The Armchair Gooner

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Theo talks, Robin talks. ‘Inception’ your transfer rumours.

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Morning folks.

Just a quick one today.

This week it’s reported that ‘showdown’ talks will ensue. With some players already reporting for pre-season today, we’re at the point where action or resolution is needed. Theo and Robin are those main points. For me it’s really very simple; Robin has made his position untenable, and Theo has to make a choice.

Allowing proceedings to rumble on will be damaging. Offer Theo a contract. If he stalls, refuses and dithers – sell him. Don’t waste any time pleading or negotiating with Robin – set a price and offer him to the clubs abroad that want him. Tell him if he want’s to stay in the Premiership he can languish in the reserves for a year then go for free.

I’d really play hardball with the both of them. Arsenal is a great club. If neither desire to play here, then it’s “thank you” and “there’s the door”. Effort is far better placed into recruiting players to replace them that do wish to be here. And that’s about all there is to it as far as I’m concerned. Allowing any lengthy saga to continue into August is a repeat of the same mistakes we made last summer, and that will only work out badly.

Lastly today, and purely because it made me laugh, I wan’t to show you the ‘Inception Button

It’s the perfect way to add that little bit of tension to any situation. All you do is say aloud a rumour – “Arsenal have bid for so-and-so” and press the button. You’ll have instant homemade atmosphere and tension – give it a whirl!

Thanks for reading today, folks. The comments are below. What would you do with the contracts of Theo and Robin? Let me know.

I shall return tomorrow.

Category: News
  • Wole says:

    i quite agree with you…Arsenal should give them contracts and get them to either commit to stay or leaving and the earlier the better…so we can know what needs to be done and who needs to be replaced….

    July 9, 2012 at 9:03 am
  • Dokod says:

    What a suitable ideas to ease this tension around the club,i support this very great idea…

    July 9, 2012 at 9:23 am
  • ondgooner says:

    Again you have read my mind! If they do not want to stay, ship them off. Theo can go to Spurs for all I care as he would be a liability to them. As for Robin whether he stays or not I have lost a lot of respect for him. Is he still a legend? Absolutely NOT! He has tarnished his legacy by his ill-adviced outburst as far as I am concerned.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:27 am
    • James says:

      He was never a legend anyway. He had 7 seasons and had one good one and people say he’s a legend? No way! Look at Henry he’s a true legend.

      July 9, 2012 at 9:36 am
      • Muchacho says:

        If he had been fit over the last 7 sesons we may well have won something!

        July 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm
  • Alfred Godwin says:

    any one of them or both of them can leave if they, Arsenal still Arsenal fc. but we replace them with more better players.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:41 am
  • hmike says:

    Theo did not say anything about leaving the club, why r u guys forcing our players to leave, he didn’t renew his contract b/c no one offer him, i sometimes think its other clubs fans writing this, Theo is not a liability his rather an Asset for as he is z second top scorer and top goal assist for our club this past season.
    I mean why do u want him to go, if he requires 100,000K per week then he deserve it, his showing progress in his skills, and his about to enter his maturity stage of his age where he can deliver his best performance and play world class football.
    come on u guys don’t be emotional and force our star players to leave our great club Arsenal 4 life.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:45 am
    • Zanito says:

      What u been smoking on? Let me try some 100,000 a week Walcott? lol! I like the lad but he crazy to want 100,000

      July 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm
  • Oladeji.West-grin says:

    Tnkz so much guys 4 ur comment i lyk dat if theo nd robin decided 2 leave,thr shld allow 2 go,but RVP as lost is dignity 4 nt resigning as ealiar as possible,arsenal 4 ever,one love 2 my follow fans nd d team officials,we’ll certainly win a trophy summer.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:50 am
  • Geofrey says:

    Of course i agree with the above comments,having said that,i do admire vanpersie alot,2011-12 season has been his season,bse he has been injury free
    I expected hm to give us the asernal fans some royality,since asenal,the manager as well give him tyme,when he was 2-3yrs,down with injuries,However,irespect his decision,if he decides to leave,bse o may be his age,money,etc,the earlier the better,for wenger to concentrate on his current squad,and shipping in 5-6 players,
    Bse i dont think that van persie is bigger than club,
    cheers Geof,

    July 9, 2012 at 9:51 am
  • hmike says:

    Theo did not say anything about leaving the club, why r u guys forcing our players to leave, he didn’t renew his contract b/c no one offer him, i sometimes think its other clubs fans writing this, Theo is not a liability his rather an Asset for as he is z second top scorer and top goal assist for our club this past season.
    I mean why do u want him to go, if he requires 100,000K per week then he deserve it, his showing progress in his skills, and his about to enter his maturity stage of his age where he can deliver his best performance and play world class football.
    come on u guys don’t be emotional and force our star players to leave our great club Arsenal 4 life.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:51 am
    • akod says:

      No,, i totally disagree with you….
      100k per week 4 theo ?
      No!!!
      I think A.F.C has tried by offering him 7ok per week..
      Bale,,modric,,moses,,and even our wilshere..how much have they been gett.n per week….and this are far better players than theo..
      If he wants 2 go,,kick him out and replace him with ben arfa…

