Theo to stay!

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Time to play players in their proper positions Mr Anal!

I read with interest that our leader says he won’t be selling Theo, as at his age he is finally coming into his prime.

Good news indeed, as I think Theo is as good as we’ll get out wide and a great option down the middle.

Playing with your back to goal for me isn’t necessarily the attribute you need to be a top forward, look no further than Owen or Fowler. (Snigger or Giroud!)

So getting back to Theo and his prime, if that were the case, then why has he been in the team for the last 9 years, when at the managers admission, he wasn’t good enough.

Buying ready made is what we should be doing, Arteta, Cazorla, Mertesacker, Sanchez and Ozil proved that.

If you look at players we’ve had in the team too young and not good enough add Gibbs, Senderos, Djourou and Chezzer to that list. And no doubt many, many more.

I would also like to ask why we have the likes of Ryo and Sanogo around when they are clearly not good enough and never will be.

I also rate Welbeck, but he like Ramsey is no winger, so I would like to see some investment in a keeper, a DM and a winger.

We could clear the decks of players that simply aren’t good enough and bring in some world class talents that truly are.

Sanogo, Ryo, Campbell, Podolski, Chezzer, Arteta, and maybe Rosicky should be shipped out.

I would bring in Cech or Begovich, Schneiderlin or Kondogbia and Ruess or similar.

Then I think we could challenge. I would persevere with Welbeck, but down the middle and never let Theo go.

What I would really do then is swap Forwards at half time, not the OCD 67-70 minutes we currently get, this would keep them on their toes, rest them and confuse the opposition.

Think what we could have won if we had had players in when they were ready, and don’t blame money, Theo, Chamberlain and Chambers weren’t cheap.

Finally, Bellerin would be my first choice next season, what a fantastic player we nicked from Barca, ha, ha that makes a change.

That’s it, back to my cell!

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  1. Nasri's Mouth

    @Dan Ahern

    Goddammit, doesn’t he realise he’s losing us £100,000s of transfer fee right there

  2. London gunner

    Excuse me while I play the worlds smallest violin for Messi.

    The guy is one of the richest sport stars in the world with more money than he can spend, yet he is a tax cheating hoarding and hiding a vast sum of money.

    You also have to look at the context right now Spain is in and has been in a nightmarish economical state for the average citizen with unemployment over 50 percent for young people. Sure it’s not messi’d fault but he is smart enough to realise this stuff is happening in the country he is making millions in.

    I always thought messi was a pretty nice dude, but this has taken some of the shine of him for me.

    He might

  3. Dan Ahern

    Zelalem recent performances, if you’re interested:

    (he’s in the U20 WC now so obviously the opposition isn’t great, but you can still see his ability)

    full highlights vs. NZ

    if you’re skipping thru:
    – 2:03 good passing sequence
    – 4:03 dribble to evade pressure
    – 4:23 meg
    – 4:55 assist
    – 6:32 defender gets Boateng’d
    – 6:40 almost rabona-assists
    – 7:19 splits defenders

    some gifs from vs. Colombia

    As you can see he’s quite quick and creates space for himself. And watch his little touches to evade pressure. He’s coming along pretty well; very comfortable on-the-ball player.

  4. mysticleaves

    I don’t really care if Theo is clueless against the top 3 as far as he bangs with in against the others..

    And his problem is not scoring against the top teams anyway..

  5. mysticleaves

    The Nigerian squad to the u20 cup sits well IMO. Some strikers, Iheanacho, Success and Awoniyi could pull up trees in world football.

    Ihenacho is with MC, Success is with Almeria I think and a regular but Awoniyi, who screams “great striker in 3 years” could be available for us to sign and groom.

  6. London gunner


    Theo before his injury scored against Man United and city..

    Not really getting how he is clueless.

    If anything it’s giroud who has been absolutely shocking against the top sides missing a hatrick of chances against City coincidentally Theo got a brace that match..

    Or how about them scoring one of the fastest goals of the season against Man United?

