Wenger sets aggressive targets and shuts down big name signing

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Here we go, beers at the ready, football is kicking off on a Friday night this year which is super f*cking weird in my opinion, but hey ho, what can you do. It’s only annoying for people outside of the UK. If I were in London, I’d be amped to the max about Friday night beers then a bit of Emirates to cap off a warm summer evening.

Leicester come to town having been slapped down by the realities of the league last year. They lost a manager, flirted with an unceremonious drop, then steadied the ship after they rightly sacked said legendary manager.

This summer, they’ve done some nice business. Iheanacho coming in at £28m could prove shrewd business. Harry Maguire at the back injects a bit of fresh legs in their back four, and a Spanish defensive midfielder ups their technical ability in the centre of the park (such a casual pass about a player I’ve never heard of).

Difficult to know what to expect from the exChampions. They found their team spirit after Ranieri left last year, they showed some of that grit and fight that won them the league. Can Craig Shakespeare keep that going this season? Very doubtful, but it’s safe to say the game won’t be easy. Mahrez and Vardy are a lethal combo if they fancy it, and their new City signing has bags of pace and a lot to prove this season.

Arsenal will likely line up the same as they did for the Community Shield. Maybe we’ll see Ozil out on the right? I mean, if Leicester sit back and wait for the counter, it makes sense to have players that can unpick a tightly compact midfield and defence, but we’ll see. There should be no reason a fresh Community Shield side wouldn’t beat Leicester at home.

Wenger continued to crash through the communications challenge around what went wrong last season, whilst being sure of what’s going right this season, regarding the issue of unsigned contracts.

‘I created, with me not deciding, a lack of clarity in the dressing room and there is nothing worse than that in the dressing room.

‘When you are not completely in or the players feel you are not completely in, it is difficult to tell them we go (out to win).’

Make of it what you will, but I do find it amusing that he thought last seasons failure was because of his shenanigans, but this seasons success can be found in having six versions of the same scenario in the match day squad. The manager also spoke about his interest in Mahrez, which sounds less than firm.

“We were never close.

“I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere back, Mesut Ozil – we have plenty of the same type of players.”

The notion of Jack Wilshere being in the mix is interesting, that either says he’s staying because he wants to play him, or we can’t sell him because he’s not an attractive proposition on £100k a week. I love Mahrez, but our team spirit is wafer thin, adding his attitude to the unrest we’ll already be dealing with sounds like a disaster in the making.

The manager had good words and simple math for his most expensive signing of all time.

“With Lacazette, it’s simple. He is an intelligent player. We have a game backed on mobility and technique and I think he can integrate that well.

“After that, we get the efficiency. His record in France is to score one in 80 minutes. If he can maintain that record that would be ideal for us. As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal.”

I love the numbers. If Lacazette drops digits like that, we’ll be on fire this season. I like that Wenger is talking about mobility because we’ve suffered from a lack of it up top for years. It still baffles me that the things that won Wenger the big trophies back in the day were dropped >>> power & pace. Seems we’re trying to get back in there. I just wish we’d beef up the middle of the park with a bit more power, finesse and fitness reliablity.

The game will be fun. There’s no second chances now. We need to win from the start because the run we have is very mean and we’re playing a bunch of teams who have things to prove with necks on the line.

Lets’ see how this pans out.

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  1. James wood

    Would love to see Jack make an appearance.
    Perhaps if Jack has been showing it in pre season
    work out’s,then he could be a massive asset in a season
    I find difficult to comprehend.
    It’s not as if he has not had a rest and a revitalised player of his quality
    could be the difference to a good part of our season.

  2. Leftsidesanch

    lol davey i always feel like such a sleazebag betting against Arsenal but so often its the right thing to do.

  3. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Way I look at it
    I would never bet against my club ,
    But wenger has taken shit loads of money out the club he earns from them ? Why shouldn’t I earn out of his carnage of a team

  4. Davey

    Best team to back against is your own team so if/when they get their pants pulled down you get compo, backed Villa at 7.5-1 few years back a nice little pick up.

  5. Wallace

    Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is battling a pay crisis in the wake of England left-back Danny Rose’s criticism of the club’s ambition – Daily Mirror

    Rose got a “heroes’ welcome” from the Spurs dressing room, with team-mates threatening to speak out – Sun

    Tottenham stars are lining up to leave because of the club’s rigid pay structure – Daily Mail

  6. Guns of Hackney

    Easy, easy win tonight for the gunners but that will only compound the misery that is to come in the next few weeks.

