Spanish super kid lined up to support, or replace?

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I saw Dunkirk yesterday and it is EXCEPTIONAL. Made me want to quit my job, go back 75 years, just so I could hang with Harry Styles and ask where he got his haircut. Go and see it, the hype is justified, even better in 70mm.

Talking of HYPE, let’s jump straight into the rumour that Arsenal are interested in signing Real Madrid’s great white hope… Asensio. I mean, I love the rumour. The kid is mustard, and the circumstances could make sense, because it’s hard to get a game even when you’re one of the brightest prospects in Spain. It’s a no lose situation for Madrid, as they have the same boomerang pull as Barca. They could sell him to us for £50m and buy him back for £12m in 4 years time after another famous contract cock up.

He’d be a superb piece of business. He has the dribbling ability of Santi Cazorla, bags of magic and his pace is pretty damn impressive. An upgrade on Alexis? No. A risk? Yes. But give me precocious young talent all day long.

In transfer news, Wenger continues to either put his foot down on poor old Alexis, or he is baiting PSG. He hilariously said that the French club are talking about Neymar now because they couldn’t land the Chilean. Brilliant banter. It does seem to look like Wenger is playing the long game with Alexis. Whatever you think about his fitness, as soon as he hits 29, he becomes less appealing and less worthy of a £400k a week contract. That’ll make it more likely we could sign him.

As for Ozil, the chat points to him landing £280k a week. I think we’re overpaying him on that sort of money and I’m convinced no other club in Europe would go past £200k a week. He’s an important player, just a shame he can’t be important all the time. Maybe our new formation will suit him better this year. Maybe he’ll connect with Lacazette like marmite and peanut butter (it’s good, try it). Maybe Wenger has the keys to the future of football in his hands and we just don’t know it.

I’m still not sure though.

I just can’t move past this idea that we were two players away from dominating the CL and PL last year. We’ve not moved on the ‘ok’ players that bring down the collective quality and winnertivity of the squad. We’ve not addressed our midfield troubles. It’s early doors, but we had to rely on Giroud to pep our game up against Chelsea, we’re like the guy who sacks in his safe girlfriend to chase the glamour, only to keep returning to the one that makes it really happen. We don’t have a particularly physical midfield, unless you want to see Coquelin flying around like a lunatic all year. Xhaka is slow and weak, and that really does count in a league that gives you zero time on the ball.

We haven’t made a bold statement this summer. Which to me says this… Wenger hasn’t come to terms with last season. He thinks our demise was a blip. Bad luck. Unfortunate happenings.

If he really had a grasp on what our problems were, we’d have taken a more aggressive approach this summer.

We’ll see though, I don’t think it’ll take past October to see what we have on the cards this year.

Right, recording the podcast again this week. Getting back in the mix. No more travelling for me for a while. So I’m gonna be in your inbox a lot more regularly!

Speak tomorrow x

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  1. Emiratesstroller

    Much has been written on Le Grove about Arsenal’s lack of spending in transfer market as a cause for lack of success in winning league titles.

    Last season three of Europe’s major leagues were won by clubs who spent less than £60 million.

    These were Real Madrid [Spain] £25.50 Million [1 player], Bayern MunichGermany] £59.50 Million [2 players] and Monaco[France] £42.93 Million [5 players].

    You can also add to list in previous season Leicester City who spent just £42.2 Million [6 players].

    Spending vast sums of money on large numbers of new players is seldom a recipe for success.

    What is usually more relevant is good player management, team balance, few
    injuries and not too onerous fixture list. The EPL has been won in last 2 seasons by clubs [Leicester and Chelsea] who did not compete in Europe.

  2. Ishola70

    If the above did materialise that would be earth shattering for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger and not in the positive sense of course.

    It would be so bad for Arsenal that you could not envisage it happening.

  3. TR7

    So the conspiracy theory on Sanchez deliberately pricing himself out of a move to PSG was not off the mark if the report in Independent is true. Would not be surprised if he put in a transfer request to force the move to City.

  4. Ishola70

    TR7:
    “So the conspiracy theory on Sanchez deliberately pricing himself out of a move to PSG was not off the mark if the report in Independent is true. Would not be surprised if he put in a transfer request to force the move to City.”

    It would be truly dreadful for Arsenal if this happened.

    An absolute indictment of Arsenal Football Club from Alexis Sanchez.

    Let’s hope this writer is a Man City fan because the narrative is pro Man City here and The Independent is not really renowned for being on top with ITK football news.

    Just thought it is an interesting angle though re: Sanchez at this time.

    All Arsenal fans must hope this doesn’t happen. Even the WOBs. Just too much if it did happen.

  5. TitsMcGee

    Why is everyone so obsessed about what City are spending? Is it your money?”

    A lot of fans on here despise Pep because he was the architect behind the Barcelona teams that dismantled us year in and year out in the UCL. It’s the same disdain they show towards Messi.

    At least City are trying to win. At the end of the day nobody in the blue side of Manchester will care if they win the Epl next season.

    Wenger spent £90 million last season and got worse so it’s quite hypocritical to mock Pep but give Wenger a pass as the usual suspects do.

  6. Emiratesstroller

    Ishola 70

    This is nothing new. The story has been floating around for a long time.

    Man City have spent a small fortune this summer, and may be favourites for
    league title, but money alone does not guarantee success.

    Spurs have spent sofar absolutely zippo. Yet I think that they will also be in
    frame to do well this season.

    I have pointed out on several occasions that Sanchez is 29 this year and will
    be 30 next season. I think that has been factored in by Arsenal and Wenger in
    their resoluteness not to sell him this season.

    Time will tell who is right.

  7. TitsMcGee

    If true Wengers treatment of Perez essentially confirms what we always knew. Toe the line and Wenger will keep you around forever no matter how mediocre you are. Speak out (in the press) and get marooned at the end of the bench.

  8. Ishola70

    And what would be the absolute embarrassment for Arsenal is not Sanchez joining Man City as such but the player taking a lower wage at Man City than what Arsenal are purported are willing to offer him.

  9. Ishola70

    ES this new stuff coming out about Sanchez is not about whether he is joining Man City or not. As you said that is old news.

    The new twist is this stuff that he would be prepared to take a lower wage at Man City than what Arsenal have been reported as willing to give him.

    Just for your info I thought it was 70/30 in favour of Sanchez leaving Arsenal this summer at the start of the window. Now at this precise time it is more like 50/50.

  10. Carts

    Well it’s quite obvious why Wenger wasn’t prepared to let Perez go to China.

