TRANSFER ROUND-UP: ARSENAL BUYING A FAST START

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It feels like I’ve been cranking content all week and what do I have to show for it?

NOTHING.

No one sold.

No one purchased.

I am starting to lose my patience. Thinking of sending Edu a seriously firm Instagram DM about my feelings.

The Granit Xhaka story is dragging like an N’Zogbia transfer rumour of yester-window. The clubs are in the final stages of negotiations, it looks like it’s going to happen, just get it done. After watching the Italy game, I couldn’t be happier. Xhaka is solid, but you’re simply not going anywhere with a good technician with no pace in midfield. If you are going to have no pace, be Locatelli with the low-punch shots. What a talent.

The story we’re all purring over is Sambi Lokonga. We really have no idea why, other than it feels intelligent and like a Wenger singing of old. New Youtube channel Latte Firm dropped this infographic.

Do I know what it all means? No. Am I going to draw sharp conclusions that this guy is taking Arsenal back to the absolute pinnacle of European football? Absolutely.

There is business to be done this summer and I think there’s a fine balance between making sure we’re ready for next season, whilst raiding European clubs on their knees. Sambi looks like a shadow player for Thomas Partey. Both seem to boast similar features. We need squad players with levels and we need to own them. Our Madrid loan options last season gave us the worst of both worlds. Odegaard did well, we wanted him, but Madrid saw enough promise to keep him. Ceballos had an absolute shocker, stunk out our first team for the most part, so we wasted development minutes on someone else’s player.

I am diving two-footed into the Premier League talent we’re trying to sign. James Maddison, without doubt, would be an excellent signing for Arsenal. Ben White, without doubt, would be an excellent signing for what need from a defender. There’s a lot of scoffing from Arsenal fans that spent 10 years demanding we ‘spend some fucking money’, now we’re doing it on players that will settle into the first team and deliver from day one, people are complaining about fees?

Ben White is a ball-playing centre-back that has made his mistakes at other clubs, he will complement our defence and pick up the good bits of David Luiz, whilst adding what he didn’t have… pace, motivation, and focus. You do not survive a season with Bielsa if you don’t put the work in, boast high levels of fitness, and have finesses on the ball with the ability to move the ball forward. While the internet was purring over Bissouma, their fans were purring over Ben White, who was named their player of the season in the fan vote. That’s the difference between actually watching Brighton and watching comps of Brighton.

James Maddison is an unquestionable talent that we lack. He’s 18 months younger than Grealish, 5 years younger than KDB, and since his Premier League debut he’s one bested by KDB for chance creation. How am I reading Arsenal fans scoff at this name? Someone moaned that he dresses like he’s buying from Hypebeast, what sort of criticism is that? If anything, signing him feels unrealistic because he’s the sort of player that ends up going to Chelsea or United.

Moving on two players of that age and profile moves us up a level instantly. You can’t argue the impact that would have on our season. When you ask Arsenal to spend some money, this is where the pennies should be going. If we’re trying to replicate the City model, this is our attempt at KDB and Dias.

I don’t even want to start on the Calvert Lewin rumors, that’d just be far too sexy for all of us to handle right now.

There’s still smart money to be spent elsewhere. Josh Doig, the Hibernian left-back, is being heavily linked. He’s 19-years-old and 6ft2, but he’s attracting a lot of attention. The worry is if Tierney breaks down, which is likely, you’ve an untested quantity filling in, but also, the benefit is then you are building out someone with a resale value and you also have a succession plan for KT (hopefully we don’t need one). The lesson from last season is young players are hungry and tend to take their chance. I’d be excited to have a promising back-up system being built out.

There’s a good keeper out there, somewhere, that we’ll have to pick up. Aaron Ramsdale for £20m does not feel like smart money when you can pick up someone like Onana for a pittance. Arsenal has been shocking with keeper signings over the years, our best #1 was Emi Martinez and we bombed him off. I know it goes without saying, but if you want an example of why a Ben White type player needs to be signed, just look at how our playing out the back dipped when Martinez left. The best keepers in world football these days can play through the lines better than Mo Elneny, we need to find one if we want to be more effective and unpredictable in this new system.

