Arsene gets a free ride through risk aversion

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Ok, so we’r getting into off-season territory, so I’m not sure how I’m going to keep things going this summer.

If you are an excellent writer and you have an editorial idea, float it past me and send it in. Make sure it’s interesting, loaded with opinion and grammatically correct.

Unlike most of my stuff.

Badum tscchhhhh!

Wasn’t even a joke.

Right, what have we on the plate of football today?

Errr…. Arsenal fans have forced BT to stop recording outside of the ground because of the bad language. OMG. Bad language. Isn’t it ridiculous that we’re in the 21st century and people will complain if they hear a naughty word on the TV. I mean, honestly, 20 people out of 5 million watching and they have to change the way they schedule shows because boring people are affronted. It’s pathetic.

What else are we talking about?

Javi Martinez is apparently subject of a sensational £28m bid from Arsenal (The Telegraph didn’t call it sensational, another headline I saw did). Errr… sensational? He cost £35m before he was a European Champion. I can’t imagine he’s leaving for anything less than £40m considering he’s 25 and an incredible player. He’s exactly the sort of player we could do with, he’s mobile, powerful, 6ft3 and full of tenacious rage. He’s also technically brilliant.

… begs the question, why would he leave?

Well, he’s not happy about playing in a static defensive midfield position. I think he wants to play more Ramsey / Vieira-esque. I still think there’s room for that type of player in our team. It’s not like we’re looking for a Gilberto, we need energy in our midfield to replace the weary legs of Arteta.

However, I don’t see this happening. I really don’t.

I find it quite incredible that a team as well stocked with cash and glory as Bayern are having this player exodus talk.

So far, we’ve got:

Kroos > United

Mueller > United

Martinez > Arsenal

Gotze > Arsenal

Can’t see all those guys moving, at the very worst, they just don’t like the competition on offer at Bayern. I doubt it though, who wouldn’t want to play for Pep G? Also, on the Martinez story, I don’t mean to be a total realist here, but move from Bayern to Arsenal? Why? Same with Bayern to United? Why?

Manchester City as good as tied up the Premier League last night. They spanked a terrible Aston Villa out of sight in the second half and edged closer to their second league title. Two goals from Dzeko proved what having a squad stocked full of talent can do for you. He’s bagged  27 odd goals this season. An exceptional return for a player who had been pushed aside by Jovetic and Negredo.

When people harp on about ‘if only we had Ramsey and Theo fit’. I think they forget that other teams have suffered injuries this year. City have gone large chunks without Aguerro, but they had a back up. I don’t think you can ever bank on a full season with your best players. We can definitely improve it, but it goes beyond just the injury, it’s about keeping your best players fresh. We were spanked heavily by City with Aaron in the side.

The way you foster fitness isn’t by simply amending training and rotating a bit. You’ve also got to look at the depth of your squad.

Arsene never talks about squad depth (he called it an illusion in the Shreeves interview). He always talks about the reaction he has to take to injuries and the toll that has on the squad. I’m shocked he’s not worked out that the injuries he has happen because his squad isn’t deep enough with quality, so he doesn’t rotate. The starting 11 get tired, then injured… then that same process happens to the reserves.

Arsene might only be able to make 3 major 1st team signings this summer, but there’s no reason he can’t boost our bench with midrange players with attributes. Now, I’m not suggesting Puncheon, but when he played against Liverpool the other night, his pace stretched Liverpool and forced them to defend basically on their goal line. He’s not the greatest player in the world, but off the bench, 70 minutes to go, he’s asking questions.

Who is asking questions of our bench at the moment?

Monreal. The cheeky chappy.

Did anyone see the quotes from Arsene when talking about Hazard?

‘Yes, I wanted to take him, I had his agent at my home but again the barrier was financial and Chelsea made an effort that I couldn’t make.

‘He can be one of the players who grows into the Messi, Ronaldo stature if he continues to develop well.’

