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

GoonerGolazo: Diary of a Gooner – Arsenal bid spectacularly low again!

Arsenal have reportedly made an offer for Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita after negotiations took place throughout the week. Vicente Guaita was targeted by Arsenal after it was seen that the player was keen to leave Valencia should he not be able to hold down a commanding position over challenging goalkeeper Diego Alves.

In a World Cup year players are always keen to leave if they aren’t getting regular game time, and with the mix up going on at Valencia, in deciding who their main goalkeeper is, I’m sure Guaita wants more assurances. So, in swooped Arsenal with an opening offer according to Spanish reports and a bid of £4 million was made. A fair price for a goalkeeper as rarely do you see big money moves in football for the goalkeeping position, however the bid is still a tad low in my opinion.

The bid did in fact turn out to be more than a tad low, it was ridiculously low after Valencia supposedly wanted a massive £25 million for the keeper! Now on first thought you may be thinking either, Vicente Guaita is a very good goalkeeper, or that he has a massively inflated price tag. To be honest it’s a bit of both! You can never expect to get that sort of money for a keeper however he is quality and I’d be happy to see him in the Arsenal line-up. But Arsenal’s measly bid doesn’t look to be very promising and I won’t expect Arsenal to go back with a bid of more than £7 million, that’s if we go back in for him at all.

It’s not the first time Arsenal have bid very low on a player before with transfer rumours always being spread about Arsenal over the last few years. In some cases our bid has been too low that it’s been publicly laughed at and then a rival swoops in to snap them up! In terms of the technique, I see why Wenger does it. It means we can try and get the player for the cheapest price available. The other club will more than likely reject the first offer and then come back with their own valuation meaning we don’t just have to throw random high money bids out there, however in situations like these come towards the end of the window, it’s more than necessary that we stop playing around and get down to business.

What do you think Gooners, will this bizarre transfer technique actually lead to any signings this summer?

GoonerGolazo: Diary of a Gooner – Arsène Wenger.

So much angst has been expended and so many blogging hours have been spent fretting about the capability of AW to do some business on the Transfer Market, and yet what are we talking about?

After 8 fruitless years or so, Gazidis has told us the club are now in the happy position of being able to afford new, quality players. Yippee!

We have all become impatient watching the big spenders go out and buy all the goodies in the shop with a plethora of top quality players ending up with Real, Barca, City, Chelsea etc. and all of them winning trophies while we end up holding the wooden spoon after buying Denilson, Santos, Arshavin, Gervinho et al.

But, so far in this window what has changed? We have only one token freebie player in Sanogo to show for it. Although to be fair we have made promising noises about Suarez, Rooney and various others rumoured to be ‘eyed’ or ‘trialled’ by our manager.

This state of affairs has made even some of the longtime Wenger supporters, including me, get itchy under the collar, and others to become genuinely depressed.

There has been much understandable grumbling from fans about the cost of season tickets in an economically difficult climate, as well as the increased travel costs etc, whereas Arsenal we are told are coining it with TV deals, gimormous sponsorship deals and money flowing in from our Asian fanbase, blah, blah. We have dosh coming out of every orifice it would seem.

But where is the pay back? Why have we started the season with the same squad as last season and sod all has happened with regard to transfers? As someone who might be called a Wenger loyalist, I have to agree that many of my fellow Gooners are on edge, and if the window closes without significant additions, there is likely to be an Arsenal fans summer revolution with boos sounding out around the ground at the first sign of a poor performance and goodness knows what will happen when we lose, heralding protest groups who will arrange marches at every turn.

The tom tom beats of disgruntled fans on the blogs should send out a wake-up call to AW and the Board that they must buy and buy now, but not just any old player, there must be at least one marquee signing!

Arsene has enjoyed considerable support from the fans over the years, but many of us will feel the urge to call for his head if this season peters out to being yet another disappointment as regards to trophies or even at least fighting for the top in the PL.

Frankly it cannot be denied that the Board have given Arsene a huge amount of leeway in which to run the football part of the club, and if he does not deliver this season, sadly it might be time to call for an end to his era.

@GoonerGolazo

Diary of a Gooner by GoonerGolazo: ‘A broke Diaby’ to ‘Wayne Gooney’, what’s next?

A little bit about WayneGooney..
In the world of Arsenal, the last thing we’d want is false transfer news that would crush our dreams when we find out it will not come to fruition. So why on earth do some people have the urge to make stuff up? Does it make you feel good? I doubt it. This is about a young lad currently named on Twitter @waynegooney18 . Over the past few months I have seen him change from a fellow Arsenal fan who was tweeting for fun to an ‘ITK’. Now what caused that? I don’t know. For followers? Maybe. His first Twitter handle was named @Game or something along the lines. He was lovely then. Few weeks after that he changed it to ‘@AbrokeDiaby’. Having close ties to the man himself I was not so happy to see the handle, nonetheless. Now what did he do wrong? Becoming someone he isn’t. In other words he knows f*ck all.

What did he say?
During the early stages of June, rumours had it that Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney were available to sign for Arsenal. Many reliables on twitter inc: @GeoffArsenal and @DLDN22 claimed that they could be at Arsenal this summer. So where did @WayneGooney18 go wrong here? He had basically told the world of Twitter that Cesc Fàbregas had categorically signed for The Arsenal, occupying the #4 and that personal terms had been agreed with Wayne Rooney. First of all, his claim on Rooney is wrong. I don’t know where he gets this info from- He’s perhaps related to Ben Fairthorne or Inderpal Kaila, who knows? Let’s just get things straight on Rooney. NO contract has been offered yet, but the bid remains in place. Expect no movement until a transfer request has been made by Rooney. This can also be supported by the Mighty Geoff on twitter. Now regarding Cesc Fàbregas? Everything he says, is complete nonsense. If he had signed he cannot train with Barcelona, let alone play friendlies. The last I heard on Cesc? It’s hit a snag, he wants to give it one more season, but indications from some other reliables on twitter is that it’s still a possibility,however its not DONE-SIGNED OR ANYTHING of sort. I suggest you to stay away from @WayneGooney18 claims as he knows zilch. In fact people are betting ridiculous amount of money (on Cesc to Arsenal) because of his claims and some may be disappointed at the end.

The truth about Wayne Gooney.
Like I said, he is a fraud looking for Twitter fame, that shall not last long anyway. Does he have info though? Really? No. When he started his ITK movements, he followed @OpinionDan , @Dialsquare_1886 and me. He constantly asked us for info with his ‘AbrokeDiaby’ account. During the DM conversations, he cited Opinion Dan as his source, which made me suspicious, obviously, This is because I was told, Opinion Dan was here to wind Gooners up, so citing him was not the best idea, of course. Soon after he found Dan was not so legit, so he did what most would do, which was him trying to out Opinion Dan, so that he would look legit. Since his source was fake (Dan), he ended up making new rumours regarding Cesar and Fellaini. Wasn’t soon after he changed his handle to WayneGooney, to escape from a few and so that he can start his ITK life. I have tried to frame him once but I failed. His stance was so firm on Cesc rejoining because of Dave Seager on Twitter, but he has himself come out and said he was misinformed..

So now you know the truth about WayneGooney, he knows nothing and I hope you unfollow him so that you do not get fooled anymore. It’s sad, embarrassing and desperate, so don’t give him the benefit of the doubt.

Transfer Gossip
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Lets all hope Arsenal have a great Transfer window so we can challenge for the Title this season.

@GoonerGolazo