Ramsey desperately flirting with a La Liga that’s probably not interested

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OH HEY MORNING.

I hope you’re good. I’m in the Hamptons this weekend with rowdy English friends. This is what you do in America to showcase your middle-class credentials. Real shame of it is I’m with two AKBs. The worst type, the ‘Wenger outs’ during the season, but now the dust has settled, it’s…

‘I think I can make a sound argument for every decision Wenger has made’

This is going to be a long weekend.

Anyway, who is excited about more signings? ME!

Xhaka has really lifted my spirits. I also think it’s interesting how hard Arsenal are going in the press with the ‘WE HAVE A LEADER’… I don’t really get it. Are they doing it because they want to tell the world that Wenger has finally owned up to a glaring error? Maybe.

I also like how the media are really focusing in on the comment that Xhaka said the manager was a legend. It seems to be a standard question with a new player…

‘Did the manager influence your decisions to move here?’

The player then says…

‘Yes, he has been like the father I always knew existed but legalese prevented me from being with him. Now I’m with him, and it feels right’

The media then say…

‘It’s amazing that players still move for his legend, maybe those Wenger out boys are fu*king stupid?’

… and look, he’s a pull. But come on, so is £100k a week. London. THE CLUB.

Also, when has a player ever said…

‘Actually, I’m not even sure who the manager is? I’m here for the red light district’

How about this for BANTER. Aaron Ramsey won’t rule out a move to La Liga.

“I’ve said it before – I would love to play in La Liga one day, at one of the big clubs.

“I watch the league every week. It suits my style. Maybe I will (move) someday, who knows what will happen in the future?”

I’ve said it before, I reckon if someone drops a bid for him, he’ll be moved on. Arguably one of the biggest disappointments of the last two seasons. A man playing for a move in my opinion. Not a very clever footballer. I’d not be sad if he left.

BUT, who would take him? Hardly playing like a man with any intentions of pushing his game to the standard he’d need to be at to win in Spain.

I’d be sad if Ozil left. The club are concerned that Bayern Munich are showing interest in our creative genius. That would be a worry. The temptation of a modern set up and trophies must be a big one. We’ll see though, we’ll see.

Ferguson dropped a big old praise piece for Wenger.

“Now he gets a lot of criticism, but I admire that you’re not going to bend to the will of the critics. He stays with what he believes in. And I think people who do that are outstanding coaches.

“When you talk about consistency, Arsene’s never changed the way that his side has played.

Not sure about that last comment. That’s kind of alarming in 20 years that he’s never changed his style. Especially when Ferguson knows full well the reason he succeeeded is because it was imperative he changed his style to keep up with the times.

Talking of managers I dislike, Mourinho has landed.

‘I prefer to focus on the giant club I have in my hands now, and I think what the fans are expecting me to say is that I want to win. I think what the players need to listen to is: “I want to win”.

Really not looking forward to him being back in the league. That’s 6 points we won’t see.

Lewandowski is apparently a target of Madrid this summer.

Someone told me that there is a Head of Sidebar at The Daily Mail.

Man, I’m trailing here… I need a beer. Have a good day!

 

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  1. Redtruth

    A man driven would not work under such restricted financial conditions, The fact that Wenger remains shows he is to blame for all the shenanigans at the club

  2. alexanderhenry

    Alexander-does Stan forbid the players from shooting at the goal.

    There was this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XKJ8SkjJJI

    Did Stan insist on pathetic zonal defending at corners.

    Our defending hasn;t been the issue lately. It’s scoring. We need a better CF. They cost lots of money though.

    Was it Stans idea to treat the group stage of C/L as a bit of an experiment ?

    Resting cech and playing ospina? yep, that was an error

  3. alexanderhenry

    Redruth

    Kroenke could fire wenger tomorrow. If wenger is so ‘inept’ it’s kroenke’s responsibility to replace him, especially if as you think, he’s been offering him loads of cash to improve the squad.

