Lemar swap on the table

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I cannot believe this has drawn so much criticism. I hate the man’s football, but I can’t knock his rationale for not wanting to put his family in the firing line for something as trivial as football.

The guy has a sick kid, he has a BAME family, he’s seen the numbers, he’s made a decision that goes beyond football. That is fair. I live with someone that has underlying health conditions, will that affect my decision to go rampaging back to the office? Absolutely. What use is a test if I catch the virus?

I think we treat footballers like circus animals at times. They are people doing a job. If the health of their family could be a problem, let them do their thing, his football club hardly matters. You also can’t accuse him of being a wimp. The guy is a powerhouse. This is hardly an expensive player taking away days off because he doesn’t fancy it.

‘but Joe Bloggs who runs a market stall can’t say no’

Yes, he can. Everyone has the right not to work in this moment. Joe Bloggs might have trouble with his mortgage, but he can still say no. Just like the majority of people in offices, they too can say no. That might have career implications. If you’re not seen, it’s tough to get noticed, but that’s the choice you make.

I think this is a great opportunity for footballers that WILL play. There are going to be some top players that won’t risk their lungs, but there will be youngsters that jump right into that position. That’s footballing Darwinism baby.

Anyway, let’s talk about something truly serious.


It’s widely accepted that we need wingers as part of the Arteta solution. Thomas Lemar, a player we looked at 3 years ago when we bid £90m for him at Monaco, is someone that is being touted as a possible Arsenal solution. The player predominantly plays on the left, which is where you’d expect Martinelli to take a bigger role next season, but that hasn’t stopped AS report that they’d like to swap him with Lacazette.

I’d rather swap out for Thomas Partey, but I’d be game for any player that boasts a high level of quality. Lemar would certainly be a project for Arsenal. Things haven’t worked out under Simeone, he’s clocked an incredibe zero goals and zero assists in 1000 minutes of football this season. However, if you believe he can find the next level, this is a guy who had 18 assists and 16 goals when Jardim had Monaco purring.

It’d be an odd move, but what is pleasing is the Atletico stories won’t die. They are in trouble financially and they are game to move players around this summer.

News coming out of Italy has us linked to another winger, this time an exchange deal where we’d take on Justin Kluivert as part of the deal for Mikhi. I can’t for the life of me work out why you’d go so hard at an ailing player and exchange them for a youth prospect, but hey, football works in weird ways. The player is only 21, he hasn’t exactly blown up the scene in Italy, but he no doubt has talent. I also really loved his dad when he was playing. I was devastated when we ballsed the deal. So this could be good for nostalgia.

Granit Xhaka gave this response when asked about Mesut Ozil.

“I see him here as a very positive, likeable colleague,”

“He is an extremely down-to-earth guy, always ready to help, and he works hard in training and in my opinion he really enjoys football.

I love it. Sounds like he’s being interviewed for the first time ever by Business Insider.

‘My colleague who I believe to be good makes nice microwave fishes at the work hole’

Granit also had some positive things to say about Arteta and getting the Champions League.

“After the change of coach I had some very good talks with our new coach Mikel Arteta,”

“He convinced me of his ideas and his philosophy for the number six position and showed me a lot of appreciation.

“I’m glad that I could pay him back for this trust and I hope for the future that we can still make it into the Champions League and finally play in the international top league again.”

Right, on that note, I’ll see you in the comments. x

178 Responses to “Lemar swap on the table”

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  1. Marc

    “Letting Jack and Aaron go pretty much destroyed the Arsenal spirit of the team. ”

    Do me a favour – you’re talking about crock and crocker, one of which was stringing us along on a new contract as a fall back until he could sign one with an overseas club. Everyone’s talking about a financial squeeze and yet then want a player on £250k per week plus who spends at least 3 months of every season injured.

    Thank fuck Sanllehi isn’t as nostalgic as some on here.

  2. Tom

    “Heard it all now.Genduzi and Makalele in the same breathe….”

    You asked for one example of a “premier player “with offensive stats as poor as Guendouzi’s and when I gave it, then all of a sudden I’m at fault for bringing up Mekelele ?

    Is this what you got from that exchange, Guen = Mekelele?

    Whatever, I’m happy to engage if that keeps you from hurting yourself or others even momentarily.

  3. Marc


    I’m with you – there’ll be some fall out form all this but the future for Arsenal looks promising with some of the young talent we have at the club.

    The one area where we do look weak is CM, stick one preferably 2 quality CM’s in there and we’re looking good.

  4. Valentin


    Raul is an upgrade on Gazidis. lol!

    You set the bar low with just being better than Gazidis.

    Yet I am not even sure that Raul pass that threshold. Gazidis wanted Arteta. Raul did not. In fact Raul rigged the interview process in favour of his man Emery who turn out to be so unsuited for us and the EPL he got kicked out when Arsenal were in danger of slipping toward relegation places.

    Saliba is not a Raul signing. It is a Sven signing who tried to sign him the previous season when at his previous place. Raul in fact conducted the negotiation so badly that we ended up paying more than what the club St Etienne initially wanted. Simply because Raul did not understand that the one stipulation upon which St Etienne would not negotiate which was Saliba staying one year on loan was the one he kept trying to remove by offering more money.

    Martinelli was negotiated by our head scout whose name escape me.

    Tierney and Pepe are Raul signings. However I would say financially wise it is clear that we massively overpaid for both. From a football pov, the jury is still out.

    Pepe is an excellent dribbler, but I have my doubt whether he can function at the same level as part of team rather than as an individual. I would not be surprised if Pepe is used as an impact player with Nelson starting ahead of him.
    Tierney may be a very good attacking left back, but we still have no idea how he will be when he has to defend rather than galloping forward.

