Why Cech is so important

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Guest blog up in yo face from Simone…

Petr Cech is top quality & I’m excited because the last time we had a top quality goalkeeper we won the league.
Make no mistake, Jens Lehman was a superb number 1. He was a little crazy, but his positioning was spot on. His reactions were like lightening. He commanded his area and aside from the odd moment of madness, his decision making was great.

I’m not saying that he was perfect, but he made saves that were, (imagine Andy Gray saying this) right out the top drawer. Anyone who disputes that Jens was a great goalkeeper need only look at the golden Premier League trophy he contributed to. You don’t go unbeaten without top quality in every position, including his. He was (imagine Morgan Freeman talking now) a goalkeeper who made history, who contributed to one of the great sporting achievements of our lifetime.

Why Morgan Freeman you ask? Why not is my reply.

Go back a few years and you had David Seaman helping bring titles home. The moustache alone was worth the admission price. Aside from being drop dead gorgeous, (he’s still wonderful, even now without the facial hair) he was arguably the last truly great English goalie. No Arsenal fan will dispute his awesomeness, so I won’t go into the reasons why I use him as an example.

The bottom line is that Petr Cech will elevate us to another level. Not necessarily Barcelona or Bayern Munich level, but possibly Chelsea level. After all, we weren’t that far away from them anyway.

I’m not telling you anything you don’t know, except that I quite fancy David Seaman, (no pervy jokes on my timeline please), but there is one observation I think most won’t have made just yet.

On the 19th September 2015 at Stamford Bridge and 23rd January 2016 at the Emirates, (dates subject to change) Cech will hopefully make the difference in the title race.

Remember how well Fabianski did against us for Swansea? He knows our players because he trained with them for years. He knew how they would position themselves, where they would move to, how they would shoot. You don’t spend years with people without learning how they play.

When we play Chelsea Cech will have a big advantage our other ‘keepers don’t have. He’ll know what to expect. He’s been with most of the Chelsea squad for years, (new signings excluded obviously). It’s no coincidence that former players tend to do well against previous clubs. How many times have we debated over whether a player should celebrate scoring against their former employers or not? How many times has a former player put in a great performance against his old club. It isn’t just about motivation, it’s also about inside knowledge.

Cech has the inside knowledge, and hopefully the headlines following those games, (and the community shield) will be ‘Cech makes the difference with stunning saves’.

Wouldn’t it be nice for Arsene to get the Mourinho monkey off his back. Using Cech to do it would surely make it so much sweeter.

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  1. salparadisenyc

    Somerandomgunner

    In our last 15 head to head vs Chelsea we’ve lost 10, drawn 3 and won 2. Last spring (2014) we shipped 6.

    We haven’t scored in out last 5, do think another match winner besides Sanchez may help.

    Along with a Schneiderlin and Wayama type combination which did a very good job nullifying them at home in March. Coq essentially is our Wayama lynchpin.
    Just my opinion, could translate well to the bigger European ties.

  2. Biggus

    I’m curious to see how Coq does in the new season; I was impressed with him like everyone last season but we have to remember sometimes in this arsenal team, complacency has always crept in for most players. Bad thing is if it does creep in, Arsene won’t react or wont react quick enough!

  3. Steveyg87

    @ London gunner

    My feeling is that Wenger will try Theo upfront the beginning of next season with Ox out wide, or stability with ramsey on the right and either Caz/Wilshere as the B2B.

    Theo has a lot to prove up front and should he cock up early next season I feel like that will be it for him and rightly so! he’s been given enough chances. That said, he most definitely is the best finisher at the club so im really really hoping that he takes his chance and builts even more confidence. Teams will think twice bout pressing us should he get his shit together.

    Giroud on the other hand cant fit into the system we have been playing our last few games(counter attacking)

  4. Kiyoshi Ito

    I have some simple questions. .

    Why has it taken Arsewipe Wenger almost 7 years to sign a top class keeper?

