Déjà vu? Arshavin, Cesc And Gallas

Sometimes, just sometimes, there is a translation which can be made that allows scope for abuse and never being shy of passing it up, here goes. Yes, it’s about Them. You know that lot who keep wittering on about Him. The ones who want Him on the cheap because the rampaging ego that presides over the club wants Him, always has done and always will.

Cheap shots are easy. So easy that it is worth thanking Imanol Guillén of El Mundo Deportivo writing,

cuando este verano deje Londres, solamente tomará un vuelo que le llevará directamente al Prat

Oh, you are way ahead of me already, aren’t you? “When you leave London this summer, only take a flight directly to the Prat.”

Could anyone come up with a more fitting epitaph of Joan Laporta’s Barcelona?

Anyway, they are preparing the ground for this summer to be one of failure. Various bigwigs are making conciliatory statements, by their standards at least, with an admission that Arsenal do not want to sell:

We are working on it. We will try to achieve his signature and if we don’t get there with time, at least we will have opened a path. The possibility is always there but Arsenal have to defend their interests and perhaps they have a different strategy.

It seems the message is getting through. As for opening a path, well someone could do that to my front door but it doesn’t mean I’m going to open it. Laporta stated that they “are trying to find a halfway point for both sides to agree“; my suspicion is that there is a lot further than halfway for them to travel to find something tempting for Arsenal to let Fabregas leave. Perhaps that something will be the £80m in used fivers, sitting below the Jamon Iberico in his utility room?

Moving on swiftly. William Gallas has missed a deadline imposed by Arsene over signing a new deal, Roma the latest to be linked with a strong desire for his services. Replacements for the Frenchman have been plentiful in the back pages. The link to Mertsacker has been severed with Werder Bremen stating that the player is not for sale. Hold on a minute. Since when have the media let that bother them? The one thing you have to say about the Spanish journalists is that they don’t let anything like that stop a good old-fashioned media rumble.

Since the German, we have been linked with domestic targets such as Cahill and Taylor, exotic talents such as Koscielny and Diakhate whilst Sol Campbell has been flirting with Celtic whilst he considers one more year at The Emirates. In other words, we are no further along than the end of the season. At least no-one has had the malevolence in their reporting to suggest that Arsene is going to renew Silvestre’s contract. Yet.

Finally, Andrey Arshavin has been translated again and double standards may apply here, I would like to see what was said originally before chastising anyone. At least I gave you the original Spanish version earlier so you could see how loose my translation was…

According to the Russian,

There was nothing special last season for me to think back about. The season was normal – even pitiful.

124 thoughts on “Déjà vu? Arshavin, Cesc And Gallas

  1. Ole Gunner says:


    That age of parking the bus is gone. Now virtually all sensible people in the game realise that positivity is what people want to see in the game.

    It continues to be true that the great and successful teams in football play attacking football.

  2. ChrisGoona says:


    So what does that make Chelsea?

    They scored their fair share of goals this season, but I cannot say I enjoy watching them play. They had a nice little flourish of goals end of the season, but their general game play is not near the creativity and fluency of an Arsenal or Barcelona. Then theres Inter Milan.. playing defensively, on the counter, winning a treble.

    Seems to me there are a fair few teams still around. Even amoingst the big teams, tactics are often depolyed to stop the opposition rather than apply their own attacking game.

  3. john says:

    what are you holding on for chrisgoona you either support england or you don’t regardless of theo being omitted for poor display’s


  4. gunnerluc says:

    It is still not official the official squad will be anounce at 4pm on the fa website.

  5. Bill says:


    Attacking football and scoring is what people want to see but with the recent success of Inter in the CL would argue against what you are saying. I suspect that the WC will be dominated by defending and there will be a lot of low scoring games. I hope I am wrong.

    I think the number of goals scored in the league this year increased. Chelsea had the highest number of goals in the league in 48 years. That is encouraging, but we still have Sam Allardyce and Stoke etc etc. I doubt any rule changes will happen so I hope that you are right.

  6. ChrisGoona says:

    Buyern Vs Inter was a true reflection of negative tactics killing football.

    Mourinho is an expert of this. Kills the game, destroys the spectacle to get his hands on a trophy. Fair play to him, hes a very successful coach, personal glory is a must for him.

    I wont have any fond memories of watching any of Mourinho’s teams… nor will millions of others.

