Transfer talks set for today. Could Reus & Nastasic heading to Arsenal?

Morning all.

Remember this day in back 1999 when we beat Leicester 2-1 at Highbury?

Of course you do, it was debut day for the one of the best players, if not the best player Arsene Wenger has ever signed for Arsenal…..



If only he could hop back a few years in time and start all over again, he truly was a wonderful player. He’s not bad now either…

German newspapers are reporting that Marco Reus could be on the move to Arsenal! 25 millions Euros is the players release clause according to those reports and if Ivan and Dickie could get a deal done for him, we’ll all be going ‘wow’!

What a signing he would be, still, it’s all rumour right now, nothing more…

As is our link to Manchester City’s centre half Matija Nastasic who has reportedly been told he is surplus to requirements as City are on the verge of signing another defender.

Daniel Agger looks to be heading to Barcelona which may rule them out of signing Thomas Vermaelen, leaving Man Utd as the only club really interested in him and some newspapers report that Utd are to up their offer to £15 million.

Other reports around suggest Barca officials are heading to London today to secure a deal for our captain so who knows what to believe.

One player we didn’t sign when I think many of us thought we would was Julian Draxler and he’s been talking about why he didn’t move:

The [buy-out clause] stayed with me. I did not play like 20 clubs were ready to pay this sum for me last season. I have to become attractive to big clubs again.

Now I know what it’s meant to be the bogeyman. After the derby loss to Dortmund, it felt like I was the only one who was blamed for it.

How’s that for honesty.

£37 million is a lot of money and to have that kind of figure attached to a 20 year old shows just how daft the transfer fees have become, well, valuations but, and like with any young player, if they are to go on and really fulfil their potential, that valuation could double by the time he gets itchy feet and wants to return home.  That would be considered a very good piece of business..

Unlike players like Vidal of course who is reported to be valued at a staggering £47 million. His valuation will only decrease as the years go by. No wonder LVG is thinking twice about shelling out for him.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love us to sign Vidal, he’s a very good player, but at that price and with a few niggly injuries recorded, far too risky.

Champions League draw tomorrow and I hope we can’t be drawn against Legia Warsaw, they have just thumped Celtic 6-1 over two legs. Ouch.

That’s it for today and writing that was like pulling teeth, I feel sorry for those who read it… lol

Have a good one all, let’s hope we get some good news on the transfer front real soon….

288 thoughts on “Transfer talks set for today. Could Reus & Nastasic heading to Arsenal?

  1. Hell Raising Devil

    August 7, 2014 at 10:14am


  2. Adam

    August 7, 2014 at 10:16am

    Vidal for about £50 million plus another £8-9 mill a year. Four year contract. With add ons about £90 mill? No real sell on value? Oh yes, excellent business for the Mancs.

  3. Hell Raising Devil

    August 7, 2014 at 10:18am

    Haaaaaaa!!!!!! :)

    if today is the happy anniversary of the legend’s debut…….tomorrow is the sad anniversary of the demise of a what could have been……….the hero of Turin. Paul Vaessen.

  4. Hell Raising Devil

    August 7, 2014 at 10:18am

    Off to read the daily sermon 😉

  5. bradster

    August 7, 2014 at 10:19am

    Can diaby be included in the CL team but out of the prem 25 man squad? I would only add diaby in the Jan transfer window if he hasn’t started talking to other teams.

  6. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 10:22am

    Diaby should be put down…

  7. bradster

    August 7, 2014 at 10:23am

    Truely agree Lee but he could help with his usual 3-4 games during that crunch period.

  8. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 10:25am

    They’d be mad Adam…

    Morning again all…

  9. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 10:27am

    Sounds nom nom Lee, dry and crisp does it for me…

    I may have to hunt it down in Lidil… lol

  10. Hell Raising Devil

    August 7, 2014 at 10:27am

    If Diaby is injured again and AW puts his name down on the CL list then AW deserves to be shot.

  11. Adam

    August 7, 2014 at 10:28am

    I imagine that VG thinks that it isn’t his money so why not?

  12. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 10:28am

    Where do you get yours Lee?

  13. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 10:28am

    Two for the price of one coach!

  14. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 10:29am

    Diaby is fit though isn’t he?

  15. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 10:31am

    :), bit far for me, I’ll have to do some research and see if any supermarkets stock it in bottles…

  16. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 10:32am

    You’re always welcome at chez Lee.

  17. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 10:33am

    Bless you, thanks Lee…

  18. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 10:33am

    I begin with a top to break myself in gently. Only takes me 3 pints to be away with the stars haha.

    Lovely post. Reus signing would probably rule out a DM. Wenger papering over the cracks although I would rather Reus than no signing 100%

  19. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 10:35am

    Thanks Nickie, Reus, DM and CB.

    That’s the PL won then… Simples :)

  20. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 10:36am

    I’m off for a lay down on the dentist bed, back in a bit..

    And no Lee, it’s not. It’s 11am.. 😉

  21. Rick

    August 7, 2014 at 10:40am

    Good Morning Rico and the House.
    Nice sunny day in the south and at the Emms for the members day.
    TV to join his mate at Man U no way.
    Sorry its short see you later

  22. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 10:41am

    Chinese dentist…

  23. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 10:42am

    I’m at the ole dentist today too lol…have fun Rico

  24. Wath

    August 7, 2014 at 10:46am

    Rico, Least you get an invite to Chez Lee…. He won’t invite me he worried I am gonna drink all the sprite…..!

  25. Getaneh Atinafu

    August 7, 2014 at 10:47am

    Diaby should be ofloaded before end of transfer window to have Nastasich and Reus at Arsenal Squad.

  26. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 10:48am

    You can knock yourself out on all the sprite I have WATH….. the GG is what worries me!!!

  27. tsgh

    August 7, 2014 at 10:56am

    Arsenal’s possible UCL opponents: Athletic Bilbao, Lille, FC Copenhagen, Standard Liege or Besikta.

    when is the DM arriving?

    Good read Rico…

  28. esel

    August 7, 2014 at 10:58am

    Signing Reus, Nastastic and Khedira is = Arsenal winning the double. #Coyg

  29. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 10:58am

    Following on from the Vermaelen Question;

    Coach, it isn’t a financial question imo, forget the money, it’s psychological!

    It’s how we feel about our club, it’s how the players, the staff, the media feel…

    It’s the reason why Man City won’t sell us Nastastic,
    It’s the reason why Chrlski, ManUre, Liverpool, City, none of them would sell to Arsenal, one of their better players…

    It sends out the wrong message.

