Arsenal linked with more youthful names

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Horrible to read yet another high profile person has gone to such tragic lengths to escape their mental demons. Poor health of the mind is such a vicious predator and it doesn’t give a fuck who you are, how much you earn, or what your life looks like to the outside world.

That’s why Danny Rose is such a hero, I only just caught up on his big reveal in the press (big, because it’s football).

“It led to me seeing a psychologist and I was diagnosed with depression, which nobody knows about.”

“It’s no secret that I’ve been through a testing time at Tottenham this season,”

“It led to me seeing a psychologist and I was diagnosed with depression, which nobody knows about. I had to get away from Tottenham.

“I’m lucky that England gave me that opportunity to get away, refresh my mind and I’ll always be grateful to them. I was on medication for a few months – nobody knows about that apart from my agent – but I’m off the medication now, I’m good again and looking forward to how far we can go in Russia. ”

I’d love to crack a joke about Spurs being an obviously depressing experience, but I won’t, I’ll just say it so you know I was thinking it.

It’s heartening to see that people are starting to talk about important issues with more compassion. The more we normalise it, the more people will come out and deal with it through the proper channels. Macho industries like cooking and sport can make talking about things feel like a weakness. It’s not. I’m glad the conversation is moving in the right direction.

Don’t bottle it up, call someone up.

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In other news, I have Liverpool envy.

Why are their transfers so damn good?

Fabinho, Keita and Fekir… rumours are they’re after Allison from Roma in goal. What a fucking powerhouse side they’re building.

I mean, I know I’m out here defending our transfer policy, but there’s no doubt it’s fucking boring compared to theirs. But, you know, this is year three of the Klopp project. He had to get Liverpool back into the Champions League, he had to deal with the exit of Coutinho. Their fans had to deal with a lot of ups and downs. But ultimately, success is allowing them to go big… as well as moving on players at peak value.

There have been some sexy rumours floating around. Sampdoria’s Uruguayan defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira. I don’t know much about him, but having a south American enforcer at the base of our midfield is a delightful proposition, he’s fiery, can play with both feet and he seems to have a good number of gears pace-wise. He’d certainly excite me more than Fellaini.

We’re also being linked with Savic, the main issue being the £100m price tag… which is, you know, kind of a non-starter.

Let’s hope the club have some additional targets to add this summer, I think we have a pretty exciting group of players, a few more youthful names with a bit of experience would really raise our levels.

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  1. Paulinho

    Marko – He was brilliant up until April that season so that’s about eight months,
    He was also brilliant for Bolton the year before.

    Also, he was even better at the Nou Camp than he was at the Emirates so the whole one game thing is bollocks even in that small sample period that people constantly refer to.

  2. Marko

    Paulinho I’ve always thought people took way too much away from that game/tie read way too much into a bit of praise from Xavi. Should have listened to Pep instead who said something along the lines as he was okay that they had plenty like Jack in the academy. He meant better really

  3. Cesc Appeal

    The hype around Wilshere is almost as baffling as those that backed Wenger still, very average player with limited uses and unbalances the midfield.

  4. Paulinho

    Marko – You do realise realise Wilshere has never been properly fit since 2011.

    He’s been done for years. Back on 2013 he was rolling around holding his ankles and moaning.

    He never did any of that in his first couple of seasons, so it’s an irritating trait that came as reaction to injury problems.

  5. Marko

    Jack Wilshere is not class. Not even remotely. Must be some tribalism attached to how people view him. He’s actually shite should have been sold years ago

  6. Paulinho

    Marko – Well Guardiola was talking nonsense then wasn’t he, because Barca have produced jack shit in that position since he made those comments.

  7. Marko

    Marko – You do realise realise Wilshere has never been properly fit since 2011.

    Let’s dispel this myth once and for all yes he’s struggled with injuries for years but he was fit last season and was shite and he was pretty much fit for his loan at Bournemouth and was shit. For a while there he couldn’t get into the starting 11 over Harry Arter or Dan Gosling

  8. TR7

    Although Jack for me is a quintessential box to box player but given his injury woes I would like to see him played in CAM position. Can still beat players with his dribbling, has a good eye for a pass and can link up. Only downside is he doesn’t make a lot of runs, still can play the role better than most in our team.