Now, if Wenger thought he’d turn into one of those players, why couldn’t he match the Chelsea offer. We had the money in 2011? He was clearly going to be a world beater. Billy Beane said that if a player is smashing it in his teens, he’ll be a worldy most of the time. Hazard was an exceptional teen. So why didn’t we punt for him? He’s an educated risk… Ligue One player of the year twice before he was 20. Fast, low centre of gravity, goals, assists… great technique. Buy him for £35m… could be worth £50m within 2 seasons.

‘The biggest risk is not taking any risk… in a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks’

That quote is from Mark Zuckerberg. Now, I know Facebook and Football is a but different, but my point here is that we spunked all our risk into the stadium. Then we gave up. We’ll have £170m in the bank this summer, that’s been sitting there, losing value for years. Why? Because the manager is petrified of risk because it makes him accountable. Wenger computes risk with cost. So his cheap risks are not deemed as failures, when in the context of having massive amounts of money his risks are actually pretty ridiculous.

He’s right as well, I see fans justifying our shit show of a season with spend totals. Wenger gets a free ride for spending the 5th highest amount in the league, despite having enough cash to spend the most. Why does he get a free ride for having a poor season with the budget to have a great one? He didn’t do the best with what he had. Surely inaction is worst trait in sport?

Juan Mata – £22m (Wenger pulls the plug) >>> Opts for Gervinho (£8m) + Chamberlain (£15m)

The outcome? Chelsea sign a player who helps them win a bunch of trophies as well as picking up player of the year for them twice. Arsenal flunk out with Gervinho and Chamberlain is still a way of being the finished article.

The cost of taking two lesser risks is that we forfeited trophies. The expense of Mata was recouped almost twice by Chelsea 3 years later.

High cost players are generally high cost because they have a talent premium. It’s not up to me to tell you who has premium talent. That’s not my job. However, someone like Draxler is on my radar as is Marco Reus. £35m players now, could be £70m players in 2 years. You have more chances of those players turning into super elite world beaters over someone like Drmic. Not to say the Swiss is a bad player, but he’s a risk. He’s being purchased based on price. Because I refuse to believe he’s the best you can get in the market loaded with £175m cash.

People think spending lots of money is more risky than spending nothing. I think this is the wrong way to look at it. We’re so risk averse these days we’re devaluing the cash in the bank and we’re missing out of bringing in assets that appreciate in value with immediate effect.

Anyway, hope that wasn’t too much of  a ramble. I’m sure there’s something in that…

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  1. Dimitri

    Lol you’re looking at the wrong guy if you expect me to start getting defensive over my countrywomen. About 10% are bangable but they have horrible attitudes as well.

  2. bergkamplegend

    Perdo : “”Arsene might only be able to make 3 major 1st team signings this summer”
    == >> that would be a fucking miracle if he’s only makes ONE major signing! ! LOL

    And Pedro you forgot the link Reus > yoonited.

  3. follow the money

    Have you guys seen this from Hayward in the Telegraph? “Arsène Wenger played it brilliantly. The way he tells it, he has decided to stay on as Arsenal manager, almost as a kind of favour. He is willing to continue. The club are made to look like grateful supplicants with no say in whether a great era has run its course.”

    Wenger the manipulative politician. Master of double speak. Ugh. It’s no wonder he gets his ass beat in the transfer market over and over. He apparently feels the twisted need to dictate the terms of EVERYTHING, whether he stays as manager, the value of players he bids for. It’s sick. The guy’s a total control freak

  4. Dimitri

    Actually Wenger only the big cities like Athens and Salonika got screwed over big time, out here on the islands we couldn’t give two shits it hasn’t affected us in the slightest.

  5. N5

    Masri, I was only joking mate, it was making a point about stereotyping, I don’t for a minute think that, Greek women are beautiful .

  6. gambon

    If you can’t find hot girls in London you’re looking in the wrong places. Some real talent out there.

  7. Bacaryisgod

    I’ going to call it now, but we’re going to face an injury crisis in central defence next season. You can’t get away with 3 CBs particularly after a World Cup summer where all of your three CBs could progress through the groups. Vermaelen is relatively fresh but has been injury prone, Kozzer and especially Per have been workhorses for most of the season and will be worked hard over the summer. We play to the last game of the season and have a qualifying Champions League playoff. Bacary will likely be gone and no full-ball remaining can play CB.

