HOTTEST RUMOUR OF THE SUMMER

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Gooood ebening.

I love saying that. I say it in the office 7 times a day, in a Spanish accent, which some people think is racist, but then I say my Dad has a house in Spain so I’m technically Spanish, then people ‘get it.’

HOW ABOUT THIS FOR A FUCKING EXCITING STORY:

Nerazzurri looking at many profiles in the Premier League , even in midfield. The ‘Corriere dello Sport’ confirms the interest in Granit Xhaka , a player who can leave Arsenal . The Swiss is a profile that appeals, even if it is not considered a priority at the moment.

I will make myself available for references, I know at least 30,000 others that’ll do the same. This would be an EPIC move for him because, jokes aside, I think he’d be a machine in Italy. Less intensity, slow build from the back, the only person pressing in the entire country of Italy is going to be Rambo next season. He’ll be golden. They’ll love that leadership story about the spare key as well.

I also think we could look at landing £50m for him. Maybe more? But, what I truly hope, is we don’t fuck around like we did with Chambers. Move Granit off the wage bill, accept it didn’t work, open a Samaritans hotline for the apologists, who, once again have proved that it is they who ‘might not really get the game,’ and rehire someone that can do the passing bits, but offer up power, pace and real aggression in the middle.

YES. YES. YES.

Oh man, is it weird to say that the rumour is making me feel frisky? That is weird, I retract (but come on, finding that rumour on Newsnow was a little like opening your first ever saucy link circa 1996 on copper dial-up (kids, you’d wait 4 hours for 1 still of Pamela Anderson to load)).

The Baku nightmare seems to be deepening. Arsenal are struggling to sell their weak allotment of 6000 tickets because, well, I guess people aren’t comfortable dropping £2000 for a final that is far from a sure bet. I love all the UEFA wokeness about putting the big matches in countries that have bad football teams, but if you’re real, it denigrates the competition and it’s awful for fans.

A bit like extending out the World Cup to 700 teams. It becomes like those school sports days where everyone is a winner, which, to be fair, I fucking loved as a kid. I was literally shit at every single sport, but I’d still get a trophy for faking a hamstring injury 10m into the egg and spoon race. Thank the lord for the overwoke Brighton parents helping to make sure the chubbers felt like sporting heroes, you made me the soft trophy-laden failure I am today.

Baku to it (<deserved a trophy)… it’s a bit embarrassing. Apparently, the one England based Arsenal fan of Armenian heritage that had £2k spare for the flight can’t gain entry to the country. How fucking bad is that? Literally banning a nation they don’t like. Imagine if the English just decided they hated Europe and wanted to extricate themselves from the European Union. We’d all be up in arms.

Just kidding @BrexitJonny, I’m not drawing FALSE parallels. It’s awful. Poor Mikhi. Like when your pals have a banger of a party organised and invite an ex that destroyed your life, confidence and self-esteem. I feel you Mikhi, and fuck you Dave, I’ll never forgive you.

‘PEDRO YOU MENTALIST, HOW COME NO BIG CLUB HAS COME IN FOR ARTETA?’

Well my friends, it seems they have… Lyon, one of the most decorated teams in France, has put the feelers out for my main man of ELITE hair notoriety. They are a Champions League club. They are a powerful entity in France. Aulas is one of the shrewdest operators in world football.

No, no… please… a visionary? Me? Gosh, this is embarrassing. No… I won’t put my hat in the ring for TD.

NOW, just to cover my bases like the pro flip-flopper I am, who knows if he’ll succeed if he takes the job (I think he’ll stay on for City unless he’s really hungry to have a crack), all I said is the move is a clever one. Aulas is looking at what City are doing and he wants a piece of the action. Very smart. He’s buying the IP of the best footballing mind in the world. Uber did a similar thing when they stole trade secrets for driverless cars from Waymo by hiring their guy and making him bring his USB sticks. The Lyon owner sees an opp to hire in a guy with a great rep in the game, that is hungry, who could deliver unreal off the ball movement, beautiful free-flowing attacking football and maybe success. Worth a punt.

I could look silly for the above, but wh0 cares, glory is in the moment, internetting like a powerhouse is all about the hunting down of the win of the day… I just caught a 50 pounder and it has an overpowering smell of SMUG. If I lose later on, I’ll just delete this post and change my story.

Let’s end on some sympathetic lolz… Chelsea played a friendly and lost Loftus-Cheek to an injury. My Chelsea pal says he’s been their second best player over the past 6 months, coming up with goals and assists. What a terrible blow to their chances… never fuck with Unai in the Europa would be my learning, bad juju… but really, what a wildly shit decision by Chelsea to play a friendly at this time of the season. Mad, mad, mad.

Right, that’s me done. Meet me in the comments to kiss the ring and apologise for your insolence on Arteta last summer.

BIG LOVE x

P.S. Sad NYC Gooner news. Barleycorn closed down because the floor collapsed next door to it… and the Bling Pig also closed. O’Hanolons, Smithfield Hall and Roebling is where it’s at now. Where are people watching Europa? Let me know!

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  1. DM

    Thanks Ozil, and thanks for taking 3rd spot nice and quickly so I didn’t have to wait ages 🙂 welcome to the top 4 battles!

  2. Ishola70

    Nice thoughts regarding Xhaka but unlikely.

    If you read more closely Italian media reports Xhaka is not seen as a priority signing and is just one name of several Inter are “interested” in.

    40-50m Inter will pay for a non-priority signing? Not likely is it.

