It’s a quiz…

This picture of Lee Canoville is not a clue

Arsenal related news is fairly thin on the ground this morning so rather than scrape the barrel in the sense of cobbling some cobblers together I thought I would formulate a little Arsenal related quiz for you (Yes it is lazy of me, I agree).

I’ll admit, it’s probably not the most advanced Arsenal quiz ever compiled but c’mon… It’s Thursday nothing is happening just humour me and go with it ‘eh? What do you say, are you in?

It’s quite simple really (in every sense of the word) there are 12 questions, probably should have been eleven yes but don’t let it throw you, and all you have to do is send me your answers via the comments section (see ‘Leave a comment’ at the top of this post) unless you don’t want to share your answers with anyone else in which case you can email upthearsenal@live.co.uk but be sure to put UTABAQ in the title or it may not count…

In an attempt to get this back on a football footing you’ll get 3 points for every correct answer and I’ll pick a winner at random (unless the only person who bothers taking part is Big Dave) and announce the champ and the answers in tomorrow’s post.

What’s that you ask? A prize? No, there is no prize aside from the bragging rights it’ll afford you in the pub after work tomorrow… Imagine it, you walk in the boozer and  saunter over to the bar (The saunter is the official ‘Winners Walk’ I’ll have you know) casually lean on the jump, give your pals a little wink and proudly announce “I only went and bloody won it didn’t I. The Up The Arsenal Blog Arsenal Quiz . That’s right chaps, you’re in the presence of greatness

Magical no?

Right then here we go…

Q1 – Who scored a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 5-1 opening day victory over Wimbledon on the opening day of the 1988-89 season?

Q2 – Which player wore the number 22 during the 2000-01 season?

Q3 – Who made their only Arsenal appearance in the League Cup against Everton on the 8th November 2006?

Q4 – Which former Arsenal player became manager of Bishops Stortford FC in 1999?

Q5 – Which former Arsenal defender also played for Cambridge United, Dagenham & Redbridge and Hong Kong Rangers?

Q6 – David Seaman became the oldest player to feature for England in a European Championship qualifying match in 2002 during the three lions 0-0 draw with which side?

Q7 – Which former Arsenal legend was the first to make tournament appearances for England in three separate decades?

Q8 – Who was the Arsenal’s sole member of England’s 1966 World Cup Squad?

Q9 – Which former Gunner is the only player to receive a medal before an FA Cup Final?

Q10 – Which Maidstone United & Arsenal player was the youngest player on the pitch in the 1994 UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final?

Q11 – Who was in goal for Arsenal when John Jensen scored his only goal for the club against QPR on New Years Day 1994?

Q12 – Which former player of Malaysian side Sabah and Arsenal legend was capped 14 times for England?

No cheating now because I’ll know…

Ok I won’t know, but try not to cheat.

Thanks for playing, good luck and remember that you could be the first ever UTABAQ Champion…

Paul.

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Bolton Preview

Well there is bad news to start the day off with. Late last night it was revealed by the Arsenal that Jack Wilshere will have to undergo surgery on his right ankle and will be out for a period of “months”. The player himself used his Twitter page to confirm the news and suggest that he hopes to return to action around Christmas time.

This is no doubt a massive blow for the team and young Jack, the bone hasn’t healed whilst in the protective boot he has been wearing for the last month or so and the club have decided that now is the time to take further action in the shape of surgery. It’s very disappointing news but we have to think of Jack’s long term future and this needs to be dealt with correctly and if this operation proves to be just that then it’s surely for the best.

Considering that Jack has only played one full season of first team football with the Gunners, after a brief loan spell at today’s opponents Bolton, we’ve really missed his tenacity in midfield this season. The sooner we can have that desire and drive back in the side the better and I wish Jack well in his continued recovery. At least it gives him more time to listen to the whole Michael Bolton back catalogue.

So, today see’s Owen Coyle’s Bolton Wanderers visit the Emirates.

In league terms the Trotters are having a sorrier time of things then we are at the moment (just), in fact their poor run of form can be traced back to our previous encounter at the Reebok at the end of last season.

Tamir Cohen’s last-minute header, which was celebrated with emotional scenes as the defender revealed a t-shirt commemorating his late father Avi, left the gunners nine points behind leaders and eventual champions Manchester United with four games left to play while Bolton were themselves flying high in eighth place and seemingly pushing to end the season with Europa League football to look forward to. That victory, which all but ended our title chances, was somewhat of a bright spot for Bolton in their end of season darkness. Their previous fixture had seen them go down five goals to zero against Stoke City Rugby Football Club in their FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley and Coyle’s sides final five league games, which followed that win against us, all ended in defeats.

