Archive for September, 2011

Rooney missed a penalty(remembering of John Terry‘s miss in Moscow years ago). Berbatov was denied a goal by Cole. Ramires had De Gea beat twice and neither time could he find the back of the net. The biggest highlight of the game comes from The Great Fernando Torres. He had an empty net and from about 10 yards out still managed to knock it wide of the goal. Now that’s execution. Torres finally got off the mark for the season with a flawless assist by substitute Anelka and he looked lively.But he will be haunted by his horror miss.

From spectacular goals (Nani’s Canon leg) and saves (Schmichel applauding De Gea) to a penalty miss and the one-man drama that is Fernando Torres, this match had it all. A very very very tiny part of Chelsea fans feels sorry for Torres. Good performance  but people will only remember that miss.

New signings all round.Looks like Arsene Wenger’s bullheadedness of creating a youth team has lost substance and the man was on a holiday season shoping spree to purchase a few players and strengthen his squad. This is without a doubt the aftermath of humiliating defeat at the hands of Manchester United (2-8). If that wasn’t a wakeup call then nothing is!

Here’s a look at what came out of the shopping bag ;the big name is Mikel Arteta,the Spanish midfielder from Everton. Good signing of all of them as he will provide offense &chances for the strikers. Along with Youssi Benayoun,Arteta will serve to bridge some of that huge gap in creativity that the team has with the exit of Samir Nasri &Cesc Fabregas. But in terms of quality do not think for a second that the newcomers are of the same calibre as those who left. Benayoun joins on loan from Chelsea. Meanwhile disgruntled striker Niklas Bendtner joins Sunderland on loan, good for Gunners.

German defender Per Mertersacker who joins from Werder Bremen is certainly a handful in the air at 6.6 feet tall and he’s been added to try and rid the side of their clumsiness at defending corners and set pieces effectively. However,the side may have to play a deeper line to indemnify for his almost chronic lack of pace. Nonetheless,the Bundesliga’s almost break-neck speed of play is extremely similar to that of the Premier League and he should adjust fairly quickly. From AC Monaco comes South Korean forward Park Chu-Young (Utd’s park cousin) comes for a fee around the £2m mark and with a one in three goals to game record throughout his career and significant international experience behind him,he should prove a solid squad player.

Brazilian left-back Andre-Santos also joins Arsenal,even though Wenger had claimed that the club was well stocked at left back because they had Vermaelen,Traore and injury-plagued Kieran Gibbs to call upon. He’ll add pace and width down the flanks,even if his defensive attributes are under question. Arsenal left-back Armand Traore has joined Premier League new-boys QPR for an undisclosed fee, a bad choice may be.

The Losers

Everton

Even before all the final day drama the transfer window had been a dismal failure for the Merseysiders who hadn’t spent a single pound.So for the Toffees to lose Mikel Arteta in the closing moments of deadline day and not have time to find a worthwhile replacement was a disaster.

The only major signings were loan deals for Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi – both unproven in the Premier League with the former a major flop at Real Madrid. Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford have moved on, leaving an injury prone Louis Saha and a raw Victor Anichebe as the club’s only recognised strikers.

For Moyes to now even consolidate on last season’s 7th spot would be an incredible achievement. But knowing David Moyes I am sure he will make something happen.

Arsenal

Yes I know the deadline day was a success but over the whole window Arsenal have lost out in a big way.In fact, Manchester United’s 8-2 hammering or mauling or thumping call it what you may like to, of the Gunners could be a blessing in disguise as it finally forced Arsene Wenger to add to his depleted squad.

Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri have been replaced by Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun but while they may not be of the same calibre, they are much needed if they are a little desperate signings. Gervinho also arrived to strengthen the attack .

Defensively Wenger has brought in Per Mertesacker, which is a positive move, but question marks remain over fellow arrivals Andre Santos and forward Chu Young Park and their ability to mix it in the Premier League. Before deadline day, Arsenal’s summer business looked a dismal failure but deadline day deals have improved the squad .

Aston villa

Despite finishing in the top half, Villa spent most of last season battling against relegation.It could have been worse had they not had Stewart Downing and Ashley Young in their ranks. But so impressive were the two wingers they were snapped up early in the transfer window by Liverpool and Manchester United respectively.

Alex McLeish responded by signing Charles N’Zogbia and Spurs duo Alan Hutton and Jermaine Jenas, but that has only stopped Villa falling further behind rather than improved the squad that ended the last campaign.Shay Given’s arrival to replace Brad Friedel is good business but their transfer window is headlined by the relative ease in which they allowed their star players to leave.

Wigan athletic

There was plenty of times last term where Latics looked doomed for relegation and on each occasion they battled back, it all came through winger Charles N’Zogbia and Tom Cleverley.While the former has now joined Villa the latter has gone back to his parent club.

Roberto Martinez tried to find  replacements but only succeeded in bringing in Shaun Maloney  and pint sized  Albert Crusat from Almeria in La Liga.The only other major additions to a side that struggled to beat the drop last season are Wolves’ David Jones and Chelsea’s Patrick van Aanholt on loan.

On paper at least it points to another season of toiling at the wrong end of the table.

Newcastle united

The exodus that started in January with the departure of Andy Carroll, went into full swing during the summer.The situation at the club was so bad for skipper Kevin Nolan that de dropped a division to join West Ham, while crucial players Joey Barton and Jose Enrique also showed their displeasure in the north east prior to their departures.