    False dawn tonight, as usual.

    I see nothing about Arsenal this season that looks different to the past 10.

  7. reality check

    Emirates..

    “Arsenal need to build and manage a team in the correct way, but that will not
    happen unless the management focus more on our weaknesses and plan better for the future.”
    \
    Some additions

    “Arsenal need to build and manage *wenger*a team in the correct way, but that will not happen unless the management*wenger* focus more on our weaknesses and plan *wenger* better for the future.

    Respectfully, this is exactly what WOB having been saying for years. Then an AKB will pop up and talk about, money, kroenke, referees, so called disloyal players unsettling the dressing room and injuries.

    Your paragraph contained solutions all within Wengers power. This is why he’s the focus of our anger, our frustrations protests, ect. Its all because its within his ability to implement YOUR solutions yet 13 years and counting he STILL REFUSES to do simple things like what you’ve said.

    Hey ho. Only 2 more years

  8. Danny S

    Wenger saying he will only be in the market for an ‘exceptional player’. Anyone heard this before?
    He thinks the squad that couldn’t finish top four last season, will somehow perform miracles this season, with just the addition of a striker and a left back that he will play centre defence.
    I’m still convinced Sanchez will go last minute, this unjury thing is too coincidental.
    I am in dispair with football at the moment. Really can’t see any light at the end of this tunnel.

  9. reality check

    R.S.P.C.ArsenalAugust 11, 2017 09:58:01
    Way I look at it
    I would never bet against my club ,
    But wenger has taken shit loads of money out the club he earns from them?
    Why shouldn’t I…
    \
    The board and Wenger have set the tone. It’s why i think posters like redtruth are constantly negative and pessimistic. The club have been that way themselves for years. Wenger in or Wenger out, the club has had a negative effect on all fans.

  10. Leedsgunner

    Here’s the thing.

    Wenger now says that his squad is too big…

    Yet, this group of players is pretty much the same group that he put all his faith in the name of cohesion– remember that? You know the summer when Wenger chose to strengthen his squad with just Cech?

    What was the result?

    Leicester ended the season as champions.

    Anyone joining the dots at the club and challenging Wenger’s failures of judgment?

    Wenger always complains about how badly he is treated but he is given a free pass by cowards at the club and the media.

  11. Emiratesstroller

    The Mirror has just published the reason why Watford pulled out of transfer for Gibbs.

    The problem was not the transfer negotiation with Arsenal, which they believed that they could resolve, but Gibbs refusal to take a wage reduction. Apparently he earns £80K pw!

    This is the problem with all our dead wood. Life is too comfortable at Arsenal.

    The club needs to apply a degree of ruthlessness to this player.

    Personally I would inform him in no uncertain terms that he is not in Arsenal’s plans this season at any level. Also he should not be loaned out next season, which is probably what he is angling for so that he keeps his current wage.

    The club should put him on gardening leave as they did with Sanogo. Gibbs
    will land up playing no football in his final year of contract.

  12. reality check

    Did wenger just compare iwobi and 2017 jack wilshere to Mahrez?

    So no to cesc because “we have ozil”. His words. Now no pursuit not even coming close to siging mahrez because we have Iwobi and jack?

  13. champagne charlie

    Reality
    Yes, infuriating at best with comments like that.

    Think a rule of some sort needs introducing to avoid players pawning themselves off in the final year of their contract as they wind it down for a big pay day. Not sure what could be suggested to offset this, but it seems to be more and more common that a player will let his contract run down to financially profit from the lack of fee involved. Ugly dynamic that I think needs addressing.

    Arsenal stupid to have a few like that this window, but there’s more and more around Europe. Emre Can looks headed that way too. Would be nice to see some protection from that instance with maybe a cap on wages for a bosman and no signing on fee etc. Would make players respect their contracts more and seek amicable relations with their employers instead of allowing an impasse as they wait for the pot of gold.

