Dembele rumours and dodgy sponsorship deals

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I tell yah, the worst addition to the world of clickbait is commentating on what fans are talking about.

Listen Google news, I didn’t tune in to read about what @Xhakalaka403 thinks about something he read on FootballFancast. Get me the real juice. The premium quality journalism. The elite inside take.

Oh, what’s that?

Aubameyang liked a AFTV post about Dembele!

That’s what I’m talking about…

The rumour won’t go away about the young expensive winger. Word on the street, which is basically word on FootballFancast, is Barca are open to an £87m deal. Now, on the face of it, that seems like crazy money, but is it really? The kid is only 21 years old, he’s in the same league as M’Bappe for talent, he’s massively suited to the Premier League and he’s already had a major injury which is perfect for Arsenal.

I’d love it if the new regime welcomed in a new era with a mega show of intent. If you make a move like that work with a massive player, you’ll make your money back when Real Madrid or PSG come calling when he’s 25. He could easily be a £200m talent buy then. It’s a risk, no doubt, but one that could very easily pay off if we have the guts to ride it out.

Wenger is easing those retirement slippers on. Here he is talking about whether he’d take on another challenge.

“Do I still have the desire to be a coach? Yes. Do I have the desire to throw myself into another crazy challenge? I don’t know. It’s a job that requires total commitment,”

That reads a little like ‘I’m not going to do the Madrid thing’, namely because no one would ask him to, but seriously, who’d bother taking that sort of challenge on in their late sixties? That’d be a total madness. Good for him.

Wenger should try and get a job at the FA. Some sort of sporting director role. We’d love that. Wenger is basically English anyway. Let him get in there, boot out all the dross, have all the youth teams playing irresponsible Wengerball. I’d be all about that for sure.

Interesting to see that Leroy Sane was NOT included in the Germany squad despite dropping absolute numbers this season. He’s a very special talent, not bringing him along is bizarre to say the least.

Also, there’s a horror story brewing that Arsenal are looking to man-up their midfield by hiring in Fellaini on a free transfer. I mean, I’ll take players who can give us a bit more fight, but that feels very much like a 2013 sort of signing. Still, he’ll give us something on those rainy nights in… errr… Huddersfield?

A lot of Arsenal fans up in arms about the shirt deal we did with Rwanda. Their leader Paul Kagame is one of the most successful war generals on the planet. He took over in 1994, ended a genocide. He was famous for doing a lot with a little, he took down Congo, a regime 27 times the size of Rwanda. Anyway, despite getting his country back on track, there are fears he’s overstaying his welcome, and that he’s oppressing his people. This gives a pretty detailed view of what’s going on.

It’s an odd sponsorship to take on, on the one hand, you want to be high and mighty about nations that don’t adhere to our social norms or our democratic values. On the other hand, Britain can hardly be held up as a shining light of love and kindness around the world. Not just that, Arsenal are part owned by an Oligarch, and the Premier League is littered with owners from kingdoms that have less than exemplary records on human rights. Not that a multitude of wrongs makes a right.

It’d be very interesting to hear your views on the shirt deal below. I understand both sides of the argument. You have an oppressive leader on one side, and someone who has turned Rwanda into a shining light on the other.

Anyway, I’m living in a country where the President has just asserted his right to pardon himself.

Back to England, big Iwobes banged in a goal against us. What a player. The young Nigerian had this to say on his AFC situation.

“[Wenger] has been there for me since I joined the club and has been very inspirational and influential on my career, but I am excited having our new manager next season.

“It has always been my childhood dream [to play for Arsenal]. I have been playing for Arsenal since I was six.

“The fact I am representing them now is like a dream come true. I am always proud to wear the Arsenal colours, and long may it continue.”

Hopefully, he can build on his game, he’s been a bit average over the past year, playing much better for Nigeria. I’d love to see what Emery can do for his game.

