Gooner(ette) Media: Arsenal Legend Pat Rice (several videos)

Pat Rice scores for Arsenal

Pat Rice and Arsène Wenger (football skills)

Farewell to Pat Rice

Arsène hugs Pat Rice and Gibbs blocks a goal

FK: Pat Rice is a Legend, and 3-3 Norwich


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?

Week in review: Monday (12/08/2013) – Sunday (18/08/2013)

I asked Gooners to describe last week in a tweet. Here are a few replies:
@oochriso: Worst. Week. EVER.
@prateekk09: pain, agony and misery
@ChrisArsenalCam: Diarrhea
@RyanSparkes: Devastating, agonising yet somewhat predicatable.
@Asif_Arsenal14: disaster tragic wakingupcall
@BobbyVertigo: Failure
@davearmstrong8: desperate
@GunnerAbdel: frustrating
@MahoosiveGooner: instantly forgettable

Let’s review this week.

Transfer Talk:
Monday – 12/08/2013

Tuesday – 13/08/2013
– Perez denied work permit
– Gustavo getting close
– Arsenal interested in Gourcoff

Wednesday – 14/08/2013
– Gustavo will decide future on Thursday
– Suárez signed a new contract with Liverpool

Thursday – 15/08/2013
– Gustavo off to Wolfsburg
– Suárez unaware of new contract deal with Liverpool
– Rooney back in the picture
– Arsenal interested in Michu
– Flamini to join Arsenal on a free transfer

Friday – 16/08/2013
– Gustavo signed for Wolfsburg
– Michu is not for sale
– Bendtner off to Turkey

Saturday – 17/08/2013

Sunday – 18/08/2013
No one can keep up with that

Confirmed News:
Monday – 12/08/2013
– Marouane Chamakh has joined Crystal Palace in a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.

Tuesday – 13/08/2013
– Arsenal XI lost their last pre-season game versus Colchester United.

Wednesday – 14/08/2013
– Arsenal has a new membership, and it’s free, Digital Membership, with access to exclusive footage on Arsenal Player.
– 17 years ago, Patrick Vieira signed for Arsenal.
– Aaron Ramsey is back on twitter.

Thursday – 15/08/2013
– it’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 20th birthday!
– The Boss said Arsenal will be active until the end of the transfer season.
– Josh Vickers has joined Canvey Island on a short-term loan deal.

Friday – 16/08/2013
– Mertesacker will be captain
– Vermaelen, Monreal and Arteta are out.
– Wellington has joined Real Murcia on a season-long loandeal.
– Mo Farah is World Champion on 5000m.

Saturday – 17/08/2013

Sunday – 18/08/2013
– Gibbs has a deep cut, Sagna, Rosicky has a problem. Ramsey has a problem with a kick on his ankle.

This week’s results:
First Team
Arsenal 1 – 3 Aston Villa
Ladies Team
Arsenal Ladies 3-1 Birmingham Ladies

Bring on next week!