  14. Don

    Cc

    Haha mate
    Yes that old chestnut
    If he didn’t have the side to accommodate Ozil then he shouldn’t have signed him
    He’s a luxury and the way the game is played currently, none of europe’s top clubs want to know about him either

    I think if you’re gonna have marhez then you have to lose Ozil
    That’s my compromise. You can’t carry both of those of Sanchez leaves
    It gives the rest of the team far too much to do
    And if you’re gonna have marhez then don’t get mugged
    He’s £30-35m but that’s if Ozil is off.
    I’d take that (marhez) transfer money and his wages and throw it at Sanchez.
    It’s gonna be a long time before we have a player like him at the emirates

  15. Wallace

    Don

    “And if you’re gonna have marhez then don’t get mugged
    He’s £30-35m…”

    nah, not when Kyle f*ckin Walker is 50m +

  16. Don

    There needs to be a a revision on what we pay our unproven players
    Gibbs on £80k a week is ridiculous
    He had Never in his entire career showed anything like the form that warrants a contract of that magnitude.
    Not once

  17. champagne charlie

    Don

    You’re introducing arguments that aren’t being argued mate. It’s very simple, the compromise was to boot Jack and replace with mahrez after wenegrs comments about Jack and Iwobi being ‘like mahrez’ hence no deal.

    Don’t turn it into something it isn’t by saying you’d use the money on Sanchez or van Dyk. None of that is being argued or contested. It’s a simple ‘jack shouldn’t be here whilst mahrez should’ opposition.

    Re:Ozil.. I’m well aware he shouldn’t have signed him (I wanted a striker because AM we had just seen Cazorla’s debut season that consisted of double digit goals and assists). What I am saying is it was stupid to buy Ozil and NOT accommodate his needs. Ozil is a brilliant architect, but to make use of that he needs a solid midfield base and a striker to provide for. We bought Ozil with neither, and haven’t provided it since his arrival is all I’m saying. To expect him to flourish without those things is pie in the sky stuff.

  18. Don

    Ok then charlie

    I would keep iwobi and wilshire over marhez then
    That it
    And I’d fuck off earth worm Jim too
    He’s a waste of space to me.

  19. champagne charlie

    Don

    I fear for you with Wilshere this year mate lol. I’m all for appreciating the talent he has, but the lads a lemon.

  20. Rhys Jaggar

    Podcasters: you seriously want to talk about Arsenal winning the league, talk about three things:

    1. Not going mental walkabout at any time in the season. You do not win the league only turning up for 30 games, you win the league being mentally ready for 38. Ok, you will lose a few, but you will lose tough battles, you never capitulate. Every team will know which Arsenal is turning up if Arsenal wish to win the league.
    2. Not getting scared of being in the running. You do not win the league seeing the finish line and rushing off stage to shit yourself. Teams which win the league build belief and momentum through February, March and April, no matter what the fixture list looks like.
    3. You only say to the Press what you will back up with actions on match day. Football is full of blowhard bullshitters, from players to managers, journalists to bloggers, TV pundits (god save me from the bottom 50% of that lot). The difference is that winners do their talking on the pitch. And they do not do it through their hair stylists….

    Now you lot tell me whether Arsenal have delivered on those three since 2006.

    I am not saying it cannot be delivered, I am telling the current squad and fanbase it has not been delivered the past 12 years.

    Winning titles is not about being ballerinas, it is about channeling the talents available through getting the mental approach and build up right. Getting the tactics right for 38 out of 38 games. Managing the workload to maximise freshness and match sharpness (of all the squad) and minimise injuries.

    Arsenal are nowhere near favourites. They will still not be favourites with 8 games to go, unless they are 8pts+ clear (an unlikely denouement). They might become favourites with a home win against Burnley to win the league.

    So keep Walcott’s trap shut in front of the media, limit talk of aspirations to level headed folks like Mertesacker, tell Bellerin and Ramsey to throw out their hair gels on match day and tell Ozil he has two top six clashes to perform before he is benched for the big games. Keep Oxlade under pressure, reward him when he performs and give him bollockings when justified, but do not bench him for playing too well, particularly before transfer window closes.

    Oh, and if Wenger is due a roasting, make sure Arsenal FC know that their own fans expect journalists to do their job and not get banned from the creche by a stroppy old Professor……

    No softie, prickly, self-absorbed egotist manager won the EPL the last decade after all….

