ARSENE NO! | Arsenal pushing hard on our mega signing

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Arsene, the hot babes I could handle, the emerging from the sea like Daniel Craig I could tolerate… hell, I even defended your figure.

Speedos though?

You took it too far.

TOO FAR.

The only comment I can give is that once again, you have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, you give but not one fuck about what people think.

I guess there’s a bravo in there somewhere.

Secretly, I’m enjoying it. Wenger has been pure bantz this summer. It’s like a mad stag do Facebook album upload every damn day with that man.

I’d be more inclined to moan if I wasn’t aware of the positive up and coming news I can share.

Sanchez is this man we’re going hard for and there’s a massive chance he’ll come to us. If he’s coming over, he’s coming to us as our main striker. That’s very exciting. He gives us options, he gives us frightening pace, he gives us surprising amounts of power and he gives us that magic topping of surprise we don’t’ really have with Giroud. Bring Joel Campbell into the fold… well, you have three nice options available to you. Well, that’s if he gets a chance, I have a feeling Sanogo is the chosen one.

Trouble is… Barcelona. We had Higuain sorted last year then Madrid moved the goal posts. Barca have the upper hand in this and we know what bastards those guys can be. If they’re negotiating with us, I’m sure there will be a consideration of that Cesc fee somewhere along the line and obviously, the usual sense of Barca entitlement.

Who knows what they’ll suggest… however, when you see they’re chasing Cuadrado, Suarez and Marquinhos, they can’t be too cheeky.

Wouldn’t worry about Liverpool too much either. Firstly, it’s not exactly the best place to live for a Chilean. Secondly, players don’t like to act as make weights. It’s a bit low grade. The chances of him 1) Accepting he is a make weight for a better players are slim 2) Chilean living in Barcelona is only going to want to live in London. You simply wouldn’t opt for anywhere else. Especially if Arsenal are going hard with big cash.

Anyway, keep the faith, things are ticking along. Debuchy stated he wants Champions League football (wonder why he did that) and he’s a top player if we can land him, Schneiderlin is an excellent long term replacement for Arteta / Flamini and he wants to move somewhere for ‘big occassions’ and Sanchez would make a pretty powerful summer. Throw in a bit of depth somewhere else and we’re laughing. Well, we’re laughing if that new fitness chap works some magic.

I still think we need more depth. We’ve not really moved that far from where we were last year, bar having a better striker. I’ve heard we’re going hard for a centre back as well, I’d probably opt for a better left back. Also, I’d be nabbing Konoplyanka because I really like him and I don’t think you can ever have too much pace.

Do those things, and look, I don’t think we have the manager to challenge for the league, but we certainly have more options… and better options give you more ability to surprise coaches who last season, spent all week planning against the one team they knew we’d put out. It was too easy. This season, if we keep our best players fit, some player take their games up a level (Jack, Chambo, Gnabry, Campbell <- Have a feeling Sanogo is the favoured one) and we bake a bit more planning into our approach… who knows what could happen.

I’m confident the club are going to have a good summer… so should you.

World Cup wise, it was a bit of  drab affair in the Mexico game. Temperatures in the groud reached a whopping 40 degrees. Sunshine so powerful the fans in the sun soacked stands retired to the bars to escape the outrageous heat. That impacted on the play. It was sluggish at times. Mexico took the lead with a low Dos Santos goal. Holland responded after the last water break of the game when LVG yanked off Robin, to bring on a Huntelaar and Depay. The goal came from a long ball being cleared as far as Sneijder who buried his shot with absolute technique.

The game was slightly soured when Robben finished it when he won a penalty after trying his hardest all game to do so (he apologised to Mexico, I would too, they have mad cartels with more money than most Governments). It looked like a dive to me. At best, a theatrical overplay of contact. Which for me, is just as bad. The penalty was buried by Huntelaar, which sealed the game. Holland through to the quarter finals.

Greece Vs Costa Rica, now there’s a game you could forget. Both teams lacked quality all night. Greece levelled in the 90th minute much to the disappointment of the world. Penalties ensued and the Greeks lost there nerve. A quality penalty shoot out in which Joel Campbell scored.

Joel watch would suggest he has quite a way to go to make it at Arsenal. My vibe from what I’ve been hearing is he’ll likely be the loan casualty this summer. Quite a few bits of his game showcased why last night. His first touch was poor and his decision making was very rough. He faded terribly in the second half and in extra time he may as well have not been there. Now, I know they’re people and those temperatures even at night are ghastly, but he really did tank.

He’s just not flavour of the month with Arsene. The manager tried to sell him last summer and in January. Feels like he could go the way of Carlos Vela. I’m sure he’ll get a decent club, he just feels a little too raw at the moment. His goal tally at Olympiacos tells a story, though it’s easy to see why we get caught in the hype. He’s fast, he’s unpredictable and he’s not shy having a spectacular crack from distance.

Some Arsenal interest this evening. We’ve got France vs Nigeria followed by Germany vs  Algeria.

