Transfer roundup + backroom signing 

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Reading stories about Joel Campbell always transports me back to an 1850s novel about an orphaned child that’s bounced pillar to post, never really quite fitting in anywhere.

I really don’t think he’s as bad as the list of clubs he’s played for suggest. He’s not very cultured, sure, but he’s a hard worker and exactly the sort of player you see lining up for West Ham week in week out. Can’t believe he’s being shipped back to Greece. A very sad story, some might say… a tragedy.

Another story that’s frustratingly bubbling along, like a shaken bottle off Lucozade on a summers day (have you ever picked up a bottle that isn’t sticky?), is the one about Alex THE OX  Chambermaid. He’s apparently very upset we’re not offering him a new deal. I have no idea why we’re reneging here, Alfred worked out he’d played 8 or so positions this season, culminating in him bossing the wing back role Kieran Gibbs had fannied out of. What’s not to love about the Ox? Explosive power, brilliant pace over 20 meters, good range of passing and a terrific attitude. Also, his Snapchat game is another level.

You know another player we dithered on contract wise? Serge Gnabry. Now, not saying he’s going to be a superstar, but waiting until after the Olympics to sign him was STUPID. Easily looked more interesting at 18 than Theo or The Ox did at the same time.

Another day, another Sanchez rumbling. Bayern Munich are fearful he’s using their interest to drive a move to Manchester City, poor darlings. They don’t want to pay his mega wages, which isn’t surprising… but City will, which isn’t surprising. What does make me laugh is all that nonsense about how we might not be able to offer pay rises this summer… but no one talking about City dropping £300k a weeks left, right, and centre.

Interesting news around CR7 being upset because he’s being done for tax evasion… can’t quite understand how that’s Madrid’s fault, but what does get me is it seems that part of the deal with superstars moving to Barca and Madrid is the club are willing to go WAY above and beyond to secure the names. You only have to look at the Neymar story to see that.

Anyway, why the hell any club would pay £180m for a 31-year-old is beyond me. Is he going to recoup that value for you in advertising? Is he going to continue you to be machine at that age? I mean, he really is a freak of nature, but when you’re dropping more money than the whole Premier League paycheck (£150m for the best), you really are heading into the twilight zone of football!

Finally, Arsenal are adding a new performance director to their backroom team. Looking to hire Darren Burgess from PORT Adelaide who play some really feminine game called AFL. I have no idea what the purpose of this move is. We seem to have a pretty solid fitness setup, overseen by World Cup winner Shad F. So it’ll be interesting to read what the intent of this hire is, especially as this area doesn’t have anywhere near the weaknesses of others (coaching, scouting, keeping). Watch this space.

ME DONE.

See you later. Gonna drop a podcast for you this week I believe.

 

 

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  1. Marc

    Fucking hell it says a lot when the most entertaining thing about Arsenal at the moment (outside of Pedro’s posts of course) is the race to 4th comment on here.

  2. Marko

    Charles I’m advocating Sandro as a squad player/back up striker for 5 million so yeah he’d be replacing Welbeck who isn’t really a striker and yes he’d be replacing Giroud if needs be. Tell me again why signing Onyekuru for 6.8 million would have been a good thing back when we were apparently signing him but signing Sandro isn’t? Sandro who you claim only has Everton interested in him but for a transfer ban would be signing for Atletico. Sure they don’t have a clue when it comes to signing strikers. Torres, Falcao, Griezmann, Aguero all shite

  3. Wallace

    according to gambon Gnabry should be making a solid contribution to a middling Championship side at this point in his career

  4. Marko

    according to gambon Gnabry should be making a solid contribution to a middling Championship side at this point in his career

    I dunno which is worse what gambon said or Arsene sticking with Walcott and Oxlade Chamberlain or playing Ramsey on the wings rather than give Serge Gnabry a chance. Or loaning him out instead of giving him a chance. Anyway good look to the lad he’s free. Arsene great eye and all that might be regretting that one the next time Bayern hammer us

  5. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    News flash marko , merrick terry lee …Gary tibbs ….

    We won’t be playing Barca for a good 5 years …..

