Arsenal: The cost of generosity | Gaps in the squad that need filling | Tiny winger a target

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How’s it going people? You good? You totally pumped? I hope so…

I’m not sure how much news there is today. I feel like the news outlets don’t have much to work with, so they’ve started taking calls from agents looking to push on their clients.

Giovinco, of Juventus notoriety has hit the radar… the 26 year old attacker has been mooted as a possible option to replace Theo in the short term. He’s 5 foot 5, so I can’t imagine he’d be a striking option, but out wide, his ‘low centre of gravity’ could help us. I can’t say I’ve watched him that much over the years. I can tell you he’s played hardly at all this year. It’s a hard gig at Juve at the moment, they’re loaded with attacking talent. Last season, he made 33 appearances, racking up 16 goals and 6 assists.

What I have deciphered from some serious Grimantubing is that he’s a hustler, he’s like a footballing ferret, he’s a tough player for someone so small… obviously he comes with Italian perfection on the technique front and he’s very good with the ball at his feet… he can also go round players from a standing start… something Theo isn’t exactly gifted at doing. I think, from my three minute assessment, he’d fit out style. I’m guessing the lust for leaking his availability to the press is that he’ll want to go to the World Cup. Taking on an talented player with a massive point to prove isn’t the worst idea…

… at least someone could ask Viviano why he keeps crying at training.

It is interesting reading around the web. There’s a certain section of the fanbase that like to justify inaction in the transfer market. One person latches onto a concept or an idea. Asprilla to Newcastle killing their title chase is a favourite being peddled at the moment. Now, I don’t want Arsenal to head into a massive mistake and sign someone with fascist ideals who might upset the tone of the squad. However, what is clear is that the squad is creaking. The idea that we can wing it for another 6 months is fanciful. If we’re suffering fatigue related injuries in December, that won’t let up if we don’t add more players to the mix.

We’ve lost Theo Walcott, we don’t really have a back up for him. Gnabry is a talent, but he’s 18 years old. Chambo is also a talent, but he’s not proved anything at the highest level. He doesn’t have goals in his game as it stands and he doesn’t have the ‘clinical assists’ potion in his locker. That’s not to say it won’t happen, but it’s a gamble.

Up front, Nik B wasn’t the solution despite being fit for the last three months. Now Wenger is saying he is? Now, I have no doubt that Nik B could be as effective as Giroud if he put his mind to it. If Wenger believes that, we have a solution… but if he’s just bluffing, then we’ll have a broken Giroud who is fatigued physically, but worse, mentally as we saw in the West Ham. So tired he couldn’t think.

The squad is creaking, inaction in this window doesn’t mean we can’t win the league… but it opens us up to failure because legs will lack freshness in the second part of the year. City and Chelsea have players in abundance… they’re not suffering the same problems we are at the moment.

We’ll see though. It’s all to play for, it’d just be nice for once if Arsene stocked the squad so he can comfortably compete till the end of the season. An experienced wide player and a striker would greatly help the cause.

It’s also amazing that fans were digging other fans out for backing the Bayern fan gesture. It really does show you that some people argue points, not because of the topic, but because of who is delivering the news (redzone being a prime example of this). It doesn’t matter that Bayern haven’t paid for their stadium. We pay £17m a year for The Emirates and it generates nearly double the revenue of Highbury. We’ve just announced new deals and Ivan has spent the last 2 years telling us Bayern are the benchmark when it comes to football clubs. He says that because they’re a business juggernaut, but not just that, they embody all the values Arsenal want to have as a club…  as well lots of the values we do have.

Now, the club did give fans a voucher for Christmas, and they give us lots of access to information other clubs, like United don’t. However, the one thing that sticks in the throats of fans is the ticket pricing. Now, I don’t care what my ticket costs when I’m getting value like this year. In fact, as much as I bitch, I don’t really care at all because Arsenal is such a massive part of my life and always has been. However, I’m not everyone. I’m fortunate enough not to have kids and all the cost associated with them. I have a London job yahda yahda…

However, we have to accept certain things with Arsenal. We’ll never lower season ticket prices. Too many people want them in the richest City in UK. The best we can hope for is a price freeze.

Back to the Germans. Bayern spent £90,000 reducing the price of their season tickets for 3,000 people. Just say, for arguments sake, Arsenal did something similar.

