January exit stories gathering pace: Here’s what could be behind them

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Peter Hillwood’s mouthpiece – The Daily Star – is running with the big story that Arsenal are weighing up selling Mesut in January so they don’t have to lose him in the summer on a free. Kind of absurd if you ask me, I mean, why is that penny dropping now?

My issue isn’t shifting him on, it’s more the worry that we’ll move him onto a club we’re at least loosely in competition with. As much as I’m fully over the Mesut experience, I’m pretty certain he’d perk up almost any frontline heading into the final stretch of the season. He’s wasted at Arsenal, but he’d probably be pretty handy under someone like Mourinho who knows how to get the most out of him.

We’ll see though. Mesut’s fitness has been a constant issue during his career at Arsenal (as in, strong start, lethargic end) and he’s consistently been nullified in big games. Could just be an Arsene issue, but then again, Santi Cazorla doesn’t have trouble, and nor did Cesc when he played for us. Mesut seems to be a lot of effort for a player who parted the red sea and is rumoured to have a more buttoned-up plan to colonise Mars than Elon.

My guess? He’ll still be with us in February. The only way he’s leaving in January is if there’s serious breach of trust, or he’s on a massive go slow. Not to mention it’s hugely risky for  a player to move to another club so close to a World Cup when you’re late twenties. Also, I just can’t buy that he’d be unprofessional. German’s aren’t really that way inclined, and I’m not sure Ozil is that type of man.

There’s also a lot of talk about Sanchez going to PSG. Really struggling to see what value that deal offers? PSG are already in trouble with an FFP they’ve completely shat on, so I’m not sure how they’d be able to convince anyone another £300k a week on the wage is within the rules.

UNLESS: CORRUPTION

We really are in trouble next summer. Basically no keepers. We’ll lose £100m of talent in Mesut and Sanchez. If Jack comes good, which is a long shot, he could go anywhere he wants for free. We’re also heading into the last year territory with WELBZ and Ramsey. You have to say, it would make next to ZERO sense for either of those two to sign on at this stage. Good business sense would tell you Arsenal are a club with no leverage. As a player there is always the opportunity to move to a club in better shape, alternatively, you could do a Theo and earn a deal you don’t deserve by putting Wenger over a Pulp Fiction pawnshop basement barrel.

‘You ok, Arsene’

‘No Ivan, I’m pretty fucking far from ok’

‘What now?’

‘What now? Let me tell you what now. I’m gonna call a couple of hard pipe-hitting super agents to go to work on the contracts here with a pair of pliers and a slightly above average salary range.’

“You hear me talking, Aaron? I ain’t through with your deal by a damn sight. I’m gonna get medieval on your weekly.”

Onto a sunnier shade of news, Xhaka and Cech fancy have popped their Xanax and are in good spirits. The Swiss said this:

“We are into our stride, and we have the top of the table back in our sights.”

“I am happy with things. I am a regular for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, and I want to progress still further.”

Good on yah. Our keeper had this to say.

“We said after the Liverpool game that the only way to bring everybody back on board was to work hard and show our attitude and work ethic through our results and performances.

“We’ve been doing so, especially at home. We feel like we’ve won the fans back to our side, and hopefully we can keep them happy as long as we can.

“Every fan has the right to say if they’re not happy, but as players we lead the way and our fans are supporting us home and away. This is great to see.”

I mean, we are back in our stride, winning games we should be winning and not losing games. That’s lovely. Such a shame we don’t prepare properly for the season, even worse that we know the routine. We’ll beat Everton in a few weeks before they sack Koeman, then we’ll have our backsides handed to us when Pep G destroys us.

The only slight advantage I see this season is Wenger’s commitment to using the League Cup and Europa League as an opportunity to freshen the legs and minds of second stringers and kids. That’s pretty smart. If we can keep our starting 11 fit all season, there’s a very good chance we could break into the top 4, which is about the extend of our ambition if you ask me.

Finally, Lacazette is taking it upon himself to scout out players and tap them up.

‘We are very good friends and have lots of fun. Our nicknames for each other are Griezzy and Lacaz.

‘If Griezzy visits me in London, I’m going to ask him to sign for Arsenal!’

