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Matthias Ginter. Join the club Redknapp!

Morning all.

Sometimes you just have to hold your hands high and admit you were wrong and that’s just what Jamie Redknapp has done:

They (Arsenal) showed great resilience and Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker were magnificent at the back.

I was critical of Mertesacker when he arrived in the Premier League, but I have to take my hat off to him now.

He is so strong, great in the air and dominates strikers. He’s a proper defender and was crucial in keeping Tottenham at bay.

That’s just what I need to do too because whilst many around me were backing our big German, I was all keen for him gone and a quicker, more mobile defender to be signed up.

How wrong was I eh….

But it’s not just him, Laurent Koscielny has improved enormously too and together they have become our rock at the back. Bacary Sagnas form has returned again this season too and both Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs have proved themselves too.

Even Santi Cazorla’s defending has improved and I’m sure Iv’e seen him back in our own box or just outside it making a good tackle to win the ball, and on more than one occasion. Against Everton it was his defensive play which set up one of our goals, the fourth I think, so overall, every player seems to be putting a little more effort into protecting our goal.

God stuff eh!

Talking of younger and more mobile centre-backs, the name Matthias Ginter just won’t leave the press when it comes to who Arsenal are being linked with. He can play in the holding midfield position too apparently and he’s meant to be one of the next best things coming out of Germany and despite being only 20 years old, he’s already playing for his country albeit just the once.

Could he really be the player to finally fill the hole we all too often have in the midfield?

At 6′ 3″ tall, he’d certainly give us a lot more height and just maybe, he’s the man to replace Abou Diaby….

I wonder if Arsene Wenger thinks so………

Finally, good luck to the under 19′s who take on Barcelona tonight in the Uefa Youth League quarter-final.

That’s it for today, have a good one….

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261 Responses to Matthias Ginter. Join the club Redknapp!

  1. Adam says:

    Morning Rico and all. If Vermaelen is leaving I wouldn’t sell him in this country. I haven’t seen Ginter but we will need a quality replacement for sure.
    Wenger should have identified the players he intends to bring in, especially the 2 strikers we will need if Giroud’s wife gets her way and I really hope she does.

  2. rico says:

    Morning Adam.

    I see Fred is the name in the press today as it Batshuayi

  3. Lee says:

    Why would he do that Adam? Best to leave it until the last minute and then we’ll be able to pick up a bargain or two…..it’s only small matter of the World Cup in the summer!

  4. Gareth says:

    it was jamie redknapp

  5. Scott from Oz says:

    Morning guys.
    Ginter’s name did the rounds last time, did it not?
    Since he has played for Germany, he can not be too bad at all….kind of like BFG :)

  6. rico says:

    Adam has turned you into a cynic Lee, he did the same to me a while ago…. ;)

  7. Lee says:

    It’s just all so predictably boring…..

  8. Adam says:

    Lee. Sorry mate. I usually wake up with my sensible head on and grow more cynical as the day passes. You are of course right in asking why he would do that. It makes far too much sense. :)
    Spurs have given him a beautiful excuse for not buying too many players.

  9. Adam says:

    Rico. Cruel. :)

  10. Scott from Oz says:

    Damn, even i have had the odd negative day since you lot got your claws in lol

  11. rico says:

    Oops, thanks Gareth, I meant to write Jamie but for some reason wrote Harry ;)

  12. Gareth says:

    no worries mate!

  13. rico says:

    But true Adam… ;)

  14. Lee says:

    There was a joke there but I refrained Rico…. ;)

  15. rico says:

    We knew you’d see it the right way Scott, you just took your time ;)

    But Lee is right, the summer will just be like so many before, wait, wait and get left feeling let down and disappointed….

  16. Scott from Oz says:

    Rico, they are just minor moments of weakness :)

  17. rico says:

    That one went over my head Lee, maybe not a bad thing… ;)

  18. rico says:

    You wait until you’ve watched them live Scott, those moments will increase ;)

  19. Lee says:

    Phew…..

  20. Wavy says:

    A spending pot of £100m on players, so the Telegraph reckons, wages are included in that amount. Equals one £42m player and his wages over a four or five year contract. So one perhaps two in, or a load of small boys!!! Or other clubs rejects aka cheapies!
    Don’t think there will be many new faces around the training ground in September. It will be a case of make do and mend……..again
    Oh one new face…..Diaby a former French international, probably a steal!

    Morning all.

  21. Adam says:

    As long as he doesn’t buy Diego Costa. He’s shit.

  22. Adam says:

    And there’s always FFP to consider. :)

  23. rico says:

    Just £100 million Wavy, what about the rest I wonder….

