The Armchair Gooner

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Fellaini for £23m, Spectacularly over-rated keeper and Uzbekistan’s finest.

“£23 million, you say…”

Morning, folks.

Today represents something of an oddity; there are quite a few stories to talk about. Granted – they’re not exactly dripping with truth, and set in tablets of stone, but I’ll take what I can get.

First up is Everton’s Belgian enforcer, Marouane Fellaini. He of the ridiculous hair has been qouted as saying he wants to move to London. Well, I say “quoted”, the article istself contains nothing in the way of actual words attributed to the player, just a concoction alleged to have come from “close friends”, which is pretty much admission of bullshit.

I think it’s a safe bet to say Arsenal are interested. The problem seems to be meeting his £23m release cause, as our parsimonious manager isn’t quite sure wether it represents value for money. In a world where Andy Carroll can move for £35m, I’d say it certainly does.

Fellaini is an excellent player. He’s tough, good on the ball, and has the positional discipline we often lack in midfield – especially when Arteta’s not there. He’d be a blinding signing for us, and at 25-years-old he has plenty of time left to improve further. Taking the step up to a club playing Champions League football is the next obvious step in his career. If Arsenal and Arsene Wenger continue to dilly-dally regarding the price, someone else is going to beat us to him. I sincerely hope that doesn’t happen. We lost out on Juan Mata in similar circumstances.

As much as I hope for that to materialise, the polar opposite applies to Julio Cesar. I see nothing more than a good shot stopper capable of horrendous blunders when I watch the Brazilian play. Securing the services of an experienced keeper to keep Szczsney on his toes is certainly a good idea, and will improve the balance of the squad. There are far better options out there than Cesar. I’d go as far as saying I’d prefer we brought Eboue back to play in goal.

Lastly today, we have Odil Ahemdov, an Uzbekistan midfielder who plays for Anzhi Makakakkakakakalllakkakak (that’s right, isn’t it?).  If I’m not mistaken, this is a player we were supposedly interested in last summer, and his obscurity caused great uproar amongst fans.

It would appear those rumours have resurfaced, and Arsenal have retained their interest throughout the past year with regular scouting trips to watch him play.

Sometimes I read through certain websites around the Goonersphere whenever a player like this crops up, and there is always someone who claims to be an expert. They’ll say things like, “He’s a combative player with two good feet who plays well under pressure”  and invariably my first instinct is to think to myself, “Come on, you’re just making that up. You’ve never heard of him”.

I’m an honest kind of fellow; I wouldn’t know who he was if he burst through my window as I’m typing and urinated on my cat. To me, he is nothing more than a few videos on YouTube, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad player, or a signing that lacks ambition. For all we know, he’s another undiscovered gem found by Arsene Wenger. If he does sign, then he deserves that benefit of the doubt. How many of us can claim to have known that much about Santi Cazorla before he came to England?

As silly-season plods along, I find myself getting increasingly exasperated with all the spurious fluff floating around. How I long to be able to discuss football stories that have some weight and relevance. Arsenal will make signings over the summer, of that I have no doubt. Perhaps they will even be surprising and welcome. Until then, it’s all aboard the speculation express.

Buckle up.

That’s all for today, folks. The comments are waiting below as they always are. Use the to empty your thoughts and hopes regarding player ecruitment. I shall endeavour to reply to a few.

As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

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  • Andy says:

    Why is it that we just plod along in the transfer world and it is always guaranteed we will loose out on Fellini it makes me sick.
    Bring back David Dein pllllllllllleeeeese

    June 13, 2013 at 9:16 am
  • eduardo says:

    Agree with you completely on Cesar, I would worry if we signed him as he would certainly be installed as first choice, as he would not come to us if not first choice as he would fear losing his place in the Brazil World Cup squad, and if this was the case Szcsesny will not hang around to be back up and our young Pole is for me a far better keeper overall than Cesar

    June 13, 2013 at 9:23 am
  • marc says:

    Hey u I thot d story sum weeks bak was that hs release clause had bn actvatd at 22m.wat nw wt 23m.n if release clause was actvted hw nw arsenal dnt want to pay.ds story smells

    June 13, 2013 at 9:28 am
  • wenkev02 says:

    In about three weeks time we will be exited,hopeful,what the fuck,or pissed off. In the meen time I’m loving the banter,the rumours the crapy lies because its the Arsenal. Am I mad or what ??? Keep the blogs coming!!!

    June 13, 2013 at 10:17 am
  • Goonerbeall says:

    It Its It is getting a bit stupid with no end to how low anti Wenger brigade are prepared to stoop., It appears he is their favourite candidate to sloughter. MOTD or any grouping will criticise Wenger even by those who have little knowledge of management. Take Alan Shearer for example; he was called upon by his beloved Newcasstle in hour of need and what did he do? Nothing. Lets not talk about the other one at Midlesborough. I mean he took them down and the slide did’nt stop until he was thrown out replaced by real manager Mowbray. Leave Wenger alone, he will rebuild the team back to the glory if you give him a chance.

    June 13, 2013 at 10:26 am
    • J says:

      How many chances he want every year false promises & empty words, he’s gone stale & been sussed out needs to move on wenger years over

      June 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm
  • younis says:

    wenger a great , but his Problem is the Money , and we have the worst keeper in P L our keeper must give the half of hi salary to kocienlly and mertesacker . i cant believe that Arsenal,s fans like keeper like sheshezny ,

    June 13, 2013 at 11:15 am
  • Arsenal1Again says:

    Well Fellaini is worth 23 million but Chelsea will buy him and even Spurs might, especially if Bale is sold. I just know Arsenal won’t because Arsenal now drag their feet in the transfer and window people forget WE ARE NOT IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE until we qualify. This does not help in transfers. Fellaini is the only signing I want, anything else will just be a bonus. If we had Fellaini last season with the players we had, we would have finished 2nd I think. We were something like 7 pts at one point without Fellaini, so his demolition jobs shielding our defence would surely have gained us at least another 10pts or so.

    June 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm
  • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

    You’re absolutely right, and I’m one of those who consistently forgets about having to qualify.

    Regarding Fellaini, if we got him alone I’d be happy, but there are certain areas of the team that could use a little strengthening too.

    June 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm
  • WrongFootPele says:

    Agree about Cesar. We can, and should, do better. And I’d love to see Fellaini come in. I hope we aren’t really debating too much over a few million pounds. The Mata point is a good one – I hope this isn’t turning into something similar.

    June 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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