    Are we saying, there have been no top class keepers in the intervening years, since Lehman..??!!

    Why have we still not purchased a top class striker since RVP, departed almost three years ago?

    Are we saying, that in those three years, no striker better than Giroud has been available?

    The mind does boggle..Given the two positions(Striker&GK) are one of the most crucial positions to fill.

    For a top class manager, you would have thought the priority would be to fill these positions with immediate effect. Not wait almost 7 years to fill the GK spot.

    & still counting the strikers spot.

  5. Redtruth

    I said Chambers was a waste of money and yet jokers on here were applauding the buy.

    I’ll say it now buying a keeper and DM is a waste of money.

  6. relieable sauce

    I thought Liverpool signed Deli Ali as well, or was that spurs? Maybe not PL ready yet but bags of potential.

    Sounds like Zelalem will be fast tracked so may need some early games with us to attract the right loan move.
    I dont know if this kid will make it at AFC but I get the feeling he wont hang around if he has to wait too long for 1st team action or trophies. Could be the new Freddy Adu though, as has already been said.

    We need to develop youth teams in cycles imo, & quite long ones.
    So much inevitable wastage with top club youth teams but a legitimate way to pump money in & gain an advantage.
    AW/AFC try to use it in a noble way of course but for me its misguided & impractical approach.
    WS, JW, AOC, TW?, AR? are still arguably to make their “break out season” or peak. We should be cherry picking the best youth team talent & blooding them in an established team, not one still finding its feet. Sign whatever the youth team cant provide & what your 1st team lack. Start again in 7 yrs.

  7. bob

    how did wenger pay £16mil for englands top flop Chambers?
    arsenal lost and droped more points when wilshere and Chambers played its a fact

  8. Goondawg

    The Arsenal club shop is refusing to print ‘Szczesny 1’ and ‘Ospina 13’ on the back of any shirt. (Source: @DeejayDt via: @arsenalfantv)

  9. Blsany

    Red
    So Gk’s are irrelevant now are they?Any idiot can stand between the posts?.What kind of fucked up logic is that man?You really need to start taking your meds again bro!!

  10. Redtruth

    Fans pick up on Wenger making subs around the 70th minute mark but where have you all been, he’s ALWAYS made substitutions around the 70th min mark since his arrival some 19 years ago.

  11. Nasri's Mouth

    bob: how did wenger pay £16mil for englands top flop Chambers?

    I’d have paid £30m for him, just because he’s so yummy

  12. Nasri's Mouth

    @Blsany

    You’re engaging with a troll and getting upset when he his replies aren’t logical.
    What exactly did you expect 😀

  13. Blsany

    Nm
    Point taken won’t engage him anymore.Are Red and Bob the same guy though

    Sal
    Yeah that shit was nasty…at least we know Cavani is straight. :

  14. Nasri's Mouth

    @Blsany

    Red just posts contrary but random stuff to get a rise out of people, bob has some weird anti English Xenophobia going on, Something weird in his past maybe

  15. Biggus

    Not sure why anyone feels Chambers is a waste (apart from bob who thinks everything English is a waste). I think he will come good but only as a CB, not a DM or RB. Hope he gets more games to deputize for BFG if we don’t get another tall, calm defender which looks unlikely. Only problem is that he has BFG to look up to which means he won’t jump for any set pieces!!

  16. Nasri's Mouth

    @Biggus

    I think he’ll make a good CB. Not sure about midfield, hardly seen any of him to know one way or the other yet

  17. duvee

    I think the important thing about Chambers is he is a squad player and they are important to have. He’s not going to get too upset when he doesn’t make the match day squad. But will be handy if we are stuck in one position. He should progress over the next couple of seasons into a potential starter.

  18. Dan T

    Shad – I’ve only really seen him when he was on loan at Everton but he looked a real prospect. No player will like defending against him – he’s so direct and has great footwork. He needs to improve his end product though, I don’t remember him actually scoring or assisting too many (apart from against us of course).