    We’re off the top table …

  6. Relieable Sauce

    No – Wenger out – banners at Cameroon v Chile game yet but I’m still hopeful.

    Sanchez has slight ankle injury so starts from the bench.

  7. Adam A. Carbarundum

    Seriously Pedro…”He’s not very cultured, sure”. Like you would know what cultured is, you moronic drunkard! What an absolutely ridiculous thing to say about anyone and especially Joel Campbell, a guy who will make more money in his time as a player than you will in a lifetime of being a moron. You are such a tool, Pedro!

  8. bay area gooner

    I also caught that comment which I find offensive as well.
    ”He’s not very cultured, sure”

    How the heck does this have anything to do with football is beyond me and it wreaks of subtle bias.

    Disappointing again from someone who I thought was a little progressive.
    go figure

  9. Jim Lahey

    @Bay Area Gooner –

    “How the heck does this have anything to do with football is beyond me and it wreaks of subtle bias.”

    I am pretty sure Pedro meant it in a footballing sense…. He isn’t a cultured footballer, not that he isn’t cultured.

  10. Bamford10

    Reports in France that Aubameyang is open to a move to Liverpool and a reunion with Klopp. Le Parisien is reporting that Liverpool are willing to pay £61m for Aubameyang.

    I prefer him to Lacazette as well.

  11. Follow the money

    Zzzzzzzzz. Is Wenger gone yet? I see he made the usual drivel about being interested in mbappe to sell a few tickets. My kingdom for a manager who will use all the resources at his disposal to win

  12. Bamford10

    Adam

    Did Pedro steal your girlfriend? What’s with all the hostility, criticism, anger? Seems a little weird.

  13. Alex cutter

    Adam is upset because his ex-girlfriend experienced a fire in her apartment building six months ago.

    Anyhow, she’
    Wasn’t feeling well, and went to the doctor, telling him that she’s been suffering from sickness and stomach pain.

    Doctor told her, ”Ok, we will run a few tests. Come back in a couple of weeks for the results.”

    The ex goes back two weeks later. Doctor tells her to ‘Grab a seat while we go through your results. Well, looking at these, in nine months time, you will be sitting at home changing nappies.’

    The ex is shocked — ‘Wow, am I pregnant?’

    The Doctor replies ‘No, but you do have bowel cancer.’

    I think a little piece of all of us died that day.

  14. Cesc Appeal

    At £61 Million Liverpool should go in for Aubameyang, they need a ST instead of that whole fluid front line thing.

    Likely would mean Sturridge is on his way out.

  15. Marc

    Er so earning a lot of money automatically makes you cultured.

    We really need some moderators on here. Whilst the comments section can be a major draw to Le Grove it is also the biggest turn off more often than not.

  16. Cesc Appeal

    Marc

    Agreed.

    In this market that is great value for a ST who is just guaranteed to get you goals and who terrifies defences.

    If we lose Sanchez that basically pays for that and you can then add Lemar and have a really different looking front line. Obviously you would prefer to keep Sanchez.

    But at £61 Million it is just a no-brainer for me. I would much prefer to spend £60 Million odd on Aubameyang over the same on Lacazette in all honesty.

    Follow that up with a CM buy and you look instantly stronger, really strong. Obviously still let down by a weak manager, but at least we would have a strong team.

  17. Marc

    N5

    Auba – Here’s £250k per week and with your goals I guarantee we’ll make CL next season.

    Don’t think we’d need to go to the blow torch on testicles stage!

  18. Cesc Appeal

    Marc

    The thing I get the feeling that yet again Wenger is approaching this window as if he feels he does not necessarily need anything. That not signing anyone or hardly anyone would not be the worst thing because his squad just need ‘confidence’ and they can succeed.

    That is why I feel short of some young development buy like Berge or Golovin we will not see anything in central midfield because he wants to run with Xhaka and Ramsey now and likely give Wilshere some time.

    I worry about the ST as well.

    Wenger’s whole philosophy seems to be we do not actually desperately need a thing, therefore if he cannot find what he deems value he will not bother and will not lose sleep over it.

  19. Marko

    The thing I get the feeling that yet again Wenger is approaching this window as if he feels he does not necessarily need anything. That not signing anyone or hardly anyone would not be the worst thing because his squad just need ‘confidence’ and they can succeed.

