WELCOME SUAREZ (nearly)

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WELCOME SUAREZ (nearly)

In a twist of Harry Redknapp like fate, it appears that the mechanics of the January transfer window are whirring into action.

Barcelona released the dogs onto Raul earlier in the day by telling the press the deal was finished because our man wasn’t negotiating nicely, cool words from a club that lost exec leadership to prison.

Later in the day, it looked like Barca hadn’t picked up any offers for Suarez and had decided that maybe a loan to deal offering was better for them than a player sat on the bench. We paid 2.5m euros for the deal to happen. The other two teams interested were Real Betis and Sevilla.

It’s quite hard to pull out the positives when it comes to hard numbers. In his career that spans 165 appearances (3 clubs), he’s scored 19 goals and landed 28 assists. If my math fingers do not deceive me, that’s a goal every 471 minutes and an assist every 319. He basically does something every 3.5 games.

He favours the left side of midfield, he’s pretty nimble and he’ll give us more reliability with touches and passing (prays). I’m guessing he’s being brought in because the manager believes there’s a next level he’s not found yet, and a maybe a warm arm and a cuddle that goes on a little too long for comfort might do the trick? Emery is also packing out the club with things he knows. Suarez is his guy and that’s pretty important.

It’s also worth noting he looks a little like Aaron Ramsey. The old goldfish-death-strategy… just lob another one in the tank, no one really notices. Worked a treat on my brother when he was 24.

There are also strong rumours that Perisic is back on the cards whilst at the same time there are strong rumours indicating it’s over. But worse… IT WAS A SVEN RECCO, apparently. In my disappointment, I totally forgot there was a Dortmund link. Sven clearly fond of an ex, the type of guy who sits in and sends out 20 random ‘hey u 😊’ texts to loose female connections on Whatsapp to see where he lands on a Friday night.

Anyway, the player was annoyed he quit. Which is an odd thing to print, because Sven doesn’t leave until Feb 8th, so he should still be involved because he certainly doesn’t have enough holiday built up to roll it into the last 3 weeks of his deal. Reads like a media plant to me, THE FRICKING DEEP STATE WORKING AGAINST YOUR MINDS AGAIN.

Anyhow, LaGazetta Dello Sporto are now saying that some shit has gone down, Carrasco isn’t arriving at Inter, so Spalletti isn’t going to let the Croatian leave because he wants warm bodies to help his #Top4Dreams. Perisic has a more a meaty record, but it’s still not inspiring considering we’re looking for goals and assists. Across all his clubs, he scores every 255minutes and assists every 338. If you break down of contributions per game at Inter, he offers something to the team every 162minutes. Which in Italy is maybe sexier? The dream is when he was at his peak, contributing something every 126mins at Club Brugge.

Anyway, it seems that we’ll only be bringing in one left-sided player this window, and it’ll be the young Suarez who really needs to up his production levels to look like a good deal.

It does look very much like Raul might have used Perisic to pressure Barca into coming to the table… last time we did something that dastardly, we let everyone think we were going after Ben Arfa before BOOOOOM Samir Nasri landed. Good times. The next Zidane they said.

The manager ruled out defensive signings, citing the competition for places that’ll occur when players saunter back from fitness. We’re also forgetting Mavrapanos was flavour of the month before he picked up an injury a few months ago.

Arsenal welcomes Cardiff to The Emirates this evening. We know what we’re going to get. Not a lot of football, a whole lot of Brexit thunder, and likely a comfortable win.

What we don’t want? Any more injuries… City on Sunday is going to be scary.

Right, that’s all I have for you today… see you in comments. Also, behave down there, we’re debating Emery’s haircut, not changing the world. Be nice. x

 

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  1. Sancho Monzorla

    Really should have scored a third over the past ten minutes. Feel like goal difference may play a part at the end, need to pad the scoreline every chance there is.

  2. Dissenter

    “So if City drop points tonight does that almost mean it’s over?”

    ..most likely over because all the momentum will be Liverpool’s

  3. Paulinho

    Managerial genius Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer struggling here.

    How can a manager with his resources not be beating BURNLEY!?

  4. Victorious

    Can’t keep a clean sheet even if their lives depends on it

    City haff bottle it, klopp’s mind games of saying to the press he expects them to win every game to the end of the season might have gone to their heads

    Dippers tittle to lose now

  5. Nelson

    My verdict: Keep Laca and trade Auba. Use the fund to sign wingers.
    I lost count how many times Auba loses the ball. His first touch is also very bad

  6. Marc

    Vic

    Laca is the better all round player but Auba gets more goals. I’d like to see us find a way to get them both into the team without playing one wide.

