‘We sign only exceptional quality’ <<< Arsene in 10mins I reckon

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Here’s an idea. In the press conference, why doesn’t a journalist drop this question.

‘Arsene, as a guy managing a budget so big it could clear the UK deficit in one swoop, do you not find it frustrating that out of the whole league, you’re the only manager not to have purchased a single outfield player to support a squad that finished 3rd as well as being knocked out of the Champions League last 16 to Monaco?’

That question won’t get asked. What Wenger will treat us to today is…

‘We only add exceptional quality’
‘We have Theo and Danny who can play striker’
‘We have Sanogo, and I tell you this boy is talent’
‘Bendtner is exceptional quality’

The manager is having us over.

Question is, why?

‘He takes losing harder than anyone’

Now, if this is true, and he’s as obsessed with football as people say he is, why is he always the blindest to squad weaknesses?

Pretty crazy that he doesn’t move for a DM and a striker. You know, for a man who has no life outside football he seems to have a serious lack of understanding when it comes to what’s required or how to go about getting it.

If you can’t land premium, where is the plan b?When was the last time we made a Koscielny like signing? Why are we running it to the wire again? It’s a nonsense.

I’m all for premium players, but if there are only a few in the world, why not take the rising talent?

What are the scouts offering up?

‘Sorry boss, we had a look and there’s only Benzema’
‘No one else?’
‘Pretty sure that’s all that’s out there’
‘Could you have a look?’
‘Shut up Arsene, I’m trying to eat a sandwich’

Someone made an interesting point yesterday that Arsenal are always the passive partners in football transfers. We only sign players when they’re offered to us nicely. Like that mate you have who can’t get a girlfriend because he refuses to talk to anyone.

Arsenal need to have some balls. Sometimes, you need to roll up to that barmaid and demand they transfer their number to your phone and you’ll not take no for an answer.

‘But Pete, getting my number isn’t as simple as buying a loaf of Hovis’

See, you can have anything in this world if you try hard enough. Especially if you’re a football club with buckets of cash money.

My issue here, is that the desire isn’t there. There’s never a plan B. You can smell the dithering. And maybe there’s a reason for that. On my Arsenal man date last night, we discussed whether the consistent failure to give the squad what it needs was a purposeful act to avoid accountability.

By not giving the team what he needs now, he has an excuse when it goes wrong. We can look to the future, in a dream world, where the squad was right and we won everything.

It could be that. Or it could be that Wenger values his ideals over winning. Let’s be honest here, the big mans dream is to win the league without a transfer surplus. He wants that honour.

‘You said I needed to buy, but I won and I didn’t*’

*smug face

A beautiful vision, but I’d say a really naive one. When Championship winning squads are adding mega money players to their offering, you have to wonder in what world Wenger thinks he can compete?

I think we can go close this season, but I kind of hoped that off signing a world class striker and a DM.

Having seen the opening issues, hearing the manager say the players are too soft and watching Giroud flump about upfront, I’m starting to waver.

We are literally going to face a 3 month stint with Arteta running the midfield. It’s so obviously going to happen.

Worst thing is this, if we lose Giroud, we’ll have to play with an even more substandard option!

Oh gosh, I’m losing my shit over here…

People will say, ‘oh man, have some perspective’, but the reality is this… I do have perspective. My persepctive is this.

We finished third last season. We were knocked out of the Champions League by the worst team left in it. We lacked a world class striker. We fluked a DM because of injuries.

We are the only team not to strengthen with an outfield player. It’s August 21st. Even if we do land someone, they’ll not have had a preseason with us.

This is not good enough for  team with title aspirations.

P.S. Reckon I might have organised a good podcast panel. Watch. This. Space. I mean listen.

299 Responses to “‘We sign only exceptional quality’ <<< Arsene in 10mins I reckon”

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  1. bob

    just dont trun up to games tel your friends and family aswel this is the only way to get wenger out off this club

  2. El Tel 1

    why would Benzema want to join Arsenal

    Madrid>London
    Money>more Money
    Appearances>regular appearances
    Ozil teeing him up
    Wenger geeing him up
    Retirement

  3. Silasie

    Ray Gooner

    The reason people are complaining is very simple. We have been in this scenario for the last 9 years or so and we know how it generally plays………………………….frustration after frustration at AW lack of ambition and stubborness.

  4. bob

    I’m not against buying when it is a plus for your team. If it’s just to buy a player at the level of the players that you have to make people happy, I’m not ready for that?
    how many times hs wenger the mofo said? the french bitch needs to get sacked today

  5. steve

    “We weren’t offered Pedro. We have many players on the flanks.”

    Yeah that’s not how it works Arsene. You go out and enquire about players you dummy.

  6. WrightIsGod

    I find it hilarious that after a summer of Pedro working for the Arsenal PR team that he is finally jumping on the the Wenger / Arsenal are incompetent bandwagon.

    The irony.

  7. Leedsgunner

    “We finished third last season. We were knocked out of the Champions League by the worst team left in it. We lacked a world class striker. We fluked a DM because of injuries.”

    An excellent summary of last season as far as the league and the UEFA CL is concerned. However what’s the club doing to learn from it? To improve upon it? In other words, does the acquisition of Cech allow us to better our position in the league and the champion’s league? (especially with how our rivals have strengthened?)

    Here’s the frustrating thing, what is the first thing the manager says when we falter? “The most important thing is the response — we must learn from this…”

    However as this transfer window demonstrates Wenger doesn’t want to learn. He is content to make the same mistakes over and over again… for that we pay the highest prices in Europe. Honestly we must be among the most gullible fans in World Football… no wonder they treat us with such contempt.

  8. vicky

    Amazing that Wenger talks about internal improvement all the time.

    But, last I checked Theo was still a one trick pony.

    Ramsey’s decision making was still below par,

    Giroud has not added anything to his game, almost the same player since he joined us.

    Ox despite all the talent, is not very smart on the pitch, still loses possession in risky positions on a regular basis.

    Sczesney still in “blow hot blow cold” mold.

    Gibbs has regressed instead of getting better.

    We are still not great at attacking or defending corners/free kicks.

    Cazorla seems to have lost his free kick taking ability.

    Ozil still does not dominate big games.

    Chambers has not become better.

    Our counter-attacking or finishing ability has not got better. Our transition game has not become better.

    Wenger is correct that internal improvement is as important as buying players but I am sorry we have not improved much even on internal front.

  9. Reliable sauce

    NASA sent a spacecraft to Mars to find signs of life at the cost of £78m (in the 90s I think).

    Maybe thats what our scouts are up to & the reason for hoarding so much cash…

  10. WrightIsGod

    WENGER:

    “When the season starts the window should be finished.
    “Simple as that. It is too big an advantage for clubs that didn’t work well during the transfer window.”

