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M’Vila to speak, Vertonghen prefers Spurs, Kalou, the Euros and zzzzzzzzzzzz.

"I may just be a colossal idiot..."

Morning, folks.

Today’s news is as brief and uninspiring as you might imagine with the focus mainly on England’s warm-up games. I’ve always struggled when it comes to supporting my national team. Where some purchase banners and decorate their cars enthusiastically with ‘C’mon England!’ flags and stickers, I find myself ambivalent toward the whole thing. Club football is where my passion lies. International football is an annoying distraction, and one from which Arsenal players invariably come back injured. I’ll be watching the Euros for the football, but the result won’t concern me one little bit. In fact, I usually find these tournaments to be hyped-up, and fucking tedious. And then there’s ITV’s coverage…

As you’d expect, the main Arsenal news regards transfers. Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen has spoken about his potential destination, and I’m sure he’ll alienate a few Gooners with his words. Stupidly, in my opinion, he prefers Spurs:

I’ve said repeatedly that Tottenham are my first choice, but the talks haven’t progressed,”

“They have shown me around, I have met all their key people and their chairman came to meet me on Monday.

“But Arsenal want me too. They remain a possibility if my Spurs move falls through, as Ajax are asking ‚?¨15m for me. That is a lot of money for someone with just a year left on his contract.

“I’m sure Spurs won’t be able to pay that much after they missed out on the Champions League.

“Ajax want to get as much as they can for me, while Spurs want to pay as little as possible.

I’m not sure, as an Arsenal fan, I’d want him at the club now. Yes, he’s allegedly a very good defender, and we could use one of those, but any player that’s openly stated his preference to be Tottenham is probably an idiot. The only thing I can conceive Spurs can offer him that we can’t is first-team football – that, and a loathsome, tax-evading, twitching manager. Other than that, and even without club bias, Arsenal are a more appealing option in every respect.

The one I really want, Yann M’Vila, is to speak to the press today at some point regarding his future. Doubtless to say, he will probably be vague, and they’ll be no information at all to give. I truly hope the rumours of the deal being done are true, as I fear for Arsenal’s ability to compete with the big guns should he perform well with France at the Euros. Patrick Vieira has spoken to him about Man City – the fucking judas – and Real Madrid where sniffing around a while ago. If we are to get him, we need to act now. Make a good offer to Rennes, and the player, quickly. If they stall or flounder, withdraw it and move on. We cannot afford to be waiting on decisions from players any more.

Lastly, Salomon Kalou is to leave Chelsea, and Arsenal is his supposed destination. I quite like him as a player, and he’s better than what we have on the bench at the present. For a squad player, he isn’t a bad shout. Some out there wildly disagree, and see him as a ‘Chelsea reject’, but not me. He’s not the answer to any of our problems, but he would offer us better depth than either Chamakh or Park do.

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Category: News
  • danielcowanafc says:

    Great blog today James. I agree Vertonghen can sod off. Spurs take Arsenal rejects not the other way around.

    I also agree about Kalou. I got lots of opposition when I said that if the conditions were right (wage wise) then he would be a decent addition and why not.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:25 am
  • mystic says:

    Agree 100% with you about Vertonghen. Arsenal should not be picking up scum scraps. If he wants to be playing europa cup football next season that doesn’t say a great deal positive about his ambition.

    Choosing to play regular football at a lower level, doesn’t make you a better player, merely a complacent one.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:35 am
  • young erikina says:

    beautiful lunatic, shameles bastard, hopeles animal, after flaming a news and post u wrote nonsense, fake boardcaster

    May 25, 2012 at 11:28 am
    • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

      Is that a compliment?

      May 25, 2012 at 11:46 am
      • cupsui says:

        i think he just vomitted on his keyboard…poor fella

        May 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm
  • Castor daud says:

    We need top clasic player wenger in this season.

    May 25, 2012 at 11:49 am
  • Malish Stephen says:

    I totally reject Vertonghen coming to Arsenal. Wenger should buy someone apaert from him Skertel,Lucas and Shjiic

    Malish from Yei-South Sudan

    May 25, 2012 at 11:56 am
  • Tanaka Felix Chidemo says:

    That Vertonghen guy can go hang! Let him be a Spud! No doubt he’ll wish he was on the other side when the Goons visit the lane next. We run London! Too bad we ain’t in charge of foreign affairs anymore with Chelsea winning the UCL and all. M’Vila is a good player and in order to keep RVP, we ought to sign him quickly.
    I’m not with you on Kalou, I’d rather have Giroud and Campbell as our depth next season.

    May 25, 2012 at 11:58 am
  • Kriss says:

    Good write.

    Very true about the spurs choice, we should not be buying plays that have arsenal as there 2nd choice.
    Let’s hope we can get some business done quick this year, get rid of some of the dead wood and re arm.

    I have to say I like m vila lets hope we don’t let him get away just like some of our prev targets

    Kriss

    May 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm
  • Obalolafc says:

    Am obalola ave arsenal 4 15 year my option is 2 buy experience player cos i need cup

    May 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm
  • Nathan Shugart says:

    Totally agree with the Kalou statement, he started in the Champions League final, that has to say something?

    May 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm
  • Gambo ewuga says:

    I plead wenger ,he shoul not go for kalou because he is rejects players for chelsea wenge is a cofusion man, we have better player in the maket he should stop that policy tell him to go for players like m’vila,vertonghen,Giroud etc.

    May 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm
  • cupsui says:

    James…good thoughts…
    On vertoghen…he obviously isn’t keen on our bench…i’m mean they do look comfy but hey. We don’t really need him anyway. Although he can play DM i don’t think he is what we need in that position and he would be 3rd – 4th choice CB…so good luck to him (except if he goes to spurs)

    Mvila…yes i would like him and we gotta act fast.
    But this “alternative” rumour is not bad either, his cheaper twin in Capoue. I did some Capoue snooping and he looks like a beast. Scores goals (score a sweet pivoting volley last season, great timing on the tackle, technical and good in the air…WEAPON!
    And he beat M’Vila into the Ligue 1 team of the year 2011/12

    Anyway we need one of the two…here is why:
    We looked most vulnerable last season and the one before on the counter and set pieces an Mvila or Capoue is perfect for this.
    This would free up song to move into CM and arteta/whilshere AM then virtually all three midfielders can cover for each other as they are all gifted in attack esp whilshere song arteta and all very very good defenders from midfield.
    I see Mvila/Capoue sitting deeper but occassionally going forward one of the other two mids dropping back when they do but quite alot of position interchanging. When arteta was fit and rosicky firing this is what we saw and we were the best mid in the EPL‚?¶
    Mvila/Capoue-Arteta-Whilshere
    Mvila/Capoue-Song-Arteta
    Mvila/Capoue-Song-Whilshere
    Song-Arteta-Whilshere
    Those combos are INCREDIBLE and WORLD CLASS.

    Having Interchangable “COMPLETE” midfielders for me is the best way to cover the counter attack cause its the midfielders making the late runs that inevitably cause the most damage on the counter

    May 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm
  • cupsui says:

    ligue 1 team of the year
    http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/clubfootball/news/newsid=1631533.html

    May 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm
  • Basil says:

    I so much like ur opinion. All points really good. Thanks a lot. Jan can go to blazes. He’s got a very low mentality. Mtchew!

    May 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm
  • Pavillion N5000 Battery says:

    Do u think theres a price on how much 2 sponsor the England team shirt n have ur company on the front? Crazy numbers i guess. C’mon England

    June 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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