    With respect to your view…

  30. Scott From Oz

    August 7, 2014 at 11:00am

    Morning guys.
    Plenty of rumours still….great to hear :)

  31. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 11:02am

    I agree with you both…. tough one to call! £5m in the bin for Arsenal, they’ll see it as a no-brainer!

  32. Bob John

    August 7, 2014 at 11:08am

    Reus has said some nice things about us recently. But then so did Gotze and Lewandowski before him!

  33. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 11:10am

    If that release amount is correct I’d do that in a heartbeat…

  34. Wath

    August 7, 2014 at 11:11am

    I’m deeply hurt Lee……………… ;-(

  35. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 11:12am

    Reus at 20m is a bargain, you do not turn that opportunity down. Even if you over spend.

    Get rid of the dead wood

    Diaby 2-5m
    Coquelin 2-5m
    Miyachi 1-3m
    Cazorla/Podolski 9-15m
    Miquel 1m

    Reus covered, still leaves funds for top quality DM and a CB if Verm leaves.

    I’m feeling ruthless today.

  36. potter

    August 7, 2014 at 11:13am

    Warming up for the Dwile Flonking tomorrow , don’t know how quick I will be on my sticks , might have to use a mobility scooter.. however after a couple of goes I won’t care.

  37. tsgh

    August 7, 2014 at 11:15am

    Long time Scott…

    I am with Kev, we can’t keep looking at the money all the time…

    If TV is going to ‘coast’ along if he stays because his heart is not in it, then Yanited or whoever he wants to join won’t be interested in him next year imo…

    Lew, was asked how it felt like playing for BVb knowing he was going to join FC Hollywood… his answer was he tried to play even better to show FC Bavaria were making the right decision.

  38. tsgh

    August 7, 2014 at 11:24am

    I doubt Reus would join us imo… he turned us down once already before he joined BVB and possibly turned us down this summer or maybe we did after his ankle injury;

    Arsene Wenger admitted on French TV Station TF1 in 2012 that he tried to sign German star Macro Reus before he agreed his £14.1 million move to then Bundesliga champions Dortmund.

    In my view BVB want a bidding war but the player wanted Barcelona but will now join FC Bavaria…

    As they say in Germany all rounds lead to Bavaria… unlike Gotze, reus was born in Dortmond but he has been public with his views that FC Munchen are going to run away with the league again…

  39. tsgh

    August 7, 2014 at 11:26am

    Unfortunately I don’t know much about Paul Vaessen;Dev. How good was he?

  40. kyawmgmgtun

    August 7, 2014 at 11:29am

    The key of success in our arsenal ,answer is very good striker.
    Giroud -about 15 a season
    Snogo- no sure
    Sanchez-not striker
    If we haven’t finishion striker ,we can’t success.
    please, rico
    tell me your view

  41. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 11:29am

    I had to google Dwile Flonking…. looks like a blast! Just add some strong East Anglia bitter, job’s a good un!!!

  42. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 11:35am

    Morning again folks.. Thanks on the post..

    Potter, you having your op tomorrow?

  43. tsgh

    August 7, 2014 at 11:35am

    good match last night… the Legend is soo good he even plays CM now…

  44. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 11:36am

    Darn, I should have googled it first too… 😉

  45. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 11:37am

    kyawmgmgtun – you should know my view by now…

  46. tsgh

    August 7, 2014 at 11:39am

    Can TH14 play CDM?

    He seems to have the legs and the brains? lol

  47. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 11:40am

    Rico wants striker!! lol :)

  48. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 11:40am

    Teeth are fine your gums have got to come out?

  49. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 11:40am

    Would be amazing Ts lol. Henry comes back to captain Arsenal. The real core of the team, slamming tackles about like Cattermole haha

  50. tsgh

    August 7, 2014 at 11:41am

    lol.. so he was assert stripping?

    “We have controlled every deal we have made. We feel comfortable. We don’t see it as a crisis”
    “Neither Morgan Schneiderlin nor Jay Rodriguez will be leaving” – Krueger (Southampton chairman)

  51. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 11:42am

    Unless Reus signs Nickie, then I think we’d be ok.. 😉

    Ha ha Lee, need a Crown, £420!! Ouch…

  52. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 11:43am

    Lee, unfortunately you are probably gonna be proved 100% correct re: £5 million extra for TV…

    To me, that would be a short-term gain for a possible long-term loss.

    Imagine if Vermaelen is the difference between LVG finishing in the top-four or not.
    Imagine if Vermaelen is the difference between ManUre finishing above Arsenal, pushing us into 4th spot, needing to qualify again.
    That £5 million would look a bit paltry then…

    The short-term view of running the Arsenal had left us, again, with one of our better players, on one year left of his contract…
    The long-term approach would have seen TV’s situation sorted 12 months ago…

    How many more times are we gonna see our club held over a barrel because of penny-pinching and the reluctance to sort out players contracts when they are on two years?

    Stupid is as stupid does!

  53. tsgh

    August 7, 2014 at 11:43am

    lol Nickie…

    D. Yorke retired playing as a DM/CM for Sunderland, Birmingham and his native in the world cup… lol

  54. tsgh

    August 7, 2014 at 11:46am

    Rico’s best friend Walcott has less than 2 years left on his contract…
    Next year by this time the probabilities are we sell him or give him £150kp/w…lol

  55. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 11:47am

    I am leaning more and more to TV being sold overseas…. as you stated earlier Kev £5m vs the knock on effect of selling another player to those slags! I always liked TV but he’s not the player he was, time for an upgrade methinks!

  56. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 11:47am

    Hunter re Sami Khedira:

    “Club to club, the deal between Arsenal and Real Madrid is done.”

    “But Arsenal didn’t fancy paying Khedira the wages he wanted.” Hunter told talkSPORT

  57. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 11:47am

    Dentists take the piss…. where do they get their pricing from? Liberty takers.

  58. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 11:49am

    Adam had the right idea when he had all his teeth removed and replaced with gold ones!

  59. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 11:49am

    Agree Lee, another captain too, no way should we entertaining selling to that lot…

  60. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 11:50am

    Yeah Lee, agree, I just don’t wanna sell to LVG.

    He’s been chasing TV all summer.

