Nasri breaks a leg, Chamakh on the radar

How much for this Marouane Chamakh?

Arseblog is strongly linking Arsenal with Marouane Chamakh today, despite the player’s insistence yesterday that he hadn’t heard of any bids from Arsenal and the boss’ insistence that he wants to examine his strike options before buying any more firepower up front. Still, I’d trust Arseblogger over those two any day!

No, seriously, if Arseblogger is reporting it then we must believe that he’s confident in his sources. Me, I’m getting to the point with this transfer window that I just want it to be over and if the boss wants to add some depth to the attack, then more power to him. Depth is good, look at what happened in our defense last year; decimated by lack of depth.

Marouane Chamakh, come on down! You’re the next contestant on the price is right.

BREAKING: With the dot com reporting that Nasri suffered a broken leg in practice today and being out for maybe three months, depth is already needed. My feelings on this latest Nasri injury news can be summed up with this direct quote:

F*ck F*ck F*ck F*ck F*ck F*ck F*ck FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK.

Why the fuck do our guys get injured in practice so often? Why can’t we turn some of this angst outward and give fat lumps to cunts like Kevin “England International” Davies?

F*ck F*ck F*ck F*ck F*ck F*ck F*ck FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK…

Well, think of it this way, it just means that Arsenal need, more than ever, to add some midfield depth. Nasri is one of the guys who are supposedly able to cover our  holding midfield role. He also covers the left side if Arsene wants to play Arshavin more centrally up front. And on any given Saturday he’s a starter on the left, middle, or wide right adding class in each of those spots. So, given this latest development, recruits are imperative in midfield.

It’s a long, hard season, we need all the help we can get if we’re going to win something this year. To a man they have spoken about the need to get this season off to a great start and to a fan we all agree. Before the injury, Wenger said that he feels the squad is “big enough” to hit our targets, and you have to wonder if he still thinks that. If this latest injury blow doesn’t shake Wenger to buy a midfielder, nothing will.

But the season doesn’t start for… hey, 3.5 weeks, just long enough to get someone in, get them acclimated to the system, whip them into shape…

*sigh*

There’s a pre-season friendly against SC Columbia Floridsdorf today, which is a name that reminds me of Tim Conway, South Carolina, Columbia University, and Florida all at once. The match is only available on Arsenal TV Online so, if you’re a subscriber, have fun watching today. Me, I’ll be at work, booo!

Feel free to post your thoughts on the match in the comments section, my regular reader knows how much I like all of your input on various topics.

Also, for you ATVO subscribers, check out Arshavin’s second goal against Liverpool; it’s made the top 10 of the Gunner’s Greatest 50 Goals poll they did this summer. Amazing stuff and it was my favorite goal of last season but many of you liked Andrei’s first goal even better. Will the first top the second goal in the GGG? Gripping stuff, really.

Anyway, that’s it for today, I’m sure the boss will have more to say about the Nasri situation tonight or tomorrow.

In the mean-time, you can win yourself a free shirt!

I am very proud to remind you about our second ever tee-shirt giveaway contest in conjunction with Philosophy Football dot comThe last giveaway of the Anfield ’89 shirt was very successful and they have come back for seconds! This time, they are offing a chance to get a red shirt with white sleeves, hell, it may be your only chance to get a shirt like that for years, if Nike have their way.  Anyway, enough of me editorializing on Arsenal’s rather ‘shirty’ kits, here’s the contest:

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Ade officially out — post your memories here

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Sorry about the late post today, but I was working on a different article and chose to scrap it because the dot com announced today that Ade has officially signed for City. So, instead of some self-important BS or pointless transfer rumoring I have decided to invite everyone to post their favorite memory of Adebayor as a farewell. You can say anything you want, but a really classy fan, someone who respects what he did for us and not how he left, would try to post their favorite memory.

Ironically, I have been accused of being a “hater” in the comments, but that’s about as far from the truth as possible. I am angry about the way he left, I am angry about the corrupting influence of insane amounts of money that some football teams have, and I am sad that his Arsenal career ended this way. But I can still find something good to say about the guy. Everyone talks about what a classy club Arsenal are, so let’s show them.

Wenger kicks this off with his remarks:

Firstly, we must thank Emmanuel for his contribution to the Club. Whenever he was on the pitch, he always gave absolutely everything to the team and since joining us in January 2006, he produced a number of match-winning performances. Emmanuel leaves with our best wishes and we now look forward continuing our preparations for next season.