Have a great day and a great night… and for petes sake, think twice before you bang on a pair of Speedos.

 

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  1. Romford Pele

    “Secretly, I’m enjoying it. Wenger has been pure bantz this summer. It’s like a mad stag do Facebook album upload every damn day with that man.”

    Lolololol

  2. Romford Pele

    I’ve been championing Sanchez upfront for us for ages, it’ll work a dream IMO. Mellowed down version of Suarez, still only 25. Ozil will love him.

  3. Romford Pele

    Also happy if Schneiderlin comes in. Not my first choice but it’s a move that makes a lot of sense on loads of levels.

  4. Romford Pele

    Agree with Pedro RE J. Campbell. Still not completely sold on him. Last season would’ve been a great time to introduce him when he received his work permit. Not sure he’ll make it here.

  5. Wallace

    Sanchez & Schneiderlin would be excellent work. i couldn’t believe how fast Sanchez was moving at times in the Brasil game. him and Walcott in the same side would be scary. and dream times for Ozil.

  6. Dark Hei

    I am very sure Sanchez will play up top on the left in a 4-3-3. Except our 4-3-3 is more like a lop sided 4-4-2 with Carzola tucking in.

    Which isn’t a bad thing. Giroud/Sanogo is there to keep defenders occupied and make space for Sanchez. Awesome.

  7. James wood

    Will any referee have the bottle to
    Book Robben ,or even send him off
    Cheating devalues the World Cup.

    As for old Speedo the Red card should
    Have been produced a long time ago.

  8. Romford Pele

    “I am very sure Sanchez will play up top on the left in a 4-3-3.”

    Walcott and Sanchez either side of Giroud? I doubt it. It’s an experiment which has failed before. IE, Poldi/Theo wide, Gervinho/Theo and Gervinho/Poldi.

    Every single time we had those options we struggled to break down packed defences. Wenger will go with another creative fore outwide to balance it. Rightly so IMO.

  9. ClareGooner

    Where could one get a pair of those speedos lol

    Shaquiri would be a nice option on the left. Speed speed speed

  10. Pedro

    Romford, i was wondering whether we lose something by opting for a short man… but I guess that’s the point… we’re buying top quality variety

    He can also play anywhere across the front line… he’s such a quick thinker. He’s be great in a 4-4-2 as well as our normal system.

    I’m not overly enamoured with Schneiderlin…. but he’s proven and an international.

  11. Dream10

    Romford Pele

    Sanchez lost a few 1 vs 1 battles during the tournament. He needs freedom to flourish. Not a #7, not a #9, not a #10 but a bit of everything.

    Schneiderlin I would be very happy about. Wanted him last summer.

    Why is Campbell going out on loan and not Sanogo?!?!?!

  12. Wallace

    RP

    but Sanchez & Walcott are a big step up in quality from Poldi & Gervinho. i know it wouldn’t be wise every game, but sometimes a terrifying attack is the best form of defense.

  13. Phil C

    Well, I’m down in Falmouth today. Very nice it is too. Cracking post today Pedro, it really is an exciting summer despite our cup ignominy. As usual there are more linked targets than you could shake a stick at but the list is even more tasty than the Thai place I went to last night and what’s more it seems like we’re actually serious this year. I can’t wait

  14. Romford Pele

    Yeah Pedro, Wenger has always said he’s not looking to marginalise Giroud. Sanchez could play with him or instead of him so it makes perfect sense on that front. My point was that I don’t think Wenger would go with Sanchez and Walcott either side of Giroud as that’s where you lose a bit of control and balance. Wenger always talks about technical security which is why he’s always played a playmaker wide.

    RE Schneiderlin, he wouldn’t be my first choice but i’ve warmed to him. The dude has grafted his way up from league one and been a solid performer in this league for two seasons, so it’s nothing to frown at and you can ascertain that he’s not adverse to hard work due to where he has come from. Still only 24 so would fit in very nicely IMO. He has a lot of energy and is relatively tall. Him and Ramsey would be a good base.

    Apparently there are vicious rumours floating around Southampton that Wenger actually helped them sign Schneiderlin six years ago. They’re from the same area in France. Maybe one of the French guys on here can confirm?

  15. Ashwin Gunner

    and as of Robben, He is a disgrace. He is a disgrace to football.. If i ever have to throw a dart at either Suarez or Robben, I would definitely throw it at Robben.. He cheats, dives, gets penalty and acts as if he earned that goal. Prick.. No wonder RVP is he best mate..

  16. Romford Pele

    Dream – Sanchez is what i’d call an all round forward, versatile and can play along the front line. Not a typical number 9 in that sense but he has the physique, work rate and speed to succeed in this league. Big fan and would like to see him up top personally.

  17. Romford Pele

    “but Sanchez & Walcott are a big step up in quality from Poldi & Gervinho. i know it wouldn’t be wise every game, but sometimes a terrifying attack is the best form of defense.”

    More pace and efficiency, yes. But I still doubt Wenger would adopt that long-term mate. Maybe in specific games as you allude to but I generally think he likes to have control of the game. Who knows really, i’m speculating.

