Alexis Sanchez is world class and can he please FÍRMALO!

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A lot of people moaning that Alan Shearer said Alexis Sanchez won’t be classed as world class until he’s won a league. Intriguing comment coming from a man who won it for a team that bought the title, then retired to Newcastle for a pretty bland existence. I mean, assuming he’s calling himself world class, maybe you could throw it back at him and say you can’t be classed as world-class if you’ve never won an international tournament… or you can’t be classed as world-class if you’ve only played in one country.

I think it’s pretty hard to call a player who is dropping numbers like Alexis anything other than world-class. 17 games, 13 goals, 6 assists. He’s a fucking monster. He can’t be held accountable for what Wenger gets up to over the next few months.

… also, can someone ask him to sign da ting? Or #FÍRMALO? Can we do that? I’d imagine now he’s all central and a striker he’ll have every megaclub in the land looking at him. He’d be more attuned to Pep’s style and basically anyone who wants a nutter up top who can bang in 25+ goals.

Someone who certainly doesn’t have the air of world-class about him these days is Jose Mourinho. His team dropped another abject performance. Stunningly, he’s not won a game against a top half of the table side since Arsenal in Sept 2015 (LOL it would be us). It’s just not looking good for him. Paul Pogba looks totally lost on the pitch, Mourinho seemingly has no idea how to get the best out of him, watching a player of that talent dropping 71% pass completion rates is pretty sad going.

But look, I can take it if Mourinho is suffering. Watching him reveal his insecurities in the papers and basically tell everyone his personal life is a shit show because of where he lives is kind of the rich comeuppance he deserves… and jeez, how about that little tax evasion thing with CR7? Wow. Who’d have guessed he’s be on that list!

Another leveler happened yesterday as Liverpool spunked a 2 goal lead in 20minutes to little old Bournemouth. Jack Wilshere was in the mix for this, but the young Scot lad, Fraser, was the man who sank Liverpool. Their keeper Karius didn’t help, he looked desperately poor even in comparison to Mignolet. Klopp was pragmatic after, the jist of his excuse was…

‘We were proper pony last year. Now we’re doing well, people are judging us through the wrong lens. We are only good when we’re at 100%’

It was only a matter of time before they dropped points, Klopp is a very good manager, but it’d be a f*cking miracle to get a team that ambitious moving forward, and that dim at the back, to win the league.

Chelsea looks the favourites at the moment, but look, it’s only December. I still think we have to wait to see how Pep’s team looks when they finally start adapting to his super intense  / complicated philosophies about the game. I think it’ll be a 4 way joust between Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and City. I mean, I think if we had another manager in charge, we could go all the way, I’m just not sure Wenger is capable of traversing this side past February… but I’d be happy to be proved wrong.

Everything is rosy at the moment, but it only takes an injury and 3 bad results to be looking down the barrel of a nearly season mashed up with a dollop of glorious failure when we pip Spurs to 4th last game of the season.

Our City hopes are certainly looking much improved… not only do we have a longer rest period of 5 days before we play them (they have 4 days), we also have the added bonus of not having to face Fernandinho (who’d played every minute under Pep) and Aguerro (he good guys, real good). So the ball is in our court a little. I mean, it’s a bit shite that we have to go up there, but I’d fancy us to turn them over if we can avoid conceding during their customary 20minute phase of getting it… and our players turn up and harrass the hell out of their backline.

RIGHT, I am in Alaska this week shooting #AuthenticContent in the wilderness, so I have no idea how connected I’ll be. So BEAR with me, it’ll all be ok.

Have a terrific week, see you when I can!

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193 Responses to “Alexis Sanchez is world class and can he please FÍRMALO!”

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  1. Goonereris

    “I also think not knowing what our managerial position will be next season may be another factor in the percieved uncertainty”.

    It has occured to me too that the players would probably make a decision quicker, if Wenger’s position and/or replacement is made clearer. My guess is they sign the moment he indicates he will stay beyond this season (cue the boos). It is hard for the manager to even let on it is his last season, assuming it is, because the players will not have any motivation to “impress” him any more. Same reason Fergie kept his retirement plans to himself until the league was won. In the early 2000s, he must have noticed how every time he suggested he would retire, performance levels dropped. It is human nature.

  2. China

    John o Shea’s trophy and medal count beasts that of tony Adams therefore o Shea, a large slab of spam, must be the far better defender, right mr shearer?

