Alexis Sanchez to stay? Here’s what happened the last time Wenger put his foot down

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Quick post from me this evening because not much seems to have moved in the world of Arsenal.

Chilean goal machine, Alexis ‘the real deal’ Sanchez, might not land his BIG move to Manchester City to play under Pep G. Wenger is digging his 12 inch party shoes into the Emirates turf… roped the our poor old wingers neck.

‘Tu restes toi litte poo’

… is the word on the street.

It’s hard to work out what the game is here. All the stories are hinting that a mega offer would suffice. £90m being the touted number in which the club would agree to let him go. That’s a staggering amount of cash for a player with a year to go on his deal, but it’s the sort of money major clubs looking to win things will spend in the pursuit of proper trophies.

Here’s my thing. We really don’t need our best player stinking out the place for a whole season. I have my faith that Alexis is incapable of anything less than 100%, however, he’s more than capable of playing the game on his terms for the whole season. I love an Alexis show, but not the one where he’s losing the ball every 5 minutes and playing like a one man team.

I also don’t want him shutting down heading into a World Cup, looking to preserve his legs to make sure he’s peak health heading into a shopping window.

We’ve been here before with a ‘resolute manager not willing to budge’… remember that time when Wenger was growing quietly confident he’d keep Cesc and Nasri… then he shit the bed and sold both.

Lose Alexis and we’re less of a force, even if we do manage to prize Thomas Lemar from Monaco.

Still, plenty of summer to go.

Hopefully the club can work hard to shift on Perez, Jenks, Debuchy, Wilshere, Ospina and Gibbs. That’ll free up a nice bit of cash. I really hope we move on Giroud and Theo as well.

I can’t for the life of me work out why we can’t move on Theo. He’s no Arsenal player, but come on, he’s worth 20 goals a season to an Everton, Stoke or West Ham. He has pace, an eye for goal, and about 8 games where you think he’s grown a pair… usually because he’s had a fancy haircut and upped his body art game to a new slightly prison like level.

His slick do and sailor tatts don’t have me fooled… move him on, and take that fucking coffee machine off him because he’s not worth the Cuban dark roast his wife gifted him. Not by a long shot.

Other news?

Chamberlain is fending off the interest of no one and ‘might’ sign a new deal.

Magic. I do like the boy. Hope he can stay fit next season and prove all the everyday haters wrong. I also hope he keeps his popstar relationship going. No reason for that last point, it’s just nice he’s found happiness.

RIGHT, that’s me done. SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE.

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312 Responses to “Alexis Sanchez to stay? Here’s what happened the last time Wenger put his foot down”

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  1. Alekey

    First time poster here. Have read LG for the better part of 10 years. Really hope we can get Sanchez to stay on but if he doesn’t sign a new contract by the end of this month, we have to sell him and sign a like for like replacement. The worst mistake we can make is it sell him after the season has started and then start scouring around Europe’s garbage bins for bargain replacements.

  2. Bamford10

    “Manchester United snubbed Alexandre Lacazette in favour of Romelu Lukaku after damning scouting report said he had ‘no stamina, physical impact and was not big game player’ ” – The Sun

    Let’s hope United are wrong about Lacazette.

  3. Bamford10

    Don’t look now, but Everton may sign my boy Christian Benteke. A little redemption may be coming my way — his way too. 😉

  4. Bamford10

    After missing out on Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea are set to launch a £62m bid for Alvaro Morata. – @ESPNFC

  5. raptora

    When asked if he remained determined to keep Sanchez and not let him go to a Premier League rival, Wenger replied: “Yes, that is a continuation of what I said at the end of the season. That’s what we will do.

    “He adds great value to the squad and I think as well he is a great lover of the club.”

    Alexis not going to City or Chelsea at least. Maybe we’d be okay doing a swap with KdB or Hazard.

  6. Black Hei

    Bamford10

    The reason United did not sign Lacazette is because he is not a Raiola boy unlike Lukaku.
    I might be wrong about Lukaku but I think Anthony Marshall is more talented. But Lukaku is the easier option for Mourinho since his game is simpler.

  7. Bamford10

    Black Hei

    I have no idea why United would sign players because of who their agent happens to be. That would definitely be a silly way to go about building a team.

    What I do know is The Sun has a quote from a United official saying they determined Lacazette “[had] no stamina, physical impact and was not big game player.”

    Whether they are correct about this is quite another thing.

  8. Vince

    Our attack for the majority of last season was Sanchez, Giroud and Walcott. Even if we end up with Lemar, Lacazatte and Welbeck we won’t have lost much, what I call an “All Black Attack”. You just get the feeling Lemar, Lacazatte and Sanchez is simply not possible under Wenger, he must always make sure something’s lacking. That attack would have been like cooking on gas. Not even sure Lemar, Lacazatte and Mahrez is possible under Wenger.

  9. loyika

    @ Bam

    Lolz, you and your Benteke crase!! Give it up bro. CB had his chance with the big money move to Pool and blew it. Only thing he needs to redeem is his ego. Will be a good striker for The Toffees if they can get him, but nothing more. CB will never make that step up to World Class (that ship has passed him by) I think the Pool move in the long run really affected his game.

    As for Maureen? I won’t pay him any mind. Just being a Drama Queen as usual. He always does this silly mind game things even when its not necessary (don’t be surprised if he tries to scupper the Babayoko deal from The Chavs) The guy might be a brilliant coach/manager, but as a human being, he is a nasty piece of work and has self esteem issues.

  10. loyika

    @ Bam? Errr YEAH!!

    Lukaku said himself that Pogba was a big reason that he joined (see Agent getting in Pogs ear to sweeten fellow client)

    Makes life easier for them as said Agent is….. gosh… friends with the CEO and Manager. So why can’t it be possible for that to happen. Its like when David Dein’s son had this one way link to Barca (where almost all his Arsenal clients were being offered to them on a silver platter)

    Some clubs like dealing with specific agents that they know, especially if their clients/players are of high quality.

  11. raptora

    Why do papers keep saying that our Lacazette’s transfer fee is £52 million but Lukaku one is worth £75 million.

    1.”Alexandre Lacazette completes a club record move to Arsenal after the Gunners agreed a deal worth up to £52 million for the striker.
    Arsenal have agreed to pay an initial £46m to Lyon for Lacazette, which will eclipse their previous record transfer of £42.5m for Mesut Ozil that was set in 2013.
    Lyon could receive another £6m in add-ons, £2.6m of which are thought to be easy to achieve and the remaining £3.4m more difficult to reach.”

