I loved Arsenal and Wenger but now I HATE them!

Looking at a lot of the comments on Arsenal blogs this season, this could easily have been said by a large percentage of the current worldwide fans! But in reality it has come from an ex-Arsenal player that was forced out of the Emirates only to become a success in Serie A with Roma.

We all remember Gervinho, who was brilliant in the African Nations Cup, but always seemed to be falling over his feet when he was faced with Premier League defenders. The Ivory Coast star was quoted as saying in the Express: “He [Wenger] never had confidence in me,”

“As a child I dreamed of playing for Arsenal, because I loved them.”

“Garcia (the Roma coach) doesn’t differentiate between those who are playing and those who aren’t playing. That’s important for a player.

“He doesn’t only speak to those who are playing, he talks to everyone as there are 25 players in the squad, not just 11.

“Now I hate them for the way Wenger treated me.

“However, I regretted leaving the club after such a short time without being able to show my worth, which I’m now doing at Roma instead.”

With Wenger under-fire from Arsenal fans everywhere, a lot of current players have been speaking out in defence of Wenger, so it is interesting to hear another side of the story from an ex-player. Perhaps Lukas Podolski is beginning tofeel th same way?

Arsenal hit rock bottom with Blackburn and Schalke rejects

Okay, I don’t quite know what to say here. Apparently Arsenal have taken a 26-year old player called Alharbi El Jadeyaoui on trial from the French Ligue 2. that’s right the Ligue 2 not 1. To make this all the more unbelievable, it is being widely reported that Arsene Wenger is going to offer him a contract.

I’m sure I don’t need to go into detail about what is wrong with this deal but I will anyway and I may as well talk about another shocking piece of news at the same time. Brace yourselves, the other pieces of news is that we may also be offering a contract to 27-year old Romanian striker Ciprian Marica who is a free agent after leaving Schalke.

Back to the guy from Ligue 2. I would be slightly optimistic about this if the player wasn’t 26 years old. If he was 17 or 18 then it would be okay because he could be considered a young gem for the future, like Sanogo. At 26 years old you don’t do much more growing in terms of footballing ability and if nobody has ever heard of him before or tried to buy him, why are we?

Apparently we have been scouting him for ages. We have spent a large chunk of this summer clearing out deadwood players and now it seems we are replacing them with even worse players. I would rather keep Gervinho than have this guy. They are pretty much the same age and Gervinho has much more experience and probably more ability.

Why are we replacing deadwood with double deadwood?

Back to Marica. If we are looking for a prolific striker this summer, I have no idea why Marica’s name has come up. He has scored 5 goals in 2 years at Schalke which is less than Marouane Chamakh, so again I would rather keep Chamakh than get this guy.

Unlike El Jadeyaoui I have actually seen Marica play when he was at Stuttgart and for Schalke and let me tell you that my two year old nephew has a better chance of scoring regular goals. He couldn’t hit a barn door from two yards out this guy, even though his international record is decent. I must admit though he is more of a busy striker who likes to run about the place and help his team-mates out rather than going for glory but we do not need him.

This week we have offered trials to several players that I have never heard of and now these two are included in Arsenal’s transfer business. I am scratching my head and trying to figure out what our budget is for this summer. Did we bid for Luis Suarez because we knew that Liverpool would never budge and wanted to make it look like the club was committed to spending money?

I am sorry, but if these two players join the club I am going to support Fleetwood Town as they will have a better chance of winning the Premier League before us. I won’t be surprised to read tomorrow that we have been impressed with Karl Henry’s QPR debut and have made a bid for him.

The whole point of clearing out the deadwood in your squad is to get better players. I would honestly rather keep Nicklas Bendtner and friends than bring these guys in.

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In Arsene Wenger’s post match interview on Saturday, where he seemed strangely calm bearing in mind it was an absolute shocker of a game, he was quick to announce that Gervinho was leaving, which we were already aware about but also the fact that Bendtner is currently no closer to joining another side, posing the question if he will remain with Arsenal next season.

