02 September 2013

Daily Links: The What Now Edition

The newest Gunner.
(Photo courtesy Jan Solo)
By now, you’ve probably heard that Arsenal have made the big splash of the Summer, signing Mesut Özil for a club record fee. The key thing you need to know is that we can thank our North London neighbors for this. Once Real bought Gareth Bale for whatever outlandish fee he ended up costing, they needed to off load somebody to fund that transfer. Arsenal swooped in and got this World Class “outcast.” Thank you, Tottenham! (Arsenal.com)

Even though he’s hurt, it appears that Poldi is still a goodwill ambassador for the club. He posted a picture of him and Özil on Instagram, which, like anything Poldi, should put a smile on your face. (Instagram)

Arsenal also have brought Emiliano Viviano on loan from Palermo. The club has a £5 million buy option if they decide they want to retain Viviano beyond this season. If he plays well, it might just be an offer they cannot refuse. (Arsenal)

In other transfer news, the Demba Ba loan deal fell apart, when Arsenal balked at the loan fee of £3 million. I guess we can’t have everything.  (Fox Sports)
Sick of the transfer window and still want to revel in Arsenal’s North London Derby victory? I recommend you read this Jonathan Wilson piece on how Arsenal’s midfield won the game. HINT: The midfield owned. (Who Scored)

Similarly, Michael Cox of Zonal Marking writes about Santi Cazorla helping Arsenal overload the midfield and making a difference with his through balls. Y button all day. (The Guardian)

Also in the North London Derby, Mathieu Flamini made his return to Arsenal, and NBC Sports’ Joe Prince-Wright reckons that he is exactly the grit that Arsenal need. Basically, our midfield is good and we’re adding a World Class central attacking midfielder. I feel good, do you feel good? (NBC Sports)

If you were worried about Jack Wilshere coming off yesterday, you need not worry about it. Wilshere was just sick with the same stomach bug that Bacary Sagna had. We’re not laughing ourselves to bits about this one though. (The Daily Mirror)

However, you should be worried that Wilshere has joined the England squad for the International break though. Hey, I only specified that you didn’t have to be worried about that injury! (Twitter)

Anyway, International break means no Arsenal game this weekend. We will still be pumping out content this week, so be on the lookout!


  1. Man, I can't wait to get a glimpse of him in the red and white.

  2. John Cross reported it was Mourinho who pulled the plug, not the sticking point of loan fee. I'll take his track record over Fox Sports.

    1. I heard that too. He'll land in Italy at the end of the year.

    2. Mourinho or Ba? :)

      Seemed like Chelsea wanted to loan Ba to anywhere but Arsenal and Ba didn't want to go anywhere but Arsenal.