    2.”Despite United sources initially denying Rooney’s departure was linked to the Lukaku transfer, reports on Friday suggested the club’s record goalscorer is included in the package – consisting of a £75m fee up front, £15m in add-ons and a £10m valuation of their own striker.”

    So in one transfer they count the bonuses, but on the other they dont?! And in every stat of world record transfers Lukaku shows as the tied #5 alongside Luis Suarez (same level of player LOL) worth £75 million. Yet our very own Lacazette shows at £52 million.
    Is it club PR where United don’t want people to speculate with the higher number in a bad try to stop teams overpricing their players when United comes calling? And Arsenal, on the opposite, want to show to our fans that they are okay with spending mega money?! It’s very weird.

  12. loyika

    @ TR7

    Agree with you on Spuds….but i have this feeling that Poch will priorities the league over the UCL. Doubt they will be able to handle both comps especially with the Wembley factor.

    I really feel he thinks they can win the league. Doubt they will, but i am sure he/they will give it a go again. The Top 7/8 will be a lot tighter.

  13. EN1AFC

    Manchester United snubbed Alexandre Lacazette in favour of Romelu Lukaku after damning scouting report said he had ‘no stamina, physical impact and was not big game player’ ” – The Sun

    Haha.. did the same scout watch Lukaku last season by any chance? Ran the least of any striker in the league, Everton fans bemoan his laziness and first touch. As for big games he very rarely scores against anyone in the top 6. lacazette may not be the biggest but as we’ve seen with giroud that isn’t what suits our game anyway. Lukaku will do alright at United but he is not worth anywhere near the £100m+ they paid for him.

  14. Wallace

    Raiola gets his 12-15m whenever Utd sign one of his players. sure it was a huge factor in Lukaku choosing them over Chelsea. same way we had no chance once they moved for Mkhitaryan.

  15. Crusaderrabbit

    Best to worse scenario

    #1 – Alexis stays, + Lacazette, Lemar and one other (ideally CDM or possibly CB)
    #2 – Alexis leaves, + Lacazette, Lemar (plays CM) and one other winger (probably a winger like Mahrez)
    #3 – Alexis stays, + Lacazette, one other (ideally Lemar)
    #4 – Alexis leaves, + Lacazette, Lemar
    #5 – Alexis leaves, + Lacazette + other player (possibly Mahrez)
    #6 – Alexis leaves, + Lacazette

    #1 = title challengers, #2-3 good chance of top four, possible Europa, #4 perhaps slightly better off, #5 little worse than now, #6 definitely worse than now

    Knowing Arsenal I think 5-6 are by far the most likely

    The sensible thing would be to get in Lemar (which to be fair they are trying to do). We also need more bodies in midfield, (forget Cazorla, move on Wilshere and Coquelin) and if theres a chance of getting VanDijk (sell them Chambers) then that would be real intent. However this being Arsenal we will once again be at least two players short (whether Sanchez stays or not) and be harbouring high paid dross within the squad. Just for once wouldn’t it be great if we started the season with a full high quality deck, rather a weak hand.

  16. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    My understanding is that Perez wax signed last year ad it wax expected that Sanchez might leave them …
    So why not up Perez n sell Sanchez to city .

    I think most arsenal fans thought that Perez was decentban not given enough game time ….
    Does he want to stay now tho ?

  17. Bamford10

    EN1

    I too think Lukaku will disappoint a little and I too think he isn’t worth all that money. The outstanding question for me, though, is who will have the better season next season and who will prove to be the better striker — Lacazette or Lukaku.

    Time will tell.

  18. Bamford10

    Crusader

    I like your scenarios, but I think it sounds like Wenger is genuinely serious about getting Lemar. We may not be able to get him, of course, but I think he then at least gets Mahrez.

  19. raptora

    “Arsenal have just revealed new signing Alexandre Lacazette will wear the number 9 shirt.
    It is not good news for Lucas Perez, who wore that last season and has not been included in Arsenal’s 25-man squad that flew to Australia on Sunday.”

  20. freddylekgunner

    Everyone knows Mourhino always like big, tall and powerful strikers, that’s why he didn’t fancy Laca but we’ve missed a striker of Laca quality for a while now

  21. Emiratesstroller

    If Sanchez was the only player at Arsenal in his final year of contract I would be inclined to do as Wenger suggests and hold onto him even if he decides to leave next Summer on a Bosman.

    The fact is that Sanchez cost Arsenal transfer fee £35 Million + wages of £140K pw on his current contract over 4 years and that works out at about £15 Million pa over its lifetime.

    A replacement player of equivalent standard would cost Arsenal today £80-100 Million transfer fee + wages of probably £300K pw. That translates over
    same contract period at about £35-40 million per year.

    So by keeping Sanchez to end of his contract we would be saving the club
    around £25 million.

    Sanchez is a known commodity and not someone who is likely to underperform if we don’t sell him.

    So with regard to him I don’t see any problem hanging on to him for another year even if he refuses to sign a new contract and leaves on a Bosman.
    He is a proven player who will guarantee us at least 20 EPL goals a season
    and will be probably the difference between us qualifying next season for
    CL or not.

    The reality is that finding a proven player of equivalent standard is today
    a rarity and particularly one with a long term investment value. Most of
    the top players are now aged 28-32 and are playing for top clubs.

    Wenger has identified two younger players in Mbappe and Lemar who might be good replacements but they will cost more than Sanchez and there is no guarantee that either will be a good replacement.

    So I agree with Wenger on this occasion and will hold onto Sanchez and not
    sell him to Man City or any other club in England. Let him leave next summer when he will be almost 30.

    The problem with both Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain is different. Both are
    good players but are replaceable at realistic prices. You can adopt the same
    policy as with Sanchez, but do you really want to go into next summer with
    a potential loss of over £100 million + in transfer fees for 3 players?

    That is the dilemma facing Arsenal this summer. The other players in final
    year of contract including Szczesny, Wilshire and Gibbs have no future at
    Arsenal even if they wanted to stay. Therefore you sell them for the best price they will fetch, although it is frankly not a lot.

  22. Black Hei

    Bamford

    I think the situation over at United is insidious with all the Railoa links.

    He has comed into the set up to prey on Woodward’s weakness in securing big deals.

    Its almost like a buffet where he helps himself to the cash at United.

    What does United and Arsenal has in common? Other than has-been managers, they both do not have a DOF.

    Mou, might has been a has-been, but, I think he knew that Mik wouldn’t fit so easily into the setup since he is just not a Mou-type of player but yet United still bought him.

    Me thinks Mou gets some kind of cut for agreeing to these deals.

    And also, I think Bellotti would have been the perfect Mou player, and yes, you can get him for 75m freaking pounds.