We also need to build out the right side of our defence. Cal Chambers is a very decent player, his delivery is excellent and he’s tactically astute (everyone at Arsenal loves him as well). The worry is that he very much looks like a centre-back playing right back. I have no idea where we’ll go here, but we need to find a player with the correct athletic profile that can invert. I know, I know… Ainsley could do that role, it’s such a shame he’d rather bum around in center-midfield at Watford than make a career at a club that could take him to the top but there we are. Delusions of grandeur is a bit of a problem with some of the Hale-Enders on the fringes.

We’ve also not spoken much about the #9 position, that might be because our hands are tied. I’m not sure anyone is giving Lacazette £180k a week and Auba on £350k a week is immovable unless he decides like Willian he just doesn’t fancy the slog. To be honest, I don’t think we’ll have a year like the last one from Auba again. The pattern of players we’re bringing in all points towards freeing him up earlier with better chances.

I also think Flo Balogun is going to be a very special player, he’s the closest player we have to Aguerro in style and athletic profile. I’m not sure how Arteta is going to manage his career because there’s a real story to be told with regards to loans. Do Arsenal keep Balogun on the bench like we did Eddie? Or do we send him on a short loan at the start of the season so he can develop in a starting 11? People get absolutely hysterical about loans, but forget that players like Harry Kane went on four of them. Same could be said of William Saliba. There’s no European football next season, what is best for his development? Our bench for 4 months, or Newcastle’s first team for the same time period to adapt to the language and the pace on someone else’s dime? Who knows, but the fact people get so emotional about it is a very, very Arsenal fan thing.

Finally, let’s talk about that time we spent a load of money with Lille that looked VERY odd. Remember I told you to look at the sort of people we were dealing with? Remember the exBarca exec that was at Lille at the time? Remember that outrageous fee we paid Lille who were in deep, deep shit that summer unless they sold at a big price?

If I speak, I am in trouble.

Football is a dirty game. Genaro Gattuso lost his job at Fiorentina after two weeks because he brought his super-agent buddy to the table. It is stunning that now Spurs are negotiating with him, mainly because he’s a bang-average coach, but also because it shows their lack of ideas… if you are outsourcing your Sporting Director role to a super-agent, you are fucked.

Talking of the Spurs manager job, let’s use this moment to highlight what I told you in December… fear what comes next. Spurs, for all the banter, is a London club with an elite stadium and a squad people thought could contend the title last season. They’ve been rejected by Poch and Conte. They had to lower themselves to Fonseca, who is a good coach, but coming out from under a cloud. Now they are bumming around with passion merchants and their unsavory handlers.

I’m telling you this because it feels like there’s a pattern emerging. The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and rockstar managers will only join if they have to tools to win. The idea that we’ll sack Arteta and get Conte or Nagelsmann is fanciful because our project lacks elite levers. Spurs are struggling because no one wants to come here and fight four Goliaths with David money.

It’s still really funny though… really funny.

On that note, remember to check out the two podcasts we produced this week. They are of fine quality. Johnny is no full-time on the team, he changed his bio to reflect the blood agreement we have. Give him a follow on the internet here.

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  1. Lewis

    Pedro stop with the click bait statements. Spend some f***ing money was when we needed one, maybe two players to be genuine challengers not when we need a complete squad overhaul and Arteta wants to spunk his load on ANOTHER centre half who isn’t even proven. 50mill is obscene for white. We’ve got no business spending over 25 mill on anybody because we can’t afford for them to not work out. Said it a million times we aren’t in with the top clubs. We need to copy Dortmund/RBL/Leicester’s strategy and stop chasing big fees and players stepping down from “big” clubs

  2. Dissenter

    ““ Scotland defender Kieran Tierney, 25, has agreed a new five-year contract with Arsenal which he will sign in the coming days.”

