5 key takeaways from the Crystal Palace vs Arsenal game

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WE'RE BACK!

WE’RE BACK!

… and we’re off!

3 points in the bag. Free flowing football on the pitch. The chance to make points while the rain pours on Chelsea.

The Palace game was a real mixed bag for me.

For you, now, as a gift… some points will be scribed below in an easily digestible format for you to inspect.

Ozil

I said at the start of last season if things go well for the German, we’ll look at Cesc like the yesterday’s dinner. Didn’t work out that way, because Ozil picked up an injury.

Well, comparing the two in 2015 is the difference between fine dining in Mayfair versus bin rummaging after 8 pints of Strongbow in the car park of KFC. Having participated in both acts, I can tell you which I prefer.

The German looks motivated, fit and full of confidence. 98% pass completion rate is outrageous even for a keeper fond of full back distribution.

Cesc on the other hand looked slow, uninterested and off the pace. His hair looked stupid as well.

This is a big season for Ozil. Imagine if Wenger gives him a striker to play with!

DO IT ARSENE

Giroud

You can’t knock the goal, he had to adapt to a cross coming in behind his run and he did an excellent job banging it in the bottom corner in a scissor kick vibe type of way. Outside that I thought his play was limited. He looked like a player who’d been following his own press this summer, which must be a factor nagging at him:

YOU ARE AVERAGE

YOU ARE AVERAGE

YOU HAVE NICE HAIR

YOU ARE AVERAGE

His runs weren’t great and I think he broke up play too often. He just looks a bit cumbersome.

Having a limited striker is one thing (Ade) having one who looks like he knows it is another.

Petr Cech

I went to extreme lengths to defend him in the bar I was perched at…

‘Maybe it’s the hat. I mean, you barely need to hear when you’ve worked with a defence for 12 years. Now he needs his ears, he can’t hear quick enough!’

… that’s desperate excuse making. I have a point in the sense that he’s working at a new club, with new players in a very expectant environment. Ignore all this ‘Jose knew he’d dip’ nonsense. Jose couldn’t see Kevin De Bruyne was about to blow up into one of the best creative midfielders on the planet. Hardly think he’s in sage mode at the moment…

I thought he could have done better for the Palace goal and I was hoping he’d be a little stronger in his box. Give him time. He’ll come good.

Panic defending

Felt a bit of the ‘oh god we’re going to concede’ slipped back into our game. We shut out Chelsea with such ease in the community shield. Not sure what happened at Palace, but it felt like panic.

Width

I thought City showed what a bit of width and pace can do. Pellegrini loves a middle man out wide. He opted for Sterling and Navas, allowing Silva and Aguerro to devastate through the middle. Trouble for Wenger is that Theo is a bit limited and Chambo is still a bit green to be trusted in games as a starter.

Also, Wenger loves having all his fave centre mids in the mix at the same time. The impact is often congested. I think Wenger is going to have loosen his centre mids everywhere vision if we want to have a more balanced line up.

The Others… (point six you greedy pigs)

Mourinho looks like man keen for the sack. I told you I had a vibe that Chelsea might struggle this year because of an ageing backline. Well, John Terry yanked at half-time. Ivanovic looking way off the pace, like, so off the pace you wonder if it’s a tipping point in his career. No John Stones in back up.

They were made to look like footballing peasants by City.

So far, it’s clear they’re the team to beat this season. They have the spark back. It’s early doors, but a group of brilliant players injected with a bit of special and you never know.

What I do know is Wenger needs to bring in a ball playing defensive midfielder. Rumblings are that he might do something this week. I’m not holding out any hope. It’s better that way. Like Christmas with tight parents… expect nothing and you’ll always be grateful of that tangerine wrapped in a British Gas bill.

Right, have a blinder today and I’ll catch you tomorrow!

519 Responses to “5 key takeaways from the Crystal Palace vs Arsenal game”

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  1. Emiratesstroller

    Gambon

    Yes I agree with you that Wenger sitting on his hands in transfer window as he
    habitually does is crazy, but he will buy before window closes. I am sure of that.

    The Board and Senior Management are sensitive to what others think and not
    just Wenger.