  18. Vintage Gun

    Is Sanchez for real? Yes please, just yes. Seems Wenger has finally grown a pair.
    Even though you couldn’t guess judging by the headline pic…

  19. Baba

    Sanchez should be sign asap,am growing weary of rumours every other day,that Schnerleiden guy will suit our playing style,the dude sits deep from what i saw the other day with France,add Remy for depth,give me Aurier and backup GK,and maybe just maybe a younger CB,then we pray to the gods to keep the team fit,we can push it higher than we had this season

  20. Nickie

    Very exciting in regards to Sanchez. Hopefully we can pull it off, can’t stomach another nearly story

  21. Emiratesstroller

    I wish that Wenger would sort out first the less complex transfers which we need to complete and then worry about the complex matter of a new striker
    [forward].

    Let’s start off with the relatively uncomplicated matters of goalkeeper and right fullback.

    On the evidence of World Cup I would attempt to bring in Ospina [Chile],
    Ochoa [Mexico] or Cesar [Brazil] as additional goalkeeper. None of these three
    will cost a huge transfer fee. Cesar commands however high wages which might be deterrent there.

    Full back should be fairly straightforward. Debuchy or Aurier. My preference would be latter because he is younger, probably costs less and can play if required centre back. He has also got more potential and by all accounts wants
    to join Arsenal.

    Defensive Midfield is slightly more complex. The options appear to be Schneiderlein, Bender twins or Khedira. Schneiderlein might be preferred choice because he has played in England, but at back of my mind would Southampton want to sell yet another player and in view of the fees charged for both Llana
    and Shaw would he be sold at right price?

    The striker is highly complex problem. We know that the top players are going to fetch inflated prices and wages. That is a problem for Arsenal, because
    the club are reluctant to ‘gamble’ when it comes to the top transfer fees. Would you take a risk on Balotelli? Can you afford to gamble on Sanchez knowing how unreliable and dishonest Barcelona are when it comes to transfer business? Can we afford to let Remy a low budget striker who wants to come to Arsenal go to Spurs?

    Based on what I have seen with Campbell in last two games he is at best going to be our third string striker/winger. In other words a good replacement for
    Sanogo but no more. He is for me a good ‘project’ with oodles of potential. However, I don’t see him as starting 1st X1 player at moment.

  22. Dark Hei

    @Romford Pele

    I think Wenger is going to do a bit of rotation between Sanchez, Giroud and Walcott. But you are right, I doubt the 3 will be together on the list.

    Either that or he is going to do a Sanogo. Sanogo looks clumsy and super raw, but defenders are fixated with him. He does a great job in creating confusion in the ranks (his own too with those stray lay offs), but there are some players that thrive in this sort of chaos.

  23. Romford Pele

    Dark Hei,

    Fortunately/Unfortunately – depending on what fence you sit on; Sanogo will be third choice striker next season.

    Campbell from what i’ve seen, while more skillful, can’t really bring people into play like Sanogo can. I think Wenger likes him just for the fact that he’s insanely strong and wreaks havoc amongst defenders, thus creating space for others. He’s probably gonna persevere with him in the hope that his composure will improve because a lot of chances do seem to fall his way.

  24. Vintage Gun

    Id have Sanchez up top tbh. I did see him as a wide man but i agree with Romford’s vision that he’s smart enough to be the spearhead of our attack.

    Also his lack of height shouldn’t be too much of a problem as we play carpet ball anyway. I think he will bag a hat full

  25. Oh Theo Theo!

    Never, ever, ever make player decisions based on the world cup! Remember in the 90s early 00s when the Italian teams, flush with cash, spunked millions on the hottest world cup stars? Very seldom worked out for them. Gazza to Lazio my particular favourite.

  26. Emiratesstroller

    Sanogo is not remotely an EPL standard player let alone one to play against the
    likes of Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd or Liverpool. He is a lump with nuisance value, but that is it.

    Where are you going to fit in him if you bring in a new striker + Campbell? He
    is at best a player for League Cup Matches against lower league teams.

  27. Savage

    I really liked Campbell’s game last night, particularly his link up play, with just about every pass nicely weighted. For me Ruiz was the weak link – always taking the wrong option. JC would achieve a lot more in the game with a decent midfield, instead of competing for long balls, which obviously doesn’t suit his size.

    For what he had to work with, I think Campbell had an excellent game.

  28. kidd

    RP-insn’t Sanchez and Theo eithe side of Giroud the same as CR7 and Bale either side of Benzema.If it works for madrid why can it not work for us?

  29. Wallace

    “Fortunately/Unfortunately – depending on what fence you sit on; Sanogo will be third choice striker next season.”

    i like the idea. this coming season is huge for him. i think he’ll really step up.

  30. Scott

    @DiMarzio:

    Arsenal, sondaggio per Florenzi: la Roma dice no gianlucadimarzio.com

    Who the fuck is Florenzi?