    Basically how he’s conducted himself for years. Finishing 5th instead of 4th isn’t likely to change that

  20. Samesong

    “Alexis misses out on tonight’s #ConfedCup tie with Cameroon due to injury.

    Alexis comes off the bench to assist Vidal.

  21. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Marko

    He will carry on regardless …

    His won his first title in 14 years

    The I can do anything I want at this club title he won lady month …

    He has more power than F.A.C.T

    For sure

  22. WestLondonGoon

    Can’t believe that we are arguing about the word ‘cultured’ with regards Campbell; it is not a literal term about lacking culture in his life, it’s an often used term in English football when a player’s style is easy on the eye. Players such as Maldini, Berkamp, and Xavi would be regarded as cultured due to their apparent ease of play whereas players such as Campbell, even Alexis, would not be referred to in the same way due to their less aesthetic approach to the game.

    It was not a comment on Campbell’s social beliefs.

  23. WestLondonGoon

    Nice one Samesong,

    I had some dealing with him and his family a few years back and have nothing but good things to say about them all. There was a boxing club on the ground floor of Grenfell wasn’t there?

    Remember watching him win his Olympic silver in a pub on Ladbroke Grove – it’s been knocked down for private housing now.

  24. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Seems like that’s a common practice west London

    wernt there a pub ileaglly knocked down by builders the council win the right to get it rebuilt but guess what they company’s hone bankrupt …

  25. WestLondonGoon

    That’s great news RSPC, karma in bucketloads for them! Yeah loads of pubs being either replaced by Tesco/Sainsburys stores killing the local shops or knocked down completely and private flats in their place.

    My local suffered the same fate last year, had an enormous beer garden with kids playground now there 48 ‘modern apartments with park views’, Judging by the estate agent boards, most were sold buy-to-let.

  26. David Smith

    Just hope Lollichon is the next behind,the scenes signing…..a man down the pub, who knows somebody told me that Cech has in the past few months re-employed his ex coach for extra training to overcome Gerry Peytons clear inadequacies.

  27. Samir

    ……………..Cech…………
    Mustafi–Koss–Holding
    Ox–Camacho–Xhaka–Kolašinac
    ………Ozil——–Sanchez
    ……….Aubameyang

    Camacho: £16M release clause
    Aubameyang – £60M
    If Sanchez leaves spend the money on Lemar.

    How easy can it get? 😉

  28. N5

    It looks like it was a white male in a van ramming into muslims on the Seven Sisters. Apparently jumped out with a knife too.

    This is all the recent terror attacks need, retaliation from people directing their anger towards completely the wrong people.

  29. China

    A barometer for if we should be taking players seriously is if they’d be good enough to be worth making the bench in the invincibles team.

    We have about 3 or 4 players in our squad who’d challenge for the bench and that includes one who’d probably make the first team

    For all those who wouldn’t make the bench (ox and friends) don’t let the door hit you on the way out

  30. Wallace

    Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis…with 4 of them pushing for a start. 5 if you include Alexis.

  31. Wallace

    to sell the Ox now just as it looks like he’s moved up a level would be idiocy. worse then letting Gnabry move on last summer.

  32. Downundergunner

    Love you you call AFL a femine sport, one of the toughest sports in the world Pedro, not like the diving prima donnas in football. Youve probably never watched a game though!
    Darren Burgess from PORT Adelaide comes highly regarded and use to be the fitness coach at Liverpool before he moved back to Australia. He will be better than any of the current muppets they have there!

  33. Wallace

    Downundergunner

    he was being ironic. everyone’s aware that 89% of Aussies are pushing for zero refs, metal-spiked clubs for the players, and have at it.

  34. Downundergunner

    Wallace

    Not sure if you are trying to be funny or ironic or just a plain tosser..

    The football players in Europe should take a page out of an AFL players book and harden the F up!

  35. AussieGander

    Hahaha Pedro if only we could do a video comparison between the toughness of AFL and EPL…it would embarrass the sport of Football. Appreciate you must be having a laugh here.. prepare for some good banter if you come down under with the team on the pre-season tour.