  21. Bamford10

    “Arsene Wenger has told SFR Sport that Arsenal have the “firm intention” of not selling Alexis Sanchez this summer but he is “not super optimistic” of keeping him beyond this season. ‘We didn’t manage to do that last season so I’m not super optimistic in that regard, but we have the firm intention of not selling him.’ ”
    – ESPNFC

  22. Guns of Hackney

    Quite simply, the wage structure at Arsenal is f-ing bullshit.

    The thing is, if a player is at a club that actually competes for and wins trophies, they are more likely to stay, even if they may not be on massive salaries. Just to be associated with a winning team can make up for the perceived financial shortfall – see Man U from years ago. Or even Real Madrid now. Players want to play for good teams.

    Arsenal don’t compete and don’t win the top prizes, ergo, their players have to be ‘bribed’ with monster salaries. Gibbs is the tip of an iceberg. Can anyone honestly say that outside of Sanchez, maybe Kos, actually deserves their salaries? We have players on £100,000+ contracts that barely play 10 games a season, some, barely 10 in two years.

    I’ve said it before but Arsene buys loyalty…he does not buy or reward ability. Arsene made this happen. I do not blame the players.

  23. Marko

    What I am saying is it was stupid to buy Ozil and NOT accommodate his needs. Ozil is a brilliant architect, but to make use of that he needs a solid midfield base and a striker to provide for. We bought Ozil with neither, and haven’t provided it since his arrival is all I’m saying.

    What is this? We agree on something? It seems so. The question then becomes why did it take so long to be addressed (striker issue) and why does the midfield issue still go unaddressed? Ozil is here 4 years and he’s into the final year of his contract and we finally get a striker he can properly feed. Why god why

  24. Don

    He’s a young bloke. I listened to ray parlour discuss it a couple of years ago and when he was a similar age he was out with lampard I think and he was saying that there wasn’t that spotlight there is now
    That he could let his hair down when he was young and that there too much expected these days
    I agree there has to be a certain amount of responsibility but come on.
    You’re 22
    You’re a millionaire
    You’ve got birds throwing their knickers off for you, what you gonna do?
    He’s what now? 25/26
    It has to be this year or I’ll agree with Everyone and anyone here but I want one last roll of the dice with him.
    He’s the best midfielder (British) of his generation and probably the best we’ve had since scholes. It’s got to be worth harnessing the capabilities he has or trying to one last time

  25. Bamford10

    Hard to say what we will see tonight, but I expect us to dominate possession without creating a lot of chances, while I expect Leicester to be lively, hard-working and practical.

    A couple of goals in the second half: 2-0, Arsenal or 1-1.

    Or alternately, I could see us starting a little flat energy-wise, with Leicester the opposite — and this resulting in a 2-1 or 3-1 win for Leicester and instant crisis at Arsenal. That is far less likely, though.

  26. Adam A. Carbarundum

    Arsenal is a great place to play and be paid….just ask anyone on the bench.

    New season, new hope…then Wenger opens his mouth.

  27. Don

    Guns

    Gibbs?? Bribe? It’s hardly like he had the oil clubs banging on the door for him
    He would never have got £80k a week at any club in the world
    Nobody would ever have paid him that

  28. Bamford10

    Nasri for 10-15m would be a great signing, but I don’t see where he would fit in for us now. N’Zonzi has submitted a transfer request to Sevilla and would also be worth looking at.

  29. Bamford10

    Sounds more and more like there is no chance of Coutinho leaving Liverpool. That gives them a year to figure out how to replace him, as one can see them selling to Barca next summer.

  30. Marko

    You’re 22
    You’re a millionaire
    You’ve got birds throwing their knickers off for you, what you gonna do?
    He’s what now? 25/26
    It has to be this year or I’ll agree with Everyone and anyone here but I want one last roll of the dice with him.

    Amazing to think the continent is full of young bright midfielders where they’ve been in the exact same situation as Jack but have knuckled down and worked hard and they’ve no excuses they just want it more. Maybe we paid him too much too soon. He’s a waste of a squad place these days.

  31. reality check

    Feel like I’ve woken up in a parallel universe. I’m agreeing with alot of what CC and don are saying. Hey mabey in this universe Arsenal have a chance!

  32. Marko

    Bam I wouldn’t touch Nasri for all wild turkey in Kentucky. He’s a deceptively shite little prick. Even last season where he had a decent enough season no one wants him and that was his first decent season in what 3/4 years?

