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Miyaichi For Olympics, M’Vila Arrested and Talks For Vertonghen


Watching Liverpool crumble yet again to a team that has never won on Merseyside showcased how inconsistent Kenny Dalglish’s team has become. Days ago, they dispatched Norwich through the heroics of Luis Suarez and the goal he used to seal his first hat-trick for Liverpool was a jaw dropper.

With two games left to play, the Reds are currently in eighth place and could even sink further down the table. Despite all these shortcomings, Liverpool has a cup final this weekend against Chelsea and they stand a chance of securing the honors the Arsenal Class of  ’93 had.

With all the wads of cash spent by Dalglish, Liverpool has been an aberration in the Premier League this season. A team that almost won the Premier League in 2009 has fallen from grace so badly, that it has become a norm not to see them challenging for honors with the elite.

Food for thought: Would you rather win two Cup finals and end up in mid-table or go without a trophy but end up in third place?

On the international scene, the FA has decided to announce a manager before the Euwos. Wily Ol’ Woy Hodgson has been selected as the man to take England forward ahead of Twitchy Ol’ ‘Arry. This bit of news will certainly bring an extra twitch to his face but reports have emerged revealing that it was his wife, Sandra Red Napkin, that stopped him from getting the job.

Woy has weceived backing from Jack Wilshere and Steven Gerrard has also welcomed the Wily manager, labelling him as a good man and a good manager.

Now that the fate of the senior team has been decided, eyes are still firmly fixed on Stuart Pearce’s Olympic selection for Team Great Britain. While the likes of Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey will be odds on to represent the team, Wilshere was the subject of some speculation and power tussle but he has but the mad manager firmly in his place.

The Japan Blue Samurais will also participate in the Olympic games and Arseblog News has reported that their representatives are in talks with Arsenal over the availability of Ryo Miyaichi for the forthcoming Summer competition.

Arsene Wenger would want Miyaichi to get all the football he can get before joining his side next season and I’ll be somewhat surprised if he doesn’t give the nod. Miyaichi has been finding his feet in England and he has been on Owen Coyle’s good books in his short loan spell at Bolton.

His only goal to date was scored in the FA Cup against Millwall and trust me, it’s worth a second look.

Moving over to transfer news, football’s worst kept secret, Lukas Podolski, was exposed a few days ago and a few more “quality” signings are expected in due time. Wenger has stated that he’s looking forward to watching his new kid on the block in the forthcoming Euros while Wilshere had sweet words for him on Twitter.

The article on the club’s website shows how Podolski ticks all the boxes for Arsenal, and a few journos listed his qualities emphasizing on each of them with so much detail that can be as glaring as checking the ape-like qualities Gareth Bale possesses.

It’s worth a read.

While the likes of Stephane Sessegnon and Lucas Bilgia have openly dismissed rumors linking them to Arsenal, Jan Vertonghen is keen on joining the Gunners. The Metro reports that Arsenal are in open transfer talks with Ajax of a move for the defender.

Vertonghen has already told Ajax officials he wants to quit the club this summer, and with just 12 months left on his current deal, manager Frank De Boer is believed to have sanctioned his sale now in order to claim maximum profit.

It is believed that Arsene Wenger wants to do his business swiftly to show his intent for the upcoming season and to probably also give Robin van Persie something to think about in regard to the club’s ambition.
However, there has been some sour news regarding another Arsenal potential transfer prospect. Yann M’Vila was arrested for assault on a 17-year-old man but he has been released. His lawyer, Thierry Fillion, quoted:
“Yann has acknowledged that it was an inappropriate response but provoked by the betrayal of the trust he gave to this young man.“As it stands, no decision has been taken yet by the Rennes prosecutor on this case but the file will be forwarded to him within eight to 10 days.”
Arsene Wenger is a manager that doesn’t tolerate off the field mishaps but I believe that he may overlook this in his bid to secure this services of M’Vila. He’s no messiah no doubt, but his quality is still needed at the club.
That’s yer lot for today.

