PANIC PREMIUM, BUT NOT FOR ARSENAL

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We’re entering the final 24 hours of the transfer window it’s all a bit flat when it comes to exit fees.

Good news:

Balogun is out the door for $42m. There’s a 17.5% sell on clause according to Charles Watts, that’s decent, and it is basically the premium we’re missing from a Chelsea bid for the player. I have no doubt Folarin will crush it in Monaco, it is yet to be seen whether he has what it takes to make it back to the Premier League. The shame is if he was exiting Monaco to Chelsea, the fee would be £60m.

Nuno Tavares still hasn’t found a move, though it looking more and more likely it’ll be a loan to Forest. Quite annoying that we’re being pushed into loan deals while Newcastle, City, and Chelsea are flogging untested kids for fortunes. I wonder if the market reputation we have for giving away players has been hard to shift? When we’re in the market late – it’s always a panic premium. When Arsenal sell late – it’s a giveaway. Not great.

Emile Smith Rowe has been lighting up the feeds. The player is out of favor at Arsenal and there is strong word he wants to exit to get more minutes. Chelsea apparently put their name into the mixer, but we rebuffed them. At this late hour, it seems unlikely we’re going to see him exit. On the one hand,  I like that, but on the other, I feel for him because it’s hard to see how he displaces the faves of Fabio and Kai.

There are three other players that still haven’t moved. Rob Holding has Mallorca and Sevilla interested in his services, he’s definitely not getting minutes. Nico Pepe can’t even get a move to Saudi and looks to be heading to termination land. Cedric Soares might get a reprieve because we don’t seem to have a right-back lined up. That said, Tomi and Ben White can cover right back. So who knows.

My big question: What did we do with Saudi? They have hoovered up our rivals’ mistakes all summer – and apparently just offered £118m for Mo Salah. They haven’t touched any of our cast-off options. Why?

Then factor in that Chelsea just spent £45m on Cole Palmer – it is maddening that we’re not doing better with some of our players.

What I have found super interesting is how some fans are suddenly down on our window. This window has been exceptional by any standards. We replaced Granit Xhaka, we added the best young 6 in the league for a record fee, we upgraded out keeper, and we added a beast right back. You can’t complain about that – you can be angry that Timber is injured, but that is an outrageous window regardless.

It doesn’t feel like we’re going to get a right back. There’s chat that Reull Walters might get the nod. But realistically, I think we can cover with the flex we have in the system already. Partey, White, and Tomi is more than enough when you consider the make-up of the squad.

Right, short one today, will bounce back if there’s anything else that needs to be spoken about!

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Mikel Coneteta

Dissenter

I say that because you’re the clown who continues to shit on Jesus at every opportunity. Couldn’t even give Eddie his props without mentioning Jesus for some backhanded nonsense.

Now dragging Havertz into the mix, shameless as ever.

Marko

Well done to Nketiah. Still wanted him gone this summer but I think an English call up was warranted

Dissenter

Mikel
I brought Jesus into the conversation because Artea brings him in when he’s not full ready even when other players like Eddie and Trossard are in better form.

Mikel Coneteta

Because Jesus is levels above them both. It’s like bringing Saliba back into the mix over Holding and Tomiyasu.

Jesus raises our ceiling. It’s obvious to anyone with eyes the last 12 months, but youre always front and centre pretending he’s not even all that as a CF. It’s pathetic.

dSidstathopoulos

The only way Southgate and England achieve anything, is if Nketiah replaces Kane as CF.

TT

The comments section on this blog is becoming unreadable due to trolls and negativity.

andy1886

Guess we know the score, mention a superfan’s favourite in anything less than glowing terms and you’re a bad fan. If by contrast they disparage a player they don’t appreciate then that’s perfectly reasonable. Sensible people know that for decades fans have had opinions on players which they could articulate without their fandom being questioned (I remember one who abused Niall Quinn on a regular basis for example). Typical internet big time Charlies.

Marko

I think england are set for a bit of a lean spell up top when Kane retires. Can’t really think of someone coming through that can step up

Dissenter

Mikel “Jesus raises our ceiling. It’s obvious to anyone with eyes the last 12 months, but youre always front and centre pretending he’s not even all that as a CF. It’s pathetic.” I recall when people were chatting shit about the two chances Eddie missed against Palace I wondered back then if Jesus would have scored any of those chances too. Listen, Jesus is a world class footballer, anywhere you put him in the offence, he would be above proficient, but he’s not a better finisher than Eddie. He scores in clusters, huffs a lot as a number 9 and… Read more »

Zacharse

andy1886August 31, 2023 15:59:16
Guess we know the score, mention a superfan’s favourite in anything less than glowing terms and you’re a bad fan.

are you saying debate and argument shouldn’t be a part of this blog?

David

Wonder if Wenger had some part to play in building a fortress to keep the agents away. While all these fees bandied about sounds impressive and makes us look bad, the agent fee component is seldom discussed.

andy1886

“Are you saying debate and argument shouldn’t be a part of this blog?”

Quite the opposite. People should be able to have an opinion and be able to debate without having their fandom questioned by those who consider themselves ‘real’ fans.

