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Cavani, Reus & Khedira? No chance but Manolas is possible…

Morning all.

Arsenal are set to make moves for Edinson Cavani, Marco Reus and Sami Khedira in the closing stages of the transfer window according to The Express. We all love a rumour, but this one is up there with one of the daftest I have ever read.  I’d be over the moon if all three did sign but only as long as we sign a defender and a defensive midfielder as well. That would make five more signings, and that isn’t going to happen in my opinion.

Greek centre back Kostas Manolas is a more likely option, £8 million is all his current club are demanding.

Happy birthday to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He’s 21 years old today and a big season is expected from our midfielder/winger. Hopefully it’ll be an injury free season for him.

For Theo Walcott too, the poor guy has been plagued with injuries but he’s back, running and sprinting and according to reports he’s not lost any of his pace. Full training is not far away and he’s another player who if stays fit, will have a big part to play in our challenge.

Both players were seriously missed last season.

They weren’t the only ones of course but with the fitness guru Shad Forsythe on board, one can only hope that the repetitive injuries we have suffered for so long will now reduce dramatically.

Today’s post written by Anthony Walker:

Gunners hope for winning start against Eagles

As the opening weekend of the Premier League season edges closers, Arsenal fans are beginning to tingle with excitement about seeing new signing Alexis Sanchez make his debut. With the club preparing to welcome fellow Londoners Crystal Palace to the Emirates in their first game of the season, Betfair believe the Gunners stand a great chance of getting the new season off to a winning start as they urge fans to back Arsenal to open their account with a win.

Last year saw Crystal Palace yield six points to Arsenal over two 2-0 defeat to the Gunners, and Wenger will be looking for another three to start off his season. Both clubs have added new faces to their squad in the summer, but Palace fans will have looked on enviously as Arsenal signed Alexis Sanchez while they had to settle for Frazier Campbell.

After an incredible second half of last season, Palace will be hoping to continue that momentum into the new campaign, and Arsenal will need to make sure they are full focused if they are going to avoid slipping up in the season’s first game. Tony Pulis worked wonders with Palace last year and their fast tempo will need to be matched by Arsenal if Wenger’s men are going to be able to stamp their authority on the game. While Palace are among the favourites for relegation with a lot of fans, especially as Pulis has left the club, Arsenal will need to ignore what the odds are saying and focus on getting the season off to a positive start.

While the summer arrivals of Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers have all gone down well with the fans, there is still the feeling that the club need to sign an out-and-out goalscorer, a holding midfielder and defender if they are going to have any real chance of going all the way this season. With time running out before the end of the transfer window, Gooners will be hoping to have a few new faces in place before the end of the transfer window.

There were plenty of lessons for Arsenal to take from last season, and the club’s fans will be desperate to see their team sustain a title challenge throughout course of a full season.  There were times last year when it looked as though it was going to be Arsenal’s year, but a second half slump cost the club dearly in their bid to win their first Premier League title for ten years. Arsenal fans will now be hoping Sanchez’ arrival this summer proves to be the missing piece in the jigsaw.

Click Here for a look at the season ahead, not just for us, but for all….

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

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199 comments on “Cavani, Reus & Khedira? No chance but Manolas is possible…

  1. Morning all,
    just watched the prem review and Palace’s come back from 3-0 down to draw with Liverpool.

  2. Absolutely Bt, perhaps AW will surprise us all later… lol

    I’m off out this morning, the new post will go up at 10.30..

    Catch up in an hour or so….

  3. Leopards and spots, Rico.

  4. Potter, and we can expect the same today as we have Besiktas on Tuesday.

  5. So we need to become more efficient faffers?!!!

  6. not go full tilt BB.

    If we keep spread out and let the ball do the travelling we still would keep ball and score. But we let them have the ball. The chances of an injury in trying to stop the opposition is bigger than if we keep the ball. The problem is that players like JW keep the ball more than two touches. Imagine if keep the ball and players dont do more than two touches……chances of an injury will be considerably less.

  7. Fair point about the faffing though! Maybe Wenger thinks if we go full tilt when we are comfortable we’ll get even more injurys?!
    So soccer am 10am-12, ManUre v Swansea 12-3 BTSport, Soccer Saturday, Then the Mighty Gooners!!! Question is, with the wife on a hen weekend, what do I do with the kids?!!! I’m thinking back door open, Disney marathon on in back-room while I watch footy all day in the front-room!! Don’t know about food though the cupboards are pretty bare!!!

