Upamecan-you-believe-it?

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Business travel is all about projects, to yourself, the true person you want to be.

I downloaded 10 episodes worth of Ken Burns documentaries, packed a Christopher Hitchens memoir, a notebook with a mechanical pencil for jotting down semi-important musings, and I carried my laptop so I could catch up with admin.

You know what I achieved in 2.5 hours on a packed plane? 5 Stroopwafels, 2 bags of Cheetos, 1 Nesquik milkshake, 3 episodes of Rick and Morty, all whilst tearing through a gossip magazine that totally gave me the inside scoop on Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s ILLICIT courtship.

Such a sobering experience. I’m like that Chanel guy when he realised he wasn’t going to be who the people wanted him to be.

However, at least I wasn’t sitting on the internet like a transfer pervert like most of you lot were. You are fucking embarrassing, grown men, hoovering up content like it was the last line at a festival before the Klaxons arrive.

UPEMECANO PEOPLE.

I was literally on a podcast with Dan the day before pontificating on why we’d bother with Umtiti when players like the Leipzig man and Lewis Dunk would represent better value and lower risk.

Rumour has it we’re in for him for €60, but they want more… obviously.

This player is exactly what we need. He’s built like Sol Campbell. He’s a towering figure. He has everything we want, most notably, fitness. He’d be a great partner for Sokratis this season, and by the time he’s adapted to the league, we’d be bringing Saliba to town.

Wow, wow, wow… we’d have two of the best young centre backs in France powering our backline for ten years. Saliba is 19, Upemacano is 20… that would be unreal business.

I’m so excited at the prospect I don’t know what to do.

Every time there’s a problem, Raul and Edu just deal with.

THEY ARE PUTTING ME OUT OF BUSINESS.

The only thing I’ll have left to moan about is Emery… and if that doesn’t work out this season, they simply won’t renew his deal then that’ll be sorted.

At least I’m safe in the knowledge that if it all goes to shit here, I’ll be able to land a cheeky CHIEF FOOTBALL WRITER role at any of the major news publications… amirite?

No. I’m not. An Ebola outbreak isn’t getting me that coveted role at The Daily Star and that’s the brutal truth.

Anyway, not much from me today.

See me in the comments and tell me how you’ll celebrate if we buy Upemecano!

Also, listen to the damn Podcast. No Patreon bullshit here. Just free content on the proviso you do NOT criticise the work.

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  1. Dream10

    Disappointed that Eddie Nketiah is going out on loan. He has the ability to get shots off and is developing a nose for goal. Decent substitute for the last 15 minutes to convert draws into wins. Chance for John Jules and Balogun to get Europa and cup minutes then.

  2. Ishola70

    The proper competitive games need to start now so proper judgement can be made.

    Seems like the Pepe signing has gone to some people’s heads here reading of title challenges and finishing above certain teams. Of course his signing is an exciting one but some going a bit OTT.

    Remember that the team still has flawed players in it and a massively flawed player in a key position in the team.

    Still work to be done on this side to see them reach the levels of Man City and Liverpool of last season.

    Roll on Newcastle so all this specu;ative talk is done and we can talk based on what we see rather than conjecture.

  3. Mysticleaves

    Gonsterous, Upamecano has pace for days. It’s his game reading that’s suspect.

    Charlie, we replaced Ramsey alright. Remember he didn’t force himself out. We replaced him. A Ceballos kind is the kind Emery always wanted. It’s an improvement for us. Ramsey goals? Pepe covers it very well too. We have massively improved.

    Funny you don’t think we have done good business cos I remember you seemed to question what Emery tactics/style of play was always about. You didn’t believe he had one.

    Dybala is a very good player but let’s not pretend we are not getting what we need. We don’t need Dybala, spuds do so let them have him. He doesn’t make them stronger. Infact I doubt he’s going to be comfortable doing the AM and LAM thing that Erikson was famed for. They still have to play Alli

  4. Receding Hairline

    Ishola no one over the age of 25 thinks we have a title challenging squad,some are just happy we are making certain moves both for the present and the future.

    Personally you are too hung up on Xhaka to enjoy anything Arsenal, as long as he still wears the shirt you approach everything with Skepticism.

    Will we be better served with the addition of a defender and full back? 100%. Everyone here thinks so. And hopefully something is done before the window starts. Club is on record as pursuing a deal for Tierney and a defender.. No reality checks needed on here.

    You are preaching to the choir

  5. Graham62

    Dream10

    Re: Eddie Nketiah.

    Best thing that could have happened to him.

    Scoring a few goals in preseason friendlies doesn’t prove anything. He needs to get regular game time and toughen up mentally.

    Let’s see where we stand with him this time next year.

  6. Mysticleaves

    RH, bang on. Ishola is something else.