Say there are 25 away games a year loosely. If Arsenal said, we’ll reduce away tickets by £15 across the board. For an away fan, that’s a £375 saving straight off the bat. Big money. That’d be 38% of the cost of my home season ticket. For 3,000 fans, that’d cost Arsenal £45k a game. Over the season, that would cost £1.1m. The equivalent of a £20k a week player. Like, say, Yaya Sanogo. It’s a pittance in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a big deal to Arsenal fans. It’s rewarding loyalty. It encourages away support. It’d be ground breaking in the UK.

We are the reason the Premier League rights go for so much (well, a big chunk of the reason). Our unwavering support and passion for the game. Why not give something back?

Food for thought. But all this bollocks about Bayern’s generosity being geared around a free stadium is total nonsense. I know some people have a online remit to defend everything Arsenal, but football isn’t a normal business, so sanctioning something like this should be easily doable.

Final bit of today… data and football. Some of you find it boring, some of you don’t believe in it, some of you would like to know more. Here is a great piece about how it’s changing the game. A must read. Remember, Arsenal are playing catch up on this. We have a lot of the capabilities, we just don’t utilise it all in the way other clubs do. This quote from Harry Redknapp at Southampton made me laugh, because it’s exactly the sort of luddite attitude that pervades football.

He was nervous about overloading the players with information.” Southampton lost 3-2. On the team bus, Redknapp turned to Wilson and said, “I’ll tell you what, next week, why don’t we get your computer to play against their computer and see who wins?”

Anyway, that’s your gift for today. Cherish is and make sure you write me a proper thank you note in the comments section.

Have a ripping day, and hey, remember, it’s Friday.. turn to the person sitting next to you, put your hand on their leg, look intensely into their eyes, well up a bit… then turn away and crack on with your e-mails.

Never, ever tell them why you did that.

 

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  1. Romford Pele

    Simon,

    Jese is great as he can cover all of the attacking midfield positions and up top but it’ll leave Madrid incredibly light if they let Morata go. Any injury and they could be in serious trouble. There isn’t even really a direct replacement for Isco there; you could argue Modric can play there, but like Wilshere, I think he’s a lot better deeper.

  2. TitsMcgee

    Mate,
    Your moaning doesn’t bother me, I just find some of the things you find to moan about baffling. Your statement that if we don’t win it this year we never will, was a bit over the top.”

    If Wenger CAN’T WIN THIS YEAR he never will.

    ManU are the worst they’ve been in over a decade +.

    Chelsea have started slow, but gaining speed.

    City- see Chelsea

    Conditions are ripe for us to take advantage of it and we’re still just 1 point clear. I think we’ll falter but not signing anyone else is NOT the solution to the problem.

    Wenger needs to put aside the “I’ll get them next year” mentality.

    “I also found you ‘Gotcha’ statement to Nasris Mouth a bit pathetic, this isn’t the school playground.”

    Of all the statements on the board day in and day out that’s what got you eh?

    Interesting. lol

    PS….Being a blind-homer is pretty school playground if you ask me.

  3. sam

    Gambon,

    YOur kiddie fiddling Jab is really getting boring.
    I am surprised you haven’t noticed how many times you repeat that crap Mr tiny brain.
    Gnabry is a 20 goals a season player, a real powerhouse you will witness this second half of the season. Janutwat reminds me of david Bentley, all hypes and will fade soon.

  4. Bermy boy

    With Chelsea,Man City,Manpoopoo and at least 1 other top 10 team to playgood chance we will drop all 3 points to them.Hmmmm ,add to that injury and no January additions, let’s make sure We don’t anger the football gods from here on in.

  5. salparadisenyc

    samJanuary 10, 2014 15:39:36

    Negative

    Never rated Soldaldo. I think you miss the point, i’d love it if we had the youth setup to cull another striker option out of. The fact is we do not.

  6. Kjafc

    Tits
    You didn’t answer my question. You are moaning about Wenger not signing anyone and making some other strange comments, so I asked you who is available and who should he sign in January?

    Please answer instead of being rude mate. If you can’t answer then your argument is invalid.

  7. sam

    Let me remind Jambon of his stupidity

    Wenger should top himself for selling Van persie
    Wenger should sell ramshit and replace him with Fellaini

    Its funny you still have the courage to post here

  8. Romford Pele

    Manuel Neuer

    Philipp Lahm – Giorgio Chiellini – Dante – David Alaba

    Bastian Schweinsteiger – Thomas Muller – Arturo Vidal

    Arjen Robben – Lionel Messi – Cristiano Ronaldo

    ^^^ Gary Neville’s World X1.

    Agree?

