Lacazette on the left?

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ITK?

I don’t need or seek those powers.

Why?

Because I am the art of persuasion.

I’ve been forcing the concept of Theo to Everton for weeks, and it seems Ronald Koeman is taking the insincere bait.

At £30m. 

If only you could caps numbers, because that sort of figure needs to be LOUD and followed by lolololollllookool.

Imagine that?

I mean, the way they’re bulking up this summer they are certainly top 4 contenders. Koeman is a solid manager (BORING), but he’s made some good additions this year. Giroud and Theo might be interesting.

INTERESTING FOR US. Lolololljollol.

In other news, the little boy in Sanchez always wanted to win the Champions League.

Or earn £400k a week.

Either will do.

It’s getting to the point now where we need a decision. If he goes, Lacazette on the left (a move Alfred predicted), with Giroud through the middle simply won’t cut it as anything other than miserable.

Our summer is being held hostage at the moment, and it’s difficult to feel like we’re making progress with a new left back and a striker that’s split the fan base.

A big week for Arsenal. Teams around us are shaping up. We need to push the boat out and make sure this threat of a good summer is delivered upon.

Right, see you in the comments!

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  1. reality check

    gear in the race to be among the elite.

    Champagne charlieJuly 16, 2017    18:07:02
    reality

    You disapprove? I’m gutted..not sure I’ll bounce back from that “smh
    \

    You really don’t have a clue what Wenger is about do you.. i shake my head because its sad… i assume you’re a grown man and i just think its sad.

    When did it become ok to give excuses for failure?

    All you do all day is reply to peoples comments with excuses as to why Wenger is a failure.

    You have no idea what we’ve become do you..

    Very sad.

  2. Dissenter

    “The important thing is that wenger and arsenal reinvest that money and get someone as good.
    ”Who is that player ?”

    The world doesn’t end with Alexis mate. We never really did improve with Alexis. He did his magic but these were not team efforts – they solely his.
    Have we become such a low self esteem club that we cannot see beyond the inevitable? Is Alexis going to win us the league this year?
    If the answer is yes then by all means keep him.
    If not sell him to the highest bidder and be done with it.

  3. jwl

    “Bamford10 – Wenger: “I think Jack Wilshere will be at Arsenal next year. He has to work hard and fight for a place in the team.” Good call or bad call?”

    ————

    Arsenal have to keep Wilshere as he has nowhere else to go. Wilshere broken, never going to be repaired, and Bournemouth improved last season after he was benched and used sparingly.

  4. Dissenter

    Reality check
    ““We are Arsenal. Our existence isn’t tied to Sanchez”Or RVP
    Or Cesc
    Or Nasri
    Or Henry
    Or Vieira
    Or PetitHmmm starting to see a pattern here?Bah, Wenger knows!”

    There is no pattern
    Henry and Vierra left in another era after winning lots of stuff with Arsenal.
    Nasri and cess left in another era where we had to sell due tenth stadium commitment.
    Does someone have to come have and knock you in the head :-) to remind you that he’s off in 10 months anyways regardless.
    Alexis can have a lousy season with Arsenal, smash the World Cup and still get his massive wages in a free transfer next year.

  5. Champagne charlie

    Reality

    Go ahead and paste all the times I’ve given an excuse. Marko tried that pater and came back with nothing, so wind your neck in with your bollocks or present evidence of what I’ve said and the context it’s written.

  6. Chika

    Bamford

    “Kroenke is a problem, but he is only a problem because he believes in and trusts Arsene Wenger.”

    LoL you make it sound like this is not a big deal.

    “Is he a fucking moron for re-signing Wenger? Yes, but of course he doesn’t know anything about the game, so his belief in Wenger is a little more understandable than the AKB’s.”

    hahaahaha do you even realise how very senseless this is? awww poor Kroenke, he doesn’t know anything about football, how sad.

  7. Dissenter

    Reality check
    Selling Anelka was the right thing to do. The lad never stayed win one club beyond to years till he retired. We did not miss him because we ent on to sign players who were just as good or even better.
    Overmars? who cares we replaced him as well.

    There is no problem selling players especially players like Alexis who has ONE year left on his contract and is already referring to us as “them”.
    ““I have made my decision, but now we wait for a response from Arsenal. It depends on them, I have to wait to know what they want.”

    This is business to Alexis. It should also bee business to Arsenal as well.

    How exactly has Alexis IMPROVED us?
    Sell him to the highest bidder. Replace him with very good players for the future and be done with it.

  8. Dissenter

    Red
    “One step forward two steps back seems to be dissenter’s strategy..lol”

    The head-in-the-sand approach is the Redtruth strategy.
    Alexis is leaving in the first week of May 2018 regardless

  9. Marko

    All you do all day is reply to peoples comments with excuses as to why Wenger is a failure.

    Yep pretty much. Charlie everything you say is for some reason an excuse for the current regime and manager. Sometimes even the inexcusable. It’s weird to me. Things aren’t good at the football club haven’t been for a while just meandering along but the likes of you just don’t seem to get it.

  10. Redtruth

    Their were clues all season as to why Wenger’s iron grip on the club would remain.

