Brain Trust begs Stan for money

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The summer is a time when internet heroes are made and destroyed.

‘IS HE LEGIT?”

‘NO WAY YOU SAID THIS IN 2019!’

‘GUY HAS AN AGENDA SMH’

Truth is, it’s incredibly hard to gain an accurate shake on transfer rumours because the stories are generated three ways.

Agents creating PR to make frantic scouts aware their players are available, or to instigate contract talks.

Clubs creating PR to shake up players and lower their price, to hawk interest in their own players, or deflect attention from what they are really doing with other deals.

TV, Press and Blog harvesting summer traffic. Le Grove numbers go through the roof in the summer, transfers are simply great fun… a mate of a mate… a rogue agent… a hopeful dream.

Then when transfers are real and actually happening, things can go south really quickly. So you might have had a nailed on story that falls apart and makes you look like a total wally.

It’s all a big mess, but the internet has made it more so because there wasn’t really that much of a market back in the day. Now you have millions of people partaking in the factory of information, so you have to tread very carefully to land the truth.

The Daily Mail is running with a story that the Arsenal Brain Trust is hassling Stan K for cash to push deals over the line this summer. This sort of information is golden, it’s elite dynamite that must have come from the very top… but it only gets 168 words?

Please… when I get good info, you get 2000 words here because if you’re doing PROPER journalism, the contact should give you the details that allow you to paint a vivid picture so it comes across as genuine in the media.

The guts of this story don’t add up to me. I think it’s pretty clear that the leadership of Ivan G lasted so long under Stan K because of one key attribute… he never, ever, went begging Stan for money. That must have been part of the deal, keep your mouth shut in the press, don’t harass on Whatsapp and don’t come crying for money every summer. Spend what you generate and not a penny more.

The idea that Raul and Vinnai are out there begging Stan for money is a touch absurd to me, especially so when the money they are asking for is to prop up a hugely inflated signing of a player that is 27 years old. We’re not out here trying to push Joao Felix over the line, we’re not begging for the chance to sign a player that could be worth £300m in 3 years time, we’re supposedly begging Stan to give us money to fund a player that’ll likely be worth far less in 3 years time than he is now. That is not good business when you are skint. Even Stan, with all his blindness to Arsenal, will understand the basic economics of this deal are risky and likely not worth it long term.

JUST AS A NOTE: I think Zaha would add a lot to our forward line. He’s a great player, powerful, skilful, a bit nasty… but be honest, who wouldn’t add more to our forward line than Iwobi? Zaha is a lazy next level for a club that talks about finding an edge with scouting, technology and youth.

Also, there is no way a club that’s been banging on about structure, the future and all these other bits could be in a situation a week out from preseason where they’re having to go back to their boss cap in hand. That would make them look highly incompetent, it’d make them look like they’ve not planned properly, it would damage their chances of progression long-term and the whole thing would have next to zero chances of success.

So in short, what I’m saying is this: Don’t believe everything you read.

The summer is playing out as we expected.

We are struggling to shift on our deadwood, in the main, because everyone knows we are desperate to move these players on. The prospective clubs buying are looking for a good deal and I’d imagine the players know that the lower the exit fee is, the higher their new salary will be.

We seem to be struggling to bring in players because we are fighting a chairman that has an inflated view of what Zaha is worth. He has to look strong in front of his fans after letting Wan-Bissaka go very early in his career, so he’ll make this like pulling teeth.

We’re also struggling because we don’t have a filled out structure at the club. Emery will be vying for power, choosing players is the ultimate control, we know he’s been scouting. Raul likes to get in the weeds with wheeler-dealer networks, so he’ll have ideas, despite not being a true footballing man. Edu will probably be CC’d into e-mails and have opinions. It’s a structural mess that probably has battling visions of what the future should look like.

Unai Emery is going to looking for players that can do the job now. The average age of his signings at Sevilla was a little over 27 years old, he targetted journeyman that the club could flip, what he’d get was hard work, grit and solid performances… that’s what he needs next season. He can’t fuck around with kids, he won’t care about bringing beauty to the field, he needs players that are going to drag the club to 4th.

Problem is, Raul and Stan K will know that this sort of approach to the game has a severe impact on what the football looks like. It stunts the growth of kids coming through the ranks. It carries high risk because older players make more money and then you can’t shift them if the idea fails.

