The nasty one lands | Big money offer on table for Spaniard | Dutchman on way back?

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Well, the nasty one has landed in Salford and he’s already talking like a monster.

“I prefer to be more aggressive and say we want to win. What is playing well? It is scoring more goals than the opponents, conceding less, making your fans proud because you give everything and you win. It is everything at the same time. It is an aggressive approach by myself. I want everything. Of course we are not going to get everything but we want to.”

Mourinho is looking at next season as a potential championship winning opportunity. He’d be right, I mean, if he lands Pogba, they’d be looking very good. Van Gaal didn’t have a terrible squad over there. They’ve invested a bucket load of cash into the side, they just played terribly under a manager well past his prime. They also don’t have the Champions League to worry about. Jose also had jibes at the ready for Arsene Wenger.

“There are some managers … the last time they won a title was 10 years ago. Some of them, the last time they won a title was never. The last time I won a title was one year ago [with Chelsea], not 10 years ago or 15 years ago, so if I have a lot to prove, imagine the others. But the reality is that was never important for me. I play against myself. That is my feeling many times.

“I feel I have to prove not to the others but to myself. I would never be able to work without success. That is my nature and I have always to find the reasons why I have always many questions towards myself and the people working with me. That is my nature. I could approach this job in a defensive point of view by saying the last three years the best we did was fourth. I can’t go – it is my nature.”

Thing is, like before, you might find the comments in poor taste, but it’s hard to disagree with them. Mourinho has a pot of money to spend this summer. You know he’ll spend it. He’ll address the weaknesses, he’ll work out a way to pour gold onto the strengths and he’ll probably make some sort of odd power play… like selling Rooney to Derby, just to show the squad who the boss is. He’ll do all of that pretty rapidly as well.

Wenger won’t. We’re over a month into the transfer window and we’ve signed a striker with a pretty average goal scoring record in pretty bang average league, and we’ve landed a Xhaka. Don’t get me wrong, the Swiss looks like an excellent signing, but be fair here, we are way more than one signing away from being able to mount any sort of challenge.

There are no rumours swirling around Arsenal, which usually means there’s not a lot going on. We’ve lost out on Vardy and Mikki who turned their noses us at us. Now what? Are we in a tough spot? Are we truly going to bust the bank for Morata? Or are we sharking the prime meat cuts that drop out of the big clubs after they splurge… or in Madrid’s case, before they splurge?

All I know is that we’re not powering through our summer. As usual. The aggressive ‘get it done quickly’ stance has not come to bear fruit again. Then you read around what other managers are saying, how they’re rallying the troops… and then you see Arsene Wenger is on French TV talking about Brexit. No seriously, that’s what happened…

“I spoke with a lot of financial analysts and not a single one of them knows exactly where we are headed. From a political perspective, England has lost its leader and at the moment she does not have another. This instability is worrying. Today, the English are in the dark on a political level. Europe could also falter.”

“But, in my opinion, it is overwhelmingly in the long-term that there are questions to be answered. The way in which England will leave the European Union will dictate the future of the Premier League. If the league becomes less attractive, the broadcasters will offer less money for the rights, club revenues will decrease and the Premier League will suffer the consequences. There lies the problem.”

There will be those that purr about ‘how wonderful it is to have a football manager who can follow the news and ask pertinent questions about the future of our economic wellbeing’… and there’s me, who wishes he’d focus on the task at hand, get his arse back to London and start acting like an elite manager.

Talking of elite managers, *cough*, Claudio Ranieri might be bringing Robin Van Persie back to the UK in a shock move. I mean, it’d be great to see what he could do, he’s what, 32 years old? I mean, same age as me and I can still run the 100m in 10seconds. I still wonder what Robin could have done for Arsenal last season when we were in that goal scoring hole?

The player I cleverly scouted yesterday for you all, Gabriel of Palmeiras, has decided he wants to stay in Brazil for one more year. His agent has done his job, raised his boys profile, so expect a BIG money move next year… that likely won’t be to Arsenal.

