Thomas Partey: Solid airport attire + SPACs to debut in sport?

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Is that… you… light…?

Yes, it is.

Finally, the bore-fest of international football is coming to a close and we have REAL football coming back to our screens.

What better way to introduce a better reality than a Thomas Partey Arsenal.com special?

I like the travel look. Clearly, this isn’t a man who cares about comfort on a flight and I admire that. A major scourge of modern fashion is the Ryanair-Leisure crew who find the thought of sitting on a seat for two hours so horrifying, they degrade themselves to wearing items like crocs, tennis socks, matching partner tracksuits, and slovenly accessories like neck pillows. I can’t have it, it’s the visual equivalent of a small child kicking your chair.

I’m glad that’s not Thomas Partey. A nice black jean jacket, a polo, and smart trousers. That’s a sophisticated man right there. I also like that he’s a proper watch guy. You always worry about someone when they rock a smartwatch, especially if the band is customised. The 2020 version of a phone holster.

Our new midfield dynamo is going to wear the #22 shirt. He’s picking-up from legends like Gael Clichy, Yaya Sanogo, and Franny Coquelin. Big boots the fill (or iceskates lololololol)

CORRECTION: #18. If I had a smartwatch, this would NOT have happened.

It’ll be very interesting to see what Mikel Arteta does with the line-up this weekend. There’s no team you’d rather your debut signing lands for than a heavy pressing Manchester City. There’s also no worse game because if he plays badly, we’ll all cry and have to sacrifice to the truth-telling radar merchants. Jokes aside, the player is Simeone levels of fitness, so that’s not a worry. The question is whether Arteta wants to throw a new player into a fairly settled system so soon after joining? Two training sessions is not a lot. Still, the player speaks very good English, he’s elite, and there’s no point in buying players if you don’t play them.

Kante has reportedly fallen foul of Frank Lampard and might be exiting the business this January. How do you fall out with Kante? Seems like the nicest guy in the game. Well, we can guess… touchline Billy Mitchell from Eastenders can’t help himself. Wonder if Kante wants to stay in London? Imagine…

I’m not sure if I wrote about Project Let’s Takeover Football this week? Arsenal is part of the big 6 set of clubs that are using the EFLs bailout to take over the game (have the proposal, yet to decide). It’s a grim project where the gist seems to be that the big clubs in the league want to control decisions and the flow of money.

The Premier League is popular, in part, because the prize money is equally shared. Unlike Serie A and La Liga, who distributed according to club size back in the day. Pound for pound, our clubs are richer, which means they can afford much better players than the rest of Europe, up and down the league. The idea that the Billionaires Club wants to end that to entrench their power is not a shock. It’s disappointing though and I’m glad the Government has stepped in.

It was interesting to read that the Liverpool owners are looking to create a SPAC for sporting entities. SPACs are the new hot thing on Wall Street, it’s a blank check company that goes to market with the intention of merging with other companies. I got burned badly when I invested money in Nikola, the CEO floated an electric truck company with no trucks, then he was called out as being a bald fraud by an analyst, and it all went to shit. Fuck him and my shares that are on the floor.

Anyway, Fenway Group wants to create a RedBall SPAC and float it. They’ll buy up sporting tech firms and clubs and build out a mega-portfolio.

As a public company, Fenway could look to buy up more clubs in Europe, where a number have been on the block, according to a person familiar with the matter.

A publicly traded sports organization would be a relatively untested concept in the U.S. Liberty Media Corp. owns the Atlanta Braves, but the baseball team is a subsidiary of a much larger company. The NFL’s Green Bay Packers is owned by shareholders who mostly consist of fans.

RedBall’s board includes former Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore, during whose 20 years in charge English soccer turned into a global export and a television-rights cash cow. Premier League matches air in more than 190 countries every weekend of its 10-month season.

What helps the value of something like that rise? Entrenched power and more TV money. Sport is such a great game to get into. It’s largely recession-proof, the fanbase is inelastic, and the growth opportunity keeps getting bigger as the pipes get wider and distribution becomes easier. Scudamore, an incredibly influential string-puller is on the board. Billy Beane is involved. Let’s see how all that influence pans out as smart people look to channel the sea of money in football into their pockets.

Ok, that is all I have time today. Do NOT be sad. I’ll be back tomorrow with some more fresh content.

451 Responses to “Thomas Partey: Solid airport attire + SPACs to debut in sport?”

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  1. Sid

    Marc the greatest ideas always appear retarded to ordinary folks. Get out of your box.
    The Maracana guangdong FNB would be packed to the rafters

  2. Sid

    “Arsenal bring in close to £100 million a year in match day revenue – do you honestly think they’ll put that at risk?”

    The final say is on the market, Arsenal are already in real danger of being irrelevant as it is.

  3. Up 4 grabs now

    Marc,

    It’s true, can you imagine in a super league every country has 3-4 representatives?

