Why do our signings always become sagas? First I heard of Bergkamp joining was at a press conference

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It never used to be like that, 12 years ago around this time we were unveiling a proper superstar, Sol Campbell.

What was so amazing about that was he was the Spuds captain, the best player they had and we signed him, unbelievable! I only knew we’d signed him because he was unveiled at another press conference, those were the days before Wenger liked to keep us waiting, he does that so we are grateful, by the time they finally arrive we are so happy we’d welcome anyone, remember Santos?

Back to Campbell, it was the semi final of the FA Cup at Old Trafford, Glen Hoddle wasn’t sure if he was going to play him against us, when he trotted out for the warm up the entire Spud end erupted, that’s how good he was, he was a game changer and he was just a centre back.

Shortly into the game Ray Parlour did a job on him and he went off, we won that game and the rest is history.

Sol said we were a formidable side and joining us was special, for the first time he was surrounded by truly great players.

We won the double that year, that was what happened in those days, we bought world class players and won loads of trophies.

Here’s the interesting thing, we did that with players like Bergkamp, Seaman, Adams, Pires, Henry and Vieira, we did that with just one academy player, Ashley Cole, and funny enough he wasn’t recruited by Wenger, he was from another era. And if it wasn’t for the fact that we had a player without a passport, Cole would have been sold to Palace.

So the myth about our manager being a great discoverer of young talent gets a battering there doesn’t it? Especially as we exchanged him for a sulky French twat and a Spirograph and young Ashley went on to become the best left back in the world. Probably still is.

Since then, and that makes 12 years, how many players have we had that came through from our academy? One, Jack Wilshere, not a great record is it? 17 years and one product from our world famous academy.

Before you say Anelka, Fabregas or Gibbs, please don’t, they were all bought and none of them came through the Academy.

Point is that great players are attracted by other great players, Campbell didn’t come because he heard Wenger gave kids a chance, he came to play with world class players and win trophies under a manager considered to be the best.

When Wenger was winning all that silverware, he spent proper money, the recruiting youth policy hasn’t worked boss, so please revert to what you were doing before, you were good at that.

So making your first acquisition a French kid with a history of injuries, isn’t quite what we all had in mind.

Now I’m not saying he won’t be the next Henry, but I think we are all a little fed up with waiting, they rarely make it.

Theo has only last season looked the player we spent large on, and he’s now our longest serving player, so how many years did we have to wait? He’s not a young player anymore boss, yet he’s been in our team for 7 years. And only now has he come good.

Don’t even mention we could have bought Gareth Bale at the same time…

In an ideal world, we should go out and sign Higuain, Fellaini, Begovic and Williams.

Now as we speak I understand Higuain is undergoing a medical and will soon be an Arsenal player, if that’s true, I am delighted, he was my number one target up front and is just what we need to win games, a true Fox in the box.

Once we have him, the rest would come, the bonus ball for me would be Rooney or Lewandowski.

And guess what, £70 odd million would cover it, as for the wages being part of that figure, they are but only the first year, I would say we have enough money coming back from players that have left to more than cover that.

Wenger screwing about looking for a pat on the back for saving money is a gamble that will backfire, a gamble that will spell another year where we don’t challenge.

Someone needs to take away negotiations from him and tell him to coach, if we go another season without seriously threatening, we will lose all our best players and a lot of our fans.

I wrote a post years ago about the Emperor having no clothes, after the Wigan game and booingebouegate.

I still think he has no clothes but most of the board think he has, this really is a perfect opportunity to make us great again, blow it on kids and Wenger will lose his legacy, buy from the above list and he will go down as our greatest ever manager, the ball is in the Emperors court.

A big well done to Pedro writing all those posts on his own, although I haven’t been around I have been reading, hopefully I can occasionally offer an opinion that is from the dark side, so enjoy!

Finally as for signing Suarez, that rumour is as daft as us signing Barry, he wants to leave because of the press, so what London has no press? Anyway, he looks like a Llama. An ugly one.

