Arsenal sell youth prospect

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Hey, did you hear? Roy Keane has had a thought.

‘When I was watching it I thought they were 10 points clear in the league the way they were celebrating. ‘No, forget Arsenal. Way over the top celebration for beating Newcastle 4-0. Ridiculous.’

Well I’ll be damned, if there’s ever a person in the world of sport ready with a hot take about joy, it’s gotta be the Irishman. That this sort of commentary still interests people is staggering. It’s so boring.

For me, the best part about the celebration was seeing the players happy again. Lacazette is obviously very highly thought after by the players and it was great to see them all launch at him after 7900 minutes without a goal. Good for them, enjoy life, fuck Roy.

In ‘two drunk uncles fighting’ news, Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger are at it in the press. It’s like two reimagination titans duking it out to see who can fool those lying eyes harder.

This was Emery: “Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived.

This was Arsene: “In 2017 we made 75 points and won the FA Cup so you cannot say that [Arsenal were in decline] and the year before [2016] we finished second in the league,”

“2018 was my last year but it is very difficult to come out on that.

“Arsenal is a club that is in a very strong position financially. It has good players, after that when you are a manager you have to stand up for what you do and your result and not look around you.

Oof… Arsene, just stop.

I liked that Arteta just pretended he’d not read Emery’s comments. Classy.

Pablo Mari played his first 45 in an Arsenal shirt for the U23 team, dropping a very solid performance according to the nerds that watch those games. It’ll be interesting to see whether he actually starts on Thursday, quite the risk this early, even if it is light opposition.

Robbie Burton, hot prospect from last season, has been shipped off to Dinamo. I cant see what the fee is, but one would assume he must have been told he was surplus to requirements to move to a fairly obscure league. Good luck to him, I love to see British kids moving abroad to land the game time they need in their formative years. Interesting to see that Marcus Mcguane was being touted with a move back to Forest after failing to break into the Barca B team on a consistent basis.

Manchester United kept the race for top four nice and alive, OGS putting Frank Lampard’s team to the sword 2-0 in a VAR controversy fest for the ages. I think the win was ideal for us, the pack is now very tight, just 7 points separate 10th and 4th. I still think it’s a huge ask for Arsenal, but it’s not beyond the pale to suggest a team that dropped a 22 game unbeaten run 18 months ago could do the same again… still feels unlikely though, but we’ll see.

I also think glorious failure of both clubs works for us. United won’t fire OGS if he finishes a close 5th, Chelsea won’t fire Frank if he’s there or thereabouts. Last thing we need is Poch at either of our rivals.

The game on Sunday will be a major test, the ‘SHOULD HAVE BEEN CARLO’ fanboys will be waiting with bated breath to see if he can turn us over. It’ll be a tough home game, no doubt, but it’s one we simply have to win if we want to stand a chance in the league this season.

Right, short post today, I’m off to Virginia… my first time.  Make sure you listen to the podcast though, the sound is so spot on it brought a tear to my eye.

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  1. jwl

    I still keep in touch with a few people in England who have season tickets for Arsenal and Southampton and they all dislike VAR because they never know whether to cheer or not when a goal is scored and they hate it.

    I don’t know if it possible but can VAR just measure where a player’s feet are and ignore every other body part. As long as an offensive player’s feet are onside, it does not matter where his elbow is?

  2. Champagne Charlie

    Is this the Nkunku lad who we chased at PSG?

    Looks a good player here against Spurs, bit of arrogance to him, athletic, skilful.

    RB are giving them the run around here with Spurs trying to pull and Atletico and sit deep.

  3. Ishola70

    Son is a bigger miss for Spurs than Kane.

    Tobs Alderwereild and the Colombian are a very average CB pairing.

    If Arsenal can get some form going they could catch Spurs.

    Can’t see Spurs accumulating a great number of league points now until the end of the season.

    For the away side Leipzig have caused Spurs lots of problems in this match so far.

