7 players are needed this summer just to replace those leaving

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Wow

Wow

Oh wow, jeez, all I’ve got this morning is a petition to free Luis Suarez from his contract at Liverpool. Yep, social media has got to the point where all it needs to do is fart and it gains press coverage. Someone has set up a campaign, which I’m sure is a joke, to free Luis ‘I just signed a £200k a week deal’ Suarez from his Liverpool hell.

What a laugh eh? I hate petitions when they’re about things that are totally unimportant. What is it ever going to do in football.

Ivan: ‘Oh sh*t, how many you say?’

Dick: ‘3..3…3…’

Ivan: ‘SPIT IT OUT RICHARD!’

Dick:’357 Ivan, 357 people think you should consider putting daffodils outside block 14. The fans think the vibe is a bit sterile’

Ivan: ‘Well I’ll be god damned… get Titchmarsh on the phone right away’

Anyway, the whole John W Henry story is interesting regardless. I hammered Arsenal for not doing their due diligence, and it seems they did, because Luis Suarez DID have a buyout clause of £40m. John W Henry just thought it’d be better for his club to ignore the clause and carry on like it didn’t exist… I mean honestly, brilliant stuff. I think there’s more to it than just ignoring it. Arsenal showed their hand by bidding £40m and £1, which indicated strongly that they had laid eyes on a confidential piece of information… which would probably have been deemed ‘tapping up’… which comes with 12 lashes these days.

I don’t like the flagrant ignorance of the law in this case, but hey, if Arsenal are bending the rules, why shouldn’t Liverpool? Brendan Rodgers has Liverpool as nailed on for 4th this year. That’s an extra £40m he’s just dropped into the Liverpool coffers. Would he have done that without Suarez? No. So was chaining the Uruguayan to the club the right thing to do? Absolutely. That’s what being ruthless is all about. Not bending over at the first sign of £24m.

Really makes you think hard about Robin. We should have kept him, shouldn’t we? At the time, I understood why we let him go, but we had a 28 year old who would have had to have played out of his skin to earn a move a  year later. Shame we didn’t go harder to make him stay, especially after all the loyalty we’d shown him.

That’s Arsene though, anything to avoid a hard life… the man doesn’t like confrontation.

Talking of Arsene Wenger. Remember the other day I was speaking about how Wenger approaches the rest of the season will tell you a lot about how he approaches the game in a backward way?

‘The FA Cup game is important because it is our next game, but you do not fight the whole way and throw the championship away just because you want to play the FA Cup.’

There you have it. He should be going all out for the FA Cup now, but he won’t, he’ll rest heavily because we’re playing Bayern Munich, which he’ll probably go hard for. The reality is, Bayern isn’t an important game. It’s a vanity push now. The FA Cup is a realistic push and it’ll be great for the club and the players. I watched the City game at the weekend… the reaction on the players faces when they one that was a joy to behold. Super, super rich players absolutely overjoyed at winning the least important cup of them all.

Now the league is looking unlikely, we should focus on the FA Cup and we should use the Bayern game to give us a rest against Spurs… because the important thing moving forward is that we don’t lose our position. With the games we have coming up, we really could be in a bad state if we don’t pick our game up. Being fresh and rested is imperative. If we beat Spurs, that’ll act as a catalyst for the rest of the season. If we lose, well, we’ll be in a whole world of bother. Right back in the top 4 mix…

Wenger is one game at a time… and he’s not one for making sacrifices unless it’s a domestic cup. Let’s see what he does though.

I had an interesting thought about the set up against Stoke and the resting players / 2 days rest that Wenger rarely dishes out. International breaks are a pain for us as domestic fans, but for the foreign players, they’re an excuse to go home and see friends and family. Could there have been a mental handbrake on against Stoke because of the fear of getting injured and not getting back to see family and friends? Who knows. But there was a disappointingly low amount of thunder in that game at the weekend. Considering it was a fairly rested side, you do have to wonder. Players are people with psychological needs. Anyway, one to mull over.

