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Arsenal started the season as well as any fan would have hoped for. But it hasn’t lasted. It’s turning into another season of disappointment. They have only managed to win 3 from their last 8 games; clearly not the sort of form that can win you trophies. Now Arsenal lag way behind the top 2 who seem to be battling for the League title and out of the Carling. A lot of the frustration Arsenal fans are enduring can be attributed to the Gunners’ below par away record so far this season. The record so far is as follows:

Wins – 6

Defeats – 5

Draws – 3

That’s not good enough. Period. Arsenal have refused to turn up in a lot of these games. The last three defeats have been pathetic performances. The draw at Burnley was the nth time Arsenal were complacent. They took the lead at United, then gave it away. They took the lead at West Ham, then gave it away. Same at Alkmaar, at Burnley. Yet after each one of those occasions they say they’ve learned the lesson now. But no, they haven’t. Time and again they have given points away needlessly. One week they make you feel yes, the Arsenal that can win the League is here. And then next week you see depressing performances like the one on Wednesday night.

Ok, Arsenal are still in the title race but how many of you honestly think they can win it? And I mean honestly. Deep down most of you know it’s not possible, not with the players we have available at the moment. Buy more quality in January and maybe, just maybe, we will have a chance. Lets face it, with Almunia in goal we are not going to many keep clean sheets! So what we need to do is outscore our opponents. To do that we need quality finishers. Right now only Fabregas and Arshavin seem like getting the goals. Walcott is hopeless. He’s got pace, that’s  it. Can’t pass, can’t shoot, can’t cross, can’t dribble! Bendtner and van Persie are out. Vela and Eduardo only seem to score for their countries and not Arsenal. Vela looks like he can only score from chips. Eduardo’s finishing has gone to sleep. We need quality and we need it quick! Arsene Wenger admits it and he’s got to open his chequebook. I think even a cup tied player will do because it’s clear we stand more chance of winning the Premier League than the Champions League. Especially since Wenger has so much faith in his current squad just let them continue their run in Europe and buy someone world class to re-start our Premier League title challenge. I don’t usually do negative articles and I haven’t been writing for quite some time but I felt I have to get my feelings out. For now let hope for the best. We’re not out of the title race mathematically so we can win it. Just need better, more aggressive and fighting performances from the players not the uninterested performances that we have seen too many of already.

*This article was supposed to be on Arsenal’s away form but I guess I took out far more frustration than just that!

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Some Arsenal players tried a new game at the Arsenal’s Member’s Day. 3 on 3 football tennis! Fabregas, Merida and Song teamed up against Walcott, Denilson and Wilshere.

Now that Adebayor is gone I decided to republish an article I wrote about him back in February this year, with a few modifications:

Details of goals scored by Adebayor last season:

With Fabregas:
Blackburn – 3 (header + penalty)
FC Porto – 2 (header + penalty)
Fenerbahce – 1 (one on one, through ball provided by Fabregas)
West Ham – 1
Tottenham – 1 (tap in)
Wigan (one on one, assisted by Fabregas)
Middlesbrough (header from a Fabregas corner)
Manchester City – 2 (one on ones, both assisted by Fabregas)
Villareal (bicycle kick, still the pass was Fabregas’s)
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Without Fabregas:
FC Twente – 1 (one on one)
Hull City – 1 (header)

That says it all. For Adebayor to score you have to send him one on one with the keeper so he can finish it and only Fabregas can do the job. Barry, Ireland, Petrov etc. aren’t good enough to lick Fabregas’s boots. Even then the number of chances that Adebayor misses far outweighs the number of goals that he scores. If there was a statistic for number of misses, Ade would be at the top of the list I am sure! Adebayor scores (1) one on ones, (2) tap ins and (3) headers. To be a world class striker you have to do much better than that. We have van Persie and he is a complete forward but Adebayor is just not good enough. So 25m for Adebayor is ridiculous! Arsene Wenger has pulled off another masterpiece.

Last season we saw him hit straight at the keeper on one on ones and cushion the ball to the keeper from free headers six or seven yards away from goal. And lately he moves to the flank, receives a pass, slows down the attack by holding the ball and eventually gives it back to the player he got the pass from (This way he ended a lot of our counter attacks by giving players time to get back). Hard to believe a player like that cost 25m to Man City. Silly Hughes. He was more of a liability last season than an asset. The 30 goals he got two season back will be a once in a lifetime achievement for him. Mr. One Season Wonder.

The 30 goals he scored shows he has the potential. Remember the stunning volleys he scored last season? Oh and that goal against Villareal. Awesome. But now that he is playing for just money so the talent will be wasted. We might see an odd stunner or two but that’s all.

So Man City fans who are getting excited need not be. But one thing they can be sure of is Adebayor will probably stay at City till he retires. Because he plays for money and he won’t get as much money as he is getting now anywhere else. He is all about money.

So Adebayor, we won’t miss you. Go to hell. You never know he might be warming the bench there just like Hleb did after he left. City have Tevez, Santa Cruz, Robinho, Adebayor and Bellamy now. So he won’t get as much first team action as he did here. But then he doesn’t care as long as he’s getting the money.

Anyway, do you think a replacement is needed? If yes then who should it be? Vote in the following poll and lets see what the fans want now.