We have just tried an expensive version of what Sevilla used to do very successfully and it failed. In fact, we are in season two of trying to buy our way to 4th.

I struggle to believe that Edu will be a technical director that wants to move in the Emery direction, but he’s not here, so we are where we are.

So there lies the challenge… a lack of vision, a lack of good people in the right jobs, clogged arteries in and out, and the slow cold of winter of reality settling in… we are a tier two club with tier 3 ideas of how to fix things.

What a miserable bastard I am… truly, I am so sorry you have to read this every day. x

P.S. Love Monreal, but the fact we’re giving him an extension tells you the trouble we’re in.

 

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  1. Mysticleaves

    “even after so many average AND occasionally truly appalling performances at RB/RWB people still talk ”

    Be sure to keep count of Ndombele’s average and occasionally appalling performances at a different position when played there. Atleast you will get to watch him on a regular this season.

    I actually lost count of average performances Keita had this last season. Frankly I think he had just around 3 above average performances. Not so bad for a world class cm eh?

  2. Freddie Ljungberg

    CA

    yeah I know it will be difficult, but something got to give, we can’t afford to keep them until their contracts expire, at least not if we want to amount to anything else than a top 10 club in England.

    We’re in serious danger of getting passed by several teams below us with more balanced squads that keeps outspending and outsmarting us in the market.
    It’s a very hard position Wenger/Gazidis put us in regardless of if certain posters can see it or not. Still, it needs rectifying and quick or we’ll lose even more ground. Last summer was just to stop the slide, we need to start taking steps forward now.

  3. Nelson

    Just read that the Manchester United away game is scheduled at 8 pm Monday night. I can understand that the TV wants to scheduled the game at prime time on a Monday night. They don’t give any thought of the away fans who will miss the last train back to London.

  4. Marko

    Brazil does have a national league. They have a serie a and a serie b. In lower levels it seems to break out into smaller groups but they’ve got leagues. By the look of things they have about a million football clubs there

  5. Dissenter

    Marko
    The Mavros agenda stuff was all in my head when half of the blog was lambasting the manager for leaving him out of the EL squad?
    You all rushed to shower accolades on hm on the basis of two competitive games (as at last season)

    Isn’t it laughable that you’ve been defending spending £25-30 million on Saliba to loan him back to St Etienne. If Mavros was any good, why go to such lengths to sign Saliba?

    If we had a brilliant young defender of great potential already, why waste so much money on an 18 year old who may not work out?

    Your Mavros posturing doesn’t match up with your relentless advocacy that we sign Saliba like desperadoes.

  6. CG

    Posters ( rightly) castigate Gazidas for his incompetence during his time at Arsenal.

    But they are deliberately forgetting HE CHOOSE RAUL

    (And if Gazidas headhunted Raul
    We know he will be useless because everything Gazidas did was useless.)

    The irony in all of this.

    Raul has even more power than what Wenger ever had but without the scrutiny

    Wenger held weekly press conferences.
    Post match conferences.

    Raul doesn’t.

    He chooses manger
    He chooses Teck Decks( eventually)
    He chooses players
    He chooses Freddie over Bould.

    It’s a structure doomed to fail
    As we are witnessing as the days and weeks go by.

    Raul cant believe his luck. Never has a man who has achieved so little in the game – held as much influence on such a great club.

    He as PedRo alluded to use to work in Laundry Division!!!
    You could not make this up.

    Ps. And Reminder:

    **Raul and Gazidas gave Ozil that contract
    **And Raul and Gazidas gave Mikis contract…
    **Raul gave us Emery.

    T.H.

  7. Marko

    Be sure to keep count of Ndombele’s average and occasionally appalling performances at a different position when played there.

    Case in point thanks mystic for the example of what I was talking about. Also worth noting that AMN isn’t a CM since he almost never plays in CM (weird that). And the comparisons to Ndombele have to stop he’s not fit to sniff Tanguy’s jockey.

  8. Dissenter

    Marko [and Mystic]
    I got that bit about the Brazilian national league wrong.
    They do have a complicated system with those state leagues

  9. Goobergooner

    “you want Arteta in a job because you and a bunch of others are still salty that I correctly called the Emery shambles.”