Cuuuuuuuute. Someone wrap those two in a bow and take a picture. I can’t imagine the Arsenal conversation would last too long… a bit like when a recruiter calls and asks if you want to go client side at a Barnsley insurance brokerage. Still, it’s the thought that counts and if you don’t ask you don’t get.

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109 Responses to “January exit stories gathering pace: Here’s what could be behind them”

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  1. DM

    Thanks Boomslang. I won’t be around until next week now (possibly will be tomorrow but def not the other days) so it’s all yours!

  2. Bankz

    The club is a joke.
    Since January it’s been obvious either Òzil or Sanchez was going to be renewing their contracts.
    As much as I want Özil out(been saying he’s been overrated,at least in his spell with us since 2015),not cashing in on him was a really daft decision.
    Refusing a whooping £60million for Alexis this summer was a more stupid decision.
    They would never spend a day more with Wenger than they have already been contracted to do.
    They’ve discovered their spell here has been more of a regressive move than progressive.
    We all love our great club but not one of us would advise their siblings or sons to continue with Wenger if we had them in persons of Özil and Alexis.
    I won’t miss Özil one bit but that doesn’t change the fact that he knows and we know, with his talent he’d have walked into bigger clubs than ours and won or at least challenged for bigger trophies in the last few years

  3. Bankz

    DM you’re going for one of your spiritual vacations again?
    Could you stay a little longer this time, I really aim to create a new record here soon

  4. DM

    Bankz – not going anywhere per se (other than Manchester, to my wife’s family), but it is a Jewish festival from Weds night until Sat night, and then the same again the following week, so you got plenty of time to beat my 71!

  5. Emiratesstroller

    Pedro

    PSG are overloaded with forwards. Where would Sanchez play in starting lineup if you are going to accommodate Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe?

    PSG are in fact top heavy. They spend vast amounts of money on forwards, but
    have rather neglected midfield and defence.

    My view is that neither PSG nor for that matter Man City need Sanchez. He might be a destructive influence at both clubs.

    What Arsenal need to do now is focus on rebuilding our team and show some
    ambition in transfer market starting in January. Personally I would be more disposed to doing a swap of Draxler for Ozil. PSG do not have a top class AMF
    on their books at moment.

  6. Wallace

    unlikely that we sell Ozil in Jan, but not impossible if he’s finding himself on the fringes of the team in a World Cup year.

  7. Frankie Coffeecakes

    Arsenal will do nothing in January, unless forced to through the inevitable injuries to the obvious cast of characters. People seem to forget, this is Arsene Wenger we are talking about, the most predictable man in football.

  8. raptora

    “We’ll beat Everton in a few weeks before they sack Koeman, then we’ll have our backsides handed to us when Pep G destroys us.”

    I’m not so sure about any of it Pedro. Koeman has got the better of Wenger time after time so a visit there could be just what Everton need. We save Koeman’s job then we get home wins vs Norwich in League Cup, Swansea in EPL and Red Star Belgrade in Europa followed by a loss vs Man City away.

  9. Leftsidesanch

    By my reckoning, next summer Arsenal at bare minimum would require a top goalkeeper, a centre-back (Kos isn’t getting any young or fitter), a defensive midfielder, CAM and a Winger just to undo the mess of a summer we had this year and to replace Alexis and Ozil.

    Now given that Wenger doesn’t like adding more than 3 players for stability/remaining bank balance (delete as applicable). You can see that it’s not going to be a pretty summer.

    Signing that buffoon on was one of the worst sporting decisions I’ve seen in my life.

  10. westlondongoon

    So now, if we are looking to offload Ozil, what happened to Wenger’s ‘ideal situation’ bollocks?

    One problem with this scenario though, in order to make a sale surely there has to be a buyer? No one came in for him last summer, so why would they in the next window when they can just get him to sign a pre-contract and take him for nothing next June?

    The only way I can see a sale is if he is completely frozen out by Arsenal, threatening his world cup place – then he’d get his agent on the case to find him another club; the downside for him, obviously, would be that he’d have to accept a lower wage than he’d get if he left on a free.

