Latest transfer twists point to best window in a decade

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What a whirlwind we’re having this week.

Let’s slow it down.

Throw on some Bobby Womack.

Put a Rustler Burger in the microwave.


Here are the overarching themes of the transfer window so far that’ll pull you through the hellish pain you’re probably suffering because of Sanchez, or the fact you just over-microwaved your Rustler.

The pain is less painful than usual.

The club hired professionals, retired some very big problems at the club, and chopped away 50% of Arsene Wenger’s power at the club.

We are, for the first time in a long time, approaching this window pragmatically and skillfully.

Alexis Sanchez has been a problem. Players don’t like him, staff are sick of his behaviour and his return has been subpar all season. Moving him on is not only vital to the coffers, it’s essential for team morale.

The fact we’re moving him onto United is extra special. If he’d gone on to make history at City, perhaps winning two elite trophies, I think I’d have real trouble sleeping at night. Fact is, he’s swapping out one car crash for another. The cars are more expensive, but make no mistake, it’s just a more polished disaster. What a waste of a move, it was all about money, because he’s never winning anything major under Jose Mourinho as he winds down his hateful career.

We’ve recouped £35m in cash, and it’s very likely we’ll be bringing Mikki the other way. Say what you want about the Armenian’s tenure at United, he’s still an excellent player, and he’ll have a lot to prove. He has Eastern European grit, he’s technically superb, he’s fast, he can score, he can assist and he’ll be better than anything we can muster internally to replace Alexis.

He’s made 5 assists in 15 in the Premier League this season, hardly an abomination, he can also play across the frontline. In his last season at Dortmund he scored 11 and assisted 15. Rekindle those numbers and we’re in a good place.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could very well be coming to the club. Sven Mislintat is truly making an impact on this team. The man from Gabon is truly a sight to behold, his pace is absolutely scary, he’s quite light, and he’ll have to adapt, but he has the assets to be a scary figure in our starting line up. Not just that, he’s 6ft 2 and good in the air. He’ll score goals. I still don’t quite understand why we opted for Lacazette when he was available last summer.

Stats wise, he has 22 goals and 3 assists for a shite Dortmund side this season. Last season he had 31 league goals, plus 7 in the Champions League (Lacazette did not have a good record against good clubs). Season before, 25 league goals. He’s a really good player, and I’m much more confident of him making an impact in the Premier League than I was about Lacazette.

Key thing to note here. We’re not fucking around. Our part-ex is very smart and relatively cheap. Our sale price is the pretty much the same as our buy price. Our big move to counter a lack of goal is the best striker in Europe we could buy this January.

I have no idea what’s going on with Malcolm, but I have trouble buying that we’ll sign both him and PEA. Still, fact is, not only are we moving quickly for replacements, we have a fucking plan b that looks clever.

All our dreams are coming true. Well, mine at least. I don’t speak for you unless you want me to.

Outside the big names, we signed a Greek prospect who is a man-monster and looks built to make an impact in the PL. Even Wenger is impressed. Man kept a clean sheet in his U23 debut. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Jonny Evans type buy. Say what you want about him being untrendy and bland. He has 3 Premiership titles under his belt, he’s good technically, he can organize, and he’s relatively young. That’d be a smart move.

Continuing on the good news thread…

We sold the dismal Francis Coquelin to Valencia for actual money.

We’re probably going to shift on Theo Walcott for £25m, which is fabulous money for someone who is controlled by coffee machines. I’d imagine we’ll also be looking to shift on Debuchy, and maybe ship some of the kids out on loan.

Then there’s Mesut Ozil. Lots of fans writing farewell notes to the German. Look, hold your horses, I’m still hearing that’s unlikely. Firstly, he’s not important enough for any monied club in Europe to bid for him. Secondly, who’d buy him? United? Have my doubts. They have a very bloated squad. If Ozil wanted out, he’d be leaving as we speak, the club has been ruthless moving on deadwood. The fact he’s hanging around tells me there’s still hope. He’ll wait it out, have a blinding finish with players who actually want to be here, then he’ll take a £20m signing on bonus and sign up for monster money.