  8. Strong DM/HM you guys call beast won’t solve our defensive problem.If only you have realised Alex song wasn’t a DM in his last season with us,Arteta was †̥ђƺ DM.Defending as a team makes it difficult.Chelsea defend as a whole,you see there winger taking †̥ђƺ full back position and †̥ђƺ full backs moving in.For instance,spurs have MD,pauliaho,capoue,sandro and they still got trashed last season.

  9. I looked on enviously when Yanited of Manure hammered Ipswich 9-0. They kept on and on.

    Why cant we do that? You might mention the 7 goals against Everton…..but that was when we had DB and TH.

    Around two days ago someone said that he was hopeful that Palace will not score against us and Rico told him that first they need to take hold of the ball. I agreed……but reflecting upon it I ask…..with the amount of possession we have and how hard it is for other teams to prise the ball away from our players, why dont we kill teams? Sometimes the ball seems a blur with all the zipping about our players do. So we do that until we score 4. Then why do we stop.

    I have been seeing our players stop playing at 4-0 since AW took over. That means its not the players. Its the mentality of the manager.

  10. Wenger is all about performance and physicality stats . He believes that players energy starts to wane at 65 minutes , hence the reason for the 70 minute substitutions which are pre-planned . When he feels that a game is won he reverts to energy saving to assist with the next match. This is of course mainly because he doesn’t have big enough squads to cover.. He cannot afford to burn a player out and use another , which is why he subbed the Ox against United bought on Arshavin and lost Van Persie in the process.

  11. Morning BB, Dowd wasn’t it?

    Need we say more….

  12. Fair call Devil..

  13. Morning BB.

  14. Dev, we do like a bit of faffing about, it happens on a regular basis.

  15. Glass mural got sent off in the 50th minute. After the 20th minute (4-0) we eased off and let NUFC players have the ball. why? that makes it 25 minutes in the 1st half and 5 minutes in the 2nd. 30 minutes in which we faffed about instead of tearing them apart more and more

  16. Morning!! That 4-4 game really gets me angry! Everyone goes on about great comeback and Arsenal losing 4goal lead but the ref was atrocious!! Barton nearly breaks Diabys leg….Diaby loses it…both should go but only Diaby does! First penalty Koscielny pokes the ball between the attackers legs so not really a pen!! The second one I will never know why it was given….either a supposed push or handball by Koscielny but never ever a pen!! And who scored the pens? Barton who shouldn’t have been on the pitch!!
    Down to 10 men with Squillaci in the back four was a hard ask but with the ref making shocking decisions too!!!

  17. No Arsenal team, be there, 10 or 11 on the pitch, should be taking a battering from any team.

  18. We went down to 10 men in the 2nd half Rico. We did not go down to 10 men in the 20th minute. what I am talking about is what happened between the 20th minute and the sending off. I complain about the easing off Rico. By the time the glass mural got sent off we should have been out of sight to the tune of 8-0 if we had not eased off. Tbh….we should have been winning with that score by the 40th minute.

    But we switched off. And it was visible Rico.

    If last year’s 1-6, 1-5 and 3-6 did not teach AW anything about ruthlessness he will never learn.

  19. Probably because we were down to ten men Devil…

    I’m not defending them though, I’m all for a few 6,7.8-0 batterings, and I sick of us being on the end of a few high scoring loses to…

  20. yes Rico. he surely did. But why did we ease off after 4-0?

    As a coach I never liked pummelling teams….I used to think of the feelings of my opposite coach. Until one day I got a 0-9 reverse. That was the day I stopped being kind to others.

  21. I am still asleep Rico. Typing with my virtual computer in dreamland.

  22. Devil, but in that game, another man, other than the referee didn’t help our cause…

  23. Morning to you Bt, Lee and the HH family who are clearly still sleeping…. lol

  24. Lee….I do not think its the players. Its the mentality of AW. Even when we had the invincibles we had players like TH14, DB10, PV04, BP7, FL08……players who were ruthless. But I always had the feeling that AW tells the players to ease off after 4-0. How many games we were 4-0 up by half time only to ease off in the 2nd half? Against NUFC we were 4-0 by the 20th minute. We visibly eased off. Then we all know what happened. The ref managed to conjure a draw. If we had not eased off……….by half time we would have been 8-0 up. I do not think the ref would have managed to conjure up something.