It’s interesting watching the press gun for Raheem Sterling with such aggression. Digging out a player for having a gun tattoo on his leg is odd, especially when it’s in memory of a shot father. The lateness issue was attacked with vigor as well. I’d be game for giving him a kicking if the press did the same for Harry Kane. But they didn’t and don’t. Harry gets full-page op-ed’s asking England fans to stop making memes for fear of disrupting his preparation. The FA was pilloried for making a joke about the star man. It’s weird that Kane, who won nothing again this season, would get such an easy run in the press versus a player who just played a key role in one of the greatest Premier League sides of all time.

Cannot put my finger on the difference between the two players…

Watching the old boys network line up their targets before the competition starts is par the course. But, you only have to go to one press conference to see how it works out. They’re like a union, which is why the narrative is so consistent across all the pages. Hopefully, we can get some solid independent thought as the tournament goes on, and less sensationalist scapegoating. It’s a shame we’ll probably have to look to the foreign journo’s for a fair assessment. But we’ll see.

Ok, see ya’ll in the comments… x


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  1. Marko

    Criticising the club’s transfer policy is hardly a meltdown. A meltdown would be if we actually signed up great players

  2. Receding hairline

    Tactles silly comments far removed from reality by Yaya Toure. I mean of he felt so insulted why sign on for another year.

    And I’m African by the way.. But playing the race card anytime u don’t get what you want is not on

  3. R.S.P.C.Arsenal


    You call me a lazy bastard then ask why I haven’t repolec?

    Have you banged your head recently or had a fall?

    Why would I converse with a diseased cretin….

  4. Chika

    According to rumours, we might be interested in signing Gary Cahill. He’s gonna be the captain and serve in a player/coach role.





  5. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Marc is showing certain traits of being a former poster who’s been chucked out , and is back with a new guise .

    Chill out don’t get angry

  6. BacaryisGod

    It’s funny seeing all the moaners even after Arsene has gone. All these Rolls-Royce fans when Arsenal’s ownership is committed to following a Yugo budget.

    None of us actually know what the 50 million ‘budget’ covers but it sounds that Ramsey’s renewal takes up a good chunk of it. The fans don’t realize that we pushed hard these last two seasons with Lacazette, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan (and before that with the misguided signings of Xhaka and Mustafi).

    We spent big to get back in the Top 4 through the league or Europa and it blew up in our faces especially when our rivals were stretched with Champions League competition.

    Now we have to face the harsh realities and bank on Emery bringing the best out of some lower-tier buys. As for Fellaini, looks like we’ll have an emergency plan B if we need a winner or equalizer in the last 5 mins. He might still stay with United though.

  7. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Years ago arsenal invited united down to view the Finsbury Park store.

    We were the most successful team in pushing the club brand.

    Few years on united wipe the floor with us on marketing and football

    No coindence eh?

  8. Dissenter

    Fellaini on a free transfer is actually a VERY GOOD deal.
    We are building a squad not filling our staring eleven spot. We’ve always complained about having a thing squad so what’s really wrong with Felaini?
    He gives us an opportunity to play a different way from the 85th minute of games.

    He’s a Belgian international with extensive premier league experience.
    What is wrong with you people ?

    Get them free transfers in.
    Get them bone crushers in
    Fellaini, Socrates and Lichsteiner — let the party begin.

  9. Marko

    According to rumours, we might be interested in signing Gary Cahill. He’s gonna be the captain and serve in a player/coach role.

    I’m on board. How about next we finally sign Hatem Trabelsi and Salomon Kalou

  10. Marko

    Fellaini on a free transfer is actually a VERY GOOD deal.
    We are building a squad not filling our staring eleven spot. We’ve always complained about having a thing squad so what’s really wrong with Felaini?
    He gives us an opportunity to play a different way from the 85th minute of games.

    I’m all in. If nothing else it’ll be fun

  11. Marko

    The north Londoners are seriously interested in signing Dutch international Jasper Cillessen from La Liga champions Barcelona

    Hope this one is true too

  12. englandsbest

    What would you do in Emery’s place? £50 million to spend (the equivalent of £25 million five years ago.) Severe deficiencies in defence. And our only star (Ramsay) with a year left on his contract. And nobody else easy to sell at decent money.