  3. DM

    “Hows your kid man?
    Hope she is as good as quick as you”

    Haha, cheers for asking mate. She’s doing well, trying to get her into sleep routines isn’t easy but she’s pretty good, and mega cute so that helps a lot 🙂 not sure how quick on the old keyboard she is yet.. will keep you posted 😉

  4. ADKB

    “… (but come on, finding that rumour on Newsnow was a little like opening your first ever saucy link circa 1996 on copper dial-up (kids, you’d wait 4 hours for 1 still of Pamela Anderson to load))”

    That’s irresistible but it doesn’t have much to do with footie or Arsenal – I remember my first ever computer. The whizz-kid from the shop came round to set things up for me and he sneaked like hundreds of Pamela shots in all her glory, off a CD, to my hard disk. I was jumping up and down on the inside as using dial-up back then was worse than flagellation.

    Only a few minutes later though, my wife noticed the folder. I had to delete it in an instant! It was like cancelling Christmas for a kid 🙂

  5. ADKB

    @DM:

    Yeah, as our rep in the “sleep deprivation society” I’ve been wondering how you’ve managed to keep up with the daily Tr4phy hunt! In fact I was beginning to conclude it’s a bot posting on your behalf 🙂

    Give that lovely cutie a cuddle from the lovely bunch at Le-grove, will you. 🙂

  6. DM

    ADKB

    Haha, no bots here! Just happens that 9am is a good time for me midweek, almost always by my computer at 9.

    Will do mate, cheers!

  7. HighburyLegend

    @Pedro, an advice : if you really want to enjoy today’s post photo (whatever you may do from it… lolZ), you have to cut it in half.

  8. Words on a Blog

    For me the summer transfer window will be judged much more by who goes than by who comes in.

    If Xhaka, Mustafi and El Neney go, I’ll be delighted.
    If Ozil and Mikki also go, I’ll be ecstatic.

  9. englandsbest

    I love the country, the food, the people, but, lets face it, whatever sports federations the French set up or run turn out bad. IOC, Fifa, EUFA, to name a few (and in case anybody thinks I am racist, my dad was a Frenchman)

    Picking Baku for the Europa Cup FInal was stupid, handing the 2022 World Cup to Kuwait is utter madness.

  10. Bamford10

    Pedro

    If Lyon were to hire Arteta, that would only help you in your argument against those who have said that no top European club would consider him for manager.

    It wouldn’t help you, however, in your defense of other provocative claims you’ve made, such as:

    – Arsenal should have hired Arteta (rather than Emery)
    – Arteta would be a better manager than Emery is
    – Arteta would have Arsenal playing better football than Emery has us doing

    To help you with these claims, Arteta is going to have to do a lot more than simply land a job at Lyon. He’s going to have to be successful there — very successful.

    Further, even if he is successful there, that in itself won’t demonstrate that he would have been the right hire for Arsenal. Arteta has never managed before, and Arsenal are a £2 billion club competing in the most competitive league in the world and doing so with an inadequate squad. That is a very different proposition from taking over at Lyon, a £370m club that just finished third in the far less competitive Ligue 1, that has a very good squad but is now in need of a manager.

    None of which is to say that Arteta will not be a good manager or will not become a good manager. He might be a great manager, he might become a great manager. I remember listening to him speak about Arsenal players at length last summer and thinking that he seemed very smart, very thoughtful. But even if he proves to be a good manager, that won’t mean he would have been the right hire for Arsenal in the summer of 2018. That is a different question.

  11. David Smith

    The trouble with losing Xhaka , or for that matter, anyone else this summer,the replacements, assuming there are any after Jan, will be sourced by the men who bought us D Suarez.
    The more that leave, the way is paved for Banega, Nzonzi and Carrasco

    This club are making too many mistakes these days to be trusted with very much

  12. Valentin

    @EnglandBest,

    The federations you mentioned are not French. French speaking yes, but Swiss.
    The modern Olympic games were invented by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, but The IOC is based in Lausanne.
    The UEFA and the FIFA are based In Switzerland.

  13. siddharth14

    Selling Mustafi, Mikhi and Ozil(unlikely) must be one of the topmost priorities of the club this summer. Even if Ozil is keen on milking the 350k till the end, Arsenal should keep trying till the window closes. If somehow, we manage to move on Xhaka then it will be a pleasant surprise.

    It could (wishful thinking i know!) turn out to be the best summer in Arsenal’s history if we managed to see off the high net worth dross.

  14. Marc

    Pedro

    You might have just made my weekend with that Xhaka news. If we were to get £50 million for him I’d be surprised but bring it on!

  15. Un na naai

    Funny post today. I’m sure the usual suspects will be growling into their coffee over some of it.

    Yeah man I’m not sure I can quote believe that Xakha is going anywhere for £50m but I’d snap a whole arm off for that money
    If we get £20m for Mustafi and £75 for Aubameyang then we are in serious business this summer. I can’t see them letting Aubameyang leave but it’s our chance to do a Liverpool here.

    Sad thing is we aren’t handing the money to a klopp, a pochettino or a pep.

  16. Bamford10

    Pedro (to Receding)

    “You can keep pretending the hire of a visionary talent won’t move us along, but all around us are examples of teams doing better on less.”

    Except that no one here has ever suggested that hiring “a visionary talent” wouldn’t help Arsenal along.

    Indeed, I’m pretty sure everyone here would support the hiring of “a visionary talent” as Arsenal manager.

    The claim that has been challenged here is that Mikel Arteta is such a visionary talent. You say he is; in reply, many of us here say either, “what evidence do you have to support this claim?” or “this is not something that can be known in advance of him managing elsewhere for at least a year or two”.