The training camp named “Campus Cesc” held in Arenys de Mar recently concluded. Fabregas, as the name suggests, was the host of this camp for kids between the ages of 8 and 15. Fabregas and the children had loads of fun as the pictures below show:

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Signing autographs

Signing autographs

Chatting with the kids

Chatting with the kids

Photo with one group of the trainees

Photo with one group of the trainees

Taking a class!

Taking a class!

Getting the training underway

Getting the training underway

Having a chat with a trainer

Having a chat with a trainer

Training taking place

Training taking place

Playing with a little kid

Playing with a little kid

Dribbling training

Dribbling training

And another one

And another one

The concluding ceremony... Kids getting prizes

The concluding ceremony... Kids getting prizes

Signing autographs again

Signing autographs again

One lucky lady gets a shirt

One lucky lady gets a shirt

A final group photo

A final group photo

Cesc Fabregas went to visit a summer camp a couple of days back at the Arenys de Mar sports facility in Spain. The camp is called “Campus Cesc” and will take place on the 4th of July.

Fabregas went there with one of his best friends Gerard Pique. The two had gone there for a ‘meet and greet session’ where fans and the kids who will be attending the camp tommorow got to ask Cesc questions.

One of the questions the Arsenal captain was asked was why does he not want to join Barcelona. Fabregas replied: “I would like to, but I have a contract with Arsenal and it is necessary to respect it.”

Another kid asked Cesc whether he will be staying at Arsenal or not to which he replied: “I am the captain, and rest assured, I will continue at Arsenal.”

Fabregas also took some time out to sign autographs for his fans.

Here are a few photos of the outing:

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Barcelona centre back and Fabregas’s Spanish team-mate revealed he has tried time and again to convince the Arsenal captain to join the Spanish giants and European champions but Fabregas has turned a deaf ear to all his attempts:

“I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to convince him! But for now, there’s no way.”

That must be the 432,124th evidence that shows Fabregas is 110% committed to Arsenal

Following is the shortlist for the Golder Ball award for this year’s Confederation Cup:

DEMPSEY, Clint (USA 8)
DONOVAN, Landon (USA 10)
KAKA (Brazil 10)
LUIS FABIANO (Brazil 9)
PARKER, Bernard (South Africa 17)
PIENAAR, Steven (South Africa 10)
ROBINHO (Brazil 11)
TORRES, Fernando (Spain 9)
VILLA, David (Spain 7)
XAVI (Spain 8)

So our wonder boy Fabregas has not made it. And neither has rumored Arsenal target Felipe Melo (and as most might accept he has not impressed too much in this tournament).

As for Fabregas missing out on the shortlist, it’s not like we care! This is a useless tournament. And Fabregas is just 22 (or is he 23? Oops… My bad memory!) whereas most of the players in this list are above 25 or 26. The fact that Fabregas played in Spain’s 1st team is good enough for us. Lets hope it hasn’t been a tiring tournament for the captain so he can be absolutely fresh when Arsenal’s season starts.

A lot of Arsenal legends seem discontented. Now there is another addition to that list, the double-winning captain Frank Mclintock.

McLintock feels that a major reason for Arsenal’s lack of silverware is the lack of money available because of the cost of Emirates Stadium.

“Arsenal have a problem with buying Emirates Stadium and I don’t think the money is there. Maybe the players are starting to recognize that as well. If there is anything positive which comes out of this, which I don’t think there will be, at least they would get around £40m for Fabregas which would allow them to buy other players.

“But you cannot compete with the other top four if you are always bringing through the young players and then having to replace them. You are having to start up again.

“Unless there is a change with regards to the amount of money they spend on players, Arsenal are falling behind other clubs at the moment.

“Buying the new stadium is brilliant but it is making us have to go back quite a bit.”

The legend went on to add that Fabregas considering his future at the club is understandable.

“I have been thinking that this could happen. I was concerned at the lack of money available to Arsene Wenger and started to think if Fabregas would look elsewhere.

“The squad certainly needs to be strengthened and I am not surprised that Fabregas has said that. It’s only natural for a player who hasn’t won the Champions League and is not winning the championship.

“If that’s not coming and there are signs that there is not a lot of money around, then he might start talking to somebody else.

These aren’t any surprising comments from Frank. This is the same man who said Walcott is useless. Then last year he said this is the worst Arsenal side in 12 years.

And Fabregas has said time and again that his future is with Arsenal so what’s the use of saying all this.

Cesc Fabregas has talked about how frustrated he is at the lack of trophies at Arsenal. And sticking with trophies, he won’t win one with Spain this year either. Spain were knocked out of the Confederations Cup by USA in the semi-final. Fabregas had a good first half and wasn’t bad in the second either but the coach was somehow not impressed and decided to take him off in the second half. Soon after the substitution the game was over as USA got their 2nd goal.

Here are some photos of the Arsenal captain in action:

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FBL-EURO-2008-ESP-RUS-MATCH 7Spanish playmaker Xavi Hernandez revealed the different type of people in Spain’s squad labelling Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas as “sleepy-head”!

“There are many funny players; Pepe Reina, [Dani] Guiza, El Guaje [David Villa], me…The intellectual is [Carlos] Marchena, the big eater, Pepe Reina of course, the sleepy-heads, [Cesc] Fabregas and [Gerard] Pique, and the womaniser, Sergio Ramos”

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