WHY ARE WE WAITING (striker plez)

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Jose Mourinho kicking off the season in the sort of tone that a alcohol fuelled fart sets at the start of a pitch.

He basically called Rafa Benitez fat in his press conference yesterday, which is a bit rich for a guy who let himself go pretty badly last year.

I mean, calling a man fat in a press conference? It’s the height of immaturity and a total embodiment of the lack of class the man and the club boast.

Still, it stopped him talking about Arsene Wenger for 5minutes.

I like the fact he’s rattled. People say it’s mind games and part of it is… but…

HOW GOOD IS IT TO BE PART OF THE MIND GAMES

Real good. Nothing like being back in the banter brigade… over the patronising, ‘we respect and fear Arsenal’s pack of 12  year olds.’

It’s good to kick the season off against Chelsea, so we don’t have the, ‘well, until they play Chelsea, we won’t know’… but, if we lose, well, it’ll go down badly.

There’s no point in placing too much faith in what happens there. It’ll have bearing on our transfer policy I’d imagine. If we take a hiding, the manager might think harder about the bargaining he’s doing with Madrid over Benzema. Even that thought is fanciful.

There were some tasty rumours yesterday about Marco Reus. I love the man. He nearly joined last year. Just can’t help but think we’re loaded up to the eyeballs with those sort of players. He’s ripe for the picking. He’s at a Dortmund that don’t have Champions League football. He’s in his mid-twenties. He’s ready to nab for £40m. Just can’t see that happening if there’s an option for someone who boasts the attributes of Benzema.

I guess Benz works for us with Madrid. We can probably pay cash up front. We’ve done biz with them before. When we move, we move. We’re not a real rival quite yet. I mean, we’re not a Champions League contender even with him in the side. I just don’t see how the move would work out? Who would they bring in that’s better?

Is there a solution in place outside of Benz? There’s certainly not one internally. Lacazette looks a good fit, but he’s unproven.

Man, this is so boring. I’m boring myself here. Why can’t signing a world class striker be simple?

Right, I’m going off to sulk. Before I go… Cesc, fuck off. You sound like John Terry after he’s been busted by his wife…

‘No babe, babe, please, I love you, please babe, let me have my X-Box controller back. Babe! THIS AIN’T RIGHT BABE’

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  1. Romford Ozil Pele

    Özil can and should score more. I think everyone down to him would allude to this. He has no power over his assists record though. That’s down to his teammate to be more clinical. If you look at chances per game, he tops that list so he’s obviously holding up his side of the bargain

  2. MadeToLoveMagic

    Debatable Gambon,,,

    both sanchez and Ozil are proba worth about 40 mil

    and i met a religious guy the other day who told me that not seeing something is proof of it’s existence.. So don’t worry the planes are still there

  3. Rocky Pires

    Even ManU with all their money and LvG on a short term mission to be successful wouldn’t bin off a player like Di Maria for a loss like that unless there’s something up.

    Think it had something to do with the break in at this house but surely could settle him besides, I dont think he felt love from LVG .

  4. naijagunner

    @Emirates

    Agreed. i also think Ozil needs to score more goals too. A player with his footballing sense should be worth 10-15 goals a season. As for the assist thing, i personally think he suffers from having a Giroud upfront. He needs mobile forwards .

  5. Nasri's Mouth

    @Emiratestroller

    Isn’t Ozil number 1 for chances created per 90 mins?

    He’s doing fine, the assists will come as the teamwork cohesion thing continues to grow.

  6. Romford Ozil Pele

    De Bruyne is a fantastic talent. He’s on record as saying Özil is one of the ones he looks up to and you can see it in the way he mirrors Özil’s game. Starts as the 10 but looks to drift wide to create overloads, find space. It’s not really uncommon. In the Bundesliga and La Liga you have teams who play with a double pivot so naturally space in the middle is congested.

  7. gambon

    Nah,

    Sanchez’ value has rocketed, Ozils has fallen since they were signed.

