Ozil is in safe hands 🌞 | Get me these two young superstars🌟🌟 | CHELSEA LOLZ 😂😂😂

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THE ABSOLUTE BANTER GOES ON!

Chelsea lose again. AGAIN.

This is a complete and utter madness. They’re genuinely in a relegation battle.

Sure they’ll get out of it, but they’re 20 points behind Leicester! I mean, that is quite amazing.

Vardy has contributed either a goal or an assist in the last 14 games, another Premier League record. The most spectacular late surge in a career since Di Natale or Luca Toni?

That Mahrez chap just looks better and better… what a find at £300k!

I love the story over there. It’s what makes the Premiership so much fun. How long it’ll last is anyone’s guess, but they don’t have Europe to contend with and their team aren’t about the high press so injuries aren’t as likely.

As for Jose Mourinho. The man took it too far. There’s only so long people will work in a rotten regime. I still think a big chunk of his demise must centre around his disgusting treatment of the two physios. When you have zero loyalty for people that are part of the furniture, that behaviour reverberates. Your job as a leader is to protect people, not throw them to the wolves… because they couldn’t recognise cheating!

That’s part of a long list of issues the manager has placed upon himself. His bad behaviour in general must make players wince. There’s always the hidden part no one talks about… dropping John Terry. Not because he’s excellent, but because he’s pretty much second in command there. He’s a cunning fox and you can bet your bottom dollar he had some words to say when it started going wrong.

What a mess! The biggest post Premier League collapse in history? What’s Jose’s response?

“One of my best qualities is to read the game for my players and I feel like my work was betrayed,”

“One possibility is that I did an amazing job last season and brought the players to a level that is not their level and now they can’t maintain it.”

Imagine saying that! With the team he has at his disposal!

Still, Chelsea are in a tough spot. What do you do, sack him and bring in who? He’s a great manager, but he’s lost the dressing room. You either turf the manager out or you turf out the dressing room. Mourinho will attract great players… who will they bring in that can do the same with Spursday Night football?

What is interesting is the summer ahead. I was chatting with some Gooner pals on the ol’ Whatsapp… John Stones won’t be going to Chelsea anytime soon. Lukaku also won’t be going there. Both excellent players coming into their own this season. Both within our grasp. Both Prem proven. It’d be interesting to see if we had the balls to go hard for players like that.

Some GREAT news right here.

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That’s our main man on a motherfucking boat.

Getting some damn rest. This feels relatively new for us, I know some players zipped off last year, but a week before a major game? Not sure I can remember that. It’s the best thing to do. Escape your team mates for a bit, soak up some of that sun and sleep!

Hopefully he’ll come back charged.

If I was on a boat in the med, I’d not be having the same type of holiday, I can assure you!

Some other rumblings that are exciting me are the ones that centre around Isco being unhappy. He’d be a fine player to bring into the club. He’s mobile, creative and very versatile. He’d be a great replacement for Santi. Not sure Madrid would shift him on in January, but they might loan him? Who knows. He’d be something else in this team.

Something for you to do right now if you’re near a United fan.

DO A  BANTER PUNCH TO THE ARM OF A UNITED FAN, THEN SAY:

What is complicated and disappointing?

Midtjylland

I think the joke needs work. But having to work hard to pronounce your Europa League opponents would make most really sad. They sound like the sort of thing you find on the bottom of your foot after a trip to Costa Rica.

Finally… on the DM watch… Adrien Rabiot.

We’ve been linked to him forever. He wants first team football. We can give it to him. He looks decent and he’s French. Let’s make it happen Arsene.

ALSO, word to the person who left a comment yesterday suggesting Carlos Sanchez of Villa as a DM solution.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Right, have a great day. See you on the other side.

Finally, I know Sepp Blatter has made a lot of cash from being a dirty scumbag, but his desperate pleas of innocence do make me smile. Going out like a weeping child who has been spanked and had his toys taken away for setting fire to a village.

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  1. Leedsgunner

    Wenger Eagle

    Good point about Kante not being a “flash in the pan”…

    This is the thing I don’t understand about Wenger… Kante was exactly the type of player he used to spot and nab… where did he go wrong?

  2. Wallace

    “This is the thing I don’t understand about Wenger… Kante was exactly the type of player he used to spot and nab… where did he go wrong?”

    is Coquelin better? if the answer’s yes, where would Kante be if we had signed him 12mths ago…Millwall? Luton?

  3. Cesc Appeal

    Leeds

    Yeah, Kante for £5 Million, Krychowiak for £4 Million…both from Ligue 1, Wenger missed both.