New Bayern Munich teenager Renato Sanches is facing Kanu like questions around his age. Ex coach Guy Roux reckons he’s more like 24 / 25 years old as his birth certificate was dropped years after his birth. That’s funny if true. The most expensive teen of all time is actually not a teen.

Don Balon, famous for absolutely nothing, reckon Arsenal are going to offer Morata at £144k a week. We might also be able to offer him Premier League tax breaks now we’re on the march to Brexit. I do wonder, much like Wenger, whether players agents consider the issues the pound is facing over the foreseeable when negotiating with their players?

Milan are being sold to Chinese investors for about £350m. So expect them to start dishing out PSG like sums of money to become one of the greats again.

… and that’s about all I have today? Have a great day and good luck to the Welsh this afternoon!

536 Responses to “The nasty one lands | Big money offer on table for Spaniard | Dutchman on way back?”

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  1. Cesc Appeal

    RP

    I did think that when I typed it! Just send Wenger the footage of everyone knifing Jon with some sort of suggestive comment like ‘just sign a f*****g ST you bellend.’

    Then get arrested as no one has a sense of humour anymore.

  2. Cesc Appeal

    Arteta pictured leaving a restaurant with Guardiola after plotting the City revolution, if you went out to dinner with Wenger guaranteed it would be a Maccie D’s close to Colney and you’d only be allowed something off the saver menu.

  3. Bamford10

    Cesc

    No, Wenger likes to spend when he goes out to dinner. Don’t you remember the remark he once made at a press conference? He said: ‘It is not that I don’t like to spend. Come to dinner with me sometime.’

    Basically his frugality only applies to football. When it comes to himself, he splurges.

  4. Dissenter

    The GoT enthusiasts,
    I expect that Jon is going to get an emissary (Tyrion Lannister) from Daenerys for a strategic partnership by marriage. The king of the North is exactly the person you want to marry if you were a renegade Dragon princess.
    Bran will show up just in time on the eve of the wedding to deliver the news to the lovebirds: they are nephew and aunt after all.

    This will be after they’ve done some premarital shagging.

    The dragons of Daenerys are going to be ineffective against Jon anyways.

  5. Dissenter

    Arteta doesn’t make Pep better in any way.
    He’s heading to city to learn. He’s a glorified intern.

  6. Bamford10

    David Cameron is apparently blathering on about the mistake of sending soldiers into battle without the proper equipment when the real issue with the invasion of Iraq is that it was an illegal war of aggression launched on the basis of lies.

  7. Alexanderhenry

    Mourinho has always spent big. In fact he’s spent more than any other manager over the past ten years at least.
    You would think he would acknowledge the fact that he’s had access to more money than any one else and show just a little humility. No chance.
    Even after his cowardly and scandalous behaviour at Chelsea last season, and the club’s subsequent and rather pathetic capitulation, the ‘ no longer special one’ is as arrogant and spiteful as ever.
    To try and pick on wenger is just foolish. Everyone knows that wenger has had a fraction of the resources mourinho’s had. If would be more relevant to try and criticise guardiola but mourinho won’t do that because it will only highlight the fact that pep is a more respected and more popular manager.
    I actually think it’s going to be a lot tougher at man utd than most people think. Let’s hope they fail spectacularly.

  8. Relieable Sauce

    If Sissoko get his dream move to Arsene-al he will have no reason to play well in the televised games anymore.

    Arsene loves some low hanging fruit.

  9. seg

    “Wenger’s not involved in the negotiation process btw. It’s just Dick Law and a couple others. Wenger actually does his job by identifying and talking with the player and his reps. The financials have nothing to do with him”

    This is highly improbable.

  10. Bamford10

    Alexander

    Simeone and Klopp have had a fraction of Mourinho’s money as well, but he doesn’t pick on them either. Why? Because they are fucking winners, manager as intent on winning as he is.

    Mourinho is an arrogant prick, but he does know an empty fraud when he sees/hears one, and Wenger is that.

