit. Beyond that though, nary a memorable moment. I wonder if it’s hit or miss with him in matches? If so, that’s DEFINITELY not what we need. And Cesc would rightly be frustrated with Arsenal for spending money on a guy who isn’t going to provide either the defensive cover he needs or the strong link to the back four every match. It’s all well and dandy to look good on occasion, get a run out and collect your paycheck, but that’s not going to help us win trophies. If we sign a DM, it’s got to be somebody who shows up for EVERY match, rules behind Cesc and has the wherewithal to be both the first link in the attack leading to Cesc as well as the “5th” defender.

    Good news on Setanta US. If I’m still in the US when the season starts, I’m definitely getting the subscription. It was ever so painful this past season to see that Arsenal were being broadcast on Setanta or SetA (the alternate channel), while Fox were showing a snoozefest between Bolton and Hull or some such rubbish.

    Oh…and a belated Happy Fathers Day to you all. I’ll get around to joining your ranks one of these days. :)

  3. 5 Yan
    June 22, 2009 at 8:36 am

    It seems to me that Tim is slowly succumbing to internationals, mbwahaha. Will you cheer for the US if they make it to the finals? They (US) went to semis due to goal differential, leaving Italy out. Actually the last minutes were quite entertaining due to the fact that one Italy goal would have them on semis. Not that they were close, though. Go figure, the current world champions, LOL.

  4. 7 WC
    June 22, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Tim I have to disagree with your assessment of Melo simply because Brazil play a different tatic than Arsenal. It’s really an odd formation but Brazil have been using it for a while now where they set up 2 CMs, previously Emerson and Gilberto, and one of them does the link up and the other does the dirty work. It’s all strange to me but it works for Brazil. What I do like about Melo is his ability to go forward and pass more than 5 yards – something Denilson is clearly lacking right now. I haven’t seen many Fiorentina games but if his record is anything to go by then Melo isn’t exactly Mr. Nice Guy. A friend of mine who is a Juventus fan and watches Serie A all year round, assures me that Melo is capable of being a very solid CM and th Arsenal style could fit him well. I would have no problems bringing him into the team and covering Cesc as Melo also provides the height that Denilson doesn’t have and the poise that Song seems to lack,. while being at a pretty good age of 25.

    If the Chavs want Ade for 25M, then be my guest as long as we can get a deal for Huntelaar.

    • 8 Tim
      June 22, 2009 at 10:08 am

      Melo is 3cm taller than Denilson.

      Melo didn’t make a single tackle, not one, I understand he was playing the 5th defender role, but he had a lot of opportunities to make good defensive plays and did not do it.

      Melo made a lot of long passes, none of which found their mark.

      Melo actually looked slower than Denilson, hell, he looked slower than Song.

      Denilson lacks the ability to go forward? Really? Don’t make me get the damn chalkboard out again!!! I have shown time and again that people have a perception about Denilson that is just dead wrong. He’s a great little player with a tremendous future, what he needs is someone like Senna or Gilberto (or Cesc!) to guide him to the next level.

      But even if I’m (and Arseblog, etc) are all wrong and Melo is good enough, do you really think he’s that much better than Denilson? Is he a huge leap forward or just slightly better? Are you willing to take a chance on a guy who mails in games like yesterday, or do you want to go for someone who will certainly boost the squad?

      I mean, come on, if you’re going to splash the cash and you want someone who is going to take your team to the next level, but you won’t buy experience, at least bring in Cana or maybe Veloso. Don’t go for someone who is marginally better than a player we already have.

      • 9 Bongo
        June 22, 2009 at 10:17 am

        I agree with your assessment of Denilson, he’s one of the unsung heroes of our season.

        While he wasn’t mindblowing he was steady and for the most part reliable, he did look out of his dept a couple of times but that’s to be expected seeing the position in which he was placed in and the amount of games he was forced to play, filling in for Cesc. I seriously think he could become a dominant force in midfield and I don’t see what height has to with anything, should I mention Cahill?

        Denilson could improve his ariel ability but everything else is coming on along just great, as for long passes, just watch a replay of Arshavins very first goal to see if he has that ability.

        • 10 CaribKid
          June 22, 2009 at 10:42 am

          “Denilson could improve his aerial ability”

          What aerial ability, he is non existent when it comes to defensive headers. Couple that with his lack of pace and he is just not a fit for Arsenal with the way the team is setup. We have too many midgets in the MF who can’t head the ball and this puts pressure on an already small back 4. Adding to the problem is that Almunia is not very commanding in his penalty box and tends to stay at home.

          The above, is a sure recipe for disaster in the EPL. Guys, look on the big picture and not on the individual. Football is a team sport and the team needs to have balance, which it does not, when Fab, Denilson, Arshavin and the rest of the rat pack are in MF.

          Look at the Invincibles, we had Henry, Bergkamp, Pires, Viera, Petit, Edu, Gilberto, which provided height all over the field, and big boy Sol Campbell who was a perfect foil for Toure and Seaman, who was not afraid to make the box his own turf.

          Look at Barca, They have Yaya and Busquets at DM, tall, athletic players who provide aerial ability.

          You can put the 11 best players in the world on the pitch together and they could lose if the team is not balanced. However good a player Denilson is, he plainly does not fit the current Arsenal or Brazilian schema. That’s why Gilberto and Melo is still starting for Brazil and Denilson has not even been called up to their squad.