On the transfer front, Inter Milan are going to move for Lukas in the summer, it’ll be sad for us, but not surprising. I don’t think you quite see the full impact of his laziness unless you’re at the ground watching him off the ball. He’s a great character, but he’s not quite the full package. He didn’t really deliver on his promise and Arsene has never really fancied him. He’ll suit the Italian league, a slower pace with that finish could see a very fruitful 3 year deal. The other player who is doing one is good old Nik B. Totally bombed off by Arsene Wenger this season, which for me, was a very bad mistake which Arsene  is paying for now. He’ll pick up a free transfer and probably make a very solid Everton striker.

We have quite a lot of rebuilding to do in the summer. We’ll need at least one right back, Bacary saying he’s looking to stay is fantastic news, however, I’m not sure Jenks is good enough to take over right now and Bellerin is too young. We’ll need to replace Arteta who has no legs to cope these days and we’ll have to think about what the plan is post Flamini, his influence has dropped in the second half of the season and he’ll be hitting the big 30 soon. That makes me sad, because so will I… but hey, you only get better at sitting on your arse doing internetz all day, so I’m not fussed. One day, I’ll earn in a year what he earns in a week… then I’ll be king.

We’ll also need at least 2 strikers, we’ll need a Podolski replacement and we’ll need to find some serious power and pace if we want to keep up with the Jones’… Arsene, if it’s him rebuilding, needs to remember what made his teams great. He needs to look at what makes other teams in Europe great. He needs to recruit against Premier League attributes. We’ll also need to find two keepers as Viviano and Fabianski are leaving. Plus, probably Vermaelen who will go. This is a big summer.

Anyway, we can talk about that more another day. For now, enjoy that post and meet me in the comments for further conversation.

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  1. TitsMcgee

    However, Wenger’s intransigence and egocentricity prevented him from bidding any more for Suarez because he thinks the great Arsene Wenger offering to buy someone should be seen as an honour and a privilege and the seller ought to comply with grace and gratitude. Any refusal is like saying no to the queen. ”

    LOL

    Like offering Schalke 7m less for Draxler even though it’s been widely reported(by the player and the club) that he has a release clause and that it is/was 37m.

    So basically Wenger just went into a supermarket and told the proprietors that the Lucozade is not worth 1.99 because he knows what the true value of Lucozade is and plops 1 quid down and tells them take it or leave it even though he has a 20 in his pocket. Obviously they’re just going to tell him fcuk you somebody else will pay the extra 99p

  2. Jeff

    Dan,

    The very fact that we didn’t try is the point. Suarez wanted to come and we would have given him more ammunition to leave if we bid say £50m. It would also have tested the owner’s resolve. Bidding £40 + 1 was just amateurish stupidity. I’ve never heard of any club doing that.

    But Suarez is just another example. He was not the only player we could have gone for. We had the entire summer to do our business and we farted around for weeks and weeks with Wenger’s hints and winks until it became obvious we weren’t signing anyone. Then on the last day we bought Ozil which nobody (probably including Wenger himself) expected at the start of the window.

    None of that however changes the fact that we were still short of a striker. What happened to June, July and August? Too busy flying around Asia trying to sell shirts while back at home nobody was doing anything about the shocking lack of team depth! So we rode once again into the season half-cocked. An unexpected turn of events with Ramsey and a run of opponents without too many top teams meant we put up quite a number of points on the board and were leading the pack on 1st January.

    Then of course the horrible, predictable disease that hits us every year around this time: the dreaded injuries but giving us plenty of notice to do something about it in January. And what did we do? Nothing!

    It makes my blood boil how predictably sad this club has been turned into.

  3. Goongoonergone

    Just some humble advice. I know many of you love being in Wenger’s position and thinking about which top players can improve AFC.
    Many on this site were going gagga over who would be signed in the January window.
    We got Kallstrom – and according to Wenger’s words, a new signing had to be “better than what we have and improve the squad – a top top player”. Somewhere along the line Kallstrom played with the handbrakes on and pulled his back.
    Seriously, no amount of huffing and puffing by anyone of you regarding signing new players is going to make one iota of difference to this mug who manages AFC.
    If Wenger wishes to re-sign Silvestre as our new centre-half, there’s nothing you, The Rancher, The Bald One or Fish and Chipswick can do about it.
    Wenger has total power, and like Hitler in the bunker who still believed that Germany could win the war while the Russians entered Berlin, our manager in the bunker called the Emirates still believes Arsenal can win a trophy while the armies of Chelsea and Man City have surrounded him.
    Time for the cyanide, Wenger!!!