    The French German, Italian and Scottish league’s are one horse race league’s with the very rare anomaly team that flukes it.
    Spain is a carve up between Real and Barcelona.
    Dutch league is probably the same with psv and Ajax.

    It’s only really the premier league where 3-4 teams could win it.

    The whole European thing won’t get off the ground.

    The only reason why championship teams are keen is because there all struggling at the moment cash wise.

  4. Up 4 grabs now

    What happens when it’s sporting Lisbon against lille.
    Sponsors won’t be interested in these games.
    Fans won’t be which means grounds will be half full.

    Away fans won’t be able to afford to go so far away for games.
    Lose two days leave every few weeks. The cost of flights accommodation etc.

    They tried this twenty years ago and that’s how the champions league started then expanded because the big clubs were missing out.

  5. Marc

    sid

    “Marc the greatest ideas always appear retarded to ordinary folks. Get out of your box.
    The Maracana guangdong FNB would be packed to the rafters”

    Yeah how much will the locals pay per ticket?

  6. Marc

    U4GN

    “The only reason why championship teams are keen is because there all struggling at the moment cash wise.”

    Talk about selling your soul to the devil.

  7. Marc

    U4GN

    You also add in the corporate ticket side – I know we’re all supposed to hate it as fans but the truth is it has the capability of bringing in a lot of cash.

  8. Marc

    Left

    No more than they can or do make from screening PL matches or CL matches. As U4GN says who’s going to pay a fortune to watch Arsenal vs Lille.

  9. Up 4 grabs now

    If you had a European league, you probably don’t have a domestic league you also wouldn’t have the champions league.
    The big clubs will lose huge revenue.

    If it’s a domestic league revamp, how can 6-9 clubs get the opportunity to vote how they want it run, who can be involved, what happens if one of the big 9 get relegated.
    It’s a pipe dream.

  10. Marc

    U4GN

    As soon as they had the chance they’d stop promotion and relegation in the PL. If the teams in the lower divisions don’t see this they are even more stupid than I thought.

  11. Up 4 grabs now

    Marc,

    True, as much as the football isn’t great,clubs like Burnley would never get in.
    Brighton, Southampton, Sheffield United etc.

    You look at Leeds a massive club in the seventies had 6-7 good years in the nineties and early 2000’s
    Then relegated for 16 years before finally clambering there way back into the premier league.

    What happens if your out with no way back in.

  12. Dissenter

    Westham really know how to throw money out the window.
    Why would they spend 30 million at Benrahma?
    He only moved to Brentford paid less than 3 million for in 2018.
    He’s a 25 year old who’s never played played at a top league club. All his loans have been in lower division clubs in the Netherlands and France.

  13. Marc

    U4GN

    “What happens if your out with no way back in.”

    That’s the double edged sword – it should stop a lot of teams into voting against it but it could also push some into going along with it to be included.

  14. Up 4 grabs now

    Yeah true the fa cup would be booted out.
    The charity shield is one game between two teams.
    The league cup isn’t worried about till the semis, so two games.

    Then it’s get rid of the fa cup because it’s too many games.
    It’s not exactly 15 games extra a season and the big six generally have bigger squads.

  15. Dissenter

    Arsenal should say no to that silly “big picture” project.
    I read that clubs with recent stadium construction like spuds may gets as much as 125million in benefits from it.
    Fuck the big picture. Football needs to get smaller and more humble. It needs to reconnect back with the fans that make it what it is.

  16. Up 4 grabs now

    Marc,

    I would imagine if they actually succeeded in implementing this. It couldn’t happen by next season as tv deals are already drawn up for a certain amount of games.

    If it’s implemented in two or three seasons time the small clubs that will allow it, so they can stay in the league may be relegated in a year or two. And run the risk they vote for something that they can’t get back into even though there in it now.

  17. Graham62

    How many of you on here enjoy the game as much as you did 10/20/30 or, for me, 40 years ago?

    Forget Covid.

    I really miss that unique Saturday feeling when all matches were played and the atmosphere in grounds was more intense.

    None of this staggered match day crap.

  18. Tom

    “Since the immigrants in the German team have retired its a shadow of itself while the swiss team has improved with addition of immigrants“

    Sid, How many immigrants in German World Cup winning teams in 54,74 and 90?

    Did Spain become average because of lack of immigrants in their squad , or was it rather because the generational talents of Xavi, Iniesta , Busquets haven’t been replaced like for like talent wise?

  19. Graham62

    Dissenter

    Spuds will get“benefits”?!

    How does that work?

    Does this include housing benefit, income support, child benefit, council tax benefit and mobility allowance?

    I agree with what you say.

  20. Pierre

    Considering the uproar on Le Grove when it was announced on Athletic that Ozil had received a loyalty payment from Arsenal, I shouldn’t really be surprised that there is not a Peep from the obsessives regarding Athletics reporting that Arsenal are saving millions through not playing Ozil…

    Footballing reasons …yeah right .