I think the confusion came when someone said if Higuain offered to join us they would bite his arm off, then the Suarez story started…

Have a great day Grovers, this could be our season!

 

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  1. Bade

    RP

    Hard to argue on personal ideas over players, but as the B2B I’d snap up Fellaini over Jack

    I didn’t hate the partnership between Ramsey & Arteta but I think they more or less exploited their abilities & potential, so they simply can’;t take us above the 3rd-4th bracket, that’s why we need better option. To really progress ahead

    I agree with Gambon, it’s clear that Arsene sees Jack as our long term n.10

    With 2 powerful holding midfielders, ala Vieira-Petit (Fellaini-Capoue) we can play both Jack & Santi in the Pires-Freddie roles in a 442, or just stick to the Santi as wide player, though I really think he’s a bit wasted there. But maybe a dominant CF could change this

  2. Ash79

    Inter YourGran July 5, 2013 13:57:33
    Mahessar _ two for tuesday? This is multi million pound transfer deals son you ain’t ordering a dominoes.
    ——————-

    Cesc and Pizza? it works..

  3. Same Story

    Wilshere on playing with Santi:

    “I think we work best when I’m sitting deeper and he’s playing ahead of me like Cesc did during our first season together.”

  4. salparadisenyc

    Two for tuesday where I grew up was the old school rock dj.
    Wouldn’t that be nice:
    I’ll take Led Zeppelin
    Gallows pole and Moby Dick
    along with Cesc Fabregas and Gonzalo Higuain.

    Mahessar’s dreaming, albeit a very nice dream.

  5. gambon

    The Hig

    I think Wenger does.

    He always plays Diaby the second hes fit, and Fellaini is better in all respects than Diaby. Better tackler, covers as much ground, better scorer, better in the air.

    You can practice all week sitting deep and neutralising our passing game, but theres not much you can do about a 6’5″ monster that has a run on you from a corner.

  6. gambon

    Same Story

    He didnt say he likes to play deep atall…..he said specifically that HIM AND CAZORLA work best that way.

  7. gooner87

    You can practice all week sitting deep and neutralising our passing game, but theres not much you can do about a 6’5″ monster that has a run on you from a corner.

    ————————–

    exactly,

    and if you get enough corners, he will be guaranteed to get a really good connection on one of them. diversifying our goal threats is a good idea, especially against those who park the bus/stifle the passing game

  8. The Hig

    Gambon, good point there. Seeing where Wenger plays Diaby kinda shows that Fellaini will play the same position. I just feel that although Arteta does a good job of DM, he’s sometimes outa his depth cos of his size and pace. And besides, Fellaini says he prefers to be a DM, maybe thats why we not in for him??

  9. vicky

    A midfield of Jack,Fellaini and Santi should be great in my opinion .

    But I would not like to assign a specific DM or CM position to either Jack or Fellaini. Would rather be happy with a fluid system in which Jack and fellaini can switch their roles between them.

  10. Dan

    Gambon

    One of the best things about Fellani is his versatility DM, CM, or AM. Equally effective in those roles. Add that to his ability, temperament, size and physicality for £24mil we are getting everyhting we need in a modern midfileder to compliment what we already have.

  11. mahessar

    Ash/Gambon

    I would love to name them but the thing is if they wanted to share this with their own domain they wouldn’t have stayed quiet about it. they work at AFC so they could end up getting fired, I will share it the minute it’s on .Com
    But obviously do not get me banned from Le grove if it doesn’t go through.

  12. gambon

    “I would love to name them but the thing is if they wanted to share this with their own domain they wouldn’t have stayed quiet about it.”

    Lol

    “I will share it the minute it’s on .Com”

    Splendid, you will tell us we have made a signing AFTER we have announced the signing.

    OK, thanks for confirming that you dont have a source.

    Have a nice weekend.