    He will be a seriously good acquisition for the Gunners. Looked after the Aus team at the 2010 World Cup and Liverpool after that. Has been regarded as a revolutionary in Australia for his fitness programs that every other AFL club has tried to copy. Will be good to harden up some of the soft souls in our squad.

    In terms of signings, geez we are looking desperate at the moment. We should be stiffening up this team first with a beast CM in the mould of Bakayoko from Monaco to play next to Xhaka. Filthy that Chelsea are getting him. Lacazette definitely not worth 50mill, he can’t even get a game ahead of Giroud for France… Much prefer to blow that kind of cash on Aubameyang. As for creative mids, Seri and Lemar look class

  36. N5

    “Not sure if you are trying to be funny or ironic or just a plain tosser..”

    Knowing Wallace, I’d imagine a bit of each 😀

  37. Bamford10

    “Alexis Sanchez posts photos of his swollen ankle after the Cameroon match. Doesn’t look good.” – @matias_grez

    For all, but for you especially, Samesong. 😉

  38. Bamford10

    Bild is saying that Takuma Asano still does not qualify for a UK work permit & will remain at Stuttgart for another year.

    Not that he was the solution to our problems.

  39. Jago

    Your Comment Here

    Hello Pedro,

    Would you please watch this:

    http://lebuzz.eurosport.co.uk/viral/video-joel-campbells-pin-point-assist-for-olivier-giroud-as-arsenal-go-2-0-up-against-olympiakos-8451/

    then tell how an “uncultured” footballer could pull that off. Sure, I accept anyone can find a one-off to demonstrate a point, but the thing is, Joel has demonstrated time and again that he has vision and technique. The assist against Olympiakos simply encapsulated what he could do in one glorious moment of loveliness.

    Like Perez and Gnabry, Joel is simply not a Wenger project (unlike the execrable Walcott), and therefore will never be given a fair go. Personally, I think Joel has the makings of a great right wing back in competition with Hector.

  40. Marko

    to sell the Ox now just as it looks like he’s moved up a level would be idiocy. worse then letting Gnabry move on last summer.

    See this is the problem right here. Alex has a few half decent games in the back end of last season so he’s moved up a level and to let him go would be worse than losing Gnabry who’s just moved to bayern on the back of a season where he’s scored 11 league goals. They are not in the least bit comparable. One had a break out season in his first proper season and looks like a hot prospect while the other after 6 seasons was finally able to get a run of games under his belt after the worst run of games the club had in 20 odd years. No if we lost Alex Oxlade Chamberlain it wouldn’t be the end of the world. We lose Sanchez it might be and we should be more concerned with trying to convince him to stay with signings rather than worry about Alex. You could probably get a list as long as your arm of players who could replace Alex

  41. Carts

    “Salah, Auba, Mane, Firmino and Coutinho – that’s too hot to handle for any defense”

    Unless they want every game to be a goal fest, they need to sort that weird-ass defence of theirs out.

  42. Bamford10

    Marko

    I get the criticism of Oxlade, but he does at least have genuine potential. With proper management & instruction, he could be a player. He is one of the few players people call for the sale of that I would actually hold on to.

  43. Bamford10

    Carts

    Definitely. If Klopp doesn’t sort his defense out, I will be criticizing him for something like the first time. Attacking, pressing football is great, but one must be good across the back four/five also.

  44. HighburyLegend

    “that’s too hot to handle for any defense”
    That’s too hot to handle for wenger’s wallet.

  45. Marko

    Bam he’s no Walcott I’ll give you that but people’s reaction to a few games near the end of the season where we had our worst season in 20 years is ridiculous. People clamouring for him to get a new deal while we’re about to lose Sanchez is incredible. Or even Bellerin. Some would have us lose Bellerin to Barcelona but no we can’t lose Oxlade Chamberlain to Liverpool. Where he would barely even get a game btw. But to compare losing him to losing Gnabry is ludicrous

  46. TR7

    Carts

    Klopp will sort out Liverpool’s defense too. He has been pursuing Van Djik and several other defenders. They are also looking to sign a left back to put Moreno out of his misery.

    Last year in Mane’s absence Liverpool attack looked toothless at times due to lack of genuine pace and penetration. Salah is kind of similar to Mane, so his signing makes sense.