    Why the club can’t be honest on this matter is beyond me…

    Reading between the lines, my theory is that the club asked Ozil to refuse the loyalty payment ( due to covid) and he told them where to go .

    Arsenal then looked at Ozil’s contract and found a clause in the contract that says Ozil will only get paid a percentage of his wages if he is not in the team…

    Hence Ozil never setting foot on the pitch since Lockdown and will never play for Arsena football club again …and there you have it.

  21. Luteo Guenreira

    “Arsenal then looked at Ozil’s contract and found a clause in the contract that says Ozil will only get paid a percentage of his wages if he is not in the team…”

    Pierre…the only one that thinks this is offensive is you. The only one who is remotely invested in Ozil getting paid his full wage is you. The only one that thinks it’s odd that the club are willing to sacrifice his (minimal) output on the pitch in order to pay him less…is you.

  22. Marc

    Pierre

    Don’t be a cock – “Arsenal then looked at Ozil’s contract and found a clause in the contract that says Ozil will only get paid a percentage of his wages if he is not in the team…”

    You make it sound like some teenager suddenly reading the small print on their phone contract – Arsenal have lawyers and specialist contract people on the payroll. You make an appearance bonus sound like some sort of Machiavellian plot to fuck over Ozil – what next “breaking news Auba get’s a goal scoring bonus”.

    No one has mentioned Ozil till you brought him up – people have been discussing the “big picture” proposal that would change PL football and Arsenal forever and all you care about if fucking Ozil.

    What a complete cunt.

  23. karim

    How many of you on here enjoy the game as much as you did 10/20/30 or, for me, 40 years ago?

    I turned to look but it was gone
    I cannot put my finger on it now
    The child is grown, the dream is gone
    I have become comfortably numb

  24. Habesha Gooner

    This european supereague is a stupid Idea and It has always been. A league is supposed to be with in a country. Can you imagine having one winner from the Top 6 of european leagues? 19 teams will end up trophy less every season. The revenue from champions league and the domestic league wont be there either. I dont know how you can make it feasible. Fans already have already a hard enough time travelling for away games. Imagine going to Lisbon for an away league game. It eont be possible. So Its not even worth a discussion.

  25. englandsbest

    A league of the Big Clubs would make their own rules. The TV money would be so vast – much, much more than current TV money – that Clubs would not be dependent on fans turning up for matches. We have a taste of that now with coronavirus.

    They might put a cap on wages – one that would still be more than outsider clubs could pay. They might even have transfer caps – again, more than outsiders could pay. They might charge countries for use of their players. And on and on and on…

    Would we watch Arsenal, buy the shirt? Of course we would.

    In other words, for owners like John Henry, the Glazers, Stan K, a league of Big Clubs would be like a license to print money.

  26. Pierre

    Luteo
    “Pierre…the only one that thinks this is offensive is you”

    Did I say I was offended by it ..no.

    I am on the club’s side as I think that Ozil should have refused the 8 million .
    By taking the loyalty payment, Ozil has shown a lack of class.
    I fully understand the club’s course of action.

  27. Marc

    Habesha & eb

    Once it became a closed league you wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to implement some kind of draft – so everyone has a small period of success.

    Can you imagine a situation where Madrid finished 3rd or 4th in a league for 5 or 6 years.

  28. Pierre

    Marc
    ” don’t be a cock, What a complete cunt.”

    It is well recognised on here that you are the modern form of the village idiot.

    And a piss head……you must have started early today.. .

  29. Marc

    Dissenter

    He’s bad enough on a slow news day but when people are talking about something that could fundamentally destroy what Arsenal football club is it beggars belief.

  30. Marc

    Pierre

    You’re still being a cock – why don’t you try commenting on something relevant?

    I would have thought you’d have strong views on this bonkers plan? Maybe your priorities lie with another individual.

  31. Luteo Guenreira

    “I fully understand the club’s course of action.”

    There’s something sociopathic about you. It scares me that you can present this statement seriously after all you’ve said on the matter.

  32. Pierre

    Marc and Dissenter

    Sorry , I didn’t realise that we have to follow one line of conversation …..is this a new Le grove rule .

    The proposal is just a storm in a tea cup ….simple ..

  33. Marc

    Pierre

    Not at all – the only person who gets to control what’s said is Pedro but I’d have thought that as a long standing Arsenal supporter you’d have an opinion on something that seems important rather than a player who will never kick another ball for us again and leave next summer – therefore an irrelevance.

  34. Pierre

    Luteo
    “There’s something sociopathic about you. It scares me that you can present this statement seriously after all you’ve said on the matter.”

    Not at all…..I have been very balanced in my views, it is just the warped minds of the obsessives who become slightly deranged whenever I mention Ozil ..