    Wenger would have to explain hismelf to journalists alongside swerving his reason as to why he won’t tell the fans whether he’s staying or leaving.

    Wenger is a narcissist. One of the highest order. Use Arsenal as some kind of moral example when it suits him.

    Now we’re angling for the same fee we paid for Perez.

  11. TR7

    ‘And what would be the absolute embarrassment for Arsenal is not Sanchez joining Man City as such but the player taking a lower wage at Man City than what Arsenal are purported are willing to offer him’

    Yes, if he went to PSG on mega wages, Arsenal could spin it as a money issue. But if he goes on a lower wages to City than what we are offering, it would be an indictment of the club. Reports aside, I do get the feeling he wants to work with Pep again.

  12. Emiratesstroller

    Ishola 70

    I would be very surprised if Sanchez will accept less than Arsenal are offering.

    What is more likely is that he has asked inflated wages of clubs like Bayern and PSG because he does not want to leave England.

    The real test of Wenger’s management now is whether he will stick to his guns and more importantly whether major shareholder will allow him to do so.

    Sanchez would not be the first mega star to be forced to stay at his club and honour contract. Lewandowski was held to contract by Borussia Dortmund.

  13. Steveyg87

    Complete shambles the state of the club, lets not beat around the bush here. We have in no way addressed our most pressing issues up to now. We still have the worst midfield in the top 7 and Wenger is still in a job. I feel for the fans that are lapping up the Lacazette transfer as real progress. Our rivals are making a genuine attempt at going for the league and Wenger is battling to keep hold of his players as usual. Nothings changed, it cant change, Wenger refuses to accept change. Best we can hope for is that he completely blows it that he has no where to hide

  14. Steveyg87

    “If true Wengers treatment of Perez essentially confirms what we always knew. Toe the line and Wenger will keep you around forever no matter how mediocre you are. Speak out (in the press) and get marooned at the end of the bench.”

    For a club that harps on bout class and values, we don’t show it very often

  15. Emiratesstroller

    Ishola 70

    If you refer back to my earlier post yesterday I referred to the odds on Sanchez leaving. We were evens that he was staying. Man City and PSG were now odds
    against him joining them.

  16. mano'gunner

    @Ishola

    “Those who know the player say he is conscious of the fact he turns 29 in December and has not actually won that many trophies in his club career – only one European league title, with Barca – so his next move is genuinely all about trophies and where he believes will offer the best opportunity to win them.”

    Just shows how much faith he has as a player privy to the going ins of the club on Wenger’s ability to win another EPL trophy.
    Henry also left us to win trophies, even RVP and almost all of our star first team players throughout the years. Henry left us with that reason in 2007 and ten years later in 2017 the situation hasn’t changed at all.

  17. Ishola70

    Emiratesstroller:
    “I would be very surprised if Sanchez will accept less than Arsenal are offering.Sanchez would not be the first mega star to be forced to stay at his club and honour contract. Lewandowski was held to contract by Borussia Dortmund.2

    Let’s hope you are correct. It is one thing him leaving to Man City but having him leave and be on lower wages is another thing entirely.

    R

  18. N5

    “Why is everyone so obsessed about what City are spending? Is it your money?”

    Because it’s ruining the game. Not from an Arsenal point of view but an everyone point of view. You’ve now got average players on stupid money week in and out. You have players that would struggle to start for a mid league team being worth £30m and because the big spending clubs, you’ve got players being worth £195m.

    In a world where an average person now struggles to pay for a ticket to watch their club and you have players having that kind of money spent on them, you can understand why it might tick some off can’t you?

  19. Emiratesstroller

    For me the Sanchez situation is not the real scandal at club. It is inevitable that
    clubs are trying to poach best players particularly where there is vulnerability in contract situation.

    The real scandal for me is how Arsenal have been conducting their contract business as a totality i.e..

    1. We have allowed too many players to run down contracts to final year.
    2. We have too many average players on mega wages who are virtually unsaleable.
    3. Even where there is an opportunity to sell them we demand inflated prices
    when you factor in the wages as well.

  20. N5

    I’d be interested to know whom Alexis/agent is talking to at Citeh, when the club are convinced he’s at home being a good boy. Wenger is adamant he’s not flirting with other clubs and it’s all media spun rubbish, so if it turns out that he is talking to other clubs, than surely that’s tapping up isn’t it? Arsenal surely haven’t given permission for clubs to approach him. (if you take anything Wenger says at face value).

  21. Ishola70

    Re: Lewandowski ES.

    You do realise that Bayern tapped up Lewandowski don’t you in the previous seasons Champions League final,

    The media angle that summer after that Champions League final was very pro Dortmund and anti Bayern. Along the lines of plucky little Dortmund holding out against Bayern which is funny in itself as Dortmund are a big club themselves. Just so happens Bayern are an absolute monster in the neighbourhood.

    Did Bayern ever put in an official bid for Lewandowski that summer?

    I ask this because as you yourself keep noting and it is generally recognised is that Bayern are a financially prudent football club. Why put in a heavy bid for Lewandowski that summer when you can get him for nothing the following season Remember the player was already tapped up by Bayern. That doesn’t fit with Bayern’s usual practice to put a big bid in for him knowing they have him for free in 12 months time.

  22. TR7

    N5

    Le Grove is a strange place. Criticism of any other club or manager is interpreted as a subtle and convoluted defense of Wenger. I read someone calling all those people AKB who loath and loathe the way a few clubs spend billions on average players and distort the market for the rest of the clubs.

  23. ThePuma9

    Ish

    ‘ It is one thing him leaving to Man City but having him leave and be on lower wages is another thing entirely’

    He wouldn’t be on lower wages though would he? He currently earns 140k pw and if he went to city it would still be north of 250k pw.

    Don’t for a minute think city wouldn’t match what we’re offering.

    Sagna, cliche, and nasri all trebled their money when they went there. I’m sure Ade and Kolo didn’t take reduced terms either.

    They’ve just paid £100m for 2 fullbacks and you think they won’t at least match what we’re offering?

    Have a word. If they want him they’ll pay whatever it takes.

  24. loyika

    @ Ishola

    You say that but Citeh have not put in any bid whatsoever? You would think they would throw the hook and bid regardless of ehat Arsenal say.

    At least show Alexis that your serious. Or do they want him to do the dirty work for them? They should put up or shut up.