    And yes Ishola, if we ran Spuds close last season and have improved this season what says we can’t finish above them? No one thinks we are challenging for the title

  7. Dream10

    Graham62

    Yep. Bielsa will great for his development. Very good coach. He’ll learn a lot. May not score many goals there, but getting minutes under his belt more useful for him long term than the odd appearance here. By the way, it’s unlikely he’ll make it at Arsenal, as most coaches will prefer a veteran forward like a Welbeck/Llorente as a backup.

  8. Receding Hairline

    Mystic not a single poster on here thought we needed “something extra in attack” . Spurs go for Dybala and it’s “we must get Coutinho”. Yet I’m the one that lives in a swamp.

    We need a defender or two and a full back even if Spurs sign Messi that does not change.

  9. Champagne charlie

    “Charlie, we replaced Ramsey alright. Remember he didn’t force himself out. We replaced him. A Ceballos kind is the kind Emery always wanted. It’s an improvement for us. Ramsey goals? Pepe covers it very well too. We have massively improved.“

    Explain where we’ve massively improved? I’m not understanding that one.

    Ramsey was excellent, (you say Pepe replaces his goals), and Ceballos is key to what for us? We’ve improved, I just happen to think the premature ejaculation has been exactly that. I’ve said we’ve done good business so far, I’m saying we still need another big one to push on.

    “Dybala is a very good player but let’s not pretend we are not getting what we need.”

    We’ve not signed a defensive player despite conceding 50 goals last season, again, I’d not make those sort of claims at this point personally.

  10. Mysticleaves

    “Explain where we’ve massively improved? I’m not understanding that one.”

    We have added width and vertical ball carrying play in the middle. Ability to evade a press and start a counter attack without looking like dummies.

    “Ramsey was excellent, (you say Pepe replaces his goals), and Ceballos is key to what for us?”

    Let’s not change the music on Ramsey though. He started as no 10 and was immediately found out. When he played CM (for about 5 games) he was key for us (considering playing options) but Emery shifted him up immediately he got the opportunity again obviously because he’s not a vertical on-the-ball-player that can evade a press with a feint or a dribble. Ceballos is that. And he doesn’t need to equal Ramsey goal tally because we have added Pepe that can provide that from the wing, something we lacked last season. All our wingers contributed about 10 goals and ordinarily we would expect Pepe alone to get that.

    How’s that not massive improvement? We still need to get a defender or two or even 3 but saying we haven’t massively improved the midfield and attack (and with that chances of top 4) is you carrying on with your bashing of the new team

  11. Champagne charlie

    Mystic

    Oh is that it? I’ve got to agree with your concept of us massively improving or I’m just bashing the new regime?

    Nice set of parameters there. Maybe I’m just now bowled over by Ceballos (who I’ve said numerous times is an unknown quantity to me), and don’t equate our current business to being a “massive improvement”, simply an improvement.

  12. Graham62

    D10

    I sincerely hope he makes it with us.

    First of all though, let’s see if he succeeds away from the Emirates.

  13. Graham62

    Only four days to go.

    Predictions for a season opener are usually pointless.

    However, how about 4-3 to the Arsenal?

    A real goal fest.

  14. Un na naai

    Ozil out
    Mustafi out
    Jenkinson out

    Coutinho, Tierney and Rugani in?
    Does anyone know much about Rugani? Is he any good? Why is he not getting game time at Juventus? They are stocked with very good defenders though as it’s Italy and they are the riegning champs

  15. Bojangles

    The new guys into the team seem to have improved us, on paper at least, I’ll reserve judgement for a while on that. The young guns, however, excite me. If they don’t go out on loan I feel Nelson and Nketiah will get minutes this season. I will be surprised if Willock doesn’t get a few starts, he has been outstanding in the pre-season. Sure, pre-season games don’t count for much usually but this year they were very competitive, much moreso than in previous years, apart from the Colorado match that is.

    If we get a couple of defenders by Thursday, I fancy our top four prospects. If we don’t then it’s going to be difficult but not totally improbable.

  16. Un na naai

    I’m not sure why everyone is hanging their hat immediately on ceballos as some sort of midfield saviour yet so underwhelmed with rugani

    They equate to the same thing. A loanee from a European champion who wasn’t good enough to command a regular spot. Who May also fail miserably to adapt to the pace and power of the premier league. Spaniards and Italians are notoriously homesick too. Many more failures than successes from both nations although the Spaniards have traditionally fared better than the Italians

  17. Un na naai

    Bojangles

    Yes. Me too. We need to be giving these lads their opportunities this season. Willock nelson and Saka look like they are champing at the bit.

  18. Ishola70

    Receding

    It’s not a case of being hung up.