    £90m transfer funds
    Wenger pervaricating on his future and feeble Protest Marches all made it so obvious nothing would change…

  11. Zaco

    “The world doesn’t end with Alexis mate. We never really did improve with Alexis. He did his magic but these were not team efforts – they solely his.
    Have we become such a low self esteem club that we cannot see beyond the inevitable? Is Alexis going to win us the league this year?
    If the answer is yes then by all means keep him.
    If not sell him to the highest bidder and be done with it”

    you just nailed it

  12. Ughelligunner

    If sanchez wanted champions league football, he would have lowered his wage demands and joined Bayern Munich. If he later ends up at city (i am sure pep isnt winning the champions league with Man city this coming season or the future), then he would be categorised as a money grabbing elf for me

  13. Ughelligunner

    At least Van Pery, Nasri and Fabregas all led Arsenal to champions league place before jumping ship,w hile he spent days throwing hissy fits around the pitch and in training. Wasn’t his attitude the reason for wenger benching him in our away loss to liverpool last season?

  14. Joe

    ArSene-al fans like CC and Pierre don’t care about winning the league.

    That’s why the go crazy over a signing like lacazette and freebie LB and think it’s a wonderful transfer window.

    Oh and obviously wenger signing on for another 2 years makes them cum their pants

    They are excited for these signings because like wenger they will be over the
    Moon with top 4 trophy.

    Wengerized

  15. 5am

    just jumping back to the idea of Giroud and Lacazette having enmity being a positive thing… .., no way in my view, especially where you got Giroud’s unwillingness to pass and create chance for his strike partner to score. What’s all that about-definitely not teamwork!

  16. Redtruth

    “At least Van Pery, Nasri and Fabregas all led Arsenal to champions league place before jumping ship,”

    I thought you was going to say Champions league glory..lol
    Who gives a **** about Champions league places

  17. Ughelligunner

    ”Welcome to the real world…All footballers are mercenaries….”

    so true, Walker jumping ship the only year he was demanded for by a bigger club than totenham says it all

  18. reality check

    Ok so for clarification.

    Sanchez going like all the rest in the past ultimately comes down to the club not meeting the players ambition.

    I don’t care if sanchez stays or not. If we’ve bought Lacazette as his direct replacement on the LW or not because for me, it all means nothing as long as Wenger is the manager…

    I just like highlighting Wengers obvious flaws and ridiculous management of Arsenal F.C on the Elite stage. I won’t let him breath and neither should any Arsenal Fan. If… indeed you love this club. The protests were good, but we need more, regardless of the result. Before then after games. Not during games.

    Ok so Henry left for XYZ reason, Vieira Cesc RVP and now Sanchez.. the problem isnt that any specific player left. It is that Wenger has created a B Class Culture at the club which guarantees that any World class player (With Ambition) that turns up at Arsenal will inevitably leave because.. We won’t meet their ambition.

    You can slice it anyway you want. Once Wengers luck ran out. Once he became incapable of competitng for the BIG TROPHIES. The WC players left.

    Thats the Pattern.

    Is Ozil World class?

  19. Redtruth

    “At least Van Pery, Nasri and Fabregas all led Arsenal to champions league place before jumping ship,”

    How many trophies did those gallant players win for Arsenal..

  20. Joe

    Ugh
    Why Are you talking about winning the league.

    As long as wenger is here. We won’t even compete in it that competition.

    We have become a cup team like Portsmouth and Wigan and what all Arsene-al fans criticized GG for turning Arsenal into.

    Too bad wenger can’t get his team to be a cup team in the CL. Because he is utterly useless but hey throw Sutton. Lincoln city Preston and soton reserves at him and he will show you how to squeak past them

  21. Joe

    Ugh

    What is so special about CL qualification that you hold those players in higher regard BecUse they “led ” us there

    It’s not a real trophy you know

  22. Redtruth

    For me Sanchez has exceeded expectations and should be applauded not derided…

    Players who should be shipped out are Mustafi, Cech, Xhaka, Ox, Ramsey, Giroud, Walcott and Ozil to name just a few..

  23. Guernsey gun

    What price do you put on values tho…….in wengers fucked up pea sized brain that’s another 10 points in the bag. What a cunt…laca on the left you can see it now with a batty / Le Saux handbags session with giroud after one doesn’t square to the other for a tap in…..be careful what you wish for tho……altogether now, there’s only one arsene wenger…….

  24. loyika

    @ Reality

    As mentioned Viera left (more like was sold) when Arsenal were still winning stuff, what other big trophies were there apart from the UCL that he hadn’t while at Arsenal? (Which we got to a final beating him and Juve in the process)

    A final where a certain Mr. Henry bottled his 2 chances to seal the game for us. Same Henry that decided to bugger off to Barca.

    Also as mentioned Cesc and co were from another era in Arsenal’s history and fair play to them for seeking greener pastures.

    So if the Club feel they can get what they want for Alexis, then he can and should be sold, if not then he should beade to stay and allowed to go next season. We are not stint for cash and really don’t need to sell at this point.

  25. Guernsey gun

    Wiltord……..Jesus he was a record signing as well fucking terrible to watch although I won’t forget his tap in when we won the league at old trafford. But agree that I have been thinking of laca in the Wiltord mould.

  26. Redtruth

    Lacazette should be scoring hattricks in these friendlies.
    It’s looking more and more like we have another Xhaka on our hands someone who needs a foil to hold his hand..

  27. Alexanderhenry

    Bamford

    ‘If Arsenal don’t do well this season, who is to blame and why?’