    Take a look at yourself, marc and dissenter…..a case in point.

  35. Graham62

    Pierre

    Do you get paid commission for your pro-Ozil posts?

    What about this for a scenario.

    Mesut Ozil under Wenger ( even he admits it), Emery, Freddie and now Arteta has caused numerous problems. On and off the pitch he has been a thorn in our backside.

    I get it, I really do. He has sublime skills and is capable of opening up any defence . The thing is he is unreliable, untrustworthy and no longer( did he ever)has the good of the team/club at heart.

    My own take on things is that the club are utterly pissed off with him, irrespective of contractual issues and your theory that the club is not being honest doesn’t hide the fact that Mr Ozil has become a monumental liability, who continues to drag the club through the gutter.

    Regrettably, he seems to thrive on it.

  36. Pierre

    Marc
    The last few days , there was probably 200 Ozil comments …very few positive .

    Why didn’t you call them all cunts/cock instead of deciding that today is the day when it is an irrelevance..

    Double standards ….par for the course for you …

  37. Luteo Guenreira

    Pierre

    Stupid games you’re trying to play It’s not Ozil talk I have a problem with, it’s your incessant trolling and digging for reactions:

    ‘ “Ozil is being treated unfairly and the club lie!”

    Stfu Pierre no one cares.

    “I agree with the club though!”

    Stfu Pierre no one cares.

    “Aha! You guys responded! You’re so obsessed!”

    Stfu Pierre no one cares. ‘

  38. Pierre

    Graham
    “Do you get paid commission for your pro-Ozil posts?”

    What part of my posts today have been pro Ozil.

    Was it

    “I am on the club’s side as I think that Ozil should have refused the 8 million .
    By taking the loyalty payment, Ozil has shown a lack of class.
    I fully understand the club’s course of action.”

  39. Marc

    Pierre

    Ozil is an irrelevance – why bring him up when there’s a genuine subject to discuss. You seem to think this plan is a “storm in a tea cup” I worry that they’ll just come back with something to replace it that appears to be more palatable.

    My personal opinion is that it’s a result of the ownership of clubs moving away from people who were genuine fans of the them.

  40. Pierre

    Luteo
    “Stupid games you’re trying to play It’s not Ozil talk I have a problem with, it’s your incessant trolling and digging for reactions:”

    I give a perfectly reasonable theory as to why the club and Ozil are in this situation.

    If you and the other obsessives wish to OVER react, that is your problem.
    I suggest you should read what I post and then you may actually think that I have a point .

    And yes, the Ozil situation is relevant today , just as it was relevant the past week.

  41. Habesha Gooner

    I dont know if the money will be as big as people claim it to be. There are a lot of interesting things in a domestic league now. For instance their would not be a relegation battle or a Top 4 fight that makes every domestic league watchable. People will eventually lose interest in the european super league. can you imagine having to watch the same matches every year? You would miss the Sheffield United’s of a domestic league. That in turn will make clubs lose money. The atalantas and Leicesters are part of what make a domestic european league so great. I am not so sure it would be appealing to fans to watch the same matches every year. We already get champions league football where we can get elite matchups. We might see an increase in prize money for the champions league but I don’t see a European super league happening.

  42. Marc

    “And yes, the Ozil situation is relevant today , just as it was relevant the past week.”

    No he’s not. The only time Ozil should now be mentioned are if any of the following happen:

    1) Next summer when he finally leaves eg Thank fuck he’s gone.

    2) He leaves early eg Didn’t see that coming thank fuck he’s gone.

    3) He’s been picked eg Didn’t see that coming.

    4) My God Ozil’s been murdered in a street robbery eg who would’ve thought that violent crime has an upside.

  43. Luteo Guenreira

    “I give a perfectly reasonable theory as to why the club and Ozil are in this situation.”

    Stfu Pierre no one cares. Your point is clear – you bring a defense of Ozil up every chance you get in order to act as some counter-balance to the negative talk from casual fans reacting to minimal information on the internet, which you somehow have decided is uncouth and unbecoming of fandom.

    Get the fuck over yourself old man. You’re not stopping Twitter noise. You’re not stopping hot takes. It’s how the world works now, you can come to terms with it but you’ve obviously chosen to bitch about it constantly instead.

    Sad part is that you might actually have a point, but you’re such a smug bastard that all you’ve really managed to do is shed a bright light on the fact that you’re a troll.

  44. Graham62

    Oh dearie me.

    There you go again with your “obsessives” rhetoric. You’re the only one on here that uses this word. Strange that.

    French name as moniker (very dubious imo), you say you’re in your sixties but you act like a fifteen year old when it comes to discussing something that is so frigging obvious.

    Is the golf a facade.

    I wonder.

    It’s so embarrassing.

  45. Dissenter

    Uou gte the impression that Pierre would drown Arsenal FC to save Mesut Ozil.