    He must see TV as an important cog in his new look defensive set up…
    The new fangled 3 man back 4……

  61. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 11:52am

    Yeah we need to be a bit more ruthless when dealing with our direct competitors…..fuck em all!!

  62. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 11:52am

    Great start in the cricket!!

    8-3 India :)

  63. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 11:53am

    Kev/Rico if Juve bid £40m for Jack what would you do?

  64. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 11:57am

    8 for 4

  65. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 11:57am

    8-4 😛

  66. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 11:57am

    Sell him Lee.

  67. Hell Raising Devil

    August 7, 2014 at 12:00pm

    40 million for Jack???


    I would hold out for 45 million.

    If they are willing to offer that sum then I would ask for more.

    and buy a ready made replacement.

  68. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 12:01pm

    Phew Lee!!!!

    Let think about that one…

  69. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 12:03pm

    I would sell him, but, the downside would be all the flack the club would get for selling England’s future captain…

  70. Scott From Oz

    August 7, 2014 at 12:07pm

    We have to tell Yanited to get stuffed.
    No way known we should sell vermaelen to them, rather he goes to Barca for 10 million less!!

  71. babakrdaemi

    August 7, 2014 at 12:09pm

    As we done the majoirty of our business I wouldn’t mind missing out on Champions League. It would mean our squad could compete and lets face it. Arsenal and Man U without European Football would be able to take on the oil clubs. Liverpool would be fucked as well.

    I wouldn’t want to miss out regularly, and I expect the money is intergral. However, to not play in Europe and win the title is better to play in Europe and finish 3rd – surely.

    I think not being in Europe could hand us the title. Imagine the players we could sign then?

    If Europe thought Arsene had his mojo back????

  72. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 12:09pm

    I’ll tell ya what mate, Arsenal would be tempted to sell him for £30 million I reckon.

    But no, I still wouldn’t sell him, no unless we brought in a top top player to replace him.
    And with Arsenal, you know that that isn’t a given…

    So I’d keep him… 😉

  73. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 12:10pm

    Ditto Scott…

  74. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 12:13pm

    I’m not sure that the ManUre fans are too happy about being out of Europe.

    Nor is the club or players…

  75. Bt62 Gooner

    August 7, 2014 at 12:14pm

    Rico, i thought you already had a crown, nice post, Tv, my arm is sore holding the door, hurry up! Lee, like you say ‘fuck them all’.

  76. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 12:25pm

    :) Bt, thanks…

  77. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 12:26pm

    I bet the club isn’t Kev, not if they are trying to sign top players…

  78. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 12:37pm

    We need to equip the team so that we can say “fuck em!” officials/other teams etc….like the 2004 team!

  79. Gonerjoe

    August 7, 2014 at 12:40pm

    If we don’t qualify for the CL we will be playing on Thursday nights like sp*rs and that will be worse.

  80. Gonerjoe

    August 7, 2014 at 12:43pm

    Rico how was your visit to the dentists bed :)

  81. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 12:45pm

    The most commonly seen football shirt, seen on the streets of London is;


    Then Real Madrid and Barcalona.

  82. potter

    August 7, 2014 at 12:50pm

    I would let Jack go for “£20 million with a two years time buy back clause. Firstly he should get more football and secondly it would get him away from his mates and allow him to grow up and be a little more responsible out of the sight of the English media.

  83. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 12:52pm

    Today was fine thanks Joe, the next two trips won’t be though… :(

    Nipping out with Fido, back in a bit..

  84. Hell Raising Devil

    August 7, 2014 at 12:59pm

    get out the boxing gloves……she is gone for a minute mates.

  85. bradster

    August 7, 2014 at 1:06pm

    Get your dukes up…I’d sell TV, Theo and Wilshere, 3 most often crocks. 😉

  86. bradster

    August 7, 2014 at 1:07pm

    and give Diaby away with Flamini away

  87. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 1:15pm

    Just seen a clip of Alexis and Sanogo linking up nicely in training. Very smooth passing build up and goal

  88. Wavy

    August 7, 2014 at 1:16pm

    I’d sell Jack….for £40m+£1.00!

    See how they would put that in their pipe and smoke it!

  89. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 1:21pm

    Germans back in training 11th…Remember last year we waited ages for Caz and Ozil to play together….Caz played first couple of game then international break while we waited for Ozil to play. They came back Caz got an ankle injury we waited further. Same this year with Sanchez and Ozil….International break comes in. We won’t see Sanchez and Ozil play together til mid september :( lol

  90. Gunnerdna

    August 7, 2014 at 1:30pm

    Good morning all, good post Rico. Just finished watching the Members Day 1st team training session Live on the player which was very boring.

  91. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 1:57pm

    According to BBC Vidal signs for manure…

  92. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:23pm

    Afternoon all..

    Put them away Devil..

    AW says he doesn’t want TV to go to Utd… Good.

  93. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:24pm

    Good old Keown, love it……..

    How much Lee, does it say?

  94. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:26pm

    Espn say no bid from Utd for Vidal…

  95. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:29pm

    Thanks Gdna, glad I didn’t stay in to watch that then.. lol

  96. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 2:31pm

    Some manure prick just mentioned it as he walked by my desk….. I tend to ignore the flat line Z!!

  97. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:31pm

    Wenger on Frank Lampard’s surprise loan move to their Community Shield opponents.

    “If you look at a map, the shortest way from Chelsea to Manchester City is not to fly to New York first,” said the Arsenal manager.


  98. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 2:31pm

    Vidal Sassoon…

  99. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:32pm

    They have some delightful fans don’t they!

  100. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:32pm

    He’s old and crocked, £47 million is a rip off… lol

  101. potter

    August 7, 2014 at 2:33pm

    Did you get my e-mail Rico ? I want an idiots guide to putting a picture on here. I see some people posting videos , how is it done ?

  102. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:34pm

    Dippers linked with Falcao!!

  103. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:35pm

    Potter, will check now. You can’t post pictures directly into the comments section, at least I have never been able too…But you can post a url link..

    That makes it sound like I know what i’m talking about but I don’t honest.. lol

  104. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:37pm

    No mail Potter….

  105. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 2:39pm

    Lee, that ManUre fan, does he come from/live in Surrey…


  106. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:40pm

    Vermaelen wasn’t at the open day today…

  107. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 2:42pm

    Vidal would be a mega signing for those cnuts…

    Yet another reason not to let TV go there!

  108. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 2:45pm

    The cnut lives somewhere in North London…..he’d get an Olympic gold in being boring!

