Double Ligue One raid on the cards?

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Hit the midweek feels like I’ve stolen a day. Sweet feeling.

Arsenal news is as usual, at a premium. The season nearly sewn up, much of the focus has centred around what we need next season. Thierry thinks we need a new spine, Gary Neville thinks we need to reinforce the spine and Phil Neville likes One Direction.

I think we need to bolster in certain areas. I think we’ll see a few leave this summer. Lukas, Campbell, Rosicky, possibly Arteta and Flamini. I reckon we’ll see Jenks and Theo move on.

We don’t seem to have a lot coming through the ranks, well, anytime soon. What happened to Zelalem? God like player. Will Toral become anything of note? Will Chuba get over his stint at Forest? ZERO goals and a lot of fan disdain. So many sad questions… as a great man once said,

‘Arsenal kids are best dealt with like farm animals, don’t name them, because it’ll make the process of the inevitable so much more painful.

MERIDA! VELA! LANSBURY!

Still fresh in the mind.

I guess what’s important here is that the senior players mentioned above are barely squad players. They’ve mostly all been ignored this season. We also have Jack and Chambo coming in on the regular, which would give us more options.

So basically, what we’d be doing is trimming wage fat more than anything else. A defensive midfielder is the big one for me. It’d be a tragic mistake to think Coquelin is enough for the year. I’d like to see an inside forward to add more unpredictability to the front line. Reus will surely be available and Sterling, despite Rodgers ‘I’m gonna keep him and lose him on a free’ statement’ will likely be available. You’ll also have the yearly player frenzy around Madrid and PSG.

Abdennour was excellent in the first leg against us. Looks a machine. Not sure who he’d replace. We have four centre backs? Fekir looks exciting as well. Also attracting interest from PSG.

There are plenty of options. The key to next season is a proper start. The second half of the season needs to be built on. More detail, more focus on the right sort of training and a bolstering of technical staff where we need them.

Interesting watching the Madrid game last night. A smart battle between two very good teams. Madrid edged out by a Carlos Tevez goal. Bayern vs Barca tonight, all eyes on a Barca side looking slightly incredible at the moment… and a Bayern side looking, well, a bit lost after two losses on the bounce.

BIG NIGHT OF FOOTBALL.

Have fun. x

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  1. GS88

    Dan Ahern.

    Yeah Neuer is the best goalie right now. Still not sure about him being an alltime great yet.

    Think we can only put him up alongside the greats after his career has finished.

    Having said that, we are here lauding and praising Leo Messi and putting him among alltime greats well before is career has ended. Though, he is an exception to the rules.

  2. Bankz

    Barcelona have never faced seasoned pros like Bayern and it’s only a matter of time before they wilt.

    Redtruth

    How long did it take before they bent over?
    Haaaaaaahaaaaaaaa!

    You’re such a clown

  3. GS88

    One thing I will say though, is that in the 80s, the pitches were hard and tough. Maradona took some kicks and knocks it wasn’t even funny. Also he played in against the great AC Milan side I talked about a few weeks ago which is still the best I’ve ever seen and beasted them on a few occasions.

    Messi shades it, but if only he could just get a WC winners medal, that would just confirm him as the greatest ever.

  4. Redtruth

    Messi can not replicate his Club form for his Country, why?

    Whatever the circumstances great players will great players no matter who they play for.

  5. GS88

    Top 20 players I’ve ever seen.

    Not in order:

    1. Lionel Messi
    2. Luis Ronaldo
    3. Zinedine Zidane
    4. Marco van Basten
    5. Ruud Gullit
    6. Thierry Henry
    7. Xavi Hernandez
    8. Dennis Bergkamp
    9. Andres Iniesta
    10. Cristiano Ronaldo
    11. Luis Figo
    12. Ronaldinho
    13. Hristo Stoichkov
    14. Romario
    15. Roberto Carlos
    16. Paolo Maldini
    17. Gabriel Batistuta
    18. Roberto Baggio
    19. Manuel Rui Costa
    20. Jurgen Klinsmann

  6. Redtruth

    G888

    List of players is laughable where are the great Yugoslavian players. where is Zico, Eder, Socrates, Cruyff, Beckenbaur, Platini, Muller, where are the dozens of Brazilians from the 70’s and 80’s, Oh forgot you wasn’t born.lol

  7. GS88

    Dan A

    Messi is not human.