  9. KAY Boss

    cillesen!!! hell no! he was the reason why ajax did win the league trophy this season he left for barca. some praise kante but don’t want torreira. it seems it’s pure hate towards the club. and on the part of sampdoria reportedly wanting to increase the price, it pure ‘opportunism’. can someone just tell Ramsey and wilshere to get out of the club!

  10. Marko

    Marko – Well Guardiola was talking nonsense then wasn’t he, because Barca have produced jack shit in that position since he made those comments.

    That doesn’t prove anything other than Jack wouldn’t make it at Barcelona. Actually wrong though Sergi Roberto and Rafinha alone would absolutely wipe the floor with Jack. Dennis Suarez. I could go on

  11. Paulinho

    Marko – Your ignorance is truly astounding.

    Paul Gascoigne was’fit’ many times after he did is knee in 93, yet everyone knows he was never the same player. Not saying Wilshere was Gascoigne level but it’s clear after 2011 Wilshere turned to glass in terms of general resistance to impact.

  12. Marko

    Aubergine the ability to drop the shoulder isn’t a key component to being a good midfielder there’s other things and Jack lacks them completely

  13. KAY Boss

    cillesen?!!! no please. he makes karios a worldie. can some also tell Ramsey and wilshere get out of the club!

  14. Elmo

    If the alternative is buying in some cheap squad filler, I’d keep Wilshere if it costs £100k pw for 3 years.

    I think we’d all agree for a £15m transfer fee you’re not going to get much, and that’s the same amount as Wilshere would cost at £100k pw over 3 years, and that doesn’t include the wages of the new player.

    We’re realistically going to need a 1st and 2nd XI for the next couple of years as we play in the Europa; he is good enough to be the focal point of the 2nd XI, and make the odd first team appearance in the PL.

    If the club intend on making a major MF addition then he can go, but otherwise I’d probably hang onto him as long as he’s aware that he’s not central to first team plans.

  15. TR7

    Marko

    ‘That doesn’t prove anything other than Jack wouldn’t make it at Barcelona. Actually wrong though Sergi Roberto and Rafinha alone would absolutely wipe the floor with Jack. Dennis Suarez. I could go on’

    I mean it’s OK not rating Jack but come on Roberto and Dennis Suarez?

  16. Rambo Ramsey

    Nobody cares how much talent Wilshere had once upon a time.

    What matters- He was/is/will be a complete failure.

    Ramsey had a far more horrendous injury but he’s comeback to a decent standard.

  17. Bamford10

    Jack was a genuine talent, and this was clear from more than just one performance. He had a great first touch, was excellent in close spaces, had great vision and could beat players from the dribble. He could’ve been a great player. Truly. Unfortunately, injuries ruined him physically and he’ll never be the player he could have been. He should go to Italy, and I’ve read there’s some interest in him there.

  18. Marko

    Jack played 38 times last season and yet Loftus Cheek got an England call up for the world cup even Jake Livermore is on the standby list and not Jack. It was a gutsy but correct call because form is important not some bullshit misguided opinion that Jack is England’s best midfielder. He’s not even remotely that

  19. Paulinho

    Before his ankle injury Ramsey could dribble with his left foot at times. That’s the only thing that seems to have gone from his game since then. He lost a bit of that ingenuity in terms of quick feet that he had. Still there in bursts but he tenses up a lot these days when before the injury he would be a bit more relaxed on the ball.

  20. Doublethink

    Are we certain that Emery is going to go with a 4-2-3-1?
    4-3-3 could work, something like this maybe? Cech/New GK
    Bellerin Sokratis Mustafi/New defender Kolasinac/Monreal
    N’Zonzi/Xhaka
    Torreira/Ramsey
    Ramsey/Ozil
    Mkhi/Ozil Auba New signing/Iwobi

  21. Marko

    Ha Denis Suarez and Rafinha. Exotic names but completely average.

    Have contributed more on a football pitch than Jack Wilshere has for years. We’ll see how rated Jack is soon enough. He’s been pretty much fit for two seasons now so no excuse there it’ll be interesting to see if a big club comes in for him or if Villa try to sign him or Palace.