  109. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 2:55pm

    Wenger has basically ruled out Khedira now. “We have quite a few box-to-box players – @JackWilshere has come back very fit”

    This was in response to a Khedira question

  110. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:56pm

    Darn – I had hoped we’d get him…

  111. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 2:57pm

    Mind you, when it comes to Arsene and talking transfers, he gives little away…..

  112. lee

    August 7, 2014 at 2:58pm

    Be a good poker player.

  113. potter

    August 7, 2014 at 3:03pm

    How do they get the videos on then ? Any ideas TS or Devil as they have posted them today.

  114. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 3:05pm

    Potter, I think you go to the website, Youtube. There should then be an option to embed that video into a post like this. You just copy the text in the embed link then post the text here as a comment. That should process the video on here

  115. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 3:07pm

    Yep, you click share tab under the video. Then you select the embed tab within the share option. Copy that text directly to here…

    Then the jobs a gooden

  116. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 3:07pm

    Nickie is right Potter, they can be posted as they have some posh code.

  117. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 3:08pm

    He would Lee, I bet the old ‘clean as a whistle’ guy doesn’t indulge though..

  118. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 3:13pm

    Wenger sees Chambers as a DM….maybe we’re not in for one at all lol

  119. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 3:14pm

    Righteo, off to the dentist enjoy your afternoons/evenings if i’m not about later :)

  120. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 3:15pm

    Think Bale has been in the gym all summer!!

  121. potter

    August 7, 2014 at 3:18pm Taking place at my local attitude adjustment shop.

  122. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 3:19pm

    Good luck Nickie… 😉

  123. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 3:22pm

    Athletic Bilbao, FC Copenhagen, Lille, Besiktas and Standard Liege are in the pot for us tomorrow…

    Could do with swerving Besiktas….

  124. bradster

    August 7, 2014 at 3:22pm

    We sound bitter. Vidal is great and many wanted him even Wenger. I agree the price is steep but definitely worth 30m at least.

    Is sell on value that important if he helps win the league and cups for 2-3 seasons?

    Only Wenger wants after sale value. RVP was supposed to be old and done for at 29 when we sold him.

  125. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 3:23pm

    I hope that’s not the case, we need to sign one imo….

  126. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 3:24pm

    £30 million Brad, in a flash, but £47 million is steep, especially if he does have a dodgy knee…

  127. bradster

    August 7, 2014 at 3:29pm

    True Rico, most of ours have dodgy everything.

  128. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 3:31pm

    Ha ha, good point Brad..

  129. Gunnerdna

    August 7, 2014 at 3:33pm

    The panic mode will kick in once the results aren’t favorable. Watching the training this morning and seeing OG12 & YS atrocious finishing from inside the 6yd box is very depressing. AW claimed we have a big squad, but it’s always a good squad that wins the PL. CC is only 19 and every press conference he is cover in a different position, it’s a joke.

  130. bradster

    August 7, 2014 at 3:34pm

    Wenger expects your boy Theo back in training at the end of the month.

  131. frednerk

    August 7, 2014 at 3:35pm

    Afternoon All,
    Spot on potter yesterday 11.47 enjoyed the read and the post rico.

    Surely southampton want as much as pos for Schneiderlin,why would you say he was for sale.
    Wenger has said Khedira deals not on,surely he would say that,
    Khedira is up for sale.
    Wengers loves his poker.This time of year.

  132. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 3:44pm

    Afternoon fred, hope you are having a good time, thanks re the post.

    There will soon be a mad dash in this window, not many weeks left now and I still think AW has a few tricks up his sleeve.

  133. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 3:54pm

    Still 25 days to go Rico…

    Wenger probably had a few deals set up, all it needs is for him to give the ok.

  134. frednerk

    August 7, 2014 at 3:55pm

    Have to say Chambers has shown in the couple of outing at the back that he reads the game well for a youngen,and is very quick over a few yards,at southampton he got up and down the pitch,so recovery would not be a problem for this lad,passing has been good,he has strength and mobility and is tall and commanding and the number one thing wenger loves in a player,first touch.

    So is wenger saying to Real and Southampton..Keep your unhappy players….if you want to unload..Thats my offer and to the players you will not be paid more than my players.
    Wenger could have all angles covered.

  135. frednerk

    August 7, 2014 at 3:56pm

    Thanks rico back now.

  136. Gonerjoe

    August 7, 2014 at 4:02pm

    Rico you know we will get the toughest draw we all ways do.

  137. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 4:10pm

    25 days Kev, that’s not long :)

    Agree re Chambers Fred, looks very good.

  138. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 4:16pm

    I bet we do Joe…

  139. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 4:18pm

    The Telegraph Fantasy Football League.

    Highbury House

    PIN: 8071009

  140. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 4:18pm

    Back in a bit folks….

  141. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 4:41pm

    Yeah, I think the Sami Khadira deal has left the station…

    Khadira wants to walk on a Bosman in 12 months time and I suspect that Gazprom will pay him a small fortune to hook up with the Ordinary One….

  142. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 4:45pm

    Not sure about all that nonsense about taking Costa on loan…

    Blimey, he wasn’t good enough to get into the worst Brazillian squad in living memory, so why would we want him?

  143. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 4:48pm

    As for William Carvalho, I reckon that Wenger has a deal in place, but is gonna wait until after the Charity Shield, before deciding whether to go ahead or not?!

  144. potter

    August 7, 2014 at 4:49pm

    Arsenal Football Club can confirm that Johan Djourou has made his move to Hamburg permanent.

    Pravda .com

  145. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 6:49pm

    Good for Djourou…..

    Oh, and good for us..

    Evening all…

  146. BrainwashedKev

    August 7, 2014 at 7:10pm

    Did we get a fee for Djourou Rico?

  147. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 7:10pm

    wonderful goal Ts.

  148. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 7:17pm

    Evening All…

    Good post, Rico.

    Why are fans always averse to selling players to same league rival clubs? Ronaldo, Bale, Fabregas, Modric, Alonso, Suarez, would really have made EPL a better league the years they were no longer here had they ended up with rival EPL teams. But EPL teams instead strengthen the Spanish Liga.

    Meanwhile, all German clubs sell their own players within…to improve their own league… why don’t English fans have some level of tolerance that can only help the Three Lions?

    Wenger sells to rivals and everyone calls him stupid. What would have been left of the EPL if Wenger had sold RVP, Nasri…outside of England?

