Low bid rumours untrue

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How’s it going people?


All this extra time wearing you out?

Me too…

I’m getting slightly bored of amazing 0-0 games. Let’s move it up a gear for the quarters, yeah?

So it’s done. Bye, bye USA. They took a battering last night despite managing to push the game to extra time. They floundered in the end. Tim Howard was a total hero the whole way through. What a performance. He really was excellent.

The Switzerland game also went to Extra time. Di Maria to the rescue.

So, that’s it, it’s buinsess time. All the best teams are through, hopefully we see a few more goals in this round.

The main attraction is Colombia vs Brazil. An incredibly tantalising prospect. Two of the best players in the tournament hacking it out to be the main man.

Rodrigues, a frighteningly talented, extrememly left footed traditional number 10 up against the right footed Neymar who is normally more of a wide player. Having engrossed myself in both players over the last week, it’s quite difficult to compare the two… which is what everyone else is trying to do.

Neymar is outrageously ‘football’. He’s your McDonald’s advert when you were a kid. He has the tricks, he has the outrageous turn of pace, but he has the key Brazilian asset all the greats have… Magic. He doesn’t play by the rules when he’s on fire, he makes them up. A lesser version of Ronaldinho.

Rodrigues is outrageously left footed which makes you wonder what would happen if someone forced him more down his right. It doesn’t matter though, he can do absolutely anything with that left foot, which makes him even more spectacular. He picks the ball up deep, sprays visionary passes, but he’s most devastating in and around the box. He has that Cesc like sense when making perfectly times runs and his ability to sniff out space and devastate is quite amazing. Well, at least in this World Cup, I think what’s crazy about both players is they have a fairly uninteresting first season at their new clubs.

Neymar melted into the background with 9 or so goals, Rodrigues managed about 12 and the same amount of assists.

… and this is it. Rodrigues looks like a £100m player right now. He has it all. A club like Madrid is either going to make him a great signing in him, or they’re going to be disappointed. Well, disappointed he can’t be Messi every week. Neymar, again, has already gone for the big bucks, but can he translate his international form, which is crazy good, into domestic form?

Who knows, for I don’t care, they’re both dragging their coutnries through at the moment and this Friday’s game is going to be exceptional. A quite dogged Brazil team that doesn’t match up to the great teams of the past versus a quite spectacular Colomobia side that is blowing all away in front of it!


There are stories that Arsenal have bid £19m for Sanchez this morning and Barca want £24m. As far as I’m aware, that’s wrong on both counts. They want £30m and that’s what we’re going to pay. I really wouldn’t worry about us screwing this one. New Arsenal spunked out £43m on Ozil at the last minute. Wenger really wants Sanchez, the player is a superstar, I highly doubt we’re going to risk a gazumping like we did last year with Higuain.

Fear not, it’s just paper nonsense.

I also forgot to put the press release for the new kit on here yesterday.

We’re with Puma.


Some angst amongst the fan base because the badge is an iron on style one over the traditional embroidered Nike offering. I must admit, the only concern I have about the shirt is that it doesn’t have a premium feel about it. I haven’t seen it up close, so can’t really judge. However, I like the bright red, I like that it’s skin right and I like the fact it’s a change. Puma can’t afford to not make this work. Hopefully they’ll utilise our sponsorship better than Nike did.

… but once again, if you’re an adult and you’re bitching about the badge or the tightness of the shirt… have a word with yourself. You’re an adult. Football shirts are for kids. You shouldn’t be wearing it. If it’s skin tight, that’s because it’s for athletes. Not people who consider a walked 5k fun run a serious cardio workout.

In other news, I’m doing something for Bloomberg later, they have Sol Campbell in on Friday, if you have any sensible questions for one of the best centre backs we’ve had, ask them on Twitter against the #AskSolCampbell.

Have an excellent Wednesday!

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  1. salparadisenyc

    Indeed, all that said i’d wager a PBR and a shot of well that Sanchez is bagged in the next week.

    My local calls that The Lowlife, whisky for me.

  2. Guns of brixton

    1st France will score. . . .errr Benz or valbuena or someone. . . .pogba n co will be bossin’ it at this point.

    at exactly 38.01 the game changes. a key tackle by lahm sets schurle free down the flank and hes low ball is found by muller whos shot is saved.