    The scariest thing about his beliefs is that every season before a ball is kicked Wenger is content with his squad and summer signings. Therefore admitting any player he has purchased after a ball has been kicked to be a panic signing.

    Park Chu-Young – top top quality
    Andre Santos – well he was Brazilian….apparently
    Arteta
    Mertesacker
    Ozil
    Welbeck

    ALL PANIC SIGNINGS. WHO WILL HE BUY IN A PANIC THIS SEASON?

  11. alexanderhenry

    I cannot believe you still dont get it pedro. Wenger manages the team he does not own the club. If arsenal don’t spend it’s the club’s decision not wenger’s. If they wait until the last minute to force the price down on a transfer as I think they are doing now, it is the club adopting that decision not wenger. By ‘the club’, I am referring to one man only. He is american, he owns five other teams, he is rarely seen and he never speaks.

  12. WrightIsGod

    I hate Twitter fans like GeoffArsenal (and yes hate) because they are already making statement like “And you say Arsenal don’t have excuses”. Embarrassment to our fanbase.

    I don’t care that City have spent hundreds of millions to improve their squad – the feact is they needed to. I don’t care we didn’t get Sterling, Ottamendi, Delph etc.

    I don’t care that Chelsea got Pedro – they had to.

    What I care about is we are not buying the actual players we need and they are out there. We should just focus on what our squad needs and £70million would have done that this summer. In fact I think that is more than enough for what we need.

    These Wenger apologists are going to destroy the makeup of this club. It is Arsenal FC not Arsene FC

  13. Gunner2301

    Machi iii

    You mean the same tactics we used against Man City? Oh yeah that was the players idea not the managers (as documented in the post match interview) he seems to have adopted it now though. So much for watching the game do you even know what’s going on at your club? It makes you wonder why we’re paying the prick 8mill a year we should just let the players run the team on match day shall we?

  14. WrightIsGod

    Vicky

    Gibbs hasn’t regressed he’s just never been that good. At Arsenal we blow smoke up your arse if you’re young, mixed race and English. 2 out of 3 will do.

  15. DM

    El Tel

    I think you got the sign the wrong way round? Hard to tell what you were saying but > means the first is better (technically bigger) than the second. Did you mean < ?

  16. WrightIsGod

    The ONE transfer that scares and i would envy more than ever is POGBA TO CHELSEA.

    If that happens I may kill. Personally, if I were manager at Arsenal, I would spend all my money on Pogba.

    I think it would not only shut people up but sort out more than a few issues.

  17. Carts

    “I cannot believe you still dont get it pedro. Wenger manages the team he does not own the club. If arsenal don’t spend it’s the club’s decision not wenger’s.”

    LOL – I guess Sir Chip was definitely trying to wind up all up with what he said then. But hey, no amount of convincing Stan that Coquelin and Giroud aren’t good enough will change Stan’s mind. After all, Wenger didn’t want to hand Theo £140k p/w…it was Stan’s decision.

    “If they wait until the last minute to force the price down on a transfer as I think they are doing now, it is the club adopting that decision not wenger. ”

    I agree, we done well to force that Ozil price right down to base level. I mean, if that transfer was concluded in JUly, we would’ve had to pay £55m.

    “By ‘the club’, I am referring to one man only. He is american, he owns five other teams, he is rarely seen and he never speaks.”

    Yes the man is a melt, but I don;t see how you go from spending £80m on two players across two season to then reeling it in and putting a limit of £10m spend on the squad. In fact, as a net figure it’s probably closer to £5m

  18. Reliable sauce

    For me, the important questions that need answering relate to the Wenger interview with Keown last season & the target of a top 4 finish.

    Who at the club set this as a minimum target?

    We dont have foorball men on the BOD so what qualifies them to make this decision?

    Was it based on football or financial reasons?

    What were the reasons behind the decision not to invest during the stadium move?

    Is the target still top 4 this season & last? & do the same ppl set the target now?

    What are the repercussions of failing to meet the target?

    Do the ppl running have a plan to win the EPL & UCL?

    So many questions unanswered & these are just off the top of my head.
    Someone with more insight & knowledge could compile a better list but I think these are valid questions the fans should entitled to know.

  19. #WAHT

    “the rest should all be plying their trade in the Championship.”

    Clearly. The rest just lucked out finishing 3rd in the Prem. They’re clearly all the level of Brentford.

  20. alexanderhenry

    Reliable sauce, the BOD are meaningless. Nothing more than a bunch of septuagenarian, ex public school boys and yes men. There’s only one man that matters; that’s kroenke. If you’re worried about the future of our great club under him, you should be. Have a look at his record with his other teams

  21. shad

    So are we hoping for LOLpool to spank us for a couple of purchases before the TW closes?
    Personally no thanks. We’d end up with more dross being lined up for captaincy.

  22. Kiyoshi Ito

    RayGoonerAugust 21, 2015 12:48:54
    First of all, why anyone is complaining at all before the transfer window is closed is beyond me….And even then, the season has just started….I will not complain until either one of these scenarios happens:1. If Arsenal are more than 6 points behind the leaders by Christmas.2. If Arsenal are within 3-6 points behind the leaders by Christmas and don’t strengthen in January.Though if we’re leading by Christmas I still won’t complain.

    —————————————-

    LMFAO

  23. Reliable sauce

    Alexander

    I dont disagree on the BOD & owner but Wenger enables them to take the fans for a ride by settling for mediocrity.

    Arteta was our last minute replacement for a WC CM during the self imposed austerity period & he has just been offered a new contract. How long since we moved?
    You think that was SS?…Its certainly not something a manager with title aspirations does.

    They are all as bad as each other.

  24. Gunner2301

    Reliable

    We were that desperate for our panic buy Arteta he didn’t have a medical. Now which professional club conducts themselves in that manner. I wouldn’t expect Accrington Stanley to conduct themselves in that way but Arsene Knows.

  25. TheBayingMob

    I’m amused that people are still surprised and agitated by Wenger’s ways.

    We will sign someone, but it will be close to deadline, because the silly old cunt thinks that’s how you get the best price, neglecting that …

    a) The world of football knows we have more cash in the bank than the mad old widowed bag woman who has 14 cats and lives at no. 14 has stuffed in the mattress
    b) The world of football knows we will be desperate at that point, and they will be able to drive the bargain.

    We’ve spent 10 years waiting for Arsene to buy a Vieira / Toure / Alonso type DM, we only have Coq by accident. Arsene likes to by skinny young mixed race boys, that’s his MO. Live with it.