    I see trouble ahead and would try to snap up Micah Richards quickly as cover before the crisis hits. Or of course, we could always bring back Djourou and Senderos!!

  8. Bacaryisgod

    I’ going to call it now, but we’re going to face an injury crisis in central defence next season. You can’t get away with 3 CBs particularly after a World Cup summer where all of your three CBs could progress through the groups. Vermaelen is relatively fresh but has been injury prone, Kozzer and especially Per have been workhorses for most of the season and will be worked hard over the summer. We play to the last game of the season and have a qualifying Champions League playoff. Bacary will likely be gone and no full-back remaining can play CB.

    I see trouble ahead and would try to snap up Micah Richards quickly as cover before the crisis hits.

  9. Dimitri

    It’s not a case of them not being around, it’s to do with ratios. For every hot one there are about 50 ugly ones. That’s what viagra was really created for, had nothing to do with biological problems, most men simply didn’t have the backbone to tell their bird to get on the treadmill and have a salad, so taking a pill was easier.

  10. Bacaryisgod

    I’ m going to call it now, but we’re going to face an injury crisis in central defence next season. You can’t get away with 3 CBs particularly after a World Cup summer where all of your three CBs could progress through the groups. Vermaelen is relatively fresh but has been injury prone, Kozzer and especially Per have been workhorses for most of the season and will be worked hard over the summer. We play to the last game of the season and have a qualifying Champions League playoff. Bacary will likely be gone and no full-back remaining can play CB.

    I see trouble ahead and would try to snap up Micah Richards quickly as cover before the crisis hits.

  11. Holmes

    “I don’t discriminate. I love all women!!!!”

    … it’s cool N5 we get it, you’re not gay!

  12. bergkamplegend

    Van Gaal about yoonited : “I would love challenge of managing the biggest club in the world”

    It’s pathetic, all the bullshit that a great coach is able to say just because he craves for the job LOL

  13. Romford Pele

    “If you can’t find hot girls in London you’re looking in the wrong places. Some real talent out there.”

    Exactly.

  14. london gunner

    gambon

    Of course there are hot girls in london! Just there are less on average than some european countries and they are average compared to girls in Milan, Ibiza(spanish part) Sweden stockholm and punta croatia and Hungary, czech republic and russia

    The hot girls in london are ususally very wealthy and have spent allot on looking as attractive as they are.

    But In eastern europe the poor girl next door can be an absolute stunner at least until life wears her down lol.

  15. N5

    I live across the road from flats full of Eastern Europeans, I call it the Eastern Bloc (thank you thank you) and they are all Polish, Latvian or Russian, and out of 10 or so women, I would say 8 of them are fit, 1 is bangable and 1 if you had a drink! so if that is a snap shot of Eastern Europe then wow, what a place!!!

  16. Dan Ahern

    I got into town when the marathon was going on, and the talent was out in droves. I’m talking 7.5 average with a standard deviation of 1.25 hotness units.

  17. jwl

    I taught english in south korea for two years and korean chicks are the best looking. I couldn’t believe how many pretty girls there were but most of them were virgins saving themselves for marriage. I had blue balls constantly while I was there.

    I also fancy women from Ukraine and Finland. They have a certain look that I like.

  18. N5

    jwl, now you’re talking my man, Korean (South) and Japanese women are the best in the world (IMO). I fudging love the Asians!!!

  19. WengerEagle

    N5

    Haha too right mate, it’s ridiculous nearly every one of them is an 8 or a 9 out of 10. There’s a few really fit Irish girls if you look for them but tbh they are blown out of the water by the Eastern European women.

  20. london gunner

    N5

    Lol I am spending the weekends at yours! hahah

    My friend just came back from living in East europe for a year he was doing a business placement for uni!

    Showed me pictures of him and the girls he banged, pics of him and big groups of girls… they were absolute stunners… hotter than any girl in mayfair!

  21. gambon

    Na, in London the hot girl is usually either a foreign student or a naive Essex bird (Romfords cup of tea)

    Lot of girls working front of house in the banking sector that are basically brain dead almost models who can only hold a job down based on looks.