  31. Savage

    “Sanogo is not remotely an EPL standard player let alone one to play against the
    likes of Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd or Liverpool. He is a lump with nuisance value, but that is it.”

    Much too early to make that call. I’m actually really excited about Sanogo’s potential. Wenger sees a million times more of him than you do, and I’ll always take Wenger’s judgment over yours.

  32. Scott

    What about Akpom? He is certainly better than Sanago. Wenger would realy be cunt to not give him a chance this season

  33. wam

    Interesting. I watched Joel all game and I thought that although it wasn’t his best he showed some fantastic qualities.

    In the first hour Costa Rica played against a parked bus. No space in behind meant Joel was always having to beat his man, or 2, but usually 3. Lack of quality around him showed. His hard work tracking back to help defend and often picking the ball up at half way to start a move, run though and be on he end of the move too. He was trying to do it all.

    After Duarte was sent off Joel played as the lone front man. I wouldn’t say he’s well suited to it, he’s a second forward not a target man. But he had a job to do. He was clearly knackered, but he was chasing down everything, one moment sticks in my mind when in ET he closed down each of the 4 Greek defenders not giving them time to pick out a long diagonal to Mitrolgu.

    His team didn’t make him any chances in 120 minutes, but he stepped up and dispatched his penalty with ease.

    As for how he’ll fit at Arsenal. If you are correct above and Sanchez will be our wide forward or strike partner of Giroud then I can see Campbell staying and doing well. If we bought Balotelli or Jackson Martinez I would say he would go.

    What about Wellington Silva’s chances with shiney new work permit in hand? Very raw, but I think he should stay and work with Arsene. Maybe get a Cap One Cup chance.

  34. Romford Pele

    “RP-insn’t Sanchez and Theo eithe side of Giroud the same as CR7 and Bale either side of Benzema.If it works for madrid why can it not work for us?”

    That’s quite a bit of a downgrade tbh mate. Madrid also play more of a 4-3-3 whereas we play a 4-2-3-1. I understand what you’re getting at but if we want to play a 4-3-3 like Madrid then we need good dribblers, that Theo certainly isn’t. He’s a wide-forward who thrives on making runs in behind the defence.

  35. Romford Pele

    Personally I wanted Akpom to get a chance although that seems hugely unlikely now. Wenger has plumped for Sanogo so it’s a decision we have to live with. I can see what he sees with Sanogo. My issue is that how long will it take for it to come to fruition? That said, if we get Sanchez, he’s pretty much third choice so will be allowed to develop at his own pace.

  36. Romford Pele

    “why would barca want to sell their 2nd top scorer? wierd”

    Sanchez is a cracking player mate but not your typical Barca-type. Plus it’s a team that panders to Messi and i’m not sure he likes that.

  37. Scott

    Yeah Aurier is a world class talent and an Arsenal fan. he is perfect for us. But we aren’t after him or any other players it seems which is frustrating because we know the squad need a major quality signings.

  38. Rich

    I think Sanchez will be brought in as a Podolski replacement, I still think we will move for Benzema if he becomes available if not Morata to give competition to Giroud.

  39. Romford Pele

    “I think Sanchez will be brought in as a Podolski replacement”

    Poldi won’t be sold. The player and Wenger himself have alluded to this. You have to factor in that he’s a 29 year-old earning 100k a week. What other team is gonna pay that? He has two years left on his contract so I reckon we may try and shift him next summer.

  40. Mark

    I’m confident the club are going to have a good summer… so should you.
    ——————————-
    Sorry to put a downer on your positivity Pedro but I thought you would be a bit more cautious with your optimism. Remember your chat with Ivan?

  41. Dark Hei

    @Savage

    The challenge in developing Sanogo is to polish his skills up without making him lose that unpredictability.
    Sometimes when you school someone too much in tactics, they lose that bit of naivety that makes them so difficult to defend against.

  42. Rich

    I think we will try and shift Podolski as soon as we get a replacement through the door.
    He just doesn’t seem Arsene’s cup of tea, he’s behind both Cazorla and The Ox already, if we buy Sanchez I think that’s his lot

  43. Romford Pele

    “I think we will try and shift Podolski”

    But like I said, who’s paying his wages? Also, you ignore the fact that he’s happy here, a dressing room favourite and immensely popular amongst fans. I’m not a big fan of his but as a squad player he’s good to have around.

  44. MadeToLoveMagic

    oh arsene oh arsene whats the bloody score?

    you’re so damn skinny you could hide behind straw

    oh arsene oh arsene who you signing?

    they’d better be good or you’ll hear some whining

    and whinging and moaning cant you fucking tell?

    if you dont sign a striker you’re going straight to hell

    , or maybe france , but its the same either way,

    but anyway YOU decided to stay

    so get of the beach and water slide , go inside

    make a call , start the fucking ball to roll……………

    go get sanchez, and vidal,

    PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASEEEEEEEE

  45. Emiratesstroller

    Savage

    What exactly do yo see in Sanogo? He cannot control a ball and he managed just one goal in a Cup Match!

