SATURDAY ROUND-UP

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This will just be a rapid round-up today because I spent many hours on that Ben White piece yesterday which everyone thought was the best thing they’ve ever read… in the world.

The Xhaka move is edging along at a snail’s pace. The latest from Italy is the deal will be announced at the end of the Euros. Fantastic if it happens, whatever the price.

Arsenal has nearly reached a deal with Mavropanos for a loan to perm move that could total £5m. Now, I understand that Europe is broke, but I cannot fathom why we can’t land more money than that for a player that is young, starting games in a good German side, who one of the best scouts in the world really rates. The only thing I can imagine here is the sell-on clause is something disgusting?

Let’s be honest, there’s a way to go before Arsenal are in Liverpool’s league for selling on duffers for mega-money.

The selling doesn’t stop there. Big rumours in Italy that Torreira is going to find his way to Lazio in a deal worth about £18m. Look, let’s be honest, he was a bit shit, Adam’s data proved out that he was the worst of our midfielders, I’m just happy to land a fee at this point. A misfire, but one you could tolerate because it looked clever and had data that sat behind it.

The dirty rumour that is doing the rounds is the Rob Holding is attracting a lot of interest from 5 Premier League clubs for his services. Now, I like Rob Holding, but the limitations are clear. Moving on a player of his standard is something Arsenal rarely do though. We ship out the best and the worst, but never players doing an above-average job. I’m not totally sold on this happening, but it wouldn’t surprise me because something has to give in that centre-back pile-up we have at the moment.

Any concerns that Pierre is going to take the gaming seat like Ozil did and bum around for his last 2 seasons has been put to the sword. Pictures emerged of him in Mykonos with their team getting some fitness practice in for the new season. I think there’s a really simple equation out there next season: Maintain the defensive solidity of last season and get Auba back to 25 goals and you are going to be right in the mixer for top 4. Auba very much performs to his xG. Give him chances and he will score. Fingers crossed he gets back to his best this summer.

Kieran Tierney, future captain, hero to the working glass, god on the left… has signed a new 5 year deal with Arsenal. I think this is a superb piece of news. If we’re looking for positive signs about the project at Arsenal, look no further than 1) We’re mostly tying down important players after 5 years of being very bad at that, Bravo to Edu 2) Players we want to keep are bought into whatever is going on at Arsenal. You can listen to the noise that says we’re making a grave error with our managerial approach, or you can look at who has put pen to paper… Saka, Martinelli, Tierney, Auba… next up, ESR.

FINALLY, Londoners can land themselves a covid jab at the stadium. So book here. Outside of being protected from a nasty virus, the main side-effect is feeling supremely smug about life. It takes a couple of weeks to hit peak… but honestly, what a feeling. Protect yourself and finally feel comfortable attending those cosplay events you’ve been missing you massive nerds.

See you in the comments. x

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Mark S

Good morning, Le Grove!

Gonsterous

ESR for CAM

Mark S

Spend some f’ing money!!!!

Mark S

Tr4phy

Mark S

Back to my money comment….

But not too much…don’t be unreasonable! (I kid…I kid.)

The life of an Arsenal fan. We’re mad when we don’t spend…and we’re mad when we spend too much.

Mark S

Have a great Saturday everyone, and enjoy the Euros!

Karsa

Sell Chambers. He couldn’t outjump Stirling.

Northbanker

Rumour mill stating that Villa coming back with a higher bid for ESR. Quite outrageous if true – we may have fallen a bit but even now we’re still a better and bigger club than Villa and it is getting to the insulting stage now. Lets start a noisy bidding war for Jack Grealish

andy1886

Bit worried that you mentioned Ozil and Pierre in the same sentence. Could be a bit like saying beetlejuice three times…

NJ Gooner

number 9, the new 5th?

raptora

Pedro, As I said, still time to see the big plan in Arteta/Edu’s mind. But last Summer I didn’t see a plan. And this Summer we chase both Buendia and Odegaard and it’s just full of mixed signals. If we are going towards City’s style of play, they played a midfield 3 of Rodri, Gundogan and KDB. If we assume that we have one starting midfielder, from the 3 we need, that’s Partey. Who is Partey in City’s midfield? Gundogan? City’s top scorer with 17 goals? KDB? Please. He must be Rodrior Fernandinho before him, as Partey is an all… Read more »

Moray

Villa need to wake up. A bit of cash doesn’t suddenly stop you from being shot, unless it’s man city levels.