    Further, the other claim I would challenge is a claim implicit in your view, implicit in the comment above, namely that ONLY a “visionary talent” can help us along. Really? The only kind of manager who can help Arsenal move from 6th to 4th is the “visionary talent” type? The only kind of manager who can help Arsenal return to the CL is the “visionary talent” type? The only kind of manager who can help rebuild Arsenal’s squad is the “visionary talent” type? Hmmm, I’m not sure about that.

    What about a competent, experienced, no-nonsense, hard-working professional who has finished top four in La Liga with modest budgets? What about a competent, experienced, no-nonsense, hard-working professional who has won the Europa League title three times? Could this type of manager “help us along”?

    To ask the question is to answer it: of course he could.

  17. Marc

    Un

    If we got £70 million odd for Xhaka and Mustafi add in another £25 – £30 for Elneny and Chambers and we’ve got best part of £150 million to spend.

    We don’t need to sell Auba – £75 million sounds great but what’s it going to cost to replace his goals?

  18. Alex Cutter

    “The federations you mentioned are not French. French speaking yes, but Swiss.”

    You’re arguing with someone who thinks that the French are a race.

  19. Chitom

    “Less intensity, slow build from the back, the only person pressing in the entire country of Italy is going to be Rambo next season. “

    Ha ha , so true Pedro
    But when he does pull his customary hammy at Juve next season( I hope he doesn’t but just you know he will) we can all blame Emery for ruining Ramsey’s fitness for the rest of his career.

    You have no idea how badly I want Arteta to have a go at Lyon and become an instant success story so I can give you the props for being the visionary you clearly are.

    However , there’s the nightmare scenario hidden in this move for you buddy.
    Arteta dominates the French league and you boy , Tuchel, gets demoted from his saucier extraordinaire pedestal. This might be a tough spot to get out of my friend.

  20. Valentin

    @Bamford,

    A competent, experienced, no-nonsense, hard-working professional may reach top 4, but that is his ceiling.
    We will never win the league nor the Champion’s league such a beige middle of the road manager.

    We criticised and lampooned Wenger for his 4th place trophy and now that is the extend of your ambition.
    If you want to compete for the title and the Champion’s league on a sustainable basis, you need a visionary manager. There is no benefit in going for a beige manager and then hope that he will become a sparkling one.

    BTW, if you always await for the perfect well known, well proven manager, you may end up with yesterday’s man. Look at ManUtd and LVG and Mourinho.

    Success rarely comes without taking any risk.
    Arsenal needs conviction and fortitude at the top and go for a person who they believe have gold dust. Gazidis thought Arteta had it and then got scared and went for the beige man.

  21. Un na naai

    Marc

    We’ll surely our super manager would have something up his sleeve right? A summer plan with his buddy Raul?

    Klopp brought in Salah and mane for a similar to what fee we paid for Aubameyang and has double the goals from his wide men. Aubameyang is 29 years old. How long will he last at the top now? £75m gets you salah and mane with change to spare if you’re clever right? Are we saying there are no similar talents out there? Also, if zaha is going for £100m then Aubameyang fetches more surely.

    Aren’t you one of the “ship out the e tire team” crew? Well if we sell a Aubameyang, xakha, Mustafi, ozil, Mkhitaryan, Elneny, Ramsey, cech and welbz it allows us to upgrade in every single position and give our young blood game time doesn’t it?

    We are talking £250m minimum to spend here with well over £1m per week in wages easily. To add to

    Leno
    Bellerin
    Holding
    Papa
    Koscielney
    Chambers (or sell)
    Mavropanos
    Monreal
    Kolasinac
    AMN
    Guendouzi
    Torreira
    Willock
    Nelson
    Iwobi
    Smith Rowe
    Lacazette
    Nketiah
    Saka

    We could easily add 6-7 quality new players to that squad with money left over.

    Now I’m not a of the same opinion as you when it comes to chequebook coaching but if we are going to do it then let’s do it properly. Aubameyang offers goals for 2 more years max at prem league level and his value drops significantly next season when he reaches 30

  22. kristoman

    Marc
    who is going to pay 70m for xhaka and mustafi. are you dreaming? if you are please wake up to the real world.

  23. kristoman

    Yeah Valentin
    and that visionary manager is arteta that will win league and cl for us right? Wenger was a visionary, but couldn’t lay his hands on cl for 20 yrs of trying.

  24. Un na naai

    Leno
    Bellerin holding £50m defender £30m LB
    Torreira Rabiot
    Nelson £75m AMF. £50m winger
    Lacazette

    That leaves us minimum of £45m to spend on back up full back, wingers, striker, whatever.

    I don’t usually subscribe to such talk but we could have or Liverpool moment here with Chelsea banned, United floundering, City out of champions league and Spurs having an overworked 14 man squad (how long can poch pull rabbits from hates?
    We’ ll see)

    A big fat summer spending spree could put us right back among the elites in one summer plus bedding in time.

  25. Champagne Charlie

    “What about a competent, experienced, no-nonsense, hard-working professional who has finished top four in La Liga with modest budgets? What about a competent, experienced, no-nonsense, hard-working professional who has won the Europa League title three times? Could this type of manager “help us along”?“

    If you’re fine with us re-establishing mediocrity then that’s your right – your hypocritical right no less. Most (being kind, all) Arsenal fans I know want us winning the league again.

    In order to do that we need a manager capable of scaling us up that way. There’s where you’ll find the issue many have with Emery. He’s white bread.

  26. TR7

    Santi Cazorla back in the Spain National team after 4 years. What a grave mistake it was on our part to let go of such a great player.