    Cant we just dispense with the motions and just make this lad the captain
    He’s the perfect no-frills footballer.

  3. Moray

    Guns, I prefer to go with the 12 starters.

    Highly unlikely anyone would notice and, so long as non of them are Xhaka, it should definitely give us an advantage.

  4. China1

    Dissenter yeah Tierney is the awesome signing of the last handful of years (subject to fitness). 24 odd million but if fit would be worth over 50m these days

    Martinelli is the other standout bargain tho obviously we’ve not had as much of his involvement since arteta.

    But Tierney is exactly the kind of player and signing we should be after. 25m for a player who makes the whole team look clearly better. Exactly the level we need.

  5. China1

    Who was the last awesome signing before Tierney? Probably Alexis? You have to go back that far probably. What a disgrace

  6. Foxy

    Re England game Sterling and Foden look lost outside the tight roles they play at City and Foden clearly thinks he is Neymar already. As Barney Rooney said today in the Guardian they looked like a team of leaderless kids, and we really need some quality and experience in MF.

    CREDIT to Scotland on a an excellent defensive performance they just lack some real quality in MF and up front.
    Only England would appoint a failed championship level manager and still expect big results.

  7. Terraloon

    The Maddison situation is interesting.

    Some interesting comments on Leicester City forum re Maddison. Very much a marmite view.

    Some suggest that he has major issues off the pitch and his antics have driven a wedge between him and Rodgers.

    Their is a view that he will be looking for a massive up lift from his current £110 k per week pay. The view from both their forum and looking at things objectively his injury record over the last couple of seasons is that he misses around 20% of all games through injury when he plays he blows very hot or lukewarm he isn’t a 7or out of 10 player.

    As for a fee some crazy numbers but it seems the fee will need to be super big because it’s Norwich have a reasonable sell on clause of 15%. Fee would need to be significantly over £65 million. Leicester have actually said he isn’t for sell but as we know Leicester know to to squeeze that extra dollar out of transfers

  8. Foxy

    Just hope we can get a real high energy skillful Midfielder to play alongside Partey and see some fast interplay again after the ponderous Xhaka years. I think Partey could be exceptional next year with the right players around him.

  9. Dissenter

    How many international manager were top club managers?

    Mancini, maybe ant Rhein the Spain manager
    Can’t think of any other examples
    I’ve learned over time to not get in the way of the typical England fan’s use of self deprecation to deal with the three lions

    England vs Scotland is like a club derby, form is out the window.
    Scotland gave a very disciplined performance and kudos to, them. I don’t think they would have lost to the Czechs, had Tierney played in that first game.

  10. Radio Raheem

    Another England match that put me to sleep.

    Pointless talking about signings with Arteta and Edu in charge. With these two morons we’ll only go backwards irrespective of who we sign.

    We get rid of players Arteta didn’t want and signed the ones he did yet we seem to need even more players. It’s unending. We sign a £50m holding midfielder and yet I hear we need a holding midfielder (Partey has never been anything but a holding midfielder, weird how weirdos on here think he something more than a holding midfielder).

    Read the goddamn signs we’re going backwards.

  11. Goobergooner

    Like you can’t tell me this list of attacking talent we have could not be lethal with a couple of maestros in midfield to actually lead and take a game by the scruff of the neck.

    Auba – playing in behind and tap ins come with waaaaay quicker play than from our current setup.

    Laca – decent enough player, can link up well enough at times yet is sloppy with his first touch a lot when pressured. Can’t seem to find his form from france. He is someone I’d sell this summer but if we don’t, could be useful with a midfield combining closer to him.

    Pepe – hasn’t lived up to his price tag but is still a very handy player if we can utilise him properly. We all know his ins and outs (or more so cutting in) but he also needs to be able to play with a bit more pace in the transition from defence to attack than what we seem to provide.

    Martinelli – he’s an absolute spark on the field when he’s in his groove. He brings more from his team just with that energy. His direct play can also be improved by playing him in bebind from more central positions rather than just hoping he can do something from the wing. Maybe try him striker also.