    Pierre,
    Do you know if Ozil has finally helped Jerry Quy after using him as a prop to make a cheap political point?

  46. Dissenter

    **You get the impression that Pierre would drown Arsenal FC to save Mesut Ozil.

    Pierre,
    Do you know if Ozil has finally helped Jerry Quy after using him as a prop to make a cheap political point?

  47. Pierre

    Luteo
    “Sad part is that you might actually have a point, but you’re such a smug bastard that all you’ve really managed to do is shed a bright light on the fact that you’re a troll.”

    We got there in the end didn’t we …I do have a point, so there was no need for the over reaction was there.

  48. Pierre

    Graham
    “By doing what you’re doing, you cut your own throat.”

    Luteo did say that i might actually have a point…now take your silly obsessive hat off and read what I said.

  49. Luteo Guenreira

    “Luteo did say that i might actually have a point”

    Wow you’re really holding on to that cordial acquiescence like it justifies your behaviour, never thought you held my regard in such high esteem. Everyone has a point though. Even the worst of people are people and have a point. Graham really hit the nail on the head, you willingly became worse than the people you condemned just so someone like me would eventually say, “well you actually might have a point there chap.”

    What is this crusade you’ve set out on? Like a prissy Steven Seagal on a hit-em-where-it hurts vengeance, trying to find online justice because you think modern fans are rude? uninformed? for overreacting? Maybe it’s time to give it up and cut off the ponytail though. The childishness involved with thinking that everyone is a cunt for overreacting, so I’ll just say even cuntier things to draw out even more overreactions…is genuinely sad and disappointing from an adult person.

  50. Luteo Guenreira

    For the record I meant you might have a point about people being obsessive online, but that’s not really a revelation is it? And that’s more a society issue than a football issue. I certainly wasn’t referring to anything regarding your take on Ozil and the club.

  51. Pierre

    Luteo
    “Wow you’re really holding on to that cordial acquiescence like it justifies your behaviour,”

    My behaviour?

    Do you mean me suggesting that Ozil acted without class for taking the 8 million .

    Dreadful behaviour.

  52. Pierre

    Luteo
    “For the record I meant you might have a point about people being obsessive online, but that’s not really a revelation is it? And that’s more a society issue than a football issue. I certainly wasn’t referring to anything regarding your take on Ozil and the club.”

    Feeble attempt at backtracking …

  53. Luteo Guenreira

    Pierre you’re moving the goalposts and exhibiting no desire to talk on logical terms. I meant your behaviour all these years of propping yourself up as an authority on fandom and smugly trolling everyone in order to prove your point that people are easily led to overreactions.

  54. Marc

    Left

    I saw that and thought the same – my guess is ManU and Liverpool have either had a really bad reaction from their fans and / or the Government or the rest of the PL made it clear they’ll be playing each other 20 times a season if they try to pull something like this again.

  55. Pierre

    “Am I being stupid? How can it be unanimously rejected by all 2o Premier League clubs – Man Utd and Liverpool wouldn’t have voted against their own proposal.’m”

    As I said , a storm in a teacup.

  56. Pedro

    Pierre, you want Arsenal fans to say, ‘Mesut isn’t getting his bonus pay because he’s breaking the rules set by the manager… what an actual saint he is’

  57. Marc

    “Mesut isn’t getting his bonus pay because he’s breaking the rules set by the manager… ”

    Rules set by the manager? For fuck sake Pedro, being expected to keep yourself fit and attend online meetings isn’t exactly grounds for constructive dismissal.

    I don’t think there’d been a single comment mentioning Ozil today before Pierre started trolling it just brings the comments section down.

  58. CaliGooner

    Haha mailbox head already got sent off. The most overrated and overpriced player.

    Man the same Ozil argument that has been going on for what three years is still taking place. Sad.

  59. SpanishDave

    Why aren’t England playing in white? Our National colours at home?
    The away team should change if there’s a clash.

  60. Victorious

    Jesus I can’t wait for real football to be back..

    Going through the comments here is even worse than watching Engurland play football

    Shite everywhere you turn to! Fvck the international break.

  61. Marko

    So Mesut refused to go to Saudi Arabia for 200,000 a week on a 3 year contract? Man he really isn’t interested in football anymore. Damn that’s some next level sponge shit

  62. Graham62

    Great great shame that Phillips, Rice and Henderson are ahead of such a prestigious talent as Grealish.

    Why is we always seem to do this?

    Oh Gareth, you’ve let yourself down a wee bit tonight.

  63. Marc

    Marko

    It’s actually probably worse than you think.

    I need someone to check me but don’t overseas workers not pay any tax in Saudi? Ozil’s paying 50% on basically everything over here.

  64. Marko

    Mark my words next summer we get our Arsenal back. Certain types out of the door ooohhh I can’t wait. We’ll be popping off especially if we get champions league football.