  27. Dissenter

    Un na
    Auba was the product of Gazidis and Mislintat, maybe Raul was in the know but he couldn’t have been decision maker at the time.
    Nothing to do with Emery.

  28. kristoman

    how can someone who is matured enough compare a player bought for 35m in 2015 to another player bought for 60m in 2017. salah in today market if he was to bought from Roma now will cost nothing less than 70m. salah was one of the best player in Italy that year.

  29. Un na naai

    Wenger was a visionary, but couldn’t lay his hands on cl for 20 yrs of trying.

    Yawn
    Change the record. Emery has never been to a champions league final. Not once. His titles at PSG were a cake walk. It’s harder to win the socttish title.

    His only achievements have been Europa wins at decentish and Spanish clubs.
    Let’s not pretend that we’d be swapping out a power house in the game and certainties for the top trophies

  30. Un na naai

    Santi Cazorla back in the Spain National team after 4 years. What a grave mistake it was on our part to let go of such a great player.

    Tr7
    Don’t waste your time mate. We don’t need skill and vision. We need BEASTS. No footballing brains, just athletic thickos who run and jump for 90 mins.
    Same morons who wanted Theo gone because he had no footballing brain wanted santi gone because he couldn’t do 100m in 10.3 seconds.

  31. Batistuta

    Chitom, I don’t think you can pull you hamstring in italy, the league is that slow!

    Pedro

    This is just a lazy stereotype though, maybe watch a bit more footie outside the premier league before making this kinda comments.

    Torino v Sassuolo last weekend was a prime example, maybe also check out the end to end madness that was Florentina v Milan…….Also, the idea that teams don’t press in Italy is false, Torino were at Juve the week before and pressed them into submission before leaving with a draw…..Lot’s of examples to cite

  32. Dissenter

    Pep Guardiola;s long term assistant isn’t exactly lighting up the MLS as we speak. Dominic Torrent spent more time arranging cones for Pep than Arteta and hasn’t translated that to the head manager’s position.
    Arteta is a good assistant manager, that’s all he will ever be until he leaves Pep’s shadow to make a name for himself.

  33. Batistuta

    Santi Cazorla back in the Spain National team after 4 years. What a grave mistake it was on our part to let go of such a great player.

    Tr7

    Totally revisionist man, letting santi go was the right decision football and business wise

  34. Pedro

    Dissenter, I’m sure Aulas is taking note of your wise observations.You should give him your views of backroom staffing as well.

  35. siddharth14

    The way i see this, if money is really tight this summer then the club will reluctantly give serious thought to selling one of our prized assets. It is not the case of our team needing a few ticks here and there. We have to start rebuilding the squad this summer without any delay.

    Sanchez and Ramsey would probably find a mention in the business school of what not to do at a Football club. Those decisions have put us back by at least 100m there. This is why i feel the club will find it extremely difficult to turn down the offers for Auba or Laca. There is also the issue of Auba and/or laca being open to moving onto better clubs with more probability of winning trophies.

  36. kristoman

    Un na

    Emery has never been to a champions league final. Not once. His titles at PSG were a cake walk. It’s harder to win the socttish title

    but emery didn’t have luxury for trying for 20 years.

  37. Samesong

    Totally revisionist man, letting santi go was the right decision football and business wise

    Some people really don’t want to see some player’s happy. He’s living in a nice climate and enjoying his football again.

  38. Un na naai

    Samesong

    It’s not revionist at all. Tr7 and myself have been banging that drum since they let him walk. I was alon incensed about Wilshere too if you remember correctly. Kept fucking ozil, Elneny and Mkhitaryan instead along with £50m + Ramsey who walks for free. Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb.

  39. Un na naai

    Kristoman

    He had the most expensive team in history for 3 years and failed miserably. He spent (net) more in that time than wenger did in his entire arsenal career. Hahahahaha

  40. Dissenter

    Good or Santi
    Letting him go was absolutely the right decision.
    The Spanish squad he got invited to is a shambles, probably the worst collection I’ve seen for 10-15 years. Spain are in a slump right now.
    The Villarreal team he played for was fighting relegation for most of the season.
    Good luck Santi.

  41. Chitom

    Pedro,
    Italian league maybe slow and boring as hell but Ramsey can pull a hamstring these days by just thinking about sprinting.

    Bamford10
    I disagree. If and when Arteta becomes successful at any club in implementing attractive, attacking football, then there will be no reason to think he wouldn’t be able to do it at Arsenal.

  42. Samesong

    Don

    Your clearly someone that don’t want to see someone enjoying their football again.

    I’m happy for the player.

    Did I agree with selling him. No

    But sometimes really love is letting them go.

  43. Valentin

    Massimo Allegri is leaving Juventus.
    Maybe we need to wait after the final to make an announcement on our next season!

  44. Un na naai

    Samesong

    Wooo. Put those claws away. Don’t lash out because you’re getting owned.

    You’ve completely compromised my le grove safe space…. ☹️

  45. Champagne Charlie

    Nothing revisionist about Cazorla, I said I’d extend his deal for a season because at the very least he’d be an able sub.

    Had guys going on about him racking no football in two years and not being fit for the league. Pure speculation and medically ignorant.

    He’d have been a lovely player to have for the season, and frankly there’s nothing anyone can offer up to tell me otherwise as we brought in Suarez on 50k a week for 6 months who played 100 mins.

  46. Batistuta

    Question is, could Allegri sort our defence?