    Obviously forgiveable, because so did a lot of others, but it is made worse by our overall poor performances in transfer windows and Wenger dithering/taking ridiculous gambles on fitness/progression.

    A player like Kante for £5 Million, Arteta and Flamini gone in August, laughing. It really is that easy, just Wenger makes it seems hard, and the fans who want to buy into it.

  4. Leedsgunner

    Wallace

    Coquelin is a good player and Kante would have been a good competition for him. How much did Leicester pay for him?

    However as we all know hindsight is 20/20 and most of us probably never heard of him before. Well done to Leicester coaching, scouting and fitness staff. They deserve all the plaudits for the great job they’ve done.

  5. Wallace

    Leeds

    I think they paid 5m or so. it was the right move. maybe he will go on to bigger things, but he aint going from Ligue 2 straight into the Arsenal first eleven.

  6. Cesc Appeal

    Leeds

    Was having this conversation a while back, seems to be a lot of Ligue 1 talent Wenger has missed out on over the recent years.

    I don’t know what it is with him, whether he just wants to go at it with what he has because that’s easier, he’s making a point or that he idealises the players he has. Not sure. But it needs to change.

  7. WengerEagle

    ‘but he aint going from Ligue 2 straight into the Arsenal first eleven.’

    He spent the whole of last season playing played very well in Ligue 1, identical to Koscielny before we signed him in 2010.

    He’s even a year younger than Kos was at the time.

  8. Wallace

    “He spent the whole of last season playing played very well in Ligue 1, identical to Koscielny before we signed him in 2010.”

    ah, I thought he got promoted with Caen and then moved.

    still, 5’5….not really helping us overcome our ‘smallest team in the league’ standing.

  9. Wallace

    unless Wenger thinks he might be able to get him & Cazorla onto the pitch as just one player….that would solve a few issues.

  10. WengerEagle

    He may be a midget but there are shades of Makelele about him.

    If he could even go on to be half the player that Claude was he’d be well worth a punt.

    Xhaka at 6 foot 1/2 would help us out more height-wise. Carvalho too.

    Tbh if a player is good enough, I’m not too worried about height.

    Will never forget watching the 5 foot 5 Verratti utterly bossing the Chelsea midfield last season when PSG were down to 10 men.

  11. nigel tufnel

    Rhys jagger :
    “Stones is better than Mertesacker right now. Barkley is as good as Ramsey right now. Dier would fit in as a CDM. Kane is the equal of Giroud. Alli would have good chances too. I bet you the majority would stagnate and then get blamed. It can’t all be due to English players, it has to be to do with Arsenal FC and how it is run.”

    Makes me sick when gooners see such quality in other teams, but devalue ours

  12. Follow the money

    Eva Carneiro must be laughing her cute ass off lol. Disgusting how Jose treated her. Wenger has problems but he’d never pull that kind of crap

  13. Jeff

    Fabregas says:

    “Chelsea’s players need to justify their “big wages” and start playing like “big players”, says Blues’ Cesc Fabregas. ”

    As though he plays like a big player and the others didn’t. He’s been just as bad.

  14. Black Hei

    Let’s all not be a bunch of hypocrites regarding Kante.

    If Wenger signed this bloke, it will be because he is cheap, frenchie, whatever. It won’t be because he is visionary.

    And if Kante performs well, there will always be that “he haven’t come up against Barca, City, Bayern yet”. And if he did, it will be just one game. And if did well in a few, there will always be some expensive DM available in the market.

    Let’s all not pretend otherwise.

  15. Wallace

    WE

    “Xhaka at 6 foot 1/2 would help us out more height-wise. Carvalho too. Tbh if a player is good enough, I’m not too worried about height.”

    I never used to be, but the ‘youth project years’ scarred me. I know we don’t get bullied anywhere near as much these days, but take out the BFG & Giroud and we’re still a very small side. it’s partly why I was quite keen on seeing Chambers get a run out at DM.

  16. Jeff

    Wenger does not like to poach “at the moment” players. He never likes to go for the obvious so the chances of him even considering players like Kante, Mahrez or Vardy are next to nil.

  17. gonsterous

    Wenger has no plans on buying in January.. if he did.. he needs to draw up a shortlist now, and not at the end of January and try to get someone at the last minute and then add them to the growing list of players he tried to sign but couldn’t..

  18. daz

    Arsenal are poised to sign Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic in the January transfer window (The Telegraph)

    Arsenal prepare £21.8m bid to beat Manchester United to Brazil star
    ARSENAL are ready to step up their interest in Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura, according to reports.(daily express)

  19. Wallace

    daz

    not feeling the truth in either of those. Kokorin’s got a Wenger-ish vibe to him, and i think the interest in Neves might be genuine, but outside of those two…

  20. peanuts&monkeys

    “Black Hei @ 07:17:25”

    So, when has WengerMaggotFaggot ever cared about what fans expect him to do? Or, are you saying Wenger knew all about Kante and did not buy coz Arsenal fans wont approve of the move?