  25. Sorry, morning Rico, Lee, Dev and anybody out there, floating in the ether.

  26. Morning Devil..

    Sanogo Lee… lol

  27. A more ruthless, manager would also help, Lee..

  28. but AW teams rarely show it. many times at 4-0 up I have seen our team ease up and let the opposition have the ball. Even against City, at 2-0 we let them have the ball.

    Till we got the 2nd goal we had an average of around 65% possession. When we got the 2nd goal the possession average fell to 48%

  29. We need more ruthless players…..

  30. Exactly Dev, we need a killer instinct, a ruthless streak. Go for the jugular, show no mercy from the start to finish.

  31. Morning Lady.

    a gentle reminder to write the perfect post today. We need to win. ;)

  32. the problem I see is not that we arent capable of spanking someone to that tune. Of that, being capable of winning by such a score, I have no doubt.

    But AW teams usually ease off at 4-0. we are not ruthless.

    we should be unemotional even when the proverbial dead horse has been flogged, hung, drawn and quartered.

  33. I wonder when it will be the perfect day to spank Mourinho and the chavs??

    you know. something to the tune of 8-0. I wonder what excuse he will bring up then.

  34. I really detest that under tall git and hope his season falls before him….

    Morning all…

  35. It’s a perfect day to spank Palace!

  36. Good Morning Chipmunks and Munchkins.

    how’s the weather up there??? still rainy and stormy???

    here its a no comment weather. Getting ready to fry. we are already warmed up and rolled into flour to fry in our sweat with the sweltering heat.

    I hope the Palace players and fans will feel fried or grilled at the final whistle.

  37. Up and at ‘em!!!! Here we go!!! Ready to rumble!!

  38. 1-0 81mins! Yeah I’d be happy with Manolas and Rabiot. Think he’ll complete the Micanovic deal if he can get him a work-permit. Then a big big signing. I was convinced Reus but there’s a report from Spanish radio saying he’s going Athletico…..but noises from Germany saying its rubbish…who knows??!

  39. Night Rico..

  40. I’m off guys, catch up tomorrow..

    Night all…

  41. Checked the team sheet, Diaby is not on it…

  42. Just checked he’s not we where winning 1-0 but it stopped given scores after 61 mins ?

  43. U21 winning one nill Akpom

  44. If it’s true he had a knock last week I wouldn’t thick so.

  45. That would be nice for him and us.

  46. No chance Wavy..

    Joe, is Diaby playing for the under 21’s?

  47. Now now guys be careful I feel a lot of humble pie coming on he’s running AND tackling. ;)

  48. Diaby, homo erectus?
    Bloody hell! The world is made of green cheese! It’s official!
    How long will his uprightness last though?
    I hope one whole season.
    I wish……!

  49. BB, I’d be ok with Rabiot and this Kostas chap, both seem younger versions of who we have and who have served us well.

    I base that purely on a few fans view, those who know their football…

  50. Good Andy..
    :) Micko..

  51. Running?! Running a pledge-account to raise money for a whole body transplant!!!

  52. Yeah he looks impressive. Deep lying central midfielder/ball player, kind of a young Arteta-ish player (or at least what we’ve made Arteta!) so really what Wenger would want. The vile-midget hardly has a good track record with young players and favours brute force over guile in the middle…..why would Rabiot choose them?!!

  53. Haven’t seen any pictures Gjoe, is he running a bath !

  54. Also Hectic, buh enjoyed every minute of it.

  55. BB, he’s meant to be very good isn’t he…

    If we want him, of course Jose will do, that’s what that sad short arsed git does….

  56. You sure that is in the plural Joe? ;)

  57. Hectic, but good thanks Andy. Yours?

  58. Rabiots turned down contract and is officially up for sale for c£8mill. Allegedly us and Chelsea interested. Quite why any young player would want to go there is beyond me…..fine if you fancy being loaned out to Everton though!!!
    Apparently Man Utd and Bayern in for Manolas aswell as us and Juve….looks like we’re doing everyone else’s scouting again! Hopefully that’s why we’ve thrown a couple of Tiote and Mbia shaped curveballs out there!!
    U21s doing ok at Reading by the sound of it. Can’t find a stream anywhere but following on twitter as best I can!!

  59. Ozill to bendtner; Good luck in Germany. Dont do silly things and behave!
    Bendtner must have done loads of silly things that the media couldn’t cover. jes saying.

  60. Nice pictures of Diaby running ;)

  61. Hi Rico, How has your day been?

  62. Hi Andy. Spot on..

  63. re Merts, He retired at the right time just to face club football.

