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  • Draytongooner Draytongooner Aug 13, 2009 19:09 Flag

    Hleb - same old same old

    In my infrequent posts to this site I've often said that more players leave the Arsenal and regret it, than move on to greater things.

    Hleb has sat warming the players lounge at barca for a year and now back to Germany, at least he has been honest and spoken of his mistake. The money grabbers who have departed for the city cash are unlikely to do the same, Adebeyor is one of 9 strikers so will enjoy the workrate required from the bench while he counts his wedge. Toure looks set to enter a prolonged period of sustained injury as one of 10 first team defenders.

    The game against city in September should be a great test for the new pretenders. If we can keep it solid at the back AA and RVP should tear them apart. Bring it on

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    • The thing about Wenger's system is that the sum is better than the individual parts, and as a result makes the players look better than they maybe are. We've never really had 'stars' under Wenger - even guys like Henry and Bergkamp very much benefited from the system that played around them, despite being world-class talents.

      Who has done really well after leaving AW's Arsenal? Not sure that I can think of anybody...

      • 3 Replies to Derek
      • Done well, Maybe only Gio, Cashley has done OK but he is hated and his personal life has been in question, Silvinho done well but would have stayed if didn't have passport issues. Viera, TH, Pires, Parlour, Freddie etc were approaching twighlight years ans took bigger money elsewhere. Done worse, Flamini, Hleb, Reyes, Baptista, Senderos (its over for him really), Lauren, etc.

        The only AW policy I would question is not keeping the likes of Pires, Edu, Viera, Sol (what happened there?) around for a bit longer despite the costs, like Giggs and Scholes.

        If Eduardo performs for a whole season, AA continues, RVP keeps constant form, Rosicky returns, Gallas steadies now his enemy has gone, Song keeps improving and some of the younger players make a mark then we will be OK. Is Almunia good enough though?

      • Done well, Maybe only Gio, Cashley has done OK but he is hated and his personal life has been in question, Silvinho done well but would have stayed if didn't have passport issues. Viera, TH, Pires, Parlour, Freddie etc were approaching twighlight years ans took bigger money elsewhere. Done worse, Flamini, Hleb, Reyes, Baptista, Senderos (its over for him really), Lauren, etc.

        The only AW policy I would question is not keeping the likes of Pires, Edu, Viera, Sol (what happened there?) around for a bit longer despite the costs, like Giggs and Scholes.

        If Eduardo performs for a whole season, AA continues, RVP keeps constant form, Rosicky returns, Gallas steadies now his enemy has gone, Song keeps improving and some of the younger players make a mark then we will be OK. Is Almunia good enough though?

      • Done well, Maybe only Gio, Cashley has done OK but he is hated and his personal life has been in question, Silvinho done well but would have stayed if didn't have passport issues. Viera, TH, Pires, Parlour, Freddie etc were approaching twighlight years ans took bigger money elsewhere. Done worse, Flamini, Hleb, Reyes, Baptista, Senderos (its over for him really), Lauren, etc.

        The only AW policy I would question is not keeping the likes of Pires, Edu, Viera, Sol (what happened there?) around for a bit longer despite the costs, like Giggs and Scholes.

        If Eduardo performs for a whole season, AA continues, RVP keeps constant form, Rosicky returns, Gallas steadies now his enemy has gone, Song keeps improving and some of the younger players make a mark then we will be OK. Is Almunia good enough though?