  21. peanuts&monkeys

    This is Arsenal’s chance. This year could be the last in our wait for lost glory.

    Alas! The MaggotFaggot penny-pincher, all-powerful manager has to believe and add to the squad at the DM and CF positions.

  22. daz

    Wallace

    Yeah I would be surprised if we went for moura, I know as long as he is a good player doesn’t really matter but this kokorin would be a underwhelming signing

  23. Wallace

    “Tonight I have no answer. Next week you will know the answer. Next week there will be clarity,”

    – Guardiola(on his future)

  24. WengerEagle

    United would be my guess.

    Massive club underachieving (currently).

    Would be a rebuilding job but not to the extent that a lot of people will say.

    Lot of good players there being misused by the clueless one.

    City are much closer to the finished article which wouldn’t do wonders for his reputation as he’s already managed two incredible teams.

  25. Carts

    Brozovic? Not the worst player in the world but not sure how a player that can’t get into Inter’s team is actually what we need.

    I’d rather go for Allan or Jorginho – those two have been quite impressive this season.

    Head-down-and-fucking-run-Lucas? Hmmm, Dunno about him, tbh. Far from shit but reminds me of Walcott but with a head the dame circumference of Kompany.

  26. PetrCechYourself

    Alfie –

    Can’t see it…I mean it’s the move that makes sense but do you think he’d announce he’s moving to City half way through the season. Would Man City allow that? Hardly going to motivate Pelligrini is it?

  27. Cesc Appeal

    Black Hei

    Of course, had Wenger signed Kante for £5 Million, everyone would have rolled their eyes, had Wenger bought a little known Polish chap from Reims called Krychowiak for £4 Million in August 2014 everyone would have asked, who?

    Everyone would have said ‘prefer Schniederlin’ or this player or that player.

    But that doesn’t matter, does it?

    You’re essentially just excusing Wenger’s laxed approach in the market by saying he’d get it in the neck from the fans regardless, that doesn’t matter, that is part of his job.

    When was the last time Wenger pulled a real quality, out of nowhere buy that no one knew about/liked, Kozz probably. A lot of people, including myself, never though Kozz would make it, had to eat a lot of humble pie on that one as he’s now the best CB in the EPL.

    Other than that though?

    Wenger can’t lose with some of you, as much as you all claim he can’t win with others.

    All summer long the ‘anti-Wenger’ lot forwarded name after name on here, and you will find it was the more pro-Wenger inclined who rubbished each one as not being good enough, not worth it, or little better than what we’ve already got.

    Wenger use to unearth gems on the regular, he’s not doing it any more, we’re watching a lot of other teams do it, but not us, we’re sort of in a weird middle ground, because it’s the smaller teams like Spurs, Newcastle and Southampton for example over recent years who have found smart purchases, the bigger teams seem to have stopped looking for that but spend big, whereas we don’t really do either.

    Say Wenger had signed Kante (just as an example, but Krychowiak from Reims or whoever), you’re probably right, everyone probably would have kicked off, but then would have to eat humble pie about it, and even if they said ‘well wait to see what happens against Barcelona,’ it doesn’t matter does it? Because the player would be doing a job for Arsenal, clearly.

    Again, this sort of smacks of putting Wenger first, Wenger needs credit, Wenger should never be criticised. Instead, in a situation like that, what does it matter? If Wenger made a smart purchase that went on to do great, does it actually matter…

  28. Alfie

    Petr –

    Yeah I agree. I rate Guardiola hard but the City job would just confirm that he is a bottle job.

    United would be much more of a test – also couple with LVG now at evens to be next manager to go………….

  29. Carts

    “Can see Guardiola at United, seems to fit.”

    Give LVG fuck all to spend in January and let him leave in the summer. Logical thing to do without a doubt. Bring in Pep. Done.

  30. Louis Almeida

    Seems the report about Welbeck suffering a setback were not true and he is still on course for a Jan return. It seems The Sun were the ones who originally reported the news. Dodgy newspaper, as is anything owned by Rupert Murdoch.

  31. Alfie

    Anyone really bothered about Welbeck? one/two/three months – what does it matter?

    Being out for so long, he wont be fully match fit I would suspect for 2-3 months thereafter.

    Also, have we really missed him??