  64. Bullies, the pair of them potter..

  65. Good re Merts, now Tomas needs to do the same….

  66. Both he and the Neville brothers were sent to take Reyes out of football on the orders of that nice ( all bow to ) Mr Ferguson.

  67. Adam, agree again, and he was helped out by that horrid right back of theirs…..

  68. dfb has confirmed per’s retirement…

    loew had told him he was not part of his planes for the Euros…

  69. Hi everyone, enjoyed reading the post and comments.
    Adam couldn’t agree more. Buh what scholes fails to get is that football, is meant to be a game of beauty and not of brutality like American Football.

  70. Little ginger twat.

  71. Rico. He couldn’t tackle but when he tried he was brutal. I thought he summed up so much about the Ferguson era and the way they manipulated referees and the authorities. He probably deserved about 10 more red cards than he actually got.
    A truly grotesque human being.

  72. :) Adam, Scholes was a horrid player wasn’t he…

  73. :) Bt, you are getting to know me too well… lol

  74. If being “too soft” means that Wenger doesn’t target an opposition player and send his team out to rotationally kick him brutally until he can barely walk then I suppose he might have a point. But then that little creep Scholes would know all about that.

  75. You and your eye candy, Rico…lol

  76. A CDM, CB and Falcao…I’d be doing a Goonie..lol

  77. Scholes is not far wrong imo Kev, although Sami wouldn’t stop us leaking goals, but he might stop Ramsey being overplayed..

    CDM, CB and Sami, I’d be happy…

  78. Scholes reckons if Arsenal sign Khadira and/or a strong centre-back, that Arsensl could go very close…

    Otherwise, he thinks that Boring Boring Chelsea will win it… Yawn….zzzzzzz

  79. Paul Scholes says that Arsenal are too ‘soft’ to win the EPL…

  80. Reports coming out of Germany Coach…

    It’s not definate, but he must be thinking about it.
    He’s 30 later this month, so it’s doubtful he’ll be around for the Jerries in 4 years time…

  81. Evening guys and gals…

    Quiet is good roger.. ;)

  82. where did you read that Kev????

  83. BFG to retire from international football…?

    Good for Arsenal…

  84. Thanks Rick, Brentford should do him a lot of good, they were certainly good for Szczesny…

  85. Thanks Rick.. I was awaiting you to confirm Toral’s loan and you did…

  86. Shame the Carvalho rumours have gone quiet… shall we start them up again like an old lawnmower?

  87. Afternoon all. Passing through short visit .
    Kev, Ginge Jan Toral has joined Brentford season long loan.
    Are they going to fast track Chriss Willock to U21.
    I think they are .Latta.

  88. Samuel. L . Jackson, scouse loving c….

  89. you cruel man Dev. :D

    I am not sure even with his good looks Og12 has scored 10 on a night out.. ;)

  90. As long as Wenger thinks the player is worth it I will support him. Paople have had to make a lot admissions on being wrong about Arsenal players of late. :)

  91. Arsenal 10 (giroud 10 goals) Palace 0

    Giroud breaks Drake’s haul of 7 goals vs Aston Villa with a virtuoso performance to silence his critics.

    When questioned AW will say that he did not see them (like he does when someone is sent off) due to trying to close his zipper.

  92. Score predictions for tomorrow guys?

  93. Samuel. L. Jackson every time SYG…

  94. tomorrow the 100th game of OG12???? and he has 40 goals??

    that means he will be looking to score 10 so that Ginge will do some stats…….now that means 50 goals in 100 games=1 goal every two games.

    I imagine you know how to use a calculator Ginge???

  95. It seems that the Wolfsburg coach must be doing cartwheels in delight……….

    We dared to touch the top shelf,” Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking was quoted as saying by Kicker on Thursday, before Bendtner was signed. “It’s empty now, we need to look a bit further down now. It gets more difficult.”
    Wolfsburg CEO Klaus Allofs added in WAZ: “We are not panicking.
    “[Bendtner] is still a good player, that’s why we considered him. When he is available on a free, there have to be a few question marks.
    “That’s clear, otherwise he’d be under contract. If the chances are higher than the risks, we don’t have a problem to do such a thing.
    “If you, just like us, want to achieve something special, you should not always do what is expected of you. Nicklas Bendtner would be the unusual path, which you sometimes have to take.”

    …………while the club accountant must be trying to find some hair on his bald head to tear out.

