The ‘we tried’ phase

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I’m hitting you with a DOUBLE today because that’s just how free content can and sometimes WILL roll.

The reason is, I forgot to talk about the most boring transfer saga since we nearly tried to sign Higuain. Or Suarez. Or Alonso.

It’s been reported that we’ve bid for Wilfried Zaha. £40m + Chambers.

That’s a pretty sweet deal, but I would say somewhat derisory if you are Palace and you expect £100m.

I think the move has been made to look even more pitiful because we are cutting up the monies like we’re trying to pay off 5 years worth of credit cards at 23 years old with one helpful manageable payment.

Here’s what we don’t know…

What is the truth of this bid?

Is it for real?

Or are we back in the, ‘meh, we tried’ phase of transfers?

The numbers from Swiss Ramble are bleak.

Our wage bill is hideous. Our revenue is regressing. We’re having to sell players to pad the numbers. We only just stopped paying Wenger. Things are not moving positively.

It’s quite staggering the largesse that has gone on to allow that… Ivan Gazidis looks like and 80s corporate raider when you see the money he was extracting from the club towards the end.

But we are where we are… this is Arsenal, it needs to be reset in a big way and it’s questionable whether we’re going to do that buying in 27-year-olds that have limited resale value.

The very notion of Zaha is short termist and we’ve seen time and time again that short-termism on less than elite players is not a smart way of climbing back into the big time when the 4th best team in the league just bought the best young midfielder in the world.

Arsenal need to think about the future, we need to start being strategic and we need to move away from buying second-tier players and giving them monster deals we can’t escape a year later.

My point being, even if the Zaha bid is real, is it moving the needle? Is it doing anything to prove that we’re serious about Champions League? Not for me.

Right, that’s me done.

P.S. Look at how cute my niece is in her new Arsenal shirt.

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  1. Gentlebris

    No sound about Zaha today on major pages and that’s already bleaching my excitement.

    I don’t really care about Tierney and Saliba, I have a feeling they might not jump. Kids are all about risk. For all this fuss, Mustafi and Kola might still bench their young asses in the heat of the season.

    But ZAHA? Respect.

  2. Un na naai

    Work finished
    Whiskey in hand
    Cigar in mouth
    Bosh

    Our summer transfers are nearly as dull as our football under emery. Nearly. Welcome to the new era eh?
    We are going to emulate Bayern they said. We are going through a decade of austerity to compete with the elites they told us!!!

    We spent £6m of our £45m budget on Martinelli this week. What a fucking giggle we are.

  3. Un na naai

    Tumbleweed on here too. I’ve had more fun watching grass grow. What happened to the world class comments section?
    Emery happened to it.

  4. Marc

    Un na

    Think everyone’s suffering a bit of burnout. The last couple of weeks have seen pretty much everything covered on here without anything actually happening.

  5. Gentlebris

    ‘Think everyone’s suffering a bit of burnout. The last couple of weeks have seen pretty much everything covered on here without anything actually happening.’

    Martinelli happened. Boy could be worth £300m two summers to now.

  6. Freddie Ljungberg

    Un na

    Well informed as always.

    Martinelli was 6m euros so 5m pounds. We already got 4 mil for Ospina so it kind of evens out.
    We’ve reportedly bid 40m for Zaha, enquired about Maguire and were willing to pay up to 50 mil for him, before the rejected bid from Man u. We’re also in advanced negotiations with Saliba and Tierney. Fair to say that either all the rumours are fake or the 45m budget claim is.

    Also the comment section is quiet because there’s too many dickheads on here, you being one of the main culprits. FACT.

  7. Leedsgunner

    So Man City has just splashed €70m on Rodri? At. Madrid shouldn’t complain if we ask for £150m plus for Lacazette then.

    He’s at the height of his powers on a decent contract and we don’t need to sell him.

    If other clubs feel entitled to ask for ridiculous amounts for their stars why shouldn’t we?

  8. Un na naai

    Marc

    Haven’t been here. Been busy as fuck but thought I’d pop back In today and check out the chat.

    This is worse than the year we signed cech
    At least we had money then and were linked with quality players
    This year the best we can hope for is zaha. How the mighty have fallen. Suarez, Higuain, hazrad and kante. Now we get zaha, Ryan Fraser, and nkunku!!!