I’ll take that.

Also, can I just repeat, all these players will want to be at Arsenal. No bad actors. No clingers. It’ll change the dynamic of the squad drastically.

Hopefully the club are this ruthless come the summer. Welbeck should be sold to Everton. All the keepers should go. Ramsey should be sold to whoever wants to buy him, and we should buy someone who can do more than flirt with assists, goals and good fitness. Tie down Jack on a performance-related contract. Buy a keeper. Rebuild the defence. Have a total fucking overhaul and rebuild Arsenal like Dortmund looked when Tuchel was at the helm. Power, pace, extreme technical ability, players sub 25 years old. Then pray Wenger has a bust-up with the new guys and leaves.

I also hope Raul Sanllehi is as ruthless with the backroom team. Too many bad actors making money with little to show for their time. Team psychologist, keeping coach, some sub-par coaching staff, and old-timers that just won’t leave. Time to get super aggressive and make sure everyone is playing their role as we move into the new era.

This is all very exciting, spare a thought for the apologists that only just woke up to this 10-year nightmare, must be tough. But fear not, the vision Le Grove has been wishing for for years is coming to fruition. A better Arsenal is coming.

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471 Responses to “Latest transfer twists point to best window in a decade”

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  1. TonyD

    The fact that the club is only concerned with bringing in attacking players goes to confirm Wenger is still firmly in control.

    Otherwise we’d be looking at CDs and a DMF.

    The club have obviously learnt nothing from George Graham who built from the back first.

  2. James wood

    Yes Herb that was his level.
    Missed some of the basics in his game,technically poor
    but his one time amazing pace well this rectified some of his faults.?
    For the last few years I have made the statement on here that if you
    You have Walcott in the side you start with 10 I stand by that.
    £140 k a week for headless male model of a footballer was to much for me to take. ;).

  3. OleGunner

    Pierre said:

    ”Maybe Nelson reads the comments of the tossers on here.. And thinks “fuck that for a laugh, I don’t fancy playing for those wankers and the way they slag off players who have come through the academy”.. And who could blame him for wanting to go to a club where their own fans actually support the club…”

    You are a disingenuous little shit Pierre, who always tries to blame Arsenals failings on the fan base and bizarrely Le-grove.

    It’s pathetic and you’re frankly just masquerading as a Wenger stooge here.
    You’re easily part of the sycophant 5% who keep Wenger in a job for life.

  4. Ishola70

    “That won’t matter to the Wenger PR spin doctors, they will only quote his goal stats.”

    The usual suspects have convinced themselves that he is the absolute bollocks. Real Madrid wanted him they say. Read it on the internet so must be true. Well he’s not there. No big club went in.

    Truth is Aubameyang was very close to playing in the backwaters of China just six months ago. When no big hitters went in for him he was seriously considering going east. The Chinese club that was interested was actually the party to pull out in the end citing him as too expensive at the time as there was some financial restrictions finally put in place in China on player purchases.

    This doesn’t smell like real tip-top to me.

  5. shaun ellis

    Arsenal are a second tier club in Europe and in England run by a piss taking manager .let’s be honest the Nelson story does not surprise as they do fuck all at arsenal and expect to get paid millions .a typical day at the colony with Wenger starts with some shuttle runs followed by some five a side short sessions where Wengr will select certain attacking players and quietly whisper in there ear “you need to express le self more while flowing forward” job done for the day and that gets you 10 mill a year

  6. Ishola70

    Wenger is only still at Arsenal because Kroenke admires his so-called economics expertise. Kroenke loves the self-sufficiency aspect as does Wenger.

    It’s a fvcking joke.

    Club is run like a high street convenience store.

  7. Leedsgunner

    I don’t know what Chelsea is willing to pay West Ham for Carroll but if they were willing to pay anything like £25m-30m for him why don’t we approach them to see if they would consider a Kante for Giroud swap?

