Tuesday round-up: Movement on Mkhitaryan and Morata stories

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The big stories as we take on a fabulous Tuesday!

1. Hector Bellerin has been called up to the Spain squad. Exciting news for one of my star performers this season. Danny Alves also took a deal with Juve for 3 years, which led to Barcelona dropping a bid for a player they no doubt believe to be their own… Arsenal said no, so did Hector, who for the minute considers his DNA to be firmly IN THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH YOU HEAR ME BARCA?

2. The hardest name to spell in football, Mkhitaryan, of Dortmund, dropped Tomas Duchel a middle finger as he listens to offers from the Premier League. Raiola, his dastardly agent flippantly told Bild…

“Why would we sign a contract renewal now?”

“Micki has a contract until June 2017 and we are looking at his options for the future.”

Oh you mean bitch (I like that he calls him Micki, ‘HEY MICKI YOU SO FINE’ is MY offering to YOU). Arsenal should be in there, waving some prime £100k a week backside in his face. The guy is pure talent, has some of that other-side-of-Europe grit we’ve lacked and he knows how to respectfully play in a system. He also boasts flexibility of being able to play across the frontline to a level that means he doesn’t fall over the ball unchallenged. WHAT A PLAYER.

3. Alvaro Morata, the player everyone raves about because his stats OUTSIDE goalscoring are superb, has basically been dumped by Madrid who don’t find him as attractive as Auba from Dortmund (who actually scores goals)… and he has offers from the Premier League that he’s liking.

“There are some offers from England that are tempting, not only because of the contract.”

“I think that for my style of play, the Premier League would be a great place to go,”

Damn straight the League of Premier would be tantalising. The fact he’s athletic, mobile, has a great first touch… but lacks decision making / finishing, makes me believe we could do something with him. Arsene needs to summon the powers that gave him the strength to turn Adebayor into something that resembled world class. On a player with better attributes, that could be spectacular. Also, he’s been dumped by Madrid, that might make him angry and score ALL the goals for us.

Great thoughts Pete, great thoughts.

Finally, if you’re one of those people crying over that gorilla that was shot… you’re really one of those people that makes the internet a terrible place. Honestly. Reading comments whinging that a zoo should have negotiated with the animal and risked a 4 year old childs that had been dragged down a moat makes it a little bit easier to take the online abuse you get sometimes. Absolute madness.

OVER AND OUT. x

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  1. Wallace

    WE

    I think Henry was the better player up until 2005ish. after that Ronaldo pulled ahead. Henry was always the more stylish though 🙂

  2. N5

    WE I know dude. We used to command fear now we get laughed at and seen as the easy pick. Shame what we’ve become.

    Have you managed to get to the Emirates yet WE?

  3. WengerEagle

    Yeah Barcelona should have won the UCL in 2010 and Bayern in 2012, not sure you can begrudge Ancelotti’s Madrid side in 2014 in my eyes they were the best team in Europe that season, should have won the treble but threw away the league with a couple of silly points dropped in the last few weeks of the season.

    This season was a bit weird, Barcelona didn’t really turn up over 2 legs vs Atletico and Bayern threw away their chance, if Muller sticks away that penalty they’d have been through all day long.

    I think either would have beaten Real in the Final, so in a way they were underwhelming Champions.

    Roma, Wolfsburg, City was their path to the Final, pretty soft if we’re being serious. They only edged past the latter 2 and City were a disgrace in how unadventurous they were.

    Compare that to Barcelona smashing through City, PSG and Bayern last season.

  4. Wallace

    WE

    no, not old enough for 70s Brazil 😉

    the Milan side with the Dutch guys & Baresi was special, and the Liverpool side of Barnes & Beardsley was amazing, alas, but the Barca of Messi & Xavi ‘s the best i’ve seen, so you’ve been fortunate there.

  5. colin decoteau

    to all those who disagree with the possible signing of alvaro morata, and only see him as a bench warmer at juventus, just remember a certain thiery henry was once a bench warmer at juventus.

  6. WengerEagle

    N5

    No mate have never gotten over to the Emirates unfortunately, still plenty of time for that though, the real tragedy is never getting to Highbury.

