Arsenal transfer history is threatening to repeat itself and I’m scared

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Happy good morning to you!

I’m busy. Work. Stuff. I’ll be in St.Louis tomorrow, then New York at the weekend. I’m really worried people on Twitter will start calling me a fake fan because I’m calling football > soccer just to blend in. Hopefully my half and half scarf will ease the pressure.

Anyway, enough about me. What about football?

Hey, ever have a really messed up dejavu type moment. You know, you’re all like… imagine having a crisis in the holding role, then you find an ‘internal solution’, then that internal solution starts playing well, then you find out they have 6 months to go on their deal, then Milan come in and take that player away.

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So the story is Coquelin has 6 months to go, he can talk to foreign clubs now. Can you imagine?

Likely that won’t happen, but it’s interesting that, even in football, history has a way of threatening to repeat itself. I’d prefer it if we just gave everyone a really well paid long term contract. That way we’d be safe. All the time. I like being safe.

So what else is going on? I read an really amusing article from the Telegraph this morning. It should basically have said, ‘we’ve taken all Metro’s transfer stories so we can drive cheap traffic’.

So I didn’t get much from that…

We’re probably not going hard for players now. We’ve won a big game. Wenger has cracked it. We don’t need players.

This is a bad way of thinking. It’s knee jerk calmness. One result always changes opinion. Thing is, once that window closes, that’s it until the end of the season. It’s great to have players back in the frame, but look, there are still big gaps. We have very limited options at the back. We still  need some support in midfield. The squad didn’t just suddenly become great.

But hey, even I’m calm about it now… I am a victim of knee jerk calmness. Imagine that. Relaxed like a well sexed stud pig.

Ozil is back. He’s bulked. But does he have a place? Santi is owning that number ten role. We have very talented wide players who have staked a claim. Good position to be in. We can rotate him in when we play weaker teams. Santi needs rest. He’s been played and played. We need him fresh for the run in.

Right, super small post today because I am literally doing the best I can to connect consumers and brands in a credible and immersive way with story telling at the heart.

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  1. TitsMcgee

    If Wenger is building Arsenal for the future, is there a secret deal to offer him a new contract?
    Reading Bielik’s game stats made me sad – no clue why he’s been signed:-(”

    The ever-lasting excuse of building for the future.

    It’s amazing the amount of negligence Wenger is allowed to get away with.

  2. Rocky Pires

    Last two CB’s we had as a partnership with pace was Campbell and Toure and both played similar games.

    Ok you might say Gallas and Toure were fast but they were too much alike and had serious person al problems.
    Hopefully Gabriel and Kosser work on their partnership unlike Billy no mates and Kolo

  3. tenerife gooner

    Was in this bar in St Gallen Switzerland.I had been in the bar when we beat Man City 1-0 Arteta.We were playing Wigan ,with the hour time difference St Gallen were on all the screens.This young barman,said he would sort out the Arsenal game for me.Kick off was approaching i was getting a little concerned.He called me over ,took me to this screen and 12 young Swiss,i counted them moved to another area and wished me to enjoy the game.It was a special moment.

  4. Nasri's Mouth

    ADKB: Reading Bielik’s game stats made me sad – no clue why he’s been signed:-(

    Its not exactly rocket science

  5. salparadisenyc

    Wenger’s got the CB dart board out, Paulista, Reid, Timo Baumgartl and Mbia?
    Not very clever journalistic work regarding Mbia. Not sure I see Wenger spending what it will likely take to land Paulista.

  6. Cesc Appeal

    Bielik is one for the future, I have no problem whatsoever with us splurging that sort of money on young talent that we’ve deemed to have great potential.

    So long as they in no way effect our business or squad plans for the foreseeable future. I don’t want to hear Bielik’s name being used in the summer as one of our CM’s.

  7. Cesc Appeal

    Italian paper claiming United have made a £61 Million bid for Pogba.

    Papers in this country certainly seem to think Van Gaal has ANOTHER £150 Million to spend.

  8. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    ManU can afford at least one Pogba every summer at the moment. Huge revenue

    but he wont move till the summer

  9. ADKB

    CA: That’s the point. I can almost picture “him” saying something like: Coquelin has made phenomenonal progress, I’ve got Bielik too. We have a big squad!

  10. Cesc Appeal

    Goonergirl

    They’ve had a starting bid rejected apparently, might mean Schurlle is on his way out…

    NM

    Pogba would be a fantastic signing for just about anyone. Think there will be quite the scrap for him

  11. Cesc Appeal

    ADKB

    But he knows patience with him is at an all time low. He doesn’t really have the margin for error he use to have.

