The Chelsea/Vitesse story, according to Dutch media reports.

The Dutch FA is investigating the Chelsea/Vitesse connection and something with threats, bans, police and a lot of secrets revealed.

People involved
Roman Abramovic – Chelsea owner
Alexander Chigirinski – Vitesse owner (friends with Roman)
Merab Jordania – former Vitesse owner
Joost de Wit – Vitesse director
Fred Rutten – former Vitesse manager
Ted van Leeuwen – former Vitesse technical director

Background information
– Chelsea and Vitesse reached an agreement (somewhere in 2010) to loan Chelsea players to Vitesse. It would give the players experience and improve Vitesse’s chances in the Eredivisie (Dutch Premier League). In return Chelsea has first refusal on any talents coming from Vitesse (Van Ginkel).
– Vitesse were about to sign Kelvin Leerdam, but pulled out.
– Rutten left Vitesse after the 2012/2013 season.
– Bony sold to Swansea in summer 2013.
– Ted van Leeuwen fired in September 2013.
– Jordania sold Vitesse to Chigirinski in October 2013.
– Chigirinski appoints Mohammed Allach as new technical director.

Jordania and De Wit – The threats, the ban and the Dutch police
On Sunday March 30 Dutch paper De Telegraaf reported that former Vitesse owner Merab Jordania had received a 3 year ban from Vitesse. The reason for the ban was a conflict between Jordania and Vitesse director Joost de Wit. De Wit pressed charges against Jordania (who threatened him), after discussing it with Chelsea.

On Monday March 31 Dutch paper De Telegraaf published a story with the headline “Jordania laughs at “threats”” – claiming Jordania was so angry with the way De Wit ran the club and the role the board played during his clash with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic, that he verbally attacked the Vitesse director.
De Wit told the police in Arnhem that Jordania thought he could miss a few fingers. Jordania laughed when he was told De Wit experienced his angry outburst as a serious threat, refusing to give a statement Jordania said “Everything is being destroyed in Arnhem. I will tell my side of the story later.”
However, De Wit felt threatened and the Dutch police gave him a ‘panic-button’, which he can use if he feels threatened. De Wit also complained to Chelsea’s board. As a result of that and with help from Chelsea and Chigirinski, Vitesse has banned Jordania from the stadium.

On Tuesday April 1 De Telegraaf published yet another story, this time with the headline “5 times sorry for Jordania” -in this article Jordania talks about March 17 when he spent several hours at the police station because of De Wit’s accusations.
Jordania: “I don’t think they expected me to show up. At first people wanted to take pictures with me. After that they said ‘sorry’ five times. They thought it was a bit embarrassing that they pressed charges against me because of an emotional outburst at work.”
Jordania was formally arrested for a few hours. “The officer said he was sorry for having to do this to me. I had to hand over my belongings and take off my belt. I told them the truth. Yes, I did say something at the club, but of course it wasn’t serious.”
Jordania only found out yesterday (March 31) that he had hired a few ‘tough guys’ according to rumours. “It made me laugh. I honestly thought someone was trying to wind me up. Then my son came home with the same story. I don’t even want to react to this, otherwise it’ll turn into a drama-filled show.”
At the police station Jordania was handed a letter from De Wit, saying he was banned from the stadium for 36 months and could get arrested if he does show up. “Maybe De Wit can’t help it. I never judged him. I thought he and the other directors weren’t that important,  they only do what ‘London’ orders them to do.”