I believe it is Bendtner’s ignorance to what he is actually worth that is preventing any move from happening. We have heard that numerous clubs have lined Bendtner up and Arsenal for starters have accepted at least 10 offers for the Denmark International, 6 of which were all made in early July, however Bendtner rejected every single one of them.

It’s now got to the stage where Hull City has offered to take him. I mean with all respect to Hull, they managed to get in the Premier League but you can’t expect them to stay here and so they are nothing more than a Championship club, and Bendtner only thinks he is good enough for the Champions League elite. Surely these offers from arguably lower clubs suggest to him that he isn’t as good as he thinks and that ultimately his ego has just grown far too much.

I cannot remember the team exactly (because there has been so many) but he openly stated that the club wasn’t in the champion’s league and that he would basically be making a step down in his career. That club was keen on Bendtner and he finally had the chance to leave Arsenal permanently to a place that could offer regular playing time and challenging for a champions league position, and he mucked it up by slating them before he even joined.

Bendtner for me is one of the most frustrating players ever at Arsenal and he doesn’t even get on the pitch so that must tell you something about his character. Money, greed and his ego have all taken him to a stage where he wouldn’t be happy unless the winners of a big league came in for him. He thinks he is too good for Arsenal but in all honesty I can’t help but expect to see him as an Arsenal player come 1st Sept. He probably won’t play but no doubt he’ll just rot in the reserves whilst he concentrates on his jewellery business for the next year. If we are paying his wages, would it not be worth trying to get some work out of him?

Arsenal prepare to fight off transfer interest in Giroud

Just the other day it emerged that Valencia were targeting Olivier Giroud as a possible replacement to Roberto Soldado who may have been joining Tottenham Hotspur. Well Soldado’s move is pretty much confirmed and Valencia may make an official approach for our man soon but it now appears that Italian side Napoli are also interested.

I’m not a big fan of Napoli at the moment since they signed Gonzalo Higuain but I can’t really blame them for it. It’s Arsenal’s fault for being too cheap and cautious.

Even though I am still and may always be upset about Higuain, we have more important things to worry about. We may or may not be still after Luis Suarez so there is still the chance that he could be joining the club this summer but with all the interest around Giroud, we need to make sure we have strikers who are ready to replace him.

Our only signing of the summer so far has been French born Yaya Sanogo but he is too inexperienced to be our first choice and only striker.

It may be a good decision to let Giroud go and if we do, we may have to consider giving Theo Walcott a permanent role in the centre. Having Walcott in the centre could work well for us as he can finally fulfil his dream of being a proper striker and we can have Alex Oxlade-Chambaerlain in a full time first team role on the wing.

On the other hand, selling our big French striker could result in a lack of numbers if we fail to recruit this summer as is being suggested by Arsene Wenger himself. Don’t be surprised to see no new signings and if that’s the case then we should probably keep Giroud and maybe even Gervinho.

This is one of the toughest summers that Arsenal fans have had to put up with so far. Interest around Olivier Giroud is only making things more tense in the transfer window.

Arsenal getting close to being Free of all Deadwood…now for some goodwood!

Despite what you want to say about Arsenal’s lack of incoming transfer business, and I’m sure those words won’t be positive, if you can overlook that for five minutes, you may be able to realise or reiterate that the club has done well in getting rid of the majority of the ‘deadwood’ listed players at the club.

I think this was always Arsenal’s main priority this summer and so that’s why we haven’t seen any transfer movement till recently. It’s a stupid approach to take, in my opinion, but seemingly is the path that has been taken and there’s nothing we can do now except reflect on what has gone before us and hope that we still manage to pull off some top quality signings.

Of all the players we have got rid of this summer, not one has been of utmost importance to us, and arguably the biggest names to go that would have made a shout in the team are Coquelin, Djourou and Mannone. Not forgetting that we released around 14 youth/reserve players that were all knocking on the door to be put in the Arsenal first team squad, the likes of Sanchez Watt and Craig Eastmond, players that were already in their early twenties and never going to make it at Arsenal. Aside from them we have also managed to release Arshavin, Denilson and Squlliaci, 3 players that were just eating away at our wage bill.