    I want Wenger out, I blame him utterly for the balls up this year…but if he’s still manager in the summer I would be beyond flabbergasted if there wasn’t a central midfielder brought in.

  12. salparadisenyc

    OzyJanuary 21, 2015 17:53:33
    Who the fuck is Timo Baumgartl..

    One of Wenger’s dreamy youth projects from what it looks like.

  13. Ozy

    Isn’t that worrying? Wenger interested in all of these prospects. Makes it seem like he’s not leaving after his contract runs out…

  14. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    If ManU want to, they can price anyone else out of the market, though they’ll be in serious need of a top striker soon, which isn’t going to be cheap.

  15. Goonergirl

    Cesc

    Yeah if they do sign him it probably would mean the end for Schurlle.

    And as for our midfield situation I doubt Wenger’s going to buy a CDM in this window. If he doesn’t buy one in the summer it’ll be a disaster but then again we’ve needed one for so long and Wenger has just ignored that need.

  16. kwik fit

    ADFB

    Never really impressed with Carlos. The others were internationals. I suppose Paulista could be one who has gone under the radar. Glad to see wenger making some moves in the market though.

  17. Cesc Appeal

    Goonergirl

    Absolutely.

    A signing like Pogba would likely mean the end of someone like Wilshere, Ramsey, Pogba and Wilshere all competing for the same spot isn’t going to fly. And out of them I think most Arsenal fans would say bye to Jack.

    Hummels and Cavani absolutely.

    We would STILL need a CDM as well!!

    Wenger has always lauded Pogba though, so it wouldn’t shock me to see him throw everything at him.

  18. TitsMcgee

    Lucio was a good defender in his day.

    Dante is solid.
    Silva is one of top CBs in the world.

    David Luiz, er, well, he has funny hair.

  19. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    Hopefully they’ll sign Cavani.

    If they sign players on downward career trajectories the rest of us might have a chance !

  20. Marko

    Chelsea criticise City for signing Bony it now looks like City will have cause to criticize Chelsea for maybe signing Cuadrado. Shame cause I really like the player. Doesn’t make sense signing him though I mean are they upgrading on Willian, Salah or Schurrle? Not really

  21. Goondawg

    If paulista is playing tonight that rubbishes talks of an imminent move. Most likely will be a drawn-out long-ass saga with many twists and turns to be trumped by another offer from Man united most likely.

    Still though good scouting opportunity and just goes to show hes not going to bail out on a team on the eve of a copa del rey quarter final

  22. Nasri's Mouth

    @goondawg

    Not really, normally players get dropped before a transfer because they lose focus. When he was asked about a potential move to AFC, he came across as very grounded, and still happy to play for Villarreal.

  23. WengerEagle

    Lucio was a world class CB for years, in 2009-10 in particular for Inter Milan he was a monster.

    Maicon was also a total beast and the best RB on the planet until Gareth Bale rap.ed him.

    Juan, Dani Alves, Roberto Carlos, Cafu, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis, Marcelo were/are all top class Brazilian defenders in recent years.

  24. Leedsgunner

    I’m a bit confused on how Schurrle has managed to become a fringe player at Chelsea… always seemed to make things happen when he was on the field… anyone fancy him for Arsenal?

    As he is primarily a left wing it would solve that problematic left wing problem — and Özil wouldn’t have to play there again… and also there is the small problem of Maureen not selling anyone of note to us until hell freezes over…

  25. Nasri's Mouth

    @Leedsgunner

    Schurrle isn’t the most talented, but he works really hard, but since he won the WC the feeling seems to be he can’t get that same level of motivation.

  26. Radio Raheem

    Lucio was a world class CB for years, in 2009-10 in particular for Inter Milan he was a monster.
    ———

    True. I’d say he was an even ‘bigger monster’ for Bayern and Leverkusen before that.

  27. WengerEagle

    Leeds

    Sorry that I didn’t reply to you earlier.

    I happen to share your concerns on Theo, for me it’s touch and go whether or not he returns the same player after his ACL injury. Such a nasty injury that wrecks plenty of careers and considering that Theo’s whole game is based around his pace it’s a big worry.

    RE Konoplyanka, he’s a decent player and actually impressed me v England at Wembley but he’s far from being good enough to start for a top club IMO, somewhere like West Ham or Swansea he’d thrive.

    I’d still love us to sign Firmino off of Hoffenheim, he’s an up and coming top player. Same age as Antoine Griezmann and a far better player IMO.

