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Here. We. Go.

Arsenal are the prime target for all the hot goss this window because Mikel Arteta broke all his Ikea crockery and DEMANDED we go shopping at John Lewis.

The Dusan Vlahovic story seems hot online, I have no idea what the real deal is, but as expected, the fees that were being spoken about yesterday are now starting to come into line with something a little more realistic. Italian Sky reporting Fiorentina would like a shit ton of money, but they’d deal at 55m Euros plus Lucas Torreira. That’s quite the climb down from 69m euros yesterday.

Mikel Arteta once again reiterated in his press conference that every player he speaks to wants to join the club.

‘Historically, this club has been targeting the best players in the world and the best players in the world were always interested to come here’

… so let’s be real here if we are talking to Dusan, we’re not begging for his services. Edu and Arteta rarely miss and seem to do their homework, if the deal is progressing, it’s because they know the player wants a piece of it.

My suspicions are not very insightful.

  • Dusan Vlahovic wants a good deal.
  • Fiorentina wants a good deal.
  • There is only one club that will deal in January, which is Arsenal.
  • If another club comes in, the money goes up for all parties.

Johnny made a good analogy in the podcast about trying to do your pulling business before the lights go up. I think Vlahovic’s team is doing a last scan around the bar before making the decision to leave with the only offer.

Quick Spurs interlude. Matt Law reckons Barca couldn’t believe any club would pay the fee Spurs dropped for Emerson Royal. Lol, remember Arsenal fans losing their shit that we’d signed Tomi over him? I do.

The next deal the transfer accounts are talking about is Arthur Melo of Brazil. He’s a #8, 25 yrs old, he’s capped, he’s at Juve, played at Barca, was part of a mad swap deal massively overvalued him and Pjanic. He sound look like a good boy, there have been behavior issues with booze in the past, but he certainly has a lot of talent, finesse, and raw power. He was savaged for being a bit of a boring safe player to watch at Barca; without meaning to be rude, he sounds quite Xhaka-ish. Secure, not particularly adventurous, but I guess that’s what Arteta needs in that role. It’s a weird signing, but I guess we have to keep reminding ourselves… this is an emergency cover option, not the future of our midfield.

News on outgoing players is: BALOGUN HAS LEFT THE BUILDING.

He’s moved to Boro as they chase promotion under the excellent coaching of Chris Wilder.

I like this move for many reasons.

  1. Balogun is a mature adult. No sulking. He’s just cracking on with his future and he’ll go to the most northern parts of England to fulfill his potential.  This is his Huddersfield moment, we all know he can go to the top, now he needs to use this time to sharpen, grow bully boy teeth, and get some confidence.
  2. Chris Wilder is a great coach. What he did with Sheffield United was nothing short of a miracle. He’s progressive, he likes young players, he will make Balogun a star.
  3. Wilder has long had a football crush on Balogun. He likes the players, tried to signing him at Sheff U, which means this move isn’t a panic… it’s strategic. When a coach likes a player, they play them.

Arteta said Eddie is staying at the club, we’ll see there. If Palace comes in with a fee, it’d be hard to say no to it. The player wants big dollar, close to £100k a week, I’m not sure Palace are going to offer that. So his best bet if it’s about money, will be to wait and see who is there with a signing on bonus this summer. Rumours are French and German clubs want a piece of the action.

Talking football…

Arteta is going to seriously need to consider more rotation as we head into the back half of the season. Sambi Lokonga is a top player, but like any player, if he doesn’t get minutes, he’ll struggle when called upon. Arsenal played him on a long stretch of games until November the 27th, then we didn’t really see him until Nottingham Forest last week. The best managers in the league make everyone feel involved. I know we don’t have the depth of other sides, but come on, we have to be fair to Lokonga, he was part of that winning run, dropping him for 6 weeks wasn’t smart. There’s a lot on the line this season, but we’ll be better equipped to deal with bad moments if more players are trusted to take on minutes.

Nuno Tavares apparently reacted very well to the early sub. Arteta said he didn’t complain and that moments like this make the best people stronger. I really hope that’s the case, we won’t find out until we need him, because KT will need a rest at some point. Hopefully Nuno can come back fighting and play as well as he did at the start of the season.

Right, that’s me done. Have fun in the comments. x


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  1. Unoni


    Maybe but I just don’t rate Guendouzi that highly
    Wenger had a far better midfielder in wilshere and if anything wenger took his career the other way. Should have built the team around Jack

  2. Unoni


    He wasn’t a crock until he was over used was he?
    He was the best young mid in the world along with Pogba
    Light years above Guendouzi

  3. raptora

    Guendouzi has started 25 out 27 games for the Liverpool of France, he’s 22 yo and was called to one of the strongest National team in the world.

    We have given him away for £9.3m. WHICH IS NOT AN OPTION according to L’Equipe. It’s an obligation to buy as long as Marseille don’t get relegated which is absurd because they are sitting on a tied 2nd place with a game in hand.

    Guendouzi for 9m when we are rocking the place with Xhaka, Elneny, who isn’t even available in the time we need him the most, and Lokonga who was twice as expensive. At the moment we have around 1 CM available. Courtesy of Arteta.

  4. Jamie

    “Messi and mbappe on free
    Lacazette and sanchez on a free”

    Ben White £50m
    Tomi £20m
    Ode – £35m
    Ramsdale £30m

    What a fucking dumb game.