Jordania’s side of the story
In an exclusive interview (published on Tuesday April 1) with De Telegraaf Jordania told his side of the story. Main points of the interview:
– Chelsea forced Vitesse to not win the Eredivisie.
– Though on paper Chigirinski owns Chelsea, Abramovic is the one in charge.
– If Vitesse wins the Dutch league and Chelsea fails to win the English league,  Vitesse would be playing Champions league and Chelsea wouldn’t be allowed in (assuming the story about Abramovic being in charge is true). This because UEFA rules state two clubs from one owner can’t compete in the same league.
– De Wit told Dutch police Jordania threatened to cut his fingers off. According to Jordania he only said that to prevent De Wit from publishing an article on the club’s website stating there was no need for Vitesse to become champions, something Jordania didn’t agree with. Jordania publicly stated he would try to make Vitesse champions and refused to take that back, which was exactly what De Wit was trying to achieve. Jordania states he now understands De Wit was only following orders from ‘London’.
– De Wit hired an advertisement agency to tell the world/fans Vitesse weren’t chasing the title, but will be happy with “modest ambition”.
– Former Vitesse manager Rutten already knew in January that Vitesse wouldn’t be allowed to win the Dutch league, which was part of the reason why he left.
– Vitesse tried to sign Kelvin Leerdam in 2013, the deal was nearly done until Chelsea blocked it because Vitesse couldn’t get too strong. Jordania couldn’t explain to Rutten what had happened and why, because he needed to cover the club and ‘London’. Rutten was furious and lost 7 points during that time, causing Vitesse to miss out on another league title.
– Jordania said he tried to keep Bony for another 6 months, to ensure a strong start of the season, but De Wit had the paperwork ready. Bony had to go.

Jordania and Van Leeuwen – Chelsea’s calling the shots
On Tuesday April 1 (a lot happened on April 1, despite the date none of these articles turned out to be an April Fools joke, though this was also Vitesse’s reaction to the story: “Is this some, extremely bad, April Fools joke? Like any other club Vitesse wants to win as many games as possible, by playing football.”) former technical director Ted van Leeuwen was interviewed by NOS. He -more or less- agreed with Jordania. Van Leeuwen: “For Chelsea the only thing that matters is the development of their own players and that doesn’t go with us playing for the title. Who pays, decides. At Vitesse Chelsea decides on most of the players’ salaries. So I do think Chelsea is in charge.”
Van Leeuwen, who left Vitesse in September 2013, wonders if Chelsea literally stated that Vitesse can’t become champions. However, with former manager Rutten he did get the feeling this was the case. Chelsea also clearly influenced the transfers. “We were initially allowed to purchase 3 players in January. Eventually we could only buy one: Kelvin Leerdam. That transfer was prohibited in the last half hour of the January transfer window. Leerdam could’ve been too strong of a competition for the Chelsea players on loan at Vitesse.”

On Wednesday April 2 Jordania made public that he never wanted Van Leeuwen to leave. “Peter Bosz (current Vitesse manager) didn’t want it either. Van Leeuwen was for me as the owner, but also for Rutten the year before, important. But ‘London’ decided he had to go.”
According to Chelsea he (Van Leeuwen) would’ve been too stubborn. He was simply supposed to listen to Chelsea, but Van Leeuwen refused to do that.
Van Leeuwen thinks the sensational development of the team with Jordania surprised Chelsea. “In the first year we only had Matic and Rajkovic as London players. They helped us. After that the club has professionally developed, with Rutten in charge Vitesse made the biggest step forward”

The Dutch FA (KNVB)
After Jordania’s story was published, the Dutch FA required answers from Vitesse. The Board of Professional Football will decide after that if the Dutch FA should investigate this any further.
The Dutch FA’s statement on Tuesday April 1:
“After reading the article the board has contacted the Vitesse board of directors. In the interest of the integrity of professional football the Dutch FA have asked Vitesse for an explanation regarding their organisational structure and in which way the club’s decisions are influenced by shareholders and others. (…) When Jordania, and after that Chigirinski, took over, the Dutch FA had requested information on the new owners. Within the sport association sportsmanship and an undisturbed season is important. Ensuring independence, autonomy and continuity of the clubs are main points in the Dutch FA’s policy. (…) A transfer of shares is subject to the notification obligation of professional football clubs. Formally they don’t need approval of the Dutch FA, however, the Dutch FA have asked Vitesse to hand over information on which an assessment could be made to determine whether the new shareholder has any control in other professional football clubs or not. (…) The regulations do not allow a person to have a function with several professional clubs, whether in the Netherlands or abroad, at the same time, this to ensure independence of football clubs. Vitesse also had to hand over a so called Certificate of Good Conduct (or a similar certificate received abroad) to the FA.”
The Dutch FA have made clear they won’t be talking to Jordania any time soon. “The club as member of the Dutch FA is our first point of contact. ”

If Jordania’s story is true and Vitesse aren’t allowed to win the league AND if they are being run by Chelsea this will be the biggest scandal in the 60 year history of Dutch professional football.

