16 August 2013

Daily Links: Let's Do This Dance Edition

Why are we wearing Hoops?
(Photo courtesy Ronnie Macdonald)
It's really at the point where I'm sick of all the transfer news -- mostly because it's all negative -- and I really want is the match to start tomorrow. I'm tired of waking up, checking Twitter immediately, skipping right over to The Guardian to see what good news lay ahead. Yes, you could call me a hopeless optimistic, but I believe Wenger knows what he's doing. Except, this morning, what I found wasn't what I wanted whatsoever.

Mikel Arteta is slated to miss up to six weeks with a thigh injury, just one of a few injury worries ahead of this weekend. With Arteta out, our squad is remarkably thin. The fact that Gedion Zelalem, despite all the talent he shows, really isn't ready for the big time, could be on the bench tomorrow as well as Emmanuel Frimpong, who's apparently still a member of Arsenal. (The Guardian)

Arsenal have officially missed out on the talents of Luiz Gustavo after he completed his move to Wolfsburg earlier today. Whether the underlying reason is wages, total transfer fee, or playing time, the fact he's not playing in North London and instead in Northern Germany, is shocking. (ESPN UK)

In the least shocking news of the day, Luis Suarez has spoke with Brendan Rogers, apologized and is now training with the first team, essentially ending hopes of Arsenal signing him. (BBC Sport)

In a perfect example of teams around us getting better, Liverpool have added Aly Cissokho on a loan deal from Valencia while Fulham provides some backup for Dimitar Berbatov by adding Darren Bent for a season. (BBC Sport)

Over in Tottenham, the Spurs are without their entire team as Gareth Bale is out for at least two weeks and could miss the North London Derby. If the Welshman secures a loan to Real Madrid, like the rumors are, then he may well have played his last game in lily white. (The Guardian)

The first Arsecast of the 2013-14 season is out. (Arseblog)

Our friends over at LFC Boston and its blog, the Red Letter, have their match preview for Liverpool's opener against Stoke Saturday morning. (The Red Letter)

The Villa Blog has some of the usual nonsense about Arsenal not signing anyone. The prediction seems to be because of this, Villa will win. This is funny because, well, because it suggests Villa can win. (The Villa Blog)

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