Ivan the terrible keeps on giving – Ramsey ducks with HUGE win

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It’s not often I’ll concede and take a fat L, but today, I must.

Aaron Ramsey’s agent has only gone and done it. £140k a week NET fam… which works out at around £280k a week GROSS. That’s good cash. Baldwin, you’re the British Raiola, and we’re proud to have you raping the game for all it’s worth.

Well played.

As for Aaron, it’s over. The much-loved Welshman is ducking out with a huge win. He’s going to one of the most prestigious clubs in the world, he’s playing for a top 3 manager, and he gets to live in Turin.

God speed.

This goes down as one of the worst episodes in a long line of Game of Thrones like transfer catastrophes. Arsenal could have tied Rambo, Ozil and Sanchez down to longterm deals 4 years ago after we’d just beaten Villa in the FA Cup final. We dithered, wouldn’t pay out wages that outstripped Wenger, and the rest is history. We let one go for £35m, lost one on a free, and stuffed ourselves with the one that cared the least for £350k a week.

What a disaster.

It was the right decision though. A Europa League team cannot keep on dishing out £150k+ a week deals. We’ve made a total hash of those sort of contracts already. Ozil, Lacazette and Mikhi spend most of their time on the bench. Aaron is a good player, but I don’t believe in him as £300k a week player. If he’d been Pep trained from 20, sure, but he’s been schooled in the woods for 8 years. I also don’t think we can afford that sort of luxury anymore. We need Torreira players. £25m in fee and £65k a week in salary.

The big fear that I have now is how we get out of this absolute mess.

Our wage bill is fucked, we have no saleable assets, our youth players are good but there are no Cesc’s bubbling up, we have an ageing defence and most importantly… there’s no fucking money to pull ourselves out of the problem. Oh, and we also fucked our managerial appointment.

The pain is real.

We’ll have to unfuck ourselves first, then we’ll have to reset, then we’ll have to pray for diamond eyes to come good.

It very much looks like we’re going to be out in the wilderness for a long time.

Such a shame we spent the banter years hoarding money, buying shit players for big money, as well as sheltering an utterly dross coaching staff.

Anyway, needed to get that out my system.

Onto more positive tones tomorrow.

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631 Responses to “Ivan the terrible keeps on giving – Ramsey ducks with HUGE win”

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  1. Joe

    Ummm no you fucking idiot

    Did I say it was?

    Fuck, you and Un take the cake on this blog for bieng the two biggest fucking idiots

  2. Guns of SF

    PhD
    SF is a great place to visit. Catch any view of the ocean- north side- the SF bay. Alcatraz, Fishermans Wharf, numerous museums, Market st and the street cars, Golden Gate park, Golden Gate Bridge, Go to the embarcadero and see all the scenery, Coit Tower, Little Italy, so much more. Need at least a week here to catch it all. Of course, do not miss the clam chowder in the bread bowl on fishermans wharf
    SF is 6 square miles and we have the most bars and restaraunts per mile than any place in the world. No shortage of booze and food here.

    Its crowded and you have to be aware- there are big city problems. Homeless is the biggest one. The other irritant is the pigeons. Like rats with wings…. shitting all over.

    Outside of that. you will love it.
    We have the SF Giants, Niners and hop across to Oakland to catch the champion Golden State Warriors play at Oracle Arena

    Or you can catch the A’s and/ or NFL Raiders- well not anymore they are moving to Vegas

  3. Guns of SF

    Head to wine country- Napa- bout an hour away and have the best wine and food.
    Here is a video anyhow…. great place

  4. Joe

    Guns

    Homelessness is an issue in any west coast city. The climate brings over alot of the homeless from colder climates out east.

    Why be in -30 in Ontario and Quebec when you can be mild Vancouver/sf/la

  5. Guns of SF

    Napa is recovering. Takes years for the earth to get back to normal. But we have had lots of rain last 2 years so things are looking good.
    Problem is a sudden outporuing of vegetation with the rains and then drying in the fall with our Indian Summer winds and warm temps make the area a tinderbox.
    Its a real problem and no easy solutions. You cannot just cut and entire forest down to prevent fires. Our firemen are great- how many have lost their lives fighting to protect lives and property. Such a noble job. Everyone loves Firemen

  6. Joe

    We’ve been having big issues with forest fires here as well. Nothing like Cali but still
    Massive.

    Bc is just a big smoke cloud come August.

  7. Sancho Monzorla

    Joe

    Cheers, thanks. Will give it a shot one of these days.

    Fires have been very bad this past year. Know several families that needed to evacuate. A good friend of mine is a firefighter with LAFD, was working nonstop for awhile.

