Liverpool planning a move for Arsenal striker

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Oh hells yeah, this is a morning post… before 9am. How you feeling about that?

Pretty good, I hope.

I find it amazing that every time Arsenal build up a bit of a steam, someone in the media tries their damndest to create a story out of nothing. Phil Neville kicking off about Rosicky’s ‘no look’ pass… I mean, come on. Really? A man who played with Cristiano in his prime show-pony days is bitching about a bit of entertainment?

It’s really weak. As weak as the pundits complaining about the lack of respect shown when Santi chipped his penalty against Newcastle. Fans are there to be dazzled. When they dazzle, applaud, whoever you support… that’s what the game is all about.

Bitch about disrespectful challenges. The same challenges most of our backward punditry lap up as ‘part of the game’.

I do find it interesting, that even with a core of English players, we still have this sort of coverage levelled against us.

Arsene Wenger doesn’t brutalise the press like LVG and Mourinho do. I mean, look how poorly LVG is doing and he gets off so lightly because he says mean things and boasts an acid tongue. Same with the refs. Our niceness is our weakness.

I love innovation, me. It makes me feel modern. I like that in a game that’s well over a million years old, teams still try out bizarre new techniques. This is Nice defending a freekick.

I mean, honestly, what a great idea. The guy taking the freekick now isn’t aiming over a relatively static wall, he’s trying to tip the ball over a keeper who can throw his hand high enough to beat the dip. Such a clever idea. The players is concentrating on the keeper. The defenders stand on the line. I love it.

Arsenal have been creating additional revenue streams through the illegal farming of high grade ‘medical’ cannabis.

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Pretty cool pic right? I don’t know where it came from, so apologies if I’ve just shat all over your IP. Board meetings are going to be way fucking trippy. Can’t wait to see next years away kit.

In other news, one of my pals who runs The Haggerston (Gooner pub, excellent venue) has taken a course in Tattoo artistry. He’s not charging at the moment, but would appreciate any volunteers. He’s got this thing about neck tatts at the moment… so drop me a line if you’re interested.

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Guys, come on.

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Jeeeeeez. Let that settle in.

Ok, moving on. I had an interesting article sent in by Tom about Leinsters injury problems. They had 20 players out at one point. They looked for internal solutions and managed to get things back on track. It’s interesting, because they used to have that side of the game nailed, then it all went wrong.

There was a lot of soul searching,” Tobin continued. “We audited ourselves – the strength and conditioning and physio departments – with a lot of honestly back and forth to try and see where the holes were that needed to be filled.

“There were little 10 per centers in a lot of areas that probably contributed to some of it.

The 10%er comment is interesting. Because those little misses here and there contribute to bigger problems. That happens in all lines of work. The strength is in identifying the issues early. Easier said than done. But, Arsenal are back on top of their issues. It feels like we’re taking R&R seriously now. So there’s been a reaction to the mess that happened earlier in the year. What that was, who knows… point is, we’re seeing the benefits (or we’re not and this is a fluke). Santi is on fire, Sanchez hasn’t broken and we’ve a new powerhouse Ozil back in the frame. Happy days, long may it last.

Finally, Liverpool are plotting a move for Chuba. This would make me sad. Give him a new deal Arsene. Make him rich and happy.

Right, that’s your lot today. Have a good one. No, an exceptional one laced with many treasurely moments.

 

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  1. Carts

    Akpom hasn’t banged since December 1st, and I think in that space of time he’s played 3 times. Just wondering whether the uncertainty around his future could be having an effect mental. With that said I think he’d do well at Liverpool.

  2. Cesc Appeal

    The Schurrle transfer is a weird one, interesting to see how that works out for Chelsea.

    Cuadrado will certainly bring a lot of pace to that Chelsea side.

    On the Ozil thing I do think, and have said numerous times Ozil isn’t a game winner in an obvious sense, he isn’t a ‘grab the game by the scruff of the neck’ players…but his game will allow another to do that, or will allow the game to be taken by the scruff…if that makes sense.

    But I also agree Ozil has to improve his own attitude and work rate. He can appear lazy and unwilling to do the more physical side of things in which case he just won’t work out here.

