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Is Arjen Robben worth a punt? Here are some stats

The Arjen Robben story continues to gather steam, especially now that Wesley Sneijder has reportedly agreed a five year deal with Inter.

Robben, best known for being a crock — aside from being among the few creative outlets in a Chelsea team — also shone during his spell in Real Madrid. He is on the right side of 26, in keeping with our policy to sign ‘younger players’. However questions need to be asked on whether we need another creative winger instead of a dominant central midfielder. There is little doubting Robben’s ability and credentials. However, we must keep his injury history, what it means for our wingers, namely Nani and Valencia who’ve been promising and the price for the player. If this ever were to happen, Nani would be most worried because he currently occupies the left wing. [Robben has also been known to function as a right winger who can cut in, but in this current United side, that would sound contradictory to Ferguson’s pre-season pronouncements.]

Robben would be a fantastic addition, if he can stay fit. [Keeping in mind we’ve signed Owen, this will be another potential crock we’re signing.] But it won’t really address the key issues with the side.

Here’s a summary of his appearance records for Chelsea and Real Madrid [inclusive of league, cup and European appearances]. It must be noted that was one of Mourinho’s untouchables which meant he invariably started if fit (as well as a sure starter for Real Madrid when fit.)

Chelsea

04/05
Started 17
Sub 9
Total: 26

05/06
Started 31
Sub: 9
Total: 40

06/07
Started: 24
Sub: 13
Total: 37

Real Madrid

07/08
Started: 14
Sub: 12
Total: 26

08/09
Started: 30
Sub: 5
Total: 35

Update: Guillem Balague, who professes intimate knowledge of transfers pertaining to La Liga (although I’ve found most of his claims rather dodgy), says Real have received no bids for Robben:

As far as a move for Arjen Robben is concerned, at this moment in time, Real Madrid have received no offers for the Dutch winger from Manchester United – however, the player`s agent has been in touch with the Spanish club in the last few days to clarify Madrid`s asking price, should another club be about to make a bid.

91 Comments

91 Comments

  1. Monkwahhdo

    27 August 2009 at 11:54

    Hi ALL,
    Robben is injury prone simple as, Mikey played 30 games last season at NEWCASTLE, according to the stats above Robbens games include all cups and league appearances which Mickey only had the league and the odd cup game before the castle was toppled out of the cups. We currently play around 60 games a season give or take a few depending on success. Being available for just half is not good enough espaecially for someone who is supposed to be a great player.

    We do not want Robben nor do we need him. Wes yes!! Arjen hell no!!!

  2. believe

    27 August 2009 at 12:13

    About fergie
    The most amazing quality our manager has, is winning trophies,with mediocre teams. i firmly believe he could inherit harry redknapps squad (tottenham) and win the league with them!
    this team we are fielding now, by manchester uniteds standard is poor!
    We have no right back, the entire midfield four is ideally not good enough, the goal keeper is decaying! the strike force is missing a consistent striker, that should ideally pair up with either dimitar or wazza! as both of them like to play upfront with the tenddency to drop deep to create.
    i wont be suprised if we win another title this year. but for champions league, not a chance in hell! our squad of last season, could have dominated for 7 years give or take one yeear of dissapointment or should i say lack of concentration. but this squad is strictly domestic, and we will struggle at that! it hurts me to think we sold the best player in the world, i hurts be to think we lost out to the next best striker in the world. we did not bother with eto. the way the market is now, we cannot groom player! we need finished articles.

    fergie please, go out and buy buffon, lahm, silva, lennon, ribery, robben, sneijder, huntelaar/fabiano (they know how to put the ball in the back of the net). ship out VDS, PARK, OWEN, MACHEDA, TOSIC, GIGGS, SCHOLES, NEVILLE.
    do what ever it takes, no point getting 80 million and admiring it, when the team are suffering! then we would have a strong team and a fantastic bench! it hurts there are not enough english players, but with hargo, carrick, rio, wazza. thats enough. thats the state of english football for you.
    we are not exciting, we have no plan b, no genuwine left winger. our best asset is the manager because as i said he is a winner!

  3. Footy4Eddy

    27 August 2009 at 12:31

    Fucks sake, fuck Robben. Nani is the dogs bollocks, Valencia is a star in the making and we have Obertan, Tosic and Park as back-up. For all we know Fabio is also useful as a winger, as are Welbeck and Evra. We dont need a new winger if Obertan is good enough, and if Nani plays EVERY(well, at least most) games. He is a future legend, he even loves United. Robben is a fuckface and I dont like him at all. He is like Saha, a good player when fit but usually sint. AKA, he is useless… 🙄

    Nani>Robben 😎

  4. Monkwahhdo

    27 August 2009 at 12:43

    Hello there Eddy!! How’s life and the football career going? you able to let us know who you are potentially signing for yet?? ❓

    Did you read the article about Ando spitting his dummy out?