  8. PhD2020

    JoeJanuary 11, 2019 01:01:51
    PhD

    Bc is great. Whistler has had a great snow year so far. Went up 10
    Days over the 2 week Xmas break with the kids. But this week looks sunny and warm! Best of all worlds. Will ski tomorrow through Sunday and then bike all next week. Have a lot of summer off as does the wife so we are thinking of maybe a Europe vacation. Maybe Paris to southern France ?Would love to take the kids to Europe.
    ———————

    Joe

    I’m from London..My missus is from Quebec.
    I’m looking to visit BC in the summer..Hoping to hit Whistler,Vanc.,Vanc. Island and the Gulf Islands.If time permits would like to see the Banff Mountains in Alberta and possibly head down to Portland and Seatlle.

    This Easter will probably hit Montreal, Quebec City and Boston(US).I ‘ve been to T.O. twice already.

    In short,I’m overdue a long holiday..

    Have you considered Italy for your travels?
    Florence in Tuscany?Rome?

    Spain
    Andalucia?

    Or Greece?
    Santorini?

    Just some ideas to consider for your travels..

  9. Joe

    We did Italy and London in 2013 when our youngest was 9 months old. Was great. Went to Fulham away in the away section.

    Kid slept the whole time in the baby Bjorn fully decked out in his arsenal gear.

    The wife couldn’t believe the language ha

    Yeah Greece or Spain Would be great. Maybe even Portugal.

    The kids would love to see the Eiffel Tower

  10. PhD2020

    Guns of SFJanuary 11, 2019 01:27:10
    PhD
    SF is a great place to visit. Catch any view of the ocean- north side- the SF bay. Alcatraz, Fishermans Wharf, numerous museums, Market st and the street cars, Golden Gate park, Golden Gate Bridge, Go to the embarcadero and see all the scenery, Coit Tower, Little Italy, so much more. Need at least a week here to catch it all. Of course, do not miss the clam chowder in the bread bowl on fishermans wharf
    SF is 6 square miles and we have the most bars and restaraunts per mile than any place in the world. No shortage of booze and food here.Its crowded and you have to be aware- there are big city problems.

    Homeless is the biggest one. The other irritant is the pigeons. Like rats with wings…. shitting all over.
    —————
    Thanks for the heads up on SF…Will look further into this..

    As an aside,isn’t homelessness a big issue in the US anyway?
    Given my previous sojourns to the states-namely NY,it was one of the first things that was quite noticeable..In fact,quite sad and tragic,if I must say so.

  11. Guns of SF

    Homeless is a public health issue. It just doesnt happen. Many homeless are mentally ill and or have a substance abuse problem. many are educated, many have families, but what most all of them have is a lack of hope.
    new studies have found that getting people off the streets now means giving them a home first and foremost before even rehab begins. usually its been the other way around. When people feel that they belong, have a place to call home, they tend to want to take care of it and not lose it. Its motivation.
    I know SF has tried different ways to help. I would gander at saying that most of the homeless in SF or a part, are not even natives but from out of state etc.
    Its been there for decades. I hate seeing it. heartbreaking but I hope we can come with new ways to help

  12. PhD2020

    JoeJanuary 11, 2019 03:28:16
    PhD
    Let me know when you are out west! Maybe we can catch up for a beer

    ——-
    No worries..Sure,will give you a shout when I hit the West Coast..

    rollen1January 11, 2019 04:23:27
    PHD forget east coast come to BC. I moved in 2016 from London.

    ———
    No worries,will be hitting the West Coast in summer.I know West is where it’s at!! 🙂 Better climate for starters and scenic views.
    But you get more of the European culture in the East(in QC anyway).It’s all good though.Both sides of the coast have great qualities in equal measure..

    How have you found the adjustment process?

  13. Tony

    Same shit different day!

    Values – History and Traditions is this in making profits or playing football and challenging for the highest honours? Because if it’s the latter, I haven’t seen it since 2006 and 1994 since winning a European trophy.

    Seems they (Vinai, Sven & Raul) are all kow towing to Kroenke to keep their nice big salaries and positions safe. Musn’t rock the boat to god forbed want money to buy players to dig us out of the hole Kroenke was happy to see us sink deep into.

    “And we’re really confident we can be successful with this model. The ambition we have for this club is completely possible to be achieved in the business model that we’ve got.

    “We have a self-sustaining business model at this club. That means all the investments we make on the pitch are funded by the revenues we generate off the pitch.

    “And we’re really confident we can be successful with this model. The ambition we have for this club is completely possible to be achieved in the business model that we’ve got.”

    “We’ve got a really clear ambition and that is to win the biggest trophies in the game. We want to do that in our way, respecting our values, history and traditions.”