  4. Valentin

    There is no issue with VAR per se, just with the corrupt and incompetent referees hidden in the booth and the corrupt way PGMOL decided to implement it in England.
    The “extending my leg” Maguire should have been a straight red, yet still a corrupt or incompetent referee decided that everything was OK and nothing untoward had happened.

    Also the officiating of the offside rule using a freeze frame and a drawn line is ridiculous because despite what the official is trying to pretend this is not a fact but an interpretation of facts.
    The selection of the frame is selective as they don’t have a sync up to the milliseconds of when the ball was bit. And because of movement often in opposite directions choosing the previous or later frame could yield different result.
    Last point is that despite drawing a straight line, every lenses create a small distortion. Even using a global shutter straight lines shot at an angle are not always exactly straight. By not taking that into account, they are introducing a small margin of errors.

  5. Dissenter

    Valentin
    “Also the officiating of the offside rule using a freeze frame and a drawn line is ridiculous because despite what the official is trying to pretend this is not a fact but an interpretation of facts.
    The selection of the frame is selective as they don’t have a sync up to the milliseconds of when the ball was bit. And because of movement often in opposite directions choosing the previous or later frame could yield different result.”
    Finally something I can agree with you on 100%
    There’s abundant room for human error because someone has to determine the exact nanosecond the pass is made and sync it with the player offside.

  6. TheLegendaryDB10

    Just found this while surfin’ da web:

    https://talksport.com/football/671561/jens-lehmann-liverpool-arsenal/

    Only a Gooner would be saying this. Which is top marks in my book!!

    On a more serious note: wouldn’t it be great if we were able to derail their neverending winning streak? Considering the game is at the end of the season, if we do get our shit together, it would make a great bonus to this very rocky season (and get the pool of piss fans to hate us; a good start on our journey back to the top IMO).

  7. Habesha Gooner

    Tottenham are so much weaker in attack without Kane and Son. They are there for taking in the league. They are highly dependent on both to score goals. Leipzig really deserve their lead.

  8. Ishola70

    WengerEagle
    “Atalanta are an offensive juggernaut”

    They were noted on here a while back.

    They are overall aggressive in their pressing and attacking.

    Gasperini has done a great job there.

  9. WengerEagle

    Ishola

    I was calling for Gasperini in the summer, he’s done a top class job at Atalanta. Best attacking side in Italy and he’s spent peanuts assembling that side.

    Papu Gomez is the star of the show, he’s an incredibly underrated baller.

  10. WengerEagle

    Spuds look so short of ideas without Eriksen and they have no cutting edge without Son and Kane, especially Son being a critical loss.

    Dele Alli has shown that he was a vastly overrated player these past couple of years.

  11. Batistuta

    Pasalic already a better winger than Hudson Odoi…Been a Chelsea player forever and hasn’t played for them… Love Gosens too, good engine on him

  12. Ishola70

    WE
    “I was calling for Gasperini in the summer, he’s done a top class job at Atalanta. Best attacking side in Italy and he’s spent peanuts assembling that side.”

    Yeah probably the best job a coach has done at a club this season in europe and going back into last season.

    All done with hardly any funds as you say and Atalanta have been a nothing club in Italy forever.

    It’s their team play that is so impressive because really they don’t have any real star players.

  13. WengerEagle

    Bati

    Illicic is top notch but just feel that Papu is the fulcrum of the side and makes them tick, their entire attack is funneled through him.

    Bizarre how he hasn’t got a look in for the Argentina NT and they had jokers like Pavon and Meza stinking up the WC side. He’s been playing at this level for years now.

  14. Habesha Gooner

    GunnerDNA
    Locelso has always been top class. Last season at betis he was something else. He will be a better player than eriksen but now they have Mourinho instead of Pochettino. And for 27 mil too we could have tried for him, God knows we need a good CAM.