    Ozil c£30m, Sanchez c£50m

  8. Carts

    “What Arsenal need more from Ozil than goalscoring is an improvement in his
    assists record. In his final season at RM he had 15 assists as opposed to 10 and 4
    in his first two seasons in EPL.”

    Surely it MUST be the “chance created” column and his goal return that we should be focusing on?

    Assisting requires the bloke on the end to tuck the ball away.

    If you’re creating goal scoring opportunities, and matey is tucking them away, then what? your assist look shit but your chance created increases.

  9. Nasri's Mouth

    @karim

    Yeah, looks like a deal going through there.

    Not sure what I think of it to be honest. Can’t work out whether he’s going to be amazing for them, or an absolute disaster…

    …or somewhere in the middle

  10. Bankz

    In the Bundesliga and La Liga you have teams who play with a double pivot so naturally space in the middle is congested.

    I think this explains it perfectly.

  11. Nasri's Mouth

    @RP

    Just wait till the team is announced and Wenger goes with Ramsey and Wilshere in the middle and Coq on the bench 😉

  12. Romford Ozil Pele

    Haha Karim, it’s fleeting visits my friend. Work takes up 95% of my time these days. Can’t complain, bank balance is looking healthy!

    Going to the CS on Sunday though so should be good. Going to games again will be my release from work. Interested to see the team Wenger puts out. For some reason I feel like Gibbs is gonna start ahead of Monreal this season. Also I’m sure we’ll use a Santi-Ramsey pivot in home games. Coq will start on Sunday though

  13. MadeToLoveMagic

    So sanchez finishes 3rd highest scorr in la liga then ges sold for 35 , then finishes 5th highest scorer in he EPL ad his value is at 50>?

    not sure. I reckon his worth probablyhas gone up to 40 45 mil, but i don’t see how Ozil’s value has dropped to 30. really? in todays climate?

    Nah, everyne can still see that Ozil is superiour quality to most players in the world.

  14. naijagunner

    @ Nasri

    Personally i think it’s going to be a disaster. Pedro has regressed due to all that bench time at Barca . I watched him last season and i was not impressed . Class is permanent though so he might just be a hit.

    @Qna

    Thanks for your two year predictions. Sorry we didn’t buy your continually changing list of players and blow away that 200 million which seems to annoy you a lot .

  15. Carts

    “Sanchez’ value has rocketed, Ozils has fallen since they were signed.

    Ozil c£30m, Sanchez c£50m”

    In all honesty, I believe there is some truth in this. Numerically speaking I couldn’t say, though

  16. Emiratesstroller

    Carts

    Fair comment, but I was just comparing assists column on transfermarkt. In
    final season at RM he had 15 assists in La Liga, and that probably explains why
    Ronaldo was so upset when he was sold.

    Interestingly I have just read an interview with Ozil where he is asked to make
    a comparison between Ronaldo and Sanchez.

    He is clearly a very “thinking” individual. He highlights the value of Ronaldo
    to RM as a fantastic goalscorer, but he has equal praise about Sanchez who
    has fantastic work ethic and someone that every player values for his team
    spirit.

  17. goonerjay

    Gambon – Cunts like me that make pricks like you stand to attention!
    A lot of people have low intelligence… and you’re a lot of them you fat mug

  18. Carts

    “So sanchez finishes 3rd highest scorr in la liga then ges sold for 35 , then finishes 5th highest scorer in he EPL ad his value is at 50>?”

    Bit silly, that.

    We’re talking about a La Liga that is fucking strong armed by Madrid and Barcelona. Charlie Austin would score fuck loads in La Liga

  19. karim

    Benzema posted another pic with ” Madrid ” written below.
    Lewandowski said on the Bayern website that he’s willing to be even better this year.

    Sounds bad, gentlemen…

  20. MadeToLoveMagic

    haha carts maybe, but still , a 15 to 20 million increase in worth after 1 season of scoring less goals is quite a stretch…

    I think if anything it’s his character that has shone through the most. He is invaluable to the moral and work ethic of the team. This certainly could and proably has increased his worth….