  13. mahessar

    I don’t see space for Jack in our starting midfield next season

    DM – Arteta – Fabregas

    Theo – Higuain – Cazorla

    He’s going to improve tremendously to challenge for a starting spot, I would personally have preferred Bender over Fellaini but Bender won’t be allowed to leave Leverkusen at any cost.

  14. S Asoa

    Nice post Geoff . You saved a lot and now gave a true blast . A spade called a spade and no beating around the bush . As about playing the Ox , just someone tell that Wonkie to stop playing politics to the detriment of the game . Defects get ironed out when acknowledged in first place . Idi Wonkie harasses people who tell him facts . Recall what he did to Bould out of pique when Bould set up a top class back line.

  15. Romford Pele

    I think people just have different ways of setting up their team. I always prefer to have a creative threat from deep. Gundogan, Alonso, Xavi, Carrick, just to name a few. Not that i’m trying to dismiss physicality but I think it’s overrated unless you know how to utilise the ball properly. That’s why Madrid are so keen to get rid of Khedira. No use having a runner who can’t pass the ball effectively and efficiently.

  16. Ash79

    where ever and when ever jack plays, it will be a very interesting season with him. I know he has injuries and has been overplayed but i want to see him step up. More assists and goals please. We are more balanced when he doesnt play.

  17. Romford Pele

    “One of the best things about Fellani is his versatility DM, CM, or AM. Equally effective in those roles. Add that to his ability, temperament, size and physicality for £24mil we are getting everyhting we need in a modern midfileder to compliment what we already have.”

    Fellaini’s temperament is definitely questionable lol

  18. KJafc

    Gambon
    “The system wasn’t the problem, the calibre of the players has been for years”

    Absolutely, I totally agree. You can have the best tactics in the world but if the players don’t have the ability you are buggered. The spine of the team is all important.

    We have always had one or two players that had that extra bit of class you need to bale us out. Higuain adds to that. Now we need the goalkeeper situation sorted and HM/CM. I expect we will see a goalkeeper and HM following our Argentinian striker.

    Good times ahead.

  19. Romford Pele

    “As about playing the Ox , just someone tell that Wonkie to stop playing politics to the detriment of the game”

    Huh?

  20. andy1886

    We managed 1pt from ManU last season, Everton managed a 1-0 win, and guess what? it was Fellaini from a corner…. Big players for big occasions.

  21. Ash79

    mahessar – they work at AFC so they could end up getting fired, I will share it the minute it’s on .Com
    ————————————————————————

    so they wont get fired after?

    come now mahessar, put the drink down..

  22. Nasri's Mouth

    @mahessar

    without naming who they are, how did you get to meet these multiple people at AFC who now feel happy enough to tell you such information about Higuain and Fabregas?

  23. Dan

    Romford

    Haha i know what you’re getting at! But I meant he’s a big game player and shines against the big boys, your man utds and your chelseas. He’s a handful for any side to try and combat.

    And elbowing shawcross isnt a questionable temperament…its called choosing your targets very carefully!

    Stoke trying to bully him was quality. No chance, have some of this afro in your face you mong cunt

  24. Ash79

    mahessar – ok i will play your game. So cesc and rooney or just cesc? also how reliable are these sources?

  25. N5

    Cesc: “People talk a lot but the truth is that no-one has spoken with me,” said the 24-year-old.

    “I want to triumph in Barcelona, that club is my home and I always dreamed of playing there, so I will try and succeed there as long as I can.”

  26. Nasri's Mouth

    @Mahessar

    Surprised you didn’t use the injunction as the reason you can’t talk about Fabregas to be honest

  27. The Hig

    Is this guy serious???? If Cesc comes back i’ll stand naked in front of the Emirates with Mahessars name on my cock.

  28. Ash79

    The Hig July 5, 2013 14:32:36
    Is this guy serious???? If Cesc comes back i’ll stand naked in front of the Emirates with Mahessars name on my cock.
    —————

    i’ll join you mate…. dont stand too close though.