    At the moment we’ve got a £42 Million, worlds best No.10 who I personally wouldn’t trust in big, big games…that’s a problem.

    But he’s put on some weight, let’s see how he comes back, if the attitude and willing haven’t improved by the end of the season then you have questions.

  3. Le Prof

    Carts

    ‘If Ozil doesn’t produce what his fanboys expect him too from now till May, are ya’ll going to start saying ‘He was injured for so long…just you wait till next season!’?’

    Yes.

  4. Leedsgunner

    This is for “Two footer” Phil Neville who said he would 2 foot TR7.

    “Real commitment is taking the time to learn your trade, not just jump in with 2 feet because you want to win the favour of your manager who can’t properly coach a defence. ”

    Rosicky has more skill in his shoelace (he doesn’t have to put his shoes on) than you had in your whole career son.

    Phil Neville, forever in his brother’s shadow on and off the pitch.

  5. N5

    I personally think its poor form to keep calling us fanboys, at least 4 posters have said it today.

    We’re just supporters of Ozil who respect him. I’m not blind to his deficiencies, I just think hid positives out weigh the..

  6. Carts

    Karim – Very much so and it’s so damn annoying. It’s one thing to ‘let a player know you’ll be up his ass for 90min’ then there absolutely smashing a player for no other reason than keeping him quiet. That’s nothing more than assault.

    I do strongly feel that it is slowly being etched out of our game and the sooner we have non-entities like Savage and Neville talking aboslute horse on TV the better. We’re talking of two very average players trying to educate the viewing public? really, bruh?! Yeah, cos no other successful pro want to try their hand at punditry.

    I watched/watch a lot of youth football, a lot. U17 – U21 euro, World Youth Championship U20 WC, domestic reserve games, you name it. I used to treck up the Northern Line to Barnet just to see what the hype was about with David Bentley – justified might I add.

    One thing I noticed was the intent to play passing football. I mean, yes there were long balls, the same long balls you’ll see in every domestic league, but there definitely was an overexaggeration attached to English football about long balls. To me, what I noticed was how much of a berating a player would get for losing the ball because he didn’t go long. Again, ‘clearing your lines’ and ‘going long’ are two different things, to me. But there was a time where both term were, and, even today, are interchangable. So again, you find yourself in a situation where playing expressive football is second to old-school tactics.

    The more Football, as we begin to know it, is encourage the less serious injuries we’ll see. I’m all for 50/50s, a good tustle, slide tackles, but everything else has no place in football.

    The handful of EPL team who rely heavily on long ball, pretty much tarnished 2/3 of the league. Yet on the other hand you’ll have esteemed people who proclaim how great and entertaining the EPL was. I’m of the later observation.

  7. Goondawg

    First of all, Ozil is a phenemonal footballer. He does the basics so so well. What I’ve noticed, he really comes to life when we have direct players like Walcott and Ramsey. Not this plodding around sideways passing bullshit we adopted last year, with Giroud making a total of 0 fucking runs. Now we have added Sanchez to the mix, it’s a different ball game. Hampered by injury, and world cup fatigue, this start of the season has not gone swimmingly.

    Also in addition to being shanked to the left and we haven’t had a good CDM. Now Coquelin has emerged, we may see the best of him. He needs a good defensive mid next to him so he has less work with defensive duties, and he is best with pacey players running on to his through balls on counter attacks.

    Eriksen is alright, but can he do the same in a big team. And Gtfo if you think spuds is a big team. Ozil is more talented. Lets cast our mind back to Real Madrid, the CR7 and M10 combo was a thing of beauty. You dont get named king of assists for the last 5 years for being a mediocre player. Erikson has a good half season and people start talking as if he one of the best cam in the pl. Seriously you closet spuds are deluded. He has underperformed at Spurs overall when you think of the hype. He is starting to now show his true qualities and could become a great player, however there is no doubt a fit ozil is better.

  8. Carts

    N5 – just bants, pal. I’m a fanboy of a couple of players out there. I used to be Zidane’s biggest fanboy. I wouldn’t take it peronal at all. I’ve said in the past that I feel there’s more to Ozil’s game.