  9. Al

    Romford,

    Your right, there really is no reason why Real Madrid should let Morata go because they will be extremely light should anything happen to Benzema BUT this is Real Madrid.

    The have done/sold a number of things that just flat out made no sense.

    Personally, i would prefer a more permanent solution

  10. gambon

    “Gnabry is a 20 goals a season player, ”

    Lol, you are obsessed with them kids mate.

    Im sure you said the same about Barazite, Merida, Watt, Emmanuel Thomas, Lupoli, Quincy, Freeman, Fonte, Lansbury etc.

    Stick to “young guns” mate.

  11. salparadisenyc

    I’d be surprised if Morata came, makes little sense in terms of depth. Jesse left pitch with a niggle, that said he was playing in the Isco role just behind Benzema and Isco came on.
    Could actually see Di Maria leave before Morata, Marca is setting him up for the big fall. Don’t think well be signing him either.

  12. Savage

    I just wonder if we have more money than Man Utd now?

    The talk of them turning down Ozil – I’m fairly certain they baulked when they heard what we were bidding. They’ve never spent over 30mil.

  13. TitsMcgee

    You are moaning about Wenger not signing anyone and making some other strange comments, so I asked you who is available and who should he sign in January?”

    The 100’s of players we talk about on here ad-nauseum almost every day.

    This isn’t rocket science.

    All viable(apart from the Cavani’s and the Messi’s).

  14. gambon

    ——————–Neuer

    Lahm——–Silva——–Kompany——–Alaba

    ———-Vidal————-Schweinsteiger

    –Ronaldo———–Cesc——————Ribery

    ———————-Messi

  15. Romford Pele

    Al, you’re right that Real are a badly run club, however, I think even they acknowledge that they’ll be light if they let Morata go on loan. Ancelotti definitely does anyway and his view seems to hold weight.

    Sal, Yeh Di Maria will leave…. in the summer.

  16. Savage

    “Gnabry is a 20 goals a season player, ”

    It’s not about whether he’s capable – I think he is. Rather, it’s about getting into the right positions to get chances – and I’m not sure with our 433 that will possible. The reason Ramsey stopped scoring was not because he lost his touch, but because collectively the team were further back and he didn’t get into those positions.

    I really do think Gnabry is a fine prospect, and Wenger agrees, pointing out his physical “resiliance”, which has been the downfall of so many of the kids.

  17. Revving Kevin

    Dear mr mgoo
    Do you believe the shit you write. So you know more than every person working in the professional game. We can sign anyone in January?! This is nonsense.who is there that you woulda sign if only cabana and Messi aren’t available? Ronaldo, Suarez and Costa are these available?
    This isn’t a play station game mate or supermarket trolley dash lol.

  18. Romford Pele

    Nice team Gambon – can’t really disagree too much with that. I’d chuck Ozil in, but you already knew that 😉

  19. SpanishDave

    I think that Wengers goal this year is not to win the EPL but to get 2nd or 3rd so he can say we have improved.
    This 9 day break was an ideal window to bring someone in and it hasnot happened, and he aint gonna buy.
    The last ten years is all about his ego. He is desperate to try an prove that his ideals are the right ones, and this season is no different. When we won we had a good squad, with Berchamp and Pires on the bench, but sadly no more.

  20. gambon

    Savage

    They bid £80m for Bale.

    You can comfortable assume that they are significantly rich.

    Although we have huge cash reserves thanks to the french hoarder,

  21. Romford Pele

    “Is that just for the past year or is it his XI based on who he thinks are the best?”

    Eagle, I think that’s just his view currently.

  22. useroz

    Old habits die hard is all there is to it….as far as Wenger is concerned.

    Low expectation Wenger would do the ‘right’ things to max out our chance of winning, if that means a dent in his ideology. That covers right players (ie not kids) and use of science/ analytics.

    Based on what we know (since none of us are insiders), AFC is so close yet so far away from a possible league title after those undeserved barren years.

    How many Sanogos have we still to rid of??

  23. Marko

    I’d go for
    Neuer or Courtois
    Lahm-Thiago Silva-Kompany-Alaba or Alba
    Vidal-Schweinstiger
    Ronaldo-Messi-Neymar
    Ibrahimovic or Cavani

  24. gambon

    Romford

    I think Cesc is slightly better, but Ozil would probably work better in that team.

    Ronaldo would vacate that right wing, and Ozil is much better wide than Cesc so youre kind of right.