I figure that resorting to insults is an attempt to hide the fact that people can’t make a logical case for their position.

X haka

Well played Eddie for England call up.

MidwestGun

I don’t mind debate, arguments, even trolling if it’s humorous. But I could really do without the constant condescending and patronizing comments, calling everyone clowns, idiots, or unhappy or depressed.

I’m none of those things just because I think Havertz isn’t the best option for example. Or If I don’t constantly praise Eddie or Ramsdale.

I don’t need to be talked at like I’m a child no matter what your opinion is. If it isn’t something you would say to my face without getting punched in the head then don’t say it.

Nigel Tufnel

China, Consistently one of the most honest posters here. You were missed when you were not around for a while. You know I clearly said I love Saka before giving him most of the blame for the draw. That’s just being honest and fair. Same with Martinelli, I’ve been critical of his performance so far, but I still love him and see all that he brings to the team. You can be a fan/supporter and still be critical at times. Idiots like edthered only show up after dropped points to hate on Arteta. I support him as much as any… Read more »

dSidstathopoulos

I will Not give up offering my measured, inspired and deeply insightful opinion to le grovers.
I have worked under tougher conditions than le grove.

Mr Serge

Where they showing the draw ?

Mr Serge

dSidstathopoulosAugust 31, 2023 16:43:04
I will Not give up offering my measured, inspired and deeply insightful opinion to le grovers.
I have worked under tougher conditions than le grove.

When did you get out of Guantanamo bay Sid?

Madhu

Smith rowe to Brighton. It’s reported that they are ready to pay 30-40 M. Good money and good team for ESR to play in. May be works out for him considering he is not getting any minutes here.

dSidstathopoulos

The day before you got bukkake from me

MidwestGun

Where would the world be without Sid’s opinions ? A far less endowed place … I bet.

Zacharse

dSidstathopoulosAugust 31, 2023 16:50:57
The day before you got bukkake from me
🤣

Mics_

Fabrizio Romano suggesting Smith Rowe not close to leaving this summer. Hope he’s right on this one, ESR has always seemed to have sky high potential to me. Now for Arteta to give him a chance….

Mikel Coneteta

Dissenter

Care to back up your claims with actual numbers? Because you tend to duck conversations when facts are put on the table.

Eddie scored horribly below his xG last season, so this killer 9 you’re talking up is something fanciful. The creative 9 that Jesus is however, is both obvious and measurable.

Guns of Hackney

CL draw coming up. Guaranteed we’ll get a group of ‘death’. PSG, Barca an Eastern European team, maybe a Greek one.

Played 6, draw 1, lose 5.

You heard it here first.

Zacharse

Mics_August 31, 2023 16:55:51
Fabrizio Romano suggesting Smith Rowe not close to leaving this summer. Hope he’s right on this one, ESR has always seemed to have sky high potential to me. Now for Arteta to give him a chance….

never believed it for a second. everyone was worried about the same shit w martinelli/arteta a few yrs ago…. now? not so much

Mr Serge

We can’t have PSG and Barca they are in the same pot

I am going for Feynord Braga and young boys as our opposition

Guns of Hackney

Meh. I haven’t done any research.

MidwestGun

Come on Hackney … you haven’t done any research .. ? I find that shocking.. hahaha

MidwestGun

Champion’s League with the obligatory sucking up to Man Cheaty.

Hoksilato

Apparently Edu at the CL draw, man is so cold that close to deadline day….

Tom

“Fabrizio Romano suggesting Smith Rowe not close to leaving this summer. Hope he’s right on this one, ESR has always seemed to have sky high potential to me. Now for Arteta to give him a chance….“

I blame Smith Rowe for not ” banging “ on Arteta’s door, which he clearly said that’s what players needed to do on their way to a “50 goal 72 game season”

MidwestGun

I’d take Feynoord Group.

I think all the teams directors are at the draw to be fair. Habs.

Luteo Guenreira

Grouped with Bayern again!

Mr Serge

We got Seville

Mr Serge

No Bayern

Luteo Guenreira

Whoops I misunderstood the draw. I think it’s Sevilla??

Rich

Sevilla

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Seville it is

MidwestGun

I pretty much expect us to get drawn versus Bayern to be honest. And here we go… Sevilla.. not bad..

LoveSausage

That’s a brilliant draw.

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

Harry kane for United

MidwestGun

United get Bayern… haha about time.

Kadibia

UCL Draw already looking favourable with Sevilla from Pot 1

Rich

Being in with Sevilla is good, it means we can’t get Real Sociedad out of pot 4

EdTheRed

And there was me this morning enjoying genuine Sevilla orange marmalade on toast. It was a clear sign, obviously 🙂

Mr Serge

True Rich nice

Kadibia

Would be nice to avoid AC Milan from Pot 3. Give us Red Star Belgrade

Ben D

Watched PSV v Rangers both legs, and they are a good footballing team. I don’t want them

Mr Serge

Psv

LoveSausage

Our group is shaping up nicely.

MidwestGun

PSV hmmm not bad.

