ARSENAL Balls: Are English players more loyal to their English clubs than foreigners?
Arsène Wenger answers:
“When you buy a player from Barcelona at some stage he might want to go back because Barcelona is a big club as well.”
Take that, Cesc Fàbregas, you footballing mercenary.
TRANSFER Balls: Much talk about Sami Khedira, the Real Madrid and Germany player linked with a move to Arsenal and Chelsea.
The Mirror has news:
Chelsea have stormed ahead of Arsenal in the race for Sami Khedira – after it emerged that Real Madrid are looking to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech despite being linked with Manchester United’s David De Gea.
That entire story is based on the Daily Express. Yes, we know. The Mirror suipplies no link to the Express.
TRANSFER Balls: Is Mesut Özil on hio way out of Arsenal?
The Guardian has news:
The Rumour Mill wouldn’t presume to know, but talk elsewhere suggests the German international is fed up with being played out of position by his manager Arsène Wenger and wants to move elsewhere in January. Currently sidelined for up to three months with a knee injury, reports suggest the 25-year-old from Gelsenkirchen could be the subject of a £30m bid from Bayern Munich during the next transfer window.
If he gors the rumours are that the Gunerns will use the cash to buy Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, Borussia Dortmund’s central defender Mats Hummel, Schalke’s No10 Julian Draxler, Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot keep the cash and sign a few cheap and very talanted youth players who can be trained and then sold to rival clubs?
The Daily Mail says Oxil is off to Bayern Munich for £30million. Ozil joined the Gunners for £42.5million last summer. Will they take huge hit on the player? Seems unlikely. But the Mail says the languid German is keen to leave Arsenal.
The Football Grapevine understands the Germany star has grown increasingly unhappy at the Emirates, not least because he is not being played in his preferred forward floating role by Arsene Wenger.
Transfer Balls: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba Dreams Of Arsenal, Wants Chelsea, Hunted By Liverpool But Moves To Manchester City
TRANSFER Balls: Is Paul Pogba heading to Manchester City. The Times says City are weighing up a move for the former Manchester United player, now with Juventus.
And he’s heading to the Etihad. Well, maybe:
Pogba, 21, has established himself as one of the top young players in Europe since leaving Manchester United for Turin two years ago and City are understood to have identified him as one of a number of possible midfield targets.
Ross Barkley is another option being considered by City, who inquired in June about the prospect of signing the Everton and England midfielder, only to be quoted a £50 million fee.
TRANSFER Balls: a look at rumour and nonsense reported as fact in the mainstream media.
The Daily Mirror does at it must and presnts a non-news story as a question:
Arsenal to pay Julian Draxler’s £37m release clause?
The entire story – as picked up by Google News – is this:
Arsenal may pay Julian Draxler’s £37million release clause in January as they look for cover for the injured Mesut Ozil. (Express)
TRANSFER Balls: Can it be that the Gunners are going to buy Edison Cavani?
The Daily Express tells its readers today:
Arsenal are working on a deal to try and sign Edinson Cavani.
TRANSFER Balls: The Express leads with news that Madrid’s Iker Casillas wants to play for Arsenal or Liverpool.
REAL MADRID legend Iker Casillas has revealed his desire to play abroad, with English duo Arsenal and Liverpool believed to be interested.
Jamie Anderson does not say how this belief came to be known.
What did Casillas say?
“I’d love to have an experience abroad to bring more value to Real Madrid.”
Got that? He said he’d like to have an overseas club on his CV because theat would make him a better Real Madrid player.
ARSENAL manager Arsène Wenger spoke to the Arsenal website after his side’s 2-0 Premier League defeat to Chelsea. This is what he had to say:
Yes, a point was in it. It was down to us not to make defensive mistakes and use the dangerous situations we had and I think we were a bit short on both sides. We made a defensive mistake at the moment when we couldn’t afford to do it, and also when it was 1-0 and we were all over them I felt it was important not to concede a second goal. We did produce a good performance and both keepers had no saves to make.
Well, sort of. The Arsenal goalkeeper had two saves to make, but, we guess, he decided against making them…
TRANSFER Balls: Marco Reus, the Borussia Dortmund player, has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Let’s look at the latest reporting:
October 7, Daily Express:
Arsenal have [been] gazumped by Manchester City in the race to sign Marco Reus.