  33. Bamford10

    Cesc

    Interesting that only one of ten Mirror writers has us finishing top four. The Arsenal-is-always-the-best-no-matter-the-reality crowd will likely attribute this to “media bias” against Arsenal, but in reality it simply reflects the fact that neither our squad nor our manager is all that great.

    I can actually see us finishing fourth, but only because I think Chelsea and United might struggle to gel and find form and I think we will ultimately be pretty solid defensively.

  34. Bamford10

    Marko

    I agree he’s a prick, but he can play and he was always one of my favorites to watch. As I say, though, I don’t see where he would fit in, and you’re probably right that he could bring a bad attitude and negativity into camp, something we do not need.

  35. raptora

    I see us in top 4 because Liverpool will have CL and Tottenham will have Wembley. With good fortune we can get in top 3 for Man United who atm look even worse than last year. Versus Real Madrid the real score should have been 6 to 1.

  36. Adam A. Carbarundum

    Solid defensively, Bamford? Two factors potentially play into that. First is if we continue to play three back that’s one less body to become injured. Second is if we can stay healthy enough at the back, something that history shows remains a challenge, then the possibility exists. I suppose taking into account that we have honestly never been strong in the back makes your statement hopeful at best.

  37. Bamford10

    Raptora

    “Man United who atm look even worse than last year.”

    I sort of agree in a way. Funny what’s going on there.

  38. Adam A. Carbarundum

    Wilshere is but one cracked bone away from end of career. Great attitude and fighting spirit, but sadly has terribly weak bones. Thought he played quite well on an otherwise pedestrian Bournemouth side. Had he stayed healthy he had every opportunity to impress again at AFC. We may never see his best and that’s unfortunate.

  39. Bamford10

    Adam

    It’s pretty simple, really. We have plenty of quality defensively, as well as plenty of depth, experience, continuity and stability. And 3-4-3 generally means two extra defenders.

    If we have a weakness defensively, it is in central midfield, where we are not athletic or mobile enough.

  40. raptora

    COUTINHO HANDS IN TRANSFER REQUEST
    Philippe Coutinho has issued Liverpool with an official transfer request, according to Sky sources.

    WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT

  41. champagne charlie

    Arsenal are better than United, Liverpool, and Spurs. Really not jumping all aboard the spurs train given they were flat out last year and its hopeful at best that they’ll play to that level again.

    Liverpool have a lot of questions to answer under Klopp for me, United are simply terrible under Jose. Arsenal played under a cloud last season which cost us top 4, but I fully expect with that gone (and it is gone despite the grumbles some of you still have) a new formation in toe, and a proper striker on board, that we’ll be a different animal this season. City and Chelsea the ones to beat, but there’s not one superior outfit among the 6 if you ask me. All got question marks over them.

  42. raptora

    cc,
    I agree with most but the part where the cloud is gone. If this team gets in a bad series or gets terrible scores vs the top teams, I’m not so sure what the crowd’s reaction will be. There is a serious question mark over Arsenal as well. If we really register some bad results in a row I can see the toxicity back. People will want Arsene’s head no matter if he has a contract or not.

  43. Leedsgunner

    Wenger just says what he needs to get the immediate pressure off his back — it’s not like he is kept accountable for his past mistakes and inconsistencies.

    No wonder he holds everyone else in such contempt.

  44. HighburyLegend

    To watch Arsenal struggling to beat Leicester, or to watch King RF at the Montreal Masters 1000.
    Such a huge dilemma…
    (lol)

  45. Cesc Appeal

    So Coutinho is now in the same suspicious sudden injury bracket that Sanchez is in, likely Liverpool are willing to entertain a massive Barcelona bid then and are wrapping him in cotton wool. I think we are in the same place, perhaps rumours of a massive PSG bid.

  46. champagne charlie

    raptora

    I disagree. Not in as much as the stadium and fan unrest will return, but when I talk cloud I’m referencing more the affect the uncertainty had last season as far as contracts/future went.

    I fully expect people to bitch and moan within 20 mins of a loss or bad performance. But the unrest won’t be of the same magnitude imo. Press scrutiny and the uncertainty won’t be there which is a big factor, we’ve played with a. discontent section of the crowd for a few years. The Wenger out lot aren’t doing anything bar give opposition fans ammunition to mock.