    “This is it. Or rather that they called it so horribly wrong and are now trying to salvage some dignity. Maybe Raul isn’t the only non footballing man involved in this discussion….”

    Un na naii. You are the biggest ass licker on here. First it was Wenger now it’s Pedro.

    Pedro the only reason people bring up Arteta is because it is scribed into the internet that you had a hard on for his appointment.

    Not one person here is an “EKB” In the way a CG or Un Na was an “akb”. There is no comparison really.

    You spent so long on the Wenger out bandwagon; knowing full well how shit this club has been run for so long, to then throw the first manager to come in under the bus because their first season didn’t live up to the overexpectations of Arsenal fans (who have some of the highest expectations and self entitlement in football).

    I’m not against you, I’m just against this total bullshit against Emery, who I do not think is the man to take us to the top, but is the man who actually stepped forward to take us from a fucking shit position and at least try to transition us to a new place.
    This club isn’t going to be at the top for some time, and any reasonable fan knows that. We aren’t the absolute cream of the crop like we used to be. And it’s only lying to yourself to think otherwise.

    Fuck this club is frustrating, but the only glimmer of hope is that the structure has changed and we may now be able to push forward once again.
    From where we were that takes more than one season.

  10. Marko

    The Mavros agenda stuff was all in my head when half of the blog was lambasting the manager for leaving him out of the EL squad?

    Yep absolutely all in your head you hysterical woman. Bar one or two of the usual numpties no one was up in arms at a young player with a handful of appearences under his belt and coming back off a 4 month lay off not getting picked for the Europa League squad list. It’s all in your head

    Isn’t it laughable that you’ve been defending spending £25-30 million on Saliba to loan him back to St Etienne. If Mavros was any good, why go to such lengths to sign Saliba?

    You see this is where you end up looking stupid. What does one have to do with the other? What we can only have one promising defender at the club at the same time? I’ve never really seen Mavropanos come into the conversation when people discuss signing Saliba except with you of course. In fact I’ve never seen anyone talk up Mavropanos to the point where we shouldn’t sign up anyone else until you just did.

  11. Goobergooner

    Also I do apologise for being a few days late as per usual. Love this blog and the folks who comment. Just never can keep up being in Aus.

  12. Marko

    I got that bit about the Brazilian national league wrong.

    Mate you get so many things wrong these days I’m putting you in one of my lists too. It’s not a boring list though it’s more of a a doesn’t know what he’s talking about and occasionally bullshits list. Still not in the liars list though so that’s something

  13. Goobergooner

    Marko you are one funny kent

    It’s funny being an observer rather than regular poster on this blog, when the posters you tend to agree with start to argue.

    Diss I’d definitely have a beer with you haha no matter what Marko says 😂

  14. Mysticleaves

    “If Mavros was any good, why go to such lengths to sign Saliba?If we had a brilliant young defender of great potential already, why waste so much money on an 18 year old who may not work out?”

    Which is it really? You rate Mavro as a potential or he’s not any good? My position is high Saliba and Mavro are excellent prospects. But signing Saliba for 25m is stupidity. We are not Madrid. We are skint and need now improvement. We already have Bieliek and Mavropanos

  15. Marko

    I’d have a beer with him too but he’d probably argue about wine being better and everyone thinks wine is great even though we decided on having beers. And then he’d tell us Leicester are buying Tierney out of the blue

  16. Dissenter

    Marko
    You still don’t get it?
    If Mavros was alright and on track to fulfill his great potential, then why sign Saliba under such very desperate terms. It’s not like St Étienne are asking for the odd 5 million.
    You’re implicitly admitting that you don’t rate Mavros that highly. It’s okay to keep running a defense fir the sake of argument though.

  17. Mysticleaves

    “nd the comparisons to Ndombele have to stop he’s not fit to sniff Tanguy’s jockey”

    One begins to wonder if you are the beacon of correctedness you want to hold dissenter to. You have been wrong many many times on player potentials and ability it’s sickening

  18. Marko

    But signing Saliba for 25m is stupidity…We already have Bieliek and Mavropanos.

