The Armchair Gooner

An Arsenal blog bringing you news, opinion and humour on a daily basis. Well, I'll try at the very least…

Arsenal Lose Battle to Sign Magnificent Startlet as Cat Explodes and Weather Worsens.

“I’m sorry, come again…”

Afternoon folks.

Apologies for the lateness of today’s entry. Many things have conspired together to prevent my usually punctual posts. To list the many reasons would be pointless. I could, but I’m not going to. Suffice to say I have my reasons, none of which are especially valid.

News today is a baffling bunch of balderdash and delight. Most of what you read is utter tripe. It’s the silly headlines that are designed to lure you in that get me. We all know what’s on the other side of that link is likely to be complete lies, yet we still click away regardless. I’m as guilty as anyone of this, only to find the link takes me to Caught Offside, meaning I have to very sharply exit that site and then head to the shower to wash away any particles of tripe I may have been infected with.

I purposely used one of those headlines for my title today, albeit an incredibly stupid variety of that which I lament. Why? Sometimes I like to subvert that which is prevalent, to mock it for what it is. Really, I ought concentrate on what I do and ignore the perceived faux pas of others, but where’s the fun in that?

Okay, let’s have some Arsenal news.

Santi Cazolra, we all love him, right? I can’t imagine there is a high number of Gooners who don’t. As a matter of fact, now I give it a little thought, I don’t believe I’ve witnessed a derogatory word said against him. Our little Spanish wizard is widely expected to join Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky in committing his long term future to Arsenal. That is great news.

Santi has been one of those ‘Wenger’ signings; plucked from relative obscurity for a nominal fee, and now a household name. He possesses quick feet and an even quicker brain. The little rascal is quite simply, brilliant.

The one player whose future is still undecided is Bacary Sagna. As others are seemingly offered new deals with haste, he is yet to be presented with an agreeable offer. The more time passes, the likelihood of his departure grows. It’ll be a shame to allow a great servant to Arsenal to move when he still has plenty to offer, not to mention the experience to pass down to those younger around him.

If Arsenal allow Sagna to finish his contract and move, there is a case for it being mis-management, but not an unsurmountable disaster. None of us can know what happens in training on a daily basis, and perhaps there is information we know nothing of. Injuries and prolonged absences have not passed Sagna by, so it is worth noting that those factors might be entering into a choice the manager has to make.

That’s all for today, folks. I must dash as I have more painfully tedious things to take care of. I’d love to hang around and chat for a while with you. The comments are below, let me know your thoughts on the contract offers made and the ones yet to be decided. I’ll try to answer some points later on.

Tomorrow I’ll be previewing the Stoke match and I’ll be back at the usual time. Until then and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

Category: Arsenal
  • Joy says:

    I am guessing you hung out at a pub last night (and we all know what succeeds that), probably why this post is So late.

    February 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm
    • Joy says:

      No offence meant rockstar.

      February 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm
  • LeBigMac says:

    First!

    February 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm
    • LeBigMac says:

      Bugger!

      February 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm
    • Joy says:

      I guess not @LeBigMac

      February 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm
  • Liam says:

    It sounds more likely that Bac wants to go elsewhere. Perhaps for more money, but equally possible is that he actually just wants to play in a different league or a particular team, in which case there is very little le boss can do.

    February 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm
    • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

      @Liam: Good point. We can’t actually be sure Sagna wants to stay at all.

      February 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm
  • Jason Contreras says:

    Sagna is irreplaceable. No one else can cover all areas of the back line with quality the way he does all the while playing the Arsenal way. He deserves 90k on three years. Who else out there will be own par with him? And he is a beast in the air.

    February 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm
    • Jason Contreras says:

      *ON

      February 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm
  • fazjac_debra says:

    I’m with you, really hoping the club can work this out. I believe I read somewhere they do want to stay. I think he feels a little sad that he’s been faithful to Arsenal but they’re letting him down with the contract they’re offering.

    February 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm
  • Nii says:

    Bacary Sagna going has little to do with what arsenal will offer him. Unless they can make him a ridiculous offer he can’t refuse. but for me i think he decided by last year to finish his contract and maybe go find a new challenge. I don’t begrudge him. I say we make a last push and if it doesn’t happen we should look elsewhere. Seamus Coleman will be a very quick fix, I am very uncomfortable about having Jenkinson as a first option for RB

    February 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm
  • leroydias17 says:

    Those lines about Cazorla reminded me of your post which was written when Santi was signed. Associating “ambidexterity” to alien origins and wishing Szczesny had six hands, thats one of your posts I’m not gonna forget anytime soon.

    March 1, 2014 at 7:07 am
  • wilsonqb says:

    Coleman or Fabian can replace him maybe

    March 1, 2014 at 9:41 am
  • wilsonqb says:

    7 years he has served us change is good

    March 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

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