Suarez and Nkunku deadline day players to watch

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Oh, man, too much excitement.

We’ve pretty much landed Denis Suarez. There was some worry, mostly fueled by me, that the deal was going to fail because Barca dropped the announcement of their homepage… however, there has been no noise about a failed medical.

Ornstein reckons Perisic and Carassco deals are very unlikely, but the Nkunku deal is 50/50.

So we have a wide left player who can give Emery more finesse with touch and a bit more energy moving the ball and potentially a utility midfielder who can play right back.

There is a horror thread from David Cartlidge on Suarez.

If you click into it, he basically says Emery didn’t know how to use him, the player is no more than a cog in a machine (our machine is bad), and he has issues like a lack of personality and the inability to impose himself on games.

Well, he has it all to prove at Arsenal. At least if it goes badly, we can send him back.

In other news, ESR has moved to Leipzig on loan. A bloody excellent move. Nketiah has gone to work with Jens at Augsburg in Germany. Ben Knapper working that new loans job well. GOOD LUCK CHAPS.

In footballing news, Arsenal moved back into 4th after Chelsea took a SPANKING at Bournemouth. Other good news stretched to Liverpool drawing.

For all the shrieks of ‘Emery can’t compete for top 4’, it appears that with a squad of supposedly shite players, we’re in 4th heading into February.

It’s all about coaching now. If Rafa Benitez can beat Pep, then there’s no reason we can’t. Apparently, we have the same points total as them since late August.

Just don’t play a high line… please, please, please don’t put us through that.

Right, that’s me done. I did a podcast for your ears. I’m alone.


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  1. Dissenter

    “Let’s not forget the illegal US sanctions which has crippled Venezuela.’\\

    Everyone stayed out ofnthje US-Venezuela spat because it was seen as America’s backyard, exclusively in America’s sphere os influence.
    There’s no way any Venezuelan’s administration will succeed if the ginormous economy with the mightiest military is intent on squeezing you dry.

  2. bennydevito

    Cesc appeal, agreed. I think Lascelles would be a great signing and shouldn’t cost anywhere near how much Maguire will cost.

  3. Champagne charlie


    I love how Venezuela is spoken of in the context of a North American issue. I don’t give two shits about how America are positioning themselves.

    The crux of the actual issue is the utter turmoil of Venezuela and their people, and you’ve got people like Banford dismissing the dictator responsible claiming it was all under democratic process. Good lord

  4. Bamford10


    Nah, mate, you have Syria wrong as well. But this discussion is never going to get anywhere, so we should just stick to football.

    Some of you lot could stand to listen to a few left and independent voices, though. To that end I recommend the following: Max Blumenthal, Abby Martin, Dan Cohen, OffGuardian, Media Lens, Ben Norton, Rania Khalek, Moderate Rebels, Jimmy Dore, The Real News Network, Sameera Kahn, Craig Murray, Mark Curtis, Vanessa Beeley, Kevin Zeese, Marcus Papadopuolos, Eva Bartlett.


  5. Champagne charlie

    “Bamford is clued up on politics, the rest of you are just brainwashed by the media.“

    Except his views on Venezuela negate this idea with aplomb.

  6. Dissenter

    Interviewer to Sarri; “what reaction do you expect today after the dress room meeting you had on Wednesday”
    Sarri; “I will like to see character. I will like to see MY FOOTBALL”

  7. Bamford10

    Charlie literally knows nothing about the subject but thinks he knows everything. This is very Charlie. Do some reading, mate. You don’t know as much about the situation as you think you do; indeed, everything you think you “know” about the situation is little more than propaganda. Even the Wikipedia articles on some of these topics would improve your understanding of the situation.

  8. bennydevito


    No I don’t, not in the slightest. I know over 100 Syrians personally and they’ve all told me very different. Apart from Raqqa in 2017, the rest of Syria has been flattened by Assad and Putin, this is 100% indisputable. The Americans haven’t been doing the bombing, Assad and Putin have. It’s a fact.

    You get your information from Russian state sponsored propaganda like RT and info Wars no doubt, whereas I get my information from real Syrians who I have met personally who have had family members killed by Assad. I’m even friends with 1 Syrian who survived torture in Assad’s prisons and made his way here as a refugee and was even thrown in the sea by the refugee runners.

