Arsenal’s New Signing Is Vastly Underwhelming

Arsenal have started early with their transfer business, signing Granit Xhana from German side Borussia Monchengladbach for around £25 million, which could rise to £35 million depending on various add-ons, etc.

Just like the signing of Mohamed Elneny, it is another uninspired acquisition. Like the Egyptian I have no doubt he is probably a decent player but it smacks of hypocrisy from Arsene Wenger. After years and years of not signing players, using the excuse that he would only add players of “top, top quality”, Arsene has signed two players who, let’s be honest, no-one had really heard of before joining Arsenal.

Of course, just because they’re not a well-known name doesn’t mean they’re not good, but by the same token an established name is just that because they have a reputation of performing at the highest level. Elneny and Xhana don’t strike me as the “top, top quality” Arsene keeps on harping on about.

Unlike most Arsenal fans I’m not afraid to admit (like when Elneny arrived) that I’d never heard of Xhana. And why would I? He comes from a mid-level team from Germany, so unless you’re a German football enthusiast then you wouldn’t have heard of him either.

Both Elneny and Xhana weren’t cheap either, costing a combined £40 million (and that’s a conservative figure). We have money in the bank to strengthen the squad but why not buy established talent?

Midfield is probably the one area we are well-stocked and Elneny and Xhana are probably more likely reserves to players like Cazorla, Ramsey, Wilshere and Coquelin – replacing the outgoing Flamini, Arteta and Rosicky. Much more important to strengthening the squad would be signing a couple of central defenders and a striker who can actually score on a regular basis.

Unless Arsenal make some real top signings this summer, we are going to struggle badly next season.

Danny Welbeck Is Officially A Gooner – And I’ve Ordered The Shirt!

Well there we have it, Danny Welbeck is a Gooner.

And I’ve ordered the shirt!

What do you think of his signing?

We’ve paid £16 million for a striker that doesn’t have the best strike rate, but works really hard.

So is it a good signing for Arsenal? Have your say below:

Manchester United Fans Are Just Pathetic, Just Like Falcao

Last night it looked like Manchester City and Arsenal were in for Falcao, but instead the Columbian striker has moved to Manchester United in a one year loan deal.

Surprising is not the word – you would think he would have more aspirations than to be at a club that’s failed to win a single game this season and isn’t in the Champions League, but alas it’s clear that he is a mercenary of the biggest order.

Who else would join AS Monaco (a team in a rubbish league) and then Manchester United. Footballers get paid obscene amounts these days and you would think that ambition and glory would count for something – obviously not to Falcao though.

Unbelievable really. At least at Manchester City you’d be in the hunt for trophies, and at Arsenal it would be a similar story. But Falcao is just interested in making as much money as he can.

There was a part of me that did think we could bring in Falcao as our massive deadline day signing (just like we did with Özil last summer) but it looks like stubborn Arsene has got his way and will use Sanogoals for the foreseeable future.

The Manchester United fans are as pathetic as ever, constantly retweeting a post I clearly made in jest a few days ago:

However, the joke’s on them as Manchester United will still struggle to get in the Top 4 this season. They have Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Juan Mata, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao. Their signings smack of sheer desperation and how can you possibly accommodate all of those forwards?

The silver lining of course is that they are spending ridiculous amounts of money, getting themselves into even more debt and they still will miss out on Champions League football next season.

Have Arsenal Missed A Trick With Mario Balotelli?

Today’s big news in the transfer market is that Liverpool have agreed a £16 million fee with AC Milan for Mario Balotelli. The striker was linked with a few clubs, Arsenal included, and now it looks like his return to the Premier League will be in a Liverpool shirt.

Many have already commented saying it’s a panic buy and too much of a risk, but I for one think he is excellent value at £16 million.

Of course, he comes with his own problems but in some ways I think he is misunderstood and the fact of the matter is he is one of the few players out there (and available) who has that world class talent. Despite his moods, tantrums and inability to put on a bib, you cannot deny the lad has supreme talent on the football pitch (when he wants to).

With the right manager, and the right team, Mario Balotelli can be a force to be reckoned with.

So have Arsenal missed a trick with this one?

£16 million is not much in todays transfer market for a player so talented. We need another striker (or two) and for that price would Balotelli be that much of a risk?

It would be ignorant to assume he’s going to lose the plot like he did at Manchester City, and don’t forget he’s still young – and maturing all the time.

For me, we’ve missed out big time on this one and for £16 million it wouldn’t have been that much of a gamble at all.

Mark my words, come next May people will be praising Brendan Rodgers for his cunning in the transfer market.

Thomas Vermaelen Snubs Manchester United, And We Called It First

With many of the mainstream media outlets believing that Thomas Vermaelen was destined for a move to Manchester United to rejoin our previous captain Robin van Persie, we knew that Thomas would snub Old Trafford in favour for a move to the Camp Nou.

The main reasons for this decision were because of the style of football Barcelona play, which is not unlike Arsenal’s, and the exciting new project Luis Enrique is building at the Camp Nou. Also chatting with Cesc helped finalise his decision.

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