    Again they need a striker as Sturridge is often injured and others are not up to the mark. I don’t think either Auba or Salah Salah signing is a luxury signing.

  47. Marko

    Also Bam after 6 years at a club can a player still have genuine potential? I mean how much better is he likely to get? Would Zaha or Sterling still have genuine potential? Or is their potential realised by the output they have.

  48. Bamford10

    I’m still not sold on the notion that Gnabry was a big loss. Yes I know Bayern has signed him, but I have never been impressed by his game. Happy to watch him with an open mind going forward, but his game seemed way too simple to me. If he has explosive pace and great dribbling, maybe I can see him becoming something. But I wouldn’t be betting on him based on what I have seen thus far. I am open-minded on him, though, as I say.

  49. Carts

    Bamford & TR7

    I fully expect Klopp to invest both time and money in Liverpool’s defence.

    They need a DM, a LB and 2 CBs, I’d say.

    From an attacking perspective they’re almost there.

  50. Marko

    Bam he scored 11 league goals in his first proper season. Called up to various German squads so there’s definitely something there if Bayern and the German national team are tracking your progress. Especially considering the talentpool that exists for Germany these days. He is the most obvious miss that we’ve let go for some time

  51. Wallace

    Marko

    “See this is the problem right here. Alex has a few half decent games in the back end of last season so he’s moved up a level and to let him go would be worse than losing Gnabry who’s just moved to bayern on the back of a season where he’s scored 11 league goals. They are not in the least bit comparable.”

    the Ox has looked good for pretty much all of 2017, not just a few games. and you’re comparing him to Gnabry, a 20yr old who moved to Germany and became Bremen’s main attacking threat pretty much instantly. sounds like the competition wasn’t quite what it was at Arsenal, no?

    not trying to slight Gnabry here, I think he’s an excellent player and was disappointed we lost him. pleased he stood out in a very average Bundesliga side.

  52. Carts

    I share the same sentiments as Marko about Ox.

    I’ll be very honest, we are a flippant bunch, and thanks to Wenger, the bar has been lowered to titanic depths. Few good games and there’s a cohort who are expostulating for him.

    Same way Walcott was playing the long game, and we had fucking idiot diving into a studio to record “sign the ting”. Trolol.

    The same way Utd will probably get rid of both Jones and Smalling is the way we should get rid of Walcott, Ox and any other underperforming, overpaid player.

    Look at Ox’s Arsenal career to date, absolutely nothing on his cv suggests he’ll be a big loss, let alone a loss whatsoever. The argument to keep him is quite weak, too.

    The biggest loss will be the fact that he’s british; our “conveyor belt” is fucking awful so there’s probably not one british player that will make the 16 next season.

  53. HighburyLegend

    ” the way we should get rid of […] any other underperforming, overpaid player. ”

    In that case it would be very difficult to play with 11 players on the pitch.

  54. Marko

    Bam doesn’t it say something about a player that for 6 years has struggled with fitness issues and hasn’t been able to hold down a place while during the same time someone like Sterling and Zaha have to a certain extent. I mean at what point do we say yeah maybe this isn’t working out for the both of us. And you say properly managed or coached but that isn’t likely to change with Wenger still here. I mean I don’t even hate Chamberlain and I’d get rid of Walcott and Wilshere way before I’d get rid of him but to hear people talk about him after a few decent games is unbelievable. It’s not like a button was finally switched on with the lad he’s still inconsistent and has serious questions on his fitness and end product. He’s definitely not better than Bellerin who some would start ahead of and I’d even argue that in the last year or so Iwobi has shown himself a better prospect than Alex had in the previous 4/5 years. Basically people need to stop getting carried away with usually bang average players having a few decent games cause history tells us we’ll eventually overpay the player and be stuck with him. Look we lose Sanchez we’ll struggle big time without him and it’d cost a fortune to inadequately replace. We lose Bellerin we’ve no right backs left (unless we don’t sell Jenkinson) and again will have to spend big money to replace. We lose Chamberlain and there’s a list as big as a phone book of players young and established who could replace him

  55. Marko

    the Ox has looked good for pretty much all of 2017, not just a few games

    Simply not true. He only started to get proper games when we went 5 at the back with the wing backs and after Bellerin had that mare (wasn’t much of a mare really) against Palace. Before that he was bit part. Truth is I think people really want to believe he’s finally turned a corner but he’ll have to do it longer to convince me cause we’ve been here before. A couple decent games then it’s back to running into trouble and misplaced passes.

