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Nicklas Bendtner’s return to Arsenal was not well received…

Morning all,

having taken myself a pleasant little break – I say “pleasant” in the loosest sense of the word – it’s time to get down to the business of blogging on a daily basis. The only trouble with such a noble pursuit at this time of year is the paucity of Arsenal news.

You’ll have taken note of the title of this post by now. Misleading, isn’t it? Well, that’s what the summer has in store for us; interminable speculative stories floating around cyberspace hoping to hook in those thirsty for a bit of a tonic. Without the thrill of competitive football to debate, there is little to sink my teeth into other than gossip, so why not perpetuate that which I regularly lament. Hypocritical swine, aren’t I…

One thing that has caused me to sit back and ponder recently is the amount of so-called “deadwood” that will be returning to our fair shores – allegedly – over the summer. The likes of Bendtner and Denilson are often mocked and dismissed, but still remain players contracted to Arsenal; once promising youngsters now a burden on an already bloated wage bill.

The pondering I mention pertains to what we actually should do with our rouge element – for want of a better description. Should second chances be offered? Nope. As far as I’m concerned we should do everything within our power to move those players along. Doing so, however, may not be as simple as it sounds. Players like our Danish friend earn ridiculous wages, and don’t seem too willingly to take the kind of pay cut that would enable the teams that could/would offer them regular playing time  to secure their services. So we end up jetting them around the globe on loan only for them to trudge back despondently once that period is over – Bendtner, quite hilariously, was the only Juventus player to not sell a single replica shirt last season.

As it seems we are destined to pay the remainder of the contracts, it makes sense to me to pay them off and free up some space for personnel who might add some value to our book. Granted, that may not be financially prudent given we could get some sort of fee if the universe aligned in such a way our luck bordered on the miraculous, but sometimes in business it’s best practice to cut your losses and move on. Some things just don’t work out the way you would have liked, and I’m a bit tired of Nicklas and his never-ending selection of absurd clothing.

I can envisage this being the summer Arsene cleans house. Chamakh looks destined to move on, as does Andrey Arshavin. I imagine we will probably see Sagna return to his homeland as well. Change certainly appears on the horizon. With many hoping this will be the summer our manger finally splashes the cash and drops a huge marker of intent, it’s good to remember that that process will begin with space being cleared for shiny new players.

As I’ve stated before; I have this peculiar feeling that this summer may be the one we’ve all been yearning for for the past few years – the one in which our wildest fantasies come to fruition. Okay – that’s a bit of a stretch, but you catch my drift.

We appear to have already signed up the very promising Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre. Who knows who might be next. Neymar? What? He’s going where?

Shit.

Well, there are plenty of chances for our hopes to be raised.

That’s all for today, folks. The handy comments below await your thoughts and views – and probably abuse for the title. I look forward to reading through a few. and if you’re going to insult me, leave my mother out of it….

As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

15 Comments

  1. Frank

    Dude, this article doesn’t even rhyme a bit with the title.

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      Perhaps you should read a sight that’s vital…

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  2. oluwatufese1987

    Good read

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  3. mutembeik

    It will be interesting to see what happens this summer. Villa to Arsenal? Seems likely as Barcelona have secured Neymar. Problem is can he handle the pysical nature of the league? I’m not convinced with Giroud either so the jury is out on that one but Bendtner defo needs to go! As does Chamakh and Arshavin.

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  4. Andy

    You did make me laugh. Great article, keep up the good work.

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  5. MQ

    I “believe” Bendnter will make it at AFC, 10-11 season he was very vital late in games fans have him so wrong? Wenger states he is in his plans? He would challege Giroud for PT again fans have Nicky B wrong! All Gooners please watch season review 10-11 you’ll become a believer in the Dane!

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    1. Andy

      Got to disagree MQ Bendtner will not make it anyime soon. He needs to find a club where he can get regular playing time. If Bendtner in his current state of development is a a regular for us then we will not be challenging for major throphies. We need the kind of quality that Man City, Chelsea and United have to challenge for the title, Bendtner does not compare favourable to the strikers those teams possess.

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  6. Logicool Gooner

    MQ you must be a Manc or Spud in disguise! We ain’t winning nothing with Giroud as our frontman let alone Bendtner. What world do you live on, please invite me because it seems like everything there is all rosie.

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    1. MQ

      No I’m The Arsenal only!

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  7. arsenal1again

    I think if Bendtner remained at Arsenal this last season he would have scored much more than Giroud. If you really want to see what Bendtner could bring to Arsenal, go watch his performances in Euro ’12 for Denmark. I’ve seen him play like that for years but he has been woefully managed and it’s like he’s being treated like an errant kid who is permanently grounded by parents with no privileges. Especially with the likes of Wilshere, Arteta and Cazorla giving him so much ammunition. I seriously rate the player and I hate seeing him in the wilderness at clubs like Sunderand, Juventus and so on. It’s just very, very poor man management from Wenger. He’s a joke of man manager. If a player makes a mistake, let’s ignore him for a month because I don’t have the backbone to shout at him. If he goes to a club, I won’t say anything, I’ll just dump him in a team in the North East., the guy will get the hint sooner or later how annoyed I am with him and hey, a hint is as good as me saying why isn’t it? I’m the manager and what I say goes. It’s a skill set only I have => managing players with maximum ignorance, maximum disrespect and no explanations.

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  8. Rotimi

    @arsenal1again You are on point, though I seriously think Bendtne is a spent force. Had he taken is chance(s) against barca I have no doubts goners opinion would have swing in his favour.

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  9. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

    I think Bendtner’s attitude is responsible for his lack of favour at Arsenal. He has some talent, but let’s be honest here; the guy’s a total cock.

    Arsene is no fool when it comes to disruptive influences.

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  10. Andykk

    I dont want players like chamakh, bendtner arshavin nd denilson and others to come and watch arsenal games as fans letalone playin for arsenal. I want big names who can give u football and not craps or biscuit bones players who undergo surgery every 45min. Hey blogger u doin a kick ass job just make sure u wipe your ass befor u come here.

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      “make sure u wipe your ass befor u come here”

      I have absolutely no idea why you’ve asked me to do that, but I’ll give it a shot…

      Thanks for the compliment, though 🙂

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  11. Dontspill McGinnis

    I’m still laughing hard at the guys who think Bendtner has talent!
    They have to be joking, right?

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