    Pedro

    Without money, no he won’t, i mean Juves defence looks starkly vulnerable once Chiellini isn’t there and all that money spent and he still has Martin Caeceres playing CB, Rugani has regressed and Alex Sandro is more a wing back than did defender……What he will do though is build a better midfield that makes it hard to easily bypass and get to his shit defence

  47. Dissenter

    Pedro
    ‘Question is, could Allegri sort our defence’

    With Lichsteiner, Mustafi, geriatric Koschielny, wheelchair Monreal and back-ups likeJenkinson?

    Nope
    Allegri would have asked for £200 million minimum to sort out the defence.

  48. Samesong

    Don

    No one owns me….. You learnt that when you got ripped about Wilshere

    Now get back to plunging some toilets muggings!

  49. Un na naai

    Same

    No I’m someone who wants a talented and beloved player to enjoy themselves playing for Arsenal. Let’s just let all our players walk for free, as long as they’re enjoying the sunshine eh?
    Great logic

  50. Samesong

    Santi an exeption.

    The guy suffered for months. And he’s back in his own country. thought you would of loved that.

  51. Dissenter

    CC
    Yea
    Renew the deal of a player who had barely played for two seasons. That’s some excellent decision making there.
    La liga suits him because it’s slower and he didn’t make Villarreal any better either.

  52. Batistuta

    Massimo Allegri is leaving Juventus.
    Maybe we need to wait after the final to make an announcement on our next season!

    Valentin

    Unless you have 200 quid stashed somewhere to give him for player recruitment, Max Allegri ain’t coming to Arsenal

  53. kristoman

    Un na

    wow, this is me here thinking you understand english knowing you are english man. my bad.

    I say again, salah was not a gem at Roma that was earthed by klopp rather salah was already establish world beater player that needed the next level upgrade. he score about 23 goals in serie A that year he was bought by Liverpool. all I’m saying is that in today’s market. a Roma salah will cost close to 70m now.

    who has the stupidest comment in 2019 now?

  54. Champagne Charlie

    Pedro

    He’d sort out our club in as much as he’d define what we’re about, know who suits what system, and let the gaps emerge with a view to filling them.

    He’s a proper pragmatic coach so we’d soon see who can sink/swim defensively. Still not entirely clear who is absolute dogshit and who is getting rinsed by no intelligent tactics.

  55. Dream10

    Pedro

    I think Allegri would be able to help us be better defensively than we have this season. It’s not a high bar. We’ve been bloody awful.

    However, his style of football is dull. I constantly complain about Emery. Think Allegri’s style would be worse.

    He’s been flirting with the PL for three years. Didn’t he turn both Arsenal and Chelsea because he wanted Barça/PSG type funding to upgrade the squads? Reckon he’ll end up at PSG. They’ll have the style in place. Just a club who need a bit more substance/solidity at the back.

  56. Un na naai

    Same

    No. I wouldn’t love that. I’d have loved Santi to have played for us this season over ozil.
    No doubt in my mind we’d already have champions league football secured had we done so

  57. Samesong

    One of my lads Plunged your mrs while you were at work princess.

    Lol I knew that one got to you. Carry on I’m loving this!

  58. Dissenter

    Same song
    It’s like a compassionate release.
    Cazorla went back home to play his last games before retiring. The pace and intensity of the premier league would have broken him down again.

  59. Samesong

    No. I wouldn’t love that. I’d have loved Santi to have played for us this season over ozil.

    IMO I think Santi would of suffered with the physicality of the premier league had he come back.

  60. Champagne Charlie

    Dissenter

    Two years without the physical strains of elite football isn’t bad for the body. You should be aware of this given your profession.

    If his surgeon gave him the thumbs up that was that, do you know his surgeon? Because I’m guessing he did give the thumbs up what with him returning to competitive action for the duration of the season.

    La Liga being “slower” has no bearing on Cazorla, that reference is made in relation to the speed of thought required. Not the physical requirements. And yea, you’ve been banging that drum since day one about Villarreal being poor, again that means nothing in relation to Santi. Good players can play for shit teams. Takes 11 after all.

  61. Dissenter

    Allegri is the managerin-waiting for PSG or United.
    That’s how the carousel works.

    He’s not going to leave Juve to come and work for a club that can’t even make a simple hire of a technical director without drama.

  62. HighburyLegend

    “No point in going for visionary.”

    Every time I read the word “visionary”, I see Arteta’s face.

    I have been Artetized, thanks a lot Pedro.

  63. kristoman

    carzola is gone, so is Ramsey end of

    look I like these guys, but when you cant rely on them for even a half a season to do a job, its better you let them go period

  64. Un na naai

    Kristoman

    I don’t think you’re quite grasping my point. What is it you think I’m saying?

    I don’t want us to sign Salah now or salah when he was Roma, I want us to sell Aubameyang and try to buy similarly to Liverpool.

  65. Bamford10

    Valentin

    “A competent, experienced, no-nonsense, hard-working professional may reach top 4, but that is his ceiling.”

    Sure, I agree with that; it probably is. Which is why you hire a different manager — a more “visionary” one, a more talented one — when the no-nonsense professional reaches his ceiling with the club, i..e., brings the club to 3rd or 4th place and a solid squad.

    It’s at that point that it makes sense to find a more “visionary” manager, an even more talented manager. However, the notion that you should ONLY ever hire a “visionary” or that there is no place for the no-nonsense professional is nonsense. And that is the line certain people are advancing here.

  66. Dissenter

    CC
    It’s actually an actuarial decision
    The best evidence of a broken body…is a history of the body being broken.
    You don’t have your Achilles’ tendon reconstructed and come back to top-flight football.
    Cazorla’s body cannot withstand the rigors of a premier league season. Villarreal paid a price for having him because he didn’t elevate them like a pre-injury Cazorla would have. They went from the top-6 of the table to becoming relegation battlers.
    Sometimes a national team invitational can be a way to honor a player for their meritorious service. Besides, that Spanish team is really poor. Go check the list of midfielders they invited.
    Spain is in a slump.