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/reason-arsenal-arent-signing-players-13840203

  14. PieAFC

    The snow whistler has been getting this year is insane. To be fair, the winter so far here has been brilliant for the good powder days!

    Watch the football early doors then up the hill for a good old shred on the board. Cannot fathom how people would want to live in the mountains and yet not really enjoy winter sports,lol. Being from south london, we had snow like this back home, it would come to a standstill, haha.

    Canada what a country! Unreal place to live.

  15. Un na naai

    PhD
    Mwooah there!! Looks like you’ve got a hard on for me too!!?

    University education is overrated in many cases
    Mum has a degree
    Missus has two. Both earn far less than me

    Will be mortgage free before I’m 40 and am in the process of buying into my third property this year.

    I’d love to send you a link to our customer review page but for obvious reasons it would be an extremely unwise thing to do given my popularity among the resident lefties.

  16. Un na naai

    Oh and joe

    Although I’ve never once lived in a council estate I’d like to know why you feel it’s so shameful?? Very un-PC

  17. mysticleaves

    Un na

    Education is not only about money. it refines you, the way you talk to people and chat with strangers on a football blog and all that.

    how comical you accuse Joe of “lying” about being a millionaire fireman and yet you “lie” that you are about to buy your 3rd property. See what I did there?

    If I were you, I would take a course or two on public behaviour and communication or something like that

  18. Tony

    UnDon
    If what you’re saying is real, good for you. I find self made people far more interesting than the siver spoon brigade.

    One of my closest mates out here is the president of one of the largest Asain MC clubs. He left school at 14 being told he’d never amount to anything above a road sweeper and the army would be his best bet because he’s one seriously hard bastard now and throughout his life.

    He’s just 50 and worth around £3.5+ million from Thai property and ownwd an oil & Gas support company, which he sold 15 years ago.

    Some people are good at remembering what they learn and can regurgitate it on call, but doesn’t mean they have an ounce of common sense or street wiseness about them. They too often have to follow what it says in the manual.

    I’m grad level educated but learnt much more from practical than theory over the last few decades.

    Haven’t read above so no idea why PhD is mentioned, but you do have your moments, such as your Wilshire adulation and radical views, but you seem like a decent guy and an aged hippy traveller too, which is funny to take as you seem the last person to be all mellow peace & love.

    Must have been the mushrooms and weed.

    Maybe I’ll have more time to read later.

  19. mysticleaves

    I watched Chukwuezes clip on YouTube and I was left wondering how we didn’t sign him when we had the chance. He’d be the new Salah if he keeps progressing as he is…

    Are Xavier and Saka close to that? haven’t caught any kids game this season so I don’t know how they have played

  20. Un na naai

    Mystic

    It doesn’t matter wether you believe me. And PhD’s and monzorla’s and bamford’s “education” hasn’t stopped them from insulting others on a football blog.
    I’m not pretending I’m loaded but I’m young and I’m on track.
    The third property isn’t being bought alone. There are three of us.

    Either way. Most of what I say to joe is just winding him up. I’ve nothing against the fella doing well or making a nice life for his kids.
    But I do enjoy a little wind up now and then.

  21. Freddie Ljungberg

    “There is an increased belief among the Arsenal coaching staff that Mavropanos is ready to play in the first team and is in contention to be involved in senior games when he’s fully match fit.”

    Could be why we’re not linked with many CBs, seems to be highly regarded by the new coaches after just a week back in full training. Maybe wise to wait for summer to get a top CB and keep Mavro, Sokratis and Holding.
    Get rid of Chambers, Mustafi and Kos.

  22. Pedro

    Also back to some of the earlier commentary about not being able to transfer American ideas into English sport:

    > We’ve already seen the move into specialisation take affect in the league. I think that’s going to get even more divided, in the same way it has in America. There will be specialist defence and attacking coaches. Someone who oversees the approach to pressing.
    > Pep G is already borrowing from the ‘playbook’, his teams can switch between systems very easily during games. I’m sure I read somewhere his team understand 9 or 10 different plays that the work on.
    > We will see more clubs operate like Red Bull, where the sporting director controls all of the coaches bar maybe one or two. I am stunned that Arsenal let Emery bring in all his own people, especially the strength and conditioning guy. Shad and Burgess should have been given total control. Telling that 7 months in and we’re racked with injuries.

    Also reference the draft system. Sure, we don’t have the advantage of that, but a good drafts don’t necessarily make a great team. Nor do good trades.

    Arsenal are a very rich team with incredible things to offer elite young players. There is no reason we couldn’t carve our a niche of young players we need to match our guiding vision and own that part of the market.