  25. Ishola70

    ThePuma9July 25, 2017 08:35:25
    “He wouldn’t be on lower wages though would he? He currently earns 140k pw and if he went to city it would still be north of 250k pw. Don’t for a minute think city wouldn’t match what we’re offering. ”

    Well you know what is being talked about in these terms is not what Sanchez is on currently but what has been reported as what Arsenal are willing to give him if he signed a new contract. When you say Man City would match what Arsenal are willing to give him that still goes against greedy money grabbing mercenary does it not?

    Anyway as said let’s hope this new twist is media speculation and rubbish.

  26. Wallace

    Tits

    “Wenger spent £90 million last season and got worse so it’s quite hypocritical to mock Pep but give Wenger a pass as the usual suspects do.”

    I’m having a pop at Guardiola out of disappointment, not envy.

  27. leon

    Not sure if the story about Lucas Pires are true but if it Wenger should be ashamed of himself. But I understand the wenger wenger thinks any because I think he is better finisher Welbeck or Girude .

  28. loyika

    @ TR7

    Yeah so funny and strange!?

    So apparently Arsenal fans detest Pep for his time at Barca? Funniest shyte i have ever heard. Might as well state that we hate all rival managers who have beaten Wenger’s Arsenal team since he has been manager.

    The things we hear on the blog sometimes.

  29. N5

    TR7 the usual response is, it’s not your money.

    No that’s true, but when football implodes in on itself because only a select few clubs can afford to operate or even sustain that type of spending, I wonder if their minds will change to.

    Its fine if you don’t want to go to a match or you want to find a reason to be angry at Arsenal, but the reality is, it isn’t fine spending that kind of money over and over.

    I know it’s a proper SJW comment, but £195m for a player in a world with starving people makes me ill.

  30. Daz

    “Le Grove is a strange place. Criticism of any other club or manager is interpreted as a subtle and convoluted defense of Wenger.”

    So true, and god forbid you point out they are factually incorrect when slating arsenal you are then the mother of akbs

  31. ThePuma9

    Ish

    ‘That doesn’t fit with Bayern’s usual practice to put a big bid in for him knowing they have him for free in 12 months time.’

    Well think about it, of course it does if his market rate is £80m and you can get him for £25m with a year left. Getting one of the best strikers in Europe at a discount is very good business that’s not even a debate.

    It’s rare that a club will let a top top player run down his contract but Dortmund did it out of principle (Bayern r@pe their best talent every year) even though it made no sense financially. They stood their ground list the money but got an extra year out of him.

  32. graham62

    I agree, Le Grove is a strange place. You get the feeling that even Pedro takes a back seat (probably somewhere at the Emirates) because he doesn’t want to blow his cover! Too much speculation on subjects that are not important, rather than looking at the core problems.

    Arsenal are a complete and utter shambles, an embarrasment to us all. Yes, we do have a narcissist at the helm, that is obvious to anyone with the good of the club at heart. Football has gone crazy, but not as crazy as those running Arsenal football club.

  33. loyika

    @ Daz

    Now Lucas Perez is the new stick to beat Arsenal over the head with. Good forbid Gunnersaurus comes out to say he is tired anf fed up of his treatment and salary as a Mascot and wants a transfer to become C Palaces mascot instead.

  34. Ishola70

    ThePuma:
    “Well think about it, of course it does if his market rate is £80m and you can get him for £25m with a year left. Getting one of the best strikers in Europe at a discount is very good business that’s not even a debate. It’s rare that a club will let a top top player run down his contract but Dortmund did it out of principle (Bayern r@pe their best talent every year) even though it made no sense financially. They stood their ground list the money but got an extra year out of him.”

    Yes it is good business but the media that summer were going with the Dortmund holding out against Bayern when in reality Bayern were in the win/win situation. They either got him for a much lower price than his transfer value as a player due to him being in the last year of his contract or they get him for free the next season. No skin off Bayern’s back. Again what was the official bid Bayern put in for Lewandowski that summer that Dortmund pluckily held against?

  35. TR7

    N5

    Agreed totally. Besides, the theory that ‘it’s not our money’ is bunkum. As they say money doesn’t grow on trees. The Arab Sheiks, Russian oligarchs and Chinese billionaires have made money exploiting common masses and now pumping in some part of their not so hard earned money in football. If this is difficult to understand, at least one can notice ever rising ticket prices, merchandise costs, TV subscription costs etc. As an Arsenal fan I am all for the club spending money to compete but what’s currently going on in EPL is scandalous. Players’ general quality is deteriorating but the prices are reaching astronomical levels. 15 years ago you could reel out the names of 20 world class players at the top off your head just like that, now there are hardly 5-6 players of genuine world class talent and yet prices are soaring up.

  36. Emiratesstroller

    Ishola70

    Lewandowski may well have been tapped up by Bayern, although more probably they spoke to agent and registered their interest.

    The real point is that Bayern are sensible in how they operate their transfer business and more importantly patient and plan well ahead.

    If the rumours circulating about Goretska are true then he will also join Bayern next season on a Bosman.

    My real concern at Arsenal is not how they have negotiated with Sanchez, but
    the long list of other players as well who are in a similar situation. Some like
    Ozil and Ox will pick up fat new contracts when they join new clubs on Bosman.

    Others who are on grossly inflated wages to their true worth will struggle to
    maintain those wages and will hold on to bitter end.

    Arsenal could land up this season with a huge number of unwanted players and an inflated wage bill and then a large hole next summer with several players including our top players leaving on Bosman.

  37. Daz

    Loyika

    Yeah sure Perez could have been given a better chance at the club but its hardly a new thing we’ve done it before as has many if not all other clubs, but no wenger is a cretin for ruining perez’s life sure….oh i shouldn’t have said that must have my tongue up Wenger’s backside

  38. Ishola70

    For those that watch Bundesliga Denis Zakaria is going to be very interesting to watch for Moechengladbach in the coming season. They signed him this summer from Berne. 20yo but Moechengladbach see him as first team player material straight away.

  39. shaun

    i think it does matter that you are seeing vast sum’s of money spent and this time it will make a huge difference , it does not take a genius to see the title will be between the two Manc clubs and Chelsea and they will probably make up the top 3 as well , we will be double figures behind all three of those clubs and that is if we perform in spite of le fraud .Pep and mourine in there second season with the amount of resource they have , it is going to get real ugly for wenger and the boys very quickly. they will finish 15 to twenty points behind and struggle to make the top 5 but with any luck this should be wengers last season as the board will hopefully put him out of his misery when they see what is plainly obvious to most , just opinion but our best possible position currently is 6th and that is being really kind this is the season where we really get tanked .we could have swapped Chirod and 40 mil for Aubameyang , we could have got Rudiger or even what we really need that super strong tall athletic DM with a positional sense so many could have’s but ultimately what we do have is the specialist in failure and that is what we will do but this time it will be a little more special and not in a good way

  40. Emiratesstroller

    I think that the Lucas story has more to do with why Arsenal bought him in the first place. At best he is a squad/bench player.

