Konstantinos Mavropanos, a low-key signing to kick off the new era

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The… ‘oh please pipe down’ award this morning goes to The Independent for trying to craft a story of outrage about Arsene’s comments after he was asked what he’d have done if Chelsea scored.

“I don’t know, maybe I would have gone home and committed suicide tonight.”

The tabloid that masquerades as a semi-broadsheet is really trying its hardest to land a sucker punch on an under-fire manager by calling up mental health charities to land a clickable hot take on why he was such a bastard for an off the cuff remark. I’m not Logan Paul-ing here by any stretch – like many of you, I’m personally invested in mental health issues that have impacted my life… which is why this sort of nasty cheap journalism is so abhorrent.

It’s an embarrassingly poor attempt to lean into internet outrage to get more advert impressions, against a man who is spectacularly attuned to culture compared to most in sport. I mean, let’s be honest, a failed attempt. The people gave it a whopping zero comments, and only 36 shares (‘London cocaine delivers quicker than pizza’ landed 20 times more shares).

Terrible content game.

Onto more substantive topics.

SVEN MADE HIS FIRST SIGNING.

Sure, it’sAsano levels of low-key, but who cares. This is how big clubs work. Top scouts raid the unexpected places to land opportunities. Will Konstantinos Mavropanos make it? It’s going to be tough coming into a club where you’re not really coached, but look, at least he’s Sven’s signing. He’s huge, he’s young, and you never know.

Konstantinos Mavropanos

Konstantinos Mavropanos. Handsome. I mean, elite.

Welcome to Arsenal regardless.

There’s a bit of a nothing story on Sky stating Auba of Dortmund is our first choice replacement if Sanchez leaves. I have trouble believing this mostly because he’ll be expensive, we know he wants Milan and you’d imagine we’d want our money to go further than a megastar because we’ll be skint-ish based on losing potentially two of our main stars.

Or will we? The Soccerex Top 10 clubs was FINALLY revealed.

1. Manchester City

2. Arsenal

3. PSG

4. Guangzhou Evergrande

5. Tottenham

6. Real Madrid

7. Manchester United

8. Juventus

9. Chelsea

10. Bayern Munich

Would you look at that, Arsenal sitting in 2nd. Here’s how it’s calculated.

“The Soccerex Football Finance 100 also takes into account the value of clubs’ players, their fixed assets such as stadiums and training grounds, the amount of money they have in the bank as well as net debt.”

Soooo what have we here? Proof that the club has been having us on when they bitch about being skint? Kind of. We don’t need to spend like City to compete, but it does show that if we want to blow £200m one year, it’s not beyond us. We’re rich enough to deal with a big investment.

The important thing you need to remember though is this: We don’t want Wenger spending that money. Our manager turned down signing Kante because he thought Xhaka and Coquelin were the future.

His issue isn’t that he doesn’t spend enough, it’s that he spends badly and doesn’t know how to coach players anymore. Chambers isn’t a bad player, he’s just not taught properly. Holding should be way better than he is now, but he’s regressing at a club that doesn’t value education. AMN could be the real deal, a centre midfielder for us for 10 years, but he’s going to have to educate himself if he wants to attain Kante levels of hero.

I assume the club know the state of play. We’ve missed out on some unreal players over the past three years for absurd reasons. We’ve also signed a lot of talent that’s gone to shite. We just need to sit out the dross of Wenger then the club will find the promised land.

Finally, a lot of chat about the Eden Hazard penalty. I can’t abide by it. The foot touching his foot was highly contentious. Contact in football isn’t illegal. He’d have never won the penalty if he didn’t simulate the fall. Simple as that. If you have to simulate contact, it’s not proper contact, is it?

Also, the VAR opponents highlighting how video reffing in sport has killed the game. Please, it’s such a backwards notion to fear trying something more accurate because there might be problems.

There is nothing pure about bad decisions. It doesn’t bring any joy. It’s also a false notion that shitty decisions keep the play moving.

Give me an extra 10 minutes on the game for more accurate results over the pain of being stiffed on bad human decisions any day of the week.

This really bland notion that Sky Sports spoil fans because of their incredible HD replays is so maddening. Like debating decisions is somehow a new thing. English fans are still bitching about the Hand of God. Germans are still talking about 1966. English fans are bitter that karma denied them in 2010. I’M STILL FURIOUS ABOUT STEPHANE HENCHOZ DENYING HENRY. Debating decisions isn’t a new thing. No fan enjoys getting fucked over by bad officiating. At the core, what sort of masochist doesn’t want a rightful outcome in sport?

The Premier League sells because it’s fast. As long as the FA and the Premier League are working together to push more efficient decision times, we’ll be good.