  23. freddylekgunner

    raptors
    I think we have to sell Lucas as Wenger don’t fancy him ( I like what I’ve seen of him though)
    I think Eduardo is the last player that have taken that number and done well.
    Question of the day: Who’s the greatest Arsenal player that was given the no.9 and wether Laca can surpass that player.

  24. Park Chu-young's left testicle

    Alekey

    Welcome to the madhouse. It won’t be long before somebody calls you a c*nt.

  25. Cesc Appeal

    I think it is pretty simple, Mourinho wanted a big powerful type ST and we opted for the smaller, perhaps more technically proficient ST.

    Have to see how it plays out.

    If we carry out on and get more business done, like Lemar and a CM, then getting Lacazette for £45 Million will probably look like good business anyway in this current market.

    Szczesny, Debuchy, Jenkinson, Gibbs and Perez all look like they are on the way out. So that is trimming the squad down a bit. Somehow it looks as if Wilshere and Walcott are going to survive.

    Just please no new deals for them, let them wonder off to some other side at the ends of their deals if we’re not going to actively push them under other club’s noses this summer.

  26. Crusaderrabbit

    Bamford,

    I could live with not getting Lemar, and getting Mahrez, if we upgrade elsewhere partic in midfield. Ramsey is a weak link and don’t want to see Coquelin or Wilshere near the squad any more – someone like Pjanic would be awesome. Sadly I think we’ll get either Lemar or Mahrez, and stop regardless of whether Alexis stays or goes

  27. DM

    Emiratesstroller

    Totally agree with your post re Sanchez. We should 100% keep hold of him. He will always give 100%, and I’m pretty sure his main beef with Arsenal is not a lack of money or whatnot, but a lack of ambition and competitiveness on the field. If we add a Lemar or Mahrez to our acquisitions and keep hold of Sanchez, we’ll have a hell of a front line next season. So it’s not just about the fact that if he goes next year on a free it’s not the end of the world… it’s also about the fact that he MIGHT, just might, even decide to sign on if we actually compete next year. And if not, fine, we let him go after he’s hopefully given us another great season performance-wise.

  28. loyika

    @ Cesc

    No one has a problem with what the Mancs are doing. Its Jose that is opening his big gob with lines like; “He has come to the biggest club” “We didn’t want so and so after scouting him” and so on.

    If he just stfu and focuses on his pre season i doubt many would care even if they signed Trump Jr to their academy. Do we see Pep or Conte making such silly remarks.

    Also no reason to compare Luks with Lacs. Both will play their parts for their respective teams. If we did that we might as well compare all strikers across the Top 7!?

  29. raptora

    Honestly speaking it doesn’t make sense to me for Arsenal to chase Lemar, and before that Mbappe, if Alexis is staying. Wenger will surely keep his saving grace three defenders system so it would mean that Alexis, Lacazette and Ozil are going to take the front three in the team. Now if our midfield zone was done and settled with a solid upgrade on Xhaka’s partner, then yes – upgrade the striking force no problem. But with this gaping hole in the middle of the park it’s just weird to invest ~£60 million for yet another forward who wouldn’t even have a starter place guaranteed. Those are my 2 cents.

  30. Crusaderrabbit

    I think Wenger thinks Alexis will stay and Lemar will be CM or he won’t sign anyone,

    If Alexis goes Lemar/Mahrez will be LW but think midfield will remain as last season

  31. Emiratesstroller

    DM

    Sanchez is for me a no brainer. I would hold onto him and certainly not sell him to a competitor.

    The real dilemma is Ozil and Ox. Both are easily replaceable. The problem there is what happens if they refuse to sign a new contract?

    Do we want to lose next summer three players potentially worth £100 million+
    on freebies. If Ox does not sign then I would sell him. He is a good young player but replaceable.

    What was more telling than Wenger’s statements has been what Gazidis said two to three weeks ago. Arsenal are only interested in buying players who
    are good enough for starting X1.

    Kolasinac and Lacazette fit clearly that brief. If Lemar comes in you can play
    him on left of midfield in similar role to how Cazorla played when he arrived
    at club. Sanchez can easily be shifted to right as he has played for Chile and
    also periodically for us.

  32. DM

    Emiratesstroller

    Agreed. If Ox doesn’t wanna sign, sell him on – he’s still got potential but he wont be an enormous loss. Esp if we stick with our back 3, it looks like he’d mainly be used as our rwb, where Bellerin is my preferred choice anyway. As long as we get a decent replacement, no biggie. Having said which, I reckon he’ll stay.

    Özil looks like he’s staying to me. His comments re Lacazette – that he can’t wait to play with and assist him – def seem to show he’s not planning to go anywhere. But again, he’s replaceable. If he doesn’t sign, sell him on. There are a few top players who would be available at the right price and would do a great job.

    But like I said, I reckon they’re both staying. Sanchez is the only one I’m not that sure about, and the only one I really care about.

  33. Bamford10

    “We’ll test many systems before the season starts but certainly we will start with 3 at the back. Some games we will play 4.” – Wenger this morning

    For me this is a good sign. Going initially with what seemed to work better last season, but being flexible and training and preparing to play either.

  34. Bamford10

    Crusader

    I agree that we MUST strengthen in central midfield. Ramsey + Xhaka is not good enough. Regardless of how good our front three or back five are, we must be better in central midfield.

  35. TR7

    Mourinho is a petty human being. Laughable he is pointing out Lacazzete’s big game exploits when Lukaku himself has scored 5 from 35 games against current top 6. As for laziness, Lukaku is a living impersonation of laziness. Not saying Lacazzete is the second coming of Thierry Henry but Mourinho’s digs at Lacazzete are embarrassing given who he has signed instead.

  36. Bamford10

    Black Hei

    You might be right about what’s going on at United. There is definitely something not quite right about their approach to signings. It’s not so much that any one signing was a bad signing — indeed, most of their signings are good in themselves — it’s more that there doesn’t seem to be any plan as to how these players fit together into a coherent whole. It’s just spending on names, throwing money at the problem.

    Fellaini, Mata, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Lukaku. All of these (save maybe Fellaini) are good players in their own way. But do they all fit together? Is there a plan here? I’m not sure.

  37. Leftsidesanch

    Taken from Sky Sports:

    Asked about the potential for further transfer activity, Wenger said: “I am open to get some more signings, but it is not easy to find the players who can strengthen our squad, because we have top-quality players.

    “There are two ways to improve always – analyse what we did well last season and what we did not so well and improve that, and then you can bring new players in.

    “But at the moment, because we are in pre-season, it is very important for us to analyse well what happened last season and where we can improve. We have top quality in our squad, and at the moment I focus on that.”