  9. Un na naai

    Also the comment section is quiet because there’s too many dickheads on here, you being one of the main culprits. FACT.

    No. Not a fact. Your bed wetting, cuckolding opinion. Maybe go back to school and learn the basics. Like the difference between a fact and your soy latte sucking opinion and then come and talk to the big boys

  10. Un na naai

    Freddy

    Sorry I dont have all day to trawl every boring news article about the exact fee paid for some Brazilian nobody. You are obviously a very busy man. Kudos to you for pointing that out though. Did you put another little score on your le grove chart?

    I mean £5m-£6m

    I’m so uninformed

  11. Pierre

    Dissenter
    We bought Lacazette after 2 years of haggling .

    We bought Aubamayang with the money from sales as that season we actually made a profit despite spending 56 million on Aubamayang.

    Due to our lack of funds, over the years we have failed to sign so many quality players just as we are likely to miss out this window on Zaha and Harry Maguire.

    Sorry to say but that is just the way it is .

  12. Un na naai

    MarkoJuly 3, 2019 18:06:12
    Look back to earlier in the day and see what happened to the comments section.

    Erm
    Jackeen
    I think if you go back you’ll notice a spike in posting activity around the time I was last on and a sudden decline once I went back to chasing paper and stacking dat cheeze.

  13. Leedsgunner

    Hector Herrera signs for At. Madrid. He must be the Rodri replacement. On a free I presume?

    Smart. That’s the way to own the transfer market.

    Brahimi is a decent signing if we bring on our young gun wingers fully into the first team and develop them properly. Technically Brahimi is excellent and I seem to remember he was also very good at taking people on. A skill set we’ve missed badly since Jack Wilshere, Alexis and Cazorla left the club.

  14. Marko

    Receding’s internet must be down he’s still to get back with that list of CB’s he rates. Maybe try talksport to help you out.

  15. Freddie Ljungberg

    “Your bed wetting, cuckolding opinion. Maybe go back to school and learn the basics. Like the difference between a fact and your soy latte sucking opinion and then come and talk to the big boys”

    Nope, not a dickhead at all, every other post reads pretty much like this but clearly not a dickhead. Just a big boy

  16. Un na naai

    MarkoJuly 3, 2019 18:20:10
    Receding’s internet must be down he’s still to get back with that list of CB’s he rates. Maybe try talksport to help you out.

    😂

  17. Un na naai

    Freddy

    Well noticed
    Maybe soon you’ll learn the difference between opinion and fact. Keep going: you’re doing really well!! Xoxo

  18. Gentlebris

    ‘Also the comment section is quiet because there’s too many dickheads on here, you being one of the main culprits. FACT.’

    One has to agree.

    ‘Maybe go back to school and learn the basics. Like the difference between a fact and your soy latte sucking opinion’

    When you’re done filling your lungs with think cigar smoke, helping it down with whiskey for double effect, and you reconsider some of your political ranting today with the despicable arrogance that attended it, you might then agree that calling you a dickhead is a natural fact.

  19. Danialtos

    I had to basically hide for weeks after the 8-2 OT match. All my closest mates were Manc supporters, the abuse was brutal and as an Arsenal fan had no choice but to spread the cheeks and bite the pillow. Then two for the price of one with the 11-1 agg Anfield/Stamford Bridge trips in 2014 when we were still technically in the title race. Has there ever been a bigger humiliation in football than AW’s 6-0 defeat at the hands of the man who deemed him the specialist in failure and someone he despised in Mourinho? For his 1,000 game milestone.

    This is a day I will never forget…the amount if shite I got this day was unreal .. especially since 90% of my friends were United fans.

  20. Freddie Ljungberg

    You’re a well known racist and your views on women belongs about 2 centuries back. It’s not a debate whatsoever that you’re a dickhead Don, none.

    Keep telling yourself you’re one of the “big boys” though, whatever that means.

  21. Un na naai

    Don don’t laugh at anything I write you’re not allowed

    Jackeen
    Don’t get above your station. I know you’re giddy at the attention received from a superior but try to maintain some level of dignity eh

  22. Marko

    I bet he isn’t even smoking a cigar or drinking a whiskey. I bet it’s a Robinson’s and a lunchables pack for big man Don

  23. Un na naai

    You’re a well known racist and your views on women belongs about 2 centuries back. It’s not a debate whatsoever that you’re a dickhead Don, none.