    My train in to work every morning is full of sorts.

    Abacus on a thursday night, or Broadgate Circle in the summer, thats the place to be.

  22. DUIFG

    My imoression of ireland is a low average with a really high top end. Thailand is opposite, decent average but struggling to find worldies.

  23. N5

    london, I live in Hastings now and a huge part of St. Leonards (considered the rough side of the town) is Eastern European and everyone was moaning about them coming over, as usual with all the old inbread twats in little towns, but I saw it as a bonus, all these super hot women to drool over!

    Now if only the town would fill up with Asian asylum seekers I would be in heaven 😆

  24. Dimitri

    Thailand is dangerous terrain, you really don’t know which ones are men or not till it’s too late…

  25. zeus

    “Most people live in Spain because of the sun, they overlook the corruption,poor standards, filthy streets,constant lies by polititians, creed and so on.”

    Now now, isn’t this true of all countries? No need for bias.

  26. N5

    Eagle, I love the Irish women too. Sadly I don’t know many and considering how close we live to you guys I’m surprised by that.

  27. gambon

    I met a Jap in Sugar Hut, Fulham a few years back.

    There were about 10 of them out.

    Went back to her hotel at 3am, did what the mighty one does best and left at 7am, realised i was in Heathrow right next to the airport, nowhere near home.

    She couldnt speak a word, literally a word of english.

    Proper sort though.

  28. WengerEagle

    ‘is Eastern European and everyone was moaning about them coming over, as usual with all the old inbread twats in little towns, but I saw it as a bonus, all these super hot women to drool over!’

    Lol exactly the same happened in my hometown!

  29. WengerEagle

    gambon

    Templebar’s a good spot alright!

    On St Patrick’s Day it’s phenomenal with all the foreign girls over from every country you can think of.

  30. london gunner

    gambon

    my fondest exploit was going over to Croatia in my late teens and fucking a crotia milf with a pornstar figure and sexy green eyes!

    Ibiza was insane though the spanish and italian women driving past in open top cars yelling out handsome! They are like men if they want you they will stare even yell at times lol! seriously aggressive cock hunters

  31. N5

    Eagle I’ve had Dublin on my hitlist for years and still never made it over there. Next year I will do it and see what the fuss is all about. I’m really looking forward to giving Ireland a go.

    For someone who lives in the UK I’m pretty bad. I’ve never been to Ireland or Scotland and the only time I’ve been to Wales was for the cup finals.

  32. DUIFG

    Dfinitively where is the best piss up destination taking into accounts

    girls/cost/bars/clubs/locals?

    barca for me is up there

  33. london gunner

    Premier league B Teams might be introduced!

    I would love that tbh! Would enjoy watching Arsenal B.

    Would kind of fuck over lower league teams but would help development and increase top English talent for the bigger clubs IMO

  34. N5

    jwl I’ll have to take a look when I get in mate, I just clicked the link on my work PC and it got blocked! ARGGHHH I’m in trouble now 🙄 😆

  35. gambon

    WengerEagle

    Yeah, ive been everywhere and Dublin is by far my favourite.

    I remember being there in (i think) 09 and U2 had just played Croke Park. So it was swarming with foreigners.

    We were in Gogartys and met these ropey old women and ended up going back to theres for a house party that lasted i swear 2 whole days. So what was supposed to be a weekend in Dublin ended up being a weekend at someones house just outside Dublin.

  36. TELARSE

    DimitriMay 8, 2014 15:37:33
    Thailand is dangerous terrain, you really don’t know which ones are men or not till it’s too late…
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    Tell me about it!!!

    I should really have caught on when “she” would only do anal.

    Christ, my arse was sore!!!!!!

  37. N5

    Sal, I think I’m quite the handsome fucker and yet I’ve never found English women to be that easy! on average I only would bang around 50 each weekend!! 😀

  38. jwl

    Lol telarse.

    Sorry about that N5. It is not porn, link is to photo of a korean actress attending a film premiere and wearing a barely there dress. Side boob photo now that I think about it.