    Everyone knows that Arsenal cannot win a league title or even realistically challenge Liverpool and Man City with such a flawed player sitting at the base of the team in such a key position.

    For the team to improve to the extent of challenging Man City then that area has to be addressed simple as that.

    Nothing to do with hang-ups. It’s fact.

    If you want to downplay that position that Xhaka currently plays for the team then that is entirely up to you.

    It’s a key position.

  19. Chitom

    chrisAugust 6, 2019 22:36:51
    CGSparrow legs 🤣I hope everyone else here can reach the stage where you just have to laugh out loud at this guys postsYou know Peter Crouch was a fairy good player who had his uses. His legs were like match sticks. Seem to remember Steve Bruce used to get stick in his playing days for having almost non existent calves.

    ————————————

    Peter Crouch, Steve Bruce?

    How about Yaya Toure or even Messi? Both have slim calves and one is arguably the best in the world and the other Wenger’s “biggest regret” that had slipped through his fingers.

    As for CG and his posts I find him hilariously harmless already and can’t believe some call for his ban.
    He lives in his own world for sure.

  20. Ishola70

    Mysticleaves
    “Upamecano has pace for days. It’s his game reading that’s suspect.”

    Yes no problems physically.

    It’s his concentration levels that are questioned as being his weakness at present.

  21. Un na naai

    vertical on-the-ball-player that can evade a press with a feint or a dribble. Ceballos is that. And he doesn’t need to equal Ramsey goal tally because we have added Pepe that can provide that from the wing, something we lacked last season. All our wingers contributed about 10 goals and ordinarily we would expect Pepe alone to get that.

    Mystic

    But you’re basing all this on the assumption that 1) he can hack it 2) that he doesn’t go back to Madrid?

    You can’t expect a Spanish u21 loanee to just come in and rip up trees.
    He’s new so he’s better seems to be the line here when Joe Willock has been excellent all summer vs top opposition every time he plays

    For me he is the direct Ramsey replacement but he’s 19 so we cannot expect him to produce what Ramsey could with too much regularity either

  22. Leedsgunner

    I really want Nketiah to make it with us. One of the reason why Spurs have been able to attract and build a good strong squad is because they haven’t had to spend £100m on a striker but they developed one in Harry Kane.

    Nketiah, with the right coaching and opportunity can be that striker for us… who is the last striker we brought to the first team through the academy?

    The boy has been a prolific scorer at every level at club and country level… It is right for him to be given a sustained period at a top Championship club to challenge himself.

    Bielsa at Leeds would be an excellent coach for Eddie to learn from.

  23. Un na naai

    Silver

    I hope so. Trust me. I would love it if he and Rugani come in and prove to he invaluable players for arsenal this season and join us permanently next year

    Let’s see
    But it’s foolish to just suggest that he’s better on paper than Aaron Ramsey because he’s new

  24. WengerEagle

    Pepe now being regarded as arguably the best wideman in the PL? Haha Jesus slow down with that…

    Sterling, Mane, Sane, Salah, Son not exist anymore?

    Why do fans always feels need to exaggerate our player’s ability? Guy is a vast improvement let’s run with that line

  25. Pierre

    Let’s say we are in for Coutinho.
    Let’s say Tottenham are also in for Coutinho.
    Let’s say the decision is then up to Coutinho on whether to choose Arsenal or Tottenham.

    Up until a couple of years ago Arsenal would be the choice everytime.

    A top class player like Coutinho will often look beyond the actual football club as to whether they join that club .

    I believe that with Coutinho it will come down to the manager of the football club and the style of football they play and how the relationship the manager has had with players of similar style and quality .

    If Coutinho weighs the situation up , he will look at Pchettino’s handling of Eriksen and how he used him and I would say he would be more than impressed.

    He would then look at Emery’s handling of Ozil ( who I’m sure that Coutinho respects) and would be far from impressed of his treatment of a player who plays in a similar position and style .

    If the decision is left to Coutinho , he will choose the manager that will get the best out of him , a manager who will focus on his positives not his negatives…

    I can’t see Coutinho wanting to play as a man marker in a cup final, can you ?

  26. WengerEagle

    ‘It’s his concentration levels that are questioned as being his weakness at present’

    That’s funny could have sworn that Leipzig’s chief scout Marko rated his concentration above Konate’s who is more mistake prone.

    Even though they ship more goals with Upa in the side…

  27. Un na naai

    Why do fans always feels need to exaggerate our player’s ability? Guy is a vast improvement let’s run with that line

    Eagle
    Because these boys just jump on their shiny new toys until they don’t prove to be what they thought they scream from the rooftops

  28. WengerEagle

    Or… he’ll just go with the manager that he has a history and working relationship with?

    Always comes back to Ozil for you Pierre even when it’s nothing to do with him. What ‘treatment’? He’s been near useless for two seasons now.