    Funnily enough I’ve seen us play away a couple of times, was in Hull for the 3-0 win in 2014 with a Poldi brace and was at Anfield in 2012 when we beat Pool 2-1, RVP brace. Got set up with tickets by people my old man knew who were Liverpool and Hull season ticket holders.

  7. WengerEagle

    Wallace/N5

    How good were Liverpool in the 70’s/80’s? Because on paper it’s scary how much they won.

    Were they comparable to modern day Barcelona or was it easier to win in Europe back then?

  8. WengerEagle

    You talk about the 70’s as if you lived through it though Marble. It’s not comparable to cinema as that’s readily available to watch even now.

    Which would make you at least 40plus.

  9. N5

    Eagle, they were something else. When we went there in 89′ and beat them 2-0 we were the first team to win by two goals at their ground for something like a decade.

    I’m not sure if Liverpool 80s was as good as Manure 90s though.

  10. Redtruth

    Outclassed in Champions league Final and Donkey Terry missing a penalty was how Man Utd came to win 2 Champions leagues..hardly what you call a team with pedigree

  11. grooveydaddy

    There you go Bamford

    Schneiderlin just got called up to the French squad, replacing the injured Diarra.

  12. N5

    Red, come on you don’t win 2 ECLs on 2 moments of madness. They had to get through other games firstly to get there and your assessment is unfair. Still I didn’t really expect you to debate properly and if I’d said Manure were shite you would have quoted how they won 2 ECLs and were the best team ever.

    Contrarian to the very end.

    On your gravestone it’ll say he lies Brain Thermos born 1958 – Died XXXX and then under that it’ll say I’m not dead I’ve just got an unfair advantage on not being alive.

  13. Ankit_gooner

    Mkhitaryan is a system player.His main quality is tactical intelligence and positioning.His decision making is superb but he is going to struggle if he is getting isolated,which will happen a lot at arsenal.Our positional structure is not compact enough.Its why I don’t want him.A world class player but arsene can’t get the best out of him.

  14. N5

    “Don’t confuse the European Cup with the Champions league as they are nothing like each other…”

    It’s too late for your silliness. Good night Brian. Get some werthers down you and get to bed old fella.

  15. Ankit_gooner

    How good were Liverpool in the 70’s/80’s? Because on paper it’s scary how much they won. Were they comparable to modern day Barcelona or was it easier to win in Europe back then?
    Modern barca are better,football has evolved,that’s all.Pep revolutionised tactics and preparation in 2008 and then klopp did the revolutionised tactics again in 2012.Football is very chess like,meticulous now.

  16. STV

    There wasn’t much change in the Champions league compared to European cup until 98-99 season (except the format) when the tournament opened to more losing teams in big league. Besides, champions from every nations could still participate but in most cases get knocked out in the qualifying rounds.

    Old European cup involved straightaway knock out rounds which lead to more upsets. Even Aston villa, the surprise champions of 1981 won it in 1982 defeating the likes of Valor Dynamo Mosco Dynamo Kiev Anderlect in earlier rounds and Bayern in final.They would get relegated in PL 5 seasons later. ( must be more entertaining imo. The current format includes too many predictable matches)

    Real Madrid are the most successful team winning 6 times. But they had a barren spell in 70s and especially 80s where they haven’t reached a final. Barca had 1 title, Milan 4, Ajax 3 Liverpool 4 and Benefica 2. Arsenal participated in a single occasion.

  17. Carts

    Xhaka
    Henrik
    Morata/Lukakau
    Murillo
    Koulibally

    And right there you’re looking at a solid squad.

    Murillo and Koulibally were my #1 choices for CB. I’d say you’re looking north of £18m for either. Inter needing the cash more so over Napoli.

    Can’t say ive ever been Henrik’s biggest fan but stats-wise, he’s a no brainer. It wouldn’t surprise me the slightest if BVB opt to lose him on the free. You’d imagine £15m-£20m would make them see sense.

    Morata would probably be the cheaper option over Lukakau. But again, Real seem prepared to play the waiting game.

