Falcao To Follow In The Steps Of “Idol” Henry?

When Falcao joined AS Monaco from Athletico Madrid last summer, he said one of the reasons why he joined was that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his “idol” Thierry Henry.

Aside from the fact AS Monaco offered him mega money to go there, it was strange he made up the crap about Thierry Henry.

He’s obviously a mercenary and that is obvious. But that doesn’t take away the fact that he is a world class striker. Not just top class, but world class. And that’s something we badly need right now.

So want to follow in the footsteps of your idol Thierry Henry?

Then surely the next step is to join Arsenal and work with the man who moulded Titi into the phenomenon that he was!

Can Arsenal Pull Off The Falcao Deal?

Reports earlier on tonight from The Guardian suggested that AS Monaco were offering Falcao to Manchester City for a fee of around £55 million.

Does that mean Real Madrid don’t want to buy him? This would seem strange after they managed to scam Manchester United out of £59.7 million for Angel Di Maria. With Falcao in their line up, they would be the best team in Europe by a mile – although I suppose they could feel they have too many attacking superstars, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez all at the Santiago Bernabeu.

So that’s were we are, so we thought. Now The Guardian suggest that Arsenal could be in the running for Falcao, and all Arsenal fans know the pain from yesterday when the BBC were duped by a fake David Ornstein Twitter account and reported that Arsenal were in discussions with the Columbian striker for a £20 million one-year loan deal.

The problem Manchester City have, although they are keen on the striker, is that they are concerned about being within the FFP regulations. Reports suggest they would need to sell before they can buy, with time against them. Maybe Arsenal could put in an offer for Edin Dzeko? Who knows what’s going on behind the scenes.

The reports about Arsenal being in for Radamel Falcao are far from being based on any real evidence, with all of the major news outlets putting two and two together and getting five. The “reason” why Arsenal are in for Falcao is because of the response of Arsenal fans after the disappointing defeat to Leicester City this afternoon, and the poor performance from Giroud’s replacement, Yaya Sanogo.

The fans are far from convinced that Sanogo can filled Giroud’s shoes with any real competence and believe Arsenal will struggle without a top class striker.

But when has Arsene Wenger ever listened to the fans?

The only way Arsenal will sign Radamel Falcao is if the higher ups at the football club don’t trust Arsene’s judgement and bring him in without his consent. We saw what can happen two summers ago, when Arsene lost 8-2 at Old Trafford and brought in Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker, Park Chu-Young and Mikel Arteta. Even though Mertesacker and Arteta have done well for Arsenal over the subsequent years, you cannot say categorically that they were all Arsene Wenger signings.

So what does the next 24 hours hold for Arsenal?

We are all either going to be hugely disappointed when no-one comes in, or we are all going to be massively surprised when a player like Falcao or Cavani rocks up at The Emirates.

And if it does happen, like with Özil last summer, you will have to wonder if it was all planned just to get the Arsenal fans excited and giddy for the new season.

Like last season, it would give the club, the fans and the players a huge lift, so who knows?

There’s one thing I do know for sure though, if Arsene delivers an Arsenal team that includes Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez and Radamel Falcao, I will jizz my pants. Repeatedly. In my bosses face. With this face:

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Podolski Out? Cavani In? Falcao To City? What Are Your Transfer Window Predictions?

It’s pretty clear what type of player Arsenal fans want to arrive at Arsenal, but what are your Transfer Deadline Day predictions?

On the final day of the summer transfer window, Arsenal pulled off a massive transfer coup and brought in World Cup winner and Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Özil for £42.3 million, although the summer before that we had no excitement as no-one arrived at the end of the window.

The summer before however, after the 8-2 massacre at Old Trafford, we did have some transfer deadline day excitement as Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta all joined Arsenal. And of course, who could forget the signing of Park Chu-Young, probably the greatest Arsenal player of all time.

But what about this years transfer deadline day comings and going?

For me, after what happened at Leicester City and how Lukas Podolski was only given 14 minutes of normal time to help win a game where we needed his introduction a lot earlier, shows the bubbly German is on his way out. I wouldn’t be surprised if we managed to secure a last minute signing in the striker department and let Poldi go. Arsene clearly doesn’t have any faith in him (although I’m not sure why) and he should be free to leave.

But who are we going to sign? Falcao’s move to Real Madrid looks all but tied up, Remy has completed his move to Chelsea and the only “realistic” target (even though it’s still out there) is Edinson Cavani.