  4. GoonerSam

    just musing. Isn’t it strange the difference a tiny little hyphen can make to your day?
    Wenger resigns;
    Wenger re-signs.

  5. TitsMcgee

    The issue of “discounts” matters because it’s a trend. Wenger would have never been interested in him if his price tag was 55m. Never. and therein lies the problem and why we are “miles off of the top clubs” as the Wenger apologists like to say after we lose another big game.It just goes to show he’s only ever interested in a player at the value “he” has affixed to said player and it’s why we needlessly lose players over a couple of million here or there.

    If we paid the extra 20m or so for Suarez and LFC sold where would we be now? How can you put a price on that?

    The matter of whether LFC screwed us on the transfer release clause is meaningless. It’s their right and the bottom line is still the bottom line. We didn’t sign a striker.

  6. Dan Ahern

    Jeff

    “Dan,The very fact that we didn’t try is the point.”

    False, we bid to activate his release clause. We definitely tried. Maybe we could’ve gone in with a bigger bid but we looked at the contract and did what was required to release the player. That’s trying.

    “Suarez wanted to come and we would have given him more ammunition to leave if we bid say £50m.”

    Debatable. I’m not sure how bidding more gives Suarez more incentive. Maybe offering him more salary? None of that necessarily sways Henry from stonewalling the deal though.

    “It would also have tested the owner’s resolve.”

    Possibly. But from our perspective the clause is activated. Why throw £10m more at the problem if all you need is the PFA or Suarez to assert his rights?

    “Bidding £40 + 1 was just amateurish stupidity. I’ve never heard of any club doing that.”

    True. Even bidding £40.1m would make a world of difference. I’d argue the £1 was absolutely perceived as derisory and emboldened Liverpool.

  7. TitsMcgee

    Does Wenger think Suarez is better than Giroud? Of course he does. He’s not (that) insane.

    Will Wenger do whatever it takes to sign Suarez? Nope.

  8. Dan Ahern

    Guys, I’m always hammering Wenger on fucking up the market. I even wrote a guest blog on here about how as amazing as the Oezil signing was, AW got away with goodwill from it when in fact he didn’t do enough to strengthen the team.

    But it’s a case-by-case basis. You can’t be blind to Henry’s comments. I spent countless comments on here complaining about how stupid we look in the whole deal. But lo and behold Liverpool actually fucked us. Could we still have done more? Maybe. And I maintain the £1 was a mistake. But to us, the clause was activated so it’s senseless to keep bidding. If anything you appeal to Suarez and Pere.

    Maybe the real question isn’t “Why didn’t we do enough to get Suarez?” but “Why didn’t Suarez do enough to come to us?” And for that you can blame AW if you like, because arguably we’re not a huge trade-up except for CL football.

  9. Jeff

    Dan,

    Whatever we say about the Suarez debacle, we are both opining in hindsight. Knowing what we know now obviously implies that whatever amount we bid would have had the same result. But when I say we didn’t try, I meant we didn’t try a second bid. We left it at £40 + 1. That was the point I was trying to get across. Whether or not it would have made any difference to the final outcome wasn’t the question I was debating.

    It followed the same sort of bidding pattern with all players in the past that we’ve gone for and lost. We make a bid and if rejected, that’s it. The fact that our starting bid is usually derisory means the chances of acquiring that player (especially if he’s high profile and in demand by other clubs) are very low.

  10. Dan Ahern

    Jeff — In general that’s true but Suarez doesn’t follow that pattern aside from the £1. Activating a clause is not nearly the same thing as bidding low.

  11. Jeff

    Dan,

    If I remember it correctly, we were actually told at the time that there was no release clause. So we could have bid more if we wanted to. Do you not agree with that?

  12. follow the money

    We obviously didn’t offer Suarez enough wages. If we had he would have handed in a transfer request and that would have put the release clause under enough scrutiny that Pool would have been ordered by the PFA to sell him to us. Again, the failure here is Wengers

  13. MidwestGun

    My issue is not so much we didn’t get Suarez, Pool wasn’t gonna sell, ok.
    So there wasn’t any other striker on the whole planet that wasn’t better than Giroud? Even after the Suarez deal, fell thru. Are answer was keep Bendtner.
    Also why wait so long to start negotiations with Suarez? Small margin of error. How about we start when the window opens. Again, what makes people think this summer will be different?