MidwestGun

Happy Saturday.. y’all.. Bit worrying that I believe Pedro meant to say Auba but since he mentioned Ozil it came out …. Pierre.

Haha I can understand the mistake as basically Ozil is Pierre.

Tom

Bale is still head and shoulders above

Nick

Le Grove how is Ben White worth three times what we sell Granit Xakha for?

Mr Serge

I am surprised how low the fee was for mavro especially as it’s to mislintat there should be s premium if he wants any of our players

MidwestGun

Lot of stories on the internetz.. about this Isak… striker dude. and Edu wanting to spend 60 mill.. on him, release clause.

If we don’t have a serious wad of cash to spend this summer.. then Edu and Arteta are doing a tremendous job of pretending that they do… that’s all I know.

raptora

As I see it, we either play with defensively capable midfielders like Partey and Anguissa, and in that case we focus an AM similar to the profile of Buendia, hungry for goals.
Or we play with Partey sitting in Rodri’s position, with someone like Gundogan/Ramsey providing offensive help to Odegaard.

Neves, Partey, Odegaard will give us a similar goal total to this season.

Mr Serge

Nick xhaka is shit that’s why absolutely dog crap hated watching his slow bullshit mistake ridden play for the last 5 seasons

Jamie

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

raptora

Wales look like conceding from a set piece.

Pedro

Raptora, there was a plan last summer but there was little money.

We signed a centre back that could compete in the air because we were terrible from set peices.

We signed a dominant central midfielder that could give us press resistance and power

We attempted to sign an experienced operator to give us goals and assists (fail)

We attempted to sign a creator (not enough money) (added one in January)

There is a very clear plan of where the club is moving.

MidwestGun

Jamie yep I know… I still think it was, a Freudian thing …. rarely do people call him Pierre… PEA, Auba… all kind of things but never that.

Pedro

… and to add to the plan.

Part of the strategy this summer is to limit errors in the system. Luiz and Xhaka will be gone.

We’re also exiting players that are damaged and in need of upgrade.

‘I don’t see the plan’ doesn’t apply this summer.

raptora

Wales pls…

MidwestGun

Wow…. Beauty of a goal..! Denmark on the score sheet.

S Asoa

Denmark up 1-0
These guys are charged since Erikson

Champagne Charlie

Former Le Grove hype beast Dolberg with a beauty

MidwestGun

Perfect amount of bend and power….. inch perfect.

andy1886

Fuck Denmark. Come on the Welsh!

MidwestGun

Andy … ya… but how do you really feel? hahaha

Madhu

We should ask villa to ship Grealish plus 30 M for ESR. No need to get upset with their bid just ask your price. That’s how much we value our ESR.

raptora

Pedro, There was no money, yet we declined money for AMN. It’s a bad excuse and you know it. How is this summer all that different to last? Our main source of sales is shaping around Xhaka, AMN, Nketiah, Holding, Willock, we could have sold them last season and we chose not to. We don’t even have European money to rely on, compared to last season. That you believe that this Summer window will be different to lasts, has nothing to do with the fact that last Summer was a failure cause it was. Do you like a potential midfield… Read more »

Almuniasaynomore

You’re dead right Andy. What have the Danes ever done for us?

Tom

Dolberg overcoming a major hardship of having his €60k watch stolen to score for Danes.
What courage…

Radio Raheem

Good writeup as always Pedro but you’ve gone all Chemical Ali in your defence of the shitshow that’s Arteta-Edu lately 😂😂

Sid

Welsh is so arousing while Danish girls are uptight, thats helped me decide who to supporr for the match.

