Transfer Deadline Day – Ozil and Ba for Arsenal?

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ARSENAL fans must be feeling like top transfers are a bit like buses today, after waiting all summer for a big name and then Mesut Ozil and Demba Ba come along.
Rumours are rife that the capture of Real Madrid’s German international Ozil is all but a done deal, with personal terms and a 50m Euro price tag already arranged – smashing Arsenal’s previous transfer record by around £30m.
And now it is believed that Chelsea are in talks with The Gunners over a loan deal to allow Ba to move across London.
Exciting attacking moves for Wenger’s men.


January sales are the business

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January’s transfer window has not been open a week and already some serious business has been done.
Now I’ll admit that these first few days of the year I’ve had my eye off the ball – but my god, some amazing transfers have not only been done already, but already seen rewards on the pitch.
Chief among these must be the scooping up of Demba Ba by Chelsea, he’s already netted a brace on his debut!
In addition, Joe Cole looked the business once again for West Ham, who also have added Marouane Chamakh to their stable of strikers, Wigan have bagged Roger Espinoza, Chelsea’s Danuiel Sturridge has joined Liverpool, while English fans will be keen to see how the dual-heritage German performs for Spurs after his switch from Schalke.
And the surprise star signing of the window could yet be the awesome marauding French full-back Mathieu Debuchy, whose signiature could revitalise Newcastle’s season yet.
That’s all in less than a week! If things carry on this way, an already explosive Premier League season could be braced to get even better – teams and players may not like them, but from a fan’s perspective, god bless the transfer window.

Goaltastic Season Survey results

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THE votes are in, the results have been counted – granted, it’ didn’t take very long – and here are the results of the inaugral Goaltastic season survey.
A few names dominate the player of the year categories.
Domestically, it was a landslide for Robin van Persie, while worldwide, Lionel Messi destroyed the competition in the surveys takes as well as on the field.
The signing of the season however split the vote – with the names of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Newcastle’s Demba Ba and Spurs’ Scott Parker all topping the poll.
Most entertaining vote saw Mario Balotelli pipping City teammate David Silva and Gunner Robin van Persie, with the Dutchman also jointly topping success of the season, alongside Swansea City and Antonio Valencia of Manchester United.
Three teams were named as flops – winner Liverpool, followed by Aston Villa and Wolves.
And the answer to who would you like to see playing in the Premier League next season?
Santos’ Neymar and Messi were the favourites – altough an honourable mention must go to the answer Leeds United!

PFA Players’ Player of the Year shortlist unveiled

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THE pros have spoken…
The shortlisted six for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award for 2011-12 have been selected.
The players up for the gong are Sergio Aguero (Man City), Joe Hart (Man City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), and David Silva (Man City).
My verdict – Robin van Persie has been phenomenal this season, keeping his glass legs intact and blowing away the competition in the process.
However it is a little sad that the undersung likes of Tim Krul, Demba Ba, Michael Vorm etc. have been shaded out by ‘big club’ players overall.
What say you, dear readers?

Goaltastic Fantasy Football League – Gameweek 27

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IT WAS a mixed bag for fantasy managers this gameweek – with injuries to the likes of Gareth Bale, rotation from players like Sergio Aguero, red mists from the Stephane Sessegnons of this world and missed penalties, Ba, undoing the good work of the likes of sharpshooters Robin van Persie and Clint Dempsey.
As a result, the league has more red arrows than an RAF flypast, including previous league leader Bangkok Foxes who drops to second place.
Debbie Does Gallas moves up to first as a result.
Other risers include Ruff Tuff Bluff Stuf (3), The Boss XI (6), CescforBarca (13), alien resurrection (16), my 11 (17) and VZ Vampires (20).
Top scorer this week was Kaz Kyiev (23) with a massive 84 points – contrasting to the lowest score of 13 from 66th placed Faux Pas Rangers.