  32. Wallace

    Alfie

    Manchester’s looking the most likely destination. City would seem more straightforward, but Beckenbauer namechecked Utd. And with what’s happening at Chelsea you’d think they might be sniffing around. Don’t think his family fancies Manchester, hard to blame them after Barcaelona, New York & Munich.

  33. Louis Almeida

    Alfie, I don’t rate him at all. But it’s another body which is important in a cluster of fixtures. He has high defensive workrate and can help with the transition game, managers like Fergie/Wenger have always used him in big games too. So while he isn’t special, he’s ok to have around I guess. He will definitely need to improve his output if he wants to stay long-term I feel.

  34. WengerEagle

    ‘And with what’s happening at Chelsea you’d think they might be sniffing around. ‘

    Did Roman not already try to snare him and fail hard?

    Pretty sure he was their first pick ahead of Mourinho in 2013.

  35. Carts

    Got zero time for Welbeck. His inclusion will go toward adding bodies and he might nick a goal here or there, but that’s it for me.

  36. Dan T

    Carts

    I don’t particularly rate Welbeck, but he is decent and can play in different positions. It would be good to have him just to give other players a rest in the ‘easier’ fixtures. He’s a hard worker too which always helps.

  37. Cesc Appeal

    Might placate the United fans if they were to hear Van Gaal will be gone at the end of the year and Guardiola was to come in, imagine us hearing that, you’d accept a s**t January, a collapse whatever.

    I would start to get a bit agitated though, Guardiola coming to the EPL, City about to change managers in the not too distant, Klopp already here…

    I suppose though his announcement could be signing that ‘biggest deal’ ever at Munich.

    Or, that he’s signing on to manage Arsenal 🙂 It’s Christmas, miracles happen

  38. Relieable Sauce

    A question of when, not if, for Mourinhos exit. Guardiola statement anything to do with it??

    Abramovic would definitely be interested in Pep you would think, and Chelsea must be an attractive option. It would raise the mood of the players straight away and could be their best hope of qualifying for Europe.

    Cant really see him announcing an extension at BM…International job??…got to be the PL for him next you feel.

  39. Alfie

    “lol Alfie only total football noob can claim that Guardiola in not great coach, even if he retired tomorrow.”

    I didn’t say he wasn’t a good coach – I would just like to see him coach a failing club or such like, would like to see what his like under pressure.

  40. Wallace

    WE

    “Did Roman not already try to snare him and fail hard?”

    not sure, but there was months of speculation before it came out that he’d actually committed himself to Bayern very early on. just think location is a consideration, although obviously not the main one.

  41. Ozy

    I have not seen anybody cream their pants over that Kante guy as much as I have here.

    “I called it late last season…”
    “I saw something in him when he was in Ligue 1….”

    It’s kind of embarrassing.

  42. Louis Almeida

    Chelsea will struggle to make top 6. No way Pep goes there. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him take another sabbatical because I think United will let LVG see out his contract. And Pellegrini’s deal won’t expire for a bit either.

  43. Dissenter

    Barcelona players cheered when they saw Arsenal drawn against them- multiple reports.
    “This is the draw we wanted,’ a Barcelona insider told the Mirror.

    ‘We did not want to play Paris Saint-Germain or Juventus – this is the more straight-forward. We feel we have dodged a bullet.’”

    Shameful for us though. No one fears us.

  44. Alfie

    Also a real ball ache for an away fan in Manchester – only worse in Liverpool for me.

    Not worth wondering too far in either city, unless you like a tear up.

  45. Dissenter

    Louis Almeida,
    There are multiple reports indicating that United have promised Giggs the manager’s job. He would have left to manage other smaller clubs like Swansea if there wasn’t that certainty.

  46. Ozy

    “Shameful for us though. No one fears us”

    Is it? Why do we have delusions of grandeur? We are not and probably have never been an elite European team. Why do we pretend we are or can be with this squad?

    At best, we’re a top team in the English league. That’s about it. Barcelona is miles, MILES ahead of us. Of course they would be relieved.

    Such as when we hope we land Wolfsburg or Zenit… we are Barcelona’s Wolfsburg or Zenit.

  47. DUIFG

    Welbeck is a great squad option, but ye at this point looks like he will never be your main man.

    Shame because in certain set ups he can look good, being the focal point for england recently has seen him play at his best.

  48. Carts

    “There are multiple reports indicating that United have promised Giggs the manager’s job. He would have left to manage other smaller clubs like Swansea if there wasn’t that certainty.”

    Giggs isn’t ready *kevin hart voice*.

    He’ll literally do what Monk done.

