10 Ex-Gunners Who Found That the Grass Wasn’t Always Greener on the Other Side!!!

10 Ex-Gunners Who Found That the Grass Wasn’t Always Greener on the Other Side

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Are Arsenal simply too strong for their own good?

For a team dying out for a certain type of player, held back by the supposed-stubbornness of their French manager, it may seem contradictory to argue that Arsenal have too good a squad, especially when they continue to flounder away from domestic and continental success.

But Lukas Podolski’s loan exit to Inter this week re-highlighted a predicament that is covertly simmering out of sight at Arsenal.

“He said nothing to me. He did not call me or say goodbye,” Podolski complained to the Sun. “I don’t need flowers or a kiss from him but it is about respect, about saying goodbye. For me respect is important. I did everything for the club I possibly could have. I don’t believe I did anything wrong. I did not get drunk in a club.”

While that outburst is perhaps more indicative of unusually poor man-management from Wenger, the root of that problem lies in Arsenal having too much quality in certain positions, which subsequently creates a squad imbalance.

It’s good, of course, to have a big squad. Decent depth in the midst of April and May is essential in competing in more than one competition and weathering heavy injury crisis’. Moreover, having a good bench and quality all around keeps every first player on their toes – any step out of line and you’ll sure be dropped for an adequate replacement.

But there comes a point where there’s too much competition. Ask an Arsenal fan this:

If Arsenal have their entire squad fit and set out in a 4-2-3-1, who do you start with?

You’ll likely get very different answers from everybody, especially in that no.10 role, where confidence is dwindling in Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla is in a rich vein of form, and Jack Wilshere is injured.

But what about elsewhere? If, say, you start with Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud going forward, then you omit Podolski, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Campbell, Jack Wilshere, Cazorla and Danny Welbeck – all worthy candidates.

And that’s the key, these players are all worthy contenders, all of a similar skill level and right in thinking that they should start. It’s a remarkably different scenario to a Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo front three at Madrid or a Messi, Neymar, Suarez at Barcelona, where they’re distinctively the best players in the team and there’s little to argue about. Peripheral players there, and at Chelsea (where Mourinho has a very clear first XI) know their squad status. There’s no debate and no point of contention, which creates a balance and harmony.

At Arsenal, the competition between that group of players for a limited amount of spaces is excessive. And when players of an incredible capacity, lets say Chamberlain and Wilshere, are continuously left out, it will lead to dissent and divisions in the dressing room.

Podolski’s rant upon leaving summarises that perfectly. On his day he’s an exceptionally good player, yet in the midst of this Arsenal squad, he’s been shelved to the periphery – a status which he can clearly fail to comprehend given his ability and international status.

It will also stall the progress of any hot youth talents in getting a chance (look no further than Carlos Vela’s rising status at Real Sociedad), which could effect Chamberlain, Wilshere, Ramsey and Welbeck from maturing. Something that threatens the underlying principles of Wenger’s management.

The issue is yet to really become prominent because Walcott, Ramsey, Ozil, Wilshere and Giroud have all been injured for large periods of this season. But there will come a time when all are fit and, when it does, Wenger will have to make some tough decisions with some risky predicaments.

Sell and ostracise the wrong player (like Podolski) and the vociferous, divided fan base disagree, and there’ll be some heavy questions to answer, especially if the team fail to live up to expectations.

Wenger’s actions are already analysed microscopically every day. Having a squad of players that ask testing questions of his preferences only makes that situation worse.

It’s good to have depth in a football squad but there’s also a line. Arsenal and Wenger have well and truly crossed it.

Published by FOOTBALL FANCAST @News Republic

13 JANUARY 2015 06:22 PM GMT

Real Mad-to-get-rid as tears flow in Spain for Ozil!

There is obviously a lot of outcry about the recent signing of Mezut Ozil from Real Madrid following the recent transfer window last Sunday for £42m.

In this article published in the arseblognews they quote both the high and mighty within and without the club as they cry that Madrid may have been wrong to let Ozil go not even in place of Bale.

From the comments and reactions from even his former coach Jose Mourinho who had to cancel an imminent loan move to Arsenal from Chelsea for Demba Ba, looks like we shall be seeing some magic from the boots of Mezut.

So who is the ultimate winner, Madrid that sold and replaced him with Bale or Arsenal that broke the bank for him?

Only time will tell.



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Arsenal make club record £40,000,001 bid for Luis Suarez

I just couldn’t let this news pass me by!
What a disaster it will be for Arsenal FC if Liverpool continues to play hard ball and stick to thier guns and refuse to sell.
I keep wondering is Suarez worth 40m£ with all his antics and baggage? All I ever seem to do is just ask questions. Who will give me an answer I dont even know.
Wenger should have raised his bid for Higuain instead of being the usual toughie that has gotten Arsenal no where (my opinion).
Suarez will not play until October because he still has 6 out of the 10 match ban to serve. I wonder if the club factored this fact in when they decided to make this move. 6 matches can make a lot of difference to a club’s ambition.
Having lost out to Napoli in the bid to sign Higuain, Arsenal are now desperate to sign an additional striker hence this.
My question has always been who is better Suarez or Higuain? Depends on how you see things.
What is Mr Wenger’s plan B if he fails in the bid to sign Suarez?
Draft one of the young ones to the senior team?
We shall see.

Good luck to Arsene Wenger, Arsenal fans and goodluck to Liverpool.


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