  67. Un na naai

    Samesong

    Ok. That’s your opinion. Mine is that had we used him as sparingly as we’ve used ozil he’d have massively outperformed ozil this season.
    What part of that illicted a comment like “shut up you mug”?

  68. Dissenter

    Jenkinson will struggle to start for most league one sides, yet here is is ensconced firmly in our squad.
    …and yet we are talking about Allegri improving us.

    No top manager will touch Arsenal without a concrete promise of a major clear-out and rebuild.
    Careers are too short to spend with a club that goes around kicking tires in the January window.

  69. Receding Hairline

    “Still not entirely clear who is absolute dogshit and who is getting rinsed by no intelligent tactics.”

    Speak for yourself.

    It is entirely clear to anyone not blinded by agenda’s that certain players will never be good enough if we want to step up a level.

    Your flip flopping when it comes to the quality of our players is amusing, they seem to all become top quality when you want to do your weird Emery bashing routine and poor quality when you want to discuss transfers

  70. Un na naai

    Dissenter

    Compassionate release? Well nobdyy told santi who played a blinder and is back in the Spain squad
    Unbelievably stupid move letting a player of that quality walk out the door while keeping ozil and Ramsey then dropping them for half the season
    Dumb dumb dumb dumb

  71. Valentin

    If Allegri expect to get the PSG job and get an easy life, then he is in for a big shock. That club is a nest of vipers all fighting for their own little corners of power. The difference in financial resources between PSG and all the other Ligue 1 clubs is so vast, it is a chasm. Like Juventus In Italy, the league is won with games to spare. Never having competitive game in their respective leagues does not help either team to make a dent in the Champion’s league.

    Unless OGS is sacked this summer and ManUtd had a summer clear out, their squad is worse than ours. Bad players, past-it players, uninterested players, I can’t see Allegri motivating that bunch.
    The only avantage that ManUtd would have over Arsenal is the promise of money to rebuild, but with no guarantee the money will be spend as he wants to.

    The thing that I really would like to know, is why leave Juventus now? Ronaldo has just joined. Ramsey is joining. Is there something going on behind the scene that we are not aware of.

    I would love Conte to go back to Juventus. The clashes between him and Ronaldo would be epic.

  72. Champagne Charlie

    Dissenter

    You’re arguing with reality. He had his tendon reconstructed and returned to top flight football, saying that can’t happen is a genuine ‘wtf moment’. Best leave it, we don’t agree.

    Give me Cazorla the risk over Dennis Suarez the risk every day of the week.

  73. Samesong

    Don because you are a mug!

    Go troll off I got business to attend to let me leave you with this:

    Instead, he started then and every game since. There is pain, a certain lingering fear, a weakness in his ankle and an imbalance in his body, weight loaded through one side, but he says: “I don’t feel too bad; I’m optimistic.” He has a one-year contract with an optional second but no plan: “Just play the next game, then try to play the next.” And do so for as long as he can. He has been arguably Villarreal’s best player.

    Love Cazorla and I wish him the best for the future.

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/sep/07/santi-cazorla-villarreal-injury-arsenal-interview-sid-lowe

  74. HighburyLegend

    Cazorla back in the national Spain team!!
    Congrats Santi !!

    In other news, Pedro in PLS, Allegri quits Juventus!!

  75. Bamford10

    Charlie

    “If you’re fine with us re-establishing mediocrity then that’s your right – your hypocritical right no less. Most (being kind, all) Arsenal fans I know want us winning the league again.”

    This argument is so obviously fallacious that it is impossible to believe that you have advanced it in good faith. Neither I nor anyone else has said that we are fine with Arsenal finishing fourth FOREVER. The claim that has been made is that we might need to finish fourth — and thereby regain CL football and CL revenues — and rebuild the squad before we push on and challenge for the title.

    This is not only a perfectly reasonable POV, I’d say it’s the most reasonable POV. If Emery is capable of getting us to 3rd or 4th, if he is capable of helping us to build a good squad, then he is good enough for the next 1-2 years. Beyond that, no, we might need a different manager, a better manager, but that doesn’t mean we need that manager right now (or that said manager is available). And it definitely doesn’t mean that Mikel Arteta is that manager.

  76. Pierre

    Cazorla, quality player that he is , would have hardly got a look in under Emery , so no point in fantasizing about how good it would have been if he had been here last season ..

    Cazorla is an intelligent footballer with superb technique and equally superb composure on the ball , sadly Emery prefers workers and not technical players so do not expect to see a Cazorla type player at the Emirates anytime soon.

  77. Dream10

    Valentin

    I think Allegri was pushed out right now because Juventus hierarchy are confident in landing Pochettino.

  78. englandsbest

    Valentin

    Yes, the organizations may be located in Switzerland, or wherever, but the founding fathers, the ‘ideas men’, (like de Coubertin), were French.

    Moving the focus on from sporting federations, the French obsession with unification applies in other more dangerous spheres. For example their European Dream, beginning with the Napoleonic Wars and continuing now with European Union.

    Fair enough, Bonaparte was a Corsican, but he led the French army. And the major architect of what has become the EU was Jean Mollet,

    To carry the point further, you could include another failed organisation, the League of Nations. A marvellous idea from President Wilson, but distorted by the French to such an extent that the US refused to join.

  79. jwl

    Mikel Arteta is next Rene Meulensteen, things are a lot different when you are in charge instead of being subordinate.

