A somewhat quiet Thursday.

This will be a short update as I only have about fifteen minutes to hammer something out. Our improving but oft frustrating Dane has landed himself in hot water by being caught pants down, literally, being chucked out of a club in the early hours of Wednesday morning, after we had just been knocked out of the Champions League by ManUre.

 

It not the sort of behaviour that should be tolerated by the club while the season is ongoing and especially in the circumstances of that particular evening. I have no problem whatsoever with him doing it while on holiday or in the off-season. But, to do it on that evening and considering that we have a big game against Chelsea coming up at the weekend is unacceptable and I am glad that he moved quickly to issue a public apology to both the club and the fans. Let’s hope he really does learn from it as he had already been pictured partying into the wee hours earlier in the season. We don’t need or want party boys at our club. we need serious professionals that are dedicated to improving and helping the team. Part of their job is to represent the club in a responsible way. Being pictured with your trousers hanging off while being chucked out of a club by a bouncer just isn’t cricket.

 

Elsewhere, both Adebayor and Cesc have said what we all have known, that our squad just isn’t anywhere near the strength in depth on the likes of ManUre or Chelsea. It’s good that they are saying it and let’s hope that the manager takes heed because someone like Cesc won’t hang around much longer if he feels like he is pissing in the wind. We need to sign a central defender and a central midfielder and they need to be top quality. Surely there must be money available to sign players of quality. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating spending £30m on a single player as does not necessarily buy the required quality. Just look at the quality of Eduardo who came for under £10m.

 

Somewhat disappointingly though, Adebayor also reiterated his desire to stay at the club in order to try and win trophies with us:

“Arsenal put me where I am today – they made me one of the biggest strikers in the world. I have to pay them back. How am I going to pay them back? Make them win trophies. Next season, 100 per cent, I am an Arsenal footballer.”

 

If he stays and works his arse off in every game for the good of the team, then I will be a happy camper. But, if he stays and just strolls around every game not even bothering his hole to challenge for a ball…

 

What is needed is careful analysing of our needs and the players that are available in those positions. Then Arséne must accept that the total-youth policy has not really worked and go out there and sign those players that will really bring our squad to the next level. You can’t convince me that with the global scouting network that the club has in place, that we can’t even identify one quality central defender and one quality central midfielder that would improve our squad. I mean, how hard is it to find someone that is better than Silvestre?

 

Next season we can’t be sitting here making the same excuses about injuries, youth and inexperience. That just won’t be acceptable. It’s up to the board to provide the manager with the means to do what he has to do. I don’t mean we should spend beyond our means, not at all, but we have to bring in new blood. Top quality blood. We need to go out and sign players that are in their mid-twenties, somewhere in the 24-27 range would do nicely and would bring some much needed experience to the squad in order to let our younger players develop at a more natural pace rather than being thrown in at the deep end before they are ready.

 

Anyway, there will be endless summer days to talk in more detail about transfer comings and goings and the multitude of players that we will inevitably be linked with.

 

Good news ahead of the game at the weekend is that Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League by a 93rd minute Barcelona equaliser. That put Barcelona through on away goals. It’s bad enough to go out on away goals after not even losing a match, but the fact that the goal came in the 93rd minute is sure to have a huge effect on their squad. The manner of their exit will be hard for them to take and let’s hope that it will gives us an edge over them in Sunday’s game. Though we also have to overcome our own massive disappointment, the fact that we were never really expected to do anything this season and that Chelsea have pressure and expectation to win everything means that maybe, just maybe, we will have the psychological advantage over them. It all depends on how each team responds to their respective disappointments.

 

At the moment, it’s relatively quiet news-wise. so I’ll finish there for the day.

 

Take it easy.

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11 Responses to A somewhat quiet Thursday.

  1. Del says:

    I remember that trip too.What a fecking nightmare to piss or not to piss that was the question.

  2. TheNorthBank says:

    Those that left early are not Arsenal fans. They are prawn sandwich eating disgraces. I was also disgusted when I saw it on TV.