    And why would he push on to do any more than 3rd/4th / last 16. Every fucking season the entire league conspires to make it easy for him and most of the sedentary, aging fanbase in the stadium are over the moon with this as it fits their aging, low risk lifestyles. To change anything the whole diversity of the crowd who go to the Emirates would have to change, the fanbase would have to push for it and not just a few keyboard loudmouths on Le Grove. Tis the way of the world, I just hope we beat the scousers. I fucking hate it when Arsenal lose to the Liverpool

    Happy Friday goat worriers …

  26. SpanishDave

    Other managers must laugh at Wenger he hasn’t got a clue really?
    Our squad is crap but in his world we are the best.
    Abject failure is the only thing to wake him up, it will happen.

  27. Gunner2301

    Arteta was decent about 6 years ago since then he’s been declining and we A. But him B. Make him captain C. Extend his contract when he was never good enough for us in the first place. Bring back Yossi Benayoun.

  28. Gunner2301

    The dictator will be hounded out of the club after proving his specialist in failure credentials. That’s the only way he will leave and I look forward to the day as unpleasant as it might be.

  29. Biggus

    Surprised at some people here.

    Although I’m frustrated with Wenger, I don’t want us to lose to Liverpool or get destroyed this season; both won’t change Wenger’s approach or let him lose his job.

    We can just hope that those around him step up a gear and ensure they take some responsibilities for the improvement of the club

  30. bob

    come December hes going to bitch about playin 3games aweek and players been injured again. fans need to stop going to games we need to get him saked asap

  31. Kiyoshi Ito

    blsanyAugust 21, 2015 12:11:20
    “Blsany having a breakdown”Haha i’ll let you off this time Eagle but one more comment like that and i’ll breakdown all over your face

    —————————————————–
    LMFAO,LMFAO…….

    Today is killing me…..

  32. Biggus

    @alexcutter

    Cos like most fans that started supporting Arsenal when Arsene took over, they can’t see better than Arsene regardless of anything that happens.

    A huge loss is a mistake, a wasted opportunity breeds hope for next year and a lost first place position is lauded for the length of time there rather than the culmination of it as a title.

  33. VP

    Well said Alexanderhenry!

    It’s totally unacceptable for a owner/board to hide behind a person at operational level (Arsene Wenger). Which is what they’ve been doing for years.
    The only reason why they’re so desperate to keep Wenger on is precisely because of the fact that he doesn’t spend. They’re happy with this, but they’d never admit to it publicly. It’s a marriage made in heaven.

    Wenger is not the only problem. The club is rotten from top to bottom.
    The club will continue to underwhelm and deceive long after Wenger leaves. I don’t think that many people get this.

    None the less, Wenger getting a seat on the board is probably one of the worst things that could happen, so when he leaves, he needs to leave proper. However, I’m sure that when the time comes the owner/board will beg him to become an exec. Wenger has said that he has no such interest, however wouldn’t be too sure, Watch this space. Given that the board is as ineffective as they come , it makes perfect sense for them to continue to provide Wenger with unfettered power (palming off their accountability in the process) for as long as they can.

  34. Reliable sauce

    G2301

    Yeah I forgot that. lol.
    Not like we didnt know Cesc would go back to Barca either, they had been tapping him for 2 or 3 years.

    Really dont want to see any more reactionary signings, they are very rarely the players we need.

  35. gazzap

    We behave like a top 4 club. Only three clubs behave like champions in England.

    Wenger cannot hope to win the title with the aspirations he shows.

  36. Reliable sauce

    Getting rid of Wenger is the 1st step & hopefully the catalyst for a change of ownership.
    Its my hope anyway. Need some light at the end of the tunnel.

    Sanchez IMO wont tolerate this lack of ambition very long & there will be clubs who know this. Have a poor season & I think he could move next year to an EPL club.

    ——–Aguero
    Sanchez—–Stirling
    ——-KdB/Silva

  37. BillikenGooner

    We will have a repeat of the Cesc, Nasri, Clichy, Sagna, RvP exodus soon but it will be Sanchez, Ozil, Koz, Ox and Ramsey as they see us swimming around in top level mediocrity and not making a serious effort to win either the PL or CL.

    Wenger will then talk about youth, building from within, spirit, cohesion and too much money in football.

  38. alex cutter

    “Cos like most fans that started supporting Arsenal when Arsene took over, they can’t see better than Arsene regardless of anything that happens.

    A huge loss is a mistake, a wasted opportunity breeds hope for next year and a lost first place position is lauded for the length of time there rather than the culmination of it as a title.”

    With all due respect, I have no idea what your point is. Time will tell, one way or another. Cheers.

  39. Mo

    “steve August 21, 2015 11:38:16
    Joel Campbell is just another terribly handled situation by the specialist in failure.”

    What’s really funny is that the “specialist in failure” isn’t writing about you on an internet blog somewhere because he’s too busy running a PL football club while you’re in your mums basement 😆

    I do wonder why so many non-Arsenal fans bother to post on here. Sad fuckers really.

  40. Biggus

    Alex cutter,

    Allow me to explain myself again.

    What I am trying to say is that we have a strange situation in Arsenal that is the board are way more lenient with Arsene than in most places. Incompetency or losses will not do much to change Wenger’s approach. He will only change it if he decides to do so. Therefore, there’s no point hoping Arsenal fail just to spite Arsene or the board. They seem to have low expectations of the club in regards to winning titles and trophies.

    If you still can’t get my point, then I apologize for taking your time.

    Cheers

  41. blsany

    “I do wonder why so many non-Arsenal fans bother to post on here. Sad fuckers really.”

    Coz following Arsenal in this format is an embarrassment man.

  42. Leedsgunner

    “We will have a repeat of the Cesc, Nasri, Clichy, Sagna, RvP exodus soon but it will be Sanchez, Ozil, Koz, Ox and Ramsey as they see us swimming around in top level mediocrity and not making a serious effort to win either the PL or CL.Wenger will then talk about youth, building from within, spirit, cohesion and too much money in football.”

    Yep… we will be then repeating our mistakes rather than learning from them. For the pleasure of making the same mistakes Wenger will have pocketed another cool £40m+…

    You’ve got to admire Wenger’s personal ambition and selfishness, he’s milking the club for all it’s worth and he will continue to do so until he retires.

  43. Andy

    every time I open Le grove it directs me to some webpage and then onto the App Store, I know this ain’t a IT forum but does anyone else experience this problem?

  44. SpanishDave

    We are a strange club really , we have a manager who has failed to win the EPL for 20 Years, he hasn’t won the Prem for ten years. The owner has not been a successful sports owner. The board have no ambition.
    We are a very rich club that doesn’t spend, we have a squad of over paid average players.
    We have no direction, no desire to win the league, and 4th is ok.
    What a bloody shambles for a once famous club.

  45. Cesc Appeal

    We will beat Liverpool, they haven’t looked impressive at all, I know we haven’t either but, I can see a Palace type game, not look good but grab a win, Benteke will score from a set piece though, I can feel it.

