RODGERS WANTS THE DEAL DONE

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Well good morning to you ALL!

The Lionesses, amirite?

What an incredible win. Against Germany. In front of a record crowd of 87,000. With an extra-time winner that didn’t look like it was going to go our way.

I don’t watch a lot of women’s football but that certainly inspired me to do so this season. Will this be a tipping point for the game in general? Will that success create household names like the Women have in America? Hopefully. I was at a conference recently listening to football owners talk about the Women’s game and they said there is a path to profitability and you will see massive growth over the next 10 years. That is superb news, it’s taken a long time, I hope those players are revelling in what they just achieved. MAGNIFICO!

Right, onto The Arsenal.

Lucas Torreira finally exited Arsenal for a whopping £6m. Matt from the podcast made a great point, it’s not that we’re bad at selling, it’s that we were terrible at buying. LT exiting means that every single signing made by Sven Mislintat has exited. No diamond players in that batch, were there?

Gone too soon or gone too late?

Ben Knapper has been pulling strings like Vanessa Carlton. Flo Balogun is NOT going to the Premier League, he’s heading to Ligue 1 to replace Hugo Ekitiké who moved from Reims to PSG. I like this move. I’m not sure Balogun would make the starting 11 at many Premier League clubs, so it makes sense that he goes to an easier league that allows BIG talents to flourish. Hopefully he finds goals, gets a bit of culture, and comes back a very confident player next season.

Nuno Tavares made his debut for Marseille, got sent off almost immediately, had the decision overturned by VAR, then put on a masterclass of attacking play. If Igor Tudor can coach him this season, we could have a really tasty left back next season. Nuno might come to slot in for Kieran Tierney who I suspect will exit next year.

The slowest most inevitable transfer of all time, Youri Tielemans, still hasn’t moved. This is what Brendan had to say.

“There is that possibility (he leaves) but there has not been anything for him, we haven’t had any approaches to the club yet on that. Of course it is in the back of the mind, that sort of what if scenario, but he doesn’t want anything to drag on either”

That sounds like a ‘pull your faarking finger out, Arsenal’ type of message. I would love to see a midfielder before Friday, doesn’t feel like it’ll happen if there hasn’t been an offer yet.

There’s still no news on the winger we have in mind to do what we wanted of Raphinha. Coady Gakpo’s name has been ringing around the internet, the tall wide player has all the raw ingredients to succeed, and at £22m, it might be a gamble worth taking. What do you get tho… Marc Overmars or Ryan Babel? I kind of think the winger will be someone that has NOW special sauce. Not a player we’ll need to wait a year to reap rewards.

… but, I’ve been wrong plenty of times before.

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200 Responses to “RODGERS WANTS THE DEAL DONE”

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  1. Nigel Tufnel

    Thats right Bob.

    Nobody who can score like Emile will be overlooked purposely..

    All the front 3 will be shifting sides, moving fluidly through matches. No one will be nailed left, right, or center .. look where Jesus picked up Whites long pass wide left before his goal… or Martinelli running down the right for Xhakas long through ball.

    Keep defenders off balance with versatility.

    If Smith Rowe is fit, he’ll be 3rd choice behind Martinelli and Saka, so he should get plenty of chances to prove himself.

    We know he has the talent. Just need him on the pitch for 90 (or close) once in a while.

  2. Marko

    If Smith Rowe is fit, he’ll be 3rd choice behind Martinelli and Saka…Just need him on the pitch for 90 (or close) once in a while.

    So marginalized

  3. Un

    Esr will get plenty of game time once he’s fully fit
    Arteta didn’t give him the no10 for no reason
    He’s taken big strides under Arteta and he will know the value of a guy who brought 10 goals in half a season

  4. Positive pete

    Torreirra went for £7.5 ( which inc add ons) as I understand it.The diff is marginal I know.”But every little helps” to quote a behemoth supermarket chain.Thro in the£8 million from Leno & it’s over half the likely Tielemans fee £25 million.which is what I’m hoping will seal the deal.If there is one.

  5. Marko

    Right you’re not getting it though lets just say hypothetically we bring in another winger and he’s not a pile of shite and on top of Martinelli, Saka, Vieira, Gabriel and Nketiah in the front 3 how could he not suffer minutes wise.

  6. Zacharse

    leno and torr gone, mari up next going to italy, nothing on bellerin…looking like thats a canceled contract. we end the window w those 4 gone it’s good one way or the other

  7. TR7

    Leno £ 100K per week
    Mari £85K per week
    Torrera £75K per week

    If we can sell all 3 on permanent deals we save close to £12M on wages per year on top of £20M combined transfer fee. Hoepfully enough funds and savings to bring in one quality CM.