  96. Bendtner and Gustavo in the same team??? WoW

  97. OG12… 40 goals in 99 games not bad at all imo… his 100th game for us tomorrow me think…

  98. Dev- the closest Poldi will get to the yellow side of Dortmond is a shirt swap when he is playing for S04… lol

    Hiya Syg.. since you know your history can you confirm how many goals George Best scored after his 8 games ban in the 60’s?

    Good post as always Rico…

  99. dont get your hopes up Gj.

    Diaby we (might not) see.

  100. No, no you’ve all got it wrong!

    Every Diaby has its day! (But it will only be one, in his case!)

  101. syg re: 1.26. John Roberts did a great job in the double season when ‘Stan’ Simpson was out but my biggest memory of him that year was the only home game we lost in the league cup, ironically against Palace. Roberts decked Gerry Queen the Palace forward who was a dirty git and went in late on Bob Wilson. Big John got sent off and Palace got a penalty and won 2-0. Happened right in front of me in the clock end! Probably a blessing in disguise as our fixture list was mental!

  102. Steve Austin, remember him, was a total wreck…..yet in the 1980’s they turned him into the 6 million dollar man.

    Fast forward to 2014…..and yet Diaby is still a wreck.

    Something is wrong with the medics at AFC.

    Tsk Tsk

  103. With all the money we’ve paid out in wages and surgery for Diaby you’d have thought we’d have just given him Titan from Butlins leg!!!

  104. SYG……even the glass paintings at Westminster Abbey are brilliant to look at. Yet they are made of glass nonetheless.

  105. I’d put the fucker down!

  106. I love Podolski but if it’s between him and Campbell….! But like you say his agent is a bit if a tool!! And totally agree that Denzel Washington is most definitely the main man….had he been in a bad film??!!!!

  107. I’d be happy with that Dev

  108. Oh its you Nashua. Stop it !

  109. DAIBY IS BRLLINT AND THE BEST EVER. AND DENZEL WASHINGTON IS THE MAIN MAIN

  110. Rico,

    I do not think that Hummels will be leaving BVB this summer. he was just made their captain just few days ago. Maybe,we should count him out but I’ll be happy to have him in our team

  111. Tai have you infiltrated my IP server?

  112. STOP SAYING HORRIBLE THINGS ABOUT DIABY. HE’S BRILLIANT AND BETTER THAN ANY ARSENAL PLAYER EVER AD EVERY BODY IS JUST JEALOUS OF HIM BECAUSE HE’S SO BRILLIANT.

  113. Cavani is an agent inspired spoof…

    Arsenal won’t go for him. Too old, too expensive.

    Khadira is gonna go to the Chavs, money is his priority, unfortunately.

    Reus is possible, Wenger might sell Campbell in order to finance the deal, fit him into the 25(24)….

    Personally I’d like to see Campbell stay, but I have a bad vibe about his agent, who gives me the feeling that he’s a total parasite…

  114. Would love Rabiot, he’d be a great signing and I was sure it was happening early on in the window but it went quiet!

  115. Coach, I am an optimist… :-)

  116. Wenger was always going to name Diaby in his 25.

    But we all kinda accept that it’s a waste of a spot.

    Surely he must be given a free transfer this January if he hasn’t made any impression on the season…

  117. 8 appearance or more you asked Kev???

    Are you Harry Potter in disguise??? lol

    8 minutes would have been more reasonable imo.

  118. Imo……….I think AW will go for Manolas and Rabiot….spending on them the 15mill he got from Barca.

    The rest of the money will go on Cavani or Reus…..with Podolski saying Auf Wiedersehn and go to Dortmund so that Ginge will be stuck up with him. Football does have a habit of kicking you in the teeth sometimes eh Ginge?? Pity, because Podolski is one of my favourite footballers.

  119. Diaby won’t be named in the final 18…

    Wenger is just trying to keep him involved…

    So, we are definately going into 2014-15 with a 24 man squad…

    Forsythe is good, but he isn’t a magician…

    If Wenger gets 8 appearances out of Diaby, I will be very surprised.