  49. timao

    Alfie – I think Guardiola did alright coaching the Barcelona B Team to successive promotions – ok it’s not like coaching Sunderland but still not a team of superstars either. And he did leave Barcelona in good shape, they won back to back titles with the team he left behind, which is another measure of a good coach.

    Talking about coping with pressure, I’m pretty sure being the head man at Barca and Bayern comes with its own kind of pressure. Saying you want to see him cope with the pressure of a relegation battle is like asking to see how Lewis Hamilton will get on from the back of the grid instead of pole position. The answer in both cases is their proven qualities will see move up through the field.

  50. Alfie

    Timao –

    I get that he done a good job with Barca B and even when he took over, they wasn’t anywhere near the finished article they became, and im not saying go all the way to Sunderland but all the same, Barca and Bayern were/are two of the top clubs in the world. Any half decent manager worth their salt would have to be pretty pony to fail.

    Lets see how he picks up a defeated Chelsea side, how would he get on with BVB against current BM.

    Im not saying start at the back of the grid, but lets see how you get on amongst the mix.

  51. Micheal

    It would be very, very odd if Pep announced in mid-season (i.e. January) that he was signing for someone else in the summer. But then, this is a very weird season.

    My guess is that he will sign an extension or take another year off while ManUre and Citeeh fall apart at the seams and he rides to the rescue in his own good time.

  52. Wallace

    Ozy

    the relentless rise of Spurs two weeks ago, Liverpool last week, Kante this week…whatever’s to hand basically.

  53. Wallace

    Michael

    “It would be very, very odd if Pep announced in mid-season (i.e. January) that he was signing for someone else in the summer. But then, this is a very weird season.”

    yeah, it will probably just be an answer to whether or not he will be staying in Munich. only way it’s not odd is if it’s Swansea he’s decided on.

  54. WengerEagle

    Top scorers in all comps this season:

    1) Aubameyang- 21 apps, 23 goals. (18 League, 4 Europa League, 1 German Cup).
    =Robert Lewandowski- 25 apps, 23 goals. (15 League, 7 Champions League, 1 German Cup)

    2) Ronaldo- 21 apps, 21 goals. (10 League, 11 Champions League)

    3) Aritz Aduriz- 22 apps, 20 goals. (10 League, 6 Europa League, 4 Super Cup)
    =Thomas Muller- 24 apps, 20 goals. (13 League, 5 Champions League, 2 German Cup)

    4) Luis Suarez- 19 apps, 19 goals. (13 League, 5 Champions League, 1 Super Cup)

    5)Javier Hernandez- 21 apps, 18 goals. (10 League, 5 Champions League, 3 German Cup)

    6) Neymar- 18 apps, 16 goals. (14 League, 2 Champions League)
    =Ibrahimovic- 18 apps, 16 goals. (14 League, 2 Champions League)
    = Higuain- 19 apps, 16 goals. (14 League, 2 Europa League)
    7) Jamie Vardy- 17 apps, 15 goals. (15 League)
    =Romelu Lukaku- 19 apps, 15 goals. (12 League, 3 League Cup)
    8) Olivier Giroud- 24 apps, 14 goals. (9 League, 5 Champions League)

    So as well as Giroud has been doing, there are 12 players around Europe having more prolific seasons.

    To be fair to Giroud, of those 24 apps, only 16 were starts.

    I bet many weren’t expecting 34 year old Aduriz’s name so high up, eh?

    And in regards to Ronaldo, worth noting that of his 21 goals this season: Malmo (6), Shakhtar Donetsk (5), Espanyol (5), Levante (1), Las Palmas (1), Eibar (1), Getafe (1) and Celta Vigo (1).

    He has drawn blanks against Barcelona (Real lost), Atletico Madrid (Real drew), Athletic Bilbao (Real won 2-1), Villarreal (Real lost), PSG (Real drew), PSG (Real won 1-0), Sevilla (Real lost), Malaga (Real drew), Sporting Gijon (Real drew), Grenada (Real won 1-0), and Real Betis (Real won 5-1).

    So it’s fair to say that he’s been a bit of a flat track bully this season. Disappears when it really matters and it is costing Real Madrid.

  55. WengerEagle

    Ozy is right to be fair, we are nowhere near being a European elite team and tbh, we never really have barring 2005/06.

    Barcelona wanting us is no different to us wanting Zenit and Wolfsburg as Ozy rightly pointed out.

    PSG in particular is a mammoth tie for a last 16 match, not the team that anybody wanted, even Barcelona.

  56. Bamford10

    Alfie

    “Anyone really bothered about Welbeck? one/two/three months – what does it matter? ”

    I thought the same thing when this announcement was made. Setback for the squad? Hardly. Barely merits a mention.