YOU read the first tirade of extracts from Roy Keane’s second autobiography, The Second Half, now read more of the former Manchester United captain’s ghost-written barbs, as seen in The Second Half. The third autobiography will surely be called Fergie Time, followed by Walks With My Dog, Who’ Is AFeckin’ Good Listener.
On Patrick Vieira:
“If it had come to a fight, Patrick could probably have killed me.”
On an encoutner with former United assistant manger Carlos Queiroz on a training camp on the Algarve:
“He [Queiroz] was just on my right shoulder; how I didn’t f******* hit him again — I was thinking, ‘The villa in Portugal, not treating me well in training — and he just used the word “loyalty” to me’… I said, ‘Don’t you f****** talk to me about loyalty, Carlos. You left this club after 12 months a few years ago for the Real Madrid job…”
Ferguson: “I’ve had enough of all this,.”
Keane: “You as well , gaffer. We need f****** more from you. We’re slipping behind other teams.”
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ARSENAL manger Arsene Wenger looked like he’d strike a blow for everyone who values sport over gamesmanship and win-at-all-costs when he menaced Chelsea’s charmless manager Jose Mourinho.
The newspaper react:
Arsene Wenger is hardly contrite about intimidating Mourinho.
No, what is there to regret after that? I wanted to go from A to B and somebody confronted me in between without any sign of welcome… B was Alexis, to see how badly he was injured…
I trust that you will teach me all the moral lessons over the next three weeks and I can accept that. But I’ve been in the game long enough to give it the right weight…
I can try to push you and when [I do] you will see what my [pushes are really like]. It was a little one…
The Mirror goes overbaord:
Oh, puh-lease. We all loved it, including one former Daily Mirroe editor.
SO. There was Arsene Wenger promising to do what so many managers, football fans and people who enjoy sport without the insessant charmless gamesmanship demand: lamp Jose Mourinho.
Sadly, like Arsenal, Wenger promised much but fell short on the Stamford Bridge touchline.
But good to see the niggling, spoilt bellend Mourinho looking unsettled.
He really is the face of the Premier League, the embodiment of all the greed, preening, self-aggrandizing and vanity it stands for.
When the football bubble pops and English football returns to what it once was, Anorak will rejoice. Until then, come on AFC Bournemouth. In the lower leagues, the sport lives on.
TRANSFER Balls: The Mirror has news of Arsenal and Julian Draxler:
Arsenal step up Julian Draxler interest sending scouts to monitor Schalke playmaker - The German World Cup winner has been on Wenger’s radar for a number of years and the Gunners could soon be set to test Schalke’s resolve
This is an “exclusive”.
CHESLEA v Arsenal in the Premier League. And the Sun is, as ever, looking for controversy. The headline screams:
You’ve got Cesc on the brain - Hazard in Fab taunt to Wenger
TRANSFER Balls: The Guardian looks at Arsenal and a top player and wonders aloud:
Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to end Edinson Cavani’s PSG hell?
TRANSFER Balls: a look at rumours and drivel reported as fact by the mainstream media. Today the Mirror wonders if Gonzalo Higuain is heading to Liverpool.
As ever with the Mirror, it’s a question of sport:
In the old days, when journalists reported fact, the Mirror would ahve been expected to provied answers. But now it simply garners hits by creating questions witha football team element.
The story is:
Gunning for Gonzalo - Liverpool are weighing up a £30million bid for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to the Express.
Argentina international Higuain is reportedly unsettled at the Serie A side as the pressure mounts on Rafa Benitez following a poor run of form, and Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring the ex-Real Madrid forward to Anfield in a deal worth over £30million.
Number of reports linked and named: nil.
Number of words from Brendan Rodgers: nil.
To put the tinm lid on the balls, the Mirror notes:
Arsenal had previously shown an interest in Higuain but are unlikely to make a bid after the signing of Danny Welbeck.
Or as the Sun put it:
Higuain plays for Napoli.
Such are the facts.
TRANSFER Balls: The Mirror has an Arsenal “EXCLUSIVE”.
ARSENAL Balls: How long is Aaron Ramsey out of the Gunners team for? The midfielder was injured playing against Spurs.