  120. Afternoon!! Nice read over a spot of lunch with my nightmare children at summer-club!! Really can’t see Cavani happening for the same reasons everyone else is saying; mainly wages being to high would destabilise all those on half of what he wants! Khedira I think would have already happened if true&i can see Bayern going for him now Martinez is out long-term. I still have a nagging feeling with Reus, Wenger likes him, he likes us and his buyout clause is relatively low. We also don’t have a natural left sider apart from Podolski who Wenger clearly doesn’t favour. Should try tempting Dortmund with 8mil below buyout +Podolski….failing that pay it and sell the Instagram-freak!!
    Manolas is a very Wenger signing and I’m sure it’s going to happen but I fear, as time goes by, we may get disappointed with regards a CDM….come on Ivan, just pay the bloody 3rd party and get Carvalho!!
    By the way, has anyone seen this? Jack Wilshere you nearly made me choke on my cucumber sandwiches!!!!

    instagram.com/p/rt7Zveiz_S

  121. Just as long as they are proper players, Rico.
    We have Alexis and Debuchy who are tried and tested. As re: Chambers, what I have read about him is quite illuminating – a nice piece got chucked up an hour ago on Twitter by Pat Holland stating that while everyone was raving about Luke Shaw it was Calum Chambers who was the real deal…..

    At Southampton, Chambers was a victim of his own versatility. For those who don’t know what that means – it means that as he was moved from position to position and he never made one position his own, forcing people on the outside of the club to think that he was just a stop gap type player, who filled a hole as and when needed when that was far from the truth.

    Bob John may like to enlighten you about a kid we bought in 1969 who initially played all over the shop but who stood in for Peter Simpson in the first half of the 1970/71 season, but who was initially a centre forward.

  122. SYG – I fear Nik will follow the path of the likes of David Bentley and Jermaine Pennant. Lots of promise, but most of it unfulfilled due to having more attitude than application.

  123. Catch up a little later folks, have a few things to get on with….

  124. Hello George.
    I’m inside at the moment working but I’ll nip down to the beach in a minute.

  125. No idea CG. Bendtner is an okay player. Not brilliant, but an okay player. If he would just behave, work hard and keep his mouth shut he could have done okay here.

    As I keep saying – There’s a very fine line between success and failure. Concentrate on your game and keep your fcukng mouth shut. He’s obviously talented but has wasted his best years through his own immaturity.

    I’d say it’s a shame, but they get told from the start that it’s a short career and to make the most of it.

  126. Hi George, fab, the league is growing thankfully….

    Must make more of an effort with it this season… lol

  127. Agree Syg, took our time getting there, but now it’s looking good.

    And we’re not done, I’m convinced two more at least will be signed…

    OC and TW need big seasons, think they’ll have them too….

  128. Hiya SYG…Say hello to Cyprus for me. I’d take 40c all day for 53c Dubai lol..Rico I have joined the FF…

    Hi all…

    Is Diaby like a new signing?

  129. Gee rico keep up. Pogba?? Really?? The last time I checked he wasn’t a Madrid player :grin: plus Pogba ll cost a ton. No way he’s that expensive.

  130. Not Pogba then? lol

  131. SYG – The bottom shelf then. I wonder how many shelves were in the cabinet. They must be desperate to sign Nik. If they’re smart it will be a pay as you play deal.

  132. A new era Rico. It started when we bought Podolski, Giroud and Carzorla,

    Arteta and Mertesacker showed Wenger that buying experience from within the top tier of Europe works.

    Two trophies from which to build on.

    I think you are right when you say this could be Chamberlain’s season. Fingers crossed.

  133. Am looking at one of illaramendi isco khedira or di maria :grin: a guy can dream no? Lol

  134. Which marquee player then goonster?

  135. Hopefully wenger ll sort that out before the window closes. I see just two players coming in. A utility player who is versed in both being a dm and cb plus another marquee signing. Madrid is bound to have a fire sale soon. Totscum manure and even the chavs are all waiting b for that last day scramble. Can’t wait…cavani on loan?? I think so. Lol. Come on arsene get it done.

  136. Hi Syg, 40 degrees, nice….

    Ha re Nik – I see Frimpong has been ditched by his club, two of your favs…..

  137. Until we get a DM and CB, teams will still hurt us though….

  138. Afternoon all from sunny Cyprus 40 deg. outside

  139. Tell me about it. Are they going to get it or what? Just hope officiating and referees don’t bite us in the butt again. They are killing me scott.

  140. He does Goonster – big season for him if he can stay fit. If he can’t improve his game now that we have some pace up front and a great player like Alexis, he never will….

  141. Hi Stan, I think we have plenty of teams very worried.

  142. Hey what’s with the cavani story? Any truth in that? Hold in guys this is getting ridiculous. 50 million and 300k per week??? That’s madness. Who does that? God help us. Football’s gone crazy.

