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July 09/10

July, Season 09/10

I would love to have said that this month of the season was nice, peaceful and quite, but no, this is the Arsenal and when summer comes around so do the vultures. The story of Cesc leaving stated, again, but this time disappeared fairly quickly. However this month did see two major Arsenal players, Kolo Toure and Adebayor leave. One I was disappointed about, but the other could not give a monkeys about.

On the pitch, we saw the usual first game away at Barnet FC. The same mixed bag of first team and youth players, and the same very relaxed work out. For Arsenal there is never the big money making tours of Asia or the USA, no for the Arsenal it is a training camp in Austria, mixed with games against teams whose name you can never pronounce, or would ever want to.

On the positive side, and yeah were are a number of positives, Bendtner has scored goals regularly, Eduardo is getting back and scoring, Rosicky is on his way back (slowly), RVP is looking more like a man and a star with every game, and Vermaelen appears well suited to the Arsenal way. Jack Wilshere is again on the fringe and I like every other Gooner believe that he may be the one, but not yet, for me, he should be farmed out to a Championship side for next season, or even a side like Leeds Utd, who play good football, for me Jack needs games.

One thing that has struck me during this month, is that besides, Man City, no one has really flashed the cash to buy that superstar player. And even City have bought from within the Premiership. Spurs have spent some money, Sunderland keep trying, but United & Chelsea have not really added anything fearful. I suppose the signing of Owen on a free is a coup, but we may have to wait and see with that one.

So July has passed, nothing too exciting, nothing to set the pulse racing, a little disappointment  in the departure of Kolo, some silly games with silly results and a month of boring headlines in the papers. Our demise is well predicted, in fact is almost set in stone, while Arsene continues to preach the message of patience and belief.  I think I have been here before.

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