Messi to Arsenal. Yeah, that rumour happened.

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Jesus, I know I said I wouldn’t say anything about stuff that’s going on at the moment, but deary me, if you thought football was bad on social media, my lord, what’s happening with the Gaza conflict is quite incredible. What both sides are up to is disgraceful, what I find worse is the one upmanship peddled by the people. What I find even worse is the manufactured silence created through fear of offending. You can’t call a spade a spade on this one.

Why can’t we all get along… for the love of god, Allah, Jesus and Bergkamp, why can’t we all just get along.

In more humourous news, I made this piece of art yesterday.

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Who said creativity amongst Arsenal bloggers was dead? Not me. Why? Because I am an artist.

That’s my vision for our summer anyway. Real just signed Haymes Rodrigues for a whopping £67m. Quite incredible. I said on a piece I did recently that he could be the first £100m player. Well, I was wrong. He’s either going to be an inspired signing or he’s going to be on the scrap heap in two years. For me, he has bundles of incredible talent. The most talented one footed player on the planet outside Robben. He’s full of energy, he thinks 0.5 seconds faster than anyone else and his ability on the ball is quite staggering. How Ancellotti develops him is a different story.

One thing is for sure… La Liga is going to be about as competitive as a narcoleptic 100m race.

Bore me later that league… someone put it out of its misery.

Stories floating the web that Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla are on the wish list of Atletico. Not surprising really, they have about 2 players available after the summer pillaging from Chelsea.

I can’t see us selling anyone. According to rumour / fact, we’ve lost out on Manquillo who has moved to Liverpool for a 2 year loan deal. That means we’re on the look out for a young right back again. Or, it alternatively means we’re not on the look out for a young right back.

I’m starting to get the fear a little with regards to how much we’re going to bolster.

I shouldn’t.

I shouldn’t.

Right?

There are going to be so many big names popping up for transfers over the next month or so. Vidal is available, Nastasic is up for a move, Hummels is on his way out, you’ll have Madrid and Barca surplus, Serie A ‘please buy me we’re skint’ surplus as well as the off cuts of a PSG so in the red with FFP you feel they’ll need to get another billionaire in to prop them up!

There’s a rumour flying around the web that Messi was interested in joining Arsenal before he opted to stay at Barca.

YEAH

RIGHT

I can’t remember where I read it, it may have been Deloitte, but the study valued Messi at £200m. So, a little out of our budget. He also commands a salary of about £35m a year. So, a little out of our budget.

I mean, what a joke of an article… still, someone has made an killing there with page views.

I was sent this article from the boys @MessiMinutes (good Twitter account) about the impact BIG DATA had on the Germans World Cup efforts. They teams up with SAP to build a system that merged big data with video that allowed the Germans to understand their game better.

‘The tool is giving the German coaches in Brazil the ability “to crawl through complex video and make it simple for them to know what they need to win.’

See, this is what people don’t understand about video analysis and Arsenal. Watching a video of the previous game is not analysis. That’s the work equivalent of looking at a printed spreadsheet. Analysis is understanding the data presented and converting it into actionable insight. How much actionable insight did you see put into practice last year? Same team, same tactics with the same outcome so many times against the big teams.

There are many interesting things that go on in a game, the job of a video analyst or a management team is to identify what is important. Teams are using video analysis in games now and presenting back to players at half time. As far as I know, we don’t do this.

I met a guy from one of the major stat specialists a few weeks ago and he told me that when Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho take notes in games, what they’re actually doing is taking references for video clips.

Football teams have experts at the game taking notes on videos. They code moments. So an attack down the right will be coded a certain way with a time stamp. A long ball into the box will get the same treatment. When a manager marks down during a game, he’s doing that so he can give his sheet of paper to his video guy and have a showreel ready for half time. Rodgers can flag all balls into Suarez at half time so he can make a visual point. People react better to visual queues, especially when they’re tired. So it’s a really useful tool.

These are the elements of the game Arsene doesn’t embrace. If he did, along with a whole bunch of other marginal gains that are out there, we’d be a much, much better equipped side.

Final BIG LOL of the day. Our new reserve keeper has more Twitter followers than Spurs.

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785 Responses to “Messi to Arsenal. Yeah, that rumour happened.”

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  1. travis

    Your defensive mid will be little jack wilshere a dwarf at about 5 foot 6 inches, deployed to stop 6 feet amazons, why spend money when you can shoehorn square pegs in round holes, I stand by my view that players regress under Wenger

  2. Leedsgunner

    “How can Gazidis put up with this nonsense and let him get away it?”

    Because Wenger was instrumental in hiring him. Nice hey, being able to hire your own boss. That’s the control he has at the club.

  3. Dark Hei

    As I was scrolling up, I see lots of people talking about Israel/Palestine.

    If a subject like Arsenal can induce terms like “Wengerites” and “AAA”, what right do we Arsenal fans have, talking about peace or justice in middle east.

    Let’s stick to the safe subject like Wenger’s wallet. At least there is no risk of actually shooting one another.

  4. Gregg

    Said ath the end of last season that if he cannot get the specific DM that he wanted, ie Bender, that he would work from within. Wilshere was always going to be earmarked for the role. John Cross does talk horse-shit but this time he’s finally got I right IMO.