  143. Morning rico I saw footages of your boy training hard. He really looks up for it. This is our season guys. A dm and a cb and we ll really rip it# I believe

  144. Ok, I’ll concede to that Scott… ;)

  145. Howdy scotty oz i think the whole epl is running scared. They don’t know how to handle us. If they pack the bus sanchez ll prime them open. If they try to press us leaving huge spaces behind them sanchez and theo ll rip them to bits. Unlike previous seasons when we struggle against teams who park their defense. I think this season is going to be different. Arsene bought wisely. Sanchez is used to park the bus kinda teams while at barca so i think he ll thrive. I see him scoring 40 goals in his first season :grin:

  146. Goonster….

    Let’s hope so Cg, really looking forward to the game and so glad it’s live on TV…

  147. Rico, we are better this time around :)

  148. Parish and Pulis, you’d think it would be match made in heaven, but they are too too similar. Let’s hope Mr. Pubis’ departure will have the desired effect on the Palace team.

    I’m with Scott, 5-0, with Sanchez to open his scoring for the Arsenal in his first competitive match.

  149. Haha so pubis quit his job 2 days before the season opener. Talk about being chicken. I saw thr look on his face during MOTD on Sunday. He didn’t like what he saw. We looked frightening good yet not up to speed. Heheheheh. What a total wank. Morning guys feeling expansive this morning. Bring on palace. COYFGS

  150. Hi Scott, that’s a bold statement lol

    I thought we’d batter Villa this time last year……

  151. Cheers Rico.

  152. Hi fatgun, a disagreement over lack of transfer funds wasn’t it? Parish is a twurp… Mind you, Pulis isn’t any better…

    Afternoon Micko, I bet they turn up this season….

  153. 5-0 to is.
    Simple.
    Morning guys.
    We will give this mob a real touch up and make the PL stand on it’s head!

  154. I’ll find it Bt…

  155. Afternoon all,
    Arsenals official attendance figures finally exposed on sky, no surprise really, shocking how many supporters buy tickets and can’t be arsed to turn up !

  156. I can’t see Wenger buying a top quality CB.

    Wenger will either
    A) buy/Loan a player in the september of their career where they’re not bothered if they play or not. A player from abroad gets a nice payrise to sit on the bench and finish his career.

    B)Buy a youngster who knows his time will come and is more than happy to sit on the bench learn his trade and fill in when necessary

    C)Buy a complete unknown Kozzer style.

    I can’t seen Wenger has changed in his ways that much.

  157. Good day all HHers,
    Hi Rico.
    What s shame re. Pooolis…
    First time he managed a team that was playing a game closer to football than rugby while also getting descent results…
    What the heck… That is palace with their problems…
    Let’s hit double figures so the bitter scouser and tiny tots masquerading as pundits will have where to hide their bitterness…..claiming palace had no manager as if we should manage other teams and their managers…

  158. Rico, i know you’ve covered this, where do i find HH fantasy football? pplz

  159. You may have a point Cg, I’m sure I read £16 million was his valuation though. Could be wrong of course..

    Surprises me too, as the PL pays a lot higher than the German league I believe. Loyalty is still around, just not in the PL…

  160. No Germans tomorrow, thank goodness our first game isn’t against one of the top sides. Although I suspect all three would have been back a lot earlier if if was..

  161. Rico – I think Arsene would have to play over the odds to get Hummels, something he is definitely not in the habit of doing.

    The one thing that has surprised me this transfer window is the number of players, especially ones playing in Germany, that are happy to sit tight with their current clubs, most of which can’t/wont be challenging for the their respective league championships.

  162. Me neither bondex, one more season and he’s free to leave..

    Morning Cg.

    Me too re the CB and Carvalho, anyone else would e a huge bonus…

  163. Can’t see it happen either, Rico, fit players only please.

  164. Good Morning to The Lady of the House and all fellow Gooners in residence.

    Edinson Cavani, Marco Reus and Sami Khedira; I haven’t heard anything about Britain legalizing marijuana or some of the more hallucinogenic drugs, I can think of no other explanation for those pipe dreams. Khedira maybe, with RM reportedly slashing his price to move him now. However, I suspect he may have a deal with Bayern or Chelski to run down his contract and join next year for free with a high signing fee and/or wages. Although Bayern may decide to move now that Javi Martinez is out for 6 months with a damaged knee.