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My Thoughts on Marouane Chamakh and his Shisha Incident

Shisha Boyz

There was a certain Moroccan sensation that played his entire career in Girondins de Bordeaux before switching to the Red half of North London. He started with a few goals during the preseason before forcing Pepe Reina to score an own goal on the opening day of last season in Anfield.

He scored his first goal on his home debut against recently relegated Blackpool before joining the party when Arsenal thrashed Bolton by 4-1 in September. He also scored on his Champions League debut in the 6-0 spanking of eventual Europa League finalists SC Braga and continued his personal scoring record in the competition that extended from his Bordeaux days.

He scored in his Arsenal’s second Champions League tie against Partizan before scoring the match winner against Birmingham City in mid-October. He scored again in Arsenal’s third Champions League game against Shakhtar and it seemed as if he was destined to score in every game of the Champions League as long as he played.

The goals dried up a bit but he found some form again in November scoring a brace against Wolves before scoring Tottenham and Aston Villa. Marouane Chamakh’s toe poke in Villa Park was his 10th goal in just 21 appearances averaging a goal every two games then Robin van Persie came along and Chamakh found himself relegated to the bench and featured in lowly Cup ties.

In recent times, Chamakh has been a ghostly figure on the pitch and the player that amassed a goal in two has currently scored just two goals with his last being against Blackburn in September 2011. It’s so unfortunate to see how his form waned like a player that returned from a long-term injury.

In the wake of Arsenal’s recent dent in form with a loss against Queens Park Rangers, Chamakh was pictured with his compatriot Adel Taarabt smoking a shisha pipe. Shisha is a waterpipe in which fruit-scented tobacco is burned using coal, passed through a water vessel and inhaled through a hose.

This has caused an uprising among journos, fans and even Arsene Wenger, who was reportedly “fuming” after hearing the news. It’s also funny to know that Arsenal has had dealings with smoking players in recent times.

Last year Laurent Koscielny was caught after the club’s end of season awards clutching a pack of cigarettes, while William Gallas was told his behaviour was ‘unacceptable’ in 2008 after the then captain was pictured outside a London nightclub with a cigarette in his mouth.

Many people believe that Chamakh smoking shisha isn’t a “big deal” but you’ll have to question the Moroccan’s professionalism. The fact that Adel Taarabt put a nail in Arsenal’s coffin on Saturday wasn’t enough, Chamakh accompanied him after the game to get him involved in a pot fest.

There’s no proof to justify if shisha is better/worse than smoking cigarettes but in my opinion, the timing was very wrong for Chamakh.

If he did it in the comfort of his home without any witnesses anywhere, the article probably wouldn’t have been in existence. Players have done worse, Chamakh hasn’t gone to interrupt any press conference or throw darts at an Arsenal intern.

He certainly hasn’t lighted his house up with fireworks. Way to go, Super Mario.

However, tales are emerging that Arsene Wenger and Mark Hughes should decide their fates but Chamakh has declared that he’s staying at Arsenal:

“Am I going back to Bordeaux? For now, no. I have spoken to Wenger and I will stay at Arsenal. I think he trusts my work and I will have opportunities in the first team.

“I left Bordeaux to improve as a player and I think I can continue for this club. My agents have been ordered to reject bids that come from other clubs because I want to prove I can be useful for the Gunners.”

With the potential arrival of Lukas Podolski, his chances of featuring will be further diminished.

In other Arsenal related news, Walcott believes that Ryodinho is ready to play for Arsenal, Robin van Persie shares how he evolved as a striker and the Ox remains calm despite claims for a Euro 2012 place.

I just shared my thoughts on Maroaune Chamakh and his shisha incident,

What’s yours.


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More Injury Woes, Ryo Miyaichi Earns Plaudits and the Demigod hails RVP

With the needless round of international fixtures out of the way, focus has been firmly fixed on the Premier League as Arsenal visits Anfield to take on Liverpool in another game of the season encounter.

Many Gooners will fondly remember the game that sealed the title in 1989 but I have fresher memories of Arsenal’s visits to Anfield and no game can rival that enthralling 4-4 draw that took place in April 2009. It’s noteworthy that all three goal scorers in that game are presently struggling and their football careers have hit a steep end.