  25. Romford Pele

    EPL X1

    De Gea/Szcz
    Zabaleta Kompany Koscielny Baines
    Yaya Toure Fernandinho Ramsey
    Ozil
    Suarez Aguero

    Thought i’d change it up a bit, everyone always does a 4-2-3-1 so I wanted to try something new.

    Hazrad, Oscar, Sagna, Mertesacker,RVP, Rooney, Carrick all unlucky to miss out

  26. Al

    Seems like the link for Antoine Griezmann is popping up again. WOuld absolutely love this signing. Very classy and talented player

  27. WengerEagle

    For me Ronaldo deserves the Balon D’or this year but Messi when fit is the better player. It’s marginal but he edges it for me due to his much greater assists contribution, his shooting accuracy(Ronaldo takes over twice as many shots as Messi) and for his ability to consistently perform on the biggest stage(Champions League finals/Semi Finals)

  28. Romford Pele

    “De Gea, seriously ???”

    You don’t rate? I think this dude is top notch. RVP got many plaudits last season and rightly so, but the amount of times De Gea saved them last season is ridiculous. Always been a great shot stopper but improved his handling and collection from set pieces.

  29. GoonerDave

    I wonder who our rivals (City and Chelsea) for the title are trying to sign. If Chelsea were to buy a striker and managed somehow not to destroy him, they would be fantastic. Likewise, if City were to strengthen their back 5 they would be stronger.
    I agree that at least one player must be brought in if we are to have a chance. Maybe a loan with it? I’d like a centre half/right back, plus obviously a front man.

  30. Romford Pele

    That said, I love Szczesny too. He’s ridiculous confident, borders on the arrogant sometimes but he is a very good GK as well and improving all the time.

  31. Romford Pele

    “Good BPL team Romford but surely Hazard has to get in there? Explosive player and probably the player with the highest talent ceiling in the league”

    Of course mate, but as I said I just wanted something different because everyone always chooses 4-2-3-1 as their formation. Fernandinho isn’t really a deep-lying playmaker but I think he can play that role well. There aren’t many Pirlo-types in this league. Carrick is close but I chose not to include him because of age and because he’s United scum.

  32. Romford Pele

    Ramires is also unlucky to miss out – that dude’s engine! Lol you’d be so pissed playing against say him and Ramsey, non-stop running.

  33. shad

    Ancelloti playing hard ball with Morata..we don’t seem in the frame to sign anyone really. Will be disappointing if we get unhinged because of another botched transfer window..

  34. Romford Pele

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/ozil-the-premier-league-is-so-much-fun

    Ozil’s footballing ability is enough to turn a straight man <3

    The bit about having loads of room backs up what I was thinking about the EPL. This league is faster and you get put under pressure, but if you circulate the ball quickly you can find space and be at the teams back four pretty easily. That's why you find people like Mata/Silva have ridiculous stats in this league. If Ozil gets a player who finishes clinically, his stats will be a joke. Like I said, he has 9 assists but it should be double when you factor in the amount of chances he's created (43), eight of them in one match (West Ham).

  35. Cesc Appeal

    Mate of mine in class from Spain supports Madrid, he says there’s a rumour among supporters that Di Maria is heading our way…that’s been around since summer but apparently it’s resurfaced.

    Would be a good move for us.

    Says a guy like that and a cheapo Berbatov? Make your star purchase in the summer.

  36. Carts

    Paha…if Chelsea actually get €22m from a £6m investment for De Bruyne I’d piss myself.

    The kid was good at Bremen last season. Started first game Of the season, and hasn’t been seen since.

    Now Chelsea value him 3x as much? Banter!

  37. shad

    @RP,

    True. If we had a fox in the box and someone to make intelligent runs, Ozil’s stats would be out of the charts. Wish we had a clone of Ruud van Nistelrooy. One of the best strikers I’ve ever seen at his peak.

  38. WengerEagle

    ‘Of course mate, but as I said I just wanted something different because everyone always chooses 4-2-3-1 as their formation. ‘

    Fair enough mate it’s a beastly team in it’s own right!

  39. g0tch34ted

    De GEa is top class.

    So under rated.
    —–

    I guess it depends on the opinions around you. I think he is overrated.

    Most people I know seem to think he’s top 3/5 in the world whereas, although I think he’s decent, might just about make my EPL top 3, maybe.

  40. Romford Pele

    “Wish we had a clone of Ruud van Nistelrooy. One of the best strikers I’ve ever seen at his peak.”