  47. Wallace

    champagne charlie

    “City and Chelsea the ones to beat, but there’s not one superior outfit among the 6 if you ask me. All got question marks over them.”

    agree. I think only City have definitely improved over the summer.

  48. Cesc Appeal

    Raptora

    Maybe, maybe not.

    But it is very suspicious all the same. It is a neat way of giving them a plausible excuse for missing games in case they are not sold and come back in, but also a way of avoiding injuries if there are rumours of a big offer.

  49. Carts

    “The problem was not the transfer negotiation with Arsenal, which they believed that they could resolve, but Gibbs refusal to take a wage reduction. Apparently he earns £80K pw!”

    Not a fucking chance

  50. raptora

    Still 20 days till the TW is officially closed though. Anything can happen in every top team. Chelsea, Man United and City are still on the market and looking for new players to add. Spuds have the unrest with the player’s salaries. Pool have the Coutinho situation. We have the Alexis situation. If Mbappe transfer happens PSG will have to sell several of their players and all the big teams will be sniffing around. Barcelona will unsettle a team possibly Liverpool. So there is still around half of the summer left I reckon. Plenty of time for the status quo to change.

  51. Wallace

    raptora

    average premier league salary – 52k

    Gibbs is a full international at a big club and carries the English premium.

  52. raptora

    Gibbs is a full international? Come on mate. He’s played 10 games for the senior NT since 2010 till now. Has not featured at all in the last 2 years.
    Danny Rose has 12 games just inside the last year garnered with being part of the PFA Team of the year for the last 2 years. I mean it’s whatever.

  53. M

    How is this Wilshere pipe dream still a thing? Been thinking lately that the guy just peaked at a young age. Nothing wrong with that, it happens. But the board needs to be ruthless and cut him loose, send him to Hull or something. AW should’ve signed Seri, Fornals, or Ceballos to replace Santi & Jack. Instead we’ve still got players we can’t physically rely on.

  54. Steveyg87

    LMFAO @ Liverpool, there goes ya top 4 lads

    Just shows the pulling power of Barca that a player who has been treated like gold at Liverpool is prepared to jump ship soon as the big dogs come sniffing

  55. Danish Gooner

    Another day and more bullshit from Wenger.

    We will sign a player if we can find one exceptional and we have 33 players in the squad and that is to much.

    Translated to real speak. You can all go fuck yourselfes if you think i am gonna spend time trying to sign another to expwensive player,maybe i can make a profit on this summer and make Stan love me again and get another 3 year contract.

  56. Whitty

    Is Wenger still on alert?

    Transfer alert that is what ever the fuck he goes on about….

    Still waiting for players to drop on his lap again…but only for the right price you tight CUNT.

  57. S Asoa

    Pedro
    ” I like that Wenger is talking about mobility because we’ve suffered from a lack of it up top for years. It still baffles me that the things that won Wenger the big trophies back in the day were dropped >>> power & pace. Seems we’re trying to get back in there. I just wish we’d beef up the middle of the park with a bit more power, finesse and fitness reliablity.”

    For the nostalgia of before 10 years back let us not be sympathetic to a lost cause. .Wenger Le Imbecile has lost it and only stays relevant because he can lie through his teeth.
    Wenger totters into favourable situations ,like he stumbled into Coquelin when our middle was totally permeable ,leaking goals. Then of course Le Con took credit .
    So let us not get our boot deflected on the way to the Arse of Arsene.

  58. Whitty

    Plus if we keep Sanchez and then he fucks off for free….Surely it makes sense to go big and try and win the league no?…

    Only at Arsenal.

  59. OleGunner

    We desperately need a new CM, or we are fucked.
    Ramsey is a selfish un disciplined prat while Elneny is painfully average.

    Why has all the talk of Jean Micheal Seri died??
    He’d slot next to Xhaka just lovely.

  60. James wood

    It’s fogging gross that average players are even on 40/50/60 Grand a week
    And an even worse player at Arsenal is on £140 k a week.

    I feel the greed in the game has ruined it for a lot of supporters.

  61. Leedsgunner

    “The problem was not the transfer negotiation with Arsenal, which they believed that they could resolve, but Gibbs refusal to take a wage reduction. Apparently he earns £80K pw!”

    That, my friends, is in microcosm why we won’t challenge the the biggest trophies whilst Wenger is in charge.

