The Aftermath: Think before it is too late

Just as some of us feared before the match, today's 8-2 massacre was a massive, massive dissapointment and many Gooners are rightfully upset and desperate today. There is no doubt that mistakes were made and change is needed.

But before you join the WENGER OUT bandwagon and take to the streets, don't forget some crucial facts:
- Don't forget where your club was before Wenger
- Don't forget where your club would be without Wenger
- Don't forget The Invincibles
- Don't forget some of the most entertaining football the world has ever seen being played by your club
- Don't forget Henry, Bergkamp, Cesc, Vieira, RVP, Pires, Ljungberg, Campbell, Wilshere
- Don't forget your brand new stadium that will allow Mourinho-like managers of the future to splash the cash and buy trophies
- Don't forget the minimal resources Wenger had to work with
- And please don't forget who the most succesful Arsenal manager of all time is

Your club was never as rich as City or Chelsea, or as big as United or Liverpool. The only reason it is competing with them is because of one man.

I am saying be critical. But remain respectful. I thought it was what made Arsenal fans special.

The future of your club depends on it.

Arsenal Champions League Group 2011

After the much needed victory against Udinese, Arsenal qualified for the group stages of the Champions League. Last night, the draw for the groups was made and Arsenal have been selected with Marseille, Olympiacos and Borussia Dortmund.

I think this is not the best of groups as we all know how strong Dortmund was in the Bundesliga last year and both Marseille and Olympiacos can be very strong, particularly at home.

Having said all that, we should be strong enough for a top two finish and qualification for the knock out rounds. At the moment, after the difficult couple of weeks that it has been, I am just happy we are in the competition.

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Arsenal in Wesley Sneijder transfer move?

This news has been spreading fast after an Italian newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport, linked the Gunners with a move for the highly rated midfield star. Sneijder, a long time Manchester United target, would be one of the rare players that would offer Arsenal a suitable replacement for Cesc.

The transfer offer would have to be quite high (believed to be over 30 million) in order to make the Italians part with their star player, even though it is reported that Sneijder is keen for a move.

The 27 year old attacking midfielder would fit well into the Arsenal set up and would offer much needed experience to the team. I still don't think it is likely to occur but after having the loan offer for Kaka reportedly rejected by Madrid, this is a player that would ease the stress of the Arsenal faithful.

Arsenal in Kaka Loan Transfer Deal?

Wenger is said to be turning to Brazilian star Kaka as a solution to fill the void left by the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona. It may be a way to add experience to the side while not having to spend a large amount of money on an experienced player whose value would likely plummet in the coming years. Kaka has not been very happy in Real Madrid recently, prompting Arsenal to make inquiries.

Arsenal do seem to be considering loan moves for more experienced players as Didier Deschamps confirmed yesterday, saying Marseille rejected a loan bid for Lucho Gonzales.

How much truth there is to these rumours is anyone's guess, but it would be a nice piece of news to provide some relief from all the doom and gloom that sourrounds us at the moment. Even though it would confirm Arsene's stubborn reluctance to spend money. If this move was to go ahead, Arsenal would have to qualify for the Champions League first.

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Arsenal offer Tevez-Nasri transfer swap

According to several UK media outlets, Wenger has offered Manchester City the opportunity to swap Carlos Tevez for Samir Nasri.

Both players want to leave their respective clubs, so the transfer offer is a sensible one in many ways, even though it is still very unlikely to occur.

Tevez has stated in the past that he would like to move closer to his family and moving to London isn't really all that much closer. Another factor would be that Tevez is valued higher than Nasri and would have high wage demands that Arsenal may find difficult to match. So I have to say I have some reservations about the likelihood of the deal.

What I wanted to ask is whether you feel that getting Tevez would sufficiently strengthen Arsenal and make us more competitive in the title race? Please comment and let me know. First game of the season today!

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Almunia possibly on his way to Malaga

According to unconfirmed reports coming to us, Manuel Almunia is on his way out of Arsenal and will likely sign for Malaga very shortly.

This puts an end to his Arsenal career that has had many ups and downs. While his performances might have been inconsistent at times, he always gave his all for Arsenal, worked hard and remained loyal and respectful to the club even in situations when many others would not have.

We would like to wish Almunia all the best for the future.

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Juan Mata transfer to Arsenal closer

As Arsenal fans come to terms with the likely departures of Fabregas and Nasri on the eve of the start of the new season, there does seem to be some good news on the horizon. And it comes in the form of a signing that is looking more and more likely as each day passes.

Spanish winger Juan Mata currently plays for Valencia. He is a player that would have an immediate impact on the Arsenal team. He plays on the left wing and would add pace, great positional sense and a few goals as well to the weakened Arsenal midfield. He is 23 years old and has already played a dozen games for the senior Spanish international side.

According to reports in Spain, there has been extended contact between the clubs in recent days. The transfer could occur as soon as early next week and will depend on the sales of Cesc and Nasri. I feel this signing will go some way in offsetting the current doom and gloom that currently surrounds the club and hopefully signal the start of more arrivals to the club.