  24. Scott from Oz says:

    Who’s this Costa, Adam, and why do you hate him so :)

  25. Lee says:

    Who does FFP play for? He sounds shit like Costa!!!

  26. Adam says:

    Scott. He runs a chain of coffee shops called Costa Coffee in this country and he is shit. Rico and Lee will confirm this.

  27. Adam says:

    How much would we get for Giroud?

  28. Scott from Oz says:

    So you hate coffee?
    Nah, there is more to it.
    Is he the latin lover your 3rd wife left for :)

  29. Scott from Oz says:

    Giroud would have to attract 15 million, i reckon.

  30. Woody says:

    Morning all – all this talk of transfers should really wait until the summer. Start stressing now and it will seem like the longest transfer window ever.

    We will see 3 signings this summer – for wenger that’s the magic number. He doesn’t believe I can add more than 3 without risking the balance of ur team…spurs anyone?

  31. Wavy says:

    I expect the rest has gone to good causes! The USA seem to have something of an economic crisis, I wonder if it has wound up there? Maybe it’s keeping a few poorly paid cowhands in employment!!

  32. rico says:

    How long is left on Giroud’s contract??

  33. BrainwashedKev says:

    Boring Boring Lucky Chelsea…

    COYFRRG(alatasaray)

  34. BrainwashedKev says:

    Morning All…

    Morning Rico, fantastic read, just off to read it… ;-)

  35. rico says:

    Morning Kev, few juicy tackles would be nice ;)

    Scott – Costa is shite…

    Woody, it’s hard not to talk about transfers….

  36. HenryB says:

    Nice one, Rico. :-)

    It’s interesting to hear the rumours about Ginter, and his main selling point seems to be that he has played a game for Germany, which is good, and that he is 6′ 3″ tall, which is so, so.

    The thing is we already have a 19 year old Nigerian U 21 international, Semi Ajayi who is 6′ 4″ tall and well thought of, and in addition we have the 19 year old, U 21 captain Isaac Hayden who is 6′ 2″ and has earned rave reports during the season.

    So we already seem well stocked with our own youngsters.

  37. rico says:

    :) Kev, you are such a toad… lol

  38. Scott from Oz says:

    Hahaha, Kev!

  39. rico says:

    Good points Hb but are they good enough or do their faces fit??

    Do you know if either will be playing tonight?

  40. BrainwashedKev says:

    Not sure rhat I can see Wenger splashing out more than £20 million on any one player.

    Ozil, increasingly, looks like the exception that proves the rule.

    So I don’t expect Wenger to sign any shit players like Costa, sadly.

    Ginter and his ilk look more likely.
    As far as wages are concerned, the club will be saving loads when Sagna, Vermaelen, Giroud, Bendtner and Fabianski leave, so the wages issue imho is a diversion and an excuse not to spend.

  41. BrainwashedKev says:

    Thank you Rico… :-P

  42. Scott from Oz says:

    We are soooo close to being a sensational squad……..

  43. rico says:

    I can’t see any big money spending either, well not on one player, especially after all the headlines Ozil has captured…

    Funny though, had he spent big on a striker to play ahead of him, those headlines wouldn’t be…

  44. rico says:

    Nipping off for an hour…

  45. BrainwashedKev says:

    Good points Henry, Olsson, Akpom, Hayden, Bellerin, Toral possibly, Campbell probably.

    That’s our new signings…

  46. bradster says:

    Hi All,

    I still feel that we never needed Ozil at the start of the season. I always wanted Gervinho and RVP to be replaced.
    We all wanted that enforcing DM and settled for Flamini because it was him or no one else.
    I actually wanted Fellani back then but thought he was way over priced. He would’ve been similar to Song with a better eye for goal from set pieces.

  47. snaparse says:

    nice read Rico and good afternoon everyone…I rate ginter and I think he would be a suberb addition ..the youth team game will be live on Eurosport for any body interested…will be a very good game for our boys to prove their worth..

  48. Adam says:

    I reckon £20 million for Giroud.

  49. potter says:

    Not if he forces the issue to go , We paid about £ 10 million for him , if we get £15 mill we will be lucky. Wife wants him back in France and that restricts our options.

  50. Adam says:

    Potter. The whole wife thing is not proved yet. It may be true but who knows? I think closer to £20 mill myself. I would sell him regardless of what his wife might or might not want. After all, there are no ‘other’ women in France.

  51. potter says:

    Maybe she will keep him on a leash and only let him out when she has too.