While the opening game of this season saw the Lancashire side get back to winning ways with a 4-0 hammering of newly promoted Queens Park Rangers they have since seen their league form continue in the same vein as it ended last season. Four defeats in four, including a home defeat at the hands of Norwich City last weekend, has seen the sweet taste of victory being confined to the Carling Cup – the second round elimination of Macclesfield and Tuesday nights 0-2 victory at Villa Park.

So in their last fourteen games since, and including, that FA Cup humiliation the Trotters have won only four times and have been beaten in the other ten games scoring eighteen goals and conceding thirty-two in the process. That run looks like this – LWLLLLLWLWLLLW.

At any other time you would look at that and expect Bolton to arrive in London tomorrow and be little more than cannon fodder for the gunners but as we all know our own form is hardly that of a side you would back to win the contest.

Since that late and currently familiar capitulation we’ve managed to win only five of our own fourteen games in all competitions. We’ve picked up four draws and been beaten no less than six times. In this period we’ve found the back of the net on nineteen occasions yet we’ve been forced to pick the ball out of the back of our own goal on no less than twenty-six, meaning our run only appears marginally better than this weeks opposition due to the addition of the letter ‘D’ – LWLLDDWLWLWDLW.

What is clear is that whilst both sides have the ability to score goals we both also have a penchant for letting them in too, so on paper we should maybe expect this to be a high scoring encounter which would make for another great game for the neutral in which we compete.

The team news is pretty much as expected, Yossi Benayoun is out with the ‘strain’ which he alluded to in his Tweet on Thursday (turns out it’s a thigh strain, not an eye strain from reading without sufficient light) and Johan Djourou misses out with a hamstring injury. Arsene Wenger has suggested that they may both be back for the North London Derby on October 2nd but will defiantly miss the Champions League clash with Olympiacos on Wednesday as well as this afternoons fixture.

Tommy Rosicky is back in the squad whilst Bacary Sagna & Aaron Ramsey both came through fitness tests yesterday morning so are likely to start.

It will be interesting to see who takes up the left back position, using our last two fixtures as a barometer I wouldn’t say there is much between Andy Santos and Kieran Gibbs who have each had a game to in which to state their case. I suspect Wenger might go with the Brazilian but I wouldn’t be confidant enough to put money on it.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may have done enough to win himself a place on the bench after his performance in the win over Shrewsbury earlier this week, similarly I think Franny Coquelin’s performance in the same game will see him take us a place amongst the subs ahead of Frimmers.

Other than that I would have thought it will be very much as we were against Blackburn Rovers last weekend but with Theo coming in for Andrey Arshavin.

My line up would be –

Szczesny – Sagna – Mertz – Kozzer – Andy Santos – Song – Mickey – Rambo – Gervinho – Theo – RVP.

Subs: Fabianski – Iggy – Gibbs – Franny – Arshavin – AOC – Chamakh.

I think we’ll see a home win and the collection of three much-needed points, but I’m not sure it’ll be an easy victory. One thing I will guarantee is that Kevin Davies will be booked – the lumbering forward has collected a total of eleven bookings in games against us, that is more than any player against any one side in Premier League history.

I’m really looking forward to the game, it’s a traditional three o’clock kick off and that always sits well with me. Enjoy it wherever you’re watching and if you happen to be up in the North Bank sat next to a guy who clearly needs a shave then chances are it’ll either be me or a tramp who has somehow managed to get into the ground.

Thanks for reading

Paul.

The new fellas

So as one window closes another one opens, or so they say. Actually it might be doors not windows, but in this case it matters little because it is certainly the summer transfer window that has closed and will remain closed until the winter transfer window opens.

Windows don't open at the grove

Anyway it is neither windows nor doors I wish to talk about today. It’s dust, or rather the settling of it. Because now it has all settled down we can actually get back to the very simple matter of watching people kick a football and more importantly the people we’ll watch kick said football.

By now we all know enough about our early (in Arsenal time) acquisitions Jenkinson, Gervinho & AOC – we’ve even seen them play already. Oh yes, we signed Joel Campbell as well didn’t we, hmm. You know, I get more sceptical about the Costa Rican and the likelihood of him ever playing for the Arsenal with every passing day. But I don’t know why?