    I’m not going to get into it any further as I respect you and your opinion on Arsenal.

  9. HighburyLegend

    @Danny : the spuds are not our target, the chavs are.
    Considering we’re going to be outclassed at City, plus easier games for chelsea and manure, this could be a pretty tough week end for us.

  10. Marc

    If anyone is interested in seeing the leftist view on Venezuela completely destroyed try and grab the piece from Thursday nights This Week with Ken Livingstone. Livingstone is completely destroyed by Andrew Neil and before you make a comment about balance or western press Bamford, this was on the BBC which spends most of its time being the propaganda arm of the Labour party.

  11. bennydevito

    Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett. Oh dear, says it all. Not independent at all and are Russian state sponsored propagandists of the highest order. Vanessa Beeley is escorted around Syria ad Assad’s guest and is shown a sanitised, staged version of support for Assad.

    Oh dear Bamford, by mentioning her vile Russian mouthpiece name you’ve gone down massively in my estimation.

    Disappointed, I thought you were cleverer than that.

  12. Champagne charlie

    “Charlie literally knows nothing about the subject but thinks he knows everything. This is very Charlie. Do some reading, mate. You don’t know as much about the situation as you think you do; indeed, everything you think you “know” about the situation is little more than propaganda.”

    Haha peak banford.

    Everything you “know” on the subject is read through a computer screen. My gf is Venezuelan, I’ve been with her 10 years, I was in the country in 2009. She’s earned her PhD in international relations, can you guess what her focus was?

    So spare me the internet lecture you think yourself worthy of serving. This is a subject you haven’t a clue about, that much was clear when you claimed Maduro was “democratically-elected” despite 80% of the population abstaining from voting in protest of his dictorial socialist regime. Another ‘clued up’ yank spouting politics enough to make you cringe after a dive through reddit.

  13. bennydevito


    I saw that and yes Livingstone was made to look the absolute epitome of commie left moron idiocy. He couldn’t answer a single question and just kept repeating the same old tired rhetoric. He reminded me of that Harry Enfield character but I can’t remember his name.

  14. Cesc Appeal

    Everyone has bias and reads from sources that have their own slant, it’s always hilarious to read people claim they learn from objective and independent sources.

    Usually a particular political persuasion claim that as well while claiming everyone else is misinformed through propaganda etc.

    The only way you can really have an objective and informed view is by doing primary research yourself over a prolonged period, even then you yourself will carry your own internal bias from your upbringing, political persuasions, job etc, if you work in a university you are likely to be vehemently left wing and what have you.

    Otherwise all you are doing is absorbing knowledge through the lens of someone else. The best you can do is be the lens for someone else. Very rare to find truly balanced and fair reporting or academia.

  15. MuddyGooner

    Bamford is clued up on politics, the rest of you are just brainwashed by the media.

    Spot on mate.

    I’ve been reading Bamford’s posts for years. His knowledge on politics is incredible.

  16. Dissenter

    Hugo Chavez was interesting for five minuted until he decided it was his job to start giving out free heating oil to American peasants. All the while his country was still hurting.
    Maduro on the other hand, lacks the brains or charisma. He’ll probably be selling cow tails of not for the “revolution”
    The whole “revolution” experiment has failed. He’s president of a country reduced to ashes. Maduro just need a soft exit probably to some villa in Brazil or Russia.
    Maduro will be facing the international court of justice in The Hague within the next 5 years.

  17. Dissenter

    The regional neighbors need to just send in their military to drive out Maduro.
    There’s no sovereignity when 60% of your country have become refugees in neighboring countries.
    He’s created a problems that’s negatively impacting Colombia, Brazil and Guyana.

  18. Marc


    Socialism in any form is evil. It’s follower’s should be given what they want, a reason to moan about decent right wing people that create all the wealth and therefore should be passed in to slavery. That’ll give them a good reason to whinge – they’ll have to work for a living.

  19. Bob N16

    Marc, must say thought your comment that the BBC was leftist reminded me of Trump calling news sources that are not Fox, fake news.