  21. Romford Ozil Pele

    At the end of the day, chances taken are limited by the talent you play with. Logically it only makes sense that MÖ’s assist would decline due to the lower level of talent at Arsenal. 3.1 chances (the most in the league) created per game indicates that he’s still being productive but his numbers will only improve if his teammates are more efficient.

  22. Carts

    Fuck Benzema and his cryptic shit getting Arsenal fans extra moist.

    I have zero time deciphering anyone’s shit.

  23. Carts

    Emirates

    Don’t let the cursing mislead you.

    Referring back to your other post, I thin I see whre you’re coming from.

  24. naijagunner

    There might not be a whole host of new talent on show in Sunday’s Community Shield but, in my mind, the whole country has gone a bit mad on the importance of signing new players.

    Chelsea and Arsenal have been fairly quiet so far but their strength in depth means they don’t really have to start throwing their money about.

    -Jimmy Bullard on his column at the independent.

  25. Romford Ozil Pele

    Yeah can’t see us signing Benz unfortunately, always a bit of a long shot and required stuff to move our way.

    Can’t see Reus either. He signed a massive new deal only a few months ago so the money would need to be mega to acquire him. If Bale went for £80m, then….

  26. Alfie

    ““So sanchez finishes 3rd highest scorr in la liga then ges sold for 35 , then finishes 5th highest scorer in he EPL ad his value is at 50>?”

    Not too sure who wrote this but its a bizzare statement.

    You only have to look at his contribution last season to know his value would increase.

  27. Alfie

    “Walcott’s new deal puts him on 140k per week if David Ornstein is to be believed.

    Thoughts?”

    Not too bothered, I would prefer us to have him than anyone else. Don’t really care what he is paid.

  28. Romford Ozil Pele

    It’s actually unbelievable how Theo does this. This will take him to 13 years with the club.

    This definitely means no striker. I expect him to hit at least 20 goals this season. He’ll be judged very harshly.

  29. Emiratesstroller

    Arsenal seem to have been very busy with new contracts. Apart from Walcott
    and Cazorla they have also agreed apparently new deal with Monreal.

    Whilst I understand frustration that we are not spending loads of money in transfer market it is just as important that our better players want to stay at
    the club and we are not always looking over our shoulder that other clubs are
    trying to destabilise and nick them.

  30. MadeToLoveMagic

    Not too sure who wrote this but its a bizzare statement.

    You only have to look at his contribution last season to know his value would increase.
    …………………………………………………………..

    Yeah , and how closely did you watch his contribution in his last year at Barca? ………………….. thought so

  31. gambon

    “So when does Santi’s contract expire? Was sure he was gonna leave after this season but maybe not it seems.”

    He will, but now we get a proper fee.

  32. gambon

    goonerjay

    Just think, if your mum wasnt smoking crack when you were in her womb you may have had a chance in life.

    Back to school in 5 weeks eh ya cunt?

  33. Alfie

    I don’t know why people are acting as if we are a small club who cant pay the going rate!

    I would much rather get rid of the deadwood and increase the effective players wages and as much as some don’t care to admit, Walcott is a very useful player.

  34. Romford Ozil Pele

    “I don’t know why people are acting as if we are a small club who cant pay the going rate!”

    Nobody has said this but Theo has spent 9 years at Arsenal, over half that time injured and only scores 76 goals. I mean it’s not bad but considering the time and investment, not harsh to expect more. He has to produce now, minimum 20 goals.

  35. Jamie

    “This definitely means no striker. I expect him to hit at least 20 goals this season. He’ll be judged very harshly.”

    Agreed. The positive is that if he stays fit, we might just get the best out of him for the next few seasons. Big ‘if’, though. All eyes on Theo to perform, although he’ll get a pass if he’s injured for months at a time.

    Also, with the new TV deal money coming into play in 2016-17, 140k is going to be the new 80k, so it might not seem so outrageous in two years.