  7. Marko

    16 points off last seasons tally with 14 matches left.

    Fuck off mate zero improvement… every season isn’t the same… Emery has shit teeth

  8. Un na naai

    Lacazette

    Just va va boom. He makes this team happen.
    Iwobi. He played well. He’s coming to life under emery. Happy to see it. I know he chose Nigeria but he’s an English boy and I’m glad to see he’s coming good

    Guendouzi- he reminds me a little of Vieira with his long legs and languid style but always seems to (70% of the time it works, every time) keep hold of the ball. When you think he’s lost it BAM!!! He’s kept it, without the tough tackling though.

  9. Sancho Monzorla

    Samesong

    I also think the team will show up for City. Arsenal have played well against them for whatever reason even after their ascent, relatively speaking I mean.

  10. Champagne charlie

    That Newcastle manager showing his tactical mettle to be in the game against a side 20x his

    I’m sure we’ll see something similar when we come up against them

  11. Ivan

    Receding – be carefull what you wish for. Same Emery out brigade will bring their pitchforks and start Rafa in movement again.

  12. Gazzap

    If city lose here then Pool have basically done it. If they lose it from there then they really would become the all time great bottlers. My ‘pool supporting work mate still wont believe it until they are handing the trophy over. Pessimism has set in over the years.

  13. Leftsidesanch

    4 minutes to go plus extra stoppage and they give away a silly penalty to United to spark a comeback. Pathetic.

  14. Marko

    That Newcastle manager showing his tactical mettle to be in the game against a side 20x hisI’m sure we’ll see something similar when we come up against them

    Arsenal fan or Benitez fan? Who can tell.

  15. azed

    “That Newcastle manager showing his tactical mettle to be in the game against a side 20x his”

    Pep showing his bland for losing to a side 20x worse than his..

  16. bennydevito

    I’ve been watching the Newcastle City game, I said it before and I’ll say it again; that Lascelles is a beast I would love in our back line.

  17. Receding Hairline

    To be fair Klopp said from the start Liverpool will win a league title in his third season. Despite two fourth place finishes I think they will win it this season.

    Says a lot about Guardiola his inability to handle pressure.

  18. Dissenter

    ““That Newcastle manager showing his tactical mettle to be in the game against a side 20x his”Pep showing his bland for losing to a side 20x worse than his..”

    Where was Arteta when you needed him.?

  19. DaleDaGooner

    Pissed off that Burnley let up in the last minute…sucks, we now have to take something from the game on Sunday….United are breathing down our necks

  20. Sancho Monzorla

    United really do have some luck. Wow. Still a draw at home is a good result for us. Now hoping for a Bournemouth result tomorrow.

  21. Freddie Ljungberg

    We looked a lot better when Ozil came off, receive turn pass back, almost every time, just kills all forward momentum. Guendozi motm for me. Not pretty but those weather conditions doesn’t suit our passing play at all.

    3 points all that matters. Hoping for a Bournemouth win tomorrow.

  22. Marko

    Charlie celebrating a Newcastle win more than an Arsenal one. It’s great to see you happy mate enjoy it. Up to 14th good stuff

  23. bennydevito

    Well done Emery, great tactical nous and substitutions especially taking Ozil off which unlocked our attacking play.

    Emery in.

    Ozil out.

    Oooh to be oooh to be oooh to be a Gooner!

  24. mysticleaves

    Pep about to finish 2nd in a 1 horse race. Pedro’s favourite line about Emery will be permanently laid to rest now😂😂 assuming Liverpool win the league

  25. Champagne charlie

    “Charlie celebrating a Newcastle win more than an Arsenal one. It’s great to see you happy mate enjoy it. Up to 14th good stuff“

    Still ankle level and showing your uncanny ability to be the biggest fucktard on the site. Tip my cap to such commitment, post office are lucky to have you

  26. Marc

    “Where was Arteta when you needed him.?”

    Funny.

    Also Benitez is fucking washed up. Anyone who suggests him for Arsenal manager is a closet Spud.

  27. Receding Hairline

    Roy Hodgson beat City at the Etihad so we didn’t really witness anything strange today

    Plus its one thing being able to outsmart City at home, but the table still shows you are 17 with a negative goal difference of -12. What’s up with that manager at Newcastle?

  28. DaleDaGooner

    Think Pogba knocked his head, said they beat us…in the mickey mouse FA cup, yeah, we should have spanked you at OT…

  29. mysticleaves

    Pep vs Klopp could be another Fergie vs Wenger show at least for 3 years. They are so far ahead of the rest.

