Joel Campbell best not score…

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The last England game of the World Cup takes place today, the great thing, as me and Geoff discussed yesterday is the we win either way. There’s Arsenal interest in both teams. Hopefully Jack gets and run out and hopefully Joel Campbell gets the chance to continue his amazing form.

Holland continued their sumptuous form taking out Chile and earning themselves an easy game against Brazil in the next round. Bad times for one of them. You feel like that was a game we needed later in the tournament… which so far has been outrageously good.

Ian Wright has once again made a bit of a tool of himself in the papers today. He said in The Sun,

‘England players who refuse their country in football should have to call the parents of a dead soldier and explain their reasons’

I really, really detest this sort of bollocks that goes around when we miss out on a World Cup. Firstly, I really don’t think the parents of a dead child really care a crap about a footballers preference for international football in comparison. Also, soldiers are a complete irrelevance to football. You’ve probably seen the cringe comparisons in salary to soldiers and football? Again, why is this relevant? You could do the same for marketing or banking… I’m not sure what the suggestion is… that soldiers deserve £3m a year or that we cut the salaries of people who fill 60,000 seater stadiums for games that are viewed by billions?

‘Think of the soldiers’

… doesn’t make you patriotic. It doesn’t give your point any more weight. It’s embarrassing ‘yeah too right’ piggy backing. Ian Wright should apologise for trivialising death to flog a column. The Sun should also hang their heads for taking advantage of a guy who is often led down the garden path by the media taking advantage of his profile… obviously, in exchange for large pots of cash. Which is where the sympathy ends.

Amazing how little talk there has been of Alexis Sanchez, we’ve been speaking to his agent and there is talk that Juve have bailed on the deal. He’d be an incredible signing. He’d really lift out game.

There’s also been talk that Arsenal value Vermaelen at £12m, but United want to pay £6m. I’d rather not selling him to United at all. I hate the idea that Van Gaal would have a plan for him. I’m really quite nervous about the impact he’s going to have at United. I think he’d have been a disaster at Spurs without cash… not sure how he can be a disaster at United with £150m cash…

Right, that’s about it from me… have a great day.

INNNNGGUUUUURRRRRLLLLLLLAAAAAANNNNNNDDDDDDD YOU FAT SLAAAAAAG!

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  1. N5

    Oops, rewrite

    Suarez 👿 200 to 1 to bite someone! Have the bookies never met Suarez :evil:. I would have imagined it to be around 1/4.

  2. Santos

    Jeeez our hatred for Barcelona didn’t start recently. Plus the comments way back were pure gold;

    le-grove.co.uk/2010/05/31/gourcuff-joe-cole-taylor-england-two-sides-of-the-coin/comment-page-2/

  3. Santos

    I think my hatred for Barca intensified during their annoying Cesc Saga, which Cesc played into their hands. It just berated us as a club. Club full of cunts.

    Wow, Suarez couldn’t be a better , more suitable addition to the collection of Cunts.

  4. bay area gooner

    To “Ozy”

    I disagree with everything you say. You are an apologist for dispicable behavior. Suarez is a professional not some zoo animal. You make excuses for this, then I wonder what in your mind is “crossing the line.”

    Biting someone 3x is worth of a lifetime ban. However a season ban seems to be the most reasonable.

    I for one would hate to see this animal play for Arsenal. Lots of folks on here were going crazy for us to buy him. I never felt comfortable with someone of his kind playing for us.

    Without question, he has mental issues. Like a little boy who feels aggrieved, he bites others. Chielleini blocked his path forward and you can see Suarez then take a half second before racing up and biting him.

    he is a fucking disgrace and anyone who defends this is a shit too. Lugano, his coach, forlan, etc. the entire uruguay squad knows what happened and will do anything to protect their main animal

  5. Bamford13

    I’m with whomever above said that this biting incident is being overblown. Suarez has an issue with controlling his frustration in heated moments, clearly. His way of dealing with this is that of a child: he bites his antagonist. It’s bizarre, but it isn’t like he’s trying to punch someone’s teeth out or break their leg.

    I feel sorry for the guy, actually.

    He’s no Barton. He’s not mean-spirited. He’s not trying to pummel someone into oblivion. He just gets frustrated and loses his head.