    You may recall that it was anticipated that Welbeck would recover from his operation in first half of season.. It was then diagnosed that he was unlikely to be match fit before end of season.

    At that point we went out and bought Lucas. Lucas was bought as a striker and
    he would now rank on pecking order as our fifth best striker behind Lacazette, Sanchez [who can play position], Giroud and Welbeck.

  41. Steveyg87

    “I agree, Le Grove is a strange place. You get the feeling that even Pedro takes a back seat (probably somewhere at the Emirates) because he doesn’t want to blow his cover! Too much speculation on subjects that are not important, rather than looking at the core problems.”

    I don’t know where you have been mate, but Pedro has identified our core problems and beaten them to death. He, much like a lot of us on here, are kind of coasting through this hell period. It cant go on like this forever, can it?

  42. TitsMcGee

    He, much like a lot of us on here, are kind of coasting through this hell period. It cant go on like this forever, can it?”

    I dunno. There are a lot of idiots in this world. See the sycophants singing “One Arsene Wenger”

  43. Bamford10

    “rather than looking at the core problems”.

    I don’t know who said this, but the “core problems” have been discussed here ad nauseam. You can’t say the same thing over and over again every day for ten years (though, of course, some will say that that is precisely what goes on here).

  44. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Wenger dithers over every issue , but then lack of goals asks him for the number 9 shirt an without informing the incumbent Perez he hands it over..

    I would rather Perez up front than lackof … he will be a diaster

    Wenger will fuck up Arsenal beyond repair in the next two seasons

    An I can’t wait

    I hate the club

  45. Emiratesstroller

    Latest betting odds on Skybet relating to Sanchez.

    Man City 7/4
    PSG 4/1
    To stay at Arsenal 10/11

    This is first time in weeks that it is odds on that he will stay.

  46. raptora

    “This is a definite ‘wait and see’, but PSG have called a press conference in Miami at 11pm French time. No word on what it’s about – could be their game against Juventus tomorrow, could be a signing – but Barcelona also have a press conference at 11.30pm French time, which is set to feature Gerard Pique.
    Make of this what you will…”

    LoL at skysports.

  47. Ishola70

    Emiratesstroller:
    “Latest betting odds on Skybet relating to Sanchez.Man City 7/4
    PSG 4/1
    To stay at Arsenal 10/11.

    This is first time in weeks that it is odds on that he will stay.”

    10/11 in this particular market basically means it is still up in the air whether he stays or goes according to them.

    If he does stay the bookies giving 10/11 would not have been an indicator. On the contrary it still gives out uncertainty in him staying.

    I don’t know what bookie prices you have been looking at as Sanchez has just been under evens price to stay at Arsenal for quite a period of time now with many of them.

    This particular betting market is a mugs game to follow if there is the impression that it gives out genuine indicators. Only if you see really short odds on can it be deduced that an outcome is relatively safe, Better still the bookies put up no prices at all on the outcome.

  48. Bamford10

    N5

    “Because it’s ruining the game.”

    Re the insane spending, I am not quite as worried about it as some of you are — I think the present moment is something like a bubble that will adjust at some point — but one thing I don’t like is it makes it impossible to say how much a player is worth. A player that would maybe have been valued at £22m just 12 months ago — see Walker, Sigurdsson, etc. — is now valued at £45-50m.

    Do you go with something more like the valuation from 12 months ago (which seems the “sane” valuation), do you go with these new data points, or do you go with something in between?

    But again, I think the present moment is something like a bubble and that it will adjust.

  49. ThePuma9

    Ish

    ‘Again what was the official bid Bayern put in for Lewandowski that summer that Dortmund pluckily held against?’

    They turned down £25m like I said out of principle even though they knew where he would end up.

  50. Samesong

    Here’s a question for le grovers

    Do you think players with large transfers are easier or harder to manage? And your reasons?

  51. Samesong

    Messed that one up…

    Do you think players that have large transfer fees are easier or harder to manage?

  52. Bamford10

    Odds we sign another first-XI player this window? Odds we sign two more first-XI players?

    I am getting more pessimistic daily. I’d say 3/1 we sign one additional first XI player, 6/1 we sign two.

    But without two more signings, we will not compete for the title. It really is that simple.

  53. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    When he goes this squad will look incredibly thin …

    This fella will bring the club to its mediocre best ….

    An that is bottom half of the top ten ….

    I have no cares for the club this season, any love has been drained by this one self arrogant deluded person ….

    Fuck the club whilst he’s there

  54. ThePuma9

    Bamford

    ‘You can’t say the same thing over and over again every day for ten years ‘

    You’re giving it a good go….zzzzzzzzzzz

  55. Bamford10

    BTW, just to clarify, I mean that it is hard for me personally to assign valuations because of the insane market, not that it is difficult for Arsenal or any other club to do so. That is different.

  56. Ishola70

    Bamford10:
    “But without two more signings, we will not compete for the title. It really is that simple.”

    All about the system Bam. Wenger is looking to his back three/five to win the day. Nothing more than that. We will see how strong a foundation this belief is placed upon soon enough.

    Funny really a manager that has been known to put defence firmly behind attack in importance in the past and now we have him thinking along the lines of winning the league with defensive solidity i.e. keeping those goals against relatively low.

  57. Bamford10

    Puma

    A couple of questions: one, is Wenger good enough to lead Arsenal to another PL title?

    Two, do we need any more first-XI players to compete for the title? If so, which, where? If not, why not?

  58. Bamford10

    Ishola

    Sorry, are you saying that the current squad / XI can win the league? If played in the 3-4-3, if things go well? Is that your position? Just clarifying.

  59. Cesc Appeal

    Elneny looks as if he may be being pushed out, a bid from Leicester accepted and now Galatasary are in the mix for him. Looks as if Wilshere may be sold as well.

    Good.

    Perez, Gibbs, Jenkinson and Debuchy also seem to be being pushed out the door.

    What is worrying is the lack of any even remotely concrete rumours of incomings. Fingers crossed it is a case of waiting for players to be sold before we move big time for another three or four incomings.

    As it stands right now we’re in for a very bumpy season with current personnel, need creativity in attack and a far better CM partner for Xhaka as minimal requirements to see out the window.