  19. Biggus

    @NM

    That’s my point. We’ve got a good potential top English defender. He’s not too slow, he’s okay on the ball and he’s got some height on him but most importantly he is in the first team early even if he doesn’t get loads of games.

    I hope Arsene can give him at least 5 starts in the league and maybe 10 or more sub appearances to boost his confidence and make him one of our cup defenders to build him up. I don’t think he should be loaned out cos he needs to play the Arsenal way and continue his development. I’ve been impressed with his technical ability and i think he’ll make a great CB in the long term

  20. Savage

    Critically, Chambers is home-grown, especially if they change the rule to age 15 and under as they’ve planned.

    I remember Kos going through the same process of mistimed tackles, etc. There is no way you can learn how to deal with top players in the academy.

  21. london gunner

    Deleufoe is a very tidy player technically good, athletically decent with a nice amount of explosiveness .

    As others have said a very good signing for the boys in blue.

  22. Bamford10

    Surprised no one is talking about the Copa America hullabaloo last night. Is Jara’s act as bad as a Suarez bite? If not, why not? (discuss)

  23. Blsany

    bamford
    Clearly worse as that is one of the first things any good father would say to his kid.Dont put fingers up other men’s arses.Despicable behaviour Cavani should be allowed to kill him.

  24. london gunner

    Blsany

    “one of the first things any good father would say to his kid.Dont put fingers up other men’s arses.”

    When I had the birds and the bees chat it didn’t involve talking about fingers up men’s asses

  25. london gunner

    “I can see the headline after Chambers has a nightmare:Chambers Of Horrors”

    you should work for the daily mail/sun/daily sport! Especially as you have the wit and charisma of a young piers morgan.

  26. Bamford10

    Yeah, I’m with you two. I think it’s worse. Yet I suspect it won’t be treated as such, either because Jara isn’t as high -profile as Suarez or because … I don’t know. Something. People more uncomfortable talking about it?

    Dial – Do try to make sense.

  27. daz

    “Yep Redtruth s straight from the cast of ‘The Hobbit’. Big old troll.”

    Don’t mention hobbits or dwarfs reds still mad

  28. Nasri's Mouth

    @Blsany

    Hmm, it wasn’t one of the first things I told my son. In fact I’m still yet to tell him that. I’ll add it to the list. Luckily he hasn’t tried it on anyone yet.

    Not sure about Cavani being allowed to kill him, that’s seems a little excessive. Maybe get him to wash his underwear for 2 weeks ?

    Suarez bite was his 3rd offence, so I’d say that’s more serious, unless of course Jara has a habit of sticking his finger up mens bums, in which case I’d suggest a big bottle of hand sanitizer gel

  29. carts

    Musonda from Chelsea for €12m? The kid look more malnourished than Zelalem ffs

    I’m not buying that rumour one bit

  30. Cesc Appeal

    Not sure about fingers to bum holes but the classic you were taught as a kid as a defender was to pinch the flesh on the back of the arm of your striker at a corner…really hurts and almost produces a reflex action.

    I would imagine having a sweaty footballer poking you in the anus does the same. Unless your Nasri’s Mouth, in which case he might just stand there and say ‘well put in properly then, don’t tease, if a job’s worth doing…’ 😉

  31. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    I’d have to warn them that I was a bit rushed coming out of the changing room and didn’t have time to do a ‘proper job down there’ and they might have a stinky finger

  32. Gunner2301

    Kiyoshi

    If Chech didn’t want to stay in London and have made that very clear I doubt we would have been in for another keeper we would have been sold the Chesney golden gloves story and Ospina stats to show they were world class and didn’t need replacing.

    Same goes for Coq who was almost out the door but injury shone its light on us and presented an opportunity.

    So really these events aren’t part of a strategy but easy opportunities that we have taken advantage of rather than identify the weaknesses and go out and compete for the top quality players if necessary to fill those gaps. It amounts to a lazy transfer strategy.