  29. Silverhawk

    WE

    Some ‘fans’ also feel the need to exaggerate our players flaws. (except Mustafi’s). It is what it is.

    Un nai

    Ceballos and Ramsey are 2 different players. I would say Willock is the direct replacement for Ramsey.

  30. Ishola70

    WE

    Well he is definitely not the finished product and why should he be at that age and the finishing touches for him are to do with upstairs in his head.

    Even De Light is not the finished product yet.

  31. Bojangles

    Un

    I reckon Saha, Smith-Rowe, John-Jules (too many hyphenated names here), Thompson and Medley will be loaned out if a decent home can be found for them. Maybe Nketiah too, unless Emery was serious about keeping him around for next season.

  32. Champagne charlie

    Pierre

    You really need to isolate things better and stop dragging Emery into every equation, there’s no need. There will be time aplenty for that sort of analysis throughout the season.

    What is in Spurs favour is Coutinho had a 6 month loan under Poch at Espanyol I read. That could swing it, but then again Liverpool hate Spurs and Coutinho isn’t a cunt. So who knows.

  33. vickingz

    No way we are getting any CB at a decent price now cos it’s already at the 11th hour and we are now more desperate to sign at least one CB. I wonder why we left it this late, why were we so fixated on Tierney. Instead of getting a CB at an inflated cost, just add coutinho, a LB and be done with. Emery ain’t good at setting up defense, no need spending abnormally there.

  34. fsaf

    Don: “I’m not sure why everyone is hanging their hat immediately on ceballos as some sort of midfield saviour yet so underwhelmed with rugani”

    Cause Ceballos was really, really hot, so hot that Real Madrid had to fight off Barcelona to secure his signing. He could be a big player for us because he ticks all the boxes that we needed. Cazorla type of player. Can’t wait to see if he proves me right but he might thrive for us big time.

    Rugani is Mertesacker mk 2. Not fit for EPL imo.

  35. WengerEagle

    SH

    See that’s convenient to me, when we suffered that 6 week season end collapse it was all down to the ineptitude of the players according to most on here rather than Emery.

    And now I’m the one playing up their weaknesses? Make your mind up.

  36. Emiratesstroller

    un na naii

    We need to focus on recruiting one or two defenders who are an upgrade on what we have got and not devote time and money on what we don’t need.

    Arsenal have presently room for one addition to our present squad, which I suspect will be used to buy Tierney or a CB before the transfer window closes.

    If we manage to buy two defenders then we will need to offload an additional
    player most probably one of three players i.e. Jenkinson, Elneny or Mustafi.

    Somehow I don’t see Arsenal offloading either Ozil or Mkhitaryan in this transfer window or bringing in Coutinho.

  37. Champagne charlie

    Weagle

    What’s your take on Ceballos, I’m not too familiar and find the commentary about him a bit curious. Like we’ve just negotiated prime Zidane on loan for a year, what am I missing?

    He’s not a final third player of his career to date is anything to go by. Peaks at 3 goals for the year and 2 assists.

  38. vickingz

    He would then look at Emery’s handling of Ozil ( who I’m sure that Coutinho respects) and would be far from impressed of his treatment of a player who plays in a similar position and style .If the decision is left to Coutinho , he will choose the manager that will get the best out of him , a manager who will focus on his positives not his negatives…

    Coutinho would rather fancy his chance of benching ozil than competing with dybala cos he knows he has everything ozil doesn’t.

  39. Ishola70

    vickingz
    “Emery ain’t good at setting up defense, no need spending abnormally there.”

    If he’s no good setting up a defence then he’s out.

    Not interested in sunday park football scorelines.

    Nine times out of ten if you fail to set up a good defence you are also-rans as far as the big trophies are concerned.

  40. Pierre

    Un
    Saka and Willock are going to be the business for Arsenal.

    I’ve said before , Saka and his style of play reminds me of the great ( in my opinion) John Robertson of Nottingham forest .

    Roberson had that underrated ability to make half a yard of space for himself and whip in or cut back superb balls for his strikers .
    Clough’s team talks consisted of ” give the ball to Robertson ” and it worked like a dream .

    Saka has the same delivery as Robertson , he teases the ball into the area with superb pace in the ball , I can see a top quality footballer developing ( along with Willock) ….Let’s hope the manager gives them the opportunities they deserve.

  41. Champagne charlie

    Ishola

    We aren’t in any of the big trophies for the win, that’s just not happening this season and it’s not an Emery matter.

  42. Bob N16

    Dybala will hopefully demand too much money from Spurs…either they go for it and Levy will have half a dozen players saying ‘hold on what about my pay packet’ or they’ll tell him to take a hike.