  15. Batistuta

    Eagle

    Yea Papu is absolutely brilliant, such a baller. The Argentine national team has been a joke for years so no surprises there

  16. Danny S

    I have to admit I didn’t think Ozil had a good one in him. Must have slotted her in between training and fort nite somehow. Or maybe another man did it and Ozil just assisted ha.

    Redtruth

    You definitely are a troll or a chavvy cunt. Nothing would have made me miss the birth of any of my kids.

  17. WengerEagle

    Ishola

    And if you look at those players in Zapata and Muriel you essentially had two journeymen strikers that had never really settled anywhere and blew hot and cold, Gasperini has them now performing as two of the top strikers in the country when they’re given the minutes.

    Illicic has always been a classy player but he’s kicked it up a couple of notches this season.

    They’re an uncomfortable side for anyone to play and their big game record is outstanding. They suffocate sides with their pressure and pressing and have forward players that will hurt you.

  18. Aussie Gooner

    Batistuta

    Exactly what I was thinking! They are the luckiest club in the EPL, always getting the breaks, VAR friendly, lucky draws etc etc. Hope they come crashing down to their ‘real’ level anytime soon!

  19. Terraloon

    Batista.

    Chelsea have some insane talent on loan. Pasalic is set to be sold in the summer for €15 million I think he’s 25 .
    I’m watching the Spuds game am really impressed with Ampadu his ability to play long cross field passes is really something and really looks cool on the ball. He is going to be some player

  20. WengerEagle

    Forsberg is a strange player, capable of absolute brilliance but is anonymous for such large amounts of spells.

    Extremely lazy player too, never popular with gaffers never mind a high-octane nutter like Nagelsmann.

  21. WengerEagle

    Lucas Moura has had a shit season truth be told. Another odd player, reminds me of Douglas Costa in that he can rise to the occasion and be electric in the big games but over the course of a season he’s just wildly inconsistent and more often than not disappointing.

  22. Dream10

    Lo Celso and Ndombele are very good on the ball CMs with mobility, energy and ball progression. They’re the type we need to replace Torreira and Ceballos in the summer. Hard to find those types who can play thru multiple phases with engine/technique

  23. WengerEagle

    Can’t help but feel that Leipzig will come to rue those missed chances, really should have put this tie to bed.

    Should still be beyond the Spuds without Kane and Son but you never know after Ajax last season.

  24. Ishola70

    So Spurs get slaughtered 1-0.

    The only positives for Spurs atm is that the Dutch boy Bergwijn looks a decent signing for them and they still have decent central midfield options in the squad.

    Other than that they look like they are going down the shitter.

  25. WengerEagle

    Fucking hell, some decent competition in the EL this season just looking at the fixtures for tomorrow.

    Lucky for us the best side in the comp in Inter Milan ought to be fielding a weakened side as they get to grips with juggling the Serie A title race and the 2nd leg of the Italian Cup SF at Napoli, with Conte’s poor record in Europe added to the mix I’d be surprised if they were still a feature late on.

    Ajax are the team to be concerned over if we cross paths.

  26. GunnerDNA

    Ishola,

    “The only positives for Spurs atm is that the Dutch boy Bergwijn looks a decent signing for them and they still have decent central midfield options in the squad.

    Other than that they look like they are going down the shitter”

    They made a mistake firing Poch but squad wise they have a lot of assets to sell and improve the team. I wish Arsenal had their midfielders

  27. Valentin

    This summer the Spurs recruitment department did some good moves. Once they are fully acclimated to the EPL and their teammates, Lo Celso and NDombele will be great addition for them.
    While at Arsenal we still need to buy a full compliment of CM.

  28. Redtruth

    Gunner
    “They made a mistake firing Poch but squad wise they have a lot of assets to sell and improve the team. I wish Arsenal had their midfielders”

    I wish Arsenal had Kettering Town’s midfielders….

  29. Graham62

    Everyone in football knows that Lucas Moura should have started against Liverpool in the CL final.

