Arsenal look to sign 2nd defensive midfielder of the window (unreal, right?!)

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What a thoroughly fabulous day.

I rolled out at 0930 to meet James who writes the blog sometimes, couldn’t get into the bar of choice because it was too busy… which really fucked me off. We jumped in a taxi, hit up O’Hanolons and watched England TROUNCE Sweden in a very effective 2-0 victory.

A few things stood out again, and I hate to say it… but Trippier really is an excellent right back. He’s strong, mobile, very composed and his final ball is exceptional whether that’s coming in from out wide in open play, or from dead balls. He’s such a good player. Harry Mcguire is also excellent, if he were a foreign defender, we’d pur over his ability to distribute from the back, surely a big move lined up for him? Also, what is it with the north and producing top talent? Our whole backline has risen up from weaker clubs. It’s great to see. The south needs to sort itself out, the softies.

I’ve also got to wind-in my criticisms of Jordan Pickford. I have Richard Wright issues, and I thought his performances at Sunderland were kind of standard because anyone can look good playing for a shite team. The real talent is being able to make those world class saves when you only have 3 things to deal with in a game. Yesterday, he was man of the match for me. He made some unbelievable saves. Outside his incredible athleticism, his ability to play with the ball at his feet is surprisingly impressive. He has a great range of passing and he certainly seems cut for the future of keeping.

Sweden wasn’t a tough test. They were a very organised midtable Premier League team. They blew it out of the park simply making it to the quarterfinals. So well done to them, but a bigger test awaits in the next round.

The Croatia / Russia game was also pretty damn exciting. The Russians put in a hearty performance, not really caving to the more impressive qualities of the Croats. That said, it was a pretty drab performance from the away team. I have yet to be blown away by Croatia, and if the performance they put on yesterday is anything to go by, I’m not overly worried about the semi-final.

Sure, we’re going to struggle with their midfield, but if we can bring high-intensity pressing and bypass them with salt of the earth long balls, we have every chance of causing them headaches on Wednesday.

I don’t really fear France or Belgium like I would a Spain or a Germany. I think we have every chance of winning the World Cup now, regardless of who we play. The winds seem to be favouring Belgium in the other match, and you’d have to have us down as favourites against Croatia. It’s going to be a massive game this week, but win or lose, the boys have overachieved in this tournament so far and Gareth Southgate deserves a lot of credit for putting on a show.

Back in England, it looks like Arsenal have signed Matteo Guendouzi (vid), the French under-20 plays as a number 4. He’s very quick, he looks pretty strong if the videos of him bulldozing players is anything to go by, and he seems pretty suited to a side that want to break quickly. His passing isn’t that ambitious, but he’s capable. He has dabbled box to box and has the skill the break the lines with his pace, so there’s a hint of Jack Wilshere in there too.

So we’ve not just signed one DM this window, we’ve probably signed two. Not bad considering we haven’t really dealt with that position since the summer of 2008 when we moved on Flamini, Gilberto and Diarra in one window.

If Ornstein’s tweet was anything to go by, that’ll be the last of our business this summer.

There are rumours that the captaincy is going to be part of Rambo’s new deal, Ivan G keen to be filmed shaking the Welshman’s hand last week. Our CEO really is making the most of this summer, and who can blame him, he’s finally winning.

Maybe it’s too tough for the club to move players on, as the manager hasn’t had a chance to coach them or see them in action? No word on Welbeck’s new deal. Though there are strong rumours linking Ospina with a move to Boca Juniors which sounds like a good deal for everyone.

Joel Campbell, a player we just can’t quit, is being linked with moves away to Fener (standard) and Lazio. We’re also mulling over the abilities of Lucas, a player I thought was pretty handy, and maybe deserved less of the cold shoulder.

Right, that’s me done. See you tomorrow you beautiful people. x

246 Responses to “Arsenal look to sign 2nd defensive midfielder of the window (unreal, right?!)”

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  1. Receding Hairline

    Between the tone of my posts and yours only one person can be mistaken for someone with a mental issue Ishola

    Your history on this blog alone shows some serious personality issues, ranging from obsession to aggressiveness. Not to mention paranoia.