  33. carts

    Figuratively and literally, possibly so.

    I happened to see a bit of him in both Fa youth Cup and youth Euro league and he’s quite a talent.

    I would be surprised if he goes to either Augsburg, A.Madrid or Monaco in part exchange for Griezmann, Rahman or Kurzawa.

    My guess anyway.

  34. kwik fit

    Sometimes we’ve just got to give credit when credit is due, This chant possibly took the author many painstaking days to write but you know that its quality when every word has been etched together with compassion . Sit back and enjoy grovers

  35. kwik fit

    Now that Pool have spent loads of money on a Sterling replacement wouldn’t it be funny if city withdrew their offer 🙂

  36. london gunner

    Lol if Liverpool kept Sterling they would have a quite nice attacking set up (with everyone fit)

    ………………Sturidge

    Firmino, Coutinho, lalanna,Sterling

    …………….. ..Hendo

    enrique, skrtel, sakho, clyne

    …………………mignolet

    or sturridge

    Firmino, Coutinho, Sterling

    …………..cann…hendo

    4231

  37. kwik fit

    lg

    Possibly but I think Liverpool have not budgeted to keep him. If City pull out they could be forced to sell at 20/25m.

  38. qna

    Chambers WAS a waste of money. He is miles away from being one of the best 20 yo CBs in the world, but paid big bucks.

    If we hadnt wasted £32m on Chambers and Welbeck we could have spent big this transfer window as well. Podolski or even Akpom would have done at least as well as Welbeck last season and our loss record could hardly have been any worse withiut Chambers.

  39. Nasri's Mouth

    @qna

    As someone who was advocating spending £20-£30m on back up players not that long ago, I’m surprised you consider Chambers a waste of money. I’d have thought you’d consider him a decent saving

  40. qna

    Its amazing how wengers FAILURE to sign a decent keeper for 10 years has become the reason he is being hailed for pulling off one of his greatest transfer coups. A transfer which he had basically no part in except for saying “yes, thank you”.

    Cech aside, we look destined for another failed transfer window in that by the end of the window we are clearly 3 or 4 top players away from being genuine contenders from the title.

    At least 2 more seasons with Wenger = at least 2 more seasons without a real chance.

  41. Goondawg

    Twitter news saying the arsenal shop officials have been told not to print out Podolski and Ospina shirts for customers…

  42. Nasri's Mouth

    @goondawg

    Given how they performed, I’d say he should have started

    Clyne has 12 months left on his contract and is 24. Chambers is only 20, so you’d imagine he’ll be a better player by the time he’s Clyne’s age.

    Clyne IS pretty cheap though, esp. if you look at Shaw going for nearly 3 times that much

  43. Blsany

    Yes agreed Clyne was the one we should’ve nabbed if we were looking to sign a RB.i am okay with Chambers coz we could do with homegrown CB’s.

  44. Nasri's Mouth

    qna: A transfer which he had basically no part in except for saying “yes, thank you”.

    You were there in the negotiations then ?

    qna: Cech aside, we look destined for another failed transfer window in that by the end of the window we are clearly 3 or 4 top players away from being genuine contenders from the title.

    Christ, time flies, I thought it was ages until the window closes, I didn’t realise it was tomorrow…

  45. Nasri's Mouth

    @Blsany

    I’d imagine Clyne would have cost more last summer when he had 2 years left on his contract though.

    Now of course we don’t need him

  46. qna

    NM: As someone who was advocating spending £20-£30m on back up players not that long ago

    Not sure which comment of mine you are trying to twist out of context but a player like Chambers would never fit my criteria.

    If its young players that cost a huge fee then they would be proven at a high level playing first team football and earning rave reviews – eg Varane, Laporte, Rugani.