    They are not going to go into an AGM which takes place later this year and
    have to explain why 19 clubs in EPL have outspent us in this transfer window.

  2. Carts

    “They are not going to go into an AGM which takes place later this year and
    have to explain why 19 clubs in EPL have outspent us in this transfer window”

    Though I am 65% sure we’ll get another body in before the deadline, I’m not willing to put money on who or what position it’ll be for.

    The prats sitting at the top of Arsenal are so arrogant and proud that they’d probably pre-vet the question and essentially swerve any question that remotely calls our summer recruitment practice into question.

  3. Emiratesstroller

    Carts

    Arsenal will buy someone before transfer window closes, but I agree with you that Arsenal’s habitual brinkmanship and lack of forward planning in transfer window is ridiculous.

    We don’t need to throw silly money at the problem but I do think that times
    the club need to be seen to be more proactive and realistic in how they conduct their transfer business.

    Wenger should be thinking like a football manager and not an accountant.

  4. Leedsgunner

    “They are not going to go into an AGM which takes place later this year and
    have to explain why 19 clubs in EPL have outspent us in this transfer window.”

    I don’t think they care what we think.

  5. Dissenter

    ““They are not going to go into an AGM which takes place later this year and
    have to explain why 19 clubs in EPL have outspent us in this transfer window”

    Who is going to call Wenger to task?????

    Sir Chips: “If Arsene has a plan we back it, if he doesn’t have a plan we keep quiet,” … “So don’t let’s be in a muddle about who calls the shots about football at Arsenal. It is not the chairman, it is not the fans, it is Mr Arsene Wenger.”

    What people don’t seem to get is Wenger is the defacto Chairman, CEO and omnipotential manager at Arsenal. He’s been there longer than anyone else. H

  6. Dissenter

    Listen to Sir Chips. He has set the records straight.
    Wenger calls most of the footballing decisions. EVERYTHING is prevetted by him.
    The majority shareholder publicly grovelled to have him sign an extension,
    …so, lets not be in a muddle over this.

  7. Highbury4ever

    “It will cost us £20m pa until 2031.”

    The year of wenger’s departure, what a happy coincidence lol

  8. Emiratesstroller

    Leedsgunner

    The club will care if we are 11 points behind the League Leaders by the time of
    AGM and there is a prospect of not playing in Champions League next season.

    I made the point that the Puma Sponsorship is “performance related”. Apparently the money is reduced if we don’t qualify.

  9. Cesc Appeal

    Not just that, most every survey that comes out Wenger has the backing of the majority of Arsenal fans, most wouldn’t even stop to think about it, there’s no analytical weighting in their minds it’s just ‘of course I love Arsene Wenger.’

    The club has it so good, a totally docile fan base the majority of whom idolise the manager and ignore his faults for what he does well.

    What is there in anything to do with Arsenal that would prompt change? Far as they’re concerned no one is asking for change, it’s not needed.

  10. jwl

    Leedsgunner

    I agree with you, don’t think Board gives a flying fcuk what fans think. Thank you for your interest in our affairs sums it up nicely.

  11. jwl

    Emiratesstroller

    I assume Arsenal going to buy world class player because of pressure from Puma. They need to sell shirts, they aren’t giving Arsenal lots of money to sell a few Giroud shirts.

  12. Gunner2301

    Arsene is like a deer caught in the headlights when the transfer window comes around his head must be spinning with all the transfer activity going on around him. He needs to come with a stellar left field signing to rescue this one and I don’t mean Mario Goetze who we don’t really need.

  13. Carts

    “We don’t need to throw silly money at the problem but I do think that times
    the club need to be seen to be more proactive and realistic in how they conduct their transfer business.”

    I don’t think throwing silly money is the order of the day, though.
    When you look at the madness unfolding, any real impact signing will run us the best part of £40m…unless we draft in a Kallstrom/Benayoun.

  14. Leedsgunner

    “The club will care if we are 11 points behind the League Leaders by the time of
    AGM and there is a prospect of not playing in Champions League next season.”

    So the club will cares if disaster strikes? Reactive, once again.

    Here’s an idea — why don’t we strengthen the squad in areas we all know needs strengthening so we challenge for the title for once? Become proactive so disasters don’t occur in the first place… prevention is better than cure surely?