    How about bringing back Campbell and Perez for a start? We need a winger. How about giving Reiss a run. Pay Ramsay the salary he wants and keep him. Sign Fellaini on a free, why not? Buy three experienced hunk defenders. Sell Bellerin and Ozil (if someone will take them..) Give Xhaka a final chance (unless someone comes in and buys him.) Forget big name stars.

    That is the best we can hope for. Fingers crossed, Emery can get the most out of them.

  13. Receding hairline

    Jan oblak…..100m
    The lazio overhyprd dude… 100m
    And so on……

    These are the kind of signings that get some dripping wet

    Its all in the price tag… For bragging in the pub with the fellows

  14. Champagne charlie


    Spot on, some people can’t help but dick measure. I don’t care who we buy if they do what Emery needs them to do and that then makes us competitive.

    Really dense stuff to constantly berate tabloid links of all things. Notice that all the links to players like Dembele are dismissed right away. Moaning is the only offering a few people have on here, it’s actually laughable

  15. Thanos

    We won’t sign falaini don’t be stupid everyone that thinks we will. He is so not the player we would go for. Not an arsenal player whatsoever.

    Hearing sokratis has turned down a chance to sign for Utd as he wants to play for us. That ticks a big box

  16. Pedro

    Gotta say, writing things off because it’s in the tabs is ridiculous, the agents and the managers use those papers because of the reach… so they’re not always lying

  17. Marko

    Notice that all the links to players like Dembele are dismissed right away.

    You believe that do you? Cause it fits a certain narrative sure.

  18. Champagne charlie


    Right, but by and large the tabloids are guessing. Some may get nuggets of info which then perpetuate, but Arsenal will get linked with 30 players this summer and sign about 4.

  19. Champagne charlie


    Uhm no bellend, I don’t live and die by tenuous links. You’re the one having a hissy fit every time we get linked wih someone you don’t like on your PlayStation game.

    But do tell me what narrative I have exactly..

    Because I don’t much give a fuck as long as Emery ends up building something to be happy with. Seeing as nobody has a clue what that’s going to look like, people like you are showing yourselves up as absolute tampons.

  20. Marko

    Because I don’t much give a fuck as long as Emery ends up building something to be happy with.

    Only one way to sort this August 9th when the window closes if Arsenal have had a good window and addressed various obvious squad issues I’ll admit I’m wrong and apologize but if we don’t how about you admit you’re a prick just a prick. Sounds good right

  21. Champagne charlie


    Quite literally what I stated you’re doing, except you’re desperately focused on the negative.

    I also said I don’t care about tabloids. So in fact the only thing to “get” from that is your illiteracy.

  22. Champagne charlie


    So who are you mad at? You still haven’t answered.

    Wenger gone, so he’s no longer your easy target. There’s new guys in charge at the top end in Sven and Raul. Plus we have a new manager.

    Who is all your pathetic moaning aimed at?

  23. Marko

    Not really aimed at anyone. I should be blindly optimistic like you why? What is there to suggest optimism? Honestly what so far this summer suggests optimism finally? Nothing tangible has happened so far to suggest optimism. I’ve been hearing that whole shut up and get behind the club shite for years and guess what we’re kind of shit so excuse me if I’m pissed off that we’re shit. You fucking lemming

  24. Marko

    I am actually optimistic for the future its just slow going at the moment. Won’t be long until Ivan will be forced out and then it’s on to Stanley

  25. Sancho Monzorla

    “Honestly what so far this summer suggests optimism finally?”

    Well, Wenger is gone. Wouldn’t you have bitten off the hand of whoever offered you “No Wenger with the exact same squad next year”?

    It’s Christmas one day out of the year. If you’re upset that you’re not getting the presents you want the other 364 days, you need to grow up some.

  26. Champagne charlie

    Nothing tangible to suggest optimism?

    Were you asleep when Arsenal recruited a new head of scouting, implemented an entirely new structure with the appointment of a director of football, and changed the manager after a 22 year tenure?