Right, I believe that’s all I have for you. See you in the comments.

 

379 Responses to “Konstantinos Mavropanos, a low-key signing to kick off the new era”

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  1. Marko

    Madness how AC Milan can spunk €175 million in one transfer window and be virtualy as shit as there were just the season before.

    Yeah I kind of had a feeling they’d still be meh. Thought Kessie might do well but Calhanoglu (spelling?) wasn’t going to sort out their creativity and Kalinic? What was that about? I’m assuming Andre Silva will eventually come good though. Will say though that Donnarumma kid is the absolute bollocks in goal

  2. Marko

    Him and Falcao had one season together starting at Atletico and had they had more who knows how more successful they could have been.

  3. WengerEagle

    Marko

    I’m surprised that Calhanoglu has done so poorly, rated him at Leverkusen but yeah, he was never the most creative. He will improve I think though and he’s still relatively young at 23/24. Will never be elite but is a quality CAM on his day, his FK ability has deserted him though.

    Kessie is good and he’s only a kid, just turned 21, again he deserves more time.

    Kalinic is your Serie A case of a Robbie Keane, very decent CF but not a prolific club goal scorer (Keane smokes him internationally) and out of place when moved up a level in club because they’re aren’t comfortable being ‘that guy’ and all the pressure that it brings.

    Andre Silva doesn’t wow me personally, looks decent but doesn’t have that X-factor imo.

  4. Don

    Marko and Bamford

    Might I suggest less if the personal attacks? If a throwaway comment about the city I live has you both foaming at the mouth then perhaps just don’t comment?
    You’ve both (at times) asked me to be civil towards posters, which I am being right now so I’ll refrain from wiping the floor with you both but any more of it and I’ll have you both

    Marko

    You were ok last night. Why have you all of a sudden become so resentful and childish? If I (as a Londoner) despise Tony Blair and his immigration policy then. That is my view point and I’m entitled to it. It doesn’t affect you at all. If you really adore opening your doors to the world the by al means Open them and invite the third world into your living room
    Otherwise shut your ignorant sham dub mouth
    You know nothing of the upbringing I’ve had or the struggles I’ve faced in London
    You’ve sat all comfy in Dublin totally ignorant to the greater world.
    Mind your business

  5. Don

    WE

    I’d be happy if we won it too and it was stinger as the UEFA cup but In it’s current form I think pure right. It hasn’t been stronger
    Which would make winning the tournament an even bigger achievement in most people’s eyes
    All the best bud

  6. Marko

    20 Serie A goals now for Immobile, 4 today alone.

    He’s been highly rated for years but was so poor at Sevilla

  7. Marko

    I’ll refrain from wiping the floor with you both but any more of it and I’ll have you both

    Hey dickhead I was being civil I said this is an Arsenal blog and why not take the offensive shit elsewhere. And you know it was going down that road

  8. Marko

    You know nothing of the upbringing I’ve had or the struggles I’ve faced in London
    You’ve sat all comfy in Dublin totally ignorant to the greater world.
    Mind your business

    Tough was it Don? All Johnny Foreigner’s fault was it

  9. Don

    Marking

    Like I Said mind your business you uselss dub sham.

    I said nothing nothing towards you thicko.
    You deliberately targeted me. Man I bet you would be so Gobby face to face.
    Even from our little chat last night I can deduce that you know nothing of your own country let alone the wider world so keep your mouth shut and stop exposing your limited knowledge of the world

  10. Don

    Another bob Geldof type dub hypocrite. Stay put mug. All the decent lads left Ireland to work. You’re part of the bottom of the barrel

  11. Marko

    Even from our little chat last night I can deduce that you know nothing of your own country let alone the wider world so keep your mouth shut and stop exposing your limited knowledge of the world

    Barely said anything and you get triggered. Also you comment on how bad things are in Ireland but the second someone argues with you about Britain it’s becomes mind your business. Classic right wing. Fair enough mate. Damn those pesky foreigners

  12. Don

    Marko

    If you really want to discuss Britain then I’m happy to oblige but I doubt you have he capability or that the rest want to read it
    Why don’t you Just try and back off?
    I’m not looking to argue. I didn’t attack you. I made a throw at comment about Blair and his legacy band for some reason you felt the need to defend it.
    Why? I’ll never know but this is me drawing a line in the sand and declaring that I’ll drop it if you just fuck off but if you keep it up then I will destroy you and your less than informed viewpoints

  13. Marko

    You deliberately targeted me. Man I bet you would be so Gobby face to face.