    2nd half. Per levels with a header via a corner. then, a goal scramble from a free kick sees muller turn it in for 2-1.
    A pen makes it 3-1 then greziman makes it a nervy finish with 3-2.

  3. Bamford13


    France 2 – 1 Germany

    or it’s going to be one for the ages—

    France 3 – 2 Germany

    Either way, France wins and we get a gem of a match.

  4. MidwestGun

    Cool, ya. I don’t hate those scores. I really want to bet on France because I would get slightly better odds. But then before the WC I put money on Germany to make it to finals. So I’m torn. I think it could go either way.

  5. Emiratesstroller

    Bamford 13

    I agree entirely with your analysis of Walcott. If he was not ‘English’ I don’t believe that there would be any discussion whether he would merit an automatic starting place in a ‘top’ EPL team.

    The same also applies to Wilshire as well who like Walcott justifies inclusion
    as a squad player, but will struggle to make a starting line-up ahead of Ramsey
    who offers more in a game.

    I tend to agree with your thinking with the starting line up. We need a top
    class defensive midfielder to play alongside Ramsey and Ozil if we play a 4-3-3
    or in 4-2-4-1 to play alongside Ramsey.

    However, the key to Arsenal’s future success at top of EPL has to be an improvement in the depth of our squad and not just first team. Players like Jenkinson, Miyaichi and Sanogo are not good enough to play for us.

    We need at least 18 outfield players who can interchange to rest or cover for
    injured players without diminution of the overall quality of starting X1. At the
    moment we are probably 5 players short of that number.

    Tactically Wenger needs also to sharpen up the team’s act. We saw against other teams in top 5 that we struggled to cope away from home with pace and
    aggressive offensive play particularly in first quarter of game. This was not
    just down to lack of concentration as Wenger suggested but a lack of quality
    defending in front of our back line.

  6. The Poldi Prince

    I would thinm that with the money we are rumored to be owd from cesc and song initial deal, plus the vela fee, plus the rumored sell on money from cesc…Sanchez is essentially free.

    Add to that the 300k already off the wage bill (400 if we resigned sagna), financially we are still quite a way ahead.

    That means we still have the 100mil to spend, so there should be no financial hindrance to chasing all but the very top echelon of players.

  7. Ashwin Gunner

    “I’ll tell you what I told other wannabe tough guys on here, I drink in the George before every home game, you wanna act a big man online, come and show me just how big a man you are.”

    LOL N5

    You want to see how BIG Neil is… ???

    on the other hand
    Take your chance mate. what do you know. Neil might turn out to be fucking hot blonde girl.. 😀

  8. Ashwin Gunner

    I dont understand the term “Wenger has stepped up interest in xyz player”

    What does this mean… Does it mean that Wenger has watched two more videos of the player on youtube..

    Either you have interest or you don;t have.. WTF is stepping up interest…

    Wenger acts like a 18year old girl who is not sure whether the guy she is dating is the right one or not…

  9. Nasri's Mouth

    @ashwin gunner

    Yeah, the whole XXX are ‘preparing’ a bid makes me shake my head too

    All clubs get it.

    I wonder if it’s a way for a journo to write a fake story without actually committing himself.

    Slow news day? Hmmm, we haven’t printed much about Remy recently, lets post one about Arsenal stepping up interest. You never know, they might sign him, and then we can point to how we got it right.

    Maybe some of them come from the player’s agent in an attempt to secure a better contract / force another club to make an offer

  10. Nasri's Mouth

    The website that was the first to claim we’d done personal terms with Aurier have now said that Toulouse (and the player) have rejected a bid from QPR and ‘Arry

    The fact that they’ve reported that, but not that they’ve received any other bids suggests that no-one else (us, PSG etc.) has bid

  11. BacaryisGone

    With all the talk swirling around Sanchez and Remy, and with Joel Campbell coming in for pre-season, maybe the Santi rumours have some validity. For me, Poldi’s departure is the natural consequence of Sanchez and Remy arriving. Otherwise, our wide position options are insane as we’ve also got Santi, Theo and Ox. Gnabry would be our 8th choice on the flanks which just won’t hold.

    Perhaps it could also be true that Santi’s unsettled and that’s why we’re adding extra bodies in these areas.