    There’s a top 2, then a top 4 after the top 2

  30. Victorious

    At the end Burnley panicked, not unexpected considering nobody expected them to get anything in the first place

    Really becoming a dog fight for that 4th spot, chavs,us and united..
    Can’t avoid to drop tooany points going forward if we’re to edge it

  31. Marc

    Dissenter

    “I’m waiting for someone to mention that …Ozil is low on confidence”

    Emery’s fault again. Don’t play him and he’s wrong, plays him and he wasn’t in the right frame of mind. Why can’t some accept that Ozil has given up on football – being pushed out by Madrid didn’t help and the world cup issues have just killed any desire he has. He’s loaded has an enormous contract so why care?

  32. mysticleaves

    Anyone that really suggested this present day Rafa would have been better than Emery needn’t be taken seriously. Man was good IN HIS TIME.

  33. Marko

    It was clearly a poor attempt at banter Charles don’t have to be a cunt every night. Also what’s wrong with you? Post office, fireman and teachers? Is there any profession worthy in your eyes? You work in a theater wasn’t it

  34. Leftsidesanch

    I only know one Manchester City fan and he’s quite pleasant but for the tonnes of Pool fans I know, them winning the league would be insufferable. Really hope the spirit of Gerrard comes back to haunt.

  35. Marc

    If the Spud’s drop more points with the players they have out they could be sucked into the top 4 fight as well. Not as if they have a history of showing real balls when it’s needed and the Poch is losing the plot. At his press conference today he claimed the Spud’s are a victim of their own success.

    What fucking success?

  36. Champagne charlie

    “Anyone that really suggested this present day Rafa would have been better than Emery needn’t be taken seriously. Man was good IN HIS TIME.“

    Nonsense, he won the championship then finished 12th last season with a championship side.

    Classic case of a man being unfashionable, his ability isn’t questionable.

    @marko you don’t do banter mate, you’re on here nibbling everyday. If that’s not a sign you’re a posty idk what is? Theatre? No.

  37. Pierre

    Torreira back in his best position 2nd half , sitting in front of the back 4… .

    4 offensive players on the pitch 2nd half made all the difference. ..iwobi did well.

    Another win with Ozil starting ….his substitution when we were comfortably in control of the game was fine….gave Ramsey a chance to run around a bit .

    Emery got it right in the end

  38. bennydevito

    ThomasJanuary 29, 2019    22:01:53

    Emery ass lickers having a party.

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    No, Arsenal FANS who actually want our beloved club post Wenger to improve having a party.

    Big difference!

    😎

  39. mysticleaves

    “Nonsense, he won the championship then finished 12th last season with a championship side.”

    you needn’t be taken seriously then 😀😀

  40. mysticleaves

    “Another win with Ozil starting ….his substitution when we were comfortably in control of the game was fine….gave Ramsey a chance to run around a bit .”

    Oh, you came from this angle 😁😁

  41. Leftsidesanch

    Benny, don’ t bother with him – he’s another who has a gun pointed to his head to support the Arsenal or post here. Hasn’t said anything positive about Arsenal.

  42. Samesong

    Classic case of a man being unfashionable, his ability isn’t questionable.

    Benitez is still a highly respected manager in the game. Can’t diss Benitez

  43. Marko

    Nonsense, he won the championship then finished 12th last season with a championship side.

    Since he went to Newcastle he’s spent about 130 million. In the green when it comes to net spend but you trying to paint hardship when it comes to Rafa at Newcastle is ridiculous. It’s a championship side with 130+ million and counting investment in it.

  44. Freddie Ljungberg

    Reports we’ve put in a loan bid for Tielemans, could be a shrewd move, no mention of an option to buy though, but apparently Jardim doesn’t like him.

    Plenty of potential in a midfield 3 of Torreira, Guen and Tielemans, could become something special.

  45. Victorious

    If the transfers of Suarez and perisic(loans) go through I see us nicking 4th

    You see the little difference a limited player like iwobi makes when driving and dribbling from the left then it becomes a savouring prospect of what a genuinely classy wide player can do for you

    Although the defense continues to pose a worry

    But I could honestly see the season finishing like so:

    Dippers
    City
    United
    Us

    Chavs will implode and spuds will choke again

  46. Bamford10

    Dale

    Glad he contributed today, but Iwobi is a squad player and nothing more.

    And I don’t know what has you in such a tizzy of late, but criticizing Iwobi (or accurately describing him) doesn’t make one a racist.

    That actress / Instagram model might be racist, but that doesn’t mean that I am.

    Cheers.

  47. bennydevito

    Leftside,

    Noted, thanks .