Anyway it is the five players who came in post OT that I want to look at a bit more, especially as we won’t be seeing much of them over the next week or so unless you’re willing to find a stream of their national sides games.

The kidnappers have made me hold this shirt

The first to arrive in the wake of the United defeat was Park Chu Young. Or you can call him Chu Young Park or Young Park Chu although he wants us to call him Ju Young Park…

It was actually the eve of Old Trafford that we first started to hear rumblings that we had pinched the Korean literally from under the noses of Lille. JYP had undergone part of his medical with the French Champions ahead of a proposed move with relegated Monaco and was thought to be in a hotel room watching the French version of ‘One man and his dog‘ (Although he assumed it was some kind of interactive dinner menu)

They call him 'Le Cat' in France

Dressed head to toe in black Gilles Grimandi crept into the Korean strikers room and knocked him out with chloroform before tying him up and bundling him into the back of an old Citroen Normale – It was completely needless because Arsene Wenger had only asked Giles to give Park a lift to the airport. Apparently officials from Lille actually did give chase in an attempt to stop the Korean talking to us.

As I previously said I really don’t know much about Ju aside from the fact he is Ji Sung Park’s cousin and he is due to return to his homeland in two years to undertake national service – frankly I can’t possibly base a profile of the man around those two facts. Can I? No..

Well the only other info I have on him is that he is the current captain of the South Korean national side and he has pledged full alligance to the Gunners cause and he was a snip at just £3m.

While he may not be regarded as a prolific scorer of goals he is certainly regard as a player with a footballing brain (which is very different to a ‘footballers brain’ such as those retained inside the heads of Paul Merson, Chris Waddle & Ryan Shawcross). At six foot he’ll add some much needed height to the side but must be wary of heading the ball in case he damages his IQ of 150.

He’ll be contending with Marouane Chamakh for the role of RVP understudy number 1 (if you can call it a competition right now?. I could probably get a game ahead of the Moroccan) now that Nicklas Bendtner has moved to Sunderland on a seasons loan – supposedly the Danes dream move… Of course it is Nik.

Along with Ryo, JYP will certainly help to bring in the cash from the far east but that is not Wenger the economists sole reason for signing either.

Better than Juan?

The next to join the ranks was Brazilian left back Andre Clarindo dos Santos (I’m assuming he’ll just have ‘Santos’ on his shirt?)

Again I know little about him (Am I even qualified to do this?) but what I do know is the amount of experience he brings to the side. After starting his career with Brazilian side Figueirense in 2004 he moved to Corinthians in 2008, either side of loans at Flamengo & Atletico Mineiro, before moving to Fenerbache in 2009.

Whilst at Fenerbache Santos competed with perhaps the worlds most famous left back, Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos. In fact Santos managed to make the left back berth his own and Carlos moved back to Brazil & Santos’ former side Corinthians.

It was during his time with the Turkish side that Santos made the breakthrough into the Brazilian national side. And had mixed fortunes under former boss Dunga. After making in roads and appearing in the Confederations Cup, the pre-curser to the World Cup, in 2009 he was left out of the side that competed in South Africa for the title of world champions a year later.

Since Dunga was replaced by Mano Memezes, after the sides disappointing showing on the biggest stage of them all, Santos has worked his way back into international favour and to date has 17 international caps.

There is no doubting that the left back position was in desperate need of strengthening. You’ll know I wasn’t too disappointed to see Clichy leave us but I was also unsure of Kieran Gibbs ability to make the role his own. It’s no slight on the young Englishman’s footballing ability, it’s just a sad fact that we’ve not seen enough of it due to his persistent injury problems.

With only the now departed Armand Traore as back up, along with the none too popular option of shifting Tommy V across to LB, it was one of the areas of our side most in need of reinforcing. That the club have gone out and signed an experienced Brazilian international to follow in the steps of Sylvinho and Juan (remember Juan?) is impressive indeed and allays some real fears.

Ze German

The third man in was German international giant Per Mertesacker.

All summer long we’ve been linked with Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Chris Samba & Scott Dann and at one point or more we we’re supposedly only hours away from signing one or more of them. In truth we had bids rejected for Jagielka and Cahill but I’m not sure how much of a real interest we had in the other two, who will now link up at Blackburn.

Mertesacker has been linked with us on and off for a few years now and I must admit I thought it was one of those lazy stories that journos used to fill column inches. I think that the fact the six foot six centre back has won 75 international caps for Germany tells you pretty much all you need to know about him. To achieve that in just six years is no mean feet and certainly confirms that we do not have another Seb Squillaci on our hands as some have strangely suggested.