  14. Dan Ahern

    Jeff — No I do not agree with that. Who bids £40,000,001.00 if there is no clause? That doesn’t make sense. The £1 indicates we’ve been told it’s activated with some sort of language like “over” or “in excess of” £40m.

    Furthermore, let’s be honest. No clause and Wenger is probably starting his bid at £25-30m.

  15. Jeff

    Follow,

    I think you’re right there. On top of the silly £40 + 1 bid, we probably offered something like £150k when Suarez thought he was good for as much as 200k at the time. Don’t even know how much he’s getting now at Liverpool.

    Having said all of that though, with Suarez heading up our strike force, we would possibly be as much as 15+ goals to the good or 6 points clear at the top. We certainly wouldn’t have lost 5:1 to Liverpool.

    Wenger will of course argue that it’s too much money to pay even if that could be proved to be true. And there, my friends, lies the problem.

  16. Jeff

    Dan,

    You misunderstood. I didn’t say we didn’t know there was a release clause. I said we were led to understand there wasn’t one AFTER the £40 + 1 bid. Then we could have bid more if we wanted to.

  17. Aaron Lemon

    @Dan Ahern

    I was speaking to someone yesterday about Third Party Contract Rights and apparently it was not down to Suarez, we could have sought arbitration regardless having put up the money.

    As a buyer I am sure we had some power so perhaps both of those questions are as significant as each other. He could have done more but he is one ,an facing a manager, team mates, board and fan base. We are silly to think he would have done after the way the club stood by him. So really, the question is quite rightly ‘why didn’t we do more when they refused to sell?’

  18. Aaron Lemon

    @Jeff

    I think that depends who ‘we’ is. We as in the fans were led to believe by the media and some arsehole at the PFA who should’ve resigned that there was no such clause.

    But the club clearly knew otherwise so it’s an irrelevant debate. Why would we do more if we knew the clause existed?

  19. Aaron Lemon

    @Midwest

    I’ve lost count of the number of tournaments I’ve seen where a world class player is being spoken about and they say ‘who of course will be plying his trade at XXXX club next season after his X million pound move from XXXX last month’.

    It’s just never, ever us.

  20. Dissenter

    Midwest,
    If we come fourth, then the Arsenal way is to wait until we qualify for the CL before buying.
    Those qualifiers have been getting tougher each year.

  21. TitsMcgee

    Got a bad feeling the World Cup will be used as an excuse to not start negotiating transfers until end of Aug.”

    You know it’s coming.

    Since Wenger controls everything and since he’ll probably be in Brazil you can almost guarantee there will be no movements before August at the earliest. Another trolley dash is on the way.

  22. Godwin Bencini

    So we are watching our season going up in smoke, and the major culprit is Wenger. How Ivan and Co allow him to make us – Arsenal and us supporters – look like a load of idiots, I simply cannot fathom out. So all of us realised that it was imperative to strengthen the squad in the January window – bad news all around – Walcott out for the rest of the season and more; Ramsay out for another X weeks; Giroud, although not the greatest striker on the planet, but really the only one we have, worked into the ground and knackered; Arteta past his best and slowing rapidly; the Ox in January was still weeks away from returning from his long injury; Diaby, well Diaby is Diaby and the less said about him the better. And what does Wenger do? He goes out and brings in on loan, an injured, over the top of the hill, has been, and not even a has been star at that! That was Wenger’s solution to our problems it seems. The result of his failure in his duty to do his utmost for Arsenal to remain at the top of the table, by strengthening the squad, is that we are back in the mix for a top four spot, instead of challenging for the title. Simply unbelievable. We are such suckers for punishment are we not? But it seems that the shareholders are happy with Wenger because he does not spend, although the money is there!