    Treat it like a punch. One game suspension and send him to therapy.

  6. gnarleygeorge9

    N5

    One team in England is fine 🙂

    TBH, I was actually hoping for England to do well in this WC, but in the 7 or 8 years I’ve been on here I as the token Ozzie, I have taken a lot of piss take from Poms when we lost to England, GB, UK, etc. Its only natural for me to dish it out back 😈

    When push comes to shove, there will always be an England for me, after all, that where The Arsenal is.

  7. bay area gooner

    Bamford

    He is a grown man. A professional. Why make excuses for him? After the Liverpool incident, I honestly though the “therapy” would take.
    It has not, and who knows if he ever was in therapy.
    If I bit a co-worker or my boss because I was aggrieved then would that be ok? Just because this asshole plays football, we make excuses for him. See this for what it is. He needs help for sure, but we cannot make excuses for this type of shit.
    If this, then whats next?
    too make folks making excuses here….. just imagine how many people all over the world including kids watched his “tantrum”

  8. Bamford13

    I realize he’s normally a second striker, but could Jovetic work as our CF, such as in the XI below?

    ________________Shez
    Coleman____Mer____Kos_____Gibbs
    _________Gustavo____Ramsey
    ________________Ozil
    Oxlade_________Jovetic_______Cazorla

    If Benzema were available on the other hand — unlikely — we could probably manage:

    ________________Shez
    Coleman____Mer____Kos_____Gibbs
    ______Schneiderlin___Ramsey
    ________________Ozil
    Oxlade_______Benzema_____Podolski

    Or if we really wanted to splurge on a CF, we could sign Cavani for some 60m:

    ________________Shez
    Aurier______Mer____Kos_____Gibbs
    _____Schneiderlin___Ramsey
    ________________Ozil
    Oxlade________Cavani______Podolski

    Which do you prefer — 1, 2 or 3?

  9. Bamford13

    Bay Area

    I’m not making excuses; I just don’t think that Suarez’s biting is as terrible as people are making it out to be.

    What if he had punched Chiellini as hard as he could in the face? What if he had come in full bore, studs up on Chiellini’s knee? For me, of those are ores.

    He has issues. He needs to take some time off to deal with them. But he’s not a mean-spirited person and labeling him a monster is silly, IMO.

  10. Bamford13

    By the way, those who like Giroud might be happy with our signing Jovetic, because his versatility would allow us to play him beneath Giroud at times and rest Ozil, like so:

    ________________Shez
    Coleman____Mer____Kos_____Gibbs
    _________Gustavo____Ramsey
    _______________Jovetic
    Walcott________Giroud_____Podolski

    Or we could even play Ozil wide right, as Germany did in the last game:

    ________________Shez
    Coleman____Mer____Kos_____Gibbs
    _________Gustavo____Ramsey
    _______________Jovetic
    Ozil____________Giroud_____Podolski

  11. bay area gooner

    I work as a counselor with kids. Middle School. One thing that we teach those who get into trouble, is that they need to learn from their mistakes. you keep making the same one over and over, then you have not learned from it the first time. So no matter how many sorrys etc., if you do not take accountability from it and make changes, then nothing is going to change.
    suarez, this is his third time. Something obviously is seriously wrong with him.
    Counseling needed for sure, but first he needs to acknowledge his issue to take responsiblity for it.
    I do hope he does… for his sake entirely no one elses.

  12. WengerEagle

    Bamford

    Like your teams but would prefer this one over any of them:

    Szczesny
    Aurier Koscielny Mertesacker Gibbs
    Ramsey Gustavo
    Ozil
    Walcott James Rodriguez
    Jovetic

  13. MidwestGun

    Bamford –
    As a former player, you can’t play with a loose cannon that might at some point come from behind and bite you in the neck. I would much rather have someone try to punch me or go for my ankle. You can at least try and defend that. Biting is not a normal part of social norms let alone part of football. Not only that, it transmits diseases. A one game suspension for a repeat offender? Come on? If he’s not a monster he should stop behaving like one.
    He’s dangerous to play with and clearly hasn’t learned anything. Not to mention, it’s the World Cup and Fifa is trying to support how great the sport is. Now all anyone is talking about is this unacceptable behavior instead of a great WC. He should get the max. 24 games, deservedly.
    Doesn’t matter how great a person I am if I go around biting my coworkers.