    If you sell TV to Barcelona, thereby losing 5 mil in the process, Man U will buy elsewhere and could even buy a better player…

  149. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 7:19pm

    Not sure Kev… I would think so as he was still under contract..

  150. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 7:22pm

    Evening Tai.

    You don’t help those clubs who are challenging for the top spot in the same country….

  151. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 7:35pm

    Instead, you help make oversea teams stronger UCL contestants?

  152. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 7:42pm

    In other leagues, the FAs reschedule matches of teams involved in UCL to convenient times…in England, it’s like teams playing in the UCL are punished more with odd fixtures, especially when it’s Arsenal…

  153. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 7:42pm

    Absolutely Tai…

    Home is where the heart is and I’d much rather we won the PL, FA Cup and League Cup before the CL…

  154. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 7:45pm

    We’ve been saying that for a while, I think we quite often get a tricky fixture and usually an away one after our CL matches.

    But the FA will always say the PL fixture list is drawn up fairly… Pff!

  155. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 7:50pm

    Rico, you really mean that? Your 7.42

  156. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 7:54pm

    Yes I do Tai…

  157. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 7:56pm

    I’d give a limb to just a CL trophy…I’d take 17th position in the league this term, lose all domestic trophies as long as we won the UCL.

  158. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 8:03pm

    i’d rather win the Premier League than the CL. 38 games to be crowned Champion. None of this silly away goal ruling etc. Just plain win lose or draw. Best team wins, every game as important as the last. Huge rivalries amazing fans.

  159. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 8:03pm

    Not sure many Uk based Arsenal fans would agree Tai, PL over CL any and every day of the week…

  160. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 8:04pm

    Absolutely agree Nickie…

  161. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 8:10pm

    Has this got anything to do with the fact we haven’t really won it and hence wouldn’t care or is this really an honest appraisal of preference?

  162. potter

    August 7, 2014 at 8:12pm

    Win your own league first and then everything else is a bonus.

    Tai your list of players that have left for Spain could not have played for England anyway and as for Germany those that stay in the fatherland end up at Bayern and the rest of their internationals go abroad. In the main English players don’t leave the country because firstly the pay here is so good and secondly because of the premium put on their transfer fees means that the rest of Europe either can’t or won’t afford them. Who in Europe would have paid the best part of 30 million euros for Lallana or Luke Shaw or even 20 million for Chambers . It only happens in the artificially boosted Premier League where financial sanity went out of the window ages ago.

  163. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 8:14pm

    No, nothing to do with not having won it, like Nickie, I’d rather we won the biggest trophy in the country and league in which Arsenal are in. The PL.

    Nickie, how was the dentist?

  164. Rick

    August 7, 2014 at 8:15pm

    Evening Rico and the House.
    Another good read as normal.
    Kev a year ago Hamburg signed Djourou on a years loan with the option to buy. I gather they took this option up on Aug2 , so we should be getting a fee.
    With Djourou Joining Afobi and Lipman in leaving it looks like Arsene has started his 2nd clearout . I think it is possible that 4 more will leave and he will sign someone before we play the Palace.

  165. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 8:18pm

    very quick and easy Rico…simple check up, teeth in great shape. Quick clean and polish £18.50 lighter :p lol luckily not a hefty bill

  166. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 8:19pm

    Evening Rick. Hope you had a nice day.

  167. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 8:21pm


    Got your point…but then playing against those players makes the English players better and hence improve the quality of the national side. EPL teams shouldn’t readily sell world class players abroad, especially where English players hardly play abroad.

  168. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 8:21pm

    Hi Rick

    totally agree,

    one of Caz/Pod

    to leave

    Should bring in plenty of money coupled with our existing transfer funds leaving us a nice chunk for a couple more “quality” signings

  169. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 8:29pm

    Evening Rick, thanks. Hope all is good?

    Agree, we still have a few more to offload yet…

  170. rogerbij

    August 7, 2014 at 8:30pm

    For me, PL > CL > FA > the other one 😉

  171. Rick

    August 7, 2014 at 8:31pm

    Interesting comments about Champs /L v P/l.
    Rico ,Potter you are spot on and this seasons fixturs back you up Rico.
    For the first 2 Group games in Sept they are as follows
    13 Sept Man c ( H)
    16 or 17 CL
    20 Sept A Villa (A)

    27 Sept Spuds (H)
    30Sept or 1st oct 2CL

    4 th Oct Chavs (A)
    We are away after both games.

  172. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 8:32pm

    Nickie, wait until you are my age, then it won’t be so cheap… 😉

  173. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 8:34pm

    roger – FA Cup before the CL for me… :)

    Rick, and we all know those tricky fixtures will be made worse because Bt Sport or Sky will choose to show them live….

  174. potter

    August 7, 2014 at 8:36pm

    It’s a kind of vicious circle , many people feel that to produce a better team for the national side there should be certain restrictions on the non British players allowed in a team. Of course decent English players are hard to find and that sort of quotient would push their prices even higher. They believe that the problem is not the import of the Bergkamps or Zolas of this world , it’s the Santos ‘ the Beye , Diame type player , the ones of a lesser standard that are bought in and get in front of developing young players that rarely get the experience by playing. Personally I love watching great players but i also like seeing some of our own making it through. Difficult and I don’t have the answer.

  175. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 8:43pm

    Well, I believe you’re as good as the people you compete with…playing against Messi and Ronaldo every week makes a player psychologically assured no other player would be better. Spain’s recent long reign may attest to this. If I was the one deciding, I’d have best players playing in England, challenging English players to struggle more to be at par. I’m sure the Three Lions would be better for it.

  176. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 8:47pm

    Trouble is though, the so called ‘lesser clubs’ need to sign ‘Beye, Diame’ kind of players because they can’t afford to pay big transfer fees and big wages so those kind of players will always come to the PL.

    Look at the newly promoted clubs, I think they they are snapping up players from overseas because they are cheaper and earning peanuts.

    Newcastle are a prime example, that git Pardew once fell out with Wenger because of us having so many French players, but he’s done exactly the same thing because they don’t have the money…

    Until transfer fees and wages are capped, I can’t see it changing…

  177. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 8:48pm

    Well, I think this season will be positive though…we lost Suarez but Sanchez, Fabregas, Costa, likely Vidal, even Khedira … will only make the League better.