    Kane wasn’t fit and, at the time, Moura was on a high.

    Massive mistake by Poch.

  30. Valentin

    Mourinho played for a 0-0 but got undone by Ben Davies.
    Spurs could still qualify, but Mourinho will have to be more adventurous because I can’t see them stopping RB Leipzig from scoring at home.
    In fact I hope they qualify so they leave energy in a fruitless Champion’s League campaign and we can overhaul them. Saint Totteringham should return!

  31. Chris

    Valentin

    I want Spurs out as soon as possible, last season was horrible as they progressed through each round with the feeling of dread increasing ever so.

    They will trip over their own feet in the league without having to play this seasons Champions League. They are likely to be in at least the FA Cup quarters also.

  32. Chris

    We are 7/5 for the win tonight. I am taking it.

    I think the players needed to get that winning feeling back again, after the Newcastle game, I think we will go on a winning run.

  33. Graham62

    Leipzig are a good side but Mourinho’s tactics last night made it so much easier for them.

    His over cautious approach enabled them to get on the ball and play an offensive game. It wasn’t until Lamela and Ndombele entered the fray that Spuds caused problems.

    This is where Mourinho fails. Because of a couple of injuries he decides to go on the backfoot instead of utilising those players that can hurt the opposition.

    Should have kept Dele Alli on.

  34. Bob N16

    Agree Graham, I would still be in mourning if the self-centred one had ended up at Arsenal.

    Very happy he’s going to shit on Spurs.

  35. Ishola70

    I think those that are implying that Spurs and Mourinho were tactically looking for a low scoreline or as some said on here a 0-0 are being very kind to Spurs and Mourinho and that is just a no no being kind to Spurs.

    Maybe it has something to do with wanting to over-rate the EPL who knows.

    You are not following any tactical defensive game when you give up so many chances to the opposition and Leipzig had plenty of golden chances to absolutely wrap the game up.

    The tone of the game was set within 2 minutes of the kick-off when Leipzig went for Spurs’ throat right from the off.

    Closer to the truth may be that just as this time Spurs are simply not that good atm and are not in a particularly good place.

  36. Graham62

    Ishola70

    Did you watch the game?

    Tottenham just held dysfunctional defensive lines and allowed a very good team the opportunity to move the ball around.

    We all knew, as Naglesmann did, how Mourinho would react to losing Son and Kane. Ultra negative. Leipzig were able to attack because Tottenham allowed them the time and space to do so.

    There were players out there( and on the bench) who could have hurt Leipzig far more if Mourinho had been prepared to try and win the game.

    That’s always been JM’s achilles heel. He has always set teams up to not lose games, rather than try and win them.

    Always!!

    Hence Dele Alli’s frustrations.

  37. Graham62

    It doesn’t matter what team environment you work in, if you stifle the talented/instinctive individuals and ask them to fulfill a role that is alien to them and nullifies their true abilities, you’re screwed.

    That’s Jose for you.

  38. Left testicle

    Without Eriksen, Son and Kane, SPUDS played like a mid_table team. Their football is boring to watch.
    ………………..
    Mid table as in 10th?

  39. Marc

    Nelson

    I’m not sure Kane is quite the player he was a few years ago. He’s played to much football without a real break and is picking up injuries on a regular basis. When he is getting injured it’s not a minor hamstring or ankle twist they’re bad ones as well.

  40. Nelson

    PapaSok will definitely feature. Don’t tell me he was at the prematch press conference just to answer some questions in Greek.

  41. China1

    Have you lot heard Barca have just signed an in contract player from leganes in the Spanish league (not a free agent) in fucking FEBRUARY

    What the actual fuck?