  52. rico says:

    Helo again all…

    £20 million for Giroud Adam, what you smokin? ;)

  53. Adam says:

    Rico. I am not saying what he is worth but rather what we could get.. It would include his quiff and old chap obviously. :)

  54. Afternoon all. I knew Merts would come good! My faith in him from day 1 has not been let down!

  55. HenryB says:

    Rico,

    I do not know who is in the U19s team to play Barca tonight, but the game is being shown live on British Eurosport and Eurosport Player on Tuesday from 5pm (UK time).

    Fingers crossed but it is going to be tough for our lads!

  56. Adam says:

    Rocky. I noticed that. Giroud too? :)

  57. ozgunner says:

    Adam – interesting how lightly he’s got off with it all – I remember the Ashley Cole incident, it was all over every paper for months haha – Guess the wife is no celebrity then?

  58. Fatgun-Ug says:

    Hi all. looking forward to a “few juicy tackles Vs Galatasary” nice one Rico

  59. Adam says:

    Oz. Apparently no congress took place. They were discussing haircare products.

  60. ozgunner says:

    ‘Arsenal to lure Wenger with 100m kitty’ – uumm think if we offered him 5m only he would be much happier :-)

  61. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Wow Adam, you rate Girouds old chap that highly?!

  62. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Piss off about Giroud Adam!! You know where I now stand on that issue!!

  63. ozgunner says:

    Adam – yeah in his underwear. Bikini wax maybe?

  64. Adam says:

    Oz. That is very cynical of you. I think you have fallen under Rico’s influence lately. :)

  65. Adam says:

    Rocky. I know mate. :)

  66. rico says:

    Quiff or no quiff Adam, I can’t see any club paying £20 million for him…

  67. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Can’t help thinking now thet whenever he has a bad game when we are away from home, that he has been up all night chopping into the local scrotes til all hours in the morning!

  68. Adam says:

    I couldn’t see any club paying £26 million for Soldado Rico. But I am chuffed they did.

  69. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Never know, PSG may come in for him… Could get 20m then!

  70. Gonerjoe says:

    Giroud only has to score 5-6 goals to finish the season in the mid twenties for the season. Why would any club want to ship out a striker with that kind of goal scoring record. Ok he may not be world class? but he’s no donkey. Just a thought who can Arsenal get to replace him that’s not tied in to a contract with Real,barca,munich or the oil money clubs.

  71. rico says:

    I think it was just me Rocky…. But I ca handle being wrong, I’m used to it… lol

  72. Adam says:

    Costa?
    Even though he’s shit of course.

  73. rockyrocastle07 says:

    I’m wondering why the sex-pests wife thinks anything will be better in France?! Are they a better, higher quality of scrote over there? Or maybe just the fact no-one would give a shite and it wouldn’t be all over the papers, making her look like a money-orientated woman who is desperate to hang onto the lifestyle of doing sod all for a living but living off his wages? Or is that just the cynic in me?!

  74. ozgunner says:

    Rico – Wenger will want a profit so will have to be over 15m Although i am 100% sure its all hot air – why would moving to France guarantee he’ll keep his wick only for the Mrs? – don’t French teams have away games then?

  75. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Its ok, we have Theo up front next season……

  76. Adam says:

    Rocky. That is just the glorious cynic in you. :)

  77. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Thought so Adam!!

  78. ozgunner says:

    off to work – catch ya all laters

  79. Lee says:

    Wilfried Umbongo is out of contract I hear….we could contact Roma about re-signing Gerwankstain, that’s us sorted!

  80. Lee says:

    £30m for Lamela now that’s a bargain!

  81. rico says:

    Good point Adam re Soldado… ;)

  82. Adam says:

    Lee. You’re a big fan of Giroud. I reckon he would be around £20 million in this inflated market.

  83. rico says:

    Fat Gun, I can hope ;)

  84. Adam says:

    Thank you Rico.

  85. Lee says:

    Those pricks wasted some serious dough on a plethora of South American pre-op transsexuals……fucking funny!

  86. Lee says:

    I seriously don’t think he’s that bad Adam, he should be our plan B not our no1 striker…….

  87. rico says:

    PSG want Ozil….

  88. Woody says:

    Just goes to show that spending money is only half the answer…

    Spurs really have shown how to go out and spunk £100m on not much.

    Also, while they have a fantastic team what have City got for their 200 squillion, billion they’ve spent?

    1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup and a Premiership they couldn’t win outright! And that’s taken 5 years!!

    1 League in 5 years, for that money!!!

  89. rico says:

    I have to agree with Lee, why sell Giroud, just sign a very different kind of striker who would give us more pace and then have Sanogo learning from both…

  90. rico says:

    Woody, I blame Mancini for that, he was like a kid in a sweet shop and just signed players for fun.

    My own view is Pelligrini will just make them stronger as the seasons go by..

  91. potter says:

    Apparently no congress took place. They were discussing haircare products. quote.