    More I thought about it, though, more it occurred to me that it would be useful to have an additional, versatile attacking player, even if he doesn’t set the world afire. Welbeck is technical and athletic, and if on song, he can be a good wide player. Not an effective CF, unfortunately, and badly needs to work on his finishing.

  57. Santos

    WengerEagle

    Good stats up there. Cristiano has been a flat track bully this season, scoring mostly against little teams.

  58. DUIFG

    More I thought about it, though, more it occurred to me that it would be useful to have an additional, versatile attacking player, even if he doesn’t set the world afire. Welbeck is technical and athletic, and if on song, he can be a good wide player. Not an effective CF, unfortunately, and badly needs to work on his finishing.

    he deffo has a role central as he can push defences back with his pace, but ye as has always been the case he cant finsih a pack of crisps, henry is att he club currently, just want wenger to set him aside and take him through the basics, in this position u use this finish ect.

  59. Santos

    Ozy

    I hate to admit that in front of other fans. We haven’t really stamped our footprint on the European front, even after nearly 20 years of AW.

  60. Alfie

    “More I thought about it, though, more it occurred to me that it would be useful to have an additional, versatile attacking player, even if he doesn’t set the world afire”

    Yeah this to be honest.

    Not really exciting or going to spearhead our title campaign but could be a useful addition.

    With a uninjured squad (LOL) he shouldn’t be getting anywhere near first team though.

  61. WengerEagle

    In fact, if we’re being honest, we’ve embarrassingly underachieved in Europe under Wenger.

    In 2003/04 we should have steam-rollered Ranieri’s Chelsea side that we had no problem beating in the league, after that only Monaco and Porto would have lied in our path.

    2005/06 as well as heroic as we were down to 10 men, we ultimately choked in the last 15 minutes throwing it away.

    Henry in particular choked big time, should have had a brace minimum.

  62. Bamford10

    WE & Ozy

    Yes, but I think the point is there is no reason for us to be so far below the level of the best clubs. Proper investment in the squad this past summer and last, and we’d be a much more formidable squad. No, we wouldn’t be at Barca’s level, but we wouldn’t be a suspect squad and “desirable” draw either.

  63. Santos

    Let’s not rue the chances we missed in the transfer window. It would bring only further vexation.
    There are other talents we could channel our hopes to:

    Ins

    Krychowiak
    Stones
    Jese

    This would provide us with pace, youthfulness and tenacity. I’ve not forgotten who holds the “central power” though.

  64. timao

    Cheers Santos, good to be back. regarding Europe competition, it’s so true. But we have been cursed with some very bad luck in Europe. I’m thinking about Jens’ sending off about which no complaints – except against the player. When you look at the Van Persie red card at the Nou Camp though and the non-penalty against Liverpool (i.e. a clear as day penalty not awarded by against Dirk Kuyt by the ref who went to the same school as him!) and you can see there are a couple of years when we really deserved to make a bigger impression than we have.

  65. DUIFG

    Just checked the highlights, always remember henrys chance in the second half, forgot he probbaly had a better one in the first when he turns a guy from 6 yards. you wonder if his head was gone at that point, after the game he made a u turn on goign to barca, we should have let him go that year, his head was gone

  66. Santos

    And also I don’t know whether this annual fear of meeting big clubs in the CL is the lowest ebb we’ve hit. It really puts an asterisk on the phrase: “Arsenal are a big team”. We are simply not there yet.
    O 2017, draw ye nearer to us!

  67. Cesc Appeal

    Keep getting linked with Rugani, just consistently linked with him for months and months now.

    Don’t know, maybe Wenger is looking at Mert and thinking he’s not long for Arsenal, leaves Kozz and Gabriel, then Chambers who no one is very sure about.

    Interesting.

  68. Cesc Appeal

    Seems the DM (for what it is worth) is saying Guardiola will go, with Ancelotti to take over at Munich.

    Fantastic, that will be two lost then.

  69. WengerEagle

    ‘When you look at the Van Persie red card at the Nou Camp though and the non-penalty against Liverpool (i.e. a clear as day penalty not awarded by against Dirk Kuyt by the ref who went to the same school as him!) and you can see there are a couple of years when we really deserved to make a bigger impression than we have.’

    Agree with the Babel dive for the penalty being really harsh but RVP’s sending off, as ridiculous as it was didn’t really have a major impact on the game IMO.

    Even with 11 on the pitch up until that point we failed to muster a single attempt on target, don’t see how that would have drastically changed even if RVP had of stayed on the pitch.

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen such a dominant UCL knock out performance as Barca’s that night, they were light years ahead of us in every department.