Rich

MidWestGun

The Isak signing wouldn’t surprise me, no slight on the player who I know little about, but we already have:

Aubameyang, Lacazette, Balogun, Martinelli, Nketiah

We spent a fortune keeping Aubameyang here last summer, we’ve recently renewed Balogun + Martinelli

Signing another striker within 12 months of that, with another 5 currently on our books, is the type of thing we’d do

Squad planning, squad balance or cohesive thinking, isn’t our strong point

Tom

“You’re dead right Andy. What have the Danes ever done for us?“

Only remind us of life’s fragility, hello?

If you don’t cheer for that you’re a horrible human being.

andy1886

Almunia, Danish pastries?

Radio Raheem

Welsh Giroud out of the quarters then.

andy1886

Sorry Tom, felt sorry for Erikson but that’s no reason to support the Danes.

Chris

Wales have got no foothold in the game whatsoever right now. They are struggling to keep the ball and get out of their own half other than the long ball to the target man up front. Looking tough for them. The Danes looking confident and comfortable.

raptora

I thought Wales will have a real go Vs Denmark. Nothing over yet, but first half has been a one-way traffic.

Almuniasaynomore

Yeah well Danish pastries obviously. But aside from that what have the Danes ever done for us?

Tom

Andy, I know sarcasm can be difficult to convey sometimes but I actually don’t give a shot about the Danes, or Eriksen, now that he’s he’s all right.

I’m for Wales

MidwestGun

Rich… I agree it’s a strange link… unless we are pretty sure we are moving out Lacazette.

I do think we need to address our lack of output across the front line.. but it wouldn’t be my highest priority.. Regardless.. 50 mill for White, 60 mill for Isak, 25 mill for Camavinga.. We aren’t acting like a Club with no money .. so I guess that’s a good thing. Kind of shocking actually. We will see what actually happens.

andy1886

Almunia, Bacon? Nice crispy bacon!

Tom, Don’t mention Erikson! Did it once but I think that you got away with it.

Almuniasaynomore

Eh ehm,alright then. I’ll give you Danish pastries and crispy bacon. But aside from culinary delights what have the danes ever done for us?

andy1886

Almunia – hosted the greatest (and our last winning) European CWC Final in 1994?

MidwestGun

I got no skin in this game.. so I don’t care who wins to be honest. That was a beautiful goal, though.

But Denmark did give us Lego’s … what we would we do without Lego, Batman movies?

Mr Serge

Imagine Sid talking to a girl
Sid
You are so arousing it’s made my mind up to take you out
Girl
Fuck off weirdo

Rich

I want reparations from the Danish, for the Danish conquest back in 1016

Most of my problems come from the fact my ancestors were invaded, and even though nobody currently living in Denmark, is in anyway responsible for what happened back in 1016

For £100,000:000 I’m still willing to let bygones be bygones, and forgive the Danish people for not putting a stop to the barbaric things that happened over a thousand years before they were even born

Almuniasaynomore

Ok but aside from providing top class sports stadia,tasty food,carlsberg,Vikings,Hans Christian Anderson, Niklas Bendtner, John Jensen,the Schmeichels, Olsens, Laudrups and Mads Mikkelsen, what have they ever done for us? Fuck em Andy. I’m calling a meeting immediately.

Mr Serge

Come on Denmark fuck bale

alexanderhenry

Great little feature on Saka on bbc.

Mr Serge

The Welsh would revel in us being knocked out not as bad as the Scots though

englandsbest

Villa’s bid for ESR ain’t serious. It’s just to let Jack G know he won’t be missed. The offer will go up and up and up to £40 mill…50…60… Makes their fans happy, too. We should counterattack with a massive bid and huge pay-packet for their GK.

Globalgunner

Wales looking like the pub team that they are

andy1886

Almunia, well Scarlett Johansson’s dad was Danish. Good enough for me!

Mr Serge

What a mistake

raptora

Heartbreaking…

Pedro

Dolbert, what a hero

Chris

Should have been a free kick to Wales in the build up? Shocking defending though after.

Radio Raheem

*Comical Ali not Chemical Ali*

Globalgunner

Welsh commiting Hari-kari in their own box

S Asoa

Wales are well cooked. 0-2 down

MidwestGun

Wow… epic clearance error.

raptora

What an assist!