    According to your own logic; Kroenke , as he’s just unilaterally given wenger a two year contract.

  28. Redtruth

    “Every team in the UK and Europe.”

    No team in the UK or Europe has consistently had such an appalling record in the Champions league as Arsenal.

  29. Champagne charlie

    Marko
    Oh still going with the “excuses” bollocks? Funny that you’ve never managed to bring one of the many apparent excuses to light, it’s just your buzzword when talking about me. Get a hobby mate.

    Joe
    You’re an irrelevance mate, you not up to speed with that yet? Football is a lost cause to you you’re that ignorant. Stick to cricket

  30. Alexanderhenry

    Bamford

    ‘I have explained this many times now: Kroenke is a problem, but he is only a problem because he believes in and trusts Arsene Wenger. He does not meddle in transfer dealings, and he does not restrict what the manager can spend.

    Therefore, he is a problem, but he is not the biggest problem, because if we had a proper manager, Kroenke wouldn’t be a problem at all.Is he a fucking moron for re-signing Wenger? Yes, but of course he doesn’t know anything about the game, so his belief in Wenger is a little more understandable than the AKB’s. I mean, what excuse does the AKB have?As for his being under his spell, I wouldn’t go that far. It’s just s matter of his knowing nothing about the game and his buying Wenger’s endless bullshit.’

    Employing the right people is the most important aspect of club ownership. There’s no ‘only’ about it.
    Kroenke choosing the wrong people is like him being a fully qualified airline pilot who’s afraid of heights.

    ‘He does not meddle in transfer dealings, and he does not restrict what the manager can spend. ‘
    Really? It’s his club and his money. Do you think wenger has Stan’s credit card number as well?

    ‘he doesn’t know anything about the game, so his belief in Wenger is a little more understandable than the AKB’s’

    What’s there to know? How much do the Sheik, Abramovich or the Glazers ‘know about the game?’.
    It’s simple. You provide adequate funds to ensure your club has the best players possible and employ the best possible coaching stuff to bring success.

    ‘As for his being under his spell, I wouldn’t go that far. It’s just s matter of his knowing nothing about the game and his buying Wenger’s endless bullshit.’

    That’s pretty much like saying ‘he’s under wenger’s spell’ Bamford.

    Not only is Kroenke a problem, but he’s the biggest ‘problem’ arsenal have faced in years.
    The reason for this is simple. Stan is not interested in success. He just wants to make money. This applies to all his teams which is why they are all unsuccessful.

    In an increasingly competitive environment, arsenal will never be successful with an owner who isn’t dedicated to achieving it.

    Stan isn’t.

    He’s said as much:

    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/stan-kroenke-i-didnt-buy-arsenal-stake-to-win-trophies-a3202046.html

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/arsenals-majority-shareholder-stan-kroenke-more-motivated-by-money-a7619426.html

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/jeff-gordon/tipsheet-avalanche-nuggets-compound-kroenke-s-failure/article_8ff9175c-66b3-5671-9464-9b99fa286240.html

  31. Redtruth

    It’s well known Wenger is averse to spending money relying instead on youth development and values..

    F*** ** he even said he would hand £100m back……

  32. WengerEagle

    Shocked that Juventus sold Bonucci.

    He’s hands down their best ball playing defender, so many times threads passes from deep.

    Also is their only CB that ain’t a pensioner.

  33. Joe

    Joe
    You’re an irrelevance mate, you not up to speed with that yet? Football is a lost cause to you you’re that ignorant. Stick to cricket

    Says the moron who
    Thought we were going to challenge for the league when wenger spent 90m

    Says the scrotum who says we are a big club still because of the names we are linked too

    Says the cunt who said griezmann was coming

    Yeah you are a football whiz

  34. Joe

    F*** ** he even said he would hand £100m back……

    He should have last year as he made us worse after spending even after CC claimed we were league contenders all summer

  35. Joe

    Charlie

    You need to get laid bro. You have all this pent up bullshit inside you.

    You must live a lonely life to come play Charlie big balls on a football blog

  36. Redtruth

    Wenger said in 2007 for £60m he expects a player to score everytime straight from kick off.
    He also complains about the inflated market and wanting the January transfer window abolished….
    Wenger is a stingy **** period

  37. Alexanderhenry

    Oh no.. abandon blog

    It’s the Redruth and Joe show.

    Such a high level of discourse. I love how you use the word ‘c***t’ so often.
    It’s almost poetic.

    Anyway, it’s all yours boys. You can just repeatedly type ‘wenger out ‘ to eachother .
    ..off you go

  38. Emiratesstroller

    Alexanderhenry

    Agreed

    The usual diatribes by these two. RT has managed 27 posts since 4.30pm on this thread.

    The latest negative is to describe Lacazette as fat and should be scoring hat tricks in friendlies!

    It is high time that Pedro bans him once again, but this time for good.

  39. Ishola70

    Alexanderhenry:
    “I give a toss.”

    Wenger can go on and on about not wanting to sell player X. Y and Z only to see them leave anyway.

    He’s said it about many players.

    As said before at most clubs if a player reaches the point where they have not signed a new contract and do not want to re-sign and are making noises about wanting to join another club then the manager is taken out of the equation and the matter is dealt with from above.

    You have said before that people are stupid to believe that Wenger has so much power at the club. Well there you go. Wenger has no real influence other than trying to persuade a player to re-sign in the situations. If that fails then it is the end of the line in regards to Wenger’s involvement.