    ESR – he would thrive with a Cesc or Cazorla type behind him. Partey gives the legs in defensive play from mid, as well as the ability to play in tight spaces just outside our box and drive the team forward. But what we are sorely lacking is his partner to properly link the midfield to the attack. Someone with the ability to play some tiki taka and link with esr and the wingers with a bit more dynamism but also with a drive on the ball and ability to play a through ball.

    Saka – I don’t need to say much. His intelligence allows him to adapt to most players around him so he could only benefit with more support and a bit of weight taken off his shoulders.

    In saying all this we could upgrade on both laca and auba on their last legs.

    If it came down to just fixing one problem per window id seriously be spewing if we didn’t fix cm as the most serious need for upgrades. Especially if xhaka goes.

  12. CG

    I am the best judge of a player around……watched this Maddsion one match only last season – and thought he was typically over hyped and overated

    Saints 1 Leicester 1
    Saints down to 10 men

    Maddison spent the rest of the game – trying ‘ Beckham’ like right foot curlers in the Saints top corner.

    Exasperated his team mates throughout.
    Then got dropped for the cup final.

    This boy loves himself just a bit too much- and those types upset the equilibrium

    Just a slighty better version of Gendozi.

    Avoid. He would be the first one out the door – when the next manager comes in.

  13. Dissenter

    Radio
    What do you make of Ben White
    One good season in the championship with Leeds and then he was average the second season with Brighton, that’s when he wasn’t on his knees attending to Rashford.

    Now that Arteta wants him, he’s become the ‘premier league ‘tested’ and “experienced “ defender.

    Did you watch Brighton last season and wished White was playing for us?

  14. Dissenter

    CG
    I swear every time I see Torriera play today for Uruguay, I remember that comment about his short stumpy legs.

    Yes, you have your unique take and you’re more right than many here.

  15. Dissenter

    CG
    The only conversation I think Arsenal should be having about Maddison is this;

    Who do Leicester intend to sign to replace Maddison, Then sign that player

    Maddison is good but why would a chilled player’s manager like Brendan be tired of him.

    If Brendan can’t deal with Maddison then an inexperienced egomaniac like Arteta stands no chance.

    They used to talk about players being a ‘good fit’ before signing

    Are we so desperate and so devoid of long term strategy that we will jump into another bad signing.

    I think declining Wenger would be champing at the bits to work with the likes of Azeez and Balogun, not Arteta. I saw a video of Azeez bossing his grade level, literally dribbled from the half way line to score.

  16. Radio Raheem

    Dissenter

    I watched a fair bit of Brighton last season and can’t say he stood out particularly. He must’ve player well as most the team seem to play well. Brighton are a good collective (until they were sure of staying up).

    I was more impressed with how the team played regardless of who they played. Hence, why I like their manager. If a manager can do that with a bunch of low grade tools what can he do with better?

    That said if I had single out individual talents at Brighton I would said Lamptey and Bissouma. Again there is more credit to the manager that after losing Lamptey, who was their best player before injury, they carried on as is.

    I know people will point to their successive low league positions under Potter but that’ll be a very superficial reading of his tenure at the club. They’ve certainly made progress on how they play and the stats show they should easily have finished top 10.

  17. CG

    Dissenter

    “””swear every time I see Torriera play today for Uruguay, I remember that comment about his short stumpy legs.””””

    Torrieira would have been a good player at Highbury- but like Willian, Lick Steiner and Little Legs himself that big Emirates pitch will expose you.

    Thats why 75 % of our resources should always go on fast attacking players.

    £50 000 000 om White!!!!!. What a complete failure of imagination on managaments behalf.and waste of good money.

    Give that same £50 000 000 to The Brentford hierarchy – they have half a team of quality young players before the season starts

  18. Pierre

    Radio Raheem
    I would say your assessment of Brighton was spot on ..