  18. Ishola70

    Arsenal’s greatest win in the old European Cup format beating Juventus away 1-0 in 1980 right near the end of the match the goal was scored above.

    Goal was very similar to Alan Sunderland’s winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

  19. Ishola70

    Was the European Cup Winners Cup not European Cup but still stood as Arsenal’s best ever European victory before the Wenger era.

  20. Dream10

    karim

    Disappointed that Diarra had to drop out due to injury. Still angry that AW let him join Portsmouth in Jan ’08 when he knew Flamini would not sign a new deal. Diarra and Mandanda are availble on free transfers. There is space for both in our squad.

    Think Cabaye will start against Scotland and the first match.

  21. Dream10

    Carts

    Watched a few Napoli matches. Koulibaly is talented.
    Don’t watch Inter often. Murillo any good?

  22. Ishola70

    STV:
    “Old European cup involved straightaway knock out rounds which lead to more upsets. Even Aston villa, the surprise champions of 1981 won it in 1982 defeating the likes of Valor Dynamo Mosco Dynamo Kiev Anderlect in earlier rounds and Bayern in final.They would get relegated in PL 5 seasons later. ( must be more entertaining imo. The current format includes too many predictable matches”

    If you look at the golden era of English clubs winning the European Cup 1977-1982 all but one of the matches finished as 1-0 wins for the English teams. English teams very good at that time at getting a goal and shutting up shop. Not sure if this would be appreciated by some Arsenal fans though or should we say Wenger fans if you look at their views and philosophy on football and supposedly how it should be played.

  23. karim

    Dream
    Yeah, it’s getting worrying for Les Bleus !
    Cabaye knows the job but he’s not as good as he was for Newcastle, so I’d rather see N’golo there.

    As for Mandanda, why not, he’d be at least as good as Ospina as a second keeper for us but I think he will be looking for a club where he can start.

  24. STV

    Ishola

    Right. The cup winners cup was a very prestigious competition and always had participation of great clubs. Shame it lost its value since the expansion of Champions league and they had to abolish it.

    In my opinion that ranks higher than any of Wenger’s titles. ( but didn’t Arsenal lose final of 1980?)

  25. Ishola70

    WengerEagle:
    “How good were Liverpool in the 70’s/80’s? Because on paper it’s scary how much they won. Were they comparable to modern day Barcelona or was it easier to win in Europe back then?”

    Their results in black and white should give you a clue to what they were all about. Not comparable at all to Barca or Ajax in their prime or AC Milan.

    Sure they tanked teams in early rounds the weaker teams but as they got further into the competition they would get through by the odd goal usually by one goal over two legs and win finals in low scoring games. Their first European Cup win was the exception when they beat Moechengladbach by a bigger margin.

    Pragmatic team Liverpool were at that time.

  26. Ishola70

    STV:
    “Right. The cup winners cup was a very prestigious competition and always had participation of great clubs. Shame it lost its value since the expansion of Champions league and they had to abolish it.In my opinion that ranks higher than any of Wenger’s titles. ( but didn’t Arsenal lose final of 1980?)”

    Yeah it was seen as a good cup. Arsenal lost on penalties to Valencia in the final. Was played at Heysel Brussels. Mario Kempes of World Cup fame Argentina 1978 was playing for Valencia at the time.

  27. Ishola70

    Just looking at that fixture list for Arsenal at the tail end of the 1979/80 season it makes you laugh when you hear managers moaning now about fixture congestion.

    Arsenal played 12 games in the space of of just over a month which included FA Cup semis, FA Cup final and that Cup Winners Cup final.

  28. Dream10

    karim

    I don’t think Kante’s style of play is suited for a deep midfield role Cabaye seems the most logical choice.

  29. karim

    Dream

    Yeah, I know but Kebab was very average for both psg and Palace, just like Schneiderlin at United.
    Getting worrying as the defence was poor v Cameroon, and Diarra had been excellent at protecting it.