    You put ‘potential’ players in your U21 team and not in First Team Squad. I have been watching Arsenal for 60 years and frankly Sanogo is one of the poorest players that I have seen and that says a lot.

  46. Romford Pele

    Really like Florenzi, but:

    1) We wouldn’t be able to sign him
    2) Doesn’t really fit our requirements

  47. Wallace

    “…when you school someone too much in tactics, they lose that bit of naivety that makes them so difficult to defend against.”

    agreed. i also think Sanogo has that instinctive sense/talent for knowing where to be in the penalty area. a goal early on next season and i’ll be fascinated to see how he kicks on.

  48. BFG

    Im not completely sold on Schneiderlin. Good player yes but is he CL quality. Maybe he is suppose you cant say until he’s played in the competition. Khedira or maybe a cheeky move for Javi Martinez would be my first options. Then Schneiderlin or Lars Bender.

    We still need a back up GK. Id honestly go and get John Ruddy. Decent keeper would be willing to move to Arsenal IMO with an added bonus he’d count as home grown.

    Also in defence we need to sign a versatile defender. We were linked with Ivanovic earlier in the summer. That would be a great signing. Can play RB n CB plus he’s a proper defender. Arsenals problems have never been scoring goals or creating chances always been keeping them out. That area needs addressed as well as the forward areas.

  49. The Poldi Prince

    sanogoal needs to go to the championship for a season.

    JC has world cup and senior team experience. he should get his chance in preseason to push for that third position. he is a great 3rd or 4th wing option.

    if balo really pushes hard, the price will drop and we all know arsene loves nothing more than a bargain. gizman, balo and sanchez as fwd options would be infinitely better than last season!

  50. DUIFG

    Sounds quite a lot like last summers shenanigans, we were told things will be good, ended up going into the season adding 2 free transfers. Im going to step back from this one and see how it develops.

    Sanchezs would be a dream though, the ball really does just stick to him, add pace and a fantastic engine and you really have a player.

    Not hugely fussed on schneiderrlin, its better to have a DM than no DM but would rather get turned down in Germany first before buying the best of the rest.

  51. Rich

    When has Arsene ever cared about who’s popular amongst the fans and players?
    I would be very surprised if there wasn’t a handful of clubs willing to hand Podolski a 3-4 yr deal on similar wages, as well as handing us £8-12milliom for his services

  52. Thomas

    Loaning Campbell out a fourth time would be absolutely ridiculous. Wenger should just sell him and be done with it.

  53. Leedsgunner

    Morning all.

    Enjoyed my Costa Rican coffee even more so this morning.

    “Wenger has been pure bantz this summer. It’s like a mad stag do Facebook album upload every damn day with that man.”

    Who took that photo? Ivan? Nice to know that they are hard at work!! That 3% increase in the season ticket price must have come in handy to fund this little junket… make sure you pick up a t-shirt for all of us slaving away back in the real world.

    Maybe the T-shirt will say…..

    ARSENE SAID HE WAS GOING TO BRING BACK A COUPLE OF WORLD CLASS PLAYERS FROM THE WORLD CUP — BUT ALL WE GOT WAS LOUSY THIS T-SHIRT

    [SPEEDO PICTURE]

  54. Romford Pele

    “When has Arsene ever cared about who’s popular amongst the fans and players?”

    Ok this is fair, but the name the clubs who would pay £10m for Poldi and offer £100k a week wages. He knows he has it good at Arsenal and won’t get it better elsewhere.

  55. Willie

    IMHO, Campbell>>Akpom=Sanogo
    If we have to go with raw, I’d much rather Campbell than Sanogo, any day, every day of the week!

  56. Nasri's Mouth

    There’s nothing wrong with Sanogo. He is what he is, 4th choice.

    If we have Sanchez, and Giroud, Campbell and Walcott, we have plenty of options to play around with, Sanogo is there if we just want to cause the defenders some grief.

    Look at the FA Cup final. He wasn’t particularly skillful, didn’t create a goal, didn’t score a goal (though did have a couple of good shots) but made a decent amount of difference purely on annoyance factor.

  57. MadeToLoveMagic

    Poldi is still a starter for one of the best international sides in the world, he is still a quality player to have , also the younger players love him because of his character

    character is second only in talent when signing a player

  58. Leedsgunner

    Romford

    “If given the choice, i’d 100% take Schneiderlin over Khedira.”
    If given the choice, i’d 100% take Luis Gustavo over Schneiderlin.

    Nice player and EPL hardened and better than our present DMs in Arteta and Flamini for sure but £20m? Not sure. Obviously he would better than nobody. However, Gustavo is the man for me in this position right now. He is the new Gilberto Silva… (and that’s not just because he’s Brazilian, although I’m sure it helps.)

  59. Rich

    If he’s told he’s surplus to requirments he doesn’t seem like the type of Character to stick around when he’s not wanted, there was talk we tried to shift him last summer.
    Possible destinations, Napoli, Juventus, Inter, Schalke, Dortmund, Atletico, Everton, Newcastle

  60. Emiratesstroller

    We keep on discussing players that should be offloaded.