      July 9, 2012 at 10:05 am
  • Lowum Denis Robinson says:

    i agree with u, i believe Arsenal should stop pleading with some of these guyz who do not appreciate, Y should they always turn their backs on Arsenal after putting them on the light?. Nasri dissapointed us like that, Fabrigas did the same, to an extent of buying himself, can u imagine?, RVP was with Arsenal, even when he over suffered from injuries, Wenger still gave him the chance and never even thought of selling him, where things have reached, forget about the dime, bench him and let him go for free next summer. I do not when we shall get devoted players like Thiery, Wishere, Song and the rest, trophies are coming this season, beleive me or not, we will have them.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:02 am
  • Segun Jeminiwa says:

    Theo or not Theo,Robin or whatever,let them go now if they so desired to.With or without them,Arsenal will still remain great but please,let Mr Wenger do the shopping now its too late.Gunners 4life.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:07 am
  • Lowum Denis Robinson says:

    forgot one thing, Theo is one of my best players in Arsenal, just like some body commented, this guy has never asked to the club, there people from different clubs using this to fool us, but one thing i am sure of is that Theo can not even think of that, Go one Walcot, in Africa, Uganda especially, ladies call u MR. “Handsome”, hahahahahahaha

    July 9, 2012 at 10:09 am
  • Simon Gaunt (@GoonerGaunty73) says:

    My sentiments entirely – When a player wants to wait until the end of the season it’s because they have another agenda. Problem with RVP was he wasn’t worth £130k this time last year so I do feel for the club. Now he is, he is playing Billy Big Bollocks – He needs to remember the fans love him for finally showing his true potential, being a great captain etc. However, it’s only one season, we want more and to come out in the press in the way he has is really disappointing and unprofessional.

    Theo is a strange one – we all know his potential, never been consistent enough for my liking but you hope he will come good eventually – and I for one don’t want that to be in an opposition shirt – however, my understanding is his demands are pretty high in terms of a new contract so again the club need to make a final offer and set a deadline, otherwise we will spend all summer being played off by these bloody agents again.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:15 am
  • Kcosby snr. says:

    i have so much faith in two of our buys,podolski&giroud,i c giroud as a finisher like tevez,v’nistelroy etc,all we need now is a defensive mfd&an attckin mf dt ll be supplyin balls2them both,pls let vp rot in d gaol,bcos of 1 excelent season u now wnt2go,gosh ur an italian sku k,then theo walcott if not 4ur speed ru worth a yother thing,,wow!the ox is patiently waitin&prayin4ur depature so dt he can show gunners wt he’s worth&how best 2take care of left full backs dt overlaps!pls them both shld jst go!even i’ll prefer a barca swap of villa&vp, £13m,which d wnt2pay,i thi k with giroud&podolski,villa ll fare well.i cnt wait4walcott2leave,so dt ppl like ryo,ox,gervinho,ll come2full lime light,,btoht of them ll garner biig money in d region of £45-48m,whcih ll be quickly reinvested in d attackin midfield&goalkeeping depertments,God bless arsenal!a gunner i’ll remain till i sleep!!

    July 9, 2012 at 10:26 am
    • Zanito says:

      Ox is waiting! Bet he online reading abt Walcott ridiculous wage demand! I like Walcott and always told ppl to be patience but this is jst stupid! C’mon OX take tht right wing!

      July 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm
  • Barbes13 says:

    for the past four years, before every season begin arsenal will find herself in a tight position before settling down. this is not a good thing for a big club like arsenal. like i always say if u want to stay on the top then do things like people on the top. then victory is yours final.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:26 am
  • Ciaran says:

    cygan is about to rejoin within the next 48 hours and will pen a deal worth around £27.52 a week on a 4 year contract…..this is true so que inception button :)

    July 9, 2012 at 10:34 am
  • lilmountain says:

    We won’t buy an equal quality replacement for RvP, we really should keep him and play him. If he wants to let his stock drop by playing poorly that’s on him and he may get put on the bench, but I imagine he would be forced to play his best hoping to get even more out of whoever would pick him up. We need that quality (and the morale boost of not losing our star, and the relief of pressure on our new strikers, and the change in perception of Arsenal being a selling team) more than we need the money to buy a “prospect” or two

    July 9, 2012 at 10:45 am
  • Barbes13 says:

    for every radical change there is always a conflict. arsenal board need to pinpoint her faults and work on it especially when it comes to players welfare and ambitions. even if the delay tactic continue, eventual arsenal will have to adopt to the market or end up like some low rated clubs in the nearest future. in fact, why at this stage we should be negotiating with top players at the club on contracts? why not when they have two seasons left and why should arsenal wait for pre-season and get engulf in all this scandal when players minds need to be concentrated on the incoming season. then how can we win trophy without being focus and compose. arsenal must stand up to this.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:26 am
  • anne says:

    yep ur ryt there…Arsenal are a big club…they dont have to beg to those players…if they wanna leave..then muchos gracias adios!

    July 9, 2012 at 11:41 am
  • Muchacho says:

    MAke them train with the reserves.

    July 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm
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