  5. Evan

    @Leeds I read yesterday that the Eisfeld was one year loan with an option for a second year. Id be surprised if that it was an actual sale.. Google search time

  6. ricky

    @ Bamford Iheanacho was the MVP of the U17 Fifa WC last year won by Nigeria.
    The boy is a huge talent no doubt.
    We used to get youth prospects from the U17 WC in the past don’t know if we’ve been looking there of recent.some notable players from past tourneys

    Cesc (2003)
    Vela (2005)
    Denilson (2005)

    A certain Toni Kroos was the MVP from the 2007 tourney Bojan,James Rodriguez,Hazard,Benteke,Wellbeck,Illaramendi,Bojan,Moses,Rose,Sahko,Riviere,M’vila also featured that year.

  7. Evan

    How the heck has Stoke signed Bojan, I thought he was supposed to have super Barca DNA?
    I haven’t seen him play in ages, did he turn troublesome or just surplus?

  8. Dorobucci

    @ Bamford Iheanacho was the MVP of the
    U17 Fifa WC last year won by Nigeria.
    The boy is a huge talent no doubt.
    We used to get youth prospects from the
    U17 WC in the past don’t know if we’ve
    been looking there of recent.some notable
    players from past tourneys.
    Iheanacho is really a talent, and for the first time nigeria went to U17 with real 17 year olds. He was touted to be going to city but dunno what happened there.

  9. Dorobucci

    How the heck has Stoke signed Bojan, I
    thought he was supposed to have super
    Barca DNA?
    I haven’t seen him play in ages, did he turn
    troublesome or just surplus?
    He just turned shit.
    that barca dna stuff only exist when they want to tap up a player. Barca as a club can be shameless atimes.

  10. N5

    Bucci he went out on loan to Ajax last year and scored 4 in 24 games, which tells you really how much he declined. He was such a prospect. I’m not sure why he lost so much potential, but I bet he’s gutted ending up there.

  11. peanuts&monkeys

    Arsenal fans should apply tremendous pressure on the club to either sign a WC DM and a decent striker from PL.

    Else, club should hire a footballing coach who will be the master architect of footballing tactics to be applied match-in, match-out. It cannot be Wenger with such kinda depleted team.

    The reason i provide this option is that only senior, experienced, real class players (Khedira/ Drogba etc) can apply tactics on the fly during a game than waiting for brainless inputs from the senile manager…who we all know will be managing the club’s finances than football. Fuck All Spent Force manager!!! Out!!!

  12. qna

    Klauspoppe: Only way Cazorla is leaving is if Turan comes in the opposite direction.

    I’d rather keep Santi. The only deal that I would have preferred has gone now, but it was obvious from the start. Cazorla out. Fabregas in.

    Who the fuck is running this club? Fucking idiots. Feel like this season already another wasted year where we could have got something if only we spent on a couple more QUALITY players.

  13. peanuts&monkeys

    “Feel like this season already another wasted year where we could have got something if only we spent on a couple more QUALITY ”

    As long as Wenger is around and Stan keeps sleeping, no end to wasted years. Fuck all owner! Fuck all manager! Fuck all AKBs!!!!

  14. Bergkamplegend

    Jim : “If true that is shocking” == >> no matter what le senile one decides, that doesn’t shock me.
    The only thing that shock me is when he spends more cash than usually lol

    p&m :” if only we spent on a couple more QUALITY”
    == >> why ?? We have Diaby. That was the very unecessary joke of the morning.

  15. Bergkamplegend

    Dark Hei : “Interesting that Sanogo is not on that flight to New York.”

    He’s a postman, don’t you think that he has other things more important to do ??

  16. Nasri's Mouth

    Bergkamplegend: He’s a postman, don’t you think that he has other things more important to do ??

    Like delivering you a new book of jokes maybe?

  17. Nasri's Mouth

    @jim Lahey

    If Afobe had gone I’d agree with you, but the fact that neither have gone makes me think it’s something else

  18. Nasri's Mouth

    The Online Box Office is currently busy. You are waiting in a queue…

    …and have been for some time

  19. Klauspoppe

    More hopes on Sanogo having a breakthrough season than Giroud improving from last season.

    Sanogos strength and speed will be positive on moves off the break.

  20. Dark Hei

    @BergkampLegend

    Poor taste mate. It was injury that led him to seriously consider the postman job, as he is his family’s bread winner. Have a bit of heart here.

  21. Bergkamplegend

    Well, excepted maybe a “miracle” in the end of august, our mercato is done, so I guess we should try to discuss about the squad’s tactics this season.
    After all if wenger can be a specialist in tactics, so do we!!

  22. Emiratesstroller

    My one big worry about the senior management at Arsenal is that whilst they
    are now spending big on individual players there is no evidence that they are
    increasing their overall transfer budget.

    Last season their sole expenditure was £42.5 million on Ozil. They recouped about £11 million from sale of Gervinho and others.

    The amount spent in PREVIOUS two seasons was approximately £50 million in each albeit that was covered more or less by sales.

    So far the club has spent about £42.5 million on Debuchy and Sanchez. We have recouped at least £12.5 million from sale of Djourou and receivables from
    Vela and Fabregas. Moreover we received £30 million from Puma.

    That means that the club has not eaten into its CASH MOUNTAIN apart from
    perhaps increase in wage bill.

    The idea that Wenger and Board do not plan any additional acquisitions would be plain madness if they have any genuine ambition to compete at top.

    The idea that Wilshire and Diaby can fill hole in midfield by replacing Arteta
    is a gamble too far. Wenger would be a complete fool to rely on these two and
    wait until end of transfer window. We could land up with an injury one day
    after transfer window closes.