  5. Unoni


    I’m not sure Wenger ever said there would be no big money transfers. Wasn’t it more along the lines of Bosman transfers and swaps becoming more frequent?
    You’re right though, pointless game

  6. Unoni

    Literally the two most valuable players in the world going on a free within a year but absolute stratospheric levels of denial taking place

  7. Unoni


    I’d take xakha over Guendouzi. We also have partey ESR Odegaard and lakonga with more incoming.
    Not sure our midfield has regressed since ejecting Guendouzi.

  8. Unoni

    B Kamara

    All set to run their contract out in 6 months

  9. raptora

    “He wasn’t a crock until he was over used was he?”

    He had 1 season of EPL football in 2010/11 before he got injured in the Summer during an Emirates Cup game. He got injured once, and he never recovered. He played 0 games in 2011/12 and he was never the same player again. How could Wenger build his team around him? He was injured more than half the time. And he got injured after 1 season of football.

    Cesc had 100 games for us by the time Wilshere got injured with 60 games.

    Hardly Wenger’s fault Wilshere’s playstyle was with lower body weight, keeping the ball close to his feet and he wasn’t smart enough to move his foot away before a dangerous contact was about to happen. Not saying that it’s always possible, obviously it’s not, but smart players know when to jump or just not go into a challenge. Else careers end prematurely like it happened with Jack. I wouldn’t blame Wenger one bit for Wilshere’s sad career.

  10. Pierre

    Sanchez without Ozil was never the same player.

    Ozil without Sanchez was never the same player.

    From day one they were a match made in heaven, Sanchez craves the ball in the right areas and Ozil was happy to oblige.

    I look at Martinelli and see him developing into a sanchez type player .
    Endless energy , comes alive in front of goal, can be frustrating at times but he is a player that needs feeding, the more you feed him the better decisions he will make.

    At present he is living on scraps as Odegaard plays more on the right centre and too much of the play goes theough Odegaard, consequently Martinelli doesn’t see enough of the ball as Odegaard predominantly favours Saka.

    Smith rowe is the player that will lift Martinelli’s game if given the chance, he gives it quick and early and rarely has more than 2 touches unless he is running with the ball.

    Martinelli standing on the touchline on half way line is a waste of his pace and excellent running off the ball..

  11. Unoni


    I agree that we haven’t made the most of the players available to sell in the market
    Could have had £35-£40m for AMN and Nketiah if we were decisive while stock was high
    Similar to torriera and Guendouzi, could have made £40m plus had we done it the right way
    Didn’t change my opinion on Guendouzi as a player though

  12. Unoni


    I agree martinelli does remind me of sanchez
    If we can find a way to get Odegaard and ESR feeding him while keeping Saka on the field we could have the most fearsome forward like in the world

  13. IAT-Robbie

    “Our worst form always coincided with Koscielney being out. We went out of Europa twice due to him being injured”

    Kos was a great servant to the club. I don’t care about how he left as he was simply standing up for himself.

    However, he always did have an individual mistake in him. Don’t forget that he was also responsible for an error which led to us conceding the away goal in the Europa home fixture against Atletico. Even if he had not been injured in the away fixture and the score finished 0-0, we would have been knocked out anyway.

  14. Unoni


    I’ve done the Wilshere debate to death. Mixture of bad luck and over playing. He over played cesc too. Which is why he burned out before 30, not without his one long term injury issues before leaving us

  15. Raulishuss

    Isn’t it time to just hand the dumbest poster award to bamford clone aka raptora? The liverpool of france? How stupid is this guy?

  16. raptora

    Many examples of players being finished by the time they turn 30, and also many examples of players being still quality deep into their 30s. It’s got to do with far too many variables to be sure what’s the reason for the early decline of a player compared to another player. I don’t think it’s reasonable to put it all on playing top football from an early age.

  17. Unoni


    In most cases, players who excelled as teenagers and were overplayed burned out before 30
    Fowler Owen Rooney pato cesc Jack cassano.
    The ones who lasted were nurtured. Becks scholes Rio gerrard Lampard all grew into the team more gradually and were protected. Young players need to be taken out of the team for stints for their own development Especially in the premier league.

  18. raptora

    “Sanchez admitted Ozil was a dream player for him.””

    Funny that Ozil picked Di Maria ahead of Alexis in his dream team XI but found a place for Santi in it.

  19. IAT-Robbie


    Luiz might be the more accomplished player but we definitely got the worst version of him here at Arsenal. Which is what matters. The rate that he made errors, conceded penalties and got red cards at Arsenal was quite worrying.

    I definitely agree about Guendouzi though. For all of Lokonga’s good qualities and potential, I’m yet to see how he has been an upgrade on what Douzi provided us. I also have never seen Sambi take control of a game the way Douzi did for us against Aston Villa, Chelsea and Spurs.

    Many people were complaining that Sambi was “hiding” in the game against Nottingham Forest. I don’t see Guendouzi doing that. His courage was probably his best attribute.

  20. Unoni


    3 games in 2 seasons where he did more than be tofu in possession doesn’t warrant such acclaim for me.
    For a lad who never hid, he sure didn’t stand out much on the field

  21. IAT-Robbie


    Out of your list of free agents. I think Kamara and Kessie would be transformative signings for our midfield. Either player can play as a lone pivot or in a double pivot. Kessie, especially, is very versatile and can play whatever role is required of him.

    As for Douzi, I don’t expect you to agree but I think it’s a fair point. He did have more good games for us than just those three but those were standout performances for me. You say Douzi was tofu in possession, which was true at times, but doesn’t Sambi have the same weakness?

    I can point to at least two matches, Liverpool and Crystal Palace, where Sambi was caught in possession in dangerous areas.