  2. Ishola70

    Mr Hairline

    I have told you before I have no interest in debating with a deranged individual like yourself.

    You constantly argue points that are not even put forward for debate in the first place.

    This is because you have an absolute mania to argue with certain posters which unfortunately contains myself. Mania = mental.

    Now as I said to you before do yourself and me and the whole blog a big favour and do not respond to my posts.

    It’s best for all concerned.

    Thank you.

  3. Emiratesstroller

    Raptora

    I could see Emery playing next season with a “Diamond Formation” in midfield
    with two strikers up front.

    That would allow Torreira as DMF playing behind Ramsey and Xhaka in Central Midfield with Ozil in attacking midfield position. That would allow us to play two strikers up front with Aubameyang and Lacazette both playing in
    that formation.

    When you analyse Arsenal’s current resources and the lack of an established
    fleet footed winger that would be my preferred choice. We would then rely on
    Bellerin as wing back, but of course improving both in crossing department and tracking back defensively when required to do so.

  4. raptora

    Red,
    Muller was probably the worst of them but because he’s not an immigrant no one says anything about him. A nothing player if he doesn’t score. Which he didn’t.

  5. Ishola70

    ES

    Raptora has already explained that Xjaka needs time on the ball and is susceptible to the press.

    Do you really think it is a good idea to take him away from his deep position?

    You are hanging Torreira out to dry basically with this thinking.

  6. raptora

    ES,
    Well if they plan to stick to Xhaka as a starter, I hope they have a top notch plan. Jesus Christ, all the pain to make this certain player work in any “top” team. Holy moly.

  7. Leftsidesanch

    How can people who are born in a country be immigrants, is it not their parent(s)? Most of the time I can scroll past the ramblings of that unfunny mug but not today.

  8. KAY Boss

    Torreira and Guendouzi in. Good piece of business. Nzonzi in will make it a perfect window IMO though a winger will be appreciated.

  9. Redtruth

    “Michael24
    So happy it’s Croatia and not Russia on Wednesday.Playing against a better team will work in England’s favour.”

    Like Tunisia, Panama and Sweden or better teams like Belgium and Colombia who England failed to beat.

  10. Emiratesstroller

    Ishola 70/ Raptora

    Let us judge all our players performance level after they have trained and been coached by Emery.

    The feedback I have had for a very long time is that the regime at Arsenal under Wenger was dreadful with no discipline or structure.

    There were many players joining Arsenal who were highly rated by previous
    clubs and yet underperformed once they came to us.

    We have got a regime change with a new head coach who will make his own
    judgments about the calibre of players in his squad.

  11. Dissenter

    Ishola
    “In my opinion anyone that celebrates the signing of Guendouzi over N’Zonzi is a fool and of the highest order. And I will state it on here and care not for your attempted policing of the blog”
    That’s bull shittery at its finest.
    You’re assuming that everyone is wanking off over Nzonzi
    You’re assuming that everyone thinks getting a 29 years old central midfielder with a release clause of £35 miliion is a good idea.
    You’re assuming that some don’t value Mlislintat-scouted prospect over a 30 year old who failed out at Blackburn and Stoke City.

    Calling every one who disagrees with you a fool is in itself foolish.
    You used to be very good at witty banter, what’s going on?
    I know the poster you lashed out at is annoying (not “Receedimg hairline”) is as annoying as a bed bug) but still….

  12. Leedsgunner

    If this kid, Matteo Guendouzi comes in, what does that mean for AMN who I thought would be the natural competitor to Torrereia? Elneny for that matter?

    If it was up to me, I would send Elneny, out the door. Hard worker but very limited skills.

  13. Cesc Appeal

    I’m happy with Guendouzi, this is what we brought in Mislintat for.

    A lot of our signings have been obvious ones like Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang and Sokratis.

    He has brought in one find in Mavropanos who looks like he good be special and given his track record I am happy to trust him on Guendouzi who only turned 19 in April and yet has pushed for a first team place at Lorient this season.

    That means we now have Guendouzi and Maitland Niles as young options in central midfield.