    The club is a mess; the owner, the board, the CEO, the manager…it needs a total restructuring. I’d love to know what Wenger’s plan is to replace all these players who are getting to the ends of their careers/contracts in the next 20 months. Ramsey was right, it is a shambles.

    Despite all this, I do think that we’ll get back into the CL places for next season, simply because 4th or even 3rd spot is there for the taking. Chelsea will miss Morata for possibly the next 2 months and don’t have cover, Liverpool’s defence is laughable (even though we couldn’t get past it), and the points that Spurs are dropping at Wembley wont even see them apply pressure this year. The two Manc clubs look a different proposition this season.

    The real questions will be asked once injuries start to kick in for everyone, and that’s where being in the weaker EL (and playing 2 different teams) will play into our hands; the longer our rivals stay in CL the better.

  11. Park Chu-young's left testicle

    Pedro:
    Also, I just can’t buy that he’d be unprofessional. German’s aren’t really that way inclined.

    Wikipedia:
    Özil is a third-generation Turkish-German, who, in reference to his game, concludes, “My technique and feeling for the ball is the Turkish side to my game. The discipline, attitude and always-give-your-all is the German part.”

  12. Bamford10

    The Mirror reported that AC Milan were interested in Alexis for the January window. That makes more sense than PSG, who have plenty of attacking players.

    As good as Alexis is, I’d consider selling him. I think we can finish fourth without him and I think we could use the money from his sale to buy a useful player or two.

    I would sell Ozil in January in a heartbeat. We can definitely finish fourth without him and we could use the money.

    We must sign players in January, though.

  13. Leftsidesanch

    I agree Bamford,

    Unfortunately, Wenger puts himself and his beloved “values” before the team’s needs. Someone who has been so vocal in closing the Jan transfer window will most likely drum up any excuse not to sign anybody in the window.

  14. Park Chu-young's left testicle

    Knowing Wenger he will sell Sanchez and Ozil and buy a ‘Kallstrom’ and/or give youth a chance.

  15. GoonerInNY

    Frankie Coffecakes

    “Arsenal will do nothing in January, unless forced to through the inevitable injuries to the obvious cast of characters.”

    And even then Wenger wouldn’t do anything in January. Remember, he thought broken back Kallstrom was the answer to an injury crisis

  16. Dissenter

    The Legrove “experts” who wanted Sanchez kept at all cost in the summer are now asking for him to be sold for a pittance in January.
    Why on earth will the player leave in January on a restrictive contract when he wait for May 2018. He can go out on a free transfer with more wages and a mega sign-on bonus?
    We have zero leverage right now, absolutely nothing to force the player to leave. They can talk to foreign clubs come 1/1/18, announce their new contracts and start a pre-world cup holiday in London.
    Virtually EVERYBODY here wanted Alexis kept in the summer. Is he winning the league for you this year?

  17. Park Chu-young's left testicle

    Out: Sanchez and Ozil
    In: Lemar and Draxler

    Simples.

    Although why would players of the calibre of Lemar/Draxler come to deteriorate at the Emirates.

  18. gonsterous

    our player love to praise themselves when they beat weaker sides. the only performance they can be proud of is against chelsea. beating west brom, Bournemouth, doncaster and Brighton should be a certainty. Only the results were positive, the performance was average…

  19. Park Chu-young's left testicle

    Out: Sanchez, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott, Wilshere, Ramsey, Debucy, Xhaka etc.
    In: Lemar and Draxler

  20. Leftsidesanch

    Yep, always wonder why they’re so quick to release interviews highlighting how we’ve turned a corner by beating opposition that you’d expect us to beat. It’s never over a sustained period of time either, all it takes is a 3-4 game decent run and the usual suspects are out crowning us as “Back to our best”.

  21. Bamford10

    “FC Barcelona will go on strike in protest against disturbing scenes during Sunday’s independence referendum. The entire club will remain closed while all players, except those away on international duty, will not train or play.” – The Mirror

  22. Paddy got bored

    Good post Pedro
    I guess your taking the proverbial by saying Ozil could go on a go slow???
    If he did no one would notice!!!
    EIE
    The lot out

  23. Park Chu-young's left testicle

    Ozil has two speeds. Slow and slower. We’re constantly told that he covers ground though?!

