These two wingers are the upgrade Arsenal are looking for…

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Oh good morning my dears!

It’s bloody cold this morning. So cold, I considered wearing gloves to work. Thet I thought, no, what would the readers think? That I’m some sort of foreign import who can’t hack typing in cold weather?

Then I realised I wasn’t working. Crisis averted.

The real crisis this morning is the lack of credible news. We’re being linked with everyone. The main story that seems to be getting everyone excited is Edison Cavani. The Express. Sorry, let’s just say that again, The Express, reckon it’s a done deal. Now, I’m struggling to remember those chaps guessing a transfer correctly in about 5 years. Pretty sure they’re one of those papers that is clicks first, veracity second. I couldn’t even name you a journalist that works there.

Anyway, my gut feel would be there’s not much truth in that story.We don’t need a striker, we need 2 defensively minded midfielders, a centre back and someone to replace Lukas.

Now there’s a story, Inter Milan want to take our German flop to the San Siro (£1.5m cash money). Would be a good move for them. A slower league where chances are slim playing for a side that have been poor for a while. It leaves a gap for us. Would be interesting to see whether Arsene fills it. There are plenty of players that have been linked to cover off that role. Pedro of Barca, Shaqiri of Bayern… we need pace and technical abilty if we’re going to bolster in those positions. I don’t think it’s practical to play WELBZ out wide. The whole point of two strikers is that one gets a rest. If a rest is dumping him outwide for many high instensity games, well, that’s not really a rest. We’ll be in the same situation in March when we have two strikers shot to pieces (remember how bad Giroud was in the second half of the year last term?).

In the holding role, Schneiderlin, who was voted into the ‘Sky Team of the season so far…’ ahead of Cesc (because of Arsenal fans) has not been linked any further. I’m pretty sure he’d be our number one target given the choice. We should be going hard for him. He makes Southampton tick over. I think he and Clynne are out for the game against us next. I’ve not seen too many names linked our way. I know we’ve been talking to St Etienne about Perrin and we’ve spoken to Leverkusen about Kramer. Outside that, I have no clue where we’re looking. I’ve seen bits of Carvahlo, problem with the Portuguese league is it’s so weak it’s hard to tell who is good / who looks good because of the talent on show.

Centre backs being linked to us centre around Van Dijk, Reid and anyone with a pulse. I think Perrin will be the one. I think it’s a lack lustre signing. You don’t land at 29 in Ligue One (unless you’re at PSG) not playing for a top club in Europe if you boast World Class attributes. You might say we don’t need world class and I’d agree, but if you’re sacrificing talent, you have to look at localisation. Ligue One players are always slow off the mark. This guy will likely be no different, especially considering his age.

Fitness news ahead of the big game against Southampton centres around no Aaron Ramsey. Tomas will be back in contention, but I’d imagine he’ll be overlooked in favour of Flamini and Coquelin. This game is massive, Southampton are back looking sharp. Arsenal are grinding out victories. Take the three points at that’ll put us in 4th, 3 points behind United… ready for an attack on City and Chelsea.

Am I right? Come on! Am I right?!

I tell you what was right, my prediction that this is where we’d be around the turn of a year. We’ll be sitting pretty in 4th just as our key players get back to fitness, then in May, when we’ve finished 4th and we have a Champions League Quarter final to show for ourselves, we’ll all go…

‘Well look, it’s progress. I think the manager knows what went wrong and we owe him another season.’

… and so the cycle will begin again.


Still, there are worrying signs of form popping up all over the place. Spurs are starting to look a lot more functional under Pochettino. United’s form is gathering pace, though I still feel this could drop later on. Liverpool have also found their feet. It’s not a cut and shut as it has been in recent seasons, but any team floating around 4th awaiting the return of Theo, Rambo, Wilshere and 2 signings in Jan. Well, you’ve got to be confident!

Right, that’s me done. Have a bloody great day and don’t slip on the ice.


339 Responses to “These two wingers are the upgrade Arsenal are looking for…”

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  1. Wallace


    i think two b2b midfielders would work. either Sissoko and Ramsey, or Sissoko and Wilshere(thinking of Wilshere in his England role).

    and yeah, Southampton have an excellent base with those two in front of the back four. if Welbeck’s out i’d be happy with a draw tomorrow.


    yeah, think Silva very unlikely, but he does look quality.

  2. Emiratesstroller


    When we discuss CB position I would like Arsenal to buy a player who will rotate with Mertesacker and Koscielny and not be a third or fourth string. At the start of last season Vermaelen if he had been fit would have been rated such a player.

    Chambers or the two fullbacks who have been playing in absence of Koscielny
    are not remotely in that category. At best they are 3rd or 4th string. Bringing
    in some unknown quantity from France would be exactly same scenario.

    I don’t think that Man City or Chelsea will be in market for CB/DMF in January.
    Man Utd could be, but are likely to be highly selective.

    Arsenal are probably one of the few clubs with ‘no liquidity’ problems in January. They could schedule most of their buying in January rather than July if they chose to do so. That is why it would be worthwhile being aggressive in transfer market now.