    I’m going with Sanchez to score, and then Walcott to come off the bench and score just to be incredibly annoying and have to hear about his development and goal scoring prowess to see out the window.

  46. blsany

    That is ridiculous. Benzema is one of the deadliest forwards in world football and is more than worth his weight in gold. The France international has been an integral part of Real’s attack since he arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu back in 2009. Benzema’s ability to create opportunities out of nothing is one of his greatest attributes and Arsenal would do well to find a better finisher inside the 18-yard box.Arsenal must bite the bullet and pay up. Whether he costs £35 million or £55 million, Benzema guarantees goals and will be well suited to Arsenal’s fast, attacking style of play. The 28-year-old has his best years ahead of him and would link up well with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in attack.Not a lot to ask for is it?

  47. salparadisenyc

    Wenger: “There is a shortage (of world-class strikers) in the world. We we’re lucky to have signed Sanogo at such a young age”

    He he

  48. Leedsgunner

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3205903/Arsene-Wenger-expects-Arsenal-signing-end-transfer-window-Karim-Benzema-talk-continues.html

    Karim Benzema — the ultimate “I tried to” signing. As much I would like to see him at AFC, I can’t see us signing him — for the simple reason that RM doesn’t want to sell.

    Shame we have wasted so much time on him when we could have sign quality DMs this summer like Bender, Schneiderlin and Kognogbia.

  49. Reliable sauce

    “wont do much to change Wengers approach”

    Who wants wenger to change his approach?
    I want him out the door completely asap & not given any role at Arsenal full stop.

    Greedy fucker isnt going to change his approach now, certaintly nothing significant enough to win the UCL & probably EPL as well.

    Some people need to see the same old failings play out over & over & over again before they even consider wengers past & even then theres always an excuse…but but but wengers changing. Yeah right. Same people have been calling him AFCs greatest ever manager for the last 10 years.

    Dimwits enabling the incompetant/crooked.

  50. alex cutter

    “If you still can’t get my point, then I apologize for taking your time.”

    Ok, if I’m reading you correctly, then you believe that regardless of how poorly the team does this year, Wenger cannot/will not be forced out?

    If that’s accurate, then I respectfully disagree.

  51. Cesc Appeal

    Leeds

    As Tim Payton said, no agents are talking about Madrid trying to unsettle anyone and there’s been no public courting of an Aguero or Reus or anyone that would lead you think Benzema might be sold.

    Constantly waiting for scraps to fall off the table is a pretty shoddy way to carry on.

    What these people are saying means we should have known Benzema was a very shaky prospect, as I said at the beginning of the window, if there’s nothing even remotely concrete about our chances we should have moved on.

    Cech, Schneiderlin and Aubameyang and we’d be looking a lot better already…none of them are WC really, Cech perhaps, but this is what I’m saying, it doesn’t need to be WC, both Schneiderlin and Aubameyang walk into out starting 11, so not WC, but still better than what we have…those players are out there, as common sense would dictate.

  52. Leedsgunner

    He says we only exceptional quality but in the same breath signed players like Park, Santos and Arteta… that’s just in one panic fuelled transfer window in 2011.

    If the Arsenal Board had any clout or conviction — they should have fired Wenger when we got pasted 8-2 at Old Trafford. Other clubs have fired managers for a lot less.

  53. naijagunner

    “What’s really funny is that the “specialist in failure” isn’t writing about you on an internet blog somewhere because he’s too busy running a PL football club while you’re in your mums basement ”

    GOLD

  54. Leedsgunner

    “Cech, Schneiderlin and Aubameyang and we’d be looking a lot better already…none of them are WC really, Cech perhaps, but this is what I’m saying, it doesn’t need to be WC, both Schneiderlin and Aubameyang walk into out starting 11, so not WC, but still better than what we have…those players are out there, as common sense would dictate.”

    At least we would have had our weaknesses addressed. Wenger uses the excuse that he is only wanting to buy WC players to stall buying… I don’t know what bothers me more our weaknesses not being addressed or Wenger panic buying and trying to present duffers as WC.

    I guess the latter, better not to buy anyone at all than to panic buy now only to have them leech off the club for millions.

  55. alex cutter

    “What’s really funny is that the “specialist in failure” isn’t writing about you on an internet blog somewhere because he’s too busy running a PL football club while you’re in your mums basement ”

    “GOLD”

    You liking this stale internet “burn” is indicative of dull-witted AKBs.

  56. Arsene's Nurse

    I see that the local Sunshine bus has been out to the library today. The dribbling AKB mongs have been mashing their head-dobbers at the keyboards. I suspect the library is drowning in dribble and ice-cream.

  57. Marko

    It is amazing Wenger complaining available about how hard it is to sign players. Absolutely agree it’s damn near impossible with him. He could make purchasing a cornish pastie an ordeal. Honestly not another club in world football have it as hard as him.

  58. Leedsgunner

    And while Wenger would like another signing before the transfer window closes, the Frenchman insists there are not enough players of the quality require up for sale.

    “I expect like you but at the moment we are not close,” Wenger said.

    “It is difficult because there’s more money in football, more clubs with big resources, and less players available.”

    I know what he will say if City sign Pogba…

    “We cannot compete.”

    He tries to have it both ways… he says he’s waiting for WC talent but when other clubs sign the WC talent he supposedly is waiting for he comes up with another excuse why he hasn’t signed them.

    Anyways, have a nice weekend everyone.

    Remember if we lose to Liverpool — it is not the result that is important but the response of the next game. Forget the bad results only remember the good ones.

    *facepalm*

  59. GS88

    What makes me laugh is that our move to the Emirates 9 years was suppose of seen us compete with the elite clubs.

    This has been contrary to that plan. Yes, we brought Özil and Sanchez, but why stop there?

    I said before that the club lacks ambition.

  60. Thank you and goodnight

    @Marko

    ha
    “He could make purchasing a cornish pastie an ordeal” ha ha ha.

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall and see and hear him haggling with a newsagents over the price of a pastie.

  61. TheBayingMob

    “I really don’t like u dat way ….talk to blasny , am sure he can make time for u .”

    Ouch! Burned by someone who says “u” and “dat”!

    PMSL. He’s obviously a gangsta … don’t mess with him, or he’ll put a cap in yo ass muthafukka! U get dat!?

  62. TitsMcGee

    Pretty crazy that he doesn’t move for a DM and a striker. You know, for a man who has no life outside football he seems to have a serious lack of understanding when it comes to what’s required or how to go about getting it.”

    Wenger knows that he can’t win the league. So he won’t spend 80 million just to get to UCL. He’ll spend net 7million(as of today) and come 3rd/4th . Same result just less money spent.

    i.e he looks better in the eyes of management.

    He’s not trying. Unless he finds internal solutions that cost nothing extra he’s not interested in winning. End of.