    Also I only brought up the comparison with Gnabry cause you did and spin it anyway you like last season he showed more than Oxlade did in the previous 6 seasons

  56. Marko

    I’ll be very honest, we are a flippant bunch, and thanks to Wenger, the bar has been lowered to titanic depths. Few good games and there’s a cohort who are expostulating for him.

    Exactly. 6 years and a few decent games and he’s gone up a level??? Nah I don’t think so. He’s worth 100,000 a week??? Nah not for me. I mean unless I’m mistaken Lucas Perez had better numbers than Oxlade last season and played even less and is being pushed out the door in such an unfortunate manner. Don’t hear people clamouring for him to stay on

  57. Marko

    Truth is there’s a raft of players out there same age or younger than Oxlade Chamberlain who currently play better and would contribute more

  58. Dissenter

    Jack Wilshere’s wedding was reported to be an elegant Italian theme event in Tuscany.. it ended with a firework display.
    Only Wilshere would have “private” wedding with a fireworks display.

  59. Wallace

    Marko

    “Simply not true. He only started to get proper games when we went 5 at the back with the wing backs and after Bellerin had that mare…”

    he was one of the few players giving it their all that night in Munich which was Feb 15th, and he’d been playing CM for at least a few weeks prior to that.

  60. raptora

    The Ox put in great performances in the last 2 to 3 months of the campaign. Including MotM performances in the semi final vs ManC and ManU in the league. Was also really good in the first half in the final vs Chelsea in a position no one else would think he could be good at and Wenger has to take some of the applauds but also the player who got the better of the strongest team in the league, namely players like Moses and Kante. Although we have to be careful with our expectations towards him he showed he has what it takes. Then it’s up to Wenger to teach him how to be at his best every single game or atleast 7-8/10 games. Which could or could not happen. But we cannot afford to lose him right when he showed something. Ox during that final games of the campaign was surely not worse than a Sterling and that’s a 50m pound player right there in today’s market.

  61. Marko

    he was one of the few players giving it their all that night in Munich which was Feb 15th, and he’d been playing CM for at least a few weeks prior to that.

    Yeah he gave it his all alright. I seem to remember him trying to play it out from the back and costing us a pivotal goal in the first leg. But I’m confused did he have his decent games in CM or RWB? Is he displacing Bellerin or Ramsey? Look try as you might no one’s convincing me Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has gone up a level just yet or is worth 100,000 a week or is worth a place over Bellerin. Not a chance. And if you’re someone who feels that way well good luck to you and that’s a part of the reason for this culture of rewarding players who contribute little that exists at this club. Gnabry and Lucas Perez get the fuck out of the club…Walcott and Chamberlain would you like a new deal… Jack your fibula is fractured here’s a new deal too. Santi 8 operations since November? Here’s a new deal see you October for training

  62. Wallace

    Marko

    “But I’m confused did he have his decent games in CM or RWB? Is he displacing Bellerin or Ramsey? Look try as you might no one’s convincing me Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has gone up a level just yet or is worth 100,000 a week or is worth a place over Bellerin. Not a chance.”

    does it matter where he was playing? he looked comfortable in both positions. and if we don’t pay him 100k+ Liverpool will…you prefer that?

  63. Carts

    Ox has been responsible on numerous occasions for trying to play out of defence. getting dispossessed, culminating in us conceding.

    Doesn’t strike me as being defensively intelligent.

    Shows signs of combining pace and tribble but is about a goal threat as Vincent Jannsen

  64. Carts

    Alleged Roma aren’t far off completing their move for Seri.

    Lose Salah; sign Seri.

    Anyone know if they took up the option for Grenier?