    Could you imagine if say we signed him at 32/33. Would go wild up on here even if for 1 last season or two.

    Remember when we signed Bergkamp, was stuff of dreams.

  8. Bankz

    What’s funny about that?
    Are you a clown or not?

    Aguero is bang average……BOOM he scores a hattrick against Bayern Munich

    Man City dominating, it’s only a matter of time before Palace bends over……BOOM they best Man City & deservedly pick up the 3points

    Barcelona have never faced seasoned pros like Bayern,it’s only a matter of time before they wilt…….BOOOOOOMMMMMM Barcelona crush Bayern 3-0

  9. Dissenter

    I must say that Redtruth has been on point for me to provide a counter argument to this Messi smooching.
    Messi is definitely on the top-3 players of all time but I will have liked him to face the Spanish teams of the 1980’s that Maradona faced in La Liga before he fled to Italy.

    There was a certain Andoni Goikoetxea a.k.a the butcher of Bilbao who almost snapped his leg into two. Messi has had the protection of the modern game officiating.
    Did Messi face tackles like this?

  10. Redtruth

    The official called Goikoetxea over and crossed his hands, palms down, in a gesture that said: “Don’t do it again.”As if the big defender needed to. The job was done. But a good whack was considered part of the game then. More than now. That’s why I’ll never consider Lionel Messi a greater player than Maradona. The latter took much harder punishment, much more often, than today’s genius of the Nou Camp, who is able to give spectators the indirect benefit of the change in the refereeing climate brought about by FIFA (with Sepp Blatter heavily involved, let it not be forgotten) in the early 1990s.By then it was too late, sad to say, for Maradona, who was struggling with accumulative injury when he somehow guided Argentina to the World Cup Final in 1990. Marco van Basten was likewise to be crippled in what should have been his prime, forced out of the game just before his 29th birthday in 1993 (though he did strive to return to the Milan side for a further two years).The bravery of Maradona was extraordinary and perhaps, by playing on until a drug test saw him finally banished from the World Cup in 1994, he unwittingly deferred the FIFA action that included a ban on so-called “tackles from behind”, in other words challenges which take part of the man before the ball. They were not wholly eradicated, as Eduardo was to discover when playing for Arsenal against Birmingham in 2008 but became an exception rather than virtually the rule. What Messi has faced is systemic fouling — most memorably by Real Madrid in one of his early Clasicos — rather than the naked violence of his precursor’s era.It still needs to be watched. Jack Wilshere was hit by three late tackles in the first 12 minutes of yesterday’s match against Stoke at the Emirates.Neymar takes quite a buffeting even now he has swapped the Brazilian game for life with Messi at Barcelona. The price of the beautiful game remains the eternal vigilance of referees, which is not always evident.But a general awareness has replaced the brutality that led Maradona to say of Goikoetxea’s assault: “I hadn’t seen him coming on the pitch or I would have dodged him, as on so many other occasions with so many other kicks. I just felt the impact, heard the sound — like a piece of wood cracking — and realised immediately what had happened.’’The Butcher returned to the Basque country a hero. He was suspended for 18 matches by the Spanish FA but served only seven of those after two appeals and ended up winning a second successive championship; Maradona was out for four months.To write Goikoetxea off as a hatchet-man would be simplistic.He was an international, a key member of Javier Clemente’s outstanding Athletic side. He went on to assist his erstwhile boss with the national squad but, as a manager in his own right, worked for many clubs without enjoying conspicuous success.He was last spotted a few weeks ago in Equatorial Guinea, supervising that country’s elimination from the World Cup qualifiers, in which their only victory — by 4-3 over Cape Verde — was overturned due to the fielding of an ineligible player, the former Spain Under-21 international Emilio Nsue, who scored a hat-trick.Same old Goikoetxea, you may feel, and there will be football lovers who deem such ignominy too good for him.

  11. Bankz

    MidwestGun

    LOL!
    Yet he still doesn’t know he’s a clown.

    He went from that real quick to trying to discredit Boateng whom I thought was really brilliant until Messi’s 2nd goal & also started bashing Manuel Neuer who I thought had a really good game save the fact he conceded 3 very unstoppable goals.

    Now he’s trying to justify his twisted thoughts that Messi is just a Argentine SANOGO.