    On another note, I would take any of your teams. Lol.

  14. Moray

    Midwest: “Doesn’t matter how great a person I am if I go around biting my coworkers. ”

    I am guessing then that you don;t work in Banking?

  15. Leedsgunner

    “The British media is very bad to Luis Suarez. Bad. Bad. Bad,” said Leonardo Goyen Sena, from La Tribune newspaper. “You attack, attack, attack. You don’t see the goals, only bad things.”

    …. is that why he was awarded the EPL Player of the Season award this year?

    I just cannot believe people are willing to defend this behaviour… especially as a repeat offence.

    Suarez is fortunate enough to live a life of supreme luxury, playing a game that he loves and that he is extremely good at. But does this mean he is above the law? If anything he is a role model to million of kids, does he not realise this?

    If he was in any other line of work he would be facing criminal prosecution… but just because he kicks a glorified pig’s bladder people say it’s ok?

    Whoever you are, however rich you are, in a civilised society, there are lines you don’t cross. Sure he’s not a murderer or a rapist but it doesn’t mean we should shrug our (unbitten) shoulders and say “Oh well.”

  16. gunnergetyou

    So Wenger says no truth in the Balotelli rumours. Brilliant back to square one, back to the realistic prospect of OG leading our attack for the majority of next season.

    Now all we need is the Sanchez rumours to be rubbished, but if we’r lucky we might end up with Remy.

  17. Revving Kevin

    Dear Leedsgunner
    I agree with your post at 07:07.

    All these do gooder apologists are the reason bad behaviour goes unchecked. The PC world where we have to make weak excuses.

    Bamford is suggesting a one game ban, what planet is he on!!! He’s already had a 7 and 8 game bans so a one game ban is stupidity.

    I hope any ban affects domestic football too. The blokes a disgrace, to do that at the football show piece in front of trillions of people and kids, mad.

  18. Revving Kevin

    Dear Nasri’s Mouth
    Yes I never believe the rumours they are either journalistic licence (lies) or an agent using the press to advertise his client is looking for a move.

    I Don’t want him. He’s another liability, look at him yesterday had to be subbed. Accident waiting to happen just like Suarez but nowhere near as good.

  19. cheney10

    I may be going against the crowd here but having watched Campbell for the first time live last night…. I really didn’t think he was that good… Yes, better than Sonogo but not great… His touch was a little heavy etc… I guess as 3rd choice ST he would be a good squad member but not the quality we need for a regular starter ie. I wouldn’t accept his return as an excuse not to buy big… Also, Balo’s antics last night probably rules him out regardless….

  20. Revving Kevin

    Dear Cheney10
    “Balo’s antics last night probably rules him out regardless….”

    Let’s hope so. He’s another unreliable idiot who’s head goes under pressure.

  21. Jim Lahey

    Guys now that Côte d’Ivoire are out that means we are free to finally finish up that signing that has just dragged on and on and on! Thats right the big guy, Salomon Kalou!

  22. tunnygriffboy

    Not hugely disappointed we not getting Ballotelli. Brilliant on his day but there aren’t enough of them. Not a great team man, doesn’t work hard enough even if having a bad day. Would rather a Sanchez and Remi than Ballotelli. I know it’s only 3 games but overall not left a great impression. Was excited at first but more I thought about it the more I’m a bit wary of him coming. If you could guarentee he on it 80% of the time then he would be great.

  23. Amey

    Brilliant Comment Leedsgunner about Saurez. If I do that in my workplace , I will not only get terminated , but won’t find another job.

  24. Bergkamplegend

    What ???
    Arsène giving up on Super Mario ???

    I’m shocked!! I’m amazed!! I’m overwhelmed !! I’m in tears…
    ( == >> just kidding lol)

  25. Arsene's Nurse

    Suarez should be banned for a year with a proviso that if he ever does it again he’ll be banned for life. Deprive him of the environment where he feels the need to bite and insist he undergoes psycho-therapy to address his mental issues.

    If he isn’t brought to account he’ll keep on doing it as we’ve seen. Three times he’s done it now.

