Arsene: More players to come

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How’s it going everyone? Are we all excited about potentially WINNING A DAMN TROPHY.

I am. It’s a real trophy.

So what’s been happening? Well, Arsene Wenger has let rip at Stevie G for being a massive bastard in the press last week.

“You’re never too good for Arsenal and Steven Gerrard knows that,”

“But I can understand completely that he asked him to stay because he wanted him (Suarez) to play with him and have a chance to win the Premier League. But it didn’t happen, and anyway, Suarez left.”

Zing… take that Steven.

I find it hard to stomach words like that from a man who was seriously considering moving to Chelsea when he was at the top of his game.

Also, just to throw it on the pile… Sanchez thought he was too  good for Liverpool. Because he is. So there.

Wenger has been quite chatty, there’s a TV clip of him excusing the business that he’s done so early this year. He says something like,

‘We’re ahead of time because there’s a lot of availability’

Come on Arsene, you’re ahead of time because you had a plan this year. Last year, you didn’t wait until the end of the window with the knowledge you’d land Ozil. You waited until the end of the window in the hope someone, anyone, would come avaiable. This year, there’s been more of a plan and far more structure.

There’s still hope that more players will come in. The Mirror are running with a Mario to Arsenal story again. I get it, but I don’t believe it. Arsene just wouldn’t do it. Well, at least that’s what I believe. He’d be a brilliant buy, but he’s a lunatic, so he could also be a massive problem. I’d have him though. All that power and pace. All that Puma affiliation. Would make so much bad sense.

The manager is keen on doing more business.

“I’m very happy because I did what I wanted, and I am still open to do more,” he said.

“Let’s not forget that we are at August 1 today, and the transfer window closes on the 31st. For years, it’s a long time I didn’t sit with you here on the first of August having done quite a lot.

YES ARSENE!

All the words I want to be hearing. It’s nice to hear him bleat on about the window being for another month when he’s bought a load of players already. Hopefully he lands another big name. Hopefully we go into the season winning the transfer window. What a feeling that’d be, hey?!

Wenger also had some words on South Americans and Joel Campbell.

 ’Yes, he [Campbell] is part of my plans. He might play tomorrow against Benfica,’ 

‘We follow closely what’s going on in South America because I believe, in some positions, they are stronger than European clubs.

‘Especially up front. If you make a classification of a world-class striker today, that’s in favour of South America.

Yes Arsene, you are right, all the best strikers are from South America. Interesting that the Germans didn’t really have a world class striker at the world cup. Well, not in the sense of having a Suarez. It made the victory all the more impressive for them. However, we have all the best playmakers. So that’s the shift. Right? Am I right?

Right, Arsenal vs Benfica today. Hopefully there are some interesting players on show. Should be fund the see Sanchez out there and Calum Chambers should be on show. I don’t think we’ll see Ospina, which is a shame, but I’m sure we’ll catch a glimpse of him over the course of the season.

Right, that’s me done. Before I go, can I ask you a favour. Could you click the video below. It’s for a project with Bloomberg, I didn’t know they were going to ask me to do this, but it happened and they’re good guys who want to get something going with bloggers. Click, don’t watch and don’t c*nt me about the shoddy performance in the comments.

THANKS.

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Defender leaves the nest | Theo accosts naked new boy

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Bloody hell, Quintero. Quin-bloody-who?

Apparently Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal for the Colombian attacking midfielder for £20m. Seems like a crazy move for me, but his agent has come out and said that his player is flying to Arsenal to thrash out a deal for the starlet.

Interesting.

Curve ball.

Not sure what to think.

So what do we know about him? Well, he’s a technically gifted left footed number ten who scores the odd spectacular goal. He doesn’t have much of an appearance record to go by, only 4 starts last season, but he did play quite well in The Emirates Cup. He loves a flick, a bit like Cristiano did back in the day. He’s a long termer if he is coming in, well, not massively long term, but I’d imagine he’ll need a couple of seasons to get up to speed.

Feels like an odd one if true. I don’t know enough about him. However, I’m excited because he’s expensive.

There. I said it. Think what you will, I don’t care.

Steven Gerrard has been pushing his contorted confused face into our business.

“I would have been really sad and disappointed to see Luis go to Arsenal. With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal. I said if you score 30 goals for us and win the PFA player of the year, the press player of the year – I knew he was going to win them – I told him Real or Barcelona will come for you.”

Steven, what’s that all about? I mean, on the face of it, yeah, maybe you were right. However, looking at how the tables have turned, I’d say that you might be eating those words by the end of the season. If we land two more names, we’re competing for the top honours. I’d say that Liverpool really are going to struggle this season. I’m not sure about the calibre of some of the signings, and clearly, the manager knows nothing about a Champions League schedule.

It’s a tough year ahead Steven, and know this, I’ll be on hand with that comment to ram it back down your throat at the earliest opportunity.

That’ll show you. It’ll surely keep you up at night.

Mad times for Carl Jenks. He’s made the move over to West Ham for a season under big same. Scary stuff. It did Jack the world of good for a little bit. Rumour has it, twas big Sam who taught him how to smoke a fag like a boss. Just a rumour.

SAY NO TO SMOKING CARL.

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In other news, Theo Walcott had a photo with Alexis Sanchez

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Bloody hell, that’s what it’s come to. Looks like Theo is more pleased to be in the pic than Alexis. I think Theo has probably accosted him in the shower… bad form Theo. Let the man get some clobber on.

Right, that’s all I’ve time for.

Happy Friday!

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Reus back on?

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So the Reus story I told you about in June has reared it’s sexy head again with a number of key people have started talking about it. It’s quite interesting hearing it from different places because I only had a loose understanding of the initial agreed deal.

But anyway, just to go back to it. The clubs agreed a fee way back when, thenthe player picked up an injury and it felt promising, then it went quiet. The assumption is that he rejected Arsenal.

Arsenal apparently going hard for Reus as a striker (which is why I think Sanchez will play there for us). He has it all, pace, spectacular vision as well as versatility across the front line. The club also opened talks with Sanchez at the same time. The reason that Dortmund were keen to do business is the very public buyout clause the German has in his deal for £35m. Not very high for a superstar. They’d already lost Gotze, World Cup goal winner, the season before.

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