    We have offloaded already 5 from squad + Djourou and Park. How many more are likely to go? Miyaichi and Coquelin are probably also surplus to requirements and I cannot see Diaby playing many games.

    Personally I don’t see Wenger recruiting more than 4-5 more new players + Campbell without disrupting the team. That will include 3 starting X1 recruits.

  61. Nasri's Mouth

    By the way, apparently during the game last night, Dixon mentioned he’d been talking to Wenger about Campbell, and Wenger said he’d been close to selling him, dunno if anyone picked that up, I didn’t.

  62. Romford Pele

    “If given the choice, i’d 100% take Luis Gustavo over Schneiderlin.”

    100%. I did say Schneiderlin wasn’t my first option but I also said I wouldn’t be upset if we did end up with him. Didn’t we pass on Luis Gustavo last summer? I’d be very surprised if we went back in for him. Fantastic player though.

  63. Scott

    I wouldn’t mind it if Pdolski was sold and replaced with a real winger. But if not rather keep Poldi he knows where the goal is.

  64. Romford Pele

    “Napoli, Juventus, Inter, Schalke, Dortmund, Atletico, Everton, Newcastle”

    Napoli – not better than what they have
    Juve – possibly
    Inter – possibly
    Schalke – can they pay the wages?
    Dortmund – same as above
    Atletico – same as above
    Everton – no chance
    Newcastle – no chance

  65. Leedsgunner

    … Plus Poldi has a excellent shot (in procuring selfies that is!)

    I think Poldi is like “glue” and he promotes togetherness and cohesion in the squad which is so important when you have a squad which is multicultural like ours. The last thing we need is fractures and divisions to appear because of cliques forming. I understand that was a real problem in the early Arsene years where the French players stuck together to the detriment of the squad.

  66. Nasri's Mouth

    Leedsgunner: However, Gustavo is the man for me in this position right now. He is the new Gilberto Silva… (and that’s not just because he’s Brazilian, although I’m sure it helps.)

    Yep, sometimes risky applying international style of play to club style of play, but I love the way Gustavo guards the back 4.

    If we are going for Aurier, or even Debuchy, then we’re going to need someone to protect Mertesacker

  67. andy1886

    Stroller, Sanogo has scored a goal? When? I must have missed that one. On that subject I totally agree, Sanogo has zero attributes other than being athletic and cuasing chaos. Waste of a squad place.

    Oh, and the Chile keeper has already signed for Barca (oddly enough while they were still in the tournament which I though was impossible according to Wenger).

  68. Romford Pele

    “I understand that was a real problem in the early Arsene years where the French players stuck together to the detriment of the squad.”

    I think that’s been well-documented. And it isn’t a surprise tbh. Glad to see the French influence has waned over the years.

  69. Rich

    I honestly think Vidal is an option, we’ve never really had £100million to buy and pay a 27yr old in his prime with no chance of return on investment.
    He’d be a signing where the only return on investment would be improved performances on the pitch and a sign that the club want to compete

  70. Nasri's Mouth

    RP: Didn’t we pass on Luis Gustavo last summer?

    Apparently we were in for him, he choose Wolfsburg. In theory because of guaranteed playing time before WC. Dunno whether there’s anything to back that up.

    The German press were talking about him possibly leaving this summer.

  71. Romford Pele

    Rich, Vidal would be great for sure, however, if teams like Madrid and PSG get wind that he’s available, we’re in deep dog tripe.

  72. Emiratesstroller

    Nasri’s Mouth

    We played Sanogo at end of season to give Giroud a rest AND because Wenger decided not to play Bendtner under any circumstances.

    The fact that Wenger played him is a reflection just how poor our striker resources were last season and not because of his potential.

    Frankly Sanogo would not make the squads of most of the clubs in EPL let alone play in their first teams.

  73. Nasri's Mouth

    @Rich

    Can’t see us buying Vidal

    Even though we’ve got a lot of cash, if we’re going to compete with clubs like ManU etc. we need to be sensible. Better to spend big money on a 22-24 year old who we can sell on in 4 years time for BIG money if needed

  74. andy1886

    NM:

    ” wasn’t particularly skillful, didn’t create a goal, didn’t score a goal (though did have a couple of good shots) but made a decent amount of difference purely on annoyance factor.”

    Question: Is that the sort of player that is good enough for a club like Arsenal? I don’t think so, we’re better than that. On that (fair) description I’d not even consider that enough to be a premiership player at any club, let alone ours.

    On another subject what happened to our interest in Lars Bender? It’s all sounding like another day another set of player links, hate to be Mr Grumpy but LG is starting to sound a lot like goal.com.

  75. Romford Pele

    “On another subject what happened to our interest in Lars Bender?”

    Rumours that we’re going to go back in for him. Not sure how much we’ll need to offer since his contract extension now lasts until 2019. He’s also Lervekeusen’s captain and had a good chance at starting for Germany until his injury ruled him out. Probably looking around 25m euros I reckon.