  28. Leedsgunner

    Nasri

    RE Schurrle

    You might disagree with me but as a winger he seems to have more in his skill set than Walcott. I mean after you take Walcott’s pace away what else does he have? he’s not that brilliant at corners (at least not as good as he thinks he is) and for his finishing it depends on who he is playing…. and in my opinion he is very inconsistent…

  29. Leedsgunner

    Wenger Eagle

    I share your opinion on Firmino… fantastic player. Also two footed – a deadly finisher and I’m amazed after his impressive seasons in the Bundesliga he has not been snapped up. I have been aware of him for about two seasons now.

    With regards to Konoplayanka if we buy him on a free, I think we’ll be getting a decent player who we hopefully improve…

  30. Nasri's Mouth

    @Leedsgunner

    Walcott’s finishing improved a lot before his injury. In his last full season, he was probably our best finisher.

    There was a piece on Arsenal.com that showed when players score goals and who they score them against, and whether they’re important goals or just the last goal in a 4-0 thrashing. Turned out that Walcotts goals are basically in the same ratio as everyone else.

  31. kwik fit

    For me the only world class defender produced by Brazil in recent years as Thiago. Lets hope Pautista is the second.

  32. tunnygriffboy

    I’m ever the optimist but I’ve got a bad feeling about this window. Just as we start getting our players back, the squad starts to fill out, we find a tidy short term option at CDM and we beat City away we’ll fuck the window up again leaving us short when we could go on a strong run. There should have been 4 or 5 players on a list ready to go on January 1st.

    I’m in the slough of depression.

  33. N5

    Big big fan of both Cesc, but I’d take Koke!

    *cyberkicks Kwik in the nuts also, for good measure. Also when Cesc’s backs turned, kicks up from behind into his nutsack for saying he knew I loved cock, and whilst Mids drunk he gets one too, for calling me M5. Also Johnty for Ben Affleck!!!

    Cybernut kicks are on me.

  34. N5

    I need you like Ben Affleck needs acting school
    He was terrible in that film
    I need you like Cuba Gooding needed a bigger part
    He’s way better than Ben Affleck

  35. Cesc Appeal

    Would love Schniederlin and then a Koke/Isco type buy as well in the summer.

    As I’ve said I think the summer needs to be a midfield rebuild job with Arteta, Flamini and Diaby all being let go.

    Need to find a commanding leader of a CB as well really.

  36. Goondawg

    Theo’s stats for those who are interested:

    10/11: 9 goals, 7 assists in 19 started games, 9 subs. (1692 mins)
    11/12: 8 goals, 8 assists in 32 started games, 3 subs. (2727 mins)
    12/13: 14 goals, 10 assists in 24 started games, 8 subs. (2284 mins)
    13/14: 5 goals, 4 assists in 10 started games, 4 subs. (859 mins)
    14/15: 0 goals, 0 assists in 0 started games, 4 subs. (77 mins)

    Overall since the 2010/2011 season: 36 goals, 29 assists. 85 started games, 28 subs (7639 minutes since 10/11) makes it a goal or an assist every 117th minute. Very good ratio in such a long period.

    Against United: 2 goals in 11/12 and 12/13. (4 started games, 2 subs)
    Against Chelsea: 3 goals, 1 assist in 10/11 (1 goal, 1 assist), 11/12 (1 goal), 12/13 (1 goal). (5 started games, 1 sub)
    Against Liverpool: 1 goal in 12/13. (4 started games, 1 sub)
    Against Man City: 2 goals in 13/14. (5 started games, 2 subs)
    Against sp*rs: 4 goals, 2 assist in 10/11 (1 goal), 11/12 (2 goals), 12/13 (1 goal, 1 assist), 13/14 (1 assist). (6 started games, 1 sub)

    If only Ox had Theo’s end product or Theo had Ox’s dribbling and ability to get past players.. What a player we would have. They both hail from the Mesut Ozil School of Defending, except Ox is slightly better at deceiving because of his burlesque ways. Actually Ox does run back more than Feo, whose little jogs back do irk my bones

  37. Leedsgunner

    Nasri

    You used that all important phrase… “before his injury he was our best finisher.”
    That will be literally, the multimillion dollar question, will Walcott be the same player that he was before he was injured…(and indeed become better than he was?) I’m sure at the actual reconstruction surgury was top class and the best that money could buy. Given our lingering injury list, what concerns greatly is how his rehab is being handled. I guess this is where Shad will be earning his corn…

  38. MarbleHall

    Whoever says Sundays win was down to stategy is talking shit.
    Years of neglecting tactics and we are expected to believe it was some master plan victory.
    Bollocks, it was nothing more than a good on the day performance.