  36. Alfie

    “Yeah , and how closely did you watch his contribution in his last year at Barca? ………………….. thought so”

    Currently valued at 50m – I don’t know what to say to ya pal? It is what it is, no need for tears.

  37. Dream10

    Should they move to the PL in the next couple of years, the likes of Lewandowski, Kroos and Pogba can demand close to 300k a week. They may get it as well

  38. MadeToLoveMagic

    Currently valued at 50m – I don’t know what to say to ya pal? It is what it is, no need for tears………………………………………………………..

    Currently valued at 50 mil……… by Gambon…….

    Transfermarket.com values him at 38.5 m

  39. Alfie

    “Nobody has said this but Theo has spent 9 years at Arsenal, over half that time injured and only scores 76 goals. I mean it’s not bad but considering the time and investment, not harsh to expect more. He has to produce now, minimum 20 goals.”

    This new deal will benefit everyone because Theo knows he needs to increase his contribution and justify that wage but at the same time Arsenal keep hold of a extremely useful player who can get goals and is probably THE best “plan b” in the PL.

    And I understand his injury record but its not as if he is a Diaby – he has had some pretty legitimate injuries.

  40. Alfie

    “Transfermarket.com values him at 38.5 m”

    They’ve also got Pogba at £38.5 but everyone knows he is a £70m man. Also Messi at £85m when he is £150m.

    I wouldn’t pay too much attention to that if I were you.

  41. Alfie

    “Theo is now 26. He hasn’t really got any excuses anymore. These are his prime years and I expect the best from him. If he doesn’t hot 20, it’s been a disappointment.”

    An injury free Theo will hit 20 – easily I think.

  42. Romford Ozil Pele

    Thing is Theo has barely done a thing since his last contract so it really is unjustified to give him a 40kpw pay rise, even with the new deals. Sounds ridiculous to me.

    I don’t care anyway because he’ll be under huge pressure now. If he doesn’t deliver the knives will be out for him. Is he now a genuine striker option?

  43. qna

    Theo on £140k/wk is bad for business. He will now inflate the expected wages of the entire squad. We have been overpaying our players, especially our english ones for some time now and inflation has only just caught up with them to put them back in line.

    Arsenal will never compete if it continues with a sub par British core on world class wages. While Bayern pay its superb players the same as we pay Walcott (at best a bench player for them) then we simply cant compete.

    Arsenal is a poorly run club who considers success an after thought. We will not win anything under Wenger and possibly while SK and the current board are in charge. Enjoy the flat tracks and forget about playing with the big boys.

  44. gambon

    So just to get this right. If Girouds new deal is to be believed, we are paying £370k per week in wages to 3 players, who last season contributed:

    23 goals
    6 assists

    And Wenger dares to talk about players we cant afford.

    Aguero last season outscored all 3, and I guarantee you he isnt on £370k per week.

    Typical Wenger – like a labour government.

    Throws wages at everyone.

  45. Alfie

    “Thing is Theo has barely done a thing since his last contract so it really is unjustified to give him a 40kpw pay rise, even with the new deals”

    Yeah I agree but its not the way it works is it. Theo can see what Sterling et al are getting and his contract runs alongside the TV rights deals every time so he knows there is money.

    Just real savvy agents.

  46. Dream10

    Ozil and Alexis contracts up in 2018. Their agents will be at Gazidis’ door.
    They both can demand 200k a week.

    I think Alexis will be a PSG player this time next year. Ibrahimovic will be off the books. Will be hard for him to turn down twice his current salary

  47. Alfie

    “Alfie

    but you haven’t disclosed your source valuing him at 50…

    What is it?”

    I would say its a pretty fair guess and comparable.

    I might be wrong mate, but that’s what I think he would go for.

  48. goonerjay

    Gambon was that meant to be offensive? your level of wit is on par with a 12 year old.
    Insulting other people is your only talent and you’re not even any good at that!