    You think so? Don’t really agree mate. Ruud scored a lot of goals, sure, but the game has moved on since then and i’m not sure he’d have survived today. he doesn’t offer much more outside his goalscoring so his team would have to compensate a lot for him – could be like playing with 10 men and i’m not a fan of that. Now R9, who is the best striker i’ve seen in my lifetime, would be out of this world!

  41. shad

    @Simon,

    Griezmann is a beast! Wouldn’t mind having him though it may mean Cazorla would ride the bench more. He is one tricky customer though.

  42. Romford Pele

    Wow, interesting if this Griezmann stuff is true. Like him as a player, but didn’t think we’d be in for him. I didn’t think we’d be in for any winger tbh. If we get him then you can rule out Draxler. And i’d know which one i’d rather! Also, what does Griezmann mean for Poldi, Santi, Gnabry, Ox?

  43. shad

    @RP,

    No one compares to R9. Best striker by a country mile. Think Ruud was immensely under-rated. He could fashion chances for himself and could link up play decently. His Holland games were pretty insane. Think he got ruined by the huge ego that was in the Dutch team back then (sneijder, RVP too)

    @Simon,

    Oh, and unless AW would convert him to an out and out striker or false 9. Otherwise it’d mean curtains for Santi or Poldi. The former no, the latter I wouldn’t mind.

  44. Al

    Romford PeleJanuary 10, 2014 16:32:56
    “Wish we had a clone of Ruud van Nistelrooy. One of the best strikers I’ve ever seen at his peak.”You think so? Don’t really agree mate. Ruud scored a lot of goals, sure, but the game has moved on since then and i’m not sure he’d have survived today. he doesn’t offer much more outside his goalscoring so his team would have to compensate a lot for him – could be like playing with 10 men and i’m not a fan of that. Now R9, who is the best striker i’ve seen in my lifetime, would be out of this world!
    ————————-
    Remember the days United fans used to say he was better than Henry (first couple of season) lol.
    They soon STFU with all that noise

  45. Romford Pele

    Crap, just forgot Griezmann is French. Griezmann, Thauvin, Pogba, Kondogbia, Varane Umitti … The French are coming again!

  46. Romford Pele

    g0tch, Never seen Griezmann play upfront mate. Doesn’t seem particularly suited to it though I may be wrong.

  47. WengerEagle

    ‘Ruud scored a lot of goals, sure, but the game has moved on since then and i’m not sure he’d have survived today. he doesn’t offer much more outside his goalscoring so his team would have to compensate a lot for him – ‘

    Very good point I’ve said this before to my mates. The likes of RVN, Inzaghi, Raul and Mario Jardel- finishers in every sense of the word and some of the greatest ever to play the game wouldn’t make the starting line-up in many of the top teams today, you’re Bayern’s/Madrid’s/Barca’s as the game has evolved.

    Todays examples include Mario Gomez, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Higuain, Javier Hernandez and Roberto Soldado- none of whom are starting at a top European club (Debatable I suppose RE Napoli) even though they all when fit and playing would guarantee you 25-30 goals a season. Bayern preferred Mandzukic last season to Gomez for his contribution to the team and his greater ability to link up effectively with his team mates even though Gomez would score you a lot more goals

  48. WengerEagle

    ‘Crap, just forgot Griezmann is French. Griezmann, Thauvin, Pogba, Kondogbia, Varane Umitti … The French are coming again!’

    You forgot the pick of the bunch Yaya Sanogo! 😀

  49. Romford Pele

    “Bayern preferred Mandzukic last season to Gomez for his contribution to the team and his greater ability to link up effectively with his team mates even though Gomez would score you a lot more goals”

    This. It’s the same reason Welbeck starts over Hernandez for United.

  50. Romford Pele

    “Problem with that mob is that their egos will surpass their actually ability. Promising to say the least.”

    That wouldn’t surprise me mate – and it’d be a shame if that was the case.

  51. WengerEagle

    RE Griezmann I suppose it would make a bit of sense considering we’ve dealt with them in the past and could threaten to buy back Vela for 4 million if they refuse us Griezmann! 😀 😀

  52. WengerEagle

    ‘Could Griezmann play against Bayern? That’s if we got him?’

    Na mate he’s cup-tied but he would go a long way to help us winning the league which is what I’m mainly concerned about. With or without him I think Bayern are too good to be beaten over two legs if I’m being honest

  53. sanmi

    all i want is for us to win the epl, either we sign players or not. i dont care if we use only Giroud on the pitch as long as we win the epl. get a grip guys!