    Buying two players for £25 million each now should be easily within our compass. spending £30-50 million on one world class player in summer would be
    also feasible particularly if you offload some of the players on our books such as Podolski,Campbell and Jenkinson. They should realise collectively at least
    £20 million.

  3. Zementalstrength

    “Arsenal are probably one of the few clubs with ‘no liquidity’ problems in January.”

    Even in the summer!! lol

    I think that we certainly continue to pay the bill for the Emirates Stadium. lol

  4. Wallace


    disagree on Chambers. i think he’ll be first choice CB within two years, maybe even next year. agree we need someone in Jan who can come in and contribute immediately though.

  5. Emiratesstroller

    Most clubs have money by the summer because of the tv and sponsorship money they receive, but more importantly they have a very clear picture then of their balance sheet.

    Arsenal had in their final accounts published this year a bank balance of almost £250 million. They spent net about £75 million most of which is paid by instalments.

    Swiss Rambler made the point recently that Arsenal have still plenty of money to spend in transfer market particularly when you factor in £40 million+ coming in annually from sponsors

  6. Emiratesstroller


    I have seen absolutely nothing that Chambers will be the player you suggest. If I was looking into a crystal ball I think that Bellerin will be our first string right full back within that time frame. He is a far more complete and
    talented footballer.

  7. tunnygriffboy


    Whoever we buy as a CB must have pace. We can really develop our pressing game with a high line with the forwards midfielders we have


    With half our side still out I would take a point as well. The Christmas schedule this years is really bad. Got an fa cup game in 48 hours after Southampton game as well. Be great if we could have slipped Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Wilshere, Walcott and Giroud in for tomorrow’s game. Injuries , irrespective of what caused them are killing us. Think of the energy those players would bring in having rested for a week.

    I hope Giroud was fined 2 weeks wages for his stupidity v West Ham.

  8. Nasri's Mouth

    I think Chambers will be first choice within a couple of seasons, probably at CB.

    I like Bellerin and he may go on to be a starter for us, but at the moment he’s had as many poor games as he’s had good ones, and even in his best performance, he was at fault for a goal. Excellent going forward, needs work defending.

  9. Zementalstrength

    “You compare kompany with koscielny?So that means kompany is better than terry?”

    I’m a bit lost… lol

  10. Leedsgunner

    You know it’s bleeding obvious even when Robbie Savage can tell you in plain English what we need.

    Frankly speaking after the Kallstrom disaster of last year I’m not expecting much. I suspect we will be linked with a world class player all the way throughout January — only for Wenger to sign a another stop gap player to drag us to 4th. I mean we had the best chance of winning a title last season and we panic loaned Kallstron — Wenger speaks of ambition — the truth is he lost his back in 2006 when he lost the Champion’s League Final.

    Honestly, Wenger spent close to £85m this summer — and we are still chasing 4th. Based on that, no matter what Wenger says his ambitions are — the reality is with Wenger as our manager and Kronke as our controlling shareholder — 4th is the name of the game for them and anything else achieved is a bonus.

  11. Bamford10

    Carvalho wasn’t good enough to start for a very poor Portugal team this summer, and he hasn’t impressed me when I have watched him. I sincerely hope the rumors we’re in for him are untrue.

    Schneiderlin, Krychowiak, Bender. These would work.

  12. tunnygriffboy


    Irrespective of how theinjuries have occurred, we have still had them and they’ve been worse than ever. At least half a team out all season so far. Do you think they will have had an effect on our performance ? I think any team would struggle for any sort of consistency with their team changing every week.

    We needed another CB in the summer and even though we’ve been decimated we’ve still dropped points when we could have taken them. I’m thinking Hull Swansea, man u and spurs.

    Our squad was short of pushing Chelsea and City but even with a normal amount of injuries we could have been closer.

  13. Leedsgunner

    Aymeric Laporte
    Fabian Schrar
    Lars Bender

    … would be the type of players I would be looking for.

    Please for Chapman’s sake do not blow £50m of Cavani… another attacker is the last thing we need…. if as a club we are going to blow £50m — let’s get the world best young manager on a three year contract and let’s go and win us some trophies.

  14. tunnygriffboy


    I get the impression Carvalho lacks pace and seems a bit awkward on the ball. I agree with you re Schniederlin and the pole. May have to wait until summer for them though.

  15. Bamford10

    As for “ambition,” it is clear as day that Wenger is less interested in winning titles than he is in abiding by his “principles” (frugality, loyalty).

    No manager interested in winning a title would’ve signed only Kallstrom last January or stuck with Giroud, Arteta and Flamini for the past two years. These players are not good enough to win titles with, and everyone knows this.

    Clearly frugality and loyalty matter more to Wenger than competing for the title.

    And no, Keyser, his spending big on a wide attacking player doesn’t change this one iota.

  16. Bamford10


    Agree re Cavani. Though better than what we have, he hasnt looked the part when I’ve watched him and we need a CDM and CB more than we need a CF (though we need this as well).

    Haven’t seen Schar or Laporte.

  17. Cesc Appeal

    But again, we’re all thinking with our “what we need to win the league” heads on.

    Wenger is thinking with the “what I need to get to fourth” head on.