    Yeah that whole statement is stupidity. Signing up a highly rated prospect is stupid because we have Mavropanos and some lad who done well in league one. FYI that’s the 3rd division in English football. Makes sense. Why sign up any defensive players we have Mavropanos and Bielik coming back to save the day. We’re doomed with this fanbase I swear

  19. Dissenter

    Mystic
    If you had one young defender of great potential, well on track , would you go and spend that much on an 18 year old that you will loan back for one season.
    The people at the club have assessed Mavros for one season and are acting on what they know..

    Let’s get something clear. I have nothing against Mavros, my point is and has always been that some ‘many in fact] were coronating him as the next great hope based on a handful of competitive games.

    Hope that helps.

  20. Marko

    If Mavros was alright and on track to fulfill his great potential, then why sign Saliba under such very desperate terms

    Again I ask what does one thing have to do with the other you numbskull. I’ve never actually made a statement on Mavropanos you’re the one who keeps bringing him up. Why do we need to sign up Saliba when we have Mavropanos do you actually hear yourself. Why sign Zaha when we have Nelson. Why sign up Aubameyang when we had Nketiah. Lemme guess you don’t have an obsession with those players. You’ll get there

  21. Mysticleaves

    “Let’s get something clear. I have nothing against Mavros, my point is and has always been that some ‘many in fact] were coronating him as the next great hope based on a handful of competitive games.”

    I mean isn’t that what we are doing with Saliba now? And other potentials? When you see them play, they have to be the next great hope else they aren’t excellent potentials.

  22. Marko

    If you had one young defender of great potential, well on track , would you go and spend that much on an 18 year old that you will loan back for one season.

    …oh my god

    Let’s get something clear. I have nothing against Mavros

    I’ve changed my mind you’re now officially on that liars list I was talking about

  23. Dissenter

    Mystic
    That’s precisely my point
    No club will go to great lengths to sign a prospect with 30 million when they have an astute cheap signing that’s doing well.
    Why block Mavros progress with a 30 million signing.

  24. Marko

    It’s also weird how you have a problem with (and this would be a guess but I bet fairly accurate) a handful of people getting overboard with the Mavropanos praise but you’ve got no issue with the sheer number of gobshites who still overrate AMN.

  25. Mysticleaves

    “Why sign Zaha when we have Nelson. Why sign up Aubameyang when we had Nketiah. Lemme guess you don’t have an obsession with those players. You’ll get there”

    Lmao. Someone needs to restrain Marko here. Zaha and Nelson are world’s apart. Aubameyang and Nketiah are planets apart. Pretty stupid really to make that comparison. Bielik, Saliba and Mavro are the same profile. Which brings me back to exactly my question. Isn’t it stupidity to spend 25m on a player when you already have 2 of them? And a whole first team defenders to change?

    And no way can anybody tell me that Mavro has already been deemed a failure after just 5 or less competitive matches.

  26. Marko

    Why block Mavros progress with a 30 million signing.

    I don’t think signing Saliba blocks anyone. Anyway another tangent to go off on I suppose

  27. Mysticleaves

    Dissenter, remember how the media played with us over that stuggart defender? His name escapes me. And he later went to Leicester on deadline? I think Saliba ends up like that too. That purchase is not objective except Saliba is ready made for the first team at 18!

  28. Dissenter

    Marko
    ‘Why sign Zaha when we have Nelson. Why sign up Aubameyang when we had Nketiah’

    Your angry ranting aside
    That statement underscores your lack of application of common sense to some things you’re spewing out here.
    -Auba is a proven world class player …Nkettiah is a youthful prospect from the academy
    -Zaha is a proven best player outside a top-6 club …Nelson is a youthful prospect from the academy

    Mavros is a youthful prospect still working on his game…..Saliba is a youthful prospect still working in his game.

    Can you spot the difference or shall I attach a lullaby to this post to help you think it through.
    Angrily calling people ‘numbskulls’ for disagreeing with you is not a substitute for making a proper defense of whatever point you’re trying to make.

  29. Marko

    And no way can anybody tell me that Mavro has already been deemed a failure after just 5 or less competitive matches.

    You’ll have to ask Dissenter that.

    As for the why are we targeting Saliba when we have Bielik and Mavropanos and Chambers don’t forget him yes it is stupid because one there’s nothing written anywhere that says you can only have a certain number of young players in specific positions and two and this is very important but at least two possibly 3 of those players mentioned are not good enough. You may think so but you would be wrong. So therefore there is a need to scout and sign up better players for the future

  30. Receding Hairline

    I wonder were this absolute conviction that Saliba is the next great thing in defending comes from Marko

    I am willing to bet you didn’t know who he was in May. Valentin who I’m 100% sure knows more French football than you isn’t as pumped as you are about him.