  54. Simon

    Sanmi

    Wat low aspirations you have for our great club. I want arsenal to win everything. I want them to win the bundsliga, the nfl, and football matches on other planets in undiscovered galaxies. And I want it now!

  55. salparadisenyc

    Eagle

    I think well beat Mourinho at the Bridge this season… making it all the better.

    Although I don’t see Giroud pulling off the performance RVP in 2011 with the hat trick. How fucking beautiful was that?

  56. Romford Pele

    “Anyone ever think it’s funny how Wenger has never beaten Mourinho but has managed to beat Guardiola?”

    Think the main reason with that is that Guardiola doesn’t set up to stifle the opposition. Well I guess pressing is a way to stifle the team, but if you can negate the pressing, you have a chance to beat them.

  57. sanmi

    i see a lot of people talkin about griezmann and vela.. OMg what is wrong with you all? Both are average players at best, but none of them can start in our 1st 11. vela is only good at finishing, every other thing about is game is crap! poor movement, poor stamina, zero hold up, podolski is way better and podolski is stil a crap CF. Giroud is a better CF than both. Infact, Bendtner is a better CF than podolski and vela. watched vela for almost 8yrs now. still the same, i only trust himm in a 1v1 situation which he will hardly get in epl. chicarito is even a better CF than him. as for Griezmann, i will take gnarby over him all day. what do people smoke on over here?

  58. Romford Pele

    The way people are talking everywhere is as if Draxler is nailed-on to join in the summer…. But if we’re signing Draxler, Poldi/Santi will have to go.

  59. Carts

    Griezmann isn’t a bad player. I don’t feel he has what it takes, physically, to lead the line.

    As an additional wide player, then maybe. To be honest, I just want a more clinical forward who’ll win us games and impose himself

  60. Sam

    How about premiership lane ducks line up:

    Ferdinand, van persie, fellaini, cleverly, zaha, kagawa, nani……………

    What a shit team? And a shit coach
    David moyes n his daughter the club masseuse

  61. WengerEagle

    ‘How fucking beautiful was that?’

    Very especially when you consider he didn’t have Cazorla or Ozil in the team. The fact that Alex Song set up most of his goals in the 2011/12 season where he scored 37 just makes it all the more frustrating he’s at United playing in front of Cleverley when he could be here playing in front of Ozil. If RVP was up front in this team he could easily score 40 goals imo. One thing is for sure- RVP must be as pissed off as Ozil at watching Giroud spurn chance after chance after getting fed scraps when he was here in 2011/12

  62. Romford Pele

    I’m still astonished we’re linked with all these wide players tbh. Is it just reaction to Theo’s injury or do we generally just want another one? Maybe Wenger is thinking Theo up top long term? Who knows?! So many questions lol

  63. Norfolk

    Nasri’s MouthJanuary 10, 2014 14:34:51
    @NorfolkAs I said to Gambon I’m not an expert on Portuguese income tax rules, but I’d imagine that Martinez was able to write a cheque for £32m, they’d take a very good look at it. I’m not quite sure how us paying it into an offshore pension fund would help that.”

    Not sure either but it was just a comment on the notion that tax would HAVE to be paid. I’m betting these chaps have very cute financial advisors these days.

  64. WengerEagle

    ‘ But if we’re signing Draxler, Poldi/Santi will have to go.’

    Poldi for me, Santi’s sheer quality when played in CAM and could rotate with Ozil over the course of a season. Poldi’s more rigid, LW is really the only position where he is effective

  65. Nasri's Mouth

    TitsMcgee: Bendtner wasn’t going anywhere because he refused to take a pay-cut.

    Bendtner has wanted out for ages!

    I’m actually amazed that he’s got himself sorted.

  66. Simon

    Romford

    Yes who knows. Guesses… He thinks theo might come back crooked in 9-12 months. He’s after another winger anyway to change our approach up front? Or maybe he’s just trying to piss us off!

  67. Sam

    Gambon insisted that nani is better than Walcott n arsenal should spend 15M for him

    Oh boy, he’s stupid

    And he has nerves to show his face here

  68. Samir

    Simon
    I don’t think they are. They finished 4th last year didn’t they…So had CL funding…

    On the other hand, Spain is broke as a whole isn’t it? So you never know!

  69. salparadisenyc

    Romford PeleJanuary 10, 2014 17:05:47
    I’m still astonished we’re linked with all these wide players tbh

    That guarantee not looking so solid at this point, although the odds seem with you with Wenger history.
    Might have to put some pints down on this!

