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We spy on recent ex-gunners amidst Interlull fever

Resident Blogger : SimonSEEZ

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.

I have been better; it got me to finally….the damm Interlull. Seems something in my system knew there wasn’t going to be an Arsenal game last Saturday and then my whole body went Capish!! Temperature burning up and all, bones clattering in my system, screams from Mrs. SEEZ to keep swallowing all these different colours of pills and the subsequent ban from blogging activity till I recover, I even missed free tickets to watch Shaka Khan and Angelique Kidjo in Lagos at the Smooth FM Concert last weekend…(thank you @radio_activist for offering)…DAMM THE INTERLULL . My brother, the doctor says it’s some fever, the wife says its Malaria but I prefer to blame THE BLODDY INTERLULL. A little Arsenal game, maybe a video of Ozil training and I would have been just fine!

It’s almost over anyways and soon we should have a run of games that would really really test us, so sitting on top of the league and our champions’ league group also, all the vibes around us positive so this should be a good time to check out how some of the players we let go during the summer are faring. You know how we all check the ex-girlfriends profile on Face book to see if she’s happy and the new guy she is with and all….no need to lie! We all do it…So let’s see who is faring any better.

Andrey Arshavin (Zenith, released)

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And so it came to an end and we had to let Andrey go. Our one time record signing and club highest earner was released on a free last summer and he went on to re join Zenit in Russia. We currently have a plethora of players upfront though hampered by injuries and even at that the Russian would have struggled to get into this team. See his stats from his recent stint in Russia

2013/14 Statistics   – ESPN
TEAM Competition

GS

SB

G

A

SH

SG

FC

FS

YC

RC

Zenit St Petersburg Prem

6

4

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Zenit St Petersburg UCL

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Season Totals

6

6

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

GS: Games Started, SB: Used as Substitute, G: Goals, A: Assists, SH: Shots, SG: Shots on goal, YC: Yellow Cards, RC: Red Cards, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, SV: Saves, OF: Offsides, W: Wins, D: Draws, L: Losses

Verdict: With two goals from 10 games and no assists, have we missed him? No.

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace, free)

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Finally we got someone who would be willing to get him off our team. Phew!! Now all the folks who said Wenger didn’t let him play hence he did not have an opportunity to show his talent can see him flourishing now can you. He couldn’t cut it with Big Sam last season and is proving no different at Palace now after his opening game goal. With Giroud our only forward, oh there’s Bendtner! Wenger would rather play a 4-6-0 than play Chamakh in a premier league game even if he was still around. See his stats from Palace here

2013/14 English Premier League

GAMES GOALS ASSIST SHOTS
7 1 0 1

Verdict: Watch this Chamakh Video and it explains everything!!

Gervinho (Roma, £8m)

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Gervais Yao Kouassi seems to be a rejuvenated player or is this just a semblance of what he pretended to show us early last season grabbing a few goals when he was deployed in the forward position? The reason for his current form is largely attributed to his reunion with his former manager at Lille Rudi Garcia who seems to have given him some new motivation for success. We all knew Gervinho had trickery and some directness to his game but his decisions in the final third were far short of the quality expected at Arsenal and patience had run out.

2013/14 Statistics
TEAM Competition

GS

SB

G

A

SH

SG

FC

FS

YC

RC

AS Roma Serie A

5

2

3

1

9

6

3

9

0

0

Verdict: With our current lack of squad depth due to injuries, Gervinho would  sure have done a good job down the left.

Andre Santos (Flamengo, free)

 

We have a Spanish International as back up left back, which summarizes Santos’ departure from the club even his position as the cheer leader of the pack he inherited from Eboue has been duly taken over by Podolski. To be fair to him, he always wanted to apply himself at Arsenal but his talent failed him, maybe the league was too fast for him. He seems to have settled at Gremio and even earned an international call up.

Verdict: We are better off with him out

Personally wish Andre and all ex Arsenal players the best in their new clubs and all our young players who we let go, should you come good we would love to do a Flamini and have you back.

Have a great day Gooners!! Football should be back soon…

 

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