Luteo Guenreira

PSV was a tough two games in the Europa last season, one of the tougher pot 3 teams.

Kadibia

PSV would be tough

Ben D

Hmmmm. And we draw PSV. Won’t be an easy game

Marko

Sevilla and our bogey team PSV

Mr Serge

No gakpo no xavi this season and we beat them comfortably at home last season

Jamie

We should top this group without too much fuss.

LoveSausage

PSV is a decent team but I’d take them over Milan, Lazio or Shakhtar. We couldn’t have asked for much more than this.

Habesha Gooner

It is a really good draw so far considering the other options. We couldnt have asked for better.

LoveSausage

Pot 4 has a few teams that can do damage.

Luteo Guenreira

Feel like we’re gonna get Galatasaray from pot 4. Lucas Torreira and Zaha over there will be a couple familiar faces.

Leftside

Happy with this so far. Just can’t wait to hear the music at the Emirates again. Been far too long.

Mr Serge

Wow group of death Newcastle

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Kadibia

Group F already the group of death. PSG, Dortmund and AC Milan. Imagine Newcastle there.

LoveSausage

Fucking hell, the beheaders will get their asses handed to them.

GoonerB

Oh Newcastle are fucked

Mr Serge

No gala woop

Habesha Gooner

Neewcastle have to fight off AC milan, PSG and Dortmund. That is as tough as it gets for a group stage.

Kadibia

Wow!!! I called it. Newcastle in Group F. Damn!!!

Mr Serge

City group is easy

MidwestGun

Yep.. avoided the obvious big dogs… it’s the CL.. so any team is decent.

LoveSausage

Oh, that’s fucking brilliant! Did Josh slip some envelopes under hotel room doors?

Luteo Guenreira

This is a pretty tasty draw for us.

Habesha Gooner

Lens for us. We have to qualify. This is as easy as it could have been for us. Last 16 minimum.

Marko

Happy to get Lens should be a good game

Kadibia

That group of ours is tricky

Mr Serge

Decent draw for us we should qualify

MidwestGun

Group F is a bitch. haha

Marko

The Newcastle group is hilarious

MidwestGun

Think we did pretty well.. was expecting a lot worse.

Jamie

Let’s qualify top nice and early so we can rest Saka before he breaks.

Ben D

We should get out of this group comfortably. PSV is probably the hardest match there

Josip Skoblar

We are in a relatively easy group. Barca is in the easiest group.

Luteo Guenreira

Group A: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Copenhagen, Galatasaray
Group B: Sevilla, Arsenal, PSV, Lens
Group C: Napoli, Real Madrid, Braga, Union Berlin
Group D: Benfica, Inter Milan, Red Bull Salzburg, Real Sociedad
Group E: Feyenoord, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Celtic
Group F: Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, Newcastle United
Group G: Manchester City, RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade, Young Boys
Group H: Barcelona, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Royal Antwerp

Fire

The away games will be tricky to navigate. Psv, Lens and Sevilla are no mugs at home.
All the teams will be banking on home form to get over the line.

Josip Skoblar

Thé PSG group is really tough!

Dissenter

Hopefully we’ll still be in the CL come winter of 2024.

Fire

Spare a thought for poor Eddie Howe. Real baptism of fire for those shirtless, potbellied barcodes

Rich

“Let’s qualify top nice and early so we can rest Saka before he breaks.”

Jamie…. Who are you kidding?…. This is going to Match-Day 6, that’s not how we roll.

Leftside

City with their customary easy group

Josip Skoblar

RC Lens were superb last season but they look a spent force this season due to poor recruitment. They have not replaced Openda, their goal scorer, and they currently play without a number 9.

Danny S

It’s been a great window, but I can’t help thinking it would have been better without Kai. Maybe getting another LB and putting Zinny in the midfield. Or playing Partey and Rice.

I hate that it’s possible we could become a Chelsea joke yet again, and we’ve also helped them with FFP.

But time will tell.

TT

Looks a very good draw for us. No eastern Europa team and no real long haul flights.

Hoksilato

Good group, quite balanced…no heavyweights but no mugs/”guaranteed 6 pts teams” either in my view. Won’t be able to rotate to the extreme though especially away from home.

Mr Serge

Lens currently 15th having sold their best striker and midfielder and badly recruited
Seville currently bottom of Spanish league with all 3 losses and have all their players up for sale

TheBayingMob

“What I have found super interesting is how some fans are suddenly down on our window” I”m not sure I’m down on the window on the whole, but there are two points to this 1) Fans love a last minute deal and being involved in that, it’s transfer opioids; ultimately those last minutes deals normally give you constipation at some point but fans LOVE IT. 2) More importantly, with Timber going down like he did we figured it was early in the window to go do a Plan B or C, but we haven’t done that but we have also… Read more »

Habesha Gooner

Our CL group honestly looks like a Europa league group. I cant lie. Sevilla won the Europa league. But domestically they have been crap for the past year and half. Lens sold their best players in Openda and Fofana. Although they have signed the likes of Wahi. And PSV have also sold their best players in Simons and Gakpo.

There are no excuses for us. We should top that group.