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A Tale Of More Injuries, Fabregas & No Thanks Mertesacker

After seeing Manchester United’s amazing comeback from the usually watertight Manchester City, I’ve concluded that we are in for another tupsy-turvy season like the campaign that just ended. Many gooners and football fans alike criticized Arsenal heavily in November when they allowed their bitter rivals to score three goals to end their 68-match unbeaten run against the top four despite being two goals down at half time but we witnessed the same feat in Wembley this evening.

In recent times,  Arsenal is a club that’s renowned for a brilliant preseason adventure but a disastrous time out at the business end of the season. As usual, November is always tagged as the ‘bogey month’ but there’s always another month where everything goes wrong. Last season, the club  dismantled Barnet before raining goals like manna from Heaven when they visited Austria. The Emirates Cup was a joyous affair and it ended in that scary 11-goal thriller against Lukasz Fabianski’s previous employers, Legia Warsaw.

This season, Arsenal started with the romping of Malaysia’s XI but Hangzhou Greentown shared the spoils with Wenger’s men. Gervinho showed what he was made up against FC Cologne but the Emirates Cup was overshadowed by more defensive frailties and boos from the fans. I regarded the loss of the Emirates Cup as a blessing in disguise but Portugal’s greatest player offered Arsenal a chance to win another trophy that won’t get into the club’s cabinet, the Eusebio Cup.

The lineup I predicted in Saturday’s post almost had an exact match with the starting lineup yesterday with the inclusion of TR7 for Emmanuel Frimpong. The game started at a very high pace but it eased off as both teams settled in. Benfica had a very big shout for a spot kick when Szczesny challenged a bloke in the box but the ref was having none of it. Martin Atkinson or Phil Dowd would have wasted no time in doing what they do best. Gervinho used his trickery to evade a chap before drilling his attempt into the side netting. Gervinho has used this preseason adventure to show everybody that he can also be regarded as a speed merchant with a good footballing brain as well as decent technique on the ball. Arshavin created a chance for himself but his effort went wide.

Benfica continued to threaten the Arsenal defense with a quick cross shot and another shot on the turn but Arsenal’s Flying Dutchman almost handed himself a befitting birthday gift when Song supplied him with a wonderful through ball. It was a brilliant impudent chip that beat the goalie but it drifted beyond the far post. Robin van Persie proved to the gooners that he can be relied on to hit the back of the net with consummate ease and he got his chance two minutes later after some great work from Arshavin and Kieran Gibbs. The little Russian set up Arsenal’s new number 1 left back and his cut back was converted in grand style by Robin van Persie. A striker as hot as supernova itself.

Shortly after celebrating his birthday goal, van Persie was on the end of a very rash tackle from former Real Madrid reject, Ezequiel Garay. With his record of bad ankle injuries, I feared for the worst. At half time, it was expected that new faces were going to be drafted in. As expected, like-for-like switches were made and Wenger introduced Arsenal’s second tier squad that struggled throughout the half. Fabianski replaced Szczesny while Squillaci, Jenkinson, Miyaichi, Frimpong and Chamakh replaced Djourou, Sagna, Arshavin, Song and rVp.

The change in personnel was necessary because it was a friendly match but it was disastrous because Benfica got into the game thanks to more questionable defending. Their right winger Nico Gaitan was a constant thorn in the flesh to the Arsenal defense and he made mince meat out of Gibbs before drilling the ball into the heart of Arsenal’s defense. The intelligent Pablo Aimar noticed a teammate on the far side so he opened his body up to execute a perfect dummy that turned the entire Arsenal backline into statues. The teammate returned the favor to Aimar and he did extremely well to shove off Vermaelen before placing it past Fabianski. Shortly after conceding the goal, Arsenal’s defense attempted an offside trap that didn’t work but they had their lucky stars to thank because Luisao’s effort smashed the bar and went over but the defense didn’t learn because Benfica went ahead courtesy of Nolito’s quick feet and Squillaci being Squillaci.

Pablo Aimar fed Capdevila on the left hand who wasted no time in teeing up Nolito. Squillaci charged forward to mark the striker but he evaded him as if he wasn’t even there. The striker smashed in his effort that beat Fabianski on his near post. The disappointment on Fabianski’s face showed how pissed he was about the defense in front of him. Arsenal offered no threat whatsoever in the attack and Benfica grew in confidence and continued their barrage of attack on the Gunners. Fabianski became Arsenal’s hero because he kept Benfica at bay making saves of outstanding quality.

Chamakh was an utter disappointment in the game and keot drifting to the left wing despite the fact that a young Japanese bloke was supposed to be playing in that position. Gervinho did some running but lacked ideas on the final third. Lansbury replaced TR7 and Ignasi Miquel came on for captain Vermaelen. Arsenal’s first chance in the second half came in the 87th minute of play when Lansbury’s header hit Axel Witsel on his hands. Lansbury decided to take over the responsibility of the free kick and succeeded in killing the bird in Benfica’s logo with his attempt.