  11. STV

    Arsene Wenger quick stats:

    AS Nancy 3 years, Sacked, 0 Winning percentage: 28.98%

    AS Monaco 7 years, Sacked, Winning percentage: 48.87%

    Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 years, Broke contract, Winning percentage: 47.62

    Arsenal 20 years, not Sacked Winning Percentage: 57.1%

    Quite possibly the most overrated manager in history.

    PS: I have always respected my contract lol.

  12. DivineSherlock

    Bamford

    Empty fraud ? Lol . The only who gets found out as fraud is Mourinho . Sacked in a tine period of 3 years everytime . how long is he going to last at ManUtD ?

  13. STV

    Devine:

    After Porto Mourinho managed Chelsea Inter Real and Man Utd. Sacked from Chelsea and Real after winning them 4 league titles collectively.

    Wenger sacked from Nancy and Monaco and only big club managed to date is Arsenal for which this appointment happened in clubs most unfortunate time n pl era.

    Wenger is definitely a fraud maybe not empty.

  14. Cesc Appeal

    WE

    That’s where I think bin that lot you mention, sign a couple of players, Mkhitaryan would have been great, but now say Draxler, or Gotze or somewhere and then also a player like Sissoko, opportunistic as he has one more year on his deal and greatly strengthens the squad as a whole.

    Lose four, gain two but you’ve gained in terms of performances. That’s how I want to see things being done at Arsenal.

    What’s the betting though most if not all of those are still here next year? Maybe Gnabry goes on loan.

  15. DivineSherlock

    STV

    See that’s what I dont get , Everytime someone questions Mourinho . His achievements are paraded out . You forgot the eye poke , calling the Physio a whore . Thats how he behaves professionally . If ManUTD weren’t that desperate , they wouldn’t have even touched him .

  16. Marko

    So Spanish law says anything under 24 months is a suspended sentence so unsurprisingly another rich man will not be going to jail for tax evasion.

  17. WengerEagle

    Cesc

    It’s just frustrating mate, it’s not like they’re a bunch of kids but they’re given the protection of teenagers.

    Theo is 27 ffs, Ox is 23, Campbell is 24, Gnabry has to be at least 21.

    How many more years will it take before they’re rendered surplus to requirements?

    Theo has had 10 years, Ox has been here for 5 years now, same goes for Campbell.

    Are any of them better players now than when they arrived?

  18. WengerEagle

    It tells you all you need to know about Mourinho the man that United passed on him in 2013 in favour of Moysie.

    Great manager sure but there’s a reason why he’s not deeply respected or admired by his peers.

  19. Romford Ozil Pele

    Eagle, you evil man!

    Tbh you’re right though. None of them are really any huge losses. Could easily bin four and acquire two. Or bin four buy one and promote one. Lot more younger, intelligent players like Iwobi in the reserves. Ox would be the only one I’d keep but he’s on last chance saloon for me

  20. STV

    No I don’t Divine,

    He’s a despicable person on a pitch and press. I don’t pretend What he said about Wenger is wrong. But he shouldn’t have said that in public.

    Also I think his sacking has lot to do with his personna.

    Feud with Abramovic in the first Chelsea tenure,

    Feud with Casillas,Pepe and general failure in squad management at Real.

    Dressing room unrest, behavior towards staff in the second tenure at Chelsea.
    You know despite this he’s loved at Chelsea Inter and Porto. Real Madrid was too big for him.

    His antics are entertaining for public but for the club supporters must be hard to take.

    But let’s not pretend he’s not among the best managers today regardless.

  21. Marko

    And yes it’s frustrating as fuck we’re buying 3 million pound 21 year old players and giving trials to a pointless keeper instead of competing with United for Mkhitaryan or Chelsea for Koulibaly or Kante. Sure the money and this signing on fee and that signing on fee yeah let’s forget about trying but stick with Walcott for another year on 100,000+ a week. Hey let’s give Gibbs and Jack another extension for good measure

  22. Romford Ozil Pele

    Mourinho will be on his best behaviour this time. Well he has to be anyway because United won’t tolerate the shit Chelsea let him get away with. And I think his recent experiences would’ve humbled him. Well it needs to have done for his sake anyway. Saw his press conference yesterday, lol mans always firing shots at Wenger. He craves that stability AW has but will need to mellow down if he wants a job for the long term.