  15. Carts

    Dissenter

    Nasri’s Mouth was almost defending what Chips said as if it was nothing more than banter. Unbelievable really.

  16. useroz

    “…We don’t need to throw silly money at the problem but I do think that times
    the club need to be seen to be more proactive and realistic in how they conduct their transfer business.”

    Wenger already very proactive and thrown very silly money at arteta, walcott, giroud, rosicky, monreal, etc.

    If there are purchases before the window closes, probably some kids to appease Lord Wenger.

  17. Carts

    “Wenger already very proactive and thrown very silly money at… ”

    Santos
    Arteta
    Ox
    Benayoun
    Mert
    Park

    That summer was pathetic.

  18. Biggus

    If anything, the two matches should have convinced Wenger we need reinforcements in both the striker and midfield position. We don’t need another AMF.

    My feeling is that nothing will happen with Arteta making noises about this being the strongest squad he’s ever seen but no disrespect to the man but he moved from Everton to a work in progress Arsenal team so he’s not got much to compare..

  19. Dissenter

    Carts,
    “DissenterNasri’s Mouth was almost defending what Chips said as if it was nothing more than banter. Unbelievable really.”

    That’s was one of NM’s greatest bloopers. He is a formidable poster, no doubt.

    I regard those comments to be Freudian slips that reek of frustration.
    When you have the American owner coming out publicly to grovel for Wenger to resign, you know who’s really in charge.
    Mind you, Kroenke is a behind-the- curtains owner who avoids the limelight. Yet, he broke it to beg Wenger.

  20. Carts

    Dissenter

    “That’s was one of NM’s greatest bloopers. He is a formidable poster, no doubt.”

    There’s no denying the guy can debate articulately but his style of doing so is questionable (as is most of us lol).

    I mean, it’ll go something like this:

    Me: So tell me, why were we riding around Austria when we should’ve been building the brand internationally in the US or Asia? The additional exposure and marketing would’ve benefited Arsenal during the austerity

    NM: Yeah but how can you be sure about this. Would the money earned/ exposure really have had an impact on Arsenal?

    Like come on now. That’s just a silly rebuttal, imo.

  21. Carts

    “Pedro to Chelsea..interesting..not sure where he’s going to play…”

    Say good bye to curly perm Cuadrado, he’ll be shipped out on loan to Juve or at a cut price permanent deal.

    I think Oscar will do well to hold on to a squad number too. Or maybe then again, he’ll be rotated more with Cesc (which I doubt)

    side note: the stick Cesc got after the city game made zero sense btw. They put him next to Matic against such a powerful attacking force and wondered why he didn’t stem anything. All the while Ramires is playing wide right when he was better of next to Matic.

  22. Dissenter

    There is talk that Pedro was forced on Mourhino. It is Abrahimovic’s signing because Mourhino did not want him.
    Watch how the use him.
    Mourhino likes to be passive-aggressive with signings that are not his.

  23. bishop

    I just wonder how someone will ever like the present annoying stubborn Wenger.I can’t place it.The tendency to hate his ways is just too high.Always trying to stand out for the wrong reasons.

    1.Club to have spent the least amount so far.
    2.Just one signing while all other 19 have made atleast 3..we were not champions so why the believe we are stronger than last season. The funniest thing is everyone is now stronger than last season hence Westham beating us.
    3.New strategy is buy an unwanted superstar. Worked with Ozil and Sanchez but where is the plan B?.

  24. Cesc Appeal

    I wonder if Hazard will play at No.10 now, flanked by Willian and Pedro, personally if I was Mourinho I’d be looking at maybe a buy like Witsel, play him next to Matic and push Fabregas up to a more CAM slot with Hazard and Pedro either side, or, leave Fabregas as is and buy a CAM.

    I think:

    Matic, Witsel
    Pedro, Fabregas, Hazard
    Costa

    Has a nice look to it. Refreshed, rejuvenated, added quality and still…sigh…cohesive.

  25. underrated Coq

    CA

    ” The club has it so good, a totally docile fan base the majority of whom idolise the manager and ignore his faults for what he does well. ”

    I can’t see this go on much longer though. Everyone’s patience has a limit and I get the feeling as each and every day passes, the number of disgruntled fans is on the rise. I mean, we already saw a vast majority of fans reach their boiling limit a couple of years ago with the “Spend some fecking money ” cries.