  20. Dissenter

    “Socialism in any form is evil.

    That’s really dumb fuc*inly silly. I still have respect for you.
    You really can’t make stark generalizations like that.

    You think capitalism is the contrast?
    You guys in the UK have the benefit of living in a society with a socialistic healthcare system that still delivers somewhat good results. I invite you to try the American profit motivated capitalistic approach to health care.

    Socialism isn’t evil. It’s the unbridled application of socialism that is detrimental.

  21. Marc


    Capitalism is often derided as the politics of greed.

    Well Socialism is the politics of envy.

    The average capitalist takes a moderate view on things, the average socialist thinks someone else should pay.

  22. Dissenter

    Socialism works in certain situations such as in health care, it it’s merged with some common sense.
    The health care systems that work best here in the states are based on socialistic models like the Veteran’s Administration. The private hospitals that pay doctor’s salary’s like the Cleveland clinic get better results.

    You went too far when you stated that “Socialism in any form is evil.”

    More to America and just pray you remain healthy because the next tie you go to the ED with insurance and have to see an out of network doctor you may get a. bill of $10,000….remember that’s with “insurance”
    Medical stuff is the leading cause of bankruptcies here because of our capitalistic approach to healthcare so excuse me when I say that you don’t know what the heck you’re saying.

  23. Bob N16

    Marc, I think that the BBC generally attempts to be down the middle, as it is supposed to be. I would accept that sometimes, they do not always manage it and on these occasions they might come across as ‘to the left’.But it’s one thing when journalists appearing incredulous about the present government’s handling of the mess of Brexit, and other accusing them of being to the Left.

    However with the newspapers on the whole, massively to the right, although it’s not the BBC’s role to balance the media, they do offer some balance. You’ll never hear of a right-leaning person complain about the Telegraph, Times, Express, Sun and the Mail as being ‘too right’for example!

    Balance is what we should always welcome, which often appears to be in short supply- particularly within politics.

  24. Dissenter

    The so called capitalist are not afraid to take government money when the shit hits the fan.
    How much did you lot give to Barclays and the Royal bank of Scotland in 2008?

    How is corporate welfare any different from giving the guy at the bottom a hand when he’s in trouble. It’s capitalistic when the millionaire gets it but socialistic when it’s the peasants.

  25. Marc


    You don’t need socialism to realise that a healthy populace is good for the economy and general moral wellbeing of your population. It all goes pear shaped when you let socialists any where near it.

    It’s really difficult to compare because your system is so antiquated (idealistically not potential level of care/ training etc) compared to other developed countries.

  26. Dissenter

    Did you know that Castro’s communist Cuba [not the hybrid system now] had a better health care system that America’s. That’s factoring in all the illegal American embargo for decades.

  27. Marc


    It’s completely different. The Mail (for example) is a rag and full of bile and shite so I choose not to pay for it therefore not helping it to peddle it’s stupid comments. The BBC I have to pay for – no choice.

    Also none of my comments are based around anyone’s commentary or slant on BREXIT.

  28. Bamford10

    Kroenke, Venkatesham, Sanllehi, et. al. have replaced Wenger, revolutionized Arsenal’s management structure and publicly stated that their aim is top four, then contending for the PL and CL trophies, but I’m going to keep saying they’re all liars intent on robbing and duping Arsenal supporters because that’s what I have been saying for years now and I don’t do reasonable, evidence-based thinking.

  29. Marc


    I didn’t think Barclays were given or needed a bailout. RBS was because of huge mismanagement that should’ve been stop by the Bank of England or Financial Services Authority.

    In the States the issues stems back to Clinton (your version of left leaning) getting rid of the Glass Steagall Act that stopped retail banks getting involved in investment banking thus leading to the “too bid to fail” issue. An act that was introduced after the 30’s depression, we then managed to repeat so many of the same things leading to the 08 collapse.

    If only people and politicians could learn from history!