    Mind you we almost committed the robbery of the century and would have if Nicky B tucked away that sitter when through on goal.

    Jack’s face after he scuffed it summed up Gooner’s reactions worldwide.

  70. WengerEagle

    Bamford

    Don’t think that anyone is disputing that mate.

    If we had of actually bothered to sign a couple more players in the summer I reckon we would have had a little cushion at the top of the league by now.

  71. Bamford10

    Although, why shouldn’t one spend as much on a world-class CB as one would on a CM or CAM or CF, especially if he’s young? Perhaps 30-35m on a Stones is a smart investment, but I still doubt Wenger will see it that way.

  72. timao

    Wenegereagle, I’ve heard that argument before but I just understand it. with van Persie we had a potent goal threat, a pacey skillful front man leading the line and pinning their defenses. Without him they could play a higher line and commit another man forward and eventually break us down. the fact we didn’t have an attempt on target prior to his card is neither here nor there. We didn’t need to score to win the tie. In other words we were winning before the sending off and losing afterwards. Agree with you about the Bendtner chance though. What a royal tit he turned out to be.

  73. DUIFG

    Mind you we almost committed the robbery of the century and would have if Nicky B tucked away that sitter when through on goal.Jack’s face after he scuffed it summed up Gooner’s reactions worldwide.

    classic b52! as you said would have been a disgrace had we gone through given the beating perfromance wise we had taken

  74. timao

    Moving on to present times, I suggest – (shock prediction!) we will not reinforce in the January break. No team will sell a valued player in mid-season. Recent experience has shown clubs are willing to face down a player demanding a move and I don’t see any reason why that would change. And shelling out someone who’s “not getting game time” i.e the likes of Rabiot seems like a risk to far for Wenger. There’s a reason why they are not getting game time and no clear reason to suppose they will instantly step up to premiership levels after not getting game time in their existing team.

    If Mathieu gets injured Chambers will step up with Reine-Adeleide behind him. Or expect to see Gabriel move up to midfield. And with all the “like a new signing” players in the pipeline I reckon we can certainly rule out a January buy.

  75. Bamford10

    Jack one-touch pass to Cesc. Cesc two-touch turn and brilliant pass to Nasri. Nasri with cut-back and pass to Arshavin for brilliant, clinical finish.

    2-1, Arsenal!

    Many of the names above are today reviled by Arsenal supporters, but for me that was the best moment the club has had in some ten years.

  76. daz

    Mind you we almost committed the robbery of the century and would have if Nicky B tucked away that sitter when through on goal.

    Had that been rvp in that position maybe would have scored it, but we will never know as he was wrongfully sent off

  77. WengerEagle

    ‘Many of the names above are today reviled by Arsenal supporters, but for me that was the best moment the club has had in some ten years.’

    Better feeling than Henry’s goal in Madrid? Or Campbell’s goal in the UCL Final?

    Ade’s goal after Wally ran the pitch was pure ecstasy as well even if it lasted all of a minute.

  78. WengerEagle

    timao

    RVP was many great things but he was never pacy or a dribbler, he was ineffective in the 56 minutes before the sending off so I just don’t see how it would have made that much of a difference. Barcelona had 19 shots on our goal to our 0 on their goal.

    The 2nd and 3rd goals were always coming IMO.

    At least we agree that the Taxi-fucker bottled us the chance of our most shocking scalp in our European history.

  79. Bamford10

    Would love it if Times reports that Wenger is genuinely interested in a CDM in January — Carvalho, Neves or Krychowiak — were true. Would be sweet if we added someone of that caliber.

  80. DUIFG

    Would love it if Times reports that Wenger is genuinely interested in a CDM in January — Carvalho, Neves or Krychowiak — were true. Would be sweet if we added someone of that caliber.

    get linked with all of the above and then on deadline day we bring in nigel reo coker

  81. Louis Almeida

    The Arshavin goal against Barca was awesome because it was against arguably the best club side ever but Arsenal have scored more dramatic goals, IMO. Remember when Henry literally won the game against United with the last kick of the game in 06/07.

    Fabregas ran Vieira ragged in the CL in 2005.

    Ramsey’s goal against Hull was as dramatic as they come. Went along way to addressing the choker mentality of Fabregas, Nasri, RVP etc.

  82. Bamford10

    WE

    Those too were great moments, but I never believed we’d hold on to the lead in the CL Final, and somehow beating Barca meant more to me than beating Madrid. Henry’s goal was fantastic, though.