  24. Leedsgunner

    There is a way we could revitalise the squad and get our world class start interested in giving their best for AFC again… even sign new contracts.

    Sack Wenger.
    Hire Ancelotti/Tuichel/Nagelsmann.

    If we want the players to show fire and ambition the club needs to show ambition.

    In extending Wenger’s contract, do you know what the club basically did? It chose to hit the snooze button. To think we have to go through another two seasons of “Will he won’t he,” is disgusting and completely self serving.

    We often hear that no one is bigger than the club. Let’s put that into action.

    Sack Wenger. He is the reason why our stars are refusing to sign their extensions
    for us.

  25. raptora

    FC Barcelona could have went on a strike in their last La Liga game in the midst of all the police and government repression by not playing the game. That would have meant that FC Barcelona is refusing to play a game that La Liga refused to postpone and would have lead to a punishment of taking 6 points off of their tally. FC Barcelona proved that not losing 6 points and winning 3 means more to them than the “police terror” going on around them. Winning La Liga is their number one priority above humanity and in the end suddenly they don’t want to be part of it and could potentially join even the EPL ?!?!?!

    Game should have been played with their supporters at the stadium. Let them wave banners, show their desires, show a united Catalonia, show that you are much more than a football club. Be the expresser that your people need. Instead they locked the door on their people and decided to take the easy way.

    Since I’m not living in Spain and I’m not that deep in the things, if someone has a more informed, first hand knowledge, please share it. I could be very wrong in my opinion. It will be interesting to know.

  26. Emiratesstroller

    Dissenter

    As I said I would hold onto Sanchez until end of season unless we find a top class replacement. Arsenal’s focus until end of season must be qualify for Champions League and not disruptions in transfer market.

    However, if we are going in for Draxler I would much rather propose a part exchange involving Ozil. PSG are not flush in the midfield department.

    Anyway I suspect Arsenal will hold onto Sanchez and Ozil until end of season.
    There is now no logic that any leading club will pay a transfer fee + the massive wages they will be demanding when they can acquire both on Bosman.

    Arsenal need to focus on a rebuild in January and Summer transfer windows
    and will have to bring in at least 5 new players before start of next season.

  27. Park Chu-young's left testicle

    If Catalonia won independence from Spain wouldn’t Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona have to leave La Liga?

  28. Park Chu-young's left testicle

    Catalan sports minister Gerard Figueras last week said Barcelona may be able to play in another country should the region achieve independence from Spain.

    “In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the (English) Premier League,” he said.
    ____________________

    Farcelona.

    It seems Barcelona what to have their cake and eat it! Surely they should play in the Catalonian League. What if every team got to choose what league they played in. Wenger would opt for the Belarus League – but would still struggle to make the top four.

  29. Bamford10

    Agree that Barcelona’s stance here may be a little insincere, opportunistic. Pique’s, on the other hand, seems sincere.

  30. Leedsgunner

    I suppose better late than never but if we wanted Draxler we should have approached PSG after they signed Neymar. They would have wanted to recoup some money quickly then… and we might have obtained Draxler for a decent price. Unless UEFA/FIFA hits PSG with a massive fine or a prolonged transfer ban (unlikely).

    I hope the rumours of Walcott leaving are true… if there was a player that defined underachievement he would be the face of it.

  31. Leedsgunner

    *… Unless UEFA/FIFA hits PSG with a massive fine or a prolonged transfer ban (unlikely) they are not under any pressure to sell their stars on the cheap.

  32. Bamford10

    Park

    Theoretically. But they might be able to develop a two-country league set-up. I don’t think independence is going to happen, though.

    World socialist revolution will occur first. 😉 High time for the international working class to stand up and get rid of this rotten socioeconomic system and social order. Wenger out, capitalism out.

  33. Elmo

    Can we stop talking about Sanchez and Ozil being saleable assets.

    The players will reap by far the greatest reward by signing a pre-contract in January and running their current deals down. Why would they throw away millions and millions by agreeing to move under a paid transfer at this point? Any transfer fee paid will represent money directly out of their pocket. Their agents will be telling them to wait; their families will be telling them to wait; other clubs will be telling them to wait; why take a huge future pay cut just for 5 months’ playing time elsewhere?