  60. Bamford10

    Most successful dribbles in the Bundesliga last season:
    O. Dembélé – 103
    N. Keita – 83
    E. Forsberg – 71

    -@WhoScored

  61. Ishola70

    Bamford10:
    “Sorry, are you saying that the current squad / XI can win the league? If played in the 3-4-3, if things go well? Is that your position? Just clarifying.”

    No I’m not saying that.

    I’m saying that Wenger is relying on his back three/five system this coming season which to me is quite ironic given that up to the end of last season Wenger was known for championing attacking football, entertainment and goals.

    This coming season is all about back three/five. Nothing more than that.

  62. Bamford10

    West Ham have apparently signed Javier Hernández for £16m. Good value at least. Esp. when you look at other valuations this summer.

  63. Bamford10

    Ishola

    So is your point that this season for Wenger is really about seeing what the 3-4-3 can do for us, for our fortunes, for him? That he isn’t really focused on competing for the title or on summer signings, but that his real focus at the moment is the 3-4-3? Is that the idea?

  64. Cesc Appeal

    I think Ishola is right in the regard that the system will be played off ‘like a new signing’. Ramsey was also saying something like that back in June. You also then have people like Ramsey talking about this being ‘his year’ and players like Iwobi talking about being ‘hungry’ this year when they were not last year, players like Walcott talking about the ‘real Arsenal’ and being ready to fight ‘for Wenger’.

    It is all bullshit,sort of incorporeal bullshit that you cannot quantify or assess. It boils down to ‘we will try harder’. As if there is no real physical problem at Arsenal in terms of personnel, manager, coaches etc, but some sort of mentality and togetherness issue which is total shite.

    Sincerely keeping my fingers crossed that this selling activity is followed by some serious buying. If not, this season is going to be tedious.

  65. loyika

    @ Bam

    I kmow your question was directed at Puma but let me kindly butt in.

    Firstly this is football!! Anything can happen. Arsene and Arsenal can win the EPL (should have done so the season before last)

    All it would tske is for the right things to be done. Now we both know that alot is still left to be desired and Arsene is obessed with doing things his way regardless; hence the current situation we find ourselves in.

    If we did things right and have a clear focus, then nothing suggests we can’t give it a go. Who would have felt Chelsea having just won the league in 2014/15 would go awol and end up where they did only to turn it round as soon as some things changed. And i wouldn’t say that it was only due to a change in Manager, it was a case of Jose being arrogant and feeling he made them champions by himself and so didn’t see the need to pander to their egos and the players responded to him in kind, but picked up the pace once more when Conte came in with his man management.

    Basically if Leicester can win it the way they did, anything is possible. But you have to play your part (interms of recruitment, coaching and team harmoñy and so on) which frankly Arsenal aren’t doing well enough to push us on.

  66. Alexanderhenry

    Emirates

    Agreed on the overall mismanagement of Arsenal.

    However, you are looking at it on the basis that the club is focussed on footballing
    success.

    It isn’t.

    If for example, arsenal had extended themselves further on squad quality and depth over the past ten years by investing even a little more than they did, arsenal could well have won the PL. If that had happened the club’s revenue would have increased along with its profile.
    However it would also have brought with it an increased risk.

    Arsenal isn’t run like that. It is risk averse.

    Going forward, whether arsenal wins trophies or not is not the main issue at the club.
    As long as it ticks over and makes a profit- even a relatively small one- the powers that be will be happy.

  67. Ishola70

    Bamford10:
    “So is your point that this season for Wenger is really about seeing what the 3-4-3 can do for us, for our fortunes, for him? That he isn’t really focused on competing for the title or on summer signings, but that his real focus at the moment is the 3-4-3? Is that the idea?

    As CA said the system that was brought in at the tail end of last season is the new main shiny signing of this coming season.

  68. Emiratesstroller

    Bamford 10

    Wenger stated at end of last season that he planned to bring in no more than two or three new players. Gazidis followed that up just over a week ago by saying that the club would buy only players who would play in starting X1.

    I have always believed that Arsenal will not bring in more than three players this season. The last acquisition will be dependent on how much money we
    generate from sales.

    As you will have seen there are very few players this season to which we have
    been linked. Kolasinac has filled left back position and Lacazette the striker role.

    Much of the other serious rumours have revolved around Lemar and Mahrez
    to fill a wing position.

    There has been until very few serious rumours revolving around other positions in team, although I think that many posters like myself believe that we
    need at least one additional central/defensive midfielder.

  69. Carts

    Elneny is a very average player.

    I don’t think he’s rubbish, per se, just that he lacks a lot of things to be a starter let alone come from the bench and effect the game enough.

    In all, a poor signing from Wenger. Not the most costliest, just poor.

    I think West Ham have pulled of a brilliant signing in Hernandez for £16m.

    I’m not as confident in their Arnautovic signing, though. He has moments of brilliance but he’s quite inconsistent.

  70. TitsMcGee

    But without two more signings, we will not compete for the title. It really is that simple”

    Those two signings would have to be absolutely ELITE players AND at positions of weakness. I’d say that the chances of Wenger signing:

    1. Two more players
    2.That are elite
    3.At positions of weakness

    ….are absolutely slim to none. Even If he did I’d still say say he was on the outside looking in regarding competing for the EPL.

  71. TitsMcGee

    Marca says Real Madrid has agreed €180M deal for Mbappe.”

    No pressure lol

    If he doesn’t score 40 goals in season 1 Madrid fans will be pelting him with pig heads.

  72. Marko

    I would argue right now to have a shot we’d need 3 signings that’s even before losing anyone like Sanchez or Chamberlain. Another attacker, a midfielder and a defender. Addressing the spine. Then after that if Oxlade goes we probably need another backup RB/RWB and if Alexis goes we’ll obviously need something major to placate fans. But the worry is with this club and manager is he’ll look at 52 million spent and the transfer record being broken as a sign of progress and a successful window. It absolutely is not. We must be doing more to be prepared for next season. Already it looks like we screwed up cause the season starts soon and any new players will be playing catch up. Right now though it’s deafening silence with Arsenal in terms of ins

  73. Bamford10

    Emirates

    Well, let me be the first to say that, one, that will not be enough. One more first-XI player will not get us to where we need to be.

    Two, we can afford more than one first-XI player. Not only do we have ample cash on hand & revenue, but if we were selling our players properly, we would have money coming in which we could use. More, if we had proper scouting we would be able to sign a first-XI player here or there for reasonable sums.

    Three, Wenger’s notion that you can only incorporate 2-3 players per window is complete and utter bullshit.