  65. AFC Forever

    Graham

    Southgate is another of the old school dinosaurs. As you know, he relegated Middlesbrough & was sacked the following Season when fourth because of his ‘boring’ football.

    Tonight at home against Denmark;m we had Two DM’s, three left backs & Moussaka Maguire doing his best impression of a Washing Machine on a fast rinse, trying to escape the kitchen. . Down to ten men, so he switches the best player from right back to left back, before switching him back again after someone tells him he’s an idiot. Losing one nil, need a goal so he brings on Henderson, leaving Grealish on the bench. That sums him up, not prepared to gamble. England actually have a decent squad but Southgate would have Mr Happy from La La Land reaching for the antidepressants with his team selections.. To think we have had to break up the Premier League season to watch a bland bloke in a waistcoat deliver the cure for insomnia.

    PS: Typical Chelsea boy abusing the referee at the end. That club has zero class.

  66. Tom

    AFC forever
    I think right now England have worlds top three squad quality wise and Southgate is holding them back.
    I realize top managers prioritize club management over country but having the English FA’s resources and settling on Southgate is just sad.

  67. Tony

    “It is well recognised on here that you are the modern form of the village idiot.”

    Love to see your massaged stats on that, Pierre. How big was your metric model? What was your sample group? AKBs & Untold?

    The Wenger & Ozil super-fan obsessive trolling again. The song always remains the same!

    The only village idiot on LG is the one you see looking in your bathroom mirror every day.

    Some achievement for an over 60 year old man child.

    Does salivating over Wenger’s book help you of your daily use of your monogrammed socks?

    Oh well stupid is as stupid does no one does it better than Pierre.

    Take a bow son the stupidity award is yours again for the 10th consecutive year.

    When you can contribute to LG adding sensible posts as well as humour and fun to the blog as Marc does regularly, you will earn the right to castigate others here.

    Best STFU about other posters until then.

  68. Tony

    “I give a perfectly reasonable theory as to why the club and Ozil are in this situation.”

    That is the pinnacle of hilarity, Pierre. Got any more gems like that?

  69. Graham62

    Unless Grealish was injured or carrying a knock, Gareth Southgate blew it last night.

    No fans, no atmosphere and the entire dynamics of the game changing before our very eyes and one of the few players in our squad who has the capability to lift us all up is stuck in the frigging stands.

    As AFC Forever highlighted, two weeks of utter boredom and “bland” images of Southgate discussing formations and tactics and he expects us to have belief.

    Be positive for Christ’s sake!!

  70. AFC Forever

    Mr Serge

    Yes, exactly. With Wenger there seems to be a certain crowd who want to completely ignore the trophies he won, what he did when he arrived, . We had never been so entertained and the quality of player he bought in was something else. I can look back fondly at those times, while still criticising him. Probably true of Ozil, there was a period when watching him play was a privilege but he will be remembered for other things..

  71. AFC Forever

    Leeds
    “Apparently according to Duncan Castle Bruno Fernandes wants out of Man United… worth keeping an eye on!!!”

    Something not well with that club, Leeds whether or not that is true.

  72. Bamford10

    Bruno Fernandes on the story above:

    “I believe it is a way to destabilise the group. What was said is in no way true.

    [Ole and I] spoke [after the match] by text message & I just have to be grateful to the coach who bet on me. His tactics are perfect for me.

    Do not use my name, my colleagues or the coach to make trouble at Manchester United.The atmosphere is good and the team is ready to give an answer in the next game.”

  73. Ashwin Gunner

    “I need someone to check me but don’t overseas workers not pay any tax in Saudi?”

    No concept of tax in Saudi. They are already rich and making money hand over fist. They dont need to tax their people to fill government coffers.

  74. Ashwin Gunner

    “.The atmosphere is good and the team is ready to give an answer in the next game.”

    Which essentially means that Martial will dive and i will score a penalty. That is team work…

  75. Marc

    Tony

    “When you can contribute to LG adding sensible posts as well as humour and fun to the blog as Marc does regularly”

    Glad I manage to at least not piss every one off on here then!

  76. Marc

    Ashwin

    “No concept of tax in Saudi. They are already rich and making money hand over fist. They dont need to tax their people to fill government coffers.”

    Which actually means Ozil would be earning a net higher wage in Saudi (@ £200k per week) than from Arsenal. Guy’s already retired from football and just has a gold plated short term pension at Arsenal.

  77. Bamford10

    “Discussions have been taking place between Arsenal and the [Scottish] authorities ever since, with the north London club requesting to bring Tierney back to the England in a private car.

    So far that request has fallen on deaf ears, but there are further talks planned on Thursday afternoon and Arteta is hopeful Tierney will be given the green light to return to London.”

    -Goal.com

  78. Dream10

    The Wolves set of Portuguese players will be available despite being in close proximity with Cristiano. But, Tierney is not eligible.