    I don’t know why he goes on about wanting to keep players before the inevitable happens. He has no real authority once a certain impasse is reached. Perhaps he wants to curry favour with the fans or massage his super ego again.

  40. leon

    I don’t think Thoe Walcott is going anywhere, the fact is he won’t get into big teams squads and there is absolutely chance they would his 140 k wages and neither will Everton or West Ham, we will be stuck with yet another average over paid players something those triamcinolone have guilty of years over paying average players. And only that they took there eye off the ball when the let players like Chamberlain Sanchez Wilshire and Ozil contracts run down to less than a year

  41. David Smith

    AH, as ever you nailed it on Stan..
    It is he who keeps a failing, past it manager in post, and makes him unaccountable.
    But you can see why, there is the money, the pleasure in thwarting usmanov, and three trophies in four years represents huge success for a kroenke club

  42. Ishola70

    David Smith:
    “It is he who keeps a failing, past it manager in post, and makes him unaccountable.”

    And his decision to keep Wenger on was made all the more comfortable because there was not enough will from the match going fans to part ways with Wenger,

    The fans could have made Kroenke have no other option but to get rid of Wenger. They didn’t. In the end it was only a minority of fans on matchdays that made it plain they definitely wanted to see the end of Wenger at Arsenal.

    And you are up in arms at Kroenke’s decision? lol. As if.

    The fans can still make plain that they want the end of Wenger this coming season. They probably won’t though and the show goes on.

    To put in perspective there were so many fans that said there was no way they would call for Wenger’s head let alone hold up a banner asking for such. Others wanted to deflect away from the manager and call for the end of Kroenke. A confused fanbase that still have too many emotional ties to Arsene Wenger. In those circumstances Kroenke was always going to give Wenger a new contract.

  43. Champagne charlie

    Still boring everyone with your made up drivel joe?

    Talking about getting laid now, priceless given the source. Your lot have to arrange it you fucking numpty

  44. Joe

    Charlie

    No one could make up the bullshit you’ve come up with since you’ve been on here

    Only you spew bollocks of that nature

    1 question CC

    Is lacazette signing going to get us to compete for the title ?

  45. N5

    “Talking about getting laid now, priceless given the source. Your lot have to arrange it you fucking numpty”

    CC, not sure you’ll find this one as easy to claim as a typo.

  46. Champagne charlie

    Is one signing for going to make Arsenal compete for the title? Oddly enough, no joey.

    Kindly remove yourself from my arse cheeks N5..

  47. Black Hei

    Some observations from the friendlies.

    1. Wenger seems to be trying to put some players in unfamiliar territory. Perhaps it is just to get them to work on some technical aspects. He deliberately put Lacazette and Ainsly Niles on the left (in the 2nd game) when both of them were right footed. I think Lacazette fared ok, but would have been much more influential with a left footy out side him. Maiteland niles was totally uncomfortable in that position.

    2. Wenger has clarified that Lacazette will be playing up top as CF. He confirmed that Lacazette has been recruited to play predominantly in that role. I think Lacazette looks the part; he seems very calm on the ball and that finish that looks so easy.

    3. Elneny is just bad at defending. I don’t think you can even classify him as a DM since he is just so bad at it. Energy, passing, technique, the other aspects are ok.

    4. Willock looks like someone who can mature into the Carzola role. Very impressed with his whole performance, especially in the first leg.

    5. Nelson is another gem. Give him a season in the FA/League Cups and we will have someone capable of actually competing with Bellerin. I like Ox but I don’t think he has the mentality to beat Bellerin.

    6. Bielik has potential and looks tough with that square jaw. First game was shaky but the second he did very well.

    7. Theo actually looks comfortable in that midfield position. Sounds weird but I think his technique and ball control has improved. He actually played on the left and still came out good. Wonder how he got 19 goals with all those shots without conviction.

    8. Iwobi is no good out on the right. Like Lacazette and Maitland Niles, it is not his natural position. He is far better on the left where he gets to cut in. Perhaps Wenger wants to know what he can do on the right and experimented with him there.

  48. qna

    “AC Milan are in talks to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, Sky sources understand, in a loan deal with a €40m (around £35m) option to buy. ”

    This is exactly the type of deal we should be looking to do. Sanches would be a bargain at 40m if he lived up to his potential prior to moving to Bayern. A performing Sanches would also be the perfect player to sit along side Xhaka. If he can’t adjust to the PL and Wenger’s game plan then no loss we just dont take up the option. We waste plenty more than that much money paying injured players every season.

  49. Emiratesstroller

    qna

    AC Milan have spent sofar this summer £161.08 Million in transfer market. That is even more than Man City and Man Utd.

    For me the cleverest team when it comes to transfer business is as usual Bayern. They plan always well ahead of the season.

    There is one issue which has not been discussed regarding Sanchez. Everyone
    assumes that he will go to Man City. However, their transfer trading imbalance
    exceeds already £100 million.

    You cannot spend net every season £150 million without potential FIFA penalties. Whatever the wealth of Abu Dhabi family there needs to be some
    degree of budgetary control.

  50. TR7

    QNA

    Rodriguez’s loan plus buy back option is another terrific deal. Bayern can avail his services for 2 years without making any big outlay on transfer fee. Douglas Costa and Sanches are players we could have got either on loan or at low transfer fees.