The ref blew his whistle and Arsenal watched from the sidelines as Benfica lifted the Eusebio Cup with glee. Tottenham visited the Estadio da Luz last season and went back to London with the trophy. Losing the trophy wasn’t really a big deal because we would still be considered as a trophy-less club even if we beat Benfica 7-0. After the game, we’ve gotten reports that three Arsenal players had suffered injuries. Robin van Persie’s had an ankle problem probably from that tackle, Kieran Gibbs has a thigh strain and Thomas Vermaelen has a back problem.

This is bad news for Wenger and his men because it means that he’ll go into St. James Park with Maroaune Chamakh leading the line and Armand Traore as the stand-in left back. I don’t really have a problem with Vermaelen’s injury because I got used to not seeing him in action thanks to his Achilles. Djourou and Koscielny did a very decent job in his absense last season but there are tales emerging that Wenger is going to announce new signings this upcoming week. The media Vultures can say all they want but at this point in time, Arsenal is back to the same situation they were for a considerable chunk of last season in terms of defensive manpower.

In other transfer news, the media Vultures say that Arsenal is lining up a 12m pound bid for the Chambered Ox, Barcelona want to bid for Arsenal target Gary Cahill and Werder Bremen are willing to listen to offers for the Beanpole Mertesacker. If Arsenal places a bid of 12 mil for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, I’ll shoot someone’s foot because that’s the same amount that can be used to purchase Chris Samba. I know that the bloke is one for the future but Arsenal has had a lion’s share of players for the future.

Cahill has been touted as Arsenal’s defensive messiah but the 17m price tag on his head has not impressed Wenger so it seems as if he might never be acquired by the Gunners. Barcelona on the other hand are currently searching for a possible replacement for the legendary Carles Puyol so they’ve placed Cahill in their radar but I’m pretty sure that they’ll go to their Mutant Lab and create another starlet that’ll be as good as Puyol.

As for Mertesacker, I won’t set up a welcome party for him if he joins us because he’s clearly not the type of center back I’ll like to see in Arsenal. He has the height to make Peter Crouch and Nikola Zigic feel normal but he lacks the pace to play in the Premier League. I love his composure though; there are not many center backs on Earth that are as composed as the bloke. In Arsene We Trust though.

Francesc Fabregas has been enduring in a saga that has lasted all eternity and it seems as if he wants to deop the bombshell at Arsenal because there as reports revealing that he’s willing to pay his way out of Arsenal to join Barcelona. The media Vultures are good at creating stories to sell their papers so I won’t comment on that but as they say,

“for every rumor, there’s an element of truth”

What we know for sure is that Wenger has said that he won’t allow Fabregas and Nasri to go but Barcelona’s Victor Valdes has joined the list of cuntbutlers that won’t mind their business by saying that he’s confident that Fabregas will be a Barcelona player.

To end it all up, former vice chairman David Dein has said that Arsene Wenger is still the best man for the job at Arsenal. Arsenal was made for Arsene Wenger. Arsenal owes a part of its life to Arsene Wenger. Arsenal’s top facilities, diets and new home was influenced by Arsene Wenger amongst others. There’s no other team in the world that has its manager who shares the same first name.



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  1. Paulie

    August 7, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Arsenal owes Arsene Wenger nothing. The man has been and continues to be paid obscene money despite the fact he wins nothing anymore. Its time people like you realised Arsenal was here long before Wenger and will be here long after him. Arsenal is bigger than any manager despite what some of you think. He is not Arsenal.

    • istillbelieve

      August 8, 2011 at 12:15 am


      • Paulie

        August 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm

        The Americans have a word for you mate,

    • Joel

      August 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

      Dude did you not read the article? “Arsene-al” – see, he IS Arsenal.

    • ieuan

      August 8, 2011 at 5:24 am

      you are completely right

      • head

        August 8, 2011 at 7:11 am

        you are completely gay

        • Paulie

          August 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm

          And Ive got a big dickie Rock

  2. eric

    August 8, 2011 at 12:27 am

    All Arsenal’s woes will go off by itself when Wenger retires. We need someone talented that can bring us trophies not a penny pinching Finance Manager

    Looking at the games that we’ve played in the pre-season, the season is over before even started.

    • Itsnotover

      August 8, 2011 at 4:56 am

      That’s the spirit, come on Arsenal!!!

  3. bob

    August 8, 2011 at 12:36 am

    just to set any fears, van persie has been called up to the dutch squad and is expected to go, which means he is not injured (yet) same with nasri france and wilshere, walcott an vermaelen are all expected to be fit

  4. jimchris

    August 8, 2011 at 12:52 am

    If my job was to make money , i would become a financial consultant , to manage a football team , a football manager , but to do both , i would become a Arsene Wenger.
    He pioneered a way of football that was unique , and made and won with the invincibles.
    Now based on 6 years poor perfomance , things must change and Mr wenger is one of them.