  23. Godwin Bencini

    So we are watching our season going up in smoke, and the major culprit is Wenger. How Ivan and Co allow him to make us – Arsenal and us supporters – look like a load of idiots, I simply cannot fathom out. So all of us realised that it was imperative to strengthen the squad in the January window – bad news all around – Walcott out for the rest of the season and more; Ramsay out for another X weeks; Giroud, although not the greatest striker on the planet, but really the only one we have, worked into the ground and knackered; Arteta past his best and slowing rapidly; the Ox in January was still weeks away from returning from his long injury; Diaby, well Diaby is Diaby and the less said about him the better. And what does Wenger do? He goes out and brings in on loan, an injured, over the top of the hill, has been, and not even a has been star at that! That was Wenger’s solution to our problems it seems. The result of his failure in his duty to do his utmost for Arsenal to remain at the top of the table, by strengthening the squad, is that we are back in the mix for a top four spot, instead of challenging for the title. Simply unbelievable. We are such suckers for punishment are we not? But it seems that the shareholders are happy with Wenger because he does not spend, although the money is there!

  24. follow the money

    @ Jeff. Exactly. Our transfer dealings have been a complete joke since Dein left. And it’s been going on for so long that Wenger has ruined his legacy. Even if we were to win the FA cup this year I will never forgive Wenger for all the failures to strengthen the team over the years which has cost us trophies (I don’t think we will, I think the years of choking in big matches and title run ins when we were close have become a two ton gorilla on the back of the team that will not go away until Wenger does and another coach can instill some real belief in the lads). I said Wenger was negligent in 2007 and I still think he is. All we needed that season was a veteran presence to show the kids how to get over the line, someone like Van Bommel who wouldn’t have even cost much, but Wenger knew best and we choked, and then he complained about injuries and handbrakes, when the failure was solely his. The man is absolutely infuriating. He does not care that Bacary Sagna has nothing to show for his years of service. He does not care that Cesc etc. wanted to win something. All he cares about is proving that he is a genius and can win on the cheap with a small squad. Unfortunately that pesky thing called the laws of physics continue to prove him wrong

  25. Jeff

    Aaron,

    If AFC knew for sure that such a release clause existed (and that must be the case since they offered £40 + 1), why then not pursue it further as you suggested?

    However you look at it, we acted very stupidly. We definitely could have done more to get Suarez but as usual we just gave up without a fight; a bit like what we often do on the pitch as well.

  26. follow the money

    and the ultimate irony is that Wenger is just fine with paying Diaby for years for doing absolutely nothing and he is just fine with paying himself massive wages but refuses to pay the going rate for players for us to win.

  27. follow the money

    @ Kwik, I agree. It is disgusting that Sagna has absolutely nothing to show for his years of loyal service to Arsenal. Infuriating. But Wenger doesn’t care about that. He doesn’t care that Cesc etc wanted to win something. All he cares about is proving that he is right, winning something on the cheap and with a small squad so he can be known as a genius. Unfortunately that pesky thing called the law of physics keeps proving him wrong

  28. Dissenter

    Liverpool were genuinely pissed off at the 40 million+ 1 pound offer.
    In retrospect, it was cheap and classless.
    It also gave away the dirty tactic we were using.

    They had every right to play hardball and stonewall Arsenal since we had given away our advantage.

    Its no wonder they quickly signed Suarez up. The would have been open to legal liability.

  29. MidwestGun

    J@gu@r

    Ummmm don’t wish cancer on anyone, obviously you have not seen someone die from it. Altho, why im responding to your comment at all, is beyond me.

  30. follow the money

    “We definitely could have done more to get Suarez but as usual we just gave up without a fight; a bit like what we often do on the pitch as well.” — Jeff. EXACTLY mate. The way we lose out in the transfer market sends a signal to the players that winning is not that important. Contrast that with a team like Chelsea, who identify what they need and then do whatever it takes to get them. That instills in the team that winning is the most important thing

  31. Dan Ahern

    Jeff — Ah, okay. But I don’t think I buy that either. There was a whole bust-up over what the wording of the clause was and whatnot, asking to have the PFA look into it and so on. So I’m pretty sure there was never a point where we were told the clause didn’t exist.

    Now, where you might be right is that we could’ve been told the clause was too flimsy to stand up in court or whatever. But again, if we believe it’s a release clause we’re activating (and Henry’s comments say it was a release clause), it’s no longer about bid amount but about legal measures. So maybe the way we should’ve tried harder is by working with Suarez & Pere to take it to court anyway?

  32. Jeff

    Follow,

    I’m sure it’s been said before but we have adopted that “it’s OK to lose” or “it’s not the winning but taking part” attitude which I thought are designed to console children not grown men!