  4. Phd007

    AlexanderHenry

    To prempt your following argument…

    Kroenke initially bought a 9.9% stake in Arsenal around about 2007..
    Before fully having majority control in 2011.

    Prior to Kroenke being on board..
    We sold Anelka for £26.5 million to Real Madrid
    Sold Overmars & Petit for £30 million to Barca

    We lost a UEFA Cup Final to Galatasaray in 2000 on penalties

    We lost an FAC Final to Liverpool in 2001

    We lost the CL 2006 Final to Barca
    We lost the 2007 CC Final to Chelsea

    Kroenke wasn’t on board then…Certainly not as a majority shareholder??

    In between we sold Henry,Vieira,Cole

    Then we were sold the FFP dream,the Oligarch’s Nightmare..
    Subsequently selling Adebayor,Cesc,Nasri,Clichy & co..

    Under Kroenke,we spank out £42.5 million on Ozil,breaking an Arsenal transfer record for a player in 2013.
    Under Kroenke,we spank out £35 million on Sanchez,in 2014
    Under Kroenke,we spank out £30 million on Xhaka in 2016

    Under Kroenke,we have one of the highest wage bills in the EPL(in the top 3).

    So I’m confused…Prior to Kroenke we were selling players at highly inflated values..Yes winning 3 EPL Titles…But losing finals..

    With Kroenke on board,we were still selling players,but saw our wage bill increase dramatically in line with the top clubs,and also smashing our transfer record for buying a player..

    I don’t understand..Is Kroenke responsible for us losing the finals ,prior to him coming on board?

    Is Kroenke,the reason our wage bill has increased?

    Is Kroenke the reason,why we shattered our transfer record/or not?

    Is Kroenke the reason,why Arsene decided to play the following:
    Walcott
    Senderos
    Gervinho
    Inmamto
    Cygan
    Stepanovs
    Lupoli
    Hoyte
    Owusu
    Alumni
    Wreh
    Diarra
    Chamakh
    Bendtner
    Frimpong
    etc,etc…

    I’m still struggling to understand…

  5. HillWood

    Alexander-Sanchez has had that goal coached out of him now. Only Wenger would not bother to rectify the obvious problem of conceding goals in the same manner year after year

  6. Redtruth

    THE WORLD’S 12 BIGGEST SPENDING MANAGERS SINCE 2004:

    1. Mourinho £849m
    2. Ancelotti £709m
    3. Pellegrini £576m
    4. Mancini £435m
    5. Wenger £413m
    6. Ferguson £404m
    7. Guardiola £401m
    8. Van Gaal £297m
    9. Rodgers £262m
    10.Allegri £224
    11.Conte £188m
    12.Klopp £173m

  7. Ishola70

    Phd007:

    “Then we were sold the FFP dream”

    Sold and then some more with Wenger leading the way.

    Arsenal just banged on and on about FFP. No other club matched Arsenal in terms of FFP speak at the time. Not even close. Arsenal were the champions of FFP talk.

    And all it was about was those lot in West London and then Man City on the scene.

    And yet we are meant to believe that Wenger could be a big spender. A truly big spender if only he wasn’t hamstrung by a nasty owner.

    People really do have short memories especially those whose main criteria is to defend Arsene Wenger.

  8. Phd007

    alexanderhenryMay 30, 2016 22:36:15
    Redruth
    Because he wants to stay and always sees out his contracts.
    ———————-
    This is an absolute fallacy….

    Let’s put the truth to bed,once and for all..

    Wenger managed Nancy 1984-1987,they were relegated under him in his last season to Ligue 2

    Wenger was sacked by Monaco in 1994,with the team languishing in 17th spot(having managed them between 1987-1994).So he didn’t honour his contract,he was sacked/fired/dismissed..

    Wenger was at Grampus Eight for one year-1995-1996,leaving to join Arsenal in 1996..