    After tonight’s results I’m feeling positive of our top 4 chances it has to be said, and after watching city tonight they don’t look quite right; they look like they’re really feeling the pressure of being behind in the title race, something they’re clearly not used to, and I’m not so scared now of the city match this weekend.

    What’s clear though is city will spend another 200 odd million over the summer for sure.

  48. Marko

    I personally would like Tielemens. He was red hot as a kid and making champions league appearences for fun at 16. Still only 21.

  49. Receding Hairline

    Marc it’s the fact it took only seven months

    Mean it’s not like we are struggling that badly, we are thereabouts where we should be all things considered, we did drop some very silly points i dare say we should be at least five points better off

    But that is not enough reason for some of the naked hatred towards Emery i read on here

  50. Marc

    The best thing about Iwobi is his British passport. If he was a foreign player he’d be worth £5 million with a British passport you’re looking at £25 million.

  51. Champagne charlie

    Marko

    Hahaha you think Benitez has been tearing it up with money at Newcastle? With Ashley?

    Your ignorance is astounding.

  52. Un na naai

    Cc

    Marko?? Post office?? Yeah right. He’d have to be out of bed before 2pm. How often does marko post here AM? Very rarely.

  53. Marc

    Receding

    Half the idiots who comment on here with that tone have never and will never go near a match.

    To my mind it gives you an idea of how much weight you should give their comments.

  54. Marc

    “He’d have to be out of bed before 2pm. How often does marko post here AM? Very rarely.”

    Maybe because he’s working and doesn’t have access?

  55. Receding Hairline

    Yea except he isn’t tearing anything up

    He won the Championship, came up and bought lots of new players and finished 12..good for him

    This season was supposed to be easier i would guess but they have been flirting with relegation

    I wouldn’t call that tearing it up

    And i love Rafa but i want him nowhere near Arsenal football club

  56. Victorious

    Marko?? Post office?? Yeah right. He’d have to be out of bed before 2pm. How often does marko post here AM? Very rarely

    I mean he didn’t offer up a rebuttal, but still have my doubts

    He wouldn’t have the whole time

  57. Receding Hairline

    What does it matter what any poster does for a living

    Are we going to start insulting posters we do not agree with based on their occupation now??

    Whatever anyone does to put food on his table is no ones business and there is dignity in labor ..we can’t all come on here and claim to be high flyers to complete strangers on the internet

  58. DaleDaGooner

    Bamford10January 29, 2019 22:25:49
    DaleGlad he contributed today, but Iwobi is a squad player and nothing more. And I don’t know what has you in such a tizzy of late, but criticizing Iwobi (or accurately describing him) doesn’t make one a racist.That actress / Instagram model might be racist, but that doesn’t mean that I am. Cheers.

    Yeah, The actress said she wasn’t racist, she said it was just criticism….lol…Look, he’s a squad player, he’s not on huge wages, he really tries and i think he’s the best dribbler we have in the whole SQUAD, is he where we need him to be? Is any of the players? Including Aubameyang and Lacazette? NO…So i don’t get the constant calling him out, he’s not as much a problem as PEA missing sitters or Laca giving the ball away, but i love those two, other than some lack of goals, the kid does well and adds some spark where the likes of Ozil and Mhki fail.

  59. Marc

    Receding

    You’ve got Sparkies being paid £400 a day on the Spuds new stadium.

    In my experience people with real money not only don’t brag about it they won’t even discuss money.

  60. Marko

    Hahaha you think Benitez has been tearing it up with money at Newcastle? With Ashley?

    Did I say that? But you make it sound like it’s a championship squad with little investment that he’s miraculously keeping in the premier league. He’s spent over 130 million. That’s money he’s spent.

  61. Freddie Ljungberg

    Marko

    Exactly, massive experience for such a young player, maybe haven’t kicked on as much as expected but still plenty of time for that. I’d take anything at this point to be honest to not have to watch Xhaka game after game.

    Torr Guen Tielemans

    Suarez Laca/Auba Lozano

    Would be pretty decent for next season, not enough for the title but one step closer at least.

  62. Champagne charlie

    Receding

    Everyone knows the levels to your petulance, you’ve been deriding him ever since I touted him as a manager id have went for in our transition.

    Winning the championship and then finishing mid table when relegation is expected, is tearing it up. You were the guy to state there’s levels to failure when spouting your own Pep assessment, so allow me to turn that back at you and say there’s levels to success.

    Newcastle haven’t invested they’ve profited, Ashley is hated by the fans and Rafa revered for making something out of nothing.

    “This season was supposed to be easier” why? They didn’t invest and the teams around them spend 50/60/70 mil. Wasn’t this season supposed to be easier for Arsenal?