    I believe the step down in collective class was a bit of a factor to why we didn’t see that Real Madrid-Ozil. Now we have Sanchez, and players improving, I find it hard to believe that Ozil won’t up-it even more.

  9. Carts

    Le Prof – see my response to N5. I’m just playing devils advocate for most part. I haven’t written off Ozil as that would be premature and silly. I think there’s much more in his locker and hope to see it in the next 4 months.

  10. Goondawg

    Jose showed at RM how to get the best out of him. In this sense Wenger and the system has failed. He is a mercurial talent no doubt. Wenger should have played him at his best position to see the best out of him.

    People need to watch Ozil play, and notice how much quicker we play, how fluid we are and how well we recycle position. He does things with the ball, none of our players can dream of doing.

    Ozil makes our best players look even better. Thats what he did in La liga. Thats what he did with an over achieving Werder Bremen, He was crucial for Germany, in their World cup win. He never lost the ball. The better the talented team, the better Ozil is for it. This limelight nonsense has taken its toll on him, because he is most effective not hogging the limelight but letting others take the glory. But the way he affects our play is World class. No doubt

  11. N5

    Carts it wasn’t directed at your comment mate. I was on lunch at read it a few times when back tracking. There are so many that disregard commenters like Romford, who’ve given detailed reasoning behind their support for Ozil because they consider him and the other Pro Ozil supporters as mindless fan boys!

  12. Goondawg

    If we are going to pay 42 mill on Ozil, then the least Wenger could do is build the team around him. Buy an amazingly combative DM, have more than 2 CBs for 4 competitions, you know to balance Ozil’s lack of defensive contributions and such. Maybe, just maybe play him in his best position…. Just a thought

  13. N5

    Goondawg, that is true, but when you are called it, it’s very rarely meant in a polite way. It’s normally used to belittle a comment. You say I think he’s a technically gifted player worth his money and you’ll get back, yeah but you’re a fanboy you c*nt.

  14. Ozy

    Why are there pictures of this pretty boy Brooklyn Beckham in an Arsenal kit going around?

    We recruit the Bieliks, Beckhams when other teams are recruiting the Odergaards, Ruganis..

  15. salparadisenyc

    Not really sure whats the point in giving Ozil yet another beat down after just coming back from long term injury. Looks fit, focused a tad bit bulkier. Contributed to decent performance for the most part against Brighton. Took his chance and scored. Come May if Ozil is sulking around with Sanchez, Welbeck and Walcott to utilize i’ll be the first to give him a raking over the searing coals.
    As for Erikson, better value for money spent at this stage. He’s exceeded expectation but i’d still take Ozil over him as his potential is far greater. We finally spent and every one of us was throughly excited about that. I’m going to have the patience to see it out. As stated earlier Pires came in and didn’t nearly have the impact in his first season he did in the second. Mesut’s second season has just begun lets see where it takes us. If he gets in the side 🙂

  16. Goondawg

    “On the Ozil thing I do think, and have said numerous times Ozil isn’t a game winner in an obvious sense, he isn’t a ‘grab the game by the scruff of the neck’ players…but his game will allow another to do that, or will allow the game to be taken by the scruff…if that makes sense.”

    Spot on CA. The better the team, the better the player Ozil is. Ozil makes the all the attacking players around him so much better, just by providing. So the more talent on show, who wouldnt prefer Ozil?

    When he played for Real Madrid, every game he was capable of producing magical moments and creating space for so many of their players. Damn, he was so good

  17. Cesc Appeal

    Goondawg

    That is true, and it’s something a lot of us said on here last season, Wenger didn’t do Ozil any favours at all last year.

    He didn’t have a solid midfielder behind him, no pace beside him or in front of him either. Having Rosicky, Cazorla and Giroud for targets sort of negates your strength if you’re Ozil.

    He does have to improve his attitude though and his work rate; against City we saw the value of a side where every player is working hard and overlapping in terms of their roles and responsibilities…no one sort of shrugged and said ‘it’s not my job to defend.”

    Every player on the pitch has a duty to defend and press the opposition. I love Ozil, he’s utter class, but he needs to add that to his game, I hate that thing he does when he loses the ball and throws his arms down in tempers and then sags his head…look at Sanchez, get after it Ozil!!!