    Not worried if Tierney is missing. He hasn’t been in great form, so a week off may help.

  79. Valentin

    I don’t know if Fernandes rumour that he wants out are true, but it is clear that there is a malaise within ManUtd. Players who have no particular attachment with ManUtd will want to leave. Some may stay just for the paycheck, but then ManUtd are left with unmotivated mercenaries.

    I have never particularly rated Maguire, but he really is a shadow of the player he used to be. Slow, rash, impulsive. He was already like that before his Greek escapade.

    OGS may not very good tactically, but that should not be an issue. Ferguson was neither a master tactician, nor a great coach, but he knew who to choose as assistant and when to delegate. More importantly he knew how to create a winning mentality within the club. On that front OGS seems clueless.

    An untouchable but outdated manager surrounded by yes men, lead by a CEO who is not a football man but who like to pretend he is is a recipe for slow painful decline.
    May it continue as long as possible.

  80. Valentin

    Ashwin,

    A flat income tax rate of 20% is applied to the tax-adjusted profit of resident non-Saudi and non-GCC individuals.

    However Saudi has a very strict form of Islam the Wahhabism that Özil and his wife may not enjoy. The few people that I know who have worked in Saudi, have all reported hating their time over there.

    Everything is segregated by gender. Even McDonald have two entrances one for men and for women and children. It is a golden cage that attract people who wants to make a few buck quickly. Anybody who enjoys life and is already a millionaire will avoid the place.

  81. Champagne charlie

    Pierre talking the absolute arse off Ozil, dropping vapid sound bites into his rhetoric that he can deliver a ‘I’m not obsessive because I said this’ when questioned on the matter for the 73834th time. Blindingly obvious pattern that is now as circular as the earth doing a runner round the sun.

    Then there’s Banford who has swooped in to quash Bruno Fernandes unrest rumours and set things right re: Man United. A perfectly normal counter balance by any other poster, who would likely accompany it with a derogatory quip, but funny when the resident Red Devil is sprung into life and acts like official PR to the rumours.

    International break not disrupting too many of the Le Grove dynamics then. Luteo still utterly spanking the stupidity out of those in need of such haha well in.

  82. Latest Footy

    Partey will bring that resilience that the midfield needs as everyone knows – however, I think the most notable thing is his dedication to getting the ball forward as soon as he wins possession. This will be massive as trying to walk the ball into the goal has been a criticism that has been levelled at the team for years.

    We actually wrote about how he’ll fit into the midfield here – it was really interesting to see that statistically he would suit playing in there with Dani Ceballos.

    https://latestfooty.net/2020/10/15/what-will-thomas-partey-bring-to-arsenal/

  83. Graham62

    Valentin

    There is no way Ozil would go to Saudi, not even if they doubled or even trebled the offer.

    I lived and worked in Bahrain from 1984 -1991 and had to visit SA many times. Although things have improved, it is, unfortunately, still Saudi Arabia.

    Get my gist?

  84. Gonsterous

    Graham

    They would flog ozil on the streets if he becomes a nuisance there. He’s not stupid, no way is he going to any of turkey, Saudi or UAE. China is out of the picture, so Maybe if he takes a big pay cut, he might go back to Germany or the states.

  85. Left testicle

    Arteta on Wenger…
    ‘…he is, in my opinion, the one who had the vision and helped this club to evolve and be what it is today.’
    ……………….
    That’s exactly why he should be kept away!

  86. Jim Lahey

    Is anyone else slightly concerned about Martinelli?

    A huge injury during his early development that has kept him out of the game for months. I have a horrendous fear that in 5-10 years time we will be talking about Martinelli the same way we speak about Diaby or Rosicky. I really hope not, its just a fear I have!

  87. Valentin

    Graham,

    A few footballers chased the money and went to Saudi. Many left within less than two years. Culturally it is so difficult to have an usual Western life.
    Can’t drink, can’t go to a restaurant with a mixed gender group of friends. At least now women can drive, but before they needed a minder 24×7 if they wanted to venture outside.
    So you end up living in a closed expat bubble. Also with the weather being so hot, most outdoor activities that we take for granted are off limit. When they are not off limit, they have to be adjusted to stay within the law: swimming pool, sports, etc.

    Most people don’t realise how that kind of restriction can grind you down.

  88. Nelson

    During Arteta’s press conference, he said that he would like to welcome Wenger back to the club in the future. Knowing that there are many Wenger haters in Le Grover, don’t know how they receive this news?

  89. Gonsterous

    Just read artetas press conference. And I personally like what I’m hearing.
    Wasn’t a big fan of his signing but he’s completely won me over. Of course he can still improve on certain things, but I hope he stays with us for a long time. I might even put in a few quid on arsenal finishing very high this season.