    Targeted you? I responded to you you’re on a blog. You see dumbo if you kept your idiotic shit to yourself people couldn’t comment on it. If you didn’t flaunt the fact you’re a xenophobe and a racist then no one would comment on it otherwise how would I know. Also I’m pretty sure that you’re old so I’d fancy my chances face to face. Look let’s just keep it Arsenal okay with our wonderful French manager

  14. Don

    Tr7

    I’ve never encountered a more racist bunch than the Irish
    Believe me. I’ve grown up with them.
    They believe in nation states when it comes to Ireland yet sign their lives away to the eu. Lapdogs

  15. Don

    Lots of people make comments about people like tony b
    How often do you take umbrage? You want to have these exchanges marko. You wouldn’t bother otherwise.

  16. Marko

    Marko Do you believe in the concept of nation state?

    A nation state is one that contains one not several nationalities… TR7 I don’t care where you’re from or what you believe as long as you treat people with respect and kindness (when possible). The idea that Britain should just have British people in it and America is just for Americans seems contradictory considering there’s Irish American people and Italian American people and British people who are from India and British people who are from wherever. You know it seems like bullshit to all of a sudden hate people from wanting to live in your country when for god knows how many years prior to that your ancestors and whatnot did the exact same thing

  17. Don

    The idea that Britain should just have British people in it and America is just for Americans seems contradictory considering there’s Irish American people and Italian American people and British people who are from India and British people who are from wherever.

    Marko
    Tell me once when I’ve declared a thought even close to that sentiment?
    I don’t believe that. My best friend is Indian. I just don’t believe that Tony Blair had the right to invite a city the size of Nottingham into our country without the say so of his constituents.
    Thad not racism. It’s common sense.
    There is only a finite amount of space in London or on an island the size of Britain never mind the cultural and infrastructure implications

  18. Marko

    . I made a throw at comment about Blair and his legacy band for some reason you felt the need to defend it.

    Listen idiot all I said was keep it Arsenal and go to one of those far right wing websites if you wanted to talk that shit. That’s all and I said it for this exact reason because you were going to end up filling the comment section talking bollox. I’m not trying to convert you I don’t care about you shut up with the nonsense is all. Also shut up with the nonsense about having me and the likes of bamford it’s ridiculous some of the football insight you come up with.

  19. TR7

    Diversity is like spices in a food. If sprinkled in a measured way it makes the food very tasty but an overdose of it ruins the taste of the food. Every nation reserves the right to decide how much sprinkling of diversity it can comfortably deal with. One should not throw around words like racist on these grounds. Every nation has limited resources and it has the sole discretion to decide who it wants to use those resources.

  20. Don

    Never mind the fact that the third world is trying to escape the third world yet they’re bringing it with them
    Our beautiful European bridges are now covered with blockades
    They are setting up safe zones in Berlin for women
    Mein Kampf is now a bestseller in Germany over the last 12 months and has been in turkey for years
    This is not a coincidence.
    The Jewish population of malmo have had to leave due to aggression from a certain demographic
    Tell me that’s right

  21. Marko

    Tell me once when I’ve declared a thought even close to that sentiment?

    I was responding to TR7. Don stop will you. You were wondering earlier about why this place is a graveyard sometimes well it’s because of situations like this and people like you

  22. Don

    Marko

    Haha
    Me the idiot?
    You actually defeat your own points on here regularly
    You are hand down the stupidest poster on le grove. You calling me an idiot is like Stevie wonder questioning your eye sight

  23. TR7

    Marko

    I am saying many a times such decisions are economic or strategic, not based only on hate.

    Forget people from different nations, even in the same country proliferation of people from hinterlands to cities causes so much distress to natives of those cities simply because those cities just can’t deal with such a surge of population. And it’s that distress which over a period of time converts in to anger and then in to hate.

  24. Marko

    Every nation reserves the right to decide how much sprinkling of diversity it can comfortably deal with..

    Very true TR7. Also I don’t like throwing around the word xenophobe or racist either but you get the sense with some of the opinions he has on immigration and some of Jewish barbs he directs at Bob suggests a pattern you know. But again if a person keeps that stuff private then we won’t be having these conversations

  25. Don

    But again if a person keeps that stuff private then we won’t be having these conversations
    Those comments were a continuation.
    My only comment was about Blair opening the floodgates
    I’m happy to discuss it but I wasn’t targeting anyone marko
    My Jewish comments come from a place of personal gripe
    And if bob wants to use terms like English dog then he should take the response and he has
    It’s you that chooses to virtue signal and feign outrage like some white knight

  26. Marko

    Never mind the fact that the third world is trying to escape the third world yet they’re bringing it with them. They are setting up safe zones in Berlin for women

    All by himself see. And I suppose r@pe didn’t exist in Berlin before they let Johnny Foreigner in

  27. Redtruth

    Cup ‘a bonus’ for Burnley
    Sean Dyche has stated why he wants to rest a few key players today.