  23. STV

    I don’t know Romfird the beginning haven’t been promising.

    Saying this is not a ‘dream job’
    Slight dig at Rooney
    Huge dig at Wenger.

    He orchestrated the departure of Giggs correct steps IMO. But some Utd fans slight I ssue with..

  24. Marko

    Mourinho humbled? Who are we kidding the guy is a cunt and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. You just know eventually he’ll manage Portugal and be taking pop shots at the expense of the Andorra or Lithuanian manager

  25. DivineSherlock

    STV

    He is the one of the best solely by the records. But why can’t you see the difference , his record is because he is a selfish person, no matter what he says about Chelsea . He only loves himself . Do you think he will go to Porto or Inter now ? Never . Because their financial situation isn’t good enough to buy his way out. Chelsea is a bridge he burned last season . And look at the state of the club when he leaves. I know that you guys might not believe it but Wenger loves Arsenal . Do you imagine him at any other PL club ? I know hes probably overstayed now and he should leave . But Hes a Legend and Mourinho will never be that.

  26. WengerEagle

    Romford

    I used to see huge potential in the Ox mate, on paper he has some terrific attributes namely his explosive speed and power over short distances, his dribbling ability and despite his dreadful goalscoring record, he’s got decent shooting technique unlike Wally or Wally.

    But when is enough with the chap? He’s 23 now and he’s shown absolutely no improvement regarding his technique or production n the field.

    Draxler is the same age and suffers from inconsistency himself but fuck me, he’s light years ahead of the Ox.

    I don’t particularly like his general attitude either. Comes across as too much of a messer that doesn’t take his footy as seriously as he should. I just can’t picture him staying behind a couple of hours in training and working like a dog to improve himself .

    I think that he’d get on better with the Aston Villa boys than a young Cristiano Ronaldo/Cesc Fabregas.

  27. Cesc Appeal

    WE

    Agreed.

    But you know how it goes, their names will be brought up to highlight the incredible depth of our squad, they will rot here for another few years before being shipped out on the quiet.

    I still struggle to understand the Walcott deal, he’s been next to useless for us for nine years out of ten, yet we bump his wages up to be close to our top earners on a long contract? Just don’t understand it, it was always unlikely he was going to turn into a good ST.

  28. DivineSherlock

    Ox is a really curious case , last season was the perfect opportunity for him to show what he can do . Injuries still affecting his performance maybe .

  29. Romford Ozil Pele

    Eagle, yeah old habits die hard man. I still pull for the lad but I won’t cry any sleep if he was to be sold. Yeah you can definitely argue that he could be sold. You’d get a lot of money for him too. But yeah you look at him and wonder when it’s gonna work together considering he has a lot of stuff going for him. Iwobi coming in and showing good intelligence really didn’t regret well on a lot of the other wide players at Arsenal.

    I think Draxler definitely has more star quality and is a matchwinner on his day while Ox still doesn’t even know his best position either.

    From what I’ve been told he’s a good lad who’s directed well. His dad keeps him grounded but yeah you do wonder whether it’s all gotten a bit too comfortable at AFC. I think a loan would be good for him to get him out of this environment because from what someone told me at the club a lot of these guys have fallen behind Iwobi.

  30. STV

    Devine Sherlock,

    Wenger really loves Arsenal that’s not a secret. But he should have put his personal feelings second to what’s best for the club.

    What you say re. Mourinho is fair. But a man worked at IBM wouldn’t go back to AMD.

    Maybe he would be back to Porto or Inter after some time I don’t know. That argument can be said against Pepe, Ancelotti too and they all are among the best.

    Bigger money bigger challenge plain and simple.

    At Arsenal Big money, small challenges.

  31. Cesc Appeal

    Rumours are Klopp is eyeing Lacazette, but will likely wait to until Benteke is sold to make a move.

  32. Cesc Appeal

    RP

    Agree completely.

    Loan for Oxlade has to happen this season, it will do him no good being at Arsenal for another year, mollycoddled, in and out of the squad with injury, no direction from the manager.

