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Arsene's Fury At Inter

Ever laid awake at night and wondered what that infernal noise coming out of nowhere was? You're lying there, everything is still, not a soul about. And there's this infernal tapping. If it's in the month of april or may, then the chances are it's emanating from a sporting director/manager/player from a club in Italy or Spain, busy tapping up one of Arsenal's players.

Like Roberto Mancini for example, who earlier this week announced that Aliaksander Hleb was one of his close season targets.

Well, obviously Arsene Wenger couldn't sleep that night because of the taping, and boy, is he pissed about it. Setanta Sports quote Wenger's friday press conference, where Le Boss put it shortly and sweetly:

Statements from inside the club saying they are interested in our players, without calling us that is not acceptable.

You would never hear me saying that. If I am interested in a player I go to the chairman.

The newspapers may have the speculation but for a club to come out with a statement like that and not even call... I think it is disrespectful. It is illegal.

But we have not gone as far as reporting it.

I bloody well wish that we would. It's been said many-a-time before that Arsenal's PR machine may lag behind that of ManUre and Chelski somewhat, and this would seem to be an area where it does. It's like an annual event - not a season goes by without some player or other being tapped up, potentially unsettled by underhand antics.

To be fair, I'm not sure if much would be done by the authorities were Arsenal to report Mancini or Inter for an illegal approach, but it might serve to make clubs think twice before coming round trying to unsettle and then snaffle our players away.

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Date:Friday April 25 2008

Time: 4:51PM

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Report the ********s, even if it'd probably lead to nothing. Still, we shouldn't encourage them by doing nothing.
Lou the Gunneress
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25/04/2008 17:40:00

Poor old Arsene, he never seems happy !
The Fear
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25/04/2008 18:01:00

What the hell is this?!??! &@&#@)#$*)#,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=959&cntnt01returnid=42
Lou the Gunneress
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25/04/2008 19:12:00

Oh geezus, Lou! I hope that's another one of Palmer's inaccurate predictions!
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25/04/2008 20:49:00

According to this, Senderos is leaving and Arsene actually has a spending kitty of £64m but is trying to keep quiet about it:
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25/04/2008 20:56:00

Didn't Arsene say just the other day that he was interested in Ben Arfa? We do get tapped up a lot but Arsene has no high ground on this one.
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25/04/2008 21:05:00

Lou, in one word, nonsense. I simply cannot believe stuff like that.. it just doesnt sound right.
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25/04/2008 21:08:00

What Arsene really said was that he admired Ben Arfa gunnerkid and that he is a good player. He said nothing about bidding for him, that was the press. Example:,19528,11670_3396816,00.html
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25/04/2008 21:12:00

And according to this, Flamini has made a deal with Milan after a supposed "deterioration" in his relationship with Wenger:
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25/04/2008 22:01:00

I know, that's crap! I know I can't trust Inter either, but at least some official news:
Lou the Gunneress
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25/04/2008 22:18:00

Keplaz heres another link:,19528,11095_3345907,00.html "If Ben Arfa is for sale, then we are very interested," Wenger told French tv programme Telefoot. "He is a great player and Arsenal is a potential destination for any great player." Sounds exactly like Barca, Madrid, and the Milan clubs do to our players all the time to me.
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25/04/2008 22:54:00

Did Arsene meet him for an ice cream though, as was alleged with Hleb and Inter!!!
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25/04/2008 22:56:00

That's the difference. Arsene praised Ben Arfa but didn't contact him! Of course that "praise" could be interpreted as "interest" and "indirect tap-up." But to go behind the club and get in touch with the player is another story.
Lou the Gunneress
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25/04/2008 23:07:00

another player leaving for a big club?
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26/04/2008 01:59:00

What like SOL eh!!!!!!!!!!!
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26/04/2008 09:54:00

Dont really blame Hleb if he wants to go... It was only 1 season ago that gooners were calling him a *****er and booing him..
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26/04/2008 12:01:00

Lou, "But to go behind the club and get in touch with the player is another story." This is not proven, so I guess I disagree with you all over whether Arsene has the highground on this issue.
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26/04/2008 14:55:00

Hehe the boss said the meeting did occur in Milan, and that nobody asked him for permission on that, not Inter, not Hleb himself. If Hleb indeed didn't meet them, it would have been in HIS interest to come out and deny it. He didn't. I'm not saying Arsene can convincingly claim any highground, they're just two different things as he hasn't gone behind Lyon's back and met Ben Arfa. Anyway, I hope Arsene can Hleb. I don't know what these players are thinking anymore, some of the deals that are going on or rumoured only makes financial sense and nothing else. What happened to learning curve and chances to win things?
Lou the Gunneress
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26/04/2008 15:09:00

Actually in this week's ATVO interview, the host asked Arsene whether he had talked to Hleb about the Inter thing since the ice-cream incident, Arsene said yes, still rolling his eyes. So obviously he's given Hleb a bit of talking-to. Whether you'd call that "proven" or not is not important. Everything points to the possibility that a meeting between Hleb and Inter did take place.
Lou the Gunneress
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26/04/2008 15:12:00

Sorry, typo: I hope Arsene can KEEP Hleb.
Lou the Gunneress
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26/04/2008 15:14:00

You need to stop the daytime drinking Lou!!!!! ;-P
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26/04/2008 17:14:00

I need to quit the daytime sleeping and daytime posting here too seriously! :D
Lou the Gunneress
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26/04/2008 17:43:00

I see your point Lou. I had kind of forgotten about the 'ice cream' meeting, my bad.
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26/04/2008 19:50:00

Well Arsenal always been the feeder club in Europe... thanks to Wenger :)
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27/04/2008 07:46:00


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