    – I’m sure I can remember the same stuff being said around this period for the last 3/4 years.

  38. freddylekgunner

    Mou with the mind games already and as someone pointed out earlier why are the press saying Laca is 52m and Lukaku 75m?

  39. Emiratesstroller

    DM

    Ox is a very good young player, but he has underperformed for Arsenal whenever he plays in his preferred position of central midfield.

    There is a lot of competition for him in the right wing/midfield with Walcott,
    Sanchez and Ozil all being able to play there.

    I would expect Bellerin to play in right back/wing back position ahead of Ox.
    Ox has limited experience in that position.

    So if Lemar were to arrive at the club as a left winger and we land up spending
    £40-50 million on him he will expect to start.

    Therefore the chances of Ox playing in starting lineup next season are very
    limited. In that situation it would be best to sell him, although preferably not
    to Liverpool if it can be avoided.

  40. freddylekgunner

    Leftsidesanch
    That’s a predictable comment from Wenger for at least the past five season lol.

  41. Marko

    “Manchester United snubbed Alexandre Lacazette in favour of Romelu Lukaku after damning scouting report said he had ‘no stamina, physical impact and was not big game player’ ” – The Sun

    No stamina? The lads barely been injured the last 3/4 years and played practically all the games when fit. By physical impact does he mean goals cause they speak for itself. He may have a point on the last bit but also worth noting that Lukaku suffers from the same problem. Basically Mou is probably chatting shit to levitate any doubts about signing Lukaku and also he’s a dickhead

  42. Marko

    Also please can someone stop the manager from talking about transfers. For the love of god every time he opens his mouth about signings you’re left with the feeling of dread and disappointment

  43. Daz

    Pay no mind to wengers comments on transfers its just the standard script, we have top quality, only sign players who improve us blah blah. He says the same thing in windows when we have spent and in ones when we haven’t.

  44. freddylekgunner

    Daz, the problem he really believe in his dross like Ramsey and Ox that are easily replaceable

  45. DM

    Emiratesstroller

    Again, I agree, but I’m saying that if Ox is to stay I can only see him being used as a backup option for Bellerin at the RWB position, or as a sub on the wings, where we have plenty of people ahead of him in the pecking order. If he goes, we’ll prob need someone who can fill in for Bellerin, unless we’re planning to use someone we already have – can’t think who would be a good fit, but will blatently end up being Chambers lol

  46. Bamford10

    Marko

    I agree that Mourinho may be just playing mind games, but by “stamina” they’re referring to stamina over 90 minutes, not over a season. Which isn’t to say they’re right about that — I don’t know — but that’s what they’re talking about.

  47. raptora

    “James Rodríguez has joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid. The two clubs have agreed on a two-year loan transaction until 2019 with Bayern given the option to buy. ”

    At least he’s not going to another top team in England. Imo Bayern is out of the game for Alexis 100% now.

  48. Bamford10

    That seems a really smart move by Bayern, IMO. They get a fantastic player, but they don’t have to pay the insane fee that would be requisite in the current market.

  49. Marko

    they’re referring to stamina over 90 minutes, not over a season

    I’d imagine his stamina is better than Lukaku’s.

    Anyway James on a two year loan to Bayern is a fucking brilliant move. Absolutely fantastic window again by Bayern Rudy and the fantastic Sule in before last season was even finished and Tolisso in before pre season starts. Very well run and efficient club

  50. raptora

    Leftsidesanch,
    Bayern are out. Juventus never really looked interested. PSG have Mbappe and Coutinho ahead of Alexis making him a possibility still. Inter are not a team he would consider imo, in worse shape than Arsenal. So what would make sense? Manchester City, Chelsea and very low chance of joining PSG. If we believe in Wenger words (I don’t really think he will lie this time) he is not going to another EPL club so it leaves him with somewhat of a chance of going to PSG if the other 2 targets that they are trying to land fail in the end. It looks like he is staying with us in my eyes.

  51. Marko

    Sky reporting Ox is likely to leave, poor move for both the player and the club.

    Here’s the thing though it’s looking increasingly likely that in order for players to come in others will have to leave so if Oxlade Chamberlain leaving means we bring in a player I’m absolutely all for. The only player I don’t want to leave is Sanchez and that’s it if we got decent money for anyone else I’d take it and replace. Unfortunately it looks as though the only players we have that other clubs want are Sanchez, Ox and Giroud certainly decent money wise I’d let the latter two go but the former is the most likely

  52. Leftsidesanch

    @raptora it looks like he may be staying, could even sign a new deal.

    And @tr7 agreed, I’m in the camp that Ox could be a very useful player for us.

  53. Frost

    Reading up on United, can someone tell me what they are smoking up in Manchester?

    From the £12m paid to Raiola this summer, on top of the £11m paid for Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan last summer. Add the £3.27m paid for Pogba, the £2.2m paid “by” Pogba, and the £22.8m paid “by” Juventus, Manchester United have paid £51.27m to Mino Raiola since Jose Mourinho took over as manager.

    £51.27m. That gets you a world class player ffs.

  54. DM

    This will probably be an unpopular opinion but I really think we should do all we can to hold on to Giroud. He’s not main-striker material, but what he offers us off the bench, or in occasional games as a plan B, is so overlooked and underrated. Honestly think that what he DOES do, he does extremely well. If we can keep him as a super sub/squad player, it’d be a big plus.

  55. TR7

    Douglas Costa must be surplus to requirement at Bayern now that they have signed Rodriguez. I think we can get him at a good price to replace Ox.

    I sense with Ox , the issue is not the wages on offer but rather whether he gets to play as a CM. Ox shits all over Liverpool’s midfield options like Lieva , Wijnaldum and probably sees for himself a starting role in central midfield.

  56. Kenyangunner

    So the first thing rooney does after signing for everton is to play a friendly game against the mighty Gor Mahia FC club of kenya in Tanzania as the sportpesa cup winners.

    Hahahaha…

  57. Champagne charlie

    Bamford

    Behave mate, you’re better versed than to pick up dross leaks into a rag like the sun.

    United gave Lacazette a pass because of his big game mentality? They just bought Lukaku for 90mil so enlighten us on that gem Jose.

    Fact is Lacazette plays cute, technical football and relies on movement and patterns. Lukaku is a target to pump balls to, an athletic and goal scoring Fellaini. The spin is real from that Northern bunch I swear, anything to justify why they’re paying 35mil more for a player not as good as Lacazette.