    Since then,the only real contract he’s being honouring is his £8.5 million contract at Arsenal for 20 years..

    Pure and simple..

    Take some seats A.Henry along with Wallace..

  9. alexanderhenry

    PHD0007

    The austerity period at arsenal began before Kroenke got involved. The decision to move to a new stadium meant that the board didn’t want to spend. Also danny fiszman wanted to keep the valuation high so he could get the most money possible for his shares, as did hill wood who’d previously sold some of his holding to dein. There was a rift between fiszman and dein when dein decided to sell out to usmanov. In the end fiszman managed to persuade nina bracewell smith to sell her shares to kroenke, a decision she came to regret bitterly.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2396845/Lady-Bracewell-Smith-reveals-deep-regret-selling-Arsenal-shares-Stan-Kroenke.html

    Overall, with the commitment to build a new stadium combined with fiszman’s desire to get the most he could from his shares, the club did not spend as much as it could or should have. The first indicator of this was cole’s departure to chelsea.

    Moving on:

    Prior to Kroenke being on board..
    We sold Anelka for £26.5 million to Real Madrid
    Sold Overmars & Petit for £30 million to Barca

    Yes and wenger moved heaven and earth to keep anelka. In the end Anelka was hell bent on leaving and madrid got their man- and overpayed. Rather like Ronaldo and beckham going to madrid it happens in football- even to fergie at man utd.
    Overmars and petit were past it as reflected by their indifferent spells at barca, especially petit. The team went on to do well withot them There’s nothing wrong with selling good players as long as you replace them with equivalent or better players.

    We lost a UEFA Cup Final to Galatasaray in 2000 on penalties

    ..on penalties

    We lost an FAC Final to Liverpool in 2001

    ..we won quite a few other FA cup finals. Go easy there.

    We lost the CL 2006 Final to Barca

    ..against one of the best teams ever with ten men

    We lost the 2007 CC Final to Chelsea

    ..chelsea had spent massively. They announced a club loss of £80 million which would bankrupt any normally funded club. Football had changed with abramovich’s appearance. Their side was much more expensive than ours and a lot better.

    Cole left purely for money reasons and because the club had started to go into austerity. Wenger doesn’t decide how much to pay players anyway. Viera we should have kept. Kroenke had joined before we sold henry.

    Under Kroenke,we spank out £42.5 million on Ozil,breaking an Arsenal transfer record for a player in 2013.
    Under Kroenke,we spank out £35 million on Sanchez,in 2014
    Under Kroenke,we spank out £30 million on Xhaka in 2016

    Yes, but over four seasons it’s not enough. Compare that to how much man utd have spent in that period- and we finished above them. Also it doesn’t make up for all the years of not spending and selling our best players previously. It’s like two steps back, one step forward.

    ‘Under Kroenke,we have one of the highest wage bills in the EPL(in the top 3).So I’m confused…Prior to Kroenke we were selling players at highly inflated values..Yes winning 3 EPL Titles…But losing finals..With Kroenke on board,we were still selling players,but saw our wage bill increase dramatically in line with the top clubs,and also smashing our transfer record for buying a player..I don’t understand..Is Kroenke responsible for us losing the finals ,prior to him coming on board?Is Kroenke,the reason our wage bill has increased?Is Kroenke the reason,why we shattered our transfer record/or not?’

    Since kroenke got involved arsenal fc have spent significantly less in transfers and wages than our main rivals. The recent spending is all playing catch up. Too little, too late.
    I predict that this window our spend (nett) will be roughly £40 to £50 million, if that. He’ll sell maybe one or a few of the ox, walcott, cazorla, ramsay and others.
    It will be significantly less than our main competitors: Chelsea, man utd, man city and liverpool.

    On losing finals, refer to the above. We’ve won quite a few under wenger.

    Again, at least half of your list were squad players. Wenger did not have the funds to pack his entire squad with top quality players like chelsea.

