is Tottenham Hotspur the benchmark of Arsenal ??

Rivalry in football makes the game more fascinating. The rivalry between Arsenal and Spurs dates back over 100 years, and originated in the manner that Arsenal arrived in North London. Rivalry is good for the game but should a team place more focus on a rival team’s performances or rather in trying to win trophies.?

Arsenal loses the plot when they ‘set’ Tottenham Hotspur as the benchmark and always willing to finish above them, even if it is in mid-table.The #chokingCockerels as some may call spurs last finished above Arsenal in 1995. This should tell Arsenal that the benchmark should not be the rival team which has achieved lesser in history than the gunners but rather, the teams always fighting for the ultimate crown. Considering Arsenal’s shaky start to the season, 3rd place spot was a big achievement but not the spot a team like Arsenal should and must be proud of.

Chelsea‘s champions League glory yesterday means that there will be no champions league football at the White Hart Lane next season. A section of Arsenal fans preferred no champions league football at the White Hart Lane next season to Chelsea winning the trophy.  Another section preferred that Arsenal should have been the first to bring the trophy to London to Chelsea doing it. I preferred the latter because a team must try to achieve the greatest glory and by so doing will put its rivals in the shadow. Manchester United has done this for years and that has made them the most successful team in England.

3rd place is not glory and it is not success. Spurs will not play UCL football next season but both Spurs and Arsenal went without a trophy. Manchester City with their rich owner are now back into the picture. They are a great force. Chelsea’s champions league victory will enhance the club’s attractiveness in Europe. This can influence their transfers greatly. Manchester United  has always been there. Those are the teams Arsenal should seek to compete with and finishing above Spurs, winning trophies and other glories will come with them. Spurs are always going to be in Arsenal’s shadow.

Though the club did so well in the past years to stabilize its finances, it must strive hard to complement that achievement with trophies.

  • Arsene Wenger must invest tremendously but wisely in player transfers. Players’ wages must be improved.
  • The club must seek to retain their best players with lucrative deals.
  • In winning a trophy, a team must learn to be ruthless at times.
  • Rivalry is good for football. 2 teams can only meet twice in an EPL season, hence more attention should be placed on intense and fearless competition with the top teams.

Lukas Podolski has already been signed by Arsenal but many names have been linked to the club. M’villa’s deal is believed to have been completed. Hazard, Kagawa, Vertonghen, Demba Ba and Dempsey have all their names mentioned on Arsenal’s wish list. These players have their sights set on trophies, money and first team football. Is Arsene Wenger going to sign them to influence Robin Van Persie to put pen paper on paper to sign a new contract?  Arsenal has not lost its attractiveness but all these factors (trophies, money/wages and first team football) come to play in player’s decision in wanting to play for the club. Many players have been poached by Arsenal and transfers never came to reality.. Juan Mata, Gary Cahill, Alverez and others had to sign for other clubs because Arsenal was not willing to pay their price tags. Cahill and Mata will not  regret their move to Chelsea. Manchester City and Chelsea have proven that trophies can be won with good investments. Arsenal must buy but buy relevantly. Hoping Jan Vertonghen’s deal wont end up like the others.

Arsenal must make sure they point Spurs in the direction of the trophy cabinet where the ‘Finishing above Tottenham’ Cup will proudly sit……

congrats to Chelsea FC and happy Sunday to you all

written by Acquah Dave Nana

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why RVP will stay at Arsenal

His scoring form has been nothing short of sensational, banging in 30 Premier League goals to win the golden boot. His ability to assist too, playing as part of an attacking triumvirate based on fluidity, raw pace and direct running, has seen him have more involvement with goals than any other player in the Premier League this campaign.. He is the flying dutchman, Robin Van Persie. Firstly, he kicked off 2011, continuing to do so all the way to the end of the season, by breaking the record for the number of consecutive games in which a player has scored a goal away from home, by collecting one on the road for nine successive games.RVP had joined an elite group of players that had scored over 100 career goals for The Gunners – he is currently the seventh highest goal scorer of all time and now  the fifth player since the Premier League was formed in 1992 to score at least 30 goals in a calendar year.  well Robin has individual awards this season to his name for this tremendous performance..Now let’s get to his contract

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this is what the dutchman said before the season ended;


I have been at the club for eight years and I am proud of that.

I am a true Gunner. I love this club and that is no secret.