As we’ve mentioned he is tall, real proper actual tall and that is something we’ve missed from our back line for a fair while now. His height doesn’t make him just a defensive version of Stoke super striker Peter Crouch, and by that I mean he isn’t just a lanky gawlper, he’s strong and won’t be bullied by Ork like centre forwards. His positional play is as efficient as his heritage suggests and he isn’t a slouch on the ball either.

£8m is a snip when you look at the £15m & £17m Everton and Bolton wanted for Jagielka and Cahill. Imagine if either of them had 75 England caps, fees of £40m upwards would be floated about which is utter madness.

My biggest concern with Mertesacker comes with the Koscielny – Vermaelen partnership in mind. Now I can’t see Ze German wanting to sit on the bench in all but FA & Carling Cup games but at the same time I’m slightly reticent to see the Kozzer & Tommy task force broken up when it is starting to show promise. That said, it was an experienced CB we wanted and it’s an experienced CB we’ve got so I guess this was always going to become an issue but it is most certainly a good issue as opposed to one of those bad ones. We all hate those don’t we?

The next in was maybe the biggest surprise of the five, even when you consider that a hell of a lot of us had never heard of JYP.

Yossi

Yossi Benayoun has joined on a season long loan from Chelsea, and for the most part I think it’s a decent move. We knew we were light in midfield especially from a creative standpoint and the Israeli certainly reduces that weakness.

As captain of his national side it is yet another leader on the pitch and the fact he has played in England for six years means he doesn’t need any time to adjust to the pace of our game. His time here after moving from Racing Santander has been quietly impressive but without really moving any mountains. But it isn’t often that a bad player slips through the Ajax academy and Yossi is certainly not that.

He’ll add that creative guile we’ve seemingly been missing so far this season and while others may differ I kind of want to describe him as a mix between Samir Nasri & Tommy Rosicky. I expect him to create more goals than he scores but he certainly has the ability to get the ball in the onion bag which is a massive bonus.

One for the ladies

If he had been our only midfield signing, then, without doing the man a disservice, I think we may have been disappointed somewhat but he wasn’t because he came in just a short while before the club announced the signing of Spanish genius Mikel Arteta.

Maybe the little midfielder can’t be described as a ‘wow’ signing but it was most certainly the one that got us Gooners most excited on Wednesday.

For as long as Cesc was linked with a move back to Barca Arteta was linked with filling his compatriots boots (So that is forever) but this summer his name appeared to have been omitted from the list of so-called pretenders to the throne until the last few days of the transfer window.

Reports suggest that we first went in on Tuesday with a bid of £4m which was quickly rebuffed by Everton but the Mersey men must have made it known that they were prepared to do a deal because we went back in the following day with an improved bid of £10m. There was a point during the malaise that it all seemed to have died a death and it created a distinct air of disappointment. It was the player himself who pushed for the move to happen and if reports are to be believed he has taken a cut in wages in order to make the move, which speaks volumes of his desire.

Like Benayoun Arteta already knows this league inside out and can make an instant impact in our side alongside Jack Wilshere. There is no doubt that he could slip into the Cesc role with ease but it remains to be seen if we’ll line up like that this season. I would imagine that he’ll take over corner and free kick duty from RVP which will be a relief, mainly because we may now score from set pieces a little more regularly.

He has everything needed to be a hit at the Arsenal as long as he doesn’t suffer any long term injuries. At 29 this is his last chance to have a crack at top level football (sorry Everton) and with that in mind you can understand why he pushed for the move after six years service with the toffees. Oh and of course he brings Mrs Arteta with him…

HELLO!

So in all the fantastic five are just that in my view. They give our squad everything it’s been crying out for and I think they all have a winning mentality and the desire to achieve as much as possible in the game. I am very much looking forward to seeing each and every one of them in the red and white this season. If only the curssed internationals weren’t delaying that.

If you like numbers and you believe they may either back up or destroy everything I have written above then take a look at these stats on all our new signings on the official Arsenal website.

Thanks for reading.

Paul

Deadline Day

Who will be unveiled?

Here it is, transfer deadline day – the day that Sky Sports news presenters and reporters go into overdrive and old Bollock Face spends so long stopping to talk to reporters from his car window that he forgets to do any deals until last two hours of the window.