  63. TitsMcGee

    On my Arsenal man date last night, we discussed whether the consistent failure to give the squad what it needs was a purposeful act to avoid accountability.”

    I don’t think there is any doubt any more.

    Clear as crystal.

  64. El Tel 1

    Bob wants fans to stop attending matches.

    Question? Do you actually go to matches yourself?

    I doubt this very much.

  65. Bamford10

    Wenger: “If you want to have a successful season you want to be strong at home.”

    This man is a complete fraud.

    He says the above with a straight face despite the fact that his team opened the season with an anemic 2-0 loss at home to West Ham.

    And what does he mean by “successful”? This phrasing alone is significant. He doesn’t speak of winning the league; he speaks of “success,” i.e., 3rd or 4th, not spending too much money.

    I am so tired of this fraud, and I cannot believe he has managed to bamboozle Arsenal supporters for as long as he has. It’s fucking shameful.

    Now he is complaining about the length of the window? After he himself has had a crappy window?

    Please fuck off, you senile twat.

    You’ve had THREE YEARS to replace Giroud, yet you never have. Your starting CDM has never even been called into national team camp, yet there is no one out there who could improve us?

    What a farce.

    The situation at Arsenal is an outrage. If this dipshit signs no one else, supporters should call for his head.

  66. Goona

    @bamford
    ……yep i agree….wengers useless. Even with our current squad a better manager would get 20% more out of them!

  67. alexanderhenry

    VP..Agree with you on kroenke and our irrelevant and comical BOD. However, I am a big wenger fan. If it wasn’t for him we’d have been mid table or worse since about 2007- the year kroenke joined the board. Anyway, let’s see who silent stan replaces wenger with in two years. It’s not far off now. Guardiola, simeone, Klopp, Ancelotti perhaps? Arsenal fans who pay the world’s highest ticket prices will rightly demand a world class coach and will expect him to be given a substantial war chest. Let’s see if our absentee billionaire owner delivers.

  68. alexanderhenry

    GS88, yes of course the club lacks ambition. It’s an investment nothing more and just one of several other branches of ‘kroenke sports enterprises’. Worryingly, arsenal fc are actually kroenke’s most successful team at the moment. Right now our illustrious owner is chuffed. He gets a full house every week, CL football every year and a manager who takes all the flak and runs the club on a relative shoestring.

  69. Champagne Charlie

    Particular sound bite irritated me today, not for the first time. Wenger says when the season starts the transfer window should be closed as teams shouldn’t be able to judge their squad after a few games and make moves.

    Sooooo…..why haven’t we done our business before the season started if he’s such a strong advocate? More deflective hot air to abstain from talking about where his transfer business is.

    Can’t help but feel there’s an element of fear from our management, in the sense that with serious investment would come serious expectation. Right now your average Joe thinks Arsenal are dark horses at best, which is exactly where Arsene seems comfortable. Bring in Benzema, Gotze, Krychowiak and all of a sudden Arsenal unquestionably “ARE” challengers vs Arsenal “can” challenge. Different pressure altogether.

    If Real turn around and say no to the Benzema deal I genuinely can’t see how Wenger can survive beyond this season. He’s rode his luck the last two windows to be presented with big names via collateral of other transfers – which has placated the dim. If he turns up empty handed in 10 days time he deserves dogs abuse and the club should slash season ticket prices in half.

    Benzema alone doesn’t cut it also. Minimum we require is CF and DM, and if Krychowiak turns out to be that man it will irritate me all the same given he has a paltry release clause that has sat idle all summer. Amateurish stuff from the Arsenal.

  70. jwl

    “I’d love to be a fly on the wall and see and hear him haggling with a newsagents over the price of a pastie.”

    Wenger would sound like cranky grandfather complaining about how expensive everything is and how back in his day nothing cost more than a pence or two. And after he ate, wenger would complain about how they tasted better back then as well.

  71. TitsMcGee

    Particular sound bite irritated me today, not for the first time. Wenger says when the season starts the transfer window should be closed as teams shouldn’t be able to judge their squad after a few games and make moves.”

    LOL

    After he went on a spending spree after the 8-2 debacle.

  72. TitsMcGee

    Wenger would sound like cranky grandfather complaining about how expensive everything is and how back in his day nothing cost more than a pence or two. And after he ate, wenger would complain about how they tasted better back then as well.”

    He’s probably not a miser in real-life though. His frugality as manager comes down to keeping expectations low.

    So that when he busts out the “look we spent X and Chelsea spent X+Y and we are only 2 spots behind them” the AKBs will lap it up like sheep.

  73. Champagne Charlie

    @Tits

    Agreed. Also have said before the man is just too thinly spread across all things Arsenal, a manager should only care about being able to get the best team capable of challenging for the major honors. Wenger has that responsibility but is conflicted because he’s also the guy concerned with club finances, our long term vision, brand etc.

    He’s got too much influence. When he’s gone the club will revert to how it should be, club management and a football coach. That dynamic is far more productive, get Klopp in and his sole focus will be making the football-side the best it can be while the suits develop the brand and so forth. Can only blame the board in that respect, they should’ve drew a line long ago but are a bunch of old tossers interested in keeping the money ticking over only.

  74. Cesc Appeal

    Champagne

    I think that’s right to an extent.

    Right now we are comfortable for 4th and I would think 3rd, unless we have a very poor season and Liverpool a very good one.

    So it’s job done already really, anything else is an added bonus, as you say Wenger is happy with fans agreeing that we ‘can’ challenge for the league because it’s an upgrade on where we have been, so it’s needless to go out and spend £80 Million, because I think in his mind somewhere he doesn’t believe he can do it against Mourinho and against City.

    So why bother, 3rd place, spend nothing (if Campbell does leave…ridiculous if he stays) and aim for another FA Cup.

    There isn’t the drive or ambition in Wenger any more I don’t think, and we’re bereft of any football brains in the club to alter Wenger’s course when he gets stuck on a particular track.

    DoF would have been one of the best signings we could have made this summer…but then Wenger is a problem manager, he won’t be told, he’s in a unique position in football and wields ridiculous power at Arsenal, so who would want the job?

  75. Redtruth

    Cesc

    Give it s rest, Cech is not worthy of a place on the bench let alone a starting berth.

    Arsenal are weaker than last season and the sooner Ospina is reinstated the better as the outcome looks bleak at the moment.

  76. Redtruth

    Cesc, Chumpagne

    Get with the program show some gumption and get the show on the road.

    Empty rhetoric is not what is required but protests WILL collapse this current regime.

  77. jwl

    TitsMcGee Champagne Charlie

    disagree with both of you, wenger frugal to his core. wenger could spend more money if he wanted to but he chooses to increase our bank balance instead.