  51. qna

    Emirates. This would be a loan with an option to buy. So we dont have to outspend Milan for Sanches. Just convince him that his loan would be better with us. We only pay 40m if he is outstanding. We have to pay a loan fee to see, but this guy was a serious talent before Bayern.

    TR7. Agree, the difference between James and Sanches is that one is a proven top player. He would be 28 at the end of the loan spell so you have got the most valuable years of his career from him for just the loan fee. Sanches price is basically speculation. Bayern speculated when they bought him and he was disappointing. Its a smart move from them to loan him in the hope that his price will reach what they paid for him (or more) because he is not worth that now. But that also works in the favour of a club like Milan or Arsenal. He is the type of player that you might speculate and spend 30m on right now. He might be a massive success and even be one of the best CMs in the world. Or he might be a just average. If he is the latter you dont buy him. But if he is the former, you have tied him up at a value that you would pay for a top CM anyway and you also know then that he fits into your team.

  52. Emiratesstroller

    qna

    I was referring to Arsenal’s Sanchez not Sanches.

    Having reviewed Swiss Ramble’s analysis of the major clubs in EPL it is clear
    that Man City’s balance sheet is distorted by very large commercial revenues,
    which are sourced mainly in Abu Dhabi. Their income from that source was
    £75 million more than what we received in season 2015/6.

    I suspect that Arsenal’s bank balance last season will have dropped considerably, because we spent net more than £90 million in transfer window. Also I
    would not be surprised that spectator revenues [tickets] will have dropped last
    season as they did the season before.

    I think that the forthcoming season will see a major drop in revenues, because
    Arsenal have already been forced to drop ticket prices and income from CL
    has been lost.

    Personally I don’t think that Arsenal will make any additional major signings
    UNLESS we are able to sell players. The problem for Arsenal is the contract
    situation with so many players in final year of their contracts, which undervalues their transfer worth.

  53. TR7

    Ornstein – Arsenal growing less optimistic of signing Lemar. Still trying but other Monaco exits reduce chances. Intention remains to keep Sanchez #AFC

  54. TR7

    Time to switch our attention to Mahrez now. We can wrap up a deal quickly with Leicester. I guess £35M + £5M add-ons will seal it.

  55. Emiratesstroller

    TR7

    Mahrez is a good player, but is he what Arenal want and need?

    My main concern is the club’s inability to offload unwanted players and generate transfer fees. You need only to see what is going with Szczesny a goalkeeper in his prime who seemingly Arsenal will be prepared to sell to Juventus for just £8 million.

    That is down to Arsenal loaning him out to Roma for two years with no financial benefit and allowing his contract to run down to final year.

    Can you conceive that Juventus would sell such a player to us for such a low transfer fee?

  56. TR7

    Emirates

    Yes our contract negotiations and transfer dealings are a complete shambles. I think in the end we will loan out all our unwanted players without managing to sell them.

  57. HillWood

    Will there be anymore signings with the squad on tour?
    Wenger struggles with signings when he is in Islington

  58. Bamford10

    Is it concerning that there has been no talk of Arsenal being after a CM? We need a quality CM as much as we need another attacking player, IMO.

  59. Carts

    Bamford

    I think secretly Wenger is, ultimately, pinning his hopes on Wilshere; and Wenger is also playing the numbers game.

    He thinks Elneny, Ramsey, Xhaka, Coquelin and Wilshere is ample numbers. There’s no real individual quality in there.

    Worst things that could’ve happen was us beating City and Chelsea in the FAC. Any hope of getting rid of a few of those players was well and truly killed at the end of last season.

  60. Elmo

    Absolutely, Bamford.

    It’s another symptom of how the final few games of last season have been used to ignore everything that happened before. Wenger was disastrously found out for having assumed that Cazorla would recover from serious injury in his 30s and be able to immediately play 40+ games. It looks like he’s happy to head into the new season with the understanding that the few performances where Xhaka and Ramsey worked well together was evidence that the problem had been fully solved and that with Cazorla returning ‘like a new signing’ (again, ignoring that he’s unlikely ever to be able to carry a heavy workload again) that we are stacked with viable talent in the middle.

    We all know who is not of a high enough standard in the middle and don’t have much headroom to improve, and it’s a real shame that the club are choosing not to move on those players who are not good enough to impose themselves against tough opposition in favour of taking a chance on one or two new recruits who have a potential high ceiling.

  61. Emiratesstroller

    It is absolutely clear to me that Arsenal made two early transfer decisions and
    any further business to be done is dependent on who leaves the club.

    Arsenal have clearly made a decision to offload four players which are Szczesny, Gibbs,Akpom and Lucas, but are struggling to sell them. Campbell would be also offloaded but has got apparently a longterm injury so at best he will be loaned out in January.

    I think that Arsenal plan probably to bring in one more player, but that deal is
    only likely to be completed when there is movement on sales.

    What I find ridiculous is that Chelsea are so much better organised in their
    transfer business than we are. Their ability to sell unwanted players is in direct contrast to ourselves.

  62. Elmo

    Stroller

    It depends what the instruction from Kroenke is. If the mandate is to always break even (at worst) in any financial year, then there will be no further transfer business without equivalent exits. If it has been made clear that Arsenal can declare a loss in a financial year, but with that loss being covered by existing retained earnings (i.e the remaining cash in the bank from Wenger’s pointless years of hoarding), then another purchase would probably be possible without sales.