  33. Dan Ahern

    “MidwestGun March 4, 2014 18:45:00
    Got a bad feeling the World Cup will be used as an excuse to not start negotiating transfers until end of Aug.”

    Not even.. by then we’ll say the World Cup has inflated everybody’s price so we’ll stick to what we have.

  34. kwik fit

    Guys if you roll back through the comments section say three to four years the name’s are different but the comments are exactly the same. The guys in charge lead by Wenger continue to screw us over year by year. Each summer there’s a transfer saga created by Wenger. We’re reeled in like Katie perry wearing nothing but fishnets and 8 inch heels. We are incapable of resisting cos we love getting layed by a pretty Katie Perry type. Bring on the Summer. I want to get layed!!!

  35. Jeff

    Dan,

    Or it could be that Suarez simply changed his mind after the silly £40 + 1 bid and let Arsene know through some third party that he was no longer interested and for AFC not to pursue it any further. That might explain why we sat there like limpets and did nothing about it.

    I think the root cause of the problem goes to that stupid £40 + 1 bid and it has to be Wenger’s idea to do it. I can’t see who else could have suggested it. Any sensible person would err on the side of caution and bid £41m or something like that. But it’s all water under the bridge now. It’s just another mistake, another bad decision that had a direct impact on our season.

  36. kwik fit

    If Rosicky is offered a two year contract until he’s 35 , why is Sagna not offered a 3 year deal until he’s 33. He can cover across the back line as well. Make’s so much sense and besides he’s got a tasty missus to boot.

  37. MidwestGun

    Kwik –
    I only read the part about Katie Perry and fishnet stockings. What were you saying? Lol. Just kidding.

    Good point. Im sure there will be a rumor about Ibrahimovic soon.

  38. Zorro

    Wenger would always make half hearted attempt to sign players, hoping it gets rejected. So that his grand children wouldn’t lose their place. End of.

  39. Dan Ahern

    Jeff — Suarez wouldn’t be put off by the bid, just Liverpool. Remember he’s trying to get out and play in the CL, and the bid amount is pretty much irrelevant to him. Suarez may have not cared that much though–perhaps he held out hope Madrid would come for him. Or perhaps we didn’t offer him much of a bump in salary.

    As for the £1, that was almost certainly Wenger. He operates with total control in the market.

  40. kwik fit

    I think 86=06 posted a pic yesterday of Wengers bed stuffed with cash. Got a feeling though, it wasn’t his bed cos I couldn’t see and used hankies anywhere.

  41. Romford Pele

    Kwik – it’s more of a money issue with Sagna which is a shame. Sometimes you have to bend the rules a bit though.

    If he is to go, we need to get a proper attacking RB in. The amount of space we create down that side in a game is unreal.

  42. MidwestGun

    Kwik –
    Did you hear Pedro is coming to my neighberhood? I hooked him up with the name of a fine ummmm Gentleman’s Club. Lol.

    That and im keeping my girlfriend locked up. She cant be trusted with the British accent.

  43. MidwestGun

    Romford –
    Its not just the loss of Sagna, but another hole to fill in the lineup. I cant see Arsene transfering in 7 players. Hope im wrong and we come out of the transfer gate firing.

  44. Romford Pele

    Midwest, I don’t disagree. We think we need that many players but Wenger probably has his own two pence on the situation.

    I could see him not buying a RB and promoting Bellerin to no.2.

    I’d be very surprised if we ended up with more than three players max in the summer.

  45. Aaron Lemon

    I really don’t care if Sagna stays or goes.

    I think we look average down the right and he doesn’t get far enough forward on the pitch to warrant the amount of time he spends up there. He assists and number of times he gets into the box support this.

    Also the number of times he has ignore a chance to put someone in behind, makes me want to break my TV.

    He may be a great defender but I really don’t care if he stays or goes.

  46. Radio Raheem

    The £1 top-up was certainly not Wenger’s idea. Arsenal have previous in that, one that predates Wenger. I suspect Ken Friar in that.

  47. Romford Pele

    Lemon, definitely agree that Sagna isn’t the greatest going forward but it’s his versatility that comes into play for us. Can also feature at CB and DM. He’s responded well after the two leg breaks too. I’d give him the deal.

  48. Zorro

    Wenger is the master of all he surveys, so if you think he’s leaving or he might leave think again. As far as I’m concerned, he awarded himself the three year extension and he will sign it when he wants.