Dutch media sources: NOS, De Telegraaf, KNVB and Vitesse.

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Survey Female Football Fans – Polls

Thank you for all the responses regarding yesterday’s article (HERE), keep them coming!

We’ve created two polls, for women.


Please take some time out of your schedule and tell me your story as a female football fan.
All information is in the post below or click HERE.
Read it and please share it with women you know, on facebook, twitter, wherever.

Contact:
Email: ohtobeagoonerette@gmail.com
Twitter: @EvaMcL3
Or leave a comment below.

Calling all female football fans!

There are a lot of female football fans and luckily a lot of them attend games of their favourite teams. Thankfully most of them thoroughly enjoy attending these games, but unfortunately some of them have a negative experience and refuse to attend another game ever again.

As a female football fan myself, I found it difficult to just listen to these (negative) stories and not do anything with it. I personally love going to football games, my favourite ones being Arsenal (away) games. I’ve been lucky enough to attend other big games such as the 2012 Champions League final in Munich and I also travelled to Poland and the Ukraine for Euro2012. I’ve had some negative experiences, but 99% of the time the men and women I meet at games are polite, respectful, friendly and a lot of fun. Better yet, most are happy to see women attending games (for a variety of reasons I’m sure).

I find it extremely difficult to not punch a guy in the face when he blatantly accuses me of watching football for the hot guys and then dares to ask me to explain the offside rule (side note: ladies, punching might help to get rid of your frustration, but the best way to shut them up is by throwing in stats&facts and ask them to explain it in ‘normal English’, works really well if you want a good laugh).
As the granddaughter of an extremely proud Arsenal fan, with mostly sons and grandsons, I was raised with football and football fans all around me -and rugby&MMA, which is a completely different story. Though my father doesn’t like football, anymore, my mother has always been a football fan and proud volunteer at a local club. My gramps always encouraged me to play football, he made me read the game and feel comfortable with the ball, he helped me to understand the game from a very early age, he taught me how to analyse games, think of tactics and possible lineups and he taught me everything his (grand)parents taught him about Arsenal and the club’s history.
So you may understand that, besides my love for Arsenal, I love the game, have a passion for both the game and the club and how annoying it is when certain people keep telling me that I can’t understand because, get ready for this, I’m a woman. My passion for and knowledge of the game has been questioned so many times that I lost count and I keep having to defend myself, simply because I was born as a girl -which isn’t exactly something I can change.

I thought the best way to figure out how the majority of women see this, is to ask them about their experiences.

So if you’re a woman who loves football and attends football games, tell me your story. What is your favourite memory, your worst experience? Should something change within the football world or do you think it’s fine the way it is? Are the football clubs responsible, are fans responsible or is someone/something else responsible? Is there enough room and space for women, or are men still calling the shots, and should this change? What about women working in football, we all know Chelsea doc Eva Carneiro is basically a sex object to most male football fans and therefore accepted, whereas Premier League official Sian Massey gets abuse left, right and centre, should there be more women in top flight football? How many times has someone told you that you only watch football for the hot guys? Do people take you seriously when you discuss football?
You don’t have to answer all of these questions -you can if you want to- I just want to hear your side of the story.

Contact:
Email: ohtobeagoonerette@gmail.com
Twitter: @EvaMcL3
Or leave a comment under this post.

Arsenal Ladies F.C. – Honours

As many of you know, I’ve always loved the Arsenal Ladies and I personally believe the Ladies deserve more attention than they’re actually getting –get ready for this, because it’s A LOT!