    Signing Ozil, Sanchez and winning back-to-back FA cups maybe helped mellow it down a bit but you get the feeling the level of frustrations are rising again.

    Every fan and his dog can see Arsenal are very close to having a squad capable of winning the PL and that investment in a couple of quality players is needed to achieve this. And yet Wenger remains infuriatingly stubborn and doesn’t look like he’s going to get those players in.

    Lets face it– If Cech remains Arsenal’s only signing by the time the window gets shut AND if Arsenal have another couple of bad results which results in falling out of the titlerace by October–a LOT of fans are gonna turn against Wenger. His absolute lack of ambition would be there for all to see.

  26. SpanishDave

    Wenger is now a man of straw, hopeless and deluded, he thinks it’s his club to do what he wants.
    Utter failure of a man who once got lucky.

  27. Biggus

    underrated,

    “Every fan and his dog can see Arsenal are very close to having a squad capable of winning the PL and that investment in a couple of quality players is needed to achieve this. And yet Wenger remains infuriatingly stubborn and doesn’t look like he’s going to get those players ”

    You can copy and paste this for the last few seasons. There must be a reason we are not out there aside from financial and also over crowded squad. We don’t have a balance team with Ramsey/Wilshere playing on the wings.

    I’m beginning to think it’s not going to happen with any purchase in which case we might struggle as other teams around us seem stronger. Match against Liverpool will shed more light as to where we are at moment.

  28. Carts

    CA

    Good point.

    If the City game taught Mourinho anything, it’s that two beast of a CM is required. Matic and Cesc – thought good players – won’t survive against Fernandiho and Toure. As I said in a previous post the CM area could be the deciding area this season. If Utd establish cohesion with Schweini and Schneiderlin then who knows.

    But yeah, buy Witsel, push Hazard into CAM and Pedro left could be very naughty. Witsel will cost what, £25m ? Raise £10m from Mikel, £25m Oscar etc etc

  29. Louis Almeida

    “We don’t have a balance team with Ramsey/Wilshere playing on the wings. ”

    Wenger has normally always done this for the exact thing. He likes the midfielders to bring balance on one side to counter the winger on the other side. It’s central midfield I think where we need improving.

  30. Highbury4ever

    Wenger is such a tightwad… he can’t even buy a handkerchief , and always wipes his nose with his hands, poor old man.

  31. underrated Coq

    Biggus

    ” We don’t have a balance team with Ramsey/Wilshere playing on the wings. ”

    Which is why I cannot comprehend why Arsenal were never in for Pedro. He would have been a massive upgrade on Ramsey/Wilshere whomever CM it is that Wenger tries to shoehorn in to the starting 11.

    I’m starting to feel this British core will do more harm than good for Arsenal. Wenger will never sell them and I can bet that Wenger probably didn’t go for Pedro because that would mean Ramsey/Wilshere don’t get into the starting 11.

  32. Silasie

    underrated

    Yeah I agree with your post 100%

    Though for me the window hasn’t closed yet and I am pretty much out of patience. I thought Wenger had actually turned a corner, but his stubborness seems to being re asserting itself.

  33. Carts

    “Which is why I cannot comprehend why Arsenal were never in for Pedro. He would have been a massive upgrade on Ramsey/Wilshere whomever CM it is that Wenger tries to shoehorn in to the starting 11.”

    Herein lie the problem: Pedro wouldn’t even remotely be in competition with the aforementioned.

    It’s essentially Ox, Theo and Welbeck. I know it’s seems to be year of the dead horse, but we should’ve got rid of Theo when we had the chance. We should never have went anywhere near Welbeck, and Ox…he needs to fucking sort it out. The fact he was dropped for Ramsey (as Ramsey took his spot) still tells you all you need to know about his importance.

  34. Howard

    Biggus

    So why didn’t Wenger sell Squillacci, Silvestre, Diaby and now Flamini. All bad players except Diaby who Wenger knew years ago that he would never be fit to play yet gave him a long extended contract?