  49. Romford Pele

    Midwest – I’m not so sure about the LAM. People keep mentioning Griezmann and Draxler (both awesome) but going by Wenger logic, we already have Poldi, Santi, Chambo, Gnabry who can all play there. Unless we’re selling someone, I don’t see it. And with Santi looking like signing a deal, it’s unlikely IMO.

  50. Aaron Lemon

    @Romford

    I don’t doubt the argument for. I just don’t mind if he goes and we have to fork out for a replacement. The only time I would be miffed if he leaves would be if he left and we didn’t bring anyone in, or sign Andre Santos II.

  51. Romford Pele

    Lemon, that’s fair enough. He’s also for me a part of the stable defence over the last couple months or so, I see no need to upset that. Anyway, this is futile, he probably will go. I just want him to stay because we need to concentrate in other areas without having to worry about RB.

  52. Radio Raheem

    Sagna’s done well tgis season and has been quite consistent throughout his stay but I would mind having a younger more vibrant RB. A RB that’s better in the opponent’s half. It is kind of sad to see him go but looking forward to who comes in. Promoting Jenkinson will lead to riots at the Grove.

  53. MidwestGun

    Romford –
    Just going by Pedro thinking Poldi is gone as far as LAM. I too am completly tired of having substandard Dm.. It would be my first signing.

  54. karim

    Watching a re run of France / Brazil 2006

    Brazil with 3 different ballons d’or
    France with ZZ TH 14 and PV 4

    I just wanna cry now

  55. kwik fit

    Romford Pele
    19:31:57

    I agree, we need a quality right back who has pace and a quality cross. I’m afraid Jenks just doesn’t cut it. He seems to be regressing which is a pity cos he’s arsenal through and through.

    Midwest

    No need to give Pedro advice’s on Gentlemens clubs in the state’s. He’s been to them all. He’s been there, done it and got the itch to prove it ‘)

  56. kwik fit

    Even though I think Wenger has blown his load as a manager I still hope and pray we beat Everton on Saturday and go on a winning streak in the premier league. Can’t understand how Arsenal supporters can hope for anything else.

  57. kwik fit

    Could be Karim. Or maybe they feel that we must finish outside the top 4 before Wenger would go. Either way , I can’t understand how any Arsenal supporter could hope we get beat.

  58. MidwestGun

    Kwik –
    Naaa i wish, but if you ever take a girl with you to the Gentleman’s Club, you would not believe the attention you get from the girls. Weird thing.

  59. Dan Ahern

    CA — It had been but apparently Ukraine decided to go ahead with it. Was just chatting with a twitter buddy about this. You can get 2/1 US to win, sounds very enticing to me. Ukraine not even at home and they’ve got to be distracted…

  60. Zorro

    kwik fitMarch 4, 2014 20:20:29
    Could be Karim. Or maybe they feel that we must finish outside the top 4 before Wenger would go. Either way , I can’t understand how any Arsenal supporter could hope we get beat. “Believe me, Wenger would never leave on his own. Especially if he keeps winning his trophy I.e fourth place.

  61. follow the money

    considering how horrible we usually are after international breaks–even with a good squad–I don’t hold out much hope for the Everton game. 1. We are in poor form–which Wenger historically cannot turn around quickly like good managers. 2. We haven’t been good at home this season. 3. The “choking in big games” monkey on our backs. I don’t see it. I actually see Everton turning us over pretty easily. I hope I’m wrong but………..

  62. MarbleHall

    Trust me if Arsenal failed to make the top 4 Wenger would move the goal posts and say ” I have maintained the tradition of Arsenal remaining in the top flight.”

  63. Bamford13

    Phil

    “Wenger out

    simple as that

    why so reticent

    he has to go at the end of the season – we don’t need another nine years of this crap”

    I’m with Phil.

    Wenger out.

  64. Phil

    Dan ahern

    You are one boring fucker

    Arsene wenger needs to be outed with the other leeches that infest our club…..every time I read your comments it makes me want to puke…you will insist on defending these fuckers won’t you?

    You are a bore

    How old are you?

  65. N5

    Phil, you seem like a friendly guy! welcome to Le Grove! you’ll fit in like a Spud at the Emirates you gobby melt.