    We’ve also got Benzema blaming Deschamps now, brilliant atmosphere to start the competition…

  30. HillWood

    When Liverpool Nottingham Forrest and Villa were winning the European Cup, the Continental clubs struggled with the English style of play. More aggressive and direct. When the 5year Euro ban was lifted the English clubs struggled for a while as the game seemed to have moved on in their absense. Then the Champions League came along and Man U eventually got to grips with the new foormat

  31. Dream10

    Carts

    Lol Murillo doesn’t need to worry about gel. Chamakh left 45 unopened containers worth for future signings. What a guy.

  32. Bamford10

    Álvaro Morata: Only Gameiro (9) & Batshuayi (9) have scored more goals from sub apps in Europe’s top 5 leagues since Aug ’14 than Morata (8).
    – WhoScored.com

  33. Carts

    “Arsenal played 12 games in the space of of just over a month which included FA Cup semis, FA Cup final and that Cup Winners Cup final.”

    Mental

  34. Cesc Appeal

    I have not seen him play, so I will put that out there right now, but from what I’m reading in comments sections on different sites etc, Murillo is not very well thought of, one worrying comment in particular said he’s good in one on ones, but his defensive positioning in play and set pieces is not great…that is worrying.

    As I say, there might be someone on here who him seen him play and disagrees with that. I think we made a very good buy in Xhaka for central midfield, now we need to do the same at CB, need to get this right.

    Any CB who needs work or needs to be taught positioning or something I would pass on, Wenger is not a manager to learn defensive traits, that is why I will always say absolutely not to Stones, we need essentially a ready made CB.

  35. Bamford10

    The Express is reporting that we’ve inquired about Carrasco.

    Any chance these papers read Le Grove for ideas re which players they should baselessly link us to? 😉

  36. Carts

    Dream 10

    Ah that guy Chamakh. Holding on for dear life with that tuft of hair.

    I don’t think there any doubt we need another CB or two.

    With Chamber rumoured to be getting a loan move away, and not one reserve player making the step up, the idea of Gabriel, Kos and Mert doesn’t fill me with much confidence.

  37. Dream10

    Cesc Appeal

    Murillo is also just under 6ft (1.82m). Koscielny can get out muscled and Gabriel can’t head a football. Mertesacker is the best header of the ball amongst our CBs. That is not saying much, is it?

  38. Bamford10

    This Duterte character in the Philippines is genuinely frightening. I hadn’t really paid much attention to stories about him until this morning, when I saw this:

    ‘Duterte Says Journalists in the Philippines Are ‘Not Exempted From Assassination’ – Simon Lewis | Time.com
    ______________________________

    Rodrigo Duterte has warned journalists in the Philippines that they are legitimate targets for assassination if they do wrong, in the President-elect’s latest controversial comments ahead of being sworn into office later this month.

    Duterte was asked during a press conference Tuesday how he would address the country’s high murder rate for journalists, reports Agence France-Presse. “Just because you’re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch,” he replied.

    http://time.com/4353279/duterte-philippines-journalists-assassination/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter
    ______________________________

    Scary.

  39. Cesc Appeal

    Bamford

    Might well be, only way a Carrasco type comes in is if both Walcott and Oxlade are being sold, and since Walcott posted his Rocky montage, I think sadly the tit might still be stealing a living here next season.

  40. Carts

    Cesc

    I think that a fair observation and from my recollection I’d agree that one one ones he’s very strong.

    Defensively, Inter were a bit shambolic. I suppose its one of those ones where you take the lump and hope he’ll improve on that part of his game.

    Sad truth is that Wenger doesn’t seem to coach well from a defensively aspect

  41. Bamford10

    Reported Arsenal target Raphael Guerreiro has had €12m bid from BVB rejected by Lorient. – L’Equipe

  42. Ishola70

    Carts:

    ”Mental”

    Three of those games had extra time as well. Two against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final sagas and the final of the European Cup Winners Cup final.

    Surely mental.

  43. Louis Almeida

    Bamford, according to Twitter Arsenal is close to Ricardo Rodriguez from Wolfsburg so that may explain our lack of interest in Guerreiro now. I think it’s quite harsh on Monreal as he has been very good for the last two years but he is 30 now, maybe succession planning here. Outside of Alaba I don’t think there’s a better LB in Europe. Fantastic set-piece specialist too.