    Chambers has not shown anything in his past to warrant his fee. At least Clyne and Shaw showed it in first team football that they were top players in their positions. Chambers never showed this. I dont mind a gamble, but if you get it wrong and at that price then you need to be accountable and we should bring in new scouts that get the next ones right. Especially if its a huge £16m gamble.

    Same thing went for Jenkinson a few years ago. Sure he appreciated in value so wasnt a “failure”, but ultimately it was an opportunity cost for another young RB that had actually shown some pedigree before we plucked him from nowhere. Jenkinson is another failure of our scouting network not being able to identify top talent. Gibbs likewise.

    Bellerin is the rare success. The exception rather than the rule.

  47. Dissenter

    Nathaniel Clyne cost Liverpool 10.5 million with the possibility of 2 million add-ons. Clyne will probably be the England international at RB for the better part of the next decade.
    Chambers who is a lightweight compared to Clyne in terms of ability and experience cost us a total of 16 million pounds.

    Liverpool got a very good deal for a truly special English player.
    I’m not really sure of what we got; Clyne trumps Chambers in every department.

  48. Nasri's Mouth

    @qna

    lol, you keep going on about our scouting department, and keep getting shown up for it. I don’t know why you bother really. Last time you were on about a group of players we should be signing for between £10-20m, and yet all the ones that had been sold had gone for more than £20m.

    Now you’re saying Jenkinson is a failure, despite the fact he’ll make us millions in profit. And Gibbs didn’t cost us anything in transfer fee, and yet he’s a failure too.

    Weird

  49. Cesc Appeal

    If you fire off buckshot enough, eventually you will hit something.

    The transfer policy of Liverpool FC.

    Clyne is a good deal, but I don’t really see how you can compare it with Chambers, lot of different factors there, age, contract length etc

    I actually think Chambers will be a very good CB, he sucks at RB granted…I don’t really want to start ragging on Wenger for maybe overspending £4-6 Million on a player.

    We got Debuchy and Bellerin, Mert, Kozz and Gabriel…so it’s not like one of the Wenger classic situations were a poor player is holding the side back during his development.

  50. Dissenter

    Wenger likes the rare find so much that he missed the obvious one.
    Nathaniel Clyne was the player to get last season from Southampton. It should have been a red flag when Southampton was too eager to part with Chambers.

    Clyne is like Hector Bellerin with more defensive solidity. Clyne cost just about the same as Dubuchy. He was the best of the entire Southampton kids. I think his ceiling is higher that Luke Shaw’s.

    Liverpool got this one right. Anyone still laughing at Liverpool’s signings?

  51. Nasri's Mouth

    Dissenter: I’m not really sure of what we got; Clyne trumps Chambers in every department.

    Clyne is 4 years older. Hard to compare the two really.

    Oh and I doubt Clyne is very good at CB

  52. Vlad Dragomir

    Many on here calling for Clyne last summer and we nailed Debuchy down… out of the blue came in Chambers. Can’t help but think Wenger has other plans for Chambers as a CB or god forbid cover for the mighty Coq.

    Went for Debuchy as stop gap to get Bellerin up to speed imo.

    United have apparently bid £40m for Ramos.

    Diary AS and El Pais listing Ramos potential replacements, heres the dossier on Koz:“Laurent Koscielny (1985). Rumours of interest in the French defender were sparked by Marca and the Daily Mirror today. Koscielny hasn’t fully adapted to life at Arsenal. Physically powerful defender, notably fast, but he seems to find himself making major mistakes on a fairly regular basis, meaning he’s not seen as entirely reliable. Deschamps has put his name on the French squad list with regularity. Under contract to 2017.”

    I’d take Koscienly over Ramos. Comedy.

    Others listed

    Otamendi
    Bonucci
    Mustafii

    If Pedro would pull Vlad Dragomir out of moderation, he’s surely have more to say!

  53. Nasri's Mouth

    Dissenter: I think his ceiling is higher that Luke Shaw’s.

    He’s 24, he’s not going to improve much. Shaw is much more likely to improve.