The BBC: Two matches.
TRANSFER Balls: Is Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gigna heading to Arsenal or Liverpool? QTWTAIN.
That’s Questions to Which The Answer Is No.
The Press have a story to spin.
WRITING in the Sun, Steven Hwoard has a question for Arsenal fans:
…defence has always been a mystery to Arsene Wenger, one in which he has rarely shown much interest… And here’s a more serious question: If Wenger had not been bequeathed Dixon, Adams, Bould, Keown and Winterburn would he have won anything?
THE Sun loves to turn football into a war. In readiness for Arsenal’s Premier League match with local London rivals Spurs, the paper thunders:
Wenger in Tottenham taunt ahead of North London derby
CHELSEA mifielder Cesc Fabregas “reveals how Mesut Ozil BLOCKED Arsenal return”.
The Express adds:
CHELSEA star Cesc Fabregas has revealed that Arsenal rejected the opportunity to sign him from Barcelona because they already had Mesut Ozil.
FOR a long time now, Manchester United fans have goaded other clubs for throwing their money around and buying various titles, accusing their rivals of having no soul.
Of course, ManYoo are no better, from their club-made banners that hang in the stadium to the very obvious huge sums of money they’ve thrown around themselves at their various squads. Sure, they’ve played some lads from the youth team, but that doesn’t make them any better than their competitors. In fact, in a lot of cases, they’ve spent more money that the rivals they mock.
This year, we saw Man Utd spend 18% of ALL the money forked out by Premier League clubs in this summer’s transfer window.
The club splashed £59.7m on Angel di Maria from Real Madrid alone, while in the meantime, selling off two promising young strikers from their squad in Welbeck and Hernandez. Even in Falcao, a mere loan player, Man Utd will be paying him more money than Wayne Rooney earns. Falcao will be getting more money from Old Trafford bosses than Arsenal will pay Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil combined.
And now, former Manchester United defender Phil Neville thinks that the club need another spending spree, with a £100 million-plus blurt required if they’re going to challenge for the league title.
With new manager Louis van Gaal throwing money around like a new lottery winner on Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao, Neville thinks that there’s more cash to be spent.
“I know United have spent £150m,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I think there’s another two transfer windows of similar amounts of money needed – maybe £100m – before they can even think about winning the title. There are still key positions in the team that need filling. I think the centre-back position is obviously the key area. Holding midfield or centre midfield needs addressing too.”
‘There were no world-class centre backs out there (this summer). I think that’s why in the next two transfer windows, United might still be looking for that world-class defender.”
Of course, there’s a number of fans who will love this, because a maintainable business model or the heart of a club don’t matter when all you’re concerned about is numbers and trophies. It must stick in the craw of older Man United fans who see their fellow fans concerning themselves only with how many trophies the club have and how much money they can spend.
There’s Manchester United fans who sing to smaller teams “We’ve got a stand that’s bigger than your ground”, or supporters who mock Arsenal for their lack of trophies. A product of the ‘football is a results business’ rhetoric, which is making many elements of professional football so achingly tedious, Manchester United, naturally, does have a heart and soul, just like Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City & Co, but it has been swallowed by short memories and overdrafts.
The Top 5 Mentality is the single most tedious facet of modern football, with more games happening each weekend that aren’t even in the Premier League. Manchester United’s fans who define their love by success are, whether they like it or not, the thing they level against hooting Liverpool fans who bleat on about the 70s and 80s, and the thing they berate Chelsea and Manchester City for.
And now, in the post Ferguson years, Manchester United fans are finding out, or being reminded, that reputation and cheque books count for nothing and that, you better find something else to love and enjoy about football because, without the success, you’ll have nothing to cheer about.
At Old Trafford, the young players aren’t valued like they were, the club is getting into dangerous debt, managers are binned off without completing a season and it doesn’t look like the rot in the boardroom is being protected from the people who are required to get results on match day.
It’s easy to tell yourself you’ve heart and soul when you’ve got a club that has the money to design it and implement it for you…
IS the BBC’s reporting on Arsenal a bit, well, limited?
A look at the Arsenal page on the BBC’s sports site reveals two photos. One shows Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy jack-knifed on the grass in pain. The other shows Theo Walcott contorted with pain.
Or are Arsenal all about injuries?