    They were apparently given permission by whomever has authority of la liga transfers and whomever that is should be banned from working in football ever again

    So city are in trouble for financial doping but when Barca have two injured offensive players in a season when they’re under performing the powers that Be will quite literally intervene to change the rules only for them

    Absolutely unreal if uefa let this pass (they absolutely will)

  42. Graham62

    So Jens Lehmann reckons the Arsenal invincibles would beat the current Liverpool team because the EPL is not as strong as it was.

    Not so sure.

    It would be interesting though.

  43. China1

    Barca have a few hundred million worth of offensive players on the pitch each week but if Suarez is injured and their league title is in doubt they can still make signings

    UNBELIEVABLE

  44. Graham62

    China1

    Rules for some and not for others.

    As I said previously UEFA oversee all these things but always turn a blind eye when it comes to the likes of Barcalona and RM.

    Always have.

    MC is just the tip of a very messy iceberg.

  45. Marc

    I thought any team could sign players throughout the year – what you can’t do is register them to play.

    If Barca are allowed special dispensation Madrid will go mental.

  46. raptora

    It’s really insane how Barcelona are allowed to transfer a player FROM La Liga, paying the release clause of a player, and the club selling the player has absolutely 0 voice in the matter. Leganes, sitting at 19th position in La Liga, 2 points away from safety, basically fighting for their lives in a really close battle for survival, just got their top scorer poached by Barcelona outside of the transfer window and without any chance to strengthen their team.

    What the actual fuck?!?!?! Who in their right mind thought that this is a perfectly okay thing to do?!?!?!?!

  47. raptora

    Football organisations are so corrupt is obscene and laughable how, for many of us, football is our life, yet it’s unreal how disingenuous the game has become.

  48. China1

    I’d be glad to hear that every single official in uefa fifa and all the league organisations globally got sacked and we all just started again

    The lot of them are some combination of horrendously corrupt, totally out of touch with the game, entirely incompetent. In most cases all 3

  49. Nelson

    Rumor that the Pool wants to sign Jadon Sancho in the Summer. Now Pool is like the new MC. FiFA should review all their financial reports carefully.

  50. Tom

    I’m no Mourinho fan but Kane, Son, and Eriksen have been responsible for 47 of Tottenham’s goals/assists this season, and Eriksen’s output was lower than usual for obvious reasons ( contractual).

    To eliminate this sort of offensive output from Arsenal you would have to remove not three , but more like five or six Arsenal top scorers and assist makers.
    Where do you think we’d be then?

  51. Jim Lahey

    “I dont get it, so if ANYONE gets injured for 5+ months, they can just poach another player?”

    If a player is out for the season any club in La Liga can make an emergency transfer. Its just odd that Barca needed to do it instead of looking from within the club. Just goes to show where they are at the moment.

  52. Habesha Gooner

    It’s fucked up what Barcelona are doing. And the worst thing is Leganes haven’t been given permission to sign anyone while their star striker was signed outside a transfer window. It’s just Insane. If you have players injured play your academy players. Don’t sign a player outside a transfer window.

  53. Jim Lahey

    “the worst thing is Leganes haven’t been given permission to sign anyone while their star striker was signed outside a transfer window”

    Yeah that is pretty fucking terrible.

  54. Moray

    It’s an abomination.

    There used to be a very rare exception for multiple keeper injuries but this is just a joke. And a club with the resources of Barca. Shows where Football is at this time. All about money and full of corrupt cunts.

  55. GunnerDNA

    Graham62,

    “So Jens Lehmann reckons the Arsenal invincibles would beat the current Liverpool team because the EPL is not as strong as it was.

    Not so sure”

    It would be interesting though”

    You tripping! The invincibles would wash them. No current Liverpool player would make the invincible team. Henry, Bergkamp, Pires and Freddie would dismantle Liverpool defenders. Plus, good luck to Henderson and JW against Vieira and Gilberto.