    Give it up Redtruth..
    Just give it up!!!

  12. Bamford10

    Sorry, gambon, but Messi vs. Maradona is one thing you’re actually wrong about. As good as Messi is, he is not as good as Maradona was. Not as powerful, not as explosive. Maradona won the WC with a decent Argentinian team more or less single-handedly. Messi was/is not capable of this. A great, great player, but having grown up on Maradona, no way Messi is as good. No way.

    Comparing them on goals is nonsense, as Maradona played the traditional #10 role. Messi picks the ball up thirty yards from goal, doesn’t even bother with build up. Maradona WAS the build-up on the teams he played on. If all he ever did was hang out thirty yards from goal, he too could’ve accumulated absurd goal stats.

    And Barca are not Barca because of Messi. Yes, he’s the best player on the team, but go back and watch their famous 5-0 dismantling of Madrid a few years back. That was down to 11 players playing the best passing football in the history of the game — not down to one spectacular player.

  13. tunnygriffboy

    Dissenter

    The guy who snaped Maradonna’s leg in the incident above was indeed called the butcher of Bilbao. The boots he was wearing when he made that tackle he put in a glass case as a momento. That as Benitez would say is a ‘fact’ 🙂

  14. qna

    Adebayor’s Facebook rant in full:

    At the age of 17, with my first wages as a footballer, I built a house for my family and made sure they are safe. As you all know, I have received the trophy of African Player of the Year in 2008. I also brought my mother on stage with me to thank her for everything. In that same year, I brought her to London for various medical check ups. When my daughter was born, we contacted my mum to inform her but she immediately hung up the phone and didn’t wanna know hear about it.

    Reading your recent comments, some people said my family and I should consult T.B Joshua. In 2013, I gave my mother money so she could consult him in Nigeria. She was supposed to stay for 1 week; but 2 days into her stay, I received a call saying she left. Apart from all that l also gave my mother a great amount of money to start a business of cookies and different items. Naturally, I allowed them to put my name and picture on them so they can sell more. What else can a son do in his power to support his family?

    A couple years ago, I bought a house in East Lagon (Ghana) for $1.2 million. I found it normal to let my older sister, Yabo Adebayor stay in that house. I also allowed my half brother (Daniel) to stay in the same house. A few months later, I was on vacation and decided to go to that house.
    At my surprise, I saw many cars in the driveway. In fact, my sister decided to rent out the house without me knowing. She also kicked Daniel out of that house. Note that the house had about 15 rooms. When I called her and asked for explanation, she took about 30 minutes to abuse and insult me over the phone. I called my mother to explain the situation and she did the same as my sister. This same sister says I am ungrateful. Ask her about the car she is driving or anything she is selling today?

    My brother Kola Adebayor, has now been in Germany for 25 years. He travelled back home about 4 times, at my expense. I fully cover the cost of his children’s education. When I was in Monaco, he came to me and asked for money to start a business. Only God knows how much I gave him. Where is that business today?

    When our brother Peter passed away, I sent Kola a great amount of money so he could fly back home. He never showed up at the burial. And today that same brother (Kola) is telling people that I am involved in Peter’s death. How? He is the same brother who went and told inaccurate stories about our family to “The Sun” in other to take some money. They also sent a letter to my Club when I was in Madrid so I could get fired.

    When I was in Monaco I thought it would be good to have a family of footballers. So I made sure my brother Rotimi gets into a football academy in France. Within a few months; out of 27 players, he stole 21 phones.

    I would not say any anything about my brother Peter Adebayor because he is not here today. May his soul rest in peace.

    My sister Lucia Adebayor keeps telling people that my dad told me to bring her to Europe. But what would be the purpose to bring her to Europe ? Everyone is here for a reason.

    I was in Ghana when I received the news about my brother Peter being seriously ill. I drove the fastest I could to Togo in order to meet him and help. When I arrived, my mother said I could not see him and I should just give the money and she would solve everything. Only God knows how much I gave her that day. People are saying I didn’t do anything to save my brother, Peter. Am I a fool to drive 2 hours to Togo for nothing?

    I organized a meeting in 2005 to solve our family issues. When I asked them about their opinion, they said I should build each family member a house and give each of them a monthly wage.

    Today I am still alive and they have already shared all my goods, just in case I die.

