Mertesacker reveals Podolski is curious

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Lukasz Podolski

Many things are curious.

Curious George, for example, the monkey who was curious and named George. Also, it is curious that Phil Collins has not yet been blasted into space for his crimes against music, humanity, puppies and music.

Another thing that is curious, and by thing I mean person, is Lukasz Podolski. There has been much, rather pointless, speculation about his future in recent weeks. In fact, The Telegraph ran with a story which said ‘Arsenal frustrated as Podolski set to see season out at Cologne’.

OF COURSE HE IS SET TO SEE OUT THE SEASON, THE TRANSFER WINDOW IS CLOSED, YOU FLANGEBRACKETED TWATS.

Ahem. Anyway, Arsenal’s BFG, Per Mertesacker, has revealed some digital discourse between himself and his German colleague. It seems Podolski wants to find out more.

“He has been very interested in the past few weeks, and has sent me a number of text messages,” Mertesacker told Sky. “I’ve told him that this is a great place to work and that Arsenal are an amazing club.

“Nothing has been agreed on yet though, and Lukas hasn’t given me a ring yet. That will all happen in tranquility.”

See, nothing fazes the BFG, que sera, sera as they say in Lower Saxony. And Arsene Wenger was asked last night about this swapping of texts between the players, a journalist perhaps fishing for a juicy tapping up story.

Wenger laughed and said, “I cannot stop Mr Mertesacker sending SMSs. He is free to send SMSs to Mr Podolski.”

Leaving Mr Mertesacker in tranquility to do what he likes. I hope he also sends sinister, threatening SMSs from a pay as you go phone to the Sunderland groundskeeper, but that might be just me.

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Walks
Walks

Merts is becoming quite a hero of mine!

AFC
AFC

Seems like the Podolski transfer is a done deal now! (source is generally serious)
€13M seems to me like a reasonable price.

Here’s the teutonic messitch:
http://www.sport1.de/de/fussball/fussball_bundesliga/newspage_527990.html 😉

Welcome to Lu-Lu Land!

Ace McGoldrick
Ace McGoldrick

“That will all happen in tranquility.”

Only the BFG can make that sound threatening.

Nikki
Nikki

What exactly classify as tapping up? Is what Mertesacker doing is tapping up because he get a text message from Podolski asking about Arsenal?
But is what Mertesacker doing is different than Barca? I know they overdoing it and resulting in Fabregas go, but on much simple terms, i think it’s vaguely similiar.

Elly
Elly

Not entirely wrong here Nikki imo. Obviously its on nowhere near the same level of c***tishness as Xavi and co. but still… Texting your mate and telling him Arsenal is cool and all that is quite fine, but talking about it on TV? maybe not so much so.
I hope very much Podolski comes to Arsenal in the summer but after the whole drama with Barca DNA et al, and given how outraged Arsenal fans were about the behaviour of everyone involved in that saga, personally I’d rahter not see even a hint of this from our club – we’re better than this, or so we would like to believe.

Josh
Josh

The difference is for once we are not victims of tapping up. If you ask me, about time we get some of that cynical benefits of football. I’m pretty sure his contracts runs out at the end of the season too so I don’t think it’s unlikely that he hasn’t been contacted by other interested parties.

To be honest with you as long as a club handle it with class, then I think its acceptable but when you get a club like Barca and Sheikh City that humps the legs of the players then there lies the fault.

e
e

Clearly, he difference is that Podolski would come to the mighty Arsenal, and that Cesc was going to the twattish Barca. Night and day (or rather, day and night, respectively) case to me.

Cromulus
Cromulus

Given the quality of reporting from these rags, I’m just surprised the headline didn’t read “Podolski bi-curious – texting Mertsecaker”.

Cromulus
Cromulus

Yes, with that spelling.

Mooro
Mooro

If the Cologne manager gets the hump and speaks out over this, would we then see a headline of ‘Cologne Boss in Per-fume?’

No, probably not.

ramgooner
ramgooner

per-fume and cologne!ah perfect!!
now i very much look forward to arsene going for skiing in the summer

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

. “I’ve told him that this is a great place to work and that Arsenal are an amazing club.”

I look at the word WORK and see Germen efficiency at its best. Then after it, I see amazing club and I see Germen respect at its best.

Camilla
Camilla

And I look at all that Per has to say about the club and I see a Gooner. 🙂

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

Will this be Auf Wiedersen Pet in reverse?}

bob's your uncle
bob's your uncle

fucking love the BFG! get well soon dude.
i can send you cesc’s mobile number so you can text him and remind him of his Arsenal DNA =-)

charlie
charlie

Don’t you think its quite funny how Cesc went to Barcelona because he wanted to fill his trophy cabinet, and his first season there also happens to be the first season Barca are unlikely to win La Liga in a long while.

Curse of the Arsenal departee…

Camilla
Camilla

Maybe we should send them Chamakh to make sure. And Park to join his cousin at Old Trafford.

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

Phil Collins is responsible for some of the best songs ever written.

Jammathon
Jammathon

Obvious troll is obvious.