  18. Le Prof

    Ozy

    ‘We recruit the Bieliks, Beckhams when other teams are recruiting the Odergaards, Ruganis..’

    Oh be quiet Ozy. And before you say something like Im trying to opress the black man, Im not, its just that your post is wank.

    Those players you mentioned will not be playing 1st team football for any of their clubs any time soon. The exception being Rugani playing for Empoli not Juve his parent club but Im sure you realise we’ve just bought a ready made CB so he isnt needed reagrdless.

  19. Le Prof

    Thomas

    ‘Ozil is a bottler. Looks like he’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown constantly.’

    Yeah looked exactly like that in the World Cup you cunt.

  20. Ozy

    What the fuck? Lol, Le Prof, you alright? And you guys act as if I am the one to always bring up race.

    What is it that you disagree with? How many incredible youth players are out there and we spend time and money recruiting players like Bielik who NOBODY knows anything about – whose own manager said he’s nowhere near ready to be anywhere near the first team. We consider ourselves an elite team but why aren’t we genuinely chasing elite youth players like Odergaard, Rugani, Gimenez, Stones, Neves, Barbosa, etc.. fuck

  21. Northbanker

    Sanchez has now completely spoiled us when analysing other players .I have never seen anyone as talented as him work as hard as he does when he’s lost possession. What an attitude.

    Anyone heard this rumour we’re going after Suarez again? Imagine – Surez and Sanchez in same line up!

  22. Goondawg

    I hear so much crap about Ozil’s lack of defensive contribution and his inability to be versatile on the wings, to the point they use it as a beating stick to discredit him as a player. He was like that in Germany, and also in La Liga. He could get away with it then, by not being strong. But the physicality and aggression of the EPL is unmatched.

    I dont think his attitude is poor, he does look lazy and disinterested sometimes, but like RP points out it’s just his face man! But everyone knew about his lack of defensive abilities, this isn’t news to anyone. If we are not playing him in the centre, we shouldn’t be playing him at all. Like I remember the games in the CL or against big teams in the EPL, Wenger would play him RW in front of an inexperienced 19yo RB and we would get smashed. Who do we blame??

    You can not buy a 42 million player, who boasts certain world class skills, but lack certain assets in other departments, and when push him into that specific position, ask him to adapt a new role that concentrate on the skills he lacks. That is an absolute farce.

    There are players able to fill in roles like Milner, but Ozil is simply not one of these players. He’s not bloody Grosskreutz who can almost play every position under the sun, but Grosskreutz is also no Ozil when he plays the number 10. If we spend 42 mill on a player, we should really be using him accordingly

  23. Le Prof

    English humour Ozy.

    Beilik is one player. Where exactly are we going to fit these players? We have enough developing of our own youth.

    Its not like we haven’t had our fair share of talented youngsters, Cesc, Jack, Wally and your favourite the OX to name a few.

    North banker

    ‘Sanchez has now completely spoiled us when analysing other players .I have never seen anyone as talented as him work as hard as he does when he’s lost possession. What an attitude.’

    True dat

  24. Insomnia

    To be fair to Thomas he is correct but for the wrong reason to say Ozil is a bottler. The Ozil family have a history of bottling non-alcoholic beverages since they were granted a licence to do so by Suleiman the Magnificent.

  25. Le Prof

    Ozy

    ‘3 Beckhams in our academy. For fucks sake…’

    Stop hating on the rich white man and his 3 over privilaged kids

  26. Goondawg

    “We consider ourselves an elite team but why aren’t we genuinely chasing elite youth players like Odergaard, Rugani, Gimenez, Stones, Neves, Barbosa, etc.. fuck”

    Ozy mate give it a rest. You are reaching pal. You do realise all these youngsters are only choosing to play for Real Madrid because of a special elite ex-player who currently coaches their Castillo team.

    I like to imagine how negotiations to decide which team to opt for panned out. On one hand there is Andries Jonker. On the other a certain je ne sais quoi. Zinedine Zidane. It’s every kids dream.