    Either way, what was available from those £200m+ cash balances has largely been eaten up (after you account for the debt reserve requirements and working capital), so the club will be absolutely desperate to get back into the CL (think we made about £50-60m last season from CL from TV pool and home games; that’s still big money to Arsenal). A couple years outside of the CL and Wenger wasting that saved warchest and it will be increasingly difficult to break back into the top bracket, and more problematic for a new manager trying to turn the ship around and reinvigorate the club.

  63. Emiratesstroller

    I omitted Debuchy and Jenkinson who were also left in London, but unlikely to
    fetch much dosh in market.

  64. Emiratesstroller

    Elmo

    That is more or less what I wrote earlier today.

    The the large bank balance will be much reduced when this year’s accounts are published when you factor in last summer’s transfer business and I am sure that the forecast for this year will make fairly gloomy reading.

    Both Man City and Utd are much better equipped to cope with one poor season because their commercial income is probably more than double ours.

  65. Cesc Appeal

    Come Friday we will be three weeks away from our opening game against Leicester as well.

    Really, this is pull your finger out time now with transfers , big time. We were not a Lacazette away from being a real powerhouse of a team last year so if Wenger tries to hold signing Ozil to a new deal and refusing to let Sanchez go along with signing Lacazette as some sort of great summer then we are in for another crap year.

    As a minimum before the window started I would have liked to have seen a ST, LM/RM and a CM. So far we have one of those and a good bit of business in Kolasinac at LB though I worry that he looks a little sluggish? Or sluggish for a wing back rather. Might be a false impression from the positions he was playing in the friendlies.

    There really is a lot of talent available and moving around, my worry is that, take CM for example, that classic Wenger deluded loyalty is going to bite and Ramsey and Wilshere will get this season to make it stick next to Xhaka.

    If we get into the season and Lacazette and potentially Kolasinac are the only new names in the line up it will be bitterly disappointing.

  66. Cesc Appeal

    TR7

    I can see that as well. Make some half arsed attempt to move them on and then just loan them and maybe pay a part of their wages just to clear some space and run down contracts.

    Selling Walcott for £30 Million will be as good as a signing for me though, have wanted him out for so long as representing so much that is wrong with this club. If that offer is concrete and he stays it says a lot about us as a club and him as a player.

  67. TR7

    CA, is the Theo rumor you are referring to legit?? The original source of the rumor was Metro, right? I don’t take Metro seriously. If true, it would be a fantastic deal for us.

  68. Jamie

    It’ll be like that summer when we only signed Cech.

    Glaring deficiencies in our starting 11 this coming season (RW, CM, CB) and having missed out on the Champs League group stage filler participation gravy train, everyone would’ve expected Wenger to make wholesale changes to the playing/coaching team this summer.

    Nope. Laca and Kolasinac are probably the only two signings we’ll complete, with the usual ‘keeping the team together’ sound bites at the start of next season as evidence of progress.

    Wenger is sticking to his word – two or 3 signings this summer. Unless Lemar drops in his lap at the end of August (super unlikely), he’s made his two signings.

  69. Marko

    Our ability to sell players is absolutely shocking. Not only do we keep hold of players undeserving but when we finally decide to get rid of players I’m talking about paltry sums. Chesney for 8 million to Juve after a successful loan at Roma whereas Chelsea got what 10 million for Begovic after barely playing at all at Chelsea. Talk about simply bending over

  70. Ishola70

    lol the hunt for Lemar is over.

    Arsenal have pulled out.

    Monaco say 91m euros and he is yours.

    Basically not for sale this summer.

  71. Ishola70

    Still no moves for the worldie striker Aubameyang.

    Dortmund received no bids thus far. They are setting a closing date for his sale at the end of this month.

    Europa League Milan interested in him. Possibility but his transfer price plus wage demands may be too much for them.

    Chelsea have been linked but doubtful.

  72. Leedsgunner

    If Alexis has to go because he is too disruptive and “no man is bigger than the club” I say fair enough… on one condition.

    Why then pray thee is Arsene at the club? Why is he continually pandered to and allowed to treat the fans with disrespect?

  73. Elmo

    While I think a lot of us think it’s time for Wally to go, are resigned to Sanchez leaving, and have been frustrated by Giroud for years, we certainly can’t afford to lose all three unless they are replaced with players who are already at least as good (preferably with future upside, which Walcott and Giroud no longer have).

    Last season:
    Sanchez – 30 goals / 19 assists (24 goals / 11 assists in PL); 141 mins per goal.
    Walcott – 19 goals / 2 assists (10 goals / 2 assists in PL); 130 mins per goal.
    Giroud – 16 goals / 7 assists (12 goals / 4 assists in PL); 111 mins per goal.

    Those three scored 60% of our PL goals (our three top scorers) and 54% of all our goals. Look beyond those three and there are no reliable scorers; Ozil was next with 8, then Iwobi with 3 and then six players with 2. We’re getting almost nothing from midfield.

    Of course Lacazette has been brought in specifically to finish, which hopefully pays off, but the club really has to be close to securing guaranteed scorers if it’s going to move on any of Sanchez, Walcott or Giroud.