    What is great is that Wenger ignored the CDM position for years, showed total disrespect and disregard to it, now in the space of a couple of days we look like signing Torreira and Guendouzi. A CDM for now and a CDM for the future.

  14. Emiratesstroller

    RT

    You do like to be contrary and controversial in your statements on most football matters.

    Three of your selection of immigrant players were in the starting lineup when
    Germany won the World Cup in 2014 albeit that Khedira got injured before
    final.

    Do you judge France in the same way? Most of their players come from an
    immigrant background including Mbappe.

  15. Cesc Appeal

    Leeds

    Maitland Niles might end up more CM than CDM from watching him, quite calm in possession and holds onto the ball well, doesn’t mind attacking either.

    What would be good is either the academy producing or Mislintat finding a strong, young CAM now as well.

  16. Cesc Appeal

    ‘If it was up to me, I would send Elneny, out the door. Hard worker but very limited skills.’

    I agree.

    I also don’t like the attitude of a player who refuses a move because he’s happy on the bench earning what he does living in London.

    Torreira, Xhaka, Ramsey, Maitland Niles, Guendouzi is a lot of midfield players. The only worry is age now, weird considering everyone was going on about it being too old if N’Zonzi was signed.

  17. Emiratesstroller

    CA

    No-one seems to discuss Reine-Adelaide a CMF who played in France last season and may also be considered for our midfield.

    With new head coach there could also be other youngsters coming into consideration for place in First Team Squad.

  18. raptora

    ES,
    I agree that a lot of players might raise their level now that Wenger is gone, and everyone will feel what competition for places is as well as a demanding atmosphere, but I don’t see players going from being average to being above par or top class. Sadly I don’t think Jeff has that much potential tbh.

  19. BacaryisGod

    Redtruth

    You pretty much jumped over the line there with that anti-immigrant comment.

    If you had any decency, you would recognize you were flat-out wrong on the facts and the merits of your comment. Like Trump though, I’ve never known you to apologize for saying something stupid, wrong or racist so I doubt it will happen any time soon.

  20. Victorious

    “In my opinion anyone that celebrates the signing of Guendouzi over N’Zonzi is a fool ”

    Says the obsessive plonker who spends all day flogging ‘Xjaka’ without nothing else to offer the blog…

    Your black or white view of things is cringeworthy and irritating.traits of a teenager who throws about insults because his views on discussions are myopic

    how old are u exactly? seems to me you have a lot of growing up to do

  21. Emiratesstroller

    Raptora

    What we want to see is the new management team improve the playing personnel at the club. That will take time.

    As I pointed out over weekend the club has recruited 7 new players for first team squad since January

    All are good enough to play for club and my guess is that four are good enough
    to start in first team.

    Yes there may well be several players in our squad who will be offloaded as
    was case last season, but that will be a process over two or three windows.

    My guess is that Cech, Koscielny and Monreal will leave next summer when their contracts expire. All are now in their 30s and have no resale value.

    Ramsey could leave this summer if he does not sign new contract as is the
    case with Welbeck as well since both have contracts expiring June 2019.

    Ospina will almost certainly leave, because of the arrival of Leno.

    The statement by Bellerin that he is one of 5 players that Emery has stated are
    not for sale is also revealing. That means that everyone else is under review
    and therefore available if they do not prove themselves or the club finds
    upgrades.

  22. Emiratesstroller

    steve

    I did not say that Reine-Adelaide would make it. He is a member of first team
    squad who plays in midfield and he will no doubt be under review before season
    starts.

  23. Victorious

    Between the tone of my posts and yours only one person can be mistaken for someone with a mental issue Ishola”

    Say no more brother

    a reasonable fellow who accepts others opinions and as well give his own politely Vs one that spends majority of his time flogging a particular footballer with nothing much to offer

    I know who’s more likely to be mentally deranged.

  24. Victorious

    Binford
    I’ll be dropping in from time to time. Thanks for the kind words. Cheers.

    You’d be greatly mistaken if you genuinely thinks anyone gives a flying fvck of what you do…blog has generally been calm and civil since your self-imposed exile

    do us all a small favour and take the obssesive twat with u, Thanks.