    Do the world a favour Gambon… instead of taking up 2 seats on a bus with your fat hideous mess of a self, try jumping in front of a moving one…. or just lay on your back and suffocate yourself with one of your chins! You won’t be missed by anyone you nasty, arrogant, self righteous skid mark on the bedsheets of humanity

  49. MadeToLoveMagic

    That’s fucking shocking Gambon

    Theo better have a fucking great season otherwise that decision is going to look like a fucking idiotic one. Considering his absence last year, Wenger must be pretty sure he ready to deal the goods..

    Personally , I think theo has loooked very very good before his injury and since he’s been back too

  50. Alfie

    “So just to get this right. If Girouds new deal is to be believed, we are paying £370k per week in wages to 3 players, who last season contributed:”

    Bit unfair pal.

    For a start you are spreading the cost of wages over three players instead of one e.g what if Aguero becomes injured………….

  51. gambon

    “your level of wit is on par with a 12 year old.”
    .
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    “or just lay on your back and suffocate yourself with one of your chins!”

    Jay, sorry mate but not long before you see how harsh the world is to a guy with 1 GCSE.

    Get used to emptying bins, thats all i’m saying.

  52. gambon

    Alfie

    What does it matter if its spread over 3 players.

    Thats 3 players that combine to produce one world class strikers stats.

    Pretty shocking use of money by Wenger as always.

  53. goonerjay

    MadeToLoveMagic – Your going to need to get an RSJ if you really want Gambons cock in your mouth you little tag along gobshite!

    Have you always been a beta male needing to like the rim of another man or is it a recent development?

  54. qna

    “So just to get this right. If Girouds new deal is to be believed, we are paying £370k per week in wages to 3 players, who last season contributed:

    23 goals
    6 assists”

    THIS

    This is how Arsenal manages to have the 8th highest wage bill in world football (10th in all sports) and yet is completely non-competative in its league and in the champions league.

    Incompetent management, dellusuonal manager and clueless fans (albeit not all of them).

  55. Alfie

    “Alfie

    What does it matter if its spread over 3 players.”

    My point is, say you have X amount of money to spend on wages, would you rather invest it all in one Aguero or three Giroud, Walcott and Welbeck.

    What if your one Aguero becomes injured for example…………

    I guess Im saying would you rather have those three players or your one WC forward?

  56. salparadisenyc

    If Walcotts was on par with say Ashley Cole before we lost him to a rate the befit his abilities id say fine lesson learned…. all be it a decade later pay the man.

    A lot of cake for a player whose essentially had one standout season… in how many?

  57. MadeToLoveMagic

    salparadisenycJuly 31, 2015 11:30:42
    £140,000 a week.

    Fuck me Wenger.
    ………………………………………………………….

    Though Sal,,,,,, that sounds pretty gay dude

  58. Goonerjay86

    Wow… “he’s probably homosexual” “you’re just a muppet” if brain cells were dynamite you 2 wouldn’t have enough to crack an egg! Like a pair of fucking 6 year old.

  59. gambon

    “Get used to be called a cunt, that’s all I’m saying.”

    Stay away from tunisian beaches, thats all im saying.

  60. gambon

    “My point is, say you have X amount of money to spend on wages, would you rather invest it all in one Aguero or three Giroud, Walcott and Welbeck.”

    OK so taking that answer to the extreme,

    Would you rather have Paul Pogba or 10 Matthieu Flaminis?

    To win the big prizes you need big players, not loads and loads of average ones.

  61. Arsene's Nurse

    140k a week. Jesus. Walcott had better start performing like Sanchez for that kind of moolah. Arsenal seem to be a very soft touch when it comes to negotiating.

  62. Marko

    140,000 a week is a lot for let’s be honest a fairly limited player but when you consider Sterling is apparently on 200,000 a week for doing nothing of note yet and even Delph is apparently on 120 or 140,000 a week and he’ll be bit part if he’s lucky then you get the Theo stuff.

    Also gambon saying what we should have just Aguero rather than Giroud, Theo and Welbeck cause it works out the same wages wise. What if he gets injured? It’s a bit like saying we should sell Oxlade, Gnabry and Theo and bring in Robben and the right wing will be sorted out. Only we’ll only have one player who can play there.