  39. BlackSnake

    Haha I love the way the comments has turned into a massive pervathon! Lots of stunning birds work in retail industry over here. I mist agree with the comments though, there are loads of eastern european fitties. Lithuania was a good place for them!

  40. Vintage Gun

    “I live across the road from flats full of Eastern Europeans, I call it the Eastern Bloc”

    loool we had a square headed Croatian guy in my school team (Good defender) and we all used to call him Eastern block head.

    He had a FIT sister but unfortunately he also had bloc fists to go with his head…

  41. Carts

    “But trust me in Manchester the girls are very good looking! A london girl whose an 8/10 would be a 5/10 in Manchester.”

    You reckon? A lot of those Manny chick seem to have a life time endorsement deal with Ronseal.

    Fucking whole city centre stunk of fake tan!

    Re: Sweden

    Yep, I’ll be in Gothenburg from 7-9 aug for Way Out West festival. I say no more.

  42. Carts

    Haven’t got round to going Croatia, myself, although an old work colleague used to rinse the shit out of Croatia (Pag and all them fucking islands).

    I looked into go Hideout, but pied it. Now going Kos with the missus in June (Sweden In Aug) an Berlin in September.

  43. TitsMcgee

    Most of the good looking girls in London seem to be foreigners apart from the odd local here or there.

    Miami is another haven as well. Wall to wall hotties of every persuasion.

    Eastern Europeans and Scandinavians take the cake though.

  44. london gunner

    Anyone notice how City score the majority of their goals from low crosses along the ground from the right hand side.

    Looking at Zabelleta and the way he plays we really do need a RB like him, his positioning is so superior to Sagna.

  45. Carts

    “Eastern Europeans and Scandinavians take the cake though.”

    Can’t argue with this.

    A polish chick I was seeing for a while was very sexy. Her lips were plump as fuck. Legit of course, as she mad a point of showing my school pics proving her lips were genuine.

    Remember back in 09, one Norwegian girl eyeing me while a random made an attempt to dance with her. Long story short, I was baffled as to how someone could be sooooo naturally beautiful wearing mascara and lip gloss. That was short lived for obvious reasons

  46. zeus

    “Looking at Zabelleta and the way he plays we really do need a RB like him, his positioning is so superior to Sagna.”

    Argie fan here. Zaballeta is a jack of all trades and a master of none.

    I hope he brings the goods to Brazil

  47. Carts

    “Prague is rubbish IMO, Krakow and RIGA are a laugh though.”

    One of my pals from Uni, back in the day pissed off to Riga (either Latvia or Lithuania) .

    Came back with a fresh set of gnashers. I’m talking about straight, porcelain, white set.

    I asked him if that was his intentions for going, as I never recalled him having busted gums.

    Geezer told me he got chatting to a bird in a bar, spat some game, secured the virgina and the next day she took him to her dentist, as that wa he profession, and hooked him up with a fresh set.

    Could be total bullshit, of course- but- the fact his teeth weren’t even bad and he was a good enough looking dude, I’m inclined to believe him. Oh, and he often went far places by himself lol

  48. Cesc Appeal

    I love how being an Arsenal supporter is so boring we’ve just decided to turn Le-Grove into perv-central….as if it wasn’t before 😉

  49. alexanderhenry

    Another piss poor article and still no mention of the FA cup final. Why? As far as hazard is concerned, we didn’t get him because wenger didn’t have a big enough budget. It’s kroenke that decides the size of the budget , and he remains the biggest problem at arsenal. It’s as simple as that.

  50. JA_Gooner83

    Guys I know most of you are European etc. so thats where most of your experiences are and that shapes your views.

    But nobody here like some “curry or chocolate”

    Just asking……havent heard anyone mention indians/arabs or black girls.

  51. Cesc Appeal

    alexander

    “It’s as simple as that.”

    Alexander has spokeeeeeeeeeeeen

    Unfortunately it’s “that simple” if you are applying your own agenda and want to remove Wenger from having any liability…even IF your point is correct, then Wenger is passively liable as well, he impliedly consents to what is happening by signing a new contract and carrying on.