  56. Moray

    @graham” So Jens Lehmann reckons the Arsenal invincibles would beat the current Liverpool team because the EPL is not as strong as it was.Not so sure.It would be interesting though.“

    I’m not impartial on this one, but the invincibles would beat this team at least 6 times out of 10. We used to have games won in the first 15 or 20 mins then just take the piss or pass round them. Good though this Liverpool team is, our Invincibles were a thing of beauty, crafted from the strongest steel.

  57. Champagne Charlie

    I totally agree with Jens, our invincible side had an abundance of individual quality across the pitch whereas this Liverpool side are a fantastic team.

    Just look at the players in midfield, there’s no comparison in terms of talent.

  58. Moray

    FIFA is Messi’s little bitch. So is Barca, for that matter.

    You treat the small clubs like that at your peril. If you can’t generate some proper competition then you end up with the Harem Globe Trotters touring the road and masturbating with basketballs: a great physical showcase but not an element of competition, risk or jeopardy.

  59. Distant legrover

    I don’t get why Arsenal would have issues reaching a contract agreement with an inexperienced and very new 18 year old in Saka. Hes no megastar yet like Ozil or Auba, so whats the hold up ?

  60. GunnerDNA

    DL,

    “Hes no megastar yet like Ozil or Auba”

    He’s more valuable to Arsenal than those two fake “megastar” you’re referring to. Ozil is only a megastar to the deluded ones in Arsenal fan base. The thought that Arsenal have mega stars is hilarious.

  61. Tee

    Distant legrover

    The agent is the one acting there.

    Even Saka didn’t say anything about pledging his alliance with us but leaving everything to his agent.

    We can only hope he signs da thing.

    It saddens the heart that we still can’t solve our contractual problems with players.

  62. Distant legrover

    GunnerDNA

    Ozil gets on my nerves too and I think he’s inconsistent. But megastar, he is.

    He should be happy that a club like Arsenal is giving him a start. But i guess the agents run things nowadays

  63. Jim Lahey

    @Un na –

    Yeah you’re right Gilberto would walk into that team too. Maybe Mane over Ljungberg?

    I would nearly take 2004 Wenger over Klopp…

  64. GunnerDNA

    DL,

    “Ozil gets on my nerves too and I think he’s inconsistent. But megastar, he is”

    Megastar in Turkey? Bro, Ozil ain’t no megastar. There’s no megastar at Arsenal.

  65. GunnerDNA

    Thomas,

    @GunnerDNA“

    “No current Liverpool player would make the invincible team”___

    Lol at this”

    I was referring to the starting 11, my bad for saying team.

  66. Jim Lahey

    I was referring to the starting 11, my bad for saying team.

    Alisson
    van Dijk
    Mané
    Alexander-Arnold

    All in the starting 11 for me.

  67. Jim Lahey

    4-4-2

    GK: Alisson

    RB: Alexander-Arnold
    CB: Campbell
    CB: van Dijk
    LB: Cole

    RM: Mané
    CM: Vieira
    CM: Gilberto
    LM: Pires

    CF: Bergkamp
    CF: Henry

  68. Valentin

    The Barcelona legal kidnapping of Leganes best striker will lead to further inflation to the already ridiculous Spanish release clause.
    Here is a player who had a realistic £16millions clause has been taken mid season by Barcelona because he was cheap. And now Barcelona has put a £250 millions clause on him.
    I bet that next time Leganes has a striker on their book, it will give him either a huge release clause or an extortionate release clause for out of transfer window transfer.

  69. China1

    These 250m release clauses are so silly

    You’d think la liga clubs were being run by 8 year olds if you didn’t know better

  70. TR7

    PSG president now accused of bribing former FIFA secretary. Football has lost its charm and soul ever since Sheikhs and corrupt oil barons have made foray in to club ownership. Inflated transfer market, players moving to arch rivals just for money, blatant corruption in footballing organizations, cooked up club financials, bribing etc. make me feel sick.

  71. Graham62

    TR7

    UEFA and FIFA should be stripped of all governance of world Football.

    Hand it over to The Dog and Duck.

    They’d sort it out.