  5. Footy4Eddy

    27 August 2009 at 13:07

    @Monkwahhdo: Hi mate, Im doing just fine. Footy is going just fine, but am stuck with schoolwork up to my fucking nose. Love isnt going too easy either right, lots of chicks fighting for me and me fighting for them. 😳 😆 Cant tell you which team just yet, but Ive given some hints these last weeks if that sounds better. Just as we speak, Im in my class having a test. Fuck them, I say. Getting seriously bored here… 🙄

    About Ando, here is my view. 🙂

  6. colver

    27 August 2009 at 13:08

    Of course everyone would love Fergie to buy a central midfielder. But that is not going to happen. He is too stubborn.

    We have the same midfield as last year so while that area is still pretty weak it has not been weakened.

    But the wings have been weakened by the loss of Ronaldo. While Robben does not have the same goal threat as Ronaldo, he is much closer to Ronaldo’s standard than Valencia.

    If we can get Robben for £10-15 million it would be a good deal. He is still a very dangerous player and on his day can destroy any team. He also has a lot of experience at the highest level. He would give us that added class which would make the transition process less painful.

    Obertan and Tosic are only going to play in the domestic cups till they find their feet in English football. Nani and Valencia will get plenty of games because like people say Robben will only manage 20-30 games and there are 60 games available.

    Certainly in big games I much prefer the idea of Nani and Robben on the flanks interchanging.

  7. Onkar

    27 August 2009 at 13:13

    @colver: Thats the precise point I made. I mean he is quality and tbh he that little extra that we will need in Europe. And why not use him sparingly in very imp games only. He would great specially in tandem with NANI on other wing.

  8. spizzy

    27 August 2009 at 13:17

    Just watching uefa’s coefficient ranking, and someone please explain to me how chelsea and liverpool rank above united? And how AC milan even feature in top eight?

  9. frankie

    27 August 2009 at 13:35

    @spizzy: It takes into account the last 5 years perfomances, that is why.

  10. Monkwahhdo

    27 August 2009 at 14:19

    @frankie: In the last 5 years have we not out performed chelsea in the league and champions league? 2 finals in a row? 50/50 success rate?

    mental, i think the world is bias against our great nation errm i mean club!! lol

    fuck the european fa they are a bunch of hipocrites and wankers all of them!!!

    😈
    😈

  11. Phoenix Red

    27 August 2009 at 14:23

    Mmmmmm a difficult draw would be United, Inter Milan, Athletico Madrid, and Wolfsburg. Any other guesses?

  12. Monkwahhdo

    27 August 2009 at 14:32

    Rumour mill updates:-

    Apparrently we’ll be offering Carrick to Spurs for Palacios and then signing Wes as Carrick replacement.

    If true that wouldn’t be a bad bit of business to be honest.

  13. Phoenix Red

    27 August 2009 at 15:20

    @Monk, dont think so mate! Wes Sneijder? Who signed (according to reports) for Inter? But i’d love Palacios for Carrick. Would at least add mettle to our midfield!

  14. Monkwahhdo

    27 August 2009 at 15:22

    WHERE HAS EVERYONE GONE?

  15. Monkwahhdo

    27 August 2009 at 15:26

    @Phoenix Red: I hear ya fella, it was from football rumours.com. lol Apparently though sniejder hasn’t signed yet, so untill it’s been made official there is always hope fergie will see the light! lol

  16. ebrahim

    27 August 2009 at 15:35

    Uefa Champions League Draw can be viewed here
    http://www.justin.tv/vip_sport_1/popout

  17. Stephen

    27 August 2009 at 15:44

    @Phoenix Red: Good player but our midfield would have then have creativity of a Girls Aloud cover song?

  18. Monkwahhdo

    27 August 2009 at 15:49

    @Stephen: Not if we get Sneijder!!! 😆

  19. Footy4Eddy

    27 August 2009 at 16:43

    Group prediction:

    United
    AZ Alkmaar
    Bordeux
    Maccabi Haifa

    We all want Real Madrid in our group, and if we get them I will cum all over the livingroom! 😈 Best possible return, but unless faith really is overly sick twisted with United that wont happen. I would like AZ because Dutch teams play attacking football, and it would be nice to play some dutches again. Long time… Then Bordeux, because I want Fergie to witness the talent of Courcuff before his eye. I want us to sign him, and if he does well against us Fergie may get moer interest… And at last Maccabi Haifa because it sounds like such an awesome team!!! :mrgreen: 😆

  20. Footy4Eddy

    27 August 2009 at 16:47

    @Monkwahhdo: Sign Palacios, threaten Andy into making an effort and score some goals and our team is magnificent again! :mrgreen: 😈

  21. Craig Mc

    27 August 2009 at 16:50

    @Stephen: Hey you – WTF? You obviously didn’t catch the GA covers of Kaisers I predict a riot, or James Morrisons – Every heartbeat, BOTH OF WHICH were SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO far better than the original version, so unbelieveably CREATIVE. Also the swedish big star, who asked GA to not sing their cover of her song at V festival, because they sang it BETTER than her 😆 😆 . Stephen you know NOWT about GirlsAloud. Catch one of their tours which are bloody brilliant before commenting about creativity 😀 . Kimberley AND Nadine know where you live mate, and you are in for a right duffing up! Wait for it 👿 .