  29. KJafc

    Guns of Hackney
    “No c++t mentioned higain before we were linked…for us, it was benzema or no one, so stop flapping about this guy. Whom by the way, has yet to sign. And if any of you think that signing some c++t from ligue 2 with two broken legs to his name at age 21 and the third choice Real Madrid forward is going to win us anything…you’re as deluded as that prick that normally writes the posts.”

    Blimey, you are a miserable sod. And one hell of a know-it-all. Great use of the English language by the way.

    Third choice Real Madrid striker. Really? I seem to remember a certain Mr Thierry Henry who wasn’t exactly first choice when we signed him. probably one of the finest players we have ever seen.

    Different managers fancy different players, that’s how it works. Different fans like different players, it is all subjective. I have always been a Higuain fan and prefer him to Benzema and Jovetic because I think he fits what we need.

    Higuain is a goalscorer and the figures posted yesterday demonstrate that. A goal in one and a half games, EVERY season in La Liga over the last 5 years AND the same for Argentina. That is impressive. Don’t forget in the 2010 season he scored 28 goals in 32 La Liga games, which is almost a goal a game. This isn’t some mug from a third rate league, playing for a third rate club or some unknown ‘prospect’ we usually sign.

    I suspect you would be like my wife – impossible to please.

    PS: Insulting Pedro is out of order, I often disagree with his posts but he puts it out there for us all on a daily basis.

  30. Dan

    Salpara

    Thats a massive contradiction!
    His daughter and his floosie are the very reason we would be be in pole position to sign him

  31. N5

    No NM (well last month) just DM mucked up with their reporting suprise suprise, I can’t find it now but I did see an interview with Cesc on Goal or talkSPORT something like that about his saying he has no desire to return to England and will fight for his place in the team.

  32. Ash79

    The Hig July 5, 2013 14:37:06
    So Ash, dont stand too close.
    —————————–

    thats what i said… you smoking the same thing as mahessar?

    cesc isnt coming back…ever. Yeah i said it, EVER. Once Arsene is gone he wont come back, man will go to the MLS and live it up in LA.

  33. Samir

    No chance of Cesc coming back (This transfer window anyway)
    He’ll only be getting more and more playing time in the coming seasons.

  34. Samir

    Why aren’t the transfer team sealing the Cesar,Fellaini and whoever else deals at the same time as the Higs?

    Arsenal really are useless.

  35. Rrobbins

    Welcome back. The dark side has been the true pitch reflection sans financial performance. The Campbell saga and reasoning is how we lost rvp. Greatness attracts greatness. Training started and we were going to get business done early? Fingers crossed but fear persists. We need Fellaini; and begovic is a difference maker. The message it sends to our players is equally significant…. …. We are here to win on the pitch..

  36. tom

    if cesc comes back wilshere has to give hes no.10 shirt to fabregas and then go back to bolton for a very long time.lol

  37. KJafc

    Romford Pele
    “As about playing the Ox , just someone tell that Wonkie to stop playing politics to the detriment of the game”

    “Huh?”
    __________________

    Yep me too. I even tried Google translate.

    I managed to find out that wonkie is a three legged donkey, if that helps?

  38. KJafc

    N5
    “Its OK KJ I just noticed he posted on page 3, I thought he was banned!”

    Banned? I thought anything goes after some of the abuse that gets dished out on here by some of the nutters.

  39. DUIFG

    I think we will be disappointed with dm purchase, bet you it will be wenyama, was supposed to go saints cardiff and that’s all gone quiet, I’d put money on the fact we are looking at him. I hugely doubt weng would go out and by 2 serious players in 1 summer.

  40. zeus

    Still no signings. Higuain was boarding a plane to London. How long is the flight from Spain to London or is this an Edward Snowden thing?

  41. N5

    Playing an OX is similar to Wonkey Donkey and no politics or Tony Blair (cockney slang for hair maybe, so that must mean Stan Kronke) should get involved in his team selection as it will hinder his performance.

    OK so I translate it as this Ox runs like a donkey and Stan Kronke is the reason he isn’t playing to the best of his ability. See easy to translate. PMSL.