    And I am not surprised that gooners not keen on Baku, it is expensive and long journey there and back all to watch match in backwater country.

  80. Champagne Charlie

    Receding

    Good of you to bumrush the comments screaming agenda.

    Some players aren’t up to standard if we have aspirations of more than top 4, but they’re absolutely superior to a standard of conceding less than 50 goals. See the difference?It’s not some binary consideration that you’re desperate to make out.

    If Simeone had been manager this season a few defenders would’ve probably been as poor as they’re believed to be, but there’s every possibility others would’ve had excellent campaigns playing in such a diligently drilled team.

  81. Champagne Charlie

    Banford

    So I’ll ask a question you’ve previously dodged again…

    If we win the EL, and Emery gets us CL football, do we change managers? Remit complete?

  82. siddharth14

    The way Ole G is going, he will be gone this November. Concluding the dreadful run with a draw and a loss to Huddersfield and Cardiff is epic. I know things are bad at Arsenal but one glance at Manu and it is a nightmare scene there.

    Just think about it, Ole G, Carrick and Phelan in charge of Football matters !!

  83. Bamford10

    Receding (to Charlie)

    “Your flip flopping when it comes to the quality of our players is amusing, they seem to all become top quality when you want to do your weird Emery bashing routine and poor quality when you want to discuss transfers.”

    I might add that Charlie was one of those who said last summer that our squad was actually in pretty good shape. In reality it was totally inadequate.

  84. Bamford10

    Charlie

    He obviously gets another year under that scenario. That is not a question that is really even worth asking.

  85. Pedro

    H&L, try a real opinion, contribute to the conversation, you’re like Beavis sitting on the sidelines here.

  86. Champagne Charlie

    “I might add that Charlie was one of those who said last summer that our squad was actually in pretty good shape. In reality it was totally inadequate.“

    Inadequate for what?

    We finished level on points with 4th place despite shitting the bed and up the walls the last 6 games of the season.

    Also, I hear we missed Welbz and Holding like nobody’s business (your claim).

    So sounds very much like the squad was adequate for the season.

  87. Valentin

    At the time I agreed with letting Santi Cazorla go. He didn’t fit anymore into Arsenal midfield.

    Now in hindsight, all the game he could have resuscitated his old double act destroyer, creator. With Torreira instead of Coquelin.

    A triple combination of Torreira, Cazorla, Guendouzi would have been more efficient than Torreira, Xhaka, Mhikitarian. Especially in the away Games where Xhaka kept giving the ball away.

    If he still good enough to get called up by the Spanish team, he must have shown signs on the pitch.

    When you take into account the loan fee and the payment of Suarez salary, keeping Santi on a one year contract on a pay per play would have been a better decision. Both from the footballistic perspective and from a financial POV.

  88. Un na naai

    There is no reason why Cazorla could not have extended his contract for another 12 months and completely out performed ozil this season. Was just poor management

  89. Champagne Charlie

    “He obviously gets another year under that scenario. That is not a question that is really even worth asking.“

    Why is it obvious?

    If a managers remit is to make the CL and he makes it, then that’s job done. What’s the remit next season? Make CL again? Deja vu… remember how much you loved that scenario under big Weng?

  90. Pedro

    I think people are missing out on the fact Santi wanted to go home.

    EPL is not a place to recover from the sort of injury he had.

  91. Un na naai

    Valentin

    Or a deep lying no 10 in place of ozil. Iwobi and Mkhitaryan have been deployed there this season when we had a superior option walk for free.

    Baffling.
    Almost as baffling as keeping Ramsey and ozil then binning them for 6 months

  92. siddharth14

    Cazorla nearly got his leg amputated ! Stop blaming the club and envisioning hypothetical scenarios. The club made the right decision.

  93. Samesong

    Thank you Pedro

    I think people are missing out on the fact Santi wanted to go home.

    Don

    Leave the back door unlocked for us before you leave 😉

    “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

    ― Socrates

  94. Bamford10

    Pedro

    “2 points off 3rd and a Europa Final would indicate that CC was bang on the money.”

    Or that Emery has done well with an inadequate squad. And that United underachieved. Most observers believe this, not what you and CC believe.

  95. Champagne Charlie

    Pedro

    I think if Santi was offered a contract from Arsenal and Villarreal he’d have stayed on. But it’s a moot point, we got Suarez, Santi erased from memory.

    Jokes aside, not offering him a deal is all fine and well if you’re moving forward and going hard at a rebuild (as we thought). Reality however was that we didn’t, and in hindsight it was a dumb decision because he would’ve added some flavour to the drab over the course, even as a sub/cup player.

  96. Pedro

    Bamford, underlying statistics don’t really point to him doing a good job with a bad squad.

    7 more points than Wenger in his worst ever season after adding £70m worth of talent. Scored less goals, conceded the same, finished the season worse than he started… which would indicate his ideas didn’t translate.

  97. Pedro

    CC, big mistake was not recognizing his value to the system and hiring in a really good replacement.

  98. Un na naai

    Pedro

    Maybe he did but surely the smart thing to do would be to do what we can for a year extension? Players of that calibre don’t grow on trees. The alternative was ozil and Mkhitaryan who failed to provide the spark required

    Imagine with him pulling the strings how Aubameyang and Lacazette would have played. Maybe they’d have scored more. We will never know now but the fact that he’s made the Spain squad is even more infuriating to the fans who never wanted him to be released in the first place.

  99. Freddie Ljungberg

    Santi was already slowing down and not able to keep up with the pace of the PL well before his injury, spinning in circles was pretty much all he could do at the end, he almost never got away from his man.
    Was 100% the right decision to let him leave.