    Always seemed to me that they were just lacking a quality striker

  19. China1

    This is in fact a very pertinent question. Who will Leicester be replacing him with and how much will they be paying.

    Leicester finished above us for the last two season and I think 3 in the last 5 years? Maybe more.

    It would be very arsenal to be paying a fortune for players a better team is willing to sell. Leicester are doing a 2008 arsenal buying quality below the radar players flipping them on to clubs with more money than sense

    We should be sniffing around whoever they’d be replacing him with instead. They are smarter than us. That’s a fact

  20. Dissenter

    Radio
    “ If we’re so obsessed with CBs isn’t Pau Torres at Villarreal better value @ £50m?”

    That’s the thing than annoys me about fans who just kowtow to whatever their favorite manager wants.
    People rave about how Ruben Diaz transformed city but will rather take a defender with one year of average premier league experience for big money.

  21. Pierre

    Arteta’s use of Balogun last season was very peculiar..

    He played a total of 63 mins in the Europa group games, scored 2 goals with one assist, very impressive.

    Taking into consideration our struggles in front of goal last season in the Premier league, you would think that any manager would have given Balogun a few run outs in the league and in the knockout stages in Europe.

    I am struggling to fathom out a good reason for not playing Balogun, especially in the last 5 league games when it was clear that qualifying for Europe was over…

    Very strange.

  22. Radio Raheem

    Pierre

    Arteta is a strange guy, very strange 😀

    But that seems to be the main prerequisite to be an Arsenal manager these days.

  23. Pierre

    I take any transfer rumours with a pinch of salt..

    I would say that the priority is centre mid , but first we need to move on quite a few players or we will end up having to pay players to leave the club in January due to a bloated squad amid murmurs of disenchantment within the club.

  24. Tom

    Scotland always play England tough , I think the Scottish probably still hold a grudge over the “jus primae noctis”
    If football had been around in the medieval times half the Scottish team would’ve been eligible to play for England…………probably.

    Whether Arsenal actually sign Madison or White remains doubtful, but what is not in any doubt is that if they do sign, it’ll be on disproportionately large wages.

    The Arteta/Klopp comparisons have died down recently a bit ( I’m guessing maybe because since Trump’s political demise and his social media bans shame has been rediscovered) but all of the Klopp’s key Liverpool signings have been on relatively modest wages, which is usually a sign of players wanting to play for someone for reasons other than just big pay raise.

  25. Nelson

    “Their is a view that he will be looking for a massive up lift from his current £110 k per week pay.”
    —————————————————————————————————————–

    Every player knows that Arsenal will offer high wages. I read that we have almost triple TP’s wages.

  26. Pierre

    I wouldn’t look too deep into England’s performance last night.
    For me it was all psychological, England went into the game with the mind set of not losing and it showed in their performance as a draw is enough to see us through to the qualifying stages

    If England had needed a win we would have seen a completely different mind set going into the game…
    The handbrake should come off v Czech as it may prove important to win the group.

  27. PhD2020

    DissenterJune 19, 2021 08:19:35
    How many international manager were top club managers?

    ——-
    The most obvious one that springs to mind is Vicente Del Bosque for Real Madrid and the Spanish National Team- WC 2008 & Euros 2012.

    -Rinus Michels-Dutch Team-1974 World Cup Finalists & Euro Winners 1988.
    At club level-Barca &Ajax.

    -Guus Hindink-Russian National Coach-Euro 2008 semi finalists;South Korea-WC 2002-4th place;Holland-1998-4th place.
    At club level-PSV & Chelsea trophies.

  28. Kaz

    England needed some Saka magic against Scotland, no idea what bringing on Rashford was supposed to achieve?

    DCL would have been the better sub.

  29. Nelson

    If England wins the group, he’ll meet teams from group F (France, Portugal or Germany)
    If England finishes 2nd, he’ll meet teams from group E (Sweden, Slovakia or Spain)

    You pick your poison.

  30. Marc

    If England win the group don’t they play most of their remaining matches at Wembley though?