    The fact that Wenger awarded such a non-entity like Gibbs such a lucrative contract to basically sit on the bench says volumes about much Wenger values players who are unquestioning loyal above ability and fight.

    If Gibbs are pulling £80k per week what do you think Debuchy, Jenkinson, Gabriel and Campbell are earning? Not to mention Akpom… 😉

    We have the money. Wenger just spends it very very badly.

    To Wenger it’s more important to waste hundreds of thousands of pounds per WEEK on average players that choose not to give him headaches.

    To think Wenger thought nothing of splashing £80k per week on Gibbs but spends the best part of 12 months dragging his heels on awarding Sanchez and Mesut a new contract tells you that Wenger has no ambition and that he is finished as a top manager.

    Disgraceful.

  62. Dissenter

    I cant believe there are people that can justify that the second choice left back should be earning more than a starting LB in another top-4 team. More so when Danny Rose pisses all over Gibbs.

  63. Don

    Let’s stop worrying about the financial numbers lads
    It’s all about the result today
    2-1 Arsenal

    Lacazette to open his account and a second half goal from either giroud or Theo to nick the game

  64. steve

    “Let’s stop worrying about the financial numbers lads
    It’s all about the result today
    2-1 Arsenal”

    ___

    Typical sheep fan. Let’s give Wenger the benefit of doubt mentality. *sigh*

  65. Don

    Come on lads
    We are about to kick off and we are moaning about Gibbs’ weekly wage.
    I know you all need something to moan about and you’re all praying that Arsenal don’t win later l but let’s pretend to look forward to us kicking off the season

  66. Don

    Steve

    Er no, more like I actually enjoy the football side of being a fan rather than being a laptop manager. You have no control over finanaces or signings so why not just sit back and cheer the team on like most gooners

  67. Dissenter

    The likes of gambon had always maintained that we have had the financial resources to pay top players in the 150-250k range wage in the 2010-2012 era. Wenger just chose to proceed with an egalitarian French model and spread the wages around the squad.

    I just wish “Don” would protest the corporate welfare state that Wenger has created at Arsenal.

    Is this what we left Highbury for?…to pay average players unwieldy wages?

  68. Dissenter

    Don
    You don’t think we should “moan” about the financial misappropriation of Arsenal’s finances.
    Jenks refused to be sold [depriving the squad of revenue] in January because we paid him way too much money.
    Now its Gibbs who is unsellable at his current wages
    Doesn’t this trend bother you?

  69. Don

    Dissenter

    I’m against socialism wherever it rears its ugly head!! No way did I want bendtner on £52k a week
    The best should be rewarded for their endeavours in all walks of life
    That includes Arsenal
    Now can we conclude the financial talk and focus on actual football?

  70. HighburyLegend

    @Ole Gunner : we are fucked anyway, and that’s not gonna change until le senile one will be gone, so why bother ??

  71. Don

    Dissenter

    I think when we are on the eve of kicking off the season it would sapp the fun out of proceedings to use Gibbs’ and Jenks’ finances to moan about, yes.

  72. OleGunner

    Highbury Legend,

    Yeah we are totally fucke with Wenger in charge.
    But maybe a quality Central midfield addition could mean we are less fucked :)

  73. Don

    Ole Gunnar

    Hahha
    Common man. I cannot tell anyone (on this site) anything about how to conduct themselves.
    It was more a plea

    Someone has control issues!!!
    Authoritative mother perhaps?

  74. graham62

    James wood

    Agree totally. Arsenal have too many ‘avarage’ players on extortionate salaries. Remember Nicholas Bendtner? He was on 50G a week back in 2010. Gibbs on 80G is ridiculous. All down to Lord Wenger.

    Football is in a #### state. Clubs dictated to by players and agents. PSG/Chelski/Man City bankroled by multi billionaire owners, whilst Arsenal just fuck it up in every nook and cranny that exits at the club.

    To top it all, Justin Gatlin, a serial drugs cheat and badge of honour for Nike, wins gold at the WAC and Kim Jong-un wants to play war games with Donald Trump.

    Yep, the world has become a crazy place.

    Almost forgot, prediction for tonight, 2-1 Arsenal(for what it’s worth).