    For all these reasons, it took very long for me to set up my foundation in Africa. Every time I try to help the people in need, they had to question me and all of them thought it was a bad idea.

    If I am writing this, the main purpose is not to expose my family members. I just want other African families to learn from this. Thank you

  15. Wallace

    with an excellent partnership in Mert & Kos, a Brasilian international who was one of he best defenders in Spain integrating well, and the very promising Chambers, i can’t really see us looking at CBs this summer.

  16. Silverhawk

    Touching adebayor’s story. Such is life in Africa… All is well..
    P. S.. He’s still a c*nt

  17. qna

    Wallace. What do Nemanja Vidic, Vincent Kompany and John Terry have in common? Do Arsenal have one of these genuine dominating CBs? I wouldn’t have thought Kos is that type of immovable object. He would ideally sit next to a top CB like this. Per Mertesacker is not in that class, nor is Gabriel. This is what the really smart football analysts are basically saying. Just taking a step back and taking a simple, logical, level headed look at the club, the ingredients we are missing which normally the Chamipions have are a top CB, GK and CF. Some have been adding a top DM to that list. They look at Arsenal and are saying. Well yours are ok, but they are not in the class of Courtois, Terry, Costa, or Hart, Kompany, Aguero, or even Vad Der Sar, Vidic, RVP/Rooney.

  18. underrated Coq

    Okay, I knew Bamford10 was clueless but this is taking it to another level. So Messi is basically just a glorified goal-hanger who depends on others to do the build-up and create chances for him ?

    And here I was thinking that Messi creates chances for himself– out of nothing– and finishes them 9 times out of 10.

    And Messi doesn’t have “power” and “explosiveness” ? Really ? Anyone can throw adjectives around Bamford but care to define these terms you use here?

    Cause as far as I’m concerned Messi has no shortage of power or strength or pace or explosiveness. Whenever Messi starts going on a run with the ball at his feet, its almost impossible to stop him. He can’t even be bullied off the ball.

    But then again, the opinion comes from Bamford10- the self-proclaimed football expert–” I watch other League football more than you ! “– and the self-proclaimed tactics expert– ” I know what build-up play is and you don’t ! “– so a “know-nothing pollyanna” like me could be wrong.

  19. qna

    @Silverhawk. Maybe Adebeyor’s past is the reason he made such terrible football decisions, motivated by greed, instead of what was best for his career. If he stayed with Arsenal, who knows what kind of player he could have become. He might have been an Arenal legend by now. He was just starting to hone his finishing, he was young, powerful and fast. He and RVP together, with Nasri and Fabregas, a young Rosicky. We really could have done something special in those couple of seasons if he maintained his form. Those were the days when I was most excited by our football, even though we weren’t converting that into trophies. We would have if could have kept the band together.

    But, with your Mum and a football team full of brothers and sisters hounding you for Mo Money, it must have been difficult to turn down those petro-dollars from City.

  20. Wallace

    qna

    if Kompany’s decline this season is a permanent thing i’d say that makes Koscielny the best CB in the league. you could say Varane would improve us, but at CB it’s not just about getting the two best players, it’s also the chemistry between the two. and i haven’t watched Varane and Kos play together for France so no idea if they’re as complementary as Mert and Kos.

  21. qna

    Wallace. Vidic, Kompany and Terry were the best CBs in the league in each of the years they won the leagues. They were powerful, near immovable objects. Koscielny is not a dominating CB like that. In fact, under constant pressure he is often the one who makes the error. Not saying he is not good. He is just not that type of “rock” solid CB. That is more Mertesackers role in the team, and he doesnt seem to be at the level that each of those three maintained during their champion winning seasons. Your looking at Kosceilny too closely and as a fan. Take a step back and compare how he commands the defense. Leads the team, etc etc. Its not impossible that we could win the league without a better GK, CB and CF. But not many teams have ever done it in the past, with the calibre of players that we seem to have in those positions. This is how most impartial pundits would see it I believe. And no, not all of them are intentionally and shamelessly biased, like Michael Owen.

  22. Thank you and goodnight

    @Keyser

    Sorry mate was asleep so didn’t reply last night. Had a few late nights. Wasn’t me who uses to put that link up as way to complicated for me, but the player who laughed when drawn against us was Neur.