The latest reports regarding Falcao are that he is being offered to Manchester City for £55 million by AS Monaco. If that really is the case (although it’s probably a plot to get Real Madrid to get him sooner) then they are going to need to sell some of their strikers before bringing in the prolific Columbian. So that could theoretically mean Dzeko, Jovetic or Negrado are available for a quick sale.

Like you, I’ll be glued to Twitter and Sky Sports News to find out the latest news, but what are your predictions?

Do you think Arsenal will be active on transfer deadline day, or do you think Yaya Sanogo is destined to be Arsenal’s talisman for the foreseeable future? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Would Thomas Vermaelen Improve Manchester United?

Throughout the summer (and indeed the last couple of years) there has been talk about Thomas Vermaelen leaving Arsenal. For the last two and a half seasons, he’s been second fiddle (or third fiddle, depending how you look at it) to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, who have been generally outstanding for us at the back.

Whether that’s down to their off the field relationship, careful planning by Arsene Wenger or luck, the fact is the club captain doesn’t look like regaining a first choice selection.

Which in a way is a shame because he doesn’t seem like a tosser like other players who have left have been. He has apparently (according to Arsene) been the consummate professional off the pitch but clearly not playing a bigger role is painful for him.

And when Arsene talks about players possibly leaving, you know it’s just a matter of time before they do go.

Speaking objectively though, it’s clear he does have frailties to his game which led to his place on the bench; he gets caught out of position a lot and seems to be too concerned about “stealing” the ball from opposing players but doesn’t have the pace to do so – and is something The Boss is much better at doing,

Added to the fact that we always sell our captains (does Arsene plan this?) means he’ll probably be off.

And Manchester United is his likely destination.

He’ll be reunited with his friend Robin van Persie and be part of Manchester United’s new revival under Louis van Gaal.

But will he actually improve United?

He didn’t play much of a part in Belgium’s World Cup, and has been short of first team football for a long time. Arsene doesn’t seem to have faith in him any more and seems to be willing to cash in (metaphorically, as he’s probably only going to command a fee of around £5 million).

United will be happy as they would have “prised another captain from Arsenal” and play it as a major coup over one of their major rivals.

If Vermaelen does join United, it will be strange to see him at Old Trafford but that’s just the way of the world these days – our players seem to leave for United, City or Chelsea.

In the end, if he goes to Manchester then I think most fans won’t be too bothered – he’s a squad player at Arsenal, would provide money which could be spent on other signings abc probably wouldn’t improve United in the manner people would believe.

But what do you think?

5 Reasons Why Mathieu Debuchy Is Not Coming To Arsenal

There are many reasons why Mathieu Debuchy isn’t coming to Arsenal, and below are the Top Five:

1. Super Secretive Arsenal (and Arsene)

Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are super, super secretive about transfers. How many people “In The Know” called the Mesut Özil transfer? Exactly.

There’s no doubt that Arsenal are out there trying to buy players, but you can be sure that no-one in the media know what business Arsenal are conducting.

2. The media just make up Arsenal stories

Because Arsene Wenger never gives anything away, the media make up transfer stories. If we believed the media over the last few seasons, we would have signed Marouane Fellaini, Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, Loic Remy, Angel Di Maria, Sami Khedira, Cesc Fabregas, Wayne Rooney, Stevan Jovetic, Lars Bender, Yohan Cabaye, Luiz Gustavo, Ashley Williams, Julio Cesar, Karim Benzema and Iker Casillas.

So maybe we should wait until any signings are confirmed by Arsenal.

3. Discrepancies in the “proposed deal”

According to reports, we’re signing the French right-back for £7.9 million and he is going to have a medical next week. But other “reports” are saying that it’s not for £7.9 million and we’re going to include either Carl Jenkinson or Joel Campbell as part of the deal.

For something that is a “dead cert”, there are certainly quite a few discrepancies in the proposed deal.

4. Social Media

The problem now is people get a sniff of a “deal” happening and suddenly it’s confirmed as actual news. Twitter is full of people ITK – if I believed everything I read then we’d now have Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy in Arsenal shirts. But wait…. they’re not.

5. Debuchy is “worth” more than £8 million

I personally don’t rate Debuchy and think Sagna is the better defender, but if Newcastle know Arsenal are interested in a player then surely the clever thing to do is value him at a higher price.

Newcastle know we “desperately” need a right back so selling Debuchy for a relatively low fee makes no sense.

I put “desperately” in quotation marks because I’ve always believed that the coming season was all about Carl Jenkinson. He has been patiently waiting for Bacary Sagna to leave and how he has. Arsenal fans underestimate the capabilities of Jenkinson and I personally think he’s ready for the big time, and I think Arsene believes that too.