    “I think the fans may be more understanding of that approach than the media suggests – although I can understand why that is said,” Dyche added.

    “In pure business terms the welfare of the club revolves around being in the Premier League. Fact.

    “Anything else is a bonus. But it doesn’t mean that as a player when you get on that pitch you don’t want to win. It doesn’t affect that. But the finance and kudos of the Premier League, and what it means to this area goes way beyond that.”

    Lol lol lol

  28. Marko

    Me the idiot?
    You actually defeat your own points on here regularly

    Yes you the idiot. Wenger is still a good manager, welbeck is good he brings out the best in others, Xhaka is better than Pogba, we don’t need to bring in defensive signings, Jack Wilshere is a great player these are some of the perlers off the top of my head you’ve said. Basically you’re not defeating anyone in any Arsenal debates cause you’re deluded really

  29. Marko

    I am saying many a times such decisions are economic or strategic, not based only on hate.

    Yeah TR7 that doesn’t explain some of the Jewish insults he makes towards Bob or that time he got banned for going off on someone with gay insults

  30. Don

    Marko

    Of course it existed but not to this extent
    Since when did liberal Germany have to set up safe zones? Since merkhel
    But shhh
    We can’t say why or who caused his societal shift

  31. Marko

    It’s you that chooses to virtue signal and feign outrage like some white knight

    Feign nothing I don’t care in the slightest I was just pointing out a pattern of racist type behaviour

  32. Don

    Marko

    What Jewish insults? Out with it. You mean pray for Israel??? Is that racist?? Does that offend you??? Sorry but I’d consider that a humanitarian sentiment.
    The same bob that called us English dogs?
    Do me a fucking favour

  33. TR7

    Don

    The problem is people (and I am not referring to Marko here but everyone including myself ) nowadays very easily and very often put labels on others which really reduces the scope for any constructive dialogue on contentious issues. I am right to the center and I easily hurl words like apologist around, similarly people on the left easily hurl words like racist around. It’s even more difficult to discuss political issues on internet as it’s easier to typecast and hurl abuses to anonymous people. I learnt this lesson the hard way on Le Grove a couple of times :p
    I stick to football now, couldn’t help myself barging in this time around though.

  34. Marko

    My Jewish comments come from a place of personal gripe
    And if bob wants to use terms like English dog then he should take the response

    Do you notice as well Don that when we argue I usually hit you with idiot and dickhead but you bring up my irishness much like you have to bring up Bob’s Jewishness. Just another example of a pattern

  35. Dissenter

    Don
    Stop spouting your pseudo intellectual bigoted viewpoints.

    Pedro
    You better put a lid on this insistence on extreme political views on Le-grove because this is not the appropriate media. There is a Breibart UK website for this type of talk. . It’s not healthy but that’s all Don wants to do every single day.

  36. Marko

    To be fair Red we only feign interest in the FA Cup until the latter stages and then we take it seriously if we’re still in it. And also because we’re not interested in competing for the league title

  37. Don

    Tr7

    Not a problem mate
    Your contribution was measured and polite. Fair play
    I agree. Too many mindless platitudes are dispensed these days and marko is as guilty as anyone of this
    Why shouldn’t I wish Israel well? Is that “racist”? Why shouldn’t I respond to bob and his English dogs comment? Far more xenophobic than anything I’ve said yet marking leaps to his defence.
    Fucking joke of modern society
    Be abused but don’t retaliate. Well sorry. I have two balls dangling between my legs and I’ll respond. Bob or Mario wouldn’t have the minerals to talk like this face to face, I’ll guarantee you that

  38. Marko

    Since when did liberal Germany have to set up safe zones?

    I can imagine the types of websites you went to to read about the safe zones. I’m sure it’s all legitimate and true

  39. Don

    Dissenter

    These aren’t extreme views
    What mentioning that Germany has to set up safe zones??

    Woooo
    How controversial. Relating the truth

  40. Don

    Dissenter

    These aren’t extreme views
    What mentioning that Germany has to set up safe zones??

    Woooo
    How controversial. Relaying the truth
    Blockades on bridges??
    Another fact

    Deal with facts
    Facts aren’t racist dissenter

  41. Marko

    similarly people on the left easily hurl words like racist around.