  58. China

    It’s not really surprising that a guy who’s been playing pro level football for 5+ years and don’t even know his own position isn’t being courted by anyone big

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if ox was exactly the same in every single aspect but didn’t have that immense frame no one would think twice about selling him

    Somehow people always seem to believe there’s a serious player in there when half a decade or so has told us there isn’t, even if he does look good walking down the tunnel…

  59. GoonerDave

    There are no quotes from Mourinho on Lacazette in either the Sun or the Express, who is cited as the source.
    A “United Source” (!) is responsible for the quotes.

  60. Ishola70

    Lemar seems far off now.

    Don’t think he will be signed this summer.

    Think the Sun article stating that he had agreed personal terms with the club verbally was bullshit.

    Think Monaco are going to hold onto him for another season along with Mbappe.

  61. TR7

    “It’s not really surprising that a guy who’s been playing pro level football for 5+ years and don’t even know his own position isn’t being courted by anyone big”

    He has more clubs courting him than the so called best no 10 in the world and I would like to believe Liverpool, City and Chelsea are big clubs.

  62. Ishola70

    DM:
    “This will probably be an unpopular opinion but I really think we should do all we can to hold on to Giroud. He’s not main-striker material, but what he offers us off the bench, or in occasional games as a plan B, is so overlooked and underrated. Honestly think that what he DOES do, he does extremely well. If we can keep him as a super sub/squad player, it’d be a big plus.”

    Not an unpopular view at all.

    Think most on here recognise that he is a very good squad player to have.

    Problem is World Cup coming up and Giroud wanting guaranteed first team football.

  63. China

    Watch an Arsenal game with the sound off and squint a bit so you can’t fully make out who’s who and you’ll finally realize that he’s conning you and is all look no substance haha

    frankly it’s weird that people would keep him and flog Walcott considering as nutty as walnut is, he has something to show for his time here. 100 goals, likely to get 10 goals a season and some assists (which considering he usually spends half the season injured or benched isn’t the worst record in the world)

    I’m all for flogging Wally but let’s compare with ox. What exactly can we say ox has done for us?

    How many special or even particularly good memories are there of him?

    We’ve been shit for 7 odd years and he still can’t cement a first team spot

    He’s achieved zero. He’s provided zero. He has incredibly few special moments. He’s neither a Santi wowing the stands, nor a parlour putting in reliable, solid shifts week after week

    What exactly is he?

    As a goner I’m gonna have to say…*puts on sunglasses*… CANNON FODDER

    Thanks guys I’m here all night signing autographs

    Guys?

    Guys….?

  64. Marko

    Munich just get it done.Similar deal to the one they got done for Coman, right?

    He could be off heard he wasn’t as involved as he’d like last season. But no doubting the kind of transfer strategy Bayern do is admirable to say the least. A truly world class squad and their transfer record is 35 million that they paid this summer. Astute doesn’t begin to describe them

  65. China

    TR7

    So what evidence is there of him being courted apart from paper rumours?

    See any bids for him?

    Any enquiries?

    Anything public at all or just a few rags stirring things like they do with 1000 other players to fill paper space on a quiet news day

  66. Marko

    I agree. I mean don’t get me wrong I want rid of Walcott but at least he’s got some statistics on his side whereas for 6 years Chamberlain has absolutely no statistics that suggest he hasn’t moved on from potential and prospect. Same with Wilshere.

  67. China

    TR7 evidence please…

    The only one courting a move is he himself who stirred the pot a month or two back

    Times ticking and not one bit of actual evidence that anyone big wants him

  68. China

    He’s in the last year of his contract.

    He whored himself out at the end of the season with his comments

    He’s not a major name so wouldn’t be astronomically expensive

    Times ticking but the silence is deafening with all those ‘suitors’ lining up for him

    He is an Everton level player. If he’s going anywhere that’s where he belongs

  69. TR7

    China

    I am not an ITK. Like everyone else here I go by transfer rumors on the web. At least he has been linked to various clubs unlike Ozil, Wilshere, Theo etc. That he is stalling on his contract suggests he has a top club waiting in the wings. We will see. Wouldn’t be surprised if he moved to Liverpool very soon.

  70. Marko

    Look Fabian Delph and Richard Wright moved to a big club in recent years but barely played so it doesn’t really mean much. Ox moving to Liverpool or Chelsea for me would only mean he’s bought for the home grown status. He’s not starting for either team and he’s not a midfielder so he’s definitely not starting for Liverpool unless they plan on playing him LB

  71. China

    Yeah well I won’t claim to be ITK either so I’m not arguing that it’s technically possible

    My point is just that transfer rumours are ten a penny and a tiny minority are factual

    In his case he’s pretty available unless wenger decides he’s absolutely integral. Considering he’s only spent 1/3 of the season first choice and we’ve been willing to let him run down his contract this far, everything suggests that he’s peripheral to Arsenal’s major priorities

    In light of them he can probably be had for 20-25m. Certainly not more than 30.

    At a time when teams like city are happy to throw money around and everyone and their uncle is dropping big money, it strikes me as inconsistent that everything surrounding him is so quiet

    If Liverpool want to win the league they need to improve quite a lot. If they believe ox is someone who can make a significant difference why not just cough up and make it happen? Same for Chelsea and city.

    It *might* happen, I can’t deny, but everything suggests that he has no leverage in his situation because like ozil and wilshere, no one seems to be willing to pay the going rate + wages. Which implies that they don’t think he’s really all that important to them

  72. TitsMcGee

    Since we have Lacazette keeping Alexis would be a major coup. We need them both. That’s what teams that win stuff have on their roster.

    James to Bayern on loan is good work by Munich.

  73. Marko

    I’m not even someone who hates Chamberlain but if he’s making playing demands and ridiculous wage demands I’d tell him to piss off honestly. He’s a squad player at best and thats wherever he goes

  74. Jamie

    It would be a shame if Ox goes to Liverpool. It would definitely mean keeping Welbeck, Walcott, and either Chambers or Wilshere in order to meet homegrown UEFA criteria.

    We need 4 club-trained players and 4 England-trained players.

    Hector, Iwobi, Ramsey, Walcott, Wilshere, Gibbs all club-trained status.
    Welbeck, Chambers and Holding England-trained.

    Am I missing anyone?

  75. Alexanderhenry

    Pedro

    There’s as much chance of sanchez staying at arsenal without signing, as there is Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi winning the Nobel peace prize. I think you agree.

    However, on shifting dead wood, this should be done for purely footballing reasons.

    Arsenal do not need to ‘free up” any cash. The club has more cash in the bank than any other PL team.