  5. Valentin

    ManUtd posting a quarter loss for the first time in a long time and with some its sponsoring deals expiring soon, we may see the Mancunians thrown off their perch.
    They may even start eating crows because the massive deals they have with Sanchez, Pogba and no gate revenue may really impact them.

  6. Northbanker

    Marc – completely agree – decisions to let both go were correct. Total playing time lost meant both were expensive luxuries. We can’t keep Diaby and Rosicky types on our books forever. Really hoping Tierney’s troubles are over but if we continues to be a crock then we would need to be more ruthless with him. There’s a point when you have to make a decision ans that was the case with Wilshire and Ramsey.

  7. Tom

    Pepe is the most instinctive tricky dribbler in the game today , to the point that sometimes you have to rewind the tape to decipher what it was exactly that he did there to his victim.
    His biggest problem is that he’s too predictable in his play right now and that’s hurting his game.
    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that one of his best games was against the best PL defender, VVD , and Liverpool earlier on, when most PL clubs hadn’t seen him play before.

  8. Dissenter

    Imagine that we had Ramsey on 250k weekly on our books, along with Mesut Ozil on 350k weekly.
    That’s 600k weekly on two players that cannot really play together and don’t make out midfield whole. That 600k weekly can easily pay the wages of 4-5 solid midfielders.

    Thanks to Raul for making the necessary and tough decision to let Ramsey go.

  9. Graham62

    Pepe reminds me of that school kid in the playground who would dribble around as many players as possible, only to go back in reverse and try and to do it all over again.

    He has to learn to be more precise in his decision making.

    Sort that out and we have a special player.

  10. Wasi

    Spot on about ESR. He is definitely the top academy product alongside Saka. Bags of potential but has been really unlucky with his injuries.
    Nelson under Arteta when played on the Right wing reminded of his Australian preseason where he was outstanding. Emery and Nagelsmann both tried to use him on the left which is clearly not his best position. He is great when running in a straight line.

    How long are you going to kid yourself that Unai was Raul’s decision alone?
    Gazidis was the top man then and Raul and Sven and Vinai were on the same footing a level below Gazidis.
    Maybe Raul Chose Unai and your precious Sven chose Arteta but whatever the case its clear the final decision wad Gazidis’s and he owned it when Emery signed. All the welcoming press conferences and such were handled by Gazidis and Raul was not given anything other than maybe a mention.

    ‘In fact Raul rigged the interview process in favour of his man Emery’
    This is your inner agenda against Raul speaking.
    How can you know things for ‘ fact’ if you were not present there?

    ‘Saliba is not a Raul signing. It is a Sven signing who tried to sign him the previous season when at his previous place. Raul in fact conducted the negotiation so badly that we ended up paying more than what the club St Etienne initially wanted.’
    More agenda.
    There was not even a slightest mention of Saliba under Sven. And tbh when Sven was in-charge of transfers Saliba probably hadnt even made 10+ appearances. Lets not forget Saliba became a mainstay in the St. Etienne in the second half of the season in which Sven left around January. So technically Saliba startet gaining attention after Sven left Arsenal.
    How do you know Raul conducted negotiations badly? Were you present at the table?

    ‘Martinelli was negotiated by our head scout whose name escape me.’
    More Agenda.
    Martinelli was FOUND by our head scout Francis Cagigao and thats what scouts do. Martinelli’s signing was handled by Raul and Vinai and Edu like every other signing after Sven had left.

    You can have doubts about Pepe and Tierney and thats perfectly fair. Only time will tell how good they’ll turn out to be. Im just on the positive side while you are maybe a bit pessimistic . Nothin Wrong.

    You were right its started.

    ‘Saliba is not a Raul signing. It is a Sven signing who tried to sign him the previous season when at his previous place’

  11. Sid

    Pepe will be better than Mo Salah, with a better #10 beside him or quality CM in a 433 with Saka on the right thats a CL winning combination

    You heard it here 1st!

  12. Un na naai

    Bit off topic but….

    Why I don’t get if Dr Strange can open portals and what not why did he not send himself, iron man, spider man and the guardians to earth before Thanos could get the time stone?

    Then they’d all have been there protecting vision
    And then he could have just kept moving vision while the rest caught Thanos.

    Big plot hole that

    Why did he not reverse time and kill Thanos when he was a baby? If Dr Strange can literally manipulate and alter reality and time then he must surely be too powerful.

    Just sitting here watching this with my kids and it got me thinking.
    Endgame. What a let down.

  13. Northbanker

    I have high hopes that ESR will start to target the no 10 role. At first as deputy to Ozil but as Ozll discovers new sicknesses he will play more and more. Put him behind the new front 3 and it could be great.

    Actually even if we sell Torreira along with Auba and Laca we can still put out an eventual top 11


    Mari / Luiz

    Xhaka (unfortunately)
    Smith Rowe


    Nelson, Balogun , Miguel Aziz and maybe Greenwood (maybe another year) all knocking on the door

  14. Graham62

    Payment options post pandemic.

    2m social distancing = £200per match ticket.
    3m social distancing = £300 per match ticket.
    4m “ “ = £400 “ “ “

    Just a thought 🙏😷🍺

  15. Un na naai

    I mean the country is about to go broke but you think the club can justify charging 1 fan £400 to watch us play Norwich after cramming onto public transport?

    Jeeze graham. Thank god you aren’t health secretary.

  16. Chris

    I hate the way he left and do not hold too much respect for him now, but Nasri scored some belters for us.

    Two of my many favourite goals from the mast decade were his, against Porto in the Champions League where he took the ball around 3 or 4 players before slotting home near the by line.

    Another one sticks in the memory against Fulham, he again took it around 2 or 3 players, dummied to shoot at least twice fooling the opposition and then blasting home.