    I do think you’re quite wrong for what it’s worth. Just listen to Wenger’s last 3 conferences – he very much calls the shots. Sadly.

  52. Carts

    “Just asking……havent heard anyone mention indians/arabs or black girls.”

    Indian chicks have never excited me, nor have I felt compelled to make a move.

    Arabs, that I come across, are alright. (Persians are gorgeous) Aesthetically though, I feel they could do without the gut and less make up.

    Mixed race chick- nope, never been attracted to them, nor have I had much joy. Obviously very attractive though.

    Black girls- along with white girls (Europe &, America) are my preference, personally.

  53. TitsMcgee

    As far as hazard is concerned, we didn’t get him because wenger didn’t have a big enough budget”

    lol

  54. TitsMcgee

    Zabaleta and Kompany cost a combined amount of around £13m! Fuckkkkkk”

    lol this is precisely where the “we aren’t Chelsea we don’t have 70m to spend on one player” crowd seriously get it wrong. People who want Wenger to spend don’t want him to spend for the sake of it. Just don’t go after players that are cheap just because they’re cheap.

  55. Dan Ahern

    Lol @ people blaming Kroenke, as if he does anything but trust those already at the club to run it.

    The reason he bought into the club is because Wenger gets value out of players and makes the club money. So basically you’ve got it 100% backwards.

  56. Dan Ahern

    Sal — Nah, I’m sure he’s in the office every day, rolling up his sleeves and managing the spreadsheets, detailing the fine points of Arsene’s budgets! That’s why you see him at every match. First one in the building every morning and last to leave every night.

  57. BlackSnake

    I used to live with an indian girl and she was a randy little thing, good looking too! it was shame she used to try and cheat on her boyfriend with me always when we got pissed up

  58. carts

    LOL_ Park made the South Korea squad. I’m not sure whether it’s due to the amount of football he’s played or testament to his Intl pedigree.

    Shame on you, Wenger.

  59. Revving Kevin

    Dear Cesc
    Now for a really good laugh you can combine the two loves, as it’s Women’s football tonight England v Ukraine World Cup qualifier. In fact, add the third love which is good comedy.

  60. Cesc Appeal

    Rev

    I would, but I’m actually scheduled to nail my ball sack to a table at 8 30 so…busy.

    It’s a sexual game I like to play before you ask, I call it the Wenger-Transfer-Window.

  61. Revving Kevin

    Nailing your back sack would definitely be less painful than taking women’s football seriously. In fact, my vasectomy was more entertaining and believe mecthat stung a bit.

  62. salparadisenyc

    Cut to South Korea going on another world cup run making the semi with Park being a big part of it.

  63. zeus

    “Karim Benzema has never been a natural goalscorer, but when he has suffered a drought he has always contributed to the team’s play with movement more fitting of a number 10 than a number 9. Nevertheless, he went his seventh league game without scoring against Valladolid and produced one of his worst performances of the season.
    Benzema scored his last goal in a Real Madrid shirt almost two weeks ago, against Bayern. His strike gave his side the upper hand going into the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals. However, the Frenchman has not found the back of the net in the league since 23rd March, in the 3-4 loss to Barça.
    The Frenchman has been suffering a dry spell in the league – a competition which ‘Los Blancos’ have now practically lost all hope of winning. Benzema has contributed in those seven games as always by linking up well with his fellow front-men, but has been unable to help his team by scoring goals. Goals that were dearly missed against Sevilla and in these two consecutive slip-ups.
    He choked on another clear chance against Valladolid. The striker skied a perfectly measured Nacho cross to the far post early on in the second half. He has an opportunity to redeem himself on Sunday against Luis Enrique’s men, but it could equally see him mark his worst run in the league this season – eight games with nothing to show for them.”

    Read more: Benzema, dead loss in La Liga – MARCA.com (English version)

  64. Al

    Jeez. ….Dortmund are going to snap up Immobile for €15m….

    We are really missing out and they are getting a striker who will score a ton of goals for them.