  76. China

    You’ll also notice I don’t at any point argue with your points about ozil and wilshere because I entirely agree

    Best n10 in the world isn’t good enough to get a serious move. The silence couldn’t be more deafening surrounding ozil. Entirely agreed

  77. China

    Alex it’s true we have a lot of money but it’s not as much as it seems

    We could burn through it in just a small handful of quality signings (as many as we need if we’re honest)

    We have put ourselves into an awkward position now where we need to spend big or very cleverly to get back near the top but if we do it and it doesn’t work we’ll be no better than Liverpool scrapping around 3-6th each year whilst not getting as many big financial pay days down in ‘elite mediocrity’

  78. qna

    Emirates. Who are we buying that costs 80-100m that would cost 15m a year in salary? We simply wouldny buy that player.

    The real equation is:

    Buy someone for max 50m on a 5 year deal max 150k (7.5m). By delaying that signing by one year it will save us 17.5m.

    If we sell Sanzhez for 50m we save lets say 7m. That means a net gain of 40m. Ehat donwe gain for this 40m? Do we win a title – 100% no. Do we make the champions league which we wouldnt do anyway with that 50m player? Not with the current list.

    So there is no point in doing it. Just sell him and use that money to buy a new player. We aren’t close to a title challenge so throwing away 40m to show a bit of false pride is ridiculous.

  79. Daz

    Not so long back ox was the guy with no end product, no football brain only good for taking selfies,tbf he had a decent end to the season(contract time) but if he stays he will likely want 100k per week do we really want him on that for 4 years? Slips back into comfort mode then the talk of cant believe we put these frauds on such wages and get stuck with them. Hes had 6 years done basically nothing fuck him off now

  80. Champagne charlie

    Alex

    Do you seriously think there’s no chance we dig our heels in over Alexis?

    I think it’s very viable given the state of the fan base end of season/going into the summer. Our transfer strategy has already noticeably changed so I don’t see us behaving the same way as previous.

    Certainly isn’t a given as you’re suggesting. If we can acquire the right players and get a reasonable fee outside England then its a distinct possibility. But I don’t see Alexis being allowed to move to City

  81. Champagne charlie

    I personally wouldn’t indulge Ox to the point of agreeing to a massive contract plus any potential first team promises.

    He has potential but he’s also delivered fuck all imo to demand anything. Though it’s suggested this is all agent driven nonsense and he’s going to sign on.

    Ox is very replaceable this window, so boy needs to make a smart decision if he hasn’t already. If he thinks he’s part of the “will he won’t he” story Alexis has created then he’s very much mistaken.

  82. HighburyLegend

    Manure’s scouts about why they didn’t sign Lacazette :
    “He has no endurance, no physical impact and is not a player of great matches”

    Ah ah ah, no doubt, he was made to play for us!!

  83. China

    I’d like to see us register some homegrown kids and totally burn down the mess that is our British experiment

    None of them are helping us get closer to the title. All of them are causes of us drifting down the table. In wilsheres case he isn’t even good enough to make us worse as he’s busy making Bournemouth worse

    Flog the lot. In total they’re probably worth over 100m.

    Ox 25
    Ramsey 30
    Wilshere 20
    Walnut 20
    Welbeck 10

    Spend that money on two major 50m players to walk into the first team.

    Keep the rest of the squad together and replace the lot of them with kids.

    Our first team would be notably better and these guys were already stinking up the bench as average so how much worse would it be to have a couple of kids on the bench?

    Iwobi is the only one I’d keep in the squad personally

    Bench of Martinez, holding, gabriel, coq, el neny, iwobi, giroud

    We wouldn’t even notice they were gone and be all the better for it

  84. Marko

    Our transfer strategy has already noticeably changed so I don’t see us behaving the same way as previous.

    You have to stop saying this it hasn’t noticeably changed. We have in the past brought in a player at the expense of a star player leaving. Which is possibly happening again this summer. Until otherwise nothing has changed yet.

    On Sanchez though we stand a better chance of making top 4 with him staying than him leaving so keeping him as opposed to selling him for 50 million is much of a muchness. It’s a difficult situation that we’ve allowed ourselves to be in

  85. mano'gunner

    Wenger, in Sydney for a two-match pre-season friendly series with A-League clubs Sydney FC and Western Sydney, reiterated his resolve not sell Sanchez to a Premier League rival.

    “Nobody knows today if Sanchez will be in the final year of his contract, because he can extend his contract with us at the start of the season or during the season,” Wenger said.

    “So it’s not necessarily the last year of his contract at Arsenal football club.”

    The narrative seems about right. He isn’t signing, Wenger won’t let him go and he’ll leave end of the season.

  86. TitsMcGee

    “He has no endurance, no physical impact and is not a player of great matches”

    We’ve bombed on our last few players from French league.

    Giroud
    Gervinho
    Chamahk

    I don’t think Lacazette will be as avg as Giroud but it remains to be seen whether he can be a very good/great scorer in this league. I have serious doubts especially if we lose Sanchez.

  87. Emiratesstroller

    It is clear to me that Arsenal’s only options if we decide to sell Sanchez will
    be competitors in EPL and most probably Man City.

    For the reasons I outlined earlier today I would keep Sanchez until the end
    of his contract, because there is no likelihood this summer of finding a comparable replacement.

    If Sanchez refuses to sign a new contract then Arsenal’s cost this season is
    his current salary of £140K pw. We don’t have to pay him more.

    So the club will be keeping their best player, saving money AND ensuring that our opposition is not strengthened.

    Moreover I look at it that whilst we will not earn a transfer fee at end of his
    contract we have had good value for money during his current contract.

    He will be 30 next season and only one year less than Rooney is now and as
    we have seen that player is now in decline. So if he can leave next summer
    on freebie and can convince Man City or Man Utd to pay him £400 K pw
    good luck to him.

    For now I would focus on selling Ox this summer and buying a player who
    will improve our first team rather than just fill in as a squad player.

  88. raptora

    In a vacuum we need to do the opposite of what Everton do. They are selling their two stars – Lukaku and Barkley raising north of £130m. They bought a bunch of players and in the end they could end the TW on profit.
    We, on the other hand, need to sell bunch of players to free salaries and invest in top qualidee couple of players more. We’ve acquired two starters already, need two more upgrades on the right wing (Ozil is lackluster and he is considered our starter RW now) and Xhaka’s partner. Sell all the fringe players, get Lemar and Fabinho/Goretska in and we have a top notch looking team and at the very least we’ve given ourselves a chance to compete despite Wenger.

  89. Champagne charlie

    Marko

    Uhm no I don’t have to stop saying something that is blindingly obvious.

    We’ve brought in the best lb in the bundesliga last year, spent 50 mil on Lacazette, and clearly want to add Lemar in double quick time.