    Home advantage vs difficult opponents.

  31. Almuniasaynomore

    Dedicated to our beloved management team, wherever they may be.
    ‘Summer Holiday’ Cliff Richard
    They’re all gone on a Summer holiday
    No more working for Artedu
    Fun and laughter on their Summer holiday
    No new players for me or you
    For a month or two

    They’re hanging on to their jobs tightly
    We’re gonna see if the rumours are true
    The window feels like a movie
    We’ve all seen a time or two

    Every wee body has a Summer holiday
    It’s meant to last just a week or two
    But our new season is six months away
    Thanks to the genius of Artedu
    Our season’s split in two…….

  32. Nelson

    England played yesterday at Wembley. It didn’t seem to help them much. Instead they seemed to be infected by the Arteta decease, too many side passes and back passes.

  33. Marc

    Almunia

    Mate keep this up and you’ll be able to do a couple of nights at the Emirates.

    It’ll be more entertaining that Arteta’s football.

  34. Almuniasaynomore

    I’ll be honest lads,I don’t get to watch nearly as much football as I’d like/used to. Arsenal games aside I don’t see other teams too often so I don’t know my Bissouma from my Anguissa. Hence I won’t contribute rubbish to the debates,but I like reading what you lads write, you’re very informative. There are styles/ types of players I like but I don’t know enough contemporary versions of Santi for example. So you lads keep up the good work and I’ll amuse myself with the tunes.

  35. Foxy

    My wife who rarely watches football but did go to to Southend matches as a kid in the early 70s summed up England yesterday as boring too slow and too many backwards passes. good thing she doesn’t watch Arsenal under Arteta!

  36. David.D

    Pierre
    Totally agree with the lack of playing time for Balogun latter stages of last season.
    I have to admit Edu played a blinder getting him to sign a new contract with us because if I was his agent I wouldn’t be putting my faith in Arteta.
    Thankfully he did sign and he must have been promised minutes next season.
    This is why one or two of Eddie and Laca will leave.
    There is no way Balogun will tolerate that treatment next season.
    I was so excited when Arteta took over.
    Really won me over with his first press conference
    That faith in him has all but deteriorated.
    Too cautious for my liking and his man management with certain players stinks.
    Non negotiable bullshit but Willian got played despite going to Dubai.

  37. Useroz

    Seriously being positive doesnt come with ave a license for being unrealistic during one TW, especially with well known, and glaring issues in specific areas of the first team.

    Assuming for one.moment the infamous Christmas table has some shreds of credence to it. In which case, as many touted all over the place that our robust and notable defense was 3rd in the very competitive EPL 👏👏

    So obviously buying another 50m CB should get us to become the best or 2nd best in defence next season?!

    Now, where are the much needed goals and assists coming from?? We have hardly any creativity nor goals from the placid midfield, and I’d submit the order of conducting business is critical.. That’s exactly why there’s a word like *priority* in the dictionary.

    Media reports Kroenke sanctioned a £250m spend…if you believe it. Nevertheless we must sell just to cut down on the bloated squad even if we don’t need to raise funds from sales.

    Buying a 40/50m CB absolutely comprises our flexibility to procure 2 to 3 good to great young-ish midfielders. Arteta’s appetite for mature players is appalling. It gives perception to self serving purposes rather than Arsenal longer term (3 years say) interests. With an rubbish DoF like Edu there’s no gatekeeping to speak of, let alone strategic recruitment plan for the next 3 years.

    The irony is some call for Edu to not let Arteta buy so and so… Come on , Arteta is NOT under Edu. Both report to the equally inept Vinai when Arteta got the undeserved promotion.

    2 weeks or so in ,and not one of the dross is out the door. Wuro cant be an excuse. Did Arteta mean he’d ruthlessly keep his favorites when talking ruthless?

  38. Jamie

    “swear every time I see Torriera play today for Uruguay, I remember that comment about his short stumpy legs”

    What do you remember every time you see Kante play?