    People that leave early, 5min let alone 25min, are a joke. They have no right to criticize any player or Arsene.

    I don’t even understand people that miss the start of a half cos they are getting food. Either eat before or after the game.

    I remember once holding a piss from Gatwick airport at 6pm…in the taxi…to Wembley where we were playing Panathinaikos…no time to piss, running late. Watched first half, tried to piss at half-time, but queue was too long so went back to seat without pissing in order to see start of 2nd half. Finally relieved myself sometime after 10pm. Thought my bladder was going to burst. Over 4hrs holding, dying…didn’t miss a minute of football.

    The point is, you don’t go there to turn your back on the team, no matter what.

    Lets hope the ‘fans’ that walked out on Tuesday don’t come back.

  3. kevreano says:

    I really thought we had a chance the other night but only if we got the crucial first goal. It was unbelievable when the 2nd goal went in, people were just in total shock. Up to the first goal the atmosphere was brilliant, the flags definitely helped. The whole crowd sang The Wonder Of You and kept chanting and shouting right up to the 2nd goal when it was just like bursting a balloon and it all stopped. It picked up again in the 2nd half even though we never really looked like doing anything.

    I was disgusted at the amount of people that left after the 3rd goal. There was still half an hour left for fuck sake. Why bother coming if you’re gonna walk out if things go wrong? The same people would slate barndoor or anyone else for their lack of effort or poor attitude, and it only gave loads of ammunition to all the fans of other teams to give us dogs abuse (of which I got a lot by text after the 2nd goal).

  4. kevreano says:

    maybe he heard beyonce was gonna be there..

  5. thenorthbank says:

    I am not 100% sure on this, but the picture I saw of Adebayor looks a bit like an old one that I saw from months ago that has somehow resurfaced again and is being used along with the pic of Nic just because it makes or a juicier story.

    I may be wrong, as I don’t have access to the newspapers, but I think that Adebayor wasn’t with Nic. Anyone know if he was there or not?

  6. Del says:

    When Arsene took over he told the party people reform or get out.Now he seems to say do what you want.Barndoor has a bigger posse than the one that chased down Billy the Kid.Jesus himself fed less people with loaves and fishes than hang around Barndoor.I am not saying that they live like monks(I am reliably informed that a few Arsenal fans drowned their sorrows on Tuesday night,Wednesday morning)but these players have to understand, that when you capitulate like they did, being pictured partying doesn’t portray a good image.If they had won then fair enough.As for Chelsea hahahahahahahahahaha and Cashley, stick it up you hole.

  7. kevreano says:

    Saw somewhere that if you check your sat nav it shows Chelski is only 2 minutes from Rome 🙂 🙂

  8. thenorthbank says:

    As bad as our exit was, Chelsea made me feel a bit better by the manner of their very Chav-esque departure from the competition.

  9. thenorthbank says:

    I nearly swerved off the road on my bike when I heard the news…. 😀

    As for Nic, I don’t want to be too hard on him….but…getting chucked out of a club with your trousers hanging off is hardly behavior fitting of a club like Arsenal. However, it’s not like he tried to take the door of David Seaman’s hotel room, or crash a car through a wall. We do need perspective, but this kind of behavior must stop if we are to become serious challengers and Bender a serious striker.

  10. kevreano says:

    Yes Del last night did indeed lift the spirits. It was hilarious, especially as the camera went straight to Cashley who looked like he was gonna cry. I wouldn’t be too hard on Nick B as we don’t play again until Sunday and they had yesterday off, but he was stupid to do that and be caught on camera.

  11. Del says:

    What joy last night.As Iniesta’s shot hit the net Cashley’s chin hit the floor.Yes Arsenal went out but to see the looks and the antics of the Chelsea cunts at the final whistle made my evening.Hopefully Ballack,Terry,Lampard,Cech and Drogba will face stiff sanctions for their actions.As for Nik B this is part of a deeper problem at our club.I know people will say but Tony,Steve Nigel Parlour and the Merse all went on the beer,yes they did but they also won TROPHIES…Wenger needs to crack down on these party animals or let them party on another clubs coin.

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