Hello Gooners. I hope all of you are doing fine, and why now, with every passing day, the opening day of the new season is getting closer and closer.
I think the past few days have been pretty quiet, not much news, but then there is the new blechy yukky away kit to look forward to. And, there is also that silver bear we won, in some tournament in Southampton.
But, first let’t talk about the kit. Ok, we have kind of emulated Manchester United’s last season’s away kit. That’s fine, but on a closer look, it’s not the same colour. OMFG! It is purple. My word, what wear the idiots at Nike thinking. Forget them, why did the club accept such an ugly color to don as our away kit? Not that it is going to prevent me from buying it and adding it to my collection, but none the less.
And I just can’t imagine the shock Szczesny must have got when he saw the pink goalie kit. He must be having nightmares about it. Imagine the barracking he would be getting at the Stretford End, Kop and Stoke City. All we will have in goal is a really pink Pole. Maybe, that kinda rhyme was suggested to the people who agreed with the colors of the kit. I really miss the simple yellow and blue days.
I think it bodes really well that the club is making moves to secure a kit manufacturer’s deal with Adidas. With Nike, we aren’t their top dog. It is always Manchester United, as far as I know. They are like the flag bearers for Nike. With Adidas, I hope we get a good amount of money, similar to what Liverpool derived from their deal with Warrior Sports. Plus, we get some decent looking kits as well.
Moving on, there is not much news on the transfer side. It has been very quiet. Of course, the shocking deal of the week was Brazilian defender Thiago Silva leaving AC Milan to join the big spenders in the French League, Paris St. Germain, who according to me are really spoiling the French League. In the past few seasons, we have seen teams such Bordeaux and Montpellier win the Ligue 1, but it could be capital domination for a few years to come. Apparently, they are also close to completing a deal for Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The whole deal could cost the French club £51 million. AC Milan have been forced to sell two of their star players as well as release a host of others such as Nesta, Gattuso, Zambrotta and Seedorf, in order to cut on costs and balance books at the club.
Regarding Arsenal transfer news, there are murmurs that Robin van Persie’s precarious situation could spark a bidding rivalry in Manchester. We all know Sir Alex is a big admirer of Robin van Persie, and the partnership of van Persie and Rooney up front is a delicious prospect in the least. Also, with Carlos Tevez heavily linked to Milan and Emmanuel Adebayor completing his Spurs deal, City too will look to bolster their strike force. At the moment, I really do not care where he ends up, after that update on his site. Sell him to the highest bidder immediately, please, and get on with it in earnest.
Arsenal have been linked to the Brazilian hotshot Ganso, who plays as an attacking midfielder. According to many reports, Arsenal are close to sealing the deal for him. I haven’t seen much of him, but with all the reviews about him, I hope we do make the signing.
And finally, we have won some silverware in the form of the Markus Liebherr cup. I really don’t know who that bloke is, so had a look in Wikipedia. Turns out he is some German-Swiss businessman and saved them from administration in 2009. He passed away a couple of years back.
Anyways the football. Arsenal edged Anderlecht 1-0, with Henry Lansbury stabbing home from close range. Southampton had earlier lost to Anderlecht, and the game between the Saints and the Gunners ended 1-1, Gervinho scoring a delightful goal. The Saints won 5-4 on penalties, but Arsenal lifted the trophy. I seriously don’t know how the tournament works.
Anyways, we have a nice cuddly little bear to add to our trophy collection. According to some reports, Marouanne Chamakh put in an enterprising performance against Anderlecht. Again, if we have players willing to work hard, then I don’t think keeping him is a bad idea. I mean, he needs his confidence back. That is something Wenger will have to get sorted out. The Gunners played a very youthful team which included Bartley, Meade, Aneke, Eastmond, Ebecilio, Yennaris, Boateng, Mannone, Martinez, Eisfeld, Watt along with Gibbs, Santos, Gervinho and Djourou.
Next up in the pre-season is a game against a Malaysian XI at Kuala Lampur. Will keep you updated as much as possible.
Jai Arsenal 🙂