The Armchair Gooner

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

New away kit, Egyptian on his way, mystery Spaniards and trialists.

“Right. We’ll all look stern and focused. Alex, you can look slightly aloof and wear ridiculously large shorts”.

Mornin’ gorgeous.

The new kit is pretty damn nice, isn’t it? When I first saw it, my initial thoughts were of how much it reminded me of the suit worn by Gene Wilder in the original Willy Wonka film – not the one with Johnny Depp looking like a creepy version of Michael Jackson.

Now, however, after repeated exposure, it’s really grown on me. I do prefer the classic yellow and blue as our away strip, but purple is a bit different, and it’s immeasurably better than last years Wycombe Wanderers-esque debacle.

There’s a fair bit of the usual transfer fluff around today, but nothing I’d consider concrete or particularly exciting. We haven’t bid for Messi, yet. In typically Arsenal fashion, we are being linked to a player I didn’t know the first thing about until I read his bio. That player, Egyptian defender Milo, is said to be – understandably – very keen to move to Arsenal. He plays at left-back, and I’ve truly very little information to offer other than that.

The ‘ITK’ folks will probably have stats.  They’ll probably have a full, comprehensive report on everything from his assist rate to his favourite cheese. It’ll all be made up, mind you. Anyone else getting just a bit tired of that bunch? You know, the people who pomp around Twitter with their self-important declarations and revelry when one of their blatant fabrications actually comes to fruition.  Gets on my chuffin’ nerves, it does. Don’t even get me started on Caught Offside….

One such rumour from one such fellow said Arsenal would be signing someone from Spain. Someone from Spain’s Euro 2012  squad. Of course, this sent network sites into speculative overdrive. Personally, I think it’s bollocks.

There are plenty of players from that squad I’d like, but it won’t happen. So confident I am of it just being another bunch of drivel, I will gladly dance through Bristol in hot-pants and a boob-tube if it comes true. You can hold me to that statement.

In news that’s true, Kyle Bartley has made to the step up to Arsenal’s first team. Good for him. He’s a player I think has that toughness to him we lack at the back on occasion. I hope he’ll get a few chances to impress.

Another with the chance to impress is Caen’s 17-year-old striker, M’Baye Niang. We have the youngster on a week-long trial with a view to transferring him for £5m. “Another forward?” I hear you declare in bewilderment. Yes, but he certainly sounds like one for the future. Granted, there are areas of the squad that need to be addressed first, but if the opportunity is there to have a look at him, then we absolutely should do it. I’m sure there are still other plans afoot to strengthen our midfield.

And that’s about it for today, folks. Thanks for reading. Please drop me some more of your lovely comments in the handy section below.

Category: News
  • cupsui says:

    Sir Woj looks quite dashing in his pink number!!

    July 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm
  • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

    That he most certainly does!

    July 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm
  • Rob says:

    Not sure if I like the new away strip, looks a bit ‘girlie’ to me, but I’m sure my teenage daughters will love it… That’s another 100 quid up my shirt, thanks Arsenal !!..

    July 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm
  • Ciaran says:

    love the new away kit is by far and away our nicest we’ve had in quite some time imo…..cant see any of the Spanish players coming in either the one i would love is Carzola but didnt he only sign for Malaga last summer

    July 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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