I will sit down with the manager and president at the end of the season and we will have coffee together.

We will talk about many things but I already do that quite often with the manager anyway.

Arsenal fans could forgive Robin for wanting to move on now if he decides to. He’s in his peak flow, he’s 28 and the clubs that consistently find themselves among the silverware are struggling to cut it at the top level HOWEVER

does van Persie owe it to Arsenal to extend his contract?

Robin who joined Arsenal from the dutch side Feyenoord has endured an injury plagued career at the club. Arsenal was lucky to have him play 80% of their season without an injury. The Dutchman could have driven the club to win several silverwares if he had had a complete season. The little Mozart, Rosicky is no different from these injury stories.  He currently extended his contract just to show appreciation to the club and the fans for their undoubted support, faith and patience they had in him throughout his injury spell. Such act i will personally call L O Y A L T Y !  This, many fans will wish RVP followed suit. Abou Diaby can’t come back from his chronic series of injuries to have a good full season and opts to move out when he was not earlier kicked out by the club for playing in fewer games. ARSENAL has had faith, patience and love for RVP. They have showed him loyalty beyond reasonable doubt and he has done same for 8 years. If he leaves this Summer, the retrospective on his career in North London will be a study of what could’ve been rather than what it was. Robin should finish what he’s started.

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At Arsenal, Robin is building himself a legacy. It’s rare for someone to have the kind of sustained purple patch that the Dutchman has this year, nobody at the club will ever forget it. If he decides to hand Arsene Wenger back the armband and head off to Spain next season, then that will be the defining memory of this year. Some good players thrive well in a team where they are made as the focal point.. Currently things evolve around the Dutchman at Arsenal. He was not as prominent as he is now when the club was stacked with so much quality. Patience and continuous development has brought him this far. He may be the same kind of player in a different team, maybe he may not. BUT TO EMPHASIZE THIS AGAIN, the Italian league is not the right league for him considering his injury history. THROW STONES AT ME .

My post is not to say that Robin will definitely sign a contract extension but to re-affirm the possibility of he putting pen on paper to sign. He, thus, would be justified—at least in the estimation of some—if he decides to leave to a club like Barcelona, a club that can guarantee him silverware.

If he decides to leave, he wouldn’t be short of suitors. Rumors have linked him with Spain’s two top clubs, and even with the cash rich Manchester City. Many call Arsenal the feeder club of  Man city, well those who do that have their own reasons but my own reason will be like they are on DRUGS.

Another monster has been unleashed at the Emirates, Lukas Podolski is hoping to play along the Dutchman and many hope to see this come to reality. Lukas is not a replacement of RVP but to add up to the fierce force of the Arsenal Armour.

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He said “I don’t mind where i play on the pitch as far as it’s at the forward”. Playing along RVP will be a great sight for the gods.

RVP is currently making sure that Wenger has plans to bring in new big names. He expects that Podolski will not be the only big name arriving. Many believe , the delay in signing is just to spark up the board, the club and the manager on the urgency of bringing in experience and big names.This is an impressive tactic being adopted by RVP since it will go a long way to help the club, and perhaps bring silverwares to the Emirates and lastly put smiles on the faces of the fans. If that is your reason RVP, then all Arsenal fans support you otherwise………

Arsenal loves RVP and  RVP scores when he wants, he signs when he wants.. Arsenal does not need Batman, they have Robin..

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Written by Acquah Dave Nana (DNA),

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Wives of Arsenal Players Pt.1

They may not play on the pitches with their husbands but importantly, wives of Arsenal players also play role in the success of their husbands’ careers.

know your players’ spouses

thomas R O S I C K Y – little Mozart

thomas and Radka

 

 

 

 

 

 

mikel A R T E T A’s wife the former Miss Spain Lorena Bernal

The Arsenal midfielder’s wife possesses true beauty..

 

 

 

 

 

 

robin van P E R S I E and wife Bouchra

RVP, Bouchra , Shaquel and the little Persie ==============>>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Van Persie has  a second wife ============> 

 

 

 

 

alex Song and family…

<== the little kid looks like Balotteli though…lol

lovely couple ————>>>

 

 

 

bacary S A G N A and wife

 

 

hmmmm =====>>> >>>

 

 

 

 

part 2 to feature Santos, Vermaelen, Gervinho, Ramsey and Jack Wilshere…

which is your favorite among the ladies above..??