Then we have sent Djourou out on loan, as well as Francis Coquelin, which I’m quite disappointed about to be honest. These two players as well as goalkeeper Mannone who was sold to Sunderland, were arguably the biggest talents to leave and I felt all three could have done a job as backup players this season, hopefully Wenger proves me wrong by signing so many stars, they would be facing the reserve team in front of them.

We have also sold Andre Santos, although only on a free transfer, while Gervinho seems to be the next player on his way out. Just to say I don’t consider Gervinho as deadwood and I feel he could do a good job on the bench but still, if its good money I don’t mind selling him. This leaves us with Park, Chamakh and Bendtner. Can we shift them?

Chamakh is supposedly off to join newly promoted Premier League side Crystal Palace and so he could soon be out the exit door, but only for 6 months at the moment. As for Bendtner, who knows? The Denmark international is linked with a different club every day and apparently Malaga are the latest club interested in him. Whilst Park, well I can’t see us selling him, especially as I think he is still on military service. So he will either be released like Denilson, or maybe sent out on loan after his return.

Park could soon be the only deadwood left, and that will hopefully signal the start of Arsenal’s signings.

Arsenal to spend once deadwood is all gone? Don’t count on it

Have Arsenal’s “deadwood” players been the reason for failure in recent seasons? It is a very likely scenario considering what he have seen and are still seeing this summer. The first round of “deadwood” was cleared when the likes of Denilson, Sebastian Squillaci and Andrey Arshavin. These players were waved goodbye and it cleared a fairly large amount of money from the wage bill.

The next round of “deadwood” seem to be on their way out as clubs are quietly interested and Arsene Wenger knows that he must get rid of them. These players include the likes of Park Chu Young, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouanne Chamakh, Gervinho and maybe one or two others if we are really overhauling the squad.

Chamakh seems to be close to the exit after Crystal Palace expressed interest. He may be keen to stay in London as he did last season despite having offers to return to France and to Bordeaux. He is one of the biggest drains on the wage bill at the moment and with him out of the way we could save a few million every season.

A big reason for Arsenal’s failure lately has been the lack of transfers. This summer we have gone in and made bids for Luis Suarez with big amounts of money. We haven’t yet signed anybody like this but the money being offered is hopefully proof of change.

The reason we haven;t signed anybody like this in the last few years is because of how many players we have like those mentioned above who are draining the wage bill. In a way then, this is Wenger’s fault as he signed these players and caused them to become unmovable problems.

These players have been costing the club so much money that we haven’t dared sign anybody because of how much the total bill would cost. Some of these players are out of the way which has prompted big bidding. Will there be more to come when the rest are gone?

Gervinho at the exit, but will Arsenal replace him?

According to the media reports, Italian side AS Roma have put forward a £7m bid for the misfiring Arsenal forward Gervinho. The report also goes on to say that the London club has not accepted the offer as of yet and are holding out for more.

The Ivorian did not fly with the rest of the Arsenal squad for the Asian tour due to illness but it is widely believed that his exclusion is due to the fact that he is not a part of Wenger’s plans for the upcoming season. Gervinho has also been linked to Marseille, Lyon and his former club Lille, all French sides said to be very keen on his signature.

The new Roma boss Rudi Garcia, who had previously worked with the forward while at Lille, has made no secret of the fact that he’s a great admirer of the forward and would be willing to work with him once again at the Italian capital, adding more speculation about the Ivorian’s future.

Interestingly, Arsenal are still said to be after Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff and it is now believed that the Ligue 1 side are willing to let the the Frenchman go to North London, provided Gervinho goes the other way as part of the deal, according to the Daily Mail.

With Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski all fighting for a spot out wide and German youngster Serge Gnabry not too far from a first-team breakthrough, it is almost certain that Gervinho will be seeing very little, if any, first-team football next season.

The 26-year-old has had a disastrous season and many Arsenal fans,myself included, have called for his head. As part of a deal for Yoann Gourcuff or not, I just hope we can get this guy off our wage list and hopefully get someone else to come in. There are still plenty of rumours surrounding Suarez and Higuain, but still nothing concrete from the Gunners.