  76. Rich

    But in all fairness with FFP there’s few clubs who could afford to write off €50million in a transfer fee as well as offering a 5yr deal worth a similar amount, we’re in a great position to compete for this sort of player, I just don’t really see Schniderlin as anything other than a direct replacement for Arteta both in terms of style and quality

  77. DUIFG

    Lars bender is the beast im looking for, shneiderlin is good but again isnt an element in a mid that makes you think fuck this will be tough, bender, ramsey Ozil. Thats a mid.

  78. Romford Pele

    “I just don’t really see Schniderlin as anything other than a direct replacement for Arteta both in terms of style and quality”

    I think in terms of style; they’re a lot different. Arteta likes to take the ball of the back four and instigate attacks. Maybe Wenger would want Schneiderlin to do something similar? I don’t know. But the latter is a lot more energetic and covers the ground very well. Combative in the tackle and good in the air – ticks a lot of boxes for me.

    Whether he has the quality? Well that’s open to interpretation isn’t it. You’re always taking a punt when you’re buying from a lower team but i’m buoyed by the fact he’s played in England for six years, grafted his way up through the leagues. Not everyone has to be a spectacular performer – you need the water carriers too. That’s definitely what Sagna was.

  79. Al

    I don’t know about anyone else but I would love to get Valbuena. Would be a great addition for the squad

  80. Nasri's Mouth

    @Emiratesstroller / andy1886

    Good enough as our 1st / 2nd choice ? No. I agree.

    But as 4th choice, yeah, why not. He gives us something different. We’re not going to get a Dzeko as our back-up’s back up.

    We were after Bender last summer, either he or his club said no, probably both. Has very long contract, though with buy-out I believe. He came out and said early on he’s happy to stay there next season but despite that there have been rumours about him leaving.

    It’s pretty likely we’ve asked again, but it’s also pretty likely he’s said no again

  81. MadeToLoveMagic

    hate to be Mr Grumpy but LG is starting to sound a lot like goal.com…………………………………….

    ofcourse it is! Its the same for everyone

    picture this,, a group of rich slave masters in togas (the clubs agents and media), throwing scraps of rotten festering meat into a pit full of hungry poor peasants (us)

    We know as fact that the agents clubs and media all work together to form vapour trails to divert attention from players, to raise prices of players, TO SELL PAPERS,

    its a ll a big game and we are the pawns my friends

    we all know that until its on the beeb its bollox, yet we all love football , we all love arsenal, but really in reality we should switch off from all the rumours, especially things like ” blah blah on radar of blah blah ” or “blah and blah set to compete for blah blah”

    its all bollox

  82. Nasri's Mouth

    @gunnergetyou

    Kinda with you on that, yet he starts ahead of Sagna for France and it’s hard to say that Deschamps doesn’t know what he’s doing.

  83. andy1886

    Thanks RP – for the extra £5m I’d take Lars every time. That said does Wenger still have the pulling power or the will to get him? It does seem like he takes the easy option which is usually mid-tier level from a smaller club, preferrably French.

  84. Leedsgunner

    If we stop acquiring deadwood and sell our existing deadwood — we can easily accommodate Vidal in terms of wages. Better to have one player like him earning 200k+ — better to have one of him than the 4 players like Miyachi, Diaby, etc on the books.

    I personally think Jeventus have no reason to sell him so they won’t. Along with Pogba, he is their star player. It’s like us choosing to Ramsey. Don’t get me wrong, I weould love to have Vidal, Sanchez and Isla to be honest but I just can’t see Juventus selling their marquee player.

    If he does go he will go for Gareth Bale type money… £70m+

    Although if I was Antonio Conte I might be tempted to engineer a player swap with Liverpool — Suarez for Vidal swap With Gerrard on his last legs…. it would suit both teams. The Juventus strike force is aging and Liverpool deed a dynamic midfield general to drive them forward. Not that I would wish it would happen obviously as a Gooner obviously!

  85. karim

    big day for me as I have 2 opportunities to reach the quarter finals
    France vs Nigeria 60 /40
    Algeria vs Germany 5 % if I am being honest

  86. Josip Skoblar

    What an awkward picture/embrace with the bloke on the bitch (is it me or I can’t help notice the blokes seems to have a mild hard on?)
    Wenger is not really skinny. He’s above all very tall and slim.

  87. andy1886

    MTLM – yup, 99.9% of what you read here will never happen, can’t help feeling that Pedro has joined the name dropping to get hits game though sadly.

    I still think that Sanogo is kack though 😉

  88. Leedsgunner

    karim

    I love French food, french wine… but I’m pulling for Nigeria today… selfish I want French knocked out so Arsene get his head screwed back on — and get back to his day job… in strengthening Arsenal. It’s maddening this inactivity.

    Sorry.

    As for Algeria, aren’t they basically the French reserve team? 😉

  89. andy1886

    NM – I think we’re going to have to disagree on the lanky break dancing one.

    I agree that “gives us something different” but sadly it’s not likely to be goals.