Fernando Torres was on fire that evening as he headed home his first and made mince meat of Mikael Silvestre to score his second goal of the night. Yossi Benayoun got a whack in the face when he scored his first and salvaged a draw late on for his team.

The undisputed hero of the night was the four-midable Andrey Arshavin, that scored all Arsenal’s goals in stunning fashion. The first goal was from a Cesc Fabregas pass after some good work by Samir Nasri, he worked the second himself after some poor Liverpool defending, his hat-trick was gifted to him on a platter thanks to more atrocious defending from Liverpool and his fourth came from a brilliant counter attack that was launched by Theo Walcott.

Fernando Torres has become the standard football has decided to use in rating transfer flops while Arshavin was shipped back to Russia with love. Yossi Benayoun recently voiced his frustration about his lack of games at Arsenal.

Injuries have become a norm in this part of North London but it’s also “refreshing” to know that Arsenal’s “enemies” haven’t been spared either. Steven Gerrard flexed his elbows a bit when he lifted the Carling Cup a few weeks ago but he’s a major doubt for tomorrow’s clash because he has twanged his hammy. AC Milan’s Alexandre Pato has also been ravaged by the injury gods as he’s set to miss the second leg courtesy of a muscle tear.

At Arsenal, the long-term absentees like Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin are still nursing their injuries but Johan Djourou has joined the list as he’s set to miss out for a month. Aaron Ramsey missed out of Gary Speed’s Memorial match against Costa Rica and he’s ruled out for two more games.

On the bright side, Andre Santos is a fortnight away from full fitness and Per Mertesacker has revealed that all is going well with the recuperation phase of his ankle injury. The Gentle Giant reported that he has stopped using clutches and he has been able to work thanks to a custom-made boot and a splint that prevents the ankle from twisting.

He labeled the Champions League loss to Milan as “torture” and hailed his team’s fight-back against Tottenham:

“I almost felt like in the old days, when I followed Arsenal from a distance and felt like a fan: “This is a great club!” I am really proud of being part of a team that is capable of putting in a performance like that.

Ryo Miyaichi has come under the spotlight for all the right reasons as he was recently named as Bolton’s Player of the Month for February. Miyaichi also earned his first call-up for the Blue Samurais of Japan was he didn’t make it from the bench.

The goal he scored against Millwall in the FA Cup was a stuff made in dreams and his boss, Owen Coyle has ran out of superlatives for the young lad:

“He is a young player that continues to get better and we are trying to bring him on in the right way. We are giving him the platform for him to realise how far he wants to go in the game. “We have seen it before – Jack Wilshere, Danny Sturridge – we gave them the opportunities.

“He comes on with freshness, enthusiasm, pace, quality. He has a real desire to push himself on and I love working with that type of young player. Because of how well Ryo has played for us, he has emerged to be in the national squad. Then he goes and he is not used, and we think he could have been here with us all week.”

Right from his days at Burnley, I’ve always held Owen Coyle with high regard and his short input to Jack Wilshere’s career will forever be labeled as a success story. Wilshere rejoined Arsenal and was very instrumental in the Gunner’s cause last season.

Coyle also brought out the best in Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge and the youngster has scored more goals than Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres put together. I hope he continues his great works with Ryo Miyaichi and I earnestly hope that he’ll do his bit to save Bolton from relegation.

In his time at Arsenal, Dennis Bergkamp was worshipped like a demigod because he made football seem like a sport made for the gods. His style of play that was chiefly focused around his amazing technique captivated Gooners worldwide and his service to the club was undying. It was only befitting that his farewell match was the first game played at the Emirates Stadium.

Robin van Persie was brought into the squad as the long-term replacement for the Dutch technician and many Gooners were happy when the Flying Dutchman took over the sacred No. 10 jersey that was previously worn by that mercenary called William Gallas.

Bergkamp has hailed van Persie for stepping up the plate to deal with the pressure of becoming Arsenal’s talisman this season. He also stated that a player of van Persie’s calibre deserves trophies and we all hope he’ll get one next season.