  27. Nasri's Mouth

    @Insomnia

    Indeed.

    Every year we produce a small run of gooseberry and lime cordial from the orchard, and we rely on Ozil Bottling Co. The big guys just aren’t interested in the small fry like us.

    I’m currently sipping a glass now. Perfect with ice, while eating water biscuits

  28. Nasri's Mouth

    Ozy: 3 Beckhams in our academy. For fucks sake…

    As neither you nor I have any idea how good / bad they are, this is pretty silly comment isn’t it?

  29. Insomnia

    “Nasri’s Mouth” is often full of Ozil’s bottle .

    For those interested Ozil bottling Co. is represented “across all ze social media platforms” much like Mesut’s fans

  30. Leedsgunner

    “Anyone heard this rumour we’re going after Suarez again? Imagine – Surez and Sanchez in same line up!”

    Nice to think about but tbh if we had that kind of money (£80m -£90m) to blow on one player (never mind his wages!!!) I would rather spend that money purchasing 2 WC DMs. Pogba would be a good start.

  31. Insomnia

    To be serious for a brief moment:

    I like Ozil, I enjoy the way he plays but I can understand why others can’t see that – because they are stupid 😉

  32. Bankz

    I remember posting here over & over during the summer that Ozil shies away from the physicality of the EPL.
    That’s the reason why I would have Cesc, Silva, Cazorla &Eriksen over him.
    Until he starts embracing the physicality of the EPL, he’d always have a debate like this hanging over him.

    I see y’all keep bringing his goals in qualifiers as a stat that he isn’t goal shy. Thing is, Germany played a couple of joke countries & most were penalties.

    I want him to shine at Arsenal but until he embraces that physicality inherent in the EPL, he’d always raise divided opinions.

    On his last season’s performance, I’m not sure anyone would have asked Wenger to go pay £42.5mill for him if he was playing at Chelsea with an attitude like that.

    Like gambon said, hope he does a Pires on us this season so we can put this debate to bed once & for all.

  33. Cesc Appeal

    No chance of Suarez, but you can dream.

    Biting and cheating aside he’s still a fantastic player; I detest Barcelona as well so taking Sanchez and Suarez from them in the space of 12 months would give me a 6 day boner.

    But yeah, the money should and MUST be spent on a couple of CM’s one being a prolific CDM. Possibly a GK as well, LB maybe as well…we do need a quality striker, but that isn’t as pressing as that CDM issue.

  34. Keyser

    This is why football’s tedious as fuck at times. It’s partly Arsenal’s fault to and something that will have to be addressed over numerous years.

    Everyone says spend the money, then act all confused why we aren’t supposedly getting value for money.

    Ozil cost soo much, not because he was playing to that standard especially but because Real Madrid, amongst other teams, pool talent, if anything they didn’t get the most out of Ozil and Mourinho underachieved by a fair margin. If you consider the talent they had/ have then something has to give, and with Ronaldo in the team it’s generally other players.

    Ozil went from a kid at Werder Bremen to, where he would’ve learn’t to track back, to show tenacity and aggression, to Real Madrid where he was used sparingly and expected to make key decisions at key moments, he wasn’t especially stretched at all.

    Most players should level out, they develop a more varied style, Ozil a bit like Arshavin has been indulged, even Sanchez masks his need for progression with sheer work-rate. At some point it catches up with you.

    The comparison to Eriksson is misguided, if we’d signed Ozil from Werder Bremen we would’ve seen the progression he needs now, likewise if Eriksson had moved to Real Madrid, it’s unlikely he would’ve played a pivotal role right away.

    Even now Eriksson isn’t playing in the Champions League, though of course he might do next year and he isn’t challenging for league titles either.

  35. Thomas

    Le Prof January 29, 2015 14:20:58

    Thomas

    ‘Ozil is a bottler. Looks like he’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown constantly.’

    Yeah looked exactly like that in the World Cup you cunt.
    ______________________________

    Lol yeah because he contributed so much. Anonymous most of the tournament. If Reus wasn’t injured Ozil wouldn’t even make the first team you mong.