    He is 18, he is a prospect. Nothing more nothing less. Jeez

  31. CG

    Goober

    “”””but Emery is the man who actually stepped forward to take us from a fucking shit position and at least try to transition us to a new place.””””

    Well he did take us from 3rd to 5th!
    In the space of the last 6 games.
    And led us to a hiding in The Loosers Cup- when £100 million was at stake.

    So this new place you talk is actually worse than the old place.

    He failed
    He is a Looser
    He will get dumped
    Like he always does.

    Emery last season at Sevilla no away wins!!!

    T.T

  32. Dissenter

    If we truly believe that Mavros is who many believe he is…then the Saliba deal should be dead in the water.
    We should sign a good defender in the mid twenties range.

    I mean if Saliba was an opportunistic €2.1 transfer deal [like Mavros] then by all means do it but we all know it’s not. It makes no sense.
    We have an academy
    We have a 21 year old Mavros
    We have a 23 year old Rob Holding
    We have a 31 year old Sokratis
    Why pay 30 million for an 18 year old ..to loan him back
    That’s lunacy of the highest order.

  33. Dissenter

    I have never called Mavros is a failure. I was merely pointing out this agenda last winter of bashing Emery for not playing the lad.
    I’ve always wished him well and even remarked that I hope he turns out to be as good as Maldini.
    Next season just came too quick for him and he wasn’t ready [or good enough] yet. Many wanted him promoted too quickly.
    In essence I’m just being bashed for my realism.

  34. Marko

    That statement underscores your lack of application of common sense to some things you’re spewing out here.

    Huh? You’re literally talking about why are we targeting a highly rated 18 year old when we have a highly rated 20 year old. I may be using an extreme citing Auba but it’s the same thing it’s stupid. We can have more than one hot prospect at the club at the same time.

    Angrily calling people ‘numbskulls’ for disagreeing with you is not a substitute for making a proper defense

    No you’re a total numbskull you’re the only one I see around here bringing up Mavropanos whenever Saliba’s name comes up. You’re hell bent on proving something about the player and eventually when you’re proven one way or the other no one’s going to give a good fuck cause you’ve been literally arguing with yourself about Mavropanos. “See guys I was right Mavropanos isn’t that good”. Player signed for 2 million euros from a second division team in Greece? No way man you’re a genius. Tell us again how we’ll be seeing Tierney play for Leicester while they battle for top 4 this season (or next but no later)

  35. Marko

    I wonder were this absolute conviction that Saliba is the next great thing in defending comes from Marko

    You’ll have to show me where my absolute conviction is written.

    He is 18, he is a prospect

    That’s literally what I’m saying. Though I am adding in red hot or highly rated but that’s because of the calibre of clubs trying to sign him.

  36. Dissenter

    Marko
    We aren’t just going after Saliba
    We are desperately trying to spend 30 million on an 18 year old that we will loan back.
    At least appreciate the depth of our desperation. It’s a very unreal situation.
    It’s like Real spending crazy money on Brazilian kids.

  37. Marko

    Valentin who I’m 100% sure knows more French football than you isn’t as pumped as you are about him.

    Yeah I wouldn’t be so sure about anything Valentin says. He’s not pumped about Saliba but he is about all things Rennes and that gets to you. But I suppose you agree with him about Saliba.

    Look I’m getting sucked in again into another Saliba Receding woeful defenders argument so I’ll just bow out. Like I said hopefully he joins up with Spurs. I’ve honestly never seen such a polarizing potential signing for Arsenal in years. Better off just not doing it

  38. Marko

    It’s like Real spending crazy money on Brazilian kids.

    They can and do do that. I’m sure that we can do this deal. People seem to be convinced that we can’t but I’ll trust in others.

  39. Receding Hairline

    Those clubs you so revere have also signed a lot of crap. There was a rush for Odegard, Sanchez of Benfica , I mean that top clubs with some spare cash are after a youngter isn’t enough reason we should lose our heads. You are snapping at everyone who thinks we should focus on the now and your only retort is what if spurs sign him and he becomes a 100m player later…so what? Big deal. We have wasted enough time on Saliba, do a deal or walkaway.