    Oh and nobody is blindly optimistic, they’re very much in a state of uncertainty because of the major shift as noted above. Nobody has a clue what to expect from Arsenal because all the major players pulling strings are new and it’s their first summer.

    So if your moaning isn’t aimed at anyone how about you shut the fuck up until you’re given cause to moan like most adults?

  27. Marko

    So if your moaning isn’t aimed at anyone how about you shut the fuck up until you’re given cause to moan like most adults?

    So until Fellaini is announced? Gotcha.

  28. Buckhurst Gun

    Name me one arsenal player that can elbow and shirt pull his way to a headed equaliser as good as Fellaini can …. free transfer great bit of business , if it was spurs or Chelsea doing it , people would be up in arms at how we didn’t make a shrewd signing like that , hope it comes good , Emery can make it work in his favour so we can relax a bit …..

  29. Emiratesstroller

    It looks like the Sokratis deal will be completed within the next 48 hours and
    his signing should provide some stability in defence plus the onfield/offield
    leadership that the club needs urgently.

    The next piece in the puzzle will be the contract for Ramsey. That will almost certainly happen.

    I would be surprised if the Lichsteiner deal would not be completed but I suspect that won’t happen now before World Cup.

    If the Adli deal is completed as I am led to believe is likely since he has a close
    relationship to Emery he will be included in Squad with First Team playing time.

    The million dollar question will be whether Wilshire will sign a new contract.
    My view is that he won’t but others I have spoken to with an insight at what goes on at the club think he will

    If he does then it is unlikely that Arsenal will sign a new midfielder and certainly not one costing a significant transfer fee.

    The other question to be answered is whether the club will bring in a new goalkeeper. The rumours seem to have gone cold, which may suggest that
    the club have decided not to prioritise this department and rely on existing
    personnel. For me if true that would be a huge mistake.

  30. Dissenter

    Wilshere will see the deal offered to Ramsey which will be the second highest in the club’s history, in excess of 200k weekly…and he will get peeved.

    I hope Wilshere leaves and we move Elneny on. Elneny will easily fetch us in excess of 10-15 million.

    Bring on the human tank on his last legs- Fellaini and the Emirates is set for a wig-festival.
    Bring on another 32 year old midfielder and we can be on course to have the oldest team in the league.

    It’s all a marketing strategy so that we can grab the adult nappies endorsement in the league.

  31. Dissenter

    £16 million for a 29 year old [will be 30 year old in 5 days time) with ONE year left on his contract is absolutely crazy.

  32. Freddie Ljungberg

    Don’t know what’s worst, Wilson for writing that nonsense about Ramsey or the fans that believe it.

    So Ramsey are looking at maximum 100k weekly increase right? Santi and Per are both off the wage bill and were on around 100k each, so how does Ramseys new deal affect our transfer budget in anyway? It’s not like we’re going to give him a 20m sign on bonus or anything.

    If his demands are too high sell him, if reasonable keep, it’s not rocket science.

  33. Dissenter

    I guess we have to disagree.
    Ramsey is worthy of that 200k/weekly deal with Ozil reportedly on 350k weekly.
    That’s the fall-out from the Ozil deal.
    It was widely reported that made a 180k weekly last ditch offer to Oxlade which he rejected. Why wouldn’t Ramsey hold out for more than that?

  34. Freddie Ljungberg

    Where do we disagree?

    He’s on what 110k now, so a 100k increase would see him at above 200k.

    I don’t think he’s worth a substantial signing on fee though.
    A 100k increase of his contract is also not affecting our transfer budget one way or another with at least 2 players off the books already.

  35. Freddie Ljungberg

    Also strongly disbelieve that Ozil is on 350k weekly. It may add up to that with a sign on fee but that’s our own fault for letting him run down his contract. Hope we never make that mistake again.

  36. Bamford10


    Exactly. The notion that a new Ramsey deal will cut into the transfer budget is ridiculous. Even if they increase his wage by 100k, that’s only an added 1.2m a year for 5 years, i.e., 6m. Not only is this not a lot of money, it will be covered by the operating budget, not the extra cash on hand.