  78. Champagne Charlie

    @CESC

    I’d have to agree. Wenger has developed his ability to sell an idea to everyone, which is why all his players love him. He tells them he believes they can win things etc so you have a team capable of 3rd/4th genuinely thinking they can win the title, hence there’s no dissenters in the ranks because each player gets smoke blown so far up his arse.

    The harsh reality is I bet you could go out and comfortably strengthen our LB, CB, DM, CM., RW, and CF positions with top quality. Instead Monreal, Per, Coquelin, Ramsey, Theo, Giroud are all told they’re in the ‘fantastic players’ bracket. All good players, but I could name several better in their respective positions bar maybe Monreal who, despite a very good campaign last year, is merely a good LB and not a top LB like Sylvinho of old.

    Of course it’s foolish to suggest you’re going to have ‘the best’ available for every position. But a team with Arsenals resources should certainly have someone from around the top grade in each role. As is we haven’t, so shock horror we don’t compete for the real trophies.

  79. Marko

    Lemme get this straight latest rumours are City close to DeBruyne for 50 million, Chelsea looking at Pogba after Pedro and United looking at Gaitan and possibly (definitely bullshit) Neymar? And Wenger is maintaining it’s tough to get players out there something about the quality isn’t out there and or available. He’s a beaut isn’t he

  80. Marko

    I’m confused Red you always vaguely suggest protests and banners but a legitimate question do you live in london or go to games?

  81. Cesc Appeal

    Marko

    It’s like De Bruyne, he moved 12 months ago, was electric for Wolfsburg and I doubt very much they want him to go.

    To Wenger he would now be unavailable.

    To City it’s for over the odds we can land him, doubt very much they want to pay £45 Million for him, but they want him, feel they need him, and that’s what it takes to dislodge him.

    Wenger would not want to pay that much, would value him at less and even though he feels he wants and needs him, he wouldn’t shift on it…so yes, in that case players are unavailable.

    When you look at our marquee buys Ozil and Sanchez, both were sacrificed by their clubs for other players, Ozil for Bale, was a choice of him, Di Maria or Benzema to sacrifice, Sanchez for Suarez.

    That’s why I really think people need to read less into those two as evidence of Wenger’s change, he didn’t pry them from their clubs, they were flogged. By the way not having a pop at either player, just those are the facts.

    With Wenger’s methodology I have no doubt that elite talent isn’t available to us, precisely because of that terminology, ‘available,’ of course it won’t be ‘available,’ who wants to sell star talent?

    You have to induce them into a sale, decide you need that player and force the sale, and of course have plenty of targets, not just one.

  82. Sam

    I am pretty confident we are signing some players bcoz we sent so many players out that could have been good squad players.
    But with Wenger I can’t be too sure who are we buying n when?

  83. rollen

    Chill dudes
    like someone earlier said; Arsene got this!

    Reus Benzema and Pogz all done deals :]

    He also secured Guardiola to take over in May after Arsene will ride into sunset witch quadruple of big cups and £500M in bank ready to be spend by Pep.

  84. Cesc Appeal

    Ema Giulianelli is really stepping up his game now, reporting Arsenal have rented a gulfstream jet for Benzema for Sunday evening, that he will be staying in a 5 star hotel somewhere in London’s centre and will be confirmed before kick off against Liverpool.

    The depth of his rumours are really nice, he puts thought into them and I respect that.

    Especially if he now phones every hotel in central London and books a room under ‘Mega Secret Arsenal stuff…definitely not Benzema’ in case Arsenal fans check.

  85. Sam

    Charlie Austin is english,
    He doesn’t have exotic name like Benzema, Cavani or Carlos Austino.
    Gooners will never accept him n If We buy him Wenger will be accused of being cheap.
    He’s quicker than Giroud though

  86. Champagne Charlie

    @sam

    Nationality isn’t the issue the quality is, we have sub-par talent from across the globe. I could name 20 players better equipped to be our #1 ST, not all world class options. Same for DM. The fact we haven’t done any business is shamefully arrogant.

    The repetitive nature of our transfer “strategy” is painful. For a business so big we run some departments with the half-cocked approach you’d expect from a self-employed geezer strutting around London. When I can sit here, without access to all the resources at their disposal, and confidently say I think I could produce a better strategy for Arsenal FC – someone is deserving of a bullet.

    What’s worse is that we’re the least transparent club in the league with transfers, Wenger literally lies point blank at every given opportunity. At least some managers can cup their testes and say “we hope to get 2/3 bodies”, this notion if we say we want a certain type of player the price goes up is bs. As if every european club isn’t aware we’re looking for a CF should we inquire about one behind the scenes.

  87. Cesc Appeal

    Champagne

    I don’t know, our boys couldn’t handle the nerves of the first game of the season, goodness knows what they’d be like if Wenger stated he was looking for players 😉

  88. Emiratesstroller

    I find it laughable that Wenger suggests that he cannot improve our squad when he sees the ‘ambition’ to do so by the other leading clubs.

    Let’s be clear we have at moment ONLY 24 players in our squad so there is room for at least one addition since clearly he is not promoting anyone from the academy and most of the most talented youngsters at the club like Akpom and Gnabry have been loaned out.

    Then again you have to ask why he decided to renew contracts of both Arteta
    and Rosicky as well as hold onto Flamini. If you take a look at Transfermarkt
    Arsenal has now the SECOND OLDEST SQUAD of the leading EPL Teams with
    average over 27.

    Whilst I accept that we may struggle this summer to buy a world class striker
    surely there were other positions in team/squad which could have been strengthened.

    The most obvious was the recruitment of an additional defensive/central midfielder, but perhaps also a goalscoring winger/attacking midfielder as well.

    It seems to me that Wenger’s philosophy is always the monetary consideration and not the player when he enters the transfer market. He seems incapable of going into market like Manchester City or Chelsea and making an
    offer which the potential seller cannot refuse.

    Noone suggests that we should do this on a wholesale basis, but there are occasions when you do need to go the extra mile to secure the services of a player
    who you believe can and will make a difference to your squad.

    When you factor in the fragility of players like Gibbs,Wilshire,Ramsey, Ox and Walcott who have histories of being injury prone it seems reckless to me
    that the club are so inactive in market.

  89. Thank you and goodnight

    @Emiratesroller

    Wenger has no intention of genuinely challenging for the title. He has far to many idiotic fans who back everything he says on his side so he knows he can get away with it. Plus the fa cup wins have brought him a little breathing space from the media as well who always give him an easy ride. How many journalists have genuinely attacked him in the regards he’s happy to pocket 8 million a year, yet claims to be frugal. How many journalists have attacked him over his poor purchases over last 5 years and the vast sums of money wasted on average players wages over these years. People who think wenger is in his last 2 years at club are deluded….if this man lives till 90 he’ll still be our manager. Only way wenger will leave Arsenal is through an illness or death.