    Has Clinton’s lawyer crept out of the woodwork then ????????

  92. Adam says:

    Plan C and I might agree. :)
    For me he is so totally undynamic and slow that he negates Ozil and when he is fit, Theo too. He seldom runs behind the opposition’s defence and must be very easy to play against because defenders see everything he is doing happening in front of them. Anybody who watched Liverpool destroy Manu Utd with pace and swift transition could be in no doubt why we have taken a single point off of Man U this year. A really, really top striker would revolutionise us and stretch our opponents game. But that is just my opinion of course.

  93. rico says:

    Hb, thanks re your earlier, the match is set to record here…

  94. rico says:

    He did pretty well against a strong Everton defence though Adam…

  95. rico says:

    What a knob this bloke is…

    Audacious Nicklas Bendtner is looking for a staggering £104,000-a-week from his next club.

    The exiled Arsenal striker, 26, is looking for the exorbitant fee as he is out of contract in the summer which means the outfit that sign him will not have to pay a fee.

    Bendtner, on £52,000-a-week, has held talks with a string of clubs in England and abroad over the past year after finding himself surplus to requirements at the Emirates.

    Should he manage to land the salary he is after, he would be earning bigger wages than many of the established strikers in the Premier League.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/arsenal-transfer-news-nicklas-bendtner-3255804#ixzz2wJvjkibe
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  96. Adam says:

    Rico. Against Spurs in the PL earlier, he was MOTM. Against Everton he came on late but did ok. I am not saying that he is rubbish every game but I think that Wenger has conditioned us not to expect the best strikers. For me he is nowhere near the quality we need. I maintain that if we had bought Suarez as well as Ozil, we would be in a better position. We need a player of that sort of quality and we haven’t had one since RVP left. Gervinho, Chamakh, Giroud, Bendtner, Sanogo?

  97. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Rico… Sanogo could learn from Pele but he’d still be shit

  98. Woody says:

    The difference tho Adam is that Liverpool play with 2 up, which means that can do that more. We play 1 up with runners coming from deep and are harder to mark.

    For the way we play you need someone who can hold the ball up, which Giroud has done quite well this season – but not the last few games!!

    My view is that we need a different option upfront. Someone with real pace and trickery…Henry would be ideal…

    That way we have different options. We don’t play against United etc all the time, so when we play your Stokes etc Giroud might be the man for the job, but playing against United you’d want someone with more pace and more directness to attack the defenders.

    If we have 2 strikers that do the same thing, we have no different options when we’re struggling to break teams down so Giroud stays for me.

  99. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Woody – You say that, but Liverpool hardly found us hard to mark recently… Or Stoke!

  100. Woody says:

    No true, but they have battled problems at the back and they are constantly changing their formation.

    It’s good, it works for them, but whether or not they can do it next year in the CL is another matter.

    Also, they have only beaten us out of the top teams I think.

    One thing I know about us is that we have only just found defensive stability this last 12 months….it’s taken 8 years to find and I don’t want to lose it now by changing the balance of the team by going top heavy.

    Scoring is only a problem for us against big teams and thats generally because we are one dimensional.

    Thats what we need to change by having variety upfront.

  101. bradster says:

    Perhaps Giroud’s wife loved living in France and found the excuse to move back. Also, maybe she’s missing her flame there.

  102. Woody says:

    Also, I would point out that we beat Liverpool twice this year.

    Apart from a very rubbish 20 minutes that game was 1-1 for the last 70 minutes.

    We were simply awful at the beginning

  103. allezkev says:

    Scott if & when you are about.
    This is the sitch.

    We can’t do Monday.

    But we’re all ok for Wednesday evening.
    Let Rico know or leave a message on here Digger.

  104. rockyrocastle07 says:

    I agree Woody. But we hardly looked like scoring. Liverpool are now playing the way we used to with Henry up on his own, but Pires, Wilturd, Freddie, Reyes et al bombing on from midfield. The fact we haven’t come close to replacing Henry is what annoys me.

  105. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Yeah Sorry Scott / Kev… The guy who is buying my flat has arranged for a survey on Monday so I can’t make it as I need to work from home.

  106. Woody says:

    You can’t replace someone like that really, but year I agree.

    I find it so frustrating as well. But that’s my point we are predictable when we play big teams, they suss us out.

    You can sit watching knowing where the balls going…who’s going to pass to who. We need more variation and to do that you need different types of player.

    All teams fail to score…City couldn’t score at Norwich, Liverpool can’t beat any team in the top 4 apart from us once out of 3 attempts…

    Just because we drew a blank at Stoke and United – both teams that we have always struggled against isn’t the end of the world, but it does show a problem. and one that can be fixed by injected more pace and skill in to our attack.