  44. Ishola70

    Bamford10:
    “What do people think the starting England XI will look like”

    Are you an England fan Bamford?

    You do know England will do fvck all again in this competition don’t you right? 😉

    Maybe quarter finals.

  45. Trey Wilson

    Wenger’s gonna spend money. I love it. Is the The Onion? Great comedy writing. I mean, I’d prefer real Arsenal talk but this fantasy/parody stuff is great. Wenger spends money. LOL and Trump was born orange, right?

  46. Bamford10

    Some Spanish newspaper is reporting that Piqué will speak to Bellerin about joining Barcelona. Probably bogus.

  47. HillWood

    The European Cup was much better than Champions League. But hey£££££££more important than football

  48. Wallace

    Hart
    Clyne – Smalling – Stones – Bertrand
    Dier – Wilshere
    Alli – Sterling
    Vardy – Kane

    it is as interesting an England squad as I can remember. might do the usual low-key exit, might surprise a few.

  49. Cesc Appeal

    Hart
    Clyne, Smalling, Stones, Rose
    Henderson, Dier, Alli
    Lallana, Kane, Sterling

    For me anyway, has the most balance to it.

    Carts

    Agreed.

    Made a similar point just before your post, I wouldn’t want to take on a CB project, because lets be honest, the chances are not great Wenger will coach them into a great CB.

  50. Cesc Appeal

    Wouldn’t surprise me on that Pique thing, that is why I f*****g detest Barcelona, they think they operate under a different set of rules.

    As if, aren’t you so incredibly lucky a great Barcelona player will speak to lowly you about joining.

    No Pique, you lego hair looking f**k, if Barcelona want Bellerin, Barcelona speak to Arsenal and pay the price Arsenal want, we are not having a whole Fabregas situation again where a parade of twatish Barcelona players come out and say #freeBellerin to drive the price down, I’d sooner sell him to Madrid or something, in fact at the time I said that is exactly what I would have done with Fabregas, sell him elsewhere if he wanted to go, allegedly Madrid were offering over £40 Million for him.

  51. Wallace

    I think we should be fine with Bellerin. if it had been a few years down the line and he was 24-25 I’d be more worried,

  52. N5

    It’s inevitable he’ll end up back there at some point. A lot like Cesc we’ll do the hard work and create an important 1st team regular and then Barca will swoop in and take him.

    What a life it must be for those Catalonia slags. Let other clubs break your players in and you take them back when they get good.

    Wenger will do nothing to hold on to him, he’ll just have pound signs flashing in his eyes.

  53. N5

    Hillwood,agreed although the majority of players we’ve lent them have been gash. Coq arguably is the best of a bad bunch.

    Sanogo won’t come good, although Wenger did promise a £50m player there! 🙂

  54. Marko

    Reported Arsenal target Raphael Guerreiro has had €12m bid from BVB rejected by Lorient. – L’Equipe

    Word is he missed training all week for unspecified reasons and not injury. The kind when you ‘re negotiating a move elsewhere. Top left back. Him Gaya or Kurzawa were my Monreal long term replacements

  55. Ishola70

    No good crying about it.

    You know what the situation is when Wenger gets involved with these Barca youngsters and if they become good what will happen down the line.

    Best the club produce their own youngsters who can go on to become top players but doesn’t hardly happen.

  56. Marko

    Wenger will do nothing to hold on to him, he’ll just have pound signs flashing in his eyes.

    I’d say Wenger will be long gone before we see Bellerin move

  57. Wallace

    N5

    “What a life it must be for those Catalonia slags. Let other clubs break your players in and you take them back when they get good.”

    for a fee. i’m sure it’ll grate paying 30m ish for a player you had in your academy.

  58. Micheal

    The hypocrosiy on here is mind-blowing. Barca are cunts for tapping up players but its OK if we do it. Xhaka has admitted that Arsenal spoke to him about a year ago ! And every day we are told to sign this player or that player, even though they are contarcted elsewhere to other clubs.

    Barca may be cunts. But get your facts right folks.