  26. N5

    Didn’t Duncan Fergusan serve 3 months in prison for headbutting someone on the pitch? yet Suarez is now on his third bite and he just gets match bans!!

  27. Al

    What the hell is this talk about banning him for a year or two about?

    I mean this is the same game that encourages diving and only bans dirty players who break legs for 3 matches. The same organisations that hands out embarrassing fines for clubs that racially abuse players. Give me a break.

    It is frankly pathetic.

  28. Klauspoppe

    Ahh what a waste of talent. Seems his ban can affect his club appearance as well.

    Well at least he’s retiring as the top 3 player in the world atm.

  29. Alfie

    Those who are saying Suarez should get a one match ban probably watch too much baseball or have listened to too much Wrecking Ball.

    “Oh its not bad, he seems like a swell guy and id like to take him out for some root beer and a gobstopper and catch Drive featuring Ryan Gosling – our nations sweetheart.”

    Ugh.

  30. Jim Lahey

    I always felt that the ban for a reckless(w/intent) challange that leads to a leg break should be that the player who commited the reckless tackle be banned for the duration that the player who sustained the injury is out. And if that player never recovers and has to retire then so to does the player who ended his career.

  31. Jim Lahey

    @Gregg – Well it would just be that guy Smith right? That would lead to does an offender get banned again if the player whom he injured relapses from the inital injury, such as Diaby. Don’t think you could do that.

    Although did that Smith guy ever play again?!

  32. Cesc Appeal

    So it seems that is Balotelli out of the picture.

    Have to say I’d be really disappointed if we bought a below par striker to merely back Giroud up like Remy.

    Wenger spent the majority of last summer trying to replace Giroud with a great striker; nothing has changed since then, the need is still there.

    If we were to get Remy AND Sanchez, I suppose that is certainly better, and Giroud does perform better with a fast, clever forward – but still, I really think we need a large upgrade on Giroud if we want to be a team people fear.

  33. Alfie

    Jim,

    Ridiculous statement.

    What if it cant be confirmed as malicious? What if the setback is because of the players own recovery performance? What if it is a malicious career threatening challenge but the player recovers in one game?

    Just go and eat your hot dogs and listen to ‘Bamboo Childre’ to ‘chill out’.

    Fucking hippies.

  34. Gregg

    @Jim

    To be honest I never heard of Dan Smith before or after that game. Perhaps he wasn’t able to get over his heartache and stress as easy as Ryan Shawcross did !. lol

  35. N5

    I agree Al, the whole system is fucked. It all needs looking at! A bite needs addressing, psychologically more than match bans, but I agree, you can’t dish him a 2 year ban, when players like Keane in the past went out of their way to break somone’s leg and got no where near that.

    An overhaul of the punishment system needs to be done and consistency amongst “sinners” needs to be governed.

  36. Jim Lahey

    @Alfie – “What if it cant be confirmed as malicious? What if the setback is because of the players own recovery performance? What if it is a malicious career threatening challenge but the player recovers in one game?”

    1. if intent of injury can not be confirmed then it is seen as accidental and therefore only the red card ban will be honoured.

    2. If the player never recovers from an intentional leg break, the player would casued the injury never plays again.

    3. “What if it is a malicious career threatening challenge but the player recovers in one game?” – Then the player who commited the offense is held to the normal 3 match ban.

    “Just go and eat your hot dogs and listen to ‘Bamboo Childre’ to ‘chill out’.”

    1. You’re a tool.

  37. Leedsgunner

    Dear Luis

    Do you remember saying this?

    Suarez said: “The incident with Ivanovic – I know I made a mistake, it was me, my fault, and he did not do anything to me… It was inexcusable.

    “I was angry because I had given away a penalty for hand ball. I was the cause of the penalty against my team – I saw red and completely lost it. I can’t really explain it and I am so sorry.” (10 June 2013)

    …Obviously not that sorry because you did it again. Nor is it that “inexcusable” for you because you are allowing your teammates make all the excuses in the world, including your coach, saying you’ve been persecuted. Oh please, tell them to stop, they are embarrassing you, themselves and your country.