Alan Pardew has worked on finding replacements and has done well to bring in Davide Santon from Inter Milan and Yohan Cabaye from French champions Lille both of whom are talented blokes.The search for Andy Carroll’s replacement goes on but another test will be how the new signings replace the old spine in the team.

A manager’s or a Club’s worst nightmare  is the essential bi-annual drama, the transfer window which never goes away quietly and this summer was no exception like the seasons gone by. If a sound of ripping has been overheard near certain Premier League clubs in the last few days, it should be no surprise .Don’t get me wrong it’s not  Arsenal alone!!Plans have been hastily torn apart, new ones formulated in double-quick time, gambles taken and money diverted around the division at surreal speed. So  here is take on the summer transfers made by the Premier league teams-who did good business and who did not.

The Winners

So  what better place or team to begin with –It has to be the defending champions and the most popular football club on the planet Manchester United.

Manchester  United

When you think  that the United  team which won the Premier league last season were the so called worst United team to have won the title  in the Premier league era then surely the omens do not look good for the rest of the  league because the champions have taken their squad to a new level.

Sir Alex Ferguson will be extremely pleased with the signings of Ashley Young and Phil Jones who have fitted in well at Old Trafford. In goal, David de Gea made a shaky start but it’s still early days and he is already showing improvement.The jury remains out though.My personal opinion is that he has got it in him to be the United and Spain number 1 for the time to come.No more signings were needed as Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck have showed rapid improvement following their loan spells last season, but Ferguson will be slightly disappointed he couldn’t sign Dutch maestro Wesley Sneijder to replace the retired Paul Scholes-the best central midfielder United ever had!With just fringe players leaving, a trip to Old Trafford looks an even more daunting trip this season – just ask the north London neighbors.

Manchester City

They were the noisy neighbors till last season (then also they ended up winning the FA cup and making it into the Champions league),but not anymore now,now they are serious title contenders and by serious I really mean serious. City are always expected to be among the big winners in transfer windows these days, but to say they had a perfect summer would not be stretching the imagination.

Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri have already slotted in seamlessly while the defence has been strengthened with the arrivals of Gael Clichy and Stefan Savic. Owen Hargreaves will be a handy back-up player to cover injuries (providing he doesn’t get one himself!) and act as a replacement for Yaya Toure during the African Nations Cup.

The majority of the players who were surplus to requirement have left but one of the biggest stories was who didn’t leave.Unsettled Carlos Tevez looked set for an exit, but he will be at the Etihad Stadium until at least January after failing to find a new club. Overall the Citizens look in great shape to challenge for trophies on all fronts.

Liverpool

After the disappointment of finishing 6th last season which was decent considering where they were languishing when  Kenny Dalglish took charge again after 1989.He took it upon himself to reinforce every position including bringing in a cluster of new midfielders and overseeing the return of Craig Bellamy.Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing have all made positive starts, although it remains to be seen how the team will shape up once Stevie G returns from injury. Dalglish showed the exit doors  to Roy Hodgson flops Joe Cole and Paul Konchesky and was happy to let a certain Raul Meireles join Chelsea – a player who was  voted the Premier League Player of the season by the Anfield faithfuls.

It needed to be a busy summer if Liverpool were to have a chance of re-establishing themselves in the top four, but fans can be happy that King Kenny has them pointing in the right direction.

Stoke city

The Potters did some shrewd business this season .By bringing in  Jonathan Woodgate, Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios, they have signed three players who played in the Champions League  last season. Palacios who loves a fight  will thrive in the midfield battles, while the lanky Crouch will have no shortage of supply from wingers Jermaine Pennant and Matthew Etherington ,not to forget  the non stop supply of throw ins from Rory Delap!With Cameron Jerome and Matthew Upson also arriving, the squad now has plenty of depth – crucial for juggling the team for the domestic and European campaigns.

An added bonus is no first-team players exited the club, pointing towards a side that has gone from prime relegation candidates three years ago, to one that can realistically aim for a strong top 10 finish.

Queens park rangers

If the Hoops go down this season it won’t be because of Neil Warnock being shy in the transfer market. On the final day of the window he approached just about everyone he could to join his side at Loftus Road.

Joey Barton, Armand Traore, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Anton Ferdinand were  some of the late deals and have added some crucial Premier League experience.Keeping hold of Adel Taarabt has been a huge boost and QPR now in look great shape to ensure their Premier League return after 15 years away isn’t just a one-season stay.

Down Goes Arsene(al) !

Posted: September 5, 2011 in Sports

We should be one of the clubs who win those trophies” – yes maybe they should but inrecent times they haven’t been but that is not to say they won’t be again and whilst Wenger may not be the man who delivers that in the end you have to say that Ferguson is right again when he asks of his old adversary Who is going to replace him?”



Arsenal have made reasonable revenue in the period under review though but It is to be believed that success in football is measured by the trophy won by a club and not necessarily the amount of money made because it will eventually tell on your finances if you run trophy less for too many seasons. Success of a manager that will be talked about after he is gone will be the number of trophy he won and not the amount of money made while he was managing affairs of the team. So somebody please tell Arsene please trophy is equivalent to success not the amount of money made; that is what makes Jose Mourinho The Special One.
Discussing the saturday night mayhemI’d 8 2 to be an Arsenal supporter tonight‘ a lot of arsenal fans expressed their frustration and it must be said from the way they sound, these guys are ready to go to war if Arsenal or rather Arsene wenger refuse to spend this summer, spending on quality and experienced player that will improve the overall quality of the team. Only and only when that is done then they wouldn’t see THE DOWNFALL OF ARSENE WENGER AT THE EMIRATES this season.