    What a twat

  3. China

    Maybe if Wenger says he’s stepping down it will dampen performances, it is possible, but I don’t see why

    Players main motivation is to themselves. If they feel they have a chance of winning the league I can’t imagine why knowing arsene is leaving would give them an incentive to take it easy and piss it away.

    Likewise Wenger is the most passive manager ever. He’s kept average players in and around the first team for absolute yonks with zero expectations or pressure put on them. If they know the next manager is waiting in the wings and have any interest in either making the first team under the next manager or securing a massive move away then it does them no favours to play poorly

    I’d say Wenger’s longevity has been one of the main reasons why players have been so half arsed for us over the last decade. There’s always next year don’t worry if we only get 4th this year is the motto knowing the manager and his plans will be identical next year. Knowing the legendary (rightly or wrongly) manager who has invested so much in you for a long time is going to be finally leaving after such a long time finally gives them a reason to play for arsene.

    Arsene gave Walcott Ramsey ox and cohow many years of love. If knowing he’s finally leaving doesn’t motivate them to play for him then these are players beyond motivating by anyone in any circumstances

  4. Dissenter

    The Aguero tackle looked a lot worse on TV than on the field.
    Besides Luiz gives a good as he gets.
    These are south American players who are used to dramatics on the field

    Pep doesn’t have to give them a tongue lashing after the game because he knows that the loss meant a lot to the team.

  5. Dissenter

    Arsene Wenger:
    “The luxury of the modern game means it should be not only about the money,’ said Wenger.
    “Because the players, wherever they play, make good money at this level. I believe, personally – maybe I am a bit naive – that it’s more about getting to meet the players’ needs”
    “That’s about the way the club has values, the way the club has ambition, the way the club respects the players.”

    Yes you’re naive you two faced hypocrite
    He’s making 8.5 million yearly. Doesn’t he understand that a player’s playing career is shorter than a managers?
    These players have agents who pay accountants to do oppo research about Arsenal. They know how much Arsenal have in the bank before they come to the table. The money does matter.
    He needs to ditch his French socialistic wage structure and pay qualidee like City or United would do.

  6. Joe

    Dissenter

    Spot on. And he also makes the most of anyone. No player makes more than him

    If he loves Arsenal so much. As much as he says and it’s about getting to meet his needs. Why doesn’t he take a pay cut and manage for 4m a season. Or 1, 2 or 3 million.

    Hypocrite.

    Players should bow down to him to what he wants to pay him but he can go on collecting 8.5 a season. For failing.

    Laughable.

  7. Alexanderhenry

    As long as we finish top four arsenal will want to keep wenger- rightly or wrongly. Despite this, I have a very strong feeling that this will be wenger’s last season.

    Whatever the outcome is, letting the world know what wenger and /or the club’s plans are would be stupid and irresponsible. Uncertainty off the pitch always leads to uncertainty on it. Look at how it affected man city last season.
    With that squad they should have walked the league.

  8. Wallace

    another clean sheet for Middlesbrough and Calum Chambers. sounds like he’s coming along nicely playing every week under Karanka.

  9. reality check

    GoonererisDecember 5, 2016 18:05:38
    Reality check, so since when have banners and chants affected strategic decision making at Arsenal? Very funny.

    Sorry for late reply. Ok, here goes..

    “Spend some fucking money”

    Ozil £42M

    “Spend some fucking money”

    Sanchez £35M

    “Spend some fucking money”

    Xhaka £35M

    “Arsene, we need a fucking striker Arsene!”

    Wenger (We have many CFs already at the club, we have Giroud, Welbeck, Walcott, akpom and Sanogo.)

    Fans (We need another striker wenger, we need an out and out CF)

    Perez £17M

    The banners and the chanting are doing quite well as it goes…

  10. reality check, .

    Arsenal’s Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 27, and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, want new contracts that match 23-year-old Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba’s £290,000 a week, but the Gunners will not break the £200,000 mark. (Evening Standard)

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has spoken to Sanchez about a move to Etihad Stadium. (El Mercurio, via Metro)

    Hmmmm

  11. reality check

    Arsenal’s Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 27, and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, want new contracts that match 23-year-old Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba’s £290,000 a week, but the Gunners will not break the £200,000 mark. (Evening Standard)

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has spoken to Sanchez about a move to Etihad Stadium. (El Mercurio, via Metro)

  12. Joe

    Yep wenger says it’s not about the money

    But if city, Bayern, real etc can offer you league titles, CLs and on top of that more money than Arsenal(wenger) will pay you, why would stay at Arsenal

    Wenger is delusional. Please fuck off

  13. Emiratesstroller

    Salaries paid to footballers in EPL are fairly obscene.