      • 11 CaribKid
        June 22, 2009 at 10:47 am

        Tim, Melo may be only 3cms taller than Denilson, but he scores from headed set pieces and competes defensively in the air. Sagna is small, yet he is an excellent header of the ball. It all has to do with leaping ability, timing and the will to compete. Denilson has shown none of that in the air.

        Messi and Arshavin may be midgets, but they do compete aerially because they have the timing and the instinct. Denilson does not, and instinct and timing are the most difficult things to teach because it tends to come naturally.

        As usual, just my DENILSON rant (lol).

      • 12 WC
        June 22, 2009 at 1:35 pm

        However Tim, being a CM is not about speed or even about power but mostly about positional awareness – which Denilson just doesn’t have if you ask me. Makalele is not a very fast player but he essentially defined this CM position we call the “Makalele role” because he knew where he needed to be when he needed to be there. Simply put Denilson just doesn’t have it right now and we don’t know if he will – only time will tell. Melo has already shown he’s good aerially with his extra 3cm and he’s not a small kid like Denilson and certainly does not get pushed over as easily. This talk about Cahill is also rubbish. Cahill has the jumping ability – where’s Denilson’s – does not exist. I admire Denilson’s efforts but as the old Arsenal adage goes “he has potential but hasn’t fulfilled it yet” and if we want to be serious contenders then we need established older players to come in and give us some good seasons while the younger players are under their tutelage. To show how not ready Denilson is, look at the Brazil team – even Kleberson got a call up over Denilson. Yes Kleberson, that totally worthless former Manc who was one disaster of a midfielder, couldn’t hack it in Europe and ran home to Flamengo, a team who hasn’t won the Brazilian title in years – and this is the same club that washed up Adriano is playing for and you’re going to really tell me that Denilson is some star midfielder at a top European club? I don’t have some agenda against Denilson but he cannot be the starting anchor to midfield next season – perhaps he can develop in a couple years but not right now and whether it be Melo, Cana, Toulalan, Veloso or whoever, they would certainly be better than what we currently have.

  5. 13 geraldinho
    June 22, 2009 at 11:02 am

    off topic, but i just saw on soccernet that espn has won the rights to the epl that setanta has given up. i take the announcement to mean that espn has the rights in the uk for 09-10 and then the full rights for 10-13 seasons so setanta will still be showing the matches that fox does not (in north america) for this upcoming season and then it will be between fox and espn after that. this probably means the demise of setanta in north america, i know i won’t keep paying for it if they aren’t showing he epl. the positives are that hopefully by the 10-11 season both fox and espn will be showing the epl in the usa in HD and hopefully the espn portion will be on one of their widely available channels and matches will be shown live rather than on tape delay basis. i know this thread is not about this, but seems like a big development for american arsenal fans.

    • June 22, 2009 at 11:17 am

      I just saw the same story, bro, and we’ve been talking about it the last couple of days.

      Basically, this is playing out the way I thought it would. The next step here is for Setanta to just fold and then ESPN will step in and serve up the games here in America next year.

      It could be a really good time to be a football fan!

      • 15 geraldinho
        June 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

        i agree, tim, it could be a good thing, but it depends on how espn chooses to present it. this has been mentioned in the other thread about this topic, but there are some possible downsides to espn having the rights. for me these would be mostly related to when they choose to show matches and on which of their channels. a lot of the season overlaps with college football and basketball, so espn may want to show games on a tape delay basis later in the day. i guess the other possibilities are to show the matches over on espn classic or something which would probably be fine. i’m hoping they do go with the HD though. for me i don’t really care who the commentators are, i just want to see live arsenal matches, and if they can be in hd then even better. hopefully they don’t relegate all of their footy coverage to something like espn deportes or something.

        • June 22, 2009 at 12:14 pm

          As far as I know there are no sporting events in the United States which air between 4am and noon.

          Maybe some March Madness stuff might get in the way. Maybe.

          • 17 geraldinho
            June 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm

            not the games themselves at those times, but espn loves to have long pregame shows on saturday mornings. college gameday for football is a pretty popular one, i think that starts at 10 or 10:30. those are the types of things i am worried they won’t want to bump off of the hd channels. if they end up putting the games on one of the non hd channels that would be okay too i guess. better than paying for setanta as i do now, but hd EPL would be pretty sweet

  6. 18 nyc gunner
    June 22, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    if denilson grows a cm or two, he will be “like a new signing”

    jokes aside, although i would like to see a new defensive midfielder – im not so sure melo is the answer. from what i’ve seen he’s decent in the air but not too impressive in his tackles. he didn’t impress me as a player who reads the game well either. that honor has to go to gilberto – who broke up most of the plays. although it must be said that pirlo’s passing helped! melo’s probably a bit better than denilson but the 15MM valation seems too high and it doesn’t look like he is going to significantly improve the team. if arsene is going to replace the “most under rated player in the league”, it will probably be someone who makes a real difference and not just someone who may “destroy their career”.

  7. June 22, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Not convinced Setanta US is going away just yet, since it is evidently profitable…

    I know it sounds simplistic, and almost a cliche at this point, but if Wenger thinks Melo fits our schemes and is better than the incumbents, I’d never doubt his player evaluations. Especially when it comes to the big money deals, he and the scouts really put in their homework!

  8. June 22, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Wenger should not sale any player,let them all renew their contracts and continue signing new faces to join his team,which will boost moral of all players,resulting into success, thanx to Van-persie to keep faith in arsenal

  9. 21 Gooner
    June 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Denilson is world class. We don’t need another DM although I admit some height in midfield would be invaluable.

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