free hit counter

Should Arsenal break their transfer record on Gareth Barry?

Having read that headline back to myself, my automatic reaction is 'No'.

I get frustrated as the next Gooner about Arsene Wenger's frugal transfer policies, but I must admit I also love it when his bargain buys turn into world class players.

A £20 million player coming to Arsenal would be a great shot in the arm for us fans, as it would break the club's transfer record and show that we're capable of competing with the other European giants, but if Le Gaffer was to spend that kind of cash, I'd want the incoming player to be an absolute superstar.

Don't get me wrong, Gareth Barry is a terrific player, but a superstar he is not.

Supposedly, Liverpool have had a £15 million bid for Barry knocked back by his current club Aston Villa, who reportedly want £17 million plus Steve Finnan.

But Villa manager Martin O'Neill now claims that Arsenal assistant manager Pat Rice has enquired about the 27-year-old midfielder, which could push his price higher.

Personally I'm hoping that this is a tactic by Le Gaffer to push up Barry's price so that Arsenal can bid for another target - David Villa, perhaps - knowing that Liverpool's budget is stretched.

And there are two major reasons why I can't see Barry in an Arsenal strip next season: firstly, Arsene Wenger very rarely buys players from another Premier League club, simply because the prices are too high; and secondly, I just don't see what Gareth Barry could add to the current Arsenal squad because we have a wealth of talent in midfield.

Anyway, you might completely disagree with me, so if you have an opinion on this transfer rumour, feel free to share it using our comments section below.

If you’ve enjoyed feasting on Arsenal Pies then you’ll love whoateallthepies.tv, the best source of football news, views and gossip in the blogosphere!

Posted by Gordon Masson on July 15, 2008 9:41 AM in Transfers
| Comments (16) | digg.gif digg this | delicious.gifdel.icio.us this | stumble.gifStumble It!

With Samir Nasri signed, where should Arsenal look to strengthen next?

Another weekend, another slew of stories about this closed season's trio of tabloid favourites - Emmanuel Adebayor, Alexander Hleb and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Of course nothing happened over the weekend, but in the minds of the sports hacks we're another 48 hours closer to three of the most talented players in the Premier League departing for Spain. Or Italy.

Back in the real world, I enjoyed lunch just around the corner from Highbury Stadium yesterday and was delighted to see a youngster wearing the new Arsenal strip with the number 8 and "Nasri" on the back of his shirt.

Meanwhile, the talk among the Arsenal faithful over lunch was who Arsene Wenger might be looking to sign next, or more to the point, which position on the pitch he believes the Gunners need to strengthen.

For me, it's a simple answer - centre back. But I'm going to put it to the test to see what you lot think. I've given you a bunch of options; everything except left and right back, where I think it would be difficult to improve, so vote away and be sure to back up your thoughts with any comments if you feel the need.

If you’ve enjoyed feasting on Arsenal Pies then you’ll love whoateallthepies.tv, the best source of football news, views and gossip in the blogosphere!

Posted by Gordon Masson on July 14, 2008 9:20 AM in Transfers
| Comments (6) | digg.gif digg this | delicious.gifdel.icio.us this | stumble.gifStumble It!

Advertisement

Samir Nasri finally becomes an Arsenal player

French international midfielder Samir Nasri has finally become an Arsenal player, the club announced this morning. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the club says it is a long term deal and Samir will wear the number 8 shirt.

The 21-year-old has been involved in negotiations with the Gunners for several weeks and his former club, Olympique Marseille, confirmed the deal some time ago, but us Gooners know that we shouldn't get too excited until the club makes a statement.

But the talented attacking midfielder will join his new team mates on their pre-season trip to Austria on July 21st, when the likes of Cesc Fabregas, William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor are also set to end their summer holidays.

Nasri won the French Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year title last summer and although he already has a dozen caps for France there is obviously a lot of room to improve his game, so I expect Arsene Wenger to develop him into yet another midfield general.

Nasri's arrival more than paves the way for Le Gaffer to release Alexander Hleb, probably to Barcelona, and while I'll be sorry to see the Belarussian go, the way in which he and his agent have conducted themselves proves to me that he isn't in the Arsenal mould, so I won't shed too many tears...


Continue reading >>


If you’ve enjoyed feasting on Arsenal Pies then you’ll love whoateallthepies.tv, the best source of football news, views and gossip in the blogosphere!

Posted by Gordon Masson on July 11, 2008 9:54 AM in Transfers
| Comments (0) | digg.gif digg this | delicious.gifdel.icio.us this | stumble.gifStumble It!

Poll: Would you take Thierry Henry back to Arsenal?

I have a simple poll for you today. With Barcelona supposedly interested in two of our star players, I'm just wondering how open us Arsenal fans would be to the prospect of Thierry Henry returning to his spiritual home?

The Gunners certainly have the upper hand in any negotiations with Barca, as quite simply they want something that we have and while I personally hope that Yaya Toure is included in any deal, the prospect of Titi coming back isn't beyond the realms of possibility.