  42. Shayman

    Just imagine If we were signing a young Dennis Bergkamp again like the picture shows, that would be beautiful ! How could you replace Bergkamp? Truth is you can’t, best player to ever put on an Arsenal shirt in my opinion.

  43. Geoff

    Fear not people, I am monitoring and I won’t hesitate, it’s been a while since I’ve been on so am not sure who been naughty or nice, I soon will though.

  44. Gunner2301

    Nice post Geoff great to see you back bringing another perspective to things.

    I was thinking about Wenger past signings the other day. You mentioned Sol but who else falls into that category as a “We mean business kind of signing” Overmars? Then I’m struggling.

    Overmars cost 7/8 mill and Sol was free. I doubt we’d have paid big money for that caliber of signing. Forget the waged. would we have signed Sol if he wasnt free? i dont think so.

    I don’t count Arshavin his signing wasn’t a game changer in my eyes plus you have to temper that with we were starving for a quality signing so we probably made more of him than we otherwise would.

    If Wenger pays the 23 mill for Higuain it would be a step change especially if more names follow. Up until now he’s been spending like an accountant and trying to balance the books. He’s done a good job at that but we need a manager not a book balancer. Couple that with the shit and dross he’s accumulated and what he’s paid them I’d rather he just left and let the new manager spend the money.

    Just like he does everything else last minute spending money now seems like he wants a new contract so he can make further promises off the back of big signings.

    WENGER OUT!

  45. KJafc

    N5
    “OK so I translate it as this Ox runs like a donkey and Stan Kronke is the reason he isn’t playing to the best of his ability. See easy to translate. PMSL.

    Hilarious 🙂

  46. Oh Theo Theo!

    The Hig – where are you then? Manchester? I thought you were supposed to be having a medical??

    Is the Satnav in the limo not working? Or are you still queuing to get into Wimbledon?

  47. Romford Pele

    Wimbledon semi-final is awesome at the moment – set-a-piece between Djokovic and Del Potro. Hope the Argentine takes this and then drives his compatriot up to complete the deal at N5!

  48. The Hig

    I can’t say too much about the transfer guys, u heard what massehars or whatever said, I don’t wanna get fired.

  49. gooner87

    Shayman

    I agree, would be awesome if we were signing God again. Magic pass, impeccable technique, and never scored a boring goal

  50. Romford Pele

    I’ve always been a Nadal fan – his legs are going though 🙁

    My favourite is actually Gasquet, but he’s too much like Arsenal – all pretty stuff and no end product! Favourite on the woman’s side is Serena.

  51. gambon

    Favourite on the womens side is Daniela Hantuchova.

    No idea how good she is at Tennis.

    Kirilenko as well!

  52. The Hig

    Sania Mirza…..I don’t watch tennis.

    Cheers, great fellow Weekend Gooners! Hopefully I’ll be a Gunner come Monday.

  53. Romford Pele

    Is that because you find her attractive Gambon?! 😉

    I think Lisicki is quite attractive actually – don’t buy the Sharapova hype though.

    Sam, wouldn’t we all love to hear that!

  54. KJafc

    N5
    “Geoff I’m nice! but Romford, KJafc and The Hig are horrible horrible people, ban them before its to late.”

    I used to think you were okay! 🙂

  55. tom

    Arsenal could offer Aaron Ramsey as part of Fellaini deal? plz wenger make it ramsay,wilshere and rest off the english core crap for fellaini

  56. Bade

    Why do I love Le Grove?

    Well, literally nothing is going on the Arsenal world, yet the comments section is on fire. We’re edging 550 comments so far with massive substance mostly, while other blogs struggle to get over quarter of that. Substance aside.

    Geoff’s comeback drove the comments up indeed, but to be fair people have been ramping it up for the last two weeks or so

    The LG comments section, one of the best things to happen to Arsenal fandom …. Love you all

  57. Romford Pele

    Haha, pretty face though Gambon! Still, none of them come close to touching what Kournikova was; shame she she wasn’t actually very good at tennis though!