  30. Dissenter

    The things that you lot call capitalism in the UK will be sneered at as socialism in the states.
    Your “conservative party” will be a center right-center left party in the US.
    The way you approach the key parts of society [rightly so] like housing and health care are socialistic.
    Wait until the CEO of health insurance companies start making annual wages of 100 million for creating cunning ways to deny healthcare to people with insurance. It’s coming to your neighborhood real soon.
    Makes my blood boil just reading that “socialism in ANY form is evil”
    Remember we are talking socialism not communism.

  31. Marc


    I can counter that right wing politics in the US are the domain of inbred, bible bashing, evolution denying, ignorant morons.

    The leftist views over here are dangerous, irresponsible and have never worked, that’s before we had the recent “takeover” take over of the Labour party by Corbyn’s supporters. If he wins an election we’re fucked.

  32. Dissenter

    “:In the States the issues stems back to Clinton (your version of left leaning) getting rid of the Glass Steagall Act that stopped retail banks getting involved in investment banking thus leading to the “too bid to fail” issue. An act that was introduced after the 30’s depression, we then managed to repeat so many of the same things leading to the 08 collapse.”

    You don’t know the subject and you certainly have no clue who Bill Clinton’s policies were.
    Clinton was more right of center than the “conservative party” UK prime minister of his time, John Major. He was a new type of democrat which is why he was so successful.
    The Glass–Steagall legislation was enacted by FDR a left of center politician during the Great Depression. Repealing it was a capitalistic give-away to the wealthiest banking class. Nothing “liberal” about that. Get your facts right.

  33. Bamford10


    Cuba is a tiny island, and it is embargoed by the largest economy on the planet. That they have struggled economically is no surprise. Not that Cuba represents genuine socialism, but to criticize their medical system or education system or economy in general without taking into account how US foreign policy has worked to strangle them is a bit unfair.

  34. Dissenter

    One more thing.’
    The. modern day Democratic party will be squarely in the center of politics in the UK.
    Does the labor party in the UK have billionaires in the midst?
    I ask because most of the economic policies advocated by the Democrats in the states are backed by a large section of the wealthy class like paying people a meaningful wage and healthcare, even if it means they have to pay more taxes. T.hese are policies that would be commonsense in any society but are labeled as leftist in American politics.

  35. Bamford10

    The Clintons were and are center-right, as is/was Obama. And the repeal of Glass-Steagall was a handout to Wall Street, which needed new sources of profit. This and other profit-seeking ventures by the banks led to the crash and crisis of 2008.

  36. Pierre

    “As you can see, Emery gives the characteristics of the player he wants and it’s up to the Scout/DoF to find that player based on club budget.”

    Thanks ,so he does have an input as to which players he wants in the team , just what I thought.

  37. Valentin


    Raul started at Arsenal two weeks after the Malcolm deal was announced no gardening leave for him.

    If Emery gives Raul characteristics that he wants his players to have, I would like to know what characteristics he gave to Raul to end up with Lichsteiner. Slow, no positional awareness, mouthy confrontational?

    In a league where clubs and managers like old defenders, Lichsteiner was deemed too slow and past it for the Italian league by Juventus. Who thought that he could adapt to a quicker, more aggressive league with no mid season winter break?
    That decision was not made for footballistic reason, but financial. The result is that we ended up paying 90k per week somebody who is not as good as Jenkinson who despite being paid only 40k~50k a week we were trying to offload during the summer.
    I don’t know who made that decision, but clearly you cannot be arguing that it was a good decision.

  38. Valentin

    Anybody knows when the English premier League remove the need to have been at the club for two years before being allowed in the U21 list?

    The UEFA has kept that limit, which means that Suarez may not be able to play in the Europa League unless we remove a player from the A List, but he should be eligible for the premiership as Guendouzi and Mavrapanos can both be added to the U21 list.

    BTW, Bennacer is going to bring some money to Arsenal as we had a 30% resale clause. Usually Arsenal does not communicate that information but as the seller club did, Arsenal confirmed it. It should be between 3 to 5 millions depending on who you believe and whether the agreed fees includes agents fee.

  39. Emiratesstroller

    Graham62 and Tony

    Fantastic performance from England in today’s game against Ireland. Hope
    you watched and enjoyed it.

    Hopefully Arsenal can replicate the result and make a fantastic weekend duo.