    You know what you did. Own up. I would voluntarily withdraw myself from the World Cup as a start. Even if we were to speak purely on a football level, is that anyway to to treat a fellow professional? Really? Have you learnt nothing?

    A coward makes excuses. A person who wants to change doesn’t. Which one are you?

  38. Cesc Appeal

    Poldi

    But everyone knew we were signing Podolski in the January really.

    He needs to start doing something now. We need a signing. Even if it’s just Aurier or something (with respect) just to show we are doing things.

  39. Jim Lahey

    @Alfie – Might I hazard a guess as to why you didn’t read it? Possibly because it didn’t contain colourful pop up animals that you can move with a leaver on the side. Are my assumptions correct?

  40. Scott

    So far the world cup hasn’t popped up with the next big world class striker we’ve been looking for. Balotelli’s been average, Cavani’s been awful.

    All the signs point to Joel Campbell, and he’s an Arsenal player

  41. tunnygriffboy

    Cesc

    Sanchez and another striker would do me. You are right, as teams drop out of WC then transfers should start happening. Signing Aurier quickly would ease the tension we are all feeling.

  42. Alfie

    Jim –

    No. it was because it read really really boring.

    I like most of your arguments and debates. You are a really good wordsmith, its just sometimes you move away from the subject. The other day you said that Reyes was better than Bergkamp. It just doesn’t make sense.

    Keep off the ‘anti PL’ proper gander and concentrate on football and you’ll be a winner.

    Also, not everything has to be about the NY Yankees.

  43. tunnygriffboy

    Jim

    If we buy Martinez , and I say if, we won’t be getting another top forward. In that case someone like Remy or Moratta would be a good 3rd choice forward. Remy can played wide as well and has a bit of pace.

  44. Jim Lahey

    @Alfie – “The other day you said that Reyes was better than Bergkamp. It just doesn’t make sense. ” I feel you may have mistaken me sir! Bergkamp was my hero growing up so I would never have made such a claim!

    “Also, not everything has to be about the NY Yankees” – I do love my Yankees!

    And you are correct, it was very bullish of me. Can I ask how you would punish deliberate leg breaks? Do you feel the punishment in place is adequate or should there be a change in the games laws to hand out a more severe penalty?

  45. Dissenter

    Lots of over-the-top and overly righteous reaction to Luiz Suarez behavior.

    Yes, biting is really gross and deserves some punishment but…

    is it any worse than Balloteli trying to scissor kick someone’s head off?
    Is it wore than Shawcross snapping another players leg into two?
    Is it worse than professional athletes drink driving and killing people (which has happened in the states)

    This is all about perspective.

    I notice most of the outrage is in the English speaking press and the Italian press.

  46. Alfie

    Jim –

    For reals, I think any deliberate act such as breaks or career threatening injuries deserves a panel of experts, made up of medical/lawyers/FA – almost kangaroo-y court and decide whether said player should be able to continue playing. Or maybe a tier system where they have to move down a league. I don’t know the logistics but im fed up of players thinking they can do what they want.

    I don’t even think the Suarez bite was malicious. I think he was frustrated. did you see how he was celebrating at the end of the England game compared to yesterday. He knew what he done wrong.

    Deterrent is the best defence. Sorry D-Fenze.

  47. Alfie

    “Is it worse than professional athletes drink driving and killing people (which has happened in the states) ”

    Ridiculous statement.

    If I bit someone at work, would my excuse to my boss be “Oh didn’t you hear about that driver up north who killed someone whilst high??”

    Strawman.

  48. Jim Lahey

    @Alfie – “I don’t even think the Suarez bite was malicious” I agree completely, I don’t think it was premeditated at all, for some reason he saw red and lashed out.

  49. gunnergetyou

    “So it seems that is Balotelli out of the picture.

    Have to say I’d be really disappointed if we bought a below par striker to merely back Giroud up like Remy.

    Wenger spent the majority of last summer trying to replace Giroud with a great striker; nothing has changed since then, the need is still there.

    If we were to get Remy AND Sanchez, I suppose that is certainly better, and Giroud does perform better with a fast, clever forward – but still, I really think we need a large upgrade on Giroud if we want to be a team people fear.”