  22. Marko

    I mean it’s OK not rating Jack but come on Roberto and Dennis Suarez?

    Are you actually for real? Roberto absolutely shits over Jack Wilshere it’s not even close. Not even remotely close

  23. Paulinho

    England’s midfield is a horror show. Which we will see in the World Cup when no one wants the ball. Literally every player in their midfield is completely incapable of taking the ball against a press.

  24. Zfree

    Paulinho

    We dropped a ton of points in those games around Christmas when you said jack was playing well…

  25. Bamford10

    Marko

    Right, but there’s a difference between what Wilshere is today (about which you are correct) and what he was at 19, 20 & 21 (about which you are totally incorrect).

    And again, this has nothing to do with judging him on a single performance, as is sometimes suggested. Jack was a genuine talent; see Xavi’s comments on him if you don’t trust the opinion of some of us here.

  26. Bamford10

    Zfree

    You’re probably right about that, and that would’ve been the case because: (1) even if Jack looked decent with the ball at his feet, his physical limitations mad him useless (or worse) to us defensively; and (2) we had plenty of other weaknesses.

  27. Bamford10

    Doublethink

    Is the main difference b/t your 4-2-3-1 and your 4-3-3 that you have one holding mid rather than two?

  28. Cesc Appeal

    Gbamin at about £20-25 Million could be a good Mislintat find at CDM, bring in Torreria as well and we’ve got new options.

  29. Marko

    And again, this has nothing to do with judging him on a single performance, as is sometimes suggested. Jack was a genuine talent; see Xavi’s comments on him if you don’t trust the opinion of some of us here.

    Xavi judged him on a single performance

  30. englandsbest

    graham62

    Like it or not. Emery is only a part of Ivan’s Grand Plan.

    No question Emery is a fine manager. Nor is there any doubt that Raul and Sven are up to the mark.

    So what can possibly go wrong?

    Errr…money?

    Which brings us back to Stan the Man.

  31. Marko

    Roberto is average, nothing is gonna convince me otherwise.

    Sure Sergi Roberto is average he’s been playing very well the last two years and is so versatile and solid that they gave him a new contract recently at Barcelona. While Jack Wilshere the last two years didn’t impress Bournemouth enough that they’d want him (spent 20 million on Ake so money wasn’t the issue) and this past season impressed so much that we allowed his contract to run down and oh he didn’t get a call up by England

  32. Rambo Ramsey

    I have to say I’m extremely disappointed the way Arsenal have behaved thus far in the Window.

    We haven’t moved out shit players. Where is the ruthlessness?

    We haven’t sorted out player contracts. Has Ramsey been given a deadline or will the saga drag-on endlessly ala Sanchez last year?

    We haven’t made any worthwhile signings. Where is our statement signing to go with the new Manager? Its shocking how dull its been after the new gaffer was appointed. Does this happen at any other big club?

    Can someone please tell me how its been any different from Wenger era?

  33. Zfree

    I wasn’t suggesting Jack was the only reason for the dropped points, that’d be foolish. There are 10 other players on the pitch and the Wenger elephant in the room. But to me he looked pretty basic during that time period. You’re applauding him for not getting injured and clocking minutes in a tight time window. But the on-field product was very average. He didn’t lift us up in any significant way, certainly didn’t win us any points…

  34. Doublethink

    Yeah pretty much Bamford.
    In regards to Wilshere is there no one else hoping that after his first season in years without a serious injury and a proper preseason he could maybe regain some of his athleticism? It’s unlikely but I can still hope.

  35. Marko

    Rambo I agree. Certain types will have an excuse as to why but it’s not stopping Liverpool. It’s a question of decisiveness really. But sure Torreira followed us on instagram so he’s practically done

  36. Zfree

    RR

    I agree, it’s been a bit dull, but I still don’t think it’s Wengeresque. We’ve ostensibly already got in Licht, Sokratis, and Adli, and it appears we’ll be bringing in at least 2 additional players. That’s more than the “2-3 additions” a la Wenger, not to mention his dithering.