    Anyway we should of just bought Jackson Martinez or Bacca at this stage

  63. Relieable sauce

    Big season for Theo, big season for Wenger.

    We at least get 25-40m if we sell next year.
    Theos career seems symptomatic(?) of the club, there are so many parallels.
    Time to deliver

  64. underrated Coq

    qna

    ” This is how Arsenal manages to have the 8th highest wage bill in world football (10th in all sports) and yet is completely non-competative in its league and in the champions league. Incompetent management, dellusuonal manager and clueless fans (albeit not all of them). ”

    You really should think twice before siding with gambon. He’s a wind-up merchant and uses logic ( that makes no sense ) to attack the club. In fact, I don’t think the words gambon and ‘ logical comment’ can ever be used together.

    Yeah, Aguero alone outscored the combined efforts of Giroud, Walcott and Ozil last season. You know who else he outscored? The combined trio of Costa, Fabregas and Willian.

    That didn’t stop them from becoming champions did it ?

    Messi and Ronaldo outscore the front three of lot of clubs world football. Does that mean all those clubs are not being run properly? And Does it mean the other ten players of Barca and Madrid are not necessary?

  65. gambon

    “Also gambon saying what we should have just Aguero rather than Giroud, Theo and Welbeck cause it works out the same wages wise. What if he gets injured?”

    It doesnt work out “the same” wages wise.

    Aguero = £200k pw
    Welbeck, Walcott, Giroud = £370k pw

    Why are we paying £370k pw for such a poor return?

    Wenger is the master of building these bloated squads with huge numbers of good but not great players.

    Its the teams with the great players who win the PL and CL

    Its the old socialist wage thing again, but now everyone gets £100k+ rather than £50k each.

    I mean, how the fuck can Theo be on the same as Sanchez?

  66. Marko

    I just think it’s another example of the English market being so over priced. The amount of English players that get paid so much more than their betters on the continent would be unreal. I dare say Theo is probably on more than say Rakitic at Barca, Gotze at Bayern, maybe Kroos or Varane at Real? Not same positions I know but still

  67. gambon

    “The combined trio of Costa, Fabregas and Willian.”

    You talk about logic then compare Aguero to 2 Chelsea MIDFIELDERS

    You realise Welbeck, Walcott and Giorud are all strikers……as is Aguero.

    Pedro, where the fuck are advertising this site. Most of these posters are barely literate, and seem to have had no kind of education.

    Its like Jeremy Kyle on the internet.

  68. Nasri's Mouth

    If Walcott is on £140k / wk basic that’s a lot.

    But with Sterling being paid £180k / wk maybe it’s the going rate.

  69. Marko

    Gambon you could of also added in the poor returns on Dzeko, Bony and Jovetic and their wages but it I guess wouldn’t help your argument. I think you’re looking at it completely wrong this time. Yes Theo again had us by the short hairs but no you Can’t blame us for paying it when it’s the market in England that’s dictated players getting paid way too much. Rooney threatened to leave they bumped him up to 250,000 a week. Henderson does alright for Liverpool? 100,000+ a week. Sterling has some promise? 200,000 a week. We need another home grown player so Delph gets 120,000 or something a week. All crazy

  70. Nasri's Mouth

    Good news about Santi too.

    Either we get a nice fee for him, or he stays with us. It’s a win win

    And Dan Crowley has gone to Barnsley for 1/2 a season.

  71. Emiratesstroller

    I have to say that I do tend to agree with Gambon on this occasion that paying Walcott £140 K PW with his track record is excessive. He has hardly started any games in last 2 seasons.

    However, there is another side of the coin, which should be factored in. We have now a strong squad and whilst it will be argued that Chelsea are still favourites to win league we are in much better shape than most of our competitors.

    Arsenal still need in my assessment to offload a couple of our 30+ players e.g.
    Flamini and Rosicky and try and replace them.