  34. Dream10

    Southampton French supporters club tweeting there is rumour that their club is interested in signing Theo Walcott this winter

  35. Leedsgunner

    If Southampton would go for it, Theo Walcott plus cash for Van Dijk would not be a bad deal. Although I think Van Dijk was completely overvalued in the summer… £50m? Lol… that just completely driven up by Liverpool who was desperate for him.

  36. Marko

    Don I’ve realized there’s no real point in debating or arguing with you because you’re that rigid and stupid so instead I’ll just call you a moron and move on cause life’s too short. You’re an absolute moron…there done and done

  37. Rambo Ramsey

    Don October 3, 2017 12:21:58

    I’m telling you Jack wilshire is up there with the best central midfielders in modern football.
    Pogba, verrati and wilshire for me are the 3 best in that age group.
    Who else is there?
    —————————–

    Oh fucking hell, my sides… Hahaaa, my sides.

    Finally a worthy competitor for Redtruth!

  38. Steveyg87

    “Oh fucking hell, my sides… Hahaaa, my sides.

    Finally a worthy competitor for Redtruth!”

    You upset your boy Ramsey isn’t getting a mention? Providing he keeps fit, I’m inclined to agree, Rabiot should be in there too…

  39. Marko

    I could eat you alive mate and I have done several times.

    Are you kidding me you’re an obvious laughing stock mate give it up you haven’tbested anyone you moron. Also this is playing nice you’ll notice no homophobic slurs directed at anyone

  40. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘You upset your boy Ramsey isn’t getting a mention? Providing he keeps fit, I’m inclined to agree ‘

    You are in great company then, pal. How is it over there in cloud cuckoo land?

  41. Micheal

    Don:
    Literally every young man in Ireland with anything to offer the world has left for Australia, Canada or England except the layabouts and alcheys. Even the simpletons.

    No one trying to have a sensible discussion would say anything so clearly fuckling stupid.

  42. kristoman

    Pogba and wilshere in the same sentence? Taught I will never see day. My bad. Please keep on delusions, it’s fascinating. Keep it up.

  43. raptora

    All of the regarded names have won multiple titles and cups. Their contribution to winning trophies has been huge. Jacky boy has contributed for not a single trophy in his 10 years in English football. Not a single one.

    Players like the “shit” Ramsey has been working their socks off, have had big hands in all of the trophies we’ve won in the past 4 years, just to get leveled with the ground once a certain cripple plays 3 games in a row vs pub teams. That certain player was busy drinking and smoking while other players have been quietly doing their job. For years! Last year he is beyond terrible, zero glamour in his play, 0 goals, 2 assists, cannot dictate any game, being a sub quite a few times for a bottom 5 team but no. He is a top 3 player in his age bracket. Dunno if I should laugh or cry.

  44. Rambo Ramsey

    Mmmm, playing matches and showing your quality on a season to season basis is overrated. Don’t need that shit to become one of the best player in modern football.

    Pato is one of the best strikers of modern times.

  45. Don

    Raptora

    You but kroos in that team and he will look mediocre
    Got to play to a players strengths
    You wouldn’t take a Ferrari off roaring would you? So how can you expect JW to perform fully at Bournemouth??

  46. Redtruth

    Don

    No one can serve two masters, for either he: will hate the one and love the other; or else: he will be devoted to one and despise the: other. You can’t serve both God and Mammon.

  47. Rambo Ramsey

    Don claims he hates socialist policies where lazy or unfit people sit their way to easy money. Yet his lady love Jack Wilshere epitomizes an example of stealing a living.

  48. Micheal

    NO WORK!!!
    the only ones left are useless

    Ireland has one of the fastest growth rates in the European Union. The rate of unempoyent is at its lowest for 9 years.

    Sorry there are big words in this response.

  49. Rambo Ramsey

    Ancelotti has decided he needs time off before re-entering management. ‘For the next ten months I will rest, I will not coach any team,’ he told Sky Italia.

