Posts Tagged ‘Sagna

17
Jun
08

“He will not be an Arsenal player next season – and you can print that.”

Who Arsene Wenger Isn’t Buying

Vincent Kompany is not going to be an Arsenal player next season. Yes, Wenger loves him, he’s even been following him for 10 years, but Kompany will NOT be an Arsenal player next season. Rumor is that Arsenal may buy Spanish star Raul Albiol because he’s a bargain but Wenger is insistent that he doesn’t need any help in defense:

There is nobody I need for my team’s defensive department

I think most Arsenal supporters would disagree with that statement but it’s still June and let’s wait to see how he parses that statement out over the next few months. It could be “well we didn’t “need” anyone but we “wanted” XYZ” or something like that.

Wenger did reveal that Arsenal are very interested in “several” Belgian players. Marouane Fellaini perhaps? He’s tall, a good header of the ball, plays in defensive midfield, and considered a good “box to box” player. I don’t know, like I said, we’ll have to see how this all parses out over the next few weeks.

Last year’s surprise signing of the season, Bacary Sagna, is being featured over at the dot com this week and there’s even a competition to win a DVD of the season in review. Click on over there and win yourself a DVD!

Until Arsenal actually buy someone, all we have is…

Euro 2008

Cesc is happy on the bench, the French team sucks, Djourou wishes he could have gotten a chance, and the whole tournament is boring me to death.

Sign someone Arsene!

World Cup Qualification

While the USA cruised to an 8-0 destruction of Barbados this weekend, Brazil failed to dispatch 10 man Paraguay. My sources inform me that Sepp Blatter’s head exploded at this news because he couldn’t blame the “foreigners” (BRAZILIANS) for the Brazilian’s loss. I do think, however, he will try to find a way to show that his quota system would have prevented this defeat. Give him time.

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04
Jun
08

Come on, dude

Ljungberg goes down injured

Former Arsenal great and current West Ham sick room bench warmer (and part time underwear model) Freddie Ljungberg has lost his freaking mind. The press are portraying it as “having a go” at Arsene Wenger or “ripping” him but look at this quote:

While I was being treated for an injury they went out and found a different player for my position. After I recovered I was given a chance in the typical Wenger way – I was expected to run and intercept and score just the same as before.

What exactly did you want them to do? Play with 10 men while you recuperated, then hand you back your job regardless of whether you are the best man for it, and hold up the progress of other Arsenal players like Theo Walcott?

He just didn’t give me enough time to do it properly.

Sorry Freddie, you had two full seasons to perform and you turned in 4 goals and 4 assists in two full seasons. Moreover, this season with West Ham has seen you suffer multiple injuries and turn in a paltry 2 goals and 3 assists.

Freddie has to know that football is a cutthroat business. Players have maybe 5-10 years of playing time if they are lucky. Injuries happen and when they do teams cannot afford to have dead weight on the roster. Freddie’s salary was one of the largest on the payroll, he was demanding starts ahead of other players because he felt his history had earned him a spot, and he wasn’t performing. Sorry Freddie, you had to go. The only shame in all this is the way you have chosen to act since you left.

I went to West Ham in order to play against Arsenal as often as possible. I wanted to prove that Ljungberg hadn’t had his last word as a player.

And Arsenal let you go to West Ham because Wenger didn’t fear that you’d be a threat.

I feel bad for Freddie. This is a horrible way to end his career. I mean, it’s pretty clear that he’s done and just is refusing to give up and sort of lashing out at anyone and everyone he can on his way down. And after what he gave Arsenal this is a real shame.

UPDATE: Freddie says Freddie never said such things and Freddie loves Arsenal.  That’s better, the world makes more sense now.