The average Arsenal fan always believes that the next season will be better than the previous campaign and we’ve said the same cliche for the past six years.

I just hope Arsene Wenger gets it right this summer.


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Arsene Wenger On The Hot Seat and Ryo Miyaichi Impresses Owen Coyle

At least we know where it is

Every Gooner looks forward to the summer because Arsenal has renewed its contract with Club Trophy-less for another season. Arsene Wenger was at the helm of affairs when he created an unstoppable force in the 2003/04 season called the Invincibles but its fair to say that his present lot can be tagged as The Invisibles.

The Invincibles had a Mad German between the sticks and the defence line was composed of a resilient, hard-working but cuntly left back, a strong and efficient right back and two centre backs that had the joint qualities of coordination, power, pace, aggression and composure.

The Invisibles on the other hand has a young commanding Pole that’s gradually making a name for himself with his stellar performances, a fit and consistent right back, an injury-ravaged left back and a centre back pairing that has the joint qualities of bravery, height, composure, technique and anticipation.

Opposition offences always got scared when they came up against the defence of the Invincibles but many teams relish the prospect of playing the defence of the Invisibles because they leak more goals than a faulty faucet. Most times, strikers don’t have to do much work because the defence of the Invisibles possesses a Self Destruct sequence they activate from time to time.

The quartet in the midfield of the Invincibles were players you could only see in your fantasies. The dreamy Robert Pires that had a level of technique that was second to none, the pacey and canny Freddie Ljungberg whose off the ball movement was a constant thorn in the flesh, the efficient Gilberto Silva that ran the show in the middle of the park and the inspirational leader Monsieur Patrick Vieira. Now the Gooners watch the upcoming Alex Song, the “vastly experienced” Mikel Arteta and the player that kills prominent figure heads anytime he scores, Aaron Ramsey.

The forward line of the Invincibles had a technical demigod in the form of Sir Reverend His Royal Highness Dennis Bergkamp and the goal scoring machine and a legend in every sense of the word, Thierry Henry. Robin van Persie can match the King in terms of his goal scoring exploits but he’s supported by Gervinho and Theo Walcott.

Those where the days......

Following the 4-0 drubbing at Milan, the Gunners lost in the FA Cup 5th round to Sunderland and things have gone haywire as the fans have expressed their dissatisfaction following another campaign that promised so much but had nothing to offer in the end. Caught Offside reports that FC Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola has been touted as a summer replacement for Arsene Wenger and they may be forced to spend money this time.

Apparently, Wenger might not be sacked but he may be offered a role in the Board to make the managerial role vacant. The boss has labelled the recent criticism he and his team are facing as harsh:

“We will get criticism but I feel that it is a bit hard on the team. At the moment I get many lessons from many people who have managed zero clubs and zero games and zero European games.”

“We have played 15 years in the top four, which is a mark of our consistency.”

He has vowed that his team would fight on and he hopes that his team would respond well against Tottenham Hotspurs. The FA Cup quarter final draws have made and Martin O’ Neill’s Sunderland will visit Goodison Park to take on Everton.

Still sticking with the FA Cup, Arsenal’s loanee to Bolton Ryo Miyaichi scored his first goal in English football inside the first five minutes in Bolton’s 5th Round victory over Millwall. Miyaichi used his great pace to reach a through ball before making a superb first touch to move the ball away from the defender. He opened his body up and scored a goal reminiscent of Park Chu-Young’s curler against Bolton.

Owen Coyle ran out of superlatives for the Japanese youngster:

“He showed what a talent he is. There’s other stuff he can learn, but he’s brave and tough – he stood up to some of the treatment he got – and he always plays with a smile on his face, which I absolutely love.”

Coyle added that he had been keen on the player for some time, even though he has only made two substitute appearances for the Gunners’ first-team, and was thrilled when Wenger gave him permission to take him on loan. Miyaichi’s loan spell at Bolton would do wonders to his confidence and I hope he comes back strongly like Jack Wilshere.

The left wing is currently occupied by Gervinho while the likes of Andrey Arshavin, Yossi Benayoun and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have had stints there. It’s also heart warming to know that Ryo Miyaichi would probably give them a run for their money next season.