    Strongly believe Raul will get deals through – Tiernay and a CB. Will struggle to not refresh newsnow on a ridiculously regular basis.

  43. Leedsgunner

    If Arsenal are going head to head with Spurs for Coutinho it will be a close run affair. Spurs have a good manager and a settled squad. We have a relatively new manager but Edu… won’t they know each other from the Copa America? I know he’s very respected by the present Brazilian squad for turning this team around.

  44. Un na naai

    Cause Ceballos was really, really hot, so hot that Real Madrid had to fight off Barcelona to secure his signing. He could be a big player for us because he ticks all the boxes that we needed. Cazorla type of player. Can’t wait to see if he proves me right but he might thrive for us big time.

    Fsaf
    Yes but there’s no guarantee he will come in and do the business at Arsenal when he failed to do so at Madrid where you would sssume conditions were better suited to a man of such talent? Surrounded by the best players and staff and training facilities in the world in a league and climate he’s not only familiar with but geared to excel within

    Now he comes to cold weather and harsher football and you expect he’s going to put perform Aaron Ramsey immediately?

    Look I would love it if he comes in and does what you lads are saying he will do but I think it’s naive to just expect it.

  45. Bob N16

    CC – from what little I’ve seen of Ceballos, he looks very technical, two-footed, keen to get on the ball but very importantly looks to make a forward pass. Xhaka and Guendozi, in differing ways, both slow the game down too much. Ceballos looks like he could link play really well and give our front three a chance to go one- on- one with the opposition. One other thing, he comes across as a leader. Now I may be reading far too much from little evidence but I’ m very hopeful.

  46. vickingz

    If he’s no good setting up a defence then he’s out.Not interested in sunday park football scorelines.Nine times out of ten if you fail to set up a good defence you are also-rans as far as the big trophies are concerned.

    @ishola, but he already told us himself when he said something along the line of winning 5-4 than 1-0 or something like that. Fans made it out to be that he’s more attacking minded but that message also means that “i’m not good at setting up defense o, so don’t expect clean sheets under my reign

  47. Un na naai

    Stroller

    Look I’d be delighted if we take Upamecano without any other additions and Tierney would be the icing on the cake. I’m not fussed with any more forwards although bringing Coutinho be an immediate upgrade in the no10

  48. Graham62

    Pierre

    CC is correct.

    What you could also be saying is how appealing were Arsenal under Mr Wenger prior to Emery’s arrival.

    Exactly!

    Makes that “equation” a wee bit more relevant.

  49. Ishola70

    Don

    The reason Ceballos joined was because of guarantees of regular first team football at Arsenal this coming season. Emery basically promised him a first team place by and large.

    What’s more naive? Thinking Ceballos can make some sort of impact this season or Willock?

  50. Un na naai

    Pierre

    Don’t forget that Saka is delivering those balls on his weaker foot
    He’s right footed and looks to have some serious dribbling qualities
    Certainly a very exciting young player.

  51. Bob N16

    Vickings….if we sign a decent LB and CB and we’re able to play 4 at the back I think the defence will be massively improved. If not it’ll be tough to blame Emery fully with the line up he’ll be choosing from.

  52. Pierre

    Charlie
    “What is in Spurs favour is Coutinho had a 6 month loan under Poch at Espanyol I read. That could swing it”

    It does often come down to the manager when a player chooses a club .
    There’s no way Coutinho would ever choose playing for Emery over Pochettino.

    I’m sure that if Coutinho had a 6 month loan period playing under Emery previously, it would not be the clincher for Coutinho to join Arsenal , the opposite in fact.

  53. Un na naai

    Ish

    So why didn’t he get more game time at Madrid if he is that good? And again you’re just assuming he adapts to the climate and tempo.

  54. Dream10

    Wenger Eagle

    Pépé best wide man in the country?
    He’s not even the best one at The Arsenal
    Future Ballon D’or candidates Nelson and Saka are above him I’m afraid. He’s lucky Arsenal legend Jenkinson doesn’t want play as a #7. Otherwise, he’d be the fourth best wide player at the club. Will Pépé make the 18 man matchday squad? I’m not so sure….

  55. fsaf

    I would go and say that we’d be better off without Coutinho.

    Ceballos loan and eventual buy makes sense cause we are terribly short in class in our midfield. I know same can be said about LW/AM as Coutinho would be a giga upgrade on Iwobi, Mikki, Ozil and co.

    But it goes to the point that Phil is a star. And there is probably a well established hierarchy in the squad. I’d rather we go for super highly rated young players desperate to make the next step and become world class playing for us, than buy a star that comes along with mental baggage seeing us as a step down etc. And then have someone like Coutinho fighting for who has the bigger dick between him and Auba (obviously PEA would easily win, no sweat).