  50. Marko

    Like I said. I was just debating you

    But you weren’t debating me you dumbshit. You keep saying Wilshere’s our best midfielder and one of the best in the world but with fuck all evidence outside of a couple games many years ago. And that’s all you’ve got to argue with which is frankly pathetic so what’s the point you’re clueless. And the only Irish people left in Ireland are simpletons and alcoholics? Well someone quick tell Apple, Google and Ford to get out proper quick the Irish economy is dead some thick cunt on an Arsenal blog who still rates Wilshere and Wenger said so.

  51. Marko

    Like the hard border that’s about to be put in place. Good news if you ask me. Be harder to visit relatives but it’ll keep the riff raff away from uk

    Spoken like a true cunt. What about your own riff raff Don who’s to blame for them?

  52. Marko

    Didn’t like that Marko did you?
    It’s true.
    Only the lazy fecks and the useless are left after the mass exodus post recession.Wilshire is our best midfielder
    If you had brains you’d realise that and get out of Dub sham

    Hard evidence for sure there Don. You said it. Wilshere is our best midfielder because…. and Ireland’s full of idiots and alcoholics. I mean a person could say a fair bit about the fuck ups with the brits but I don’t like to paint a whole country with the same sort of prejudice brush that’s not me I’m better than that. I can only speak to you your opinions on football are pretty stupid really and you’re world view is pathetic to say the least. But hey that’s ok as long as you’re happy

  53. London gunner

    Don

    You xenophobic fool you are beneath contempt. To stereotype a whole country as alchs and layabouts is just the most idiotic le Grove comment of all time.

  54. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    For the harmony of the squad wenger should drop ozil n Sanchez from the first team …

    Then he would galvanise the squad

    Do it soon tho those two cunts will chomp at the bit for game time an beg to be sold in Jan

    Then refuse

    Lose money gain respect

  55. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Don

    Malik get friends again fella,

    You can’t coat nations with the same brush as one occasion you know about …

  56. freddylekgunner

    The only way to galvanize the squad is by winning games and competing with the best, won’t be surprised if some players changed their minds and extends.

  57. London gunner

    Pedro

    Can we ban Don. If he said what he said about a country full of black ect it would get him a ban. Should be the same for a predominately white country aka Ireland.

  58. freddylekgunner

    R.S.P.C
    For the harmony of the squad wenger should drop ozil n Sanchez from the first team

    I don’t agree with this, if they are in form and can contribute positively why drop them?

  59. Otto von B.

    Park chu

    Özil does indeed 2 speeds but they are slow and stop (rather than slow and slower)

    Leeds
    Re your suggested Wenger replacements, good shout, but you have overlooked Walrus face Kronke and the fact that any of the 3 you mention might actually want to invest heavily to try and win something, whereas Stan has got AW by the barbichette because he (AW ) cannot imagine being out of football. Moreover the main kpi for his business is revenue generation not trophies. Wenger stays till he keels over or Stan sells to an ambitious owner.

  60. Goobergooner

    Don
    You were doing so well for you, still annoying but the debates and convos werent as bad.
    Then you had to ruin it.
    Well in son

  61. Emiratesstroller

    The story has emerged yesterday that Kroenke wants to buy out Usmanov.

    That would be a concern for most supporters, because of Kroenke’s lack of
    investment in the team since he took control of the club.

    Apparently the ASP are opposed to this idea and some of the media suggest that they have urged Usmanov not to sell. The problem there is that Usmanov is at moment impotent in decision making of the club, because he does not have seat on Board and also receives no Dividend.

    His only route to either option would be to go to Court supported by minority
    shareholders on basis that their interests are being depressed financially. That
    is clearly not case according to latest accounts. The problem is that lack of football performance is not justification for removal of shareholder and board.

    This brings us to statements about lack of transparency if the club is wholly owned by offshore individual or business plus the potential of leverage if
    club assets are used to finance purchase of shares.

    There is of course always a risk that this might happen, but that is down to the FA to set rules to prevent that happening. Manchester United is in that position, but it does not seem to have impacted on the club’s investment in team or
    performance.

    Lack of transparency if Kroenke owns the club is unlikely to happen on four
    counts.

    1. Kroenke runs a large business empire, which will always need finance. Banks and Financial Institutions do not like lack of transparency if they lend
    money.