    My personal view is that if we cannot buy a new striker and maybe the club
    has come to that conclusion in view of the paucity of decent players available on market then we should consider looking at beefing up one or two other positions.

    The DMF is obviously one and I do think that there are players in that position
    who are still buyable.

    Arsenal are now a very attractive club for players to join and we are able to pick and choose who to buy as and when they become available.

  72. reality check

    Ok if walcott is on 140pw then can we finally lay to rest the age old excuse of

    “he’s still young”

    And my personal favourite

    “He’s got potential to be…”

    This muthaf**ker needs to step up, stay up and produce at least 6.5/ 7 out of 10 performances in every single game when fit.

    I don’t care if the opposition park the bus. 140kpw means you have the ability to adjust to those kinds of tactics, no?

  73. Dissenter

    We are just going to pay exorbitant salaries to majntain cohesion.
    If Theo is on 140k after being injured for a huge chunk of his last contract then Alexis should be our first 200k player.
    He needs to get his agents to start spreading rumors.
    We are just spreading the new wealth on wages.

  74. Carts

    So Theo is sitting pretty with Sanchez and Ozil raking in serious bread.

    For the most part I give zero fucks about a next man’s salary, but we have to all recognise when someone is being overpaid. I mean, like someone said above, Theo’s new deal will have sever repercussions on new deal coming up.

    With that said, Theo’s reps are legit.

  75. Nasri's Mouth

    reality check: This muthaf**ker needs to step up, stay up and produce at least 6.5/ 7 out of 10 performances in every single game when fit.

    If he stays fit, we’ll get the results from him.

    If he stays fit…

  76. Marko

    I agree he’s getting paid way too much but I don’t think it’s the club’s fault per say. Blame the market I say

  77. Dissenter

    “However, there is another side of the coin, which should be factored in. We have now a strong squad and whilst it will be argued that Chelsea are still favourites to win league we are in much better shape than most of our competitorsmirates,”

    Are you satisfied with 3rd-4th place.
    It seems you’re always arguing to maintain th status quo. Shouldn’t the aim be to better Chelsea.

    No other club in the world will pay Theo 140k weekly because he hasn’t earned it. That kind of wages are for exceptional players, a group that Theo doesn’t belong in.

  78. gambon

    “How many did Van Persie, Falcao and Rooney score ?”

    OK so we are aiming to emulate the 4th best team in the PL?

    How fucking dumb are you.

    You have absolutely zero understanding of what youre babbling on about.

    We are paying £370k out for a return of 23 PL goals.

    What is it you dont understand about this?

    Man Utd? Why do you think VanGaal got rid of Falcao and RVP.

    You may notice that Wenger wasnt nearly as ruthless with Welbeck and Walcott.

    Thats the difference between other clubs and Arsenal.

    At Arsenal Wenger rewards his favourite players. Most clubs work on a performance basis.

  79. naijagunner

    @ Disssenter

    I think u have to consider the market now and the message it sends . If Arsenal do not pay him that, someone else might just do so. And if he leave he leaves the narrative would be that we developed him and he left for bigger trophies or something liker that.

  80. Dissenter

    Nasri’s mouth,
    “If he stays fit…”

    With that Elephant in the room, there’s no way I believe an astute negotiator will give Theo 140 weekly. He’s most likely on 100k with generous bonuse.
    Even on a free transfer, he wouldn’t command 140k weekly with his injury record.

  81. Emiratesstroller

    The agent of Walcott is clearly a smart cooky. The club allowed Walcott’s contract to run down to final year when he started showing some form.

    Had we not agreed this contract we would be lucky to get £15 million for Walcott and then we would be in similar situation to what Man Utd are now in with De Gea.

    For all the rhetoric about LVG being a great manager and how much money
    Man Utd are able to spend they don’t seem to be in great shape.

    Di Maria is leaving at loss and De Gea will almost certainly be leaving for a transfer fee well below their valuation. By all accounts he did not perform well
    in games he played on tour. Van Persie also left for a relatively small transfer
    fee and was not exactly complimentary about LVG man management skills.