'arry should have watched the road

It’s all very needless hyperbole really but who gives a French Fig about that, it quite simply is brilliant stuff isn’t it? From the agony of being linked to every player to have ever graced a treatment room to the hilarity of Neil Warnock throwing good money after bad on Armand Traore, SWP & Anton Ferdinand (C’mon Neil, seriously?)

And of course you should never forget the utter bullshit stories spoon feed to us via a continuous yellow strip at the bottom of our television screens just to keep us hooked.

You can shove your reality TV & all singing all dancing crap of the world competitions up your hole, this is my twice a year fix of trash TV and time when I give an utter shite about clubs and players I wouldn’t normally give an utter shite about – I’m not too proud to admit that.

What always makes the transfer window even more gripping and entertaining for me is when Arsenal decide to take the plunge and sign some players, and not just teenagers that nobody has ever heard of but actual players that you’ve seen on the telly and stuff – real footballers with real football careers and international caps.

Well since Sunday that is exactly what we’ve been getting.

Ju

So far the club have confirmed the signing of South Korean Striker Chu Young Park who prefers to be known as Ju and will have J.Y.Park on his shirt. I’ve no idea why players can’t just have their actual names on their shirts anymore but to be fair as long as Ju does the bizzo on the pitch he can have ‘Paul Savill is a Tosser’ above the number 9 for all I care.

We stole him from under the noses of Lille and paid Monaco £3m for his services. It’s very much a short term deal because he’ll have to return to his homeland in 2013 to undertake national service, unless he does something spectacular like score a hat trick in the Champions League final which may earn him a pass.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about him and if I’ve seen him play I don’t remember it but I like the attitude he has so far portrayed and what he has had to say for himself –

“I will do my best, I will never give up, I will show my heart, I will give everything and hope the fans will support me”

 

Traore looks so happy to be there

Armand Traore has joined QPR on a three year deal – I’ve wasted enough time talking about the Senegalese left back on this blog so until he plays against us and either has a total shocker or the best game of his life this is the last mention of him.

Ze German

German International Per Mertesacker was given leave from the national teams camp yesterday to hold talks and undergo a medical at London Colney after we agreed a deal with Werder Bremen for the big mans services. It seems that everything has been agreed by all parties and the club will announce the signing at some point today.

So no complaining now – He is six foot six, has 75 international caps, has played in two world cups and a European championship and has considerable experience in European competition. Not at all bad for £8m

We’ve been linked with him since he was still at school (or so it seems) and on paper he looks like the type of defender we’ve all been calling for (Apart from the not being English thing).

Also a great dancer

Andre Santos – the Brazilian left back looks set to join us from Fenerbache and with he who I’m not mentioning again off to Loftus Road and Kieran Gibbs still locked in the Flump room for safe keeping it is certainly a position we needed to fill.

Like Mertesacker, Santos has considerable experience at International & European level and should give us some much needed stability at left back – unless he gets sent off or injured during his first game…

So that is three in and one out since Sunday, oh yes – almost forgot. Joel Campbell looks set to spend next season on loan with French side Lorient after unsurprisingly failing to gain a work permit. Anyway as I was saying..

That is three in and one out so far and we still have more than twelve hours to go until the window closes and we are certainly expected to make further additions to the squad. Who they will be is anyone’s guess right now but we all know that a creative midfielder is a must. A deal for Gary Cahill appears likely and unlikely in equal measure because reports keep changing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it come off, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it not.

The impossible dream?

We keep hearing that there will be a signing of epic proportions that will blow us away and I am living in a dream world where it will either be Franck Ribery or Wesley Sneijder.

The other impossible dream

Yes I do know how unlikely it is to see either of those deals come off but If after all these years I still believe me and Kylie have a chance (Don’t tell the wife) I’m sure as damn it not giving up this dream just yet.

So we just keep wondering who else will come in, who else will go out? Bendtner to Stoke? Chamakh out on loan? Almunia to Lidl? Squillaci lost in the Hampton Court Maze? WE JUST DON’T KNOW PEOPLE!

Follow us on Twitter for updates and ridiculous Tweets through out the day.

Thanks for reading

Paul.

Eight

Down the years, and not just the Sky years, Old Trafford has played host to some real battles between the team it plays home to and the Arsenal – yesterday was less a battle and more an annihilation.

We knew we were heading North with a threadbare squad due to injuries, suspension and lack of investment. We knew that our chances of victory were minuscule at best and we knew that we were most likely set for an uncomfortable afternoon. What we got was an utter farce that completely nails home the reality of farcical summer.