  36. N5

    “The comparison to Eriksson is misguided, if we’d signed Ozil from Werder Bremen we would’ve seen the progression he needs now, likewise if Eriksson had moved to Real Madrid, it’s unlikely he would’ve played a pivotal role right away.”

    Brilliant comment.

  37. N5

    Goondawg, I wish gambon would test it and say something OTT like Sanogo will be the next Suarez and watch certain posters (mentioning no names) say it word for word later!!

  38. Ozy

    “Ozy mate give it a rest. You are reaching pal. You do realise all these youngsters are only choosing to play for Real Madrid because of a special elite ex-player who currently coaches their Castillo team.”

    Uhm. Neves is at Porto. Stones moved to Everton. Gimenez to Atletico Madrid. Barbosa is at Santos. Scuffet is at Udinese. I could go on. Only Odergaard moved to Real Madrid. How exactly am I reaching?

    The fact is we go for unknown barely there, barely here youth players that never make it. Granted, these kids I mentioned are either already playing first team football or knocking at the door but they’ve been ripping it apart for years. Why weren’t we in for Gimenez before he moved to Atletico? He’s going to be incredible. A CB. Exactly what we needed. Any rational person would’ve preferred Neves over Bielik. Barbosa scored 21 goals last season for Santos and he’s only 18.

    Even if the ones I mentioned are out of reach, there are countless. Somebody posted a Best 100 Youth Players list here a few days ago and I think only Chambers was there from Arsenal. That speaks volumes. All I’m saying is that our youth system needs to be held to a higher standard, especially if we’re trying to be an elite European club.

    @NM, if you have any hope for those kids, I don’t know what to tell you. That shit is nepotism at its finest. Brooklyn is 15. Have you ever read anywhere that he’s even somewhat above average? Why are WE the ones recruiting these kids? I would bet my life savings (all 28 dollars) that they’ll never make it at a top level.

  39. Goondawg

    Lol N5

    I even find the inital comment about Reus OTT, as Joachim Loew has been on record, leading to the tournament and after, as saying how crucial Ozil is to his plans

  40. TitsMcgee

    ESPN FC ‏@ESPNFC 5m5 minutes ago
    Wenger with worrying news for Arsenal: “The only uncertainty we have is Alexis Sanchez who has a hamstring concern.”

  41. Keyser

    Ozy – Why would you go on ? I mean you could look into every single one of those players and find reasons to pass, maybe as we’ve started to spend more in the transfer market, the appointment of Anders Jonker will see us ramp up other areas to, but that’s going to take years.

    If you mean other Academies Youth products, we’ve poached and benefitted from numerous players.

  42. Nasri's Mouth

    @Ozy

    The oldest of the Beckham kids is what, 15?

    Chances are none of them will make it, just like every other 15 yr old in football academies around the world. But that doesn’t mean they’re any worse (or better) than the rest of them, so picking on them is ridiculous

  43. Rosicky@Arsenal

    @ Emirates
    If Mancity can keep a 36 year old Lampard who cannot play more than 20 min in a match why u want Arsenal to sell Rosicky who can play 90 minutes every week if wenger chooses to.

    Mind you City are begging Lampard to sign for another season.

  44. Le Prof

    Thomas

    ‘Lol yeah because he contributed so much. Anonymous most of the tournament. If Reus wasn’t injured Ozil wouldn’t even make the first team you mong.’

    But unless I’m missing something Reus was injured you thick cunt.

    Why even bother? You’re a fucking imposter and you’re not even Arsenal.

  45. Ozy

    Lol oh jeez. Okay, next time any of you mention any young exciting prospects, I’ll remind you what a shining success our youth academy is. 😉

  46. MoW

    god damn, please rest Sanchez. if there’s even a slight doubt about his hamstring, just let him have a week off. it’s not worth it.

    i know what will happen though, i can see it now…

  47. Nasri's Mouth

    Just seen an advert on Arsenal.com

    Wanted: Extremely strong rope. Must be able to secure short Chilean with suspect hamstring and prevent him from reaching the Emirates pitch on sunday

  48. Keyser

    Ozy – That’s the problem you’re argument basically boils down to ‘Lol’, like your opinions on Ox, if you had something relevant to say maybe people wouldn’t wonder what you’re talking about.