  90. gunnergetyou

    Nasri

    Yeah i do think the French have always been a bit strange with their selection policy but as long as they keep winning they won’t have many complaints.

  91. Leedsgunner

    I know that most English would support Scotland if England were out of a competition (hence the celebration of Andy Murray) although sadly it doesn’t go the other way.

    In France will most of the French public support Algeria and vice versa because of the strong links and connections?

  92. Bade

    Nice one Pedro

    Maybe Arsene going for a Speedo reflects his summer priorities. Speed & agility.

    Anyway, let’s leave the LB position. It’s almost the only one where we’re stocked with good pair.

    We have to have a striker, defensive midfielder & right back before. For me even another cb, backup goal keeper & another winger are way higher in the priority scale.

  93. Josip Skoblar

    Mexico should have won the game. They were technically superior and played the nicest football until they scored. Then, like an old-style South-American team, they sat back and were far too defensive. You just can’t like this Dutch team (which I so much loved in 1974 and 1978), any Dutch team in fact. There’s so much disdain and scorn for their opponents, a sense of entitlement. They’re not cool at all. Although I accept that they are excellent players and coach, I find Robben, Van Persie and Van Gaal arrogant and smug (I have always thought that of Van Persie even when he was playing for us).

  94. Vintage Gun

    “By the way, apparently during the game last night, Dixon mentioned he’d been talking to Wenger about Campbell, and Wenger said he’d been close to selling him, dunno if anyone picked that up, I didn’t.”

    I did.

    As for keepers iv’e been impressed with Naylor and Ocha but i prefer the Colombian one Ospina? the most as he’s great in the air aswell as a very good shotstopper

  95. Al

    karimJune 30, 2014 09:52:19
    Al
    Valbuena is top class but midgets aren’ t our cuppa any longer
    ———————
    He is a midget but has POWER and PACE., which is what we are looking for.
    Not bothered if they are short as long as they have those two traits.

  96. Josip Skoblar

    Karim
    Re hard on: See the bearded bloke on the picture alongside Wenger. Sorry, but you look at this picture this is what you see!

  97. karim

    Leeds
    I share your pain though I d love to share it a few more weeks
    and yeah, many players played for the French youth teams but it s a new phenomenon as Algerians used to prioritise native players until they realised they might get a Zidane or a Benzema one day
    have to go shopping with my girl and I’d better not make her wait for too long if you get me lol
    see you guys this afternoon

  98. Romford Pele

    Valbuena is getting on, isn’t he? When i’ve seen him at the Emirates, i’ve found him pretty underwhelming tbh. A completely different beast when playing for France mind you. Can’t see Wenger going for him really.

  99. andy1886

    Lol TYAG – Carlton Cole’s league career record is:

    Totals P 185 (128) Goals: 65
    Goals per Game 0.20

    Sanogo would kill for stats like that in the PL.

  100. Bero

    Names names and more names…some I’d be happy with, others not so much… when does the puma deal kick in and publically launch? ….we won’t see anything before that guaranteed…

    Still don’t believe anything until I see it on Arsenal.com

  101. karim

    I would say half of France supports Algeria while the rest would love to sleep at nights when they win
    Complicated post colonialism immigration and religious issues on that one to be fair

  102. Drey

    “….throw in a bit of depth elsewhere and you’re laughing”… I don’t really understand British humor but i always laugh whenever i see this line on Le Grove

  103. Leedsgunner

    Vintage, andy1886

    Sanogo would kill for stats like that in the PL.

    I disagree, I think he would be more useful in delivering the assassination letter to the hitman… rather than cayying out the hit 😉

    Just read through my posts, littered with errors… I swear, I hate posting on my phone… apologies!

  104. Dark Hei

    Enough with the Sanogo bashing. It was clear Wenger didn’t had any choice but to play him with all that dithering with Demba Ba.

    Sanogo might be thrown in to annoy defences, but he did make the difference in the FA Cup, the final and that game against Liverpool, which isn’t something to sniff at.

  105. MadeToLoveMagic

    Hahah Andy fair enough mate, we’ll agree to disagree re sanogo, i think he’ll come good, im defo in the minority on that one though i accept!

    Think its a little harsh on pedro to say he is joining the ranks of the evil journos,,

    He has to write a blog every day , he is essentiallly feeding on the same scraps we do, hes got a few connections but really the amount of people who truly know whats going on is very small, the media is all smoke and mirrors exploited by the clubs and agents…..

    pedro is always honest about “click hunting” he never does it imo,

    legrove has grown and to a degree pedro has to be a little more careful than he would have done 5 years ago, but he has to protect the credibilty of his blog. It has to reflect a fair balanced view, that is what journalism is supposed to be about..

  106. Nasri's Mouth

    @Dark Hei

    For me, he’s the player you throw on in place of a defender/ midfielder with 10 mins to go when you’re already pressing hard for a goal.

    Or when you’re 2/3 goals up with 10 mins to go.

    We had 4 strikers last season, I don’t see why he can’t be 4th choice this season