    The bottom line is this:

    If you’re right and wenger has been holding arsenal back all these years- perhaps the two doubles and the unbeaten season were a fluke- then when he leaves arsenal will appoint a top coach and give him access to all the money at arsenal. A new free spending arsenal will emerge.

    Let’s hope so.

  10. Phd007

    Alexander Henry

    You do make this half complicated..

    I don’t know whether to respond,or just call a night…

    I’ve had you twice already tonight…

    Hmmm..

    We will see,in a few minutes..

    I could decide to say let’s agree to disagree..

    Or prolong this..

    I’ll let you know in a moment..

  11. alexanderhenry

    PHD0007

    No it is not.
    If a manager is fired then he can’t honour his contract. He’s been fired.
    Honouring your contract means not walking out on it.

    My turn to ‘put the truth to bed’.

    Your description of wenger’s time at monaco rather conveniently only mentions his last season.
    He won the french league and the french cup and got to the European cup semi final losing to the awesome ac milan side. He left quite rightly partly in protest over the marseilles match fixing scandal. Overall he was very successful there .

    Phd,

    I understand and respect your opinion that wenger should go. You clearly don’t rate him as a manager which is fair enough, but whether you like it or not he is in fact arsenal’s most successful manager. His successes are legitimate and real and surely as an arsenal fan you should be able to appreciate them.
    He’s not perfect, far from it but much of your criticism is unreasonable, opportunistic and far fetched. Your’re one of those fans who if arsenal win a game decide that that it must have been because steve bould took training or because the players organised themselves. Part of your last post even finds things to complain about during his and arsenal’s most successful period. Yes, we lost the cup final in 2001 but we won the double (wenger’s second) the following season.
    It’s almost as if you want to trash his reputation. This doesn’t reflect well on the club or on you as a fan.

  12. Phd007

    Alexander Henry
    Look as far as I’m concerned Arsene is just as culpable in the whole shenanigans…

    I admit the club as a whole, has operated as a conservative club in general over time,when it comes to spending money.

    The issue with Ashley Cole was well documented..
    It literally was over him wanting £60k p/week and Dein offering £55k p/week..Simply because he came through the youth system.As in home grown..

    Given the fact,he was an established England International.
    Don’t think it had anything to do with the stadium move,or austerity period.

    Just taking advantage of the fact,he was home grown.If he was a foreigner,he would have probably being paid,close to what Vieira was earning.

    Even Vieira(the captain at the time),was mentioned as saying to Cole,not to ask for anything less than £ 60k..

    But Arsene,certainly takes the lion share’s of the blame on the footballing side of things..

    As I said earlier,we could go back and forth on this..

    You lay the blame squarely at Kroenke’s doorstep

    I say Arsene & the regime are two sides of the same coin..
    Both equally to blame.Arsene more so,on the footballing side of things..

  13. alexanderhenry

    Phd

    ..that’s because it is complicated.

    I’m turning in.

    p.s well done on pointing out my lack of knowledge on arsenal’s reserve goalkeepers down the years. You really got me there.

  14. Phd007

    alexanderhenryMay 30, 2016 23:54:53
    My turn to ‘put the truth to bed’. Your description of wenger’s time at monaco rather conveniently only mentions his last season.
    He won the french league and the french cup and got to the European cup semi final losing to the awesome ac milan side. He left quite rightly partly in protest over the marseilles match fixing scandal. Overall he was very successful there .

    ————————
    However you paint the picture…He was still fired/sacked/dismissed from Monaco..

    Pure & simple..

    Why put it a twist on facts..?

  15. Phd007

    AlexanderHenry
    He left quite rightly partly in protest over the marseilles match fixing scandal. Overall he was very successful there .
    ————————–
    He never left..He was sacked/dismissed/fired..

    Only after he was fired/sacked/dismissed/ he moaned about the match fixing scandal..

    Get your facts straight..