The Armchair Gooner

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Arsene “works hard to strengthen squad” and Suarez’s transfer request.

“So Luis, you’ve submitted a transfer request. You do realise we have Raheem Sterling, don’t you? He’s better than Ronaldo….”

Morning folks.

At this point in time, I should be darting towards the Big Smoke on a train with Daniel Cowan to attend the Emirates Cup. I am not. For a few personal reasons it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to discuss (No – I’ve not been arrested…), I’m missing out on that particular jolly today.

Right, onto the news of the day.

Yesterday, Arsene held his first press conference, and, as is customary, something he said upset quite a few people. Quite why such a thing occurred is beyond my comprehension. Our commander had these words to say regarding transfers:

“I am a great believer you have to keep as much confidentiality as possible, which is quite difficult in the modern world.

“But we work very hard, not only on the case you name, but on other different cases. We can still strengthen the squad, there is one month to go. We are at the beginning of August and working very hard to strengthen our squad.

“I am confident. You look at many teams around us. Nothing has happened until now. At the moment the market hasn’t moved a lot. Apart from Manchester City, nobody has done anything.”

There’s nothing in those words I disagree with, or that I’m inclined to disbelieve. Yet so many took it as a defeatist statement, happily extracting every perceived subtext and distorting into to fit their bewildered opinions of our manager. Personally, I took it for what it was; just about the only thing he could say whilst remaining respectful to whomever we may do business with, and reassuring fans that the wheels are in motion.

Undoubtedly, we’d all be happier and in greater comfort had our transfer business been concluded weeks ago. Most of the petulant squabbles I witness on Twitter, and the feeling of unease amongst fans wouldn’t be so prevalent if we all had some swanky new players to gaze dotingly upon.

However, as I regularly find myself typing, there is still time. Arsenal are not known for broadcasting their intent to purchase. Behind the scenes, there could be a frenzy of activity. We just have to take it on faith that results will soon come. Of course, it’s just a possible Dick Law is locked in his home weeping at his own failure, and come September 2nd, the entire internet with explode with ITK and WOB fury.

Perhaps…

Further developments in the Luis Suarez saga have emerged. Much debate has taken place regarding his contract clause. Some think a bid in excess of £40m entitles him to gleefully prance out of Anfield. Others feel the ball is in Liverpool’s court, and they have no obligation to sell if they choose not to.

Speculation from several ‘sources’ (Jesus…) states Suarez will begin to agitate for a move, with a written request for transfer possible, as is legal action should Liverpool further prevent his departure.

At this point, I don’t know what to think. The whole grubby process of rumour and counter-rumour has become utterly tedious now. With such an array of bullsh*t clogging up most avenues of news, ascertaining what might contain an iota of truth is such a arduous task, it’s practically impossible. There is little point in trying.

We may very well sign Luis Suarez. My initial disdain for the idea is slowly being tempered by my desire to see someone, anyone, holding a shirt next to Arsene on the official website. Until we can Tweet that picture, we can’t know anything. We can debate, speculate, hope and argue, but we can’t know.

I thought I’d finish with a bit of a story. It’s a good one, so bare with me.

Last night I was driving home from the centre of Bristol (No – I wasn’t doing anything nefarious).  Whilst in the car, I’m exactly the type of narcissistic sod who likes to listen to his own voice, and I was playing my appearance on the ‘A Bergkamp Wonderland’ podcast. Unbeknown to me, my glorious Rover was minus a functioning back light.

To cut things short, the faulty light attracted the attention of the Police. As it turns out, one of them was a fan of the show, and very impressed to hear I’d been a guest on it. I’d like to think the simple warning I received was down to that.

Just as well he’d not heard the episode I was on…

The comments are below. I hope you’ll use ‘em to pour your little hearts out. I’m still confident of a successful window. Are you? Let me know.

As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

Category: News
  • Barry O'Barmer says:

    I never knew Wenger was Gaelic. Is it O’Wenger? Or MacWenger?

    August 3, 2013 at 8:44 am
  • Carl Bovis says:

    There will be 2 or 3 new signings I’m sure, whether Suarez will be one of them I haven’t got a clue, I’m as confused as anyone on that score…. every day there are contradictory reports! Looking forward to the game today, finally a ‘decent’ opponent in our preparations for the new season, judging by our performances during the Asia tour, the players mean business!

    August 3, 2013 at 9:21 am
  • marxdrive says:

    When people talk about Suarez’s bad behavior, they always mention racist-bity. And forget the rest of his antics.

    Here’s a montage:

    August 3, 2013 at 10:22 am
  • marxdrive says:

    Sorry It’s this link:

    August 3, 2013 at 10:25 am
  • Arsenal Always says:

    Exactly what we want in spite of the video. Arsenal players are too soft. We need a crazy person in the midst of gentlemen. Chelsea has Terry, Ramirez. Manure has Evra, Vidic, Rooney. City had my man Balotelli and thwart black Dutch dude now in Serie A.

    August 3, 2013 at 11:03 am
  • marxdrive says:

    There’s a difference between not being soft and cheating. JW Is far from soft but how many times would you call him a cheat?

    Unfortunately Arsenal are not In a position to be choosy. All we can do Is try to tame the beast before he makes his inevitable move to Real, In two years time.

    August 3, 2013 at 11:24 am
  • Cupsui says:

    I’m with you Jimbo
    something is gonna happen. A bit of patience would be nice on the side of the fans. And on top of that we have a quality squad that people are really forgetting about. Having our quality british core locked into long term contracts is huge! and they are getting better all the time.

    And people forget the Abou Diaby will be like a new signing ;P

    p.s. you lucky lucky bastard, getting away with the fine well done chapeau

    August 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm
  • moosius_maximus says:

    So I can’t help but wonder, when you listen to what Arsene is saying: are we as fans making negotiations harder? None of us believe the manager thinks this team is strong enough, surely other clubs don’t either? Not to mention all the players we’ve shipped out. I’m just saying, if I were on the other side I would go out of my way to make it hard in the hope of provoking irrational spending. Kinda like:

    Real: We want 27mn
    Arsenal: Okay
    Real: Well f*ck that, I changed my mind, for you, 32mn

    And a look at any Arsenal blog under the sun wouldn’t have done much to stem their confidence.

    August 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

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