    1 pacey tricket striker and 1 pacey tricky winger would do it for me.

    Players would be under more pressure for their spot and if somethings not working then CHANGE IT!!! and not on 71 minutes everytime

  107. rico says:

    I agree about Suarez Adam, or another pacey striker but if we are sitting here expecting to sell him for £20 million, then how much will it cost to replace him and sign a top quality striker.

  108. rico says:

    There’s something about Sanogo I like Rocky, he’s a way off yet but I think he might just come good…

  109. Woody says:

    I can understand that Rico, but with him and Giroud it doesn’t exactly fill you with excitement.

    You’d prefer 2 lighting scary attackers plus Giroud or Sanogo.

    Sanogo doesn’t look the fastest to me either…not lighting and his touch and turn is pretty slow. I think I’ve seen buses do 3 point turns quicker than he turns in the box.

    That said, I agree that there is something about it. So far we’ve only really seen it in the Liverpool performance though. He looked well out of place against Everton

  110. rico says:

    And a big strong pacey HM/DM/BtoB midfield man Woody…

    As much as I agree we have never truly replaced Henry, we’ve never replaced Vieira either….

  111. Woody says:

    Yeah I agree there. We do need a new DM – for me neither Flamini or Arteta would get in my starting 11 next season.

    It would be Ramsey plus a proper strong defensive midfielder to sit infront of the back four, but who can also play the ball out.

  112. Woody says:

    We won’t see more than 3 signings this Summer at best.

    1 x DM
    1 x Winger
    1 x Striker

  113. Adam says:

    Rico. Quality top strikers start at about £40 million and they earn the big bucks too. That is what Costa might cost. Perhaps £35M ?It would depend on who is in the market for him. For that you might be lucky enough to get that player that gets one chance in the 80th minute of a CL game and takes it.

  114. rico says:

    Woody, i’m not suggesting that honest, like all on here, I want to see AW sign a pacey striker – it’s a must imo.

    Then with Giroud, Campbell and Sanogo all doesn’t look quite so bad, not forgetting Akpom will soon be knocking on the door.

    Pacey striker
    Proper left sided winger
    DM/HM

    Those three imo must be signed as a minimum and that’s before replacing whoever leaves iike Sagna, Fabianski etc

  115. rico says:

    Adam, but what I am saying is if we sell Giroud, we have to replace him as well as signing someone like Costa…

  116. rico says:

    Ok, maybe sell Giroud and get Costa and Remy?

  117. rico says:

    No keeper Woody?

  118. Adam says:

    Rico. I know. It makes our transfer inactivity even more baffling doesn’t it?

  119. tsgh says:

    Afternoon Rico and all…

    totally agree on SC19… he is finally making tackles especially when he plays in-field…

    Ginter is off to BM imho… if he wanted to join us he would have joined us last summer when Le Coq joined the ‘black foresters’…

    Kev at 11:19 am I think W. Silva will be our speedster on the wings next season… he has it going forward not sure about his willingness to track back though…

  120. rico says:

    It does Adam…

    I’m sure Costa could very well end up in the PL but unless someone at the club shows a bit of ambition, he’ll be snapped up by another club pretty darn quickly.

    Soon as the Spanish league ends, get in there and activate the clause and get a deal done…

  121. rico says:

    Afternoon Ts.

  122. rico says:

    Why has Silva played so few matches this season I wonder?

  123. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Jesus, have we still got Wellington? I’d be amazed if he, Bellerin, Toral etc ever play in the full squad

  124. rico says:

    We sure have a few out there on loan Rocky.. 13 I think, including Djourou…

  125. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Wasn’t silva always being slated by his managers for being lazy and gorging on pizza?! That may be why… But I see from his tally of about 8 goals in 70 matches since he’s been on loan, he is JUST the kind of guy we need!

  126. rockyrocastle07 says:

    For the love of God. Djourou? I forgot that guy existed! And yet we are no doubt still paying for that mug?

  127. BrainwashedKev says:

    Wellington……

    Hmm, not sure about that one Ginge.

    Campbell seems to be the lad for that job.

    Miyaichi needs another loan, with an EPL club that’ll play him.

    As I said Ginge… Olsson, Akpom, Bellerin, Toral (?), Oh and Martinez (gk) are gonna fill in some of the vacancies….

  128. Woody says:

    Yeah a new keeper as well if flappy leaves.

    I have a feeling Sagan will stay, he’s too crucial at the moment.

    I would accept costa and rely to replace giroud, but I still think he gives us something different

  129. rico says:

    That’s the fella Rocky….