  58. Dannyboy

    Well this is annoying… was hoping for Djokovic to quickly dispatch Del Potro in straight sets, so I could see Murray get humiliated by the young Pole before I went to bed…

    It’s 12:36 here and we’re barely halfway through the first semi!!!

    Looks like a long night. Hopefully Golazo will rock up at camp Arsenal so there’s something positive to get excited about!

  59. Romford Pele

    Dannyboy – don’t understimate Del Potro! Remember he’s the only one out of the top 4 to win a Grand Slam.

  60. Bade

    Using Rambo as part of the Fellaini deal is so so dim

    I called for loaning out Ramsey for the last couple of season, but it didn’t happen

    We loaned Le Coq, Frimpong can’t be considered due to injury & big decline rather than improvement, so if we loan Ramsey now, who will be our cover player?

    We can’t keep reducing our options in midfield. If we loan out Ramsey, then this is a clear indication we’re after 2 or more midfielders.

    I just don’t buy into this as it stands

  61. Dannyboy

    Gambon, Ana Ivanovic is the shit!!! Shame she’s become pretty shit at tennis though!

    Romford, I was watching the Ladies semi last night thinking Lisicki was strangely attractive… then she rocked up today for the pre-final interview bollocks looking incredible. Bet she’s a right bossy fucker aswell!

  62. marxdrive

    The sledge hammer Is back!!!!!!!!

    It’s been like Bergkamp with no Henry.

    Perfectly fine but missing that edge.

  63. Romford Pele

    “Romford, I was watching the Ladies semi last night thinking Lisicki was strangely attractive… then she rocked up today for the pre-final interview bollocks looking incredible. Bet she’s a right bossy fucker aswell!”

    You know this mate – she’d be good in the sack!

  64. HerveDeNerve

    This is the Marca article translated:

    The team that wants to sign Gonzalo Higuain will have to make a major deal. That’s the stance of Real Madrid. The white club insists that no one has made a formal written proposal to open negotiations for the Argentine striker.

    Around this player displayed information, almost every day, which puts it out of Real Madrid. The last one was yesterday. The Latin American channel Fox Sports announced an imminent agreement for 27 million, between Arsenal and Real Madrid for the transfer of Pipit.

    The agreement was denied yesterday by the environment and Higuain for Real Madrid. The white club remains firm in its decision to have the Argentine striker, who will have three seasons of contract.

    Higuain output only contemplate if comes an irresistible offer. Would have to be over 27 million of which were spoken yesterday. The truth is that Real Madrid have not put a fixed amount to his transfer, so you can not know the exact price of your transfer.

    A Ancelotti likes
    Arsenal, who are looking for a striker to bolster their squad, has been interested in Gonzalo Higuain. The English club could have had contacts with the environment of the player to know their predisposition. El Pipita made clear at the end of your cycle this season at Real Madrid was over.

    But Carlo Ancelotti must also take part of this decision. And the Italian coach has spoken of the need for a player of Argentine international experience.

    Today, Higuain is closer to stay. The footballer was yesterday in Madrid. The July 15 must be presented in Valdebebas.

  65. Dannyboy

    Romford, certainly didn’t underestimate him mate! Was hoping Djoko would make it easy but was planning for a late night expecting it to go to 5 sets. Very good all round player is the Argentine… looks like a skinny Higuain to me aswell. Or is that just my new obsession with the goalscoring machine? :S

  66. KJafc

    Lisicki for me. She doesn’t grunt like some prehistoric caveman, like most of the others do.

    She becomes even sexier if you jumble the letters in her name about because you get – Lick I is.

  67. Dannyboy

    Definitely Romford, she’d give you the best 2 minutes of your life, then pick you up and throw you out the door… And you’d waddle home with a beaming grin on your face all the way!

  68. HerveDeNerve

    KJafc
    July 5, 2013 15:40:44

    Click on the Marca link in the article and you’ll get the same GOOGLE translation.