    Dissenter: Liverpool got this one right. Anyone still laughing at Liverpool’s signings?

    Yep

  54. qna

    NM. You have never shown anyone up on here princess. Its funny how you pat your self on the back with nonsense logic. But in any case the fact remains our talent scouting and identification network has been an abject failure for a decade. Which is why the club is a specialist in failure. And now fans like you are educated and have graduated with honours as SIFs.

  55. Nasri's Mouth

    qna: Its funny how you pat your self on the back with nonsense logic.

    Oh, so those players weren’t sold for more than £20m then ?

    Is that what you’re saying ? Shall we go back and check? And then we’ll see how YOUR logic stacks up.

    Off you go and find that list again, and this princess will give you a lovely kiss

  56. salparadisenyc

    If it all goes pear shaped in the first couple months, Rodgers could be out by Christmas. He and money ball Henry are certainly rolling the dice. Could have 4 new member in the staring XI by the time this windows over.

    With a very tricky schedule, think they play most the heavy’s in the first 10 -12 matches.

    My Merseyside buddy isn’t impressed with fact they’ve become a selling club, minus Stevie G.

    Have to say this summer’s signings are looking better than last years dart board.

  57. Insomnia

    The thing I admire about Redtruth is his simple perseverance – like a prophet of football “truth” he will keep saying his piece regardless of others reactions – which vary from laughter to abuse to mocking – he won’t stop.

    In many ways I feel that there is a little bit of Redtruth in all of us – the part that reaches always for better things… Part child part seer with a sprinkling of the sublime that we all wish we could reach.

    Either that or he’s just a gobshite. Will we ever know which? Yes every time we read his posts we know, we comprehend the enormity:

    A gobshite.

  58. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    They were linked a month or 2 back with some defensive-ish CM, but can’t remember who. Seemed quite strong at the time. Probably Schneiderlin replacement

  59. Dissenter

    Cesc,
    Like you said, you’re likely to get the target if you hunt duck with a sub-machine gun. O.k, I’m paraphrasing 🙂

    Their last two transfers; Firminio and Clyne have been spot on. You disagree?

    Nasri’s Mouth,
    Chamber’s can play CB. He’s slow as a tortoise and turns like a 50 tonne truck. He sucks at CB too, at the top level. Pacy strikers will turn him inside out.
    He’s sucked at defensive midfield, Wenger had to pull him out against Southampton in New Years day.
    He’s too slow to thrive as CB, where he repeatedly fouls to make up for a lack of pace.

    Wishful thinking from you, me thinks.

  60. qna

    Liverpool have made some huge player sales im recent years – Torres, Suarez and soon Sterling. That is good work by anyones standards. But they have always wasted the cash. I think Clyne is a bargain at that price. But we are flush anyway so it doesnt bother me. I think Firmino is a good to possinly great buy albeit an inflated price. But I think they couldnt afford toblose out on him as bigger clubs would have come in for him if he was still around in late August. For me Firmino > Depay. If we can get any of Fekir, Lacazette, Reus, Goetze, Isco, Pedro and possibly one or two others that dont come to mind then I think we have a better player. But otherwise Liverpool would have strengthened more than us with Firmino. I think they have done well considering its still June. But even then we should beat them out for top 4 as of now. Especially since Sterling should be leaving.

  61. Nasri's Mouth

    Dissenter: He sucks at CB too, at the top level. Pacy strikers will turn him inside out.

    Ok, let’s not bother with this discussion, because we disagree. You think he’s a shit CB, I think he’s a decent CB, and I think at 20, he’s going to improve a fair bit too.

    Pointless continuing past that point really

  62. Cesc Appeal

    NM

    That’s what I’m thinking, if they got Soares then Cyne went, maybe similar with a CM.

    Dissenter

    Firmino and Clyne are decent, the former’s price is a bit high but if they can get £40-50 Million for Sterling (mind boggling) it’s not so bad.

