Saturday, March 22, 2014
International call-ups disrupt build-up to Villa

International call-ups disrupt build-up to Villa

As usual, the clowns who organise international football have scheduled a round of meaningless friendlies in the week leading up to the first Premier League game of the season.

Although not all the squads have been announced, it looks if Arsene Wenger is going to have to cope with a fair number of his first team being away from North London next week.

England face Scotland at Wembley with Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott all included in Roy Hodgson’s squad.

France travel to Belgium with Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud all likely to be involved, while Yaya Sanogo is away with the U21s. Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski go back to Germany as they face Paraguay; Aaron Ramsey will line out for Wales against the Republic of Ireland, and both Lukas Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny could be involved against a Bendtnerless Denmark.

Most worrying of all will be Spain’s trip to Ecuador. Having seen Nacho Monreal injured during the Confederations Cup and Santi Cazorla only just return to training after an extended break, Wenger will be hoping that Vincente del Bosque uses the chance to see some new players rather than dragging his men all the way to South America.

The former Real Madrid manager hinted he’d be looking at youth, saying, “We’re concerned about the squad list to be announced on 9th August as it’s quite controversial. None of the players who usually play for Spain have done anything to warrant not being called up, but as the season hasn’t yet kicked off, they haven’t done anything to warrant being called up either.

“Plus, we aren’t going to punish anybody because we lost against Brazil, especially after everything we’ve done and won together over the years, and we have young players pushing hard.”

Fingers crossed he sees sense and leaves our Spaniards alone, but we’re not holding our breath.

It promises to be a quiet week for the Arsenal manager, with just Frimpong and Jenkinson running around playing hide and seek, and Mousetrap on the floor of his office.

“Get outside and play,” Arsene might say. “Can’t you see I’m trying to make important phone calls here?”

“But boss,” Frimpong could reply, “you’re just playing Angry Birds on your iPad.”

“I said OUT.”



  1. Hahahaha, we are so f**ked…

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  2. spend some fucking money

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    • Think about the logic of this.
      If we’d already signed the players of the calibre necessary to improve out squad, they’d also be playing in a stupid friendly – Higuain, for example would be/is playing in Italy in the same round of fixtures.

      I’m all for criticising Wenger for not caving into our demands for top, top players (we do all understand the machinations of transfer market well, after all) but surely the signing of Sanogo will here prove to be a stroke of genius?

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      • Looks like Arsene and co have suffered several strokes so far this summer, not the genius kind however.

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      • @WhiteRussian Are you feeling alright in the head mate?

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        • Yeah, fine. Thanks for asking.

          It’s just a bit depressing that all Arsenal fans can talk about at the moment is how screwed we are because we haven’t spent £30m on a player. There’s still plenty of time for that, as far as I’m concerned – I don’t think we have any idea what’s going on behind the scenes.
          We bemoan rumours for having no substance, but then as soon as there aren’t any we start crapping ourselves. If I’m wrong that’s a shame – but at the same time if we don’t sign anyone significant (and I don’t think that will happen) my opinions will be the least of our worries.
          The logic in this particular article, and several of the comments, just doesn’t seem to stack up. If we’d bought Higuain (for example) he would also be knackering himself in a pointless friendly just before the Villa game.

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        • You’re right it is depressing, but this depression has some merit. I understand the want – definitely not need – to be patient, but the reality is we are 1 week away from the Villa game and still no sign of us spending a single penny. Other than Wenger’s word that they’re trying ‘very hard’ to strengthen the squad, as it stands, we are currently up shit creek without a bitey paddle in the most ludicrous transfer saga in years. A plan b? Have we time to complete plan b? What about other depth-less positions? This concern, anger – what ever you want to call it – is all the clubs own doing. The great expectation this summer stemmed from all the hype from Ivan, in May, and we’re in August and still nothing. It all looks very bleak, again. Another frustrating summer, who’da thought it.

          And your last point on how if we bought in a ‘star’ player he’d also be knackered from the friendly has absolutely nothing to do with the point most concerned Arsenal fans are making. Clubs don’t bear in mind the international commitments a player might have when looking around the market – certainly not the pointless friendly next week. This post was simply to point out the friendly and the inconvenience of it – not to have a dig at Wenger on the fact that if we had a bigger squad we’d have more cover.

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        • I say we are fucked for the start of the season. If we sign anyone it will take time to gel with the rest of the team. Maybe they will be able to contribute at a decent level in October and the later we sign them the later they will gel.

          Now if we get some injuries on key players like Jack (not unlikely), Kosch (recently injured) and maybe Giroud in the coming “friendlies” , where would that leave us? We have Villa, Fulham and Spuds in the leauge. Tough, hard games and three bad results, draw against Villa and lose against Fulham and Spuds (not unlikely). That would put us out of the title race and people would go mental and if we Think it was bad last season….