    Exactly!!

    i just cant see us winning a title with Giroud as our main forward. The thing that worries me most is that even at the age of 28 he’s still being told by Wenger that his finishing needs to improve and he needs to make smarter runs.

    I think these things are instinctive. You either have it or you dont.

  50. Jim Lahey

    One thing I’ve always wondered about Suarez is why bitting? Most players elbow, stamp, headbutt and punch as forms of lashing out, but Suarez bites. It seems very child like.

  51. Alfie

    I think he is almost child like Jim.

    Like the name calling with Evra. He almost seems like he’ll pinch you behind your back and run away, but I don’t believe he has that big a conscious about it all.

    Very strange character. Not quite right in the head methinks.

  52. Dissenter

    Leedsgunner,
    “You know what you did. Own up. I would voluntarily withdraw myself from the World Cup as a start. Even if we were to speak purely on a football level, is that anyway to to treat a fellow professional? Really? Have you learnt nothing?”

    Cheilini us one of the dirtiest footballers that I’ve ever seen play. In his book, the end justifies the means. I know he’s never bitten another player yet, but he’ll feign an injury to have someone sent off and have seen him spit on other players. Are those ways to treat ” fellow professionals”

    You people pretend like this is the worst thing on the football field but I’m sure if you look deeper down, there are worse things.

    In the 1982 WC semifinal btw Germany and France, the German GK Herald Schumacher knocking down a French player, Battiston to deny him an obvious goal scoring chance. The French player lost 3 teeth and damaged his spine.

    I can think of many things that actually harms the other professional more than biting.

    The World Cup is just entering thermoset interesting stages. This incident won’t be the last chapter to be written. Suarez will get punished but I think a lot of the coverage and reaction is over the top.

  53. Dissenter

    Alfie,
    Would you rather Suarez punch Cheillini in the face and get his three game ban?
    Do you prefer an elbow to his neck, so he can get the standard marching orders?

    Your definition of straw man is spurious.

    My point is simple.
    The biting is an assault on another player, it’s no different from other unprofessional conduct.
    And no one actually has long standing damages relative to other unprofessional conducts.

  54. Alfie

    “Would you rather Suarez punch Cheillini in the face and get his three game ban?”

    I wouldn’t actually mind if he punched him full stop. Cheillini is an odious character who gets what he deserves.

    The assault isn’t the actual issue (although if I were a man on the street id take a fist to a bite personally) its the continuous actions from Suarez. Its lunacy.

  55. Scott

    Yep Suarez is hard done by the media if he was english nothing would happen like that cunt Shawcross who should have been banned forever Suarez is a saint compared to shawcross

  56. Alfie

    As for the strawman comment. I was saying you were exactly that, literally, a man made from straw.

    Like Slenderman but straw like.

  57. Scott

    Chiellini is pretty pathetic crying about it. They lost because they were shit. Wenger like looking for excuses

  58. Scott

    Don’t want Balotelli anymore bring in Sanchez though with Wenger it wont happen as it would kill Sannago

  59. Dissenter

    Alfie,
    “The assault isn’t the actual issue”

    Then what is “the actual issue”

    The repeated ASSAULT of fellow professionals in front of millions is the ONLY issue here.
    The rest is bias-laden drama that sells newspapers.

    You admit this would be getting a different reaction from you, if Suarez had been involved in three punching incidents.

    I just want to enjoy the once in every four year footsie that only the WC can provide. It’s laughable reading all these hormonal histrionics.

    What he did was bad and he’ll get punished but c’mon.

    Revving compared him to mass murderer.
    People asking for two year bans.

    (Head shaking and laughing)
    Have a good day.

  60. Dissenter

    Alfie,
    “It’s laughable reading all these hormonal histrionics.”
    “Don’t be homophobic please.”

    Don’t be so politically correct, please.

  61. daniel

    I dnt understand y people kip attacking giroud,d point is arsenal played with a front three dat has no 20goal a season player.walcott is the only one and he got injured.carzola is a max 15goal,same with poldi,soc is less,wilshere non existence.to win the title we need 2 half strikers s/ forward capable of scoring 20goals a season.sanchez and Walcott.wenger should thus buy Sanchez 28mil,remy(back up to giroud)pogba as DM,Rb and Ochoa on a free.