  59. N5

    Wallace, they know they’ll break even though. The players either end up as a priceless addition or they sell them for roughly what they paid.

    Hillwood, with the greatest respect I disagree. I think the Charlton Arsenal loan system is mutually beneficial. I can’t think of a single player they have nurtured from youth for us until he was a first team regular that we’ve then muscled them out of keeping.

    Loaning and selling them our younguns just to buy them back when they’re ready isn’t the same IMO.

  60. Red&White4life

    Let it go wallace, Gundogan goes to City.

    So, Bellerin and the so famous barça DNA ?? lol

  61. N5

    Michael we have our facts right and I fail to see what your comparison is?

    Talking to a player who’s contracted is nothing a like to what Barca did with Fab.

  62. Relieable Sauce

    We should have shipped out Gibbs a year or two back and had a young LB (ideally from our own academy) getting some 1st team experience in the duration. We would now know if he was ready to step up, or whether we needed to go out and sign a proven one.

    Same lack of foresight exhibited with most of the other positions as well.

  63. WengerEagle

    Lol, BVB snaring Rode. That’ll teach Bayern not to mess with Dortmund again.

    Equivalent of pissing in your rich neighbour’s swimming pool after he’s nicked your wife.

  64. Marko

    Yeah Michael or should I say Miguel from right outside Barcelona. Big difference between us speaking to the player a year ago and presumably the club because apparently we tried to sign him a year ago but he wanted to stay for their champions league campaign and what Barcelona do with this and that player making statements in the papers and then Pique and Reina forcing a Jersey on Cesc. Absolute Cunts that club. Hey how much did they end up paying for Neymar? I’m sure they have nothing to do with Messi not paying enough tax and they definitely broke no regulations on signing kids. Yeah no they’re a lovely club

  65. STV

    Barca are cunt. They won’t consider the player is happy at the club or the club is not willing to serve.

    Persistentntly playing with the player’s emotions, publically wooing the player, wearing him Barca flag when celebrating wc win etc.. DNA bullshit.

    They really are cunts, their players. Pique being the ginarmous one.

  66. Louis Almeida

    Barca are bad but Real Madrid are just as bad. When we were successful they targeted Vieira every summer. Doesn’t get mentioned that much because social media is so much more prevalent now than it was 15 years ago. Back when people still used to buy newspapers as their source of information. Now you can find out about anything on Twitter before it appears in the papers like 2 days later. It’s a dog eat dog world and Real Madrid are at the top of the food chain. I even remember when they bought Figo from Barcelona. That was headline news in Portugal for 3 weeks!

  67. WengerEagle

    Pique is a massive twat, it’s only because he’s a pretty boy and that he’s shagging Shakira that he doesn’t get a hard time.

    No pun intended.

  68. WengerEagle

    Real Madrid were tapping up Cesc since he burst on the scene over a decade ago, I’m still surprised that he didn’t ever end up playing there at some point.

  69. Steveyg87

    “Wouldn’t surprise me on that Pique thing, that is why I f*****g detest Barcelona, they think they operate under a different set of rules.”

    Just because Wenger opts for the gentlemanly approach, don’t go hating on Barca for taking what they want? What’s stopping us from doing exactly the same? O yea, that’s right, they are by far superior to us, due to our own doing I might add.. Im so fucking tired of Wenger taking the high road wherever he can, he’s just as fucking dirty as the lot of them, they just operate a few levels above us. Park was on his way to another club when we hi-jacked the deal and signed him. So this holier than thou bullshit needs to end.

  70. N5

    I’m gobsmacked that there are Barca sympathizers on here. Barca and Madrid operate on a different level to any other club in the world. Both are wankers for various reasons. Great teams yes, detestable cunts, most certainly.

  71. Marko

    Hey stevey what the actual fuck does hating how Barcelona operate regarding signing players have to do with Wenger. Honestly on this blog sometimes it’s okay to be critical of something without it having to do with Wenger or Kroenke or Arsenal

  72. N5

    No Marko if you hate something else that someone else is doing without objectively getting your own house in order then you are an AKB!!

  73. Wallace

    “The transfer market is for people who don’t want to talk about football. It’s something that bad coaches seek refuge in.”