  178. potter

    August 7, 2014 at 8:50pm

    They wouldn’t get the chance to play , most managers in the English leagues spend most of their time looking over their shoulders because most chief execs have their knives ready and sharpened. To get English kids the chance to play they need a proper league to play in. In the premier if a manager needs a defender to play against Messi he will make a bee line for an import rather than run the risk of an English kid getting over run and that knife plunging into his neck.

  179. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 8:51pm

    I think it’s quite difficult to cap transfer fees…FFP is the nearest to cubing club’s craziness regarding transfers. Like someone pointing out the other day, having to smuggle Lampard to City means FFP is working.

  180. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 8:53pm

    If that happened, I think many more English players would be cast aside….

  181. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 8:54pm

    Already the FA has taken care of that by foreign quota seal. 25 players …there are injuries and the English player will surely get a chance…the likes of Cahill will always be first choice … Wilshere, Walcott, Chambers, Gibbs, Chamberlain…will always play for Arsenal whoever the opposition line out.

  182. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 8:54pm

    Tai, those players won’t make the PL better, they will only make the clubs they play for stronger.

  183. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 8:56pm

    I have to disagree , Rico…stronger clubs means better competition

  184. Rick

    August 7, 2014 at 8:57pm

    Rico Teo thank you for asking I have had a good day .Had a chat with my Docter who has told that the results they have so far are better then what they expected them to be. I am feeling very positive tonight.

  185. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 9:00pm

    Spanish El classicos are top draws because of players on parade …

  186. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 9:01pm

    We’ll agree to differ then Tai.

  187. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 9:02pm

    Fab Rick…

  188. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 9:04pm

    El Classicos are full of cheating divers imo…

  189. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 9:07pm

    :) Rico

    Winning the home cups mean more to the fans barring the capital 1 because it is special and historical. That’s not to say we discredit the CL it is an amazing cup and i’d love to win it but I’d love to see my team holding up the mightiest of them all, The Barclays Premier League trophy. It gives you bragging rights. you’re the best and no Chelsea, Man u or City can say otherwise. You really earned it to be there.

  190. rogerbij

    August 7, 2014 at 9:08pm

    Thanks for the video Nicki, great vid over a bit of dinner 😉

  191. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 9:08pm

    Great to hear that, Rick.

  192. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 9:09pm

    Also another point on the away goal rule. How is it fair you go home after scoring the same amount of goals? It’s so pathetic, the best teams adapt to any situation, just because you scored more goals at a different pitch means nothing. Silly rule and ruins the competition

  193. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 9:10pm

    lol no probs Roger, I haven’t watched it myself. It was just a test for Potter to see how we get videos to post :)

  194. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 7, 2014 at 9:15pm

    Any competition has rules … others that win play in same rules…I personally want away goals rule taken out of football…but until it’s done, rules are rules…every club benefits one time or the other.

  195. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 9:16pm

    Same for me Nickie, beating your closest rivals means more to me…

  196. rico

    August 7, 2014 at 9:18pm

    It’s that time for me guys, hens need shutting up and then I need my pillow… 😉

    Night all, have a good one…

  197. potter

    August 7, 2014 at 9:21pm

    I was trying to get a still photo off of facebook and post it on here, cutting and pasting a video link was not what I was trying to do, Thanks anyway. As i said an idiots guide would be useful.

  198. Rick

    August 7, 2014 at 9:24pm

    Potter , I find myself agreeing with every thing you have posted in both the last 2 days. In the same time that I have read your posts I have sen articles by the dwarf and PV4 saying how much they are doing for English football. What utter rubbish . I honestly believe that just like Whisky Face they have no idea how much damage that the present rules are doing.
    During the last few days I have been keeping myself busy and have spent time running the rule over which players can play in this years U19 Leage. I find that we have 12 players who are 19 this year.
    This means they all become 21 at the same time and if they remain with the club they must be promoted at the same time .
    Just how you can do this with a 25 man squade I jhust do not know . but whats more the powers to be do not as well.
    I wish I knew the answere.

  199. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 9:28pm

    well don’t I look silly LOL not sure why it hasn’t worked

  200. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 10:06pm

    Sorry to keep posting but also interested in this subject myself.

    This is the actual word press website. Unfortunately, it looks as though we cannot post from Facebook here :(

  201. potter

    August 7, 2014 at 10:11pm

    Rick I love football , I always have ,but what has happened in the prem/sky years has really depressed me. The way that money has taken away the spirit of the game ,and the way that players are no longer developed and shiny new ones are just imported takes away all the things that I grew up with. I went from Sunday football on the marshes to county league to Athenian and Isthmian , for me it stopped there , but you never gave up trying to improve . I look at kids now and just wonder what they aspire to. I never had anyone to look out for my interests apart from my Dad but now they are signed up by Agents and taught to think about money before the game. People like Roman , Mansour , and the other parasites have taken my game away, I have to say that I am glad that I am not starting out now ,I still love my club but even that and the attending the concert bowl we now play in isn’t the same. There used to be humour on the terraces now I see people around me texting during matches indifference rules . I have again renewed my season ticket but I keep wondering how much longer I will continue to do so. I keep wondering if the effort is still really worth it.

  202. rogerbij

    August 7, 2014 at 10:46pm

    Well Nicki, the downside of watching the video was that after putting my housemate through that he made me watch ManUtd 50 bloody goals!

  203. rogerbij

    August 7, 2014 at 10:47pm

    Only thing is, they never had Henry of Bergkamp, so naturally we had the more beautiful goals . Highly commended Eric Cantona.

  204. rogerbij

    August 7, 2014 at 10:48pm

    (dont bin me for the last sentence – OR is Rico sleeping!)

  205. Nickie

    August 7, 2014 at 10:50pm

    Hehe sorry Roger! :p ….right i’m off, night all

  206. Gunnerdna

    August 7, 2014 at 10:51pm

    Vermaelen has agreed,in principle, to join Barcelona after talks. Reports claim that negotiation went according to plan. #MUFC #FCB #AFC

  207. rogerbij

    August 7, 2014 at 11:01pm

    Bingo Gunner! TV has been great for us, but to earn well on a sale in his final year and and find an eventual successor to Merts is not a bad thing. I know Wenger has a reputation for buying dud defenders, but I have to go back a few seasons now before really finding a dud first team buy, so confidence relatively high we’ll do well finding a replacement. And thank god we have 20 or so days to do it.