    I think there’s a plan given the shit-sandwich squad the new team is challenged with, and the lack of resources available due to years of Wenger’s incompetence and Stan’s penny-pinching.

  37. Paulinho

    Zfree – I thought the level of our football instantly went up, and we played the ball through midfield a lot better.

    Anyway, that wasn’t really the point I was making. I agree he’s far from indispensable. The point I was making was that a few are saying Wilshere is Palace or West Ham level, which may be true at this point, but none of those clubs would take Xhaka if offered.

    Wilshere is still a better footballer than he is, so don’t be surprised to see our midfield get the run around if we play against a West Ham featuring Wilshere in their side and we still have Xhaka flailing away in our midfield getting bypassed with ease.

  38. Zfree

    Paulinho

    Fair enough I guess regarding Xhaka. I think he’s trash and was disgusted that he was shoe-horned into the starting XI all last year, regardless of form or prior performance. Hopefully that sort of thing won’t persist with Emery here.

  39. Gooner63

    Are we certain that Emery is going to go with a 4-2-3-1?

    well the players we are buying/looking at

    says we are going 4-2-3-1

    New Ball playing keeper (Cillessen)
    Bellerin, New Passing CB (sokratis), New Passing CB (Soyuncu, Dakonem), Monreal
    New DM (Torreria, Nzonzi), Ramsey
    Mikki, Ozil, New Winger (dembele, martins)
    Auba

  40. Rambo Ramsey

    What is this about the Rosicky testimonial I see?

    Fabregas, Hleb, Flamini, RvP all in the Lineup!

  41. Micheal

    “So what can possibly go wrong?
    Errr…money? Which brings us back to Stan the Man.”

    Arsenal will never prosper under while that reptile Kroenke remains owner. He has no interest in our club and has not interest in football. The sooner he fucks off back to TrumpLand the better.

  42. KAY Boss

    Denis Suarez, sergi Roberto, Ramsey, wilshere are all average players. Xhaka n mustafi, I hope they come good if not and we can get some quid from them, they should go thru the door asap. I wish my midfield base will be torreira n Thomas partey or nzozni (never mind the age)/and partey. maybe I’m in wonderla. please ooo, no cillesen. fabianski will b better.

  43. TR7

    Paulinho

    Haven’t seen Hleb play for a long while but Cesc and Rosicky still have got it. Those two alone will dominate our midfield if they turn up.

    Feels so terribly bad seeing these players now , they should have achieved great things for Arsenal. That midfield along with mad Jens, RVP, Sagna, Edu deserved to win the league at least once. Sad for Wenger as well, he was building something very special on a shoestring budget.

  44. Coach 15

    Anyone watching the U21 final. Typical we concede in the first minute,and have looked really ordinary fir the first 30 mins.
    Tammy Abraham missed a tap in.but apart from that not been to impressed.
    Get in just equalised through Fry the centre half,very scrappy goal from a throw in,bad keeper error.

  45. Coach 15

    That’s more like it 2-1,eddie nkieta making the goal with a great run to the byline and cut back cross to the edge of the box.

  46. Coach 15

    Exactly red,the bloke got into bed with the yank to make money. Bullshit values smokescreen for making each other a fortune.

  47. Graham62

    englandsbest

    I am not, and never have been, a supporter of Kroenke and his silent methods, nevertheless, to now point a finger at him when drastic changes are being implemented within the club and Emery hasn’t even got going is, in my opinion, ott.

    Money has NOT been the main cause of Arsenal’s regression over recent years, that has been down to substandard management/coaching. However, the amount of money invested by fans since the clubs move to the Emirates, should have resulted in a far better return than what we have witnessed.

    Would I like a more dynamic and progressive owner?………Yes, most definitely.

    At this stage though we have to accept that Kroenke is staying put.

    Never mind, at least the real culprit has finally left the building.

  48. Graham62

    TR7

    What is really “sad” is that you think that Wenger failed because he was on a “shoestring budget”

    Unbelievable!

  49. Alan

    Wilshere is utter trash. An embarrassment of a footballer. The hilarious thing is that he tries to play the tough midfield enforcer but ends up on the deck because he is made of glass. Unfortunately it looks like he will sign a new contract. 120k per week for a piece of sh’t