  90. Thank you and goodnight

    What other so called top 4 clubs around the world would go into a season with new contracts for average players such as flamini arteta etc. The guys a loser but our idiotic fan Base hail him as some kind of messiah for doing the bare minimum.

  91. Leedsgunner

    Emirates

    Consider for a moment who we signed when were fourth in the league. After United thrashed us we brought in Park as our new no.9 and Arteta as our midfield engine. Who did United sign? Schneiderlin and Depay. The contrast is stark isn’t?

    While Wenger complains about lack of quality signings on the market our rivals are busy bidding for them. Apparently they are bidding for Neymar. I doubt they would be able to pull it off but it would be embarrassing if they did.

    I thought the purpose for us moving in to the new stadium was so we could compete for the best players? We’re really doing that this year aren’t we?

    We had no European distractions a full pre season and he still doesn’t sign. I personally only see panic signings from this point on… just so that he can say he was doing something.

    While others strengthen, Wenger makes excuses.

  92. Ustyno baba

    Man Utd for Neymar,Chelsea for Pogba,Man City for Kevin De Bruyne even getting Sterling and Otamendi,Arsenal for ………,,,,days like this you wished something drastic to happen to present people handling the affairs of the team so Arsenal can be free from their imprisonment,it hurt been a fan this days,wish I can love another team

  93. Wallace

    Champagne Charlie

    “When I can sit here, without access to all the resources at their disposal, and confidently say I think I could produce a better strategy for Arsenal FC – someone is deserving of a bullet.”

    the things people say while sat at home on their laptops…

  94. Thank you and goodnight

    Love to be on the Arsenal transfer team,What a piss easy job. Turn up for work play on play station, browse the net for porn while every now and then ringing up a journalist and ‘leaking’ an exclusive for a player we have no intention of signing, all this while getting paid handsomely.

  95. Emiratesstroller

    The real point is that we have signed this summer one 33 year old player in goal whilst every other club in EPL have signed at least 3 new players.

    We are now virtually the lowest spending team in league and for a club of Arsenal’s wealth and supposed ambition that is frankly unacceptable.

    I would go further and point out that supporters like myself who are paying for two of the most expensive season tickets in English Football that is completely unacceptable.

    I might accept Wenger’s philosophy more readily if we had won league title,
    but we finished last year THIRD. The team is no longer a bunch of ‘spring chickens’ so the level of actual improvement is very marginal within squad.

    What I suggest is the message coming from Wenger is that he is rather
    COMFORTABLE with the squad he has got and does not want to upset them
    by making changes.

    That is the problem at Arsenal life at the club is too COMFORTABLE not just
    within squad but also with Staff as well. Noone feels threatened in their job.

  96. Thank you and goodnight

    @Emiratesroller

    Hit head nail mate. That is exactly what’s wrong with Arsenal, more like a holiday club than a football team. Keep making same mistakes keep fucking up but no accountability for wenger the board and his players.

  97. SpanishDave

    We come third in the league and our idiot manager and board think buying a slightly better goal keeper will help us win the league.
    Unbelievable

  98. Sam

    SpanishDave,

    Buying Cech was so unecessary just like Welbeck
    who said we can win the league with Ospina? He did well in his first season
    We just wasted 10millions buying the name Petr Cech
    In reality we bought a 33 years old Chelsea reserve keeper n Mourinho outsmarts Wenger again, used the money to buy Asmir Begovic who’s much younger

  99. gazzap

    Why would Benzema want to join a top 4 team in England? Jeez. It’s not like buying players would make us champions. With Wenger in charge we’ll always fail at the final hurdle anyway.

  100. tunnygriffboy

    Emirates

    You say we have an old squad. Not doubting it. That average is brought up by the reault of Arteta, Flamini and TR7 being squad players. Cech is 33, Per just gone thirty as have Santi and Kos. The mojority of the squad is only just about hitting their prime years.

    I’m an advocate of bringing quality in and cheesed off that we appear not to be. However judging by the comments yeaterday it appears that the squad is hopeless and we have no good players. This is not the case.

    I’m not arguing that the squad couldn’t be improved but the general tone of the comments is we’re crap. We have as good a squad as we have had in years. The annoying thing is that we appear not to be adding to it.

    Is it frustration that leads to people being down on our players ? Wenger has thesquad he obviously feels he needs to challenge. He’s put himself in a position that even supporters and fence sitters will turn because now they know for absolute definite we will have millions not spent.

  101. Emiratesstroller

    I thought that Wenger’s selections for the substitutes sitting on the bench last
    weekend is perhaps a strong indication as to why we need to recruit in midfield.

    The only player selected was Arteta. We chose to select three defenders in Debuchy, Gabriel and Gibbs. Considering that we play usually 4 players in midfield
    there was little margin for error particularly in absence of Wilshire.

  102. SpanishDave

    If Benzema comes to us he will expect rightly to be first choice striker. Giroud will be benched and Walcott will be playing with his 140k quite content.
    Wenger has to overpay poor footballers because each year that passes his record of success diminishes and top players are not really interested in his vision and bullshit any more

  103. Sam

    Even Southampton are trying to nick Lucas Silva from real Madrid
    Wenger still can’t find anyone
    Apparently his move out of Madrid will happen becoz of spanish rule on non-EU players

  104. qna

    The real question now is not whether we can win the league – the answer to that is already final – but whether or not we can maintain top 4. This weekend is one of the most important four games in our season as this tie (home and away), along with the ties against United will most likely separate who finishes where out of the top four out of Liverpool, United and Arsenal.

    I quite like the signings of Liverpool this year, even though I thought they were a long way behind us to start with. I am not so impressed with United, but they were probably much closer (if not ahead of us) to begin with.

    It will soon become clear to all fans that we are fighting for 3rd/4th and if we again achieve top 4, I think most of the fans (and even the players) will celebrate this achievement like its an actual trophy (again).

    To be honest, if you offered me 3rd place right now, I would take it. I would not celebrate it, but I would take it. This is the level and ambition of the club I support. Maybe its not as bad as it seems, as most fans in English football would take our position over theirs.

  105. Sam

    We spent 10Millions on a reserve keeper why not try similiar amount for Alexandre Pato
    People dismiss him for his past partying n injuries, remember he still 25 and surely Sanchez will be delighted to have him as partner than L’oreal.

  106. Emiratesstroller

    qna

    Sorry I must disagree with you.

    You can argue that Manchester City are in a much better financial position than us but I don’t think that should be the case with Chelsea.

    The reason that they are ahead of us in the pecking order is down to the “ambition” of the owner and the overall decision making of the club when it comes to recruitment of personnel whether in back room or in playing staff.

    Chelsea are always decisive if they want to buy someone and more often than
    not achieve their objective.