    I’d be more than satisfied with an experienced CB and a mobile physical DM like Carvalho.

  165. dont understand Diaby…. amen to Hummels.

  166. :) re Diaby. Can’t see him featuring tomorrow at all…

  167. Amen, to that Rico.

  168. Diaby?? a rare, reclusive animal, rarely seen in wide open spaces.

  169. I’d love us to get Hummels…

  170. Couldn’t agree more Bob..

  171. Morning Nickie..

    Bt, have to hope Ivan wants to see a big win, followed by a couple of big signings…

  172. Hi all.
    Cavani is one of the most over-rated players out there. Balotelli is a loose cannon who would destabilise what is suposedly the best dressing room atmosphere for years. Manolas was impressive in the world cup but it is not easy to judge a defender playing in a team that defends with 8 or 9 players all the time meaning there is always someone covering. How would he fair in our set up where he’s likely to be exposed to fast breakaways? We definitely need another CB and a strong midfielder though as so far, we’ve really only replaced like for like apart from Alexis.

  173. Rico, nowhere you’re coming from, you’d think AW would have learnt by now..lol….a tight 1-0, a lot of nervy moments, if it panned out that way.

  174. lol..Morning all and a rather randy C2

  175. Arsenal provisional squad:

    Szczesny, Debuchy, Koscielny, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Carzola, Sanchez, Ramsey, Giroud, Martinez, Monreal, Diaby, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Flamini, Sanogo.

    Diaby??

  176. Jamie Redknapp reckons Everton and Tottenham have no chance of getting top four..

  177. Morning Bt, we should batter them.

    Trouble is, AW might think we don’t need additions if we do, so a close 1-0 maybe… ;)

  178. i love this from AW puting manure and everton in the same category where they belong … “You have six or seven teams. You have the top four and then you have Man United and Everton; how well will Tottenham respond”

  179. Good morning folks, squad still short in areas, should still have more than enough, to spank a Palace side. Can’t wait for a match, that actually means something. Ready to rumble, not fumble.

  180. Campbell off on loan? AW comments are far from convincing that he’s staying…

    Arsène Wenger wants to keep Joel Campbell at Arsenal this season and has praised the Costa Rican’s attitude since joining up with the squad.

    The young forward won admirers for his energetic displays during the World Cup and he scored a fine volley against Benfica in the Emirates Cup.

    Wenger has increased his attacking options with the signing of Alexis Sanchez but insists Campbell will be given a chance to demonstrate his potential this season.

    “He has come from a non-competitive world to a world with hyper-competition,” Wenger said.

    “He has adapted slowly, but has adapted very well, he has a very good spirit and attitude.

    “He is a member of my squad at the moment, He had a good preparation and played well against Benfica.

    “In training he is very focused and eager to do well. I would like to keep him.”

  181. The way the press are talking Milan want to get Balotelli’s wages of their books. Let arsenal take him on lone for a year with an option to buy if he works out.
    Heading out hope everyone has great day

  182. Joe, imo, don’t think it’ll be wise to pay all that money (transfer fees + wages) for an unstable player because of few and far between moments of magic. Anyway, if we can afford to lose any money we spend on him I’d take him in a heartbeat.

  183. I know Balotelli is more than likely to get sent off away to the likes of Stoke. But he can produce some magic out of nothing in really big games to produce goals and wins.

  184. Morning Kev, thanks, but I didn’t write it :)

  185. Morning All….

    Morning Rico, that was a really good preview…

    Morning Lee, Adam et al…

  186. Awww rico! *slightly disappointed*

  187. Balotelli is a gamble imo, not just in terms of character but also as a striker. He has the talent but at the moment, he is not exactly setting the world on fire.

  188. Or Remy, he’s said he will leave Qpr if a CL club comes in for him… ;)

    Morning C2, count me out… lol

  189. Morning rico and all. Feels like christmas eve. Who’s under the mistletoe?

  190. Yep CB,CDM and back up to Giroud that’s Balotelli :)

  191. Good joe, I’d rather that £51 million was spent elsewhere….

    Delford, I don’t think Cavani was ever in the picture..

  192. Wenger says he’s not buying Cavani ( he’ll be signing next week then :) ) . Pulis walks away from Crystal Palace talk about real life getting in the way of a good post.

  193. C Cavani is not the type of a player Arsenal need. He is also not the type of a player Arsene Wenger need. So the issue of Cavani is out already.

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