  65. Ishola70

    http://www.football.london/arsenal-fc/transfer-news/mbappe-arsenal-wenger-stunned-monaco-13203626

    Mbappe to Arsenal: Wenger stunned as Monaco star requests £120m move after meeting for talks – report
    The Gunners look set to miss out to Real Madrid in the race for the French teenage sensation

    lol at the headline. Wenger is “stunned” at the decision of Mbappe in wanting to join Real Madrid. We are all stunned by this news aren’t we. Arsenal were not even in the picture as far as Mbappe was concerned. It was either Real Madrid or his father was not immune for his son playing for PS as the family are Parisians.

  66. OleGunner

    Ox is an ok player for us but like Marko said Wenger has lowered the bar for players monumentally we now salivate at the Ox having a few decent games in wing back positions. Hes been at Arsenal for 6 years and arguably accomplished very little.

    His end product is still laughable especially. He probably deserves a new contract more than a lot of the muppets we have wearing an Arsenal shirt, but again, the bar has been lowered so much I guess I’ll take scraps.

  67. Ishola70

    Ox will not likely sign a new contract because he wants out.

    And who can blame him. Seriously what team is he going to prefer at this time to play in and be at Arsenal or Liverpool? Unless he is a die hard Arsenal fan it is going to be Liverpool every time.

  68. Samesong

    LOL just went onto newtransfernow

    and the latest highlight was Arsenal face battle to sign Arda Turan
    Please don’t battle just don’t even sign him.

  69. Champagne charlie

    Arsenal’s off-field overhaul has gathered pace with the appointment direct from professional cycling of Team Sky’s legal and commercial expert Huss Fahmy to work on player contracts. – Jeremy Wilson

  70. Carts

    Wenger clearly suffering from a severe case of delusion of grandeur.

    Honestly, what kind of fucking story was Wenger trying to spin the Mbappe’s?

    All the criterias struggle to meet expectation of any motivated player.

    SUCCESS
    Few FA Cups. Nowhere fucking near challenging for the league titles.
    Pimped by absolutely anyone when it comes to the last 16 of the Champions League.

    YOUNG PLAYERs
    Mediocre players masquerading as consistent performers.
    Walcott, Ox and Wilshere are a reflection of Wenger’s lack of application. Mbappe could well regress under Wenger’s tutelage. Not worth the risk at all.

    SQUAD
    Below average > Mediocre.
    Various players are either past it on still represent Arsenal thanks to sentimentality.

    FANS
    about as fickle as a hungry wild animal. Get embarrassed and fans clamour for change. Win the FA Cup and opinions polls are polar opposite.

    AMBITION
    about as ambitious as the US’ quest for global peace. Dated manager, poor technical set-up. Ex-players pontificating about how Wenger built the stadium and deserves to leave when he wants.

    Clubs is a mess.

  71. raptora

    Redtruth,
    “What position did Ox play in the Cup Final..?”

    He played at LWB like Chelsea’s Alonso. He played vs Moses and Kante mainly and he was a thorn in their face. They just couldn’t deal with him. Same as Man City where he assisted for Nacho’s goal.

  72. Carts

    Arda Turan. We’re going to turn into a weird basket case.

    He’s played about as much football as Ox has in the last 18 month, ffs. He’s 30 and fucked if I know where we’ll play him.

  73. raptora

    Arda Turan doesn’t make any sense for us. Imagine him replacing Sanchez lol. Arda + Lacazette transfer window would be funny if it wasn’t sad.

  74. Joe

    Aubu for 60. Sell Aguero for 30.

    Jesus and AUBU. Daaaaaaaaaaaamn.

    It’s ok. We will have turan. Ramsey and lacezzette.

  75. tonyd

    I know it’s the Mirror but no smoke without fire as they say.

    I just hope Wenger is not thinking of Giroud as the starting striker.

    As a sub’s role maybe. But that is not rebuilding the squad and leaves no chance of a very high tempo pressing game.

    “Arsene Wenger has told Olivier Giroud that Arsenal “need” him next season.

    The France striker lost his starting place in the last campaign and has attracted interest from West Ham and Marseille.

    Wenger said: “It has been a frustrating season for him because he has not played a lot. And when he has played well, he has not always played the next match.

    “He has won us a lot of points when he has come on because he has scored lots of times. He has qualities that our team need.””

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