  35. underrated Coq

    ” Wenger has normally always done this for the exact thing. He likes the midfielders to bring balance on one side to counter the winger on the other side. ”

    Yeah, but Sanchez doesn’t exactly play like a winger does he ? Most of the times he cuts in, he’s rarely hugging the touchline . I’d say he plays more like a midfielder than a winger which is why Arsenal don’t have any balance.

  36. Uwot?

    Can we stop with the f*****ng chav love in!! Who gives a f***k what Maureen should do? Let’s just concentrate on wh at WE need hey guys?

  37. TheBayingMob

    Good point, I couldn’t give a cunt what Chelsea’s team should look like. The only thing that would interest me is knowing that Terry had contracted Ebola and passed it on to Maureen-yo via his daily mouth hug for the boss ….

  38. Louis Almeida

    “Yeah, but Sanchez doesn’t exactly play like a winger does he ? Most of the times he cuts in, he’s rarely hugging the touchline . I’d say he plays more like a midfielder than a winger which is why Arsenal don’t have any balance.”

    Not sure why you see this as anything new. Wingers have never been Wenger’s thing. Pires/Ljungberd/Arshavin/Nasri etc all cut in. Overmars was the closest thing you got to an orthodox winger. Wenger’s football has always relied on close one-two quick touch combination football. Ramsey only really played RW without the ball. When we were in possession he moved inwards to pick up the ball through the lines [http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/aaron-ramsey-explains-why-arsene-wenger-decided-use-him-wings-1515893]. It helped us overload the middle and part of the reason we were so dominant in the first half. When you play with two wide guys you turn the ball over a lot. It’s why you’ll never see Wenger play Alexis-Theo together.

    I want to see Ramsey back in the middle but for that we need an Arteta-type with legs.

  39. Cesc Appeal

    Underrated

    I hope so mate. Wenger being accountable and blameable will be new, so personally I will believe it when I see it.

    Carts

    Matic and Witsel would be an incredibly solid base, I think about £25 Million for him yeah as you say sell Mikel and I think Cuadrado will be out the door as well which may cover some of the Pedro out lay.

    As Louis says I do think Willian is underrated, so far he’s been Chelsea’s best performer against us and then there first two games I feel, certainly Chelsea would look more threatening in attack and have a variety of ways they could set up whilst still having the back line and two central midfielders shut the game out.

  40. underrated Coq

    Carts

    Agree that Welback-so far- has turned out to be a poor signing. He really needs to work on his composure in and around the opposition goal. Its like he completely loses his sh1t when in that area of the pitch.

    ” The fact he was dropped for Ramsey (as Ramsey took his spot) still tells you all you need to know about his importance. ”

    I think it tells more about Wenger’s decision making. Chamberlain would be a lot better in the wide role than Ramsey IMO. He’s got all the tools necessary to be a fine winger but hasn’t Wenger said he sees Chamberlain’s future in the CM position?

    I mean, its quite baffling.

  41. Biggus

    Howard,

    It’s really hard to say with Wenger cos on one side he’s quick to rid of some players that are not cutting it like Gervninho, Arshavin and Santos but then for them there are players like Denilson(who I feel suffered due to us getting rid of Gilberto earlier than we should have), Diaby and the others you mentioned.

    It’s good to stick with certain players and sometimes they come good like Ramsey but I think sometimes he tries to shoehorn these players into the team. I love Ramsey but everyone knows he gets carried away and not very disciplined when it comes to positioning which can be a good thing if we play defensive players behind him; in the middle!

    Some berate Ox for his inconsistencies but he’s not had a long run on the side and I actually feel he should play more on the wings than Wilshere or Ramsey cos he’s more direct and explosive.

  42. Cesc Appeal

    United looking at Mane apparently, made an enquiry. Looking for pace on the flank then.

    Not sure if they’re scaling back their search, or going for a lower value winger to grab a ST.

    Who knows with United any more.

  43. Carts

    CA

    Very strong base indeed.

    Toure-Fernand’
    Schweini-Schneiderlin
    Witsel-Matic
    Henderson-Milner
    Coquelin-Ramsey/Cazorla < Hmmm…

    Chelsea pull off Pedro (90%), Witsel (40%) and Stones (60%), along with City (Otamendi, Sterling and De Bruyne) and Wenger still sit on his hands, then fook me, Wenger's brain must mush.