    – Maurizio Sarri

    sounds like he’s done an excellent job on Koulibaly.

  74. WengerEagle

    Surely Bayern have to rank pretty high up on the cunt-o-meter what with tapping and then snapping up Dortmund’s best midfielder, best striker and best defender all in the space of just 3 years.

  75. Cesc Appeal

    Yeah, how anyone can compare media links and officially talking to a player and his club with what Barcelona did with Fabregas is baffling.

    I will never forget us very nicely offering our training complex to them ahead of the UCL final at Wembley against United and lego hair and mop head taking Fabregas’ picture off the wall and posing with it on Twitter as if to say ‘we finally got him.’

    All class from the Catalan c**ts.

  76. STV

    Stevey

    Wenger, being too obsequious and incompetent, didn’t even demand a good sum than a paltry 32m for a player of his quality.(goes without saying never bothered to replace him as well)

    Also, one phonecall from Ferguson was all that needed to convince him to sell to a direct rival. (goes without saying never bothered to replace him as well)

  77. N5

    Ha ha, he would have made a very fine postman. We did rob the RM of him and I feel we should compensate or at very least just give him back. Also throw a sack in for got measure.

  78. Marko

    Karim Benzema really doesn’t exist in this world does he. Says it’s Deschamps fault he’s not going to the euros. Definitely not him helping to blackmail a friend and colleague so his piece of Shit childhood friend can get some money. Nah Karim you did nothing wrong mate

  79. Red&White4life

    “Equivalent of pissing in your rich neighbour’s swimming pool after he’s nicked your wife.”
    I’ve already done that once.

  80. Bamford10

    I have no idea what formation England have been playing in, but I’m thinking I would go with the below in order to try to maximize the “dangerousness” of your two best goalscorers (Vardy & Sturridge). 4-4-2.

    ___________Hart
    Clyne__Small__Stone__Rose
    ___________Dier
    ____Barkley____Wilshere
    ___________Alli
    ____Sturridge___Vardy

  81. Carts

    Hart

    Clyne – Smalling – Cahill – Rose

    Dier – Henderson/Wilshere – Lallana

    Vardy – Kane – – Sterling

    That will probably be the starting line up. Expect Hendo to lose his place to Wilshere though.

  82. N5

    Hillwood, you can’t tap up a player if you already own them which is what Arsenal did with Charlton. The players all belonged to us and were on loan.

  83. N5

    Frank to be honest I think its a comment that got blown out of all proportion that I just keep bring up for silliness sake.

    He really said this “Sanogo will surprise you, he has not made the headlines because he is not 50-100 million pounds but I am quite confident he will make them.”

  84. HillWood

    N5- I think STV was referring to Barca players approaching Bellerin at the C/L match. I may be wrong

  85. Steveyg87

    “Hey stevey what the actual fuck does hating how Barcelona operate regarding signing players have to do with Wenger.”

    It has EVERYTHING TO DO WITH WENGER!

    You’re pissed that they keep nicking our players. you forget that we actually have to authorise these deals. Wenger refers to himself, not the club, when it comes to transfer, the buck stops with him. what im getting at is that we shouldn’t be looking at Barca as the big bad wolf. We should be beating them at their own tactics. They dwarf us in comparison, we do the same shit as they do, just on a smaller scale. How often did we not exploit the Spanish law of not signing a footballer under the age of 16? Wenger always kept a close eye on La masia

  86. Rhys Jaggar

    My take on current affairs;

    1. Real have the following priority list for strikers:
    i. Robert Lewandowski.
    ii. P-E Aubameyang.

    RL will not go if Ronaldo is still there and no-one has asked Madrid if the same is true for PE_A. Or if they have asked, no-one’s run it in the Press yet.

    So both are potentially available for others if interested. Unless RM ship Ronaldo somewhere, in which case one assumes that all bets are off on Lewandowski.

    Mourinho is running Press stories that Aubameyang is interested in Man Utd – no Champions League, and perfect to stunt the growth of Martial and Ashford, unless he plays a diamond with front four of Martial, Rooney, Rashford and PEA. That would be scary, especially if Utd rediscover the lost art of how to defend…..