  7. ChrisGoona says:


    Right back at ya matey…

    We play like shit, no left mid, our players our terrible role models, and our only Arsenal player gets dropped (if its true)…

    I hope we do well, but can’t see it happening..

  8. Bill says:


    It is always easier to prevent a goal then it is to score and no one can blame Mourinho or any manager or team for doing what gives them the best chance to win. That is their mandate.

    Defending became more and more sophisticated in all major sports here in the USA especially basketball. They all made subtle but significant rules changes to favor the attacking side and it really has helped. Traditionalists really screamed and some still do but in general the fans love it.

  9. ChrisGoona says:


    The great attacking teams are the ones that are remembered… many Arsenal fans fall asleep if you mention the “one nil to the Arsenal George Graham days!”

    Sport is a spectacle, it is as much about winning as performing. The Performing seems to be sacrificed still by many teams.

  10. Ole Gunner says:


    Oh really, 1 example proves your point?

  11. Silver Gunner says:


    i agree with you on this one no left midfielder really pisses me off as gerrard has no impact from the left side and will always naturally drift in field levaing us exposed for the counter attack on that side also there is too much of an onose for cashley to provide that width.

    Barry should not go gerrard and lampard should play CM and a proper winger should be on the left like the young mancity winger.

    Just my opinion which is based on favouring balance.

  12. GunFlash says:

    I’m sure that the fans of the teams that JM has managed will have many great memories of the trophies they’ve won

  13. Ole Gunner says:


    Football is set up so that to win you have to score. A win gets you 3 points, and a draw 1. That’s what changed the game decisively in favour of attacking football.

    I don’t know whether it’s harder to score or not to concede. Irrelevant, I declare it.

    To win you have to score and while some teams and managers succeed by trying to win all games 1-0, it’s tenability as a winning strategy is supoorted by very little fact in the modern game.

    Sure, when a draw was 1 pt and a in 2 points, you could aim to simply not concede as that was exactly the same as trying to score. Now, scoring is without disguise the full objective of the game.

  14. Bill says:


    No your right. 1 example does not prove a point.

    I hope the increase in goals scored this year in the league will signal a positive trend. Believe me I hope your thoughts are correct.

  15. Yogi's Warrior says:

    For the player it is obviously disappointing but not entirely surprising either.

    He has not been consistent this season, primarily due to injury, and Lennon has better statistics than Walcott, ie more assists.

    I think it is indicative that Heskey or Crouch is going to start every game and Capello needs someone who can cross consistently.

    Walcott does not play in a team that uses that plays this way every week so in that respect, his exclusion makes sense.


  16. Passenal says:

    YW @ 4.43 pm, your reasoning makes sense, but with the level of expectation and criticism Theo has been facing lately, that is not how most people will see it. Let’s hope he takes the positives from this experience and channels his frustration by playing his best for Arsenal next season. A summer’s rest and a fresh start next season will probably do him some good.

  17. coolsteve says:

    Feel sorry for Theo, but its going to be some kind of lesson for Him. He should have had a good rest and pre season last season, but he went off for both the under-21 and senior Teams. Those events played a huge role in his injuries. At least now he would recognise where his priorities lie. He has just been used and dumped, not as if he deserves going with his form this season, same goes for SWP.

    Hope we benefit next season from his exclusion n he shows they were wrong not to have picked him.

  18. SA Gooner says:

    The only good thing about this whole shitty Cesc saga is watching the misery of all the anti-Wenger Doctors of Doom as the financial realities solidify over the layer of shite they have deposited.

    The press seem wowed by bankruptcy levels of spending and must be just good old fashioned jealous of the stadium and facilities in the capital. All of their Tottenhamesque criticism: (only a selling club, all big players that want to achieve must go, no ambition, no silverware etc) shoves us in the direction of nasty fat billionaires and bonkers bankers. They have only contempt for value and sound management, which until Mr Redknapp came along was one thing you could praise Tottenham for. – A trip down with Pompey will do them a world of good.

    If challenging for the title and Euro qualification is a pitiful season then finishing below is a triumph for Tottenham, which sums it all up for me. We have the resources to hold on to our players and strengthen the squad and seriously improve as more of the team gets past their 21st birthdays.

    All that is left for the press is to blame Wenger for not selling Cesc while we had the chance

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