    We’re being linked with Lloyd Kelly again today for 15m, would like us to take a punt. Young, english, promising LB. If nothing else maybe CG would shut up for a second about his spivs and whatever else he rambles on about.

  100. Champagne Charlie

    “Or that Emery has done well with an inadequate squad. And that United underachieved. Most observers believe this, not what you and CC believe.“

    Almost every metric indicates our poorer performance this season vs last season (Gambon has cited numerous).

    Would be nice if you didn’t constantly appeal to consensus too, that’s flimsy at best. Tell us where Emery coached the life out of matters?

  101. Bamford10

    I’m changing my wording above from “well” — i.e., “or that Emery did well” — to “reasonably well”. I don’t know if I think he did “well”; that is a trickier question. I do think he did reasonably well with what he was given squad-wise, though.

  102. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pedro

    This 70m spend is pure bs to bash the manager with.
    We got outspent by all the teams around us (bar spurs) + 2 newly promoted teams, others were not far behind, we also have an aging squad with our 2 best defenders in the last couple of years falling off a cliff, along with Ozil that stopped bothering about football after signing his fat contract, why would that translate into more points and better performances? It was barely enough to stop the slide down.

  103. Un na naai

    Pedro

    A player who’s just had his best season in 3-4 years and has played his way into the Spain squad? A nation crawling with top class playmakers?

    Can’t agree there. I’d rather santi minus a foot anyway than ozil.

  104. Champagne Charlie

    “CC, big mistake was not recognizing his value to the system and hiring in a really good replacement.“

    Totally agree. But then we compounded it by not bringing anyone in and letting go of a guy that could’ve at least done a part-timers work.

    Hopefully lessons have been learned and we will see Rambo replaced properly, Welbz mitigated, and plan for Kos/Monreal moving on either this summer or next. Foresight people! Can we see a little finally lol

  105. gunnershabz

    Allegri leaving Juventus means either Bayern Munich, PSG or maybe Man United

    those 3 teams are ruthless getting rid of managers

  106. Valentin

    @EnglandsBest,

    Seems that you have a problem with France maybe related to your father.

    The entire concept of unification by conquering war had been perfected by United Kingdom before Napoleon. Long after Napoleon was dust, the British Empire continued to impose its dominance on a much grander scale than Napoleon ever did. OBE, MBE and other Sir are just remnants of that era.

    The problem with the League of Nations was that it was too early. The USA did not see any interest in participating. Only after the WWII and the threat of nuclear annihilation did countries came to the conclusion that maybe a place where conflicts could be resolved before resorting to war was a good idea. Still only if the big countries could impose their view on the rest of the world hence the permanent council members. Where does the idea comes from: the USA and the UK. Look at the World Bank and the IMF. The head of those organisations must be agreed by the USA and Europe.

    Regarding Brexit, what people still don’t understand is that you cannot share a common market without common rules and standards. Also rules have to be established for all members not just a few dominant ones. They also have to be written and clearly spelled in order to avoid confusion.

    The problem is that in the UK, the rule of law has always be on a laissez-faire basis. Everything is permitted until something goes wrong and then it is regulated. The Anglo-Saxon laws are based on precedence. That’s also why UK still does not have a written constitution.

    That is exactly the attitude that has riled the rest of Europe. The main difference is that the French government for both internal politics reasons and as a question of principles are the one of the few countries who vocalise that opinion.

  107. Un na naai

    Foresight people! Can we see a little finally lol

    Charlie

    We will see won’t we? Big summer for the new regime. Surprisingly a lot of interest in our “dross” squad so money to be made and hopefully reinvested wisely

  108. Freddie Ljungberg

    Un na

    you’re right, we should just roll over and die.

    He would almost certainly be a guaranteed starter for us for one, we would be able to offer better salary than Spurs and maybe Pool, We don’t have Wenger holding the team back so there’s a chance of us actually getting better now. Plenty of reasons, pick one.

  109. Alexanderhenry

    Pedro

    .. Or maybe not.
    More hypothetical articles designed to try and prove your own hypotheses are right is maybe the order the day.

  110. Receding Hairline

    “CC, big mistake was not recognizing his value to the system and hiring in a really good replacement.”

    Simply put

    The mistake was not replacing him with someone who offered similar. He was paid for two years ad he didn’t kick a ball yet we were supposed to renew….

  111. Un na naai

    Freddy

    Who said roll over and die? My point is that we need to give him e reason to choose arsenal over the champions league winner and runner up.
    Wenger was a big draw for wide eyed younsgters wether you’d admit that or not. Emery, not so much.

    I’d happily take him though. Just the sort of lad we should be going in for.

  112. Freddie Ljungberg

    I wouldn’t say Gazidis being linked with wanting Mustafi and Inter maybe wanting Xhaka if they can’t find anything better is a lot of interest in our “dross” . Nice if it’s true though, we’re never getting any 50m for Xhaka that’s for sure, I’d bite their hand off for half that.

  113. Receding Hairline

    Interesting to see who replaces Allegri and what type of football Juventus play going forward.

    Also interesting to see where he ends up, i don’t think Bayern will touch him, one of the desperados (PSG and United) more likely

  114. Pedro

    Shabz, I love Allegri and I’d take him over Bumery, but I’m not sure he aligns to our footballing values.

    I’d rather someone bring flair back to the club.

  115. Un na naai

    Rh

    Well our loss is Villarreal and Spain’s gain. The man has just had his best season in years and there are still people who feel we were better off without him.

    It’s nit like we had alternatives outside of ozil, Mkhitaryan and iwobi.