    It kinda worked with Alexis, although we never got the feeling that our squad is united, but holy shiet did it go wrong with Ozil and Mkhitaryan.

  56. WengerEagle

    Ishola

    Haha I’m not going to get into Upa again mate had it out with Marko yesterday because I dared suggest Konate looks the better prospect and he was behind in the pecking order, he’s a prospect and much better than what we have so sign me up.

    Charlie

    Can’t say I’ve seen too much of Ceballos, as you say has no real end product to speak of but if he can improve us in transition and give us that ability to slip past challenges like Wilshere did it’ll open up running lanes for the front 3 and make us more unpredictable.

    Pretty worried that we haven’t a single midfielder capable of goals, Miki aside and tbh he doesn’t score enough to make up for the damage he inflicts on the XI.

  57. Un na naai

    And ish

    Willock over the last 3 months has looked our best midfielder
    Why is it naive to expect him to do well this season? Ceballos has shown us nothing yet but you’re all jumping on him to carry the team in the middle of the park

  58. Ishola70

    Un na naai
    “So why didn’t he get more game time at Madrid if he is that good? And again you’re just assuming he adapts to the climate and tempo.”

    Just highlights how average the Arsenal midfield has been doesn’t it that he can come in and be promised a first team place.

  59. DivineSherlock

    Anybody who can carry the ball , evade the press and pass well will instantly improve our midfield. Ceballos looks the part , hes very much in Cazorla category . Hes already miles better than Xhaka .

  60. Graham62

    Just seen the Kos social media video on sky.

    Fudge off Arsenal, I’m a Bordeaux player now.

    I understand the guy is upset but, after 9 years, you’d expect a bit more discretion and respect.

    I wonder if he’ll also find his comfort zone in France.

  61. Bob N16

    Ceballos might not work out but this is Spain’s captain and most influential player at the recent U21 championship that they won. Could it be that he’s a really decent prospect but can’t get enough game time at RM?

  62. vickingz

    if we sign a decent LB and CB and we’re able to play 4 at the back I think the defence will be massively improved. If not it’ll be tough to blame Emery fully with the line up he’ll be choosing from.

    @Bob, that’s a big IF. Didn’t emery have good defenders at psg? Look at man city defenders and tell me which one is an outstanding defender but the set up makes them look good and they get the job done. What of Barca? Give emery the best defenders in the world, he’d still not come good. Just let him be winning 5-4

  63. Bob N16

    Graham, distasteful departure by Koscielny but did you ever see him not play in a totally committed way? ‘Comfort zone’, does that mean not being overplayed after coming back from major Achilles surgery?

  64. vickingz

    @fsaf, ceballos loan and eventual buy? Seems you know something we all don’t know yet cos ceballos as of now is just a loanee with no buying condition attached.

  65. Pierre

    Ishola
    “The reason Ceballos joined was because of guarantees of regular first team football at Arsenal this coming season. Emery basically promised him a first team place by and large.”

    Did he , we were led to believe that Emery has no input on transfers and now supposedly he is promising him a place in the starting line up ..sounds like complete bullshit to me .

  66. James.wood

    Liepzig have said they have no intention to release
    Upamecano who has a release clause of 92 million.

    Arsenal have bid 55 Million.?
    So that looks dead..
    A commentator on Sky said he lacks concentration
    so this might be a good thing we hardly need another
    switch off in the side.

  67. Bob N16

    You may have a point Vic but I still maintain he’d have a limited choice of good defenders to choose from.

    I think City have some decent defenders, Laporte is excellent. They are well organised and the midfielders work exceptionally hard to deny time and space to the opposition.

  68. fsaf

    Kos is a disgrace to the badge. Whoever defended him before should be ashamed of themselves. Basically the conversation for the ad they pulled of his transfer could have went either way:

    Bordeaux: Laurent, how about we make a clip where you take your Arsenal shirt off and you put on ours? LK: Sure, excellent idea. I hate those fuckers myself. Top diss for them madafakas.

    or

    Bordeaux: You have any ideas about the clip we gonna make? LK: Yeah. How about I diss them madafakas by taking off their shitty shirt and putting on yours!!! Genius, aye?!…

    Either way I hope he doesn’t get invited to show matches regarding Arsenal or have any role in the club ever again.

  69. Ishola70

    Pierre

    It was widely reported that Emery spoke personally to Ceballos and give him some guarantess.

    As for coaches/managers having no input in any transfers……..well bullshit. And no I’m not giving a youtube link on that.

  70. Un na naai

    Bob

    Nooooo
    Zidane wanted to sell him. Didn’t want the loan option. Perez pulled rank

    Ishola

    Nooooo
    That’s not what’s being argued. What’s being argued is that ceballos is an instant upgrade on Rambo just because….
    It’s the typical short sighted, bull shit, shiny new toy philosophy at arsenal.