  70. sanmi

    Simon
    i dont care if he scores 100 in 1 game, game play and integration with your style matters a lot. Chicarito’s goal per minute ratio is way better than rooney’s yet rooney starts ahead of him( during fergie’s reign). I remembered that Defoe’s goal per minute ratio is better than soldado, yet soldado is ahead.
    stats are what they are stats. it is crap! compared to actual happenings in game.
    Song wins more tackles than Busquet, Busquet will always start ahead of him, because of integration with others. Bojan was benching hleb during guardiolas reign bcos of integration. stats are nonsense.
    Arteta is a better dm than song in arsenal’s kind of play, it is called game play

  71. WengerEagle

    Theo could take a lot longer than 6 months to get back it could be 12. Cruciate ligament injuries are hard to recover from. Just hope he comes back the same as before he suffered it

  72. Revving Kevin

    Dear SpanishDave
    “I think that Wengers goal this year is not to win the EPL but to get 2nd or 3rd so he can say we have improved.”

    What utter garbage some of you Wenger haters come out with. So he doesn’t want to win the title he only wants to come second or third? Right. Yep let’s go buy Cista and Suarez and it’s I. The bag. Easy stuff. As you and that other donut ring Tits Magoo know it all. All you have to do is offer the right money eh, like going shopping. Easy peasy this football management lark. Moyes, Wenger and all the other managers saying it’s hard to get world class players in January are idiots. Yep us fans know best. Welcome aboard the “I Know Best” fantasy world of the Wenger hater. It’s fucking nuts on here some days with this point scoring. It’s like Wenger is the enemy and being top of the league has not dumbed down the hatred, this is fucking personal. Sad.

  73. Nasri's Mouth

    I guess we’ll have a much better idea on Walcott in the summer. Might be the time to make the decision then

  74. salparadisenyc

    henChodeJanuary 10, 2014 17:20:28
    Sam Gambon also said we should buy Fellaini! What a dick

    I also thought we should sign Fellaini, Keyser and I argued it all summer.
    Looking more and more likely he was right. I don’t think Keyser would say that makes me a dick.

  75. Revving Kevin

    Dear Sam
    Lots of LG patroons on here prefer Man Utd and Spurs players to ours. Beginning of the season it was how AVB is better than Wenger. Donuts even said Spurs have a better squad and we would fail to get 4th. We had Nani for Walcott, cleverley better than Ramsey and Jack we even had Moyes for Arsenal. We now have Jacuzzi us better than Gnabry. What’s the point in this shit always knocking our own players? We even had Erikson better than Ozil, remember that gem, Lamalu too. Are they really this stupid or on a wind up? Are they all really Gooners? Can’t remember the rest other then, shezzer, Mert, Kos, Rambo, jack, theo, pod and Giroud getting cunted off on here.and Wenger of course is the devil. But none if it has come true, they was wrong. That may explain. why the same patrons are still not happy. Lol. Fucking weird place this is. Fucking weird.

  76. Simon

    Sam

    Loathe as I am to say it we do all get it wrong about players. I thought Asharvin was going to be great…. I also thought Fellaini may of worked together with our morecreative midfield.

    Agree that with Gambon it’s very annoying because of his NPD he can’t admit a mistake but you know…

  77. xigunner

    Ramsey will slot into the right wing just as he did when Walcott was injured. Wilshere scored from there too.

    What’s the fuss here?!

  78. SpanishDave

    Back your arguments with facts being rude is easy.
    Wenger had all summer to buy a cf and didnt. Wenger tried to sell Bendtner and couldnt. Wenger brought Podolski and he has never played a full game.
    Wenger has failed to win jn 9 years.
    We have a chance to win something like we did in 2008, and like then Wenger did not strenghten the squad and failed.
    Wenger is the highest paid manager in the World.
    I hope we win something this year, but the mans track record over the last 9 years is the worst compaired with the top managers. Nothing tells me that he will suceed this year, I hope I am wrong.

  79. Nasri's Mouth

    SpanishDave: Wenger tried to sell Bendtner and couldnt. Wenger brought Podolski and he has never played a full game.

    Bendtner was on his way out, deal agreed, etc.etc. Wenger stopped the deal because we didn’t buy a striker.

    Podolski has played a full game, (not many I grant you) but it’s hard to knock a player who has such a good assist / goal record.