    Give him to someone else, maybe a Bilic type, would answers questions about him and his character then, maybe some about Wenger as well if there was some drastic turnaround in his performances.

  33. Romford Ozil Pele

    CA, yeah a West Ham/Evertom/Southampton would all be good moves for him. They’ve all been interested in buying him for £25m+ in the last year so a loan would suit. Two of them have European football too.

  34. Cesc Appeal

    RP

    Yeah, West Ham or Everton for me, West Ham because of Bilic, Everton because Koeman is there now and the environment might be about to become very competitive.

    Somewhere where the manager will whip him into shape, somewhere he cannot be carried or hide, where he’s expected to contribute. Right now he’s sort of stealing a living at Arsenal, £60 000 a week for doing next to nothing, even when he is fit.

  35. steve

    “But Hes a Legend”

    Lol yeah sure he is.

    “Ox is a really curious case , last season was the perfect opportunity for him to show what he can do . Injuries still affecting his performance maybe .”

    Or maybe he’s just shit?

  36. WengerEagle

    Romford

    See that’s the issue I have, we have Iwobi already and by all accounts this Willock kid looks ridiculous, should we not be giving these boys a crack at the whip rather than persisiting with the perennial disappointment that is Ox?

    I’m not sure how it can be justified giving a player that’s literally stagnated for at least a couple of years now yet another season to ‘prove’ himself.

    We could probably get a nice 20 million fee for him now, Id just sell and replace with quality.

    Far too many of our players are in their comfort zone here tbh, WAY too relaxed an atmosphere at the club.

  37. Romford Ozil Pele

    CA, agreed on Ox.

    Think Benteke is going to Palace lol. Would be surprised if Sturridge left. Injury prone yes but immensely important when fit, won’t find many better. Plus you have origi and Ings to compensate for him if injured, Firmino too. They have options. Good ones at that as well. That said if Sturridge ever became available, we should definitely get involved. Worth having him here, even if he only played 50-60% of games.

  38. Romford Ozil Pele

    Eagle, yeah agreed. Like I said I wouldn’t be opposed to selling. Willock is definitely a talent, prefer him to Jeff who other Arsenal fans cream themselves over. Plays like a combination of Ribery and Nasri. Head always up. Only downside is that he’s slyly frail physically compared to Iwobi who is a year older but as we’ve seen already up to the pace of first team football.

    You’re right in the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Need some new faces to shake it up more than anything too.

  39. WengerEagle

    Salah the lad that Chelsea loaned out to Fiorentina/Roma before the latter bought him for example is a much better player than the Ox, only a year in the difference.

    He’d Swan dive into our first XI.

  40. Marko

    WE pretty much on the money about everything there lad. Oxlade and the excuses of injuries are fully exhausted at this point. Either loan him and put him in the last chance saloon or sell him.

  41. Rambo Ramsey

    Bruh, Jon Snow’s not gonna sit the Iron throne and ‘live happily ever after’. he doesn’t belong in the world. once he serves whatever purpose R’hllor has in in mind for him( killing the Night’s King mayhaps), he’s gonna rest in peace.

  42. WengerEagle

    Romford

    That’s a nice combination haha, if he can even become half the player that Robert did we’ll be laughing.

    I have a feeling that Nasri will pull off a Ben Arfa in that he has one more big push in him that could see him shine at another side possibly in France even. The talent has never been in question, it’s all in the lads head, if he can sort himself out like Arfa did then who knows. Running out of time mind at 29.

    Yeah Pjanic joining Roma is like handing them another machine gun while Roma and Napoli are still fighting the good fight with pistols.

    Keeping Nainggolan is big for them though, such a shame about Strootman too.

    They badly need a striker as Dzeko was pretty average and was only on loan anyway.

    Don’t we all need a CF.

