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"It was the winter holiday and I was back in Togo having a kickabout with friends when my phone rang.One of the boys answered it and said, 'Manu, it's Arsene for you'. 'Arsene who?' I said. 'Arsene Wenger', he said. 'Get out of it', I said, and grabbed the phone off him. But then I heard the voice. 'Allo'. F*****g hell. It is Arsene Wenger!"
-Emmanuel Adebayor

Season Starts Here: We aint gonna beat Boro 7-0

Well, since the introduction of the famous 'transfer window' a few seasons ago it became clear that the season starts after D-day. And I hope we will forget those two maches and go on with the rest of the season. I must say, I feel like a small kid having a remote control car without the batteries. Im so excited about seeing Gallas and Baptista that I actually forgot who we were playing this weekend. As it turns out, Boro will be our second visitors to Emirates Stadium.

Boro has always had weird records against big teams, our results against them last season says it all. We beat them 7-0 at Highbury but lost 2-1 at Riverside. The difference this season is that it will feel more like 2 away matches. Anyway, its hard to confirm that Baptista will play as he played nearly the whole match against Wales. I will though be surprised if Gallas didnt play, but will he play on the left or in the middle and if he does play in the middle, will Hoyte play next to him? We cant accept anything less than a win as I dont want to be 10 points behind Man Utd this early in the season.

Gallas has supposedly been given the no.10 shirt which was DB's just 4 months ago. I know alot of people have been saying that its not a big deal and that you should remember the player not the number but Bergi was my favourite player and I didnt want to see anyone wearing that jersey for atleast one season. People were also saying that Wenger gave Gallas the no.10 jersey so that people cant compare him to Bergkamp. I dont think this is the case as had reported that Gallas was going to wear the no.3 jersey before quietly changing the number on the first team page. Which probably means Gallas didnt want the no.3. Cant say im upset with him for that, the no.3 jersey is going to be remembered for 'Cole Saga' instead of the jersey wearer for atleast the next decade.

If Baptista plays, I wonder who will Arsene drop? I guess the most obvious choice whould be Freddie as he is not getting any younger but Baptista played on he right against Wales but didnt look dangerous until he drifted to the middle.

Also, everyone from Vieira to Ranieri have trouble believing that Gallas threatened to score own-goals it he was played for Chelsea. Still no proof but it looks like Chelsea's PR strategy just backfired in their face.

And finally, a note/warning/FYI....

The onlinegooner pointed out that the ownership of our club lies in the hands of a very small amount of people. And with more and more foreign $$$ hungry fellows buying Premiership clubs Arsenal look pretty tasty. Arsenal already have a huge fanbase around the world, we dont really need an influx of cash for transfers like Portsmouth and excluding our stadium depts we are pretty cheap at about £300m. Just a reminder that the Glazers paid £790m for United. Anyway 4 shareholders hold 2/3(66%) of Arsenal shares. The required amount to take over Arsenal is only 75%. Anyway, Arsenal lies in the hands of the following people:
So it wouldnt be hard for some billionaire to take control of the club. And im sure none of us want someone like Roman or MSI running our club. "The Arsenal Supporters Trust is actively seeking to broaden the ownership of the Club to more supporters as well as trying to unite the current small shareholders."

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