  83. underrated Coq

    Welbeck’s goal at Old Trafford is up there for me. Goal might not be what you can call ‘scintillating’ in itself but what a moment of significance for both Welbz and Arsenal. Finally beating United at OT for some time and who can forget Welbz’s celebrations after putting one over van Gaal? His one and only stand-out moment in an Arsenal jersey, unfortunately.

  84. daz

    Arsenal are stepping up their efforts to sign a defensive midfielder in the January transfer window as they assess the availability of several potential targets.

    Arsene Wenger is eager to bolster his squad with the Gunners currently second in the Premier League and hoping to win the title for the first time since 2004.

    The Gunners are without first choice defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin until at least March because of a knee ligament injury, with Mathieu Flamini currently playing in the holding role in front of the back four.

    Sporting midfielder William Carvalho has been on Arsenal’s radar for several years and they strongly considered a move for the 23-year-old last summer before he suffered a fractured tibia playing for Portugal in the European Under-21 championships.

    The north London club are understood to be scouting Carvalho and considering his potential availability in January, although Sporting will be hugely reluctant to sell a key player midway through the season as they chase the Portuguese title.

    Ruben Neves, the 18-year-old Porto midfielder who became the youngest player to captain a team in the Champions League, is another who has been strongly linked with Arsenal

  85. Wallace

    “Ade’s goal after Wally ran the pitch was pure ecstasy as well even if it lasted all of a minute.”

    yeah, that’s really high up for me as well. although guess the Arshavin goal against Barca was sweeter. and the latter’s one man assault on the Liverpool goal was also pretty special.

  86. Relieable Sauce

    Neves reported buy-out fee around £40m?
    Wenger might eventually creep up to £32m + add-ons, turning the player completely off the move in the process.
    Same with Carvalho.

  87. warchester

    when pep guardiola joins the premier league…kiss goodbye to the league title for the next 10 years if we’re still under wenger….we will neither have the money nor tactical nous to compete with the club he joins and the clubs that have the resources to challenge and compete with him…not saying he’ll win everything consecutively for 10 years but we won’t be in the mix at all because we will never reach the barca/munich level

  88. timao

    Wengereagle – RVP certainly did have pace. maybe not Bellerin levels but quick enough to give the Barca central defenders problems (don’t forget he started life as a winger). simple test as to whether he could have made a difference, all other factors aside, would he have scored the last minute chance that Bendtner missed?

  89. Cesc Appeal

    Really hate all the articles linking us to Xhaka, Carvalho, Krychowiak, Neves, even though you know you shouldn’t fall for it it gets your hopes up. All the more crushing when Wenger goes for a deadline day loan move for Eric Djemba-Djemba.

  90. Dissenter

    “Aguero apparently in full training today and set to return for next Monday night”

    Alexis Sanchez is also in training and set to return for next Monday night.

    City aren’t playing well. I hope we don’t have one of those crazy nights and give them momentum to kick on and start a run that will separate them from the pack.

  91. Dissenter

    Cesc,
    i really think Wenger will buy a defensive or central midfielder.
    Carzola wont be back until March, at least.
    Jack is really jack, he might still have a set-back in his rehabilitation.
    Rosicky is no where to be found.
    Arteta isn’t reliable. I ‘m sure Wenger has realized his folly for renewing Arteta’s contract.

  92. Cesc Appeal

    Dissenter

    I really, really hope so. Wenger must know the likelihood of the league being this open, wide open again is unlikely. This is probably his best chance to win the league.

    I just fear he will go into that mindset of ‘everyone told me to spend in the summer, I didn’t and look where we are’ and then start convincing himself all the returning players will be enough.

  93. Dissenter

    Bamford,
    Pep to City makes more sense. The City CEO and football director are Barca people worked with Pep already.

    It is easier to tweak City to greatness, United on the other hand need a total rebuilding. City also have a very good academy that will help Pep, United’s academy is in crisis, pretty much liker ours.

  94. Dissenter

    Cesc,
    Despite all the criticism that we all give Wenger, he is not fool.
    He knows when he’s stretched his luck too far. He’s been active in several winter windows in the past. Surely, even Wenger knows that Arteta was a mistake. He didn’t renew multi-year contracts for >30 year old players specifically for the decline we’ve seen in Arteta.

    My concern is just that January coincides with when Jack Wilshere will do his usual kabuki dance of regaining fitness and dazzling in training before going down again injured. I hope this does not distract Wenger who does have a paternal instinct towards his players.

  95. salparadisenyc

    Peps freeing himself up when three of the top four clubs in England will likely be receptive to new management. He’s positioning himself for a MASSIVE deal, City the favorites for me but I wouldn’t count United of Chelsea out.

    Roman loves a challenge and United can offer everything.

    Gulp.