    On the other hand if you want to recruit the best players you have to be
    competitive with other clubs.

    Ozil and Sanchez are now in their prime and considered amongst the best
    players in the league. Moreover they are fitness wise fairly reliable and play in more games than any other offensive players in team.

    Arsenal’s weakness has been Wenger’s “socialist mentality”. He believes in egalitarism.

    The questions you need to ask is if Arsenal run down their contracts to one year how much will these two player realise in the transfer market?

    Also how easy will it be for Arsenal to replace them with players of similar
    calibre.

    Finally the loss of both players could be disastrous for club. It would send out once again the message that we are a SELLING club.

  14. karim

    So the whole squad has travelled to Basel and Wenger sounds like Alexis is gonna play…

    ” You never know what can happen in Paris. “

  15. Wallace

    ES

    “Arsenal’s weakness has been Wenger’s “socialist mentality”. He believes in egalitarism. The questions you need to ask is if Arsenal run down their contracts to one year how much will these two player realise in the transfer market?”

    I think the socialist wage structure was ditched quite a while back. and while I still think both will sign(I’d read it was closer to 250k than 200k that they’re both asking for) recent evidence suggests if you’re a quality player entering the last year of your contract your value doesn’t diminish much. Hummels to Bayern for £32.5m a case in point.

  16. Emiratesstroller

    Wallace

    Arsenal may be paying higher wages than before, but there is not a huge difference in what we pay Sanchez and Ozil with the likes of Walcott.

    The reality is that clubs like Man City and Man Utd are paying their best players almost double.

  17. Wallace

    ES

    yeah, but Walcott is one of our better paid players. whatever you might think of that. most are on less than 100k.

  18. Carts

    “Roberto Firmino has a €98 million release clause that can be triggered by any club except Arsenal, according to the latest Football Leaks releases in Le Soir. << how true is this"

    That basically means that Arsenal shouldn't bother trying to lodge offers in the region of FIFTY FIVE POUNDS and a pack of Space Raiders

  19. ArseneisaFraud

    Here is an interesting article for you all:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/fc-basel-vs-arsenal-arsene-wenger-naive-believing-money-footballer-incentive-a7457641.html

    On one side you would think Arsene is a total hypocrite when he himself is paid £8.5m p/a and that the club’s ambition seems more about making money than actually winning a title.

    On the other side I am happy to see whether this season we will show the ambition to really challenge and maybe actually win something.

  20. Cesc Appeal

    When you’ve got Walcott on £140 000 a week, players like Gibbs on £65 000 a week, Giroud on over £100 000 a week, perfectly reasonable for Sanchez to demand around £250 000 a week, a lot of people said this is exactly what would happen after Walcott got £140 000 a week.

    Maybe as well, all this Wilshere’s new deal thing, rethink that if we’re penny pinching on a new Sanchez deal. You would lose over £100 000 a week on the wage bill right there.

    Of course as well, the new TV money having inflated transfer fees will inflate wages, Arsenal cannot have their cake and eat it as well, more income will lead to higher expenditure.

    Must say, really not sure Ozil is worth £250 000 plus a week though, Sanchez is. If only one player can get those wages, Sanchez all day long for me.

    Had to laugh though hearing one of the highest paid managers in Europe talking about it ‘not being all about the money,’ he’s on £8.5 Million a year and has justified his post-Emirates status as a manager completely on financial health and money.

    This is a club with one of the highest paid CEO’s in world football as well, the highest matchday income, more cash in the bank than any other side, a club whose fans talk about balance sheets more than any other, if this is not a club all about money, I don’t know what is.

    Gazidis, Wenger etc have bleated on for years about wanting Arsenal to be a megaclub, words are easier, actions are harder, this may be Sanchez’s last massive contract, I would imagine he is not convinced he can win the major honours at Arsenal and who can blame him, he will have City, Juventus, PSG all sorts after him, we need to make him stay.

  21. Jeff

    Cesc,

    There is an upper ceiling beyond which no player will ever be paid. It’s Wenger’s weekly wage. It stands at around 163k pw so even if Messi was at the club, he won’t be paid any more than that.

  22. reality check

    grooveydaddyDecember 6, 2016 01:48:35
    Guardiola’s come out and flat-out denied contacting Sanchez

    And he would.. Because contacting Sanchez would be illegal… And we all know how upstanding and moralistic football is.

    AFC better put the ££ on the table and stop F’ing about. Whether they like it or not. Modern footballers have all the leverage in these situations.