  39. Globalgunner

    Jamie. Lots of people get their opinions from what they are told on TV instead of using eyes and brain to form their own

  40. China1

    The thing that sets saka aside from the vast majority of other very talented players is his intelligence

    I’m an arsenal fan and I’m biased, but I would put him straight in this England team. He’s smarter than any of the others and the talent is all there

  41. Chris

    Far too conservative from England last night, we have seen far more energetic and passionate displays against Scotland in the past. Last night the team lacked guile as well as determination. Overall a bit of a borefest.

    Southgate still far too defensive minded on my opinion.

  42. Chris

    It’s hard to have faith in England progressing past a France, Italy or Portugal. It’’s hard to be too optimistic about it coming home.

  43. Chris

    It’s amazing to see the Hungarian crowd bouncing in unison behind the goal, all taken for granted before COVID.

    Hopefully we will see full crowds as planned in England next season.

  44. Tom

    “Home field did make a difference.“

    It sure did.
    VAR and Oliver didn’t have the balls to give France the pen in the dying minutes.
    Love how the fouling players feign injury and even with halve a dozen of camera angles they get away with it.

  45. CG

    Tom

    “””:Barca paying $150 million for Dembele makes Pepe Arsenal transfer a good value””””

    Think, The Fat Spiv was behind both deals.

    How do these people get these jobs??

  46. WengerEagle

    Ought to be a cracker here as it is a must win for ze Germans, in front of their own fans.

    Also is a must not lose for Portugal so expect Germany to take the game to them.

    Think Portugal will get a result.

  47. WengerEagle

    Weird thing about this Euros though is that 4 of the 6 Third placed teams will qualify for the last 16.

    So Germany can actually even lose this and still potentially qualify by beating Hungary if other groups go their way.

  48. Chris

    I see Ginter is playing that right sided centre back/midfielder that seems to be all the rage, of memory serves we were linked with him quite a few times in the past?

    With Germany having to go for it now it should make for an entertaining game. Great counter attacking goal for Portugal, remains my favourite type of goal.

  49. Batistuta

    Excellent counter there. Ronaldo just incredible.

    Like i said after their first game, its basically just the double pivot sitting and allowing the front four do their thing

  50. S Asoa

    Serge Gnabry illustration of throwing the babies with the bathwater. If it was not for Edu persuasion we would have Balogan as well because of another tinpot’s stupidity

  51. raptora

    Bernardo is what we need. He will make our play tick. Sign him instead of Maddison.

    Bernardo, Anguissa, Dumfries, Lokonga, Onana and we’re crusing. If our manager wasn’t Arteta I’d say that team could achieve something big.

  52. Tom

    WE
    Can’t stand the hyperbole dished out by American commentators around all sporting events not just football.
    Every Olympian has to have a compelling human interest story for his or her gold medal to be truly worthy.

    I’d take the English style match commentary over the American one any day.
    From former footballers Efan Ekoku is my personal favorite.

  53. Nelson

    “They just showed the VAR stop screen like 1 min ago. I guess it wasn’t an offside. Not that they can’t manipulate it.”
    ————————————————————————————————————–

    The hand was offside. I guess it doesn’t count.

  54. WengerEagle

    Tom

    It’s the only thing that I do not like about the NBA of which I am a huge fan.

    There is zero transparency between the players/coaches and the media/public. Americans need it all on a plate and those human interest stories/narratives as you say.

    Between in-dressing room post-match reporters which is unheard of in football, to multiple in-game interviews with the coaches to mandatory players press conferences.

    Half the time they literally are talking about the players’s personalities and personal lives more than the actual game itself, always found it strange but I suppose it’s much more tailores towards entertainment hence the exaggeration and invention of drama/storylines.

  55. The backpass

    Semedo really is a very poor player, I really wanted him to surprise those who labelled him as a shockingly bad player. I now see why most Portuguese fans said they preferred Cedric with cancelo out.

    Santos is pretty much anti football, very negative style of play, despite the caliber of players he has at his disposal.