  5. Scott

    August 8, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Paulie,maybe one day people like you will realise exactly how good Wenger is. Even still,arrogance would never allow you to admit it out aloud. So many of you think that winning is the only thing that matters,and i am sick of reading crap opinions from those who believe it is Arsenals right to win trophies-no club does. Would you like to see go down the path of Spanish clubs-winning everything and 3 billion in debt. Their fans are happy though! Stupid,ignorant and very shortsighted approach that should never be endorsed by Arsenal or its fans!

    • Thank you

      August 8, 2011 at 9:14 am

      Thank you for your comment. Glad to know that i am not the only one thinking this way. Winning is supposed to be everything these days. Doesnt matter in what way you try.

      If you win, you and your cat are legends. If you lose, you are lame!

      Arsenal plays beautiful football. Something that gives great pleasure to watch. Isnt that what sport is for? How many football teams do that. Add play acting and you get barcelona.

      Yes, they are frustratingly close. Similar to what Djourou said, it would be nice to win something and say to people, “there! now shut the fuck up”

      Isnt it sick to hear people commenting on every article about arsenal, pleading with wenger. “Please wenger, buy Cahill!” Would these people even have mentioned Cahill if the papers had not brought it up. As though Wenger goes, oh my god! this dude on this website says i need to buy Cahill. I need to do that right away. Oh my god, this guy says I am lame, I guess I need to kill myself.

      Legacy does not matter. Winning does, even if you have a 3 billion debt. Hey, they are winning! Little wonder that the west is in such a financial turmoil. Idiots like these who work in the financial sector would be geniuses playing with money.

      Just wait to see the number of people who will become overnight fans and gush about arsenal when they finally win.

      Yes indeed, very short sighted.

    • Paulie

      August 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Cant all be as clever as you scott, lucky you that you know it all

  6. Sawnet Shiferaw

    August 8, 2011 at 1:23 am

    he did all his best & what he’ve on z last 15 years, but nowadays he is tired, exhausted & will bring nothing from now onwards, pls stop lifting his name up 4 what he did before, b/c we need to win trophies now adays badly, but we don’t believe he’ll do zs, we know zs from what he’s doing!!!!!!!!

  7. sam

    August 8, 2011 at 2:14 am

    who would you rather have? mertersacker or squillaci?
    btw, not all defenders required pace, good reading of games is enough. you remember tony adam?

  8. Gilbert

    August 8, 2011 at 5:10 am

    They are not even capable of winning the emirates cup this season…how do you expect them to win the title ? Few months ago the board promised a busy summer. Wenger has not taken any measures to bring new players in the squad and I don’t think he will hereafter. I’m am die hard fan of AFC and I have not seen such a fragile team. Very disappointing…

  9. Dejy

    August 8, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I have resolved to being like d fans of stoke city and fulham,who enjoys their team just playin d epl widout winin stuff.afc fans should just relax n enjoy d boys playin and just laugh when d defence plays their seasonal drama.and then hoo nd haa when d forwads send d balls arround d net rather than inside it……..i aint goin nowhere arsenal 4 life!hang in there pals

  10. Patrick

    August 8, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Wenger needs 2 take the club serious and not experimenting with d club…he’s not a technical coach he’s a managerian coach…he should be ashamed of himself if he doesnt lift any cup dis season

  11. Chris from Cambridge

    August 8, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Per Mertesacker :

    > has played over 70 times for Germany – who defend a lot better than Arsenal

    > stands 1.98M (nearly 6ft 6in)- and we are prey to every team which humps big balls into our penalty area.

    > is aged only 26.

    > is an obvious hard man and team leader

    I am not usually abusive in these replies but … if you don’t think such a player is suitable for Arsenal …
    You Need Help !!

  12. mystic

    August 8, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Didn’t see the match yesterday, but understand Clichy was responsible for Utd winning goal – bugger at some point Citeh are going to realise that we are selling them duds at top price!

  13. eoin

    August 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

    mertesacker would be the obvious choice. Arsenal can get for around 7 mil. With his height and dominance and vermaelans speed it will be hard for teams to get through

  14. OziGooner

    August 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Wenger, please retire so we can buy `decent` players.. not the cheap bargains from the 2 pound shop.

  15. Pulkit

    August 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    We were promised a busy summer! Bummer!! I cant even consider Carl Jenkinson as a signing, so the busy summer has only gven us Gervinho. Wow! When our main concern has been defence, Wenger adds another forward. Nice thinking AW!!

  16. Paulie

    August 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Lets all get behind Wenger, lets not forget the amount of money he makes for our beloved board. Who in their right minds wants to spend money on top players, no way Jose, we have internal solutions. We will try hard this year

  17. Kevin

    August 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Too bad Wolfgang Wolf is no longer at Wolfsburg.

    • paulie

      August 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      at least Arsenal still got Arsene arsehole

  18. She2

    August 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I will only share your dissapointment in chamach the season he scores 30 goals “cmon” do you expect him to play better for free?

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