A great team isn’t measured by how many times they get knocked down. They are measured by how strong they are when they get back up.

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From Thierry Henry With Love and Ryo Miyaichi Finding His Feet at Bolton

Not Good :(

Despite the fact that I feel that shenanigans surrounding 14th of February are highly overrated, I’m going to start today’s post with a bit of bad news concerning Arsenal’s gentle giant Per Mertesacker. He uploaded a photo of his ankle in his Facebook Page and his quotesweren’t too encouraging:

“What a bummer. The foot doesn’t look too good and I have to wait for the physical examination. Right now I’m living with uncertainty…”

Skeptics are a bit worried that the gentle giant might have torn a ligament or snapped a tendon and either of those would pretty much rule him out for the rest of the season, which would be a devastating blow for both club and player. He was just starting to settle in to his role and now it looks like a serious injury is threatening to cut short his first season.

Arsene Wenger can thank his lucky stars that Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs are on the road to full recovery. This would also mean that grumpy ol’ Thomas Vermaelen could be deployed back to his favored center back position but half an eye would be placed on Johan Djourou, Ignasi Miquel or Seb Squillaci.

Ryo Miyaichi is a typical left winger that can do a great job for the Arsenal forward line, especially when things are not going according to plan. He has got devastating pace, great dribbling skills and a fearless attitude that makes him able to take on players. Arsene Wenger fought hard to secure a work permit for the young lad and tipped him to make a huge impact this season.

Miyaichi has the likes of  Theo Walcott, Gervinho, Andrey Arshavin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of him but he’ll have to bide his time and do his best when he comes back next season because Wenger has extreme faith in him. We all know that Wenger is a football manager that can be blinded with his faith in a player until the player throws an egg on his face or shines as expected to put a smile on his face.

Miyaichi made his debut for Bolton against Wigan Athletic and he almost capped it with a goal late on but the heroics of Ali Al-Habsi denied him a place in the back pages. The youngster was encouraged by his performance and says he is gaining a greater understandingof what the Premier League is all about:

“I was happy to be playing and I found out more about the Premier League, but we lost the game so I can’t enjoy it too much. The manager told me to go and play my football and be confident. He wanted me to run at the defenders and take them on, so that’s what I tried to do.” “I could have got a goal but the goalkeeper made a good save. If I had scored then everything would be more positive. Next time I’m sure I can score.”

Miyaichi is certainly one for the future but I really hope that he doesn’t turn out to be another Carlos Vela in the making. The Mexican was tipped to be the next best thing but his Arsenal career plummeted into mediocrity with each passing season. Vela was sent to Real Sociedad this season to get some playing time and he has already spoke about his desire to remain with the Spanish outfit.

Thierry Henry is certainly a player that has great love for Arsenal and he was immortalized with a statue erected in his honor in commemoration of Arsenal’s 125th anniversary. He secured a loan move to Arsenal last month and a few Gooners (me included) raised a few eyebrows concerning his inclusion to the squad despite pleas from the fans to get Lukas Podolski.

Henry has made me feast on my words like a shark that has seen a bleeding prey and his cameo performances have been nothing short of sensational. The experienced forward has scored three goals in this short while, including two match winners against Leeds United and Sunderland.

He has declared that he’s happy with his second coming but he feels that he can do even more for his beloved Arsenal. He talked about his missed opportunity in the FA Cup tie against Aston Villa but expressed his delight on his last-gasp match winner against Sunderland.

He ran out of superlatives for Andrey Arshavin’s inch-perfect cross that ultimately led to the winning goal and he also sang sweet tunes about the Sunderland faithful that clapped for him when he was warming up in the sidelines. To wrap it all up with a bright red ribbon, Henry ended the interview with these quotes:

“Sometimes you never know when something is going to end. I guess you can never say never. I never thought I was going to come back and play for Arsenal now. Who knows if I can say that this was definitely the end? We’ll see.” “And it’d be a foolish man who’d bet against this love story being completely finished”

Who can question Thierry Henry’s profound love for Arsenal?

No, not one.


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