    People need to relax. It’s going to be fine. We haven’t brought in Emery, Mislintat and Sanllehi in order to sign f*cking Fellaini.

  37. Freddie Ljungberg

    Actually it would be 4.8 mil, still won’t affect any transfer budget. If Jack leaves that’s another 100k a week gone, add in the loanees that we’re probably cover part of their wages.

    Then if we sign more players we can always, you know sell some players to free up funds and add to our spending power.

    It’s ridiculous that we have to be the only club in world football where a new manager needs a season to assess the turds at his disposal before he can make any changes and sell or buy players.

    Wenger and the club has really fucked up the mentality of the fans.

  38. Guns of SF

    Freddie I agree. Its plain to see what needs to be done- and who needs to leave. i would like Emery to be more ruthless and set the tone… the players will fall in line. They will not want to be the next so and so who got sold.
    Im worried we wont sell anyone! Bar Jack leaving on his own

  39. China

    First point is that 100k a week extra isn’t going to cause any meaningful damage to our transfer budget

    My only issue is that he hasn’t shown himself to be a 200k player or even close of we’re honest. Many people aren’t even convinced we should keep him or that he should be a first 11 starter so 200k is a lot. My only other concern is that it sets the bar for other less than amazing players to earn similar money when they don’t deserve it.

    I don’t think it’s an enormous problem one way or another. It’s doable but he’s not a 200k if we’re being serious. Anyway let’s see what happens.

    Regarding Fellaini well he’s another non-block buster signing if it happens but he’s ok as a bench player. We’ve had a shit first time and an even shitter bench for years. I don’t think grabbing him on a free to warm the bench is a terrible decision as long as we still get a proper dm as well

  40. China

    Regardless of whether he stays or goes, Ramsey should be earning more than 150k absolute maximum.

    He has his uses and with coaching may do well but he’s not a special footballer. He’s mid/late 20s now and has achieved a grand total of one great season. We know wenger was shit and sucked for young players but it still never stopped genuine class like Cesc from staying elite even when the players around him and manager weren’t.

    There aren’t many elite players who manage a single great season by the time they’re about 26 (and that was ages ago). It’s really not an impressive sign. But this is where we are now.


  41. China

    I would say 150k for Ramsey. Take it or leave it.

    Realistically he won’t be missed if he’s sold because he spends half the time injured anyway and we’re used to not having him around. He’s not really good enough for us to need to stress about this.

    Set him a fair price and a deadline. If he doesn’t take it he should be shipped out ASAP and replaced with a better footballer

  42. Freddie Ljungberg

    Wellbeck is in the same boat as Ramsey but is less important to the team, he’s on around a 100k a week and 1 year left on his contract.

    Why should we give this guy a new deal and increase his wages when we could sell him for 20 mil and add that to the transfer pot?

    Just to see if Emery can make him into a footballer? Makes no sense. He’s 27 and an English international, plenty of mid table teams that would take him off our hands.

  43. Graham62

    Guns of SF

    So you want Emery to be more “ruthless”.

    Two weeks in the job and fans are already telling him what to do.

    Fudge me, whats got into some of you?

    You do realize that Wenger created systems and structures that will take time and considerable effort to break down.

    You’re ” worried we won’t sell anyone”………………..REALLY?

    I’m STILL elated that Wenger has gone and that we have a young and intelligent man in charge, who’ll see’s all these things you worry about and will, I’m convinced, get the club competing again.

    Chill out and enjoy the ride.

  44. TitsMcGee

    It’s weird that Kane, who won nothing again this season, would get such an easy run in the press versus a player who just played a key role in one of the greatest Premier League sides of all time.”

    Kane is a fantastic player. Spud or not. Taking shots at him every chance you get is bordering on obsession.

  45. TitsMcGee

    Strange that Sane be left out but it’s an embarrassment of riches at the moment for them. Good to see Reus finally fit enough to make the squad after missing out on the last few major tournaments due to injury.

  46. TitsMcGee

    Haha christ, anybody else read Yaya’s comments on Pep?Ibrahimovic all over again, nearly verbatim.”