    There is also not exactly a queue of top players lining up to join Man Utd and it seems to me that they are at moment taking one step forward and two steps
    backwards.

    My view is that Chelsea will probably win again League and Arsenal will be contesting second place with Man City. The fourth position could be anyone. I
    don’t think that there is any certainty that Man Utd will finish in top 4 with what is going on at that club at moment.

  82. Nasri's Mouth

    gambon: Man Utd? Why do you think VanGaal got rid of Falcao and RVP.

    Because one was on a loan and the other one fast approaching the end of his career ?

    More shite comparisons from you, you never stop do you?

  83. underrated Coq

    No, we are trying to emulate the champions of last season.

    How many goals did their strikers score last season ? Around 30 I think. And this was with their strikers( expect Costa for around a couple of months ) being available most of the season.

    So what’s your point again?

    Theo missed more than half of the season and Giroud missed three months. We scored 23.

    As far as your comments re United. The evidence available is of last season where their strikers were even worse than ours. You’re now bigging them up by hypothesizing about next season. You have the gift of looking into the future, do you? You have no clue who their strikers are gonna be next season and you have no clue on how many they’ll score next.

    I can do what you did and say: Theo will score a lot more next season and Welbeck will improve in his second season. Doesn’t mean its gonna happen.

  84. Nasri's Mouth

    @Dissenter

    It’s impossible to know really. Neither of us knows what his fitness situation is, Arsenal will have checked him out and decided how likely / unlikely he is to be able to play xxx number of games a season.

    He’s had 3 main issues so far, Both shoulders needed operations, to correct an issue he’s had from birth, (or some such shit) and an ACL.

    To some extent an ACL tear is bad luck, so there’s good reason to think things will be better going forward, but as I’m not a doctor and I haven’t seen his records, it’s pure speculation. (From both of us)

  85. Nasri's Mouth

    Underrated Coq: I don’t think that there is any certainty that Man Utd will finish in top 4 with what is going on at that club at moment.

    I’ll probably be proved utterly wrong, but I think the top 4 is the most watertight it’s been for years

  86. Carts

    “Because one was on a loan and the other one fast approaching the end of his career ?”

    So if both scored 20 apiece, then what?

  87. Emiratesstroller

    One point which should be clarified and that is that noone actually knows the full details of Walcott’s contract.

    Let us assume that he got the suggested pay rise of £50k pw. That means it cost
    us an additional £10 million over 4 years.

    If we had to buy a comparative player e.g. Sterling who scores less goals we
    would have landed up with a £49 Million transfer fee plus an extra £10 million
    cost in wages.

  88. Nasri's Mouth

    Carts: So if both scored 20 apiece, then what?

    Then he might have kept them, so what ?

    RvP is never going to improve, he’s only going to get worse, Falcao was a loan player, and if the choice is let him go back to Monaco, OR spend 10s of millions on him then…

    But the comparison between 2 ageing players on a downward slope, one of which is on a loan is just a waste of everyone’s time.

  89. Nasri's Mouth

    Costa and Cahill fit for Sunday.

    I wonder how many more times Costa’s hamstrings will be troubling him at the beginning of the week and fine by the end?

  90. underrated Coq

    NM

    Yeah, if United lose de Gea they’ll be weakened severely. And as of now, they have only one recognized striker in Rooney. Plus there is also the issue of new players settling in. It looks like almost half of their starting 11 next season will be new signings. I think United will be slow starters.

  91. Marko

    You have absolutely zero understanding of what youre babbling on about.We are paying £370k out for a return of 23 PL goals.

    Are we too assume they’ll do worse or better this season? Also you mentioned we pay 370 for our three strikers and there modest return and still haven’t mentioned City’s return on Aguero, Bony , Dzeko and Jovetic. I agree we need another striker and an improvement on who we got but you literally imply they’re the biggest piles of shites and the biggest wastes of money ever. Guarantee you the money CIty paid all their strikers last season was worse. We are basing everything on just last season right