    Freddy
    Oh really? Another case of your opinion morphing into fact!!
    Please enlighten me. Recount your fictional tale on my belief system.

    Build the wall, treat em mean keep em keen….. that should give you something to work with

  24. Freddie Ljungberg

    “Jackeen
    Don’t get above your station. I know you’re giddy at the attention received from a superior but try to maintain some level of dignity eh”

    Dickhead confirmed.

    again

  25. Un na naai

    Marko

    Maybe. Or maybe it’s a pick and mix and a can of white lightening I robbed from Sainsbury’s.
    Or maybe it’s a nice makers mark and a cafe creme bleu on the decking of my perfectly kept garden.
    Oh to be a Dubliner living in a council flat. Fate how you mock me

  26. Freddie Ljungberg

    Un na

    Is there really such a disconnect between your brain and what you type? You know this is a public blog right and anyone can just read your comments? Ffs the only way your views could be more obvious was if your avatar was you in a white pointy hood.

  27. Un na naai

    Hey Freddy, whyndont you crawl out of my asrse hole for a few seconds. Just try. I know you’ve been missing me and the tedium of this emery non action summer has driven you half insane but try.

  28. Un na naai

    Freddie LjungbergJuly 3, 2019 18:40:14
    Un naIs there really such a disconnect between your brain and what you type? You know this is a public blog right and anyone can just read your comments? Ffs the only way your views could be more obvious was if your avatar was you in a white pointy

    Freddy
    Proof dear boy. Proof.

  29. Chris

    OTD 2001

    We stuck yet another middle finger up at the jokers down the road.

    Welcome to North London Sol.

  30. Freddie Ljungberg

    Un na

    You think I’m going to trawl through your posting history to show what’s obvious to anyone with eyes and a basic grasp of english?

    Just your comments today is enough to prove beyond any doubt that you’re a massive dickhead, what else do you want? Timestamps? Go look for yourself, doesn’t really matter which of your posts you choose, most of them are iron clad proof.

  31. Gentlebris

    ‘I bet he isn’t even smoking a cigar or drinking a whiskey. I bet it’s a Robinson’s and a lunchables pack for big man Don’

    Let’s just assume that he wasn’t lying, that he wasn’t envying a character nursing cigar and whiskey on TV and making up stuffs about it here, he is still a qualified dickhead.

  32. Freddie Ljungberg

    Bob

    You’re right, he’s just such a massive tool that it’s hard not to, guess that’s what makes him a successful troll. Him, CG, GoH and Pierre has perfected the art of douchebaggery. What a time to be alive

  33. Un na naai

    Anyway
    Emery made a great improvement on wenger last season didn’t he? This summer is going well isn’t it?

  34. Un na naai

    Un naYou think I’m going to trawl through your posting history to show what’s obvious to anyone with eyes and a basic grasp of english? Just your comments today is enough to prove beyond any doubt that you’re a massive dickhead, what else do you want? Timestamps? Go look for yourself, doesn’t really matter which of your posts you choose, most of them are iron clad proof.

    Freddy

    You man you have nothing to verify your assertions? Just baseless accusations and rabid ideological opposition to valid points
    Anyway. Salut le grove. From the decking of battle angel.

  35. Marko

    Yeah I’m going to have to stick with Robinson’s and maybe not a lunchables pack but packet of dip dab. He’s that much of a dumbshit

  36. Un na naai

    Jackeen

    Wooooo
    Triggered. You’re best trying to unpack football. As hilarious as it is, it pales in comparison to a council flat dwelling, Dublin nihilistic post man giving it the big’un about anything regarding successful life choices.

    As you were Jackeen

  37. Gentlebris

    ‘Yeah I’m going to have to stick with Robinson’s and maybe not a lunchables pack but packet of dip dab. He’s that much of a dumbshit’

    Make your pick man. It suits him all.
    I can’t believe any human alive in 2019 could be loading thoughts as alarmingly embarrassing as he was doing earlier today.
    He even found it funny to insult the general female population.

    How could Bamford not be here and this guy is here.

  38. Bob N16

    Sad fu*ks, who I can only assume have very few friends to properly socialise with, getting their kicks out of winding people up….what a life!