    They get a striker. We get a genuine DMF destroyer that we should have bought in the first place over Xhaka…

    Our midfield is shot. Kante would be solid platform upon which to rebuild upon.

  8. Ishola70

    Malcom of Bordeaux looks such an exciting player.

    So busy and always looking to get on the front foot.

    Thing is though Bordeaux let him play with a free rein. Very individualistic player.

    Wenger would strait jacket the player after a couple of months.

    Where we now see this exciting player at Bordeaux taking players on Wenger would want to see more “mature” play from him. Where he is now taking on players Wenger will instruct him to look for the easy pass.

    Still a good looking purchase he would be as long as Wenger is off the scene.

  9. graham62

    Herb’s Army

    “Wenger effectively killed his career in January 2006”

    Totally agree.

    A wasted commodity who could and would have progressed so much more had he not come to Arsenal.

    Big Sam will give him a fresh start and even though it’s a little late, I’m convinced we’ll see an upturn in Walcott’s fortunes(Football that is!).

    Enjoyed your earlier posts.


  10. graham62

    Walcott’s problem was that he had no constructive guidance from outside the club.

    If he had been my son, I would have advised him to leave years ago.

    He would have been snapped up by one of the big clubs, of that I have no doubt.

  11. graham62

    My son, who is 23, loves Theo.

    Went to 2007 Carling Cup Final against Chelski. Walcott was superb.

    My son at the time was just 12. Seeing a youngster scaring the shit out of Terry and Co was a joy to behold.

    How the #### did it come to this?

    Oh yeh, that’s right……………….WENGER!!!

  12. graham62

    My negatives towards Wenger hold no bounds.

    From the design of the stadium toilets to screwing around with players/contracts, you will continue to read the same old logical shit from me everyday until Wenger leaves the club.

    Sorry folks!

  13. Ughelligunner

    Graham et al. So which of the top 10 managers of the top 10 world teams have a record of managing 16 years old players to become worldclass players?
    People talk as if it’s a common practice and that Wenger is guilty of it! Legrove wonders. You guys have a pationate heart with low thinking brain set.

  14. graham62


    Sorry for not replying sooner.

    Who said world class?

    Walcott was a precocious talent at sixteen. Arsene Wenger, though, day by day/week by week/month by month/year by year, nullified this talent.

    Wenger, in my eyes, is a substandard COACH (could write a thesis on this if you want). He is not this master of football science that so many see him as.

    Walcott was an exceptional talent from an early age, as were JW and OC. Injuries aside, which I can also question Wenger and his scientific system on, any top COACH and notice here I keep stressing the word COACH!!, would have dealt with things far better.

    He is a FRAUD in every sense of the word.

    The day you and many others, who see him as some form of mystical footballing god, finally wake up, you’ll see it to.

  15. Number9


    ‘Wenger would strait jacket the player after a couple of months.’

    That’s right cos Wenger never tells any of his players to express themselves does he?


  16. follow the money

    Wenger has always refused to deal with the tougher agents Mino Raiola in particular, who is Mkhtarians agent. That looks alot like evidence to me that Wenger has relinquished control of player transfers. One can hope anyway. Auba sounds exciting too but he’ll be useless in Wenger’s crab football system. He’ll be devastating if we counter attack and go for goal, rather than stop outside the box and pass side to side for five minutes

  17. Emiratesstroller

    Looking at what has been going on since June it is still clear that there are still
    likely to be a lot of departures from our first team squad both in the January
    Transfer Window and then in June.

    I think that it is now 100% certain that Sanchez will depart in January. Whether any others leave this month is debatable. Giroud or Welbeck might leave if there is a decent offer.Both are unlikely to get much game time during
    rest of season if Aubameyang comes in.

    In the summer transfer window Mertesacker and Cazorla will retire. Others
    who could leave include Ospina, Debuchy, Elneny, Welbeck, Giroud and Akpom. I would expect all those currently out on loan e.g. Jenkinson, Campbell
    and Peres will be gone as well.

    I have omitted from list Ozil, because there is still a possibility that he will stay.