  25. raptora

    It’s not a topic of a football blog to be honest. And Red’s comment about shitty players being immigrants is not correct. But I agree to a level that if you are a first generation born in Germany or in any country that is not the motherland of your parents – like all the players he cited as far as I’m aware, it’s hard to think of yourself as an absolute 100% German (or whatever nation) you know.

    You get raised in the ways that your parents were raised in their motherland, probably following their traditions at home, honoring their country’s holidays, possibly going to a special kindergarden or school for migrated people from that particular motherland, your parents hang out with fellow immigrants from their home country etc, etc.

    It takes time for the roots of the “home” DNA to move to another “home”. Maybe 3 or 4 generations. Sometimes people are so connected to their long left home of their grand grandparents that they never really feel “converted” to the place where they were raised up.

    Anyways not a football subject but I could agree to a point that it definitely takes time to feel another country your home, if your parents come from a different place, even if you were born in it. So the immigrant comment is not completely out of sorts. But it doesn’t have to be said in a negative way. There absolutely nothing wrong in being an foreigner living in another country. Why does it have to be burdened with negative meaning and prejudices?

  26. Ishola70

    lol

    This blog is turning into a complete farce.

    Vicky of all people telling folks to grow up.

    Farcical.

    Vicky has turned Le Grove into a farce.

  27. Leedsgunner

    If Monreal is out as many reports say he is, I would like us to try to sign Ricardo Rodriguez… the Swiss left wingback/ left back. I’ve kept an eye on him since he was at Wolfsburg. Good age, experience and fantastic set piece specialist.

    With Xhaka and Licjsteiner at the club he should settle in quickly too!

  28. Cesc Appeal

    Squad numbers are not what they use to be, but giving Cech the No.1 shirt and Elneny the No.4 shirt is still annoying.

  29. Cesc Appeal

    If there is to be a LB then Laxalt does not look a bad option after watching him at the World Cup.

  30. Cesc Appeal

    Although I like Kolasinac, he is one of those player I want to see under Emery, started life at Arsenal very well as a lot of players do and then the malaise of Arsenal with Wenger gets to them.

  31. raptora

    Heard about the Nacho rumours. I would comment on it when it becomes official. I’m struggling to see a fellow Spaniard, main player and one that had a very solid season, sold in Emery’s first season. If it happens it would be mean that we are going the Chelsea way where managers have no say in who’s in and who’s out of the team.

  32. Victorious

    CA agree,very annoying squad players taking up numbers of first team starters

    Now Leno who will undisputedly be first choice keeper is taking no19 and Torreira is left with what exactly

  33. Dissenter

    We have done more in the last one year than Wenger ever did in the preceding 10 years.
    It’s very difficult not to harbor ill-feelings for Wenger.

  34. Victorious

    Welcome Torreira and Guendouzi to the best club in the world

    Have to admit I like the new shape our midfield seems to be taking

    high hopes for Torreira who is a feisty player and will bring along grit and fight to our midfield,hope he settles well

    get in a winger and we could surprise a good few this season

  35. Victorious

    Dyssentry
    “We have done more in the last one year than Wenger ever did in the preceding 10 years.
    It’s very difficult not to harbor ill-feelings for Wenger.”

    Get a hold of yourself,i know you having your mensuration we all know it’s a major challenge when its that time of the month for you to ejaculate through the mouth

    enjoy the moment and stop harping on about Wenger who has since moved on, cheers

  36. raptora

    No marquee signing, when we badly have the need of a winger, would mean an average window.

    We were indeed a couple of signings with the Alexis team of winning the EPL in that Leicester year. Now we don’t have Alexis but we’ll have the other ingredients – DM, GK and CF. Pretty sad tbh.

  37. Receding Hairline

    With all the exotic names some on here seem to want for the winger positions no one has looked at Demarai Gray .

    Fast, skillful…a little raw granted . But considering we are lacking in quality English players and we are an English club it might not be a bad shout.

  38. Cesc Appeal

    Two medicals at Arsenal today.

    The direction the club is heading is just great.

    At f*****g last.