  40. terraloon

    Incredible.

    Chelsea have agreed to sell Morata at the end of the season.

    It’s rumoured that the fee when added to the sum Atletico paid for the loan means that after amortisation Chelsea will show an accounting profit on him

    On top of that by agreeing to the sale in 2020 it will move a sizeable profit forward a year to help then ease through FFP going forward.

    Someone over at SB clearly is on top of things and can squeeze every last £ out of a club buying one of their players.

    Meanwhile at Arsenal!

  41. Receding Hairline

    Signing 18 year olds for 26m in the hope you sell for 100 isn’t vision.

    Vision is Ndombele for 8 sold for 62

    Pepe for 10 now about to go for whatever

    Arsenal shouldn’t be aspiring to be a selling club anyway

  42. Mysticleaves

    If he joins spuds for 25m I wouldn’t bath an eyelid. He could succeed or fail. I would be more interested in findings out if Bieliek and Mavro succeeds or fails. We don’t have 25m to waste on a prospects. That’s not how clubs that are not named real Madrid roll.

    Zagadou, upamecano, konate are more ready and would cost around the same mark. I totally even forgot holding who is only 23. Thanks dissenter

  43. Marko

    That’s lunacy of the highest order.

    Sure lunacy. Say we do nothing say he goes to Spurs or say he stays at St Etienne has another season and his price not only goes up but now you have PSG (who lose Silva) and Real (who lose Ramos) interested in Saliba? Or United (who ditch any number of their CB’s) or whoever. Say this is our only chance to sign him. Say it doesn’t actually eat away half of our budget but is deferred till he actually joins us. Say we’ve actually got more than 45 million to spend this summer. Say Chilwell is still at Leicester. Say Tierney doesn’t join up with Rodgers and make top 4 this year. Say it happens the following year. Say you say me

  44. Elmo

    Terraloon

    Kind of annoying that Chelsea have so far dealt with what could have been a very destabilising summer in a smooth manner.

    Got rid of manager they didn’t want, being compensated in the process.
    Replacement manager quickly and quietly installed.
    Hazard saga completed early in the summer, preventing it rolling on and dragging down their preparation for new season.
    Unwanted Morata, for whom they paid a huge fee, moved on at break-even.

    That’s the kind of basic level of professionalalism under Granovskaia that we could have only dreamed of under Gazidis.

  45. Receding Hairline

    Say we buy another player for 26m who will play for us now and can still appreciate in value. Marko you have an obsession with Spurs. Last window it was Liverpool now Spurs.

    You don’t know enough about Saliba to be this disturbed. Give it a rest.

  46. Marko

    I mean that top clubs with some spare cash are after a youngter isn’t enough reason we should lose our heads

    Who’s losing their heads? I’m not snapping at anyone except Dissenter because he brings up Mavropanos every 5 mins.

    Funny thing about you Receding is correct me if I’m wrong but you’re one of those people like myself who perk up when the label of Emery only signs up journeymen blah blah blah comes up and here we have links to an 18 year old and it’s incessant arguments about how expensive it is how stupid we are to do it how he’s not that good etc etc. It’s back tracking bullshit if you ask me. We don’t know what our budget is. We don’t know how much he’s going to cost or when we start the payments or if he’s going on loan. The fact is don’t know a thing. So let’s trust in the process let’s assume that they’re targeting him for a reason and that they know what they’re doing. I’ll say this for the new brain trust since taking over from Wenger with the exception of the Mhikitaryan deal they’ve not really over paid for a player. Whatever price they deem for Saliba will likely be about right

  47. terraloon

    Elmo

    Seems to me they are managing the narrative it’s clearly planned and the drip drip effect is impressive.

    I just read that Loftus-Cheek Cheek has signed a new 5 year deal whilst not confirmed it seems that CHO is just about to do like wise.

    Granovskaia clearly is extremely competent and excluding the Harvard sell they have already got £10 million out of Bristol City and seems likely they will be selling another half or dozen .

  48. Dissenter

    Marko
    Cheers

    Is Tierney done yet?
    Any news in that front. I just thought Eamon Dunphy May have an extra link.
    I ask because Celtic are one of the best supported teams in Ireland.