  8. Pierre

    Un
    “Esr will get plenty of game time once he’s fully fit
    Arteta didn’t give him the no10 for no reason”

    I’m not sure i can see Arteta dropping Odegaard for smith rowe anytime soon , not in the league anyway.

    In fact I would go as far to say that off the ball I’m not sure smith rowe is an Arteta type player, as he will never be a player that will press with intensity, so don’t be surprised to see him moved on within the next year or so, unless he gets a chance this season due to injury(possible) poor results( possible) , lack of goals/creativity (doubtful) , and he takes his chance to impress , similar to the 20/21 season when he saved Arteta from the sack with some exhilarating performances .

  9. Pierre

    Marko
    “Right you’re not getting it though lets just say hypothetically we bring in another winger and he’s not a pile of shite and on top of Martinelli, Saka, Vieira, Gabriel and Nketiah in the front 3 how could he not suffer minutes wise.”

    100% correct
    The writing would be on the wall for smith rowe.

  10. TR7

    Odegaard is not a great off the ball player either and his pressing is meh. Honestly for me ESR is a better all round footballer than Ode. It’s a shame Arteta prefers the Norwegian to ESR.

  11. Crimson

    Carney Chukwuemeka going to Chelsea. Would of liked him, but they are paying him close to 100 grand a week for an unproven young kid who hasn’t played a full season.

    I can see Balogun bossing it in France. (Isn’t there a loan limit abroad? )

    Still want Wijnaldum and Tielemans. Loan Lokonga and Patino, Azeez, Norton-cuffy.
    Cedric can cover for 1 season

  12. Pierre

    Serge
    “Ode is going to be immense this season with willing runners in front of him his stats will shoot up”

    You could be right , though despite beating sevilla 6-0 with willing runners up front , Odegaard failed to register an assist or a goal.

    He did play well though, maybe he will never be that player who provides the killer pass.

    A killer pass is like the one produced by Walsh for the England ladies first goal in the euro final , inch perfect, weighted to perfection, split the defence on 2, a 100% killer pass

  13. TR7

    Ramsdale

    Tomi –Saliba — Gabriel –Zinchenko

    —–Partey —-Odegaard/Viera—–

    Saka —-ESR—— Martinelli—

    ——Jesus ———-

    My preferred line up and combination

  14. Crimson

    The Xhaka interview is a slightly interesting read.
    Our captain in all but name.

    Anyone excited for the Amazon doc?
    I fear its gonna be cringe just a PR stunt. Although it will be interesting to watch, probably just 5 minutes of actual proper content.

  15. englandsbest

    We all want cover in every position, sufficient depth in numbers to deal with absentees, fatigue, etc. so let’s not worry about ESR getting games. If he’s fit and able, he’ll get plenty.

  16. Crimson

    Nunos debut for Marseille was fun.
    Cazorla needs to come back! Player\coach for under 23s?
    I like Saka as the penalty taker
    Predictions for the end of season is pointless

  17. tonga

    TR7
    Odegaard is not a great off the ball player either and his pressing is meh. Honestly for me ESR is a better all round footballer than Ode. It’s a shame Arteta prefers the Norwegian to ESR.

    Fundamentally different types of players and given the make-up of the rest of the team, Ode is a much better fit. ESR is not that great a passer – his specialty is more running with the ball on counters or accelerating play with 1-2s or a quick turn. That’s why he plays on the wing. I see Ode as an David Silva type vs. ESR as a KDB type – with neither at the same levels of course.

    ESR could have definitely played more last season if he was fit, since he offers more goal threat which we lacked last season. Which is why your comment that “Odegaard is not a great off the ball player either and his pressing is meh.” makes absolutely no sense. Ode has fantastic work rate and energy, as anyone who has seen them live can tell you. ESR just does not look that fit – niggling injuries aside, he looks like he still hasn’t fully cut out his Nando’s obsession. Even when he starts, he looks gassed after 60 mins.

    ESR scored a lot of goals last season though, which definitely levels things between them as far as his other shortcomings go. But we need to see this season whether that was a purple patch in terms of finishing or a true step up. If he can continue in the same vein, then he’ll have way more opportunities with the Europa games, 5 subs, and a stronger overall team (no need to bring on Holding and Elneny every game to close out narrow leads).

  18. Ivan

    Whats all the fuss about ESR?
    Theres plenty of matches this season and 5 sub rule.

    Bearing in mind his fitness problems this is ideal situation for him.

    Club and Arteta obviously have ESR in high regard hence no10 and Villa offer rebuffed.

    He will get plenty of game time without added pressure to carry burden of being in the spotlight week in week out as a nailed on starter that must perform 8/10 every match.

    With EL this season he has oportunity to regain match sharpness slowly without being in jeopardy to get under too much pressure that would derail his progress. In EL group stage if fit he will probably be a starter, and with 5 subs there is plenty of oportunities from the bench.

