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he's signed for arsenal.
He's got a funny little face and he's tiny. I'm pretty excited.
remember how the last tiny fella with a funny face turned out.
If he's as good as Arshavin was in his first 6 months then City will bung us £30m before he has the chance to go shit/mad/fat
if so it looks like Wenger's going to invert his traditional 'buy a central playmaker and stick him out on the wing' approach.
smart-alecism aside, i'm excited about this signing..
Arsene's probably earmarked him for fullback
If his promo vid is anything to go by it will be comedy gold.
laundering money for Iran
We're approaching cartoon levels of villainy, it's brilliant. If we ever build that new stadium it'll probably double up as a huge screen to block out the sun.
building a doom fortress at Stanley Park, signing El Hadji Diouf...
It's making me nervous.
Chelsea have signed three senior players. They also released three senior players. It's not meant to be bants-swerving (which isn't strictly necessary in our brave new football thread world) and I can see why detractors would point at the $$$ spent and say that we should do really well, but I'm not seeing it. Yet, anyway.
Suddenly the largely unchanged United squad feels considerably weaker than it did last season, while Arsenal and Chelsea (led by a revelatory Thorgan Hazard) are skipping off into the sun set, and shrewd master Mancini sits on his lot.
I'd happily hibernate until after the opening game. It's obvious that whoever we sign/sell we're still going to get a score draw against Everton.
particularly Arsenal actually, I think Carzola and Podolski are both excellent purchases which suggests last summer's horrorshow has genuinely changed how Wenger thinks about things. But it's largely superficial. The core problems with each team have not really been addressed- Arsenal's defence is still terrible, all the managerial woes of Chelsea are pretty much nailed on to continue plus they are now heavily reliant on Torres to start scoring goals. They'll be closer to the Manchester teams this time around but they'll still be filling out slot 3 and 4.
and all hell breaks loose.
DON'T FORGET. HE'S HERE FOREVER.
That one's been rumbling on for a good 3 years now.
-Levy, who are we interested in?
-Levy, who are we-
-Leandro! Leandro. Go play upstairs.
As long as they're almost sort of about to maybe think about making an offer for Leandro they can get away with doing dopey stuff like selling everyone but Defoe or buying Louis Saha on deadline day.
Thomas Sørensen today. A couple of great lads, with a decade of really good service to both their names. They won't be missed because there are younger, better alternatives, but they will be remembered. Cheers guys!
Have you seen anything of Fischer? A Dutch journalist I follow on twitter is very excited about him, even for the impact he might have this season.
actually was fortunate enough to get autographs off all of them bar Fischer who was already mucking around on the coach when we got there after their friendly in Norwich last week. V v high hopes for all of them.
I've only read that Fischer has been doing well in recent friendlies (didn't play against Norwich though) and scored a lot of goals. Did really well in the youth Champions League (nextgen thing) as well.
But if those three youngsters can really develop while Agger and Schone are still at their best then you've got a great core. I suppose there's a lot of ifs to that, though.
and yeah lots of ifs. Even more given that I'm also hoping Lucas Andersen, Helenius, Okore, and plenty of others can get good and that Lindegaard or K Schmeichel can become regulars for good clubs. Anyway the Denmark team's got the most promise it has had in a long, long time.
IF the new guys settle in ok and by some miracle we get no injuries to our first choice defence (or Song), we could actually challenge for the league. That is a massive IF though.
Still think either way that we massively need a top level full back who can play both sides though. I can't see it happening before the season starts, but really really hope Wenger isn't being a prick and will sign one before the transfer window shuts. I can't see how he could possibly think we don't need one. Gibbs is still largely untested and seems to be constantly injured. Sagna is coming back from a second broken leg in 18 months and was showing early signs of decline last season. Our best backups are a winger who can't defend and a kid who has hardly played football for anyone, let alone a top Premier League team (wut u men arsnel? lol!)
So yeah, looks like we'll be starting the first game of the season with either Carl Jenkinson, Johan Djourou or Francis Coquelin at right back. Cazorla and Sahin are exciting, but I'd be far more excited by us buying a genuinely top quality full back.
We'll finish fourth, get a couple of quarter finals and not get anywhere near the title again, of course.
Guess that must mean he's a bit shitter than everyone thought if that's the case.
To be honest, unless he's really fucking good I don't think we actually need another player like him. We'd be better off bringing in a more defensive midfielder, but wouldn't say no if its a loan on the cheap.
Madrid clearly thought he was good when they signed him though. He was amazing on the three consecutive Football Managers before he signed for Real.
and that isn't a bad league
Misread a response in my introductory press conference.
Wound up all the fans, media and half the players.
GONNNA WIN THE LEAGUE