    Four, this is just another example of Wenger leaving the team short — yet again.

  74. Cesc Appeal

    Ronaldo, Mbappe, Bale is some front line, goals, pace, creativity. Cannot wait to see it.

    If the reports are accurate Madrid will (when all is said and done over the coming years in terms of fees) will have got Mbappe for £90 Million with the Morata sale. Not bad.

    Our chances at signing Lemar will be fading as well, Silva, Bakayoko, Mendy has just gone and now Mbappe may be on his way. Why have we sat around for so long if Lemar was the big target?

    Again, so poor.

  75. Marko

    Three, Wenger’s notion that you can only incorporate 2-3 players per window is complete and utter bullshit.

    Course it is. It’s a set up for future dithering. I mean he bought 4 last season and how many did he buy after the 8-2 defeat to United?

  76. Steveyg87

    Reading that PSG are offering Moura and Matuidi for Sanchez makes me want to cry my eyes out. Matuidi would be a fantastic partner for xhaka, doing all the leg work, basically an Alex song mk2. Moura would absolutely be an upgrade on the flank to what we have, bar sanchez.. Still cant see Wenger doing this

  77. raptora

    Real M sold Morata who wasn’t exactly a squad player for them since just in the league he registered 26 games and 15 goals with 43 appearances in total. I thought they would give Asensio way more playing time this season but if they get Mbappe several players will find it very hard to compete for a starter place with the wonder kid. Good thing is that Mbappe can play in all positions in attack it should be easier for Real to find him a place. Even at this insane price tag he won’t be rushed but will be slowly introduced to spanish football as a safety precaution. Anyways even if the transfer look possible I still don’t believe it will happen. Even if Madrid have been uncharacteristically quiet this summer on the huge transfers but have been acquiring young lads with potential they are probably desperate to make that one marquee signing. I think Mbappe will stay at Monaco this summer.

  78. HighburyLegend

    “Maybe Wenger has the keys to the future of football in his hands and we just don’t know it.” Ah ah ah, excellent!!

    I saw Dunkirk too, and I think the hype is NOT justified… at all.

  79. Steveyg87

    “Madrid bid 180 million for Mbappe? Over to you Arsene ”

    Once we had the 87mill bid rejected Wenger pulled out, and that was that

  80. Marko

    Cesc all these players leaving has done is add an extra 10-15 million onto Lemar as opposed to him more likely to stay. Why would he after this summer. I actually truly feel sorry for Monaco. They’ve gone from title winners and playing the best football in Europe last season to being decimated in the transfer market. I just hope next season they don’t do too badly and make Jardim look bad cause there’s a great manager right there and certainly one I’d take in a heartbeat over our current manager

  81. HighburyLegend

    Moura and Matuidi wants to play the CL, they absolutely don’t give a f*ck about Europa League.

  82. Carts

    “If the reports are accurate Madrid will (when all is said and done over the coming years in terms of fees) will have got Mbappe for £90 Million with the Morata sale. Not bad”

    That net spend, yo!

  83. Leftsidesanch

    Can;t even be sure that we actually made a bid at all for Mbappe and if we did – wasn’t it after a higher figure had been rejected?

  84. Marko

    Matuidi would be a fantastic partner for xhaka, doing all the leg work, basically an Alex song mk2.

    Alex Song??? I take it you were a fan

  85. raptora

    Matuidi is already over 30 yo though and he won’t be getting any younger. People think that Moura is a headless chicken but he is not bad at all. Probably Salah class. Both of them for Sanchez would be a pretty good deal imo if Sanchez really wants to leave.

  86. HighburyLegend

    Real to splash 180M Euros for M’Bappé ??
    I really don’t know if football makes me laugh or cry these days…

  87. Marko

    Wenger said he never bid and I’m not usually one to believe him in summer months but I’ll believe him this time. It’s more plausible to think he met with the parents and player and was probably convinced he was going to stay and that was that

  88. TR7

    If Mbappe leaves, Lemar will have fewer reasons to stick with Monaco. He would think why should he not jump the ship when everyone else is leaving the club.

  89. Marko

    I used to love Matuidi and still think he’s good but no way in hell should we give up our best player for two dross players another club doesn’t want. They want him that bad throw in Rabiot instead of Matuidi or Draxler instead of Moura

  90. Carts

    If Wenger was serious, he would’ve been first in line at Monaco’s door.

    Germain
    Silva
    Bakayoko
    mendy
    Mbappe

    I think it shows how weak we are at times. City wrapped up Silva in the space of a couple of days for less than £45m.

    We should’ve made a serious offer for Lemar and sorted it.

    We’re not hard up of money.

    The whole world knows English football is flush with money.

    We have about a dozen players on our books who need to leave and in doing so can raise the best part of £120m

    So why were we fucking around with £30m and £35m offers when we had the likes of Bolasie leaving for the same kind of money last year

  91. Ishola70

    TR7:
    “If Mbappe leaves, Lemar will have fewer reasons to stick with Monaco. He would think why should he not jump the ship when everyone else is leaving the club.”

    It’s taking a lot now though isn’t to prise any more sought after existing players players away from Monaco at this stage.

    Real Madrid the biggest club in the world have put in a record transfer bid if Marca are to be believed. Of course Mbappe is seen on a different level to Lemar.

    But even so………

    What price would Monaco still want for Lemar? Would Arsenal be willing to pay that asking price?

    The asking price may only come down if Lemar makes a fuss and demands a move to Arsenal. Can you see him demanding a move to Arsenal? Is he an Arsenal fan ? lol. Remember Lemar has got clubs eyeing him that are not only seen as big clubs but are also in CL at present.

  92. Emiratesstroller

    Carts

    Arsenal’s transfer business both buying and selling is totally tedious.

    No other major club takes so long to tie up matters. One senses that part of the
    reason for this is the control that Wenger exerts on valuations and wage structure.

    We should have gone to jugular early in transfer window if we were serious in
    buying Lemar.

  93. Micheal

    I am 100% behind those calling for a clear-out of fringe players, partly to release the overall wage bill and partly to help fund futuere transfers. It makes obvious sense to get rid of people like Gibbs, Jenkinson, JC, etc.

    My concern is that we will clearly need a large squad next season, partly because of the Europa League commitments. But where are replacements if 6 or 7 players leave ? So far we have signed two players.

    Or do posters believe that Maitland Niles, JRA, Iwobi, Nelson, Bielik, Willock can make the step up ? They may be good prospects but good enough for the first team ? I seriously doubt.