  39. Victorious

    raptora

    Behave

    how can you be sad with our transfers so far,its been good with the potential of been great,…

    too many links to wide players that one won’t be coming in,would ecstatic if we brought in lozano

  40. raptora

    “We were indeed a couple of signings with the Alexis team of winning the EPL in that Leicester year.”

    Meant to say regardless Wenger we were indeed a couple of signings away of winning the EPL.

  41. PessimisticPat

    “Victorious
    July 9, 2018 12:30:44
    Binford
    I’ll be dropping in from time to time. Thanks for the kind words.
    Cheers.
    You’d be greatly mistaken if you genuinely thinks anyone gives a flying fvck of what you do…blog has generally been calm and civil since your self-imposed exiledo us all a small favour and take the obssesive twat with u, Thanks.”

    And then just when you thought victorious couldn’t be more of a hypocrite
    “Get a hold of yourself,i know you having your mensuration we all know it’s a major challenge when its that time of the month for you to ejaculate through the mouth”

    Victorious.
    You are beyond help lolz

  42. gonsterous

    raptora

    everyone and their dog knew we needed reinforcements in the jan window to win that year. what did Wenger do ? nothing. im glad the fraud is jobless…

  43. Michael24

    How can anyone write a thousand word thesis on Granite Xhaka, when England are on the verge of reaching the WC Final?

    Oh yeh, I forgot, there are many on here who hate England. Silly me.

    After ten years of false dawn’s under Arsenal Wenger, I will wait to see how our new manager goes about resolving all the obvious frailties in the team, before passing judgement.

    I sometimes get the feeling that some on here are theoretical fans , trying to prove themselves against others, as though it’s a competition, rather than true practical followers of the club.

    Yawn, yawn……..fudging yawn!

    Where are all those followers who go by their gut?

    IT’S COMING HOME!!!

  44. Leedsgunner

    https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2528631.html

    I trust the new regime is all over lists like this.

    If we have to go in house for wingers it wouldn’t be ideal but it would also be not the end of the world. I would be eager to see Reiss Nelson get more playing time this year in his favoured position of left wing and see how players like Jeff Reine-Adelaide progress under a new coach who has a good track record of bringing youngsters through.

  45. Michael24

    It’s always nice to read Victorious’s wonderfully worded posts.

    Isn’t the English language such a beautiful thing.

  46. Zfree

    Remember the good ole days before Vic existed in this space? Feel like I need a shower after reading some of his slop

  47. Rambo Ramsey

    I’ve noticed there’s a trend with Victorious, Hairline and their ilk

    Talk about Arsenal? They pose as Superfans lashing out at anyone that offers criticism.

    Talk about Social issues? They trumpet out the Liberal-handbook, lashing out at imagined ‘cave dwellers’.

    Talk about Behavior on a blog? They act superior and pretend that they are classier than others.

    Basically always looking to put themselves on a higher pedestal to, maybe compensate for their tiny peepee? I don’t know. All they end up doing though is showcase their hypocrisy and general lack of self-awareness.

  48. Receding Hairline

    “Basically always looking to put themselves on a higher pedestal to, maybe compensate for their tiny peepee?”

    Real matured talk. So now this blog has become an avenue for dick measuring??

    What next…we should all submit exact measurements of our privates ?

  49. Countryboy

    Rambo
    I am surprised nobody has noticed that what is going on among the trio of Ishola70, Receding Hairline and Dissenter is a dick measuring contest.

    About who the most intelligent Nigerian is

    EL OH EL

  50. Redtruth

    raptora
    “Meant to say regardless Wenger we were indeed a couple of signings away of winning the EPL.”

    All the top teams collapsed yet Arsenal still needed a couple of signings to beat Leicester to the title….yeah right….lol

  51. Receding Hairline

    “About who the most intelligent Nigerian is”

    Don’t even know what this is supposed to mean.

    Besides nothing goes on between me and Dissenter, so if you have something to say to Dissenter you say it plainly. As for the Ishola dude, i simply point out to him the possibility of expressing himself without resorting to petty insults , i will do so regardless of his nationality

  52. Receding Hairline

    “Putting it out there, Vic and Hairline are probably the same person..”