    Even this season, he’s played 170 mins of football, scored 3 goals and 1 assist.

  80. Uchmangunnernaija

    “We have a chance to win something like we did in 2008, and like then Wenger did not strenghten the squad and failed.”

    I do have a feeling this is shaping up to happen again and Wenger chooses to do nothing about our weakness. So frustrating….
    Can’t he see we need strengthening upfront? They say insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly while expecting different results.

  81. Revving Kevin

    SpanishDave
    Wenger is a great manager. Been very successful in fact our most successful manager. Been batting against three teams with far more money us the move fro
    Highbury. Yes he has made mistakes but you can’t deny we are no longer selling our best players. Forget getting on your high horse over January, it’s a shit tine to expect to sign a WC player. We tried to get Higuain and we tried to trigger Suarez release clause, sober tried to sign a top striker. Okay it didn’t happen. We are now able to buy the best and compete. No Russian or Arab can runaround Niking our players or fucking football. Aged loads if dosh available in summer too. We are doing well better than you thought but still non stop bitching. Come on its getting boring all the bitching it’s like having 15 wives! Lol

  82. Simon

    Spanish

    ‘And like then Wenger did not strengthen the squad and failed’

    Nothing like making your mind up before the fact! Never seen someone make the future up in order to dos so though. Brilliant!

    Quick one for you: might the us have invited the attack on the twin towers given the invasion of Iraq?

  83. Bacaryisgod

    I think many fans, including myself have been clouded by our frustration with Bendtner over the years and miss the fact that he does have a pretty strong track record.

    His goal record for Arsenal is pretty good considering many of his appearances have been either as sub or on the right. Playing as the main striker for Denmark (against some decent International defences) his record is 24 goals in 56 games. He’s still only 25 years old.

    The biggest factor for us is if our midfield can keep firing as there’s plenty of goals to be had from Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Rosicky, Podolski etc. We’ve shared the wealth until now . There’s no reason we can’t continue to do so.

  84. Leedsgunner

    Simon

    Thanks for posting that article about Jese and Morata.

    It really highlighted to me how well Real Madrid are in integrating their talented youngsters into the first team. Wenger for all his reputation of being a good mentor of youngsters has two extremes. One is the Jack Wilshere/Aaron Ramsey school of overplaying them despite form and inviting burnout and the other extreme of being afraid to play them despite earlier glimpses of promise… in league games and pre-season tours.

    If it were up to me I would select the top three youngsters to play with the first team for the first part of the season. If they were good enough, I would continue to integrate them but if they weren’t I would either sell them on or send them on loan… This way talented youngsters would always know they would have a chance in games that mattered and senior professionals would remain fresh. Plus the transfer windows could be used to plug in the gaping holes in the squad…

    I mean we need strikers – why Akpom on loan? What’s gone on with Eisfield, Toral and Bellerin? For all his hot air, Wenger is an awful man manager of young talent.

  85. Revving Kevin

    Sorry about the auto correct errors:

    ‘Hairy owls’ was meant to be hilarious

    Sober tried to sign was “so we tried to sign”

    Aged loads if dosh was meant to be “and loads of dosh.

    How do you turn it off?

    Sorry!

  86. Marko

    I’d love the Griezmann link to be true he’s been steadily getting better the last couple seasons and this season he has 12 in his last 12 games which is outstanding for a wideman. Also he has the look that if he was put in a better team he’d flourish. Best bit of news today that

  87. Revving Kevin

    Leedsgunne
    Yet another anti- Wenger comment this time because if Morata. What’s wrong with so w if you, it’s every fucking comment. Non stop. Let’s talk football not Wenger or Groud, pleSe just for one day.

  88. Simon

    Leeds

    Glad to finally be of some use to someone!

    Madrid do have two actual teams to play with so They can blood them without effecting results an all. I am struck by the fact that despite their reputation for just buying up galati is there is good buying and development too.

  89. Nasri's Mouth

    @Leedsgunner

    Akpom isn’t good enough to play for the first team. Might be in a year or so, definitely not yet.

    Eisfeld isn’t ready either, and probably wont ever be. Scores goals, but the vast majority of the game passes him by.

    Toral has had a big injury, but might come good

    Bellerin is at Watford, doing pretty well there by all accounts, could well get some time in the PL next season.

    These guys are all 2-3 years younger than Morata remember

  90. Simon

    Leeds

    It would be nice to see third string strikers getting 10 minutes or 20 minutes of games we had won though. So I guess, I am, err, agreeing with you.