  22. Monkwahhdo

    27 August 2009 at 16:56

    @Footy4Eddy: I second that!!! Ando needs a royal hairdyrer and the infamous flying boot treatment!!! 😈

  23. Beachryan

    27 August 2009 at 17:00

    No idea why you people want Real in the group stages. They’re far better than most other teams in the second pot, and we should hope for as easy a qualification as possible. Not making the knockouts would be a disaster.

    Sneijder, Robben…both look to be out of the question and signed elsewhere (Inter and Bayern respectively). So it looks like Fergie is actually being honest for once, and we’r enot doing any more business. Fine.

    Saw some of the reserves, and again Tosic does look a smart little player. Also great set piece delivery. I doubt he’ll ever be first XI quality, but surely he offers something a bit differetn and warrants a bench spot. Also King looked our best player, second game I’ve seen this season where that’ sbeen the case. Did he play much last year?

  24. Craig Mc

    27 August 2009 at 17:03

    @Beachryan: Beachy do you think Tosic should be in front of Park in the pecking order then?

  25. ebrahim

    27 August 2009 at 17:28

    hw the hell did john terry win the european defense player of the year again.

  26. NicoQB

    27 August 2009 at 17:35

    CSKA Moscow!

  27. NicoQB

    27 August 2009 at 17:36

    No Real Madrid for us then.

  28. NicoQB

    27 August 2009 at 17:39

    @Craig Mc: 😆 😆
    I’m picturing rolling tumbleweed in a desertic desert…
    😆 😆

  29. NicoQB

    27 August 2009 at 17:40

    Besiktas!

  30. ebrahim

    27 August 2009 at 17:42

    pique and vidic were better defenders.they always pick cry baby terry.

  31. NicoQB

    27 August 2009 at 17:44

    Even before the last pool team is drawn, we can predict that this should really be a cakewalk for us.

    Lookin good for the dippers – Lyon and Fiorentina already… 😈

  32. NicoQB

    27 August 2009 at 17:47

    Arsenal are also already virtually qualified for the second round: Olumpiakos and AZ Alkmaar… 🙄

  33. NicoQB

    27 August 2009 at 17:53

    Oh fuck, Wolfsburg! 👿

    Still should be able to make it through.

  34. belgianred

    27 August 2009 at 17:55

    group b – man utd, cska moscow, besitkas, and wolfsberg

  35. Monkwahhdo

    27 August 2009 at 17:57

    CL DRAW:

    group A: bayern munich, juventus, bordeaux, maccabi haifa
    group b: Man utd, cska moscow, bestikas, wolfsburg
    group c: ac milan, real madrid, marseille, fc zurich
    group d: chelsea, fc porto, athletico madrid, apoel nicosia
    group e: liverpool, lyon, fiorentina, debrecen
    group f: barcelona, inter milan, dynamo kiev, rubin kazan
    group g: sevilla, rangers, stuttgart, unirea urziceni
    group h: arsenal, az alkmaar, olypmiakos, standard liege

  36. NicoQB

    27 August 2009 at 17:59

    Hmm, I’ve been thinking… Maybe its not as easy as it seems.. These turkish and russian teams are quite tricky. Its not like they’re pushovers like those of the Arsenal group.

  37. Craig Mc

    27 August 2009 at 18:00

    Everybody go post in the NEW THREAD to discuss the CL draw, as RR will very much appreciate that – thank you 😆 😆 .

  38. Monkwahhdo

    27 August 2009 at 18:00

    So the main teams for us are moscow and wolfsburg! not keen on wolfsburg though. 😳

  39. Grognard

    27 August 2009 at 18:29

    @Footy4Eddy: Forget Robben. Reports coming out are that he has agreed to go to Bayern Munich. The bottom line is once again we all got sucked in by these rumors when we all should have known that Fergie was not going to make any moves. In this case I am with Fergie.

  40. colver

    27 August 2009 at 20:16

    Looks like you are right Grognard. Sneijder to Inter, Robben to Bayern. And without the Ronaldo factor I see us bowing out in the quarter finals or even earlier. I’m pissed. I’ve gotten used to Champions League finals and we have the money to make it to another final if we would only spend it.

  41. Cheeky Backheel

    27 August 2009 at 21:14

    I don’t know, I think he’s going to Bayern. And probably a good thing — let’s see how many games he plays before he’s injured.

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