Much has been written about Henry's first season at the Nou Camp being a failure, but what most reports haven't pointed out is that Thierry was Barca's top goalscorer last season. He notched 19 goals in all competitions, despite being played for the most part as a winger, so although it wasn't up to his usual high standards, I wouldn't exactly call it a failure.

Anyway, it would be interesting to hear your thoughts on such a deal, so vote away and feel free to leave any comments in the usual manner.

If you’ve enjoyed feasting on Arsenal Pies then you’ll love whoateallthepies.tv, the best source of football news, views and gossip in the blogosphere!

Posted by Gordon Masson on July 9, 2008 8:25 AM in Debate of the Day| Transfers
| Comments (1) | digg.gif digg this | delicious.gifdel.icio.us this | stumble.gifStumble It!

Will Hleb's swipe at fellow Gunners finally see him sold?

It's a pretty quiet news day when it comes to Arsenal with the good news being that Carlos Vela will join his team mates in pre-season training next week, while the bad news centres on our Belarussian midfielder who is reaching desperation in his bid to find a new club.

Arsene Wenger has always held the belief that you don't want unhappy players in your squad, so it seems as if Alexander Hleb and his agent have been doing their homework to come up with what the newspapers are calling "an astonishing attack" on Wenger and Cesc Fabregas.

For us Gooners, the attack on Cesc is laughable. Hleb apparently blames Fab 4 for being one of the key reasons why he has not fulfilled his potential at the club. Why? Well, Hleb reportedly said, "With scoring opportunities [Fabregas] is even more selfish than I am. Given the chance to shoot he always goes for it, unlike me."

Um, that's why us fans have spent much of the past three years yelling "Shoot!" at you Alex. You may be a good player but your lack of confidence in front of goal is appalling. Cesc scored 13 goals last season and was the fans' player of the year, while you managed a measly four goals. And when it comes to assists, selfish Cesc had 24 in the season, compared to your 8. Need I say more?

And then there's Hleb's reported verbal assault on Wenger...


Continue reading >>


If you’ve enjoyed feasting on Arsenal Pies then you’ll love whoateallthepies.tv, the best source of football news, views and gossip in the blogosphere!

Posted by Gordon Masson on July 8, 2008 8:51 AM in Transfers
| Comments (11) | digg.gif digg this | delicious.gifdel.icio.us this | stumble.gifStumble It!

£30 million for Adebayor: would you take it or leave it?

According to newspaper reports, Barcelona are set to table a "take it or leave it" £30 million bid for Gunners' striker Emmanuel Adebayor in a desperate attempt to take the 24-year-old to the Nou Camp.

Take it. Bite their hand off, is what I say. £30 million for a player who has shown time and time again this summer that loyalty is an alien concept? Arsene Wenger would be mad not to, in my opinion.

If the rumour is true - and let's face it, it's a pretty big if - then there could be a very sound reason why Arsenal are playing hardball on the deal. Barcelona club president Joan Laporta faces a vote of no confidence this Sunday and is anxious to pull something spectacular out of the bag to appease the club's massive membership.

Intense speculation linking Man United's Ronaldo with Barca's arch rivals Real Madrid, has left the Catalan club's fans baying for blood after a disappointing season, but Laporta sees Adebayor as the magic ingredient to kick start his team and he could be prepared to break the bank to do it...


Continue reading >>


If you’ve enjoyed feasting on Arsenal Pies then you’ll love whoateallthepies.tv, the best source of football news, views and gossip in the blogosphere!

Posted by Gordon Masson on July 4, 2008 8:50 AM in Debate of the Day| Transfers
| Comments (19) | digg.gif digg this | delicious.gifdel.icio.us this | stumble.gifStumble It!

Is a big name signing a priority for Arsenal?

Knowing what we all do about Arsene Wenger, there's little doubt that he's scouring the planet to find Arsenal some new talent that he can work his magic on and turn into a world class player.

Last season he found us Bacary Sagna and Eduardo, the year before that it was Tomas Rosicky, Denilson and Alexandre Song, while three years ago it was Emmanuel Adebayor, Abou Diaby, Alexander Hleb and Theo Walcott.

At the moment, the new players coming in include Aaron Ramsey, Luke Freeman and, of course, Carlos Vela who should hopefully begin his Arsenal career in the pre-season friendlies.

But after another trophyless season, us fans are needing a bit of a shot in the arm and while I'm not saying that Le Gaffer's brand of football is anything but the best, adding an established world star surely cannot be a bad idea, either for the team or commercially. Otherwise we run the risk of permanently being a team in transition and if that is the case - indeed, if we have another season without silverware - then I can foresee a few more players becoming unsettled and seeking pastures new.

What do you reckon? Should us fans be demanding a big name signing? Or should we be content with relatively unknown players being the only players to come to the club? Perhaps you have a superstar in mind as a potential Gunner. Share your thoughts here

If you’ve enjoyed feasting on Arsenal Pies then you’ll love whoateallthepies.tv, the best source of football news, views and gossip in the blogosphere!

Posted by Gordon Masson on July 3, 2008 10:14 AM in Debate of the Day| Transfers
| Comments (19) | digg.gif digg this | delicious.gifdel.icio.us this | stumble.gifStumble It!