    Sorry the facts don’t fit your anti Theo agenda.

    Convenient you talk about how theo is shit yet forget welbeck was bought as an attacking a player yet only scores 1 in 6 games.

  7. Lee

    I’m not sure how any arsenal fan could possibly want Walcott gone . He’s unique and is the most lethal player in our squad.

  8. BacaryisGone

    Not sure why, but there’s something irritating and disrespectful about Ramsey moaning about being played out of position.

    First, Wenger shoehorned him into the line-up in order to keep him starting. Did Ramsey really expect to push aside our two biggest form players (Santi and Coq) just so he could get back centrally?

    For me, he’s still a developing player. He might be capable of excellence but still over-complicates too often and has been inconsistent this season. Having said that, he’s shown that he could have a fantastic next few years and I think we all have a soft spot for him after what he’s gone through.

    Part of the problem is that we got most of our top central midfielders (Ramsey, Wilshere, Coq, Santi, Rosicky etc) all healthy towards the end of the season and some of them had to miss out in their preferred position. But I don’t know how Ramsey could have thought that we would break up the one partnership in the middle between Santi and Coq that had worked so well.

    Next season should be interesting. Maybe Santi will play fewer games in order to allow more time for Ramsey. Either way, for once we are having the type of problems we always wanted to have.

  9. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Young Murphy

    U posted a clip of abou earlier

    True he looks good when edited , but the story is sad when u think injuries done him in….

    Could have been a great

    Had superb pace ….

    All alas tho

  10. Cesc Appeal

    Have to say, the rumours circulating that Pellegrini will be backed with a massive transfer budget are surprising to me, really thought he’d be out on his arse

  11. Dissenter

    Spending money on Pellegrini is a waste of money. Of all the coaches in the top four, he’s the most clueless.
    He’s the one that has no excuse. They had the squad to win the league this year.

    If not for Stevie G’s infamous slip, he would be trophy-less in England

  12. YoungMurphy

    @RSPC I get what you mean – I think we can all reminicise about how good Diaby could have been. I only saw those highlights today on Twitter but I remember being at Uni in 2012 and watching that game

  13. Cesc Appeal


    Really am shocked they’ve stuck with him…I mean I’m glad. Had they got an Ancelotti, or a Simeone I’d have been terrified.

    Same with United and Van Gaal. Whilst Pellegrini and Van Gaal are at the Manchester clubs they are being slightly held back…all the more reason for us to get it right and capitalise.

  14. tunnygriffboy

    Got to say, even if Chelsea, man city and man u did diddly squat in the transfer window this summer ( which they won’t ) the league is going to be tougher.

    With the increased TV money all clubs will be able to buy and pay players to improve. The likes of stoke, Southampton, Spurs, Everton etc will get better. Note Swansea signing Ayew on a free as they are able to pay signing on fee and a good wage. It will be tough every week. Is it the reason our clubs struggled in CL this year ?

  15. tunnygriffboy


    Bellerin Per Kos Monreal

    Coquelin Santi

    Ox Ozil Alexis


    Bench : Schezzr, Debuchy, Gabriel, Wilshere Ramsey, Walcott

    Leaves Welbeck Arteta, Rosicky, Chambers, Akpom, Gnabry

    Add three quality players to that and if everyone is fit it leaves a really strong squad with some quality players noteven making the bench. Serious and well thought rotation will be needed to make players feel valued. The squad is good enough to to do it but can Wenger. He hasnn’t had to rotate on a big scale as we’ve always had injuries.

  16. Wallace

    Bild reporting that Gündogan’s salary demands – 10m euros pa – have scared off both Bayern and Barca.

  17. MV

    Turns out that Diaby has not been released yet. He is just out of contract. Might sign a new contract, pay as you play.

  18. tunnygriffboy


    The petrol clubs and manu might pay that only

    Cross him off our list. If we could just two or 3 plaryers that would improve our squad and we’re away

    As mentioned in earlier post if we add these and keep everyone fit we’d have good players not even on the bench.