  23. Bamford10

    Underrated

    You’re not on here for weeks and you come on to say that? What a petty little know-nothing bitch you are. Seriously.

    You misinterpreted my comment, you know fuck-all about Maradona and you know fuck-all about this game.

    I’ll keep this brief as your comment deserves very little in response.

    One, I wasn’t saying Messi is a “goal-hanger”. My point was that he is a a striker, whereas Maradona was a CM, a traditional #10. They play/ed different roles on their respective teams and in different spaces. Maradona typically received the ball 30-40 yards from HIS GOAL and everything went through him from there. Messi typically receives the ball 30 yards from THE OPPOSITION’S goal. Very, very different, and this is why it makes no sense to compare them on goals. Maradona did what Xavi and Iniesta do. He had forwards who did what Messi does.

    If you knew anything about Maradona, the history of this game or anything that transpired before you were born 19 years ago, you might know something about this.

    As for “power,” I mentioned this because this, for me, is the decisive distinguishing factor between the two. Both were/are incredible with the ball, though I would argue that Maradona was even better with the ball than Messi, could do more and could do more with more artistry. But those are marginal differences in the end and a bit subjective. The power they possess/ed is not.

    Though only 5’5″, Maradona possessed as much strength and power in his legs as a player like Zidane or Roberto Carlos. As quick as Messi is and as strong as he is, he is not as powerful as Maradona was. Not even close. Maradona’s thighs were like a running back’s in American football. Massive. This allowed him to dominate games and decide games in ways that Messi, for all his gifts, cannot.

    Messi is fantastic. I would never dispute that. Top three players of all time, for sure, and best player by far of his generation.

    However, having watched the game religiously for thirty years, having grown up watching hours and hours of Maradona, I do not concur with those who think he is better than Maradona. No way. Never. Sorry.

  24. Bamford10

    Wallace & QNA

    Koscielny is very good, but QNA is right that he is not as good or as dominating as a John Terry in his prime.

    However Wallace is right that given our CB options, it doesn’t seem like that is where Wenger will be strengthening this summer.

    Of course Wenger probably thinks he has the best players in the world at every position — he doesn’t even have a single one of the best players, actually — and Wallace is the type who’d say we’re good enough at every position and in no need of improvement regardless of player/position.

  25. Thank you and goodnight

    @N5

    Hi mate hope your ok. Haven’t asked if missus and kids are ok since the accident, very rude of me so I apologise. Hope you and family are all good.

  26. qna

    Bamford: However Wallace is right that given our CB options, it doesn’t seem like that is where Wenger will be strengthening this summer.

    My point was not related to what we will actually go and do, it was related to what we need to do. It all depends on what your ambition and expectations are. I am saying that what Henry says is absolutely spot on that we need 4 world class players right down our spine. You. me and Henry all agree on Giroud, that he is not going to lead a team to the CL semis or to the league title. I am saying the same is true for the CB. We do lack that dominating CB that most PL champions always seem to have.

    I still cant fathom Pedro’s post the other day saying Henry was wrong, when Henry was 100% correct. Now you have got guys like Gary Neville and numerous others echoing his call.

  27. Wallace

    Bamford

    “and Wallace is the type who’d say we’re good enough at every position and in no need of improvement regardless of player/position.”

    we can improve, but for once Wenger’s ‘they have to be better than what we’ve got’ mantra is relevant. for example, i don’t think Schneiderlin improves the first eleven. all he would improve is depth.

  28. Wallace

    Bamford

    “My point was that he is a a striker, whereas Maradona was a CM, a traditional #10. They play/ed different roles on their respective teams and in different spaces. Maradona typically received the ball 30-40 yards from HIS GOAL and everything went through him from there.”

    huh? Maradona was a forward, he wasn’t a midfielder. he might drop deep occassionally, but only if he was being starved of the ball. no idea what you’ve been watching to get the idea he used to start moves.

  29. Silverhawk

    Qna

    Such are the fortunes of majority of African footballers. So I don’t necessarily complain if they leave for greener pastures.

  30. Wallace

    TYAG

    yeah, and we do need cover for Coquelin. just don’t think Schneiderlin”s the answer. and certainly not at 25m.

  31. Thank you and goodnight

    @Wallace

    So who would you like us to go in for? If you don’t mind me asking