    You are allowed to put anything out there, although in this case i don’t even see how you can come to that conclusion .

    Am i also allowed to put it out there that Bamford and Dissenter are probably the same person just because they both post from the States?

    Or that all of you posting from the UK are one and the same?

  53. Cesc Appeal

    We are still talking to Soyuncu it seems, looks as if that is one Mislintat wants.

    Got to say pretty impressed with how Emery has just swept in no real fuss and got on with things, implementing his way of doing things from day one without any issues and is building the squad he wants.

    Results are what matters, but looks promising.

  54. Receding Hairline

    “We are still talking to Soyuncu it seems, looks as if that is one Mislintat wants.”

    I understand there are offers on the table for both Elneny and Mustafi. I think we should look to move one of them on if not both.

  55. PessimisticPat

    Me too Cesc Appeal

    At the moment I’m quite pleased how we’ve gone about our summer so far but the only thing hanging over us at the minute is Ramsey’s contract. Get that sorted soon either way and I’ll be delighted

  56. Leedsgunner

    “We are still talking to Soyuncu it seems, looks as if that is one Mislintat wants.”

    Where have you seen this Cesc?

  57. Park Chu-young's left testicle

    CA

    I don’t think the Soyuncu deal will happen. It all seems to be recycled news. Where are you hearing that we are still talking to Soyuncu – if we ever have been?

  58. Guns of Brixton

    “Guns
    10 inchesIt’ll never stand up in Court.”

    I beg to differ!

    Whether it be a court or Parliament.
    It shall stand Tall and Proud !!

  59. raptora

    Freiburg are believed to want around £30million for the highly-rated defender, and Soyuncu’s agent Mustafa Dogru has issued an update on his client’s future, insisting there has been no contact from Arsenal yet.

    He told Turkish-Football.com: “Arsenal have not held official talks with us, Sven Mislintat is keen on him but we are currently not in direct negotiations with the club.

    “We have made it clear to Freiburg that Caglar wants to leave over the summer and Frieburg are happy to go ahead with a transfer but only for the right price. Playing in the Premier League is what most footballers aim for.”

  60. Zfree

    I was thinking that if Ramsey hasn’t signed on by July 1 we should be moving him on. Then I was thinking okay, early July. Now it’s getting to be mid-July…

    If he isn’t accepting the offer, why not move his ass on? The project should be enticing, apparently he’s being offered the captaincy, should be loads of money… An injury prone Ramsey on mega mega wages is not something I want, would like to see the club play hardball in the next 7-10 days with him – here’s the offer, take it, or you’re sold to the highest bidder.

  61. Leedsgunner

    I’m not doubting you btw Cesc, I too would like Soyuncu to coming in bed down. He effectively would be a replacement for Koscelny or Mustafi wouldn’t he?

    Well done to the club for working on the CD now rather than when Koscelney is due to retire… watching clubs would just bump their prices up!

    I’ve been very impressed with the measured way the club has gone about bringing in acquisitions without the self-pitying drama that Wenger used to indulge in.

    We need to get players out now… so we can bump up the transfer kitty for the winter. Unlike Wenger, Sven, Raul and Ivan actually reinvest in the team.

    Well done Arsenal.

    Be careful what you wish for… yeah right. I wish we did this in 2006!

  62. Cesc Appeal

    Leeds Park Chu

    There’s a few sites saying it but that could be recycled news, however, there are a few Twitter accounts knocking around that over the past season have called things pretty right. There’s a couple that called Leno and Sokratis way before the news even picked up on an interest and they called Torreira as being done when the papers were saying we had an interest.

    They claim Arsenal are very much interested in Soyuncu and what we’re doing is what we’ve seen happen to us and others before, get the player wanting to go to Arsenal and then start saying we think the release clause is too high. At that point Freiburg have a player who wants to leave, the fans know it as well, he wants to go to Arsenal and we are now playing up over the release fee.

    Interesting, we will have to see I suppose.

    PessimisticPat

    The Ramsey situation and then we badly need a winger. After that it would be the best summer we’ve seen in a long time.