HONOURS
Arsenal Ladies F.C. was founded in 1987 and have won 60 trophies so far (in all fairness, 15/60 are somewhat smaller trophies).

clip_image002UEFA Women’s Cup Winners – 2007
Name changed to Women’s Champions League.

clip_image004FA Women’s Super League Champions – 2011, 2012
Founded: 2011
Arsenal Ladies are (quite obviously) the most successful club in the league’s three years history:
Winners: 2x.
Liverpool won in 2013.

clip_image006FA Women’s Premier League Champions – 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Founded: 1991/1992
In 2011 the top tier of women’s football (in England) was named the Women’s Super League.
Arsenal Ladies are the most successful club in the league’s history:
Winners: 12x
Runners-up: 3x
Second most successful club are Charlton Athletic: Winners -3x. Runners-up -2x.

clip_image008FA WSL Continental Cup Winners – 2011, 2012, 2013
Founded in 2011
Yes, Arsenal Ladies are the most successful club in this Cup’s history.
Winners: 3x

clip_image010FA Women’s Cup Winners – 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
Founded: 1970
Arsenal Ladies are the most successful club in the FA Cup’s history:
Winners: 12x
Runners-up: 1x
Second most successful club in the Cup’s history is Southampton (winners 8x, runners-up 3x) though the last time they won was 1981.

clip_image012FA Women’s Premier League Cup Winners – 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009
Founded: 1991/1992
Arsenal Ladies are the most successful club in the Cup’s history:
Winners: 10x
Runners-up: 3x
Second most successful club in the Cup’s history is Charlton Athletic (winners 2x, runners-up 2x)

clip_image014FA Women’s Community Shield Winners – 2000 (shared with Charlton Athletic), 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008
Founded: 2000
Arsenal Ladies are the most successful club in the Shield’s history:
Winners: 5x (okay, one was shared)
Runners-up: 2x.
Second most successful club in the Shield’s history is Charlton Athletic (winners 2x –one shared, runners-up 1x)
Held: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
Not held: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

London County FA Women’s Cup Winners – 10x.
National League South Champions – 1x (1992)
Highfield Cup – 1x (1991)
Reebok Cup – 2x (1992 and 1996)
AXA Challenge Cup – 1x (1999)

I told you it was a lot didn’t I? Exactly. As these statistics show, Arsenal are basically the most successful club in almost every single Cup or League.

Can we now start appreciating the Ladies a bit more?

Next posts –in no particular order:
· Arsenal Ladies – Squad
· Arsenal Ladies – Staff
· Arsenal Ladies – Player statistics 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 (so far)
· Arsenal Ladies – Cups, games, goals.
· Arsenal Ladies – Videos, collages, pictures

See you soon.

Arsenal Ladies F.C. – History

The ladies won their first major trophy in 1992 – Women’s League Cup – and later that year the Ladies won promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League. The Ladies surprised everyone, because they won the League in that same year.
The Ladies’ most successful season was the 2006/2007 season, where they won the UEFA Women’s Cup –as the first British club, the FA Women’s Premier League, the FA Women’s Cup and the FA’s Women’s Premier League Cup. On top of that then Ladies won the Women’s Community Shield and the London County FA Women’s Cup. In the Premier League, the Ladies won all 22 games (scoring 119 goals, conceding 10). The team received The Committee Award at the Sports Journalists’ Awards in 2007, in honour of their achievements. The Ladies earned a unique sextuple in a year where they played against mostly full-time professional players, whereas most of the Ladies team had a full-time or part-time job on the side.
The 2007/2008 season wasn’t as successful as the 2006/2007 season, but the Ladies continued to write history. They were knocked out of the UEFA Women’s Cup in the quarter-finals and lost the Premier League Cup final, however, they won the league for the fifth time in a row and they won the FA Women’s Super Cup.
Unfortunately the next season, 2008/2009, meant the end of a record five year unbeaten run in the Premier League. Despite that one defeat, the Ladies won the League and the two major cups that season.
In 2009 the Ladies were named as founding members of the FA Women’s Super League. They won the first season of the FA WSL. In 2011 the Ladies completed another domestic treble –WSL Champions, FA Cup, Continental Cup. In 2012 the Ladies won the FA Women’s Super League and the Continental Cup.
In 2013, the Ladies finished third in the FA WSL, after becoming League Champions for nine years in a row. Despite that, the Ladies won the Women’s Cup and the Continental Cup in 2013.