  90. Daniel Altos

    Considering the uproar on Le Grove when it was announced on Athletic that Ozil had received a loyalty payment from Arsenal, I shouldn’t really be surprised that there is not a Peep from the obsessives regarding Athletics reporting that Arsenal are saving millions through not playing Ozil…Footballing reasons …yeah right .Why the club can’t be honest on this matter is beyond me…Reading between the lines, my theory is that the club asked Ozil to refuse the loyalty payment ( due to covid) and he told them where to go .Arsenal then looked at Ozil’s contract and found a clause in the contract that says Ozil will only get paid a percentage of his wages if he is not in the team…Hence Ozil never setting foot on the pitch since Lockdown and will never play for Arsena football club again …and there you have it.

    Pierre you do this all the time,slide in ozil’s name when the discussion isn’t centred around him at all(this time it was centred on project big picture) and then when people start talking about ozil you call them ‘obsessives’

  91. Aussie+Gooner

    Jim

    I to am concerned regarding the full recovery of Martinelli. After a serious injury such as his, it takes a while to regain the confidence to attack the ball and risk further injury. Even if you are 5% down on confidence it can have a devastating impact on the way you play. Even thinking for a split second before a tackle can leave you well off the pace. Then there are the physical challenges for recovery. You only have to look at Bellerin to see what a negative effect such injuries can have on pace. Again just 5% off the pace can leave you well short. Knee injuries finished my dad’s fledgling football career!

    However he is young and confident in his abilities. Word has it that his rehabilitation is going well and he is ahead of schedule. This is good news and I hope he can return to his previous form as I am sure he can progress into a top, top player.

  92. Daniel Altos

    No one has mentioned Ozil till you brought him up – people have been discussing the “big picture” proposal that would change PL football and Arsenal forever and all you care about is fucking Ozil.What a complete cunt.

    Nice to see someone else highlighted this.This trick is getting tired now,cunningly mention ozil’s name and then disappear for a while while Legrove goes into meltdown discussing him,only do you to come back later and call people obsessives. Honestly,I don’t know why people keep falling for this it has become so predictable now

  93. Aussie+Gooner

    Super goal from Azeez in the U 21’s Academy game against Crawley Town. How long before he is training with the first team? Shout out to Ben Cottrel also for another solid performance.

  94. andy1886

    Sure Wenger can come to Arsenal any time. As a guest, fan or whatever, just not in any official capacity. As far as I’m aware he hasn’t been barred, he’s just sulking.

  95. Sid

    Martinelli should recover from injury better than Bellerin taking generous servings of pork chops, kobe beef, mutton curry and the occassional ostrich.

  96. G8

    Mesut wouldn’t go anywhere near Saudi, he is a Turk, and a close pal with Erdogan, someone there will be waiting with the electric saw!

  97. Emiratesstroller

    andy 1886

    I don’t think that Wenger is sulking, but just applying common sense.

    Wenger is not stupid. He knows very well that he outstayed his welcome and has acknowledged that he was in the job too long.

    I am sure that the owner, management and most fans would be more than happy to welcome Wenger back to the club.

    He is not our enemy.

  98. Uwot?

    Why would Ozil rule out Turkey.Unless they can’t afford him?.A relief to know that a clause is in Ozil contract restricting him to a % of salary( whatever that might be) if he doesn’t play.Its something at least.But still not enough for him to jog on……

  99. Ashwin Gunner

    “Knowing that there are many Wenger haters in Le Grover,”

    Nobody here is a Wenger hater, but they are not AKB’s. there is a difference… we call spade a spade. Everybody loves what Wenger up until 2008. post that he has been a shadow of what he could have been.

  100. Ashwin Gunner

    Get in Wenger in some capacity (no where near the training ground) into Arsenal. he will definitely do good for the club. May be bring him to mould the youth setup..

  101. Marko

    Ferguson was neither a master tactician, nor a great coach, but he knew who to choose as assistant and when to delegate.

    Alex Ferguson propped up by his great assistants over the years. Apparently.

    Anyway looking forward to seeing Partey this weekend and getting normal football back until the next interruption next month

  102. Nelson

    HL

    Wenger could be an Ambassador for Arsenal. Just like many retired figures, he could travel around the world and gives talks. But that has to be after this Covid-19 though.

  103. Marko

    Arsene Wenger shouldn’t be anywhere near this club in any capacity. A clear break is a clean break and you don’t streamline areas of the club and make it more efficient with less people and then bring in someone who’s job would be to do what exactly? It’s pointless to even consider it

  104. Steveyg87

    “Ferguson was neither a master tactician, nor a great coach, but he knew who to choose as assistant and when to delegate.”

    A great leader brings out the best in those around him.

  105. Jim Lahey

    “Ferguson was neither a master tactician, nor a great coach, but he knew who to choose as assistant and when to delegate.”

    He also held such power that he was able to intimidate officials into basically fixing games.

    Looking forward to the day all his dirty dealings are brought to light and United are stripped of several PL titles.