  23. Wallace

    “There is an upper ceiling beyond which no player will ever be paid. It’s Wenger’s weekly wage. It stands at around 163k pw so even if Messi was at the club, he won’t be paid any more than that.”

    you have to smile.

  24. reality check

    Jeff December 6, 2016 08:49:43
    Cesc
    There is an upper ceiling beyond which no player will ever be paid. It’s Wenger’s weekly wage. It stands at around 163k pw so even if Messi was at the club, he won’t be paid any more than that.

    This is the main reason alot of ppl want wenger gone. No matter how much money the club makes. If wenger stubbornly sticks to this outdated and hypocritical view on wages. We’ll never get the truly WC players.

    And on that rare occasion we actually do manage to get a WC player. We wont be able to keep hold of him anyway because he’ll want WC player wages.

    That’s something Arsenal, just won’t do.

  25. peanuts&monkeys

    Bankruptcy of ambition at Arsenal club is just startling. How can a club mngt be so indifferent to results? so indifferent to wins and glory? to trophies? to fans? even to fans? in another club fans would have hauled them over coals. But ArsenaLosers are all elite. They cant cheer, they only clap. They cant scream, they only murmur. They only shyly, tentatively write a harmless poster and quickly tuck that away up their asses. ArsenaLosers!!!

  26. reality check

    WallaceDecember 6, 2016 08:57:46
    “There is an upper ceiling beyond which no player will ever be paid. It’s Wenger’s weekly wage. It stands at around 163k pw so even if Messi was at the club, he won’t be paid any more than that.”you have to smile.

    I hope things change this time wallace. I truly do. I hope Wenger pays up and proves us all wrong. But please name me ONE PLAYER in Arsene Wengers entire arsenal career that earned more than him at Arsenal? Please… I want to be wrong.

    http://www.totalsportek.com/money/arsenal-player-salaries/

    From everything we’ve heard and read over the years. Wouldn’t you agree, this list is pretty close to what would be the truth.

  27. Rambo Ramsey

    The way Arsenal are run/ the policies they entail really makes you faceplam sometimes. All this bs about how paying one or two players significantly more than others would lead to discord..what World are these people living in I wonder.

    I mean, if dross like Wilshere et al find a problem in accepting that they are half as important to the club as Sanchez, then they should be told to fuck off, let them leave in search of other clubs that would pay them 90-100k per week.

    Can’t pay Sanchez 200+ thousand but can spunk 70-90k on jokers like Welbeck and Debuchy whose contribution to the club comes to about the square root of fuck all.

    Disgraceful man management.

  28. Jeff

    Reality,

    Sanchez may have been offered 165k (according to that link) but by the time he signs a new deal, Wenger will have also signed one which will probably take him to something like 180 – 190k, so Sanchez still won’t be earning any more than Wenger.

  29. Wallace

    reality check

    Wenger’s been at the top of the game for 20+yrs now, so you’d expect him to be making very good money. I think it does make for a slightly strange situation if some of the players are earning more than the guy who manages them, but that’s just football. and also, there may well be a clause in Wenger’s contract whereby his salary will automatically be adjusted to match whatever the best paid player at the club is earning. but I think it’s ludicrous to suggest we won’t pay Alexis or Ozil more than 163k per week because that’s what Wenger earns.

  30. Jeff

    ” I think it does make for a slightly strange situation if some of the players are earning more than the guy who manages them”

    You have to smile.

  31. Goonereris

    Realty check, if you truly believe the chants and banners were responsible for those player purchases, then I daresay, you have very little respect for the club’s known ideals and assume you, somehow, wish the club to do well while the owners and management team do not wish the club well. That’s such a supercilious disposition, it is even more laughable.

    Prior to the Emirates outlay and before the advent of the “sugar daddy” involvement in club ownership, Arsenal has always paid top dollar for the best players; the club had that period when it had to spend wisely and promote from within, promising it will be over after 2012. So, suggesting the chants were responsible for the gradual build up of superstar footballers in the team is so arrogant and condescending. If Arsenal only listened to and heeded chants, tweets and comments to make such strategic acquisitions, I won’t support this club because, frankly, fans know diddly squat about how to run a football club for the Long term.

  32. Goonereris

    Reality check: From everything we’ve heard and read over the years. Wouldn’t you agree, this list is pretty close to what would be the truth.

    So, if that is correct, why persist with this line that Theo is on £140k a week? He is not, but it makes the point for you, so you go ahead anyway, to make him look the more undeserving. Our longest serving player, leaving aside what you may think of his output…