  44. Carts

    Underrated

    You see, I agree. But we can really only form an objective (though mainly subjective lol) opinion based on what’s being projected by Arsenal/Wenger.

    I mean, we can all agree that Ox is far more useful on the wing than Ramsey. But from when Wenger doesn’t, and would rather warp the formation by having Sanchez on one side and Ramsey on the other it doesn’t bode well for Ox (or even Theo).

    Say we acquired Schneiderlin and played him next to a fully focused, non-back flicks-ball losing- Ramsey, with Sachez-Ozil/cazorla-Ox; Benzema as our attacking options, can you imagine how different things might be this season?

  45. underrated Coq

    Louis

    Good points but that is where the crux of the problem lies, is it not ?

    Is Alexis Sanchez really suited for this tippy-tappy combination football? Is Ramsey suited to it? Or would both of them be better in a far more direct style of play?

    Would Arsenal be making the best use of Ozil’s talent by crowding out the midfield OR by giving him packets of space, supported by proper widemen always looking to run in behind the opposition lines?

    Isn’t Ozil better suited for a far more direct, counter-attacking style of play ?

    Can Coquelin–as of now– seamlessly do the ball recycling and dictate play that would be helpful for a possesion based tactics ? Or would he be better in a system that soaks opposition pressure and hits them on the counter ?

    Wenger decides to stick with the players he’s got- which is fine. But why not play them in a system that helps bringing the best out of them easily? Arsenal haven’t got the players suited to play the style which Wenger wants them to play. Most of his starting 11 are much better suited to a more direct style of play.

  46. Silasie

    Does Wenger actually believe in wingers? He just seems to want to play 5 fluid moving CM’s. Does any team actually make that work?

  47. Louis Almeida

    Seems the United bid for Mane is official. Interesting one. Very quick, strong and can finish off either foot. Passing isn’t the greatest though, and isn’t that essential for LVG’s philosophy?

  48. B.T

    Damnit , our transfer activity is so slow that people here are taking about Chelsea and Uniteds new signings and formations , says it all really. Damn Scrooge McDuck Wenger, honestly if he had any ambition at all we should of had our transfer targets in now.

  49. Highbury4ever

    “…if he had any ambition at all…”

    I’m sorry but a 3rd or 4th place + 3 FA Cup in a row, that’s some kind of ambition!!

  50. Carts

    Utd in for Mane:

    Is he going to elevate Utd to where they want to be…not quite sure

    Is Soton in for another fat pay day…err yeah (£25m)

  51. Louis Almeida

    Underrated,
    A good team should be able to marry both styles seamlessly. I would love some more counter stuff. My favourite player is Ozil and moving to a counter style would bring back his dribbling which is rarely seen these days because we don’t have the space to play into. But like I just said, all teams should be able to do both. It’s not one or the other. And we’re the bigger team in most games so the onus will be on us. Teams will sit back so there’ll be less space to counter. The only way we can do that is if we score the first goal in games. We had some decent opportunities on the counter at the weekend. Most obvious one where we broke from a Palace corner and Ozil set-up Alexis. Even possession teams will have counter moments but I don’t think you should set up to play a particular way.

  52. UDA

    Not sure playing with orthodox wide players is the way to go for Arsenal. Whenever we do break wide and cross in, its usually only Giroud and maybe one other player in the box for us. Wenger likes to have midfielders overload a side and create space with combinations or switching play. Normally we do create chances this way, just need more clinical finishing at the end of it (Giroud main culprit but also the likes of Ozil and Ramsey).
    The main problem for me is, on days or opposition where this isn’t working, we only have Alexis who can create a little space for himself at the edge of the box and have a shot. Ramsey and Ox are too inconsistent here. Theo can do this on top form (or when playing for a new contract) but we haven’t seen that in a while from him.

    I think the need for width is overstated. When our play gets too congested in the middle, we’d be better off with our midfielders overloading a side that bringing in true wingers. BUT, we do need our midfielders to create and shoot better. And with their weaker foot too! Our attackers are too one-footed in the box. If they have a chance for a shot on their weaker foot, you just know they will try to get back on their strong foot and let the defenders back in it. Only Santi has the ability but his distance shooting has fallen off a cliff from his first season with us.