    Was really hoping we would be interested in him. Dortmund really know how to replace talent…have a great knack of signing players that are about to explode

  65. Rocky Pires

    A1 – couldnt agree more just read same story.
    I wouldnt be of great indepth knowledge in Seria A but got BT sports in December and seen highlights and clips of Immobile and he looks a player

  66. bergkamplegend

    “It’s a sexual game I like to play before you ask, I call it the Wenger-Transfer-Window.”

    LOL excellent!!

  67. london gunner

    Al

    Thinking the same thing if Dortmund want him! Lets go for him!

    We need to be more ruthless we can easily outbid teams like Dortmund.

    Fact it BVB Atletico Madrid and Porto keep finding hidden gems if we can’t at least have a half decent scouting network than lets do to others what Chelsea do to use. e.g. still the talent from underneath us

  68. Vintage Gun

    “Jeez. ….Dortmund are going to snap up Immobile for €15m”

    We already have an Immobile CF and he only cost £10m

  69. Dan Ahern

    Hah, South Korean WC run. I think that level of corruption would be too risky to attempt again. Then again, they recently sold WC hosting to fucking Qatar, so who knows. Anything’s possible with FIFA!

  70. Cesc Appeal

    Dear Jurgen Klopp

    Apparently you didn’t get the memo.

    Listen JURGEN! No one is going to do anything before the World Cup you four eyed German fuck, you!

    Sincerely

    Office of Arsene Wenger

  71. rollen

    DUIFG May 8, 2014 15:26:53

    If you think London is the shit try barcalona, thats living I tell you!

    was in most european big cities, london top draw girlwise

  72. salparadisenyc

    Bite your tongue Dan, corruption within the ranks of the sport or FIFA?
    Never.

    Im thinking Benzema, Martinez and Reus.. perhaps Cesc for added cover.
    Totally realistic.

  73. salparadisenyc

    Klopp punches in and makes decisions, did it last summer with Aubameyang early days of summer. Now looks locked on Immobile.

    Wenger’s apparent plan is to wait and see what happens when the market gets moving, after the world cup.

  74. carts

    Immobile to Dortmund? while Wenger fucks about.

    Like I said previously, all the serious teams will do 80% of their business before the WC.

  75. Hitman

    So Wenger had Hazard’s agent in his house, but got gazumped by the Chavs.

    Isnt that the problem? Why was Wenger doing the negotiating?

    Wenger indentifies the players. Mr Invisible ( I mean Ivan) should seal the deal. Take price & negotiations out of Wenger’s control.
    £30m was cheap price to pay. Hazard now worth £50m?

  76. Dan Ahern

    Sal, I adapted it from my old maxim, “Wenger runs the French/Dutch/La Masia pipeline, every vulture cunt motherfucker around us swoops in and bullies him off the refined goods every time, godfuckingdammit.”

  77. Cesc Appeal

    Well most decent sides/managers have been thinking about 2014/15 for the last few months. Watching their players, who’s good enough, who’s not. Who’s staying, who’s off?

    Whilst Wenger is banging on about stability, no one doing anything before the WC and winning the stamina and fourth place cups.

    Klopp is doing what he did last year. He’s got an action plan. Ginter and Immobile to start knowing full well that Lewandowski is a goner.

  78. Cesc Appeal

    DA

    I’ll be interested to see how Dortmund shape up next season with everyone back and a few additions.

    Immobile is supposedly quite a talented young striker. In between Reus and Blastoise (I’m not googling his name) he’ll certainly get chances.

    Hummels, Subotic, Sokratis and Ginter are a decent 4 CB’s as well.

    As you say Gundogan back with Bender at CM. I think they’ll be alright post-Lewandowski.

    Klopp must be rubbing his hands together watching the infigting at Munich. By contrast Dortmund always seem a really together club.

  79. Carts

    CA

    Dortmund also signed the Korean guy formerly of Sunderland. I remember he scored the winner vs Chelsea last season.

    Think their problem this season was a lack of depth in the quality dept

  80. Cesc Appeal

    london

    The numerous reports of unhappy players…you don’t pay too much attention to media speculation, but in this case, way too much smoke.