    City will be keen to take Sanchez, even if they don’t need him, as they’ll see it as knocking a former competitor completely out of their peer bracket, with no possibility of replacing with an equivalent world class star. Everton might take on Wally for £30m in thinking that not only will he contribute 15+ goals in a season, he’ll also take away 15+ goals from the club they are specifically looking to overhaul this year, knowing that at this stage Arsenal have failed in many transfer pursuits and may not be able to adequately replace the goalscoring.

    Let’s hope the club have a realistic plan and it doesn’t descend again to a deadline day dross trolley dash.

  74. Carts

    Marko

    “Chesney for 8 million to Juve after a successful loan at Roma whereas Chelsea got what 10 million for Begovic after barely playing at all at Chelsea. Talk about simply bending over”

    This is an indictment of Arsenal all over

  75. Leedsgunner

    If Lemar is out of the picture what is our plan B? Mahrez?

    Playing Lacazette on the wing cannot be the answer. If we do it is the biggest waste of money ever. Wenger unfortunately has form for this though.

    He is under the misapprehension that this is doing tactics and modern squad management .

  76. Cesc Appeal

    Crowley, another young prospect touted for the big time at Arsenal departs on a free transfer to Willem II.

  77. TR7

    Carts

    I think we are getting 10M for Chesney from Juventus, not 8M (Source- Guardian) . Perhaps that’s still on the lower side but If Arsenal want to get rid of him and the player doesn’t want to play for us either, it makes sense to sell him for 10M than keep him on our books.

    Besides, transfer prices in EPL are unrealistic but Italian and Germans clubs still live in a sane world. So, perhaps a bit unfair to compare the going rate of players in EPL to that of players in Bundesliga and Seria A. Wouldn’t mind if we could get rid of Jenko,Gibbs,Debuchy,Wilshere,Theo,Joel,Perez etc. even on relatively lower prices if they are not in our plans.

  78. Carts

    TR7

    Can’t argue that at all. I’ve said in the past that due to our TV deal, there’s a premium we’re lumbered with.

    I’m all for getting deadwood off of the wage book if it means we learn from this.

    Look at Joel Campbell for instance. His case is the funniest. Could’ve cashed in on him but we’ll lose him on a free next year as he’s now in the final year of his deal and will be out till January.

  79. TR7

    Aguero to Chelsea rumor is gaining a lot of traction now. Would be absolutely mental if Pep got rid of him in the first place and even worse if he sold him to Chelsea. Hazard-Aguero-Willian-Cesc quartet would be something else.

  80. Carts

    Cesc

    Wow, after all that hype and promise, we’ve lost another youth team player –
    Crowley.

    Very disappointed to hear this. I really am. I haven’t been excited about any young Arsenal players, as much as I was with Crowley, since David Bentley and Cesc.

    I hope Crowley pushes on at Willem. Traore and Baker (and more, I presume) have shown that there is a benefit from playing in Holland.

  81. TR7

    Carts

    Yes, Wenger never rated Joel as a player. I don’t understand why did he keep him if he was never going to give him his fair share of opportunities.

  82. Marko

    Yep Debuchy to Nice likely a free. Another 10 million just wasted cause we couldn’t flog a player cause of his wages. Damn you Kroenke.

  83. Marko

    Carts no way Wenger sells Chambers for 20 million. This manager has shown time and again that he much prefers to keep players and let them depreciate in value rather than sell and buy replacements. It’s easier for him

  84. Carts

    Marko

    £20m for Chambers would be wild AF. He’s shown nothing to suggest he’s worth more that the £12m we paid for him. Another example of TV money doing it’s worst.

    When he first broke on the scene I thought I saw a bit of John Terry in him. Wrong!

  85. Chitom

    Dissenter

    “Henry and Vierra left in another era after winning lots of stuff with Arsenal.
    Nasri and cess left in another era where we had to sell due tenth stadium commitment……”

    The stadium commitment, as you put it, have been repaid since 2006 at around £20m per year and will continue until 2031, while the cash reserves grew steadily year over year from £53m in 2006 when it was refinanced ,to around £150m in 2011 when Cesc and Nasri were sold.

    Both players left because they wanted to leave and not because Arsenal had to sell them to make the stadium payments.

    They either got disillusioned with Wenger, or perhaps wanted more money, more opportunities to win trophies , or all of the above.

    One thing for sure though, Arsenal didn’t have to sell them for financial reasons, they just chose to do so.

  86. Carts

    Chitom

    Your post to Dissenter reminded me of something I was going to post last night but didn’t.

    There’s a Guardian article where Nasri blames Stan over Wenger. He went on to say that he didn’t want to leave but Stan insisted he be sold.

    However, Nasri didn’t say whether he intended to sign a new deal, as he only had 12 months remaining on his deal, the summer he was sold.