    I know you get nervous and defensive when Arsenal do things right, but that type of business is unlike anything we’ve done for 15 years you melt. Try and offset that with Alexis leaving but that’s likely why? There’s been no bids and the club have stated he won’t be sold. Deja vu you’ll say, but that’s not taking the context into account which you still refuse to do.

    Even if we do sell Alexis we’ll have bought Lacazette and Lemar, plus I’d bet my left nut anther player of stature like Mahrez.

  90. TitsMcGee

    Do we trust Wenger to spend the £90 million for Sanchez wisely though? He’s just as likely to either hoard that cash, or divvy it up amongst his kids.

    I don’t see him putting an even bigger crosshair on his back by spending another £90 million this summer to bring his total to £140 million.

    Not after he spent almost 100 last season and got worse.

  91. Champagne charlie

    Tits

    Giroud has been quality for Arsenal, if you can’t appreciate or be balanced with your view then it makes your comments all the more irrelevant tbh.

    You don’t have to prove anything by being overly damning of things to do with Arsenal. Common Le grove rhetoric.

    I defy anyone to provide a reasoned argument how Giroud is anything but quality.

  92. TitsMcGee

    Giroud has been quality for Arsenal, if you can’t appreciate or be balanced with your view then it makes your comments all the more irrelevant tbh.”

    Two things:

    1. Get over yourself.
    2. Giroud is bang average.

    Thanks.

    I call it like I see it. You don’t like it then do whatever makes you happy (if anything of course 😉 )

    Never seen a more miserable POS (besides Keyser of course). 😉

  93. Emiratesstroller

    Let’s focus on offloading our dross and for once do the right thing and hold
    onto our star player.

    Sanchez is not a player who will not play to the best of his ability if he stays at Arsenal this season. The main loser apart from Man City will be the agent
    who will have to wait another season to earn his ill gotten commission.

    If we buy Lemar that is almost certainly an upgrade on both Walcott and Ox. As I have said there are plenty of options to switch to right midfield/wing such as Ozil or Sanchez.

  94. Champagne charlie

    Tits

    Do enlighten me as to what I’m miserable about? This should be a laugh given I’m one of the more optimistic posters on here…

    Qualify that Giroud is bang average, because his returns prove otherwise. Not sure you’re aware, but stating an opinion and then saying ‘just because’ when questioned isn’t justifying it.

  95. Cesc Appeal

    If we got £90 Million for Sanchez then Wenger would likely go big for Mbappe. He is still talking about him in Australia in very glowing terms.

    But we will not get close to that. If we sell, I think it will be around £60 Million. If City offer something relatively small like £30-35 Million then Arsenal will take the hit and keep him.

    Not sure where our breaking point comes, but there is a number without doubt.

  96. Bamford10

    Champagne

    Giroud may be “quality,” but he is second-choice quality, not first-choice quality. Unfortunately, dipshit went with Giroud as our #1 for four years, which was a disaster.

    Today Wenger talked about what “good value” Giroud has been. This honestly makes me want to fucking scream. Yeah, he has given us good value for 11m. But football isn’t a value competition; it’s a quality competition. That Giroud has been a 87/100 for only 11m is great; but we needed a 92/100 or 93/100 to actually compete. That he was good value is frankly somewhat irrelevant.

  97. TitsMcGee

    Qualify that Giroud is bang average, because his returns prove otherwise. Not sure you’re aware, but stating an opinion and then saying ‘just because’ when questioned isn’t justifying it.”

    Thanks and goodnight.

    😉

  98. TR7

    Would be very silly of City to spend anything over 50M for a player they don’t desperately need and who’s in the last year of his contract. City have KDB,Sane,Sterling,Jesus,Aguero,David Silva,Bernardo Silva – 7 quality players for 4 positions. If I were Pep, I would steer clear of Sanchez and focus on signing fullbacks and center-backs.

  99. Bamford10

    McGee

    I hear you re Wenger, but I do think he seems more interested in signings this summer than previous. He might still fuck if up — in fact I’m pretty sure he’s not going to sign a CM, which is a problem — but I do think he seems a little more motivated.

  100. TitsMcGee

    That he was good value is frankly somewhat irrelevant.”

    Lol shhhhhh

    Only Arsenal fans talk about a player being a success or failure based on their price tag.

    We spent 11 million on him and to the arse above he’s “quality” because he scored hat tricks against the likes of Crystal Palace and West Ham and hardly scored when it matters vs the top teams.

    He’s a bang average player anyway the sycophants want to spin it. You can’t win with him up top because he’s slow and fluffs his chances too often vs the good teams. That’s pretty much the definition of avg.

    You would think I called him the worst player ever 😉

  101. Bamford10

    As far as first-choice CFs go, he IS “bang average”. As far as second choice CFs go, he’s pretty good.

  102. Champagne charlie

    Bamford

    His ability is in question here, not how he fits in the team. Everyone knows he’s not the profile of striker Arsenal need, or have needed, but the hyperbolic nonsense twats like Tits come out with is a joke. You’ve called him average as well and judged him on merits he should never be judged for, as if he asked to be bought and told to replace RVP…

    Giroud is a quality player period and gets a ridiculous amount of flak from armchair fans.

    Arsenal: 164 games, 69 goals, 27 assists.
    France: 64 games, 27 goals (8th all time scorer for France, 5 more goals and he’s 4th all time for them. His ration is 0.42 whilst top scorer Henry was 0.41)

    “Bang average” though….

  103. Emiratesstroller

    No-one is going to pay £90 million for Sanchez and certainly not if his wages
    are £400K pw.

    Frankly only a club like Man City are daft enough to spend £50 million on a
    player who is in his final year of contract and will be 30 next season.

    If Sanchez stays and we continue to upgrade our team/squad we have a realistic chance of qualifying for Champions League next season and that is
    worth alone over £20 million in increased revenue.

    So when you combine that with the savings we are making in not buying a
    replacement for Sanchez and not having to pay increased wages that is a
    strong justification for doing absolutely nothing.

    If the club does well next season Sanchez will think twice about leaving.

  104. TitsMcGee

    I hear you re Wenger, but I do think he seems more interested in signings this summer than previous. He might still fuck if up — in fact I’m pretty sure he’s not going to sign a CM, which is a problem — but I do think he seems a little more motivated.”

    Remains to be seen and while I do think he’s slightly more aggressive (so far) I have my doubts he’s going to spend much more because with no UCL he’s going to have to break the bank twice more to get Lemar and a partner for Xhaka.

    Don’t see him doing it. Not after he face-planted last season after spending circa £100 million .