  75. jwl

    Joke Friday:

    A young man is walking through a small village one day and decides to stop by a bar and have a beer. He walks into a bar, and sees a grizzled old man, crying into his beer. Curious, the young man sits down and says, “Hey old timer, why the long face?”

    “You see this bar? I built this bar with me own two hands, a finer piece of work you’ll never find, but do they call me MacGregor the bar-builder? No!

    The old man looks at him and points out the window, “See that dock out there? I built that dock with my own two hands, plank by plank, nail by nail, but do they call me McGregor the dockbuilder? No!.”

    “You see the bridge crossing the river that leads into our village? I built that bridge with my own two bare hands. But do they call me McGregor, the Bridgebuilder? No!

    “But you have sex with a sheep … “

  76. Dennis

    Your ComDon
    August 11, 2017 15:33:01

    Dissenter

    I’m against socialism wherever it rears its ugly head!! No way did I want bendtner on £52k a week
    The best should be rewarded for their endeavours in all walks of life
    That includes Arsenal
    Now can we conclude the financial talk and focus on actual football?

    Socialism… i say nay/nah..!
    kleptocracy,…
    and or footballers sharing the pie as a new patriciate type ‘class.

  77. Danish Gooner

    Fuck me,wenger could easily afford 400 grand to Sanchez if he didnt pay bellends like Gibbs and Dbuchy 80 grand a week.

  78. jwl

    “I created, with me not deciding, a lack of clarity in the dressing room and there is nothing worse than that in the dressing room.”

    Wenger is blaming Gazidis here, not taking responsibility. Wenger would have signed the contract if he was allowed to last january but gazidis tried, and failed, to make changes at Arsenal. Wenger can’t come out and say his ceo didn’t allow him to renew before summer, so we get manager blaming gazidis for finishing fifth.

    Did Wenger talk about the affect on the dressing room when the club spent Fed and March leaking negative stories about Sanchez to John Cross?

  79. Emiratesstroller

    We know that Jenkinson, Gibbs, Wilshire, Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain signed new contracts all at the same time.

    The four English players have contracts which expire in 2018. The one player where there is lack of clarity about his contract is Aaron Ramsey.

    According to TransferMarkt Ramsey’s contract expires in June 2019. However,
    is it likely that Ramsey’s contract which was signed at same time as others would have a longer term?

    Are Arsenal going to land up next summer with Ramsey also entitled to leave
    on Bosman?

    The contract situation of our players seems to be a complete mess at the moment.

  80. DaleDaGooner

    If Arsenal should give Ox £120,000-per-week, then we are looking at a mess of a club. Does not deserve such wages!

  81. graham62

    Just been listening to talksport. Darren Gough thinks Arsenal will finish second (providing no one leaves). Ex-cricketer knows best!

  82. Marko

    One look at the back 3 and it’s amazing we haven’t targeted a defender. 44 league goals conceded 65 overall and we start with Holding, Monreal and Elneny or is it Kolasinac, Holding and Monreal with Ox LWB. You can tell straight away we ain’t challenging for the league and it’s not a legitimate target

  83. Arsene's Nurse

    Arsenal

    33 Cech
    16 Holding
    18 Monreal
    31 Kolasinac
    24 Bellerín
    35 Elneny
    29 Xhaka
    15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
    23 Welbeck
    11 Özil
    9 Lacazette

    Substitutes

    8 Ramsey
    12 Giroud
    13 Ospina
    14 Walcott
    17 Iwobi
    20 Mustafi
    34 Coquelin

    Source: BBC

    Oxo getting the runaround again and put at LWB.

  84. Cesc Appeal

    Disappointed Kolasinac is not playing LWB tonight.

    Ozil is included which means the team will not have the pressing tempo they had against Chelsea. But at least we do not have to deal with Ramsey as well, so when Ozil slacks off we still have a solid, if unspectacular, centre.

  85. Guns of Hackney

    Ivan reading from wengers pre written script. Word for fucking word. Embarrassing.

    Seriously, word for word.

    This club sucks dick.

  86. Cesc Appeal

    I would have a £50 fine in the club every time someone said the words ‘values,’ ‘class’ or the ‘Arsenal way’.

  87. Marko

    Could someone explain to me the intelligence behind bringing in the best LB in Germany last season and playing him CB? To accommodate the Ox? Who may still leave and has only ever really impressed at RWB. Perfect sense