  39. Cesc Appeal

    Saw a rumour yesterday that Schez may be on his way out of the club and we’re looking at Cech or Lloris in the summer.

    Would love Lloris, great keeper and would firmly put Spurs in their place. We should have taken him when he moved. Seemed such a Wenger signing.

  40. Vintage Gun

    Pedro out! He’s failing to deliver.

    @Wenger Eagle. You’ve been banging the Frimino drum for AGES now mate and to be fair i fully agree with you. Cracking player.

    Koke over Isco for me right now. Massive fan of both though.

  41. hunter13

    I’d prefer it if we just gave everyone a really well paid long term contract. That way we’d be safe. All the time. I like being safe.

    lol your hypocricy knows no bounds…i am now convinced your audience in here are idiots.

    i wonder what you were saying when ‘really well paid long term contracts’ were handed out to song denilson diaby bendtner eboue etc etc

    and as for feeling secure…..the last 18 years we have never dropped below top4, we have always played in europe and we hold epl and european defensive records and show slow steady progress in facilities, on the pitch and in our finances. 18 years top 4 finish. never repeated in the history of this club.

    this club has never been more secure and its mostly thanks to the nous of wenger and putting the club in fucking order unlike that dysfunctional garden shed of alcoholics the cretiunous fans of the’ old arsenal back’ crave for.

    we will not allow a bunch of uneducated drunken fools and the orphans of usmanove and the toyboys of morgan to mess with our glorious football club

    you are cunts and you do not belong with us. when we win trophies dont you fucking dare come celebrate with us, you have shown your colours and there is no turning back

    😉

  42. Cesc Appeal

    Goonergirl

    CAM we’re sorted really, but he can’t ignore the CM/CDM. If we behave properly Arteta, Flamini and Diaby should all be gone in the summer, potentially Rosicky as well.

    Wilshere can’t be relied on for quality or appearances and Ramsey also suffers with the injury bug.

    We need to add some steel to that midfield, some physicality, tenacity and athleticism.

  43. Goonergirl

    Cesc

    Yeah I hope he sorts out our midfield. Can’t believe Diaby is still a player for us. I agree that Arteta, Diaby and Flamini should be gone in the summer. He’ll hopefully bring in a top class CDM and he might keep Coquelin as backup. But with Wenger you never know lol.

  44. Nasri's Mouth

    @Leedsgunner

    The injury shouldn’t effect his finishing, (that’s just match fitness and confidence),just his pace and agility and the early signs look good that he hasn’t slowed. We’ll know more in a few months I guess

  45. WengerEagle

    Radio Raheem

    Yeah you’re right there, he was a smashing player at Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern too.

    Rock solid for the national team in their 2002 World Cup win too.

  46. WengerEagle

    Leeds

    Yeah he won’t be hanging around at Hoffenheim for long, surprised Dortmund and Klopp haven’t tried to sign him tbh, he’s one of the top 5 players in the Bundesliga.

    Not sure that we need Konoplyanka as a squad player tbh, I’d nearly rather just buy an upgrade on Ox/Theo and have them as squad players.

  47. MarbleHall

    Flamini and Arteta should never have been brought to Arsenal.
    Arteta is an attacking midfielder who was deployed as a defensive midfielder how brain dead is that and Flamini is just a Milan reject.

  48. WengerEagle

    Koke is a beast and will go on to be one of the best midfielders in Spanish history but I’d snap your hand off for Isco.

    Something very special about him, he’s the heir to Iniesta for Spain. Has all of Iniesta’s qualities and some (big statement I know), it’s whether or not he can go on to achieve as much and be as influential as Iniesta is the question IMO.

  49. Johnty79

    Going after paulister is another joke….when we signed koz there were hundreds of centre halfs available but wenger for some strange reason likes to sign players who take years to settle….

    Same with paulista.

    Di vrij, Reid,mings are much more obvious signings who won’t take time to settle. Also paulista is not that tall. Remember no team has won the premier with out a centre half pairing who average over 6 foot. Paulista and koz are too short despite wili saying they are 6 foot.

  50. Nasri's Mouth

    johnty: Going after paulister is another joke…

    Gary ? Yeah, he was good when he was younger, but surely he’s past it now

  51. Cesc Appeal

    Goonergirl

    That’s the thing with Wenger, to most everyone it’s obvious what we need. Unfortunately this is one of the consequences of the centralisation of power at Arsenal.

    What Wenger sees gets sorted, what he says goes, what he doesn’t see or doesn’t say doesn’t get touched.