Me? I’ll never forget the second goal against Charlton at Highbury. Totally inconsequential game to everyone except me. It was my first trip to London, my one and only trip to Highbury, and here’s this lanky guy that has just recently transferred in from Monaco working till his heart is nearly bursting alongside Arsenal greats like Pires and Henry. It was on that blisteringly cold spring day, as the sun was setting on the final season at the hallowed old ground, and the final season for many of those Unbeatable players, that Adebayor netted his first ever home goal for Arsenal. It was what would later become a staple of Adebayor’s goal scoring: he used his muscle and pace to steal the ball from Hreidarsson and then side-footed into the net with cool grace.

Ha! Let’s hope he doesn’t have too many more of those now that he’s sleeping with the enemy!

Anyway, enough about me, I want to hear your story, get some closure on this saga and post your memories below.

Ade breaks the glorious silence of my quiet Sunday

After the ho-hum 2-2 draw away to Barnet and the ho-hum “we all knew he was leaving because he acted like such a jerk” transfer of Adebayor, it’s pretty quiet out there today.

I would like to direct your attention to Adebayor’s interview over at Man City’s home page, because three things stick out. First, in talking about what he’s going to do for City supporters, he claims he’s always given his best at every club, and so he will keep giving his best. I really do hope he gives them his best: his top quality offsides, and his very best dressing room strife. Now that he’s the top paid player in the EPL, I also hope that guys like Tevez, who work their asses off, get super frustrated with Adebayor and the huge paycheck he commands for lounging around.

Second, don’t be surprised if Mark Hughes is incapable of motivating Adebayor and we see him slip down the bench behind Roque Santa Cruz after the first 5 games of the season or so. If he puts in the kinds of performances for them that he did for us, there will be no room for him at the strikers table in a City squad that has 9 men to fill the chairs. Typically, a manager would be embarrassed to sit a player making £170,000/wk but this is one case where they will sit him if he becomes a distraction.

Third, the watch he’s wearing in that interview is, well, ostentatious. If you’re going to leave the club who nurtured you, stood by you when all others thought you were crap, and go to a team that pays you double, a team of mercenaries, and sit in an interview and talk about how you’re not doing it for the money — you may want to take off the $100,000 diamond studded watch.

Oh well, it’s over now, he’s one of the enemy. Thanks for the goals big fella, may you lose a step in your stride and may you always find yourself offside.

The question on the lips of every Arsenal supporter now is “what will Wenger do with the money?” And so I’m sure many of you have gone to the trusty ole Football Manager and are ready to tell us all who we can get for £25m.

Go for it. In the past I’ve said that you can’t speculate because you don’t know how much so and so is worth, but now you know. Here’s £25m, spend it how you see fit.

You should know, however, that after the Barnet match, the boss publicly said that Arsenal will only buy “if we find the right players and we feel it is needed, but we are not in a hurry now.” Of course, I think we’d all like to believe that this is because he’s playing things close to his chest and doesn’t want to artificially inflate the price of any target. But given his recent history, sigh, it might just be true that Wenger thinks this squad can handle the pressure. As the unofficial Wenger Weatherman, I’d say that the transfer outlook is partly cloudy with a 50% chance of not buying anyone.

I tend to agree with Arsene that Arsenal don’t need another forward, but I sincerely hope he sees the need for reinforcements in the midfield and possibly defense. After all, pretty much everyone on the planet, including the team captain has said so. And, no, I’m not condemning Song and Denilson, they are good players who would grow exponentially under the careful, quiet, tutelage of someone like Toulalan.

Anyway, there’s really nothing going on today. The team is flying to Austria for their annual tour of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s birthplace, where they will start their twice a day workouts and get into shape. The next pre-season friendly is on Tuesday and you can see it only on Arsenal TV Online.

One last thing I want to mention is that the Sounders v. Chelsea game yesterday was pretty neat. No, I don’t mean that the Sounders got beat by the Scum, I mean that the fans were singing the whole time! I barely even heard those annoying horns! Now, that could have been accomplished through strategic mic placements but even if it was, it indicates a commitment on the part of the club, and ESPN, to make MLS matches more watchable and interactive for the fans. If it was genuine raucous support by 70,000 people, well then I’m proud of the fans!

The other really spectacular thing is that the match was broadcast in HD. I’ve seen matches in HD before and frankly they are always eye-poppingly beautiful.  I can’t wait to see Arsenal in HD and if ESPN gets the EPL feed over here that will happen sooner rather than later.

There was only one sort of black mark on the game and that was the pitch. I guess they brought in a real grass pitch and laid it over the top of the plastic pitch they normally play on. There were clearly problems with the temporary pitch as several players were unable to control the ball and even one time the goalkeeper Keller put his foot on the ball, to stop it, and promptly fell over.  I guess they are donating that pitch to a local school, which is nice, and they’ll bring it back in for the Barcelona game, which is also nice, but as an American, I guess I’ll have to wait and just dream of the day that “soccer” is played on grass here.

That’s all for today, see you all tomorrow.