    You have to take that kinda stuff at face value. One thing Pep is is ruthless. Ribery was thrashing him after he left Bayern Munich as well despite him winning doubles(at least) just about every season with Semi finals in the UCL.

  47. Pierre

    “Pay Ramsay the salary he wants and keep him. Sign Fellaini on a free, why not? Buy three experienced hunk defenders. Sell Bellerin and Ozil (if someone will take them..)”

    After a dumb comment like that, you should change your name from “englandsbest” to “englandsclueless”…. Much more apt.

  48. Pierre

    So Germany have an “embarrassment of riches” do they.

    Yet özil (remember him, the lazy one who has apparently had a shit season) will walk into the side and no doubt be their most influential and important player and show a large percentage of you on here how ignorant you are on what makes a quality footballer.

    Fellaini is about your level for most of you.. Yep a midfield of Ramsey and fellaini… That’ll do the job won’t it.

  49. Steveyg87

    I don’t get the animosity towards Fellaini, yep, he’s no DM but, we are absolute pony in the air. He’ll sort that shit out straight away, don’t you guys watch the games?? We f**king suck in the air and on set pieces My only reservation is that he is a replacement for Ramsey, who seems to be staying. Both of them propped in one team is a no go. Still, I’d take N’zonzi for he’s aerial ability and he could cover for Ramsey, Fellaini is not going to give you that. Should Ramsey go though, I would take him in a heart beat

  50. Ishola70

    Let’s hope Feillani is just bullshit rumour.

    Poor signing he would be.

    If Emery and the team are only looking at his physical attributes then they are making a big error.

    The player is undisciplined.

    You don’t add a player like Feillani to a team that already has players in it like Mustafi and Xhaka who are also undisciplined.

    If this did go through then again it means there is no real thought behind these signings. All they are doing is bringing in players that are of a certain standard, are internationals without looking deeper into the players on- field character.

  51. Ishola70

    Feillani and Xhaka would be a disaster together.

    Not only does Xhaka need a runner beside him he also needs a player that is calm. mature and disciplined.

    Feillani is the opposite to all the mental characteristics you would want for a player to play alongside Xhaka. He can be the runner for Xhaka but that’s not enough when Feillani has these negative mental traits.

  52. Steveyg87

    Fellaini and N’zonzi in one team with xhaka playing the pirlo role might just work for us,but, no situation is ideal with xhaka in the team though, the EPL is too fast for him plain and simple

  53. Ishola70

    Complete no to Fellaini.

    He shouldn’t be signed full stop.

    He is one of the most undisciplined players in the EPL.

    If this did go through the new team are bonkers themselves just like Fellaini is.

  54. gonsterous

    now we are linked with fellaini. just no creativity by the journalists. and why would they need any when we have fans believing every thing they read…

  55. gonsterous

    by the end of the window, we will have not have signed 90% of the players quoted, most notably, nzonzi and fellaini..

  56. Ishola70


    Media and player links are part of football fans discussion.

    We are all hoping it’s bullshit but any links are talked about

    Get off your high horse.

  57. gonsterous

    Media and player links are part of football fans discussion.

    fans discussing it, I get. but why would newspapers or internet posts bring anything up without any credibility ? as most people say, the media face no repercussion for saying anything that they can write anything. credibility out the window. nothing to do with being on a high horse. just something to do with common sense…

  58. Ishola70


    Players that are linked by the media have always been part of football fan discussion.

    No-one in their right mind would want Fellaini as a signing but trying to police and insinuate that fans should not talk about players that are linked through media is silly.

    Always will be discussed and talked about by fans.

  59. gonsterous


    I do agree ozil is quality, but for 350K a week, we can’t have him disappearing instead of contributing to the team when we face big teams.

  60. Ishola70


    “and why would they need any when we have fans believing every thing they read…”

    Discussing a player link does not automatically mean the link is believed.

    Get off your high horse.