  105. Bamford10

    Champagne

    “if he asked to be bought and told to replace RVP”

    Wenger played him as our first-choice CF for 3-4 years after RVP left, so he was in fact asked to replace RVP.

    We all agree that that was silly, because he isn’t near that quality, but that is the situation Wenger created. Wenger is the one who played him as our “RVP replacement”. He was never good enough to be that, though. That’s where the Giroud criticism comes from.

  106. Redtruth

    Emiraresstroller
    “If Sanchez stays and we continue to upgrade our team/squad we have a realistic chance of qualifying for Champions League next season and that is
    worth alone over £20 million in increased revenue.”

    Lol..We’d have a realistic chance of qualifying for Champions league even without upgrades……joke of s fan..lol

  107. Emiratesstroller

    Bayern Munich have demonstrated just how daft the clubs in EPL are.

    They have secured James Rodriguez on a 2 year loan costing £8 million. Man
    Utd and City would have spent for the same player £50-70 million and increased his wages as well.

  108. Champagne charlie

    Bamford

    You’ve completely misunderstood that comment.

    I said Giroud didn’t ask to be bought as a replacement for RVP but people like you judge him on that stupidly. Judge him as a striker for Arsenal and he’s been quality, his record says as much.

    If you’re judging Giroud negatively for not being as good as RVP then you’re pretty simple minded, and that’s being polite. Wenger was an idiot for doing that, but it takes nothing away from Giroud as a footballer. He’s been one of the clubs better strikers and is rarely acknowledged fairly (as shown).

    This all stems from the moronic idea that if you’re not world class, then you’re rubbish. A pretty pathetic attitude often displayed on le grove, but also throughout the wider football fandom.

  109. Emiratesstroller

    Goodness RT believes that we can qualify for Champions League without upgrade. That must the first positive statement made by him on Le Grove!!!!

  110. TitsMcGee

    Average players score against shiite clubs and disappear against the bigger sides.

    How many of those goals came against non EPL fodder?

    I’ll wait.

    He’s so “quality” that no big squads are after him and went 17 (? Not looking it up but you get the idea) games to end last season without scoring a goal. He’s an average player in this league.

    Open your eyes and remove your _____ from Wengers ___ maybe? Just a thought.

    He’s a good looking guy though so rest easy. 😉

  111. Carts

    “Bayern Munich have demonstrated just how daft the clubs in EPL are.They have secured James Rodriguez on a 2 year loan costing £8 million.

    Man
    Utd and City would have spent for the same player £50-70 million and increased his wages as well.”

    My guess is that what Real were demanding from the English sides interested was unjustifiable due to limited football James has had.

    Also, the Sky/BT money is certainly a blessing and a curse

  112. Redtruth

    “Goodness RT believes that we can qualify for Champions League without upgrade. That must the first positive statement made by him on Le Grove!!!!”

    That shows the weakness of the league rather than any perceived Arsenal strengths…

  113. Marko

    Even if we do sell Alexis we’ll have bought Lacazette and Lemar, plus I’d bet my left nut anther player of stature like Mahrez.

    Say goodbye to your left nut. You making that bet now that’s a bet

  114. Marko

    Yeah I’m not sure City will wait to get Sanchez for free in a year if that happens they’ll have to contend with PSG and Bayern whereas now those teams might be priced out of a move.

    Anyway yeah why don’t we do more loan deals like what Bayern do? Two year loan deal? It took us two years before deciding to sign Lacazette. It’s like dithering but with results

  115. Redtruth

    Marko
    “Anyway yeah why don’t we do more loan deals like what Bayern do? Two year loan deal? It took us two years before deciding to sign Lacazette. It’s like dithering but with results”

    Where did you get that fiction that it took us 2 years before deciding to sign Lacazette…lol

  116. Bamford10

    Champagne

    Sorry, but you are the one misrepresenting the point. Whether Giroud asked to replace RVP is irrelevant. The bottom line is Wenger decided that Giroud was good enough to be our first-choice CF for four years post-RVP.

    Was he good enough for this role? No, he wasn’t. He was never good enough to be our first-choice CF, not if we wanted to contend for titles.

    When people criticize him here, it’s not because he isn’t RVP, and it’s not because he isn’t “world class,” it’s because he isn’t good enough to be a top team’s first-choice striker and yet he was ours for four years.

    If you have a problem with the stick Giroud gets, you should take that up with Wenger, as he is the person who placed Giroud in a role he could not live up to.
    And again, not because he was not as good as RVP but because he was never good enough to be our first-choice CF.

  117. Cesc Appeal

    Munich’s summer so far, £35 Million for Tolisso, £17 Million for Sule, £17 Million for Coman, £6 Million for Gnabry and James on loan for £8.5 Million for two years with an option to buy at £31 Million.

    Such a well run club.

  118. Marko

    Munich’s summer so far, £35 Million for Tolisso, £17 Million for Sule, £17 Million for Coman, £6 Million for Gnabry and James on loan for £8.5 Million for two years with an option to buy at £31 Million.

    They also brought in Rudy from Hoffenheim. Brilliant summer by their standards. In Sule, Coman, Tolisso and James you have players who walk onto our team

  119. qna

    TR7: Would be very silly of City to spend anything over 50M for a player they don’t desperately need and who’s in the last year of his contract. City have KDB,Sane,Sterling,Jesus,Aguero,David Silva,Bernardo Silva – 7 quality players for 4 positions. If I were Pep, I would steer clear of Sanchez and focus on signing fullbacks and center-backs.

    I agree on your point about bolstering their defence. I would add CM to that.

    However last season Sanchez performed better than all of those 7 players. Ignoring that he is quite old and the fact that he is in his last year of his contract. Think about flat out will Sanchez do for their title and CL ambitions. It would be absolutely massive. The margins at the top are very small and its only absolute quality that makes a difference. That £50-£90m will probably win them the title amd take them deep into the CL. This will cause direct and indirect revenue for them. But also it will be massive for their commercial value. Mbappe wouldnt make that much difference to them but Sanchez would.

    We should buy Mbappe for compeltely different reasons than City should buy Sanchez. If they win the title then £90m will be money well spent for them because their current list of those stats couldn’t.

    Mbappe would be perfect for us because it would just reinvigorate the whole club. I would give 100% credit for that signing because from where I see it the only possible reason he would choose us over PSG or Madrid would be Wenger. I wont change my mind on wanting Wenger out but it will be a case of credit where it is due.

  120. Redtruth

    Giroud’s stats are misleading
    27 International goals with 9 goals coming in competitive games.
    One World Cup goal, three Euro goals…and the remaining 6 goals coming in qualifiers..