  71. Ishola70

    fsaf
    “Kos is a disgrace to the badge”

    Kos is and was a Wenger boy through and through.

    When Wenger left not much for Kos to really care about to the extent for his devotion to Arsene.

  72. fsaf

    vickingz,

    yeah I know Ceballos loan doesn’t have the option of us buying him at the end of season. But if he does well and he really enjoys his time with us in here, he might push for a transfer. That’s the outcome that I’m hoping for. Obviously it’s a long shot but who knows. Either way Cazorla type of player is what we have missed so, so much.

  73. Ishola70

    James.wood
    “A commentator on Sky said he lacks concentration
    so this might be a good thing we hardly need another
    switch off in the side.”

    He’s a beast physically though.

  74. Un na naai

    Davey

    Is he left footed?? Ok. I’ve seen him cut in a few times on his right and thought that was his preferred foot.
    I love a left footed player anyway. Us Left footers tend to be more skillful.

  75. Pierre

    I like the look of Ceballos, impossible to say if he will be a success ..

    Could he play a similar role to chelsea’s Jorginho , he has similar attributes . Both like to receive the ball in deep positions and dictate the play , both rarely give the ball away , both are not prolific in the final third , both read the game well and can manoeuvre themselves out of tight situations with quick feet .

  76. Receding Hairline

    “Does anyone know much about Rugani? Is he any good? Why is he not getting game time at Juventus? ”

    Un na nai he was rated as the next big thing sometime back, then fell off a clip, His game has become riddled with mistakes and he doesn’t do well against physical forwards. In my opinion he is the last defender we should be looking at but here we are

  77. Un na naai

    Hairline

    Yes I recall him and romangnolag (whatever his name is) being talked about along with that young keeper at Milan.

    Does rugani need to beef up or is he just naturally timid? Maybe a season in the prem could make him. Toughen him up? Suggesting more out of hope as I really have never seen him play

  78. Un na naai

    Un na nai he was rated as the next big thing sometime back, then fell off a clip,

    Rh

    Hair clip or paper clip?

  79. Ishola70

    Rugani looks passive as a defender.

    The only reason Arsenal may sign him is because of this being able to play out from the back malarkey.

  80. CG

    Just read the over night posts.

    Apart from Pierre and Un
    Everyone is talking Garbage.

    Shows you the promotion of Freddie to first team affairs to nurture our youngsters was BS and all a front..
    What youngsters??

    Also shows the appointment of Edu as Teck Deck was BS

    Was he not going to impose the same playing styles throughout the club – and here we are contemplating the likes of Coutinho etc.

    The Spiv ‘s ducking and diving with regards to players makes peak Redknapp look sedate.

    We have no plan, no strategy.
    Just a scattergun approach to recruitment

    The Spiv runs the show., completely

    We can buy another 10 players today
    We still ain’t finishing in that top 4.

    I suggest all the wonderful folk on here – take time out to read Fergies books in how you go about team building,management and recruitment. )

    Truths Hurts

    Any News on Tierney?

  81. Receding Hairline

    “Does rugani need to beef up or is he just naturally timid? Maybe a season in the prem could make him. Toughen him up? Suggesting more out of hope as I really have never seen him play”

    Nah…i personally don’t think he will cut it here, too physical for him.

  82. Un na naai

    Saying that our if our new transfer super team have done their homework and used the data analysis available then maybe they know someone we don’t?

  83. Leftsidesanch

    We were also told yesterday that we have no class, only to see wonder man Kos pull of a distasteful stunt like that.

    Who lacks class now?!

  84. James.wood

    Inshola 8.52
    Yes a beast of a player who is quick is what we want.
    As long as he has that VVD concentration.
    That would be good the lack of concentration does pose worries
    though as well of the prohibitive cost of the player.

  85. CG

    Page 12 of soccer management

    Only Buy Brazilians who still live in a favela.

    As soon as these Brilliant Brazilians get a few bucks and have bought their first villa they slacken off Big time!!

    (Think Neymar, Coutinho)

    It’s in their DNA.

    If courtinhio cant be bothered to make it work at Barca against those teams, on those pitches ,with his teammates-

    Questions have to be asked about his APPETITE.

    dont need him
    Let’s Spurs have him.

    We have Willock, Nelson,AMN ( central midfield) ESR, Eddie

    WE DON’T WANT MERCANERIES!

  86. Emiratesstroller

    Un na naii

    One reason why I don’t think that Arsenal is remotely interested in Coutinho
    is his “wage bill”

    If you look carefully at Arsenal’s business sofar this summer they have offloaded six players whose combined wages are around £550K pw.