Arsenal Ladies F.C. were formed in 1987 by Vic Akers, who remained manager of the Ladies for 22 years. In 2009 Akers retired as club manager and became a general manager of the Ladies. Tony Gervaise took over from Akers in 2009. After just 20 games in charge, Gervaise quit, he hinted at interference in team affairs was the main reason behind his decision. Assistant academy director Laura Harvey took over from Gervaise in 2010.
Vic Akers managed the Ladies to winning the FA Women’s Cup 10x, The FA Women’s Premier League Cup 10x, the FA Women’s Premier League 11x and the UEFA Women’s Cup. This also meant five League and FA Women’s Cup Doubles, and four domestic trebles.
The Ladies went 108 games without defeat -16 October 2003/29 March 2009. Between November 2005 and April 2008 the ladies won 51 league games in a row.

The ladies have full support of Arsenal F.C., former vice-chairman David Dein used to be club President of Arsenal Ladies F.C.. When he left in 2007 Keith Edelman –Arsenal’s managing director- took over. Edelman left the club in 2008 and Ivan Gazidis –chief executive of Arsenal F.C.- is currently Chairman of the Arsenal Ladies.
The support by Arsenal F.C. for the Arsenal Ladies is well-known. Arsenal employed several players and staff members to develop and co-ordinate the teams and the club’s Academy. Both clubs share the Emirates and Nike sponsorship and the Ladies have been entitled to play at the Emirates –previously Highbury.

Next posts –in no particular order:
· Arsenal Ladies – Honours
· Arsenal Ladies – Squad
· Arsenal Ladies – Staff
· Arsenal Ladies – Player statistics 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 (so far)
· Arsenal Ladies – Cups, games, goals.
· Arsenal Ladies – Videos, collages, pictures

See you soon!

Diary of a Gooner: The Gunners will field a strong team against Chelsea.

EXCLUSIVE: The Gunners will field a strong team against Chelsea in the COC.

In the past few years, Arsène has gone with a team that is inexperienced but talented in the League cup. However this year, the league cup has to be taken seriously in order for Arsenal to break their silverware drought. The principle is the same, rotation will be made, but not as much as expected. Arsenal will be playing Chelsea, mind. This isn’t West Brom or Coventry. Chelsea have huge quality in depth which makes them a step ahead of tomorrow’s game. However Arsène has decided to field a strong team, but leave out the likes of Giroud and Özil due to fatigue and injuries. There may be some youngsters playing such as Gnabry and Ryo, however, they are ready for the first team, so it shouldn’t be a big problem.

     Now, do Arsenal have enough quality to beat Chelsea?
With the probable team that will be starting I don’t see why we shouldn’t beat them with flying colours. The atmosphere will be vibrant and the crowd will get behind their team. Arsenal need to win, Arsenal is a momentum club and I’m sure they can get through to the next round.

Probable line up : Fabianski, Monreal, Vermaelen(C), Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Wilshere, Ramsey, Rosicky, Ryo, Bendtner, Gnabry

Probable Bench: Viviano, Akpom, Cazorla, Gibbs, Eisfeld, Hayden, Zelalem.

Ree Rahman

They claim to be “In The Know”, but are they? – Part III – Results

After a lot of research, saving images, talking to ITKs, talking to you, writing about it, asking you to get involved, creating polls and most importantly getting blocked by several ITKs -my heart’s broken- I think it’s about time I show you guys who won/lost the 6 polls I created.

Let’s start with the three polls that were only open for 6 hours:

Who do/did you follow: 

Who do you still believe: 

Who is the best: 

Now for the other three:

Who was the most frustrating: 


OtherFrustrating

Who was the most disappointing: 

OtherDisappointing

Who’s the worst: 

OtherWorst

Do you agree/disagree with the outcome?

Also, a massive thank you to the one who chose me as the worst, most disappointing and most frustrating ITK, I didn’t even know I was ITK, so thank you!

They claim to be “In The Know”, but are they? – Part II – Followers

Thank you so much for all the positive feedback regarding Part I, this goes for both the ITKs as for people like me. I was amazed by how positive most of your reactions were, I expected that some of you were going to be furious.

Anyway, in Part I you could read why I started this and what the some of the ITKs tweeted. In this part I’ll be talking about their followers.