  130. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Miyaichi is never going to cut it at Arsenal either. I hope he does, but just can’t see it.

  131. goonster says:

    Morning folks a 100 million huh? I ll believe it when I see it. Hey rocky how us tricks?

  132. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Hi Goonster. Been a while. All good here ta. You?

  133. goonster says:

    Rocky your 2.18 made me spill my coffee. Buahahahaha.

  134. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Thanks mate!

  135. goonster says:

    I really don’t think arsene ll let giroud leave just yet. Maybe not for another five seasons.

  136. goonster says:

    It’s just not his style to buy a player and sell him 2 years later. Nah not when he is french.

  137. rockyrocastle07 says:

    He’ll let him go after a couple of dogshit years for us when he has no sell-on value whatsoever. Right, just off to brave the Post office on the Strand…. I may be some time.

  138. rico says:

    I hope so Woody re Sagna…

  139. rico says:

    Hi goonster….

  140. goonster says:

    Exactly rocky just like he tried to sell us the idea that shitmakh wad the reincarnation of Jean pierre Papin.

  141. potter says:

    I said weeks ago that we should not get optimistic about signings following the last minute splurge on Ozil . What ever we buy it will be within budget and as we have a few leaving for nothing it will only be wages that we are saving .I expect Campbell to come in so that won’t cost much , If Giroud goes that will give us a striker with another either box to box or back 4 if Vermaelen is off . I am not holding out hope for a record breaking spending spree.

  142. goonster says:

    Morning rico….take a bow maam. I see you finally admitted to writing of mertemonster too early. Welcome to the light.lol.

  143. goonster says:

    Spot on potter pretty sure that’s what Le scrooge is holding out for before he signs. Diego Simone please?

  144. BrainwashedKev says:

    Rocky, try Trafalgar Square post office.
    They’re pretty quick in there…

    Failing that, the South Pole… ;-)

  145. rico says:

    :) goonster…..

  146. rico says:

    Must dash, Fido needs a walk… Laters…

  147. Lee says:

    Optimistic about signings…not me at all!

  148. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Think it is the same one… just off William IV Street? Either way, it was less agg than I expected!

  149. goonster says:

    Hey grand pa kev…Gee kev brainwashed?? Really? ?

  150. Woody says:

    I think we all have different ideas about signings Lee and I doubt any of us will get what we want, but I think we should be putting all of our effort in to supporting the team for the remaining games this season.

    This could be our best season for years, so I think we need to put as much effort in to support the team as we expect each player to put in when they take to the field.

    Fans can and do make a huge difference.

    Anyone who’s been to Emirates when the atmosphere is negative will know what I mean…the Villa game springs to mind.

  151. Woody says:

    Ahhhh Goonster – another day in your life is over mate…how many days left?

  152. potter says:

    Failing that, the South Pole

    That only works at Christmas , rest of the year the service is pretty slow.

  153. Lee says:

    We can’t do anything but support the boys right now….and moan like fuck on here!

  154. goonster says:

    Gee woody am gonna be a father not morph into WATH.

  155. Woody says:

    Yep…

    We are generally quite a pessimistic bunch though us Arsenal fans.

    I’d think the one club that’s been through it worse than use over the last 10 years is Liverpool and here we are joint on points with them, we’ve had yet another CL campaign and they haven’t, we’re still in the FA Cup and they aren’t and yet they are much more positive about where they are compared to us.

    Yet we have the better squad, that imo, only needs a sprinkling of quality in a few areas to really make us a force in this league.

    They need to add depth for a CL campaign next year and make improvements for league and cup comps in the country…

    We are in a better position yet they are excited and positive.

    If you didn’t know better you’d think Arsenal are fighting relegation…

  156. Woody says:

    You’ve changed your tune since yesterday – glad to hear it :)

  157. goonster says:

    Adamant

  158. goonster says:

    I had too. Kev scared the crap out of me.

  159. Adam says:

    Hope you are well Stan and looking forward to becoming a father.

  160. goonster says:

    No Adam am not apparently it involves changing the diapers. Am no poop changer. Hell I need someone to change my when I cream.

  161. Lee says:

    Fuckers have won the CL though Woody!

  162. Adam says:

    Stan. That’s a really beautiful image.

  163. goonster says:

    You re welcome adam..lol

  164. Rick. says:

    Afternoon Rico and the House.
    I’m hearing good and bad news for the U19s.
    Serge and Chuba are both in the team but Hayden is injured.
    I was looking forward to seeing him in action today just to show how much he has improved. A massive blow for the team.

  165. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Something I’m not looking forward to either Stan!

  166. Woody says:

    Yeah but that was a bit flukey Lee – AC Milan through it away.