  53. Cesc Appeal

    Uwot

    What’s the point? What would you want to talk about…

    City, Chelsea and United are the ones moving in the window, so it’s interesting to speculate on how they may shape up as our ‘competition.’

    Whilst Arsenal fans are left to chat about what a load of Championship managers have said about our youngsters out on loan, says it all really about how we’ve ballsed this window up.

    You can speculate on who would make Arsenal better, and we have done, all summer, but reality means it’s pointless to do so.

    We’ve watched a whole summer go past and done next to nothing, a load of players who I would have loved here have moved or were available at one point and we’ve just sat here.

    So really, I’m not bothering my arse with who we should sign, it isn’t happening.

  54. Dissenter

    Have to feel sorry for Southampton.
    the big clubs just keep coming to plunder players from them.
    It will catch up with them at some point.

  55. vicky

    I get a feeling Theo is being increasingly marginalized at Arsenal. Even if we do not bring any striker, it’s almost certain Theo won’t be our first choice striker.

    On the wing, Ox is already ahead of him in the pecking order. Last match we saw Ramsey deployed on the wings. We all know Ramsey is an absolute darling of Arsene. His another favorite Jack is out injured. I am pretty certain once he comes back, he will get a few games on the right wing. Then we have Welback who when fit had started many matches ahead of Theo. Granted Theo was coming back from a long layoff but still from Arsene point of view, Welback offers more in other facets of the game apart from scoring goals.

    So, Theo is basically competing with Ox,Ramsey,Jack and Welback on the right wing. I do not see him starting many matches as a striker. And if we do sign another striker, then we are talking about Theo getting totally reduced to becoming a bench warmer. Of course, Wenger will hand him a few starts but unless he grabs those opportunities with both hands, I am certain he will or already has become a back up/fringe/bench-warmer.

  56. Cesc Appeal

    I don’t get the point of keeping Walcott in all honesty, I mean it’s too late now. but he’s only ever scored 10 EPL goals once in near a decade at Arsenal in a role where he was asked to do little else other than forward work with some of the brightest creative players in Europe.

    The people thinking he’s going to get 20 EPL goals are a bit hopeful I think…he could prove me utterly wrong, but all this talk of him in his ‘prime’ now at 26…think that’s a little simplistic.

    Entering your prime years doesn’t suddenly mean he will learn a level of technical ability he’s never had, or find a level of consistency he’s never looked anywhere close to having.

    At the age of 26 he’s suddenly going to learn to be a ST? Despite Wenger never fancying him there regardless of what he might say now to deflect from questions of lack of additions.

    Never been a Walcott fan though to be fair, so maybe he will shock me.

    I just think that £140 000 a week deal is so Wenger, it would have been the harder but better choice in my book to flog him to Liverpool at the beginning of the summer and gone after an Aubameyang type. Someone who actually can, does and has played ST at a high level with great numbers, more of a physical presence and a much higher technical ability, then still pursue your number one target if you can, or perhaps modify your search to a WC wide playmaker or something.

    Cech was great, but I struggle to understand much else of what we’ve done, Arteta’s new deal, Rosicky’s new deal, Giroud on £130 000 a week, Walcott on £140 000.

  57. Dissenter

    Expect the Theo 140k weekly salary to set an inflationary trend at Arsenal [if it’s true he earns that much]
    Everyone else will adjust their expectations when their contracts are up for renewal.

  58. Gunner2301

    Walcott should have been sold. Giving him an increased contract was Wengers easy option rather than go out there and actually find someone more suitable. That’s probably what all these new contracts were about, Arsene basically saying I can’t be arsed. He has no excuse for keeping Rosicky as much as I love him, Theo, Arteta, Flamini. I would even consider getting rid of Jack if a big enough offer came in, he will not gain any consistency and will miss half a season every year with injury. We did fine without him last season so why hang onto him. Not even that we probably gave him an increased contract because there might have been interest which is ludicrous for a guy who doesn’t play but then we have Walcott in this titration. We need a manager to come in who can be bold trim the fat without sentiment and bring in the quality we need .