    So here’s what it is: either Wenger wanted to keep Nasri and chance it that he extended before January 2012 the following year or Wenger didn’t particularly care if he left on a free but Stan did…

  87. gonsterous

    why did we not move for James ?? serious talent there.. he could have been the santi replacement we all have been begging for…

  88. gonsterous

    carts

    are we still believing shit that comes out of nasris mouth ??
    have we learnt nothing yet ??
    This is why aliens don’t visit, and more importantly why wenger continues to be the manager of our team…

  89. Dream10

    Carts

    Hate that strategy where we rely on quantity & not quality to address our CM issues. We currently have seven options, which only three are good enough to start on a weekly basis & only genuinely robust healthy option: Xhaka, Ramsey, Cazorla, Coquelin, Elneny, Ox & Wilshere. Only Xhaka, Ramsey & Cazorla have enough quality to start on a weekly basis. Cazorla is sadly broken & you can count on Ramsey for a hamstring pull every ten games or so. If we sold four or five & cleared the wages (maybe keep Coquelin for HG status) & bought two top healthy options (plus Maitland Niles as a utility guy), we’d be better off. In 15/16, we had a Ramsey/Flamini axis, last season we had a Xhaka & Ox duo & this season we’ll probably see a Elneny/Coquelin pairing. Unbalanced & a sight for sore eyes

  90. Alexanderhenry

    Emirates

    ‘Personally I don’t think that Arsenal will make any additional major signings
    UNLESS we are able to sell players. ‘

    Me too. Arsenal are holding out for the highest bid on sanchez.

  91. Ishola70

    Alexanderhenry:

    “Me too. Arsenal are holding out for the highest bid on sanchez.”

    Are you sure it’s not the bidding club that is holding out until the last stages rather than Arsenal “holding out”?

    For example Man City put in a bid of 50m near the end of the window. They say to Arsenal take it or leave it doesn’t bother us if you refuse this offer because we will be back in for him in January to get him on a free next season. Not only will Arsenal be under pressure of losing out on 50m the player himself Sanchez could well kick off when an actual bid comes in and it is refused.

  92. Carts

    Dream 10

    When i first saw Elneny, i thought he had a little bit about him.

    No banter – since then, he’s actually looked worse and incredibly limited; he doesn’t even show me anything to suggest that he’ll add more facets to his game.

    Quite frankly a nothing signing. He was proof of simply adding a body to the mix. Virtually a waste of £10m.

    Wenger outlook is so narrow, it’s shocking.

  93. Tomtom

    Embarrassing promotional photos released today by the club, probably nowhere near as embarrassing as the coming season though

  94. Ishola70

    lol. Sanchez is the boat leader but is not actually there on tour. We’ll overlook that though. lol at Gabriel.

  95. Chitom

    Carts

    Whoever made the final decision to sell Nasri is mostly irrelevant.
    The point is, neither him or Sesc needed to be sold to make stadium payments, which is a common misconception amongst a large part of Arsenal fan base.

    Also, I wouldn’t put much weight into what Nasri says.
    Not exactly most reliable source.

  96. Samir

    Chambers to Palace – 20M
    Gibbs to WBA – 10M
    Szczesny to Juve – 10M
    Debuchy to Nice – 0M

    Jenkinson
    Walcott
    Wilshere
    Ospina
    Perez
    Next please…

  97. Hitman

    If Alexis wanted to win UCL so bad…..why did he join AFC?
    And why is he going to Citeh?
    The nonsense things footballer say.

    £400k please and because my agent said.

  98. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Now he’s looking to get rid of chambers …
    The twat really ain’t got a clue …

    Fucking hate the club now. Under him

  99. Bamford10

    What he said is that he wants to play in the CL, something Arsenal cannot give him this season. And every footballer wants to win the CL; if he doesn’t, he shouldn’t be playing at all. As for Alexis coming to Arsenal, he had little choice; he could’ve stayed at Barca, I guess, but he would have been used as a substitute, whereas at Arsenal he’d be the best attacking player. And he probably believed (wrongly) that Arsenal under Wenger was a legitimate CL-contending team.

  100. Bamford10

    I love how Arsenal fans accuse every player who leaves for a more ambitious, competitive club a money-grubber. Have some self-respect, FFS: sure footballers like to get paid — so do you — but they also like to play for the best teams, in the biggest games, and for the big trophies. It’s no surprise so many decide to leave Wenger’s Arsenal.

  101. Daniel

    What he said is that he wants to play in the CL, something Arsenal cannot give him this season. And every footballer wants to win the CL; if he doesn’t, he shouldn’t be playing at all. As for Alexis coming to Arsenal, he had little choice; he could’ve stayed at Barca, I guess, but he would have been used as a substitute, whereas at Arsenal he’d be the best attacking player. And he probably believed (wrongly) that Arsenal under Wenger was a legitimate CL-contending team

    So lame .
    You spin shit half all the time

  102. freddylekgunner

    I think reading between the line of Sanchez’s comment, he’ll stay at Arsenal if he get a big pay rise (more than 300k per week) if not he’ll move to a CL club (also on better wages but may not be up to 300k)

  103. TR7

    Lol if Sanchez really wanted to win the CL he should have stayed at Barca and not come to Arsenal who have never won the CL. But guess what he wasn’t good enough for Barca and they kicked him out. And if indeed CL is the main point of contention he should go to Bayern for relatively lower wages.

  104. leon

    I think it’s time to sell, Cazorla , at 31 or 32 the injury are likely to increase and I’m even sure if or when he is coming back. The one thing we learnt from last season is the new signing from last year is not dm has not got the stamina, I would sell coquelin I just don’t the kids he is good enough

  105. freddylekgunner

    Sanchez only suitor right now (albeit not really serious) is City as Bayern officially withdrawn their interest. I think for once he might be with us next season. Whether Arsenal can afford to lose him for free next season is another question. IMO if Arsenal show more ambition he may extend for around 300k.