    Don’t have a go at me cos you don’t like what your reading

  69. KJafc

    “I was watching the Ladies semi last night ….she’s a right bossy fucker as well!”

    No shit sherlock! A bossy woman, who would have guessed 🙂

  70. Dannyboy

    ok mahessar I’ll play…

    But Mertesacker is the current no. 4.

    If he goes to 2….

    Then..

    Who will be our no. 4??? 🙂

  71. KJafc

    Hervedenerve

    It was a joke!!! Honest, no offence meant I was likening the translation to that funny Steve McLaren interview……!

  72. zeus

    Surprised that at this hour we are already on page 4, but then I sifted through the comments, and its just bolloxks about Cesc coming back and everyone sucking off the headmaster for writing his first script 12 months.

    Cut that out and its as we were for the past month.

    Oh, nice to have Geoff back btw.

  73. Romford Pele

    Yep, he gets number 24 and Sanogo gets 22.

    Hope that means Higuain gets Djourou’s old one (20). It’s the one he has at Real.

  74. Gunner2301

    Another thought

    Our record signing is Santi at about 16 mill, we have reached a low point where we have no-one to sell that would get us much more than that.

    Is it now that we have reached the bottom of the selling and now we need top quality players to attract other players that we can potentially make money on hence the apparent change in direction? Rinse and repeat.

  75. SpanishDave

    Spain is in a mess finacially so everything takes ages to get done.
    The governments party accountant has gone to prison for fiddling the books and taking cash, you cant make it up here.
    Marca make it up like our soap papers do so dont get too concerned

  76. N5

    KJafc, don’t apologise to Herve, he is a Tottenham fan that has been outed on this site on numerous occasions just trying to start an argument. No way could anyone have mistaken your comment for anything other than a joke so I wouldn’t pander to his spud like behaviour mate.

  77. Oh Theo Theo!

    Herve – what i’d imagine is happening here is that RM are looking to cover what Liverpool are quoting for Suarez, so they can money in/money out as they’ve already punted £30m for Isco to cash strapped Malaga who I imagine wanted a lot of cash up front.

    Only a guess, but only reason for the dicking about by RM.

  78. Romford Pele

    The solace I take in this is that the Cazorla deal also took ages to get done. Bu the chat about Spain’s economy is right. Gonzo has said he wants to go, and as it stands he will still leave. And yes, Marca is a dreadful paper – our equivalent of The Sun.

  79. Dan

    And santos wouldnt be wearing it anymore…leave him off the squad list so he gets the message loud and clear…do one chubbs

  80. Willie

    WOW! I’d missed a post from Geoff! Pretty nice read. The Yin and the Yan back? Very nostalgic post, I can’t help but fantasize over days gone, and how it felt not to be a wee club up North London.

  81. marxdrive

    “Our record signing is Santi at about 16 mill, we have reached a low point where we have no-one to sell that would get us much more than that. ”

    He cost about 12m and we would get at least double that for him now. Theo and Little Willie would demand more than that.

  82. KJafc

    N5
    Thanks for that. There are lots of imposters and trolls on Le Grove just trying to wind everyone up, I guess that’s a blog for you it attracts those idiots.

  83. Geoff

    I liked it when number 1 was a keeper, 2 was a right back, 3 left, 4,5,and 6 were left half, centre half and right half, 7 right wing 8 inside right 9 centre forward, 10 inside left and 11 left wing.

    I would love to go back to that but now we have two centre backs, 4 is a DM and 10 is the prized number normally for your best player.

    My personal favourite Arsenal number is 52, because he took the piss out of the twat that paid him that much, and because the manager couldn’t see past his own massive ego, he’s still on our books getting paid his shirt number.

  84. Oh Theo Theo!

    KJafc – you and I don’t see eye to eye and that’s cool, but you can’t dismiss everybody who disagrees with you as trolls and idiots.

    That makes you a fascist!