  63. Freddie Ljungberg

    Looks like most wingers we’ve been linked to are off the market soon:

    Pavon staying, Martins to Atletico and Lozano to Man U.

    Who else is out there that we can get in?

    I’m guessing this is it in midfield if Ramsey is staying, maybe with Elneny heading out.

    Sell him, Welbeck, Perez, Mustafi and Ospina and there’s plenty of ammo left without losing any quality on the pitch.

    Already the best window in ages, but it could be great.

  64. gambon

    Cesc

    I think Soyuncu deal is dead, or it was as soon as Chambers signed a new deal.

    If Mustafi goes, we would still have 6 CBs if we bought Soyuncu in, 4 of whom would be 22 yo or under.

    Not sure that would be good business.

  65. Cesc Appeal

    Gambon

    In terms of our CBs though, I agree we have a lot on paper but I think Mustafi will go.

    Kozz you cannot really count, he looks like coming back next year, if at all, and who knows in what condition he will come back in before his contract expires at the end of next season.

    One of Mavropanos or Holding will likely go out on loan, most likely Holding.

    That would mean Sokratis, Soyuncu, Mavropanos and Chambers as CB options.

  66. The Royal Arsehole

    Has this not been the best summer in the last 10 year for excitement of the upcoming season. Yes the world cup is overshadowing our moves with great games. When was the last summer you would wake to see us making moves for the appropriate player in the appropriate positions needing strength. Yes we are not making blockbuster moves, but we are making right choices of leadership and talent that can still be groomed with the potential of being something special. Looking at these players we are still attached to or looking to bring abroad, YOU HAVE TO BE EXCITED!!

  67. raptora

    If you think about it before when a player was joining us, they would have to fit in the group of players, to go in already settled place with Wenger at the helm giving all orders and everyone was aware of how things work.

    Now new players come, and it’s like – “Yo, bro, how are things here, what is your training like, when do you eat, do you watch videos every day, do you go out together, do you know this, that” and old players will be like – “No idea, brah. I know almost as many people in here as you do.”

    Must be pretty exciting to be a part of something brand new. Emery and his team look like completely committed to the cause as well. It must be buzzing. No way that Ramsey quits this if the club management gives him a decent contract.

  68. Majesticgooner

    Wow isn’t it a good feeling, no excuses about how we can’t sign any players because of the World Cup or no other club is signing no business is being done or we are only looking for players who would improve the team or we are waiting for the so called big teams to get their signings done first and definitely no sign of an old geezer playing beach volleyball or street football to prove to everyone how young and fit he still is. Funny how there is no mention of any job for our ex manager and tbh I think that’s the end of him managerwise, to think we put up with this crap for that long we as fans deserve this breath of fresh air sweeping through the club. Good riddance.

  69. Radio Raheem

    Agree with Gambon, I was never convinced of us signing Soyuncu. More agent talk than any concrete in my view.

  70. Cesc Appeal

    In terms of a winger you can probably see us needing to sell to buy there, likely Welbeck, Perez and Campbell all sold should be able to get you £30 Million.

    You have cheaper options in Pavon, Martins, Vazquez and Lozano but each have issues and other sides looking at them, in the case of Vazquez can you get him away from Madrid for a reasonable fee?

    You could go for a big signing there instead, £50-70 Million for someone like Bailey but that then brings into play the whole argument about selling Lacazette again unless we could organise we Schalke to give them the £30 Million we raise this summer and then a further £10 Million each summer for the next two to three summers.

    If we got a big name wide player then this has been the greatest summer ever.

  71. Pierre

    Will be shame when Ramsey leaves..

    I will miss his lack of discipline, his ventures upfield, his little flicks, his lack of discipline, his stupid face he pulls whenever he misplaces a pass or misses a goalscoring opportunity, his lack of discipline and, I nearly forgot, his lack of discipline.
    Will he find another club/manager that will give him the freedom he received under wenger.

    Is he holding the club to ransom, will he be labeled a mercenary…. I doubt it..

  72. Pierre

    Come on Ramsey, sign the thing (if there is a thing to sign).. I want to see how you perform in a balanced team,I’m sure you can do it on a consistent basis….