    2. Arsenal is not a small business. Transparency of accounts even in a private
    company will be required showing annual turnover, proper information of
    expenditure as well as disclosure of assets and liabilities.

    3. In any event I doubt that the FA will allow Arsenal to operate in English Football if there is not proper transparency in the way the club is run. There have been too many cases in past to allow that to happen.

    4. Finally Kroenke if he were to buy the club would as owner rather than controlling interest take full responsibility for the performance of club and lack of investment in team. No-one else can be blamed if the business fails to perform.

  62. Don

    And let’s just set the record straight
    Marko and I were having a relatively friendly discussion.
    Marko then decided he would start to antagonise and began name calling. Thick cunt, moron bla bla

    I said there was no need to start the bull shit
    So he got a bit back.
    So let me reiterate, my dad is Irish
    I’m over there every year visiting relatives
    I’m not anti Irish. Just wanted to wind Marko up a bit as he was being needless rude and antagonistic

  63. Rambo Ramsey

    Pedro, you did a service to Don by deleting his comments. They should have been left as such, so that every reader can see and judge Don for the gutter level person that he is.

  64. raptora

    “That would be a concern for most supporters, because of Kroenke’s lack of
    investment in the team since he took control of the club.”

    I’ve posted the net money we’ve spent over the last 5 years, also the salaries we are paying. The sums are not as high as of the Manchester clubs, but they are very, very similar to the Chelsea ones, way higher than the ones over at Liverpool, and mountains ahead of the spuds’. Spending as much as we did didn’t stand in the way of Chelsea winning the league twice or the dwarfs Leicester once in the last 3 years.

    Kroenke’s huge problem is that he is that he is okay with prolonging Wenger’s reign. In his mind probably after Wenger there will be a lot of tough decisions to be made and he decides to not deal with it, leave Wenger at work and be happy with not having to deal in any way with the club. He is probably aware that once Wenger is gone a lot more will depend on his decisions and if he is not up to the task, fans will look at him for our misfortunes. I am not sure that he is not ambitions. I rather think he doesn’t want to get involved that much in the important decisions that any involved owner has to make.

  65. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘Enough with the childish insults now.
    Grow up man’

    Coming from the man who trashed an entire nation because of his frustration with one person. Or is it the self confessed troll? I don’t think you are quite aware what grown up behavior looks like.

  66. Goobergooner

    Rambo, who is your favourite player? Either Arsenal at the moment, bar Rambo and Sanchez, or of all time.

    This goes to anyone really haha

  67. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘He is probably aware that once Wenger is gone a lot more will depend on his decisions and if he is not up to the task, fans will look at him for our misfortunes. I am not sure that he is not ambitions. I rather think he doesn’t want to get involved that much in the important decisions that any involved owner has to make.’

    If didn’t want to deal with it, he’d look to sell. Not buy more shares and take his stake to 97%. Nope, Kroenke just has a misguided view on what sporting success entails. Where do you think those ‘values’ shit come from?

  68. Rambo Ramsey

    Gobergooner, currently-Kolasinac, the lad is a breath of fresh air. Over the last five years-Cazorla, no explanation needed I think.

  69. Don

    i didn’t trash an entire nation did I? Just the dregs
    Also i was winding him up
    Funny though, when Liverpool are called the bin dippers this is somehow acceptable?

    Wreaks to high heaven of double standard
    Absolutely wreaks

  70. raptora

    RR,
    Wenger has been proclaiming the “values” shit before Kroenke. He might be looking for 1. Popularity (cause if it wasn’t for being an Arsenal owner I wouldn’t have known a bull for the guy and the same goes for the masses in Europe I reckon); 2. Money; 3. Bragging rights.

  71. Goobergooner

    Don you cheeky prick

    But yeah Rambo I agree, kolasinac has been that breath of fresh air. Caz is the man though. I’ve been a big fan of taco Monreal. Just seem to love the bloke. More so probably because he got rid of Gibbs as a starter. Good to see his replacement (for lb) is an absolute beast. I don’t actually mind him in the back 3, would definitely prefer a specialised CB though. With him and Kos getting on and what not.