    Once again the utter shambles of Arsenal’s transfer policy leaves us starting the season with one arm tied behind our backs.

  94. TR7

    Ishola

    I’m not suggesting Arsenal is a big draw for Lemar especially when we’re not even in CL at the moment but I think he must be losing patience with Monaco. I mean Monaco have been pulverized. For many including Lemar, Mbappe’s departure could be the straw which broke camel’s back. At this stage, Arsenal is a bigger draw than Monaco without Sliva,Mendy,Bakayoko and Mbappe. Correct me if I am wrong but Spurs is the only club apart from Arsenal that is in for Lemar. I don’t know of any other big club interested in him. Difficult to say how much will we need to pay to lure him though. Personally I wouldn’t really pay anything over 50-55M for him though even if he was available.

  95. Cesc Appeal

    Ancelotti must have beaten a few of those Munich players after Milan.

    Fabregas is struggling in the middle, did not have to do a lot of defending against Arsenal, but that side of his game is being exposed at the moment, Munich running the middle.

  96. Carts

    ES

    That is it all over, isn’t it.

    It’s like the London-centric property market. Yes it’s fucked, but you don’t turn up to an SE1, SE15, N1 or W3 postcode for a viewing, making below market offers on 3 bed house/flats knowing full well the market has already set a baseline.

    It’s foolish. Cos if you don’t pay it, someone else will.

    The market is upside down, and I’m hoping it will pop so that some parity is restored. Unlikely, but who knows..

  97. HighburyLegend

    “when we’re not even in CL at the moment ”

    Yes but we will be back next season!!
    That’s why wenger has bought Lacazette, after all.
    (lol)

  98. karim

    Arsenal bought Wellington Silva back in order to sell him to Bordeaux but the player has just failed his medical !

    #BanterFC

  99. Southernpeople

    Clubs above are spending more on their squad than us, and we all know that they already have better squads and better quality than us. We’re left behind.

  100. Cesc Appeal

    ‘Arsenal bought Wellington Silva back in order to sell him to Bordeaux but the player has just failed his medical’

    I mean.

    Shall we just give up? Not really that great at this football club malarkey.

  101. Leftsidesanch

    Bayern giving Chelsea that work “how dare you spank our regular whipping boys the other day”.

  102. Ishola70

    karim:
    “Arsenal bought Wellington Silva back in order to sell him to Bordeaux but the player has just failed his medical !”

    lol So Arsenal are stuck with an out of shape Brazilian.

    Best get him loaned out to one of those 2nd Division Spanish clubs again.

    It was only going to be a 1m profit on selling him to Bordeaux but why go to the trouble of buying him back from Fluminense if they hadn’t tracked his fitness levels. Some of these players in Brazilian League have a far more slack attitude to their fitness levels than in Europe. Poor from the club really even if the reason for buying him back was not a significant sum in profit.

  103. Carts

    Michael

    I hear what you’re saying but I don’t necessarily agree.

    EL you play 13 games
    CL you play 13 games

    The players following players:

    Chesny – 0
    Ospina – 9 starts
    Jenkinson – 0
    JC – 0
    Perez – 3 starts
    Wilshere – 0
    Elneny – 8 starts
    Chambers – 0
    Gabriel – 16 starts
    Gibbs – 13 starts
    Giroud – 17 starts
    Iwobi – 23 starts

    All made a combined appearance of 68 starts in the EPL and CL, only.

    Lacazette is Girouds replacement
    Martinez for Ospina
    Holding for Gabriel
    Kolasinac for Gibbs
    Welbeck for Iwobi
    Lemar(?) for Perez

    So the idea of needing all these players due to the europa league is fallacious.

  104. Ishola70

    karim:
    “Monaco deny there’s an agreement with Madrid.”

    lol I was a little sceptical when I kept seeing the “in principle” old line.

    Marca Real Madrid’s mouthpiece probably felt that the club needed to get on the big transfer news with all the focus on Neymar. And that’s even in the negative sense regarding Neymar leaving Barca.

    Looks like he will end up there eventually though.

  105. Micheal

    Carts:

    I hear what you. However it is worth emphasising that travel will be a big factor in Europa League this season. Also Wenger has a knack of running players into the ground -e.g. Iwobi last year looked decent at the start and tailed off badly.

    Recent experience of other clubs in in the Eurpoa has shown how the travel, injuries and inevitable pile-up of Prem fixtures towards the season’s end, always takes a toll. Even the Mancs with their huge squad struggled towards the end.

    I still believe we will need a big squad. Shipping out the unwanted players is a good move, but I do not believe we can survive with a smaller overall squad. We stand to lose 6 or 7 and have signed 2. Hence my question: Where are the replacements ?

  106. TR7

    Will we really be stuck with Wellington or the player be back on Brazilian club Fluminense ‘s book ? I mean we can return both the money and the player. Very silly of AFC to do all this for 1M when there’s plenty of other things to be sorted out.

  107. Don

    Man, just seen the goretzka links
    What a dream signing that would be.
    Add Lemar and we are ready to go.

    It’s not gonna happen but that would be the greatest summer of transfers we’ve had since Sol Campbell arrived

  108. Ishola70

    TR7:
    “Will we really be stuck with Wellington or the player be back on Brazilian club Fluminense ‘s book ? I mean we can return both the money and the player. Very silly of AFC to do all this for 1M when there’s plenty of other things to be sorted out.”

    The opinion in Brazil is that he will indeed return to Fluminense. Arsenal passed him onto Fluminense free of charge but with a buy back option just in case there was a club that would want to buy him in europe which proved to be the case with Bordeaux.

    But Flu still have the option to tell Arsenal to do one lol. Arsenal did buy him back after all. Or they give him back for free again and lose out on 3m when the intention was to make a 1m profit on him heh heh!

  109. Don

    Well let’s look at who’s staying

    Cech ospina Martinez

    Centre back

    Mert, kos, Gabriel, mustafi,
    holding, monreal, possibly chambers

    Rwb

    Ox, bellerin

    Lwb

    Monreal, Kelasanic

    Cm

    Ramsey, xakha, mainland-miles, coq, santi and either wilshire or sideways bob to go, hopefully elneny

    AMF

    Sanchez
    Ozil
    Iwobi
    Ox
    Theo
    Cazorla
    The Jeff
    Plus all of the youth team players ready to step up

    Up front

    Lacazette
    Giroud
    Welbeck

    We have the numbers and perhaps even the quality. With this squad we have now it’s down to injuries and confidence. I’m not saying we should make one or two additions as I think we should but what I am saying is that this squad is capable of winning the premier league in terms of numbers and quality.