  19. Habesha Gooner

    Chukwuemeka joining Chelsea for 15 mil. I don’t know what these young players are thinking. Hutchison and now Cuhukwuemeka. They should have went to Dortmund or the Bundesliga or somewhere else if this was about advancing their Career. Sancho, Moussa Diaby, Nkinku all went the same way and now they are superstars. I guess it is a short career and you have to think about money too. But they will be sold to a lower team in a few years time because they never got the opportunity.

  20. bacaryisgod

    Pierre

    ‘A killer pass is like the one produced by Walsh for the England ladies first goal in the euro final , inch perfect, weighted to perfection, split the defence on 2, a 100% killer pass’

    Word is it that Keira Walsh is giong to run down her Man City contract until they end up paying her off to move to Fenerbahce. Sorry-couldn’t resist.

  21. Pierre

    Crimson
    “The Xhaka interview is a slightly interesting read.
    Our captain in all but name.”

    It was noticeable that in the pre match huddle before the sevilla game that it was Xhaka giving the pep talk and not our “captain”..

    Didn’t xhaka refuse the arm band at one point last season.

  22. Wicked Willy

    Pierre

    He didn’t refuse the armband. That was clarified at the time. It’s a great example of hearsay turning into ‘fact’

  23. Havyn

    Marking
    Marginalise the one who scores (ESR) and play those who don’t score but flashy and pray that Jesus and Saka can deliver all our goals. Without ESR goals, we would have finished 7th or 8th.

  24. Habesha Gooner

    Ornstein just tweeted the Leno deal. It is a joke to be honest. 3 mil upfront+ 1 mil based on appearances, 2 mil if Fulham stay up, and 2 mil if Fulham stay up for two seasons.

    That means we will get 4 mil if he plays all season. The other 4 is dependent on Fulham staying up. FFS. We better have a sell on clause if they do get relegated this coming season.

    The only saving grace is the wages we will be saving from him. 100k a week. The 5 mil saved for the season. We are having a fire sale and a lot of teams will get bargains from us.

    I can now see why Mancity sold to Chelsea and Arsenal, no one is buying players for huge fees. Apart from the Premier league, the traditional big clubs in Italy, Germany and Spain there hasn’t been a lot of signings above €20 mil. Ajax have spent some of their money, Atalanta have spent €25 mil on Demiral other than that it is for insignificant fees. It is a buyer’s market. Even Barcelona are trying to negotiate termination with Depay because no one will pay for him. This is the list incase you guys were wondering

    https://www.transfermarkt.com/transfers/saisontransfers/statistik/top/plus/0/galerie/0?saison_id=2022&transferfenster=sommertransfers&land_id=&ausrichtung=&spielerposition_id=&altersklasse=&leihe=

  25. Dissenter

    European clubs have misspent for the better part of half a decade; huges fees and unsustainable wages
    There’s a glut in the market of place yes fitting that description. Too many players and few interested buyers – hence the low fees.
    Chelsea and United have a boat load of them too.

    It’s tedious reading people saying Leno is going too cheap, when they can’t identify any other suitors who would have paid more.

    There’s some type of recession in the transfer market of older and overpaid players. The market gets to reset itself every now and then.

  26. Mr Serge

    Habesha covid has ruined most clubs like you said only prem and top euro clubs can spend.

    The Leno deal is shit as is the LT deal bit we save a lot on wages and get some money at least

  27. bacaryisgod

    Dissenter

    Regarding Leno, I don’t doubt that it was the best available deal we could get for him. Having said that, I don’t see the logic of selling him for 4m plus a likely 5m in salary savings. There’s a minimum 11m difference between qualifying for The Champions League vs The Europa League and that’s before the extra payments get doled out for winning group games etc.

    We have almost as good a chance of advancing to The Champions League through winning the Europa League as we do by getting there via the top 4 in the Premier League. If you sent Turner out on loan to a quality Championship team you would essentially be offsetting a portion of Leno’s wages and getting Turner more experience in English football

    Leno could actually be the difference between us qualifying for the Champions League this season. Despite it being the best deal out there, we should have turned it down and kept Leno for his final season with us.

  28. raptora

    Oh my god!
    Leno for 4m?!?!?!? What the fuuuck?
    8m was already dirt cheap but 4m?
    31 yo Mignolet secured Pool a base 6.4m and 8.2m with add-ons to mother effin Brugge.
    We are selling a better keeper than Mignolet, year younger than him, to an EPL team and chances are we’re going to cash in 4m???
    Actually unbelievable!

  29. Le Sauce

    Tbf I was expecting 3 mil guaranteed fee for Runnarson and then some chump change in add ons, I guess we’ll have to tear up his contract then