          Wenger has fucked up big time this window and I cant see him making any positive moves in the transfer market. It will be bin bag signings. Dont we have a french leauge 2 player on trial? And now Flamini? Does that sound like someone doing a great job? Even if we get Suarez it has taken to long and this mess is all Wenger. He never seems to have a plan “B”. Not in business and not on the pitch. Hope this is his last season for his and the clubs sake.

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        • as somebody else pointed out, drogba was a ligue 2 player at the age of 25.

          and Flamini might be quite a good signing.

          and Suarez is banned for a couple of games, anyways.

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        • “and Flamini might be quite a good signing. ”

          Are we deluding ourselves now? Flamini might not be the bottom of the barrel but pretty fucking close. I don’t want that cunt back here. One good season and he did like Nasri, Hleb, RCP…

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        • you’re the same person who wants to speed up the process of getting Suarez, who is right now doing the same thing to his club as Flamini did to ours?

          come on, get off this loyalty bandwagon. there’s no such thing in modern football, irrespectively whether it’s good or not. i’d love there to be some, but there is none. and i don’t want my club to suffer from the fact that we’re trying to play clean when everyone around is playing dirty. it’s fucked up, but it’s reality.

          Flamini might be one of the best available options for a backup dm, seeing as Arteta will definitely be the first choice. sure he didn’t behave well enough when he was here the last time, but the only thing i care about now is whether we’ll strenghten. and i think he would strenghten us.

          saying that, i’d prefer if we went for Capoue, especially now that sp*ds are after him.

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        • First of all Falmini is not good enough!!!! He is a third rate player I dont care about Suarez loyalty, he hasnt screwed us ower yet, I Think he will and we wont get him.
          He is using us as puppets to get Real or Man C to bid for him. But Flamini has screwed us over and I dont want him back because of that and that he isnt good enough.

          Compare Paulinho to Flamini.

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        • some dumb american

          It’s not that we haven’t spent £30M on a player. It’s that we haven’t spent even £1 on a player.

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        • Arsecrew, sure Flamini is nowhere near Paulinho. but we aren’t in the market for a 1st team squad def mid. we’re for a backup. Paulinho wouldn’t go for that, or Fellaini, for that matter. at the same time, Flamini has loads of experience, both in pl and in cl, is a mature player and can’t really be a third rate player if he had a contract from milan on the table this very year.

          i do however get your dislike for him because of his past behaviour, and won’t argue with that. guess we’ve two different personal opinions that can’t be negotiated.

          what’s left to say is let’s hope this summer has some surprises in store for us.

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  3. There is also Bendtner having a cig in the corner.

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  4. We just have to hope they come back injury free.

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    • Call me crazy but actually if a player does get injured he might be forced to spend some money on a replacement. Like last year when Gibbs got injured and santos was loaned and we got in Nacho. Maybe if Giroud and Podolski got injured he would surely have to buy a new striker, an injury to any position other than full backs and we are very thin.

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      • What we already have a new striker! We have Sanogo:

        “We have signed Sanogo. He has not made the headlines. Why? Because he is not £50m to £100million but I am quite confident he will make them soon on the pitch, and that for me is the most important.”


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  5. Seen this? Projection of how the leeague will turn out. Form smaller groups and discuss!

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    • Well then I guess it’s all settled then. Looking forward to 14/15 season.

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    • How the hell can you put something at 100% and at 0%… what a crap..

      On the other hand, it says we are title contenders =) but then so are Everton..

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      • Well, seems like quite a big apparatus has been used to get these results. Every game in the league was simulated 10000 times. And all teams were assessed in regards to their prior seasons, squads (depth, experience) and new signings. Not saying it’s accurate, but interesting figures. And let’s not kid ourselves, without additions to our squad, fourth is (again, unfortunately) a reasonable expectation..

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        • the sad truth of this summer was that I felt relieved that Arsenal was projected for 4th place and not 5th or 6th.

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    • So league football in fact all sports as a contest are essentially a fraud because the same group of teams win, the same teams finish mid table, and the same teams are at the bottom. No matter how good teams are no matter how much money you spend only one team actually wins the title. But there are prizes for 2nd – sixth and FA cup and Capital One, and for some avoiding relegation is a trophy. Its like 5 tiers within one league masquerading as a true contest but not. It is as if all supporter knows their place in the hierarchy and play along with the myth that all teams can win the title.

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  6. Gervinho, Dgourou and Manonne would actually make this squad stronger now. Thats quite frightening honestly

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  7. Such a waste having these pointless friendlies now. Hopefully everyone comes back okay including all our new signings. … oh wait

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  8. I thought it was words with friends. It could be the only reason why there are no signings made. Yes, only reason. I am sure about it. There is no other reason.

