Getting The Arse With Arse.

My mates and I were talking about the weekend’s football as usual in the pub last night (that’s both talking football as usual and in the pub as usual) when the discussion came round (as usual) to Arsene Wenger. The general feeling amongst us was that we are starting to get bit worried about Arsene. It’s now beginning to look more and more likely that he is not bringing any more players in – and that’s very worrying indeed. Our squad is simply too thin as it is. It isn’t a question of if we get injuries, it’s a question of when and how many. We are just three games into the season and have already been without Diaby, Denilson, Adebayor, Eduardo and Rosicky – and now Gallas is out till October for heavens sake. Since those wonderful days just three years ago when we were winning the Premier League undefeated, we have lost 14 members of that illustrious and experienced squad. Henry, Vieira, Bergkamp, Keown, Parlour, Pires, Edu, Lauren, Campbell, Cole, Reyes, Aliadiere and Llungberg have all departed. Replacements signed by Arsene have been RvP, Adebayor, Walcott, Eduardo, Flamini, Diaby, Denilson, Song, Gallas, Eboue, Sagna and Fabianski. That’s 14 replaced by just 12 – and amongst that 12 are a goalkeeper and Alex Song, and lets face it, with the exception of Cesc, none of them are in the same class as Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira or Pires. Before anyone starts sending comments that there are only 13 ‘invincibles’ (including Aliadiere) mentioned above, there is one more name we have lost who has not been replaced – David Dein. Arsene has made it clear that he wants to appoint Dein’s successor himself – but he has surely left it too late for this year and he is now even saying he may not replace Dein at all. Ken Friar may be doing a reasonable stand-in job, but transfer negotiations these days seem to be complicated and long drawn out affairs, so how and where is Arsene going to find the time to help Ken with transfers now that we are into the season? Is this the reason why we haven’t spend all the money we reputedly have available? To add to our worries we are now hearing from some sources that Gilberto is fed up with the way the captaincy was handled and is wanting a move to Turin. If Arsene allows this to happen then he really has lost the plot. No wonder I have the arse-ache at the moment.

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