    The combined wages of players coming in is significantly less. For example
    Martinez costs £10K pw in contrast to Cech and Ceballos costs less than half
    of the wages of Ramsey.

    Pepe is only costing marginally more than what we were spending on Welbeck.

    If we bring in Tierney and Rugani their wage bill will be probably half of what we were spending on Lichsteiner and Koscielny.

  87. fsaf

    Pierre,
    There are some similarities but not really enough. Jorginho is super safe in his passing game except when he goes for long passes.

    Ceballos is high tempo player. He has long legs, great technique, nice speed and trickiness in his game. I don’t think that Ceballos likes to sit where Jorginho/Xhaka do. He is more offensive, covers a lot of ground and is really creative with his passing and dribbling.

    One thing to mention – from the U21 Euro a month ago, he came back with 2 goals and 2 assists in 5 games. This is very decent outcome for a player that doesn’t really score or assist all that much. In my opinion he has a big room for improvement in that area and if he fits well for us he could end the season with at least 10 total goal participation (goals + assists).

  88. Leftsidesanch

    And even worse with clown Kos, pulling that stunt to leave us for a bigger club is on thing but for Bordeaux? A team that finished 14th in Ligue 1.

    The guy is a first class clown.

  89. Pierre

    Ishola
    “As for coaches/managers having no input in any transfers……..well bullshit. And no I’m not giving a youtube link on that.”

    Correct , it is bu!lshit , however we were told over and over again by many on here that no blame whatsoever can be attributed to the manager regarding the loan signing of Suarez as he has little or no input on transfers..

    And now you are telling me that the manager has promised Ceballos a starting place in the team …has the manager’s role changed regarding transfers?

  90. Ishola70

    Emiratesstroller
    “If we bring in Tierney and Rugani their wage bill will be probably half of what we were spending on Lichsteiner and Koscielny.”

    Lichtsteiner was being given a decent wage?

    Nice work if you can get it.

  91. Un na naai

    Stroller

    Yeah I said that last night. With ozil and Mkhitaryan on the bench at £600k pw I can’t see it unless they offload those two. Even then Barca would want a huge transfer fee next summer if he does well.

  92. Mysticleaves

    UNN

    Obviously all transfers are based on the fact they can hack it where ever they go no? Ceballos is not just a “Spanish u21 loanee”. He’s been playing first team football at a high level got 4 seasons. Was the bees knees in his last year at Betis that got Madrid and Barcelona on him at a relatively young 20 years. He’s not some unknown academy player from Madrid that’s after game time. Every time he has played consistently he has shown his class. His few cameos for Arsenal so far will tell you what he’s about and it’s exciting to see it unfold, “if he hacks it here”.

    “Pepe now being regarded as arguably the best wideman in the PL? Haha Jesus slow down with that…”

    Sorry who said that? His talent and what he has shown so far is very exciting. He needs to show it in the league first but he’s a massive signing for us.

    Footnote: Saka is terribly left footed

  93. Graham62

    Bob

    Being in a “comfort zone”does not neccessarily equate to showing commitment.

    To feel safe or at ease does not stop you from giving 100%. Imo, Kos was well aware of all the frailties around him but took it upon himself to accept/tolerate it,
    just like so many others.

    Kos knew the score at Arsenal but continued on his merry way, without batting an eyelid. As soon as the club changed it’s ways, he was found out.

    You know where I’m coming from on this.

  94. Graham62

    So all interested parties can draw a line under Zaha.

    £80m+.

    That’s it for Everton………….I think.

  95. Dream10

    Rumors that Eriksen to Man Utd off. Good news. Don’t want a rich club doing Spurs a favour by paying 60m plus for a player that can leave for free next year. They’ve already bought Ndombele who is class and will be sold for a fortune to a super club in two years time.

  96. Cesc Appeal

    Arsenal made the right choice moving on from Zaha to Pepe. Absolutely ridiculous money and Palace are demanding the bulk of it up front.

    Hopefully Sanllehi ate his Weetabix this morning, big 2 days.

  97. KushDgunner

    The negativity in here is alarming… One will think we will be pleased with the window so far …..With competition for places being fierce, players will naturally step it up a notch or they get benched or sold and gradually we will be rid of players on ridiculous wages ,this squad gets you Top four and we can build from there….

  98. Joel

    Cannot work out for the life of me how any side with a scouting network could possibly believe that Iwobi is worth £30m..Fingers and toes crossed that Everton come back with a bigger offer and that Arsenal accept it.He brings absolutely nothing to the squad except the premise that he qualifies as “homegrown”.Saka,Willock,Smith-Rowe and Nelson have far more to offer.Iwobi should definitely be considered to be part of Arsenals stockpile of “deadwood” and needs to be offloaded.Hos sale would also generate the money needed to bring in a decent left back.