Getting rid of Arsenal deadwood is only good IF they are replaced

It’s all well and good getting rid of a team’s deadwood players, as it allows a club to lose some player wages, gain a few squad places and in the meantime gather a little bit of income, but ultimately if you don’t then go and replace these players then the club goes into a period of further regression.

Arsenal have so far seen many players leave the club this summer and fortunately they have all been ‘deadwood’ players rather than the usual quality players we see leave the club. The players that have left so far this summer are the likes of Arshavin, Denilson, and Squillaci have all been released from their contracts, whilst Djourou has left on loan and Mannone has made the permanent move to Sunderland. And although some will argue that we needed to sell before we can buy, this period of inactivity in the transfer window has actually weakened the team!

On paper the team is now weakened. To many it won’t make a difference because none of the players above were first team players and it’s true that at the moment the actually starting XI isn’t weaker at all, in fact it’s exactly the same, just a year older. But what is weaker is our overall squad. A simple look at the announced team for the club’s pre-season tour of Asia will show you that this team would probably struggle for 3rd or 4th place and I know a lot of people would agree with that after reading the comments on some of the other articles.

The fact is, if this period of stagnation doesn’t end soon at the club, we will experience what happens every summer and Arsenal will lose out on their targets and then we will complain that we were too stingy on the price or too slow in our dealings. According to some people we had Higuain, Cesar and Fellaini in the bag, but now I’m sure you’ll see why you should not trust any of the Internet ‘in the knows’. With Bendtner, Gervinho, Park, Chamakh and Santos all also set to leave this summer, if we don’t act upon all this gathered income through fees and wages with high quality players then we really must start to doubt Wenger, Gazidis and the board’s mentality on transfer dealings.

Arsenal ready to sell another striker?

All the transfer action at Arsenal has been one way so far, and that has been out of the exit door. We have already heard this week the the Gunners have accepted offers from five clubs for the Danish international Nicklas Bendtner, who we could actually get a few million pounds for. He could soon be joined on his way out of Arsenal by Gervinho, apparently.

According to The Express, the Ivorian forward is wanted by the French Ligue 1 side Marseille, and it appears that Arsene Wenger will not stand in his way, especially if it frees up more wages and transfer fees for new players coming in to the club. I cannot say that I would be very upset to see him leave, although I was still hoping that he could start to show the form he shows for the Ivory Coast and that he had at Lille.

With the Turkish club Galatasaray also keen on the talented but frustrating 26-year old, it seems that Arsenal could recoup quite a lot of the £11 million that we paid for him two years ago. What do you think, should Wenger take the money or give Gervinho another chance to show us what he is really made of?

Gervinho could soon join the dead wood leaving Arsenal

Marseille have contacted Arsenal about a possible loan deal for struggling Gervinho with a view to a permanent move in the future. Arsenal have already cleared out most of the “deadwood” this summer and Gervinho is seen by fans as one of the next players who must go because of his poor form since he arrived at the club.

Sebastian Squillaci, Andrey Arshavin and Denilson have already left the club which has freed up the wage bill a bit to fund moves for new players, which is why Arsenal seem to be active at the moment in the transfer window.

Of the “deadwood” left at the club Gervinho, Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner are on the highest wages and the fans will want to see the back of them as soon as possible. Bendtner has already spent the last two seasons out on loan because no club has been interested enough to make a proper move for him. I fear the same thing will happen with Gervinho if Arsenal do send him on loan to Marseille rather than look for a transfer deal.

Gervinho is still thought of highly in France because of his time at Lille where he formed a great partnership with Moussa Sow and Eden Hazard and became one of the most sought after players in Europe. He also impressed at the 2010 world cup for the Ivory Coast but has obviously failed to shine at Arsenal in the last couple of seasons.

Arsene Wenger should try and get rid of Gervinho, Bendtner, Chamakh, Andre Santos and more to free up funds for top, top players like Fabregas and Rooney who have been linked with moves recently. If the remaining “deadwood” players are only sent on loan again, they will remain a burden to the club for years to come.