Tom
Tom

He’s certainly drummed on some of the best songs ever written…

bopalula
bopalula

How’s that possible, I thought he drummed with Genesis?

Tom
Tom

Yep. He did. One that was fronted by a man named Peter Gabriel and not himself. To put it in context, it’s the difference between a team fronted by Robin van Persie, and one fronted by Marouane Chamakh.

Cromulus
Cromulus

Somehow, SOMEHOW, he drummed on some of the songs on the first Brian Eno record.

Trollsene
Trollsene

Steven Gerrard would gladly agree, yes.

AGunner
AGunner

get it Per! laying the foundation, nice one! obv they’re team mates in the national squad, and he must know what a quality player podolski is, so hopefully this summer we can do the business and add a bit more quality and depth to the squad.

Comedian
Comedian

I started liking podolski since i saw him in World cup with klose started liking him even more after he slapped ballack(i hate bollock).saying that i dont know him much as player just played with him on fifa07 he was good(that was last fifa game i played).

ontheup
ontheup

Podolski seems a bit old for a Wenger signing no? I’m certainly not against it if the price is right. And why ask Wenger about sms when the obvious question to ask is what was the purpose of buying Park when all he’s been given is 20mn of PL time? AKB and all that I guess…

gooner
gooner

Every transfer is a gamble. So they say.
Did you guys see park vomit on that badge behind AW when he was told he was coming on? Neither did i but i am scared to text djorou to find out. In case he passes on my number to Per M******ker, that BFG.

McBastard
McBastard

Arseblog, I’ve been wondering this for a while so just had to ask.

How much does RVP go down in your estimation for proclaiming to be a fan of Phil Collins?

BillyBatts
BillyBatts

It’s true:
http://www.arsenal.com/first-team/players/robin-van-persie/trivia

I’m not a particular fan of Collins work personally, but ‘Sussudio’ and ‘Easy Lover’ are notable exceptions.

Titty Bar Barry

This is the best question I’ve ever seen asked at Arseblog News.

Goonerhaea
Goonerhaea

It’s a well known fact that all geniuses are just a bit crazy. I’d put it down to that.

Roy
Roy

Ah ha.. I see you’re picking on Phil Collins just because Arseblogger does so 🙂 Aren’t you original.

AledoBren

I wonder if Arseblogger and our Andrew are the same person, Hmm?

Tim
Tim

“Nothing has been agreed on yet though, and Lukas hasn’t given me a ring yet. That will all happen in tranquility.”

Sounds like someone’s getting engaged.

Titty Bar Barry

Mertesacker tapping up players for us, sweet! Let’s get him!

Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t
Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t

Genesis (post Peter Gabriel) are one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

Period.

I jest.

Or do I…?

No, I do.

Or do i!?!

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

yes?

Good Omens
Good Omens

Do we care ?

Gunner1975
Gunner1975

In reply to Ontheup, the signing of Park was almost definitely an opportunity to increase our support amongst the far-eastern fans so fanatical of the Premiership and thereby increase the club’s popularity and revenue from the signing. Although I hoped Park could make an on-field impression, I’m pretty sure now that his footballing ability was irrelevant within the bigger picture.

Franky Knuckles McGuire
Franky Knuckles McGuire

@ ontheup well when you look at some of the players that have been brought into the squad recently arteta , santos , Mert , chamack and park are all in there mid to late twenties . and I think the decision to to bring in a few experinced heads has worked well for arsene. As for Parkthink he just took a punt at him but sure what can ya do !
Would like to see Podoski in a red shirt he has some left peg on him and i have no doubt he’d score goals in th PL

Mertesacker's Houseboy
Mertesacker's Houseboy

Get well soon boss, can’t wait to see u again!

Zack
Zack

Perhaps he could “accidentally” send a few of those texts meant for Podolski to Mario Goetze.

Mooro
Mooro

Apologies for going off topic, and also if this has gone up already somewhere, but you know the old saying, once a Gooner….?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWT0YyNMpUw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

haha! that’s ace. I like the trumpety blowjoby bit the best.

groundskeeper willie
groundskeeper willie

No, I would have to say nothing wrong with some parts of Phil Collins back catalogue, and also groundsman don’t like to be called groundskeepers, its our N word l. Other than that beautifully written piece as always blogs.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Flangebracket. heh.
Great post, as usual. Not really tapping up in my opinion. I mean, come on, what top player is going to stay at Cologne? We’re just getting in there first. I’m sure a lot of people will be trying it on for him as the summer gets closer.

Rodders1971

‘That will all happen in tranquility’…hmmm.
Is it just me or does that sound like a thinly veiled threat? ‘Sign here Herr Podolski,or your dog/cat/goldfish gets it’…?
Love our BFG!

critic
critic

” I hope he also sends sinister, threatening SMSs from a pay as you go phone to the Sunderland groundskeeper, but that might be just me.”

Burst out laughing.

TomC
TomC

Where is this place tranquility? i want me some.

Alex
Alex

“Lukas hasn’t given me a ring yet.” – Had to read over that line cause I have to admit when I first read that I thought it was about marriage.

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