Let’s first take a look at how many followers each of the ITKs have on twitter:

IndyKaila

IndyFollowers

WayneGooney18/AbrokeDiaby

N.A. – both accounts have been deleted, but protected first, therefore you can’t trace the tweets

OpinionDan

DanFollower

Agent Jim

JimFollower

In case you missed it, he used to be a football agent.

Ben Fairthorne

BenFairthorneFollower

HighburyStand

HSFollower

ShereWillPower

ShereWillPowerFollower

DialSquare_1886

DA1886Follower

GeoffArsenal

GeoffFollower

These were taken on 12/09/13.

For those of you who do not have any experience with twitter, IndyKaila’s got the most followers and ShereWillPower the least.

The most powerful Arsenal ITK is Geoff and I don’t think there are many Arsenal fans on twitter who don’t know who Geoff is. Despite half of the Arsenal fans hating (on) him constantly, Geoff manages to (usually) stay polite even when he receives abuse.

Your reactions

Here’s a selection of the tweets I received:

Though most of you were willing to send screencaptures of the tweets, hardly anyone wanted credit for them, which I believe is rather odd, are you afraid either one of them is going to bite your head off?

I did receive a few reactions and there were basically three types of reactions.

1. Hate
2. Annoyance (e.g. Getting your hopes up, everyone suddenly believes every single rumour)
3. People shouldn’t take it too seriously and just laugh.

Alex: “ITKs annoy me, more than you’ll ever know. They also entertain me though.”
Rebecca: “I don’t understand why, most of these accounts are hosted by adults, do they not have a job?!”
Adam: “I don’t follow ITKs, I don’t want to follow any ITKs either, but you can’t escape their rumours, not if you’re on twitter.”
Terese: “I find it funny how they can lie to us, get our hopes up and eventually get upset because we aren’t happy and no longer trust them.”
John: “They should just shut the f*ck up, bunch of c*nts!”

What made me laugh is how you all attacked every single one of them, including Geoff on twitter. Screaming you have screencaptures of his deleted tweets and when I asked you about them I received about 600+ screencapture of Indy, Ben, Dan etc. and those who did email me screencaptures of Geoff either asked to stay anonymous, or it was the 42 million German tweet. Yet as soon as he turns his back a lot of you attack him, but you seem to be too scared to actually mention him.

How did the ITKs react?

Geoff has been rather supportive of this blog post and shared it with his followers, despite knowing there are a lot of ‘haters’ following him.

We tried to get in touch with Indy, he hasn’t responded yet.

DialSquare_1886, OpinionDan and BFairthorne have all been in touch and gave me their opinion.

DialSquare_1886:

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Ben Fairthorne:

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OpinionDan:

He posted a comment to Part I:

Ahh you fail to mention that i said Gervinho to move to Roma, that Reina indeed moved to Napoli when others said Cesar, I also went against the others by saying we were not going for Bernado, Gustavo and that Bender was wanted but wages were an issue. Oh and I mentioned that Per would be captain, even if by default, that one remains to be seen. I also mentioned Dein coming back and in light of new speculation that Gazidis could be pushed out next summer or sooner I wonder who his replacement will be?!

What 140 characters will never explain is reasons and what alot of people don’t get is how or why transfers come off or don’t. The info I get comes from the top, not some boy in the box office or press office, but those who make the financial decisions for Arsenal. I cannot reveal who it is, but what people have to realise is this.
When a player’s name is given to the board, when the negotiations start between clubs, agents and players, many things can happen for and against.
For example, two players. Higuain was agreed. Napoli gazumped us and Wenger refused to up the money for the player, another example was Rooney. At the end of last season he was extremely unhappy and his agent started talks with as many clubs as to who were interested. We asked for a medical, which was laughed about at the time, but players have medicals all the time, out of the transfer windows so agents, clubs and the likes can check on a player’s fitness. The thing with Rooney is he became injured and returned early from tour and then Moyes had a sit down with him and they have agreed to see how it goes certainly until January. Since they sat down Rooney got injured again, this time more serious.

To clarify, Giles is a made up name of the person I speak to, he is real, he is at Arsenal and what he gives is upto date info, but that alwys seemed to changed, sometimes hourly.

I actually said Cesc was NOT coming back, his agent ( Darren Dein ) lives not far from me and the speculation of him returning to England was all because his girlfriend got Cesc to buy her ex marital home in Knightsbridge which fuelled paper talk.