  19. tunnygriffboy

    Le prof

    It’s probably made up paper talk like 99% of all of the shite they put out there during the transfer window. You are right thou some of the usual posters will have apoplexy 🙂

  20. tunnygriffboy


    Never mind Rosicky doing a job for a lower half side. As shown last season he is an experienced head who can change the pace of our game if it’s a bit slow and alsocould play in the cup game. He’s still capable of offering something for us if utilised properly

    Don’t get hungup on Diaby. There are rumours everyday. We ften tend to believe the one’s we want to and then by the same token dismiss others as not true.

  21. Emiratesstroller


    Yes the EPL is going to be very tough at the top. I think that the same four teams at top will be still there next season. The only question is what will be the order.

    Arsenal and Chelsea have now relatively stable squads requiring perhaps 2-3
    new players to freshen them up.

    By contrast I think that Man City and Utd will undertake major surgery this summer. City have an ageing squad and they will spend money. Utd need to rebuild defence and will be looking for new goalkeeper and striker as well.

    For all the negativity Arsenal do have basically a good team once Wenger solved various weaknesses in January. Obviously the Defensive Midfield position was a major problem. Coquelin has solved it and is at the age where he will improve. The only concern I have got is what happens if he gets injured,
    because Wenger seems reluctant to bring in Schneiderlein, which suggests
    to me that he is not going to buy an additional player to replace Arteta or Flamini.

    Apart from Goalkeeper situation the major priority this summer has to be to
    buy a first class striker/forward and if Wenger is not going to spend serious money in midfield then the bulk of our budget should go on that position.

    The difficulty is that every other major club in world football has the same basic requirement. Some like Man Utd have probably an even bigger need than ourselves and of course a greater spending power.

    Most strikers apart from the “greats” have a relatively short span at the top and
    therefore spending £50 million on such players is a huge gamble. Players like
    Falcao and Cavani are no longer at the top of their game.

    Whilst there are many critics of Giroud I do think that he has given the club
    very good value when you consider what he has cost. He is not world class, but
    he is a good squad player to have.

    However, we do need in our squad an adaptable forward who can play either up front or even wide AND score consistently goals. Personally I don’t think that either Walcott or Welbeck fulfil that brief.

    Personally I am not enthusiastic about bringing in Martinez who will be 29
    at start of season. You are going to play a full price with no resale value. Also
    can a player who has played football in Portugal manage at his age to cope with demands of EPL? Personally if I am going for conventional striker with experience I would rather opt for Higuain who is consistent scorer and has played his football in both Spain and Italy.

    The alternative is to go for a younger player which would have been my preference. Reus score on average 1-3 games and is probably a classier player than
    those mentioned above. He would provide us with better options and more
    flexibility up front. The only risk is his injury record.

    Benteke had an indifferent game against us in FA Cup Final, but he is the type
    of player well suited to English game very similar to Welbeck but clearly a
    more prolific goalscorer. In the right environment he could offer good value for money and is believed also to be an Arsenal Supporter in his youth.

  22. SomeRandomGunner

    @tunny Rosicky can do a job for us. But going by the last season , I dont think he will get opportunity . I want Rosicky to be happy and be playing wherever that is.

    He is beautiful to watch. I do not really get affected by rumors . But Diaby re-signing is a very terrifying one.

    I will have to become WOB from being an AKB .

  23. tunnygriffboy


    I agree with much of your post

    Problem with strikers is that the elite ones are like gold dust. Big clubs either own them or are chasing them. We can either look at players just below that level like Martinez or Higuain or we look at a youngster who will develop. We are still a club that brings in onw or two top class players eg Ozil/Alexis, has good solid pro’s and probably relies on good young players developing and becoming the standard we require. Time for Wilshere, Ramsey , Ox to push on and become very good players

    Re strikers, how much better is Martinez than Walcott and Welbeck ? I have lost confidence in either of them and think with a pre season could develop their finishing especially Welbeck. We know Danny can finish as shown by England record. He has it in him