    NM

    Yeah I doubt it, would be a massive admission on his part that we’re the top club, that he’s powerless.

    Depends how many suitors Lloirs has and how hard he pushes to go from inside? I think Vorm was bought in with Lloris’ departure in mind.

    Wouldn’t mind Cech though at all.

  52. Cesc Appeal

    Was impressed with De Vrij in the WC, tall, young, tough, not the fastest but not exactly slow either.

    Moved to Lazio in the summer didn’t he? Thought he would have been United bound for sure with Van Gaal. How’s he done at Lazio?

  53. Cesc Appeal

    Looks to be a few sources in Spain saying we’ve agreed a €20 Million fee for Paulista.

    Would be a stark change for Arsene Wenger have to say. Would go so far as to say decisive.

    Admittedly I think we should have had a player ready to go on the opening of the window but I will take this certainly.

    Start building that squad.

  54. Cesc Appeal

    WE

    He said he would post when he landed in the U, S of A but we shall see. We should all immigrate over to Untold if he fails to deliver in the next 4 hours

  55. Cesc Appeal

    We don’t know he has permit issues yet, Arsenal are ‘allegedly confident’ the FA acting on the part of the Home Office will allow it.

  56. MidwestGun

    His last words were , prozone were quite F……………….

    hahaha Hope I go out better. Like Scarface. Maybe. say Hello to my little friend!

    Cesc –
    Sheeesh we dump some useless tea in the harbor and you hold a freakin grudge for like 250 years. Let it go! Just let it go! 😀

  57. Goondawg

    Death by information is always a massive danger. It’s still be fun to see what these top companies are up to… they’re extremely PR shy. Prozone were quite f

    Comments are closed.

    RIP Pedro!

  58. Nasri's Mouth

    Midwestgun: say Hello to my little friend!say Hello to my little friend!

    I’ve always been a fan of Dylan Thomas last words

    “I’ve had 18 whiskeys in a row. I think that’s a record”

  59. MidwestGun

    Got to be something to do with Ancient Aliens or Ancient referees. One or the other could have taken Pedro’s transmission out.

    Maybe the crop circle study over on Untold will tell us.
    🙁

  60. N5

    I know my dying words will be something embarrassing like! “I bet you if I piss on this live electric cable, I can give myself an El Shaarawy”.

  61. N5

    Lee Mack’s “last words” story was my favorite.

    He said “I’ll never forget my Nan’s last words to me” she said “Lee what are you doing in here with that hammer”.

  62. London gunner

    Fucking hell this blog still gunning at theo Walcott.

    Look at goondawgs stats his been consistently prolific for years now in terms of goals and assists.

    Ox has scored 1 goal and 1 assist in 16 games which is piss poor and you already have people claiming his better than Walcott.

    People get caught up on the aesthetics of football without understanding that bottom line results come first.

  63. london gunner

    To be fair Messi has been absolutely lethal on the wing.

    Anyone see his brace the other night scored a scorcher of a header and dinked the keeper for the second

  64. gambon

    “People get caught up on the aesthetics of football without understanding that bottom line results come first”

    And just looking at stats and saying “hes so productive” also doesnt tell the whole story.

  65. Up 4 grabs now

    Gambon, not having a pop or anything but after Sunday’s result do you still think we can’t go to old Trafford and get a cheeky win?

  66. london gunner

    “doesnt tell the whole story”

    It certainly opens up the book and sums up the beginning, middle and end.

    No matter how you try and twist and turn it his been one of the most prolific wingers in the premier league of the last 6 years.

    The only better are ridiculously talented players like Ronaldo and Bale.

    His not a worldie, but his certainly an efficient, dangerous player whose justified his inclusion in the squad (more so than Ox)

    If you want to uproot members of the squad don’t start with Walcott. There are much better candidates.

    Jack Wilshere, Arteta, Flamini, Welbeck and OX. Walcott has more goals and assists then these players combined

  67. Nasri's Mouth

    @Leedsgunner

    I’m guessing the choice wasn’t between Leicester and Chelsea, but between Leicester and whichever random team Chelsea fancied loaning him out to.

  68. gambon

    London

    Well, i would say we have already replaced Theo with a much better player.

    Theo is basically the goalhanger from school. He does absolutely nothing but sit high up the pitch waiting for the ball.

    In the modern game thats just not acceptable.

  69. Up 4 grabs now

    N5, I don’t know, we were a bit unlucky last year at old Trafford and we battered them at the Emirates a month or so ago. I just think if we play like we did on Sunday the chance is there?