  61. gonsterous


    but trying to police and insinuate that fans should not talk about players that are linked through media is silly.

    stop being blinded by your dislike for me. When did I say fans should be policed or should not talk about players. all I said was people believe things too readily when they read it in the papers that the papers can just about spout anything they want. I said use common sense, not don’t talk about it…

  62. Ishola70

    I’ve just quoted you above when you state that fans believe anything they read.

    So you have put in fans being deluded. Not just about media themselves.

    It’s not about delusion gonsterous. Fans have always talked about player links.

  63. gonsterous


    so you are honestly telling me you think not one person thinks that the fellaini signing is really going to happen ? you are saying no one is going to go, “why are arsenal going after him ?” or thinking “finally, we are making a move on someone ?”
    everyone according to you is just going. this is bullshit but let’s just discuss it, cause that’s what fans do…

  64. Ishola70


    You came in with the silly quote that fans believe anything they read.

    I can understand though that most would be disgusted with the Fellaini link and wouldn’t even want to talk about it lol.

    But it is what it is. Fans will talk about a player link even if they do not believe it will happen.

    N’Zonzi looks good now though eh?

  65. gonsterous

    no real source from the club stating we were going after fabinho but the minute the news drop that we were in there to hijack the Liverpool deal last minute. which was fake news, everyone believed it. that’s what I mean about people believing the media…

  66. gonsterous

    fans do believe everything they read, or else there would be no discussions.. how is that so hard for you to comprehend ??

  67. Ishola70

    No gonsterous.

    I do not believe Arsenal FC will sign Fellaini but that does mean that I won’t discuss the link.

    There have been more than enough occasions when something that is not believed at the time does in fact happen. Never say never as they. But at this time I don’t believe he will be signed but I will still discuss the link.

    And I am not unique in this.

  68. Ishola70


    I can’t think of a lyric that fits. Maybe it’s a newbie song. Don’t listen to much newbie stuff.

  69. Ishola70


    You were talking yesterday about the possibility of the signing of N’Zonzi and said that you would have serious misgivings regarding the new team if it went through.

    Well if Fellaini was signed fans may as well throw the towel in.

  70. Pierre

    At Arsenal, fans always focus on what players are earning and make it performance related. .
    It doesn’t happen at any other club… City, Chelsea, United all have players on massive wages and you don’t hear endless comments on how much they earn.
    No one knows how much özil earns, but yes he did manage to get himself an excellent deal which was down to the clubs failure to deal with the contract situation earlier, hopefully they won’t make the same mistake with Ramsey…. It’s either sign the contract or sell immediately.

    As for özil underperforming, I personally think that özil has kept his part of the deal, creating over 80 chances last season is proof of that.. If özil has been suffering with a back injury then of course he should rest it otherwise you will get a situation like kosielny or cazorla where the player break down completely due to not using common sense and trying to play through an injury.
    Fans should focus their criticism on our defence and defensive midfield as that is where our problem lies…
    Not since the rvp, ade, eduardo days have we had such a potentially potent strike force.. We have quality playmakers and quality strikers with possible goals from Ramsey and Iwobi to add to our attacking third.

    Let’s see how the team performs under the new manager.

  71. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    All these inflated wages are the fault of Wenger

    All the players speak about before
    Perez Campbell to an extent ox where never given time

    The poor management of Wenger will take a long time to erase

    He spent 100m in transfer fees plus 60m in wages on

    Add in a sparkling of
    Chambers 20 m
    Elnenny 10m
    Welbeck 18m
    Plus 60m in wages

    You get to see what a poor club we are in giving Wenger an economics genius to much control .

    That shows wgphere a lot of the money went

    But where did the big bucks from the sell of houses go?

  72. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Is it worth giving a few youngsters a chance from the off?

    Throw in mainland niles

    From the off
    Ensuring they play 15 / 20 games plus this year
    If behind the scenes S&M want to give project youth a re boot then go fo it hung ho?

  73. Danny S

    No one should be expecting miracles in the first season. Stabilise the ship, bung the biggest holes with whatever is to hand then start to work on the finer details. After that, concentrate on the upgrade.
    I think Emery firmly believes he can get a lot more out of the current players than wenger did. I also think he can.
    Top 4 should be our absolute best hope this season. Then expect to see bigger and better names coming in next season.
    If Wenger got the current players to 6th then a better manager will push them up the table with a few savvy additions.