    There’s goals and creativity all around the pitch. What we are lacking and have done for some time is the right foramatiin and tactics to enhance the skill set of these players
    The 343 I think does that.

    If we don’t sign goretzka then I think we need to keep jack though. For me he is the most talented midfielder in our squad.
    Would be stupid to let him walk for £9m

  110. Carts

    Michael

    Ok – fair enough I see your point, but in reality, the approach shouldn’t be any different, imho.

    Utd struggled cos Jose fucked off Depay, Schweini and treated Shaw like a leper; and at times didn’t have a back 4. Utd also went further in the competition and prioritised correctly – something I don’t see us doing.

    Wenger has shown to be generally shit when it come to rotating from how many years back. He literally doesn’t know when to rotate or field his best team.

    At the start of the season many we’re angling for at least 4-5 arrivals, on the back of 9-12 players leaving. Of the players who should leave,

    We can sell 7 players with a combined appearance of <30, it's that ridiculous.
    **combined starts of 89, not 68. I added someone after I had already totally them up.**

  111. Carts

    “Will we really be stuck with Wellington or the player be back on Brazilian club Fluminense ‘s book ? I mean we can return both the money and the player. Very silly of AFC to do all this for 1M when there’s plenty of other things to be sorted out.”

    Arsenal tried to do a Morata and ended up with a tomata

    Why even bother ffs!

  112. N5

    Sorry for late reply Bam Re valuation! I really hope you’re right because £180m for M’Bappe £195m for Neymar isn’t fair in the clubs, the players or the sport.

    Just shy of 12months since Pogba was a world record purchase and that now looks like spare change!

    £300m for a player next year at the current rate maybe even £400m

  113. Micheal

    Carts

    I think we both agree Wenger is shit at rotation. It will nonetheless be interesitng to see the net squad numbers of ins and outs on September 1. If we don’t replace the overall number of departures, it means the club will be dependent on any rotation among the possibly suspect back-up players.

  114. EN1AFC

    “We have the numbers and perhaps even the quality. With this squad we have now it’s down to injuries and confidence. I’m not saying we should make one or two additions as I think we should but what I am saying is that this squad is capable of winning the premier league in terms of numbers and quality.”

    Don

    Do you really believe that? We finished 18 points behind Chelsea and 11 points behind those wankers down the Lane with virtually the same squad. Lacazette and Kolasinic plus possibly one more (the 2-3 Wenger has already stated) is not enough for us to compete for the league. The centre of our midfield is a big issue, Xhaka and Ramsey is not the answer imo. Need more steel and creativity, those 2 provide neither.

    Even if we miraculously improve our injury record, how is Wenger going to find a way to beat the other top 6 teams regularly? A switch to 3-5-2 helped at the end of the season but I’m not convinced he will stick with this.

    Offloading some of the utter shit that inherits our squad and bringing in quality is a must. Yet again though Wenger strangely believes we have the quality and just a few additions will do. Mental. This is the reason so many wanted him to and still do want him to step aside.
    I would love to be surprised from now until the start of the season in 2 weeks (not the end of the window in August). It would take a monumental shift in approach from Wenger though and an admission of failure of the players he’s bought and believed in which is why I don’t see much happening or changing.

  115. Carts

    Don

    “but what I am saying is that this squad is capable of winning the premier league in terms of numbers and quality.”

    Stop reading here.

    Don, I’ve heard and read people say exactly what you wrote.

    Sadly, this squad is nowhere near the require level, especially with Wenger at the helm. This is a fact.

    I mean, what makes you so confident this time round? I’m not trying to be funny either..

  116. Joe

    All top teams spending money. Fans excited. Players excited

    At Arsenal: best player wants to leave.

    Fans crying about what other teams are spending.

    Wenger buys back Wellington to sell Him on, only for him to fail the medical

  117. Joe

    “but what I am saying is that this squad is capable of winning the premier league in terms of numbers and quality.”

    We won’t even win the 4th place trophy again thus season

  118. raptora

    At several times last season people were coming out with the idea that a great manager like Conte could make us champions with this same roster. Maybe they had a point. But those are the exact same Wenger haters that say that our squad is semi pony at best. The 2 opinions contradict one another so I’d really like to know where the truth is.

  119. Marko

    Arsenal bought Wellington Silva back in order to sell him to Bordeaux but the player has just failed his medical !

    No fucking way. That’s actually hilarious. There’s our 3 signings for the summer

  120. Joe

    Raptora

    But we don’t have conte. We have wenger

    So this squad. This season. Managed by wenger. Will not challenge for the title.

    This squad. Managed by wenger will not even come 4th

    Answer this raptora.

    Is this squad better than the Leicester squad that won the PL?

  121. Carts

    Wellington might as well angle for a move back to Bolton again.

    Lad is due a testimonial in 3 years. Damn!

  122. Marko

    what I am saying is that this squad is capable of winning the premier league in terms of numbers and quality.

    It’s not

    If we don’t sign goretzka then I think we need to keep jack though. For me he is the most talented midfielder in our squad.

    That whole post Don was pretty deluded but this little nugget was the best

  123. Marko

    That Wellington Silva fiasco in itself shows us how atrocious we are in the transfer market and the need for a DOF. I mean who thinks that was ever a good idea. For the sake of 1-1.5 million. Absolute joke

  124. Joe

    Wellington. He is zee answer to Sanchez leaving

    You say to me go buy Lemar. I say that will
    Kill Wellington

    The answer is not always to buy. Wellington will be our new 80m pound winger

  125. Marko

    Chelsea are targeting four big-name transfers in Virgil van Dijk, Antonio Candreva, Fernando Llorente and Alex Sandro.

    On top of the already three. Arsene believes 3 signings is enough.

    Also apparently PSG are in talks for Danilo at Porto after giving up on Fabinho

  126. HighburyLegend

    “Fans crying about what other teams are spending. ”

    Probably all the Akbs who were persuaded that wenger had change.

  127. Carts

    If PSG are serious about their pursuit of Danilo, then that pretty much cements Krychowiak and Matuidi’s position as available for transfer.

    I’d take both. Necessary muscle and legs.

  128. Cesc Appeal

    Danilo would be a great buy for us, covers for Xhaka’s weaknesses and Ozil’s.

    But Wenger is going to waste the season indulging Ramsey I think.

  129. graham62

    raptora

    Forget Conte, I can name managers in the championship/league 1/league 2 who could do a better job than Wenger.

    Does anyone have anything positive to talk about?