    Tuechel, your hero manager, appears to be facing the challenge Klopp faced that as soon as he builds a great team, the lazy big boys raid his larder. Hummels already gone to Bayern, stories now about Mkitharyan and Aubameyang, Gundogan wanted by Pep at City: Tuechel may have to learn the art of spending plenty of money to build a new team. And learn it very fast .Time will tell. At least he can offer Champions League football.

    My take is simple: make big, big offers to either RL or PEA, or both, saying that you have bid for both and you’ll only sign one. Put a time limit on the offer of June 15th and tell them if they come calling again later after rejection by Real that the offer will be lower, as you’ll have been making serious representations to others. £150k a week with bonuses for 30 goals in a season, getting to UCL semi-finals etc.

    As Wenger will be in France, Gazidis should get his contract lawyers on over-drive and just get the deals across the line. If Wenger doesn’t want either Lewandowski or Aubameyang, he’s the winner of the Biggest Clot in Football Management 2016……

    At least if you make big serious offers and they are rejected, you’ve done all you can. Top players are in demand, they may or may not want to come. But making credible offers is what transfer negotiations is about. It doesn’t matter if a few are rejected if some big ones get across the line.

    One thing’s for sure: you don’t get laid if you keep you dick tightly zipped up……

  87. HillWood

    Would love to hear the players telling each other they shoul move to club X when they are together on International duties

  88. Carts

    Eagle

    1) Mustafi /Gimenez
    2) Koulibaly
    3) Manolas
    4) Lucas Hernandez
    5) Murillo

    Nice list. Gimenez and Hernandez are beast in the making. A.M are set with them two.

    Mustafi has come a long way since Sampdoria. I like him too.

  89. Red&White4life

    “Gotze favours a move to Liverpool over Arsenal. His good friend AND FORMER COACH Klopp is there.” – THE REAL TRUTH.

  90. Bamford10

    Louis

    I think Kane is quite good, but I give an edge to Sturridge and Vardy. Both are meaner, more arrogant, more selfish, pacier, and more ambitious. I realize that sounds like a strange commendation, but to beat the best in Europe, this is what you need up top IMO.

    If I had to work Kane into the starting XI, however, I’d go with this:

    ___________Hart
    Clyne__Small__Stone__Rose
    ____Wilshere____Dier
    ____________Alli
    Sturridge___Kane_____Vardy

    And btw, I’d have Barkley in my XI before I’d have Sterling. I think Barkley is more likely to do something in the Euro setting than Strling, who has been singularly unimpressive this season.

    So if I were to change the above at all, I might replace Sturridge with Barkley, like so:

    ___________Hart
    Clyne__Small__Stone__Rose
    ____Wilshere____Dier
    ____________Alli
    Barkley_____Kane____Vardy

  91. Wallace

    Bamford

    “I think Kane is quite good, but I give an edge to Sturridge and Vardy. Both are meaner, more arrogant, more selfish, pacier, and more ambitious. ”

    don’t sgree. Kane’s almost Ronaldo-like in terms of his single-mindedness when he’s got a sniff of goal. might be the slowest of the three, and I think Sturridge is more naturally talented, but in the 5 categories you list Kane comes top in 4 of them, in my opinion.

  92. HillWood

    Bellerin would have been ‘approached ‘ with the Spain squad regardless of the C/L game with Barca. There’s no getting away from it

  93. Carts

    Eagle

    Seems like the rep he has is his aerial defensive ability, based on what Cesc came across.

    I’d much rather my CB require improvements aerially than with one-on-ones. I dunno.

    From a defensive perspective, there are some really good performers out there.

    Seems like the tables have turned a little in respect to defenders v strikers, would you not agree?

    I remember when for a few years there wasn’t a defender even remotely available. But the likes on Rudiger, Koulibaly, Gimenez, Savic, Hummels, Boateng et al are looking top notch

  94. Carts

    I’m not sweating over Bellerin.

    Regardless of what ever is done to him during the euros, Barcelona would have to pay serious bread for him even if he wanted to leave next summer.