    And to be honest we already have the squad the get to fourth. Ozil, Sanchez, Ramsey, Kozz, Walcott etc scrapping for fourth spot…if that happens you know something has gone hideously wrong.

    Mario Suarez seems to be the hot name today from sources in Spain. Though I still think it will be Perrin and Wenger will try the con of saying he’s a RB/CB and CDM all rolled into one for £3 Million!!

  18. Zementalstrength

    “Wenger is thinking with the “what I need to get to fourth” head on.”

    You don’t want to mess with that.
    It’s a big trophy.

  19. tunnygriffboy


    I know Wenger deserves criticism but I’m not having that he doesn’t want to win
    titles. He thinks he can do I by abiding by his principles ( some of which are admirable), I don’t think he can. With players back and a couple in we will improve but not enough unfortunately.

  20. Cesc Appeal

    No way to Chambers taking over in a ‘couple of seasons’ as well…and certainly not next season! 20 years old? No no.

    I really rate Chambers, I think he will eventually be our starting CB. But he needs to bulk, needs to mature, needs to learn to read the game better, not be so rash and impulsive (that comes with being 19)…needs a loan next season.

    As everyone said anyone describing Chambers as adequate cover at the end of August was being incredibly short sighted and excusing of Wenger really. A 19 year old was always going to perform exactly as Chambers has, bouts of sporadic form, rashness, silly mistakes etc

  21. tunnygriffboy


    ” with Sanchez, Ozil, Ramsey, Kos, Walcott if getting 4th something gone hideously wrong . . . ”

    Would agree wholeheartedly but unfortunately only Sanchez has played regularly, Ramsey sporadically and the others not at all. Any team would suffer missing those.

  22. Cesc Appeal


    Walcott I grant you but when Wenger had the others he messed about with 4-1-MESS-1 which nullified their ability, and he knew about Kozz months before the window shut so…

    Even with them out 4th is in now danger at all. Wenger’s deception that one, lowering of standards.

    I don’t think Wenger doesn’t want to win titles, any more than Sam Allyardice probably starts a season wanting to win a title, but I never feel Wenger tries to win a title.

    Firstly what’s most important is playing the game the way he believes we should, adhering to his principles, he has a blatant disregard for certain areas of the field and parts of the game, he’s slow to correct glaring issues and has not altered his style in any meaningful way for almost two decades now.

    That isn’t a recipe for success.

  23. Nasri's Mouth

    @cesc appeal

    Disagree. Chambers has been excellent as cover this season.

    The problem is he’s been forced into being more than that, which he’s not yet ready for, hence why he’s now in need of a rest.

  24. ADKB


    Arsene wants to win titles
    Arsene believes with his principles he can win titles
    We are never challenging for the PL (4th, sometimes 3rd)
    We know he can’t win as long as he keeps abiding by his principles
    He can win if only he changes his principles
    He doesn’t want to change and I see this as not wanting to win.

  25. Cesc Appeal


    But it was always going to blow up in our face…not hindsight, I think most people on here said that in August.

    In a, pat on the back, well done lad sort of way, he’s been okay…he had a few games where he looked really good.

    But horrible management having a 19 year old as your RB cover and CB cover when you KNEW one of you TWO CB’s had acute tendinitis!!

    Wenger’s management style baffles me, I literally cannot find reasoning for that decision. It’s not even a gamble because the outcome was painfully obvious from the outset.

  26. Emiratesstroller

    If we are going to postpone once again key acquisitions until the summer then we need to finish at least 3rd [not 4th] if we want to secure a guaranteed place in CL.

    My concern is that if we fail to secure that position it will become much harder to buy in Summer the quality of players we need.

    The reality is that we need quality CB and DMF now. We cannot afford to postpone it once again. What concerns me is that Wenger seems to be looking at
    fringe players. We need to see him showing some ambition and making an offer that clubs cannot refuse.

    Schar and Khedira will come out of contract in Summer. Both are buyable for
    right price. I believe also that Arsenal could buy Scheiderlein if they wanted to. Southampton are not a club who will turn down a decent offer as they demonstrated in Summer.

    Personally I would like Arsenal to go an ‘extra mile’ for once as the top three
    clubs demonstrate frequently. If we pay over the odds for one key player that
    is not such a terrible thing to do. Paying £30 million for a player worth £20-25
    million is not such a bad thing if it makes a real difference to your team.

  27. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    Yeah, I agree totally on the Kos tendonitis issue. Really poor decision making.

    But that meant we needed cover for Kos, AS WELL has having Chambers as a back up CB. He’s done well at that.

  28. tunnygriffboy


    Agree totally 4 mess 1 but after half a dozen games a lot of our influential player
    ddisappeared. We scrambled a bit after but since he’s gone back to 4-2-3-1 / 4-3-3 we’ve picked up some results with so called weaker players. Problem is with the defence and midfield decimated he has played strongest forward line for fear of rest of team imploding ( no adequate cover at defence ) hence worry of burn out

    I hope he sticks to this formation. Was great to see 2 DM’s v West Ham. With more care we could have scored 2 or 3 on the counter. We have pace to burn. Imagine if we had 2 quality CDM or even 1 with Ramsey.