    Agree we need cover at DM. We were after a top signing for that position. I would still like one. However after great performances last season Wenger may see Coquelin as his number one and bring in someone to cover him like a McCarthy from Everton. If Coquelin develops his passing range he will be some player. He can’t play that high energy game all season , ditto Ramsey et al. We have very good cover in many areas but DM is not one of them

  24. tunnygriffboy


    I love Rosicky and he deserves more game time. If you look at the bench for the cup final : Ospina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini, Wilshere, Ox and Giroud

    That’s seriously strong in anyone’s book. That’s without Welbeck, TR7 and Chambers. If we keep our squad fit he will miss game time. However we do tend to pick up one or two knocks here and there 🙂 🙂

  25. Emiratesstroller


    In a strange way you highlight the real problem at Arsenal. We have at the
    moment too many’ good players’ at the club, but not enough “great ones” who
    will make a difference in the games that matter.

    If I take a look at our forward line we have at moment Sanchez who is recognised as being one of the best EPL. After him we have Giroud, Walcott,Welbeck and Oxlade-Chamberlain most of whom could walk into the squads of any of the other top team in EPL and Europe. However, they are not “match winners”.

    Similarly we have Ozil who again is an excellent player in midfield. He is
    backed up by Cazorla,Ramsey,Wilshire and Coquelin all of whom could walk
    into squads of top teams. However none of them would be classified as a “match winner”.

    The same applies to Goalkeeper. Both Ospina and Szczesny are good goalkeepers, who have the stats to prove it. Yet there is an overwhelming view that we
    need a goalkeeper to take us to next level in the way that Courtois and De Gea
    managed this season.

    I think that is precisely the point that Wenger made several weeks ago as the
    case for not buying players for the sake of it.

    Clearly there are two or three positions which need an upgrade in starting eleven. Then you are talking more about replacing players past their best such as Flamini,Arteta,Rosicky and Diaby. Wenger is unlikely to offload all of them in a single shot. My guess is that Diaby and one other will go this summer.

  26. tunnygriffboy


    Diaby and Flamini to go for me. Even though TR7 good enough to play there’s no point in keeping him if he’s not going to play. Be fairer to let him go with our blessing and bring in a more defensively minded player to dovetail and rotate with Coquelin

  27. tunnygriffboy


    Judging by Wengers comments post fa cup he wants to give it a crack as well. Alexis, Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, Per, Arteta Theo and the Ox have all pretty much said the same thing, at least those are the ones I’ve heard

    Here’s looking at you Arsene. We meanwhile live in hope.

  28. Blsany

    *Not a single one of these Nigerians looks under 20 to me*

    Wtf?Coz that’s what all africans do innit?

  29. Emiratesstroller

    Midwest Gun

    Arsenal need definitely an additional forward who can score consistently goals.

    The two strikers who have been touted recently as coming to Arsenal are Martinez [29 at start of next season] and Higuain. The price of both players is not
    significantly different.

    Martinez may be recently a marginally more prolific player, but Higuain has
    scored consistently 20+ goals over last 8 years.

    Higuain’s record has been achieved in La Liga and Serie A plus the Argentina
    National Team and his goalscoring record is one goal in less than every two games.

    The problem at the moment is that whilst many posters are not fans of Giroud
    when it comes to goal scoring performance there are few players on the open
    market who will actually outperform him on a regular basis. He offers also
    something which is lacking elsewhere in our team and that is height.

    Higuain is also quite a tall player and probably more mobile than Giroud and at the end of the day he has proven track record in competitive leagues and with a top International Team. Martinez may be a talented player, but he is untested in a competitive league and also does not score as many goals at
    International level. Furthermore he is the older player.

    At the end of the day we need to increase our goalscoring performance particularly in League where we managed just 71 this season. We need at least an
    additional 10 goals next season.

    That will not be achieved with current crop of players, because both Walcott
    and Welbeck even when match fit are no better than 10-12 goals a season players.