  208. Gonerjoe

    August 8, 2014 at 1:46am

    Just in from work night

  209. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 8, 2014 at 5:06am

    ”Applying my methodology, Alexis Sánchez comes in 2nd, after Messi! Wow, who would’ve thought? He ranked 11th for goals per appearance, 5th for assists per appearance and had the best shots to goals ratio. And Barca *might* actually be willing to sell him. Given that Arsenal needs some power, pace and goals, as well as cover on the wings I would jump up and down if this happened. Transfermarkt suggests that he is valued at £26.4 million – not cheap but at 25 years of age, he is a player in his prime who will retain future sell-on value. My view: do it.”

    Bulls eye!

    I went back and saw this in one of the longest articles here but certainly one that keep you glued till very end. I love writers, whose imaginations come real. Apart from the writer himself, how many still remainder that methodical and very professional approach to our striker needs far back in May?

    Morning, Rico, All…

  210. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 8, 2014 at 5:08am


  211. Sukky

    August 8, 2014 at 7:01am

    I think we think need to sign 9players before †̥ђƺ end of this month because
    Giroud-too slow
    Carzola-too short
    Ozil-too weak
    Sanchez-too physical
    Walcott-injury prone
    PM04-last season was a fluke
    Gibbs-too glassy
    Arteta-cant tackle and can’t run
    Poldoski-too playful
    Ramsey-like Marty,last season was a fluke etc

  212. rogerbij

    August 8, 2014 at 7:26am

    Youre welcome Tai, was fun writing it too. And we got him!!

  213. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 7:42am

    Morning Joe,Tai, Roger, Sukky and all..

    Sukky, you taking the pee?

  214. lee

    August 8, 2014 at 7:56am

    Rico, how do you stand on Bradley Cooper? Saw him last night…..

  215. lee

    August 8, 2014 at 7:56am

    Sukky are you pissed?

  216. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 8:19am

    Morning Lee, who is Bradley Cooper?

  217. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 8:20am

    Just goggled him, blue eyes and rather handsome? Plenty of hair too… lol

  218. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 8:21am

    More to the point, how come you were rubbing shoulders with him?

  219. Adam

    August 8, 2014 at 8:23am

    Morning Rico and all.

  220. lee

    August 8, 2014 at 8:27am

    I was at the Chiltern Firehouse last night with a client….it’s the “in” restaurant at the moment!

  221. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 8:31am

    Morning Adam…

    Sounds good Lee, hangover this morning?

  222. Gonerjoe

    August 8, 2014 at 8:31am

    Morning all getting ready for the worst possible CL draw later on. It just seems whether it’s the FA cup or league cup it’s always the toughest team left in the draw.
    There’s no chance this is fixed is there 😉

  223. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 8:32am

    FC Copenhagen Joe, I just asked one of the hens 😉

  224. lee

    August 8, 2014 at 8:35am

    Can we draw Barca? We always get those fuckers…. 😉

  225. bondex

    August 8, 2014 at 8:38am

    Morning all…… wonderful post yesterday Rico,was so busy just didn’t have the time to post a comment. Cant wait for today’s post.

  226. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 8:40am

    No, thank goodness. They will be for the knock-out stages once we come second in the group and then out we go… 😉

    Thanks bondex…

  227. Gonerjoe

    August 8, 2014 at 8:42am

    That’s fine then nothing to worry about if the hens have spoken. :)

  228. Adam

    August 8, 2014 at 8:42am

    Lee. What was the food like?

  229. lee

    August 8, 2014 at 8:57am

    Lots of fit women to look at and the food was ok…..not Ledbury standards but ok!

  230. tsgh

    August 8, 2014 at 9:00am

    Morning Rico and all…

    Szczesny was asked “Who would he rather have back, Van Persie or Fabregas?” His answer was quite simply “Özil and Sanchez.”lol

    AW can’t seem to forget Sagna leaving the club… in papers this morning he is quoted as saying BS was ‘tapped up’. lol

  231. lee

    August 8, 2014 at 9:06am

    Very busy in there Adam.

  232. Adam

    August 8, 2014 at 9:07am

    Lee. I have heard that the food wasn’t great but apparently the place to be seen. I think that Bradley Cooper was ok in Limitless but is incredibly over rated as an actor. Rather like the Chiltern Firehouse apparently.

  233. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 9:09am

    Morning Ts.

  234. Adam

    August 8, 2014 at 9:11am

    It is THE gaff though isn’t it? The place to be seen and all that. Do you get to The Wolseley very often? I used to go there quite a bit.

  235. lee

    August 8, 2014 at 9:12am

    He’s in there all the time….I blanked him when he came over to try and talk to our table!

  236. tsgh

    August 8, 2014 at 9:15am

    AW on our German players

    ”You have the choice – you get them back very quickly and you lose them in October, or you give them a needed rest to build them up again.”

  237. lee

    August 8, 2014 at 9:18am

    Not been to the Wolsey but the Ledbury is a cracking restaurant (especially if you’re a veggie) We took a client there who is a Jainist and they were very accommodating….. i.e knowledgeable about the use of egg whites when fining wine, which impressed me!

  238. Nickie

    August 8, 2014 at 9:20am


    Thank you Rico for removing that post lol. No one wanted to see me in my Arsenal shirt haha. I had to test it as this is the only place I post to.

    How is everyone? Fingers crossed for a favourable draw! :)

  239. Nickie

    August 8, 2014 at 9:22am

    Just read Sukky’s comment. Can’t even digest it

  240. tsgh

    August 8, 2014 at 9:22am

    It appears CC21 is our new DM…

    Arsene Wenger says he hasn’t just bought Calum Chambers for the future, and suggested that his long-term future at the club lies in the much-fabled, much sought-after, defensive midfield position.

    Although he may be tasked with filling in at centre-half in the early weeks of the season, the Arsenal manager told the press today that he envisages the former Southampton man playing in midfield.

    “He can play a major role because, in what I observe, he has the qualities to impose himself in this part of the team,” he said. “I believe he can play in defensive midfield and that’s where I see him.”

  241. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 9:23am

    Morning Nickie, didn’t want anyone stalking you on facebook… 😉

  242. tsgh

    August 8, 2014 at 9:24am

    I think Sukky was being ironic…

  243. Nickie

    August 8, 2014 at 9:24am

    Not sure how I feel about that Ts. I quite like him in defence. Does he have the technical skills to be able to play CDM

  244. Adam

    August 8, 2014 at 9:26am

    The Wolseley is a Grand Cafe in the French style. I used to like it a lot. Nice atmosphere, not too poncey and the food was very nice. Mrs Adam says that the dressed crab is the finest she has had. Unfortunately, after the incident with the magnum of champagne, I was banned for life though, with my new blue contact lenses, I reckon a I could get back in.