    WengerEagle brought him to my attention and his highlights look good, when I’ve seen him play though (admittedly only a few times for Brasil) I haven’t been impressed at all.

    We will see how he deals with the leagues physical side, only time will tell if it was £29 Million well spent, or a waste.

  63. salparadisenyc

    qna

    “But even then we should beat them out for top 4 as of now”

    The last thing Wenger should be thinking with this squad and resource has has at disposal, is making the top four. It’s primetime to shoot the gun at the title.

    Strengthen where necessary.

  64. Insomnia

    If Liverpool with Suarez was just a statistical anomaly caused by him then they have a natural level of 4th-8th. Buying a player who may be good to replace one who is good (firminio for sterling) doesn’t change much.

  65. Cesc Appeal

    Sal

    Yeah, anything less than a genuine title challenge is failure now. A proper challenge, not the 2013/14 season, or our little spell this year…

  66. Blsany

    There tons of defenders who haven’t been blessed with mobility such as Pique,Ramos,Jt,Vidic,Nesta etc…most important skill set for a defender are positioning,reading of the game,interceptions.chambers still has time let’s hope he’ll improve like KoZzer still got time on his side.

  67. qna

    Dissenter: He sucks at CB too, at the top level. Pacy strikers will turn him inside out.

    Agreed. He is just never going to be a top CB. Look at Laporte or Varane at 20. He is not even on the same planet. Jenkinson was the same. Brought from out of nowhere. Never looked the part and apart from wishful thinking on the part of Brits he is nothing more than average and that is his limit.

  68. Nasri's Mouth

    Blsany: There tons of defenders who haven’t been blessed with mobility such as Pique,Ramos,Jt,Vidic,Nesta etc…

    and Mertesacker

  69. Goondawg

    Disagree with some comments about Chambers here.

    It is farcical he did not get much game time at u21 euros. But still think he has it in him to be potentially a great CB for us. His tackling and ball-playing attrubutes are pretty good. Needs to work on his positioning and ability to deal with faster players. Mertesacker is a good mentor in this.

  70. Goondawg

    The start of the season was very encouraging, I think fatigue and over-exertion played a part in his performance level dipping the second half of the season.

    Im not too sure if he is as slow as people think. I think his postioning leaves him flat-footed and he can’t react fast enough. He may not be a RB, but he probably is fast enough to be a CB

  71. Blsany

    Nasri..,,exactly bro.take hummels for example didn’t get much game time when Germany won under 21 Euro’s apart from the final v England.Now he’s one of the most sought after Cb’s.World cup winner too but never been quick either.

  72. qna

    “It is farcical he did not get much game time at u21 euros.”

    The kind of bias that you expect from Liverpool fans. Shame it isnt limited to that mob.

  73. Dissenter

    Goondawg,
    “Disagree with some comments about Chambers here.It is farcical he did not get much game time at u21 euros. But still think he has it in him to be potentially a great CB for us. His tackling and ball-playing attrubutes are pretty good. Needs to work on his positioning and ability to deal with faster players. Mertesacker is a good mentor in this.

    It’s hard for an England national youth team managers not to consider players that have been under Wenger’s tutelage for one year.
    Is it possible that Chambers was observed in training and was sup-par compared to the starters?

  74. TheBayingMob

    Sorry off topic and question for the Yanky Doodle Dandies on the forum; is there anywhere / anyway I can watch The Ashes from the US this year? Is it covered anywhere? How would I find out where and who covers it? Thanks in advance!

  75. MidwestGun

    Mob –
    What up? To my knowledge nobody broadcasts it here in the US. If you have direct tv or satellite tv you could call and ask. You might be able to get a pay per view package. I know they have one for Rugby not sure about cricket. Otherwise, I’m afraid you will have to stream it. It’s just not covered here.

  76. Vlad Dragomir

    Mobster

    Couple pubs in NY that cover the ashes… best bet where ever you’ll be is check with the local pub.