  49. NYCgooner

    Turns computer on and checks le- grove.

    Another day of irrational Ozil bashing

    Turns computer off and goes back to sleep.

  50. Ozy

    No, Keyser, I wasn’t responding to you and I already made my argument clear. I stopped because unlike some of you, I don’t go on and on and on in circles. I believe the issue with our youth academy has been one that’s been consistently brought up for a while now.

    I didn’t respond to your contribution because it added nothing to the argument. Your argument was the faith that our youth academy will improve because we appointed Jonkers and have been spending more in the transfer market, that any exciting, great youth player has reasons to pass on …. uhm. Yeah. That didn’t merit a response but you forced my hand.

  51. Keyser

    Ozy – from like the 15-19 age range we’ve actually done quite well, about 6 are actually regular first teamers.

    So what are you left with ? The actual academy ? There’s numerous reasons why that’s been difficult.

    Then you’re back to the talented young player range and when we’re spending 30 million+ on Sanchez and Ozil, do you not see why we might not be investing as much in the youth market ?

    These are just pretty obvious things to consider.

  52. Ozy

    My issue, Keyser, was on some of the players we seem to bring in – barring Chambers, they’re not much to write home about. Some of the first team regulars you mentioned are not setting the world ablaze. There are a number of excellent youth players we should’ve been in for, is all I’m saying. But that’s me done. Moving on.

  53. Alfie

    ” ESPN FC ‏@ESPNFC 5m5 minutes ago
    Wenger with worrying news for Arsenal: “The only uncertainty we have is Alexis Sanchez who has a hamstring concern.”

    Concerning but he shouldn’t be anywhere near the Aston Villa match even if fit.

  54. Keyser

    “they’re not much to write home about. Some of the first team regulars you mentioned are not setting the world ablaze.”

    Look at your wording, we play in probably the strongest league in Europe and definitely the most lucrative what are you expecting exactly ? Bellerin is on the verge of the first team squad ? Is he not much to write home about or setting the world ablaze ? Or is he in the massive gap in between ?

  55. Ozy

    Keyser, I had assumed you meant the actual first team regulars that kind of or did come from our academy. Bellerin and Chambers are solid players and very smart purchases. The rest… uhm.

  56. Keyser

    Ozy – I’m trying to work out who you mean, or what.

    Wilshere, Gibbs, Sczcesny are playing in the Champions League, they’re established Premier League players.

    Theo, Ox, we’ve bought from a young age. Chambers, Coquelin are similar.

    Bellerin, Akpom, Gnabry are then in behind.

  57. Wallace

    Ozy

    but which big club are you thinking about that is just overflowing with academy first teamers?

    all those amazing 16yr olds that Chelsea have blown millions on this past 10yrs and not one of them’s gotten anywhere near their first team.

  58. Nasri's Mouth

    Ozy: I had assumed you meant the actual first team regulars that kind of or did come from our academy…

    Errr, you started this by talking about Odegaard, a player that was SIGNED by Real Madrid at 16

    So you can’t discount players like Bellerin just because we signed them too

  59. Nasri's Mouth

    Chelsea sign Cuadrado for £26m and pay Salah’s wages when he goes the other way.

    He’s a decent player, but I don’t think he’s that good. Hmm

  60. Nasri's Mouth

    Chelsea have cancelled their press conference. Probably because poor old Costa has been charged with stamping

    Hope the PL fine them as much as they can for that

  61. Thomas

    Goondawg January 29, 2015 14:53:56

    Lol Thomas get gambons dick out of your mouth.
    _________________________

    Get Wengers dick out of your mouth you pleb.

    @Le Cunt

    Lol typical response. Someone disagrees, you’re an imposter or Spurs fan. Haha.

  62. Goondawg

    Are they even allowed to just up and cancel post match conferences when ever they feel like?

    Such a pisstake. They act so big and mighty. Hope the FA doesnt allow this act of insolence to go unnoticed

  63. karim

    ‘ but which big club are you thinking about that is just overflowing with academy first teamers ? ‘

    Not a huge club but Lyon does play with 8 home made players, and they re topping the league.