Arsenal FC Thread [2012/13]

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A thread for the 2012/13 season

Year Founded - 1886

Ground - Emirates Stadium [Capacity: 60,361 | Dimensions - Length: 105 m, Width: 68 m]

Opened - 22 July, 2006




English Premier League (First Divison until 1992) [13] - 1930/31, 1932/33, 1933/34, 1934/35, 1937/38, 1947/48, 1952/53, 1970/71, 1988/89, 1990/91, 1997/98, 2001/02, 2003/04

FA Cup [10] - 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005

League Cup [2] - 1987,1993

Community Shield [12] - 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1991 (shared), 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004


UEFA Cup Winners' Cup - 1994

UEFA Europa League (as Inter-Cities Fairs Cup) - 1970



Chairman - Peter Hill-Wood
Chief Executive - Ivan Gazidis


Manager - Arsène Wenger
Assist. Manager - Steve Bould
1st Team Coaches - Boro Primorac & Neil Banfield
Reserve Team Coach - Terry Burton



1. Wojciech Szczesny
21. Lukasz Fabianski
24. Vito Mannone


3. Bacary Sagna
4. Per Mertesacker
5. Thomas Vermaelen (C)
6. Laurent Koscielny
11. André Santos
18. Sébastien Squillaci
20. Johan Djourou
25. Carl Jenkinson
28. Kieran Gibbs
35. Kyle Bartley


2. Abou Diaby
7. Tomáš Rosický
8. Mikel Arteta (VC)
10. Carlos Wilshere
16. Aaron Ramsey
17. Alexandre Song
19. Santi Cazorla
22. Francis Coquelin
26. Emmanuel Frimpong


9. Lukas Podolski
12. Olivier Giroud
14. Theo Walcott
15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
23. Andrei Arshavin
27. Gervinho
29. Marouane Chamakh
30. Park Ju-Young
52. Nicklas Bendtner



Lukas Podolski from 1. FC Köln

Olivier Giroud from Montpellier HSC

Santi Cazorla from Málaga CF


Denílson to São Paulo FC (season long loan)

Joel Campbell to Real Betis (season long loan)

Carlos Vela to Real Sociedad

Mamuel Almunia to Watford

Robin van Persie to Manchester United
Guardian says we want a loan with option to buy for Sahin but Liverpool wants him too (Mourinho and Rodgers have a good relationship from Chelsea days). There might also be some trouble with Song, since he wants to see what offers are available for him from other teams before he gives a new deal consideration.


But we must take them a star, they took us Toral and Bellerín. None wants to break with tradition.


ShiftyPowers;3284718 said:
Oh please. Song is good, but he's not that good.

Well, neither are Mascherano, Chygrynskiy, Pedro, Cuenca, Maxwell, Pinto, Keita, Tello, Cáceres, Nolito, Bojan, Jeffrén, Soriano... No team can be made up of Messis and Iniestas.


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Mascherano definitely was. Most of those other guys are youth team products. If you're going to go outside the club, go big.


Oh and tits.
I think Song can be replaced but we shouldn't sell unless Barca give us Mascherano in return or put in a very significant offer. Signing Sahin on loan to replace a different player in Song doesn't make much sense to me....I'd rather we get M'vila then or similar on a permanent deal. Or sign both Sahin and M'vila? too greedy?

I do appreciate Song has MASSIVELY improved and has really done well in bigger games since his goal against Chelsea. Think there is a problem with his motivation(his level can drop against lesser opposition) and discipline positionally but get the feeling he would really shine in a well drilled team. He is one of the few without injury troubles and is our only physically strong midfielder while he can play CB well I think. I'd rather we keep all of our starting line up and strengthen.


Oh and tits.
ShiftyPowers;3284742 said:
Mascherano definitely was. Most of those other guys are youth team products. If you're going to go outside the club, go big.

I guess they just want some back up for holding midfield and central defense.


Oh and tits.
We were linked to Nicolas N'koulou of OM but its most likely bs. He is a player I really rate(Barcelona would do well to get him as a future Puyol replacement-yeah, I think he is that good) and he can play rb as well but his best position is cb where he plays similar to we should forget about if there is any truth in this and rather get an actual full back.

Think we should promote Ignasi Miquel at cb- sounds crazy but I am quietly optimistic that we might have the perfect partner for Koscielny. Not saying he should be a starter straight away next season but we should promote him and give him some more chances or send him on loan to Bolton where he can play.


Oh and tits.
Jaboldinho;3284860 said:
Yeah, we're not giving you Mascherano for Song...

we can still ask though I guess and tell them Song has a cooler hairstyle! Bet Mascherano can't wait to leave Barca for Arsenal but still...what harm is their to ask? and if not pay some serious cash or **** off!

what of Toulalan if Song left? we could Cazorla him, can't we?
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