  74. Emiratesstroller

    It is a reflection of Arsenal’s decline that we have so few players participating in
    the forthcoming World Cup.

    The Daily Telegraph publishes today the number of players by league and club.

    EPL 124
    Spain 81
    Germany 67
    Italy 58
    France 49
    Russia 36
    Turkey 22
    Mexico 22
    Portugal 19

    Man City 16
    Real Mad 15
    Barcelona 14
    PSG 12
    Spurs 12
    Chelsea 12
    Bayern M 11
    Juventus 11
    Man Utd 11

    Arsenal are of course not mentioned in list. By my calculation we will have just 6 players at World Cup [Ospina,Monreal,Xhaka, Elneny,Ozil and Welbeck]

    That says a lot about our current status in World Football!

  75. Ishola70

    Danny S
    “If Wenger got the current players to 6th then a better manager will push them up the table with a few savvy additions.”

    Wenger had a poor last season. Really fans should be expecting improvement on that and it shouldn’t be difficult to improve upon. If the new team end up 6th again but have better points total and less defeats and less goals conceded then fair enough. But if they are lagging in 6th yet again like season just gone the new team should be seriously questioned even after just one season. I t wouldn’t be seen as good enough.

  76. englandsbest

    Fellaini is an all-purpose player, he has special qualities that work all over the pitch. Comments that he might not work with this player or that player are simply not applicable.

    He was outstanding for Everton, fearsome. At Man U he is lost in the gold rush.

  77. Ishola70

    How can it not be applicable?

    Fellaini is a loon and is one of the most undisciplined players in the EPL.

    You want to sign a player like that?

    Forget his physical attributes and this so-called all purpose play. The guy has discipline problems in his play and has done since day one of his career.

    The last thing Arsenal need atm is yet another undisciplined player to go along with Xhaka and Mustafi. Like a hole in the head.

  78. Vintage Gun

    My take on the Fellaini links are this,

    Fellaini and his agent have had talks with foreign teams and none of the are willing to agree to his financial terms or are dilly dallying over them.

    Agent offers him to Arsenal, we say “No thanks” and the agent tells the media that his client is in talks with Arsenal in a hope to force any interested clubs hand and also to make his client seem more appealing to the mid table teams. the good old “Well if Arsenal want him he must be worth it ”

    Fellaini is a good player for teams that scrap. He’s not built for technical teams.

  79. Emiratesstroller


    Interesting Podcast.


    Speaking to journalist who has followed Emery’s career he made point that in
    Spain he had track record of maximising potential of three clubs he managed
    and improving the performance of players.

    If that is correct then it is precisely what Arsenal needs at moment. We finished 6th last season and bluntly have not punched our weight for a few years.
    The priority has to be to get in top 4.


    As I posted yesterday the club will recruit Sokratis and Lichsteiner two experienced players. Also the young French kid who will join the First Team squad.

    Any additional players will depend almost certainly on offloads or departures.
    The only player in midfield who might leave this summer is Wilshere. The
    journalist believes he will sign a new contract. I am less convinced.

    If he stays I don’t think that Arsenal will not bring in a new midfielder, because
    Maitland-Niles will need game time.

    Journalist made same assessment as you about Arsenal not bringing in goalkeeper this summer. If that is the case I think that it is grave error of judgment.


    Arsenal need at least two specialist players for each position in the team. We
    need to stop turning them into utility players. They need to learn how to play
    their position properly.

    We should not forget that the club could be potentially playing up to 55 games
    a season.

  80. Emiratesstroller

    Ref Telegraph published list.

    I omitted Iwobi so we have seven players going to World Cup.

  81. Kwame

    I find it difficult to understand how a coach would ask a player to apologize when he has a problem with the player’s agent. Yaya’s mojo was in a decline but I still believe Pep treated him shabbily. He surely had something against him. Though an excellent coach, Pep is a proud man who is so full of himself!