  49. Marko

    Marko you have an obsession with Spurs. Last window it was Liverpool now Spurs.

    I’m citing Spurs cause they’re apparently interested in the player too. Anyway forget it it’s pointless we’re not always going to agree on targets. Especially not this fanbase. Olmo’s too lightweight Saliba is too…expensive…young maybe? The argument changes so much

  50. Marko

    Any news in that front. I just thought Eamon Dunphy May have an extra link.

    No idea mate. Any word on Chilwell yet? Surely you have a special line on what’s going on at Leicester from where you are in America. Lemme guess you’re eating a packet of Walkers crisps. That’s where you get it that’s the connection

  51. Nelson

    Fuck. They already gave up a goal in the first 3 minutes. We don’t have decent defenders in our Academy.

  52. Dissenter

    It was Emenalo who built the Chelsea academy into the money making juggernaut that’s it’s become.
    It was also Emenalo who came up with the genius way Chelsea used to beat FFP into pieces by buying young players and loaning them on…then sell them when they’ve matured.
    That’s the same stuff that got them into trouble to be honest.

    It’s always hard negotiating with tough female managers, especially attractive ones. They put you off guard with so many stuff and take you to the cleaners.
    Everyone knows that Granovskaia has the full trust of Abramovich so they stay out of her way. She was his personal assistant when he was making his billions. She knows where all the bodies are buried.

  53. Dissenter

    Marko
    I thought I read that Chilwell was going to be sold, apparently it was a rumor like several stuff we post here.
    Relax man.

  54. Marko

    Signing 18 year olds for 26m in the hope you sell for 100 isn’t vision

    Who said it was. No one said that he’ll end up being a 100 million CB. Dismissing signing up highly rated 18 year olds what kind of vision is that?

  55. Marko

    I thought I read that Chilwell was going to be sold, apparently it was a rumor like several stuff we post here.
    Relax man.

    Ah yes but it was more in response to someone getting excited about us signing Tierney or talking up Tierney that’s what it was in response to. Cause for some reason at some point you’ve made yourself out to be that guy who stops people from getting ahead of themselves with regards to players at or linked with Arsenal. Which is fine. Also it wasn’t just a rumour it was a whole scenario where Chilwell is sold Rodgers signs up Tierney beating Arsenal in the process and they end up getting champions league football inside two seasons because their squad is so good.

  56. Danny M.O

    If Unai wore a waistcoat and was called Ian . Would fans be more appreciative of his efforts?

    I mean Sir Gareth prances about in a waist coat losing to every major opposition but is lauded by the fans and media.

    Yes Unai could have motivated his team to beat the minnows but we went toe to toe with every top 6 team.

  57. CG

    I see Unai is already inspiring our next generation.

    2 zip to Borehamwood.

    today is the start of The Season From Hell!

    Produced by Unai Emery and Raul Sanellhi!

  58. Ishola70

    Arsenal get one back.

    Comical defending from Boreham Wood.

    The big Brazilian clubs play in both national and state leagues.

    On occasions the state league games see bigger crowds cos the Brazilans do love a derby match.

  59. Gentlebris

    ‘Forget about how Ozil eventually turned out and enjoy the article. First hand tale of what it takes sometimes to buy players’

    Mystic,

    Good read,man.
    But the punks should have insisted on DiMaria. It wouldn’t have been hard to override Ancelloti since Madrid was desperate about the money. I have a feeling Madrid even mugged the fools at some point about the transfer fee, others might have offered slimmer figures and Madrid might have milked Arsenal for more given Arsenal’s transfer desperation at the time……and the gullible cunts in charge.

  60. Nelson

    The only defender, who looks half decent is #3, Dominic Thompson. He has good ball control and a good release pass.

  61. Ishola70

    Gentlebris
    “So the boys are getting beat.”

    Yeah Boreham Wood have just enough about them on the football side to be very comfortable winners so far because they are absolutely dominating physically. Totally bullying physically.

    They might make changes second half though. The Wood that is.

  62. Dissenter

    This is the start of the preseason for the U-23 team .
    Hope Bould makes them a lot better this season.

  63. Gonsterous

    Zaha isn’t worth more than 35m if we are being honest. He is a slightly better oxlade chamberlain. I think he may be a deadline day signing.