The Armchair Gooner

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

Monday morning: Vertonghen’s 9 rivals, team of the year and “Kaka! Get a restart!!”

Having gained a much-coveted restart, Kaka was jubilent.

Monday snuggles and such to you, the fairest of reader.

With the business of obtaining 3 points put to bed in its comfiest pyjamas, football of any significance seems another eternity away. Sure, there are games this week, but there’s no Arsenal until the weekend.

As is customary, I’ve begun this morning by dipping my head into the swirling vortex of internet news outlets to discover any surreptitious treats there may be. There aren’t many, to be perfectly honest.

I did come across a story about Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen and the number of clubs pining for his signature – a list of 10, that includes The Arsenal. In an interview with Dutch newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, he said:

‘There are still ten clubs on my list. There are currently some contacts, but not so concrete that we are already negotiating.

‘I’m not waiting for a summer full of speculation. Around June I hope to have clarity.

Interesting, but he’s one of the players constantly mentioned I don’t think we’ll sign. Not because he isn’t good enough, I just can’t see Wenger entering the market for another player who’s predominately a centre-back. I’ve not seen him play enough to comment – I can’t lie about these things – but others say he’s got the ability to play across the entire back four, so he could be a useful addition in that respect. Given the successful Vermaelen/Koscielny partnership, and with Mertesacker to return from injury, it seems illogical to me.

Across Twitter yesterday there was a sudden influx of folks chirping up with there opinions on the team of the year. I’ve never been one to make compilations and play fantasy football, but it did bring up a few heated debates – most notably from Spurs fans, whose bias selections defy belief. Adebayor ahead of RvP? Please…

For the sake of debate. however, I’ll make an exception this one time and do one; so here’s my best 11 (it’s just an opinion, so try not to flame me with nasty comments…):

Vorm; Richards, Koscielny, Kompany, Baines; Hoilett, Silva, Tiote, Modric; Ba, van Persie

As far as the single award for player of the season, the feeling amongst users, and some current players, is that there is one choice, and that’s our captain. If anyone else gets it, it will rank as the single biggest travesty at an awards ceremony since Forrest Gump was handed ‘best picture’ ahead of The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction at the Oscars.

The comments are below if you’d like to give me your own team of the year selections. I’d certainly like to see a few and read what you so-and-sos think.

That’s me all finished for today, folks. Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards and don’t forget to follow my Twitter account – @_ArmchairGooner

By now, you’re probably wondering “what the bloody hell was the title about?”. I’m a huge fan of The Tuesday Club, and its hosts Alan Davies, Tayo Popoola, Keith Dover and Ian Stone. Below is a video featuring the audio of a past podcast episode about Fat Sam Allardyce. It had me weakened at the bladder and giggling like a damn fool. Enjoy!

Category: News
  • offiong says:

    Joe hart walker kompany koscielny leighton baines. Parker silva cabaye nani van persie aguero

    March 26, 2012 at 8:25 am
  • Adeola says:

    I would like to make some correctns…team of the year:
    Vorn,Richards,Kompany,Koseiny,Baines,Song,silva,aguero,modric,rooney,van persy

    March 26, 2012 at 9:29 am
  • CP says:

    Vertonghen would be a great and pragmatic signing. I think because we have suffered years of poor in strength in depth we somehow come round to the conclusion that great players cannot also sit on the bench, there can’t be competition for places and some great players only contribute 20 or 30 games a season. They can – Kolo Toure does it for Man City etc.

    Do you want to go through another season of injuries and in tight games one of our defenders gets a knock and 60,000 supporters at the Emirates look at the bench and see Djrouou and Squillaci staring back at them? To be honest – those games are what titles are decided on – and if we want to challenge for the title we have to have strength in depth ‘simple as’.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:14 am
  • reallycrossross says:

    A fine start to a bleary-eyed Monday you beautiful bastard! Nothing nasty about your selection apart from you are wrong sir. Wouldn’t put over half of that midfield in the Fiesta!
    First XI – Manager: Wenger
    Vorm; Richards, Koscielny, Kompany, Assou-Ekotto; Silva, Song, Yaya Toure, Sess├Ęgnon; Ba, van Persie
    Not in the Fiesta XI – Manager – Dalglish
    de Gea; Bosingwa, Squillaci, Terry, Clichy; Downing, Henderson, Barton, Malouda, Torres, Carroll

    Happy Sam time!

    March 26, 2012 at 11:20 am
    • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

      I like the “Not it the Fiesta” selection!

      I’m starting to regret leaving Alex Song out. I only really omitted him to prevent myself looking too biased.

      March 26, 2012 at 11:26 am
      • reallycrossross says:

        You can never be TOO biased … Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong is fast becoming the player of the season if we ban RVP (aka UEFA/FIFA) from entering the competition!

        March 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

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