Cesar failed due to players wages, we were very close to the deal and everything was agreed in principle, but Wenger changed his mind once the wage demands went over what was agreed originally.

Suarez was NEVER about staying in the Premier League, he wants to go to Spain. His agent, Pep’s brother had given Arsenal wrong information about his contract, infact it was a subliminal message to clubs in Spain to let them know how much they would need to bid for his services. Suarez doesn’t want to stay in England so why would he talk to Arsenal. Yet again our naive Gazidis was led up the wrong garden path.

The Bale deal was indeed the trigger for alot of transfers, Madrid do not have the deep pockets they once had, and had to sell in order to finance the Bale deal, hence why we got Ozil. Again I claimed we were not in for Di Maria and Benzema didn’t want to leave Madrid.

Finally, i think you will find, I gave the Ozil as done on the morning it happened and said he would wear the no.11. well before anyone reported it as done late that afternoon. not that I wanting bragging rights or anything ;)

The situation Arsenal now face unlike our rivals down the road, is they never secured the replacements for players they let go. Look at all the players who have been shipped out, rightly or wrongly, and all we got was one world class player. Our squad needs to be improved and the board will see to this in Jan.

The other problem is Gazidis, telling everyone who wants to listen we can afford big transfers and big wages and we are bringing in world class players does not help anyone when sitting down at the negotiating table.

I think if you want to do a full dossier on those you claim to be ITK, atleast give them the right to reply.

Kind regards
Dan
p.s Giles says hi”

Thanks Dan.

Do you guys remember that picture of Dan arguing with the O2? It continued:

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However, HighburyStand, ShereWillPower and Agent Jim haven’t.

Poll results will be automatically posted tomorrow!

Thank you.

They claim to be “In The Know”, but are they? – Part I – Tweets

We’ve all seen them, even if we didn’t care it was impossible to avoid them… ITKs. People who claim to have inside sources at a football club, people who claim to be BFF with football agents and/or claim to be related to football players. They get our hopes up and disappoint us.

I decided to save screencaptures of their tweets, just to see who was right/wrong at the end of the transfer window.

Here’s Part I – What did they tweet?

IndyKaila

I think every single one of us knows he’s a fraud by now. For those who aren’t quite convinced, here are just a few of Indy’s tweets:

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I don’t even know where to start… Let’s move on.

WayneGooney18/ABrokeDiaby

For those who’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that Ree wrote a post about WayneGooney18, also known as ‘abrokediaby’. In case you are not familiar with either one of these accounts -we all envy you- here are  a few tweets:

WayneGooney18:

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abrokediaby:

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So boys, where is Cesc? Or Higuaín/Rooney/Fellaini/Cesar?

In case you want to contact either WayneGooney18 or abrokediaby, both accounts are either deleted or suspended. I guess we’ll never know why Cesc didn’t join and why we never signed a striker…

OpinionDan

Some believe him, some don’t. Here’s a few of Dan’s tweets:

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Couple of things, it’s Higuaín* and you were right. The deal’s done, unfortunately not with Arsenal.
Both Rooney and Fellaini are playing for Manchester United this season.
Arsène Wenger confirmed we were actually in for Suárez*.
Unless Cesar changed his name to Viviano, I’m pretty sure that deal wasn’t done.

Agent Jim

Apparently Agent Jim is a young lad living in Tottenham, supporting Spurs and Ipswich and he’s not “ITK”, mind you I got this information from another ‘ITK’ so I’m not quite sure if this is true.

Anyway, Agent Jim didn’t have that much new information. Take a look at his tweets:

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If the ‘kid’ placed a bet on you not knowing what on earth you’re talking about, I think he won. Well done kiddo!

…at least he knows how to spell the names…
Oh wait, Higuaín*.

Ben Fairthorne

We all know this guy, right? If you don’t, you’re probably not on twitter. If you are and you somehow managed to avoid this guy, you deserve an award. Well done, take a bow!

Check out some of his tweets:

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Le sigh.
Keep up the good work Ben, you’re doing great!