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  9. Martinez
    Jenkinson Miquel (?) Nacho
    Arteta Frimpong
    Santi Rosicky Gibbs

    Wenger will have a fun week.

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  10. Perhaps it will give Wenger an opportunity to focus 100% on getting someone in

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  11. And we lurch from one problem to the next! Funny post though.

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  12. Last bit was brilliant.

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  13. Maybe the boss is thinking of knocking those piggies off using his angry birds in an amicable and feasible manner.

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  14. Who gives a f@ck about internationals anyway. England never win anything

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  15. blogs, thanks very much for fixing the issue with the newsbar at the bottom of the page. really appreciate you listenening to the feedback of us internet trolls, and I personally think the site is more user-friendly now. cheers.

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    • No probs.

      I hope everyone knows now you can close it if you don’t like it.

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      • Most of fans think that arsene don’t know what he is doing, and this is untrue, wenger is a fox and you will see in the coming days, mark my words.

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  16. The photo speech bubbles aren’t quite right, really, are they?
    If we’d already signed the players of the calibre necessary to improve out squad, they’d also be playing in stupid friendly – Higuain, for example would be/is playing in Italy in the same round of fixtures.

    I’m all for criticising Wenger for not caving into our demands for top, top players (we do all understand the machinations of transfer market well, after all) but surely the signing of Sanogo will here prove to be a stroke of genius?

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    • If we’d already signed those players, then if 3 players got injured in either scenario (present or with additional signings), we’d be okay with signings, but we’d be utterly screwed as it stands. Please remember that we’ll be playing pretty much every 3 days [starting with the City friendly, counting this int'l friendly and UCL qualifiers, until the derby], with our thinned-out squad.

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  17. the greatest hemroid that ever lived

    great post blogs. Im curious. Surely we are going to get a new CB. but who? how come no rumors? and nothing of a plan B for a striker? Rumour mill i think has officialy given up on wenger.

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  18. Bendtner stretching his feet and talking about how they will be firing soon and that he is him in Hashtag.

    Who organizes this friendly games? It’s football season Worldwide(or about to start), what is the point of playing friendlies after several major tournaments? Gold Cup, Confederations Cup, U-20 and U-19 World Cups.

    It’s not as if the players don’t remember how to play or forget the countries they come from.


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    • Why? Why does it have to be a huge price? As shown with Anzhi Makhachkala, owners do get bored of just throwing money at a team and so want to sell their highest profile players. This means that their value drops as they look to get them off the wage bill

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  20. some dumb american

    If it’s any consolation, Man Utd haven’t bought anybody worth mentioning either.

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  21. Czech Rep. are playing against Hungary on August 14th as well.

    Unless Rosicky is injured (is he?), he might just get called up.

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  22. Why won’t they get rid of these pointless disruptive friendlies? They’re of no help to anyone. If they don’t have them it wouldn’t effect the international sides because none of the teams would have had that bit of time together. It would all work out evenly. FIFA can seriously piss off.

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    • Unfortunately they won’t get rid of them because of the money that can and will be made to not go into any sort of development at grassroots level

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  23. We wouldn’t be so bothered if our squad was strong enough to cope with an injury or two..but no….it’s paper thin and we are shitting ourselves.
    Wenger has jeopardised our whole season with this compete cluster fuck of a transfer window.

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  24. Knowing our luck Arteta will probably get his first call up and break his leg!

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  25. The comments from del Bosque, in my case, just reignite hope that he will finally, finally give Arteta a run in the Spain shirt. That, and Jack eventually getting the English captaincy, are the two things I want desperately to happen on the international stage. I understand neither will have any benefit to Arsenal, and footballers are mercenaries etc., but can’t stop the feeling.

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  26. Hopefully everyone comes back injury-free!

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  27. Tapscotts testicles

    What cunts Fifa are…they fucking knew that any new signings we made would have punishing away games just before our opening game of the new season and they still scheduled them for next wee…….oh…..right…….ok…

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  28. I personally believe that Arsene is an android man…
    No! He probably has some sort of tablet with ubuntu on it, since he likes things complicated and wants to be part of everything from the root up.

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  29. Lambert lol

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  30. Villa, I remember a guy from France

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  31. Sanogo 2013/14 = Anelka 1997/98

    I can dream can’t I?

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  32. Looks like we can look forward to the scatter gun approach again. I see we’ve been linked with a romanian striker just been released by shalke. This sure is the top top quality we’ve been promised

    Its just incredibly frustrating! Other teams have no problem signing players. Where is the planning ivan promised? We’re jokers

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  33. @gooner girl, thumbed you down by mistake, apologies…it’s fucking ridiculous that we have these games just before the new season kicks off, the timing of these games is on a par with our transfer policy…

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