Avi

Denmark by far the better team, not sure how they’ve only managed a goal, should be more tbf

Pedro

Rich, seeking out reparations to get The Arsenal back to the top… beautiful stuff

Radio Raheem

Yep was a foul on Welsh Giroud

raptora

VAR should have disallowed the goal as there was a foul not given by the ref.

S Asoa

England’s best
Making a huge bod for Aston Villa GK will make Arsenal look infantile . Arteta will definitely have none of it.

Mr Serge

Raporta that’s not what var is for

Almuniasaynomore

Andy,
Didn’t know that,all is forgiven……

raptora

That’s as clear and obvious a foul as it gets loool

andy1886

Not a big enough sample to say the Villa GK is better than Leno…

raptora

Wales robbed.

Mr Serge

Gutted for Wales not

andy1886

Lol, Bale took that off the head of Moore who was in a much better position.

andy1886

Serge, don’t diss the Welsh (bar old top-knot). Remember the welsh archers at Agincourt?

raptora

Wales assistant Stuivenberg, equally clueless at Wales’ bench as at Arsenal’s.

Mr Serge

andy1886June 26, 2021 18:14:29
Serge, don’t diss the Welsh (bar old top-knot). Remember the welsh archers at Agincourt?

A bit before my time 😃

raptora

Sid’s post was hilarious…

Chris

Apparently Rafa Benitez is set to be announced as new Everton manager next week. Perky surprised he would betray his Liverpool loyalties to go there, however he still has a restaurant and a property in the city apparently, and being backed financially at Everton with a new stadium on the horizon must be appealing. I think he would do well there, we all know what you get with Rafa ie the defensive nous which would benefit Everton but also the wealth of experience and success at the top level in a similar vein to Ancelotti albeit not quite as successful.… Read more »

andy1886

Serge, ask Pierre, he remembers.

Mr Serge

Andy I would but he would somehow slip ozil n the conversation and I will fall asleep

andy1886

Talking of players who have a punchable face I give you Mr Hojberg.

andy1886

Serge, probably right, the English and Welsh won the battle but Ozil scored an assist.

MidwestGun

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the Welsh Army still consists of a couple hundred dudes with bows and arrows… 600 years later.

Anyhow… If Ramsey is going to go into Rambo mode… he needs to start now.

andy1886

“’m gonna go out on a limb and say the Welsh Army still consists of a couple hundred dudes with bows and arrows… 600 years later.”

Still more than enough to force an Italian surrender.

andy1886

Oh well, at least the Welsh lasted longer than Matt Hancock.

Mr Serge

I thought it was the French that were surrender monkeys

englandsbest

Reading the moaners on here, you have to feel sorry for Arteta. Most of what he is blamed for was caused by what happened long before he became coach/manager. Okay, he made a few mistakes, but they are miniscule compared with those made by Wenger. RvP, Sanchez, Ramsey, Ozil…and that is just scratching the surface of the mess Wenger made, and mostly left behind. Now compare that with what Wenger inherited. The worst of the mess that Wenger left is that it was so deeply embedded – in he wage structure, the contracts, the lack of commitment, the (lack of)… Read more »

MidwestGun

MMMmmm Italians do like a good strategic, withdrawl.

Why fight when you can just take over a country later with an organized crime syndicate? That’s what I always say..

Kroenkephobe

Lurpak and lego. Ibsen was Danish right? The only glimmer in the boyo’s impending defeat is that the 4 spud players involved (bale, davies, rodon and hojberg) have all been shite. Terrible game. Almunia Remember that awful 80s track solid by Ashford and Simpson… And now we’re solid, solid at the back. Xhaka’s going to Roma With Ben White we can relax relax relax relax Solid… Just like Sid’s cock The pain is over Like the career of Matt Hancock Hancock Hancock Hancock Hot off the press that one. The geezer has just resigned which is code for Bojo kicking… Read more »

Matt

I actually don’t think anyone blames Arteta for anything that happened before he joined. Everything he is blamed for is all on him.

andy1886

EB – Nearly a hundred posts and maybe two or three mention Arteta. Methinks you had that one ready to go regardless of what the actual comments were saying! Agenda!!!!

andy1886

Is changing sides the same as surrendering? No wonder they love football, they get to change direction every single game!

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