    Few ITKer’s out there saying Schneiderlin headed to United. Can easily see Wenger pass, he did last summer without Coquelins season.

  77. Dissenter

    Mob,
    There’s a cable channel called Willow that shows live cricket games in the States. I’m sure they will cover the Ashes because of the large population of British Expats.
    Most hotels have a cable service or just try to nearest British Pub.

    I have a better idea, call the nearest British consulates and ask them.
    I know an Aussies who does this [calls his consulate] anytime he’s in the States.

  78. salparadisenyc

    Mobster

    Couple pubs in NY that cover the ashes… best bet where ever you’ll be is check with the local pub.

    Few ITKer’s out there saying Schneiderlin headed to United. Can easily see Wenger pass, he did last summer without Coquelin’s season.

  79. Leedsgunner

    “Possibly but I think Liverpool have not budgeted to keep him. If City pull out they could be forced to sell at 20/25m.”

    Sterling

    Right inside our price range… :).

  80. MidwestGun

    Here’s my take on the Suarez vs Cavani issue. To me biting is waaay worse. In theory you could hit an artery and you are exchanging bodily fluids potentially leading to death.

    When you reach a certain age a man shoves his finger up your butt once a year and you pay him for it.

    Cavani should just he happy somebody is concerned about his prostrate health.

  81. Nasri's Mouth

    Midwestgun: When you reach a certain age a man shoves his finger up your butt once a year and you pay him for it.

    I pay a woman every week for it

  82. MidwestGun

    NM –
    Hahaha well…..I’m more comfortable with a male physician and I only check mine once a year. But to each his own! Never can be too safe.
    🙂

  83. Dissenter

    If Wenger passes on Scheneiderlin and other suited defensive minded midfielders, then he will be living up to his billing.

    He’s always referred to the transfer market as gambling and no one bets more than Wenger.
    He’s always hoping that an internal suprise will spring up like Coquelin. It’s like waiting for Cech to fall into out laps. It works sometimes but more often than not, it will bite us in the arse.

    He’s hoping that Coquelin stays uninjured the entire season which is a big IF. What about him burning out with loss of form.

  84. Dissenter

    Sergio Ramos is using United to get Real affirm that they respect him.
    Real just slapped down a 35 million offer from United. They did it in unusual public way.

  85. MidwestGun

    I see people not named Wenger Eagle are stressing over Firmino. Hahaha
    He might be a talent in 3 or 4 years. But from what I’ve seen… it’s a large crap shoot for the money. I mean just have seen him in the Copa America but he doesn’t seem like a game changer Alexis type. Fairly competent finisher who needs service or a strike partner. Think he will do ok.
    Imagine Coutinho was instrumental in getting him to Pool.

  86. salparadisenyc

    Dissenter

    I’m with you, one thing we know about AW is he will not pay over his valuation.
    Sure that will play a role if in fact he’s not making the move for MS at £24m.

    Or he has another target in mind.

    Can’t gamble on playing Coq across the 3 main competitions without an injury.
    Read a rumor he may shift Chambers up into a more holding midfield player.
    Give me strength.

  87. Cesc Appeal

    MidWest

    I agree.

    Have yet to be really impressed by him, has talent, but I don’t know, seems something quite rough in style and weak physically about him. We shall see.

    As long as we get in a good CDM/CM and a great ST I literally couldn’t care what anyone else does.

  88. Leedsgunner

    Seriously funny reading United fans going into meltdown about the prospect that we might sign Schneiderlin… I hope we do!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2505439-manchester-utd-fans-react-as-morgan-schneiderlin-is-linked-with-arsenal

    Is it true we are waiting until next week to announce the Cech signing so we don’t have to start paying his salary? Fair enough. But what I don’t understand is why were we so content to pay Diaby’s wages for doing FA for years? Or the wages of Sanogo, Park and Arshavin for also not doing very much?

    Inconsistent and illogical to say the least!