  245. Nickie

    August 8, 2014 at 9:28am

    lol Just got that Ts….It was a bit too early for me to function properly. Can’t wait for my coffee at 10.

    I just want Verm gone now, the longer this dwindles on the longer we won’t see a replacement. The longer we will then have to wait for the replacement to integrate. If I was Wenger i’d be pushing this through asap.

  246. lee

    August 8, 2014 at 9:36am

    Is there an eatery that she’s not been ejected from? Real liability.

  247. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 9:36am

    :) Adam.

    Me too re TV, newspaper reports suggest Barca have won the race and we are prepared to loss the extra £5 million Man Utd were prepared to pay.

  248. lee

    August 8, 2014 at 9:37am

    loss or lose? 😉

  249. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 9:46am

    Lose 😛

  250. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 8, 2014 at 9:46am


    Having seen CC’s calm, strength, pass, runs with the ball, I agree totally that he will be a great DM. My only worry is, at 19…players go out long time if heavily relied on. I remember Fabian Delph’s progress and long layoffs…in Arsenal…Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Walcott, Chamberlain…

    If AW buys a first choice DM…then gradually introduces CC , starts intermittently…that’d be perfect.

  251. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 9:47am

    Wonder what will happen with the Suarez appeal today. Reduced ban I suspect…

  252. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 8, 2014 at 9:51am


    I totally enjoyed reading that…as I hadn’t joined HH then, especially when you hit bulls eye. Sanchez is one player, who should have been far greater than he is if he was playing in a team without Messi. let’s hope he claims his top 5 world players’ status with us.

  253. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 8, 2014 at 9:56am

    Of course, Rico…what do you expect when Barca are involved?

  254. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 10:04am

    Tai, there’s another place in Switzerland he’d be better off going to.. 😉

  255. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 10:08am

    Anyone else think Ramsey might get the armband?

    Just seen his interview on Sky and he’d love it..

  256. Adam

    August 8, 2014 at 10:08am

    Never get a boy to do a man’s job.
    The white heat of the battles to come will either make or break Chambers if that is really what Wenger has in mind. I think it is careless and rather naive to try and make do in this, one of the most important positions in the team. I cannot believe that, after the experience of the last several seasons Wenger is really going to go into the season thus equipped. Remember what happened when he decided that we didn’t need a winger because Ramsey could play there or that Arshavin could play as a striker? To go into the season I adequately equipped with millions and millions in the bank is pure unadulterated folly for me.

  257. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 8, 2014 at 10:09am

    Rico…who? 10.04

  258. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 10:09am

    TV not going to Man Utd as Utd refuse to swap players…

    According to SS’s

  259. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 8, 2014 at 10:12am

    The only thing I believe in the papers about transfers is the date on the tabloids.

  260. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 10:12am

    Celtic back in the CL, their opponents who battered them 6-1, fielded an unregistered player, for 4 minutes… 😛

  261. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 10:13am

    Suarez Tai.

  262. Nickie

    August 8, 2014 at 10:14am

    Celtic back in CL after Legia fielded and ineligible player.

    I hope Wenger doesn’t give Ramsey the armband just yet. It’s a lot of weight on young shoulders plus it’d probably devastate Jack and crush his performances. Per is the main man for me, like someone said 3/4 years Per as captain, great leader. Ramsey will then be 26/27 much more mature, stronger and someone to look up to when Per is finished. Let us not forget how Ramsey captained Wales at a young age, it didn’t do him any favours

  263. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 10:14am

    Totally agree Adam, and I can’t see AW doing that with Chambers. Maybe in a few years time, but not yet.

  264. Nickie

    August 8, 2014 at 10:16am

    Beat me to it Rico 😉

    Apparently Man U have pulled out of the deal for Vermaelen because Arsenal wanted a swap deal…Cheeky Wenger. Wonder who the player was

  265. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 10:19am

    Beat you to the Vermaelen news too Nickie… 😉

  266. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 8, 2014 at 10:21am

    They rear dogs there, Rico?

  267. Adam

    August 8, 2014 at 10:21am

    Rico. Nobody knows the Arsenal players as well as Wenger and certainly nobody on the blogs. He sees them in training all the time and knows their physical strengths and limitations. I don’t seek to give him any advice but what I see, from the outside, is that at the moment, this squad is not strong enough when compared to our opponents who we are going to need to overcome this season. I always look at what we could come up with if we have two big injuries and from where I sit this morning, an injury to let’s say Kos and another to Sanchez would be extremely bad news.

  268. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 10:25am

    Agree again Adam, which is why I don’t think we are done in the transfer window.

    Up front, in midfield and in defence, we are still short, especially if TV goes which looks likely. Unless AW sees Miquel as being good enough to cover which I hope is not the case.

  269. Nickie

    August 8, 2014 at 10:26am

    I give up

  270. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 10:26am

    Tai, I was being naughty, don’t worry about it.. 😉

  271. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 8, 2014 at 10:28am

    Adam…I think AW refuses to live out of his long-held habit of never doing exactly what he is expected to do. Even kids in kindergarten know what we need…but Wenger will always want everyone to believe he already has what we are screaming for, only we hadn’t the eyes to see it.

  272. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 10:28am

    :) Nickie…

  273. Tai Emeka Obasi

    August 8, 2014 at 10:29am

    my last comment disappeared!

  274. Adam

    August 8, 2014 at 10:31am

    Rico. The joker in the pack is certainly Arsene. What we do know is that he is stubborn and rather one-eyed when it comes to certain things. The more the need for a murderously effective DM player, the less likely he is to buy one. Cast your mind back to the fiasco surrounding the hapless Almunia and how long Arsene leg that one roll on for when it would have been relatively inexpensive to address. It cost us. Let’s face it, he could buy the best player for us IF he wanted to. Whether he will or not, nobody really knows. I know who he would like, but I doubt whether he will push the boat out myself.

  275. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 10:32am

    New post up now…

  276. rico

    August 8, 2014 at 10:40am

    Oh yes, we know he likes to have a joke with the media and history suggests he can be a stubborn and crazy at times with his transfer dealings.

    But I still hope that it’s IG doing things and he won’t let AW leave us short. Not this time.

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