Speaking of giving youth a chance, it seems that Arsenal are one of three clubs that are in the running for Cardiff City’s Aaron Ramsey. United and Everton are the other two clubs, with Liverpool reportedly forwarding a bid this morning some time. Ramsey’s the one who will choose the club he goes to, so let’s hope that the opportunity that only Arsenal can offer will be enticing. Besides, it’s looking like Man U will be busy trying to save their want away “midfielder” Ronaldo from “fulfilling his dream” of joining Real Madrid. It’s funny, I have that same dream Christiano (you going to Real).

Arsenal, meanwhile, have locked up surprise sensation Bacary Sagna until 2014 or when he has 2 years left on his contract, turns 28, and pulls a Webster. Actually, according to my maths… huh, guess what? I think Sagna will be with Arsenal for at least three years! It’s a contact coup!

And finally, it’s looking like Adebayor’s stunning goal against Tottenham is going to win “goal of the season.” Want to see the goal in question again? Here:

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28
Apr
08

Like rams to the slaughter?

It may seem like a life time ago, but there was a day back in September that Arsenal beat Derby 5-0. Diaby opened the scoring on 10 minutes and from there on in the result was inevitable. Well, three points was inevitable, who would have pegged Ade to score a hat trick? Pretty much no one since, at that point Ade was still considered “horrible” by most Arsenal fans.

Back in September… the season was wide open, Arsenal were on a winning streak, and hopes of glory were still in front of us. 7 months later and now we’ve come full circle: hopes for this season have been dashed (though mathematically Arsenal COULD still win the league title since there are 9 points up for grabs and Arsenal are only 7 points off the leaders), and hopes for next season are in front of us; Arsene is promising to blood some young players, and the old players have all been granted awards.

It should be a fun match to watch. I suspect Arsenal will play the way they always play; open, attacking football (Wenger’s teams never change style regardless of the personnel). And rumor has it they will showcase some young talent, which I always enjoy watching because those young players will be trying to convince Le Boss to give them a few starts next season. On the other end of the pitch, I expect Derby will put in a good performance, hoping to give their long suffering (but no less faithful) supporters something to talk about next season. So, a lively match is on tap. Kickoff is noon local (Pacific Standard) time and the match is a Setanta exclusive here in the states. Which to my loyal readers means that the game is being shown at my favorite Tacoma Football pub — Doyles.

In really great and cool and fun news Cesc has earned himself the PFA “Young Player of the Year Award.” Kudos to the young man, who doesn’t turn 21 until May 4th. Really? He’s only 20?

Along with Fabregas, the PFA named Adebayor, Clichy, and Sagna to their Premier League Team of the Year. So, wait, does that mean I got 4 out of 5 right? I guess it does. And why is it that a man who is described by some “supporters” as having the “touch of a rapist” pegged for Team of the Year along side the likes of Fernando Torres? I can’t quite figure it out myself. In that article, even Ronaldo (who won Player of the Year) revealed that he voted Adebayor for Player of the Year. That must be one of those “lost in translation” things because Adebayor couldn’t be, you know, actually a good player… could he?

There’s some rumor floating around about the Flim-Flam-man signing with Milan because they want him to replace Gattuso. Yep. I’ll believe it when I see it revealed on The Dot Com.

(WARNING — STRONG LANGUAGE ADVISORY)

And finally, my favorite pack of utter douchebags (Bolton) has revealed that they enjoy being douchebags. In fact, they say that their only regret is that they felt they could have been bigger pricks and are right now desperately seeking a way to play an entire season without scoring or conceding a goal, pick up 11 yellow cards a match, not have anyone sent off, and permanently injure one opponent per match.  Lofty goals.  It must be gripping stuff for their supporters to watch a bunch of no talent clod hoppers hoof the ball forward to despicable cheats like El-Haji-Diouf and utter cunts like Kevin Davies. GRIPPING.

Sorry for all the language there, I’m suffering from a form of Tourette’s syndrome; whenever I think of Bolton I have to curse. Also, read the linked article at your own risk, spontaneous projectile vomiting is a known side effect of statements like “We (Bolton) were a top eight side and no one can ever take that away from us.”

If there’s a god, that team will be relegated… along with Birmingham.

God?




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