This was our third league game of the season and the side that we fielded looked more like a side you might play with three games to go and the league wrapped up. At times like that you can throw players in, three games in when you’ve yet to win a game or even score a goal you can’t. It is suicidal and pretty much inviting the oncoming slaughter.

I’m sure Wenger has mentioned the players we had missing and has suggested that he could never have foreseen it (I’ve neither seen or read anything post match) but we could all see it coming. We’ve been watching it creep up on us since last season, and as this summer has progressed and our already decimated squad has been dismantled and sold off without any form of proactive restructuring, reinvestment or reinforcement we’ve sat waiting for it all to hit us with the force of Hurricane Irene. Yesterday it did.

We had players out there yesterday that quite frankly shouldn’t have been, some of them, like Jenkinson & Coquelin, you can feel a slight sympathy for. They have been lead to slaughter by Wenger, the man who so often states a refusal to “Kill a players career” as he puts it. Well what the hell does he think this would have done for Jenks? The boy was torn apart yesterday and at points looked like he wanted to be anywhere other than playing for the club he has supported his whole life. He even got a blocking from Theo at one point, that bastion of hard work and relentless slugging.

Young Franny Coquelin was a dim light in a sea of darkness, he equipped himself well and has a bright future. It was telling that when he was withdrawn in the second half the score line was an acceptable 3-1.

Neither of those two lads should be anywhere near our first team this early in the season and in such a pivotal fixture. This was the current league Champions on their own home ground. A team that after winning the league for the third consecutive season saw where weaknases dieted in their side and went out and strengthened. They rebuilt like they have time and again. They did everything we have failed to do. They were without either of their first choice centre backs but had players with the ability to step in and seamlessly fill the void.

We sold our first choice left back this summer and the man cited as his replacement has an appalling history of injuries for one so young leaving us to field a player who has spent the last two seasons on loan and is now set to join QPR for the remainder of this season.

That sums up our club right now. Here we have a player who is clearly not considered to be good enough to play for us but rather than cast him off we sanction loan deals season after season, occasionally seeing him return to the club for a few games in which he demonstrates why he isn’t good enough for the club.

The situation at left back has nothing to do with the sale of players like Cesc & Nasri, we weren’t waiting for them to either naff off or nail their colours to the mask before getting a replacement for Clichy in. Yes it would be brilliant if Kieran Gibbs could come in and be our left back for the next ten years but the truth is he can’t and he won’t, his injury record alone tells you that yet those who run our club are so blinkered to these things that they make no attempt to improve the situation,

It’s like that across the board with our current squad, yes if our first choice eleven (whoever they are now) are all fit then it’s a decent team but we’re reliant on on a group made up of the perennially injured and a handful of teenagers – how did we come to that?

Ferguson demonstrated yesterday everything that our so called “Project Youth” should have delivered by now. A set of experienced players buoyed by a collection of exceptionally gifted youngsters, old heads and young harts.

We have two and a half days to rebuild our squad and save our season from total collapse. It’s not a case of bringing in one or two players, we need real depth in every position because we just do not have it. A centre half and a striker will bring nothing to the table, we honestly need at least five or six players with real experience and ability not promise. Is that likely to happen in such a short time frame, well the last three months suggest not. Which means that we could be in for a long and arduous season.

There is no point In hitting a panic button right now and removing Wenger, the is no one else who will come in and do a better job then he will this season with the players we have at our disposal. But I can’t see how the Frenchman’s reign can continue past the end of this season, he has taken us as far as he possibly could during his fifteen years and it should never be belittled nor forgotten but right now he is seemingly unable to stop the rot that is setting in.

Wenger isn’t alone in this, our board, directors & executives alike are just as much to blame. There is no one for any of them or the manager to be accountable to except the fans and so far this summer they have proved that they don’t listen to us because we have been the warning beacons. We have sounded the alarm to let them know that this storm was coming and they have seeming chosen to ignore it.

We as supporters deserve much better than that, especially fans like those who were at Old Trafford yesterday and sung their hearts and would out during the massacre taking place upon the pitch.

We don’t have a game now until we do face Swansea at home on September the 10th, by that time we will hopefully have a fully fit squad but the focus over the next two days has to be investing in that squad. Wenger often says that he will only add players who are better than what we have, well watch the video of yesterday’s debacle Arsene and then let us know how that isn’t possible.

Thanks for reading.

Paul.

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