  43. HillWood

    The Ox will never amount to anything at Arsenal. Wrong attitude will never be coached out of him by Wenger.. I thought Joel Campbell did well when he had a run in the team last season

  44. Rambo Ramsey

    “Far too goody goody, just lacked those ruthless leadership qualities that you actually see more in Sansa.”

    wait, what..? Sansa and leadership in the same sentence? lmao

  45. Romford Ozil Pele

    Eagle, Haha here’s hoping. Don’t wanna hype him up too much but the lad is an insane dribbler with good end product so here’s hoping.

    Nasri used to be my favourite player when he was here. Talent was never in doubt but like you said it was all in his head. And when Cesc left he took the easy way out as well because that totally screwed us over creatively. Think Pep may take a shine to him mind.

    Yeah I couldn’t believe it. Thought Pjanic would end up at Barca/Real, not at a direct rival FFS! It may be Juve preparing for Pogba’s sale. Nainggolan will stay though. El Shaarawy being bought, along with Caceres. Hopefully zabaleta to follow. Need more firepower up top. There’s a good talent called Leandro Paredes coming through though so watch it for him. Yep Roma definitely need a striker though Spalleti is like Pep in the sense that he likes his false 9. Totti nearly scored 40 goals as a line CF in 2009, was so elite.

    RE KD, so snaky bro! Very sneaky and it’s like he’s taken the easy way out just to get a ring and success. That said, dude has been grafting for years and wants to win. Can’t blame him. As a child you dream of winning a ring so it’s an elite move and he gets to play with Curry, Klay and Green. GS are gonna be so fake next season it’s unreal. Bet they acquire even more fanboys lol

  46. WengerEagle

    Romford

    Same, his goal va Porto in the UCL is still up there as one of my all time favourite goals, in 2010/11 he was a beast for us which is why it left such a bad taste when he jumped ship in the summer along with Cesc. Was the death of Wengerball and tbh our playing style since has never recovered.

    Yeah El-Sharaawry was on loan there from January to the end of the season and he did quite well. Looked such a talent a few years back, think he scored 15 Serie in like 4 months of the 2012/13 season but an injury set him back, didn’t do much at Monaco so here’s hoping he can return to form. Scored 8 times in just 15 matches for Roma so he’s looking like he’s getting back to his best. Still only 23.

    Caceres is such a weird player in that he’s a very decent defender but he just bounces from elite club to elite club, was one of Pep’s first signings at Barcelona. Not sure what age he is now but he couldn’t be far off 30 if not older.

    How they wish that Totti was 10 years younger, sad seeing such a legend nearing the end of his career.

    Yeah wasn’t impressed by KD at all, it’s not like OKC were miles off, they were 3-1 up against the Warriors themselves and they choked it, he was part of the reason that they didn’t win. He had a monster beside him in Russ and a decent set-up that were capable of challenging for a Ring, I know that they were fast becoming yearly chokers but look at MJ, didn’t win a Ring until he was 27 and was smashed around the place for years by the Pistons. He didn’t ever bottle it and join them, instead he grafted and made the Bulls a force themselves.

    People will compare it to Lebron’s move to Miami but IMO it’s different. Le-Bron’s Cavs were nowhere near as good as OKC are and he was joining a team that hadn’t came like 3rd in their own conference, KD is joining a juggernaut that was a few points away from winning back-to back Rings after completing a record smashing Regular season with 3 of the top 10-15 players in the NBA in Curry, Klay and Green.

    What do you reckon happens to Russ btw?

  47. Rambo Ramsey

    “Arya is the real MvP anyway. At least that internship in Bravos did her some good.”

    I wonder what path she’ll choose to walk on. South to KL for vengeance or North to Winterfell for love. She’s walking a fine line.

  48. gonsterous

    CA

    Theres having a Sense of humor and then there’s just plan murder 😀
    But I see your point !!

  49. S Asoa

    A lot of talk about potential of Ox and Ramsey. And finally a desperate solution to sell this one and that one. Guys Arsenal the Club has already lost it’s shine even for average players like Vardy . Wenger is now in a dread to approach any Quality player ,so you’ll can expect bodies like that jap non entity.
    Players like Ox and Ramsey have regressed because of Le Imbecile, Specialist in 4th place Failure.
    If anyone is to be Sold it is Wenger who should be given off free.
    Wenger Out