    TR7 left or right nothing you make it sound like a person quickly came to this conclusion he’s been on here for months now and the determination isn’t easily come upon. But yes keep it to football cause if social media platforms have shown us anything it’s that political talk usually turns to poison pretty quickly

  42. Don

    Tr7

    I don’t want it taken down
    He’s perfectly entitled to that viewpoint
    But I’m entitled to respond
    Nothing I’ve said was as deliberately xenophobic as that comment yet I’ve been defending my responses since I said pray for Israel
    Woo
    How racist
    Kirk the Jews don’t deserve prayer

  43. Don

    Marko

    I don’t pick on your Irishness
    I’m Irish too
    I just grew up in London and hate the anti Britain attitude I’m faced with constantly
    This country gave me my life, my career, my family. I’ll be eternally grateful for that and I have a fond affection for my adopted home

  44. TR7

    I don’t know whether we are good enough but a cup double (Europa plus league cup) would be great. I had given up on our EPL campaign even before the season started but a cup double would be the best that we can make out of the current season.

  45. Marko

    Too many mindless platitudes are dispensed these days and marko is as guilty as anyone of this

    Again I’m guilty of pointing out a pattern of racist behaviour but you are guilty of it. And I’m not sticking up for Bob he’s probably the worst poster on here. But why bring up him being Jewish when insulting him or me being Irish when you comment towards me? It’s not like I call you a British idiot I just call you an idiot.

    minerals to talk like this face to face, I’ll guarantee you that

    Sure mate cause people like you are tough as nails. It’s probably why you cover your faces when you march. Got balls alright

  46. Marko

    Look
    All the best
    Just don’t target me and expect me to say nothing
    I’m not that type

    I didn’t target you what part of keep it Arsenal and go to breitbart if you want to talk about that shit triggered you? Grow up you wanted to talk about it no matter what well guess what people don’t want to read that bollox on an Arsenal blog

  47. Bob

    BBC:
    Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool midfielder close to £142m move to Barcelona

    Best teams in the world pay the big money for the best players.

    And then you got others who are desperate to a get a contract from anywhere. ‘Wilshere,

  48. Don

    Marko

    God. You’ve just exposed your lack of understanding of the situation

    My wife is Jewish
    My kids by extension are Jewish
    I’m not anti Jewish
    I’m pro Israel
    Fuck me you’ve totally misread my posts

  49. Marko

    We will not win the Europa League. Atletico or Dortmund who aren’t guaranteed (like us) to get into the champions league through the league positions. They’ve better pedigree in Europe than us

  50. Don

    thatSure mate cause people like you are tough as nails. It’s probably why you cover your faces when you march. Got balls alright

    When who
    Marches?

    I’m too busy running a company to attend some silly march marko.
    I’ve got a family and mortgages
    Marches are a luxury for students

  51. Bob

    Sky sport:
    Juventus have offered Liverpool midfielder Emre Can a five-year contract, according to Sky in Italy.

    But wilshere don’t want to go becuse he loves arsenal or maybe the fact is no one wants him.

  52. Dissenter

    Couthino has been sold to Liverpool for 142 million GBP.
    Fu*k the idiots at Arsenal.

    Liverpool will re-invest that money in that squad to get better.
    This is not a good time to be a gooner…not until Wenger fu*ks off.

  53. Dissenter

    Liverpool bought for 8.5 million…are selling for 142 million.
    Inter must be kicking themselves right now.

  54. TR7

    Surely Liverpool could have kept Coutinho until the end of the season? Coutinho to Barca in Jan would only make sense if they have another big signing lined up in next 2-3 weeks. Lemar?

  55. WengerEagle

    I called Coutinho to Barca in January a few weeks back on here, Barcelona despite a good domestic showing have been made to look very human in Europe and with Suarez being very hit and miss and Messi has had a scattered goalscoring campaign, they definitely need additional fiepower which Coutinho brings.

    And after being absolutely second best to Real Madrid last season will be desperate for success once again and a strong showing in Europe.

  56. Marko

    Coutinho to Barca in Jan would only make sense if they have another big signing lined up in next 2-3 weeks. Lemar?

    If they end up with Lemar and we end up targeting Lucas Vasquez that’ll tell you everything you need to know about Arsenal football club

  57. WengerEagle

    Inter selling Coutinho way back in Jan 2013 for 8 million was seen as a bargain even then.

    That’s the game though, you could argue that United wasted 100 million bringing Pogba back.

  58. Bob

    Barca get Coutinho and we get wilshere.

    both no.10 one goes to the best team in the world the other is a Bournemouth reject. That’s the level of shit arsenal have.

  59. Bob

    Philippe Coutinho:PL
    Games:152 goals:41 asst: 35

    Jack wilshere:PL
    Games:157 goals:8 aast:16

    Be real we have to much of hype shit in arsenal look at the fucking difference.