HighburyStand

For your information, this guy claims to have Pat Rice in his list of contacts on his phone. Just so you know, here’s what his sources told him:

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Three things. 1. Who’s Gamez? 2. I think Gustavo really did prefer Wolfsburg 3. What happened to Suárez?

Nice try though,

ShereWillPower

You introduced me to this guy. Here are two of his tweets:

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WIlliams? No. Cesar? No. Nani? No. Gervinho? Yeah, he actually left.

DialSquare1886

Some of you believe this guy is trustworthy, others believe he’s worse than Indy. Some of you like him, others don’t.

Here are a few of his tweets:

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Is someone trying to be better than Geoff?

GeoffArsenal

Now that I’ve mentioned him anyway, let’s look at some of his tweets. Some people hate him, others love him. Some people believe he always has everything right, others believe he’s just talking. Here’s a few tweets from Geoff:

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Say whatever you want about Geoff, he’s always politically correct in his responses.

Others

There were more accounts claiming to have inside information. Here are a few tweets:

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Funny Moments

The Abou Diaby outside a mosque tweet:

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Opinion Dan versus O2:
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The Joey Barton to West Ham rumours:

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Oh and there was this wee argument between WayneGooney18 and OpinionDan:

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And people talking about it:

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Conclusion

I think it’s safe to say 99% do not have a clue what on earth they’re on about. Those who may have a guy on the inside make mistakes as well. Truth of the matter is, no deal is done until either the player, the club or the player’s former club confirmed it. Yes, speculation is fun and it keeps us all entertained, but is it really worth it? Do these guys really deserves this much attention? The worst part is we can’t seem to help ourselves, we want to believe their rumours so bad. I personally find most of the ITKs annoying as f*ck, yet after speaking to some of them, they were actually quite nice. Most of them think they actually have the power to change Arsenal’s plans, others genuinely believe this is the way to help fellow fans and to keep them updated and a few actually believe they know what’s going on, when they don’t.

It’s up to you if you still believe ITKs, or people who claim to be ITK. Please consider your heart and your feelings before making your decision and please realise that abuse is not the way to go. It doesn’t matter who it is, what they claim to be or why they do it, they are people and they don’t deserve to receive threats (and those who do, only deserve it because they’re challenging you and they want your attention, if you really hate them that much, don’t give them the attention).

Tonight will be Part II of the ITK saga, which will include your views on the matter
(you can still send an email with your views to ohtobeagoonerette@gmail.com)

More pictures will be added to the galleries throughout the weekend.

Thank you so much for all the RTs and Shares. Keep it up!
Thank you to everyone who’s sent me emails with screencaps, I am still trying to get through all of them -which is why more pictures will be added throughout the weekend- I received 1042 emails from you guys so far and hopefully even more after you read this post.

Don’t forget to vote on the polls!
Results will be posted in Part III (this Sunday) in which we’ll reveal who’s helped out with the screencaptures!

OhToBeAGooner(ette): Info on ITK Post and ITK Polls.

Heya!

I promised to upload some extra information regarding the post I’m working on…

The post is about ITKs, people who claim to be “In The Know”.

Over the last few weeks/months I’ve been keeping track of Arsenal rumours and those screaming them the loudest on everyone’s favourite social media website, Twitter. I carefully wrote down names, tweets, more names, prices and made a lot of screencaptures to use later on.

I personally think that someone should’ve done this earlier, because these people are annoying and ruin the transfer window for me.

What can you do to help?

1. If you have any screencaptures of an ITK tweeting about an Arsenal signing being “done”, “transfer fee has been agreed”, “completed his medical”, “will be revealed soon” etc. let me know!

2. If you know someone who has tweeted a lot of screencaps that meet 1.’s requirements, let me know!

3. If you want to have your say on ITKs or one ITK, let me know!

4. Share this post wherever you can, let’s make it a group effort.

How do you let me know?
Twitter: @EvaMcL3
Email: ohtobeagoonerette@gmail.com

I will give credit to everyone who helped out. However, I will ask you if you want me to post your name, if you want to stay anonymous, that’s okay too.

Thank you so much for reading this in the first place, and a special thank you to everyone who’s already worked hard to help out.

One more thing. Could you answer these three polls?

Love, Eva