    On the other hand Arsenal fail to secure services of many of their targets, because at the end of the day the manager dithers and the club think always
    like a business and if they don’t agree a valuation they tend to walk away even
    if the player would make a difference to team.

  107. tunnygriffboy

    Emirates

    Chelsea didn’t plan Pedro. They were opportunist. Mourinho and Fabregas phoned him and they gazumped man u. He was available but not necessarily a key target for them. They let Schurle go, ditto De Bruyne and brought in Cuadrado. £30 million for Cuadrado as well

    We appear to have thrown all our eggs into the Benzema basket. High risk, high reward. I remember discussing it in the summer. When do we pull the plug on Benzema and try for someone below his level.

    This in itself hasn’t really angered me as the level just below is where we’re currently at.

    What irritates me is not adding physicality and quality in the CM region to compete/compliment Coquelin. There were/are options out there.

    I don’t need to constantly post this. Wenger will be judged by this. He is happy with his squad. Fair enough. However unless we really challenge and improve performance wise in the CL many supporters/fence sitters will turn on him as they now know unequivocally that we have millions to spend but have chosen not to.

    I still think we have a very good squad and should everything fall into place we could still challenge. However by not strengthening in the two positions mentioned we have lessened our chances.

  108. tunnygriffboy

    Qna

    There is no way the players will celebrate 3rd this year. They certainly didn’t last season. The year they celebrated 4th up in Newcastle was because we had an average team and we went on a remarkable run at the end of the season. We caught spurs who were 8 pts ahead of us with 10 to play. Make no mistake 4th place has been vital for us. The celebration was relief

    This season, the first in ages the players genuinel believe they have a chance to challenge. They believe in each other, this has been evident in many many interviews. Without doubt team unity and spirit do a lot for a side. They need to show it now and I really hope they do go well. Will be right behind them.

    I think we’re still a couple of players short

    However if things fall in our favour we could challenge. We have to remain injury free especially key players. Alexis needs the same form, goal record. Ozil needs to be sublime regularly like v Palace. Huge pressure on Coquelin to show form last season and show his improving distribution. Bellerin, Ramsey, Jack, Welbeck, Walcott, Ox have to show the development Wenger is hoping for. Giroud has to hit 20 goals for the first time ever. Cech needs to up his game and show the consistency he is capable of.

    Hope rivals have injuries to key players like we had last season. City look the team to beat especially with their signings.

    No the players won’t be happy with 3rd. That for me is a positive.

  109. Wallace

    tunny

    “We appear to have thrown all our eggs into the Benzema basket. High risk, high reward. I remember discussing it in the summer. When do we pull the plug on Benzema and try for someone below his level.

    This in itself hasn’t really angered me as the level just below is where we’re currently at.”

    yeah, my thinking too. if you have a very poor opinion of Coquelin & Giroud you’e going to be frustrated at the moment, but if you think they’re actually pretty good you’re going to be less frothy.

  110. tunnygriffboy

    Wallace

    Yeah agree. I do become frothy about not adding to midfield though. We need a bit of physicality there. I thought Coquelin was good last Sunday while he was on. Appeared to me that he was working his cojones off covering gaps left by Santi and Bellerin. His stats were very good including his passing and he started the move by beating two players before the first goal.

    Big risk relying on Coquelin for the season. He’s only played half a season. He’s capable of excellent performance. Can he sustain it over a season ? I huge huge respect for what Arteta has done for us over the years. Very underrated. However he has really slowed down and Flamini not good enough for what we need now. I was hoping we’d get a player in to compete/compliment Coquelin. Someone with physicality like the Coquelin.

    Can’t help but get excited for new season though 🙂 🙂

  111. warchester

    tunny

    there’s no way we can challenge even if we remain injury free unless ramsey hit that form again we saw season before last…or if wenger decide to give walcott a chance and he hits form…things as they are all our players who can make a difference are right where they are…meaning we won’t see a big improvement anymore. And make no mistake, even if pedro was an opportunist pickup, I see it as a huge coup for them if mourinho plays willian in the no10 role…think they need another santi type player to match up to city which is the benchmark now if they seal up the signing of de bruyne…

    we’re very far away from challenging, I’d say not even benzema will quite get us over the line….we need to get away from mertesacker in CB and also play a more pacy game to tear other teams apart….as it is without signings…even with players hitting form…best is 3rd place

  112. Wallace

    tunny

    i’m sure we’ll bring in another central midfielder. no idea who, although Lucas Silva would be nice. or your boy at Swansea who cannot be named.

  113. underrated Coq

    tunny

    You don’t see all the irony in your above comment ?

    You talk about players’ believing in each other, team unity, spirit etc when all of these qualities seemed AWOL in the very first game of the season !

    Saying the right words in front of the media cameras is easy but it means feck all when you don’t put them to action on the pitch.

    And doesn’t that long list of conditional ‘Ifs’ worry you? Not only are we relying on a lot of players’ to show the form of their lives and in Coquelin’s case, maintain it for 40 odd games, we are also relying on our rivals to have setbacks-issues that may never occur?

    Arsenal are going into the season crossing their fingers and hoping for a large slice of luck and fortune. And we are not doing anything in the market to help increase our odds as well. So basically, the entire thing is like a roll of dice.

  114. Honest Bill

    I think our fans are gonna be in for a big disappointment with Benzema. Everyone thinks we’re pinning all our hopes on him, but if you have been following the story, you will notice that there is no evidence that we were ever even remotely interested in signing him.

    This is just a typical media echo-chamber without a single credible source. Benzema’s agent, benitez, and Wenger have all made it quite clear that no move is on the cards, but everyone wants it to happen so they are prepared to believe anything which supports it.

    We aren’t in for Benzema.

  115. tunnygriffboy

    Underrated

    You just pick out certain points I’ve made. Ditto Warchest

    I’ve said everything you’ve said. If you read my comments re the players believing in each other it’s a good thing. I’ve also said that they need to walk the walk not just talk the talk to be successful. I’ve also mentioned that I feel we need additions.

    Of course the if’s worry me. I basically said that if we have any chance to win we need a perfect storm to occur. We need everything to fall in our favour as I’ve listed. I’ve basically said what you5 have said

    I do think that the players believe. They haven’t for years. I do believe team spiritis important. I do believe we have a strong squad. I also believe we are a couple of players short and that we haven’t quite got enough to win it.

  116. WrightIsGod

    We’re lucky we’re playing on Monday and not today. Leicester Spurs game just had a water/heat break.

    Some of our players would have got confused and started sunbathing whilst Wenger played beach volleyball with glamour models and Cristian Vieri.

  117. WrightIsGod

    Kim Kallstrom. WTF? Arguably lost us the league that season. What a wasted transfer window. And Wenger’s fans still call him God.