    Plus does that make up for all the dross…you can’t live on it forever.

  167. Lee says:

    I hate them with a passion….but I wish we had Suarez, he’s exactly the type of player we need right now!

  168. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Agreed Lee

  169. BrainwashedKev says:

    Yeah Rock, the same PO…

    Hey Stan, Big Daddy… ;-)

    Twins?
    Triplets?
    Sleepless nights. :-P
    No more nights out.
    No money.

    You’ll luv it mate… :-D

  170. goonster says:

    Bring it on kev….Am ready and if it gets too tough I ll make a break for it. Arnhem is never too far from me.

  171. rockyrocastle07 says:

    When’s the kid due, Stan?

  172. BrainwashedKev says:

    Drogba re-signing for the Chavs?

    Is that possible??

    Abramovitch could have caught a cold from Crimea.
    Here’s hoping…

  173. BrainwashedKev says:

    Rock, how long for you’s..?

  174. goonster says:

    Sometime this weekend….men am at my wits end. Look at my limbs quaking. God I need me a drink.

  175. Lee says:

    It gets better Stan……..unfortunately not for a few years, my five year old daughter woke me at 1.30am with a bad cough, got into bed fell asleep immediately but was coughing in her sleep!!!
    I woke at 4.50am in a my little pony adorned bedroom after about 30mins sleep…….the joys of parenthood!!!! :lol:

  176. goonster says:

    Ok now you guys are really trying to make me run.

  177. Lee says:

    Told my wife not decorate our bedroom like that…. ;)

  178. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Mine is due October 1st Kev

  179. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Haha! More of a Care Bears fan Lee??

  180. goonster says:

    Am not scared lee….I can take it. Gee even an old drunk like micko has a kid. It can’t be that hard. If he can do it so can I.

  181. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Good luck with it Stan!

  182. goonster says:

    Thanks rocky I guess this means no more old Hamptons road for me. Bummer.

  183. Woody says:

    Carzolra and Ramsey have just signed new contracts

  184. Lee says:

    Good news!

  185. Lee says:

    Stan, old Hamptons????

  186. goonster says:

    Carzola yes but ramsay I doubt it. Didn’t he just get an extension a few months back?

  187. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Do you mean Old Comptons Stan?!

  188. goonster says:

    Yeah lee you guys promised to take me there sometime. Remember? You adam rocky kev and micko.

  189. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Although I’m sure you could get a few Old Hamptons down Old Compton St….

  190. goonster says:

    Potato potata rocky…..

  191. Woody says:

    Zelalem also signs a new contract

  192. rockyrocastle07 says:

    2 VERY different things Stan!! Don’t go to old Compton st and ask for a Hampton!

  193. goonster says:

    Why not rocky? One good turn they say deserves another.

  194. rockyrocastle07 says:

    hmmmmmm…..

  195. goonster says:

    Exactly. .. .

  196. rockyrocastle07 says:

    dirty sod!

  197. rico says:

    Afternoon all…

    Good news re the contracts, come on Sagna, get and sign yours…

    Serge nearly got the kids a lead against barca…

  198. rico says:

    You soon to be a Dad Rocky??

  199. Rick says:

    Olsson missed pen

  200. rico says:

    An ‘Ozil’ moment Rick….

  201. Rick. says:

    Half Time 1-1 Serge .
    This is a very good Game .

  202. rico says:

    I’m going to watch it tomorrow Rick…

  203. bob john says:

    Barca youth tea. as horrible as their 1 st team

  204. Rick says:

    Brilliant Akpom get in

  205. rockyrocastle07 says:

    our youngsters do not look good.

  206. rockyrocastle07 says:

    And I’d love to smash the Barca keeper in the mouth.

  207. rockyrocastle07 says:

    Hi Rico. Sorry, popped off for a bit earlier (and off home in a sec). Yep, October the 1st if the due date is accurate!

  208. potter says:

    Agreed Rocky , it’s like watching the young players in the first team. Making poor choices and giving the ball away by passing without looking.

  209. BrainwashedKev says:

    Santiago signed until 2017
    Aaron signed until 2019

    Great news.

    October 1st… Nice one Rock.

    Stan, Old Compton St is right up your alley mate.

  210. rico says:

    Congratulations to you and Mrs Rocky. Wonderful news….

  211. BrainwashedKev says:

    I wonder if it written into the rules and regulations of UEFA, that the opponents of Barcelona MUST always have at least one player sent off…

  212. rico says:

    Just need Bac to sign Kev…

  213. rico says:

    Lost 4-2 then :(

  214. BrainwashedKev says:

    Not sure that he will Rico. :-(

  215. rico says:

    Me neither Kev but whilst there is time, there is hope….

  216. Rick. says:

    Rocky & Potter did you watch the complete Match
    Do you really think that in the first half they did not look good.

  217. Gonerjoe says:

    How is it every time an Arsenal team gives away a penalty it’s accompanied with sending off.

  218. Micko says:

    Evening all,
    7 foreigners starting in our youth team tonight, sign of the times I guess, expect it in the 1st team but not the youths, wouldn’t have happened in my day.

    Wouldn’t write off Diaby just yet, if he can re-ignite his fire in the next few weeks……………..ok I’ll stop there !

  219. potter says:

    Rick only the last 30 minutes and they were already down to ten men. However I stand by my comments that it wasn’t so much the fact that they were losing possession but the way that they were doing it. I do have the whole game recorded though and I will watch it tomorrow.

  220. rico says:

    It’s the stupid law Gjoe, one which is about to be changed I think/hope…

  221. rico says:

    Micko, Diaby says he’s going to play again this season and go to the world cup… yee ha ;)

  222. rico says:

    Well, the time has come for me to catch up on the soaps and go to bed…

    Night all, go steady…

  223. Micko says:

    2022 rico ?

  224. Micko says:

    Nite rico, take the weight off your feet and enjoy.

  225. Rick. says:

    Micko There were 7foriengers in the Barca side as well.
    6 of them were from Africa and english clubs cannot sign them from there.

  226. Rick. says:

    Potter watch the first half and then tell me what you think.

  227. Gonerjoe says:

    Micko
    The 3 subs where English I think so the team finished with 7 english players. Also I think Toral has an English parent.

  228. Gonerjoe says:

    Also one of are very best English players Crawley is out injured plus all are young English players out on lone.

  229. potter says:

    Just watched the Chavs , they won easily Drogba almost seemed to be doing enough not to be accused of not trying. Galatasary were trying to kick them about but kept kicking Ramires and Willian. Not much use for us.

  230. Micko says:

    Rick, I know more about stuffing owls than I do about our youth teams.
    Tend to live off the scraps yourself, tsgh and kev throw my way.
    The 1st team give me enough heartache as it is !!!

  231. Scott from Oz says:

    Afternoon all.
    I can do Wednesday lunch or afternoon, but i have something sorted for wednesday night…..
    Thursday is totally open.

  232. rico says:

    2022 Micko, that soon eh??

    Morning all…

  233. Scott from Oz says:

    Morning, Rico.
    Wake up everyone.

  234. allezkev says:

    Morning Scott, i’ve got the dentist Thursday, but I should be ok for the evening.
    I will check with Rocky, Adam and Lee.

  235. rico says:

    Morning Scott, just because you are all excited….. ;)

  236. rico says:

    Morning Kev. 2.30?

  237. allezkev says:

    11.30 Rico. You too?

  238. allezkev says:

    And Morning to you too Rico.

  239. rico says:

    Not until 2nd April for a filling…. :(

  240. Lee says:

    Morning doomers!

  241. Scott from Oz says:

    All smiles here, Lee :)

  242. Lee says:

    I bet Scott…..

  243. rico says:

    Morning Lee….( aka Frazer) ;)

  244. Lee says:

    That’s a killer journey you’re embarking on….

  245. Lee says:

    Don’t tell them your name Pike!

  246. Scott from Oz says:

    I am not looking forward to the flight, Lee, that is for sure.

  247. rico says:

    They don’t make them like that any more eh…..

    ‘Stella’ is quite good though….

  248. rico says:

    How many hours is it Scott?

  249. Scott from Oz says:

    A little over 23 including the stopover in Hong Kong.

  250. rico says:

    You’ll be able to catch up on your sleep Scott… ;)

    I struggle with 3 hours flying….

  251. rico says:

    Arms ache…..

  252. Scott from Oz says:

    Rico, the longest flight i have ever been on is 90 minutes lol

  253. Lee says:

    Who you flying with Scott?

  254. Lee says:

    Rico, you’re on fire this morning…. de-mob happy?!?!

  255. rico says:

    With a few mates isn’t it Scott? ;)

    Just up early Lee, I’ll be in bed by 5pm ;)

  256. rico says:

    New post up now…

  257. potter says:

    Rick I will give you the first half hour where we closed them well and attacked a lot. Once they scored however they took the midfield , Olsson, Zelalem and Toral disappeared and I thought Gnabry could have done more. From then on it was Barca’s game .The keeper went off after an hour and once it was down to ten the energy lost in the first half hour told and they romped home. Akpoms equaliser near the end was totally against the run of play, Looking at next season there is a lot more development needed before any become regular first teamers. Gnabry can stay on the fringe but that’s about all.

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